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Gourmet Ghetto Garden Studio

Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

Studio, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The Studio provides a peaceful retreat within walking distance of the Gourmet Ghetto, Chez Panisse cafe and restaurant, the Cheese Board (best cheese shop on the west coast!). The UC Berkeley campus and North Berkeley BART station are less than a mile away. Considered one of the best neighborhoods in North Berkeley! Our Farmers market is every Thursday and only 3 blocks away.

From the queen-size bed there are views of your private deck and the surrounding garden through the French doors. You can even sleep with the door open if cool night breezes appeal to you.

Every Convenience: Wi-fi with a secured network throughout. Cutting-edge technology with in-floor radiant heat. Quiet heat, no dust, no filters, just warm floors.

Private covered deck through rear doors. The surrounding garden was featured in the Secret Gardens of the East Bay and received praise from designers throughout the area.

Keywords: Studio

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Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2017

About The Owner

I have owned the property since 1978 and have managed other properties throughout Berkeley. I take pride in my house and grounds.

I maintain my property with an eye towards high standards in cleanliness and also for your privacy and comfort. Having lived here so long, I am very familiar with the ins and outs of the area, what's happening, and can answer any questions you have about the neighborhood. I look forward to meeting you.

Generally, I respond to potential guests within a few hours if not sooner.

The Owner purchased this studio in 1978

Why The Owner chose Berkeley

The studio is ideally located in a quiet residential neighborhood close to all shopping and a short walk to UC Berkeley and our train; BART. On Thursday's there's a farmers' market 3 blocks away providing an abundance of fruits and vegetables along with homemade items such as jams, jellies and local honey.

What makes this studio unique

Our private garden supplies guests with all organic citrus (Meyer lemons, limes and our new addition of an orange tree). Also, figs, persimmons and lemon verbena for a superb herbal tea!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Bonita Studio is beautiful and well-appointed, with every detail thought out to make ones stay comfortable and pleasing. The studio is a great place for working or relaxing; it is very private and quiet, yet only a very short walk from shops and restaurants. The garden is lovely, a little oasis of greenery and gorgeous flowers. The owner is attentive to her guests needs, and goes out of her way to make sure that everything is as it should be. I wholeheartedly recommend the Bonita Studio!
Jan 2012
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North Berkeley Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Double shower with heated floors and large linen closet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Gourmet Ghetto Garden Studio
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Bonita Studio - excellent!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Bonita Studio is just right. A lovely studio, it has become my home-from-home in Berkeley; this was my third visit, and it was as delightful as ever. It combines a quiet and convenient location (easy walking distance to UC Berkeley, local ‘gourmet’ food shops, and bus/BART transport) with comfortable, spacious, and light and bright living accommodation, attractively furnished and with well-equipped kitchen space. Best of all, the studio opens into a private deck area for sitting, working or eating outside, surrounded by plants and flowers. The owner is welcoming and helpful, and studio is ideal for single visitors or couples. If you are visiting Berkeley, this is definitely the place to be!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely lovely in every way

  • 5 of 5

The studio is beautifully designed for comfort, practicality, and aesthetic pleasure. Every detail has been considered. It is clean. The bed is very comfortable. There is a beautiful garden and a private deck. The studio is in a quiet residential part of Berkeley, a short walk from the restaurants of the Gourmet Ghetto and very convenient for food-shopping, with two supermarkets nearby, and a farmers' market one day a week. A wonderful place to stay, and good for working. The owner is thoughtful and attentive. I wholeheartedly recommend the studio for a short or long stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than in the photos / Great if you are a woman, a visiting scholar

  • 5 of 5

This place was all I ever dreamt for as a home away from home. I loved sitting on my sunny yet shady mini-deck so much it was difficult to tear myself away for sightseeing or to go to the office. But if you do go out, you are minutes away from the famous Cheesboard, and all the other restaurants, shops and zipcars in the area. The studio has everything you need to be comfortable, provided in a tasteful and quiet way, and a few touches of elegance, with no clutter. The owner is very welcoming and attentive and made me feel at home right away. If you like to work at home, like I do, you will appreciate the good sized table that can be used as desk, the fast wireless, bookshelf, and the french windows that open wide to your own secluded garden.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A gorgeous place

  • 5 of 5

This turned out to be a lovely place to stay in Berkeley. The studio is aesthetically pleasing, very clean, well maintained, equipped with all you need and situated in a highly desirable part of town within walking distance of good restaurants, shops and not far from the University. I highly recommend it: the owner provides excellent service, is hospitable and has good suggestions for visitors. The gardens were especially beautiful and it was a real treat to have lemons from a tree just outside the studio. We could not have been happier with our choice.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm welcome in the Gourmet Ghetto

  • 5 of 5

A lovely studio flat which was extremely clean and well equipped. I especially appreciated the warm welcome and small personal touches such as fresh flowers. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Berkeley.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

North Berkeley Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Bonita Studio
May 11 2017 - Oct 31 2017
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One-time cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $350

Surcharges during holidays and UC graduation may apply. Generally the rate is 5 - 15 % depending upon length of stay.

Refundable security/damage deposit required.

CANCELLATION POLICY: When a cancellation is received more than 45 days before a scheduled arrival, the booking deposit will be refunded less a $150 cancellation fee. If a cancellation is received in under 45 days before a scheduled arrival, the entire booking deposit will be forfeited. A credit on a forfeited booking deposit will be given for future stays within one year, based upon availability. No refunds or fee adjustments may be made after arrival. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to terminate any rental agreement with immediate effect where our rules, terms and conditions have not been respected.

Booking deposit required at time reservation is made. We accept personal checks and bank drafts. No credit cards.
Balance due upon arrival.
Discounted rates for longer stays.

Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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