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Italian Garden Flat with Grand Piano (Sleeps 2)

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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

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

~ Maximum occupancy = 2

~ Minimum 1-week stay = $945*

~ Ask about last minute stays with a 4-night minimum at $195/night.*

Read the reviews, then book an unforgettable week in our newly-constructed custom suite in Upper Rockridge with private entrance and soothing views of the San Francisco Bay. You’ll want to sip morning coffee on your brick terrace overlooking the multi-level Italianate gardens with fountain, paths and bougainvillea-laden trellis. Ideal for 1-2 persons (no exceptions) — one bedroom with down-covered four-poster queen bed, walk-in closet, and granite and natural stone bath, living room with Yamaha C3 piano, full kitchen and two sets of french doors that open to the terrace, garden, and views beyond.

The Italian Garden Flat sits in the Oakland hills on a quiet residential street, a prime location for business or vacation trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. No car? It’s only a 5 minute walk to the AC transit stop w/ direct service to San Francisco or to Rockridge BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), 10 minutes walk down the hill to a chic coffee shop and gift store, nursery, and gourmet market, or one mile further to Rockridge, the East Bay’s favorite area for trendy cafes, unique bookstores, yoga studios, chocolate shops, and international eateries for take out or sit down meals. Between the bus service and Rockridge BART, public transportation will take you to all bay area locations.

Runners and walkers will love the neighborhood hills with winding streets and homes of distinct architecture. Lake Temescal with its private beach and walking trails is a few minutes down the road, a favorite walking and picnic spot for locals.

The flat is very close to Highways 24 and 13, making it a 10-minute drive to Berkeley or quick half hour or less to San Francisco. We are strategically located between Piedmont, Montclair Village, Temescal (don’t miss Sunday morning farmer’s market!) and Rockridge. Nearby universities include UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Mills College, Holy Names University, and many others. Maps, hiking, shopping, and other books and pamphlets are available in the flat for you to use. The Oakland hills are full of amazing hiking and biking trails maintained by our East Bay parks system, many of them no more than a 15-minute drive. Jack London Square is accessible by bus or BART and from there you might want to take the ferry across the bay to San Francisco!

There are endless choices of restaurants within a 15-minute drive, but you’ll also find the full kitchen set up with stove, oven, microwave and refrigerator. We’ve stocked some basics for you, along with coffee and tea to you started your first morning. Of course, we also provide towels, linens, WiFi and cable internet, and television with satellite service.


~ San Francisco bay and garden views

~ Upgraded construction with granite, tile, and natural stone

~ Private entrance and two sets of French doors onto brick terrace

~ Full kitchen

~ On-site shared laundry

~ Easy commute to Berkeley, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and surrounding Bay Area.

Short distance to public transportation

~ There are several stairs, with railings, from street to the flat entrance


~ Maximum occupancy = 2

~ Minimum 7-night stay

~ Not suitable for children

~ $50 cleaning fee

~ Ask about last minute stays with a 4-night minimum at $195/night*.

~ No pets and no smoking. Thank you for not asking for an exception.

*Deposit of 30% of rental amount to confirm booking. $50 cleaning fee added to all rentals.

Keywords: Rockridge, Montclair, private, parking, terrace, gardens, granite, view, Oakland hills, public transportation, BART, university, cottage

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Owner/Property manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's very rare when the photos of a place are so close to reality. I've stayed in several places in recent years on the East Bay but none compare in comfort, elegance, and gorgeous setting of the Italian Garden flat! Will definitely return.
Oct 2010
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Italian Garden Flat with Grand Piano (Sleeps 2)
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 52 reviews

We had a wonderful week at the Italian flat. The apartment seemed brand new and was spotless.

  • 5 of 5

The design of the apartment was modern and well decorated. Great windows and light. Gardens were spectacular and the view stunning. Very private and quiet. We had everything we needed and more. Lori was lovely to work with. Hope to stay again as this is now my favorite Bay Area home away.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ivory Tower in the Bay

  • 5 of 5

I LOVE this flat. There is a much that I would like to convey in that simple sentence. It is safe, clean, quiet and beautiful. It has all the amenities you would need and then some. The owners are considerate, personable, and responsive to renters needs. I had the opportunity for an extended stay in this flat and fell in love. It is a simple, but well designed unit that is perfect for a couple. There is an outstanding bed, large shower, walk in closet and a kitchen with amazing coffee that you can take through the french doors to the stunning terrace. There is a coffee shop down the street that is perfect any time of the day and several parks nearby. It's close to transportation, activities, grocery stores and shopping. The views are breathtaking and the variety of color is fantastic.

This will always be my first choice for the west coast. Great memories... Thank you both for such an amazing experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego County, California

Favorite place to stay in the Bay Area

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful apartment. It is sparkling clean, artistically furnished, and the owners are so easy and accommodating. My husband and I have stayed in this rental once before, and always check to see if it is available when we want to return to the SF Bay area. It usually is not, sad to say, and that is unsurprising, given the value, comfort and beauty of the apartment and surrounding area. To mention just a few things: the apartment is well soundproofed, so that you cannot hear sounds from the living room when you are in the bedroom. The bath is also completely soundproofed, and though the owners live directly above, you cannot hear them either. It is very private. Parking on the street is always available and there is little traffic. At the bottom of the hill is a wonderful market where we picked up something to fix for dinner in the small but fully functional kitchen of this lovely apartment. Most of all, we loved looking out the windows and watching the birds, including a big flock of wild turkeys who paraded through while we were there. Every night when we came home to the flat, we felt so good. I can't tell you how relaxing this place is and how comfortable we felt being there. When we left, we forgot to pick up our camera battery which had been charging overnight. Lori found it and mailed it to us right away, which is something we really consider above and beyond the call of duty. You can't go wrong here. This is the best apartment for two we've ever found; great owners, comfortable bed, and everything you could possibly want. Thank you Lori for making it available for us. We hope your place is available when next we visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation in Oaklans

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to stay for our visiting trip in the Bay Area. There were other VRBO places we rented in the past, but this is the BEST so far. Diligent follow up with communications before our arrival. Friendly welcome with wine and cheese on the table. Beautiful views with an awesome backyard and everything matched with the listing(grand piano, clean and cozy rooms with everything we need). It was such a wonderful stay that we felt like we were just at home! Definitely will come back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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7th Stay from East Coast

  • 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to return to our "home away fro home" to spend the holidays with family living nearby. The champagne & accompanyants were delicious. The bathroom toiletries were delightful. Everything was clean & comfy as usual. Lori & Craig should feel proud of the accommodation they offer every time we stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A peaceful oasis

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for a week to be close to our daughter who was giving birth to our first grandchild. It is a beautiful space and an wonderful setting. Three levels of terraced gardens with fountains and benches and a variety of seating areas. The apartment is both beautifully and thoughtfully furnished.

We would definitely recommend this property and we would also stay here again. Our hosts could not have been more helpful and friendly.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Claremont Country Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Rockridge BART
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
13 and 24
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Broadway Terrace Cafe
Car: recommended

Miles of hiking trails a short distance from the house. Numerous gourmet restaurants in Rockridge, Montclair, and on Piedmont Avenue which are all less than 2 miles away!


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Upper Rockridge Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Natural stone and marble shower, floor, counter
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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