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Italian Garden Flat with Grand Piano (Sleeps 2)

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
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. Balance due 15 days prior to arrival. $50 cleaning fee added to all rentals.

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

More Details

Owner/Property manager
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 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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Upper Rockridge Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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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(55 traveler reviews)

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Italian Garden Flat with Grand Piano (Sleeps 2)
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 60 reviews

A beautiful apartment in a peaceful garden setting centrally located to Oakland and beyond.

  • 4 of 5

Perfectly clear instructions led us to this gem in the Oakland hills. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers. What a welcoming start!

The apartment was small but beautifully furnished, with a generously stocked kitchen and bath.

The outdoor gardens were even lovelier than the pictures, with our apartment and patio overlooking the fountain and a little view of SF bay. Our host Craig was very friendly and helpful. We talked to Lori but didn't meet her as she was out of town. There were directions, maps and info on the area provided, which would be helpful to others - we were long-time residents of the Bay Area. Close to Hwys 24 and 13, which get you going to everywhere there.

A short drive to a market and cafe and minutes away from College Avenue - many shops and restaurants - and the Rockridge BART station. The area is hilly and, as described, there are stairs (lighted at night) and we managed just fine. We would definitely return there.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Little Slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We happened upon this listing after having a poor reservation experience with another property owner in the SF area, and it was truly a blessing. We were amazed by the stunning garden, meticulously appointed apartment, and gracious hosts. Every morning was a joy, opening the french doors to let fresh air in until we were ready to take our coffee on the terrace. Our hosts were incredibly attentive while at the same time allowing the utmost privacy. An example: we received a text message one morning with an update they had received about extensive street closures in downtown Oakland. Just in case we were headed that direction, they wanted to be sure we were fore-warned. Other than that, they were available for any question/advice we had. We have already been recommending the property to friends and family, and will stay here again during our next trip to San Francisco.

The property is snuggled in the hills, which means windy roads and tight parking spaces. Oakland is across the Bay Bridge, so if you have plans to visit the city of San Francisco, it's an easy drive if you plan for travel time and bridge tolls.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Upper Rockridge Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lori and Craig have created a lovely flat in a great location. We especially loved the sunny terrace with full access to the garden. Nice and private, but close to everything we needed. We'd stay again without a doubt.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little piece of (Tuscany) heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful! Immaculate! Perfect for two! Super helpful hostess! Gorgeous both inside and out! Though we had lots planned, we had to linger every morning and enjoy just another few minutes in the garden! We could have spent our honeymoon there, never leaving at all, and been perfectly happy. Almost didn't want to write a review because we want it to be available every time we come back to the area.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warm, inviting Italian Flat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent almost two weeks at the very lovely Italian Flat, and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The garden is reminiscent of ones we have seen on stays in the Tuscany Area of Italy, olive trees, a beautiful fountain. The apartment is a perfect size for two, nice furnishings, and the most comfortable king size bed! Lori and Craig are so gracious and you will enjoy so much privacy here. They are very accommodating and even helped us with our luggage of which there was a lot!! The location of the flat was perfect as we have family in Oakland & San Francisco and getting to either was easy. As we are in the Bay Area often, we are happy to have found a perfect spot to work for us, & are lucky to have met the wonderful owners! Mary S.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring visit with our daughter

  • 5 of 5

Perfect Place! Quiet, beautiful and a fabulous view. Had dinner with our daughter and her girl friends on the terrace overlooking the garden. Loved picking out tunes from La La Land on the piano. Looking forward to a return visit.

Frank & Mary Jane from Dallas

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Jack London Ferry
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
Nearest Ski
190 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Robert Crown Memorial State Beach
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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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