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Private, Studio Apartment in Gorgeous Berkeley Hills

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large private studio in the hills!

Spacious studio on the ground floor of 2 story family home. Great for the budget traveler vacationing, visiting family, internships, or in for work.

Located in a beautiful, quite, safe neighborhood with spectacular views of the Golden Gate bridge, Bay bridge and the city. Close to everything. Easy, street parking. (No permits required or time restrictions.)

Located minutes from Tilden Park for hiking and biking and minutes from AC transit commuter/buses, casual carpool, BARTs and the freeway. Local market, restaurants, hardware store all blocks away.

The completely private studio has its own separate entrance and is equipped with a queen size bed, sofa that folds out to a little mattress (suitable for a small child), desk/breakfast table, HDMI ready TV, wifi, apartment size fridge, gas stove, dedicated washer/dryer, private bathroom (with tub and shower), and all the basic amenities for your stay.

Comfortably sleeps 2 adults and a small child. Additional children and dogs are possible and will be considered (additional fees apply).

The studio is down a little path on the lower level of a down-sloped, older house and therefore is not suitable for folks with mobility constraints.

Transit Info:

511 .org is a great site for transit routes. Blocks from AC Transit (buses) and minutes to Bart (Train). There are commuter buses that go quickly into the city and AC Transit - 67 is a 1/2 block away and goes directly to UC Berkeley. We are a 5-10 minute drive to the Bart (train). Lift/Uber (taxi) is always near and inexpensive.

Quite hours are 10 pm to 7:00 am even on weekends.

Check in is 4:00 pm / Check out is 12:00 pm

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018


Kensington Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Moved furniture and items should be put back.
  • Quite hours are between 10 PM and 7 AM.
  • If the cleaning service charges extra due to the condition the unit is left, those additional charges are passed on to the guest.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bath (shower and tub)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen bed
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
You'll be sent a check in document upon booking. Check out 12:00 pm. - Please remove all trash and food from unit. - Put linens and towels in the wash - run on cold


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(35 traveler reviews)

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Private, Studio Apartment in Gorgeous Berkeley Hills
average rating of 4.3142858 based on 35 reviews

A lovely place that's very good value!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Joanna's place. We were there for two weeks we our two young children.

The apartment is very nice with a comfy bed and a good kitchen and small bathroom. The neighborhood is nice, safe and very quiet.

We went to downtown SF four times and each time users the BART just a short drive away. It was easy.

I would recommend Joanna's place to anyone looking for a good value place in the bay area. It's really very nice.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great studio, beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Great studio and manager. Thanks, Joanna. Studio was large, very comfortable, peaceful, and had everything we needed. We will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Loud family living upstairs, Piano playing daily, overgrown plants in entrance...

  • 1 of 5

I stayed here for 3 weeks in Feb 2017


Its a large studio

laundry machine

Service dog friendly


Family upstairs is very loud.

-- Constant stomping on ceiling wearing hard soled shoes starting at 7am. It's like they don't care that someone is staying below.

--Up to 7 days per week Piano practicing! this is right above the bed area in the apartment and will go on for up to 30 mins sometimes two times per day. When I complained I was told by Joanna to wear ear plugs (at 5pm in the afternoon). This caused me a lot of stress and unhappiness.

--the walkway and garden area that you have to walk through is incredibly overgrown. There was a skunk living there in the bushes for 2 days i could smell him. I couldn't see him its wild ivy everywhere. Very worrysome. Slapped in the face by foliage every time you come home.

--The walls and floors of this house are paper thin, you can hear constant conversations

--No central heating! You only get heat when they turn on the heat upstairs. I froze in this drafty apartment at night.

--The water heater must be tiny, you can't take a shower longer than 8 minutes without being frozen by cold water. Oh and good luck getting some hot water after 7am, I had to wake up at 6am to be able to shower in this home comfortably.

--Very dark walkway, unsafe with uneven stones. I almost fell several times coming in. No flashlight is provided.

--20 mins away from freeway on tiny winding roads up in the Berkeley hills

--I would not recommend, you will probably have a nicer stay at Motel 6 than at this place.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Viktoria, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay. -Heat: There is central heat. However, there are not separate controls. The lower unit can run too warm at times. Therefore, we have kept it on a lower setting upstairs. I wish we had known you weren’t comfortable, so we could have set the heat to a higher temperature. -Plants: I wish we had known that they were impeding your entry. The gardener came last week: however, he must not have cut back the Yucca plant enough. We've never had this before. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. -Hot Water: We have a large capacity water heater and have never had guests express concerns with a similar issue, however I am sorry that you did. -Communication: Mostly, I am really sorry we miscommunication. When called to let us know the piano was disturbing your nap Friday afternoon, my offer of ear plugs was not intended to be rude but to be helpful. -Noise: We limit noise between the non-quiet hours of 7 am to 10 pm. Our home is a 1920s home and the unit is the lower unit. We are very mindful of our guests and have specific rules in our home about tv, instruments, wearing shoes in the house for the specific reasons you mentioned. Again, I am very sorry you found the noise during the non-quite hours disruptive. -Check in Document: One of the suggestions we make is to bring a flashlight in case of late arrivals or returns as we live in an area that tries to limit light pollution to accentuate the views. Your suggestion of putting a flashlight in the unit is a great idea. I will also check the motion sensor lights in case the bulbs are out. -Concerns: I wish we had learned of the issues during versus post stay. Regardless, thank you for the feedback and best of travels in the future.
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Spacious, clean, minimalist apartment.

  • 3 of 5

Comfortable bed, could use another bedside lamp. No temperature controls or hair dryer. Light switch behind refrigerator makes it difficult in the dark. View of SF from door is spectacular; inconvenient hillside location.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very good location. Great value!

  • 4 of 5

The unit is a great value. The location is very good. It is a comfortable size. It is a fantastic benefit to have the washer and dryer in the unit. I recommend the u it.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Terrific place; great host!

  • 5 of 5

It was out first Airbnb and it was super! The place was comfortable and neat. The host was helpful. We had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

We are minutes away from Tilden park which has miles of hiking, Lake Anza, the Tilden Municipal golf course, Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Strawberry Canyon Pool, UC Berkeley, Solano Ave Shops, Beauty, Restaurants and more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70
Pet Fee $40
Damage Deposit $150

Rate is $75 for 3 night stays and $85 for 2 days.
I can either send you an updated invoice or just take the difference from the security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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