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Private, Studio Apartment in Gorgeous Berkeley Hills

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 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
  • Hair 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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(40 traveler reviews)

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Private, Studio Apartment in Gorgeous Berkeley Hills
average rating of 4.375 based on 40 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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Homey, with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful value

  • 4 of 5

Great unit. Comfortable. Nice views. Wonderful value. Mattress is memory foam - nice upgrade. Does need new pillows, though. Very nice stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Good stay in a safe area

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Johanna's place. She was quick to respond to our requests. The walkway is lighted by motion-sensor lighting and is a private walkway with round paving stones to walk on. Parking on street was easy--a bit crowded, but typical of all of the Berkeley area. The space is a good size. We never experienced any problems running out of hot water. The water pressure in the shower was amazingly good. The fridge is small, old, and very functional. It was easy to prepare meals and clean up. The washer and dryer were a great plus. We would certainly consider this accommodation again when we come to visit the area again.

For an $80 rental in the Berkeley area, this is a five-star place. Understand that it is a basement studio, so there will be some noise from people walking upstairs. The noise was slight and never bothered us. I've had worse in hotels. There is a slight musty odor, but for a humid area and in a basement, that is to be expected. We never heard any piano practicing going on, but would have loved hearing it. (We have two pianos in our house.)

The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, utensils, and dishes.

The area around Berkeley was built out many years ago, so most of the housing is getting old. Kensington is a very nice area; safe and clean. Most of the Berkeley area is in the Berkeley Hills or is even older housing. The advantage is the beautiful views of the bay area. The disadvantage is that you have to drive up a hill to get to it. Google maps wants to take you on a route that is difficult to drive. Use Grizzly Peak Drive to get to this studio and you will find the drive much easier.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views & cozy

  • 5 of 5

Great views. Very private & cozy

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gilbert, AZ

Wonderful space, beautidul view, and great amenities!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son (11), and I had a wonderful time visiting family in the area for a week (we also brought our large labradoodle along). This studio was perfect for us! The location was amazing, the amenities were great for having some meals there when we didn't want to eat out, and space was plenty large enough. Amazing hiking trails within a short distance and the city was easy to access as it's easy to do both the tourist-type activities as well as experience the outdoors/nature-type activities from this location The studio was very clean and tidy with extra towels, sheets, blankets, etc. available! We would absolutely consider staying here again. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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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.