This is the beautiful yard, with the cottage on the left.  Yes, that's a tree house on the right!The kitchen countertop has a two burner stove, and the windows look out into the garden.
Quiet North Berkeley Garden Cottage

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

This lovely garden cottage has a beautiful piano, fantastic bed and well furnished kitchen (vitamix, new digital oven, stove, gluten free household!)

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 5PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $200
Weekly Discount: 15%


The space

This quiet, rustic cabin is situated in the middle of an organic garden and yard in the heart of North Berkeley's “Gourmet Ghetto", just minutes from numerous fine restaurants and shops, and a 15 minute walk to UC Berkeley campus and BART.

I am a light sleeper and I hear no traffic, no freeways, no adjoining neighbors at night. It's wonderful.

The cottage has its own entrance, kitchenette and bathroom with a fabulous, strong shower. The main room is fully furnished, with a sofa, coffee table and a 1934 Bush & Lane piano. The kitchenette is directly across from the living area and it's lovely to drink morning tea on the couch and look across through the kitchen windows to the garden. On warm days, open the double doors at the end of the studio to view the garden. Or simply sit outside.

The bedroom is separated from the main area by a closet and a curtain, and the bathroom is directly adjacent to the bedroom. It is very cozy in the bedroom which just fits a 2-year old Keetsa organic memory foam mattress and pillows and a bedside table. If you have long arms you can reach the bathroom door from the bed! (read: small but comfortable!).

There is wireless internet, a fully stocked kitchen with a two-burner stove and oven and fridge with freezer. I have lived here 5 years and I love it. Feel free to check out the awesome treehouse in the garden. I have no pets but the garden is shared with the Victorian house in the front of the property, and they have a grumpy but harmless older dog. He barks when you walk through the gate past the house but that's it. He occasionally comes into the yard/garden with his owner and attempts to catch the squirrels.

If you walk down the garden path and through the gate onto Vine Street, you will find yourself in the heart of the Gourmet Ghetto (so named because of all the gourmet restaurants and shops), and the lovely neighborhood of North Berkeley, with beautiful Victorian homes and charming gardens. Visit the original Peet's Coffee and Tea, opened April 1st, 1966, just half a block away! Other famous restaurants and establishments include Chez Panisse, The Cheeseboard, Cafe Gratitude, The Local Butcher Shop, Gregoire, the Thursday farmer's market, etc. It would be silly to charge extra for breakfast in my cottage as there are a dozen delicious places to get anything from gourmet coffee, muffins, bagels from Saul's, Masse's French pastries, or simply eggs and toast!

It's a 15 minute walk to UC Berkeley Campus, and to North Berkeley or Downtown Berkeley Bart stations which can take you to San Francisco in approximately 30 minutes. San Francisco is an easy drive as well (traffic permitting, of course) of approximately 45 minutes, as is the North Bay and scenic Marin County with Muir Woods, Mt Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, etc. There is usually easy street parking within 1-2 blocks of the cottage.

Come enjoy all that the Bay area has to offer from this charming pied-a-terre.

House Rules
Check in time is 3PM - 5PM

Shoes off in house please (the garden promotes muddy shoes).
No smoking or drugs.
No parties.

This is a Scent Sensitive Household. Usually 'natural/organic' or gently scented products are fine but the worst offender is scented laundry detergent. It seems to have oils that clings to surfaces and remains, even if not directly used. Most people are fine, I've only had one guest that 'left' a scent! Kindly let me know if you use heavily scented products.
Note I am not against scents! I burn essential oils here (gently) and very occasionally, Juniper Ridge incense, a very natural brand of tree based incense.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Smoke detector

9 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

42 Reviews

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Alexandra User Profile
May 2016
Karma's rustic bohemian cottage is the gourmet ghetto's ultimate gem! She was an excellent host and provided everything I needed for a comfortable stay.

Mia User Profile
May 2015
The cottage was ADORABLE! Such an awesome location, close to everything. Super clean and exactly as described. We had an awesome experience and would recommend this spot!

Gail User Profile
August 2014
Karma was great. Even though we weren't able to meet face to face, she stayed in contact by phone and text. There was a problem which she addressed immediately and gave me a little discount at the end. A little funky--and who doesn't need more funk?--and close to UCB and gourmet ghetto. Had a great time!

Robert User Profile
June 2014
An incredibly cozy little place, situated away from street noise, in a lovely garden. The location is incredible (if you like a healthy, organic lifestyle). Karma was very organized, friendly and helpful. We had a lot of luggage (four big pieces), so the size of the place was a bit challenging (it's a studio, essentially). But for all "normal" travelers it's excellent - especially in spring through fall, when you can take advantage of the lush garden.

Bryan User Profile
September 2013
Karma's little cottage was an amazing place for us to re-experience Berkeley! We truly loved the rustic feel on the outside, and the inside was completely immaculate. The bathroom was complete with shampoo and body wash, and there were fresh towels! We were so happy to stay here. Also, Karma was great at getting back with us before and during our stay, so we had no problems communicating. Highly recommended!

Denis User ProfileDenis is a superhost.
November 2012
Staying in Karma's beautiful guest house is a great way to experience Berkeley's gourmet ghetto!

Chad User Profile
November 2012
We had a great time staying in Karma's cottage. Great location near Chez Panisse and the cottage was cozy and comfortable. Awesome tree house as well. Karma was very responsive to emails/texts.

Berkeley, California, United States · Joined in April 2012
Karma User Profile

I was born and raised in California. I studied Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, then and moved to England to pursue a career in opera. I performed in semi-professional and amateur theaters all around London, and had a blast swing dancing, studying yoga, cooking, natural medicine and massage.

When I came back to the Bay Area I knew I had to live in Berkeley and immediately fell in love with my Vine Street Cottage. I've been here 10 years, and feel blessed to work for myself as a voice teacher, massage teacher, craniosacral practitioner and reflexologist.

My neighborhood is one of the best food corners of the world, it's called the Gourmet Ghetto. I feel so spoiled by the quality of food we have here, farmer's markets happen on an almost daily basis all around Berkeley and San Francisco. The people are friendly and open, and there is so much creative talent everywhere.

I am happy to offer my cottage over long weekends to enable your fantastic holiday in the Bay Area! When I travel I seek out B&B's or friend's homes to stay in, because this helps me feel the or the personality of the area I am staying in.

Response rate: 100%
(past 90 days)
Response time: within a few hours