About this listing
Modern, newly built garden house. Clean, simple, quiet and relaxing space. Earth-plastered walls, built-in window seat with tatami mat. Heated concrete floor, skylights and large french doors overlooking the garden. One open room and one separate bathroom, about 300 sqft. No kitchen, but a mini-fridge, electric water kettle and coffee maker, with necessary dishes for your morning brew.
Close to Dwight St/ San Pablo Ave shops, restaurants, and coffee shops. Easy street parking and a separate entrance through the garden.
This is the space you need to "get away from it all". Situated in a quiet, friendly, residential neighborhood, the studio faces a lush garden. Enjoy an evening outside by the fire pit, watch the hummingbirds in the morning or just relax with a book under the skylights. The studio is a perfect retreat if you need to be close to the city (any city in the Bay Area really) but want to come home to a quiet space.
Easy walking to several pleasant coffee shops, restaurants and shops. Take public transportation to San Francisco or use your car for day trips in and around the Bay Area.
The nearest BART station (with connections to San Francisco and all over the Bay Area) is North Berkeley BART. It takes 15-20 minutes, about 1 mile on foot to get there. There are several bus stops in a 2-3 block distance, part of the Berkeley and East Bay transit system.
Other Things to Note
The bed had a foam mattress and it measures 56" by 78".
This is a quiet space, so no loud parties please. No smoking in the studio, but it's ok in the garden. Please be respectful of the space and the surrounding garden.
There is a $50 cleaning fee.
Check-in after 4pm, check-out before 11am.
The studio was beautiful -- well-designed and quiet. We enjoyed it very much, and loved meeting Nina, who was respectful of our privacy. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you so much.
This studio is even cuter than the photo. It is new, clean, simple but well designed, artsy, with excellent lighting, roomy, very quiet, and it smells good. I giggled with delight to myself as I opened the doors. Nina left a very generous basket of snacks and coffee and tea for my visit. The studio is a separate building in her backyard garden in a residential area with easy (and free) parking and it is extremely quiet. But restaurants and stores are within (long-ish) walking distance. Jogging/walking trails and good stores are nearby. The bed is comfortable. The shower is roomy and has good water pressure. The studio has easy driving access to Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and the Napa area. I look forward to staying here again.
Nina's Garden Studio was really wonderful – she's built up a great structure within her backyard garden in Berkeley. Really cozy, had all that I needed for my stay, and she was very welcoming. Made herself readily available by phone and email. Great, quiet spot! Totally recommended if you're looking for a quiet place while exploring the bay area.
My stay in Nina's garden studio was great. It is exactly as pictured, clean and very well designed. The fruit and treats left were a welcomed surprise. Very close to all Berkeley attractions. Would stay here again in a heartbeat. A++
Nina was great. We got there a little earlier than we planned but she was very accommodating. The neighborhood was quiet, easy parking and about a 15 minute walk from downtown berkeley. I couldn't ask for a better place. The garden was beautiful, the room, very comfortable and the cute touches Nina added (coffee, tea, fruit, books) made it all the better. i would recommend this place to everyone.
Nina is a great host. Everything went smoothly. This is indeed a private studio retreat with a truly lovely garden. The pictures give an accurate sense of it. The neighborhood is quiet and in walking distance of some good restaurants. The studio was nicely stocked with fresh organic fruit and lots of good teas/coffee. Highly recommended.
Nina's garden was in full bloom when we arrived. After a long day on the road, it was the perfect place to land. The lovely cottage opens entirely onto the garden thru sliding glass doors creating a beautiful and refreshing indoor/outdoor living space. It is a peaceful haven in the midst of city buzz. I couldn't ask for a kinder, friendlier and more accomodating hostess. We highly recommend Nina's retreat!
About the Host, Nina
I have been living in the Bay Area for the past 19 years, both in San Francisco and now in Berkeley. I own and manage a Green Building retail store in Berkeley - or maybe I should say that it owns me! Many of the features in my studio are earth-inspired: Natural clay and lime plasters, thick wall insulation and radiant floor heat for warmth and comfort.
Whenever I have free time I love the outdoors, be it a hike in Point Reyes, riding my bike around town or working in my backyard. I am also studying chinese medicine and acupuncture, (very part time) just for fun and interest.