2 Bedroom Hidden Haven Close to Downtown
About Terri Giamartino
I am a small business owner living in Berkeley for the last 40 years. I am an avid martial artist and have owned a martial arts studio since 1993. I love the outdoors, gardening, cooking and art. I love to travel, and entertain and can show you the all the nooks and crannies you might not find on your own. Staying at our home will not disappoint! We are a household of 4. Our boys are college age but living at home and working. We are busy professionals and aren't always around, but one of us works frequently in the garden, so we are around using the yard. There is plenty of space for privacy and also opportunities to socialize some if it is preferred.
Terri Giamartino purchased this Apartment in 1985
Why Terri Giamartino chose Central Berkeley
We Love the absolute convenience of where we live. Having been here for over 30 years, we know the city well and can certainly direct you to places of interest. We walk to most restaurants, movies and theater.
What makes this Apartment unique
Hidden behind the main house, the unit is sunny and quiet. Within minutes you can walk downtown, access public transit and enjoy all the cultural and culinary advantages of Berkeley. Only 5 blocks to the University of California, enjoy a quiet respite from city life.
Children allowed - Noise level must be minimal w/unit belowNoise level must be minimal w/unit below
No smoking - $250 fine for add'l cleaning$250 fine for add'l cleaning
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - 25 or older25 or older
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Good location but...
The flat is well located in Berkeley, a few blocks from the university. However the overall cleanliness of the property should be improved as well as the communication with the owner (We have been accused of making noice although it was the plumbing system, and we received several messages to move our car although the parking was supposed to be permanent).
I was very surprised to see the low review you gave for the cottage. I would like to address the issues you brought up.
1. Almost all the previous reviews maintain that the unit is spotless. If you had a problem with something, you did not communicate it to us.
2. The driveway was yours to use, but we did need to get the trash and recycling cans out to the street for pickup on Wednesday. This is clearly stated in the house rules and letter we sent you. Since you used the driveway, it is your responsibility to make sure the can go out to the curb. We were happy to do it, just simply asked when your car might not be in the way, so we could take out the cans.
3. As far as noise goes, we had a complaint from the downstairs traveller and simply asked what was happening upstairs. We were not accusatory. When you demonstrated a plumbing noise when the water nozzle was turned to a certain flow, we realized for the first time that we would need to have this looked into. No one else has ever complained about the noise from the shower or notified us of the issue.
We spoke at length about international politics and travel and during that time, you never mentioned any of the issues you were having. We are sorry you did not find everything to your liking. We are very responsive hosts and pride ourselves on providing a great environment for a very modest price. That is why we have been superhosts for so long.
This darling cottage did not disappoint. Great location!
Great choice in Berkeley
This centrally located, well-maintained apartment was perfect for two adults and two school-aged kids. We had everything we needed and were close to our family and friends.
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and found the apartment to your liking! Visit us anytime.
Delightful apartment in Berkeley
A delightful apartment in perfect position for visiting both Berkeley and San Francisco. Very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Beautiful and well maintained deck area and garden. Provided everything we needed - stayed there with my family for 10 days in June and would definitely go back if visiting the area again. Terri, the host, was always helpful and responded very quickly to any queries both during the booking process and during our visit. Accommodated a late check out at short notice.
Spring break at Berkeley
We stayed in this apartment for several nights while we were visiting our adult daughter who attends Berkeley. It was a perfect spot. The unit is a block off of University Ave which is very busy and we were ever so glad to have this quieter location. The unit is on the second floor so it had good light and the ability to see a little ways around the neighborhood. Everything worked, the weather was a little chilly but the furnace worked well and kept us toasty warm. The flower beds had received recent attention and looked lovely and there was a outdoor bench where you could sit outside.
We liked this unit and would definitely use it again.
Great place to stay for a girls get away.
My daughter, 2 daughters -in-law and I stayed in this apartment for a 4 day girls get away. The apartment was a short walking distance from the BART, groceries, and restaurants. We found the beds to be very comfortable and there’s a cute patio to enjoy morning coffee or evening cocktails.
Terri quickly answered all my questions and was very accommodating with an earlier check in time. All in all this is a wonderful place to stay if you’re visiting the Bay Area. Happy Traveling.
Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. We are really glad you enjoyed your stay. We also enjoyed meeting you!
Located in the heart of Berkeley and minutes from the University of California you can walk to and enjoy a plethora of cultural activities: Live theater, music venues, 10 movie screens, multi-ethnic restaurants, shopping and more.
Minutes from local parks and regional parks, hiking abounds along with the Little Farm, pony rides, carousel and swimming at Lk Anza.
Minutes from public transit including local buses (AC transit) and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) which can take you to all local airports including San Francisco.