|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Enjoy a quiet and secluded visit, in the hills just minutes from UC or downtown Berkeley. This contemporary hillside retreat is a one-of-a-kind work of art, with hand plastered walls, limestone kitchen and bathrooms, and open beam ceilings. Beautiful living/dining room and deck with spectacular bay views.
As well as two large bedrooms with private baths, this flat features a study and a family room complete with built in bookcases and ample storage. There is a washer/dryer and laundry room, too. This flat is comfortably and eclectically furnished.
Located in the hills above the Claremont Hotel the light filled flat is the entire lower floor of a very private home. There is a separate entrance through a hand made gate.
'The look is rustic elegant, with limestone on the floor, slabs of sandstone as hearths, and beautiful old wood for the exposed beams and doors. The influences are Mediterranean and early Monterey with a dash of Southwest.' Diablo Magazine's July 2008 'More Heart Than Ego'
The owner or her agent will open and set up the flat, greet you upon arrival, explain and demonstrate all aspects of the property, and close up when you depart. During your visit she will be on call to answer questions and take care of any issues that might arise. She has in depth knowledge of Bay Area and the surrounding area.
Appliances in kitchen – refrigerator, range, microwave, portable dishwasher
Fully equipped kitchen – dishes, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans
Full laundry room - washer, dryer and massive amounts of storage
Master bedroom has a walk in closet, sitting area and there is a limestone, custom built shower in the private bathroom. There is also a small outdoor sitting area that looks into the woods.
A deck for al fresco dining overlooking the bay.
Fully furnished with an eclectic blend of antiques and modern pieces from all over the world.
An extensive library includes many travel books (lots on Northern California), children's books and Art books.
The 2 TVs are in the Living Room and the Family Room.
The separate office has a built in desk and shelving.
KINDLY NOTE THAT VRBO EMAILS HAVE BEEN HACKED ON OCCASION. HILLSIDE RETREAT WILL NEVER ASK FOR FUNDS TO BE WIRED, OR SUGGEST PRE-PAY DISCOUNTS. BEWARE EMAIL RESPONSES THAT ARE NOT SIGNED, AND ALWAYS CALL ME IF ANYTHING SEEMS AMISS.
The owner lives upstairs with a dog and two cats. Every effort is made to keep the animals out of the flat but occasionally they will slip in. If you have serious pet allergies it's possibly not the rental for you.
Also check out our other California listing in Palm Springs VRBO listing# 220729
Keywords: Flat, apartment, quiet, private, Berkeley, UC Berkeley,
Gillian, an artist and architectural designer, designed and built this home in 1999. She lives with a dog and two cats in the flat upstairs.
Gillian Eversole Servais purchased this apartment in 1999
The Berkeley hills offer one of the most relaxing and beautiful locations. A semi private driveway leads you to this country setting just minutes from downtown Berkeley, The University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. The site attracted me because from one side the view is of the SF bay and the Golden Gate and from the other side it is a private, wooded hillside. It is truly the best of both worlds.
We arrived back in UK this afternoon, we had a great time traveling down the coast and saw tremendous views and quite a bit of wildlife. Our holiday started perfectly in Berkeley, lovely apartment, very well situated for everything around the Bay Area and of course last and certainly not least was the wonderful view from the balcony. Not sure that photos do it justice.
Thank you very much also for returning the deposit so promptly, we received both transactions although only today for the 2nd one on our return home.
We will certainly recommend your apartment to anybody in UK wishing to visit San Francisco area.
Thank you and regards,
Kim, Alison , Dawn and Allan
We stayed with two kids (of 4 and 7) and everybody loved the place and the owner. This is, probably, the most artistic and romantic place I have ever rented. The house is located rather high on the hill above Elmwood, Berkeley (it is one of the highest in the area) and the view from the deck to Golden Gate and Bay bridges, to San Francisco and to the port of Oakland are really fabulous. We also highly appreciate the esthetics of the design of the house and of the apartment.
The house has neighbors only on one of four sides and they are, basically, invisible since their house is one level below. Somebody who wants to escape from an overpopulated city for a while would particularly appreciate this place.
The owner is very kind and friendly.
My family (4 adults) enjoyed our stay in the Berkeley area and this hillside apartment made it all that more pleasant, relaxing and fun. The views from the private front deck were so beautiful day and night with distant panoramic views of Alcatraz and all the sights in the Bay.
Apartment has 2 spacious bedrooms with full baths plus den, living room, laundry and fully appointed kitchen. All we needed to buy was food and libations.
The home is convenient (with a car) to everything Berkeley area has to offer and is well maintained.
Hope to be back often in the area to visit with family.
This flat is very beautiful, comfortable and serene. The simple, open design of it is very inviting and attractive. The owner is warm, friendly and helpful, but we definitely felt we had our own space. The flat is more attractive than the photos convey. I would recommend this vacation rental completely. It was easy to get into San Francisco for activities and back again for a peaceful evening. There are many fine dining establishments located nearby.
I cannot say enough about this home, the view or Gillian, the owner. We knew from the the listing that we would have a view but were truly amazed at just how stunning it was. The house is beautifully designed and decorated. Extremely comfortable for two couples. We entertained one evening with about a dozen people with plenty of room and Gillian was most gracious about the parking, extra furniture and even tolerated our Irish music session on the deck as we enjoyed the sunset. You will definitely need a car with this home but it was not a far drive from anything we wanted to do. Would highly recommend!
The pictures do this apartment no justice. The place is larger on the inside than it looks in the photos, and the view from the front porch/living room is better than you can imagine. You're also close by car to a million fun activities and day trips. But with this view, you won't want to leave the apartment. Also it's quiet and cozy inside so you can sleep in and have romantic meals or whatever.
The owner lives upstairs, she has a big (gentle) dog that barks once in a while, and parking is limited, but the host is very accommodating. Definitely you need a car to rent this place, as it's up a really steep hill and there's no public transportation nearby. There are about 10 stairs to climb down from the driveway, so it might not be ideal if you're mobility impaired.
The host is great: we had a couple of parties, one of which included like 10 children who made a ton of noise, and she didn't complain. She let us borrow her BBQ as well. Highly recommended.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
|Notes||The refundable security deposit is due upon booking. The rent and cleaning fee is due 15 days prior to arrival.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.