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Nhu Miller

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Vietnamese

A Little Heaven on a Hillside. Walk to the Stadium and Greek Theatre

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This family-friendly C.C. Rosenberry designed classic home on a hillside estate above Memorial Stadium and the university. It was built for Albert Barkley in the 1929. The generously appointed three plus bedroom, three bath home is over 5000 square feet. Although light filled and spacious the house is warm and cozy with fireplaces and stoves. (gas)

The stunning view of downtown San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge and southern Marin County from the vantage point of the veranda of the finest estate on Panoramic Hill is surpassed only by the quiet charm of the solidly built home with its fascinating nooks and crannies.

The house was built in typical arts and craft style, with generous sized rooms, sturdy redwood beams and large, solid windows allowing magnificent light to fill the well appointed space. Outside, Rosenberry's design included sturdy trellises overhung with scented wisteria to complete the sense of space, with cobbled walkways, rock gardens, ponds and mighty redwoods as part of the estate living.

Set on a natural, gently sloping transition in the woods on Panoramic Hill, the property has a creek running through it with a bridge and path leading to a beautiful hillside estate view of the San Francisco Bay. Wild turkeys, deer, a flock of wild band tailed pigeons and migrating birds co-inhabit the estate. View the San Francisco Bay at sunset from the meditation spot on the other side of the ravine.

Yet you are only a few blocks away from the University as well as shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Higher up the hill there are miles of hiking and running trails.

The house also has private gardens in a fenced yard. It has had modifications to make it more comfortable yet it retains the charm of an traditional home living.

The owners have preserved the integrity of the original design by keeping the butcher block counters in the kitchen, as well as the spacious pantry, but the kitchen has been updated with new appliances and the home has recently been redecorated. The kitchen comes fully stocked with pots, pans, dish ware, and cutlery.

There is also a formal dining room and living room with cathedral ceilings and a full San Francisco Bay view framed by California native oaks.

The upper floor has three bedrooms, and a den. Each bedroom has its own separate bath. The upper garden bedroom has a queen sized bed and den, with separate entrance.

There is a very roomy master bedroom/sitting room with a king sized bed and bath. The third suite has a small bedroom with twin sized trundle bed (pull out bed underneath) and a living room with two sofa/beds.

There is a beautiful cottage, a one bedroom apartment and a two bedroom annex for overflow visitors on the same property. These are rented separately and may not be available.

There is central (forced air) heating, Wi-Fi hi-speed internet,washer/dryer. Direct TV. The Pacific Film Archives and Berkeley's many theatres are walking distance.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nhu Miller (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Vietnamese

About Nhu Miller

Tom and Nhu Miller have lived in this property with their extended family since 1974. Tom is a lawyer in Oakland. Nhu was a journalist and worked for Atlantic Philanthropies in Ha noi. They divide their time between Berkeley and Ha noi and other parts of the world, developing projects for their non-profit organization, Green Cities Fund.

Nhu Miller purchased this house in 1973

Why Nhu Miller chose The Bay Area

Set in the Berkeley hills, it is both urban and rural. For graduation and football games walk to campus without the hassle of parking which is non-existent in the south campus area.

What makes this house unique

It is a serene retreat while being totally accessible to UC Berkeley and the city. Ideal for family and friends reunions and retreats.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review #10758964 “Highest recommendation”

The Julia Morgan house is a charming, spacious, and very well-appointed

house that sits on gorgeous wooded grounds in the Berkeley hills. If you

wanted, you could spend the weekend exploring the owners' extensive art and

book collections or just drinking coffee while looking out the window at

the menagerie of animals (turkeys, deer, squirrels, various songbirds) that

pass through the yard on a daily basis. The house is also very

well-positioned for exploring the Bay Area. Berkeley is literally down the

hill, Oakland is very close, and San Francisco is nearby as well, both by

car and Oakland and Berkeley's BART stations. Runners and walkers can head

up the hill for some incredible views of the bay. The house is a great

option for couples, families with kids (though be careful with your kids

around the art and antiques!), groups of friends, and families coming in

from out of town for events at UC Berkeley (graduation, for example). You

will need a car if you stay here, and should be advised that Panoramic has

a couple of switchbacks and very sharp turns. If you don't like driving in

these conditions, I might recommend staying elsewhere, though that would be

a shame, because this place is great. Finally, I should mention that the

Millers are very gracious hosts. We had a fantastic time at the Julia

Morgan house, and give it our highest recommendation.
Dec 2014
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A Little Heaven on a Hillside. Walk to the Stadium and Greek Theatre
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful spacious house in the hills

  • 5 of 5

Tom and Nhu's property was the perfect place for us to host our out-of-town guests for our wedding weekend. We rented both the main house and the Library Annex, and used the main house for pre-wedding preparations in the days leading up to our wedding. Everything was just as described. The views were spectacular, the house was spotlessly clean, and Nhu was a wonderful and communicative host. We made a lot of cozy use of the fireplace in the dining area. Parking was plentiful, even for an area that has very limited parking. We loved watching the turkeys walking around every morning. Thank you for everything, it was an unforgettable stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful House!

  • 5 of 5

We had a family Christmas here. The house was lovely, with views out to the bay, ample room to relax in, and lots of charm. The artwork in the house, an abundance of good books to browse, a very well equipped kitchen make this place pretty special. The owners were friendly and very helpful in getting us settled. Our 90 year old had no trouble getting in and out and found a favorite sofa in the sun. The rest of us enjoyed a hike on the hills above, with stupendous views. We could have stayed a lot longer!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and we enjoyed the property. All the amenities of home were available in the house. The house was very comfortable. Plenty of room for everyone in our party. The surrounding area was peaceful with great views. I especially liked all the artwork and books.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Lovely house on the hill!

  • 5 of 5

I bring my work team to the Julia Morgan home twice a year for overnight work planning retreats. We've been coming for 2 years now and we love the space. The house is nestled in the hill, surrounded by tall oak trees, lots of birds including a family of wild turkeys, and a lovely garden. The view of the bay is spectacular! The house is clean, comfortable, and filled with beautiful art - we always feel right at home. Some of my team spend the night and they love the quiet and peaceful neighborhood. The house feels like you are on a luxurious retreat yet is so close to downtown Berkeley. Tom and Nhu are great hosts, are very responsive on email, and always make sure we are taken care of. We're always excited to stay at the Julia Morgan home and we'll keep coming back!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 Star View; 2 Star Accommodations

  • 2 of 5

The house is just as described, a Julia Morgan designed architectural masterpiece. It has a spectacular view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. We had a small party to celebrate our daughter's graduation and there was plenty of room for entertaining. Nhu and Tom were lovely and welcoming.

That being said, there are things potential renters should know. The house was built in 1927, and the kitchen or bathrooms have not been updates since then. The kitchen has an antique gas stove, which may look nostalgic, but I challenge anybody to bake in it. None of the drawers in the kitchen actually slide anymore, and any piece of kitchenware had to be washed before using. The bathrooms were dirty, unless cobwebs and mildew are your thing. I know this sounds picky, but for $500/night a new bar of soap in the shower is expected. Having light bulbs burnt out in several rooms, the kind that you can't change, didn't help. If your definition of a King size mattress is two twin mattresses pushed together and covered by a sheet, then yes, the Master has a king size bed.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am rather stunned by this review considering all the other reviews. It is the only review less than five star. The house is an older house and we note in the description that we have kept many of the original appliances including the O'Keeffe Merritt stove which has somehow managed to cook many meals for many people. I am sorry about the less than stellar cleanliness issue. The house was rented for five months prior and we had back to back graduation guests. The cleaners and I were not attentive enough in our effort to prepare the house and for that I apologize.
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Escondido, California

Wonderful house + excellent location + amazing view = happy vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our time spend in the Julia Morgan house on Panoramic Hill was magic! Imagine yourself set free in your eccentric great aunts home full of books, art, and great music. I found myself spending hours exploring the vast, beyond mainstream book collection in every room in between gazing out the windows watching the turkeys frolic with the squirrels and looking at the amazing city views. My young teens found the record player in the dining room with the huge collection of albums and our weekend was spent with them discovering music such as the Beatles and more. Evenings were spent lounging in the living room having meaningful conversation in front of the panoramic sunsets. Lifelong memories were made here that lovely long weekend! Our hostess went beyond for making sure we were comfortable and cared for. Couldn't ask for a better situation!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the first time we've been described as eccentric aunts and we take that as a compliment! Thanks! Nhu and Tom
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Rates & Availability

Berkeley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $200

$200 cleaning fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Crib (1) available upon request
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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