About the property
- Apartment1500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
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 cat. Every effort is made to keep the cat out of the flat but occasionally he 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 Eversole Servais
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
About Gillian Eversole Servais
Gillian, an artist and architectural designer, designed and built this home in 1999. She lives with a cat in the flat upstairs.
Gillian Eversole Servais purchased this Apartment in 1999
Why Gillian Eversole Servais chose Claremont Hills
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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Hands down the best place to stay in Berkeley! Charrming, spacious, clean with a view of the city!
So serene, snuggled amount the oaks, it feels secluded but only moments down the hill to Berkeley. Charmingly decorated, large rooms, airy, clean, with a view from a private balcony of the city, bay and bridges framed by vines and trees. Gillian is a great hostess, and considerately left us a care package for breakfast as we were arriving too late to go to the store. Thank you!
Thank you Susan! It was a pleasure to have you back after a 4 year hiatus.
Beautiful apartment stunning view very nice host
We have been in Gillian’s place the third time, and look forward to many more stays. Just everything was perfect.
Well equipped, comfortable, great view, consistent with web images
Gillian is an accessible and charming owner who dealt immediately with any concerns or issues. The apartment is very comfortable and has a.good kitchen that was easy to use making preparation of meals there a good choice. The place is artfully furnished with attractive fixtures, furnishings, and an astonishing collection of books, games, etc. We had a couple of guests and the second bedroom and bath made these easy to accommodate. Gillian has a wealth of information about area activities; although we are not strangers to the region she recommended a number of things that were new to us and that we enjoyed. A car is essential, as the hills are steep and shopping, though convenient by car, would otherwise be difficult.
It was such a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to your return in 2019.
Great place with beautiful views
We love the place very comfortable
With beautiful views
The owner very friendly and always helpful with any requests or needs that we have. We will love to come back again.
I hope your trip home went smoothly. It was a pleasure to have you here. Best wishes for 2018!
Work obligations took me to the area for a month and I was fortunate enough to find this rental. Gillian is available if and when you need her, but you also feel very much to yourself with your private space. The space is very well thought-out, quality, and well cared for. I wouldn't hesitated to stay there again and can't endorse it enough.
Thank you Ashley! it was a pleasure having you and your family here. I loved hearing children's voices below and hope they enjoyed the games and books. You are all welcome any time.
We had a great stay at Gillian's Hillside Retreat!
Gillian's Hillside Retreat was perfect for our visit to Oakland/Berkeley. Very comfortable and spacious, but the views are what makes this place so special. And Gillian was extra helpful, from providing us with breakfast items so we didn't have to run out ourselves, to great restaurant and hiking suggestions. I definitely recommend Hillside Retreat to anyone coming to the Bay Area.
It was my pleasure to have you say and will look forward to having you back in the future.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The refundable security deposit is due upon booking. The rent and cleaning fee is due 15 days prior to arrival.