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Sophisticated Flat with Spectacular Bay/Golden Gate/~SF~ Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

Free WiFi

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.


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,

More Details

Gillian Eversole Servais
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2017

About Gillian Eversole Servais

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

Why Gillian Eversole Servais chose Oakland

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Gillian

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
Aug 2012
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Claremont Hills Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The Master bath has a custom built limestone shower and the second bathroom has a tub shower combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Master bedroom and the second bedroom have comfortable Queen Beds. There is a twin sized air mattress that can be made up in the family room or office. A comfortable, queen, fold out couch is in the family room and it features an air mattress.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Sophisticated Flat with Spectacular Bay/Golden Gate/~SF~ Views
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 53 reviews

Fantastic view!!!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay. We had wonderful weather. The view was so beautiful you hated to leave the flat. Just as described and comfortable with everything you need. Gillian very friendly, accommodating and eager to assist with any questions you may have about the area. Would definitely recommend!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sharon! Come back soon.
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Amazing place, highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Gillian's hillside retreat was truly spectacular. We found it a great base from which to move about the Bay Area. The place looked much better in person than in the pictures, we were extremely pleased. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Chris! New time I'll look forward to meeting you. Happy travels.
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Just as we remembered from our first stay!

  • 5 of 5

5 years since our first stay here in Gillians "flat", just as we remembered it, the same warm welcome, clean spacious rooms and of course the spectacular view over SF bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Very comfortable for 2 couples with 2 separate en-suite bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a laundry room, workable kitchen, separate "office space" and off-street safe parking right outside the house. You definitely need a car here because all is uphill, though short distances to nearby food stores, Berkely and the BART-train station into SF. Highly recommended to anyone wanting a relaxing non-hotell stay in the Bay-area. Thanks Gillian, we give you 10 out of 10 and hope to be back for a third visit sometime in the future!

Jonathan and Grete Allworthy, Oslo, Norway

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure seeing you again after all these years. Luckily there was no Icelandic volcanic eruption this time to worry you.
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Nicely appointed with great views

  • 5 of 5

I was very happy. Gillian is a great host.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you here. Thank you!
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Paradise Lives Atop Berkeley

  • 5 of 5

If location is everything then Gillian's flat atop Berkeley is the top of the food chain. This quaint rental is just spectacular! The view is amazing and the living space is perfect for a family of 4 or 5. You will see wildlife and beautiful landscapes for miles in the canyon. It is the perfect retreat to enjoy the most spectacular view of the bay and San Francisco. Our hostess was so accommodating and a pleasure to be around. I would highly recommend this spot for a treat and retreat!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure meeting you and your family. Congratulations again on your daughter's great successes!
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Paradise Valley, Arizona

Really special retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at Gillian's Hillside Retreat in Berkley was beyond remarkable. The home is an artist's vision with charm and comforts to spare. The home was missing nothing for our stay. We were very comfortable and were able to spend time in downtown Berkley for a family wedding with not much travel time. The view of San Francisco Bay from the front deck is breathtaking and the access to the lush canyon hillside from the back is cool and calming. As a family, we use VRBOs often. We found this to be an absolute gem.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chez Panisse
Greek Theater
The Cheese Board Pizza Collective
Lake Merritt
Oakland Museum of California
Bakesale Betty
Children's Fairyland
Grand Lake Theatre
Lake Temescal
Burma Superstar
Rockridge Market Hall
The Campanile
Boot and Shoe Service
Little Farm
Urban Ore, Inc.
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Claremont Hotel and Resort
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Jack London Sq, Oakland
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Claremont Country Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Emeryville or Oakland
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 24 and Hwy 13
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rick and Anns
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Claremont Hills Apartment Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
cleaning fee $150

The refundable security deposit is due upon booking. The rent and cleaning fee is due 15 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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