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Luxury East Bay Hills Home With Spectacular S F Bay Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 6 nights


About the property

1br+ House With Stunning View Of Golden Gate Bridge And San Francisco

Not in San Francisco but just across the bay. Over a bridge by car/bus or through a tunnel on BART, and in as little as 30 minutes you are in Baghdad by the Bay!

My 1930 mediterranean house sits next to Berkeley in the hills of El Cerrito overlooking the entire San Francisco bay, directly opposite the golden gate bridge as you can see in the panorama on my website.

A quiet retreat in the East Bay, it is only a 10 minute drive from downtown Berkeley and CAL, or just over 30 mins to San Francisco and all the city has to offer. If you prefer, the safe, clean and convenient Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system the station is just minutes away which connects to Berkeley, San Francisco and SFO. You can also get buses to berkeley and other directions from the station. The Express bus stop for downtown San Francisco is 2 blocks further. The BART station is also by El Cerrito Plaza - a new, well designed mall with grocery stores (including Trader Joe's), assorted stores, restaurants and cafes.

If you are working or vacationing in the Bay area, El Cerrito provides an ideal centralized location

My home is in the hills of El Cerrito. It is just two miles from the Berkeley border and across the Bay from San Francisco with fantastic views of the Golden gate Bridge and the City. A car is recommended, and it takes about 40 minutes to drive to San Francisco depending on traffic. There is a BART (subway) station a mile from my home.

El Cerrito is the perfect starting point if you wish to explore the sights of Northern California as well as San Francisco. Your drive to the Wine Country etc will be much shorter and with less traffic than it would be from the City. You are also just a couple of miles away from the world famous restaurants of Berkeley (Chez Panisse for example) and the bright new culinary centre of Oakland.

My home is on a quiet residential street which offers unrestricted parking and you will always be able to park outside the house.

If you are working or vacationing in the bay area, el cerrito provides an ideal centralized location

The house has one queen bedroom with the second bedroom fitted as an office with a murphy bed so i limit occupancy to two people.

Enter through a wooden gate into my serene private front garden. Inspired by oriental landscaping you can relax on the slate and redwood terracing. Listen to the wind in the bamboo or the trickle of the fountain in the pond. This is a perfect warm weather spot for sunny morning coffee, or soothing afternoon shade. The cool tiled entry hall with its english art deco chinoiserie lantern leads into the morning room.

Relax and enjoy the morning sun and views of the garden through the arched windows. The ceiling light in this room is french art deco and the wall lights are original to the house. If you enjoy entertaining then the dining room with its stylish original art deco table which folds out to comfortably seat 6 and the italian dining chairs will serve you well. Asian antiques and fine english and american artwork complement the mood. Cooking and entertaining

The kitchen features a gas stovetop with convection oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and - as i enjoy cooking and entertaining - every convenience and appliance you could wish for.

Now enter the spacious living room with a wall of windows framing the san francisco bay view. A bistro table with chairs provides an ideal spot for breakfast or any casual meal.

Comfortable seating, large screen tv, dvd and vcr plus a gas flamed fireplace mean that summer and winter you can enjoy magnificent views or the best in entertainment from the comfort of your own space. The golden gate bridge lies directly across the water and at certain times of the year the sun sets directly behind it. To the right is beautiful mount tamalpais with its wooded slopes and breathtaking views. Open the french doors and relax on the large slate floored deck. The stainless steel cabled railing leaves the view stunningly unobstructed.

Stairs lead down to the laundry room and the spacious rear garden.

In the main bedroom overlooking the garden you will enjoy a plush queen size bed, restful nights and birdsong in the morning. The second bedroom i use as my office. Should you need to work there is plentiful desk space with computer and internet connections. For a break watch the squirrels chasing each other along the fence and through the trees just outside the window. There is a double murphy bed which folds down to provide a comfortable night's sleep.

Both bedrooms have ample closet space and an antique chest of drawers in each. They are separated by the bathroom which i have restored to its original deco condition. It has a lovely deep original tub, and shower.

More Details

Andrew Herman
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

Why Andrew Herman chose El Cerrito

This is a Mediterranean style stucco house built in 1930 with many original details. In the hills of El Cerrito we look directly across the Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge. A wonderful location for relaxing, enjoying trips in to the City and the surrounding Wine Country and other sights


El Cerrito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


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Luxury East Bay Hills Home With Spectacular S F Bay Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Fabulous home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We have rented properties all over the world for the past 25+ years . Andrew's property has been one of the best and most comprehensively equipped with everything you may ever need ! It was extremely easy and efficient to deal with the property rental and the description of the property and its attributes are accurate. A great location with easy access to so many different areas of the SF Bay Area , great restaurants , farmers market etc. A magnificent view of SFO and the two Bay bridges from the back patio while enjoying a glass of wine late afternoon followed by beautiful sunsets.The property is very well maintained . Andrew is very efficient and the security deposit was refunded within a day of vacating the property - outstanding customer service. I would very highly and unreservedly recommend this property . Thank you so much Andrew.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Leverett, MA

A True Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

It is with great pleasure we submit this review for this terrific El Cerrito home. In the highly competitive market of vacation rentals in the San Francisco vicinity, nothing proves our complete satisfaction more than the fact that we are repeat renters for periods as short as a week to stays as long as two and three months. The house, deck, spectacular sunset views, furnishings, artworks, and piano speak for themselves. Many owners of vacation rentals strip their homes of anything of artistic or decorative value but not so this property. If you are looking for a house with the look of a corporate hotel suite, then this house is not for you. It is a true home away from home.

For those not familiar with the East Bay a word must be said about its location. Many rental homes are located in the remote Berkeley hills, which if you are not familiar with the area, means far from any public transportation and located on winding narrow two way streets with limited parking that barely allow one car to pass. Without sacrificing the view of the Bay, this house is well located on a wide street, a short 20 minute walk from the El Cerrito Plaza BART station, shopping, and two short stops from the center of Berkeley. A longer but no less easy ride will take you under the Bay to San Francisco.

All our dealings with the owners have never been less than professional and if you have any doubts whether the cleaning fee is really just a hidden fee with little discernible benefit, know that the owners are blessed by having the longtime services of a wonderful professional cleaning service that guarantees that this beautiful home will be spotless, well appointed, and ready for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Train
1 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $200
Refundable securedeposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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