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Larry Kaplan and Marie Champlin

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Breathtaking San Francisco and Bay Views

11 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights

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Overview

Berkeley House Rental Photos and Description

Walking Distance to U.C. Berkeley Campus

Two Bedroom, One Full Bathroom Duplex, approx 792 square feet, behind UC Berkeley Stadium close to Campus, in the Berkeley Hills with views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, San Francisco and Bay views. Onsite parking for two cars. Lots of natural light, fireplace, and newly refinished hardwood floors. Located within walking distance of UC Berkeley campus, hiking trails and open space, with breathtaking views of the the Bay Area. Non-smoking.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Larry Kaplan and Marie Champlin (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Larry Kaplan and Marie Champlin

Born and raised, living most of our lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending local schools and universities.

Larry Kaplan and Marie Champlin purchased this house in 2010

Why Larry Kaplan and Marie Champlin chose The Bay Area

We both have traveled extensively throughout the world, only to find that our property is located in a world class location with picturesque views of the East Bay and San Francisco, within walking distance of hiking trails in open space of the Berkeley Hills, affording 360 degree views of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our home is located in a very quiet and serene location, consisting of 1960's Mid-Century and Bohemian architecture.

What makes this house unique

The home has southwest facing views, and decks towards San Franciso and the Bay, constructed almost exclusively of wood interiors and exterior. One experiences such a feeling of serenity and joy looking out over the natural and Bay views, with its dramatically everchanging scenes from sunlight to fog!

Reviews

4.5
based on 11 traveler reviews

Breathtaking San Francisco and Bay Views
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 11 reviews
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5

Beautiful apartment with very nice view

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is a bit up in the hills. Thus it has a tremendously nice view from the very large deck. It is in walking distance from UC Berkeley's campus, but if you live there with children it is advisable to have a car as otherwise carrying up groceries etc is a bit hard. We enjoyed a lot our stay in the apartment, the landlords were very kind and helpful, and we are grateful that they even borrowed us a child seat for our rental car. Close to the apartment there are very nive paths in the forest. We walked often along the long firetrail with an amazing view over the whole bay area.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great view, great space and a great price

  • 4 of 5

For us, my wife and I, this was an excellent rental.

It had an excellent location with roads reminiscent of european switchbacks. It was suspended on the side of the hill, thus providing spectacular views of the cities and bay. The apartment was large and bright, with 10ft of sliding glass doors in each of the main rooms; living/dining and two bedrooms. There was a large deck across the entire back with entry from all 3 rooms.

The apartment is 38 or 39 steps down or up and was not an issue for us; we went out and up or in and down only once a day. We packed two medium suitcases rather than one large, with these steps in mind.

Our hosts were very responsive to the few minor concerns we had.

This is a college, faculty or student, area and the apartment fits that environment. This would have been a five star review had the vertical blinds covering the sliding glass doors worked and shielded us from the city glow and first light of dawn we awoke to each morning.

This place has its ups and downs but cannot be matched for its value and view.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are in the midst of making a series of improvements on the apartment as we strive for a 5 star experience for our guests. We thank you for your thoughtful observations and agree that we have a great view, space and price.
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5

Beautiful Views!

  • 5 of 5

A very nice place to stay while visiting Berkeley. It is within walking distance of UC Berkeley's campus, Telegraph, and University. The apartment has terrific views and a large deck. A short way up the hill are nice hiking trails. I would definitely consider staying there again!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location in the hills of Berkeley. You will look down on the bay from the private drive Panoramic Way. The view from the deck and hills behind the house are simply amazing, you can't imagine much of a better location in the bay. So nice you will find it hard to leave in the morning, but if you do 15 minute walk to the heart of Berkeley and within an hour drive of all major Bay Area hot spots... Ideally located is what I'm getting at. Great wildlife right in the backyard and Larry has a bunch of cool bird books and nature identifiers.

The house is very comfortable and has all necessities. I was very happy with my stay here, couldn't have imagined a better spot.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 weeks in Larry's apartment. It is spacious and the views are breathtaking!

The apt is very cosy, the hiking trails are within a short walk. 15 min walk to Telegraph area and University.

Ideal place to stay in Berkeley.

The landlord Larry is very nice and helpful.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2

Spectacular Views of the Bay

  • 2 of 5

This property is in a great location for access to California Memorial Stadium, hiking trails and campus. And it is well priced for this area. Apartment has nice space and a large deck. Interior has nice amenities although very dated. Not ideal for anyone with physical limitations as it is two flights of wooden steps down to the front door and mattresses are on the floor. Wifi is very weak suitable for occasional use and not sufficient for power users or those needing to work. No cable TV.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly value your feedback and comments, as a way of improving the stays for future guests. As is the case with the vast majority of properties situated in the Berkeley Hills, with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding area, in close proximity to nature and hiking trails, they are either on an upslope or downslope, which translates to stairs; that being the case with our property as well. I believe this is indicated in our ad, as well as not being ADA compliant. Nonetheless, we will attempt to improve upon this communication for those who are unable to navigate stairs. As far as the interior being "dated," the home is of a mid-century vintage, well-preserved and maintained in most aspects. However, we plan on some cosmetic renovations in the Fall of 2015. It is also for that reason that we have been renting at a very reasonable rate in comparison to similar properties in the general locale. Basic cable TV is included as well as internet. Premium internet is dedicated to this unit only. If there was any problem with the internet, we would have appreciated hearing about it prior to your review, as we invite any issues/concerns during your stay, which is outlined in our Welcome Letter. However, this is the first we have heard about it. Again, we appreciate the feedback and take it very seriously in improving our property for future guests.
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Map

Greek Theater
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley Marina
Vik's Chaat Corner
Chez Panisse
Jupiter
Zachary's Chicago Pizza
The Cheese Board Pizza Collective
Top Dog
Zellerbach Auditorium
Cafe Rouge
Top Dog Center Street
Haas School of Business
Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden
The Cheese Board Pizza Collective
Pyramid Brewery
Berkeley Art Museum
Philz Coffee
Moe's Books
Ippuku
Haas Pavilion at UC Berkeley
Grizzly Peak
Bette's Oceanview Diner
Saul's Restaurant and Deli
Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
UC Berkeley School of Information
Tokyo Fish Market
Indian Rock Park
La Farine Berkeley
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
IKEA Emeryville
Skates on The Bay
Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon
Vanessa's Bistro
Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
Takara Sake USA Inc
Pegasus & Pendragon Books - Solano
Gelateria Naia
Ashby BART Station
Bongo Burger
REI
Peet's Coffee & Tea
Elmwood Cafe
Telegraph Avenue
Shattuck Cinema
Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers
T-Rex Barbeque
Berkeley Bowl
Cafe Intermezzo
Jupiter
Caffe Trieste
Pedro's Brazil Cafe
Trader Joe's
Kirala
Masse's Pastries
Indus Village Restaurant
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Caffe Strada
Restoration Hardware
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Ferry
7.4 Miles
Jack London Square
Nearest Beach
4.7 Miles
Berkeley Marina
Car: recommended

Property is located in the hills directly behind University of California Berkeley campus and California Stadium within walking distance of hiking trails and open space, with breathtaking views of the the Bay Area, within close proximity of Greek Theater, 'Gourmet Ghetto', Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Zellerbach Auditorium and Stadium, Downtown Berkeley. Located within 15 mi of downtown San Francisco, 30 mi of Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach and Mt. Tamalpais, 48 mi of Point Reyes National Seashore, and 40 mi of Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Country.

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Berkeley House Rental Rates

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14 night minimum stay
$150
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning (non-refundable) $150
Pet Fee $300
Refundable damage deposit $300

Utilities (water, gas, electricity) included.
Wi-fi broadband internet included in rental cost. Check-in time is 5:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Berkeley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size
  • Both bedrooms with large sliding glass doors on the view with large closets.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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