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Berkeley Hills House in The Claremont ~ Spectacular Golden Gate Views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4-6 with Bay Views

Beautiful light filled brown shingle Arts and Crafts house located in one of Berkeley’s most elegant neighborhoods behind The Claremont Hotel and Spa. A five minute walk takes you to shops a great local restaurant, fresh coffee store, wine store, art gallery, and a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere.

This area is wonderful for walking, bird watching, enjoying the magnificent houses, plants, flowers and mature trees. We are an enjoyable fifteen minute walk to the University of California campus. A twenty minute walk to downtown Berkeley and BART subway station. We have a collection of books about Berkeley and the history of the area.

Our home was built in 1912. We have installed all new plumbing, forced air heating, electrical, gas, water, WIFI, foundation and much more. It is rustic and a brown shingle style.

This private home Does Not have a driveway and you must walk up and down a city stairway and paved trail. It is recommended for people who like to walk, enjoy nature and open to a unique experience. Parking is on the street and we walk up about 3/4 of a block to the house.

A game table is set up in the living room for your enjoyment and there is firewood set in the fireplace ready for lighting, remember to open the flue.

The living room has a comfortable new queen sofa with Amish made coffee table and a large stone fireplace. Original woodwork and windows face West to enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge and Sunset views. There are glass pocket doors between the dining room and living rooms for privacy.

Kitchen has all new stainless steel appliances with granite counter tops, cherry wood cabinets, hardwood floor, recessed lighting, bay window with orchids and a South facing view of the back yard.

All cooking and baking items are at hand as well as spices and teas. There is a small breakfast table which overlooks to the back yard and the bird bath.

Dining room has a table with two leaves to enlarge for 8 people. The hutch is original with built in glass doors and drawers. A window seat faces South and is a perfect place to curl up to read a great book, watch birds or day dream. The view of Mount Tamalpais is the best from this room as you sip coffee in the mornings.

Master Bedroom is very large with a queen size bed, vaulted ceiling, lots of light, windows facing South and East with a view of a well tended garden next door. We have two sitting chairs and coffee table for relaxing and viewing the 42' HDTV and DVD player.

Second bedroom is furnished with antiques. A full bed, marble top dresser, inlaid night table, full length mirror, curio cabinet and working treadle sewing machine create a cozy relaxed feeling.

The third bedroom is currently being used as an office with two wooden desks, comfortable leather chairs, lots of books and windows facing North and East. There is currently one single bed soon to be replaced by two singles / trundle bed. Great for kids.

Bathroom is in an Art Deco style with original Deco bathtub, pedestal sink and toilet set. Marble tiles surround the bathtub and floor with granite boarders. The floor is heated and the hardware fixtures are in polished nickle.

Front Porch faces West with stunning views of The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin Mountains, Angle Island, Alcatraz Island and beautiful ever changing water, sailboats and sunsets.

There is a stainless steel propane BBQ grill with tools for outdoor cooking.

We rent the top two floors and live downstairs with a separate entrance. We share the washer/dryer which is downstairs in our unit.

Enjoy the private yard with a wooden swing, bird bath, wind chimes, filtered views and lovely ambiance.

There is a local market/deli and large supermarket Safeway close by. Elmwood and Rockridge shopping districts are a quick drive or a nice long walk.

More Details

Scott Selmanoff
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Scott Selmanoff

I have lived in Berkeley & Oakland for over 40 years and love Northern California. It is my pleasure to share my knowledge of the area and suggest interesting places for guests to explore and experience.

Scott Selmanoff purchased this house in 2002

Why Scott Selmanoff chose Oakland

This property is our primary residence. We have upgraded all the systems, gas, water, sewer, electrical, heating, ducting, electronic and lovingly kept the original architecture intact. We rent the top two floors and live downstairs with a separate entrance. We share the washer/dryer which is downstairs in our unit.

What makes this house unique

Private location and fantastic views. It's like being in the country in the city with all the amenities. Lots of trees and birds. Five minute walk to Peets coffee, Rick & Anns Restaurant, Bakery, shops and Claremont Resort & Spa.


Claremont Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Internet ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Bathroom 2 has a toilet / fantastic view. Being remodeled.
  • Main Floor bathroom is a lovely Art Deco style done in marble and granite with polished nickel fixtures. Deco style bathtub, sink and toilet set. Instant wall heat, forced air and radiant floor heat keep you toasty warm. Extra towels and wash cloths provided. Upstairs bathroom is being remodeled. The toilet works and the view is fantastic.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Guest bedroom is furnished with antiques.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Two single beds and a large desk and chair.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large Bedroom has queen size bed, chairs, TV and dresser.
  • Master Bedroom is very large with a queen size bed, vaulted ceiling, lots of light, windows facing South and East with a view of a well tended garden next door. We have two sitting chairs, coffee table for relaxing and viewing the 52' HDTV, DVD. There is also an antique dresser. Guest bedroom is furnished with an antiques. A full bed, marble top dresser, inlaid night table, full length mirror, linen cabinet and working treadle sewing machine create a cozy feeling. The third bedroom has two single beds a large wooden desk and chair. Books and windows facing North.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
This property is private, one of a kind and perfect for people who love nature and walking.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Berkeley Hills House in The Claremont ~ Spectacular Golden Gate Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beatiful home

  • 5 of 5

I spent a little over a week in this house and really enjoyed it. It's a beautiful place, in a gorgeous location. I already miss the view from the living room and deck. It immediately felt like home, not just a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful three week stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our extended stay in this beautifully renovated, spacious home in a terrific Berkeley Hills location with a panoramic view of the Bay and the famous Claremont Hotel below . It was a pleasure to prepare meals in the spotless, well-designed, superbly equipped kitchen, and the master bedroom was a comfortable spot to retire at night with cool breezes and a warm comforter. Scott warmly welcomed us, explaining at length the history of the home and the area, provided many very useful suggestions and directions for walks and hikes, shopping, places to visit, and maps/brochures of the area which helped us greatly in our explorations. We are active, fit seniors, so we capably managed the stairs from the street above and the street below, and wandered all over the hills and into the town below. A memorable stay for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and walked the hills and neighborhood. You are good role models as seniors and your "just do it" attitude is inspiring. We wish you great health and good fortune on your continued journeys. Warm wishes, Scott
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Fantastic, homey bungalow!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful views but yet an extremely peaceful escape from the city. The home is perfect for a larger family of 5 - 7 people. Scott has preserved the craftsmanship of this historic home while bringing in all the modern conveniences. We loved hearing a history of the home and the area when Scott met us to give a tour of the house. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable and resides in a lovely neighborhood. Scott had everything we needed for an 8 day stay and we are hoping to return. Be sure that you are comfortable with stair climbing as there is an elevation change of about 100 feet from the street below. We found it well worth the climb!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Becky, We are glad you came and stayed at our Homeaway. The history of the area is fascinating and we love to share what we know. We are gathering more books and maps for travelers to enjoy. The stairs are challenging but you are correct, the views are worth the effort. We hope you come again. Safe travels, Scott
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Wish I could live here always!

  • 5 of 5

Rent this for the spectacular view! ... and well-appointed kitchen, and cozy beds, and the short walk to Peet's Coffee and Fournée Bakery. Scott is a terrific host, ready to do whatever is needed to make it a great stay for his guests. We had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Maria, Thank you for your kind words. You have a wonderful and vibrant family who used our house as a home base for many adventures in the Bay Area. We are happy you enjoy our abode and look forward to seeing you in the future. Best regards, Scott
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Gemütliches Haus, sensationeller Blick, perfekter Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge in die Bay-Area

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben hier als Familie mit 3 Teenagern 11 wunderbare Tage verbracht. Für die vielen Treppenstufen, die man anfangs einmal mit Sack und Pack hinauf muss, wurden wir reichlich belohnt: Das Haus in den Berkeley Hills bietet eine sensationelle Sicht auf die Bucht von San Francisco mit der Stadt und Golden Gate- Bridge im Hintergrund. Es ist eine wunderbare Rückzugsstation nach Ausflügen in die nähere und weitere Umgebung, im Grünen, umgeben von herrlichen Gärten, duftenden Blumen und Eucalyptusbäumen, ruhig und trotzdem nur ca. 10 Minuten entfernt von Universität, Geschäften und super Restaurants. Ein ganz besonderes Wohngefühl.

Es ist geschmackvoll mit viel Persönlichkeit eingerichtet. Das Licht im Haus ist etwas sehr besonderes, leuchtend, frisch und klar, durch die exponierte Lage und die vielen Bäume um das Haus. Die Küche ist perfekt ausgestattet, und verführt dazu, auch selber zu kochen und das umfangreiche Angebot der lokalen (Super-) Märkte zu nutzen.

Scott ist ein sehr engagierter, großzügiger Gastgeber, der immer ansprechbar war und uns viele gute Tipps für Unternehmungen, Einkaufsmöglichkeiten etc. gegeben hat. Nach einer langen Reise wurden wir mit Obst und einer guten Flasche Sekt begrüßt, wirklich sehr nett.

To summarize it: we had a fabulous stay here. We enjoyed every moment, the lovely, well equipped house, the quiet after coming back from our field trips, the wonderful iew, the delicious smell of flowers and eucalyptus!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sabine & Family, We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. You have a wonderful family and we wish you well in your life journey. Remind your boys to be careful on their skateboards. Best regards, Scott I am posting the English translation of your review: Cosy house, sensational views, perfect base for exploring the Bay Area We stayed as a family with 3 teenagers 11 wonderful days. For the many steps that have to be up again with bag and baggage at first, we were amply rewarded: The house in the Berkeley Hills offers sensational views of the San Francisco Bay with the city and Golden Gate Bridge in the background. It is a wonderful retreat Station after excursions in the near and far, in the countryside, surrounded by beautiful gardens, fragrant flowers and eucalyptus, quiet and yet only 10 minutes away from the University, shops and super restaurants. A very special living experience. It is tastefully furnished with a lot of personality. The light in the house something very special, bright, crisp and clear, through the exposed position and the many trees around the house. The kitchen is fully equipped, and tempts even to cook for themselves and to use the extensive range of local (super) markets. Scott is a very dedicated, generous host who was always approachable and gave us many good tips for activities, shopping etc.. After a long journey we were greeted with fruit and a bottle of sparkling wine, really nice.
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Fabulous, clean, centrally located

  • 5 of 5

This lovely house is near UC Berkeley, 1 mile from the Rockridge BART, and a 15 minute walk to the shops and restaurants in the Elmwood district. You are in the Berkeley hills, just above the Claremont Hotel, on one of the walkways unique to Berkeley, in the center of so much but surrounded by quiet. I agree with another reviewer - the smells are fantastic and uniquely Californian. We stayed for one week with our 10 year old son and found this location to be perfect for exploring the Bay Area.

You must be able to climb the 58+ stairs to the house -- it's completely worth it!! Scott is a generous host. The house is historic, with all the important updates, clean, and so well stocked.

Each morning you wake up to an amazing view of San Francisco, the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges. It's fascinating to watch the view change throughout the day. There is ample parking on the street below.

When we return to the Bay Area, we will definitely return to Scott's house.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Family, We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit in our unique home and location. The views of The Bay are ever changing and a source of daily inspiration. When you return we will have more games, puzzles and a craft box for children to create art with. We look forward to seeing your family again. Safe Travels, Scott
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University of California at Berkeley
Zachary's Chicago Pizza
Cesar E. Chávez Park
Bette's Oceanview Diner
"The gold standard of sit down diners. Also a take out store next door. "
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Oakland International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Barclay's Restrauant & Pub
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Jack London Square
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Claremont Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Berkeley Depot
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 13
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Rick & Anns
Nearest Ski
175 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Alameda Beach
Car: recommended

Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Space & Science Center, Jack London Square, Ferry Ride to San Francisco, Berkeley Marina, Children's Adventure Playground, Tilden Park ( merry go round, petting zoo, steam train Lake Anza ) Art museums, Claremont Spa & Tennis Club. Redwood Park, Berkeley Tennis Club.


Rates & Availability

Claremont Hills House Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are for up to 4 persons and include cleaning fee.

Long term rates are somewhat negotiable, please contact the owner.

$5500.00 per month includes utilities, cleaning fee and housekeeping every 2 weeks ~ 30 nights

Security deposit to be determined.

Until reservation is confirmed rates are subject to change without notice.

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.
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