1 bedroom 1 bath apartment with bay views, private entrance and stunning garden
About Owner/Property Manager
We have lived in Berkeley for twenty four years. We have two generations living in the house as well as sharing the house with two very friendly dogs. We are originally from the midwest but now very much consider Berkeley our home. We've enjoyed sharing the house with guests from all over the world and have found that we take great pride in helping our guests take advantage of the many offerings available to travelers throughout this area.
Owner/Property Manager purchased this Apartment in 2011
Why Owner/Property Manager chose Berkeley Hills
It has been a real pleasure for us to give this historic home a new life, returning it to its former glory, filling it with energy and reviving its gorgeous gardens. The house is situated within Berkeley's historic Maybeck district (also known as 'nut hill' for the many characters who have lived in this area). Throughout its history, this home has welcomed renowned artists, scientists, and academicians. Many of our guests appreciate our easy proximity to the UCBerkeley Campus (five blocks), our easy access to both wonderful hiking (with great views of the Bay), and great food and shopping. For us, the best thing about this great old home is the magnificent views from almost every window!
What makes this Apartment unique
The house has four units, including one that my husband and I share with our dog and one that my mother-in-law lives in. One can be either very private or you can enjoy some company. Its a nice, flexible environment. The views from every room are pretty spectacular. And everything in the place is new...from the plumbing to the appliances. It is possible, in just about any weather, to sit in your private entryway, staring out at San Francisco Bay and enjoying the garden below. Nice way to spend time in the Bay! We are a 20 minute walk (downhill) to Berkeley's gourmet ghetto, including the world famous Chez Panisse Restaurant, and a 20 minute walk (uphill) to Tilden Regional Park, a vast park that includes walking trails, equestrian trails, a petting farm, antique calliope, steam trains, golf courses and more. This is a gem of the East Bay.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
I do not recommend this property. Check-in was problematic. No one was there to open the door. We needed to wait quite sometime to enter the premise. There were gnats, spiders and spider webs throughout the apartment. The apartment was so dusty that it made my son and I sneeze. The entrance of the apartment was filthy. The downstairs garden has a significant amount of dog feces. Dog feces from their dog was also nearby the front entrance door and stairs. Several requests were made for it to be picked up. I was also surprised when they asked if we could pick it up. I made it clear that it was not our dogs that made the mess. There were 2 separate occasions where the owner and one of their family members came into the apartment unannounced, which startled us, making us feel uncomfortable. On the last 3 days, loud construction coming from the upstairs apartment occurred for several hours per day, making it difficult to relax. You can also hear the tenants from the upstairs apartment walking around. We are glad our stay is over.
Clearly if you look at our past reviews you will see that this is an anomaly. We took this family in as a favor. They had two children and two dogs. She worked for the school district and couldn't find anyone who would take their dogs or a place they could afford. We gave them a very steep discount as I wanted to support our local schools. They said the dogs were a bit yippy but would settle down quickly and only bark when they were alone. And that there was only one time when they briefly expected them to be alone. We ended up having the two dogs bark throughout every day and many nights for two weeks. Any time I asked them to address the problem, they found something else that was problematic in the apartment.( Again, I encourage you to reference all our other guests!). And the ultimate irony was that on their final day, a Saturday when the wife was working at home, she complained to us because HER dogs wouldn't stop barking. What can I say? This was a situation of 'let no good deed go unpunished.' We are sorry they had such a bad experience. I can only say ours was worse.
Bay Area get away
It definitely suited our style of living--remote from the insanity of congested city dwelling, yet close enough to city activities. The apartment unit itself has a very open feel with spectacular views of the bay including the bay bridge and into the city.
Very comfortable home away from home!
So easy to feel at home here...pop a bottle of wine in the fridge and wait for sunset. Easy walk down to the campus and a decent calorie burner coming back up after dinner. Plentiful parking. The stairs down to the unit are steep, but become easier day by day. The unit itself has plenty of space, and useful amenities. Susie and Greg take excellent care of their guests!
Quiet and Relaxing
This property had a great view of the Bay and had an amazing garden to enjoy the view from. The apartment is small and clean. You and another person could easily fit comfortably. The owners of the house were very nice. When I return to the Bay Area, I will deffinetly be staying at this location again.
Nice week in Berkeley
Lovely situation, quiet and with a Nice view + lovely garden. Enjoyed the lemons from the lemon tree. Well équiped and confortable for 2 persons. Ok for 3 small for four.
matresses of Both double bed and sofa are a little unconfortable. .
My daughter and I along with my grandchildren stayed at Susie's place in June. We loved the view the garden and the quaint set up of the apartment downstairs underneath the house they live in. My Grandchildren adored Hershel, their dog, who came to visit and say hello everyday.
It was close to everything including San Francisco. The family was very accommodating and helpful! I would absolutely come back!
Edie and the gang
Thanks so much for hosting us!
Tolman Garden is located just a 15 minute walk from the University of California, Berkeley and the Gourmet Ghetto, home to the renowned Chez Panisse restaurant. It has magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay, the new Bay bridge and the Golden Gate bridge. The apartment opens onto beautiful garden. Although many people choose to drive, it is a 25 minute walk ( downhill) to the Downtown Berkeley BART station, which will take you directly into San Francisco, without the hassle of driving or parking.