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


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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. KINDLY NOTE THAT VRBO EMAILS HAVE BEEN HACKED ON OCCASION. HILLSIDE RETREAT WILL NEVER ASK FOR FUNDS TO BE WIRED, OR SUGGEST PRE-PAY DISCOUNTS. BEWARE EMAIL RESPONSES THAT ARE NOT SIGNED, AND ALWAYS CALL ME IF ANYTHING SEEMS AMISS. The owner lives upstairs with a cat. Every effort is made to keep the cat out of the flat but occasionally he 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,

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Reviews (20)

  1. Don
    The views are exquisite, the apartment is comfortable, private and beautifully appointed with everything you could possibly need. The location is great with easy access to downtown San Francisco and the East Bay, not to mention all the wonderful activities and restaurants just down the hill in Berkeley. And when the day is through, there could be no better place to be, than sipping a glass of wine on the terrace and enjoying the sunset and 180 degree view of the bay. We will definitely be back. 28 October 2012 - 15:12:10
  2. Carolina T.
    This was a very quiet and tranquil getaway in a beautiful flat. The owner was warm, friendly and very helpful. We were a family of six, 4 adults and 2 young teens and it was the perfect size for us. The owner set up two inflatbale beds in the TV room and study, plus the sofabed, so everyone had their own bed. The apartment was very spacious and comfortable, and stocked with great books, puzzles, games, etc. I would definately saty here again. 29 November 2012 - 05:07:00
  3. Traveler
    The view is worth the money! It isn't always easy to know if promotional pictures on the internet are true to the actual site, but this truly was a spectacular view and lovely, spacious accommodations! Everything was as good as listed or better. The hostess was very helpful with any detail including a warm greeting, how to get around the Bay area and where to eat. We stayed for 10 days and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. 01 January 2013 - 20:35:27
  4. ailien
    The view is breath taking. The hillside is wonderful for relaxing walk. Love the interior design. Love the quality of furniture, appliance and utilities. I just wish the high-quality dish washer was hooked-up. Other than that, everything was perfect. 07 August 2013 - 06:19:09
  5. DeAnne W.
    Me, my husband and two boys (11 and 14) loved this vacation flat!! Being from Illinois, the terrain was a big change for us but we loved being up in the hilltops! Everything we wanted was available. ,The beds were very comfortable...towels were was well appointed. The only thing missing was more time to spend at the apartment! The wifi signal was a little weak at times but we spent so little time there that wasn't a problem for us. If you aren't familiar with the area, driving in amongst the winding, climbing streets can be confusing. We figured out the route by the time we left! Thank you, Gillian, for providing us with a comfortable place to land at the end of our busy days! Hope we get the chance to return sometime soon! 29 August 2013 - 23:39:24
  6. Anna
    We had a superb stay here at Gillian's wonderful apartment. The standard of accommodation was high, clean and tastefully furnished, so many books to read also.the terrace is a wonderful place to sit, we really did not want to leave. It is a perfect location to get in and out of San Francisco, or go further afield on day trips to areas such as Napa or Sonoma. would recommend taking at least an afternoon to wander down into the different areas of Berkeley, great little neighborhoods.Gillian was so welcoming and helpful regarding information about the local area, places to go and local grocery stores.Would love to go back, am missing my relaxing times on the terrace already! 06 September 2013 - 10:41:34
  7. Katrina
    My husband and I enjoyed this beautiful space in late August this year. Over one weekend we entertained our son, daughter-in-law and two young children. There is plenty to do in the nearby area. Great restaurants. Easy day trips to the Napa/Sonoma wine country, Muir Woods, Sausalito, San Francisco. Our gracious host provided detailed information on the local area for grocery shopping, dining, activities for kids, entertainment for adults, including driving directions. The apartment is very spacious, and full of interesting books. The decor is sophisticated and at the same time very warm, welcoming and comfortable. The ever changing view of San Francisco Bay held us in thrall and drew us to the wonderful balcony. It was an amazing experience and we will definitely be back! 26 September 2013 - 14:19:29
  8. Pamela
    The owner's property pictures and descriptions accurately convey this beautiful rental flat. I received quick response from the owner on all of my inquiries and requests regarding the rental. Gillian was very gracious, friendly and generous in opening her flat to renters. The amenities were excellent with a well stocked kitchen , plenty of bedding, and the convenience of a laundry room. Our group of five adults had ample space with the two bedrooms, two bathrooms and pull-out couch. I checked on the pricing to stay in local hotels and found that our group could stay together in the privacy of a local flat with tons of ambiance for the same cost. We all found this very appealing. There is a superb view of the San Francisco Bay including both the Bay and Golden Gate bridges! The beautiful surroundings made it difficult to leave the flat and go into the city. 14 October 2013 - 20:51:25
  9. nyamada
    Quiet and charming in the Berkeley Hills -- perfect spot to stay with a spectacular view! 27 February 2014 - 16:36:17
  10. joshua c.
    The pictures do this apartment no justice. The place is larger on the inside than it looks in the photos, and the view from the front porch/living room is better than you can imagine. You're also close by car to a million fun activities and day trips. But with this view, you won't want to leave the apartment. Also it's quiet and cozy inside so you can sleep in and have romantic meals or whatever. The owner lives upstairs, she has a big (gentle) dog that barks once in a while, and parking is limited, but the host is very accommodating. Definitely you need a car to rent this place, as it's up a really steep hill and there's no public transportation nearby. There are about 10 stairs to climb down from the driveway, so it might not be ideal if you're mobility impaired. The host is great: we had a couple of parties, one of which included like 10 children who made a ton of noise, and she didn't complain. She let us borrow her BBQ as well. Highly recommended. 23 April 2014 - 15:02:47
  11. Karen
    I cannot say enough about this home, the view or Gillian, the owner. We knew from the the listing that we would have a view but were truly amazed at just how stunning it was. The house is beautifully designed and decorated. Extremely comfortable for two couples. We entertained one evening with about a dozen people with plenty of room and Gillian was most gracious about the parking, extra furniture and even tolerated our Irish music session on the deck as we enjoyed the sunset. You will definitely need a car with this home but it was not a far drive from anything we wanted to do. Would highly recommend! 19 May 2014 - 14:40:41
  12. This flat is very beautiful, comfortable and serene. The simple, open design of it is very inviting and attractive. The owner is warm, friendly and helpful, but we definitely felt we had our own space. The flat is more attractive than the photos convey. I would recommend this vacation rental completely. It was easy to get into San Francisco for activities and back again for a peaceful evening. There are many fine dining establishments located nearby. 29 July 2014 - 04:02:02
  13. Anton Z.
    We stayed with two kids (of 4 and 7) and everybody loved the place and the owner. This is, probably, the most artistic and romantic place I have ever rented. The house is located rather high on the hill above Elmwood, Berkeley (it is one of the highest in the area) and the view from the deck to Golden Gate and Bay bridges, to San Francisco and to the port of Oakland are really fabulous. We also highly appreciate the esthetics of the design of the house and of the apartment. The house has neighbors only on one of four sides and they are, basically, invisible since their house is one level below. Somebody who wants to escape from an overpopulated city for a while would particularly appreciate this place. The owner is very kind and friendly. 01 May 2015 - 12:55:55
  14. Jennifer W.
    Our family of 4 (including 2 young adults) had two awesome weeks at the Hillside Retreat. It's a beautifully crafted home and very comfortable. It's larger than it looks in the photos and the deck was fantastic for watching the valley's changing weather and the city lights at night. Gillian was a great host, and the couple of small things that we needed to figure out were easily discussed. We liked being in Berkeley so that we could access both San Fran and places farther afield such as Yosemite and Point Reyes, and Berkeley itself has some great restaurants and sights (including nice trails at Tilden Park). The twisting, steep roads are interesting for morning walks, and if you leave at a less-trafficky time (mid-morning) you can drive to the San Francisco waterfront area and park at a (pricey) garage in a moderate amount of time. There is also a train or ferry option for getting to the city and to Sausalito. You definitely need a car to stay here, but even though it's nice and quiet at the house, it's close to everything. I hope that we can go back some day, it was wonderful! 07 July 2015 - 23:16:38
  15. Dianne B.
    My daughters and I had a fantastic time here at Gillian's flat. It is so peaceful and relaxing and the views are magnificent. The space is huge - you really do feel like you have your own home here. The kitchen is equipped with all the essentials for cooking. The beds are extremely comfortable and I really enjoyed hearing the crickets and owls at night. Gillian is extremely efficient with any needs you may have. I would love to stay here again and I would wholeheartedly recommend this vacation rental to family and friends. Thanks again Gillian for making our stay so great. 29 August 2015 - 20:47:10
  16. Craig H.
    What a great place to stay while visiting the Bay Area! Even though there are plenty of inviting pictures on the website, this has to be seen to be believed. My wife and I spent a week at Gillian's Hillside Retreat along with my sister-in-law and her husband and loved every minute of it. With tremendous views of the City and a location central to most of the Bay Area, this home is well-appointed and tastefully decorated. The library provides a wealth of information about things to do, places to eat, and sites to visit in the area, and Gillian offers much personal insight as well. I just wish we lived closer so that we could stay here more often! 12 September 2015 - 16:06:57
  17. MB
    Stunning views, lovely home. We vacation with another couple and this was perfect for us all. As our "base of operation" it was central to most things we were doing. The house is beautiful. I enjoyed each morning sitting on the porch, watching the city wake up. If we are ever in the area again we would definitely stay here again!! Gillian is so sweet and she even gave us some great ideas for things to do. Thank you Gillian for a great stay!! 24 September 2015 - 09:57:33
  18. Trey P.
    My family and I had a wonderful stay during our visit to Berkeley! Gillian was very welcoming, and stocked the home with everything needed to make our stay a nice one. The layout of the home was great for our 10 month old son, as we could let him sleep in the master bedroom while we hung out in the front living room. The view is very serene and relaxing, and the commutes to both Berkeley and Oakland are minimal. Great stay! 26 September 2015 - 15:11:56
  19. Matthew L.
    Fabulous place with an awe inspiring view. We prepared and enjoyed our Thanksgiving repast while watching a spectacular sunset. The flat is spacious and well appointed. Great location: short drive down hill to downtown Berkeley and Oakland, easy access to parks which are great for hiking or long walks. 29 November 2015 - 16:33:27
  20. Ana P.
    We love the place very comfortable With beautiful views The owner very friendly and always helpful with any requests or needs that we have. We will love to come back again. 02 January 2018 - 11:18:00

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