A Little Heaven on Panoramic Hill. Walk to the Stadium and Greek Theatre

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Property description

This family-friendly C.C. Rosenberry designed classic home on a hillside estate above Memorial Stadium and the university. It was built for Albert Barkley in the 1929. The generously appointed three plus bedroom, three bath home is over 5000 square feet. Although light filled and spacious the house is warm and cozy with fireplaces and stoves. (gas)

The stunning view of downtown San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge and southern Marin County from the vantage point of the veranda of the finest estate on Panoramic Hill is surpassed only by the quiet charm of the solidly built home with its fascinating nooks and crannies.

The house was built in typical arts and craft style, with generous sized rooms, sturdy redwood beams and large, solid windows allowing magnificent light to fill the well appointed space. Outside, Rosenberry's design included sturdy trellises overhung with scented wisteria to complete the sense of space, with cobbled walkways, rock gardens, ponds and mighty redwoods as part of the estate living.

Set on a natural, gently sloping transition in the woods on Panoramic Hill, the property has a creek running through it with a bridge and path leading to a beautiful hillside estate view of the San Francisco Bay. Wild turkeys, deer, a flock of wild band tailed pigeons and migrating birds co-inhabit the estate. View the San Francisco Bay at sunset from the meditation spot on the other side of the ravine.

Yet you are only a few blocks away from the University as well as shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Higher up the hill there are miles of hiking and running trails.

The house also has private gardens in a fenced yard. It has had modifications to make it more comfortable yet it retains the charm of an traditional home living.

The owners have preserved the integrity of the original design by keeping the butcher block counters in the kitchen, as well as the spacious pantry, but the kitchen has been updated with new appliances and the home has recently been redecorated. The kitchen comes fully stocked with pots, pans, dish ware, and cutlery.

There is also a formal dining room and living room with cathedral ceilings and a full San Francisco Bay view framed by California native oaks.

The upper floor has three bedrooms, and a den. Each bedroom has its own separate bath. The upper garden bedroom has a queen sized bed and den, with separate entrance.

There is a very roomy master bedroom/sitting room with a king sized bed and bath. The third suite has a small bedroom with twin sized trundle bed (pull out bed underneath) and a living room with two sofa/beds.

There is a beautiful cottage, a one bedroom apartment and a two bedroom annex for overflow visitors on the same property. These are rented separately and may not be available.

There is central (forced air) heating, Wi-Fi hi-speed internet,washer/dryer. Direct TV. The Pacific Film Archives and Berkeley's many theatres are walking distance.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Vapor smoking discouraged. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    It is possible to have a wheelchair but there are several flights of stairs: from the parking lot into the house, from the second floor down to first floor. There are steps down to the garden....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • Books:

    Many books throughout the house...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Can seat 8 comfortably. Additional chairs available....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    central heating...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Cathedral ceiling, sweeping view of the Bay. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Room for 4 cars off street private parking ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    we have wood stove but it is forbidden to use it by the city for now. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    electric coffee maker and French press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All utensils provded...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    glasses, dishes, platters...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Original wooden counters from the 1920s refinished...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Cuisinart, Kitchen Aid Pantry has some salt, spices, cooking oil and other vital necessities ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Classic O'Keeffe Merritt stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Upper and lower gardens...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub


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$450 daily rate with minimum 3-day stay. Weekly rate: $2,500.

Offer for: Dec 1, 2015 - Dec 21, 2015 View calendar

Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 23 - Nov 30
3 night min stay
Dec 18 - Jan 5
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,800 $8,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $0
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • cleaning fee $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included


$200 cleaning fee

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1973

About the owner: Tom and Nhu Miller have lived in this property with their extended family since 1974. Tom is a lawyer in Oakland. Nhu was a journalist and worked for Atlantic Philanthropies in Ha noi. They divide their time between Berkeley and Ha noi and other parts of the world, developing projects for their non-profit organization, Green Cities Fund.

Why the Owner Chose Berkeley:
Set in the Berkeley hills, it is both urban and rural. For graduation and football games walk to campus without the hassle of parking which is non-existent in the south campus area.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It is a serene retreat while being totally accessible to UC Berkeley and the city. Ideal for family and friends reunions and retreats.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, Vietnamese

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Living room, main house

    Living room, main house

  • dining room

    dining room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Rear bedroom and den

    Rear bedroom and den

  • Master bedroom bath

    Master bedroom bath

  • Upper garden

    Upper garden

  • garden path

    garden path

  • dining/living area annex apt

    dining/living area annex apt

  • second bedroom library annex

    second bedroom library annex

  • cozy nook library annex

    cozy nook library annex

  • cottage kitchen/dining area

    cottage kitchen/dining area

  • sunset from the main house living room

    sunset from the main house living room

  • Upper foyer

    Upper foyer

  • Garden Bedroom

    Garden Bedroom

  • Rear Bedroom

    Rear Bedroom

  • outdoor dining

    outdoor dining

  • Our daily Turkeys

    Our daily Turkeys

  • the oaks where the squirrels play

    the oaks where the squirrels play

  • quiet inner bedroom library annex

    quiet inner bedroom library annex

  • shady veranda very cool on hot days library annex

    shady veranda very cool on hot days library annex

  • cottage patio

    cottage patio

  • cottage sleeping area

    cottage sleeping area

VRBO #258234

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Thursday, November 26, 2015

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