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Julia Morgan House on Panoramic Hill. Walk to the Stadium and Greek Theatre

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Last updated: 09/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Berkeley house description

This family-friendly Julia Morgan designed classic home on a hillside estate above Memorial Stadium and the university. It was built for the MacFarlanes in the 1920s. The generously appointed three plus bedroom, three bath home was described by Morgan's biographer, Sara Boutelle, as the architect's hidden masterpiece.

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 Morgan style, with generous sized rooms, sturdy redwood beams and large, solid windows allowing magnificent light to fill the well appointed space. Outside, Morgan'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. 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 a private garden in a fenced yard. It has had modifications to make it more comfortable yet it retains the charm of an older home living.

The owners have preserved the integrity of Morgan's design by keeping the original 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, dishware, 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 2 bedroom annex and a cottage for overflow visitors on the same property.

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.

Keywords: Home

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


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

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

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

          • Dining:

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

          • Kitchen:

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

          • Coffee Maker:

            electric coffee maker and French press...moreless

          • Stove:

            Classic O'Keeffe Merritt stove...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            glasses, dishes, platters...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            All utensils provded...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Child's Highchair
          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Living Room:

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

          • Parking:

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

          • Heating:

            central heating...moreless

          • Fireplace
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Parking Off Street
          • Wood Stove
          • Washing Machine
          • Gas Fireplace
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided


          • VCR
          • Satellite / Cable
          • DVD Player
          • Stereo
          • CD Player


          • Wireless Internet
          • Free Long Distance
          • Telephone

          Pool & Spa

              • Jetted Tub

              Outdoor Features

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Lanai / Gazebo
              • Deck / Patio


              • Away From It All
              • Family

              Location & View

              • Ocean View
              • Water View


              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Sailing
              • Golf
              • Swimming
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Basketball Court
              • Hiking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Kayaking
              • Fitness Center
              • Shopping
              • Horseback Riding
              • Boating
              • Antiquing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Live Theater
              • Restaurants
              • Cinemas
              • Museums
              • Zoo
              • Tennis
              • Cycling


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              from 24 traveler reviews
              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
              $3,000 $10,000
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
              • Property Damage Protection $49
              • Pet Fee $0
              • Taxes Not included


              Our low season rate is $400 nightly.

              Holiday and high season rates $500

              We do not have week day prices of $400.

              The $400 applies to seasonal rates not daily rates

              re: standard rate $400.00 PLEASE DELETE STANDARD RATE $400

              $500.00 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun


              Cancellation policy:

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

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              Last updated: 09/22/2014
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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 reunions.

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              Speaks: english

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • Library/living room annex apt

                Library/living room annex apt

              • Kitchen and pantry

                Kitchen and pantry

              • Master Bedroom

                Master Bedroom

              • Rear bedroom and den

                Rear bedroom and den

              • Master bedroom bath

                Master bedroom bath

              • Upper garden

                Upper garden

              • the path to the garden

                the path to the garden

              • sunset


              • quiet inner bedroom

                quiet inner bedroom

              • shady veranda very cool on hot days

                shady veranda very cool on hot days

              • dining room

                dining 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

              • Library/living room annex apt

                Library/living room annex apt

              • cozy nook

                cozy nook

              VRBO #258234

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              This listing was first published here in 2009.

              Date last modified - Friday, August 15, 2014

              $500 per night (USD)

              3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

              View calendar: Updated 09/22/14
              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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