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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

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.


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,

More Details

Gillian Eversole Servais
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Gillian Eversole Servais

Gillian, an artist and architectural designer, designed and built this home in 1999. She lives with a cat in the flat upstairs.

Gillian Eversole Servais purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Gillian Eversole Servais chose Claremont Hills

The Berkeley hills offer one of the most relaxing and beautiful locations. A semi private driveway leads you to this country setting just minutes from downtown Berkeley, The University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. The site attracted me because from one side the view is of the SF bay and the Golden Gate and from the other side it is a private, wooded hillside. It is truly the best of both worlds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Gillian

We arrived back in UK this afternoon, we had a great time traveling down the coast and saw tremendous views and quite a bit of wildlife. Our holiday started perfectly in Berkeley, lovely apartment, very well situated for everything around the Bay Area and of course last and certainly not least was the wonderful view from the balcony. Not sure that photos do it justice.

Thank you very much also for returning the deposit so promptly, we received both transactions although only today for the 2nd one on our return home.

We will certainly recommend your apartment to anybody in UK wishing to visit San Francisco area.

Thank you and regards,

Kim, Alison , Dawn and Allan
Aug 2012
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Claremont Hills Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The Master bath has a custom built limestone shower and the second bathroom has a tub shower combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Master bedroom and the second bedroom have ensuite bathrooms and comfortable Queen Beds. There is a twin sized air mattress that can be made up in the family room or office. A comfortable, queen, fold out couch is in the family room and it features an air mattress.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Sophisticated Flat with Spectacular Bay/Golden Gate/~SF~ Views
average rating of 4.980769 based on 58 reviews

Hands down the best place to stay in Berkeley! Charrming, spacious, clean with a view of the city!

  • 5 of 5

So serene, snuggled amount the oaks, it feels secluded but only moments down the hill to Berkeley. Charmingly decorated, large rooms, airy, clean, with a view from a private balcony of the city, bay and bridges framed by vines and trees. Gillian is a great hostess, and considerately left us a care package for breakfast as we were arriving too late to go to the store. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan! It was a pleasure to have you back after a 4 year hiatus.
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Well equipped, comfortable, great view, consistent with web images

  • 5 of 5

Gillian is an accessible and charming owner who dealt immediately with any concerns or issues. The apartment is very comfortable and has a.good kitchen that was easy to use making preparation of meals there a good choice. The place is artfully furnished with attractive fixtures, furnishings, and an astonishing collection of books, games, etc. We had a couple of guests and the second bedroom and bath made these easy to accommodate. Gillian has a wealth of information about area activities; although we are not strangers to the region she recommended a number of things that were new to us and that we enjoyed. A car is essential, as the hills are steep and shopping, though convenient by car, would otherwise be difficult.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope your trip home went smoothly. It was a pleasure to have you here. Best wishes for 2018!
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Extraordinarily Memorable!

  • 5 of 5

Work obligations took me to the area for a month and I was fortunate enough to find this rental. Gillian is available if and when you need her, but you also feel very much to yourself with your private space. The space is very well thought-out, quality, and well cared for. I wouldn't hesitated to stay there again and can't endorse it enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ashley! it was a pleasure having you and your family here. I loved hearing children's voices below and hope they enjoyed the games and books. You are all welcome any time. Best wishes, Gillian
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We had a great stay at Gillian's Hillside Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Gillian's Hillside Retreat was perfect for our visit to Oakland/Berkeley. Very comfortable and spacious, but the views are what makes this place so special. And Gillian was extra helpful, from providing us with breakfast items so we didn't have to run out ourselves, to great restaurant and hiking suggestions. I definitely recommend Hillside Retreat to anyone coming to the Bay Area.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure to have you say and will look forward to having you back in the future. Best wishes, Gillian
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Fantastic view!!!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay. We had wonderful weather. The view was so beautiful you hated to leave the flat. Just as described and comfortable with everything you need. Gillian very friendly, accommodating and eager to assist with any questions you may have about the area. Would definitely recommend!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sharon! Come back soon.
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Chez Panisse
Greek Theater
The Cheese Board Pizza Collective
Lake Merritt
Oakland Museum of California
Bakesale Betty
Children's Fairyland
Grand Lake Theatre
Lake Temescal
Burma Superstar
Rockridge Market Hall
The Campanile
Boot and Shoe Service
Little Farm
Urban Ore, Inc.
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Claremont Hotel and Resort
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Jack London Sq, Oakland
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Claremont Country Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Emeryville or Oakland
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 24 and Hwy 13
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rick and Anns
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
cleaning fee $150

The refundable security deposit is due upon booking. The rent and cleaning fee is due 15 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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