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Historic home near University of California, Great views of the Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

1 bedroom 1 bath apartment with bay views, private entrance and stunning garden

One bedroom/ one bath apartment in an historic 1924 home situated in the beautiful Berkeley hills overlooking San Francisco Bay. This flat was remodeled two years ago and includes a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, microwave, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. The bedroom is large, with a queen sized, bed and beautiful views. The bathroom, which includes a shower but no tub, is accessible through the bedroom as well as a separate hall from the living room. The living room has a queen-sized sofa bed and a flat screen TV. Cable and wifi are included. The apartment has its own washer/dryer.

The apartment is accessed down a flight of steps through a locked gate. An intercom allows the guest to open the gate for guests with the push of a button.

On-street parking is plentiful. Some guests chose to purchase daily parking passes but this is entirely optional.

The unit has an entrance directly onto a garden that was designed by the Berkeley landscape designer Keeyla Meadows. It's pretty wonderful!

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

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.


Berkeley Hills Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • shower, hair dryer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • double bed, dresser, closet, desk and desk chair
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The Safeway grocery store that is nearby will deliver groceries with orders of $150 or more. We can generally arrange for someone to be home to accept delivery so that guests can count of having food in the unit when they arrive.


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Historic home near University of California, Great views of the Bay
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews
Buffalo, NY

Quiet and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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  • 5 of 5

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!

Thank you.


Edie and the gang

Thanks so much for hosting us!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Nice week in Berkeley

  • 4 of 5

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. .

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming studio with a lovely garden view in foreground highlighted by panoramic San Francisco view.

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful, easy to access studio in close proximity to UC Berkeley campus and city of Berkeley. You don’t need a car, but parking is readily available if you have one. There’s a well-stocked kitchen, comfortable living area with television and internet service. It’s an ideal home way from home.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples Italy

Very pleasant place. We enjoyed very much our stay.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful garden, very confortable apartment. The location is tranquil. The owners are very nice and will help for your needs. We do plan to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

loved the place 10/10

  • Submitted: May 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
BART, downtown Berkeley station
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

no pets, no smoking
anyone with cat allergies should probably not stay here as there was a cat in this unit during the previous year
Taxes only required on rentals shorter than 31 days

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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