Look out your private entrance across the strawberries growing on your deck at a giant redwood tree.
Climb the stairs from the street and enter our well lit, well landscaped garden and unlock the private entrance door to your little Berkeley hills get away. Connect to our wireless internet. Enjoy the morning sun as it bathes your private deck while you sit on a teak rocker and sip your coffee and admire the hundred foot tall redwood trees around you. Relax in a quiet but small bedroom, the marble tile and sky-lit bathroom and the little kitchenette. The house and grounds are smoke free. Your kitchenette has a small refrigerator with freezer, a microwave, single burner convection hot plate, a toaster and toaster oven, a grill, coffee makers, electric kettle, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, cups and utensils. It is appropriate for simple meals but too small for more than one guest. The kitchenette, like the bedroom and deck, is filled with the morning sunshine. The apartment shares a wall with the main house but we are easy going and respectful and sound transmission is minimal.
Take a two minute stroll to the Rose Garden to watch the sun sink over the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a fifteen minute walk down the hill to UC Berkeley, the Greek Theater or fine dining at Chez Panisse or budget dining at the Cheese Board with coffee and tea just around the corner at the original Peet's coffee shop in North Berkeley. Or catch the bus a half block away to take you downtown and to the local train station (BART) for a short trip to San Francisco and beyond. The Berkeley hills are a walkers paradise with meandering pedestrian paths, gorgeous old homes by Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan and views of the San Francisco Bay around every corner. If car is your preferred means of travel there is plenty of parking on the street although you will have to park 100 yards from the apartment to avoid permit parking.
The guest will have access to the apartment and to the shared clothes washer and dryer in the basement.
Interaction with Guests
Our interaction with guests depends upon the circumstances. Some guests need time alone to concentrate on their academic pursuits. Others are here on holiday and would like a little advice regarding the area and we are happy to oblige. We don't intrude but we are friendly.
The North Berkeley Hills are very picturesque, quiet and within walking distance of great places to eat and drink and the UC Berkeley campus.
There is a bus stop on the corner nearby; perhaps a three minute walk from your apartment.
Other Things to Note
There is parking available on the street. In front of our house a permit is required to park for more than 2 hours between the hours of 8AM to 7PM Monday through Friday. To avoid permit parking you can park 100 yards up the hill where the permit parking ends.
The house and grounds are smoke free.
Great place and great people! The location is good (nice and quiet so you can work or relax, but also very close to grocey stores and everything you'd need), the apartment is super clean and has a nice view to the yard. It is a great size for one or maybe two people. The bed is comfy, the shower is great and the kitchen is well equipped. Walking around the hills you get great views of the bay at every turn! Murray and janice were super nice and helpful. It was a great 2 months.
This is a lovely small apartment in a beautiful walkable neighborhood. The space, while very small, is charming, the porch is a special place to relax and enjoy tea or coffee, and the birdwatching is wonderful. On the last two nights of my stay, I encountered a serious problem with ants in the apartment crawling next to/on the bed, as well as in the bathroom, probably due to the heavy rains that week. (I am the sort of person who loves spiders, but this was too many bugs on and around the bed even for me.) Janice offered me her daughter's bedroom and set things up for me in the house, which I really appreciated, since it was not possible to sleep in the bedroom that night. And once I asked after I left, they did refund me that night I couldn't stay there, which I also appreciate. I did find it a little challenging to communicate, since Janice seemed somewhat frustrated when I would ask basic questions or interact.
Other than that and the ants, it was a lovely stay- the yard is beautiful, and one of my favorite things was seeing the huge redwood and hummingbirds in the backyard everyday. It's tight for 2 people but great for 1 for a shorter stay, and Murray's art on the walls is wonderful. The beautiful Cordonices Park is around the corner and worth visiting if you love big trees (and the view across the street at the rose garden is also gorgeous.)
I arrived just before the "big storm" in CA and I was able to check in without a problem. Great neighborhood for walking, reasonably close to shopping and restaurants, hosts were helpful and considerate. Clean small well stocked space, great for my needs of working on academic research and not getting distracted by my family.
It was an absolutely wonderful place to stay while visiting Berkeley. The apartment was very clean, with every imaginable amenity one might need. A very impressive set-up by Janice and Murray, who were gracious and welcoming. The icing on the cake was the lovely and serene garden that the apt looks out on. I wished I could have stayed longer...
Murray and Janice are really the dream-hosts anyone could wish for!
They were responsive to all inquiries prior and during my one-month long stay in November 2014 and were always helpful when needing tips for the area or instructions on how to use the house's washing machine.
As they give you just the amount of privacy you need and with the apartment and garden matching the description provided on the Airbnb site - well-equipped, clean, charming and welcoming, you feel right at home at Chill in the Hills-lil Berkeley apt.
I enjoyed living in an idyllic area of Berkeley which also felt really safe. Not to mention the incredible views of the Bay area when walking towards downtown Berkeley or the UC Berkeley campus, which was only a 15-minute walk away.
Still dreaming of those November mornings when I would have my morning coffee in the garden, I can’t wait to book a new trip to the Bay area and book my stay at Chill in the Hills-lil Berkeley again!
LOVED my stay in this studio! Murray and Janice are great hosts. The space is really attractive - very well equipped for comfort and cooking and just relaxing! Beautiful garden. Lots of privacy. I will without a doubt try to rent this wonderful place again when I return to Berkeley - it is a real home away from home! Highly recommended!!
Janice and Murray's place was the perfect fit for my trip to Berkeley. They were very warm and welcoming, and the place was bright, clean and very comfortable. The place was fully stocked with everything I could have needed and was very nicely decorated with beautiful paintings that Murray did himself! It was a really nice touch. They even left me a little fresh fruit to enjoy during my stay.
I especially loved sitting at the breakfast nook looking out into their beautiful back yard and seeing humming birds right outside the window!
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a sweet, quite and private place to lay their head at night while spending time in Berkeley.
My wife and I like to ride our road bikes in the Berkeley hills on the weekends and work in the garden on warm weather days . We work full time but prefer play to work. I am an avid windsurfer. My wife is an avid non-windsurfer and prefers dance class at the local YMCA. We are social, sociable, healthy and active. Our adult daughters live near by; one in San Francisco, tends bar and is a budding artist, the other is a recent graduate of UC Davis. We love to see them when we can. We've traveled far and wide but always on a dime.
We are easy going hosts. We've had the good fortune of having guests from all over the United States and all over the world; from Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Italy, Argentina, Japan, Portugal, Spain, China and more. We love living in Berkeley because of the cross section of people it attracts from techies to cooks, retired travelers to international students and professors and people just looking to escape to a scenic spot with a forgiving climate and a diverse, Pacific rim attitude.
We look forward to meeting you.