Chill in the Hills-lil Berkeley Apt

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Laurel St, Berkeley, CA 94708, United States

The Space

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 skylit bathroom and the little kitchenette with a table for two. . The house and grounds are smoke free. You are welcome to share the fruits and vegetables growing around the house that include raspberries, strawberries, apples, lemons, artichokes, lettuce, onions, rosemary, sage, tomatoes and figs (if the summer is hot enough). 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.

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 meanering pedestrian paths, gorgeous old homes by 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $575 /week
Monthly Price: $1450 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Janice and Murray were wonderful hosts! Their place was perfect and close to the beautiful nature all around the area. Highly recommend this great spot in the hills!

    August 2013
  • Everything was wonderful about my stay at Janice and Murray's: lovely apartment, lovely garden, lovely neighborhood, lovely people. It was a peaceful and welcoming place to return to at the end of busy days, and I hope very much to stay there again.

    July 2013
  • Murry & Janice Bruce are great host ! Careful, thoughtful, warm, gave me the warmth of home, thank you very much! Everything was perfect, I was reluctant to leave:), I'll come back! Welcome to our city! Best wishes for you!

    July 2013
  • Janice and Murray are great hosts, and quick with responding to inquires. As the prior reviews have noted, the apartment is really cozy and nicely decorated. The (well-equipped) kitchen is quite roomy - enough for two people to have an actual sit-down breakfast in the mornings like we did. This is the perfect apartment if you're ever in the Berkeley area, highly recommended!

    July 2013
  • Janice and Murray are very kind and gracious hosts. The little apartment was filled with many thoughtful touches (stocked with Peets coffee, croissants, fresh fruit, eggs and milk) and their hospitality went far beyond call of duty. Apt and grounds were very tidy, well-maintained and pleasant. NIce neighborhood with views of bay; one block to park and rose garden. I found this ideal base for a few days at Berkeley. Campus is 15 min walk--downhill there, uphill back. Overall, great hosts and great value. I would gladly stay here again.

    July 2013
  • "Chill in the Hills" was a lovely place to stay. Nice hosts, quiet and safe neighborhood, lovely little apartment that was so aesthetically pleasing and very clean. It was nice to be near the Berkeley Rose Garden with it's wonderful view.

    July 2013
  • This place is absolutely amazing. Everything about our stay was perfect. We slept wonderfully, relaxed and read in that beautiful garden, prepared delicious food and had meals in that tiny (but very well equipped!) kitchen; even showering was a relaxing experience! Oh and parking is actually super easy. Murray and Janice are superb hosts. They make sure you have all you need while still giving you space and privacy. They really are genuinely nice people.
    We've been traveling and visiting Northern California for the last 3 weeks and staying here was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!
    If you're looking for a place to relax after a long (or short) day of visiting SF or the East bay, we highly recommend staying here!

    July 2013
  • Janice and Murray are very amiable, helpful and friedly hosts. I always felt welcomed and they had always time for a chat and at the same time respected my privacy. The apartment is neat and proper and the garden is wonderful. I worked at Haas School of Business and I enjoyed the quietness of the place to do some afterwork work and I liked the morning stroll to the campus, which is within walking distance. All in all, I can highly recommend this place to visting scholars or Cal students.

    June 2013
  • Janice and Murray are wonderful hosts and their cottage is the perfect get away - quiet, comfortable, really cozy and stocked with everything you would need for a short visit. Janice and Murray were super accommodating for my schedule and helped me figure out what neighborhoods to explore. I got the best sleep I have had in months in their bed and mornings were a treat with the coffee and eggs they provided. The porch of the cottage is perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. I hope to stay there again and will most definitely look them up when my parents come to visit.

    May 2013
  • I can't recommend this place enough. Although on the small side, it has a good sized bathroom and the kitchenette has everything you need (unless you're a gourmet chef). It's tastefully decorated, impeccably clean, and located in a great neighborhood. The Berkeley hills are great for just walking around and a short walk from the UC Berkeley campus. Plus the apt gives out onto a quiet backyard.
    Murray and Janice are wonderful hosts - a friendly, helpful and charming couple. They even stocked the kitchen with eggs, milk and freshly ground coffee.
    In one of the comments below, I noticed that someone was complaining about the parking situation - I had no problem - Murray and Janice provided a parking permit for each of the days I was there so no need to worry.
    Altogether a 5 star choice!

    May 2013
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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 student at UC Davis with a year to go and a future to forge. We love to see them when we can. We've travelled far and wide but always on a dime. I'd like to sail across the ocean but my wife will have non of it. Life is good, especially now because the summer winds are just over the horizon. 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 and more. We love living in Berkeley because of the cross section of people it attracts from techies to cooks, retired travellers 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.
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