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Berkeley California 94704 United States of America

Listing # 85689

Rates From USD 5800 Monthly
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

3+ bedroom home with panoramic views of San Francisco / Golden Gate Bridge. Walk to UC Berkeley campus.

Light-filled, expansive vistas, quiet 3+ bedroom, 2 bathroom house (2480 square feet) with 2 large decks and garden on historic Panoramic Hill, just steps from UC Berkeley. Child-friendly older home (built 1939), completely refurbished and renovated. We are an art historian and a literature professor with two children (13, 11), and our home is filled with original art, books, and toys (should you need them). **The house will next be first available in Summer of 2021**

All rooms (except 1 bedroom) and both decks have spectacular vistas of woods, wildlife, sky and water, from the South Bay to the Marin headlands: a constant jaw-dropping three-bridge view (golden gate, bay bridge, san mateo), with visibility to the Farallon Islands and Pacific Ocean on clear days (the "profile" picture here is the view from the upper balcony, snapped with an iPhone). The house is just two doors down from the start of miles of nature trails and idyllic walks through Strawberry and Claremont canyons, redwood groves, the UC Botanical Gardens, and the extended East Bay Regional Park System (Tilden).

Only a five minute walk to the UC Berkeley campus (down the historic Orchard Lane steps), and all the cafes on the south side of campus (Caffe Strada, etc). It is situated in the center of Panoramic Hill, a historic district that is one of the oldest and most quaint neighborhoods in Berkeley, full of landmarked Bay Area arts and crafts architecture (by Julia Morgan, Walter Steilberg, Bernard Maybeck, Coxhead). Early Sierra Club charter members lived on the hill (it's where John Muir transcribed his Alaska journals), as well as later bohemians like the avant-garde filmmaker / musicologist Harry Smith.

The ground level includes:

-- fully furnished kitchen with bay / ocean views, centered around mint-condition 1954 Wedgewood vintage stove with griddle

-- large living/dining room with piano, original artwork, antique and comfortable, kid-friendly modernist furniture (Eames chairs, Kofod-Larsen sofa, Nathan Yong desk)

-- large master bedroom with cathedral ceiling and picture window: wake up to the san francisco skyline and golden gate bridge visible from your bed

-- 2nd upstairs Bedroom with 1 queen bed (could be changed to 2 small twin beds for children), that faces quiet front garden with large Loquat tree and hedge.

-- Bathroom with shower and bathtub

-- large off-street driveway with space for 3 vehicles

The lower level (with alternate entrance from street) includes:

-- very large light-filled 3rd bedroom with separate entrance; currently used as an office / yoga studio, can be changed out to twin beds / queen bed.

-- library area with wet bar, second refrigerator

-- 4th quiet office/bedroom (currently set up as a bedroom with a bunk bed), with woodburning stove and another entrance to lower balcony

-- one-car garage with electric doors

-- large, beautiful lower bathroom with whirlpool-bathtub, marble tops, shower

-- laundry room with energy-efficient front-loading Bosch washer and dryer

-- 2nd lower level deck with access to the street and back garden

-- large back garden, sloping downhill, with prolific lemon, plum, and quince trees, and a circular path: perfect for kids to run around in.

House is fully furnished and 'suitcase ready': All linens, towels, dishes, pots, pans are provided. Wireless internet, TV, stereo sound system included. Plenty of closet and shelf space for your belongings. The monthly rent includes gardener / grounds keeping.

Please email if you have any additional questions, or would like to see more pictures of our home.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
2488 Sq. Feet
Suited for
6 people
Property Type


Available from Thursday, July 1, 2021 until Monday, August 1, 2022
Minimum Stay
5 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
(somewhat flexible)
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Berkeley
Postal Code - State or Province 94704 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley Hills, Panoramic Hill
Closest University University of California, Berkeley, GTU
University nearby

Home Exchange:

We are only interested in a home swap with the following location(s)...

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1: Berlin


Closest University
Humboldt University of Berlin

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Sunday, August 1, 2021 until Monday, August 1, 2022

Destination 2: Munich


Neighborhood Keywords

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Sunday, August 1, 2021 until Monday, August 1, 2022

Rental Price:

USD 5800 Monthly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Mountains

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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I am an associate professor of American Studies, Literature, and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, where I teach as core doctoral faculty in the PhD programs for Religion & the Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies. My wife is a freelance art historian, translator, and provenance research maverick, who has recently started teaching Anasara Yoga here in Berkeley. She hails from Munich, I am originally from Washington, D.C., and prior to moving to Berkeley in 2011, we had been living in Germany for almost five years (where I taught at the University of Osnabrueck). We tend to spend summers in Germany and/or Sweden


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