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SF Bay View HIlltop Home near the Wine Country

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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
2 nights minimum
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Relaxed, charming turn-of-the-century hilltop home right between SF and the Wine Country Master bedroom has Lux Queen, Englander Double in Middle bedroom, sleeps 4 with full privacy. Quiet front parlor has a day bed that can sleep two and be closed off from the kitchen and bedrooms. Views from wrap around windows in the sunroom reveal Port Costa below, Benecia across the water and passing kayaks, sailboats, tugs & great ships on the SF Bay, at Carquinez Straits, all framed by rolling California hills. Comfortable, quiet, convenient house with generous living space, wooden decks, BBQ and multilevel gardens, bordered by East Bay Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with generous breakfast table. Shower over tub & all new plumbing fixtures & tile floor in bathroom off...Relaxed, charming turn-of-the-century hilltop home right between SF and the Wine Country Master bedroom has Lux Queen, Englander Double in Middle bedroom, sleeps 4 with full privacy. Quiet front parlor has a day bed that can sleep two and be closed off from the kitchen and bedrooms. Views from wrap around windows in the sunroom reveal Port Costa below, Benecia across the water and passing kayaks, sailboats, tugs & great ships on the SF Bay, at Carquinez Straits, all framed by rolling California hills. Comfortable, quiet, convenient house with generous living space, wooden decks, BBQ and multilevel gardens, bordered by East Bay Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with generous breakfast table. Shower over tub & all new plumbing fixtures & tile floor in bathroom off middle bedroom. Sunny laundry room with ironing board microwave, grilling machine and laundry supplies. Nice china and plenty of glassware. Port Costa is SF East Bay’s secret get away: population of 190, boasts 2 unique Barbary Coast style restaurant/ bars and Honey House coffee shop in the Burlington Hotel, across from the quaint post office. Bull Valley Roadhouse & Warehouse Cafe open Wed – Sunday for dinner. Our historic restored school hosts social, art, car & bicycle club events. Short bike ride or drive to fish at Eckley park and pier, picnic & hike: secluded Coastline Park. Port Costa is a stop along the San Francisco Bay trail for hikers and bicycles. Crockett Hills Regional Park's covers 2000 acres. Experience John Muir historic mansion & farm. This National park is 10 miles away, off Hwy 4: Alhambra Ave in Martinez. What is near by: Tennis courts and public pool in Crockett 3 miles from Port Costa along the Carquinez Scenic Drive: Three miles to Hwy 80, just 29 miles to downtown San Francisco. Tour the bay & get to SF via Ferry: Cross Zampa bridge to Vallejo Terminal and catch a one hour 1/2 Ferry ride to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Bay Area Rapid Transit parking 15 minutes from Port Costa. Marine World, 20 minutes. Oakland International Airport, 34 miles, 40 miles to SFO and downtown Napa is 20 miles. On coastline between California Regional Parks, the property has nothing but acres of open space between its fenced upper garden and the lower edge of the East Bay Regional Park trail. Hike directly up and take a walk above an unforgettable stretch of San Francisco bay coastline. The official park entrance is along the winding Carquinez Scenic Drive on your way into Port Costa. Landing area leads down to Eckley Pier for another gem of a coastline park at water’s edge for fishing (no license required) and picnics and hiking. Bird life abounds with red wing black birds, humming birds, finches, mockingbirds, kestrel, and a pair of golden eagles, whose offspring often fly above the house in Port Costa. Crockett Hills Regional Park is the second park just 3 miles away along Carquinez Scenic drive and it offers mountain bike trails, horseback riding and organized treks to reach the summits where, on a clear day, you can see the entire SF Bay and across San Pablo bay to Mount Tamalpais, above Mill Valley. What’s to Do: Weekends Honey House Coffee shop offers exotic coffee selections and custom hand preparations, yummy southern breakfast sweets, & rustic décor. Observe town life from the great windows at the corner space in the old Burlington Hotel at the end of Canyon Lake drive by the water. Port Costa has 2 restaurants 'downtown' on Canyon Lake Drive. The largest and 'wildest' one is the Warehouse Cafe, famous for budget Alaskan crab legs & weekend steak deals. Large bar has 100s of beers. A 2 story high white polar bear stands on its hind legs by the pool table in a class cage, since 1960. A romantic, more upscale eating experience is Bull Valley Roadhouse, ideal for anniversaries and birthday parties . Have a drink, sitting at the bar, a tourist attraction in itself, with Tiffany lamps, brought down from the Gold Rush country, by the Port Costa house owner’s grandmother- perfect for the early California Barbary Coast decor. Port Costa owners uncle opened Bull Valley Inn ( now Roadhouse) originally in the mid 1960s. Drive 3 miles to Crockett & discover: Nantucket, local seafood and drinks favorite, by the fishing boats on the pier. The Dead Fish, on San Pablo Avenue (at Pomona Street at freeway ramp from Hwy 80) is an upscale SF chain for glitzy cocktails & fish dinners with bay, Zampa Bridge & Naval Academy water views. Port Costa was featured with a 2 page layout in the January 2014 issue of Sunset Magazine page 16 More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Ceiling Fans
Water Park Nearby
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Water Views
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the perfect place to stay if you love beautiful views, quaint old fashioned towns (walking distance), and easy access to Berkeley, Oakland and SF. This house is equipped with everything you need to stay home and chill—kitchen with pots and pans and dishes...More

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Sightsee822641, VR Owner at SF Bay View HIlltop Home near the Wine Country, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Happy to have you and hope you make it up this way again one day!

Reviewed 25 February 2017

This was my first time in the bay area. When i told a friend where i was staying she told me that this was what California used to look like. I loved my time here. Watching condors soar on the thermals. Watching the fishing boats...More

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Vdomagalski, VR Owner at SF Bay View HIlltop Home near the Wine Country, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

So happy your stay was a success! Please do come back in the summer or fall . You can really enjoy the deck much more then. Glad you had a few days of clear weather and sun during this very rainy winter.

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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Located in a quaint village east of San Francisco, this is the perfect get away for urbanites, You immediately make yourself at home in this warm and serene setting. The bedrooms are large and welcoming with wall-to-wall, mirrored closets with cedar shelving/seating and large windows...More

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Vdomagalski, VR Owner at SF Bay View HIlltop Home near the Wine Country, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2017

Delighted at your enjoyument. Also a good thought that a simple blender may serve guests better than the more complicated full fledged Cuisinart provided. Please pass this way again some day.and Thanks again for taking time to wrote your review Victoria

Reviewed 13 June 2016

We booked this rental while visiting Vallejo to attend a high school graduation. The home is exactly as pictured. So picturesque and serene. The home was comfortable with all the conveniences if home. We arrived at night and woke to the most spectacular ever. Our...More

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Vdomagalski, VR Owner at SF Bay View HIlltop Home near the Wine Country, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2016

Thanks Regina. Our house in town of Port Costa ( next to Crockett ) is a hidden gem. So happy you all enjoyed it and hope you return

Reviewed 16 November 2015

Staying at this cottage in Port Costa seemed like stepping back into a time when things moved at a slower, quieter pace. Though only a short distance from San Francisco it seemed a world away. The living room has walls of windows that overlook a...More

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Vdomagalski, VR Owner at SF Bay View HIlltop Home near the Wine Country, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2015

Dear Guests, Nice to have met you briefly on check in and enjoyed our conversation. I understood you were travelers who enjoy historic sites and this little place is certainly a piece of California history. Do come again Thanks for the nice review. Victoria

About the Owner
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Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2014
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About the neighbourhood
Prospect Avenue remains unchanged since the 1890s . Our house is the top most home on the street and appears in the earliest existing photographs of the town during its heyday as a busy grain exporting port. Then the 1906 eatrhquake destroyed the piers down at the waterfront. The street itself is quiet and has one of a kind homes and interesting gardens.There is a mall walkway straight down the hill to the town below where the historic Burlington Hotel and honey house coffee shop, Bull Valley Road House and the Warehouse Cafe all do brisk weekend business. Our village is a popular destination on weekends for San Francisco and Greater Bay area locals wanting and easy get away. Two Barbary Coast style bars, 2 restaurants. Short bike or drive away- fish (no license required), picnic & hik...
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Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Water Park Nearby
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