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Relaxed, charming turn-of-the-century home on a hilltop above the SF Bay at The Carquinez Straits. Master bedroom has Lux Queen bed, 1 fine Englander Double in the Middle bedroom,
1 pull-out daybed in parlor sleeps two plus a large soft leather couch in the large sun room, waking to views of passing kayaks, sailboats, tugs & great ships on SF Bay, along with rolling California hills. Clean comfortable, quiet, convenient house with expansive decks, BBQ & multi-level deck & gardens, bordered by Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with breakfast table. Shower over tub & new plumbing in tiled bathroom off middle bedroom and sunroom.. Sunny washer dryer laundry room with ironing board. Nice china and cookware and plenty of glassware for any type entertaining.
SF 38 miles by car on Hwy 80 to the heart of downtown or a fun 1 hr. Ferry ride to Fisherman's Wharf. Normally 25 minutes to central Napa & Wine Country tours. John Muir mansion & Jack London's cabin both a 20 minute ride. Redwoods 1 hour. 2-3 hours on coast Hwy to Carmel, Monterey Bay & Hearst Castle
Port Costa is SF East Bay’s secret get away: population of 190, boasts 2 unique Barbary Coast style restaurant/ bars and the old time Burlington Hotel on the Straits has been refurbished, right across from the quaint post office . Bull Valley Roadhouse is open Wed – Sunday for dinner. Warehouse Cafe is famous for the giant polar bear in a glass cage by the pool talbes in the bar. Plentiful reasonable food served with hundreds of beers. Our historic restored school hosts social, art, car & bicycle club events. Short bike ride or drive to fish at Eckley’s Pier (no license required), picnic & hike: secluded Coastline Park. 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, 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 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.
Situated along the bay train coastline in between California Regional Parks, this property has nothing but acres of open space between its 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: Sit on the deck or in the sunroom and watch water traffic. Take walks. There are numerous close park trail gates.
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 new owners from SF. Nice decor. 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. Open for dinner Wed - Sunday
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.
Well behaved kids are always welcome. Port Costa is a great place for hiking and exploring.School yard has swings and a basketball court. Tennis courts & large pool is 3 miles from the house in Crockett....moreless
Two busy restaurants thrive in POrt Costa, Bull Valley Roadhouse gets 5 star reviews and is frequented by SF well heeled. Warehouse Cafe specializes in beers & BBQ. Antique shops & parks for all....moreless
About 50 homes, we all have boxes at the old fashioed post office downtown by the Warehouse Cafe and across from Burlington Hotel whose Honeyhouse Coffee shop & lobby are both favorites on weekends....moreless
Hilltop lot with decks and view windows affords spectacular views of SF Bay at the Carquinez Straits. Ocean going vessels, tugboats, sail boats and kiyakers glide by 24/7. Lights twinkle at night....moreless
Ceiling fans in the common areas and area fans for each room on the few hot days each year . Breezes off the Straits and a quiet neighborhood make it fine to leave tall screened windows open. ...moreless
For any special occasion, or just for fun catering may be reserved through on site service Bull Valley Road house, founded by the owners uncle, straight down the hill from the Port Costa house....moreless
Guest deck has breathtaking views of SF Bay and rolling California hills. Plenty of bench seating as well as deck chairs, tables and BBQ Splendid gardens surround the property. Fenced open space above...moreless
Gazebo has views of the SF Bay at the Straits, hills & gardens from a shaded corner on the large deck comfortable seating for 8 beneath. Lanterns & deck light for gazebo seating summer nights ...moreless
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Apr 5 - Nov 1, 2015
3 night min stay
Nov 22 - Nov 28, 2015
3 night min stay
Winter High Holiday
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2016
3 night min stay
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3 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
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Prospect Ave is single lane narrow and steep. Drive slowly. Parking limited to one (1) vehicle. Vehicle is to be parked in the main designated center parking space at foot of stairs by the porch. Street parking not permitted. Extra vehicle parked at one of the three parking spaces at the house with 30 days notice for $20 per nite. Safe Parking spots on Canyon Lake down the hill.
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Port Costa is 31 miles from San Francisco across the Bay bridge (on Hwy 80 just past Berkeley.) Port Costa village is on SF bay, between Berkeley & Napa Valley. Swimming pool, park & tennis courts are just 3 miles from the house in Crockett.
Port Costa 20 minutes from Napa, gateway to fabulous Northern California Wine Country. Take the Ferry to San Francisco, a great way to see the bay and avoid traffic and parking in SF.
ATT Park at SF Embarcadero for ball games & events easy by Vallejo Ferry. Terminal is just across the Zampa bridge.
Port Cost Guests often drive 2.5 hours down to Carmel and Monterey from here and take a 3.5 hour drive to Lake Tahoe and state line casinos. Mendocino is a day trip.
Closer to home: Sierra Club founder John Muir's home is a lovely national monument/ museum 15 minutes away. Jack London's cabin is 20 minutes away in Oakland's Jack London square.
Four Regional Parks surround. You'll pass East Bay Regional park staging area approaching Port Costa on Carquin
Other Activities: Bird watching & Regional Park hiking
Year Purchased: 1963
About the owner: Port Costa has an annual July 4 parade. Sonny and I outfitted our old Mercedes with my late great aunt Mimi's monkey doll collection and won first place. Mimi Pauls Popouri was the 1st antique store in town in the early1960s I've been executive director for LITA of Contra Costa since 2002. Terrace gardening is my passion. Fortunate, as house is on top of a hill. My parents purchased the Port Costa house as their first home in 1963 after completing a lifetime of traveling to different countries with my Dad's outfit, Utah International Mining and Construction. In those days Port Costa was a thriving antique center, connected by Carquinez Scenic Drive to Martinez, the county seat. A storm washed out the road near Martinez in the 1970's keeping Port Costa at a very small population of 180 inhabitants, which is how most folks in town like it. My brother and I wanted to continue our folks favorite retirement occupation: having guests stay over to enjoy the home they both loved so much. My younger brother lives in Pacific Palasades but visits often. My partner Sonny and I live in an apartment below the main house which my Dad built for my grandmother and later served to accommodate any extra guests. There is a connecting interior spiral staircase which leades down our pantry and laundry room. A sturdy oak door at the foot of the stairs is for rental guests privacy. Since 2002 I have been Executive Director for LITA 'Love is The Answer' of CC which serves a growing number of convalescent and nursing hospitals around the county. We bring one on one volunteer visitors, pets, musicians, dancers, elementary and middle school groups of children to visit on a regular basis. The 80 volunteers and 30 skilled nursing facilities keep me busy. Gardening is my passion, which is a good thing since there are so many gardens on the property. Other hobby is sitting in the garden watching the sparkling water.
Why the Owner Chose Port Costa:
I inherited the 'Last Resort along with my brother from my parents. The decision to make the top level a vacation rental was natural one since every guests who ever visited our family was astonished by the views, loved the house and and couldn't get over how close it was to every point of interest in the Bay area. With a bit thought on times, it is an easy ride into San Francisco, up to Bolinas or the Wine Country tours. We have another property on south shore of Lake Tahoe which is just 3 hours from Port Costa. Monterey and Carmel by the Sea are 2.5 hours away. Yet Port Costa really feels like it is 'out in the country'.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Moon watching across the water from the gazebo on calm quiet nights. Year round remarkable varieties of beautiful birds including wild turkey flocks and deer,
Front of135 Prospect, Mercedes in guest parking spot, gate open to deck & garden
Sunroom dinnig area has water and views of hills and opens onto the deck
Kitchen has expanding table, modern appliances & utensils
Secluded master bedroom with garden & hill view
Front door and writing desk in the parlor with the pull out sofa
Dresser for towels, hair dryer etc with another mirror above
Bathroom counter sink and john
Late summer view of house ( top one by open space) from hills across valley
Burlington Hotel shops with old stone Bull Valley Restuarant beyond.
Art shows & community events throughout the year at Port Costa historic school
St Patrick's church still open, since 1800s when Franciscans barged from Benecia
Common sight from the sunroom deck
More Port Costa Kitchen shows dishwasher
Front parlor with writing desk, fireplace, pull out sofa and TV
Towel racks and a spot to sit
Deck and gazebo from up in mid summer garden
Rooftops on Prospect Ave from Regional Park trail- opposite side of Bull Valley
April Zachary's water color of Port Costa Post Office
Hosts Victoria Ryan & spouse Sonny Knight after a Bull Valley Roadhouse dinner
Gazebo on Deck
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