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View of San Francisco from Deck; Meditation Garden and Hot Tub

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View of upper apartment and lower apartment decks


Last updated: 07/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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Beautiful apartment (top floor with street level access) with very special garden. This 1100 sq ft newly renovated & artfully designed top-floor flat is an oasis offering a view that looks over a tree-filled panorama that takes in the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco skyline often framed within a dramatic sunset.

This flat is completely private with private access to the flat and the deck. Access is from street level, through the front door. It feels more like a single-family house than an apartment.

One great advantage to this location is its micro climate, usually sunny and warm with no fog! It is located in the Maxwell Park neighborhood of Oakland (check it out on Wikipedia).

Located on a quiet one-block residential street, the home has the feeling of a retreat. The expansive back deck overlooks a lush garden where you may lounge, or soak in the pergola-covered hot tub. Depending on the season, you may eat plums, figs, or apples right off their trees. And you may find yourself entertained by the antics of many humming birds.

Every room in the home, except for one bedroom and the bathroom, has lovely views. One bedroom offers a view of the San Francisco Bay, even from the bed! From this bedroom a French door opens onto a curved deck that has cushy seating. Each bedroom has a very comfortable, queen-size bed. The bathroom has been updated with tile and granite. A full-size washer and dryer are located off the bathroom, hidden by a closed pocket door.

The kitchen is fully furnished with cookware, utensils, and place settings. The kitchen décor is vintage and features a Wedgewood gas cook stove.

The Deck extends the entire width of the flat. Deck access is also available from the kitchen area, and this deck area is furnished with a bar-height table where you can enjoy a repast with your fellow guests.

A desk work area is available and wireless internet access is provided.

As an antidote to work, you may cozy up to the gas fireplace and watch the 41 inch flat screen television (satellite DirecTV).

You are minutes from the peaceful groves of a hidden forest of redwoods in the Redwood Regional Park’s 1,829 acres where you may mountain bike, hike, or picnic. You are within walking distance to Mills College (1/10th of a mile) and you are 16 minutes from UC Berkeley. The location’s proximity to the 580 Freeway gives you fast access to many attractions including Lake Merritt, Jack London Square, Grand Lake Theater (movies), the Paramount Theater (live music), and many excellent restaurants. You are only a 23 minute drive from San Francisco, but you may prefer to take the scenic ferry that will deliver you to the SF Ferry Building (and its many wonderful markets) or to Fisherman’s wharf. 15 minutes from Oakland Airport! 37 minutes from- San Francisco International Airport!

Keywords: house, flat, cottage, duplex, bungalow, casita, casa


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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    The apartment is one level accessed from the street with one step up. It can be easily negotiated by someone using a cane. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Flat Screen; Down bedding, high quality cotton linens...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Flat screen; Down bedding, high quality cotton linens...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2). Each bedroom has a large flat screen tv. Bedding is all cotton. A variety of pillow options are available from high quality down to down-substitute fiber-fill, from soft to firm....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Modern bath; updated recently; tile and granite...moreless

  • Bathroom is

Other Amenities

  • Panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay and San Francisco and Oakland city skylines. Beautiful, serene lush garden with sitting areas, meditation area, and pergola-covered hot tub with adjacent decks. A meditation patio, over-looked by a statue of the compassionate Quan Yin, allows you to sit and contemplate the beauty of a redwood framed by an arbor. At the back of the garden, a firepit-- circled by comfortable chairs-- allows for fireside evenings where you can feel you're on a camp-out. Our favorite backyard being is a huge poplar tree --a condo for many birds and other wildlife-- that we think may be the largest in the Bay Area. When it has its leaves, its swaying creates a beautiful music of chattering leaves and serves up afternoon shade for the deck. In almost every season, there is some fresh fruit: plums, apples, figs, or blackberries....moreless


  • Books:

    The rental has many books many of them collected by the owner during her university education....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of Mt. Tamalpais (the sleeping maiden) in Marin.

  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View:

    View of the San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco city skyline and Oakland city sky line...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Separate dining room has table that expands to comfortably seat 8...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    The San Francisco Bay Area has natural air conditioning -- Fog! However, we do sometimes have hot days. For these days, we have a portable air conditioner that will cool a room....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full-size front loading dryer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Beautiful gas fireplace...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    The property features a shared exercise deck equipped with a full set of weights. An outlet is available on the deck if you wish to plug in your computer and work out to a DVD....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas fireplace in living room heats living areas. Each bedroom and the bathroom have a wall electric heater controlled by thermostat....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All bedding, sheets, bath towels, hot tub towels, kitchen towels are provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room is furnished with comfortable and attractive leather sofa, sofa bench, and 2 fabric upholstered side chairs. A flat screen tv is in the living room above the fireplace....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking is un-metered residential street parking with no time restrictions. Street parking is generally plentiful and usually a space is available at the front of, or very near, the rental....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Telephone is available upon request...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full-size front loading washer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Free WIFI - Wireless Connection...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Freezer is part of refrigerator....moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is stocked with a full set of knives, frying pans, pots, etc., so you have all you need to cook full meals....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Vintage gas Wedgewood stove that includes 4 burners, griddle, and oven...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    The A large deck that runs across the entire width of the rental features a curved balcony area at either end....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    A large deck runs across the entire width of the rental. Additional decks and sitting areas are located in the garden....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Gazebo/Pergola with Hot Tub and Deck Area for lounging...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Beautiful lawn and garden...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    New Weber propane grill on deck just outside kitchen...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub:

    The garden, shared with the lower flat, has a beautiful pergola where the Sundance Hot Tub is located. The Hot Tub seats 6, has multiple massaging jets, as well as bubbles....moreless

  • Spa Whirlpool

Building Type

  • House

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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2 night min stay

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  • Departure Cleaning $95
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $350
  • Tax Rate 14%


Deposit must be paid by eCheck. Rental Balance: Discount of 2.5% for eCheck payment. For reservations more than 1 month in advance, a 7 day minimum may be required. Events are not allowed (receptions, parties, weddings, etc.) Using the property as a filming location is not allowed. Payment is through a secure VRBO/HomeAway portal. Security / Damage deposit must be paid by eCheck through the secure VRBO/HomeAway portal. The Deposit is refunded to same account from which it was paid within 7 days of departure.

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Last updated: 07/27/2015
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6.25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Oakland International Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Alameda Harbor Bay, and Jack London Square
2 Miles
Nearest Train
BART Station: Fruitvale Station
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
580 Freeway 1 mile, 880 Freeway 2 miles
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Full House Cafe
4.28 Miles
Nearest Beach
Robert W Crown Memorial State Beach,Alameda, CA

Car: Recommended

Casting Pond,Local Rosenblum Wine Tasting, Dashe Cellars Wine Tasting, Hangar One Vodka Tasting, Hangar One Blimp Tour 11/11 - 11/14 and 11/17 - 11/19, Sake Tasting and Museum


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: The photo is of me in front of the house. My husband and I travel frequently and whenever possible we rent a vacation home rather than stay in a hotel. We value comfort and convenience and keep in mind our own expectations and preferences when furnishing our rental. We will always choose a home with a garden, and a hot tub is always a bonus. After a day of touring and sight seeing, we enjoy sitting in a beautiful outside setting, enjoying each other and a glass of wine. We want to provide you with the best possible lodging experience to complement your enjoyment of the Bay Area. We are huge fans of the Bay Area and enjoy its offerings of beautiful nature and urban delights as though we are tourists. My husband was a frequent Bay Area visitor (from New England) when I met him here through mutual friends 12 years ago. After I spent two cold north eastern winters with him, he came to his senses and moved to the temperate climate of the Bay Area. We married 10 years ago, and he has no regrets about relocating!

Why the Owner Chose Oakland:
*Sunny, warm climate, no fog! *Views *Garden *Peaceful and Serene *Central proximity to the Bay and San Francisco, Napa Valley, and other tourist attractions. Within walking distance of Mills College. Close-knit neighborhood of middle class professionals.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Proximity to Bay Area/Napa tourist destinations. Very romantic and private for a love-nest get-away. Wonderful home for families visiting relatives. Great for Grandparents!

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Speaks: english


  • View of upper apartment and lower apartment decks

    View of upper apartment and lower apartment decks

  • View from eat-in area of kitchen toward front door

    View from eat-in area of kitchen toward front door

  • Vintage kitchen

    Vintage kitchen

  • Bedroom with French door access to curved deck

    Bedroom with French door access to curved deck

  • The balcony

    The balcony

  • 2nd bedroom

    2nd bedroom

  • Typical sunset view. This photo taken from the deck.

    Typical sunset view. This photo taken from the deck.

  • San Francisco -- 26 minutes away by car via Bay Bride.

    San Francisco -- 26 minutes away by car via Bay Bride.

  • View upon entering the front door

    View upon entering the front door

  • Eat-in area of kitchen, Wedgewood gas cooker, dining room

    Eat-in area of kitchen, Wedgewood gas cooker, dining room

  • Eat-in area of kitchen and entry to curved deck

    Eat-in area of kitchen and entry to curved deck

  • Entrance from bedroom to curved deck

    Entrance from bedroom to curved deck

  • Pergola-covered  hot tub and shaded seating area

    Pergola-covered hot tub and shaded seating area

  • View of the San Francisco Skyline from the deck

    View of the San Francisco Skyline from the deck

  • Telescoped of view from deck (Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge)

    Telescoped of view from deck (Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge)

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