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This villa boasts unbelievable views of Diablo Valley to the Oakland Hills. It is a custom adobe home decorated with Early California/ Spanish Revival antiques; speaking of the early settlers of Lafayette in the 1860's. Located between Berkeley and Walnut Creek, the Schneider Residence is found in the hills above St.Mary's College, in rural Hunsaker Canyon. Only ten minutes from town and the 24 freeway, the house speaks immediately of another time, a vacation away from the mundane. Terra Cotta floors, high ceilings, commanding views from every window. It is decorated with antlers, saddles, and even a full size bear. Talk about a Kodak photo opportunity! Native California plantings, including cactus on 300 degree patios around house. The house sleeps twelve in luxury. It was was designed with 4 foot wide hallways and handicapped accessible all around the property except for the loft. (If you need to use any equipment like a walker, toilet seat elevator, shower stool, just say the word!) Gourmet kitchen, amenities galore! Lafayette is the center of Lamorinda, three cities known for low crime rates, excellent schools, and high end shopping. From the house you can hear the bells of St.Mary's College in Moraga! We are just up the hill from Wildwood Acres Resort. That makes the home the perfect place for a bridal retreat or rehearsal dinner site! We have also had many small weddings and renewal ceremonies on site. Fabulous for photos!
Sleeping arrangements: Master Bedroom: Adjustable split Cal King Tempurpedic bed with private bath with whirlpool tub and double shower. Emma's Room: Sealy Posturpedic Queen with shared bath Katie's Room: Sealy Posturpedic King with shared bath Extra Bedroom: Twin full desks and door to patio Loft: Cal King and twin bunks with upper deck access
Telescope, Sauna, pool table, two piano's, wifi, satellite HD TV with premium channels, hot tub, endless pool, indoor whirlpool bath. Ice maker, front loading washer and dryer, ironing board and iron. Outdoor patio heaters, gas and charcoal BBQ's with propane for your use. Paved patios and outdoor furniture to enjoy the views. Fountain near front door, bird feeders with food to keep the birds chirping! Pour a beer, turn on the Giants game and watch the large screen TV from the front patio while the sun fades over the Oakland Hills leaving a spectacular sunset!
Keywords: Private, Custom, View, Estate, Hacienda, villa
Pool has child safe cover and hot tub has cover. Toys and games available like legos, k-nex, doll house in loft, books, games, puzzles. Even have some stuffed animals we wash up for little guests....moreless
Jetted Tub has full view of Mt Diablo, Double shower heads ...moreless
Towels and washcloths in all bathrooms. Hair Dryer in bedroom guest bath. Shampoo and conditioner available, bath salts and lotion. ...moreless
Seeing is believing. Guests immediately feel on vacation, although civilization is only ten minutes from the house down the mountain. Near great shopping in Walnut Creek with Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's, Macy's, Pottery Barn, many excellent restaurants. Close to Rheem Center shopping with Marshall's, Tuesday Morning, Starbucks, CVS, and Home Goods. Downtown Lafayette has many restaurants and charming shops. The city hosts an annual Lafayette Art and Wine Festival as well as Jazz at the Rez, and Lafayette Reservoir Run. With the World Cup coming to the area, this is a strategic spot to rendezvous with your mates.
Lamorinda is considered a wealthy area with Lafayette being the center of three cities accessed by highway 24. With a cluster of restaurants and generally high-end shops in its downtown, Lafayette is considered the retail hub of the region. Orinda is home to the historic Orinda Theatre and the California Shakespeare Theater. Moraga is home to Saint Mary's College of CA. Wikiped...moreless
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Fisherman's Wharf 28 miles, Oakland airport 28 miles, Napa 31 miles, Concord Water World 11 miles, ATT Park (Giants) 26 miles. St. Mary's College Moraga 3 miles. Martinez Marina 15 miles, Berkeley Marina 20 miles, Jack London Square Oakland 17 miles. Carquinez Strait, which is eastern end of SF bay continues to the Delta region. The strait can be seen from the patio in the front of the house. The rural road, Hunsaker Canyon, lends itself to nature viewing and hikes to nearby East Bay Regional Park lands. Bring your hiking shoes, Mt. Diablo has a magnetic pull toward it!
Year Purchased: 1991
About the owner: We came together as a team in 1981. Doug is a general contractor with a love of history and artistic eye. He attended UC Berkeley with an interest in agriculture. Karen has a degree in Home Economics and has knowledge of fabrics, furniture and a love for cooking.
The house was built in 1991 on 'the best view lot in Contra Costa' according to a Lafayette City planner. Every window is designed to capture the fabulous nature of the hillside property.
It took many many years to finish all the patios, fountains, stairways, but we are happy to share the beautiful little heaven we have created here.
We travel extensively, but keep most of our worldly goods in the Lafayette house. The other homes we stay in, are not as close to our heart as this one. Things we do not share as personal are locked in a small office off the main hall. Other than that 'me casa su casa!'
Why the Owner Chose Lafayette: The San Francisco Bay area has the best climate. We are close to the most beautiful city, San Francisco, with museums, parks, entertainment. Equidistant is theNapa/Sonoma wine region. Walnut Creek to our east has excellent shopping and restaurants. There are many recreation areas close by from this home. The weather is great most all year!
The Unique Benefits at this Estate: 'If I lived here I would never leave' is a comment we often get from guests. It is an amazing relaxing place. With a glass of wine, sitting on the front patio watching the sunset while fog rolls in over the Oakland Hills. You know all is right with the world and how lucky we are to live in such a place as Northern California.