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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.

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Unbelievable Views of Oakland Hills and Diablo. Amazing sunsets and sunrises!

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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

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 and door to patio
Loft: Cal King with upper deck access

Telescope, Sauna, pool table, one 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. Gas BBQ 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

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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 25 to rent property....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Pool has child safe cover and hot tub has cover. Ask for use of Draco Porta crib....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking only outside....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Please ask, but dogs keep the deer from eating the plants....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    House built for full access, four foot wide halls, access to house and living areas from driveway level....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11

  • Emma's Room: 1 queen

    Mt. Diablo view, satellite TV with DVD, dresser and chair...moreless

  • Master Suite: 1 king

    Jacuzzi tub and double shower in suite, satellite tv, desk...moreless

  • Katie's Room: 1 king

    Satellite TV, large closet, view to garden, chair and amoire...moreless

  • Sleeping Loft: 1 king

    glass top table with 4 chairs, desk, door to upstairs deck...moreless

  • Single room: 1 twin/ single

    Twin with memory foam top, door to patio...moreless

  • All rooms furnished with high quality linens. Regular pest inspection for security and peace of mind....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Guest bath with Sauna: toilet, outdoor shower

    Beautiful sauna with door to pool and cold shower....moreless

  • Bedroom Wing Guest Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Marbled walls, heated tile floor....moreless

  • Master Suite: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    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. During our drought please use the outdoor portable toilet for extra guests. All the flushing of water is wasteful of our precious resource....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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 TJ Maxx, Produce market, Dollar Store, 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. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    An unbelievably large collection of books in the main hallway. Floor to ceiling collection and books throughout the house....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    collection in cabinet next to recliner in front room....moreless

  • Game Room:

    Pool Table. Puzzles, games....moreless

  • Games:

    Monopoly, Poker Chips, Dominos with cribbage board. Pool Table, puzzles, Pictionary, Cranium, Apples to Apples....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Piano music in piano stool. CD's and older cassettes in Game Room cabinet with 6 CD changer....moreless

  • Piano
  • Pool Table:

    Golden West Billiards table....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Upgraded movies and sports. VOD for $, HBO. HD channels....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Good speakers for your I pod or Apple computer....moreless

  • Television:

    New Samsung flat screen TV in living room. Additional bar speakers. Satellite TV with DVD....moreless

  • Toys:

    K Nex, Books. ...moreless

  • VCR

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    1000 foot elevation looks directly at Mt. Diablo State Park...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Full view of Mt. Diablo as well as view across the valley all the way to the Carquinez Straits. Western sunset view across Oakland Hills....moreless

  • Rural:

    1.5 mile private road with 3 private acres...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Ten mahogany chairs in dining room. Bringing in table from game room and opening leaves, bringing in 4 other chairs and you can seat 14. Linens available for your use....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 14 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Although we DO NOT have central air conditioning we have fans in all bedrooms on the main floor and 3 evaporative coolers. We depend on the fog to roll in! ...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Large capacity new front loading gas dryer in laundry room/pantry....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    PC with printer and fax on request....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Glass front fireplace in Game Room. No fires when grass outside is dry. Wood available near garage wall on outside patio....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant heat in all floors. ...moreless

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

    All high thread count bed linens provided. Blankets, comforters, kitchen linens, tablecloths, napkins, all pool towels....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Samsung Smart TV, tuned piano, couch, bear, game table....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Large driveway for 8 cars. Parking on circular driveway for several more....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Must dial area code. Magic Jack. House phone does not ring....moreless

  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels near sauna and hot tub. Towels left in each bedroom and bath....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New HE front load washer with detergent and bleach available....moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    Excellent Wifi beamed straight from Mt. Diablo.Password is house phone number....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood provided outside of garage. Keep properly vented. No fires when grass outside is dry....moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Personal chef referrals available. Round Table Pizza Lafayette delivers here. Lafayette Safeway can have your groceries delivered the day you arrive! ...moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup drip, flat filter Mr. Coffee maker. Also a 42 cup West Bend percolator available on request....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything imaginable, home owner has a degree in Home Economics!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Large number of plates and utensils available....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New Bosch dishwasher....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet kitchen with granite countertop, gas burners and indoor grill. Many spices and standard ingredients available in cupboards....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, baking ingredients, sauces. If you forget something it may be here for you. Not intended to suffice for dinner plans....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Ice and cold water dispenser in door. Probably a couple cold beers for you in there as well as cold glasses in the freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Thermador 4 burner professional gas stove top with center grill. Electric Oven with large 24' racks....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Cuisinart Toaster with bagel settings. ...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Balcony above the garden A good spot for sunbathing....moreless

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

    Spectacular views from 200 degrees around house and paved patios, lovely garden near pool in back with tables. New deck facing East toward Mt. Diablo....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Ask 2 kayaks ....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large Sonoma by Altima Propane BBQ. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    View the stars and Diablo Valley from the theraputic hot tub, at 103 degrees....moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Heated 'Endless' pool with adjustable current at touch of a button, no more annoying turns during your work out! Child proof cover to ensure children can not enter without supervision....moreless

  • Sauna:

    Cedar sauna with bucket for steaming the rocks. Plenty of towels. Door to outside shower and pool access!...moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    Master bath features huge jetted bath for two with amazing view of Mt. Diablo....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas Week
Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2015
4 night min stay
$1,050
$5,000
New Year's
Dec 30 - Jan 4, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,050
$5,000
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,150
$5,000 $12,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Housecleaning $175
  • Tax Rate 9.5%

Notes:

No fee for cleaning or small pets. Check in time is 3PM, if you want to arrive earlier please allow at least a weeks notice.


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Location

28 Miles
Nearest Airport
OAK
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Round-Up
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
Tilden Park
7 Miles
Nearest Train
BART
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
24
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chow

Car: Recommended

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!

 

Owner info

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.


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Photos

  • Unbelievable Views  of Oakland Hills and Diablo. Amazing sunsets and sunrises!

    Unbelievable Views of Oakland Hills and Diablo. Amazing sunsets and sunrises!

  • Leveled pool table in game room. Couch and chairs and french doors to south yard

    Leveled pool table in game room. Couch and chairs and french doors to south yard

  • Large therapy jet hot tub overlooks Diablo Valley. Stars and lights at night!

    Large therapy jet hot tub overlooks Diablo Valley. Stars and lights at night!

  • Well stocked gourmet kitchen, granite, gas range, dishwasher, micro, oven, grill

    Well stocked gourmet kitchen, granite, gas range, dishwasher, micro, oven, grill

  • Be our guest! Gifts always left for your enjoyment.

    Be our guest! Gifts always left for your enjoyment.

  • Master:Antique fumoir headboard, split king tempurpedic adjustable on right side

    Master:Antique fumoir headboard, split king tempurpedic adjustable on right side

  • Well stocked gourmet kitchen with grill.

    Well stocked gourmet kitchen with grill.

  • One small portion of the view from the home. This is looking west near sunset.

    One small portion of the view from the home. This is looking west near sunset.

  • New deck facing East and Mt. Diablo in full splendor.

    New deck facing East and Mt. Diablo in full splendor.

  • King bed in Katie's room.

    King bed in Katie's room.

  • Swimming against the current on the pool.

    Swimming against the current on the pool.

  • Sunset from front gate with lighted column.

    Sunset from front gate with lighted column.

  • A mighty fortress on the hill! Cool in summer, radiant floor heat in winter.

    A mighty fortress on the hill! Cool in summer, radiant floor heat in winter.

  • Emma's Room boasts a queen bed, luxury linens, wifi, TV, large mirror, & antique

    Emma's Room boasts a queen bed, luxury linens, wifi, TV, large mirror, & antique

  • Sparkling endless pool with pool deck. No annoying turns in your workout!

    Sparkling endless pool with pool deck. No annoying turns in your workout!

  • Relax in the rattan seat with ottoman in the master bedroom. Access east patio.

    Relax in the rattan seat with ottoman in the master bedroom. Access east patio.

  • Granite counters, large oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, many dishes.

    Granite counters, large oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, many dishes.

  • Weeping cedar trees on east deck, a cool spot with misters as needed!

    Weeping cedar trees on east deck, a cool spot with misters as needed!

  • Bar area in kitchen, shows perfect work triangle between stove, refrig and sink.

    Bar area in kitchen, shows perfect work triangle between stove, refrig and sink.

  • Private whirlpool tub for two in master bath with view of Mt. Diablo.

    Private whirlpool tub for two in master bath with view of Mt. Diablo.

  • Queen bed in Emma's room faces cactus garden.

    Queen bed in Emma's room faces cactus garden.

  • King in loft with access to upper deck.

    King in loft with access to upper deck.

  • Hollyhocks in mid summer.

    Hollyhocks in mid summer.

  • Sunrise on Mt Diablo from east patio.

    Sunrise on Mt Diablo from east patio.

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  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2.5
  • Property type
    Estate
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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 12 hours
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  • Calendar last updated 07/29/2015
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