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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!


Last updated: 07/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 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


  • 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. 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

  • 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

  • Sleeping Loft: 1 king, 2 bunk bed

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

  • Katie's Room: 1 king

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

  • Single room: 1 twin/ single

    Twin with memory foam top, large oak desk, 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. ...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 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


  • 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, Piano....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 and in middle of bookcase in the game room. CD's and older cassettes in Living Room cabinet with 6 CD changer....moreless

  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • 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 also available in 3 bedrooms....moreless

  • Toys:

    Lego's, K Nex, Books. Ask and I will wash stuffed animals for your child's trip....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Many Disney movies, classics. Let us know what you would like available....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • 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


  • Child's Highchair
  • 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


  • 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

  • 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
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Must dial area code. Magic Jack. House phone does not ring in bedrooms....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. No password needed....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

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


  • 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 has a couple cold ones for your guests 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


  • Balcony:

    Balcony above the garden area has chairs and tables. A good spot for sunbathing....moreless

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

    Spectacular views from 300 degrees around house and paved patios, lovely garden near pool in back with tables and outdoor heaters....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Ask 2 kayaks ....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Heat Sense Tuscany Propane BBQ. Charcoal BBQ on East patio....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

  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Jetted Tub:

    Master bath features huge jetted bath for two with amazing view of Mt. Diablo. Bath salts provided for your soak!...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Fees and Rental Conditions:

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


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Last updated: 07/02/2015
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
Tilden Park
7 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

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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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • 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 with piano, queen size sleeper sofa and recliner

    Leveled pool table in game room with piano, queen size sleeper sofa and recliner

  • 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

  • Game room with bookcase of games and books. The blue couch is not a hide a bed.

    Game room with bookcase of games and books. The blue couch is not a hide a bed.

  • 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!

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