Beautiful and Lush Hidden Wisteria Cottage

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Last updated: 11/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The island of Alameda is considered by some as the hidden gem of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Your hosts have turned their circa 1890s detached carriage house and stable into a welcoming garden cottage. This tastefully appointed guest spot is perfect for a quiet getaway or extended academic or corporate visit.

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, you are just walking distance from Park Street, Alameda's central shopping district. Here you'll find everything you need....antique shops, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and the newly renovated Alameda Theatre. Less than a mile away you'll find a pristine beach park with stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.

Want to head into 'The City'? You are just 25 minutes away from all SF has to offer. We are close to the Alameda ferry, AC Transit and BART. A quick drive over the Bay Bridge drops you right into the heart of downtown San Francisco.

The Carriage House: The owners have spent decades collecting antiques and designing interiors and have used their talents to create a comfortable,quiet vacation space for those who appreciate a green way of living.

Virtually every item, from floor to ceiling is recovered or recycled in some way.

The Garden: The bungalow is covered by a gorgeous and legendary Wisteria tree that is the star of the spring season.

The practice of 'Living Green' extends to the lush surrounding gardens. Old San Francisco cobblestones, recovered copper downspouts and perfectly placed architectural elements create a serene garden so creative you'd think you were on a movie set.

A Coi pond that is sometimes visited by elegant egrets, sits just outside the bungalow door. The garden is surrounded by three small aviaries that house small families of canaries. Their song and the sound of flowing water will lull you while you read a book in the sun on your own private patio.

The Neighborhood & Beyond: Developed in the late 1800s as a beach resort community, the modern day version still holds much of it's charm from the early 20th century.

Take a drive through the different neighborhoods and you'll see beautiful examples of California architecture. Perfectly restored Victorians share the same street with cute California Bungalows and Craftsman style homes.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only:

    'We are a 100% non-smoking property. If you are found to be smoking inside or outside the apartment you will be asked to leave with no fees refunded.'...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Unfortunately, we are not suitable for children. The bungalow is really only designed for two people. In addition there is a non-childproof pond on the property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    We DO NOT have cable or satellite....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace:

    Our fireplace is gas operated....moreless

  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central Heating...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    There is ample street parking....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio:

    You'll have your own private garden patio with a view of the koi pond and aviaries....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The lush garden at Wisteria Cottage is legendary. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have a charcoal grill for your use....moreless

  • Patio


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $100
  • Taxes Not included


If you must cancel, our cancellation policy is as follows:

- Within 30 days of arrival date = 50% will be refunded.

- 30 days or longer from time of arrival = 100% will be refunded.

All payments are through PayPal.

Reservation & Deposits - A $250 deposit secures your reservation.

The balance is due 10 days before your arrival.

All payments are made through PayPal. We do not accept E-Checks

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/16/2015
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Oakland International Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Walking distance
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ferry Point
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Alameda Municipal Golf Course
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Emeryville - Amtrak
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Walking distance
120 Miles
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Walking distance

Car: Recommended


Manager info

About: The talents of your hosts, John and Arthur, have appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and in a series of books on Arts & Crafts bungalows by Paul Duchscherer – The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow and Outside the Bungalow. Their business, House of Orange, specializes in European Arts & Crafts furnishings, and some of their most outstanding pieces are now in the homes of local collectors who have become close friends over the years.

Why Alameda:
Their carriage house – circa 1890, has been turned into a garden guest cottage – and except for a few planks, tiles and a sofa bed, the cottage and its contents are all recycled in some way. The wood interior and exterior siding are bits and pieces from old projects, and with their creative eye, all the pieces work: as ceiling and wall sections, windowsills, door jambs, storage closets - you name it! Their recycling even extends to the surrounding yard. Reclaimed copper downspouts from the roof divert rainwater into the koi pond and an existing well. The outdoor lighting is on a sensor to save energy, and old lanterns were rewired as lamps. Chimney liners were turned into water features and pulley hooks into sturdy plant hangers. All plants need little to no watering and bloom beautifully. Wisteria Cottage – a name given to it by friends and guests – may be small, but every idea John and Arthur used was big on result and can easily translate on an even grander scale. They provide decorating, remodeling and landscaping services and advice.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
John and Arthur are called the “Green Giants” because they are all about reducing, reusing and recycling in a BIG and BEAUTIFUL way. Whether shopping at thrift stores for clothing, repaving their driveway with old cobblestones from a San Francisco street, or resurfacing floors with reclaimed wood, they make mindful and creative use of materials with spectacular results!

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  • A welcoming entrance

    A welcoming entrance

  • Fully equiped kitchen

    Fully equiped kitchen

  • bathroom


  • Private Patio w/ BBQ

    Private Patio w/ BBQ

  • Hall between kitchen and bed

    Hall between kitchen and bed

  • bathroom


  • A view over the pond.

    A view over the pond.

  • Arthur & John...your hosts!

    Arthur & John...your hosts!

Minimum stay: 3 nights
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