"I work overseas and came to the U.S. to be close to friends and family to have my baby and a 3-month maternity leave. We were overjoyed to find the Walter Upward House, it felt like home away from home and we did not want to leave! This craftsman style home is absolutely gorgeous with beautiful mahogany wood and charming character and decor; especially the bathrooms with their antique sinks and bathtub. It was wonderfully spacious, particularly the living room area, which was essential for us in accomodating visitors to see our new baby and for our family visiting from out of town. We used all three bedrooms at different times, the upstairs room was particularly cozy and we set up the adjacent room as an office. The living room and dining room were lovely and perfect for hosting visits/dinners; we had both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner there! The kitchen was perfectly stocked (with ample dishes, pots, pans, serving dishes, placemats, cutlery, dishwasher, coffeemaker, microwave, plus soaps, dish detergent and staple food items) and was absolutely great for cooking. The kitchen also received lots of sunlight and was very comfortable and enjoyable for daily breakfasts with the baby in the bouncer. (The house also has a pack-n-play and high chair for use). The backyard was absolutely delightful and we had many lunches outside overlooking the herb and fruit garden; it was such a treasure! Above all, Heidi and Jim were just wonderful and were just a phone call away and very close by, if we had any questions or needs. We received lots of packages for the baby and the porch made it easy for UPS and FedEx to drop items when we weren't home. The Piedmont neighborhood is safe, peaceful and lovely and I often took walks with my baby in the carrier, down Piedmont Avenue, just 3 blocks away. Piedmont Avenue has lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, spas, salons, grocery stores, a CVS, a movie theater and post office and it was just great for people-watching overall. A large Safeway grocery store is 2 blocks away and the 580 freeway is probably 5 minutes away so this made the location perfect. This home was absolutely perfect in every way and met all of our needs. All of our visitors were so charmed by the house and everyone admired the beauty of the interior and exterior. We stayed until our baby was 3 months old so it really felt like home (and was her first home)! I would absolutely recommend the Walter Upward House and we hope to stay there again in the future!"
Date of Stay: October 2014
Review Submitted: July 20, 2015