Relaxed, well kept up, charming turn-of-the-century home on a hilltop above the SF Bay at The Carquinez Straits. Master bedroom has fine Lux Queen bed and an Englander Double in the Middle bedroom. The pull-out daybed in parlor sleeps two plus a large soft Italian leather couch in the large sun room has been a favorite extra spot to sleep, where you wake to views of passing, sailboats, tugs & great ships on SF Bay, along with the rolling California hills. Clean, comfortable, quiet, convenient house with wooden decks, BBQ & multi-level deck & gardens, bordered by Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with breakfast table. Shower over tub & new plumbing in tiled bathroom off middle bedroom and sunroom.. Sunny washer dryer laundry room with ironing board. Nice china and cookware and plenty of glassware. SF 38 miles by car on Hwy 80 to the heart of downtown SF or a fun 1 hr. Ferry ride to Fisherman's Wharf. It is 23.2 miles to downtown Napa & Wine Country tours. John Muir mansion & Jack London's cabin in Oakland at jack London Square both a 20 minute ride depending on commute traffic. Redwoods 1 hour. the drive is 2-3 hours on Pacific coast Hwy to Carmel, Monterey Bay & Hearst Castle.
Port Costa is SF East Bay’s secret get away: 50 homes, population of 190, boasts 2 unique Barbary Coast style restaurant/ bars and the old time Burlington Hotel on the Straits has been refurbished, including a charming weekend coffee house , right across from the quaint post office with a view of the water. .The fashionable Bull Valley Roadhouse is open Thursday– Sunday for dinner. Wonderful Honey House coffee shop open weekends at the corner of the Burlington Hotel across Canyon Lake drive from the Warehouse Cafe, famous for the giant polar bear in a glass cage by the pool table in the bar. Plentiful reasonable food served at the Warehouse Cage with a menu of hundreds of beers. Great blues, rock and country music most summer weekends.Our historic restored and repurposed Port Costa school hosts social, art, car & bicycle club events, and is preserved and maintained by the Port Costa Conservation Society.
Short bike ride or drive to fish at Eckley Pier (no license required), picnic & hike: secluded Coastline Park. Crockett Hills Regional Park's covers 2000 acres. Experience John Muir historic mansion & farm. This National park is 10 miles away, off Hwy 4: Alhambra Ave in Martinez.
What else is near by: Tennis courts and public pool in Crockett 3 miles from Port Costa along the Carquinez Scenic Drive: Three miles to Hwy 80 entrance then 29 miles on 80 to downtown San Francisco.
Or forget parking and traffic and get to SF via Ferry: Cross Zampa bridge to Vallejo Terminal and catch a one hour Ferry ride to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf . Ride is a great tour the bay &.
Bay Area Rapid Transit parking 15 to 20 minutes from Port Costa dependingon whcih station you choose. Marine World, 20 minutes. Oakland International Airport, 34 miles, 40 miles to SFO and downtown Napa is 20 miles.
Situated along the bay trail coastline in between California Regional Parks, this property has acres of open space between its upper garden and the lower edge of the East Bay Regional Park trail. Hike directly up and take a walk above an unforgettable stretch of San Francisco bay coastline. The official park entrance is along the winding Carquinez Scenic Drive on your way into Port Costa. Landing area leads down to Eckley Pier for another gem of a coastline park at water’s edge for fishing (no license required) and picnics and hiking. Bird life abounds with red wing black birds, humming birds, finches, mockingbirds, kestrel, and a pair of golden eagles & offspring often fly above the house in Port Costa.
Crockett Hills Regional Park is the second park just 3 miles away along Carquinez Scenic drive and it offers mountain bike trails, horseback riding and organized treks to reach the summits where, on a clear day, you can see the entire SF Bay and across San Pablo bay to Mount Tamalpais, above Mill Valley.
What’s to Do: Sit on the deck or in the sunroom and watch water traffic. Take walks on numerous close by park trails, gates in easy walking distance,
The romantic, more upscale eating experience is Bull Valley Roadhouse new owners from SF. Nice decor. Have a drink, sitting at the bar, a tourist attraction in itself, with Tiffany lamps, brought down from the Gold Rush country, by the original owners, Port Costa house owner’s uncle and grandmother- perfect for the early California Barbary Coast decor. Open for dinner Wed - Sunday. Warehouse Cafe as described earlier is much more blue collar and attracts weekend motorcycle clubs who love the beer menu and cheap surf and turf. Locals often frequent it for the live weekend music.
Weekends have great coffee and breakfast at Honeyhouse Cafe , corner of the old Burlington Hotel on Canyon Lake Drive acrsoss from the Warehouse at the waterfront.
Drive 3 miles to Crockett & discover: Nantucket, on Port Street local seafood and drinks favorite, on the water by the fishing boats and the pier. The Dead Fish, on San Pablo Avenue (at Pomona Street at freeway ramp from Hwy 80) is an upscale SF chain for glitzy cocktails & fish dinners with bay, Zampa Bridge & Naval Academy water views.
From Port Costa it is one hour and 34 minutes or 75 miles to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, located in a canyon two miles north of the Russian River, in Sonoma county just north of Guerneville. Lots of good wineries and places to eat in the area.
The Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens grows along the CA coast all the way up into southern Oregon in an area about 500 miles long by 30 miles wide.
Further north Montgomery State Reserve redwood trees is 104.3 miles from our house and 13 miles west of Ukiah, CA Ukiah, 2 hours 33 minutes from Port Costa house, according to google. One tree growing there is the tallest known tree in the World according to Trip Advisor. Pack a good picnic and beverages as you wont want to take time to hunt up a place to eat.
It is a much longer drive up to Avenue of the Giants, the most famous area of giant redwoods: 4 hours drive up and back to Humbolt Redwoods state park : 218 miles via east 80 and CA 37 toward Napa. At Lakeville Hwy you turn onto US 101 ramp and go north for 177 miles till CA 254 N and 2 miles further on to Humbolt Redwoods State Park.