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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.

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Last updated: 08/28/2016
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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

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 please...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We have two resident cats which only stay in the back of the house when we are here. We have a dog which only stays in the front of the house when we are here....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • 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

  • Katie's Room: 1 king

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

  • Master Suite: 1 king

    Jacuzzi tub and double shower in suite, desk, chair ottoman...moreless

  • Emma's Room: 1 queen

    Mt. Diablo view, dresser and chair...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 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

  • Games
  • Pool Table

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • 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 Area
  • Seating for 14 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant heat in the floor....moreless

  • Internet:

    great wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    Ample parking in driveway for 6 cars....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Kitchen:

    Granite countertop, Broan exhaust hood above Thermador indoor grill gas range....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Wide electric oven for large pans....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Well stocked....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    GE Ice and Water in the door...moreless

  • Stove:

    Thermador indoor grill gas range. Four heavy duty burners....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Cuisinart 4 slice, bagel setting...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Set at 103, views Diablo Valley lights at night, very pretty!...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Endless pool, can be heated to take off the CA chill. Swim against the adjustable current....moreless

  • Sauna
 

Reviews

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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,050
$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 $150
  • 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. There are two cats that live full time on the property. Let owner know of allergy concerns please.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 08/28/2016
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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, CA, USA:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Sunrise on Mt Diablo from east patio.

    Sunrise on Mt Diablo from east patio.

  • Bubbling fountain at front door.

    Bubbling fountain at front door.

  • Well stocked gourmet kitchen with grill.

    Well stocked gourmet kitchen with grill.

  • Pool table and fireplace in game room.

    Pool table and fireplace in game room.

  • Trumpet vine blooms several times a year.

    Trumpet vine blooms several times a year.

  • Sunset from front gate with lighted column.

    Sunset from front gate with lighted column.

  • Lounge area in game room. Cupboard with disk player and games on opposite wall.

    Lounge area in game room. Cupboard with disk player and games on opposite wall.

  • Family room furnishings, large smart TV not shown.

    Family room furnishings, large smart TV not shown.

  • 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.

  • North view across Carquinez Strait, over WC, PH, Concord.

    North view across Carquinez Strait, over WC, PH, Concord.

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

    Be our guest! Gifts always left for your enjoyment.

  • 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.

  • Wall to wall bookcase in hall.

    Wall to wall bookcase in hall.

  • Swimming against the current on the pool.

    Swimming against the current on the pool.

  • Therapeutic hot tub 103 degrees.

    Therapeutic hot tub 103 degrees.

  • Guest bathroom near game room - sauna inside.

    Guest bathroom near game room - sauna inside.

  • Master bedroom with door to east patio. Adjustable split king temperpedic bed.

    Master bedroom with door to east patio. Adjustable split king temperpedic bed.

  • Main bath in bedroom wing. Shower and tub.

    Main bath in bedroom wing. Shower and tub.

  • Stairway to sleeping loft with king bed passes by Mr. Bear.

    Stairway to sleeping loft with king bed passes by Mr. Bear.

  • 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.

  • Wisteria blossoms on east patio.

    Wisteria blossoms on east patio.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, August 29, 2016

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  • Sleeps
    9
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2.5
  • Property type
    Estate
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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 08/28/2016

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