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Close in Location with Incredible Views & Resort Like Feel!

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Drive down the driveway and feel the stress disappear as you enter another world.Surrounded by redwoods, flowers and amazing vistas you forget about the stress of the daily grind.

This executive retreat with incredible views and grounds has a close in location surrounded by the park.It has a private yard with out door patio table and chairs. Private entry,shared use of the grounds, pool area and hot tub.Only 5 minutes from Montclair, 20 minutes from SFO.Wildlife at your doorstep, hiking and biking trails just steps away.You feel as though you are miles from any city yet just moments away.Unit contains gas fireplace for cozy evenings.

There is bus transportation 1/2 block easy walking distance.

This property is unique in that you don't see any other houses from this property. You can see the views while lying in bed. We are dog friendly as long as the animals do not get up on any of the furniture or bedding.There is wifi so working from home is possible. There is shopping and restaurants within 1 mile. We have repeatedly been told that living here is like staying at a resort.

Keywords: 1 bedroom charming in-law with incredible grounds and views.Perfect for one or two people.Private entry and yard.Shared pool, hot tub & entertainment area.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Sue

Active retired real estate broker who enjoys hiking, horseback riding as well as other sports.

Sue purchased this apartment in 1985

What makes this apartment unique

I had a very stressful job, so when I drove down the driveway it is like leaving all the stress behind. The property has a Zen" like feel to it.I grew up in the country so this makes me feel at home.


Skyline-Hillcrest Estates Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) pillow top
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Close in Location with Incredible Views & Resort Like Feel!
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 11 reviews
Minneapolis, MN

Amazing Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

This property is amazing. I am a traveling health professional, who stayed on the property for 5 weeks. Both my dog and I had a wonderful experience. The views can't be beat, you are in a hidden oasis of wilderness that I didn't expect to find in the Oakland area. We hiked the local parks on a regular basis, many times off leash. Sue & Randy were welcoming and so helpful with tips of places to see. Their two dogs played with my dog in the front yard. My family came from MN the last week, and we all stayed in the larger guest house. The kids thought the view was to so "cool" especially on a fogged in morning. If work brings me back to Oakland, I will be staying here again. Thank you for making my Oakland experience so great.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review Ann. I would LOVE to have you back at any time. Best of luck to you in your new location.
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Beautiful property with an amazing pool!

  • 4 of 5

Great place for my husband, dog and me to stay for a couple weeks while we searched for our home. Loved the pool!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was nice having you.Best of luck in your new home.
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Total Relaxation

  • 4 of 5

The grounds and it's facilities is unmatched to any place I've stayed. We had the pool and hot tub to ourselves because the other guests were not around. The pool was heated and perfect for a pleasant swim. The dogs roamed around freely and were exhausted by the end of our trip. We were completely relaxed during our stay. Sue and Randy are always so generous and welcoming- they brought us a box of fruits picked from their other property to share with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice location & landscaping, but amenities leave much to be desired

  • 3 of 5

The view from the apartment (in-law suite) was fabulous, overlooking a large hilly, wooded open space. We arrived after dark and the suite was quite chilly, and the main heater (gas fireplace) was not turned on, quite chilly, & quite difficult to figure out, lacking instructions to increase heat. Additionally, the heater in the bedroom was nonfunctional & thus the back room was uncomfortably cold for quite a while. The hot water heater did not heat quickly & temperature was unmanageable. The wifi was also nonfunctional for the duration of our stay. This being said the proximity to things to do is quite desirable (nearby open recreation areas, parks, & multiple shopping districts), and we did have a lovely trip.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry but normally we are at the property to meet and greet people but Our return flight from Texas got canceled and we did not return home until the day of departure. There is a button that you click that brings the hot water to the tap. It takes about 4 minutes for the water to get there. Most people can figure it out with the instructions however if you have never used a water pump like this it may seem a bit confusing and it would take a while for hot water to warm up. Normally we have the lights on and heater going so I apologize. It was also quite cold so I can imagine it took a while to heat up and yes our internet box failed and we had to get a new one which took a few days. Again I apologize for the inconvenience
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Sacramento, CA

calm, serene oasis near the city

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just got back from staying here, and our three nights couldn't have been more relaxing and enjoyable! Sue and Randy are delightful hosts and it's obvious they enjoy having guests at their home.

This one-BR unit is tucked under the owners' main house; however it's quite secluded, private and has its own entry so we had no issues with the setup. Sue was responsive to our pre-check-in questions. Finding their place was simple - it's at the end of a long driveway that winds over and down the hill more than 100 yards to a gate. Once through, we parked near the woodpile, and walked up past the main house garage to find the entry door. Check in was easy.

The property, a remainder of what was originally a large ranch, is wonderfully private. You're in redwood and oak forest, and the other guest house is barely visible from the living room, screened by trees and across the parking area some distance away.

The unit has a "town and country" charm - Cozy, simple but tastefully decorated and appointed. There is a comfortable king memory foam bed in the bedroom. Kitchen counter is in the LR, with the needed herbs, spices, kitchenware and cookware. Appliances are first rate brands, and although not new, they function very well. Just outside the unit is a private patio with its own table and chairs, propane grill and views across tree-covered ridges to Mt. Diablo.

The common areas of the property are timeless in design and construction, perfect for casually hanging out. We ambled from pool to hot tub to chaise endlessly throughout the weekend, and enjoyed the outdoor games, hearing the beautiful wind chimes and watching the labs gleefully chasing balls.

Sue and Randy were home during the weekend and we got a chance to get to know them and thank them for their hospitality. They're the best!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular setting. Overlooks redwood forrest for miles and miles.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our dog loved this property. The in kaw quarters that we stayed in was charming and totally adequatw for a couple. But the most spectacular aspect of our stay was the setting and the grand uninterrupted views from the porch in the back. We would certainly return to the property again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words.We would love to have you come back.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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