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Close in Location with Incredible Views & Resort Like Feel!

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 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


Skyline-Hillcrest Estates Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking 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
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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Close in Location with Incredible Views & Resort Like Feel!
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 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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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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Lovely little home

  • 5 of 5

My husband, toddler, dog and I had a wonderful stay in this little home while visiting family throughout the Piedmont and Alameda areas. It's quiet, peaceful and comfortable. Beautiful views from all the rooms.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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If we had only had more time to enjoy all that our wonderful hosts had to offer!

  • 4 of 5

Susan and Randy have a beautiful place. Its secluded and peaceful. They are wonderful about giving you access to the entire grounds including the great pool and waterfall. They were gracious enough to invite us to have a glass of wine by the pool/waterfall. One of my highlights of our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: oh thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I wish you had more time as well. We enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again in the future.
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oakland, ca


  • 5 of 5

Wifee and I moved from Florida to the Bay Area and decided to take an extended vacation to familiarize ourselves with the area before committing to a place. So, we decided to rent with Sue and Randy in this unit for about a month. It was perfect for our needs and we couldn't have been happier. Great location central to everything in Oakland as well as the "back country" if you're looking to hike, etc. The unit itself is obviously smaller but the amenities on the property were amazing and Sue and Randy went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. And if you're looking for a bigger place, they have a separate house with multiple bedrooms. The pool, hot tub and property overall were amazing with awesome views of the valley and Mt. Diablo right out your front door. Tons of fun yard games such as ping pong, foosball, corn hole, etc. with great competitors to give you a challenge.

Concluding our stay, we made some new great lifelong friends which was the best part of it all. I'd absolutely stay there again, in fact, when we have friends and family in town to visit, we'll definitely send them over to rent this place.

Rent it!! You won't be sorry you did!!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great response. We feel that we have made some new friends as well. Hope to see you in the near future
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Member since: 2005
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 24, 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.



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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