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Rockridge Architect Designed House--Gracious Interiors & Beautiful Outdoor Space

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Custom architect designed home in Rockridge area of Oakland. Close to BART and easy freeway access, but quiet neighborhood.

Beautiful gardens, peaceful and quiet backyard.

Great place for wedding pictures with some special touches - metal sculptures, hanging ski chair....

very large yard for kids to play. Park and tennis courts close by. Ample parking, and level in access to main floor through garage.

Note: Bedrooms are on 2nd floor

Margaret McGuirk
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Margaret McGuirk

We are retired and love to travel. We are originally from New York area, but love the Bay Area. We appreciate the outdoors, and are active in tennis, skiing, and biking, as well as volunteering in the community.

We have done numerous exchanges over the last 5 years and our guests have been very happy here.

Margaret McGuirk purchased this house in 1993

Why Margaret McGuirk chose Upper Rockridge

We love our house, and you will too. It is elegant, but comfortable, with excellent access. The backyard is wonderfully peaceful, and is also a great entertaining space.

The house is spacious with lots of special touches. There is a Steinway M grand piano in Living Room, big screen TV with surround sound, speakers and stereo in family room with speakers to backyard, stereo speakers into Living room, kitchen, master bedroom. Two fireplaces and wood provided. Our backyard and front gardens are spectacular and peaceful. Computer and high speed internet available. We have both mountain and road bikes available. Also, basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and bats, frisbees, etc. And a toy closet with patty playpal dolls...

What makes this house unique

Front patio is wonderful for reading newspaper in a.m., back deck has beautiful sunsets, and yard is private, peaceful, and very large for this area. We have great neighbors as well, who are always available. Depending on the season, you will be able to pick tomatoes, chard, apples, figs, lemons, limes, myriad of spices, and of course, a plethora of flowers. Overall, a great combination of city and country living. Deck off kitchen to view wonderful sunsets and have cocktail hour.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My twin sons, my husband, and I so enjoyed staying in your house. What a lovely, lovely, comfortable home! Being there with other family members so enhanced our pleasure. The time sped by and I missed just pausing on the deck and absorbing the beauty. What a delight to have a Granny Smith right from your tree! Julie’s Vineyard Zin was a particularly tasty treat—thank you for providing it. We shared it on our last night with our spaghetti dinner. We’ll always treasure our first San Francisco trip in no small measure due to living in your home.
Nov 2012
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Upper Rockridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Main Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Double sinks; privacy door between sinks and shower/toilet
    Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , sink
    Powder Room=Main floor - toilet , toilet and sink
    Lower floor/cellar powder room - toilet , toilet and sink
  • two full baths and two half baths
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , with ensuite bathroom
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , on lower level
    Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Bed - 51" HD TV
    Guest Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Pop up trundle bed converts to King size width
  • Master BR: King size bed; Guest Room 1: Queen Bed; Guest Room 2: Queen Bed Guest Room 3: Twin/Trundle Bed - converts to 2 twin or King size width Addtl Lower Level BR: (#5) twin bed Baby Crib (1) Pack and Play
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeper comes every two weeks for Main floor, 3 baths, and Master Bedroom. Additional services can be arranged. There is a wonderful costume closet for children and adults too! Also knok hockey, and marble football.


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(31 traveler reviews)

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Rockridge Architect Designed House--Gracious Interiors & Beautiful Outdoor Space
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful Family Gathering During Graduation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I invited our extended family to the Bay Area to attend our son's graduation from Berkeley. Everything about Margaret's house was perfect. It's a great location, plenty of room to entertain, and the house has a charm and warmth that made every event memorable. Outside the house is also fantastic, with flowers, plants, and landscaping that made our party with our son's friends a real treat for everybody. Margaret brought the beautiful outdoors in by putting fresh cut flowers in nearly every room. Finally, Margaret did everything she could to help us with restaurants and local information to make sure our stay was good all around in the Bay Area. Our only complaint was that we couldn't stay longer.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bryan, Thank you for your great review. We are so happy it was a wonderful time for all. We are very lucky to have such caring guests. Margaret
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We gathered from Florida, South Carolina, Redondo Beach and Bakersfield to visit our daughter who lives on Broadway. It was a great location and comfortable home. We will come again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - We are so glad you had a good time at our home. Hope you had a chance to enjoy the apples, mandarins and other fruit in the back yard.
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Lovely neighborhood, spacious house and beautiful backyard!

  • 5 of 5

We had everything we needed for our visit. The house is lived in but we had enough space in the closet and fridge for our things. Plenty of kitchen supplies and brand new cooktop so we were able to prepare several meals and enjoy the large dining table. Interesting antique furniture and Knick-knacks throughout. The backyard is beautifully landscaped and a lovely hummingbird visited every day. Everything was clean when we arrived and there were very detailed instructions. We enjoyed walking the neighborhood and using the stair paths hidden throughout the streets. There were many spots with amazing city views. It was about a mile downhill to Rockridge shopping, restaurants, and BART station. The walk back uphill to the house was very doable; the sidewalks are well maintained. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being our guest. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and took full advantage of the neighborhood too. This is our home, and we are happy to share it with guests like you who take care and appreciate our special place. We welcome you again if you visit Oakland Rockridge again.
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Perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter recently got married in the Oakland area. Since we live in So. Cal. and the rest of my family is from Pennsylvania, we decided staying at Margaret's house would work best for us.

The bedrooms / sleeping arrangements worked perfectly for the eight of us that stayed there. The rooms were clean and beds were comfortable. The fresh flowers placed around the house were a very nice touch!

We had one dinner with 20 people attending; and one brunch with 20 people attending. The kitchen and dining areas were comfortable and accomodated everyone nicely. We were able to use different bowls and serving trays which was also helpful. Plus, we also enjoyed sitting out on the deck at various times.

Overall our stay at Margaret and Denis's home was very enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful for us.

The beds were comfortable.

The porta crib and high chair helped a lot with the one year old

The kitchen was great with all the essentials- coffee maker, dishwasher,

toaster, plates glasses silverware cutting board for the always great SF sourdough bread

I especially liked sitting on the back outside deck in the cool morning drinking coffee and doing a little reading.

Hope we have the opportunity to comeback sometime.

If there was anything I would warn about it is that the driveway is a little hard to spot and is on a reasonable slope.

We did get used to this pretty quickly.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great base for exploring the Bay area

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 7 on vacation from the UK. The house was perfect for us, easily big enough to accommodate everyone, spotlessly clean and with all the facilities we needed. The owners were friendly, welcoming and helpful and the location was great - an upmarket residential area, just a 5-10 minute drive from Rockridge (good range of shops, cafes and restaurants) and 10 minutes from Berkeley. We used the BART subway system to get from Rockridge to San Francisco - a 15-20 minute journey. We would return in a heartbeat and have no hesitation in recommending this home as a base for exploring San Francisco and the Bay area.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Oakland Airport
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Jack London Square
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
BART-Rockridge Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 24, and Route 13
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many restaurants on College Ave.
Car: recommended

Rockridge Area of Oakland offers easy access to SF and wine country. College Ave. shops, restaurants, BART to SF 15 min. walking distance; very close to UC Berkeley walking (2.5 miles) or 5 min. car ride. Custom home area, built in 1990s, but with traditional charm and many different architectural styles.

There are 3 public tennis courts at the end of our street, as well as a large park/field for soccer, softball/baseball. In the nearby hills, there are many hiking/biking trails in places like Tilden Park and Redwood Park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning: $200

Prefer bank transfer. If payment is made by credit card - 2.97% fee is split between renter and owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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