About the property
- House3500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
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
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 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.
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Check-in: 1:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A lovely home in a lush setting
Seven of us (five adults and two children) spent five days in this lovely house while attending a family wedding in the area. Margaret could not have been more welcoming or accommodating and all of our needs were met and then some.
The house is bright and sun-filled with many areas to enjoy the lushly planted gardens. The kitchen is well-appointed with every need filled (and a complete description of just where to find the things we needed!). Sadly, we didn't get to meet Margaret in person but I feel as though we did as we had lively pre- and post-visit email exchanges. We hope to stay here again in the future. Thank you for making a fun time even more enjoyable!
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!
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.
Lovely neighborhood, spacious house and beautiful backyard!
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!
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.
Perfect place to stay!
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.
It was wonderful!
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.
Great base for exploring the Bay area
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
Prefer bank transfer. If payment is made by credit card - 2.97% fee is split between renter and owner.