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Superb Bungalow Close to Everything Ideal for Executive or Family Stay

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, very private, great kitchen, beautiful grounds, music art, nice vibe

If you are an executive traveler, couple or family looking for fully-furnished, short-term lodging with character, look no further. This large, intimate bungalow has all the charm of its 1920s architecture and all the convenience and comforts of a complete remodel.

We keep the place spotless. You will find all the comforts of home, including plenty of high-quality towels and linens; body wash and shampoo, and an ample supply of paper goods.

In the kitchen, we keep coffee and sweeteners, ketchup, mayo & mustard; club soda, pesto and pasta, olive oil, and one or two salad dressings. There is also a spice rack and a nice collection of seasonings. We usually keep some bisquick and/or pancake mix, syrup, some rice and a few canned goods.

The 2000 sq ft craftsmanly home is well-appointed and perfectly located in the heart of Sacramento. It has a large front porch and is surrounded by trees. It has been completely rebuilt from the frame up. Virtually everything -- hvac, windows (except for the front four), electrical, plumbing, interior walls, cabinets, staircase, all fixtures and appliances -- is like new.

There is an abundance of natural wood everywhere, from the hand-rubbed custom doors to the carefully mitered baseboards and crown molding. It is a warm, inviting and pleasant place, and highly functional.

The house is adorned with an eclectic collection of music art in every room, from the happiest Beatles photo Linda McCartney ever took to gorgeous silkscreens of John Van Hamersveld's iconic 'Endless Summer' and Lynne Porterfield's Lou Reed at the Supper Club. There's a vintage Count Basie boxing poster from Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Wes Wilson's Lenny Bruce at the Fillmore, BB King and Etta James by Gary Houston, the Rolling Stones in Oakland, Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry and others. There are numerous handbills and some original art pieces including Leonard Cohen, Grace Jones and Elvis.

I have also framed some original art and chromelin proofs of artwork used to create mags I published while at Tower Records, including Pulse! Magazine, which I created and ran for around 20 years. There are also some interesting original Tower-oriented pieces, including art used in Tower's London grand opening and an old decoupaged page from around 1973 with a story about Tower's Sunset Blvd store. They are a lot of fun and beautiful, too. I have lots of interesting things I collected that I rotate in and out of the house, so there should always be some surprises.

The upstairs bedrooms have queen beds, dressers, closets and share a bathroom. These rooms feature deep, relaxing hues of blue and green.

The basic setup is for eight occupants, but we can probably manage a couple more as long as we talk about it. We limit vehicles to four.

A laundry is conveniently located behind bi-fold doors on the upstairs landing, and includes a supply of laundry detergent and stain remover.

The upstairs bath includes a jetted tub/shower, hand-rubbed solid wood cabinetry and granite countertop. The downstairs bath has a roomy hand-tiled shower, with cornerless heavy glass and two sinks. We keep a plentiful supply of towels on hand as well as a few toiletries in case you forget them -- toothbrushes & toothpaste, shampoo and bodywash.

Dishwasher and dish soap, spot remover, laundry soap and supplies, an iron and ironing board -- all provided.

We also have two Graco pack-n-plays, a high-chair and a few basic easy to clean toys in case some little kids show up.

If you like to cook, you're in the right place. Whether you are a beginner or a gourmet, you will find this is a wonderful place for a dinner party. The adjacent breakfast nook provides the ideal place for family members to kibitz while you whip up the feast. The granite and cherry kitchen is fully-equipped, state of the art and all-Kitchenaid, including a large french door interior-dispensing refrigerator, five-burner gas cooktop with large-btu center burner and powerful exhaust fan, large wall oven and microwave with convection feature and dishwasher. The kitchen sink is a white Kohler enameled cast iron with their dandy half-height smart divider and the well-designed Delta faucet disengages for spraying or streaming. There is also a KitchenAid mixer, Cuisinart Food Processor, food scale, coffeemaker and grinder, blender, 4-slice toaster and Belgian waffle maker, and a molten chocolate fountain which I have never had the nerve to actually use. It's a really fun kitchen to cook in and there is a variety of cookware, most of which is new. The large granite island is also perfect to lay out the take out, if you want to dial up Chinois City Cafe, the excellent nouveau Chinese restaurant across the street.

The large mission-styled dining table accommodates eight diners and there are place-settings, flatware and stemware for ten. Lots of glasses, too -- small, large, red wine, white wine, beer, aperitif, stemmed and stemless. And lots of coffee cups. And a three-burner gas grill on the back porch.

The living room has a comfy American Standard leather sofa, a corduroy armchair and jump chair. There is a 40" HDTV with a Blue Ray DVD player with a sound bar. Comcast is our cable and Internet provider and the Hi-Definition Digital service includes HBO, Starz, Encore and other premium channels. We have also installed Apple TV if you want to access your Netflix account or the many channels available, stream Pandora or Spotify, or content from your iPhone, Droid or other mobile device on the network. The bluetooth-enabled soundbar will engage your phone or other digital device with a very quick selection from the remote. There are easy to follow instructions on how to use the stuff.

The office has a small desk/table, small file cabinet, executive chair, stylish guest chairs and a large secretary, which contains many volumes of excellent music and film biographies and reference books.

One downstairs bedroom has two twin beds, night stands, dresser and closet. The second downstairs bedroom contains a queen bed and dresser.

It's central location is close to everything. Dozens of high-quality restaurants in all price ranges are within a mile. There is a trio of neighborhood favorites just 50 yards up the street: the Italian bistro Cafe Vinoteca, the French cafe fare of Danielle's Creperie, and the fusion French of Plan B Restaurant. There is a huge Whole Foods two miles away and a very good Save Mart within a mile. The American River is about a half-mile, Sacramento State about two and Cal Expo about three. The State Capitol is about five miles and the airport is 20, around 1/2 hour. Lake Tahoe is 100 miles east and San Francisco is 80 miles west.

The bungalow is also close to Watt Ave and Highway 50, but you wouldn't know it. It is on a large lot with dozens of trees and a large rustic greenbelt that makes it very private. It is perfect for working alone or relaxing with family or friends, and its location is in the Arden Park/Willhaggen neighborhood one of Sacramento's most desirable and secure neighborhoods.

We invite your input and your special requests. We want to make your stay perfect.

Please call or write with any questions.


Mike Farrace

916 501 3937

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Mike Farrace
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Mike Farrace

My name is Mike Farrace. I was born in Berkeley, raised down the river in Antioch and have lived Sacramento since 1971. I worked at Tower Records for over 25 wonderful years. I traveled all over the world and collected many great music artifacts wherever I went, and I display a selection of these items in my VRBO dwellings. My full-time job now is selling music art and photography. I've discovered that I enjoy hosting travelers very much. I like learning and improving too, so please, do not hesitate to comment or ask questions. I will respond promptly and enthusiastically. I want to be a great host and will make sure you are happy and satisfied.

Mike Farrace purchased this house in 1997

Why Mike Farrace chose Sacramento

I purchased this property in 1997 mainly because my older son was nearing high-school age and there is a great public high school in this district, Rio Americano. This was before open enrollment. But I also really loved this particular property. The lot is almost a half-acre with many huge oak trees, a creek and all kinds of visual interest. It feels like you're in the forest even though you are right in the middle of town. The house itself also has a cool pedigree. Across the street is Arden Park, a very beautiful neighborhood that was once comprised of 8 acre 'ranchettes.' In the '50s, the neighborhood converted to smaller-lot residential zoning and the ranchettes were sold to developers. A neighbor of mine who was one of those developers told me there was one lot left and this was the house left on it. Real estate salespeople used it for a sales office as they sold the homes. As the lots sold out in around 1960, the house was purchased by the owners before me and moved to this location.

Awhile back, I had a fire which resulted in the house being stripped to the shell. We moved walls and the staircase, replaced every surface and all electrical and plumbing and 90% of the windows.

It is a pretty big place for one guy, so with the kids now grown and working, I recently moved along with my business and decided to offer the property as a Sacramento short term rental property.

I love this house and you will too!

What makes this house unique

It occurs to me frequently that my place never looked this good when I actually lived in it. The reason? No clutter! Conclusion -- it is not only better than a hotel, it's better than staying in your own house, at least temporarily!


Sacramento House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 5 (Office) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , The office converts to a bedroom very easily.
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Queen-sized airbed (1), Full/Queen air mattress (1) futon (1) We can also easily convert the office to a bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We have a nice rolodex of local chefs and are happy to arrange meals upon request.


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Superb Bungalow Close to Everything Ideal for Executive or Family Stay
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 105 reviews

Our large family was so happy to move into your home for a week. It was more & better than expected

  • 5 of 5

We were a large family group of 11 and hosted dinners for 15. We loved Mikes home and all the rooms; the well equipped kitchen and the large family dining room.

Highly recommend. Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arcata, Ca.

Perfect property, close to everything we wanted, but the feeling of being out in country.

  • 5 of 5

Was clean and fresh and well appointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a find!!!

  • 5 of 5

I will try to be brief, however, this is difficult, since there are so many good things to be said. The cutest and most comfortable place you will EVER stay. All the great things others have said are true. Top of the line-appliances, bathrooms, convenience. This is located in a very upscale neighborhood, very private,but easily accessible. Mike is the best, easy in and out procedure. Mike is as close as the phone if you need him, but you probably won't. He was concerned about one dining light being out , when there were plenty of other (beautiful) lights within a few feet. The home is also adorned with a bottle of nice wine (which my son drank and appreciated) and different fresh flowers in many locations, my favorite were the star-gazer Lilys (a personal favorite). Thank you Mike, I love the smell. I made dinner one night and it was really nice to have everything I needed and more. He has a great supply of spices (more than I have at home!) There is an outdoor patio area with barbecues (yes two) with full propane tanks. This home is one of a kind, there is now cute , comfy, outdoor wicker seating on the front porch, not previously pictured, My grandkids found puzzles and coloring books, TV reception was great and he has every channel imaginable. The ovens were excellent, I liked being able to use the convection feature. Can you tell I loved this place, even my husband loved it, and that is saying a lot. ( Please don't rent it, ) I want it to always be available for me.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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We keep coming back.

  • 5 of 5

We have now been back enough times that we know where everything is and we are quite comfortable with the house. As always, Mike is very responsive and it is nice to know we can count on him, though we really didn't need anything. Beautiful vacation home and quite comfortable. Thank you again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Fantastic! (This is NOT fake news or bot generated ;)

  • 5 of 5

Property was genuinely lovely. Interior was flawlessly maintained, gorgous woodworj throughout, up to date and very posh kitchen, etc. Outside was charming and surrounded by lush greenery - if porches were a tad dusty, that was the only extremely minor downside. Quiet, safe neighborhood, real retreat vibe. Mike was wonderfully responsive and gracious host - and the house was stocked with so many thoughtful extras - diffuser and hair drier, epsom salts, simple snacks, gorgeous fresh flowers in several areas, etc. etc. etc... and a nice welcome note. Really really couldn't recommend more highly :)

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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House was awesome! Owner was super helpful and friendly

  • 5 of 5

This is a great location in a beautiful neighborhood. Lots of restaurants and shopping nearby. House has a great kitchen for cooking too. It's very easy to get to and near freeway.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Campus Commons $14.00 9 holer right on the river
Nearest Train
5 Miles
AMTRAK Station, downtown Sacramento
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Hwy 50
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cafe Vinoteca,Plan B, Danielle's, Mike's
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
Sierra-At-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Bear Valley
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Along the American River
Car: recommended

BUNGALOW LOCATION: The bungalow is centrally located in one of Sacramento's most beautiful and secure neighborhoods, and really is close to everything! Major and independent retail within a two-mile radius include Macys, Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, Paper Garden, Chico's, Talbots, Patrick James, Coldwater Creek, It's a Small World children's clothing, Nordstrom Rack, Ross and Marshalls and numerous drug and grocery, boutique clothing, fine wine, massage, sports, specialty bakery, cooking and music stores. There are dozens of high-quality restaurants in all price ranges within a mile radius and we are happy to recommend our favorites. There is a Whole Foods two miles away, Save Mart, Safeway even less, and great Italian (Cafe Vinoteca), French (Danielle's Creperie), and Nouveau Chinese (Chinois City Wok), up the street about 50 yards, right by a great florist (Arden Park Florist), and art gallery. Dry cleaning, sign shop, shoe repair, liquor store, Starbucks, and other specialty retail are within a couple hundred yards.

RIVER & BIKE TRAIL: The American River and its fabulous biking/jogging trail is an easy half-mile walk (with many great places to sit and enjoy the water) and Cal Expo and Sacramento State are easy to find within a couple of miles. The bike trail, otherwise known as the Crown Jewel of Sacramento, is a well-traveled and maintained paved biking/walking trail along the river which stretches for about 30 miles between Folsom Lake to Discovery Park in downtown Sacramento. We are ½ mile from River Access and about five miles from Discovery Park. There are countless access points to the river with sand and river view vantage points. Some definitely qualify as beaches and many sunbathers and fishermen can be found. It is incredible for kids but you absolutely have to keep very close watch on them. There are bathroom facilities periodically along the trail (one of which is at the exact access point nearest our place), but they are not coordinated with these spots. If you are looking for official beaches with facilities, you will find them five miles down river at Discovery Park or 25 miles up river to Folsom Lake.

RAFTING & SUNBATHING: There is also a lots rafting down the American, which, from Folsom Lake to Discovery Park is a pretty mellow ride, and there are a number of rafting companies within 10-12 miles. If you like white water rapids, there are numerous white water choices just east of here, with rapids up to Class IV+.

In any case, if you like to lay near the water and catch some sun, there are ample opportunities very nearby. The bike trail and riverfront comprise a highly enjoyable part of Sacramento. If every city was so lucky, the world would be a better place. There are good rest stops, very beautiful views, and it is quite clean and well maintained.

NEIGHBORHOOD FACILITIES: Our Arden-Arcade neighborhood has a number of beautiful parks and playgrounds, and there are numerous tennis and basketball courts and libraries nearby. There is a very nice public pool about ½ mile from the property, in Arden Park. It's a family place with lots of kids, nicely located, very clean and well-run. Months and hours vary.

The Crocker Art Museum and The State Capitol are each about five miles away. The airport is 20 miles, around 1/2 hour. Coloma, the place where the California Gold Rush began, is about one hour east and has plenty to satisfy students or the merely curious about a fascinating part of our State's history.

NOTE TO TOURISTS: If you are a traditional tourist coming here to explore the wonderful Northern California region, you could not find a better-located dwelling than this one. There are wonderful destinations in all directions and routes to all are vastly simplified due to our proximity to major arteries. The Napa Valley is around one hour southwest; Yosemite National Park is about 200 miles South; Lake Tahoe is 100 miles east and San Francisco is 80 miles west. And the Sacramento Delta levees both North and South of town offer many hundreds of miles of beautiful drives through vast farmland vistas dotted with historical communities like Locke, Walnut Grove and Isleton and their intimate cafes, greasy spoons and pizza joints. These rich and varied communities have all played roles in Sacramento's colorful past, from the days of the Pony Express to the railroads, from the Gold Rush to it's current status as the Capitol of California. Sacramento County and its surrounds are truly Northern California's secret oasis.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150

13 person capacity includes a cottage which is available separately on VRBO and is subject to availability. We also are open to requests of less than three days if dates are close, particularly if they are Mon-Wed.

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.