Imagine being between San Francisco and Napa, Sonoma and Point Reyes. Imagine being minutes from El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley and Oakland. The East Bay is incredibly diverse which means interesting activities & cultural events, great restaurants, ranging from the fabulous Chez Panisse to small family owned noodle, sushi, burrito, Cubanos, Burmese. Maybe you are coming to the Bay area for a vacation, to visit family, or on a work assignment . Marina Bay is a great place to be. Our community is tucked away and steps from the door is a walking and bike trail along the Bay. Most days you can see the Bay Bridge. A full size swimming pool and hot tub is across the parking area with a ping pong table ready for fun. A 5 minute walk brings you to the clubhouse with a full service gym, library, and quiet areas for reading or working and another pool with hot tub. Tennis courts are next to the clubhouse. Or, just take your morning coffee out onto the patio and read the paper or a good novel and just relax.
And, if you have a dog, you'll enjoy taking him or her to Pt. Isabel, one of the few off-leash dog parks in this area.
Our 1,000 square foot condo has two bedroom, two baths, fireplace, patio, full-sized washer and dryer, covered parking, room for 6-8 people for a sit down dinner, two TV’s (one is a “smart” TV) and a small but great kitchen. Yes, it has stainless steel appliances, a great big sink, and an induction cook top with electric oven. If you like to cook, you will love the induction cook top which heats up in a flash and cools down immediately with just a touch on the dial. It behaves like gas so you can control the heat and is found in many professional kitchens. And, unlike many rentals, when you come to our home, you will find a well-stocked kitchen. Not only do we have all the tools, pots and pans, dutch ovens, bowls, etc. but you will find oils, vinegars, flours, spices, sauces, canned goods, etc. So, once you head to the Safeway or the Natural Food Store or Trader Joe’s and come home with your groceries, you will be ready to go. All we ask is that you replace what you use for the next guests.
If you like movies, there are two small movie houses minutes away – one serving wine and beer and food. Great theater in San Francisco and in Berkeley at the Berkeley Repertory Company and Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Live performances at the Playhouse in Pt. Richmond, 10 minutes away. That’s just the beginning. In the East Bay and in San Francisco there are many places to visit. We love going to Golden Gate Park and visiting the deYoung museum, the California Academy of Sciences (a four story rain forest, penguins, a planetarium, aquarium), the Japanese gardens, the Arboretum. It’s fun to go to Japan Town and try Shabu Shabu. Why not a trip to Alcatraz, a walk along the Embarcadero and the Ferry Building and a ride on antique trolleys taking you down to the heart of the Castro through downtown San Francisco. The Rosie the Riveter Museum is near. Because we know that many of our guests like to explore, we have compiled a large book of restaurant suggestions and places to visit and our guests have added their favorite places as well.
About an hour away is Napa and Sonoma, home to many vineyards, lovely towns, beautiful scenery and amazing restaurants. You may want to stay in one of the charming and lovely inns overnight or make a day trip. We often choose a restaurant that serves lunch (most of them do) and go up for the day. You can visit wineries and take tours, explore the charming shops, or take bikes and ride some of the trails. There's also a Wine Train, if you prefer not to drive.
We live in Boston. About 3 years ago, we chose to buy this condo in Marina Bay so we could come see our granddaughters and get a break from the East Coast winters. When we are not here (see our calendar) it is our pleasure to share our home with you. We have had wonderful guests stay here and many come back year after year. We invite you to look at the pictures (we keep adding and upgrading) and give us a call to learn more. The minimum stay is a month, though you can use our condo as a home base as you explore the Bay Area.
Give us a call. We would love to talk with you and tell you more. By the way, ours is a first floor unit, dog-friendly, no steps and accessible.