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Alameda Island Bungalow Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,650 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

3 Bdrm, 1.5 bath, Craftsman home with Vintage detail

Celebrating it's 102nd Birthday, this Alameda Island original 1915 Craftsman home located in the prestigious Fernside District is on a charming tree-lined street once named 'The Friendliest Street in Alameda'. There's a feeling of 'Welcome' from curb to kitchen starting with the Adirondack chair on the porch. This fully furnished home is decorated with Arts & Crafts detail, blended with modern conveniences; forced air heat, remodeled kitchen & baths and home security system.

Dining room seats up to 8.

Remodeled kitchen is fully equipped including a stainless steel gas stove, microwave/convection oven, hot water dispenser and refrigerator.

3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths sleeps up to 6 guests.

Our Master Suite is privately situated up 4 steps to a 2-room suite including the rear windows framed by draping wisteria.

Remodeled bathroom with temperature-controlled massage shower & deep tub. Stocked with towels and starter toiletries.

2nd back bedroom with private half bath & full-size bed.

3rd bedroom with full-size Stickley wood futon bed can be used as a Family Room: Wi-Fi, 39'' HDTV with cable/satellite, DVD Player, 5:1 Surround Ste reo System, Bluetooth, movies, puzzles & games.

Lrg. capacity washer & dryer, starter supplies, Iron/board, dryer rack.

Backyard rose garden has table & chairs, lounge chair and BBQ.

Walking distance to Historic Park Street features shops, restaurants, museum, movie multiplex , live theatre, ice cream parlors, fresh produce market and groceries. Shopping: Nob Hill Foods, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, Target.

5 local winery tasting rooms with S.F. skyline views.

Alameda Island living offers a beach stroll with million dollar views of the San Francisco skyline. San Francisco: 20 minute by car, bus, ferry or BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). There are 2 Ferry terminals to SF.

Day Trips: San Francisco, Berkeley, Napa/Sonoma, Calistoga, Sausalito, Marin, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Gold Country, Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Monterey.

A peaceful safe home, ideal for a mature couple, professionals, corporate housing and family.

Things to Do:

* Oakland A's, Raiders, Golden State Warriors, 49er's, Concerts

* SF Giants and AT&T Park

* Alameda Point Antique Fair (1st Sunday)

* Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

* Live Theatre in SF, Berkeley, Alameda

* Paramount and Fox Theaters in Oakland

* Wine/Spirits Tasting

* Bike Rentals

* Kayak, Paddle Board, Sailing, Windsurfing, Kiting

* Oakland Museum, Zoo, Fairyland

* Alameda Museum

* USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier & Museum

* Vintage Dress Shops

* Coffee Shops and Bakeries

* 45 holes Golf Complex

* Neighborhood Parks & Pools

* Farmers Market

* Day Spas

* Fitness centers

* Central Library

* Places of worship, over 29 churches

* Marinas, boat slips

* Miniature Golf

* Bird Watching, Bay Bird Sanctuary

* Walk, Walk, Walk...Alameda has a 93% rating for walking

More Details

Bob Shannon
Member since: 2014
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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

About Bob Shannon

We moved within Alameda but left our Island Bungalow home intact for you to enjoy. All of our furnishings from rugs to dressers remain for our guests. Our home is your home. A Craftsman charmer through and through, with added modern upgrades.

Born and raised in San Francisco, feel free to ask Bob questions about the S.F. Bay Area. He designed a day trip that will take you through the best of San Francisco.

Bob Shannon purchased this house in 1992

Why Bob Shannon chose Alameda

Located in SF Bay Area with wonderful marine climate. Called 'Iowa by the Sea' for the charm and friendliness of this beach community. 20 mins. to SF city life. Established as a Summer retreat for the San Francisco elite, homes of Craftsman architecture are prevalent. The kitchen and baths are remodeled with modern features. Enjoy a garden of 85 yr. old antique roses, make lemonade from fresh-picked Meyer lemons in the yard, watch passers-by from the porch and sit by the cozy fireplace in an overstuffed chair... seriously, I could go on... This house, in this friendly neighborhood make coming home something to look forward to. All our guests say so.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location in Alameda's prestigious East End. This 6 mile island gives you a home base close to everything via the bus stop on the corner, drive, BART or ferry to San Francisco, AT&T Park (Giants baseball), Embarcadero, street cars, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Tiburon/Sausalito or Napa/Sonoma Valley. Or simply stay and relax. Our guests love this Island Bungalow in San Francisco Bay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for the relaxing and comfortable stay. We had a great Christmas holiday in alameda. with a family history intertwined with the Arts and Crafts/ Craftsman movement, we particularly appreciated the wonderful details of your bungalow.
Dec 2016
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Alameda House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please enjoy your time here. Upon leaving, strip your beds, Towels and linens go in the Laundry Room.
  • No parties or events.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Private 1/2 bath with modern sink for the downstairs bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated floors, temp controlled massage shower, Laundry shoot
  • Both baths are renovated in the Craftsman style with updated fixtures & hardware. The half bath is remodeled with a modern sink and cabinet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 queen , Garden view 2 room suite with 2 closets, TV, Stereo, dresser
    Bedroom/Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Craftsman style Futon sofa converts to a full size bed.
    Bedroom - 1 double , Double bed with half bath.
  • Bedrooms are carpeted, fully furnished and decorated. Quiet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
*Two miles of beaches, a walking score of over 94, *Miles of biking lanes along the water and over 5 bike shops. * Perfect alternative for Corporate or Executive housing. *Enjoy 1st-run Movies and Kids Summer Movie Series at Alameda's 1932 Art Deco Theatre & Cineplex. *Wine, beer and spirits tasting at 7 wineries, breweries and St. George distillery. *2 Ferry terminals to San Francisco, Giants AT&T Park. * Coliseum & Arena are 3 miles away: A's Baseball, Raiders Football, Concerts. *Napa, Sonoma wine country only 45-60 minutes away. Highlights cities: Monterey, Carmel, Tahoe, S.F., Marin, San Jose


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Alameda Island Bungalow Retreat
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 30 reviews

Beautifully decorated but comfortable house in a neighborhood made for walking

  • 5 of 5

It was an ideal place for our family to gather for a wedding celebration. Loved the patio!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation home in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this lovely home during our recent vacation to the San Francisco area. The home had everything we needed, and was in a perfect location for our trips into the City and other points of interest around the Bay area. The home was very clean, and provided plenty of space for our family of five. The outside area behind the house was a nice setting for our morning coffee, and retreat for us in the evening after a day of sightseeing. The owner met us on our arrival, and was very accommodating and informative, providing us with get tips to enhance our vacation in the area. Taking the Ferry from Alameda into the City is the way to go. We would highly recommend this house if you plan to vacation in the San Francisco Bay area.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful cozy bungalow to have our family members stay at during our family reunion. Everything convenient, nice kitchen with laundry area in lower portion of house. Most walked to our house. Nice,quiet tree lined street. We would definitely use it again.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Definitely recommend this house

  • 5 of 5

I loved this house, Bob was attentive and helpful and the neighborhood is adorable.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully solid Craftsman bungalow with exquisite woodwork.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful small solid home in a quiet neighborhood. Just a block off High Street which leads across a bridge to Oakland and highways. It's about a one mile pleasant walk to the main Alameda commercial center featuring every imaginable type of restaurant. Overall an excellent choice for an Oakland visitor.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nice home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Bungalow. The owner was very helpful. The home was well equipped. The lemon tree was an extra treat. We initially thought the ferry everyday to SF was adding a lot to the cost of our stay but later realized driving into the city, as long as you avoid rush hour, was not so bad and less than 25 minutes. We had great time in town and wish we had spent more time just relaxing at the house and in Alameda.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Oakland Intl-3 miles, SFO- 29 miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Park Street Theatre District
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Harbor Bay / Alameda Point (Free Parking)
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Chuck Corica Complex- 2x18 + 9 hole Exec. course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
B.A.R.T and CalTrans nearby
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Park Street district
Nearest Ski
218 Miles
Lake Tahoe - No. & So. Shore and Yosemite
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Southshore and Crown Beaches
Car: recommended

-Wine tasting at 7 local island Wineries and Breweries including Rosenblum, Rockwall and St. George Spirits, each having scenic views of San Francisco.

-Art Deco 1932 Theatre &

8-screen Cineplex (1st-Run film)

-Oakland Arena & Coliseum: Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics.

-Miles of bike paths

-2 mile long Crown Beach with views of San Francisco

-Alameda Antique Fair: over 900 booths, 1st Sunday each month

-SF Giants at AT&T Park

-Live theater: Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, SF.

-Ferry Service to SF, AT&T Park, Angel Island, Sausalito.

-Local health clubs & Master's Swim Programs.

-Walking distance to cafe's, restaurants, shopping, movies, salons, spa, markets.

-Fresh Produce Market, daily.

-Kiting, Wind Surfing, Parasailing, Deep Sea Fishing

-Napa, Sonoma, Livermore Valley wine tasting only 45 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $180 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59

Check in 3:00 PM, check out 11:00 AM
Long term rental is available based on availability. Utilities not included.
The Gas Fireplace is available and Fee applies October through March. Fee is $5.00 per day for entire duration of stay.
Pets and Smoking are not allowed on property.
The Standard per day rate is for additional days above a weekly stay.
Please, No events or parties allowed.

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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