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A virtual Garden of Eden where it is okay to eat the apple, or orange!

Bedrooms 2
Space 690 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Quaint cottage in a inspiring and private setting

This beloved and cherished property is situated next to a small creek that flows year round. A recognized garden designer and builder has embellished this oasis with a multitude of stone paths and benches throughout the property that give each space a different feeling and use. An organic vegetable garden right outside the front door and deck and with fruit trees sprinkled throughout the property is a haven for the gourmet cook.

Nature and bird lovers will also very much enjoy the peace and tranquility the place holds.

More Details

Keith A. Stover
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Keith A. Stover

I am a garden designer since childhood and now continue my passions professionally. I little eccentric and off the beaten path, I get along with most people and belief we are all here to help each other and along the way be having a great time.

Keith A. Stover purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Keith A. Stover chose Oakland

This was a unique and speacial peice of property before I purchased it. But since then a lot of love and care has gone into this property and most people would agree. From the cozy little cottage with lots of unique little features to the huge garden. There are dozens of little places to hang out in and just enjoy the surrounding. I think the property which has been well cared for radiates a lot of healing energy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Keith's cottage was the perfect getaway I needed as I was attending a retreat in the area. The grounds were beautiful and very relaxing and you can tell Keith puts a lot of pride in that. The cottage was surprisingly more spacious than I had expected. Keith was very respectful of my time and contacted me in advance if he had a question and he responded promptly to my needs. The location is very close to major highways but felt off the beaten track. And, I especially enjoyed his dog Guinness who at first glance is a large dog but was so sweet and friendly.
Jan 2015
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Dimond Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , vintage clawfoot tub and old style brass valves
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Brand new queen sized bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , You'll need to walk though one corner to get to bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

A virtual Garden of Eden where it is okay to eat the apple, or orange!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 27 reviews
Kansas City, MO

Peace and Quiet in the Middle of the Hustle and Bustle

  • 5 of 5

It made all the difference after a long day of playing the tourist or visiting friends to be able to come "home" and relax surrounded by a beautiful garden oasis. It was comforting to wake up in the morning to the peace and quiet of the cozy cottage and be able to start the day with a fresh pot of coffee and a relaxing breakfast. Such a huge difference from the experience of staying in a cookie cutter hotel where you have to get completely ready for the day and then leave your room to get decent coffee and your breakfast and then come back at the end of the day, having to a decide where to have dinner with the mob of other travelers.

Keith never disturbed our privacy, but was just a stone's throw away if we had questions. The cottage had everything we needed to prepare meals and have a great night's sleep. The location was perfect for a trip to San Francisco to visit Alcatraz, a drive up the coast to Bodega Bay to whale watch or for wine tasting in Healdsville.

My wife and I highly recommend staying at this property and will do so again when our travels bring us to this area.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kent, Thanks for the great review - I appreciate you taking the time to write one. You your wife were great guests and left the cottage in perfect shape. I am glad the cottage and grounds were a good place to unwind after a long day of being a "tourist". Needless to say your welcome back anytime. Kind regards, Keith
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Beautiful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

The beauty of this property made our trip to San Francisco even more wonderful! Every ammenity was provided and Keith responded to our questions promptly. Our kids enjoyed exploring the gardens while my husband and I cherished time relaxing among the beautiful flowers between sightseeing adventures. If we ever come back this way we will definitely book this property again.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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How good was it?

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oasis in the City

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I rented the Laurel property for our "grown kids" who were visiting the Bay Area to attend my younger son's graduation. The location of the property was convenient to our home and to getting around the Bay Area. The surrounding garden is lovely! Lots of flowers, vegetable plants, trees, shade and areas to sit and enjoy the serenity of the garden. The host was very friendly, flexible and responsive. The property accommodations were great - clean, tastefully decorated, with a convenient layout and quite comfortable. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a special cottage and garden set in a small wooded canyon in the Oakland hills. It is very peaceful and private and close to all the amenities of the Bay Area. Hope to visit again one day.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful! Beautiful property, clean and well-maintained. Keith was an exception host.

  • 5 of 5

This is the best place we've ever rented. It's beautiful, convenient, quiet, and extremely well appointed. Keith is great, and a wonderful host. He has a great dog, Stella, whose friendliness adds an extra appeal to us dog lovers. The landscaping is fantastic, with beautiful flowers, and we enjoyed the hummingbirds that we could see from the dining area . We look forward to coming back whenever we're in this area. We highly recommend this property. It was absolutely fantastic for our family.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Fruitvale Bart
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
580 and 13
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles


Rates & Availability

Dimond Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $75

This is a small cottage and a relatively quite residential neighborhood. I expect all my guest to be respectful of my neighbors and myself by keeping noise levels to a minimum. That means no loud talking while outside on the deck, absolutely no music outside or loud music with the cottage windows and doors open. Basically enjoy yourself but not at the expense of me or my neighbors. This is not a party house. Any guests that do not abide by this rules will be asked to leave.

Please remove shoes upon entering the cottage.

Thank you

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.
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