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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:
March 23, 2018

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 Upper Dimond

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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Upper Dimond Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please download VRBO's hospitality app so you can inform yourself about check-in and check out times, where to park and where not to, address, etc.
  • No load talking or music of any kind outside. This is a basically a quiet residential neighborhood and I expect my quests to keep noise levels down.
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


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A virtual Garden of Eden where it is okay to eat the apple, or orange!
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 40 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 outdoor space, lovely little house

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved staying here! The owner was super nice and the house itself was perfect for our group of 4 adults....plenty of room, super clean, beautiful deck and grounds to enjoy. Would stay here again...absolutely!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific two-bedroom in the Oakland Hills

  • 5 of 5

What a nice place! Keith's cozy cottage is hidden away in lovely little canyon of the Oakland Hills. It's quiet, convenient, clean and charming, with all the amenities to make it a comfortable refuge from the Bay Area sprawl. The exterior dates back many years, but it's completely updated inside. Overall the cottage perfectly suited our needs. We hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rocky River, Ohio

Delightful cottage by a creek in a park-like setting

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Oakland. The cottage is very well furnished and Keith provided lots of helpful information and notes about how things work.

We did a lot of walking in the neighborhood, it felt very safe. If you meander east uphill, you eventually will catch some great views of the Bay, downtown Oakland and even San Francisco in the distance.

We would definitely stay there again! I'd love to see the gardens at other times during the year.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

Wonderful oasis convenient to Oakland and San Francsico

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this delightful cottage! We also liked meeting Keith, who was friendly and helpful! The cottage is well supplied and nicely decorated. The grounds make this place a real treat! There is a lovely deck and a little area with table and chairs higher in the garden. There are trees, plants, edible goodies and a creek! The birds are plentiful. The sun shines beautifully on the deck and cottage. There is good access to highways, 13 and 580. We look forward to staying here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, but not in the best neighborhood.

  • 3 of 5

The property is in a quiet spot but not in the greatest of neighborhoods.

Keith was a gracious host who had fresh cut flowers and lemons from the lemon tree available for us. My wife and I just found it a little odd that Keith stayed on the property in a little shed.

There is one bathroom that is quite small, but the kitchen is well equipped (no dishwasher though). The beds were comfortable, although the carpeting and area rugs are a little stained.

We also found it quite time consuming to make our way into San Francisco from this property. The traffic is something else.

If you are looking for a quiet spot away from San Francisco and don't mind the drive and the time it takes then this is a nice property to stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Robert and Violet, First I have to admit I was quite surprised when I read your review. I don't remember having any of my guests having such a negative experience, at least none that shared such. However, I am always grateful when a quests shares with me any issues they are having while they are staying here so I can quickly remedy them. As I remember you had trouble connecting to the internet when you first arrived and I got on it right away. What I agree with you about: 1) It is a cottage as advertised and as such most of the rooms, including the bathroom are small but there is still plenty of room to move around, change clothes etc. 2) The carpets in both bedrooms/utility area need to be replaced, though they are cleaned on a regular bases What is not particularly accurate and a bit misleading: 1) I don't live in a shed. I live in a small cottage/house about 60' away from the rental unit and it is mostly out of view with a burier of trees and shrubs. It is small and cozy and has all the amenities of a larger house does, just on a smaller scale with one addition: over looks a small creek that runs year round. Nice to hear the running water to put you to sleep. There are even separate entrances to both dwelling so I often don't even see my guests coming and going, which I think is a good thing since I know most of my guests like their privacy as I do. I am sorry if you were uncomfortable with me living in a small house on the property (it is included in the property description), but there isn't much I can do about that. 2) Not sure what your definition of a good neighborhood or perimeters there of are, but being quiet usually define one. This is mostly a middle to upper middle class neighborhood until you go further down 35th Ave. (over 1/2 mile) before getting on Freeway 580. Maybe you were referring to that area, but I wouldn't consider that part of my neighborhood personally. 3) Getting in and out of San Francisco can be challenging wherever you live in the Bay Area. The fact that I live in between two freeways makes getting around, rather it is San Francisco, North to Napa, East to Contra Costa or South to San Jose much easier. Sounds like you were just on the freeways during the peak travel times or just had a streak of bad travel karma. Nevertheless, sorry your stay wasn't more enjoyable. Sincerely, Keith
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Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Fruitvale Bart
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
580 and 13


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning Fee $80

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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