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View of the breakfast area which looks out ontto the garden from our kitchen

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Last updated: 10/31/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Spacious 4 bedroom home with lots of sunlight, close to all the goodness of the San Francisco Bay area. (20 minute drive in to city!) Soak up all of the amazing culture of the Bay Area- museums, restaurants, hiking and come home to a peaceful outdoorsy retreat. Walk to thriving neighborhoods of Temescal, Rockridge, and Piedmont Ave in minutes, and enjoy farmer's markets, movie theatre, yoga studios, world class restaurants, bakeries, shops. See why Oakland was named one of the top 10 US Cities to live in by the NY times last year. Walk to transit to SF at Rockridge station. Take advantage of the hip downtown Oakland Arts and Restaurant Scene. When its time to relax, enjoy our urban oasis- lovely deck for entertaining right off the kitchen and lush, professionally landscaped garden to read or relax in.

We are a family of four who love to travel. We have exchanged our home before but now prefer VRBO. House has books, toys, games, movies and video games aimed at kids aged 7 and 12. We are happy to provide recommendations about the best local activities for families.

Our house has 4 bedrooms. Two children's rooms each with single bed and two bigger rooms with a king and a queen bed, all bedrooms upstairs with great master bath, soaking tub. Downtairs has a big living room, dining room and eat in kitchen with garden view, as well as home office.

We are both former professional cooks, and our kitchen is equipped with a professional range- 6 gas burners and electric convection oven. Global knives, kitchen aid mixer, cuisinart, double toaster. We love to entertain as well so you will find everything you need to dine in style- tasteful champagne and wine glasses, fiesta ware service for 10, and endless platters, pitchers and service equipment.

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Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 10/31/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Our children are a 12 year old boy and a 9 year old girl. We have loads of games and a ps-3 video game console. Dollhouse, toys and books and trampoline with a net. Also Badminton in the back yard. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Guest: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    Another twin could easily be added to this room. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    a second person/child could sleep on floor w/ sleeping bag...moreless

  • Master : 1 king

    Plenty of room for a crib in this room...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs Bath: toilet, tub, shower

    Brand new bathroom in 2006, Great water pressure!...moreless

  • Downstairs bath: toilet, shower

    Small bathroom, great shower...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Hundreds of childrens and young adult books. Architecture and Design books, Garden and Garden Design Books, Art Books Some business and a cult non fiction books...moreless

  • Games:

    Monolpoly, Sorry, Operation, Carcassonne, Risk, Battleship, Fairyopoly, UNO Many many more games ...moreless

  • Music Library:

    All music on itunes library...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV, plus ROKU for netflix, Amazon Prime ...moreless

  • Television:

    Large Screen Display ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Doll house, Barbies, Stuffed Animals. Nerf guns, Hula Hoops, Soccer balls, badminton...moreless

  • Video Games:

    PS-3 and some games ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some movies; mainly for kids. With Amazon and Netflix you can get any movie and watch on our screen. ...moreless

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Walk to Piedmont Avenue Shops and Restaurants. Walk to Rockridge Shops and Restaurants. Walk to Temescal Shops and Restaurants, close to hip downtown Oakland Food and arts scene. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Piedmont Ave boasts great gift shops, many coffee shops, the best magazine store in town 'Issues", a super comic book store & Fenton's famous ice cream. Temescal Alley- 49th & Telegraph is awesome....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Comfortable room with lots of light. Table seats 8 comfortably. We have chairs for 10. Buffet with serving equipment. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Purchased 2010. Nice LG Front loading. ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Tasteful; added in 2006, gas insert, very easy to use and cosy! ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    two separate systems upstairs and down. We rarely use the heat, as the gas fireplace insert does the job pretty well. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Desktop computer and wifi. Wifi Passcode is esmealice...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Beddiing for all beds. All purchased within last 5 years. Linens are in upstairs hallway closet. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Spacious with fireplace, lots of art and architecture books, board games, large screen TV, PS-3 system. Roomy new Sectional added 2015...moreless

  • Parking:

    Driveway for one car plus ample street parking. Watch out for street cleaning once a month; they will ticket. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels for 8 people. A few beach towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Purchased 2010. Nice LG Front loading....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart brand. Plus espresso maker- Nespresso. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We like to entertain so the house is stocked with beautiful table top. Fiesta-ware dishes; table setting for 10. Wine and champagne glasses, martini glasses, plus nice everyday tabletop. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch Purchased 2006 ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Completely renovated 2006 w/ 6-Burner Dacor Stove. Huge kitchen island w/ seating, food prep sink + large farm sink. Nice table overlooking garden and deck with gas grill adjoining kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small. Purchased 2016...moreless

  • Oven:

    Dacor Purchased 2006 ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Ok to use pantry items - chicken stock, olive oil condiments. Please replace what you use....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Purchased 2006 ...moreless

  • Stove:

    6 burner gas Dacor stove with electric convection oven, pot filler. Great Griddle. ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    4 slice Cuisinart ...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Right off the kitchen. Table with Umbrella seats 8 people with nice bamboo folding chairs. We have moved tables around and seated as many as 14 people on our deck. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Local Muni Courses. We can advise as to where to golf. Two golfers in our family; you are welcome to borrow adult clubs and child clubs! ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lovely all white and green palette garden in back yard with fruit trees. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    At our private club. Some tennis time can be had; with fee. Local tennis courts as well- we can advise as to locations. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    We have a private pool and tennis membership at the Hiller Highlands Country Club. Some pool time can be negotiated for an additional fee of $10 per person per day of use. ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Holidays
Dec 17 - Dec 31, 2016
7 night min stay
$500
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$350
$2,450 $9,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • cleaning fee $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

No pets allowed. We have 2 fabulous young cats. Cats will be boarded elsewhere during VRBO. But there is dander in the house. If you have an allergy to cats please consider ending elsewhere.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Oakland Airport
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Adesso
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Jack London Square to San Francisco
0.25 Miles
Nearest Golf
Claremont Club
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Emeryville
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
580
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Adesso
150 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Tahoe- Squaw Valley, Northstar
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Berkeley Marina

Car: Recommended

Our house is ideally located for urban adventures- we are walking distance from the culturally rich neighborhoods of Rockridge, Piedmont Avenue and Temescal's great restaurants, shops , cafes, so we are urban, but our backyard is a green oasis with a big garden where you will feel like you are in the country. Neighborhood boasts phenomenal weather year round. Great hiking in the Oakland and Berkeley Hills very close by as well as easy access to transit- take BART into San Francisco for museums and sightseeing, or drive in to the city in less than 30 minutes.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We are an active family of 4, Parents are a soccer coach/carpenter and antiques dealer/local shop owner. We love museums, sports, gardening, hiking and cooking and we take full advantage of everything our neighborhood and surrounding areas have to offer and are eager to share tips about things to do in our amazing slice of Northern California.

Why the Owner Chose Rockridge, Oakland, CA, USA:
We chose this house for a couple of reasons. The rooms are quite large, with tall ceilings and big windows which let in a lot of light. The house is over 100 years old, and when we bought it, was in disrepair. We enjoy carpentry, decorating and gardening and this house needed all of those things. We lovingly restored the house, upgrading everything- electrical, plumbing, heating and added a brand new kitchen, two new bathrooms and a deck. All of our work was done with with an eye to the home's architectural integrity.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love the sun! Our backyard is private, with a lovely patch of lawn to stretch out on, a hammock for naps, and a little veggie garden. Our ouse has huge windows which let the sun into every room. A gas fireplace heats the living room and makes it a comfortable place to relax . The master bedroom is huge, with a lovely bay window view from the master bed.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 10/31/2016

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Photos

  • View of the breakfast area which looks out ontto the garden from our kitchen

    View of the breakfast area which looks out ontto the garden from our kitchen

  • Dining room with table which seats 12

    Dining room with table which seats 12

  • Living Room with lots of art and architecture books and games!

    Living Room with lots of art and architecture books and games!

  • Kid bedroom. Sleeps one. Small room with beautiful windows overlooking garden.

    Kid bedroom. Sleeps one. Small room with beautiful windows overlooking garden.

  • Master bathroom, with huge shower and nice enamel soaking tub

    Master bathroom, with huge shower and nice enamel soaking tub

  • Vanity in upstairs bathroom

    Vanity in upstairs bathroom

  • Front of house with winter garden.

    Front of house with winter garden.

  • Back yard, view of the veggie garden

    Back yard, view of the veggie garden

  • Front entry

    Front entry

  • Six Burner Gas Stove; Electric convection oven for baking

    Six Burner Gas Stove; Electric convection oven for baking

  • Guest Bathroom and Shower. Great Water pressure!

    Guest Bathroom and Shower. Great Water pressure!

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Guest room, really comfortable bed, nice view.

    Guest room, really comfortable bed, nice view.

  • Tub and shower

    Tub and shower

  • Little girl room. With one bed, second bed could be added easily.

    Little girl room. With one bed, second bed could be added easily.

  • Dollhouse

    Dollhouse

  • Spring view of garden, forget me nots, apricot tree

    Spring view of garden, forget me nots, apricot tree

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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