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Enjoy The Backyard Full Of Flowers And Fruit Trees

West Alameda, Alameda, CA, USA
  • House900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

2 Bedrooms/1 Bath, Centrally Located With A High Walk Score

Alameda, City Of Homes And Beaches

This ground level flat in a Victorian duplex is located in the island city of Alameda which may be the best kept secret in the East Bay. Ideally located just a Bay Bridge ride away from San Francisco, it provides relative peace and quiet in an island setting.

Things To See And Do

Downtown Alameda is like Alameda's version of Oakland/Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto. The restored Alameda Theater has 8 screens. Explore Spirits Alley at Alameda Point, and choose among wine/vodka/beer tastings.

Sunset Magazine has named Alameda as being one of the best locations for kite and wind surfing. And beginners can take lessons at the Crown Memorial State Beach with a fabulous view of San Francisco.

Since this is an island, it’s no surprise that there are 9 marinas and yacht clubs. Alameda is also home to Barnhill Marina where one can admire the colorful floating homes right on the Estuary, across from Oakland.

The aircraft carrier USS Hornet, a museum ship, has been moored at the former Naval Air Station as the USS HornetMuseum since 1998. This ship was originally named the USS Kearsarge, but was renamed in honor of the previous Hornet CV-8 (famous for the Doolittle raid), which was lost in October 1942.

For fun, check out the Pinball Museum. For a glimpse at the history of Alameda, stop by the Alameda Museum. Or tour historic Victorian home Meyers Home and Garden.

Ride a bike, or walk around the main island. According to Alameda Magazine, there are about 3,000 Victorian-era homes in Alameda, one for every 25 people who live here. In addition, there are another 1,000 historic buildings, including City Hall and many of the shops along the Park Street and Webster Street commercial corridors.

Alameda is also known for its Fourth of July parade, which is advertised as the second oldest and second longest Fourth of July parade in the United States.[37] It features homemade floats, classic cars, motorized living room furniture, fire-breathing dragons, marching bands, and large crowds. The parade route is about 3 miles (5 km) long.

The city restored the historic Art Deco city landmark Alameda Theatre, expanding it to include a theater multiplex consisting of 8 screens. A nice feature: go to Cinema Grill next door, buy your tickets, order your food and drinks (yes, wine and other liquor too!), take it inside the theater via a not-so-secret entrance.

Street Festivals are enjoyed throughout the year. Park Street hosts the Park Street Spring Festival, Park St Art and Wine Faire and the Park Street Classic Car Show. And Webster St hosts the Peanut Butter and Jam Festival (Yes, Skippy’s peanut butter was born in Alameda).

In the summer, the city enjoys a series of outdoor monthly concerts at Crab Cove, just a short walk from Crown Beach. Concert goers pack a picnic, lay their spread on the grass across the stage, enjoy good music under clear skies. Food, wine and beer also available for sale.

Commuting to the city a mere 13 miles away is a breeze: ride the express bus (bus stop is just two blocks away), or the ferry where one can even bring a bike.

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME

This is a light-filled lower unit of a duplex across from Littlejohn Park in Central Alameda. This home is located on a fairly large and fenced in yard with many flowers and fruit trees. Pick lemons year round. Figs are nearly ready while the avocados are expected in the Fall. The plum tree practically rained plums this summer. Spend time in the patio --- play with the owners' dogs, or your small dog if you want to bring yours with you.

Open plan makes this place bright, airy and feel more spacious. Tiled floors in the living/dining areas, kitchen and bath; and laminate floors in the bedrooms. Solid floors and wood blinds mean cleaning is a cinch --- a plus for people with allergies or an aversion to dirt hidden in rugs and draperies.

For those with limited mobility, there is only one step down to get to this one-level unit. And there are safety bars in the bath tub/shower. One step up to the laundry room, and then step out to the patio and the yard.

Alameda's temperate climate means there's no need for air-conditioning; but on those warm days where a little more cooling is needed, ceiling fans perform their magic.

Fully equipped kitchen include gas 4-burner stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator. There is a washer and dryer dedicated for the tenant's use in the laundry room.

Feel free to relax in the patio overlooking the garden. if you plan to bring a dog (small dog only), your dog will delight in the spacious and fenced yard. Owners' dogs love small dogs! And so do the owners.

You will love walking around the neighborhood. There are so many magnificent vintage homes on tree-lined streets. Several small parks dot the island. Bike safety is paramount. And if you drive, note that the speed limit is 25 mph everywhere.

The owners live upstairs, so you will always have a resource for information, repairs, replacement. We will even lend you our bike(s) so that you can explore this wonderful island town.

Owner

Pacita Dimacali and Gary McKenzie

Member Since 2016
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within one hour
Speaks:
english, pdimacali@gmail.com
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Pacita Dimacali and Gary McKenzie

We are active, happy seniors who enjoy gardening, as evidenced by the number and type of flora and fauna we have planted in our backyard. When we bought our place, it was like a fixer that needed some work to make it comfortable. The only thing that was growing in the yard was the tall plum tree that looked like it was dead. But through the years, we transformed the yard into our own private oasis. We enjoy picking fresh fruits and vegetables when we step out into the yard. Pacita works as a realtor with Alain Pinel, while Gary tends to his investments. We've lived in several states (Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, and three cities in California), but now are happy and proud to call ourselves Alamedans.

Pacita Dimacali and Gary McKenzie purchased this House in 2004

Why Pacita Dimacali and Gary McKenzie chose West Alameda

When we moved to California, we explored living in San Francisco, Mountain View, Oakland and finally Alameda and decided that we love Alameda the best. Why? Because there is green space in between houses. And yes, we have yards! No parking hassle unlike San Francisco. And the earth is so fertile. We can literally drop a seed in the ground, and watch it grow. We've been planting and haven't stopped yet. So happy to show off the many fruit-bearing trees -- and then having guests pluck --- whatever fruit is in season ----lemons, figs, plums, avocados, mandarin oranges, persimmons, guavas directly from our trees. In a few years, we hope to have peaches, Asian pears and 6 kinds of apples. Besides the fabulous climate (love, love, love the mid 60s temperature nearly year round). we also love the relative peace and quiet. If we want the excitement of the city, San Francisco is a short ferry or express bus ride away. When there is no traffic, we can be downtown in less than 30 minutes. Returning to Alameda, we always sigh with satisfaction and happiness: we are home! We even asked ourselves where we would like to retire? After enduring unbearable cold and digging ourselves out of snow drifts in the north east, the oppressive humidity in the south east, and the prickly heat of Texas, coming to the Bay area, particularly where we live now, we are so thankful for the fabulous weather year-round. Cultural diversity adds abundant joy to our stay..

What makes this House unique

This flat is on the ground floor (one step down). For the elderly and others who have physical limitations, we have bars strategically located near the front and rear doors and in the bathroom. As the title of our listing says --- enjoy the backyard with many flowers and fruit trees. Having lived in big cities, we truly appreciate the oasis we have built for ourselves. It's fenced-in, so it's also good for our dog. We put patio sets in the yard so that we can sit outside, during the day or at night, relish the fabulous weather, and relax....coffee during the day, wine at night. We put solar lights to ensure continuous enjoyment of the backyard after hours. Littlejohn Park is across the house from us, and there is always the sound of laughter -- when small kids are at the playground, when there are people playing games in the field (soccer, softball), or picnics on the weekend. Bust route19 is one block away on Buena Vista, and Express Bus O to San Francisco and Bus 51 to Oakland and Berkeley just 1 1/2 blocks away on Santa Clara. Take the express bus to the SF, or bus 51 to locations in Alameda or to BART stations in Oakland. Very walkable. And bike-able (city is mostly flat). Speed limit throughout the island is 25 mph. So yes, it's a slow-paced life style. This ground level flat has an open plan. The kitchen is quite spacious and has a pass through to the dining/living areas. The bath is also very spacious with built-in shelves for linens and toiletries. Although Alameda's weather is quite temperate, from time to time, there may be some warm days at which point, the ceiling fans in the living room and bedrooms cool the place. Washer/dryer are dedicated for the use of the guests, and they are located in the laundry room on your way to the backyard. Ah, yes... the backyard. Aaahhhh....

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Main bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bedroom Front
        1 queen
      • Main bedroom is furnished with a queen-size platform bed with memory foam mattress. There is an end table and reading lamp as well as a 7-drawer tall dresser. Front bedroom has a queen size bed with memory foam mattress, desk with chair and desk lamp, an end table with built-in lamp. The bedroom floors are laminate, so there is no rug or carpet to worry about. Windows have blinds, not drapes. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans with built-in lights.

      Bathrooms

      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Built in shelves for linens and toiletries, Tile floor.
      • Spacious bathroom has built-in shelves for linens. Vanity has several drawers for toiletries and other bathroom necessities. Shower over tub. Window has blinds, not drapery.

      Theme

        • Away From It All
        • Budget
        • Family
        • Historic
        • Romantic
        • Tourist Attractions

          Meals

            • Guests provide their own meals

              General

                • Clothes Dryer
                  Dedicated to guest's use, in laundry room.
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  Gas wall heater.
                • Internet
                  Internet access provided to guests, includes access to Netflix on the cable TV
                • Iron & Board
                • Linens Provided
                  Queen size and twin size linens (for chaise lounge) that include complete sets of sheets, comforters, blankets.
                • Living Room
                  Furnished with a chaise lounge and a sofa --- both of which can open and lay flat to accommodate additional sleeping requirements.
                • Towels Provided
                  Several sets: bath, hand and wash towels.
                • Washing Machine
                  Washer dryer next to water heaters in the laundry room are dedicated for guests' use

                  Kitchen

                    • Coffee Maker
                      Coffee maker, electric kettle a French coffee press and a tea pot.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Sets of dishes: plates, bowls, cups, saucers, mugs. Sets of wine/water/juice glasses. Complete set of cookware/bakeware, silverware, cooking utensils. Blender. Juicer. Toaster. Electric water kettle
                    • Dishwasher
                      Full capacity dishwasher.
                    • Kitchen
                      Furnished with cookware, silverware, dinnerware, stemware. Appliances: blender, juicer, hot pot, espresso maker, coffee maker, electric water kettle for tea or French press coffee
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                      Combination gas stove and oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      Assorted spices.
                    • Refrigerator
                      Includes ice-maker.
                    • Stove
                      4-burner gas stove
                    • Toaster

                      Dining

                        • Child's Highchair
                        • Dining
                          White dining table, 4 chairs and a bench
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 6 people

                          Entertainment

                            • Books
                              Miscellaneous books
                            • Games
                              Scrabble, jig saw puzzle, Monopoly, checkers, Pictionary, deck of cards
                            • Music Library
                              Provided assortment of CDs for easy listening.
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              Basic cable, provided by Xfinity,
                            • Stereo
                              CD player/AM/FM radio.
                            • Television
                              LG brand that can connect with hand-held electronics (like cell phone and tablets), Netflix, etc. Xfinity-1 with remote control.

                              Outside

                                • Bicycles
                                  Man's and lady's bikes. available for guests' use if requested.
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Patio umbrellas and patio furniture overlook deep, lush backyard.
                                • Lanai / Gazebo
                                  Two patio areas, one adjacent to the house, rear of the unit, and the other under the plum tree.
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  Abundant fruit trees and flowers in the back yard.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Gas grill

                                  Suitability

                                    • wheelchair inaccessible
                                      Front entry has one step down, Rear door to laundry has one step up.

                                      Attractions

                                        • marina
                                        • churches
                                        • festivals
                                        • library
                                        • live theater
                                        • cinemas
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants
                                        • synagogues
                                        • winery tours

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • miniature golf
                                            • paddle boating
                                            • photography
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • Babysitter
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • jet skiing
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • roller blading
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • sound/bay fishing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • wind-surfing

                                                      Notes

                                                        • The easiest ways to commute to San Francisco is via Ferry and the express bus to the City.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          17 Reviews

                                                          Wonderful4.9/5

                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Clean and extremely well equipped

                                                          Kay & Tony W.Arizona in the winter & Canada in the summer

                                                          Our hosts, Pacita and Gary were wonderfully friendly and helpful during our stay. As we were there to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary with our daughter and son in law, they even, thoughtfully left a bottle of wine cooling to celebrate our big day. "Thanks so much!" We found using Uber to get to the Alameda ferry for our trips into SF stress- free. The final big plus was the comfortable beds that topped any outside of our own homes! Other than colds that we came with our stay was wonderful.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so very much for staying with us as you celebrated your 60th. We were enchanted by your stories and pledged to do more exciting things as you do and did. And thank you for leaving the place so neatly -- it's as if you weren't there! Glad you found the beds comfortable because that is our goal: to give you a relaxing and comfortable stay.

                                                          Take care.

                                                          Pacita and Gary

                                                          Always a Treat!

                                                          deborah t.

                                                          This is our second stay at this sweet property in Alameda. Every detail has been taken care of for maximum comfort and enjoyment. The location is ideal for us - away from the Oakland hustle and bustle - and the town of Alameda is just the speed we love. Great restaurants, shopping and all around enjoyment. We will return to stay at Pacita and Gary's home away from home again!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so very much for the lovely review for the second time. We're looking forward to your next visit and hopefully you'll stay with us again. Take care.

                                                          Gary and Pacita

                                                          Fabulous!

                                                          Tyler C.

                                                          I highly recommend staying at this property! Gary and Pat were great hosts. The property was clean and very cosey. Perfect place to catch an Uber to the ferry or BART into San Francisco. I look forward to staying there again!!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you for your nice review . We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and you are most welcome to stay with us again should you want to come back to the Bay area.

                                                          Take care

                                                          Gary and Pacita

                                                          Comfortable, well equipped, with caring innkeepers

                                                          S J A.

                                                          This ground-floor apartment is well equipped with all mod cons. The beds are comfortable and the furnishings modern and serviceable. The owners, who live above the apartment, are welcoming and accessible. We give this the highest marks.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so very much for staying with us. We thoroughly enjoyed having you and wish we could have spent more time with you. Hopefully you'll think of us when it's time for you to come for another visit in Alameda

                                                          Our First Choice for the Bay Area!

                                                          deborah t.

                                                          First time to stay here and definitely won't be our last! In fact, we're already booked in 2018. Pacita and Gary are wonderful hosts and take great care to see that their rental is fully equipped and comfortable for their guests. The apartment is spacious with a large kitchen, bath and two comfortable bedrooms. Their fully fenced back yard is a treat if you bring your dog or just sitting on the patio enjoying their garden. We couldn't have been happier with our stay! Alameda is a perfect location away from the congestion of Oakland - lots of great restaurants, walkable and charming. Parking very close to the apartment was never a problem - right across the street from a park. You won't be disappointed with this vacation rental - it's a winner all the way around!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you for the wonderful review, Debbie. We most certainly enjoyed having you and Tom, and we're looking forward to seeing you back in March next year. If you are planning to have a garden celebration we will do our utmost best to make sure the backyard is decked out for the party. Have a wonderful holiday season and see you next year.

                                                          GREAT PLACE!!!

                                                          Ken C.

                                                          We've stayed with Pacita and Gary before - they're lovely, friendly people. The apartment is lovely, very clean, with a well stocked kitchen and they've paid attention to details like having new flipflops in the bathroom. Wonderful place and hosts!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you, Ken. We appreciate your staying with us again and hope that whenever you come for a visit, you'll think of us.

                                                          Take care and happy holidays!

                                                          Location

                                                          West Alameda, Alameda, CA, USA

                                                          Alameda, City Of Homes And Beaches This unit is located in the island city of Alameda which may be the best kept secret in the East Bay. Ideally located just a Bay Bridge ride away from San Francisco, it provides relative peace and quiet in an island setting. Things To See And Do Downtown Alameda is like Alameda's version of Oakland/Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto. The restored Alameda Theater has 8 screens. Explore Spirits Alley at Alameda Point, and choose among wine/vodka/beer tastings. Sunset Magazine has named Alameda as being one of the best locations for kite and wind surfing. And beginners can take lessons at the Crown Memorial State Beach with a fabulous view of San Francisco. Since this is an island, it’s no surprise that there are 9 marinas and yacht clubs. Alameda is also home to Barnhill Marina where one can admire the colorful floating homes right on the Estuary, across from Oakland. The aircraft carrier USS Hornet, a museum ship, has been moored at the former Naval Air Station as the USS HornetMuseum since 1998. This ship was originally named the USS Kearsarge, but was renamed in honor of the previous Hornet CV-8 (famous for the Doolittle raid), which was lost in October 1942. For fun, check out the Pinball Museum. For a glimpse at the history of Alameda, stop by the Alameda Museum. Or tour historic Victorian home Meyers Home and Garden. Ride a bike, or walk around the main island. According to Alameda Magazine, there are about 3,000 Victorian-era homes in Alameda, one for every 25 people who live here. In addition, there are another 1,000 historic buildings, including City Hall and many of the shops along the Park Street and Webster Street commercial corridors. Alameda is also known for its Fourth of July parade, which is advertised as the second oldest and second longest Fourth of July parade in the United States. It features homemade floats, classic cars, motorized living room furniture, fire-breathing dragons, marching bands, and large crowds. The parade route is about 3 miles (5 km) long. The city restored the historic Art Deco city landmark Alameda Theatre, expanding it to include a theater multiplex consisting of 8 screens. A nice feature: go to Cinema Grill next door, buy your tickets, order your food and drinks (yes, wine and other liquor too!), take them inside the theater via a not-so-secret entrance. Enjoy! Street Festivals are enjoyed throughout the year. Park Street hosts the Park Street Spring Festival, Park St Art and Wine Faire and the Park Street Classic Car Show. And Webster St hosts the Peanut Butter and Jam Festival (Yes, Skippy’s peanut butter was born in Alameda). In the summer, the city enjoys a series of outdoor monthly concerts at Crab Cove, just a short walk from Crown Beach. Concert goers pack a picnic, lay their spread on the grass across the stage, enjoy good music under clear skies with fabulous views of San Francisco Bay. Food, wine and beer also available for sale. Commuting to the city is a breeze: ride the express bus (bus stop is just two blocks away), or the ferry where one can even bring a bike.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Cleaning Fee
                                                          $120
                                                          Pet Fee
                                                          $50
                                                          Additional Guest Fee
                                                          $20
                                                          Damage Insurance
                                                          $59
                                                          Tax Rate
                                                          10%

                                                          There is a $120 cleaning fee to prepare the unit for the next guests. For every guest over two, there is an additional guest fee of $20/guest/night. Thank you.

                                                          $140avg/night
                                                          17 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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