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Enjoy The Backyard Full Of Flowers And Fruit Trees

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

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.

Speaks: english, pdimacali@gmail.com
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 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

West Alameda House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
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.
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, end tables and reading lamps. 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • 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.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews
Brisbane, Australia
5

Bright and cheerful 2 bedroom unit.

  • 5 of 5

The space was inviting, the location convenient. We had ample room for the four of us. The commute to explore San Francisco was easy by car or ferry. We loved our stay here and would very happily stay here again. Gary and Pacita were amazing hosts. Highly recommend this location for stay in San Francisco/Oakland area.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your lovely words. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We had a great time as well hosting your group and it would be our pleasure to host you again should you choose to come back to the Bay area. Have a wonderful time for the rest of your vacation. Gary and Pacita
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5

Lovely, awesome place,very clean and inviting

  • 5 of 5

The place was beautiful and the hosts were warm and helpful. We enjoyed our stay there and would definitely recommend it to others. Loved the back yard especially at night! Fruit trees and flowers were quite beautiful. Thanks Pat and Gary!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very nice apartment near SF

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place and location to visit SF. We loved the place and would highly recommend it to everyone.

We stayed with our two daughters and there was plenty of space.

The apartment is very comfortable, clean and has everything (and more) you need. Gary and Pacita are very friendly and welcoming. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Pacita and Gary are the perfect hosts. Very well organized with clear communications. We stayed with our two sons (18 & 20), the accommodations were perfect. Easy commute into SF via ferry or by car, plenty of restaurants and grocery stores near by to stock up the kitchen. Beautiful back yard with grill, nice just to hang out.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. We especially liked that you spent time in the backyard, just relaxing, grilling steaks (and the aroma wafted upstairs, making us drool!), even playing with our dog. It's like having family come to visit. Have a wonderful time for the rest of your vacation and have a safe trip home. Take care, Gary and Pacita
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Allen, TX
5

A wonderful oasis in Alameda with everything you could need!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time at Gary & Pacita’s home everything was just as described, the House was very comfortable, and the back yard was amazing. We enjoyed fresh plums and lemons all weekend long. We also had several great interactions with both of them and Pacita’s nephew, and everyone was just lovely. This was hands down the most well stock place we’ve stayed. There wasn’t a single thing that we didn’t have available to us. There were also detailed instructions and notes for everything. It was great. They had tons of suggestions for things to do and places to eat, and made us feel totally at home. The location is also very near a bus stop, and a short trip to the ferry, which takes you to Downtown SF. I would highly recommend this place to anyone staying in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Karl. We enjoyed hosting your family, and wish we also met the bride and bridegroom. Hope the wedding went well and that everyone had a good time. Glad you enjoyed hanging out at the patio --- even gladder that the weather changed and that you were able to enjoy cool days and cool nights towards the end of your stay. Happy trails!
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MICHIGAN
5

Close to SF in a quiet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

This home was comfortable and full of amenities. The backyard is beautiful and a peaceful place to put your feet up to relax..and if you want, enjoy a fresh lemon. We met Pacita and found her kind and helpful. Nice linens, a well-stocked kitchen and lovely surroundings: Nothing not to love!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review, Tammy. We appreciated having you stay with us and we're glad you found the accommodations to your satisfaction. We hope you had an uneventful trip home. Take care -- Gary and Pacita.
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Map

Nearest Airport
6.8 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Forbidden Island
Nearest Ferry
2.7 Miles
Alameda Main Street Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
3.9 Miles
Chuck Corica Golf Complex
Nearest Train
4.7 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-880
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
El Caballo, Pacific Lighthouse,
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1.4 Miles
Crown Memorial State Beach
Car: not necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $59
Each extra guest after 2 $20
Cleaning $120

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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