About the property
- House1700 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
A rare gem available only from Nov. 20, to January 10th. Less than fifty feet from the tidal shoreline, this fully wheelchair accessible, three bedroom, two and half bath, spacious, clutter-free, artfully designed home, with central AC and a wheelchair elevator offers stunning sunsets, unmatched bird watching, and view of the Santa Cruz mountains and the SF city skyline. It's close to a vibrant shopping center with nine restaurants, and dozens of place to shop.Two ferry terminals, 8 and 15 minutes away, bypass congestion and provide peaceful , scenic 15 or 25 minutes rides to the City (SF).
The street side of our home is deceptively unadorned, but the water-side is a different story. A wall of glass windows with 8' of opening doors leads to the large, ipe deck that tempts one to sit for hours and stare at the views -- and grill up dinner while you do so.
On the main floor, the open concept living-dining-kitchen space means the view is always available. The dramatic gas fireplace, electric piano, Celtic harp, and drum, invite you to settle in for a night of music. A 50" flat screen TV, with cable and DVR as well as roku, means you are in control of what you see and when you see it. Want to watch a movie? On Demand is available, just pay us when you leave. A good cook's fully stocked kitchen features a wide peninsula, the perfect place for morning coffee and watching the birds' soap opera unfold, or lingering with your crossword puzzle. The oversized, main floor powder room, feels more like a little art gallery than a bathroom. High speed Internet access is available throughout the house.
Upstairs the master bedroom with walk in closet features its own wall of glass that opens onto a tiled deck, expanding the views even more. The travertine master bath has a roll-in shower, heated bidet, and copper wainscoting. The second bath is a stone, zen oasis with deep soak, air jet tub and adjustable height shower. The third bedroom with queen bed and writer's desk features a mounted flat screen TV. The attached garage, with windows for natural light has been modified to serve as a bonus room, with a fold down sofa and flat screen TV. Oversize washer and dryer are also in the garage.
HERE ARE THINGS WE'VE DONE FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY
You don't need to go outside the house to be transported from floor to floor. This elevator moves between the bottom of the stairs and the master bedroom.
Sustainably harvested Ipe runs from the side yard to the oversized, waterfront deck, which opens directly into the living room (your entrance); a tiled ramp leads from the entry walkway to the front door, and oversized powder room, with another small ramp down the one step into the bonus room and laundry; a hardwood ramp bypasses the one step from the master bedroom to the upstairs tiled patio.
Master bedroom: A Sleep Number queen mattress with adjustable head position and pressure that separately adjusts for each side, means whatever your preferred combination of hard vs softness, you can have it. Transfer onto a firm surface, then soften it for sleeping. Second bedroom: Tempur-Pedic mattress includes a massage function and allows both head and foot to elevate.
Master bathroom has roll in shower and chair, toilet has heated bidet, travertine vanity is designed for wheelchair to roll under. Oversized powder room has heated bidet, with wheelchair height Toto toilet, and slide-under quartz vanity. Handicap bars in every bathroom
There are remotes for: bed adjustments in 2 bedrooms, lights in master and second bedroom, retractable awning on deck, opening skylights in bathroom and stairwell, and three flat screen tv's.
Bike pump: for blowing up wheelchair tires
Other assistive devices: Refrigerator, dishwasher and sliding doors all have leather "reins" to be opened by service dogs. SERVICE DOGS are most welcome; they even have a custom mahogany home under the stairs. They are the ONLY ANIMALS ALLOWED.. Certification papers from Assistance Dogs International must be faxed in advance. (Internet or private certification does NOT count.)
Things to do from here:
Alameda is the perfect place to enjoy both nature's beauty and city's convenience
Kids run freely on the dirt walking path, catch crabs by the dock, chase lizards and occasionally see a garden snake.
You can walk for hours along the water on a paved trail, without ever crossing a street
Fish from the public dock just a few feet from the house, or fly a kite from there
Try your hand at windsurfing or paddle boarding, just a mile down the road
Bike the extensive system of trails that run along the Hayward regional shoreline
Golf the popular municipal course, 18 holes or par 3 ( 18 more under renovation)
Take a 15 or 25 minute ferry ride to San Francisco, where the Ferry Building is its own destination and a foodie's paradise
Walk a few blocks to the South Shore Center, to eat, shop, or be pampered,
Enjoy a movie an Alameda's historic, perfectly restored, art deco theater
Visit the one of a kind pinball museum,
Or the Hornet, WW II floating naval museum
Enjoy a tasting tour on Spirits Row at the old navy base.
Stroll Park Street downtown and remember what an old fashioned downtown feels like
Then come back to the perfect place to relax, recharge, and start it all again!
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 13, 2018
About Lew Brentano
We fell in love with Alameda 15 years ago, when were looking for a home with easy access to our San Francisco office. A small town feel with great neighborhoods, right on SF Bay. We remodeled a home that would be as helpful to people with disabilities as a nursing home, but would suggest nothing of that, instead combining the artful design of a custom home, with the convenience and comfort of everyday living. We both work at Ripple Effects providing kids and the adults who work with them with technology-enabled tools to privately address behavior issues and the reasons behind them. For the few weeks each week we are away from here, we invite you to share our wonderful home and the shorebirds that flock to our “backyard”. Please treat it with great care. Thanks, Lew, Alice and Delphy, Lew's service dog.
Lew Brentano purchased this House in 2001
Why Lew Brentano chose Alameda
To be on the waterfront, and watch the tides roll in and out, with the magnificent display of birds that goes with that twice daily cycle; to live in a flat, wheelchair accessible location; to be close to the intensity of the city (SF), but not in it; to be in a diverse community, with a hometown feel; For 15 years, to have the world's best commute: across San Francisco Bay by ferry, quiet, peaceful, friendly.
What makes this House unique
For people who appreciate fine design, but not the price tag usually associated with it, we offer: Clutter free, casual elegance, in a home you can actually live in without breaking something. Wheelchair accessibility on each floor with an elevator. SF Bay-front location with a deck that extends the living room into a bird watching perch, so close to the Bay that the impulse to kayak or paddle board is easy to give in to; A fully stocked kitchen to cook in, while watching the ebb and flow of tides and shorebirds. All for a moderate price.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Fantastic WC accessible house w gorgeous views!
Outstanding location and well-appointed property. Incredible views, tranquil setting, comfortable sleeping and close to shopping, grocery, Oakland airport, BART & Ferry.
So beautiful and relaxing with all the amenities!
We loved staying at this home in charming Alameda for the holidays! It gave our family a place to gather in a truly wonderful, peaceful setting. It is a special place. We enjoyed many cups of morning coffee lounging on the deck, chatting, watching the birds and changing tides. The living space and bedrooms all very comfortable and the upstairs bedroom as a big deck as well. Nice walking path right outside the gate and our group enjoyed the local bowling alley, movie theater and took in a Warriors game as well! We cooked a big turkey dinner and had all the best kitchen amenities at our disposal. The owner is very responsive and easy to work with. Highly recommend!
Five Stars in Every Way
A beautiful bayside home and wonderful family holiday experience. Outside 2 great decks for relaxing and bayside viewing, waterfowl photography, jogging trail and natural beauty. Inside generous and tastefully decorated spaces that show the owners' love for this home. Art and music everywhere. Well appointed an very comfortable bedrooms and exceptional bathrooms. A great kitchen where every appliance and serving piece is the best and readily at hand. Gracious and accommodating owners and a very responsive manager. All told, ten very happy days to celebrate Thanksgiving and a major family event. (Oh yes, and whether you have a minor handicap (as one of us does) or not, the well- placed elevator to the bedroom level is a big plus.) As fine a home away as we as experienced travelers could hope for. We will be back.
Additional information about rental rates
Deposits are returnable only if reservation is canceled within 45 days of arrival date. If cancellation less 45 days, deposits are not refundable.