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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 with privacy, 6 with daybed or sunroom couch

Relaxed, charming turn-of-the-century home on a hilltop above the SF Bay at The Carquinez Straits. Master bedroom has Lux Queen bed, 1 fine Englander Double in the Middle bedroom,

1 pull-out daybed in parlor sleeps two plus a large soft leather couch in the large sun room, waking to views of passing kayaks, sailboats, tugs & great ships on SF Bay, along with rolling California hills. Clean comfortable, quiet, convenient house with expansive decks, BBQ & multi-level deck & gardens, bordered by Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with breakfast table. Shower over tub & new plumbing in tiled bathroom off middle bedroom and sunroom.. Sunny washer dryer laundry room with ironing board. Nice china and cookware and plenty of glassware for any type entertaining.

SF 38 miles by car on Hwy 80 to the heart of downtown or a fun 1 hr. Ferry ride to Fishermans Wharf. Normally 25 minutes to central Napa & Wine Country tours. John Muir mansion & Jack London's cabin both a 20 minute ride. Redwoods 1 hour. 2-3 hours on coast Hwy to Carmel, Monterey Bay & Hearst Castle


Port Costa is SF East Bay’s secret get away: population of 190, boasts 2 unique Barbary Coast style restaurant/ bars and the old time Burlington Hotel on the Straits has been refurbished, right across from the quaint post office . Bull Valley Roadhouse is open Wed – Sunday for dinner. Warehouse Cafe is famous for the giant polar bear in a glass cage by the pool talbes in the bar. Plentiful reasonable food served with hundreds of beers. Our historic restored school hosts social, art, car & bicycle club events. Short bike ride or drive to fish at Eckley’s Pier (no license required), picnic & hike: secluded Coastline Park. Crockett Hills Regional Park's covers 2000 acres. Experience John Muir historic mansion & farm. This National park is 10 miles away, off Hwy 4: Alhambra Ave in Martinez.

What is near by: Tennis courts and public pool in Crockett 3 miles from Port Costa along the Carquinez Scenic Drive: Three miles to Hwy 80, 29 miles to downtown San Francisco. Tour the bay & get to SF via Ferry: Cross Zampa bridge to Vallejo Terminal and catch a one hour 1/2 Ferry ride to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Bay Area Rapid Transit parking 15 minutes from Port Costa. Marine World, 20 minutes. Oakland International Airport, 34 miles, 40 miles to SFO and downtown Napa is 20 miles.

Situated along the bay train coastline in between California Regional Parks, this property has nothing but acres of open space between its upper garden and the lower edge of the East Bay Regional Park trail. Hike directly up and take a walk above an unforgettable stretch of San Francisco bay coastline. The official park entrance is along the winding Carquinez Scenic Drive on your way into Port Costa. Landing area leads down to Eckley Pier for another gem of a coastline park at water’s edge for fishing (no license required) and picnics and hiking. Bird life abounds with red wing black birds, humming birds, finches, mockingbirds, kestrel, and a pair of golden eagles, whose offspring often fly above the house in Port Costa.

Crockett Hills Regional Park is the second park just 3 miles away along Carquinez Scenic drive and it offers mountain bike trails, horseback riding and organized treks to reach the summits where, on a clear day, you can see the entire SF Bay and across San Pablo bay to Mount Tamalpais, above Mill Valley.

What’s to Do: Sit on the deck or in the sunroom and watch water traffic. Take walks. There are numerous close park trail gates.

Port Costa has 2 restaurants 'downtown' on Canyon Lake Drive. The largest and 'wildest' one is the Warehouse Cafe, famous for budget Alaskan crab legs & weekend steak deals. Large bar has 100s of beers. A 2 story high white polar bear stands on its hind legs by the pool table in a class cage, since 1960.

A romantic, more upscale eating experience is Bull Valley Roadhouse new owners from SF. Nice decor. Have a drink, sitting at the bar, a tourist attraction in itself, with Tiffany lamps, brought down from the Gold Rush country, by the Port Costa house owner’s grandmother- perfect for the early California Barbary Coast decor. Open for dinner Wed - Sunday

Drive 3 miles to Crockett & discover: Nantucket, local seafood and drinks favorite, by the fishing boats on the pier. The Dead Fish, on San Pablo Avenue (at Pomona Street at freeway ramp from Hwy 80) is an upscale SF chain for glitzy cocktails & fish dinners with bay, Zampa Bridge & Naval Academy water views.

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  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed

Victoria Ryan

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Port Costa July 4 parade Sonny and I outfitted our old Mercedes with my late great aunt Mimi's monkey doll collection and won first place. Mimi Pauls Popouri was the 1st antique store in town in the early1960s

I've been executive director for LITA of Contra Costa since 2002. Terrace gardening is my passion. Fortunate, as house is on top of a hill. My parents purchased the Port Costa house as their first home in 1963 after completing a lifetime of traveling to different countries with my Dad's outfit, Utah International Mining and Construction. In those days Port Costa was a thriving antique center, connected by Carquinez Scenic Drive to Martinez, the county seat. A storm washed out the road near Martinez in the 1970's keeping Port Costa at a very small population of 180 inhabitants, which is how most folks in town like it.

My brother and I wanted to continue our folks favorite retirement occupation: having guests stay over to enjoy the home they both loved so much. My younger brother lives in Pacific Palasades but visits often. My partner Sonny and I live in an apartment below the main house which my Dad built for my grandmother and later served to accommodate any extra guests. There is a connecting interior spiral staircase which leades down our pantry and laundry room. A sturdy oak door at the foot of the stairs is for rental guests privacy.

Since 2002 I have been Executive Director for LITA 'Love is The Answer' of CC

which serves a growing number of convalescent and nursing hospitals around the county. We bring one on one volunteer visitors, pets, musicians, dancers, elementary and middle school groups of children to visit on a regular basis. The 80 volunteers and 30 skilled nursing facilities keep me busy. Gardening is my passion, which is a good thing since there are so many gardens on the property. Other hobby is sitting in the garden watching the sparkling water.

Victoria Ryan purchased this house in 1963

I inherited the 'Last Resort along with my brother from my parents. The decision to make the top level a vacation rental was natural one since every guests who ever visited was astonished by the views, loved the house and and couldn't get over how close it was to every point of interest in the Bay area. With a bit of planning, it is an easy ride into San Francisco, up to Bolinas or to Napa Valley and Sonoma for the Wine Country tours. We have another property on south shore of Lake Tahoe which is just 3 hours from Port Costa. Monterey and Carmel by the Sea are 2.5 hours away. Yet Port Costa really feels like it is 'out in the country'.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property Reviews

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San Francisco Bay View Hilltop Home near the Wine Country
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews
San Francisco Bay View Hilltop Home near the Wine Country
+1 925 212-4573
Port Costa The Bay Area
Sacramento, CA, USA

Better than a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
What can I say about this place! It was just as peaceful & charming as described. Victoria & Sonny (the owners) could not have been nicer, more genuine people. I did not want for anything.

Although my purpose for being in the area was work-related my 4-week stay in Port Costa left me more relaxed & rested than I've been in a long time. The view from the sunroom (day & night) was incredible and with the aid of binoculars provided by the hosts I had fun watching the various ways people have fun on the water.

I could've stayed here forever... I recommend this "home away from home" to anyone looking for a clean, well-maintained, perfectly located, beautiful spot to fall. By the way, the bed was the most comfortable bed I have EVER slept on!!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This guest really took advantage of the restorative energy of both house and all the views which we were so happy to hear about.
Helpful votes: 6/6
San Francisco Bay View Hilltop Home near the Wine Country
+1 925 212-4573
Port Costa The Bay Area

wonderful house in perfect location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
Our entire experience with this vacation rental was absolutely enjoyable, from booking the stay, to communicating with the owner, to actually residing in the home.

Victoria was friendly, helpful, and extremely responsive -- without being intrusive in the least.

The pictures accurately display the house -- which is utterly charming. It's nicely decorated in a style appropriate to its vintage, notably with an impressive collection of antique radios. It doesn't feel cluttered at all; just a pleasant change from the sterile hotel-feel of some vacation homes I've been in. The home takes full advantage of its perch overlooking the strait, with an enormous outdoor deck and indoor sunroom facing the water (and the sunrise). We got up early our first morning to watch dawn from there; it was a beautiful experience.

The home was very clean and in excellent condition. We didn't make any meals there, but the kitchen appeared to be very well stocked and easy to use.

Driving up the steep hill and parking in the small spot at the top is a bit of a harrowing experience, but we were amply warned about that, and it certainly is doable -- and so worthwhile: the views cannot be beaten. Nor can the location: you're in a peaceful, quiet location but the conveniences of the city are within very easy distance. You're perfectly poised to explore either the bay area or wine country from this home (we did both).

In summary, I would wholeheartedly recommend this home to anyone who enjoys a homey-feeling home in a peaceful, natural environment, and I hope to be back myself someday!
Owner's Response: Delighted the Port Costa house met all your expectations. Perhaps we can meet person next time. I was happy the house was set up to work for you even without a house tour.We hope to welcome you back again one day soon
San Francisco Bay View Hilltop Home near the Wine Country
+1 925 212-4573
Port Costa The Bay Area


  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
This was a great find for us. Everything was so well though out. It was clean and had a great view. We appreciated how well furnished everything was...especially the kitchen! We enjoyed talking to Sonny and Victoria. We would definitely stay here again
Owner's Response: Thank you for using the place well. I hope we will see your family again one day soon.
San Francisco Bay View Hilltop Home near the Wine Country
+1 925 212-4573
Port Costa The Bay Area
Auburn, California

A Delightful Gem of a House

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
My husband, son, and I very much enjoyed our three nights in November at this house. We live in Northern California so are familiar with San Francisco and the general Bay Area, but had never explored this specific part. We were delighted.

The house is charming, quiet, and comfortable -- an older house with modern appliances and accoutrements, spotlessly clean, and, obviously, lovingly cared for. The sun room, with its magnificent view of the Carquinez Strait and the public lands behind the house, is just amazing. It was my favorite room. There is a lovely outside terrace perfect for dining, having a glass of wine, and gazing at the view and the stars. Everything was as advertised and we could not have been more pleased. Victoria was prompt, professional, and friendly in our dealings with her. The house contains some interesting books about the area -- one in particular is a photo history of Port Costa, once an historic, bustling port, about which we had known nothing before our visit.

We very much enjoyed driving to the top of Mt. Diablo, which is not terribly far away, and also we visited the John Muir National Historic Site in nearby Martinez. If we'd had more time, the historic sites across the strait in Benicia would have been on our list. We enjoyed dinner one night at the well-known Dead Fish Restaurant just several miles away in Crockett.

Our son had outpatient surgery in San Francisco so we did drive into the City and back one day. Our advice? Take advantage of the nearby BART station, or use the Vallejo ferry service, as Victoria advises. Anything to avoid the traffic on the bridges. It's pretty easy to get around in San Francisco without a car -- walk, bus, cable car -- so do yourself a favor.

We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to friends and relatives.
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of the house and our little corner of the SF Bay area. We will be most happy to host you again any time.

I noticed your husbnad taking photos off the decks and if you got any especially nice ones, please feelfree send me a few so I can share.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and and even
better New Year!
San Francisco Bay View Hilltop Home near the Wine Country
+1 925 212-4573
Port Costa The Bay Area

Peace, tranquility, and relaxation!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
My family and I had a most wonderful relaxing stay at the house at last resort! Everything was wonderful and very comfortable. The five of us had plenty of room to spread out.

Our fondest memories were gathering on the large deck in the immaculately maintained garden in the evenings and sharing stories and memories of Port Costa, how much has both changed and yet, stayed the same in my old home town of Port Costa.

The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable as was all of the furniture throughout the house.

The kitchen was nicely stocked with sufficient utensils and dishes cook and feed my family plus extras!

Everything was perfect clean, tidy and comfortable!

The wonderful views overlooking the town and the bay are always so relaxing at all hours of the day. From dawn watching the colors in the sky as the sun rises, to seeing the lights of Benicia reflecting in the dark waters of the bay late at night, the quiet gives one time to relax from the busy world.

I would recommend the last resort to both Family and Friends!

Thank you Victoria, for making your family home available for us enjoy.
Owner's Response: What a thoughtful and thorough review. I hope we'll have the chance to host
your family at "the last resort" for many reunions to come as time passes. Thank you!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Oakland International
Nearest Ferry
7.5 Miles
Vallejo Ferry Terminal
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Howy 80
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Two in Port costa
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Franklin Canyon Golf course
Car: necessary

Port Costa is 31 miles from downtown San Francisco across the Bay bridge (on Hwy 80 just past Berkeley.)

Port Costa village is on SF bay, between Berkeley & Napa Valley. Swimming pool, park & tennis courts are just 3 miles from the house in Crockett.

Port Costa 20 minutes from Napa, gateway to fabulous Northern California Wine Country. Take the Ferry to San Francisco, a great way to see the bay and avoid traffic and parking in SF.

ATT Park at SF Embarcadero for ball games & events easy by Vallejo Ferry. Terminal is just across the Zampa bridge.

Port Cost Guests often drive 2.5 hours down to Carmel and Monterey from here and take a 3.5 hour drive to Lake Tahoe and state line casinos. Mendocino is a day trip.

Closer to home: Sierra Club founder John Muir's home is a lovely national monument/ museum 15 minutes away. Jack London's cabin is 20 minutes away in Oakland's Jack London square.

Four Regional Parks surround. You'll pass East Bay Regional park staging area approaching Port Costa on Carquin

Other Activities: Bird watching & Regional Park hiking

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Availability & Rates

Port Costa House Rental Rates

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3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.85%
Notes Parking is limited to one (1) vehicle. Vehicle is to be parked in the main designated center parking space. Parking on the road is not permitted. One additional vehicle can be parked at one of the three parking spaces at the Port Costa property with 30 days advance notice and for a negotiated fee. There are permitted areas where your guests can park on Canyon Lake Drive ( School or Warehouse)

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Port Costa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Parking On Street
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Single Victorian style bathroom has a full bathtub with overhead shower. A large vanity with modern, antique style sink fixtures provides plenty of surface area, great lighting, mirrors, drawers & shelves. Black & white floor tiles match an old fashioned decor. Enjoy a new top of the line, water efficient, planet friendly Toto dual flush toilet. Sliding doors at the two exits maintain privacy for occupant of adjoining middle bedroom. Window opens onto the garden. there is a steam bent antique chair with seat cushion and an Ikea bathroom scale. Dresser contains plenty of bath, hand and face towels, a hair dryer, shower caps and one first aid drawer with band aids. Heat lamps plus panel and extra ceiling lighting make ablutions a pleasure and a breeze. Dark dresser has faux white marble slab atop and stores plenty bath and hand towels and face cloths. Antique mirror there gives another place to put on make up. Night lighst in stained glass style placed enroute for nite visits.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master bed in quiet corner of the house, off the front parlor. Superb Englander Queen delivers a wonderful night's sleep, tranquil view of lovely garden & rolling hills. Spacious closets. Smaller bedroom, the 'Map Room,' new pillow-top Englander double. Pocket sliding door into the single bathroom. A big window looks onto peaceful garden & hill view. Plenty closets. Fireplace in both rooms. Bathroom' two entrances with sliding doors to provide privacy for the Map room, plus general entry from sun room. A day bed expands from the sofa in the front parlor which is a great place for late night TV viewing, beside two comfortable easy chairs w foot stools (Satellite TV, DVD player, writing desk, gas fireplace in the parlor Italian white leather couch in sunroom is a great place to stretch out for the night. Many prefer it to the day bed for a single sleeper. Sleep across from the fireplace and watch the moonrise or the morning sun on the bay over the sparkling
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • pond
  • forests
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • whale watching
  • outlet shopping
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • jet skiing
  • basketball court
  • water skiing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • tennis
  • golf
  • swimming
  • sound/bay fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
Swimming pool is in Crockett: 3 miles. Breakfast at a sunny table in spacious, well equipped kitchen or at the large sun room dining table expands to seat 8 or 12. Italian tile floors throughout kitchen & sunroom. Limited Meals and maid Service negotiable. Driver may be reserved for local excursions. Tennis courts and swimming pool 3 miles away at at Crockett Recreation Center. Grocery, liquor & drug stoes: 12 minutes/ Rodeo / Hwy 80. 10 mins. to shopping centers in Martinez/ Hwy 4. Easy 12 minute drive toward SF on Hwy 80 to Trader Joe's in Pinole. Visit antique stores here in town & in nearby Martinez where John Muir's home is open for tours. Antiques, ethic art & an eclectic home library are yours to enjoy plus best water view in town. BBQ on lower deck. plenty of nice china, glasses & flatware, laundry room has washer, dryer, iron & ironing board. Locals meet at Post office. Town folk colorful & friendly. Weekend watercolorists, birdwatchers & cycl
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