Relaxed, charming turn-of-the-century home on a hill above the SF Bay at The Carquinez Straits. Master bedroom has Lux Queen bed, 1 fine Englander Double in Middle bedroom,
1 pull-out daybed in parlor sleeps two plus a soft It 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. 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. Sunny laundry room with ironing board. Nice china and plenty of glassware for entertaining.
Straight 38 min by car on Hwy 80 or 1 hr. Ferry ride to heart of SF. Just 20 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
Relaxed and charming turn-of-the-century home on a hill above the Bay at the Carquinez Straits.
Master bedroom has Lux Queen, Englander Double in Middle bedroom, sleeps 4 with full privacy. Sofabed sleeps 2 in the parlor. A person who like to see sunrises and sunsets over the water may be happy sleeping on the sunroom sofa
Views from wrap around windows in the sunroom reveal Port Costa below, Benecia across the water and passing kayaks, sailboats, tugs & great ships framed by rolling California hills. Comfortable, quiet, convenient house with expansive decks has BBQ and multilevel gardens, bordered by East Bay Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with generous breakfast table. Shower over tub & all new plumbing fixtures & tile floor in bathroom off middle bedroom. Sunny laundry room with ironing board microwave, grilling machine and laundry supplies. Nice china and plenty of glassware for entertaining.
Port Costa is SF East Bay’s secret get away: population of 190, boasts 2 unique Barbary Coast style restaurant/ bars and the Honey House coffee shop in the Burlington Hotel, across from the quaint post office. Bull Valley Restaurant is open Wed – Sunday for dinner only. 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, just 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.
On coastline between California Regional Parks, the 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: Weekends Honey House Coffee shop offers exotic coffee selections and custom hand preparations, yummy southern breakfast sweets, & rustic décor. Observe town life from the great windows at the corner space in the old Burlington Hotel at the end of Canyon Lake drive by the water.
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 Restaurant, ideal for anniversary or birthday parties (local special night out place for 40 years). 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.