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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.

Karen Schneider

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Karen Schneider

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2015
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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Lafayette Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 5 Bedrooms , 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

This villa boasts unbelievable views of Diablo Valley to the Oakland Hills. It is a custom adobe home decorated with Early California/ Spanish Revival antiques; speaking of the early settlers of Lafayette in the 1860's. Located between Berkeley and Walnut Creek, the Schneider Residence is found in the hills above St.Mary's College, in rural Hunsaker Canyon.

Only ten minutes from town and the 24 freeway, the house speaks immediately of another time, a vacation away from the mundane. Terra Cotta floors, high ceilings, commanding views from every window. It is decorated with antlers, saddles, and even a full size bear. Talk about a Kodak photo opportunity!

Native California plantings, including cactus on 300 degree patios around house. The house sleeps twelve in luxury. It was was designed with 4 foot wide hallways and handicapped accessible all around the property except for the loft. (If you need to use any equipment like a walker, toilet seat elevator, shower stool, just say the word!)

Gourmet kitchen, amenities galore!

Lafayette is the center of Lamorinda, three cities known for low crime rates, excellent schools, and high end shopping.

From the house you can hear the bells of St.Mary's College in Moraga! We are just up the hill from Wildwood Acres Resort. That makes the home the perfect place for a bridal retreat or rehearsal dinner site! We have also had many small weddings and renewal ceremonies on site. Fabulous for photos!

Sleeping arrangements:

Master Bedroom: Adjustable split Cal King Tempurpedic bed with private bath with whirlpool tub and double shower.

Emma's Room: Sealy Posturpedic Queen with shared bath

Katie's Room: Sealy Posturpedic King with shared bath

Extra Bedroom: Twin full desks and door to patio

Loft: Cal King and twin bunks with upper deck access

Telescope, Sauna, pool table, two piano's, wifi, satellite HD TV with premium channels, hot tub, endless pool, indoor whirlpool bath. Ice maker, front loading washer and dryer, ironing board and iron. Outdoor patio heaters, gas and charcoal BBQ's with propane for your use.

Paved patios and outdoor furniture to enjoy the views. Fountain near front door, bird feeders with food to keep the birds chirping!

Pour a beer, turn on the Giants game and watch the large screen TV from the front patio while the sun fades over the Oakland Hills leaving a spectacular sunset!

Keywords: Private, Custom, View, Estate, Hacienda, villa

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Schneider (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2015

About Karen Schneider

We came together as a team in 1981. Doug is a general contractor with a love of history and artistic eye. He attended UC Berkeley with an interest in agriculture. Karen has a degree in Home Economics and has knowledge of fabrics, furniture and a love for cooking.

The house was built in 1991 on 'the best view lot in Contra Costa' according to a Lafayette City planner. Every window is designed to capture the fabulous nature of the hillside property.

It took many many years to finish all the patios, fountains, stairways, but we are happy to share the beautiful little heaven we have created here.

We travel extensively, but keep most of our worldly goods in the Lafayette house. The other homes we stay in, are not as close to our heart as this one. Things we do not share as personal are locked in a small office off the main hall. Other than that 'me casa su casa!'

Karen Schneider purchased this estate in 1991

Why Karen Schneider chose Lafayette

The San Francisco Bay area has the best climate. We are close to the most beautiful city, San Francisco, with museums, parks, entertainment. Equidistant is theNapa/Sonoma wine region. Walnut Creek to our east has excellent shopping and restaurants. There are many recreation areas close by from this home. The weather is great most all year!

What makes this estate unique

'If I lived here I would never leave' is a comment we often get from guests. It is an amazing relaxing place. With a glass of wine, sitting on the front patio watching the sunset while fog rolls in over the Oakland Hills. You know all is right with the world and how lucky we are to live in such a place as Northern California.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Karen.

All I can think today is "WOW". We all had an incredible time. The thanks I'm getting for organizing a wonderful weekend at such a beautiful place is overwhelming. Thank you so much for your hospitality. I'm sorry we missed each other on checkout, but we had to get going.

Most importantly I hope you found your home left in as good of a condition as it was when we moved in. That was really important to all of us as a gesture of how grateful we were that we were able to enjoy your exclusive property. I don't think any of us had previously been a part of something so special. Thanks again!
May 2010
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Why HomeAway

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.7
based on 20 traveler reviews

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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
average rating of 4.7 based on 23 reviews
5

Best weekend of my life!

  • 5 of 5

I have no words to explain how beautiful this place is. It's so home and real. There are flowers everywhere and the view is earth-shattering. After 3 days with all of our best friends I honestly felt like we had found a new home and it was truly hard to leave.

The whole house is a conversation piece because around each corner is a unique picture or artifact. We had 6 friends staying from England and I think they were convinced that they should move to California, the true life of paradise.

In addition to the beautiful house I could also not be more please with the owner, Karen. She is the kindest woman, who seriously went out of her way to make sure out wedding weekend was amazing. She responded to emails quickly and offered about a million essential catering dishes that were invaluable for our perfect day.

Thank you soooooooo much. Lots of love.

Mallory and Alex Airey

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure working with you and Mallory. The photos of your wedding were beautiful. I hope that you and your guests will find an opportunity to return. Thank you for the the thoughtful review. Karen
5

Best Birthday Weekend Yet

  • 5 of 5

This is my fifth time I've stayed at the Schneider Residence, but the first for my own birthday celebration. I want to thank the Schneider's for being on top of everything and quick to respond to any questions. We're sad to hear that the house may soon be gone. My friends and I were lucky to have discovered their amazing home and make it our own for my birthday weekend. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Oakland, California
5

Dream House for Dream Wedding

  • 5 of 5

There has to be few cosmic meridians that intersect the hill top upon which the Schneider Residence was built. Of course the views are majestic in almost every kind of light and angle from sunrise to sunset. There's a special kind of energy there that's calming, sublime and just glorious. Thank you Doug & Karen for sharing the magic that you've harnessed & cultivated in your beautiful home.

It was beyond perfect for our wedding and then surprised us even more by magnificently allowing our families to meld and cook together for the first time. Garden blooms seduce the eyes and noses and nooks & crannies provide mystery and seclusion for all to discover and explore.

We will be returning to this wonderful find and just hope that the opportunity to experience the Schneider Residence will avail itself to us for years to come!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Absolutly Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The location is truly breathtaking. This home is a rare gem! I had a wonderful time spending my 30th bday here and would reccomend this home to all!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
New York City, NY, USA
5

Breathtaking place!!!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I booked this home for our wedding weekend, so that we and out-of-town friends could have a home base. Communication with Karen was great throughout the process. She was especially conscientious and accommodating about cleaning before our arrival because of cat allergy issues. The house is beautiful inside and out--and the drive up is well worth the spectacular views! We enjoyed the hot tub and pool, both day and night. We will never forget staying there on our special weekend.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Castle Rock Co. 80109 USA
5

My son's wedding

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time hosting our son's wedding week at the house.

From the rehearsal dinner, to the wedding itself and then a Memorial Day BBQ the house and the grounds were a wonderful venue to hosts these events.

The views and the amenities are outstanding and all our guests really enjoyed the time they spent there.

The owners are wonderful people clearly love to open up their house for events such as a wedding and were very easy to work with.

I loved staying at the house I would definitely recommend the Schneider Residence to host your event!!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
OAK
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Round-Up
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Tilden Park
Nearest Train
7 Miles
BART
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
24
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Chow
Nearest Point of Interest
Wildwood Acres Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Hacienda de Las Flores
Nearest Point of Interest
St Mary's College of California
Nearest Point of Interest
Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa Orinda Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Walnut Creek
Car: recommended

Fisherman's Wharf 28 miles, Oakland airport 28 miles, Napa 31 miles, Concord Water World 11 miles, ATT Park (Giants) 26 miles. St. Mary's College Moraga 3 miles. Martinez Marina 15 miles, Berkeley Marina 20 miles, Jack London Square Oakland 17 miles. Carquinez Strait, which is eastern end of SF bay continues to the Delta region. The strait can be seen from the patio in the front of the house. The rural road, Hunsaker Canyon, lends itself to nature viewing and hikes to nearby East Bay Regional Park lands. Bring your hiking shoes, Mt. Diablo has a magnetic pull toward it!

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Rates & Availability

From $950 Per night

Lafayette Estate Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$950
$4,494
$12,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.5%
Notes No fee for cleaning or small pets. Check in time is 3PM, if you want to arrive earlier please allow at least a weeks notice.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Lafayette Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest bath with Sauna - toilet , outdoor shower , Beautiful sauna with door to pool and cold shower.
    Bedroom Wing Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Marbled walls, heated tile floor.
    Master Suite - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Jetted Tub has full view of Mt Diablo, Double shower heads
  • Towels and washcloths in all bathrooms. Hair Dryer in bedroom guest bath. Shampoo and conditioner available, bath salts and lotion.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Emma's Room - 1 queen , Mt. Diablo view, satellite TV with DVD, dresser and chair
    Master Suite - 1 king , Jacuzzi tub and double shower in suite, satellite tv, desk
    Sleeping Loft - 1 king , 2 bunk bed , glass top table with 4 chairs, desk, door to upstairs deck
    Katie's Room - 1 king , Satellite TV, large closet, view to garden, chair and amoire
    Single room - 1 twin/ single , Twin with memory foam top, large oak desk, door to patio
  • All rooms furnished with high quality linens. Regular pest inspection for security and peace of mind.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 30 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Seeing is believing. Guests immediately feel on vacation, although civilization is only ten minutes from the house down the mountain. Near great shopping in Walnut Creek with Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's, Macy's, Pottery Barn, many excellent restaurants. Close to Rheem Center shopping with Marshall's, Tuesday Morning, Starbucks, CVS, and Home Goods. Downtown Lafayette has many restaurants and charming shops. The city hosts an annual Lafayette Art and Wine Festival as well as Jazz at the Rez, and Lafayette Reservoir Run. With the World Cup coming to the area, this is a strategic spot to rendezvous with your mates. Lamorinda is considered a wealthy area with Lafayette being the center of three cities accessed by highway 24. With a cluster of restaurants and generally high-end shops in its downtown, Lafayette is considered the retail hub of the region. Orinda is home to the historic Orinda Theatre and the California Shakespeare Theater. Moraga is home to Saint Mary's College of CA. Wikiped

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