2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 4 with privacy, 6 using daybed or sunroom couch
Port Costa has an annual 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 Paul's Popouri was the 1st antique store in town in the early 1960s. I've been executive director for LITA of Contra Costa since 2002. Terrace gardening is my passion. Fortunate, as my 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 Los Angeles but visits often. My partner of 36 years now, 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 leads 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 purchased this House in 1963
Why Victoria chose Port Costa
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 our family 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 thought on times, it is an easy ride into San Francisco, up to Bolinas or the Wine Country tours. Monterey and Carmel by the Sea are under 3 hours away ( all depending on when you drive. Yet Port Costa really feels like it is 'out in the country'. I have detailed elsewhere in property description the distance and directions to the Redwood Trees GIANT REDWOODS From Port Costa it is one hour and 34 minutes or 75 miles to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, located in a canyon two miles north of the Russian River, in Sonoma county just north of Guerneville. Lots of good wineries and places to eat in the area. The Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens grows along the CA coast all the way up into southern Oregon in an area about 500 miles long by 30 miles wide. Further north Montgomery State Reserve redwood trees is 104.3 miles from our house and 13 miles west of Ukiah, CA Ukiah, 2 hours 33 minutes from Port Costa house, according to google. One tree growing there is the tallest known tree in the World according to Trip Advisor. Pack a good picnic and beverages as you wont want to take time to hunt up a place to eat. It is a much longer drive up to Avenue of the Giants, the most famous area of giant redwoods: 4 hours drive up and back to Humbolt Redwoods state park : 218 miles via east 80 and CA 37 toward Napa. At Lakeville Hwy you turn onto US 101 ramp and go north for 177 miles till CA 254 N and 2 miles further on to Humbolt Redwoods State Park.
What makes this House unique
Moon rise watching across the beautiful water from under the gazebo our on the deck on the many calm quiet nights. Year round remarkable hill and water views and migrating and local varieties of beautiful birds, wild turkey flocks and deer, Our village is full of artists and musicians, some of whom can be seen heard ( in the most pleasant and off in the distance manner) at venues downtown on a weekend night. I've been told I should take and post more pictures of the upper and lower gardens that are my greatest delight work. We will compost all your organic green kitchen waste, if you are a mind to participate in the enrichment of our very large garden. My parents were instrumental in protecting the surrouding hills and waterfront from developers until it was bought by he East Bay Regional Park . My brother and I are still great supporters of the Port Costa Conservation Society. Upper Prospect Avenue has had the same 6 houses standing since the 1890s. Our neighbors treasure the quite and the safety and stability of the street and knowing one another and looking out for each other. They are friendly and accepting of the guests who find their way to our hill top retreat.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
No smoking inside house or on sun deck.
Well behaved kids are always welcome.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Always a pleasure!
I have stayed at this property many times. It has remained a wonderful, relaxing hideaway each visit. The view from the sun room is always the high point and the hospitable owners make me feel like family. It’s a sad day when I must pack up and leave.
what a view and what fun
they are the sweetest most accommodating people. drive up to house is picturesque
Always love having 3 generations in a party stsying at the house. Do come again
Excellent and beautiful
Absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for our wedding night.
THANKS SO MUCH!
Spectacular views, the best place to recharge your batteries
What can I say, beautiful house, quirky town, perfect location for day trips or relaxing at the house. A hidden gem for sure, book this house now, you won’t be sorry.
Thank you for the good review
Be sure to come again one of these days. We'd love to have you
Victoria is a great host. Communication was excellent. Property is exactly how it was described on line.
We have created some great memories in the most magical surroundings!
Lenka, Eric and kids
May we continue to be graced by vacation visitors of your family's spirit, character & courtesy. Do come back again some day.
We enjoyed staying here, pictures are accurate, location not prime--very clean, lots of towels, etc. Would stay again.
Enjoyed your gaggle of grandkids. Glad youd return but the location hasnt gotten as low as a 4 stars in years! Maybe ypur location refers to our super steep drive way up to very the top of the hill that provides the best view in the west. Cant deny its an adventure, at least the first time. So Do come back!
Port Costa is 31 miles from San Francisco across the Bay bridge (on Hwy 80 east past Berkeley.) Port Costa village is on the SF bay at San Pablo bay between Berkeley & Napa Valley and called Carquinez Straits. Public swimming pool, park & tennis courts are just 3 miles from the Port Costa house in the neighboring town of Crockett. There is a great play ground on Canyon lake Drive, the main street of Port Costa at the historic Port Costa School, now used as a Community Center. between Crockett and Port Costa is the East Bay Regional Park Landing area leading to park trails and down to the water and Eckley Pier where fishing ( without a licence) is allowed. There is also a nice level park and picnic tables there.
Port Costa 23 miles from Napa, gateway to fabulous Northern California Wine Country. Take the Ferry from Vallejo, 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 down to Carmel and Monterey by the Sea from here and some take the 3.5 hour drive up 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 town. You'll pass East Bay Regional park staging area approaching Port Costa. Park trails near house
Other Activities: Bird watching & Regional Park hiking