|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
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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 SF or a fun 1 hr. Ferry ride to Fisherman's Wharf. It is 23.2 miles to downtown Napa & Wine Country tours. John Muir mansion & Jack London's cabin both a 20 minute ride depending on commute time or aorund that. 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 tables 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 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 Ferry ride to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Bay Area Rapid Transit parking 15 to 20 minutes from Port Costa dependingon whcih station you choose. 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, on Port Street local seafood and drinks favorite, on the water by the fishing boats and 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.
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 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 Los Angeles of 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 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 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. We have another property on south shore of Lake Tahoe which is 3 hours from Port Costa. 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'.
Moon watching across the water from the gazebo on calm quiet nights. Year round remarkable hill and water views and migrating and local varieties of beautiful birds, wild turkey flocks and deer,
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!!
We spent 10 days in this amazing property.
My parents were visiting and they wanted to have a quiet time and this place was just what we were looking for. It has an amazing patio to have breakfast with a view, or you can also have an outside bbq with very charming lights.
We enjoyed the beautiful and peaceful walks in the mountain, I really recommend to see the sunset from there.
You can also walk 5 mins to the town. It's the most unique place I've ever seen. It feels like the town froze in time. The restaurant, the bar, the hat shop, every single detail makes you feel you are in a remote town in the 20's.
Victoria is very attentive and she would be available for anything you can need. I really recommend this experience.
Home is very spacious and has lots of casual furniture, beds are very comfortable, laptops worked and TV has Net flex which we love. It is very peaceful and relaxing. It is a great place to stay and take daily trips to see wine country, the city and the coast. Road to home is steep and at first we were cautious but in a day we realized the wonderful views came with the road and we were happy to have both.
Owners are very pleasant and easy to work with. We will return, we stayed four weeks and were sad to leave,
If you want a place that's unique, well out of the way and private feeling, yet still convenient to SF, I don't know how you beat this place. Victoria is super-helpful and caring about her guests - even buying ice for our fridge when it was (very temporarily) down. Oh yes, and the shower is powerful and awesome. (This is rare in my VRBO experience, so it bears mentioning.)
The hiking around the house is spectacular. Watch the ships come in and out of port. Watch a herd of goats come graze the hillside. Best of all - experience the Sunday brunch at Bull Valley Roadhouse WHICH YOU CAN WALK TO from the house (make sure you make a reservation).
Just a cool little corner of California we'd never have known about unless we rented here ... Thanks, Victoria!
We picked Port Costa to have view of water near San Francisco and we were not disappointed. Ferry boat ride from Vallejo is easiest way to tour Frisco by day or night. One hour ride each way, saw eagle with fish in claws fly across deck bow. Lots of history nearby, Muir Home in Martinez was lovely afternoon visit, Jack London Square, Potomac Yacht owned by Pres. Roosevelt and Elvis offers dock tour or if lucky enough to score tickets has a tour with dinner which travels to Golden Gate and back, The Hornet aircraft carrier of WW2 and Vietnam tour.
Victoria's home is lovely, plenty of cozy rooms to spread out and relax after hard day of travel to all the wonderful areas to visit. Stayed the month of May 2016, wished we could have stayed another month. Victoria and Sonny are great people to share their home. When my sons go visit hope they stay here and anyone who wants quiet, hilltop with wildlife viewing, ships to sailboats skittering across the Strait, saw eagles, deer and turkey without leaving Hilltop. Jerry walked most of trails in neighborhood, easy access with bikes or hike. Stay as long as u can so many great places to visit. Muir Woods, Hwy. 1 north and south of Frisco. Sacramento underground, Monterey Aquarium, San Jose, Carmel, Big Sur! Point Lobos Park has wonderful rock formations, crashing surf. Our best restaurant was Rocky Point on Hwy. 1 between Big Sur and Monterey, saw a whale my first! Nantucket and many other good restaurants nearby home. Victoria put new BBQ grill on patio but time ran out before we used it. Several good spots in Martinez, Chinese, Mexican and BBQ, shopping, marina, train depot. Enjoyed Sam's Chowder House south of Frisco down Hwy. 1 we went twice. We forgot our collapsible cooler which Victoria quickly put in mail to us, thanks. I got my deposit refund, hope we go back soon, Thanks Sincerely, Susan and Jerry Larson from Louisiana
This is a fabulous place. Beautiful views and a lovely home. The home owner/host lives on the property, but we only saw Victoria when we arrived. She was very accommodating and friendly. We stayed here for three nights, but we now wish we had stayed at this location for the entire vacation. I would highly recommend this home.
Port Costa is 31 miles from San Francisco across the Bay bridge (on Hwy 80 east past Berkeley.) Port Costa village is on the part of SF bay, between Berkeley & Napa Valley called the Carquinez Strait. 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. You'll pass East Bay Regional park staging area approaching Port Costa on Carquin
Other Activities: Bird watching & Regional Park hiking
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 2016 - Sep 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
6 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
HOUSE and PROPERTY RENTAL RULES
1. CHECK-IN TIME IS AFTER 4 PM, PST CHECK-OUT before 11 AM, PST Owner my make exceptions, depending on reservations prior or after stay.
2. NON SMOKING property.OK to smoke outdoors, street side o the front porch or out in the driveway.
3. Pets are not permitted in the house or yard without a written agreement and an additional rental fee of $200 per single pet plus $50 each additional up to 3
4. We reserve the right not to rent to vacationing students or singles under 21 years of age unless accompanied by an adult or parent.
5. DAMAGE/RESERVATION DEPOSIT- A damage/reservation deposit of $200 is waived when $1500 CSA Travel Protection insurance is purchased for $59. Deposit of 50% of total rent must be received to book the reservation. Deposit is applied & fully refundable when cancellation notice is 30 days before check in.
6. Recycling is mandatory in this county: discard only plastic, glass, aluminum and paper in the Blue bin provided and garbage in the brown bin. Green bin is for garden trimmings only. If you like, you may put your vegetarian green kitchen waste in the compost jar in a bag or request a closed jar for your sink. Otherwise all wet waste goes in the garbage can in the kitchen. Before check out place soiled dishes in and start the dishwasher cycle. Leave used towels on the floor.
7. No linens may be lost or damaged.
8. Any charges accrued during the stay must be paid in full prior to departure.
9. Leave door key for the owner in the place provided and leave all doors unlocked.
10. PAYMENT - An advance payment equal to 50% of the rental rate plus the CSA damage protection purchase is required upon reservation. Current area tax for rental property is 11% which is added to the rental amount. If you cancel 30 days prior to arrival the entire deposit is refundable. The advance payment will be applied toward the house rent. “Book it Now” is enabled
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.