|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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!
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 and door to patio
Loft: Cal King with upper deck access
Telescope, Sauna, pool table, one 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. Gas BBQ 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
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
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!
'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.
This marks my sixth visit to the Schneider residence. Each year brings more memories and experiences. I can't wait to return again for my birthday next year. Thank you again for building such an amazing home for my friends and I to visit yearly.
I stayed here for my sister's wedding this year, and it was perfect. The guests were so impressed with the property, which is meticulously landscaped and expansive but still felt intimate for our (130) guests. The view from the front porch was amazing- 180 degree lights and mountains.
I stayed here as the MOH for my sister's wedding. This was, by far, the BEST wedding I've ever been to. This house is magical. The views behind the bride and groom were magical, and the reception in the rear garden was amazing. The entire party was in the back patio/garden and it felt like an intimate occasion even though there were 130 guests. At night, the lights from the cities below light up and it's amazing. AMAZING!
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.
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!
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.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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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. There are two cats that live full time on the property. Let owner know of allergy concerns please.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.