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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Estate, 5 Bedrooms , 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

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 nine. 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 and door to patio

Loft: Cal King with upper deck access

Telescope, Sauna, pool table, tuned piano, wifi, satellite HD TV with premium channels, hot tub, 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 while the sun fades over the Oakland Hills leaving a spectacular sunset!

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

More Details

Karen Schneider
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 2, 2017

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 The Bay Area

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.


Lafayette Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Sleeping Loft - 1 king , glass top table with 4 chairs, desk, door to upstairs deck
    Single room - 1 twin/ single , Twin with memory foam top, door to patio
    Katie's Room - 1 king , TV, large closet, view to garden, chair and amoire
    Master Suite - 1 king , Jacuzzi tub and double shower in suite, desk, chair ottoman
    Emma's Room - 1 queen , Mt. Diablo view, dresser and chair
  • All rooms furnished with high quality linens. Regular pest inspection for security and peace of mind.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 30 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • 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
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 TJ Maxx, Produce market, Dollar Store, 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.


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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Unique views of the East Bay, comfortable, peaceful, secluded

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to relax, quiet, value priced

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay Vincent. I am glad the sun came out just for your visit.
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Stunning Views of Eastbay

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to stay for a week over Thanksgiving for our daughter's wedding in the area. Karen was very accommodating and the house was perfect for our needs. Hosted Thanksgiving dinner for some out of town family; the kitchen was well appointed. Enjoyed the proximity to the wedding in Lafayette. Took advantage of the beautiful views of Mt. Diablo and Eastbay. Thank you for sharing your place with us. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family loved the Schneider Residence. It's beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The Schneider Residence more than lived up to the pictures and descriptions provided on the website. The rooms were well appointed with luxurious towels, sheets and amenities fitting a spa, and magnificent views out every window! The outdoors is wonderful --- a hot tub that overlooks the mountains in front and a pool with a terrace and gardens in back. Karen Schneider, our host, was warm and friendly, providing wonderful customer service. Our family getaway was relaxing and fun. We'd love to come back one day, and highly recommend this property and host!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our return.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoy coming to the house. Even with the rain it did not damper your spirits. Hope to hear from you for your next friend gathering!
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Perfect Wedding

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wedding Party

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Skates on The Bay
UC Botanical Garden
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Genova Delicatessen & Ravioli -- CLOSED
John Muir National Historic Site
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Chow Restaurant
Casa Orinda
Wildwood Acres Resort
"Fantastic Site for outdoor wedding receptions and parties!"
Saint Mary's College of California
Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area
"Lafayette Reservoir great site for 3 mile walk around the "REZ", picnicing, fishing, paddle..."
Mount Diablo State Park North Gate Entrance Station
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Golden Gate Bridge
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
University of California at Berkeley
Shadelands Ranch Museum
Oakland Museum of California
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Fairmont San Francisco
Domaine Chandon
Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
Yankee Pier
Redwood Regional Park
Broadway Plaza
"Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Crate and Barell, Victoria Secret, Macy's"
The Dead Fish
Iron Horse Regional Trail
"Flat and goes for ages!"
Fisherman's Wharf
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Jack London Square
Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Tilden Park
Nearest Train
15 Miles
AM Trak
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
164 Miles
Boreal Ridge
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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.