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Bay & Skyline Views, Lush Garden, Tempur-pedic King Beds, Easy Access to Freeway

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Please tell me a little about yourself. I want to ensure this Oasis is the right Oasis for you! The property is not appropriate for young children. Events, parties, celebrations, weddings are not allowed, and the number of total overnight and daytime guests allowed in the rental is limited. Click More Details for a complete description.]

A peaceful retreat accessible to the most popular Bay Area attractions, including San Francisco and Wine Country (Napa and Sonoma Valleys), and Route 1 (north toward Bodega Bay; south toward Santa Cruz). Close to major freeways without the freeway noise.

Loved by grandparents visiting nearby children and grandchildren.

Enjoyed by explorers touring Northern California.


Do you love a comfortable bed? Each bedroom has a Tempur-pedic brand Cloud Supreme King-size bed. Bedding is high-quality white cotton. Four pillows are provided on each bed, with additional pillows in the closet. Choose your pillow fluffiness and firmness.

Do you enjoy high-quality, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing furnishings? A renowned interior designer selected furnishings from West Elm, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware. No second-hand, uncomfortable furniture. We have chosen all furnishings with your comfort in mind, the same quality, brands and styles that we enjoy.

Do you enjoying watching TV with lots of channel choice? TV is AT&T Uverse with over 700 channels plus HBO , Showtime, and numerous music channels. No bouncing around between a few local channels and nothing to watch!

Do you enjoy watching TV in your bedroom? Flat screen TVs in living room and in each bedroom.

Do you like to gaze at a rare and beautiful view? This property has a view that scans – starting from the north, Mt. Tamalpais, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Skyline, Alameda Island, the Bay and its estuaries; south are the western hills that separate the Bay from the Pacific. Within this view (closer to you) are the Oakland skyline, the major port of Oakland, the new and beautiful Bay Bridge span, and AT&T park. You are looking across at an amazing panorama, and everything near you is amidst trees and greenery (ergo, Oakland!)

Do you enjoy a fireplace on cool days? The living room has a beautiful Regency gas insert in front of the sofa, operated by wall-mounted remote control.

Is Accessibility important to you? Don’t want to climb stairs to get to your rental? Although your view is elevated (2nd floor), you enter the rental from the street level. You walk from the sidewalk, along a level walkway, up one small step to a stoop, then into the front door. (More info regarding Accessibility, below.)

Don’t like apartments? This Oasis feels like a house. Entry is from the street. The owners live downstairs which is “basement” level. We are sort of reclusive 60-ish folk who value our autonomy and quiet just as we respect yours. But at the same time, we are friendly and helpful. We take our responsibility as your host very seriously and will do all we can to make sure that you’re comfortable and have what you need.

Do you enjoying sitting on a large beautiful deck with comfortable furniture? The redwood deck is architecturally beautiful with each end shaped into a “Romeo and Juliet” curved balcony. One balcony connects to the master bedroom and has large Pottery Barn chairs. The other end connects to the kitchen and has a tall, large metal bistro dining table with 4 bar-height cushioned chairs from which to enjoy the view. The balconies are connected by a straight portion where there is additional seating.

Do you like to grill outside? A propane grill (propane provided) is on the deck just outside the kitchen, and grilling utensils are in the kitchen.

Do you like to cook at home? The kitchen is fully furnished with cookware, utensils, place settings and basic condiments. Kitchen has: Wedgewood stove, microwave, Cuisine art coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster.

Can you live without an automatic dishwasher? As an interior design choice, we kept the vintage 1948 kitchen with the beautiful gas standing pilot Wedgewood stove. Our cabinets are original and of a depth that is slightly too narrow to accommodate a dishwasher.

Do you want a great full-size clothes washer and dryer? A new LG large capacity washer and dryer capable of great feats in clothes washing.

Do you like to read? An extensive library includes many travel books (lots on Northern California), children's books, novels, and books related to philosophy, political science, and art. Take a day off and take an intellectual exploration through an eclectic collection.

Do you enjoy the intimacy of overlooking a verdant garden? The expansive back deck overlooks a lush garden replete with – to name a few of the plants – a majestic poplar tree (condo to many squirrels and birds – and those Anna Humming Birds put on quite a show!), calla lilies in the winter, a robust juniper tree with juniper berries, plum trees, apple tree, fig tree, bird of paradise, spider plants . . .

Do you crave -- sitting/lying in/walking through-- a garden that offers even more decks and a therapeutic hot tub? The garden is shared with the downstairs apartment, i.e. the owners. We very rarely see our guests in the garden because we are generally on different schedules. But if we do see you, we’ll be welcoming and take your cues as to whether you would like privacy. In the garden are 2 additional decks where you may lounge, meditate, or work-out. One deck has a hot tub and seating area, covered by a trumpet-vined pergola surrounded by lush vegetation. A second "work out & yoga" deck is beyond the hot tub deck where you may practice yoga, or use the set of weights. Beyond this "work out" deck is a paver-covered meditation area overlooked by a beautiful statue of Guan Yin, goddess of mercy. For us, Guan Yin is not an object of worship, but rather a constant reminder to practice empathy and kindness.

Would you enjoy a therapeutic Hot Tub? A 6 person Sundance high-end hot tub with powerful jets. Not one of those wimpy hot tubs that vacation rentals often have!

Are you allergic to dogs or cats? Animals are never allowed in the rental.

Parking is un-metered no-restrictions street parking that is generally plentiful. Guests are usually able to park in front of the rental.

More on Accessibility: the rental’s interior is all on one level. We can make a rollator available to you upon request. The bath is a tub/shower combination with a 36” grab bar situated for showering or chair-bathing. Bathing chair available upon request. An assist-bar is at the entry to the tub/shower.

The location’s proximity to the 580 Freeway and the 880 Freeway gives you fast access to many local attractions and day trips to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Route 1, Santa Cruz etc.

You are only a 23 minute drive (no traffic) from San Francisco, but you may prefer to take the scenic ferry that will deliver you all-too-quickly to the SF Ferry Building (and its many wonderful markets) or to Fisherman’s wharf.

More about the downstairs apartment: The owners live downstairs with an elderly cat. There is complete space separation between the units with no shared entrances. The owners are rather reclusive but friendly, always available for any of the rentals' needs. We own a fireplace retail business which means we work regularly and otherwise travel frequently. We sometimes use the hot tub and practice yoga on one of the lower garden decks.

Keywords: Flat, apartment, quiet, private, hot tub, Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Mills College, Mills, garden, retreat, oasis, wine country, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Cruz

More Details

Dee Fisher
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Dee Fisher

I grew up in western NC. UCLA brought me to California, and I've lived in Oakland since 1987. I love Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area. My husband and I travel frequently and whenever possible we rent a vacation home rather than stay in a hotel. We value comfort and convenience and keep in mind our own expectations and preferences when furnishing and managing our rental. We will always choose a home with a garden, and a hot tub is a nice bonus. After a day of touring and sight seeing, we enjoy sitting in a beautiful outside setting, enjoying each other and a glass of wine. We want to provide you with the best possible lodging experience to complement your enjoyment of the Bay Area. We are huge fans of the Bay Area and enjoy its offerings of beautiful nature and urban delights as though we are tourists. My husband was a frequent Bay Area visitor (from New England) when I met him through mutual friends 17 years ago. After I spent two cold north eastern winters with him, he came to his senses and moved to the temperate climate of the Bay Area. We married 13 years ago, and he has no regrets about relocating!

Dee Fisher purchased this apartment in 1992

Why Dee Fisher chose Maxwell Park

The views from the deck. Peaceful and serene. Tempur-pedic King-size beds mean the best comfort for sleep. All cotton bedding. Upscale furnishings. On a one-block quiet street. Central proximity to the Bay Area, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and other tourist attractions. Within walking distance of Mills College.

What makes this apartment unique

Proximity to Bay Area/Napa tourist destinations. Very romantic and private for a love-nest get-away. Wonderful home for families visiting relatives. Great for Grandparents!


Maxwell Park Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Maximum daytime occupancy incl overnight guests: 8
  • Cigar smoking not allowed outside or inside
  • Limit of 2 cars parked on the street. Additional parking 1/2 block away on adjacent streets.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Assist Bar & Grab Bar for Tub/Shower combination
  • Granite, custom cabinets, tub/shower, hidden washer/dryer, and closet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Tempur-pedic King, all white cotton bedding, SF Bay View,
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Tempur-pedic King, all white cotton bedding
  • Bay View bedroom has cal-king Tempur-pedic brand Cloud Supreme mattress. 2nd bedroom has king-size Tempur-pedic brand Cloud Supreme mattress. Each bedroom has a large flat screen tv. Bedding is high quality all cotton, all white.. A variety of pillow options are available from high quality down to down-substitute fiber-fill, from soft to firm.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay and San Francisco and Oakland city skylines. Beautiful, serene lush garden with sitting areas, meditation area, and pergola with adjacent decks. A meditation patio, over-looked by a statue of the compassionate Quan Yin, allows you to sit and contemplate the beauty of a redwood framed by an arbor. Our favorite backyard being is a huge poplar tree --a condo for many birds and other wildlife-- that we think may be the largest in the Bay Area. When it has its leaves, its swaying creates a beautiful music of chattering leaves and serves up afternoon shade for the deck. In almost every season, there is some fresh fruit: plums, apples, figs, or blackberries.


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Bay & Skyline Views, Lush Garden, Tempur-pedic King Beds, Easy Access to Freeway
average rating of 4.981132 based on 106 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We could not be more pleased with our stay! Dee had great communication and we were well informed about how to access the property. The house was very clean and cozy. We were traveling with a family of four and it was the perfect amount of space to accommodate us all. It was so nice to enjoy views of The Bay while drinking our coffee on the porch in the morning, and relax in the hot tub after a busy day in The City. I would highly recommend Dee's place for anyone traveling to The Bay Area!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent rental, wonderful view, all amenities you can think of

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 5 days and highly recommend this rental. Communication with the owner is easy and efficient. The view from the deck is superb as well as the garden. The house is more than well equipped and everything is explained clearly. Would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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A great property

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property. Great location. Well maintained and clean.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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A lovely, clean, warm and inviting home. A home away from home that is for certain.

  • 5 of 5

The views are spectacular from every window. To wake up and go to bed looking at San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge every day was a Blessing far beyond our imagination. The kitchen and grill made dinners and breakfast perfect.

If you are looking for calm and beauty this is the place to stay.

Thank you Dee for your compassionate hospitality. Thank you for sharing “Your little piece of Heaven”

Blessings to you and your business.

Mr & Mrs. Karp

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

Always a great stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lot it time and effort has gone into making this property very comfortable for its visitors.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this property. The view off of the deck was awesome.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.25 Miles
Oakland International Airport
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Jack London Square
Nearest Train
2 Miles
BART Station: Fruitvale Station
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
580 Freeway 1 mile, 880 Freeway 2 miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Full House Cafe
Nearest Beach
4.28 Miles
Robert W Crown Memorial State Beach,Alameda, CA
Car: recommended

Casting Pond

Local Rosenblum Wine Tasting

Dashe Cellars Wine Tasting

Hangar One Vodka Tasting

Sake Tasting and Museum

The Landing Restaurant and Gondola Ride at Oakland Zoo


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 14.0%

For reservations more than 1 month in advance, a 7 day minimum may be required. Stays of 30 days or more do not pay tax. Events are not allowed (receptions, parties, weddings, etc.) Using the property as a filming location is not allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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