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Don Piper

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Light Filled, Private Apartment in Lafayette

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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The Bay Area House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 adults)

Lovely comfortable apartment with private outdoor space and mountain views. Light filled rooms, full kitchen and laundry room, and indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces. Cool off in the pool on summer days. Less than 2 minutes and you are on highway 24.

Keywords: Full kitchen (dish washer included), laundry room (soap included), gas fireplace, private entrance, parking, HD Television, High Speed Wi Fi).

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Don Piper (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Don Piper

I am a professional in wealth management and work in nearby Walnut Creek (less than 7 miles away)

Don Piper purchased this house in 1986

Why Don Piper chose The Bay Area

This is my home. I hardly ever used the lower portion so I have had it professionally converted. It is a wonderful place to stay if you like quiet, a valley view and quick access to San Francisco.

What makes this house unique

Lots of natural light, tranquil views, large patio area for sitting out side, jump in the pool to cool off in the summer or sit in front of the outdoor gas fireplace.


based on 30 traveler reviews

Light Filled, Private Apartment in Lafayette
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews

A lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Don Piper's guest apartment is well situated, comfortable, and easy to use and he is a marvelous host. Don ensures that everything is clean, in good working order, and comfortable. The apartment looks out on a small patio, garden, and swimming pool, which Don shared with us generously. Our 2016 visit was the third time we stayed in Don's apartment, which shows how much we appreciate it and him!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in Lafayette

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely and very comfortable. All the amenities you could possibly need.

The views are spectacular and lush with vegetation! Gorgeous flower's everywhere! We had great weather while we were there and relaxed around a beautiful pool. We felt spoiled!

The owner was very accommodating and helpful. We'll definitely be back!

Ken & Estelle

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, Arizona

Perfect Little Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

What brought us to Lafayette was their annual arts festival (we were vendors) and staying close to the "downtown" area. We were lucky to find this perfect spot amongst the trees (and coyotes and deer!), with a private entry, with everything we needed and more. It was bright and airy (windows open-or great AC), had a comfy bed, a washer/dryer for our use, a fully equipped kitchen and a great shower (no tub, which we prefer). Don (the owner) was a pleasure to work with, and very accommodating. We would highly recommend Don's Place to anyone traveling to the area (easy drive to San Francisco or Napa or Marin).

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, Arizona

A Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

Once again, and for the fourth time we so enjoyed our stay. Our family and friends are nearby so this really works. I can not say enough about Don's hospitality, a most gracious host. Not surprising this will be where we will be next August, can't wait.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Binky, Thanks for the generous review. I already have the alarm clock bedside. I will get the Pyrex measuring cup this weekend. You guys are wonderful housemates. Don Piper
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Goodyear, Arizona

Comfortable & Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in the beautiful rental for two weeks.Don the owner gave us a very in depth walk through. The apt. is very comfortable , very modern and has everything you could possibly need. Has a great deck with a wonderful outdoor fireplace & basic barbecue. The pool looked very appealing but not with the cold weather.Beautiful deck around pool, where I did my afternoon reading.Although you are in a very beautiful neighborhood you are only minutes from the freeway entrance. We will return again. 10 stars for this property

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is an excellent place to wind down and rest. We visited are kids here and used Don's car wow what a ride. Very clean place we used the pool and did laundry. Why would anyone stay at a hotel? We will stay here everytime were in California. Thanks Don for everything.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the generous review. All former guests are grandfathers as to the rates. Next time you come be sure to remind me. Again, thanks. Don Piper
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Oakland Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Many in Lafayette or Orinda
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
Public - Walnut Creek
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
California Highwy 24
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Lafayette or Orinda
Nearest Ski
155 Miles
Snow - Sierra Madres
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
San Francisco
Car: recommended

The Lafayette Reservoir is very close for long walks, biking,running or hiking, less than 9 miles from UC Berkeley (about 16 minutes at non-rush hour), less than 20 miles from San Francisco, less than 45 miles from the wine country, and about 3 hours from Lake Tahoe.


Rates & Availability

Lafayette House Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

If your reservation is more than 60 days away my payment requirement is 1/3 now to confirm, 1/3 2 months prior to arrival and the last 1/3 due 30 days prior to arrival. A full refund is provided if you cancel at least 30 days before scheduled arrival. No refund is given if cancelled 30 days or less prior to arrival.

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The Bay Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The car is a 2001 Mercedes Benz S430 full size (room for 5 passengers easily) and cost $25/day

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