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Sunny Rockridge Hills Custom House with Beautiful Outdoor Patio Spaces

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Wood Fireplace


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Custom home in Rockridge area of Oakland. Close to BART and easy freeway access, but quiet neighborhood.

Beautiful gardens, peaceful and quiet backyard.

Great place for wedding pictures with some special touches - metal sculptures, hanging ski chair....

very large yard for kids to play. Park and tennis courts close by. Ample parking, and level in access to main floor through garage.

Note: Bedrooms are on 2nd floor

Margaret McGuirk
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2017

About Margaret McGuirk

We are retired and love to travel. We are originally from New York area, but love the Bay Area. We appreciate the outdoors, and are active in tennis, skiing, and biking, as well as volunteering in the community.

We have done numerous exchanges over the last 5 years and our guests have been very happy here.

Margaret McGuirk purchased this house in 1993

Why Margaret McGuirk chose Oakland

We love our house, and you will too. It is elegant, but comfortable, with excellent access. The backyard is wonderfully peaceful, and is also a great entertaining space.

The house is spacious with lots of special touches. There is a Steinway M grand piano in Living Room, big screen TV with surround sound, speakers and stereo in family room with speakers to backyard, stereo speakers into Living room, kitchen, master bedroom. Two fireplaces and wood provided. Our backyard and front gardens are spectacular and peaceful. Computer and high speed internet available. We have both mountain and road bikes available. Also, basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and bats, frisbees, etc. And a toy closet with patty playpal dolls...

What makes this house unique

Front patio is wonderful for reading newspaper in a.m., back deck has beautiful sunsets, and yard is private, peaceful, and very large for this area. We have great neighbors as well, who are always available. Depending on the season, you will be able to pick tomatoes, chard, apples, figs, lemons, limes, myriad of spices, and of course, a plethora of flowers. Overall, a great combination of city and country living. Deck off kitchen to view wonderful sunsets and have cocktail hour.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My twin sons, my husband, and I so enjoyed staying in your house. What a lovely, lovely, comfortable home! Being there with other family members so enhanced our pleasure. The time sped by and I missed just pausing on the deck and absorbing the beauty. What a delight to have a Granny Smith right from your tree! Julie’s Vineyard Zin was a particularly tasty treat—thank you for providing it. We shared it on our last night with our spaghetti dinner. We’ll always treasure our first San Francisco trip in no small measure due to living in your home.
Nov 2012
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Upper Rockridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Main Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Double sinks; privacy door between sinks and shower/toilet
    Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , sink
    Powder Room=Main floor - toilet , toilet and sink
    Lower floor/cellar powder room - toilet , toilet and sink
  • two full baths and two half baths
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , with ensuite bathroom
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , on lower level
    Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Bed - 51" HD TV
    Guest Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Pop up trundle bed converts to King size width
  • Master BR: King size bed; Guest Room 1: Queen Bed; Guest Room 2: Queen Bed Guest Room 3: Twin/Trundle Bed - converts to 2 twin or King size width Addtl Lower Level BR: (#5) twin bed Baby Crib (1) Pack and Play
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeper comes every two weeks for Main floor, 3 baths, and Master Bedroom. Additional services can be arranged. There is a wonderful costume closet for children and adults too! Also knok hockey, and marble football.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Sunny Rockridge Hills Custom House with Beautiful Outdoor Patio Spaces
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Solana Beach, CA

Great home for our wedding celebration

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay for my daughter's wedding and your home was the perfect place for us to stay during our celebration. We felt very much at home and the location was perfect. Thank you for a great time!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Welcome back anytime.
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Rockridge Hills home - amazing vacation, awesome location

  • 5 of 5

The home was perfect for our large family group, very comfortable and well appointed. The location is wonderful for a group who wants to have comfortable and quiet down time together but very accessible to points if interest. Shopping and restaurants. The garden was wonderful! Thank you to our gracious hosts!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Family Home and Great Location for Wedding in Piedmont

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend staying at this home and you will be so glad you did! Our whole family (8 adults, 2 kids) stayed here to attend our daughter's wedding at the Piedmont Community Center. We had plenty of room at this lovely, spacious home. Plus our daughter's large bridal party (12 ladies) all came to the house the day of the wedding to "prep" make-up, photos and to change into their dresses. The lower level of the home is huge and worked out great to accommodate all the gals. The doors opened up onto the lovely backyard. It was a wonderful photo-spot for the photographer as well. The day after the wedding our whole family just relaxed - some of us on the balcony and others enjoying scenic spots in the backyard. Thank you Margaret and Denis! We loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy your visit and daughter's wedding was wonderful. We are happy that our house was just what you needed and there will be many happy memories. Thank you for the pictures!! Congratulations again on the wedding weekend. Margaret and Denis
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Wedding Weekend Family Rendezvous

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here while attending my son's wedding. It is a lovely house that manages to be both elegant and cozy at the same time. It was perfect for our needs. We had some of my extended family stay with us and they didn't want to attend all the wedding events so they were able to go back to the house and relax on the deck. It was also spacious with room for everyone. My teenage daughter and her friends hung out in the den downstairs while the adults chatted in the living room. It is well located, being close enough to the freeway for easy access but not close enough to be disturbed by freeway noise. Margaret and Denis were helpful and easy going. They are great hosts and welcomed us with fresh cut flowers in vases throughout the house and a bottle of wine on the table. They left us with instructions for all the appliances and have every thing well labelled so it was easy to settle in. We had wonderful stay at this property. I don't think 5 stars are enough, I would give this property 10 stars!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Molly, We are so glad you and your family had a nice stay with us. You left the house spotless - Thanks, and you're welcome any time...
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Columbia, SC

Great wedding week in Bay Area

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in this house when we were in the area for my son's wedding. We enjoyed cooking in the well equipped kitchen and gathering in the dining and living rooms. Loved the ambiance of the living room. The older kids enjoyed the downstairs den for a movie. My sister and I made wedding bouquets, corsages and arrangements in the garage. While searching for a rental, we wondered if we would prefer staying in San Francisco or the East Bay Area. The location of this house was perfect. It was easy to get to Ft Mason for the wedding. We liked being close to Berkeley for shops and restaurants. And the house is in a beautiful neighborhood away fro the bustle of the city.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a nice time at the house. We love happy memories in the house. Visit again anytime!
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Madison, WI

Fabulous Halloween Visit with Kids!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home during our stay in the Bay Area for the dual purpose of visiting family who live in Berkeley and enjoying Halloween festivities in a new city. Margaret and Denis were extremely easy to work with leading up to our stay, and they even offered to let our kids dig through their costumes and borrow something so that we didn't have to pack our own. Not only did they leave out a treasure trove of costumes, to our kids' delight, but they also left trick-or-treat bags and flashlights for them to use. It was way above and beyond. We ended up trick-or-treating in a different neighborhood with our family from Berkeley, but we would have loved to be around to give out candy and meet some of their neighbors.

The house, deck, and garden were beyond our expectations. The house was so cozy and inviting, and the outdoor area was a favorite for morning coffee. There were a ton of board and card games in the basement, and the kids and their cousins made good use of them during our stay. No one ever complained about being bored in this house!

With lots of bedrooms, this house is perfect for a large group if you don't want to be on top of one another. I wouldn't hesitate to enthusiastically recommend it to anyone traveling to the area!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad it was a great weekend for all. We are so pleased you found all the games - they needed playing! We love that our house keeps accumulating happy memories. Did you take pix of the kids in costumes? Come again anytime...
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Rates & Availability

Upper Rockridge House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Winter/Early spring
Feb 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Spring/Summer
May 1 2017 - Oct 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 3 2017 - Dec 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning: $200
Refundable damage deposit $500

Payment in full by check at least 30 days in advance of stay
Security/Damage Deposit of $500 (usually) - payable within 7 days of booking request. Refunded within 10 days of checkout. You will receive a contract outlining dates for refunds of rental and deposit amounts.
Extra guests over 8 may be accommodated for extra fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Oakland Airport
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Jack London Square
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
BART-Rockridge Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 24, and Route 13
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many restaurants on College Ave.
Car: recommended

Rockridge Area of Oakland offers easy access to SF and wine country. College Ave. shops, restaurants, BART to SF 15 min. walking distance; very close to UC Berkeley walking (2.5 miles) or 5 min. car ride. Custom home area, built in 1990s, but with traditional charm and many different architectural styles.

There are 3 public tennis courts at the end of our street, as well as a large park/field for soccer, softball/baseball. In the nearby hills, there are many hiking/biking trails in places like Tilden Park and Redwood Park.


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