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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 nights


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:
July 26, 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
  • 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.


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Sunny Rockridge Hills Custom House with Beautiful Outdoor Patio Spaces
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful Family Gathering During Graduation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I invited our extended family to the Bay Area to attend our son's graduation from Berkeley. Everything about Margaret's house was perfect. It's a great location, plenty of room to entertain, and the house has a charm and warmth that made every event memorable. Outside the house is also fantastic, with flowers, plants, and landscaping that made our party with our son's friends a real treat for everybody. Margaret brought the beautiful outdoors in by putting fresh cut flowers in nearly every room. Finally, Margaret did everything she could to help us with restaurants and local information to make sure our stay was good all around in the Bay Area. Our only complaint was that we couldn't stay longer.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bryan, Thank you for your great review. We are so happy it was a wonderful time for all. We are very lucky to have such caring guests. Margaret
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Grand Slam Home Run!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented Margaret and Denis's home for three nights for our daughter and her husband and their 6 children, ages 11-17. It was perfect for them - the right size (no easy matter for this family!), excellent furnishings and linens, well-supplied with basics and extras like a bottle of very nice wine and lovely flowers. Everything worked to perfection! The hit for the kids and the adults was the back yard: beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, and great lawn furniture. Our daughter had several high school friends over for tea one day and they were mighty impressed. As the person responsible for making the arrangements, I commend Margaret for being responsive and businesslike in our dealings, including letting us see the property before committing, in the contract and the deposit refund. We will definitely rent this home again when the need arises.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We were very happy to accommodate your family, and they took great care of the house. Glad everyone had a good time and were able to celebrate your birthday.
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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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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.


Rates & Availability

Upper Rockridge House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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

Prefer bank transfer. If payment is made by credit card - 2.97% fee is split between renter and owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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