2 Bedroom/2 Bath condo located along San Francisco Bay.
About Ann Sanders
The owners, Ann Sanders & Deborah Heller, both retired, are bi-coastal. We also have a home in Boston, MA. When we are here, we enjoy spending time with grandchildren and friends. The Bay area is beautiful, with lots to offer, no matter what your interests are. When we're not here, we look forward to having guests enjoy our home.
Ann Sanders purchased this Condo in 2012
Why Ann Sanders chose Marina Bay
We were attracted to the unit because of the 2 BR/2BA, lovely patio, fireplace, and parking right outside the front door. It is sunny and bright, has comfortable space with privacy if friends come to visit or 2 couples choose to rent. We also like the opportunities for walking, swimming (two pools and hot tubs) and a well equipped gym. In addition, it has easy access to San Francisco & other East Bay communities, as well as wine country to the north. Lots of good shopping and restaurants in Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito and Richmond, an easy car ride away. San Francisco is 25-30 minutes away. There are BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations 10-15 minutes away, which provide an alternative to driving to San Francisco.
What makes this Condo unique
The condo is a corner unit with parking right out front. It is comfortably furnished with Cable TV, wireless. The kitchen is equipped for people who like to cook and the outside patio is great for breakfast on a sunny morning. Benefits also include quiet neighborhood, pool, hot tub & fitness center plus 24-hour security. Wood burning fireplace in unit, mature trees, bay shore walks, beaches, parks, fishing, ships/tugboat viewing in harbor, extensive Bay Trail, short distance to local restaurants, picnics & BBQ on Monument Green, off-leash dog walking at Pt. Isabel, live theater & museums. Sailboats/kayaks are easily launched into the protected harbor and guided trips to nearby islands are possible via East Bay Regional Park system.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Close to Perfect!
The only thing that would’ve made this stay completely perfect was if we didn’t have to move again!! Ann’s space was spacious, bright, airy and completely stocked with everything you could ever want. BONUS is that this is a downstairs unit and there is disabled parking right outside of the door! This was amazing for my husband and I who both have physical limitations. The communication with Ann was stellar and we truly felt at home during our home transition. Thank you SO much for allowing us to stay in your home and for making our stay as comfortable as possible.
It was a pleasure to share our home with you and your husband! We’re very glad you enjoyed your stay and that you found everything to your liking. We wish you the best going forward!
Ann & Deborah
Great location. Convenient to San Francisco and major cities in East Bay but remote enough to t
The condo was very comfortable and well furnished. Condition on arrival was immaculate. Pantry was well stocked with utensils spices and staples.Ann Sanders was the consummate host and very helpful prior to our arrival,
We spent the month visiting family in San Francisco and the East Bay. Took one day drive to Carmel and overnight drives to Yosemite
So glad you had a good visit!
We look forward to having you return.
Best place we have ever stayed, we were sad to leave.
The place was spacious and well stocked. The area was beautiful and everyone was friendly. Our dog loved taking her walks on the trail by the bay. Full cable package and good Internet. Area is as safe as they get. Hottub was just acrossed the parking lot. I worked in Berkeley while there and my commute was always under 30 min. We were there for three months and it felt like home(we move every 3 months for work so that is saying something) would stay again.
So glad you enjoyed your stay!! You're welcome back any time!
My friend and I are travel nurses and this place was perfect for our stay, we would have loved to stay longer. The fully stocked kitchen was great and the binder of information was such a great reference for places to go and eat during our stay. There are multiple amenities on the property. Would definitely come back!
Great Northern California Vacation Location
We stayed cool during August 2015 at Marina Bay, Richmond, CA. We arrived at the condo to find all of the comforts and conveniences of home as promised - a beautiful, spacious and comfortable home for the month. The amenities at the complex there and the miles of the beautiful walking and biking path along the bay made it a perfect vacation spot even without all of the tourist attractions of Northern California. For us the condo was centrally located as we alternated between days in the city and some of its suburbs (especially Berkeley and Oakland) and the various attractions of wine country, redwood forests, coastal drives, or just regrouping at Marina Bay and away from the crowds of tourists. FasTrack lanes, BART, and timing our travel to avoid heavy traffic times made navigating the area much easier than expected. We loved "our" Richmond Bridge as well as the Golden Gate, but remained more cautious when it came to the Bay Bridge. We do recommend bringing your bicycles, if you cycle, so you can really get to know the immediate area - we counted at least 7 park areas and the marina along the bay trail in Marina Bay, plus the Rosie the Riveter National Monument, and somewhat further down the trail, the Rosie the Riveter National Museum - both were well worth our time. Grocery and drug stores and a variety of nearby restaurants were convenient for us on the days we chose not to travel afar. We had a wonderful, memorable, cool weather summer month (but not cold) and hope to go back again someday.
So glad you enjoyed your stay and all the wonderful things there are to do both steps away and a short drive or BART trip away. We're always happy to know that people who stay at our place are able to relax & have a good time. Thanks for letting us know!
Great condo but not an ideal location
We spent the month of June at this condo with our two young children. The condo complex is very lovely with a nice pool right outside the condo and a terrific greenway right behind the condo. The condo is very comfortable with nice furnishings and accommodating kitchen. The Bay Trail is amazing and we spent hours on it each day and evening. You are a 2 minute walk from the Bay and a view of SF on a clear day.
The drawbacks for us were that this complex and unit are not very kid friendly and it is far from everything. The drivers in this complex drive very fast - there are very few children in this complex and the unit itself is not decorated for a family. We had to pack away a ton of stuff when we got there to make sure it was safe from our kids accidentally breaking anything.
However, the biggest disadvantage of this unit is the distance from everything. You are only 18 miles from SF but the traffic is horrible so you decide to take the train. Well, from parking lot to the El Cerrito BART stop to the Embarcadaro stop in SF is 50 minutes (so that is nearly 2 hours round trip by train to SF). You do not want to use the Richmond train station - it is scary. The El Cerrito BART stop is about 2 minutes further away and much nicer but the parking lot fills up by 7 am so you have to park in the shopping center and walk over, then you take a 30 minute train ride (after you buy your tickets and wait for the train) so it takes a total of 50 minutes one way - this makes for a long day especially since once you get there you have a good walk ahead of you.
Also, the Marina Bay community is beautiful with paths, a playground, nicely landscape common areas, and beautiful homes and condos but once you leave this area it is ugly!! The community is surrounded by industrial complexes and once you pass that you want to lock your door. We thought the area was very unattractive.
Overall, the complex was lovely but the general area was anything but that. We would recommend this unit to a couple with no kids and people with older children. Happy Travels!!
I'm glad you enjoyed the bay path & other amenities the condo complex provides. However, I am a bit puzzled by your comments about our condo not being child-friendly. You and I had a lengthy conversation about this in which I emphasized that the condo is not set up for small children and we state that clearly in the VRBO/HomeAway description. You said that that was not a problem inasmuch as you travel with your small children all the time.
And, yes, traffic in to San Francisco can be frustrating, so we feel fortunate to have BART stops so close. Our experience on BART has been favorable, including finding a parking space. Sounds like the time you were there was extremely busy. And, unfortunately, as I explained, the main road to our condo is closed due to a major construction project, therefore the detours do go through areas that are more industrial.
Thanks for taking good care of our condo.
Marina Bay segment of San Francisco Bay Trail easily accessible for walkers, bikers, skaters. Get to Berkeley campus about 20 minutes by bike.
Point Richmond restaurants and shops.
Great ethnic restaurants.
Point Isabel Regional Park.
World War II Home Front National Historic Park.
Rosie the Riveter National Park.