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The island of Alameda is considered by some as the hidden gem of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Your hosts have turned their circa 1890s detached carriage house and stable into a welcoming garden cottage. This tastefully appointed guest spot is perfect for a quiet getaway or extended academic or corporate visit.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, you are just walking distance from Park Street, Alameda's central shopping district. Here you'll find everything you need....antique shops, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and the newly renovated Alameda Theatre. Less than a mile away you'll find a pristine beach park with stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.
Want to head into 'The City'? You are just 25 minutes away from all SF has to offer. We are close to the Alameda ferry, AC Transit and BART. A quick drive over the Bay Bridge drops you right into the heart of downtown San Francisco.
The Carriage House: The owners have spent decades collecting antiques and designing interiors and have used their talents to create a comfortable,quiet vacation space for those who appreciate a green way of living.
Virtually every item, from floor to ceiling is recovered or recycled in some way.
The Garden: The bungalow is covered by a gorgeous and legendary Wisteria tree that is the star of the spring season.
The practice of 'Living Green' extends to the lush surrounding gardens. Old San Francisco cobblestones, recovered copper downspouts and perfectly placed architectural elements create a serene garden so creative you'd think you were on a movie set.
A Coi pond that is sometimes visited by elegant egrets, sits just outside the bungalow door. The garden is surrounded by three small aviaries that house small families of canaries. Their song and the sound of flowing water will lull you while you read a book in the sun on your own private patio.
The Neighborhood & Beyond: Developed in the late 1800s as a beach resort community, the modern day version still holds much of it's charm from the early 20th century.
Take a drive through the different neighborhoods and you'll see beautiful examples of California architecture. Perfectly restored Victorians share the same street with cute California Bungalows and Craftsman style homes.
The talents of your hosts, John and Arthur, have appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and in a series of books on Arts & Crafts bungalows by Paul Duchscherer – The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow and Outside the Bungalow. Their business, House of Orange, specializes in European Arts & Crafts furnishings, and some of their most outstanding pieces are now in the homes of local collectors who have become close friends over the years.
Their carriage house – circa 1890, has been turned into a garden guest cottage – and except for a few planks, tiles and a sofa bed, the cottage and its contents are all recycled in some way. The wood interior and exterior siding are bits and pieces from old projects, and with their creative eye, all the pieces work: as ceiling and wall sections, windowsills, door jambs, storage closets - you name it!
Their recycling even extends to the surrounding yard. Reclaimed copper downspouts from the roof divert rainwater into the koi pond and an existing well. The outdoor lighting is on a sensor to save energy, and old lanterns were rewired as lamps. Chimney liners were turned into water features and pulley hooks into sturdy plant hangers. All plants need little to no watering and bloom beautifully.
Wisteria Cottage – a name given to it by friends and guests – may be small, but every idea John and Arthur used was big on result and can easily translate on an even grander scale. They provide decorating, remodeling and landscaping services and advice.
John and Arthur are called the “Green Giants” because they are all about reducing, reusing and recycling in a BIG and BEAUTIFUL way. Whether shopping at thrift stores for clothing, repaving their driveway with old cobblestones from a San Francisco street, or resurfacing floors with reclaimed wood, they make mindful and creative use of materials with spectacular results!
John & Arthur
Imagine our excitement coming to Alameda to visit our beautiful new Granddaughter Audrey Lane. So great!
And then...What a bonus to be lucky enough to stay here at Wisteria Cottage.
We could never have imagined the beauty and magic that lay within.
We loved Exploring the cottage upon our late arrival & entering the garden the following morning just took our breath away. You can feel the love, heart and soul that has gone into creating and maintaining this masterpiece.
We are so glad you two listened to you friends and decided to share Wisteria Cottage with others and we feel so special to part of the lucky few who have experienced her magic.
Thank you so much, and we hope to see you again soon.
Bruce & Shelly
The cottage is adorable, comfortable, and serene, and John and Arthur paid so much attention paid to the small details that can make a difference when travelling! For example: lots of light, and reading lights and night tables on BOTH sides of the bed (amazing how many places have them only one one side!); Peet's coffee beans and a coffee grinder; lots of bed pillows; thick towels, and plenty of them; comfortable mattress; plenty of storage space in the bathroom; fabulous garden. Alameda is a quiet town on an island adjacent to Oakland, and it is unusual for the Bay Area in that it has charm without being precious. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
What a wonderful place to stay. It is just beautiful and peaceful. Such a cozy and well kept place. I totally recommend it.
Lovely little cottage. Our 2nd time to stay there will stay again in the summer when we come back. Has every thing we need or want. We highly recommend this little cottage
What a enchanting and beautiful cottage. From the moment you walk through the gate to the cottage, you enter a peaceful and beautiful world.
The cottage is charming (I especially loved the fireplace). The details are amazing. You have everything you need - nothing is overlooked.
And the garden! Wow! So beautiful and charming. Every few steps brought another surprise. And I loved feeding the fish. Our only disappointment - we were there in December and the wisteria was not in bloom. Hopefully, our next visit to Alameda will be in spring or summer.
Wisteria Cottage is in an ideal location - just a short walk to Park Street and all the shops and restaurants.
John and Arthur are wonderful hosts. So kind and gracious; always concerned about our needs. We enjoyed our conversations with them. We look forward to seeing them on our next visit.
The Wisteria Cottage is a delight. This was our second attempt at staying here and we are so happy that we were able to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving in Alameda. The garden is delightful with artist flare. Huge Stag Horn ferns, orchids, and of course the magnificent Wisteria vine that grows on the cottage. The Koi pond is peaceful and it was fun to be able to feed the fish. The bed linens were amazing!
Our hosts made sure that all our needs were thought of and met. I hope we will be able to return in the Spring when all is in bloom.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
If you must cancel, our cancellation policy is as follows:
- Within 30 days of arrival date = 50% will be refunded.
- 30 days or longer from time of arrival = 100% will be refunded.