About this listing
This comfortable house is furnished with locally-made art/furniture and has lovely views of the garden, River Park, Mare Island, and San Pablo Bay. Relax on the ample deck with a glass of wine at sunset or linger there over your weekend brunch.
My house is available for your next Northern California getaway. Halfway between San Francisco and Napa/Sonoma wine country, this urban homestead offers unobstructed views of the Napa River and the Bay. It's on a quiet, leafy street in one of the oldest, coolest neighborhoods in historic Vallejo. I know all of my neighbors here, and it is a very friendly, caring neighborhood.
The house is great because:
(1) the mattresses are high quality and very comfortable. They have organic whipped rubber on the inside (instead of coils), topped with a dense layer of wool from organic, Sonoma Valley sheep.
(2) The views from the house are sweet. I have a beautiful deck from which you may enjoy your morning coffee or your evening wine.
(3) The house is clean, uncluttered, and comfortable.
(4) If you like local, organic food, you are in luck. Vallejo has a great Saturday farmers' market. During your stay, you are welcome to produce from my garden. Depending on when you come, there may be strawberries, artichokes, greens, corn, or tomatoes coming in from the backyard. The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, and the rest of it, so you can cook here too.
Interaction with Guests
I do not interact very much with my guests. I am sometimes present at the house to greet guests and show them around, or I may drop by after work to say hello. But sometimes, I just instruct guests how to get in, and we never even see each other.
I generally leave you alone, but if you need help or have a question, I am available by phone/text.
A building manager lives in a separate apartment on site. She can often help if needed during your stay.
Vallejo is a good home base because:
(1) It's an easy 50-minute ferry ride to the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco or Pier 41/Fisherman's Wharf.
(2) The weather here is the best in the Bay Area: at least 10 degrees warmer than San Francisco at all times, but not as hot as it is further inland.
(3) It's a 15 minute drive to downtown Napa, and a 20 minute drive to the Sonoma town square.
(4) Waterfront Vallejo is a birder's paradise. The San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge is right next door, and there's a River Park in front of the house. We are a major stop on the Pacific Flyway. I see red-tailed hawks, kestrels, owls, and peregrine falcons from my backyard, as well as the regular blue jays, robins, and LBJs.
(5) Vallejo is a cool place to explore if you are a history buff. Founded as California's state capital in 1850, Vallejo has several historical museums and the oldest Navy chapel in the Pacific (St. Peter's). Jack London was a member of the Vallejo Yacht Club here.
(6) There are outstanding restaurants to try in the area. In particular, Bull Valley Roadhouse and Michael Warring are perfect for special occasions, and I leave a longer list for all budgets when you arrive.
The ferry terminal is about one mile from the house. The San Francisco Bay Ferry goes to San Francisco Ferry Building every hour or two. There is also a transit center in downtown Vallejo, 1.5 miles away. There, you can catch the 80 bus to the nearest BART station ($5). The 80 bus leaves every 15 minutes during rush hour, every half hour the rest of the time.
Other Things to Note
There is wireless internet, but there is no TV in the house.
Also, I ask everyone to take their shoes off at the door. I prefer a shoes-off home.
I ask guests to take their shoes off at the door. I won't be there to make sure you comply, of course, but this rule is important to me because I have nice wool rugs and newly refinished wood floors. It makes the house easier to clean. So please pack your slippers and warm socks!
Smoking is not allowed inside. It is allowed in the backyard and deck, as long as you don't leave any evidence.
I expect guests to wash their dishes, pots, and pans at the end of their stay. No need to put them away -- just clean and in the drying rack or dishwasher is fine.