Welcome and relax in this comfortable, and updated Victorian beach house!
Alameda is a friendly, cool, historic East Bay Area town dating back to the 1800’s. Filled with many 100 year old Victorians, a sprawling beach, many parks, tree lined streets, friendly family neighborhoods, urban amenities and only 10 miles to San Francisco’s metropolitan center.
Boasting a whooping 97 Walkscore!! Our house is located East of Alameda's Park street district!
This lovely Alameda home is on a quiet tree-lined street in a kid and family friendly neighborhood close to everything! Only 2 BLOCKS from Alameda's historic Park Street district including boutique shopping, a multitude of restaurants (Burma Superstar, Pappo's, Scolari's, and Tucker's Ice Creamery), wine tasting (Alameda Wine Co.), coffee shops (Peet’s, Starbuck’s), parks (Lincoln and Jackson Park), bars (Lucky 13, HobNob), cultural events (Eagle’s Hall, Altarena Playhouse), and the recently resurrected 1932 art deco Alameda Movie Theater and Cineplex.
Our door is steps to public transportation for easy excursions to San Francisco (Transbay ‘O’ Bus line 30 min. ride), UC Berkeley Campus (AC Transit 51 bus), and the Oakland airport (Bus to Fruitvale Bart Station). Other modes of transportation include Bart and the Alameda Ferry which are pleasant inexpensive ways to get to San Francisco.
This idyllic location also very close to Alameda Beach for sunset strolls along the water, the Elsie Roemer bird sanctuary where you can walk a trail along the shoreline and watch birds, Southshore outdoor mall, grocery stores ( Nob Hill, Trader Joe's and Safeway's), and Chuck Corica Municipal Golf Course.
Across town you will find Rosenblum Winery, Rockwall Winery, St. George’s Spirit’s Hanger One vodka distillery, Alameda Point Antique Faire, and the Pacific Pinball Museum.
Monterey and Carmel are a 2 hours drive and Napa and Sonoma Valley are only a 1 hour drive away.
Our charming, and inviting Victorian is four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is well appointed, with thoughtful decor and comfort in mind. It has a brand new state of the art kitchen with everything you could need, plus a huge island for socializing with friends and family. The living room, kitchen and dining area are open concept. Attached to the dinning areas is an indoor outdoor living room for lounging, or family game night and leads you to the ourdoor brick patio for BBQ's and relaxing. The outdoor space boost an almost fully secluded fenced in backyard with table, umbrella, chairs and of course a gas BBQ grill. ! Alfresco living!
Back in the main house and down a short hallway leads you to the bathrooms and two of the bedrooms. The other bedrooms and living area is upstairs. All of the bedrooms are chosen for comfort; comfortable mattresses, 500 count plus sheet sets and blackout curtains. Both downstairs bedrooms, (one has a california king bed and queen in the other) have French doors that lead to the backyard. The second floor is a large flat divided into two rooms and three living areas. The first room has a twin bed and a crib. The second room is a very large bedroom divided into two sections, the first section has a twin futon with a TV and the second area has a queen size bed where the TV is also visable.
The house is equip with wireless WiFi internet and UVerse AT&T cable TV.
There are ample extra supplies, such as a queen and toddler sized aero bed air mattress, bedding, towels and pillows. Other baby and toddler items available; baby/child car seat, high chair, stroller, pack and play crib, booster seats, toys, books and puzzles available also.
Our objective is to have our Guests feel comfortable using what is made available. What you see in our pictures is what you get. Most of our cabinets are unlocked and usable for clothing and storage. Pantry space and the Fridge is cleared out for your cooking ingredients. Use the updated appliances for your next family meal.
You have access to two parking spots in the driveway and on the street parking.
We have a front yard and a back yard for a get together while the sun is shining. You may sit in our front stairs or bench and meet the neighbors or hang out at our tables and benches in the back and grill some good eats. We encourage you make yourself at home.
Interaction with Guests
I always like to meet those that book with us. It's a great way to show them the house, their access. Even for a brief time before you get settled in I like to make an impression that we do this to meet people and show them Alameda and how great it is.
I love I can walk to the coffee shop around the corner, pick up the national paper, see friendly faces along the way, and it is still so quiet. I take the sidewalk whenever I can, or a bike on our expanded streets with bike lanes. Alameda means streets with trees and they are everywhere, the City has had crews of tree trimmers come this past Summer and cleaned them all up. I think it is truly beautiful.
There are several bus stops within two blocks that will take you to downtown San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and much more. The Bart (Subway) and the Ferry are two other options for you. You are not limited to getting in your car and driving here. A taxi is also available as a pick up from the Airport or Bart.
Crist Street House Rules
If something broke, was damaged, isn’t working, during your stay, call us immediately.
If you are unsure how to use an appliance or a problem arises, call us.
Keep large food partials out of garbage disposal, to avoid backups. Only use the garbage disposal for small soft food particles.
The wine in the wine fridge is not to be touched.
The wine in the wine rack is $10 a bottle which you can leave in the Mason jar.
To prevent mildew, hand dry the laundry washer door after usage and keep the door open to dry help it dry.
Wipe up puddles on floor after showering, so no one slips.
Let us know if you are in the need of replenishing the toilet paper, paper towels, body lotion, shampoo or conditioner.
Please hang towels only in bathroom after usage.
Take luggage upstairs by hand so the paint on the stairs doesn’t get nicked.
No shoes on the carpeted flooring upstairs area.
Please keep all curtains closed and doors locked when the house isn’t occupied.
Read the books but please don’t take any home with you.
Leave all menus, maps and other Alameda guides for the enjoyment of our next guests.
Do NOT use the wood fireplace in the outdoor space, it’s broken.
Please keep the noise levels down after 10 pm.
No smoking in the house.
Smoking is ok in the back or front yards but because it is very dry, use a bowl or ashtray and make certain your cigarette is fully extinguished.
Put all used sheets in the washer and run it before check out.
Put the remainder of your dishes is the dish washer and run it before check out.
This was my second time booking this home for my in-laws. They were visiting from Italy to see my wife and I for the holidays. Everything was just right, from the cleanliness, to the copious cooking gear, to the neighborhood, and even the neighbors themselves! I would highly recommend this place, as it's perfect for larger groups that want to stay together.
Chris is an excellent host. He welcomed us showing us around and explaining how things work. It is a lovely house with plenty of space for our party of 4 adults and 2 children. Having equipment like a crib and high chair was particularly useful for the baby, while our 4 year old granddaughter loved the fact there were toys and books to read. The area is really good, close to restaurants and shops, but on a quiet street.
Chris was a great host, even checking in with us after the Napa earthquake which we did feel. The house was charming, updated and had lots of seating in the living room for the 6 of us. It was comfortable and homey. I wish we had more time to check out the town because what we did see was very cute. Thanks for your hospitality Chris.
Wonderful house close to shops and restaurants. My husband and I had driven from Albuquerque for a family reunion and we really appreciated being able to walk to dinner or for coffee. House is child friendly with a gate to use at the base of the one flight of stairs. Chris had flowers on the kitchen counter and wine available. Overall a very good experience.
This house was so cute! They have done such a nice job updating and adding on and still keeping the original charm. The kitchen looked like it was right off HGTV. Everything was spotless and perfectly ready for a house full of guests. The location was really easy to find - near all the cute downtown shops of Alameda. I would definitely recommend this location for a family vacation spot that could easily host a big group. We also loved the enclosed porch on the side with the fireplace. Great hang out room for kids. Chris was super easy to work with and responded quickly to any questions I had.
Chris was a very likeable person, extremely helpful and willing to assist no matter what. His house is really lovely and located in a very nice quiet part of Alameda. There is plenty of space for any large family and those who may have children there is ample of garden space for them to run around securely. If you don't want to hire a car, there is a good bus service located within a 5 minute walk which will also take you to the local BART station in Fruitvale to catch the train to San Francisco. I would highly recommend this property to anyone who is visiting the San Francisco area, who doesn't want to be in the main hustle and bustle of a big city but would like to be close but be a little more rural. I would also recommend this property for not only the location but also the excellent support and friendliness of our host, Chris.
I am east coast native and love the year round life style in the Bay Area. I have a growing family including my beautiful wife and two kids Charlie and Adeline. When I am not being the best dad in the world, I play golf and enjoy home poker tournaments. Food is a great way to spend time with family and friends and I frequently eat a wide selection of ethnic foods like Thai, Vietnamese, and German to name a few. I am a easy to talk to, down to earth guy and have an attention for details in regards to my rental property. I hope you will come and join us!