Welcome to Bay Terrace, a quaint and historic neighborhood on the banks of the Napa River. My whole house is available; it sits in front of a small fruit tree orchard, vegetables, and beehives. I live a few blocks away and tend to the house and garden when needed.
House: The house has two real bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed, one with a double bed, plus a third smaller room which has a loveseat. There is an extra long REI camping cot in the closet if you need a third bedroom for one person. The cot is not a "real bed," but it is comfortable and accommodates adults or kids. The house also has a light-filled dining room, a bathroom with deep bathtub/shower, an upright piano, three decks, a gas BBQ grill, a fireplace and wood, and a spacious, stocked kitchen (oil, spices, pots, pans, etc all provided). There is a TV with antenna for local stations or to plug your computer into to watch movies, but I do not have cable. Central heating, washer/dryer, and wireless internet. The whole house is spotlessly clean, and there are clean linens and towels ready for you.
Location: Bay Terrace neighborhood sits at the foot of the Napa Valley, right where the Napa River meets the San Pablo Bay. If you like birds, this place is paradise. We are right next to the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge, and the wetlands all around Vallejo are a stop on the Pacific Flyway where birds rest on their annual migrations. In fact, every February Vallejo hosts the Annual SF Bay Flyway Festival (look it up!) Last year, a pair of Great Horned Owls nested in the redwood tree next to my backyard, and I often see barn owls, raptors, woodpeckers, bluebirds, robins, hawks, and a lot of little birds I can't identify around my backyard and in the neighborhood. The locals say that Rudyard Kipling lived here for a time, and he said that Vallejo had the best sunsets of anywhere he'd been in the whole world. I believe it.
Getting Around: The house is in a neighborhoody neighborhood. It's a 20 minute drive to Napa or Sonoma wine country, 20 miles (30 min) to Berkeley, and 30 miles (45 minutes with no traffic) to San Francisco. From the house, it's 1.5 miles to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal where there is ample free parking and you can take a 55-minute ferry or even faster bus directly to San Francisco. It's 10 minutes to the lovely town of Benicia which offers antiquing and fine dining, 12 minutes to Infineon Raceway, 5 minutes to California Maritime Academy and numerous historical museums, 10 minutes to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Amusement Park, and 5 minutes to Mare Island, the former Naval Shipyard. Mare Island is now home to Touro University Medical School, the USDA Forest Service offices, and St Peter's Chapel, the oldest Naval Chapel in the nation.
1. Security deposit: $100 (held by AirBnB, returned 48-hours after your departure)
2. Cleaning fee: $30
3. No smoking inside.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$690 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2400 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Our experience with renting a home from Amanda was nothing but positive. We were faced with some complicated issues regarding our visit to Vallejo, but nothing that we threw at Amanda seem to flummox her; she provided us with a pleasant and comfortable home for our stay and was willing to work with us as we worked through our crazy schedule. We have rented many homes for vacations in the past, but Amanda, through her personal concern and involvement, made this the best home rental experience we have ever had.
While we didn't meet Amanda during our stay, we have frequently exchanged emails and Amanda responded to all our questions. Her house is charming and clean. We appreciated the fact that she turned on the porch light which helped navigate to the door when we arrived late at night. We liked the fresh flowers and honey that she left for us. The fire place was ready with fire woods and pines cones; however, smokes may get back to the rooms if the furnace was on. We enjoyed our stay at her house and would do it again.
Amanda's house is gorgeous and well cared for. I especially loved the classic hardwood floors (they just don't make homes like that anymore). Her communication skills are wonderful and clear. It's a nice neighborhood just two minutes from downtown Vallejo. Her location made it easy for me to work at two locations at once and I want to thank her once again. I'd love to stay again one day!
Amanda is a great hostess. We enjoyed the homemade honey and fresh fruit. It was a great house and plenty of room for four adults. Great information for places to see along with a short jump to Napa it was our wine lovers delight! Hope to visit again.
The house is spacious, four of us and our dog were comfortable. Two beds, simple but comfortable. There is a deck off each of the bedrooms, the "master"? bedroom has a slider door and deck with stairs down to the fenced yard, its a rather large deck considering the location, and somewhat private again considering you are in such an urban environment. We cooked a few meals there and found the necessary pans etc to get by, nothing extravagant but nothing was missed. The floors are mostly wood/laminate which was easy to maintain and clean looking. The appliances were rather new although I didnt see a washer and dryer as I thought was listed. I enjoyed cooking on the gas cooktop/oven. The tv is small 22" ? but adequate, note there is no cable/dish just as Amanda clearly describes. The back yard is large (maybe 60' x 40') with various fruit trees and private. We didnt see a single neighbor in our three nights there, its a very quiet neighborhood. The neighbors dogs could be a bit annoying but nothing out of the ordinary. Location is good we felt safe and secure. A mile or two east there are most basic options for fast food and stores walmart etc. Although the house is in a clean older hilltop neighborhood, the area where these stores, a couple miles away, seemed a bit shady to me and I would choose to avoid after dark with my family. Discovery Kingdom is just a 5-10 minute easy drive. The ferry building is just down the hill a few minute drive. I hope to reutrn with my family as it was comfortable, private, close to amusement park and ferry to "the city", reasonably priced and spacious.
Amanda's home was perfect for our family of three. We had several events in Benicia, Concord and Walnut Creek and Amanda's home was a good base location for all. The house was bigger than pictured online so that was a nice surprise. Big backyard, large kitchen and living room and although in an older neighborhood, we felt quite safe.
Amanda made it easy to check in, provided information about stores and restaurants nearby and checked with us by phone to be sure all was okay.
Clean and spacious home, apple and pear trees in backyard and neighborhood was quiet. We would certainly stay there again on our next visit to California.
Amanda's home was spacious and bed was very comfortable! It was so wonderful to have the whole place to ourselves and be able to spread out. Amanda left some wonderfully delicious goodies from her garden and they were definitely highlights to our breakfast!
Awesome place. Very spacious and super clean. Conveniently located near ferry to San Francisco, and at the foot of Napa valley. I haven't met Amanda but she was a gracious host. She answered our email questions very quickly, left us fresh honey and eggs, as well as some fresh vegetables. Will definitely stay again if we're in the area!! (Stayed in late July 2013.)
Amanda's lovely home was peaceful, clean, and in a great location - close to the Bay area, 20 mins from Napa and 30 mins from Sonoma. It was centrally located and affordable for that area. My husband and I enjoyed having a kitchen to cook in and a choice of 3 different porches to sit on at night. It was great having a house all to ourselves as well. I would strongly recommend staying in Amanda's lovely home if you ever find yourself in the Bay area.
This place was great. It is basic (so if you're looking for a 5* hotel experience, this is not here), but everything we could have needed was there. We used this place as the base for wine tasting and all places were at most an hour away and most within 30 minutes.
We would definitely stay here again!