About this listing
East facing studio w/private patio entrance in Castro Valley, an East Bay suburb 25 miles from San Francisco and 16 miles from Oakland. Castro Valley is surrounded by East Bay Regional Park land where a myriad of hiking trails are readily available. Off-street parking, real queen bed, kitchenette w/breakfast items, full bathroom, high speed internet. NO TV. Easy access to shopping, BART & freeway. Having a car is not necessary, but it makes getting around easier and more convenient.
Escape TV and life's intrusions and surrender to the privacy in this sunny garden studio which comfortably accommodates 2. It is your “home away from home" and offers needed respite after a magical day in “the city by the Bay” where you can add your heart to the millions that have been “left in San Francisco”.
Your east facing room has a sliding glass door out to your private garden patio overlooking a serene and beautiful garden. Outdoor seating includes a garden swing and is the perfect place to eat and/or drink an award winning California made wine or beer.
Quality coffee and tea will be waiting for you in your kitchenette. After shopping at a local market, you can “eat in” at your breakfast bar, or “eat out” on your patio table with umbrella shade.
This centrally located village is just 25 miles from San Francisco in the greater East Bay Area and offers a good variety of restaurants, shops, a movie theater, bowling & miniature golf. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is just 1.5 miles away. A 30 minute ride on BART will have you walking along the Embarcadero in SF en route to the Ferry Building Market Place, SOMA, Little Italy, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and much more!
The Oakland International Airport is only 3 BART stops from Castro Valley.
If you enjoy wine tasting, you'll be just a short drive to the Livermore Valley wineries which date back to the late 1800’s. Many of these wineries have garnered a multitude of prestigious awards.
If you decide to take a "day off", you can lounge in the garden under the tall California cedar trees or take a hike in several neighboring East Bay Regional Parks or paddle a kayak on nearby Lake Chabot.
Your private studio is equipped with high speed wireless internet (18Mbps), a DVD player (NO TV ~ enjoy the break!). Your real queen bed is fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets, a hypoallergenic microfiber comforter and down pillows. Your private bathroom has all of the amenities, including luxurious bath towels, cozy bath robes, toiletries and a hair dryer.
The kitchenette has a compact refrigerator, drip and French press coffee makers, an electric kettle for hot water, a bake/broil/convection toaster oven and a blender.
The lower garden area is yours to explore. The upper garden area is private and off-limits.
Interaction with guests
You’ll find a basket filled with ample information about restaurants and near-by attractions as well as maps of local Castro Valley & the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Use these references to plan further exploration and adventures during your stay
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chat with your host, Cheryl (a world traveler who enjoys hearing and telling a good travel story over a glass of wine), who can help you design a memorable stay to meet your needs. Cheryl lives upstairs and is accessible during your stay via text or phone call. She will never enter your space during your stay, unless invited or prearranged.
This centrally located studio will allow you to easily reach a multitude of Bay Area attractions. The village is surrounded by the East Bay Regional Park District with miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study. If you enjoy wine tasting, you will be just a short drive to the Livermore Valley wineries which date back to the late 1800’s, many of which have garnered a multitude of prestigious awards. Berkeley and Palo Alto are within easy reach if you want to visit the world renowned UC Berkeley and/or Stanford campuses. Both universities as well as Silicon Valley and the South Bay (San Jose) can be accessed by car. Note: Bay Area traffic is often heavy; thus, recommend that you take public transportation to/from Bay Area cities.
Public transportation via BART (1.5 miles away) and AC-transit (1/4 block away) are the best ways to get around. You can reach downtown San Francisco via BART in just 30 minutes without having to change trains. The Oakland International Airport is only 3 BART stops from Castro Valley, and the SFO International Airport can be accessed by BART in a little over 1 hour (note: you will have to change trains). The San Jose Airport is further away, although you can rent a car or hire a taxi to reach this property.
Other things to note
This studio is also accessible from either the San Francisco or San Jose International Airports. A car is not a necessity, but is nice to have during your stay so that you can explore further afield.
Maximum 1 week stay; 1-2 additional nights can be booked by special arrangement with host and will be billed at the nightly rate. A child between the ages of 5-12 will be considered, but must be discussed and arranged ahead of time, and a small additional nightly fee will be charged.
Absolutely NO SMOKING indoors or outdoors.
No pets. (There is a small dog on the premises who uses the upper yards. She is very friendly, loves people, and may visit you during your stay, although she is not allowed in your room).
Quiet hours 11 pm to 7 am.
Refundable security deposit ensures that you will take good care of the premises "treating it as your own" during your stay.
Check-in between 3pm-10pm (ETA must be arranged with host). A photo ID will be required upon check-in (domestic guests: a driver's license; international guests: passport). The key will be supplied at check-in. Check-out is by 11AM on the day of departure and the key must be returned at that time.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
The shortest distance between 2 people is a smile and authenticity. Listen fully, Laugh often, Walk daily, Live with your glass half full!