East facing, private entry from your own patio.Private, street level entrance w/motion sensor lighting.


Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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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.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: $40
Security Deposit: $100
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: $95 / night
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Description

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

The neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

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.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

50 Reviews


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Lori User Profile
August 2016
Cheryl provided me with a warm welcome, and I immediately felt at home! The continental breakfast items in the lovely kitchenette were convenient to prepare each morning. The studio was well appointed, private and clean. The quiet surroundings were an added bonus. If you're looking for a first class accomodation, that feels like home, look no further--Cheryl is an excellent host!

Aaron User Profile
June 2016
My stay here was perfect! Super cozy and Cheryl went above and beyond with making sure my stay was as comfortable as possible. I highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in the area.
Cheryl User Profile
Response from Cheryl:
Thanks Aaron ~ for such a glowing review. Glad to accommodate. Sure hope your time in Big Sur was all you desired.
June 2016

Rayannah User Profile
June 2016
Cheryl was awesome giving my husband a place to stay during a very intense work week. She got him breakfast and was super flexiable about the key drop off. My husband loved the space.
Cheryl User Profile
Response from Cheryl:
Thank you Rayannah. Glad all worked out well for Dmitry, and he is welcome to return anytime needed and the space is available. Hope to meet you someday.
June 2016

Maryum User Profile
June 2016
Cheryl was a wonderful host, made sure my friend and I were comfortable. We always looked forward to going back to 'serenity' since it was so relaxing. We never took the bus from her place nor drove, but cabs are readily available to go to the Bart station. Breakfast and the patio were fantastic! Hope to go again some day.
Cheryl User Profile
Response from Cheryl:
Thank you, Maryum, for your lovely review. You and Haneen are always welcome back when visiting the Bay Area!
June 2016

Silvina User Profile
May 2016
Cheryls apartment is really beautiful and has everything you need!!. It is even better than what the pictures show. Very comfortable place, with a big bed and a very nice "patio" that we couldnt use as the weather was cold. She also provided us with things for our breakfast, she texted us asking what kind of jam and bread we like. The neighbourhood is very quiet, but has shops, restaurants etc. We really enjoyed our stay at Cheryls apartment. It was a good choice!! Thanks Cheryl!!
Cheryl User Profile
Response from Cheryl:
Thank you Silvina! Such a glowing review, which I certainly appreciate. Whenever you're back for a visit to the SF/Bay Area, please keep "Serenity" in mind. In the meantime, enjoy your other travels.
May 2016

Mordechay User Profile
March 2016
A very pleasant place to stay while visiting in Castro Valley.
Cheryl User Profile
Response from Cheryl:
You are welcome back anytime you're in the area and my place is available.
March 2016

Sanjeev User Profile
October 2015
It was a great studio. Quite as described. Cheryl was a very responsive host. Would highly recommend.
Cheryl User Profile
Response from Cheryl:
Thank you Sanjeev. You're welcome back anytime you're in the area. Happy Thanksgiving!
October 2015

Castro Valley, California, United States · Joined in June 2012
Cheryl User Profile

The shortest distance between 2 people is a smile and authenticity. Listen fully, Laugh often, Walk daily, Live with your glass half full!

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