Wooded Hideaway Close to Everything

House - Entire home/apt · Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95864, United States
Your host, Mike
11 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

If you are a single executive traveler, couple or family small or large, and you're looking for a short term rental with all the comforts of home, which is fun and possesses unusual charm and functional utility, look no further. This furnished craftsmanly two-story bungalow has all the charm of its 1920s architecture, the efficiency of an uncompromising complete remodel and the fun of unique musical art. It's a great combination.

The bungalow is about 2000 sq feet, superbly appointed with a musical theme and ideally located in the middle of (website hidden) has two bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs, with a bath on each floor. Upstairs bedrooms have queen beds, dressers, closets and are deeply colored and very relaxing.

Both downstairs bedrooms have french doors to the garden. One has two twin beds, night stands, dresser and closet with The other bedroom has a queen bed, dresser, bookshelf, small closet and reading lamps.

Both bathrooms have cherry cabinets with granite countertops and porcelain sinks. The upstairs bath includes a jetted tub/shower, the downstairs bath has a full-sized shower with cornerless heavy glass and two sinks. We keep a plentiful supply of towels on hand as well as a few toiletries, typically toothbrushes & toothpaste, shampoo and bodywash.

The house was recently rebuilt from the frame up, including all electric, plumbing, walls, cabinets, staircase, fixtures and appliances and all the windows except the front four. There is an abundance of natural wood everywhere, from the hand-rubbed custom doors to the carefully mitered baseboards and crown molding. Cherry cabinets and granite countertops grace the kitchen and bathrooms. It is a highly-pleasurable place to be in. It is heart-warming to see an old house looking so smart, and we keep it spotless.

It is also close to everything. Dozens of high-quality restaurants in all price ranges are within a mile radius. We've eaten at most of them and would be happy to recommend. There is a Whole Foods two miles away and great Italian, French, Nouveau Chinese literally 50 yards up the street. The American River is about a half-mile and Cal Expo and Sacramento State are within two miles. The Capitol is about five and the airport is 20 miles, around 1/2 hour. Lake Tahoe is 100 miles east and San Francisco is 80 miles west.

The bungalow is also close to Watt Ave and Highway 50, but you wouldn't know it. It is on a large lot with dozens of trees and a large rustic greenbelt that makes it very private. It is perfect for working alone or relaxing with family or friends, and its location in one of Sacramento's most secure neighborhoods insures peace of mind.

It's a wonderful place for a dinner party, whether you are a beginner or a gourmet. The granite and cherry kitchen is fully-equipped, state of the art and all-Kitchenaid, including a large french door interior-dispensing refrigerator, five-burner gas cooktop with large-btu center burner and powerful exhaust fan, large wall oven and microwave with convection feature and dishwasher. The kitchen sink is a white Kohler enameled cast iron with their dandy half-height smart divider and the Delta faucet is very well designed. There is also a KitchenAid mixer, Cuisinart Food Processor, electric kettle, coffeemaker, blender, 4-slice toaster and Belgian waffle maker. It's a really fun kitchen to cook in. The island is also perfect to lay out the take out, if you're not into cooking!

The large mission-styled dining set accommodates eight diners and there are place-settings, flatware and stemware for at least eight on hand.

The living room has a comfy American Standard leather sofa, a corduroy armchair and jump chair. The TV is a 37" Panasonic HDTV and Blue Ray DVD player. Comcast is our cable and Internet provider. Apple TV is installed if you want to access the many channels available, or stream content from your iPhone or Android over the wireless network.

The office has a small desk/table, executive chair, stylish guest chairs and a large secretary, which contains many volumes of excellent music and film biographies and reference books. There is also a wireless Canon printer which is network-enabled.

The entire house is adorned with music-related art, including a large signed silkscreen of John Van Hamersveld's iconic "Endless Summer," a number of '60s posters and handbills from the Fillmore and the Avalon; some great vintage Sacramento concert posters and a bunch more silkscreens, original art pieces and chromelin proofs. Many were created for Tower Records' Pulse! Magazine, where I used to work. There are also some interesting original Tower-oriented pieces, including art used in Tower's London grand opening and a decoupaged story about the shoppers at Tower Sunset from the 1971 L.A. Times. They are a lot of fun and beautiful, too. I have lots of interesting music objects that I rotate in, out and around the house, so there should always be some surprises.

The location is in the Arden Park/Willaggen area, one of Sacramento's most desirable neighborhoods, on a private lane. The house is surrounded by trees and overlooks a rustic greenbelt complete with a seasonal creek. There is also a fully-furnished studio cottage on the property available.

Rest assured we are committed to your complete satisfaction. Let us know what you need to make your stay perfect.

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Mike Farrace
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Guest Access

The entire home.

Interaction with Guests

I am always available and enjoy answering questions and helping with anything I can, but I do not live on site and interaction is usually minimal.

The Neighborhood

It's one of Sacramento's nicest neighborhoods, with excellent retail in all directions, top notch dining within a hundred yards, numerous parks and the super fine American river is less than a half-mile walk.

Getting around

Depends where you're going. You can access a bus stop about 1/4 mile from here, which isn't bad. It's great for some destinations and not as good for others. Ask me and I'll figure out a bus route for you if you need to take the bus.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: $25 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1650 /week
Security Deposit: $500
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • My family's stay at Mike's wooded hideaway was fantastic! The photos do really show off the house, but, to see it up close was such a treat--- Mike's rock n' roll art and book collection were fascinating, and kept everyone busy. He was a very friendly and generous host and we had a cool conversation one afternoon about his amazing career. The beds were super comfortable, towels fluffy, kitchen appliances were all great (not to mention, a very well stocked kitchen too--- didn't want for anything) and the wooded lot was peaceful, even though it is close to a busy road!

    We all went out to Sacramento for my nephew's college graduation and now we must find another reason to get back out there at some point so we can stay in this wonderful house again--- My family and I give it five stars and both thumbs up!

    June 2014
  • Mike is an excellent host. He was very quick and clear with his communications. The place is a STEAL for how much Mike charges for it. If you're traveling on business in the Sacramento area, this place is 100% perfect for you and will very comfortably accommodate 2 other co-workers, with everyone having their own bedroom. I would very, very highly recommend Mike and his place to anyone.

    May 2014
  • Another great stay at Mike's! He's very responsive and takes great care of the property. Our guests are always so impressed with the property.

    November 2013
  • Mike rocks! He's incredibly accommodating and a joy to interact with. The house is also a great spot and our favorite place to stay while in Sacramento.

    Can't say enough positive things about our experiences here. Thanks for making it available it to us.

    August 2013
  • We stayed in this beautiful wooded hideaway for a family event in the area. From the very beginning the host was incredible. He was timely in his responses and was flexible on the details. The actual stay itself was equally amazing. This home is very close to everything. Normally this would mean load road noise and congestion but amazingly this place is completely secluded from the main road and has the feel of being in a hidden enclave. The yard is incredible and is much bigger than the pictures would suggest. The furnishings are nice and modern and the beds were universally comfortable. I would also like to mention some of the small touches – he included an eat out menu that had listed everything that was close, the towels were well stocked and the house was very clean. Overall it was an excellent experience and I was grateful for the Hosts incredible generosity.

    July 2013
  • secluded and lovely home on a quiet leafy cul de sac...loved the kitchen and bathrooms!

    May 2013
  • This is our favorite place to stay when visiting Sacramento. We can't wait to return!

    March 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 14 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    March 2013
  • The house was awesome and Mike was a gracious and flexible host. We will definitely be back!

    January 2013
  • We had a wonderful stay, the house was perfect, plenty of room with a great kitchen. Would definitely recommend this place. Yes, it was close to everything.

    November 2012
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Antioch High, California State University, Sacramento, Cal Poly
(website hidden), Melody Trading and Wholesale, Tower Records
I am Mike Farrace, born in Berkeley, raised in Antioch and a Sacramento resident since 1972. I worked as a VP for Tower Records for almost 30 years, working in stores, publishing magazines and starting our Internet business in 1995. I spent much of that time traveling around the world on Tower business, collecting stuff, much of which I display in my exceptional rental abodes. These days, my full-time job is selling rock art and photography. I offer two excellent dwellings, a charming studio cottage and a four-bedroom, vintage craftsmanly bungalow, both in one of Sacramento's greatest neighborhoods. Both feature great vintage rock poster art and photography. I love doing this and encourage you to comment or ask questions about your stay or, in fact, anything. I will respond promptly and enthusiastically. I want to be a great host.
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