- Room Type:Entire House
- Max Guests:8
- Min Stay:1
- Pets Allowed:No
- dvd player
- video library
- satellite / cable
- music library
- wood fireplace
- linens provided
- wireless internet
- parking off street
- clothes dryer
- washing machine
- broadband access
- cooking utensils
- deck / patio
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
- pets considered
- alternative lifestyle
- limited accessibility
- whale watching
- scenic drives
- wildlife viewing
- horseback riding
- bird watching
- gambling casinos
- outlet shopping
- sight seeing
Gracious Private Hillside Retreat
This is a large 2600 sq. foot 2 bed home with a King in the Master and a queen sized in the 2nd bed and a separate nursery area with a bunk bed for kids or adults! Large front and backyard areas. Very lovely mature garden. Long driveway takes you …
This was our first experience using on-line service to rent a home. This home was selected because it looked gorgeous and priced cheap. It met our need for location, size and price. We stayed in the "Main House" unit. We loved the house. The day-light is wonderful, the space is easy to live in, a quiet area, easy driving access to BART station, restaurants, and stores. Also, when learning your way around you can find wonderful views of the bay.
There were some challenges renting; no detailed instructions in the house regarding recycling and trash, TV set-up, heating/air conditioning unit and using a gas cooktop. Other amenities that were lacking, no window treatments/blinds for nighttime or low lights for evening such as table stand lights in bedrooms or family room.
There were instances where we needed to contact the owner/manager and response to us was immediate.
The rental unit needs a lot of TLC (tender loving care).
If you are looking for a party house, this is your place. If you are looking for a family rental, I might look elsewhere. Upon entering the house, at the check in time, the woman cleaning was still finishing up from the last renters (who had apparently been there for a significant amount of time given the amount of trash and empty "containers"). The pine-sol fumes were so pungent that we could feel the burn on the inside of our noses - I wouldn't let my baby inside until the house was aired out - and when those dissipated much later, the place smelled like an ashtray. The cleaner stayed an extra hour trying to get everything done but still ran out of time. I don't want to know what she didn't get to. The owner didn't seem to care when he was contacted. The house/floors were so dingy that I wouldn't let my baby on the ground. A lot was broken and no dishwasher in the kitchen. No dish soap so we bought some. Kitchen cabinets broken/in disrepair. Not enough dishware for 8 people, when occupancy is 8. Not enough blankets for all the beds. Shower curtain so moldy we washed it before using. Ew.
We really enjoyed this vacation home. It gave us a great place to stay while going into San Francisco. The "bunk room" is just off the master bedroom (through sliding glass door or curtains). So we decided to have our kids in the master bedroom and bunkroom, and we took the 2nd bedroom (queen bed) downstairs. We also did this because we were worried that they would be too loud and bother the renters in the smaller unit (adjacent to this unit). No problem for the kids (the master & bunkroom are upstairs), but we were surprised one night to discover that the hall light next to the 2nd bedroom must share a light-switch with the other unit (we woke up to see that it was on - my wife got up and turned it off, and then it was on again 20 minutes later). A small annoyance in an otherwise wonderful rental.
We also really enjoyed the small, fenced front yard. The playset in the driveway isn't new, but the kids loved it anyway.
This is a large property with ample rooms and a nice patio behind the main structure. However, the property is not properly equipped for a stay of more than one or two nights. There are no curtains on any of the rooms, so if one doesn't want to wake up with the sun one shouldn't rent it. More importantly, the kitchen is badly equipped: almost no pots and pans and what is there seems to be left-over from a move; only one burner in the gas stove works automatically- the rest have to be lit with a match; few utensils are available. We had to improvise as went along, not what we expected. Other than making coffee and tea, we did not make any meals that required cooking. The TV service was not functioning even though it is indicated in the listing.
The owner appears to run a peculiar system for renting the house: he doesn't commit to a rental until he's received payment but allows himself the right to take on another renter during the time that it takes to get payment to him. So if you live abroad, it might be difficult to count on getting the rental.
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