- Room Type:Entire House
- Max Guests:5
- Min Stay:2
- Pets Allowed:No
- dining room
- satellite / cable
- cd player
- dvd player
- wood stove
- towels provided
- living room
- hair dryer
- iron & board
- washing machine
- clothes dryer
- wireless internet
- computer available
- parking off street
- linens provided
- dishes & utensils
- ice maker
- cooking utensils
- porch / veranda
- lawn / garden
- long-term renters welcome
- children welcome
- limited accessibility
- pets considered
- wildlife viewing
- sight seeing
- whale watching
- scenic drives
- bird watching
Sunny San Rafael 2 Bed 2 Bath Flat in Historic Gerstle Park
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Views from wrap around windows in the sunroom reveal Port Costa below, Benecia across the water and passing kayaks, sailboats, tugs & great ships on the SF Bay, at Carquinez Straits, all framed by rolling California hills. Comfortable, quiet, convenient house with generous living space, expansive decks, BBQ and multilevel gardens, bordered by East Bay Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with generous breakfast table. Shower over tub & all new plumbing fixtures & tile floor in bathroom off middle bedroom. Sunny laundry room with ironing board microwave, grilling machine and laundry supplies. Nice china and plenty of glassware for entertaining.
Port Costa is SF East Bay’s secret get away: population of 190, boasts 2 unique Barbary Coast style restaurant/ bars and Honey House coffee shop in the Burlington Hotel, across from the quaint post office. Bull Valley Roadhouse & Warehouse Cafe open Wed – Sunday for dinner. Our historic restored school hosts social, art, car & bicycle club events. Short bike ride or drive to fish at Eckley park and pier, picnic & hike: secluded Coastline Park. Port Costa is a stop along the San Francisco Bay trail for hikers and bicycles. Crockett Hills Regional Park's covers 2000 acres. Experience John Muir historic mansion & farm. This National park is 10 miles away, off Hwy 4: Alhambra Ave in Martinez.
What is near by: Tennis courts and public pool in Crockett 3 miles from Port Costa along the Carquinez Scenic Drive: Three miles to Hwy 80, just 29 miles to downtown San Francisco. Tour the bay & get to SF via Ferry: Cross Zampa bridge to Vallejo Terminal and catch a one hour 1/2 Ferry ride to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Bay Area Rapid Transit parking 15 minutes from Port Costa. Marine World, 20 minutes. Oakland International Airport, 34 miles, 40 miles to SFO and downtown Napa is 20 miles.
On coastline between California Regional Parks, the property has nothing but acres of open space between its fenced upper garden and the lower edge of the East Bay Regional Park trail. Hike directly up and take a walk above an unforgettable stretch of San Francisco bay coastline. The official park entrance is along the winding Carquinez Scenic Drive on your way into Port Costa. Landing area leads down to Eckley Pier for another gem of a coastline park at water’s edge for fishing (no license required) and picnics and hiking. Bird life abounds with red wing black birds, humming birds, finches, mockingbirds, kestrel, and a pair of golden eagles, whose offspring often fly above the house in Port Costa.
Crockett Hills Regional Park is the second park just 3 miles away along Carquinez Scenic drive and it offers mountain bike trails, horseback riding and organized treks to reach the summits where, on a clear day, you can see the entire SF Bay and across San Pablo bay to Mount Tamalpais, above Mill Valley.
What’s to Do: Weekends Honey House Coffee shop offers exotic coffee selections and custom hand preparations, yummy southern breakfast sweets, & rustic décor. Observe town life from the great windows at the corner space in the old Burlington Hotel at the end of Canyon Lake drive by the water.
Port Costa has 2 restaurants 'downtown' on Canyon Lake Drive. The largest and 'wildest' one is the Warehouse Cafe, famous for budget Alaskan crab legs & weekend steak deals. Large bar has 100s of beers. A 2 story high white polar bear stands on its hind legs by the pool table in a class cage, since 1960.
A romantic, more upscale eating experience is Bull Valley Roadhouse, ideal for anniversaries and birthday parties . Have a drink, sitting at the bar, a tourist attraction in itself, with Tiffany lamps, brought down from the Gold Rush country, by the Port Costa house owner’s grandmother- perfect for the early California Barbary Coast decor. Port Costa owners uncle opened Bull Valley Inn ( now Roadhouse) originally in the mid 1960s.
Drive 3 miles to Crockett & discover: Nantucket, local seafood and drinks favorite, by the fishing boats on the pier. The Dead Fish, on San Pablo Avenue (at Pomona Street at freeway ramp from Hwy 80) is an upscale SF chain for glitzy cocktails & fish dinners with bay, Zampa Bridge & Naval Academy water views.
POrt Costa was featured with a 2 page layoue in the January 2014 issue of Sunset Magazine page 16
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<p><span>Please take off your shoes to enjoy the freshly-done hardwood floor. Two bedrooms are apart for privacy. Comfortable queen size bed with memory foam mattress, and ample closet space in each bedroom. Living room sofa can be adjusted to three positions or turn into one more double size bed (with a memory mattress topper). HD flat screen TV and wireless Internet. Deck access to the yard with full view of the city.</span></p>
<p><span>The house owner is living in a separate unit in the same building. Feel free to ask questions on how to explore the beautiful San Francisco bay area, and request items that might provide you more convenience during your stay.</span></p>
<p><span>Walk downhill to Precita Park surrounded by cafe, restaurant, deli, corner grocery store. Just one street turn to Bernal Heights Park walking trails with spectacular panoramic views of the city. Walking distance to Cortland street, the new trendy Valencia street, the Missions and 24th street shops and restaurants.</span></p>
<p><span>MUNI (SF bus transit system) 67 bus stop around the street corner to the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station (24th & Mission), or walk to the BART station in 15 minutes. A short drive to Noe Valley/Castro, Civic Center/downtown, and nearby Farmer's market (on Sunday).</span></p>
<p><span>Only a couple of minutes to get on 101/280 freeway. Street parking is easily available, unlike the rest of the city. It's within 15 minutes drive to San Francisco International Airport.</span></p>
<p><span>3 nights minimum stay. Exception can be made for dates between reservations or last minute bookings. <br /><br />We charge $75 cleaning fee for bookings with more than 4 guests.<br /><br />We have guest reviews on other vacation rental sites.</span></p>