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MAGNIFICIENT CUSTOM ADOBE ESTATE. TRANSPORT TO ANOTHER ERA.

Karen Schneider

Advertiser since 2010
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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Karen Schneider

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MAGNIFICIENT CUSTOM ADOBE ESTATE. TRANSPORT TO ANOTHER ERA.

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday estate in Lafayette - Schneider Residence

Estate, 5 Bedrooms , 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

This villa boasts unbelievable views of Diablo Valley to the Oakland Hills. It is a custom adobe home decorated with Early California/ Spanish Revival antiques; speaking of the early settlers of Lafayette in the 1860's. Located between Berkeley and Walnut Creek, the Schneider Residence is found in the hills above St.Mary's College, in rural Hunsaker Canyon.

Only ten minutes from town and the 24 freeway, the house speaks immediately of another time, a vacation away from the mundane. Terra Cotta floors, high ceilings, commanding views from every window. It is decorated with antlers, saddles, and even a full size bear. Talk about a Kodak photo opportunity!

Native California plantings, including cactus on 300 degree patios around house. The house sleeps twelve in luxury. It was was designed with 4 foot wide hallways and handicapped accessible all around the property except for the loft. (If you need to use any equipment like a walker, toilet seat elevator, shower stool, just say the word!)

Gourmet kitchen, amenities galore!

Lafayette is the center of Lamorinda, three cities known for low crime rates, excellent schools, and high end shopping.

From the house you can hear the bells of St.Mary's College in Moraga! We are just up the hill from Wildwood Acres Resort. That makes the home the perfect place for a bridal retreat or rehearsal dinner site! We have also had many small weddings and renewal ceremonies on site. Fabulous for photos!

Sleeping arrangements:

Master Bedroom: Adjustable split Cal King Tempurpedic bed with private bath with whirlpool tub and double shower.

Emma's Room: Sealy Posturpedic Queen with shared bath

Katie's Room: Sealy Posturpedic King with shared bath

Extra Bedroom: Twin full desks and door to patio

Loft: Cal King and twin bunks with upper deck access

Telescope, Sauna, pool table, two piano's, wifi, satellite HD TV with premium channels, hot tub, endless pool, indoor whirlpool bath. Ice maker, front loading washer and dryer, ironing board and iron. Outdoor patio heaters, gas and charcoal BBQ's with propane for your use.

Paved patios and outdoor furniture to enjoy the views. Fountain near front door, bird feeders with food to keep the birds chirping!

Pour a beer, turn on the Giants game and watch the large screen TV from the front patio while the sun fades over the Oakland Hills leaving a spectacular sunset!

Keywords: Private, Custom, View, Estate, Hacienda, villa

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Schneider (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
Call Owner
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Speaks English

About Karen Schneider

We came together as a team in 1981. Doug is a general contractor with a love of history and artistic eye. He attended UC Berkeley with an interest in agriculture. Karen has a degree in Home Economics and has knowledge of fabrics, furniture and a love for cooking.

The house was built in 1991 on 'the best view lot in Contra Costa' according to a Lafayette City planner. Every window is designed to capture the fabulous nature of the hillside property.

It took many many years to finish all the patios, fountains, stairways, but we are happy to share the beautiful little heaven we have created here.

We travel extensively, but keep most of our worldly goods in the Lafayette house. The other homes we stay in, are not as close to our heart as this one. Things we do not share as personal are locked in a small office off the main hall. Other than that 'me casa su casa!'

Karen Schneider purchased this estate in 1991

Why Karen Schneider chose Lafayette

The San Francisco Bay area has the best climate. We are close to the most beautiful city, San Francisco, with museums, parks, entertainment. Equidistant is theNapa/Sonoma wine region. Walnut Creek to our east has excellent shopping and restaurants. There are many recreation areas close by from this home. The weather is great most all year!

What makes this estate unique

'If I lived here I would never leave' is a comment we often get from guests. It is an amazing relaxing place. With a glass of wine, sitting on the front patio watching the sunset while fog rolls in over the Oakland Hills. You know all is right with the world and how lucky we are to live in such a place as Northern California.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Karen.

All I can think today is "WOW". We all had an incredible time. The thanks I'm getting for organizing a wonderful weekend at such a beautiful place is overwhelming. Thank you so much for your hospitality. I'm sorry we missed each other on checkout, but we had to get going.

Most importantly I hope you found your home left in as good of a condition as it was when we moved in. That was really important to all of us as a gesture of how grateful we were that we were able to enjoy your exclusive property. I don't think any of us had previously been a part of something so special. Thanks again!
May 2010
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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

4.7
based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 22 reviews
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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p312571vb
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Lafayette The Bay Area
5

Best weekend of my life!

  • 5 out of 5
I have no words to explain how beautiful this place is. It's so home and real. There are flowers everywhere and the view is earth-shattering. After 3 days with all of our best friends I honestly felt like we had found a new home and it was truly hard to leave.

The whole house is a conversation piece because around each corner is a unique picture or artifact. We had 6 friends staying from England and I think they were convinced that they should move to California, the true life of paradise.

In addition to the beautiful house I could also not be more please with the owner, Karen. She is the kindest woman, who seriously went out of her way to make sure out wedding weekend was amazing. She responded to emails quickly and offered about a million essential catering dishes that were invaluable for our perfect day.

Thank you soooooooo much. Lots of love.

Mallory and Alex Airey
  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure working with you and Mallory. The photos of your wedding were beautiful. I hope that you and your guests will find an opportunity to return. Thank you for the the thoughtful review.

Karen
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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p312571vb
-+ (925) 876-6540
Lafayette The Bay Area
Oakland, California
5

Dream House for Dream Wedding

  • 5 out of 5
There has to be few cosmic meridians that intersect the hill top upon which the Schneider Residence was built. Of course the views are majestic in almost every kind of light and angle from sunrise to sunset. There's a special kind of energy there that's calming, sublime and just glorious. Thank you Doug & Karen for sharing the magic that you've harnessed & cultivated in your beautiful home.

It was beyond perfect for our wedding and then surprised us even more by magnificently allowing our families to meld and cook together for the first time. Garden blooms seduce the eyes and noses and nooks & crannies provide mystery and seclusion for all to discover and explore.

We will be returning to this wonderful find and just hope that the opportunity to experience the Schneider Residence will avail itself to us for years to come!
  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p312571vb
-+ (925) 876-6540
Lafayette The Bay Area
5

Absolutly Amazing!

  • 5 out of 5
The location is truly breathtaking. This home is a rare gem! I had a wonderful time spending my 30th bday here and would reccomend this home to all!
  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p312571vb
-+ (925) 876-6540
Lafayette The Bay Area
New York City, NY, USA
5

Breathtaking place!!!

  • 5 out of 5
My fiancé and I booked this home for our wedding weekend, so that we and out-of-town friends could have a home base. Communication with Karen was great throughout the process. She was especially conscientious and accommodating about cleaning before our arrival because of cat allergy issues. The house is beautiful inside and out--and the drive up is well worth the spectacular views! We enjoyed the hot tub and pool, both day and night. We will never forget staying there on our special weekend.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p312571vb
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Lafayette The Bay Area
Castle Rock Co. 80109 USA
5

My son's wedding

My son's wedding
  • 5 out of 5
My wife and I had a wonderful time hosting our son's wedding week at the house.
From the rehearsal dinner, to the wedding itself and then a Memorial Day BBQ the house and the grounds were a wonderful venue to hosts these events.
The views and the amenities are outstanding and all our guests really enjoyed the time they spent there.
The owners are wonderful people clearly love to open up their house for events such as a wedding and were very easy to work with.
I loved staying at the house I would definitely recommend the Schneider Residence to host your event!!
  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p312571vb
-+ (925) 876-6540
Lafayette The Bay Area
Berkeley, CA
5

Charming and intimate for our wedding

  • 5 out of 5
We enjoyed our time at the Schneider Residence so much! Met with Karen and her husband before our weekend to plan a bit and they were both so gracious and welcoming. The property is beautiful with fantastic views, a lovely garden and unique and intriguing fixtures and decor. Not like every other house; interesting, personal and wonderful!! Again and again our guests asked how we found this place, they couldn't believe we so lucked out. Thanks VRBO.

We were able to hold our rehearsal dinner there as a BBQ that we did ourselves and then a catered brunch for the reception. The kitchen was well appointed for us to cook and serve for 25 at dinner and then the caterer was great the next day to serve for 40. Some of our out of town friends were able to stay over with us in the house, making time for friends to catch up in a relaxed atmosphere. We took advantage of the lovely views and held the ceremony on the front lanai/outlook and did our formal seeting/dining on the back patio. We only had one child with us (age 3.5), but she enjoyed the house and all the amenities, especially the pool table. Our guests included several octogenarians and everyone was able to maneuver on the property well as there were no required stairs. The sleeping loft gives great flexibility and friends stayed up there, while the bedroom wing was extremely quiet despite other people being in the house. The llamas at the next property down the hill proved to be excellent gatekeepers, welcoming our guests. One friend is a birder from out of state and he loved all the beautiful birds that visited the property. Everyone took pictures!!

We will never forget our wedding celebration at this wonderful house. We gathered the people we love there and they were part of something important to us. The house, its views, atmosphere and amenities all contributed to our special day and to helping everyone relax and enjoy. Thank you so much for welcoming us and allowing us to stay. It was an amazing weekend.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway

Location

Location

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
OAK
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Round-Up
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Tilden Park
Nearest Train
7 Miles
BART
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
24
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Chow
Nearest Point of Interest
Wildwood Acres Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Hacienda de Las Flores
Nearest Point of Interest
St Mary's College of California
Nearest Point of Interest
Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa Orinda Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Walnut Creek
Car: recommended

Fisherman's Wharf 28 miles, Oakland airport 28 miles, Napa 31 miles, Concord Water World 11 miles, ATT Park (Giants) 26 miles. St. Mary's College Moraga 3 miles. Martinez Marina 15 miles, Berkeley Marina 20 miles, Jack London Square Oakland 17 miles. Carquinez Strait, which is eastern end of SF bay continues to the Delta region. The strait can be seen from the patio in the front of the house. The rural road, Hunsaker Canyon, lends itself to nature viewing and hikes to nearby East Bay Regional Park lands. Bring your hiking shoes, Mt. Diablo has a magnetic pull toward it!

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Availability & Rates

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$2,130
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$4,970
$13,189
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 9.5%
Notes No fee for cleaning or small pets. Check in time is 3PM, if you want to arrive earlier please allow at least a weeks notice.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Lafayette in The Bay Area

Property Type:
  • estate
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Guest bath with Sauna - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , Beautiful sauna with door to pool and cold shower.
    Bedroom Wing Guest Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Marbled walls, heated tile floor.
    Master Suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Jetted Tub has full view of Mt Diablo, Double shower heads
  • Towels and washcloths in all bathrooms. Hair Dryer in bedroom guest bath. Shampoo and conditioner available, bath salts and lotion.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Emma's Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Mt. Diablo view, satellite TV with DVD, dresser and chair
    Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Jacuzzi tub and double shower in suite, satellite tv, desk
    Sleeping Loft - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Bunk Bed , glass top table with 4 chairs, desk, door to upstairs deck
    Katie's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Satellite TV, large closet, view to garden, chair and amoire
    Single room - 1 Single Bed , Twin with memory foam top, large oak desk, door to patio
  • All rooms furnished with high quality linens. Regular pest inspection for security and peace of mind.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • Fax
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 30 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Jacuzzi ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Seeing is believing. Guests immediately feel on vacation, although civilization is only ten minutes from the house down the mountain. Near great shopping in Walnut Creek with Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's, Macy's, Pottery Barn, many excellent restaurants. Close to Rheem Center shopping with Marshall's, Tuesday Morning, Starbucks, CVS, and Home Goods. Downtown Lafayette has many restaurants and charming shops. The city hosts an annual Lafayette Art and Wine Festival as well as Jazz at the Rez, and Lafayette Reservoir Run. With the World Cup coming to the area, this is a strategic spot to rendezvous with your mates. Lamorinda is considered a wealthy area with Lafayette being the center of three cities accessed by highway 24. With a cluster of restaurants and generally high-end shops in its downtown, Lafayette is considered the retail hub of the region. Orinda is home to the historic Orinda Theatre and the California Shakespeare Theater. Moraga is home to Saint Mary's College of CA. Wikiped

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