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SUPERB SACRAMENTO ROCK ART BUNGALOW IDEAL VRBO FOR EXECUTIVES, COUPLES, FAMILES

Mike Farrace

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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SUPERB SACRAMENTO ROCK ART BUNGALOW IDEAL VRBO FOR EXECUTIVES, COUPLES, FAMILES

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4 bedrooms, great kitchen, beautiful grounds, lots of rock art, excellent vibe.

If you are an executive traveler, couple or family looking for fully-furnished, short-term lodging with character, look no further. This recently remodeled large, but intimate bungalow has all the charm of its 1920s architecture and all the convenience and comforts of an uncompromising complete remodel.

The 2000 sq ft craftsmanly home is well-appointed and perfectly located in the heart of Sacramento. It has a large front porch and is surrounded by trees. It was recently completely rebuilt from the frame up. Virtually everything -- hvac, windows (except for the front four), electrical, plumbing, interior walls, cabinets, staircase, all fixtures and appliances -- is like new.

The upstairs bedrooms have queen beds, dressers, closets and share a bathroom. These rooms feature deep, relaxing hues of blue and green. The laundry is conveniently located behind bifold doors on the upstairs landing.

The upstairs bath includes a jetted tub/shower, hand-rubbed solid wood cabinetry and granite countertop. The downstairs bath has a roomy hand-tiled shower, with cornerless heavy glass and two sinks. We keep a plentiful supply of towels on hand as well as a few toiletries in case you forget them -- toothbrushes & toothpaste, shampoo and bodywash.

Dishwasher and dish soap, spot remover, laundry soap and supplies, an iron and ironing board, are also provided.

We also have two Graco pack-n-plays, a high-chair and a few basic easy to clean toys in case some little kids show up.

If you like to cook, you're in the right place. Whether you are a beginner or a gourmet, you will find this is a wonderful place for a dinner party. The adjacent breakfast nook provides the ideal place for family members to kibitz while you whip up the feast. 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 well-designed Delta faucet disengages for spraying or streaming. There is also a KitchenAid mixer, Cuisinart Food Processor, food scale, coffeemaker and grinder, blender, 4-slice toaster and Belgian waffle maker, and a molten chocolate fountain which I have never had the nerve to actually use. It's a really fun kitchen to cook in and there is a variety of cookware, most of which is new. The large granite island is also perfect to lay out the take out, if you want to dial up Chinois City Cafe, the excellent nouveau Chinese restaurant across the street.

The large mission-styled dining table accommodates eight diners and there are place-settings, flatware and stemware for ten. Lots of glasses, too -- small, large, red wine, white wine, beer, aperitif, stemmed and stemless. And lots of coffee cups. And a three-burner gas grill on the back porch.

The living room has a comfy American Standard leather sofa, a corduroy armchair and jump chair. There is a 37' Panasonic HDTV with a Blue Ray DVD player hooked to a Samsung sound bar. Comcast is our cable and Internet provider and the Hi-Definition Digital service includes HBO, Starz, Encore and other premium channels. We have also installed Apple TV if you want to access your Netflix account or the many channels available, stream Pandora or Spotify, or content from your iPhone, Droid or other mobile device on the network. The bluetooth-enabled soundbar will engage your phone or other digital device with a very quick selection from the remote. There are easy to follow instructions on how to use the stuff.

The office has a small desk/table, small file cabinet with a network-enabled printer that should automatically find your laptop, executive chair, stylish guest chairs and a large secretary, which contains many volumes of excellent music and film biographies and reference books.

One downstairs bedroom has two twin beds, night stands, dresser and closet. The second downstairs bedroom contains a queen bed and dresser. There is also a twin-sized futon and robust queen-sized air mattress on site, for a total of 10 possible sleepers.

There is also a cottage on the property that sleeps up to three (queen + futon) and is available separately or in conjunction with the bungalow for up to 13 total sleepers. We have accommodated even more, so if you have a larger party, we can talk about it.

There is an abundance of natural wood everywhere, from the hand-rubbed custom doors to the carefully mitered baseboards and crown molding. It is a warm, inviting and pleasant place, and highly functional.

It's central location is close to everything. Dozens of high-quality restaurants in all price ranges are within a mile. There is a quartet of neighborhood favorites just 50 yards up the street: the nouveau Chinese fare of Chinois City Wok, the Italian bistro Cafe Vinoteca, the French cafe fare of Danielle's Creperie, and the fusion French of Plan B Restaurant. There is a huge Whole Foods two miles away and a very good Save Mart within a mile. The American River is about a half-mile, Sacramento State about two and Cal Expo about three. The State Capitol is about five miles and the airport is 20, 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 is in the Arden Park/Willhaggen neighborhood one of Sacramento's most desirable and secure neighborhoods.

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 various publications I managed while at Tower Records, including Pulse! Magazine, which I published for around 20 years. There are also some interesting original Tower-oriented pieces, including art used in Tower's London grand opening and an old decoupaged page from around 1973 with a story about Tower's Sunset Blvd store. They are a lot of fun and beautiful, too. I have lots of interesting things I collected that I rotate in and out of the house, so there should always be some surprises.

We invite your input and your special requests. We want to make your stay perfect.

Please call or write with any questions.

Sincerely,

Mike Farrace

916 501 3937

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • limited accessibility
  • alternative lifestyle

Mike Farrace

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2012
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My name is Mike Farrace. I was born in Berkeley, raised down the river in Antioch and have lived Sacramento since 1972. I worked for Tower Records for many wonderful years. My full-time job now is selling music art and photography. I've discovered that I enjoy hosting travelers very much. I like learning and improving too, so please, do not hesitate to comment or ask questions. I will respond promptly and enthusiastically. I want to be a great host and will make sure you are happy and satisfied.

Mike Farrace purchased this house in 1997

I purchased this property in 1997 mainly because my older son was nearing high-school age and there is a great public high school in this district, Rio Americano. This was before open enrollment. But I also really loved this particular property. The lot is almost a half-acre with many huge oak trees, a creek and all kinds of visual interest. It feels like you're in the forest even though you are right in the middle of town. The house itself also has a cool pedigree. Across the street is Arden Park, a very beautiful neighborhood that was once comprised of 8 acre 'ranchettes.' In the '50s, the neighborhood converted to smaller-lot residential zoning and the ranchettes were sold to developers. A neighbor of mine who was one of those developers told me there was one lot left and this was the house left on it. Real estate salespeople used it for a sales office as they sold the homes. As the lots sold out in around 1960, the house was purchased by the owners before me and moved to this location.

I recently moved along with my business and decided to offer the property as a short term rental. I love this house and you will too!

It occurs to me frequently that my place never looked this good when I actually lived in it. The reason? No clutter! Conclusion -- it is not only better than a hotel, it's better than staying in your own house, at least temporarily!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Reviews

4.9
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Superb Sacramento Rock Art Bungalow Ideal VRBO for Executives, Couples, Familes
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Sacramento Central Valley California
Charlotte, NC
5

FANTASTIC HOME!

  • 5 out of 5
The bungalow was clean, comfortable, beautiful, well-stocked and had great art and books in it as well--- the beds were very comfortable, the towels were fluffy, the kitchen had really nice appliances and every kitchen gadget you could possible need. The host was very friendly, acommodating and easy to work with. The price of the house was a steal for the quality! We need to find another reason to go back to Sacramento again so we can rent this one again. I highly recommend it!
  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Superb Sacramento Rock Art Bungalow Ideal VRBO for Executives, Couples, Familes
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Sacramento Central Valley California
California
5

AMAZING HOUSE!

  • 5 out of 5
I absolutely loved this house! Mike had it decorated just beautifully and it is equipped with just about anything you need. I used it for a bachelorette party last weekend and it perfect. We floated on the American River during the day which was only 15 minutes away and then came back to the house to cook dinner. We couldn't have found a better house. There was 10 ladies staying in the house and it was very spacious including a nice big, relaxing front yard. Mike was also very helpful and accommodating with information and recommendations about the area. I highly recommend this rental!
  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Sacramento Central Valley California
Texas
5

4 FRIENDS FROM TEXAS

  • 5 out of 5
This home was perfect for our girls' get-away! It is located in a lovely area that is convenient and easy to access. The gorgeous plants and landscaping made our time at "home" every bit as enjoyable as the time we spent sightseeing.

The kitchen is a cook's dream--granite counters, large island, well-equipped, sunny. Beautiful fresh flowers graced every table, both inside and outside.

Mike is a competent, charming host. We lacked for nothing. When we checked in, we noticed that the hair dryer in one of the bathrooms was missing. Mike promptly purchased another and brought it to us. He was just as congenial and helpful prior to our visit in answering questions and sharing information with us.

I would love to go back to this house in the future and wouldn't hesitate for a second to highly recommend it to others.
  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, Marilyn. It was a genuine pleasure meeting you and your friends. I was very happy to be the place you chose for your first visit to California. I hope you enjoyed all your travels around the area, and that you keep us in mind the next time you leave Texas!
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5

LOVELY HOME AND CONVIENTLY LOCATED

  • 5 out of 5
What a wonderful home away from home. The house is spectacular and very, very comfortable. You won't want for a thing, Mike has thought of everything. If you're planning a trip to Sacramento, I highly recommend staying here. You won't be disappointed.
  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, Lesleigh, and for taking good care of the place. Hope to see you again some day.
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5

WORDS CAN NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW BEAUTIFUL, TASTEFUL AND FANTASTIC THIS PLACE IS

  • 5 out of 5
My 8 girfriends and I get together twice a year from all over the country for a retreat (from life hubbys and kids) and this year we opted out of our traditional "Hyatt downtown" stay and wanted something more "homey" and relaxing. We looked all over and found this bungalow. I honestly do not know where to begin. The location is easy to get to and near EVERYTHING from fantastic shopping to every level of dining options! The grounds are private, well manicured and feel like you are escaping to a secret garden. The home itself is HUGE and perfectly maintained!!! The pictures on the site DO NOT DO IT JUSTICE! It is breathtakingly gorgeous, beautifully and tastefully decorated, warm and inviting. It slept the 9 of us VERY comfortably in the fabulous beds with really nice quality sheets and pillows. The beautiful window filled, gourmet kitchen had everything we could need. The custom-time-period-appropriate-yet modern updates that have been done throughout the home are fantastic. We walked the neighborhoods surrounding the home as well and were delighted by the beautiful area. The owner, Mike was very accommodating, professional and added some personal touches like fresh flowers throughout the house that just really added such a nice feel. We plan to make this our retreat spot going forward...and may have to make it more than twice a year!!!
  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Wow, Miriam, thank you so much for saying such nice things. I am really glad you guys enjoyed the place. And thanks to all of you for those truly wonderful handmade notes. They went right in the scrapbook!
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Sacramento Central Valley California
Clovis, CA
5

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • 5 out of 5
I rented this great house for a board retreat but I was so impressed I am considering bringing my whole family back for a vacation. The house is very comfortable and interesting. You feel like you are staying in a home instead of a rental house. If you stay there make sure you take time to look at all the artwork on the walls. They are really fun. Mike was awesome to work with. He was so hospitable and easy to work with. He provided us with excellent directions and information about restaurants and stores etc. in the area. He was very prompt to respond to emails and phone calls. I would highly recommend this home as a rental.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, Lynn. It was very nice meeting your group. And thank you for leaving the place so clean! I would love to have you back with your family any time.
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Nearest Train
5 Miles
AMTRAK Station, downtown Sacramento
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Hwy 50
Nearest Beach
1500 Metres
Along the American River
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Chinois City Cafe -- Full bar, good wine list.
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
Sierra-At-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Bear Valley
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Campus Commons $14.00 9 holer right on the river
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Chinois, Cafe Vinoteca, Plan B, Danielle Creperie
Car: recommended

BUNGALOW LOCATION: The bungalow is centrally located in one of Sacramento's most beautiful and secure neighborhoods, and really is close to everything! Major and independent retail within a two-mile radius include Macys, Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, Paper Garden, Chico's, Talbots, Patrick James, Coldwater Creek, It's a Small World children's clothing, Nordstrom Rack, Ross and Marshalls and numerous drug and grocery, boutique clothing, fine wine, massage, sports, specialty bakery, cooking and music stores. There are dozens of high-quality restaurants in all price ranges within a mile radius and we are happy to recommend our favorites. There is a Whole Foods two miles away, Save Mart, Safeway even less, and great Italian (Cafe Vinoteca), French (Danielle's Creperie), and Nouveau Chinese (Chinois City Wok), up the street about 50 yards, right by a great florist (Arden Park Florist), and art gallery. Dry cleaning, sign shop, shoe repair, liquor store, Starbucks, and other specialty retail are within a couple hundred yards.

RIVER & BIKE TRAIL: The American River and its fabulous biking/jogging trail is an easy half-mile walk (with many great places to sit and enjoy the water) and Cal Expo and Sacramento State are easy to find within a couple of miles. The bike trail, otherwise known as the Crown Jewel of Sacramento, is a well-traveled and maintained paved biking/walking trail along the river which stretches for about 30 miles between Folsom Lake to Discovery Park in downtown Sacramento. We are ½ mile from River Access and about five miles from Discovery Park. There are countless access points to the river with sand and river view vantage points. Some definitely qualify as beaches and many sunbathers and fishermen can be found. It is incredible for kids but you absolutely have to keep very close watch on them. There are bathroom facilities periodically along the trail (one of which is at the exact access point nearest our place), but they are not coordinated with these spots. If you are looking for official beaches with facilities, you will find them five miles down river at Discovery Park or 25 miles up river to Folsom Lake.

RAFTING & SUNBATHING: There is also a lots rafting down the American, which, from Folsom Lake to Discovery Park is a pretty mellow ride, and there are a number of rafting companies within 10-12 miles. If you like white water rapids, there are numerous white water choices just east of here, with rapids up to Class IV+. Here's a link to one rafting company that has lots of choices and looks pretty good: http://www.whitewatervoyages.com/american-river-rafting/

In any case, if you like to lay near the water and catch some sun, there are ample opportunities very nearby. The bike trail and riverfront comprise a highly enjoyable part of Sacramento. If every city was so lucky, the world would be a better place. There are good rest stops, very beautiful views, and it is quite clean and well maintained.

NEIGHBORHOOD FACILITIES: Our Arden-Arcade neighborhood has a number of beautiful parks and playgrounds, and there are numerous tennis and basketball courts and libraries nearby. There is a very nice public pool about ½ mile from the property, in Arden Park. It's a family place with lots of kids, nicely located, very clean and well-run. Months and hours vary. Here's a link to their website: http://www.aprpd.org/page27.html

The Crocker Art Museum and The State Capitol are each about five miles away. The airport is 20 miles, around 1/2 hour. Coloma, the place where the California Goldrush began, is about one hour east and has plenty to satisfy students or the merely curious about a fascinating part of our State's history.

NOTE TO TOURISTS: If you are a traditional tourist coming here to explore the wonderful Northern California region, you could not find a better-located dwelling than this one. There are wonderful destinations in all directions and routes to all are vastly simplified due to our proximity to major arteries. The Napa Valley is around one hour southwest; Yosemite National Park is about 200 miles South; Lake Tahoe is 100 miles east and San Francisco is 80 miles west. And the Sacramento Delta levees both North and South of town offer many hundreds of miles of beautiful drives through vast farmland vistas dotted with historical communities like Locke, Walnut Grove and Isleton and their intimate cafes, greasy spoons and pizza joints. Sacramento's rich and varied surrounding communities have all played a role in its colorful past. Sacramento County and its surrounds are truly Northern California's secret oasis.

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26 Nov 2014 - 1 Dec 2014
5 night minimum stay
$1,250
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$750
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Notes $250 per night rate for up to four occupants. $25 per night fee for each occupant above four, ie: 6 total = $300 per night ($250 + $50 for 2 additional). For seven day or longer stays, additional nightly fee is $15 per person.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sacramento in Central Valley California

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
General:
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) We can also easily convert the office to a bedroom. Affordable bed rentals are also available.
Entertainment:
  • Video Library
  • Books
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • DVD Player ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • limited accessibility
  • alternative lifestyle
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • boating
  • beachcombing
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • gambling casinos
  • sledding
  • miniature golf
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • basketball court
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • cross country skiing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • racquetball
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
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