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Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.

People9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview


Details
Property
estate
People
9
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 nights

Description

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

Estate, 5 Bedrooms , 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

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 and door to patio

Loft: Cal King with upper deck access

Telescope, Sauna, pool table, one 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. Gas BBQ 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:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner
Karen Schneider
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
3 November, 2016
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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 The Bay Area

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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Magnificient Custom Adobe Estate. Transport to Another Era.
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
5

Our family loved the Schneider Residence. It's beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The Schneider Residence more than lived up to the pictures and descriptions provided on the website. The rooms were well appointed with luxurious towels, sheets and amenities fitting a spa, and magnificent views out every window! The outdoors is wonderful --- a hot tub that overlooks the mountains in front and a pool with a terrace and gardens in back. Karen Schneider, our host, was warm and friendly, providing wonderful customer service. Our family getaway was relaxing and fun. We'd love to come back one day, and highly recommend this property and host!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our return.

  • 4 of 5

This marks my sixth visit to the Schneider residence. Each year brings more memories and experiences. I can't wait to return again for my birthday next year. Thank you again for building such an amazing home for my friends and I to visit yearly.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoy coming to the house. Even with the rain it did not damper your spirits. Hope to hear from you for your next friend gathering!
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Burbank, CA
5

Perfect Wedding

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for my sister's wedding this year, and it was perfect. The guests were so impressed with the property, which is meticulously landscaped and expansive but still felt intimate for our (130) guests. The view from the front porch was amazing- 180 degree lights and mountains.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burbank, CA
5

Wedding Party

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here as the MOH for my sister's wedding. This was, by far, the BEST wedding I've ever been to. This house is magical. The views behind the bride and groom were magical, and the reception in the rear garden was amazing. The entire party was in the back patio/garden and it felt like an intimate occasion even though there were 130 guests. At night, the lights from the cities below light up and it's amazing. AMAZING!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best Birthday Weekend Yet

  • 5 of 5

This is my fifth time I've stayed at the Schneider Residence, but the first for my own birthday celebration. I want to thank the Schneider's for being on top of everything and quick to respond to any questions. We're sad to hear that the house may soon be gone. My friends and I were lucky to have discovered their amazing home and make it our own for my birthday weekend. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oakland, California
5

Dream House for Dream Wedding

  • 5 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: Jun 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Zachary's Chicago Pizza
Casa Orinda
Neiman Marcus
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Jack London Square
AT&T Park
"SF Giants!!"
The Cooperage American Grille
Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar
Prima
Artisan Bistro
Yankee Pier
Postino
Wildwood Acres Resort
Hacienda De Las Flores
"City of Moraga rental site for Weddings, Parties"
Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area
"Lafayette Reservoir great site for 3 mile walk around the "REZ", picnicing, fishing, paddle..."
Century Walnut Creek 14 and XD
"movies"
Lesher Center for the Arts
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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Lafayette, The Bay Area

Rental Basis:
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£1,974
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£4,473
£8,781
 

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £46
Housecleaning £118
Tax Rate 9.5%

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. There are two cats that live full time on the property. Let owner know of allergy concerns please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Lafayette in California

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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 9
  • Sleeping Loft - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , glass top table with 4 chairs, desk, door to upstairs deck
    Single room - 1 Single Bed , Twin with memory foam top, door to patio
    Katie's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , TV, large closet, view to garden, chair and amoire
    Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Jacuzzi tub and double shower in suite, desk, chair ottoman
    Emma's Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Mt. Diablo view, dresser and chair
  • All rooms furnished with high quality linens. Regular pest inspection for security and peace of mind.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 30 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • 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 TJ Maxx, Produce market, Dollar Store, 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.

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