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Mike Farrace

Member since: 2012
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Speaks English

Superb Bungalow Close to Everything Ideal for Executive or Family Stay

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Central Valley California

4 bedrooms, very private, great kitchen, beautiful grounds, music art, nice 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.

We keep the place spotless. You will find all the comforts of home, including plenty of high-quality towels and linens; body wash and shampoo, and an ample supply of paper goods.

In the kitchen, we keep coffee and sweeteners, ketchup, mayo & mustard; club soda, pesto and pasta, olive oil, and one or two salad dressings. There is also a spice rack and a nice collection of seasonings. We usually keep some bisquick and/or pancake mix, syrup, some rice and a few canned goods.

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 has been 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.

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.

The house is adorned with an eclectic collection of music art in every room, from the happiest Beatles photo Linda McCartney ever took to gorgeous silkscreens of John Van Hamersveld's iconic 'Endless Summer' and Lynne Porterfield's Lou Reed at the Supper Club. There's a vintage Count Basie boxing poster from Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Wes Wilson's Lenny Bruce at the Fillmore, BB King and Etta James by Gary Houston, the Rolling Stones in Oakland, Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry and others. There are numerous handbills and some original art pieces including Leonard Cohen, Grace Jones and Elvis.

I have also framed some original art and chromelin proofs of artwork used to create mags I published while at Tower Records, including Pulse! Magazine, which I created and ran 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.

The upstairs bedrooms have queen beds, dressers, closets and share a bathroom. These rooms feature deep, relaxing hues of blue and green.

A laundry is conveniently located behind bi-fold doors on the upstairs landing, and includes a supply of laundry detergent and stain remover.

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 -- all 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.

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.

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

Please call or write with any questions.


Mike Farrace

916 501 3937

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  • Events Allowed
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Mike Farrace (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Mike Farrace

My name is Mike Farrace. I was born in Berkeley, raised down the river in Antioch and have lived Sacramento since 1971. I worked at Tower Records for over 25 wonderful years. I traveled all over the world and collected many great music artifacts wherever I went, and I display a selection of these items in my VRBO dwellings. 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

Why Mike Farrace chose Central Valley California

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.

Awhile back, I had a fire which resulted in the house being stripped to the shell. We moved walls and the staircase, replaced every surface and all electrical and plumbing and 90% of the windows.

It is a pretty big place for one guy, so with the kids now grown and working, 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!

What makes this house unique

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!


based on 56 holidaymaker reviews

Superb Bungalow Close to Everything Ideal for Executive or Family Stay
average rating of 4.928571 based on 56 reviews

It was our home away from home

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay

It has all the comforts of home and more

It feels like your in the country, yet you are close to everything

It is so peaceful there.

We will definatly be back again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don't know what happened to first review I wrote. We enjoyed this home so much.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, inviting home. It is in pristine condition. Located near a fairly busy street, but you'd never know it as it's down a little ways on the lane and is surrounded by trees and shrubs that act as sound barriers. There was a garden of calla lilies in full bloom. A gorgeous sight. We stayed over the long Easter weekend.There were 6 of us including our 8 yr old granddaughter.. Front, back and side yards with patios and large porches and beautifully landscaped yards that provided many places for my granddaughter's Easter Egg Hunt. Don't worry we counted how many we hid and how many she found. We were glad we brought along some coloring books and puzzles for her. When she saw the office she declared it her art studio. There are toys available for infants and toddlers. We did not cook other than breakfast as we had family dinners with our relatives. But I can tell you the kitchen is well stocked with spices, seasonings, pots, pans, dinnerware, glasses etc. The bathrooms were also well stocked. Each bedroom was beautifully decorated, large and comfortable. There is a jacuzzi/soaker tub upstairs and a very large shower downstairs. The house is well insulated. We only turned the heater on one morning for about 30 minutes. There is a fireplace, but we didn't use it. There is a cottage on the property. If just my husband and I go back to that area we'd probably try to stay in that cottage. We looked at pictures of the interior of the cottage on line. We did try a couple of small restaurants nearby for lunch. A bottle of wine and fresh flowers greeted us in several rooms upon our arrival. Also a binder with instructions for using different appliances and the TV and recommended eating locations was helpful. If you ever watch "Fixer Uppers or Property Brothers or home improvement shows" on TV and like all the fine finishes and extra special touches they put into each home...you'll get an idea of how much pride and love Mike has put in this home. The lighting and lamps fixtures are unique. The only suggestion we have to enhance the safety in this home would be to install safety bars above the tub and in the shower,

The tastefully appointed framed pictures and posters even in the bathrooms were fun to look at throughout the house. The washer and dryer upstairs were an added plus.

I really liked conversing with a super friendly owner, Mike. A trip to the Capitol on Monday was interesting About a 20 minute drive from this home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was great!

  • 5 of 5

This home was very cool. I went on a alternative spring break trip and a staff leader with a bunch of college students,and it fit us perfectly. It was kind of hard to find at first, as it is tucked away on a small street but once we arrived it was awesome. . The house has everything we needed to cook and be comfortable. There are several grocery stores around so it easy to find what you need. I would take stock of the spices and other non perishables that they have before shopping. 15 minutes from downtown, great location

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful!!! A lovely home with lots of character and history.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time. The bedrooms are large and spacious , the kitchen top of the line and large , dining and living rooms also large and easily accommodated the 9 if us. We so appreciated the bouquet if fresh flowers and the wine as well.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • 5 of 5

If you decide to stay here you are in for a treat! Mike did a wonderful job of making us feel very comfortable once we arrived. There were fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, a few beers and some snacks on hand so we could unwind and relax after our long drive. The house was very clean and well maintained. We enjoyed checking our all of the cool music art that lined the house, there were even cards and puzzles on hand to keep us busy during our stay. The home was very close to grocery stores, restaurants and the American river where we were lucky enough to see beavers!

We have stayed in many VRBO's and this one definitely raises the bar! Thank you Mike for helping us feel very cared for during such a wonderful wedding weekend!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Retreat in the Middle of Busy Sacramento

  • 5 of 5

We've had the opportunity to stay in numerous homes across the country in the past 10 years, and this Bungalow ranks in the the top 5 places we've been fortunate to visit. It's a true gem, situated in a nice part of Sacramento, with great access, and all the essential needs within a short drive. The owner (MIke) did a great job making sure the transition into and out of the home were easy and welcoming. The bungalow is well appointed, comfortable, and setup like what one would expect at a 5 star resort. Not only is the home stocked with essentials, it's equipped to easy entertain guests. Our team is looking forward to staying here next year for our conference.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Chinois City Cafe -- Full bar, good wine list.
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Campus Commons $14.00 9 holer right on the river
Nearest Train
5 Miles
AMTRAK Station, downtown Sacramento
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Hwy 50
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Chinois, Cafe Vinoteca, Plan B, Danielle Creperie
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
Sierra-At-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Bear Valley
Nearest Beach
1500 Metres
Along the American River
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+.

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.

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 Gold Rush 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. These rich and varied communities have all played roles in Sacramento's colorful past, from the days of the Pony Express to the railroads, from the Gold Rush to it's current status as the Capitol of California. Sacramento County and its surrounds are truly Northern California's secret oasis.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Sacramento, Central Valley California

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £341

13 person capacity includes a cottage which is also available on VRBO and is subject to availability.
In certain cases when bookings are many months in advance, we reserve the right to revise payment and/or cancellation terms, always in advance with guest approval. Finally, you may notice that VRBO has recently added a "service fee," which is typically over $100. You can avoid paying this new charge (added without the knowledge or consent of owners, by the way) by paying with a credit card over the phone, by choosing PayPal, or by choosing to pay by check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Central Valley California in California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 5 (Office) - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , The office converts to a bedroom very easily.
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Queen-sized airbed (1), Full/Queen air mattress (1) futon (1) We can also easily convert the office to a bedroom. Affordable bed rentals are also available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We have a nice rolodex of local chefs and are happy to arrange meals upon request.

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