Relaxed, charming turn-of-the-century hilltop home right between SF and the Wine Country
Master bedroom has Lux Queen, Englander Double in Middle bedroom, sleeps 4 with full privacy.
Quiet front parlor has a day bed that can sleep two and be closed off from the kitchen and bedrooms,
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
Tax rate 0.1% of rent tax rate Fees for additional guests may apply.
Once a client is reserved I send a number of informative documents listing all contents of the house, best food shopping near by and restaurants in town or near by.
We recommend arriving before dark unless you are used to hill driving, The price you pay for the spectacular view is a steep driveway up to the top of Prospect Ave.
There is one guest parking space. If you are staying long enough to have guests over, you will need to direct them to use safe parking spaces by the Old Port Costa School on Canyon Lake Drive at Reservoir, then drive down and pick them up. This is near the bottom of Prospect Avenue at Canyon Lake drive.This is a super quiet residential neighborhood and all of us work with each other to keep the street clear for easy parking. Your guests may be fit, and want to walk up the 2 blocks of little stairs from the water level straight up to the top of the hill to your front porch. Then they can park in the area right by the Burlington Hotel. That very large lot between Port Costa downtown and the Bay at Carquinez Straits is shared by the Honey House Coffee & Southern Sweets Breakfast shop, The Warehouse Bar & Cafe and all in town....Read more
SF Bay View HIlltop Home near the Wine Country Port Costa, California
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Prospect Avenue remains unchanged since the 1890s . Our house is the top most home on the street and appears in the earliest existing photographs of the town during its heyday as a busy grain exporting port. Then the 1906 eatrhquake destroyed the piers down at the waterfront. The street itself is quiet and has one of a kind homes and interesting gardens.There is a mall walkway straight down the hill to the town below where the historic Burlington Hotel and honey house coffee shop, Bull Valley Road House and the Warehouse Cafe all do brisk weekend business. Our village is a popular destination on weekends for San Francisco and Greater Bay area locals wanting and easy get away.
Two Barbary Coast style bars, 2 restaurants. Short bike or drive away- fish (no license required), picnic & hike at Eckley Pier Coastline Park. 2000 acre Crocket Hills Regional Park is 3 miles away. Horse back ride or mountain bike on Kestrel Trail up to sweeping views of SF Bay & Mt.Tam.
20 minutes to Napa and the gateway to the wine country and 44 minutes to the historic downtown square in Sonoma CA.
Thirty three miles to downtown San Francisco on Hwy 80 or an hours delightful crossing from the Vallejo Ferry terminal to Pier 14 in SF
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Last updated on March 26, 2015
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