Hillside Retreat Close to SF

new Restoration Hardware sofa & antique hutch. View of garden.
new Restoration Hardware sofa & antique hutch. View of garden.View from front door. Neighbor's goats and alpacas sometimes graze this hill.Beautifully pruned trees let in dappled light. Many outdoor sitting areas.Hammock with a long view. Sun or shade during various times of day.Welcome!One of many outdoor sitting areas. Fig tree to your left, apricot to your rightEuropean Sleepworks double mattress on antique  (formerly rope) bed. Comfort.Tuned Mason & Hamlin baby grand piano. Music in piano bench & nearby coat closet
25 Parklane Drive, Orinda, CA 94563
Hillside Retreat Close to SF
2 bedrooms
2 guests
9 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 2
Type: Home
Per week: $970
Per month: $3,400
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Orinda vacation home rental
25 minutes by BART to SF, this beautiful home features views of nature from every window, a quiet neighborhood, an organic orchard with fruit and tomatoes free for the picking, crickets, and alpacas and goats on the neighboring property.

Living room/dining room with baby grand piano, skylights, remodeled French bathroom, antiques, beautiful light, washer/dryer, hammock, fishpond, outdoor seating areas in shade and sun. Sunny kitchen has microwave, toaster oven, stovetop/oven, dishwasher, and sharp knives.

One bedroom has a European Sleepworks mattress on an antique double bed (formerly a rope bed). A second room can function as a study/Netflix movie room, or you can roll out a single or queen futon on its floor. A third room is a study with library, wifi and a high-speed internet cable to hook up your laptop.

New white N Zealand wool carpet and new white Restoration Hardware couch make this rental impractical for children. Half the house sits under shade trees. The other half can get hot but it's a lovely dry heat if you like heat. There are portable fans, but no AC.

There is a flat screen if you want to rent movies. No pets or smoking.

Reduced cost if you water the garden. Or a neighbor who is respectful of your privacy will water.

Betsy Blakeslee

Area Information
BART takes you to San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Some of the finest or most fascinating cultural events in the US are a short (or long) walk from BART: Berkeley Rep Theater (downtown Berkeley BART), world music, film festivals, ethnic festivals, sophisticated films at Elmwood Theater in Berkeley, Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Davies Music Hall, SF Opera House, countless small theater companies in Berkeley/Oakland, California Shakespeare Co in Orinda.

Inquire about renting a Prius cheaply during your stay. A car takes you on day trips around the Bay Area and beyond: The Bay: Cesar Chavez Park - Berkeley - kite rental on weekends. The wine country and mud baths: Napa. The ocean: SF and countless spots north and south of SF, especially Muir Beach & Stinson Beach in Marin County.

Hiking/walking in nature within 25 minutes drive: Inspiration Point - Berkeley, 2 Botanical Gardens - Berkeley. Fishing, boating and hiking at Lafayette Reservoir, Valle Vista in Moraga.

About the owner

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Betsy Blakeslee

Betsy Blakeslee

Betsy Blakeslee

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    I am a writer, choral director, and creator of VerbQ, an online writing tool. I love writing and reading, music, traveling. I love this land and house, and take nourishment from them. I've carefully tended the land without the use of chemicals....
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Weekly Monthly Min
May 23 2016 Dec 31 2016 - - $970 $3,400 9 Nights
Deposits: Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
Payment Options: Mastercard, Visa
Other Fees: NO PETS. The maximum number of guests for this rental is two. Due to water rationing in CA, please use water mindfully. A neighbor will water the garden, respectful of your privacy. I've placed earplugs by the bed so the water won't wake you. Enjoy your time in this special place! This rental is available for two rental periods. The first is any 3+ weeks between July 1 - July 30. The second is for any 3+week period between July 31-Aug 25. You can choose to rent for any 6+ weeks between July 1 - Aug 25.
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