Welcoming guests for one day or up to three months, this Victorian gem is just blocks from the Napa River and the ferry to San Francisco in historic Vallejo's Architectural Heritage District. Multiple rooms are available in this gorgeous Queen Ann home, so choose your favorite or come with family or a friend. Both those traveling to the area for work and visitors exploring the Bay Area are welcome.
Come stay blocks from the Napa River in historic Vallejo's Architectural Heritage District. This antique-filled 1890 Queen Ann Victorian is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts a living room, formal dining room, chef's kitchen, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a breakfast/laundry room. Three bedrooms (one King, one Queen, and one Full bed) are available, making this the perfect spot for you to stay with friends or family while exploring the Bay Area.
This listing is for bedroom 2 -- or the Baby Bear bedroom -- the smallest of the three bedrooms available at 10' x 11', furnished with an antique bedroom set, a small armoire, a Beautyrest Queen mattress, two large windows, and luxury goose-down bedding, as well as a waterproof, hypoallergenic, dust-mite and bed-bug proof cover. It has a hardwood floor and an antique rug. The room is also equipped with a small flat-screen TV with basic cable (80+ channels). All rooms have heat and AC, but are also equipped with space heaters and fans, for those who run hot or cold.
The perimeter of the property is lined with every kind of fruit and nut tree imaginable, and the garden is bursting with vegetables, flowers, and berries (in season). There are 100+ rose bushes on the property, so something is always blooming! The home's wrap-around porch is complete with a bistro set, loveseat, and chaise lounge -- perfect for catching the breeze and relaxing among fushcias, wisteria, and camellias. The back yard offers additional comfortable seating, al fresco dining, a swing, barbecue, and, tucked into a private corner, a three-person hot tub.
Street parking is plentiful, and laundry facilities are available for your use. All areas of the house can access Wi-Fi with a password, which will be provided. Soap and towels are included, as is a light breakfast that includes home-grown fruit when in season. You are welcome to the use of lemons and herbs from the garden in your cooking and to share seasonal produce. You may also use small amounts of condiments, spices, oils, and vinegars for other meals (if you use more than half a bottle, please replace). Guests staying longer than a week receive discounted rates and are therefore responsible for their own meals and groceries.
Please note that the price of monthly rental includes all utilities -- gas, electric, water, garbage, recycling, cable, and Internet -- as well as garden maintenance, house cleaning of common areas, and free use of laundry facilities.
Two friendly yellow labs and ginger cat also occupy the premises, so allergy sufferers are out of luck, but all are polite and well cared for, and they do their business discretely with the use of an automatic pet door (no litter box!).
Vallejo is centrally located with easy access to Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Alameda, and San Francisco counties, and it has the best weather in the Bay Area — rarely very hot or cold, with very little fog (unlike San Francisco) and low humidity. In addition to having all the conveniences of a modern city, it is the location of the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge, with unspoiled wetlands and an annual festival in February celebrating the importance of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl, with guided bird-watching outings, hikes, and tours.
Check-in is at or after 3:00 PM and check-out is at or before noon, unless you arrange in advance to come or go earlier or later. Guests have access to the entire house except for the master bedroom. The upstairs bath, with a claw-foot tub/shower, is exclusively for guests' use. If there is more than one separate party staying at the the house at the same time and timing conflicts ensue, all guests will also have access to the downstairs bath, with a giant soaking tub and separate shower. On-demand hot water is plentiful. Space is available for stowing away your clothes in drawers, but not in closets unless arranged in advance. There is an armoire in the hall available for hanging your clothes, however.
I maintain a quiet and private lifestyle and don't interfere with guests' time in the house, but am responsive to requests and happy to provide information about the area and things to do and see. I am a California native and have lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley, so I have a good grasp of the area.
I am a writer, editor, and historic preservationist, and your stay in my home is helping to finance its continued restoration and improvement. It is quite beautiful and comfortable as is, but I always have projects for making it even better. I will let you know if there's a major project in progress when you book your stay and make every effort to minimize its impact on your comfort. Some rooms are not yet perfect (wallpaper yet to hang, painting to be done), but the house is clean, comfortable, well-appointed, and still lovely as is.
I am enthusiastic about my home's heritage and the history of Vallejo and surrounding areas, which I’m happy to discuss with you if you are interested. Founded as California's state capital in 1850, Vallejo still shows evidence of its past, with its historical museums, rich architecture, and interesting maritime and military past. The first West Coast naval base was located here, where it is rumored that the Atom Bomb was once hidden. Author Jack London was a member of Vallejo’s Yacht Club, and evidence points to the town also being the home of the infamous Zodiac Killer. An annual home tour takes place every December for those interested in historic architecture.
Any smoking must take place outdoors. Illegal drugs are not tolerated, and only moderate use of alcohol is permitted on the property. Eating is to take place on tables and counters only; no food in bedrooms or on antique furniture. Please also use a coaster with your drinks! The cleaning fee is $20 for daily/weekly bookings and $50 for stays 1 month or more. No additional overnight guests will be tolerated without prior arrangements.
Guests staying longer than one month will be asked to contribute to household goods such as toilet paper, paper towels, and detergent, as well as cleaning up after themselves in common areas. Bonus points if you're willing to take out the trash every once in a while! Dusting and vacuuming of bedrooms can be provided on request, but guests are expected to do their own laundry. Extra linens are provided for bedding changes.
I do accept longer-term guests when the timing, circumstances, and person is right. However, I only book one month at a time, with the option to extend the stay if both parties feel the situation is working well. If you would like to be a long-term guest in my home, we will have to meet in person or by video chat first, you will need to provide references if you have no Air BnB reviews, and you will need to have access to a car and have some kind of offsite occupation while in residence. In other words, sitting around the house all day is not acceptable.
**PLEASE NOTE: Location fees for filmmakers and photographers start at $200 for 4 hours. An additional $100 is charged for each 2 hour block (or portion of that block) following that. The $20 fee for each additional person using the house, including all cast and crew members, does apply.
I am a writer and editor, and I recently finished a master's in historic preservation (of buildings), which included three incredible months in France, living in a 12th-century apartment in the fortified ramparts of a tiny hilltop village in Provence. My daily grind these days involves writing, editing, and preservation research and trying to squeeze in time to see also-busy friends and play music with my band. I spend some time every day exploring the outdoor world with my sidekick yellow lab and nurturing my garden of fruits, nuts, vegetables, and flowers. I love cooking, working on my many home-improvement and creative projects, and scavenging for that perfect vintage treasure.