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San Francisco Bay View Hilltop Home near the Wine Country


Property Details

Updated: Oct 23, 2016
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 with privacy, 6 with daybed or sunroom couch

Relaxed, charming turn-of-the-century home on a hilltop above the SF Bay at The Carquinez Straits. Master bedroom has Lux Queen bed, 1 fine Englander Double in the Middle bedroom,

1 pull-out daybed in parlor sleeps two plus a large soft leather couch in the large sun room, waking to views of passing kayaks, sailboats, tugs & great ships on SF Bay, along with rolling California hills. Clean comfortable, quiet, convenient house with expansive decks, BBQ & multi-level deck & gardens, bordered by Regional Parkland. Fully equipped bright, airy kitchen with breakfast table. Shower over tub & new plumbing in tiled bathroom off middle bedroom and sunroom.. Sunny washer dryer laundry room with ironing board. Nice china and cookware and plenty of glassware for any type entertaining.

SF 38 miles by car on Hwy 80 to the heart of downtown SF or a fun 1 hr. Ferry ride to Fisherman's Wharf. It is 23.2 miles to downtown Napa & Wine Country tours. John Muir mansion & Jack London's cabin both a 20 minute ride depending on commute time or aorund that. Redwoods 1 hour. 2-3 hours on coast Hwy to Carmel, Monterey Bay & Hearst Castle.


Port Costa is SF East Bay’s secret get away: population of 190, boasts 2 unique Barbary Coast style restaurant/ bars and the old time Burlington Hotel on the Straits has been refurbished, right across from the quaint post office . Bull Valley Roadhouse is open Wed – Sunday for dinner. Warehouse Cafe is famous for the giant polar bear in a glass cage by the pool tables in the bar. Plentiful reasonable food served with hundreds of beers. Our historic restored school hosts social, art, car & bicycle club events. Short bike ride or drive to fish at Eckley Pier (no license required), picnic & hike: secluded Coastline Park. 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, 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 Ferry ride to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Bay Area Rapid Transit parking 15 to 20 minutes from Port Costa dependingon whcih station you choose. Marine World, 20 minutes. Oakland International Airport, 34 miles, 40 miles to SFO and downtown Napa is 20 miles.

Situated along the bay train coastline in between California Regional Parks, this property has nothing but acres of open space between its 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 & 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: Sit on the deck or in the sunroom and watch water traffic. Take walks. There are numerous close park trail gates.

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 new owners from SF. Nice decor. 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. Open for dinner Wed - Sunday

Drive 3 miles to Crockett & discover: Nantucket, on Port Street local seafood and drinks favorite, on the water by the fishing boats and 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.


From Port Costa it is one hour and 34 minutes or 75 miles to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, located in a canyon two miles north of the Russian River, in Sonoma county just north of Guerneville. Lots of good wineries and places to eat in the area.

The Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens grows along the CA coast all the way up into southern Oregon in an area about 500 miles long by 30 miles wide.

Further north Montgomery State Reserve redwood trees is 104.3 miles from our house and 13 miles west of Ukiah, CA Ukiah, 2 hours 33 minutes from Port Costa house, according to google. One tree growing there is the tallest known tree in the World according to Trip Advisor. Pack a good picnic and beverages as you wont want to take time to hunt up a place to eat.

It is a much longer drive up to Avenue of the Giants, the most famous area of giant redwoods: 4 hours drive up and back to Humbolt Redwoods state park : 218 miles via east 80 and CA 37 toward Napa. At Lakeville Hwy you turn onto US 101 ramp and go north for 177 miles till CA 254 N and 2 miles further on to Humbolt Redwoods State Park.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Port Costa has an annual July 4 parade. Sonny and I outfitted our old Mercedes with my late great aunt Mimi's monkey doll collection and won first place. Mimi Pauls Popouri was the 1st antique store in town in the early1960s

I've been executive director for LITA of Contra Costa since 2002. Terrace gardening is my passion. Fortunate, as house is on top of a hill. My parents purchased the Port Costa house as their first home in 1963 after completing a lifetime of traveling to different countries with my Dad's outfit, Utah International Mining and Construction. In those days Port Costa was a thriving antique center, connected by Carquinez Scenic Drive to Martinez, the county seat. A storm washed out the road near Martinez in the 1970's keeping Port Costa at a very small population of 180 inhabitants, which is how most folks in town like it.

My brother and I wanted to continue our folks favorite retirement occupation: having guests stay over to enjoy the home they both loved so much. My younger brother lives in Los Angeles of but visits often. My partner of 36 years now, Sonny and I live in an apartment below the main house which my Dad built for my grandmother and later served to accommodate any extra guests. There is a connecting interior spiral staircase which leads down our pantry and laundry room. A sturdy oak door at the foot of the stairs is for rental guests privacy.

Since 2002 I have been Executive Director for LITA 'Love is The Answer' of CC

which serves a growing number of convalescent and nursing hospitals around the county. We bring one on one volunteer visitors, pets, musicians, dancers, elementary and middle school groups of children to visit on a regular basis. The 80 volunteers and 30 skilled nursing facilities keep me busy. Gardening is my passion, which is a good thing since there are so many gardens on the property. Other hobby is sitting in the garden watching the sparkling water.

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Speaks: english, spanish

59 Reviews

based on 59 traveler reviews

Sacramento, CA, USA

Better than a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say about this place! It was just as peaceful & charming as described. Victoria & Sonny (the owners) could not have been nicer, more genuine people. I did not want for anything.

Although my purpose for being in the area was work-related my 4-week stay in Port Costa left me more relaxed & rested than I've been in a long time. The view from the sunroom (day & night) was incredible and with the aid of binoculars provided by the hosts I had fun watching the various ways people have fun on the water.

I could've stayed here forever... I recommend this "home away from home" to anyone looking for a clean, well-maintained, perfectly located, beautiful spot to fall. By the way, the bed was the most comfortable bed I have EVER slept on!!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest really took advantage of the restorative energy of both house and all the views which we were so happy to hear about.
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Peaceful. Inviting.

  • 5 of 5

Quaint and cultured older home, with all the charm of yester-years. Beautiful views, abundant wildlife, charming village. Nice, artsy people.

One lane road headed up to home; parking is a challenge-drive a small car. Owner is sweet and attentive. Definitely recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect setting for one who wants to get away from it all after a day of tourism to SFO or the wine valleys. Also a perfectly quiet location for the traveling worker who needs to be near the cities but doesn't want to be in the "race." The views are spectacular and the home feels just like home. The owners are respectful of privacy, while also friendly and willing to offer information about the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Appreciate the concise and complimentary workds. Hope you can return one day!
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted to visit San Francisco and Napa for our wedding anniversary. We don't like to stay in hotels, and frequently look for other places to stay. This was exactly what we were looking for. A place of our own for 3 days, in a beautiful setting, views are spectacular from the deck. We were gone during the days sightseeing, but would come back to this peaceful quiet comfortable home, enjoy a drink on the deck and unwind.

Victoria, the owner is amazing, she has made this the perfect getaway, with all the amenities you could ask for.

I would recommend this home for anyone from a romantic getaway for a couple, to a family outing.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Do come again. Really nice to meet you. so glad we had time a short chat both on your way in and o your way back home
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Beautiful home in peaceful area within easy reach of San Francisco and napa valley

  • 5 of 5

This is a home you will not want to leave. Feels like a home not a holiday rental. Very clean and comfortable with lovely furnishings especially beds. Outside area really beautiful with views over the bay, visiting hummingbirds made it special. Owner easy to work with and although she lives downstairs your privacy is guaranteed. Fast return of security deposit.

We travelled to San Francisco on the Vallejo ferry which is 10 minutes from the home . Saves on stress of parking and is a great way to arrive in the city. So you can spend a relaxed 50 minutes on the ferry instead of the road. Also easy drive to napa valley to see this lovely region. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: it was great to have you and your friends return atain this year, with your promise to return. Guest like you become part of a kind of extended family. We do appreciate your choosing Port Costa house. Thanks for the kind revuew
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So perfect for our San Fransisco weekend

  • 5 of 5

Victoria's house was clean, cozy, very unique, and close to everything we wanted to see for the weekend, (San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and Napa). If we came to San Fran again, we could definitely try to book this house again.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I inherited the 'Last Resort along with my brother from my parents. The decision to make the top level a vacation rental was natural one since every guests who ever visited our family was astonished by the views, loved the house and and couldn't get over how close it was to every point of interest in the Bay area. With a bit thought on times, it is an easy ride into San Francisco, up to Bolinas or the Wine Country tours. Monterey and Carmel by the Sea are under 3 hours away ( all depending on when you drive. Yet Port Costa really feels like it is 'out in the country'. I have detailed elsewhere in property description the distance and directions to the Redwood Trees GIANT REDWOODS From Port Costa it is one hour and 34 minutes or 75 miles to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, located in a canyon two miles north of the Russian River, in Sonoma county just north of Guerneville. Lots of good wineries and places to eat in the area. The Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens grows along the CA coast all the way up into southern Oregon in an area about 500 miles long by 30 miles wide. Further north Montgomery State Reserve redwood trees is 104.3 miles from our house and 13 miles west of Ukiah, CA Ukiah, 2 hours 33 minutes from Port Costa house, according to google. One tree growing there is the tallest known tree in the World according to Trip Advisor. Pack a good picnic and beverages as you wont want to take time to hunt up a place to eat. It is a much longer drive up to Avenue of the Giants, the most famous area of giant redwoods: 4 hours drive up and back to Humbolt Redwoods state park : 218 miles via east 80 and CA 37 toward Napa. At Lakeville Hwy you turn onto US 101 ramp and go north for 177 miles till CA 254 N and 2 miles further on to Humbolt Redwoods State Park.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Oakland International at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : Two in Port costa at 0.01 Miles Nearest Ferry : Vallejo Ferry Terminal at 7.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Franklin Canyon Golf course at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Bart at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : Howy 80 at 3 Miles Car: necessary

Port Costa is 31 miles from San Francisco across the Bay bridge (on Hwy 80 east past Berkeley.) Port Costa village is on the part of SF bay, between Berkeley & Napa Valley called the Carquinez Strait. Public swimming pool, park & tennis courts are just 3 miles from the Port Costa house in the neighboring town of Crockett. There is a great play ground on Canyon lake Drive, the main street of Port Costa at the historic Port Costa School, now used as a Community Center. between crockett and Port Costa is the East Bay Regional Park Landing area leading to park trails and down to the water and Eckley Pier where fishing ( without a licence) is allowed. There is also a nice level park and picnic tables there.

Port Costa 23 miles from Napa, gateway to fabulous Northern California Wine Country. Take the Ferry from Vallejo, to San Francisco, a great way to see the bay and avoid traffic and parking in SF.

ATT Park at SF Embarcadero for ball games & events easy by Vallejo Ferry. Terminal is just across the Zampa bridge.

Port Cost Guests often drive down to Carmel and Monterey by the Sea from here and some take the 3.5 hour drive up to Lake Tahoe and state line casinos. Mendocino is a day trip.

Closer to home: Sierra Club founder John Muir's home is a lovely national monument/ museum 15 minutes away. Jack London's cabin is 20 minutes away in Oakland's Jack London square.

Four Regional Parks surround. You'll pass East Bay Regional park staging area approaching Port Costa on Carquin

Other Activities: Bird watching & Regional Park hiking


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
6 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

1. CHECK-IN TIME IS AFTER 4 PM, PST CHECK-OUT before 11 AM, PST Owner my make exceptions, depending on reservations prior or after stay.
2. NON SMOKING property.OK to smoke outdoors, street side o the front porch or out in the driveway.
3. Pets are not permitted in the house or yard without a written agreement and an additional rental fee of $200 per single pet plus $50 each additional up to 3
4. We reserve the right not to rent to vacationing students or singles under 21 years of age unless accompanied by an adult or parent.
5. DAMAGE/RESERVATION DEPOSIT- A damage/reservation deposit of $200 is waived when $1500 CSA Travel Protection insurance is purchased for $59. Deposit of 50% of total rent must be received to book the reservation. Deposit is applied & fully refundable when cancellation notice is 30 days before check in.
6. Recycling is mandatory in this county: discard only plastic, glass, aluminum and paper in the Blue bin provided and garbage in the brown bin. Green bin is for garden trimmings only. If you like, you may put your vegetarian green kitchen waste in the compost jar in a bag or request a closed jar for your sink. Otherwise all wet waste goes in the garbage can in the kitchen. Before check out place soiled dishes in and start the dishwasher cycle. Leave used towels on the floor.
7. No linens may be lost or damaged.
8. Any charges accrued during the stay must be paid in full prior to departure.
9. Leave door key for the owner in the place provided and leave all doors unlocked.

10. PAYMENT - An advance payment equal to 50% of the rental rate plus the CSA damage protection purchase is required upon reservation. Current area tax for rental property is 11% which is added to the rental amount. If you cancel 30 days prior to arrival the entire deposit is refundable. The advance payment will be applied toward the house rent. “Book it Now” is enabled

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

Moon rise watching across the beautiful water from under the gazebo our on the deck on the many calm quiet nights. Year round remarkable hill and water views and migrating and local varieties of beautiful birds, wild turkey flocks and deer, Our village is full of artists and musicians, some of whom can be seen heard ( in the most pleasant and off in the distance manner) at venues downtown on a weekend night. I've been told I should take and post more pictures of the upper and lower gardens that are my greatest delight work. We will compost all your organic green kitchen waste, if you are a mind to participate in the enrichment of our very large garden. My parents were instrumental in protecting the surrouding hills and waterfront from developers until it was bought by he East Bay Regional Park . My brother and I are still great supporters of the Port Costa Conservation Society. Upper Prospect Avenue has had the same 6 houses standing since the 1890s. Our neighbors treasure the quite and the safety and stability of the street and knowing one another and looking out for each other. They are friendly and accepting of the guests who find their way to 135 Prospect Avenue.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower
  • Single Victorian style bathroom has a full bathtub with overhead shower. A large vanity with modern, antique style sink fixtures provides plenty of surface area, great lighting, mirrors, drawers & shelves. Black & white floor tiles match an old fashioned decor. Enjoy a new top of the line, water efficient, planet friendly Toto dual flush toilet. Sliding doors at the two exits maintain privacy for occupant of adjoining middle bedroom. Window opens onto the garden. there is a steam bent antique chair with seat cushion and an Ikea bathroom scale. Dresser contains plenty of bath, hand and face towels, a hair dryer, shower caps and one first aid drawer with band aids. Heat lamps plus panel and extra ceiling lighting make ablutions a pleasure and a breeze. Dark dresser has faux white marble slab atop and stores plenty bath and hand towels and face cloths. Antique mirror there gives another place to put on make up. Night light in stained glass style placed enroute for nite visits.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Master bed in quiet corner of the house, off the front parlor. Superb Englander Queen delivers a wonderful night's sleep, tranquil view of lovely garden & rolling hills. Spacious closets. Smaller bedroom, the 'Map Room,' new pillow-top Englander double. Pocket sliding door into the single bathroom and another one to the parlor. A big window looks onto peaceful garden & hill view. Plenty closets. Fireplace in both rooms. Bathroom' two entrances with sliding doors to provide privacy for the Map room, plus general entry from sun room. A day bed expands from the sofa in the front parlor which is a great place for late night TV viewing, beside two comfortable easy chairs w foot stools (Satellite TV, DVD player, writing desk, gas fireplace in the parlor Italian white leather couch in the large sunroom is a great place to stretch out for the night. Many prefer it to daybed in parlor for a single sleeper. Sleep across from the fireplace and watch the moonrise over the Straits.


  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Breakfast at a sunny table in spacious, well equipped kitchen or at the large sun room dining table that expands to seat 8 ( up to 12). Italian tile floors throughout kitchen & sunroom. Limited Meals and maid Service negotiable. Tennis courts and swimming pool 3 miles away at at Crockett Recreation Center. Grocery, liquor & drug stoes: 12 minutes/ Rodeo / Hwy 80. 10 mins. to shopping centers in Martinez/ Hwy 4. Easy 12 minute drive toward SF on Hwy 80 to Trader Joe's in Pinole. Visit antique stores here in town & in nearby Martinez where John Muir's home is open for tours. Antiques, ethic art & an eclectic home library are yours to enjoy plus best water view in town. BBQ on lower deck. plenty of nice china, glasses & flatware, laundry room has washer, dryer, iron & ironing board. Locals meet at Post office. Town folk colorful & friendly. Weekend watercolorists, birdwatchers & cycl

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