We felt so welcome in this beautiful Victorian gem
This is a beautiful property and you can tell this home has been a labor of love for the owner just based on the authenticity of the interior, the old medicine bottles in the bathroom, and the period furniture and paintings that are part of the home. By far Karl went above and beyond any other host from his communication prior to our stay to texting me on our last night there to tell me we could take our time checking out. The lovely basket of snacks and wine was a welcome treat after a long day of driving from Yosemite. The house is beautiful and while this is an "older" area of Vallejo the location is great and the local resturants may look like dives but the food is amazing. The view from front room is beautiful. The ferry is a short drive or walk from the property and the locals are very friendly. Parking is a little tricky however, Karl's advice on how to approach worked great and I was even able to squeeze my SUV into the carport area with little issue. If you want a hotel experience with 300 cable channels and an Applebee's across the street then this is not the house for you. The kitchen is amazing, I am sorry I didn't get a chance to cook. My only suggestion would be to move the smart TV from the piano room to the back game room since the furniture in that room is more conducive to "lounging". I would also put some coasters on the coffee tables since I noticed there was a ring on the piano. The beds were comfortable and even though it was a windy night and chilly we were warm. The back patio is a great place to relax and we were even able to meet the father of a vacationing family from Germany staying in the other unit that is part of the home. He was afraid we could hear his young daughter jumping and playing but we could not hear the other tenants at all. Overall this was a fantastic experience and it felt as if Karl was sharing his home vs just renting to vacationers. He made us feel welcome and I would absolutely select this property again since I do not believe you could find a better host than Karl.
1890 Victorian Flat (with WiFi) - Topley Estate