Large House with Pool and grill, 6 Bedrooms, 3 full Baths (Sleeps 12) - When you first enter this Marin Vacation Home, you will find yourself surrounded by an expansive living space that opens out to a big backyard with fenced swimming pool. A perfect house for a large family or 2 families traveling together, there is ample space to relax and entertain. Available year round and fully furnished with all the amenities one expects when traveling, this home is located conveniently close to Wine Country (30 minutes), West Marin (20 minutes), Muir Woods (30 minutes), Stinson Beach (40 minutes), San Francisco (35 minutes) and Infineon raceway is only 10 minutes away; Host to NASCAR Winston Cup, NHRA, Superbike, and American LeMans series races.
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Location Info: : Finally, proximity from Your Marin Vacation Home to bay area activities can’t be beat! Top tourist attractions are easily accessible from this home and with incredibly scenic drives * Infineon Raceway (with NASCAR events) is only 10 highway minutes away * Arrive at Marin Headlands or the Golden Gate Bridge in just 25 minutes * Muir Woods with old growth redwood trees is a must-see Marin outing only 30 minutes away * Downtown San Francisco takes just 35 minutes. Each way provides incredible views and landscape * Visit downtown San Rafael (where American Graffiti was filmed) in less than 10 minutes! Loads of Restaurants, specialty stores and live entertainment venues * The famous Napa and Sonoma Wine Country is only 35 minutes away, past gorgeous marshlands and country landscape * Explore West Marin's beautiful Pt. Reyes and beaches in 35 minutes or less * Tour the Marin Civic Center, viewable from Your Marin Vacation Home and just a 10 minute drive away.
Area Information:: See this famous architectural building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright – an influential masterpiece of its day. It is rumored that this buildings lines where some of the primary influences for George Lucas when creating the Star Wars series. (In fact, the town of Nicasio, in Marin and only 20 minutes from the home, is where the forest scene for Return of the Jedi was filmed. The famous Skywalker Ranch (about 10 minutes away) is also located here in Marin, along Lucas Valley.) * Enjoy the Bay, Redwood Forests, Marine and Bay Coastlines, Wine Country, and Metropolitan San Francisco from this very central location in beautiful Marin County.
About Novato (Owner's descritpion): : The house is in a quiet neighborhood in Novato, California, 2 minutes to all important Highway 101. 35 minutes to Napa, 25 minutes to Sonoma and comfortably 35 minutes north of San Francisco, yet easily accessible. Year Purchased: 1998 - The Unique Benefits at this House: Large home, quiet neighborhood, fast access to highway 101, beautiful swimming pool and close to Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco and especially close (10 minutes) to the Infineon Raceway, where NASCAR and other events take place throughout the year. Owner Description/Comments: My wife and I were married in Nashville, Tennessee and after living in Philadelphia for a while, we moved to San Francisco. We love the unique weather in San Francisco and the fantastic access to great local places such as Napa and Sonoma wine region, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Muir Woods, Monterey & Carmel and much more...Currently we live in Novato, CA, a few miles from our rental property.
We had a great time at this house. The house is very comfortable and it was easy to go to Sonoma or to San Francisco. We especially liked that the house is very well suited for families with kids, with boy’s and girl’s rooms. Another thing we liked was the supermarket very nearby and the shopping center 5 minutes away with Target, Costco and Sport’s Authority. Ron and Kelly are great and it was very easy to do all the arrangements.
House is located in an excellent neighborhood in Domingo Canyon, Novato, with rolling hills all around and lots of biking and walking trails (see the map). Also within close proximity to grocery shopping (Safeway and Paradise market) and a top restaurant, Boca Steakhouse and Boca Pizzaria (both are highly recommended). House is within walking distance to Hoog Park, which has playground structure for children. Neighborhood is quiet and very safe, with a family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy direct access onto Domingo Canyon Open Space Ridge that provides great views of the surrounding hills, Bel Marin Keys, Petaluma River and the bay. Enjoy surrounding nature while still being centrally located in beautiful Marin County. Marin is a large, forested region adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco to the South, and Napa and Sonoma Counties (aka “Wine Country”) to the East; arrive at these top tourist destinations by car in just a 30-40 minute drive.
Other Activities: some of my most favorite things to do are:
wine tasting in Sonoma or Napa. Taking a Limo to wine tasting regions are safe options (no driving). There is good shopping in Corte Madera. Kayaking, Boating in Sausalito harbor. Going to Larkspur Ferry Station (8 miles from the house) and taking the ferry to San Francisco and going shopping, sightseeing or simply walking around downtown. Also there are ample Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Hot Air Ballooning in Napa, ice skating (Santa Rosa)and more
Golf: There are several golf courses in the area. The closest to the house is:
Marin Country Club (Private. They may allow non-members) You should call them well in advance. 0.5 miles from the house.
Indian Valley Golf Club (they allow non-members). reasonable price!
8 miles from the house.
Stone Tree Country Club (they non members)
5 miles from the house.
Please call them in well in advance of your arrival to make sure you can get in on your desired date.
Ski: The closest ski resort is Sugar Bowl Ski Resort (near lake Tahoe) which is ~ 170 miles from the house. It can be done in one day, provided you leave early in the monring (5 AM) and hit the slopes at 9-10 AM and return at 5 and arrive back home around 9 PM.