SUNNY MID-CENTURY MODERN 'HOUSE OF BAMBOO' W/ POOL+HOT TUB+SAUNA

Stuart Z

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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SUNNY MID-CENTURY MODERN 'HOUSE OF BAMBOO' W/ POOL+HOT TUB+SAUNA

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Overview

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4 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, Sleeps 8

Welcome to our House of Bamboo: Here the boundaries between the inside & the outside world are blurred through the masterful architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright protégé Joseph Eichler. Walk into the large open custom tiled atrium with loungers & fire pit surrounded on 3 sides by walls of glass. Open the sliding glass front door into the completely open 50 ft wide living/dining/kitchen/family room area perfectly designed for effortless entertaining.

Transparent floor-to-ceiling walls of glass look out to the oversize backyard fenced pool patio area perfect for entertaining and al fresco dining and featuring a thermal solar heated pebble tec freeform pool with built-in bench seating, resort quality loungers, and an outdoor jacuzzi hot tub under a truly magnificent huge Canary Island palm tree.

Practically a full outdoor kitchen with the dedicated patio drink fridge with counter and stainless steel 5-burner gas grill with smoker tray & rotisserie.

The entire home has been painstakingly remodeled in Spring 2010 with new 3 person cedar dry sauna installed in Sept 2012.

The entire home has been painstakingly remodeled in Spring 2010 and now features bamboo flooring throughout with in-slab radiant heat , open modern kitchen with custom stained bamboo counter tops & cabinets, an eat-in kitchen with seating for 4, separate living room bar counter with 5 stools, huge front guest room with separate entry to front yard & atrium, completely remodeled baths with unique bamboo sinks and the master bath featuring tan enormous walk-in custom tiled shower with dual shower heads & dual shower wands. The master bedroom also features a newly remodeled private outdoor patio space with 12 ft sliding glass French doors.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Open the back fence gate and let the kids run, play Frisbee, or catch a ball in the large open field surrounded by hills. The kids will also love the multiple swings & rope ladder in the fully private & fenced in front grass yard. Walk 5 min. up a nearby hill that has a large oak tree with 2 swings for phenomenal views of the hills, SF Bay, & the Civic Center (also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). Access numerous open space hiking/mountain biking trails just across the street & down half a block.

Living here makes us always feel like we’re on vacation: the peaceful & serene setting , the beautiful views of the gentle hiking hills across the street , the rustling of the palms trees, the myriad variety of bird songs. Although San Francisco is only 20 minutes away, our House of Bamboo feels completely different. Escape the chilly fog of The City as typical summertime temperatures here are often 15-20 degrees warmer than San Francisco.

The ideal location for all Bay Area activities: The proximity of our House of Bamboo to a variety of Bay Area activities can’t be beat! Top tourist attractions are easily accessible. It’s the perfect location in between Napa and San Francisco: Hike or bike on beautiful Mt. Tamalpais (15 min), stroll through the huge redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument or laze on the sand at Stinson beach (both are 20 min), wine taste in Sonoma & Napa (30-45 min), see the sights on SF bay by taking the Larkspur ferry (8 min.), mountain bike or hike China Camp State Park (5 min.) , explore West Marin’s beautiful Pt. Reyes National Seashore (35 min.), stroll downtown San Rafael which exudes a small town feel yet offers many very good restaurants, specialty stores, and a few live entertainment venues & movie theaters (5 min.). There are at least 7 golf courses in Marin County alone, so you’ll agree that the House of Bamboo is THE place for your next San Francisco Bay Area vacation.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Stuart Z (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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Speaks english, german, wife speaks German

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Reviews

4.7
based on 13 traveler reviews

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Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews
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Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p347439
+1 -415 309-5543
San Rafael The Bay Area
5

Great Place to Gather Together

  • 5 of 5
The house was well laid out, well stocked, and well maintained. It allowed the ability to gather together in several places, and for individuals to find seclusion or partake in varying activities.

The description of the place matched well what we found. Having grown up in a similar home by the same developer on the Peninsula, we had a good sense of what to expect. There were a number of nice detailed upgrades which still kept the basic flavor of the 'California Modern' style.

The owners were very responsive throughout the whole process, and provided very helpful information on both the house and the area.

We enjoyed being close to places where we could enjoy nature. It was possible to access the hills via a short walk down the street. In the city itself we enjoyed going to China Camp State Park near the Bay. Mount Tamalpais was not a long drive away, and allowed great views of the northern portion of the Bay Area. Even Point Reyes could be reached within an hour without having to even get on a highway.

Other destinations of interest were also easily reached. Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin County Civic Center is only a couple miles away, and there is much that can be seen on the inside. San Francisco itself is not far - there was even the opportunity to reach it by ferry, though we had enough on our plate to permit it.

One relatively local place we enjoyed eating at was 'Toast' in Novato - in a small shopping center a few miles north, and just east of Hwy 101.

We would gladly recommend this home for a group that would like to casually hang out, but be accessible to a variety of activities.
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p347439
+1 -415 309-5543
San Rafael The Bay Area
5

GREAT,GREAT place for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5
This place worked out wonderful for my family's annual vacation. I find a different location each year to get my family together and it will be hard to top this one for having everything for the family to enjoy.
It has a glass wall that keeps everyone inside at the kitchen and dining room connected to the activities going on in the wonderful back yard with its pool and hot tub. The house was so much fun it was hard to get the kids away to take in the many sights and activities we found to do in the area.
The location was perfect in a smaller community and quiet but close to the downtown and the bay area activities. Didn't waste lots of time traveling as it was easy access to a quick trip downtown.
House was laid out wonderful with quiet bedrooms but central area kept all close. Moonlight shed more than I would have liked but was that time of year he was getting a new coat and he is such a friendly cat I couldn't be upset with him and my grandkids loved him lots.
There is so much to see and do in the bay area that I hope to return soon and when I do I will check to see if this property is available so I could do my stay all over again.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p347439
+1 -415 309-5543
San Rafael The Bay Area
Brooklyn, NY
5

Mellow retreat that worked well for adults and kid

  • 5 of 5
We very much enjoyed our stay in the bamboo house. It was a great fit for our family that has 3 kids under 6. It's set in a 60s development with many other Eichler style homes which are like mini compounds with privacy walls on small lots. The hills in the background add some visual interest and would be good for hiking with older kids.

The place was just as described in the listing, and the owner was very attentive before, during, and after the stay.

The bedrooms are comfortable and worked well for our kids.

There are 3 bathrooms. A couple have visually interesting but poorly functioning bamboo sinks. But the showers and tub were perfect.

The kitchen is lovely though it has some design quirks. Bamboo is a wonderful renewable resource, but it is impractical in some applications because it's so soft. I doubt the homeowners would choose it for countertops again. We were careful with them and didn't have any issues. It did not detract from the stay at all except for the nagging anxiety that something bad may happen.

We loved the house sound system and some of the other tech made available to the guests. It really made it a party.

The front and backyard were big hits. The hot tub in particular was great for winter visit with highs in the 60s. The pool would surely have been a good time in a warmer season.

We were an hour from SFO and a half hour from downtown San Francisco. It was quiet, peaceful and very California comfortable.
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us as we strive to create a wonderful experience for all of out guests. With regard to the functioning of the bamboo sinks you refer to- we have subsequently reduced the water pressure to eliminate any splashing issues, so thanks for the feedback.

As far as the bamboo countertops being soft- regular bamboo is soft but that is why we specifically chose WOVEN STRAND bamboo as its Janka harness rating is TWICE as hard as regular bamboo (and much harder than most hardwoods), providing a warm yet durable counter top surface. We love them and would choose them again in a heartbeat.
(Search Wikipedia under "Woven Strand Bamboo" for more detailed information).,
business
Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p347439
+1 -415 309-5543
San Rafael The Bay Area
4

Summer fun and relaxation at House of Bamboo

  • 4 of 5
Our stay at this wonderful house exceeded our expectations by far! We especially enjoyed spending time in the open kitchen and diningroom/livingroom area. From here we were able to take in the relaxing atmosphere of the pool and surroundings while preparing and having meals inside and outside at the picnic table. The grill was perfect for our BBQ evening outside. The outdoor lighting of,the house and bamboo plants along the pool gave a warm and festive touch to complete the picture and to enable total relaxation. We can definitely recommend to stay here and we got along just fine with Moonlight, the friendly house cat.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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business
Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p347439
+1 -415 309-5543
San Rafael The Bay Area
5

beautifully landscaped yard and outdoor space

  • 5 of 5
The home was perfect for a family weekend away. We enjoyed the heated pool, sauna and jacuzzi. I cooked many meals and the kitchen was well equipped. We enjoyed the Sonos sound system and even missed our own cat less as the owners pet was around quite a bit.
  • Submitted: May 28, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p347439
+1 -415 309-5543
San Rafael The Bay Area
4

Architecturally stunning, beautifully presented

  • 4 of 5
This is a very beautiful property; well presented, well located and well equipped. It's close to perfect, however the issue with the bamboo floors and work surfaces meant that we were constantly on edge. We were 2 adults travelling with 5 teenagers, so we were anxious whenever the teens were in the kitchen or had been swimming in the pool, in case they left a drop of water on the bamboo floors or worktops. We would have preferred to have been warned of this before committing to the booking, as it's a deal-breaker for a party such as ours, and because it was such an issue we would find it difficult to return. We go on holiday to relax, but despite the wonderful environment, this was not a relaxing stay for us. Also, there are no blinds or curtains in the house, except for one bedroom which looks onto the inner courtyard. This presented us with a privacy issue, and also meant that far from having a holiday lie-in in the morning, we were woken at sunrise. One other small issue is that when we arrived all of the bins were totally full, which was a major inconvenience as we had nowhere to put our recycling or trash. The 'adopted' cat is adorable though!
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Maggie- we strive to make each guest have the best holiday and so it is with a bit of dismay that we hear about a couple aspects of our home being less than ideal so we'd like to address them:

First the bamboo floors and countertops

The house guide we provide in advance to each renter explains in detail how to care for the countertops. Although they are unique and a bit more susceptible to scratching than some other surfaces- with reasonable care (meaning being aware not to place heavy or hot objects on them and slide them across the counters - and to wipe up standing water) - they have been proven to work fine and not be a hassle for almost all of our previous guests -as well as ourselves (with 2 kids and hosting numerous large parties over the 2+ years we have lived in our home). That said we are investigating installing a temporary transparent protective surface over them to allay any issues for future guests.

As far as the bamboo floors- they do not require ANY special care or precaution as they are made out of a much stronger bamboo (called "strand") that is harder than almost any other wood you can use on the floor, so we're not sure why you thought you needed to take care of them as the guide never mentioned anything about them. Perhaps you assumed anything bamboo was fragile but hopefully you now understand this not to be true.

As far as the blinds are concerned:

Not sure why you thought that only one bedroom had them but be assured that ALL bedrooms have blackout blinds (with the exception of the master since it only gets partial direct sun in the very late afternoon so we never have issues of being woken up early due to light). Everyone has different sensitivities to light I suppose. There are also blinds to block off the courtyard/atrium on all 3 sides.

We do apologize for the trash and recycle cans being full upon your arrival. Obviously the previous guest was not diligent in taking the trash out when they were supposed to (as is explained in the house guide provided).
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
34 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
BJ's Brewpub
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Larkspur to San Francisco Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Indian Valley
Nearest Motorway
1.7 Miles
Hwy 101 & N. San Pedro Rd
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Many in Northgate Mall
Nearest Ski
173 Miles
Sugarbowl Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
McNears Beach
Car: recommended

The proximity of the House of Bamboo to a variety of Bay Area activities can’t be beat! Top tourist attractions are easily accessible. It’s the perfect location in between Napa and San Francisco: Hike or bike on beautiful Mt. Tamalpais (15 min), stroll through the huge redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument, or laze on the sand at Stinson beach (both are 20 min), wine taste in Sonoma & Napa (30-45 min), see the sights on SF bay by taking the Larkspur ferry (8 min.), mountain bike or hike China Camp State Park (5 min.) , explore West Marin’s beautiful Pt. Reyes National Seashore (35 min.), stroll downtown San Rafael which exudes a small town feel yet offers a variety of tasty non-chain restaurants, specialty stores, a couple of live entertainment venues, & movie theaters (5 min.). There are at least 7 golf courses in Marin County alone, so you’ll agree that the House of Bamboo is the place for your next San Francisco Bay Area Vacation.

Other Activities: Wednesday & Sunday Farmer's Market - 2 miles

Golf: There are at least 7 golf courses in Marin County

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Availability & Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas & New Years 2014
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
4 night minimum stay
$450
$2,500
 
 
MLK 3 day Weekend
Jan 17 2015 - Jan 20 2015
3 night minimum stay
$375
 
 
President's Week
Feb 14 2015 - Feb 22 2015
4 night minimum stay
$375
$2,100
 
 
Memorial Day Week
May 23 2015 - May 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
$425
$2,000
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 15 2015 - Aug 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
$550
$3,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $180
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Reservation will be officially confirmed when a properly signed copy of the rental/liability release contract is received within 3 days of receipt.

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m.

Cancellation policy:

90 or more prior to arrival : 75% refund
46-90 days prior to arrival : 50% refund
32-45 days prior to arrival : 25% refund
within 31 days prior to arrival : no refund
50% deposit required to confirm reservation with balance due within 90 days of arrival date. If booking within 90 days then 100% is due.

Payment either by check, wire transfer ($40 charge per transfer), or Paypal (3% domestic or 4% international fee added)
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Amenities

Amenities

San Rafael House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Panels
  • Sunbed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half bath - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Oversize walk-in custom shower + separate entrance
    Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , with separate patio entry
  • All baths feature custom bamboo vanities & countertops, luxury fixtures, & unique bamboo sinks in 2 of the three bathrooms. Now you begin to understand why we call our home the House of Bamboo.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • front large guest room - 1 queen , with sitting area & contouring foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with contouring foam mattress
    Master bedroom - 1 queen , with Tempurpedic memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , king converts to twin if desired
  • 1) front guest room is the largest (240 sq. ft)., has queen memory foam bed, separate entry to front yard & sliding glass doors to atrium, as well as separate sitting area with love seat. Has blackout shades for lower windows & doors (not upper windows). Also has it's own 32' LCD TV w/ Apple TV for Netflix, DirecTV satellite TV, & DVD player. 2) Bedroom #3 is 13' x 11' ft and has elevated platform bed with memory foam mattress. 3) Master bedroom has full private en-suite bath with enormous walk-in custom tiled shower with dual waterfall shower heads and dual shower wands. Laundry facilities are located at the back of the master closet. 4) Bedroom #4 - shown with King but can be converted to twin if desired
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Pool is heated with rooftop solar thermal heating from May 15 through Oct. 15. Water temperature will vary depending on amount of sunlight/clouds/ambient temperature. Gas heating is available for additional fee for other times of the year upon request. SAUNA: Newly installed (Sept 2012) outdoor cedar 3 person dry sauna with carbon FAR infrared heaters and stereo Pool has OPTIONAL child security fencing with 3 self-closing gates (extra $200 fee required to install) Gas grill is hooked to main natural gas pipe so you'll never run out of fuel!. Front yard has (upon request in winter) 3 child swings as well as rope ladder and/or hand rings (interchangeable) Piano in living room is an electric Casio (which sounds great!)

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