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Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home


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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Marshall House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Relax in a spacious, recently renovated 3-bedroom 2-bath private home perched over pristine Tomales Bay with glistening clean water, fantastic panoramic views of beaches and hills across the mile-wide bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Sit on the steamer chairs on the deck. listen to the lapping of the water against the seawall underneath the home, hear the laughter of the loons, see seals, otters and birds, and smell fresh air off the Pacific Ocean among wonderful unspoiled nature, yet only an hour from San Francisco. Feel the warm sun reflecting off the bay. The large deck is perfect for yoga or dining al fresco. The home has a southwest exposure and Marshall is sunnier than Point Reyes National Seashore. Don't forget to wear sunblock. There is a container in the master bathroom. If you are lucky, you will see an incredible sunset.

Once you pass through the front gate and past the gardens to the front porch, the first thing you see upon entering the home from the foyer is the beautiful bay through the French Doors of the Great Room. The home has been furnished primarily in a Danish mid-centurty modern style, featuring a teak dining table with a unique chandelier made from a sculptured light fixture from Tivoli in Copenhagen. There is tasteful original artwork throughout the home, and a large leather sofa and two chairs surround a teak coffee table in front of a gas fireplace. Most of the lighting is on dimmers, and the windows are double-pane for your comfort. The kitchen is fully equipped with almost every condiment you could every want. There is a blender, coffee bean grinder, coffee maker, toaster, oyster knives, dishes, glasses of all types, cups, bowls (including large wooden salad bowl) and more. Stainless steel appliances include a large refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, disposer, and full-sized electric range-oven.

The master bedroom is very large and includes a California King bed suitable for a small family, a Le Corbusier lounge chair, a glass and steel desk with Henry Miller Aeron chair, another smaller desk, painting easel, a fireplace, and a swivel wall-mounted flat-screen TV that can be view from anywhere in the bedroom. A set of French doors lead to the deck and offer views of the moonlit bay at night. Off the bedroom is a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with shower-tub and two basins. There is a heater and fan, an exhaust fan and window. Shampoo, peppermint body soap, and conditioner are available, as are body lotions.

The other two bedrooms share a bathroom with tub-shower. One bedroom has a Queen bed with a European foam mattress that is very comfortable. The other bedroom is small, about 7.5'X11' and has a pull-out double sofa bed that is suitable for two children, two smaller adults or one average sized adult. There is also a futon in the media room that is not so comfortable.

The media room has a 12-foot high ceiling and can be accessed from the master bedroom, from French doors to the front porch, or from a sliding glass door that leads to the hot tub. The TV is a large Samsung flat screen with 1080HD and 240 MHz, offering an excellent picture. There is a Sony sound system with woofer to compliment the TV or for playing music CDs or video games. A blu-ray player can show HD and regular DVDs. There is a children's pool table and various games. We also have broadband Internet with Wi-Fi.

The Hot Springs (best quality) spa is located on the leeward side of the home and has a view past potted flowers to the dock and bay beyond. The spa is designed for two or three persons. Great for watching shooting stars at night and hearing distant ocean roar.

Guests have use of a tandem sit-on-top kayak or an aluminum rowboat. You can launch them from the dock. Clamming can be done on the beaches across the bay at low tide. Look for air holes or spritzes of water shooting up from the beach. You can also fish from the dock without a license. You might catch a halibut, perch, bass, herring, or sardine. You can also get crab from the dock with the net and some bait. I am growing oysters and mussels from the dock but you need to get yours from Hog Island Oyster Company, less than a half mile north. There is a gas bar-b-q and a Weber charcoal bar-b-q if you like your oysters cooked.

Our water source is a well shared by 18 other households. We are state certified water system and the water is tested bi-weekly and we have no bacteria whatsoever. It is perfectly good to drink. Although it appears we have a good supply, please conserve.

This is a magical place and staying here is a mesmerizing experience, inspiring the name of the home: Tranquility on the Bay. You might not want to leave.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Fred (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
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About Fred

I am in my 60s and enjoy a daily yoga practice, kayaking, hiking up the hills, nature photography, writing, playing saxophone and listening to live music. I bought the home after my SF employer offered me the option to become a telecommuter and I have never regretted it. Now I watch the cormorants and blue herons do their morning commute. Instead of hearing the morning news, I listen to the chatter of the swallows. I particularly enjoy the people and food of west Marin. Picking berries and mushrooms, enjoying kale and other veggies from our community garden, indulging in locally grown oysters and clams, eating at local restaurants, savoring locally caught salmon, Dungeness crab, and Halibut, eating Marsha Barinaga's sheep cheese or Water Buffalo ice cream or Point Reyes Blue Cheese with Bovine Bakery organic bread and a bottle of Pt Reyes Pinot Noir is my idea of thinking globally but acting locally. Concerning the people who live here, we love us. Don't be afraid to talk to us. We love to share our bliss. Do you speak Marshall?

Fred purchased this house in 2010

Why Fred chose Marshall

I bought this home because it has a unique setting perched over a clean bay teeming with wildlife and with views of beautiful unspoiled hills and beaches. It is a spacious, comfortable and renovated home with new dual-pane windows, light birch floors, and sunny southwestern exposure.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy hot tubbing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography, hiking, biking, hearing local musicians, eating the freshest sweetest oysters, clam chowder, and crab. I also enjoy wonderful food at Nick's Cove (3 miles north), Locals' Night at Tony's Seafood (one mile south), and in Point Reyes Station: Station House Cafe, Osteria Stellina, Reyes Cafe, Saltwater (Inverness), and Sir and Star (Olema). Nearby entertainment is at the Dance Palace and Old Western Saloon, among others.

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Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews
Roseville, California

2nd stay at this home, had a great time

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here before and really love this house. The fishing is great off the pier. We caught fish all weekend including several large bat rays. The Hog Island Oyster company is right down the road. The home was well stocked and the beds were very comfortable. You just can't beat being right on the water.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Tomales Bay Dream Home

  • 5 of 5

Tranquility on The Bay is like a dream-come-true that we have the good fortune to join friends and rent for four years in a row...we always come away feeling happy and ultra-relaxed after four-day weekends here.

There is so much to see and do in the area, we always end up hiking a bit, eating a lot and just enjoying the gorgeous deck, the hot tub, the amazing views and sound of the water. The house is well-equipped for staying in and cooking, the furnishings modern and yet not cluttered. Everything here is like in the Goldilocks story: Just Right!

We highly recommend Tranquility for all types of getaways, and we thank Fred and Karin for continuing to share this peaceful place.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having respectful guests like Kimberly.
San Francisco, CA

Beauty on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

We spent four wonderful nights at Tranquility on the Bay, the house was perfect for two couples. Beautiful view to wake up to, coffee on the deck, kayaking on the bay, great kitchen for cooking several of our meals, cribbage games and birds to enjoy (especially Peggy's visits). We enjoyed a Mozzarella cheese farm tour, including brushing the baby water buffalo, hiking Tomales Point trail with the Tule Elk and wildflowers, whale sightings at the Lighthouse, dinner at Nick's Cove and Osteria Stellina and breakfast at the Pine Cone diner. So many favorite things in a perfectly located home, very comfortable and we would love to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Susan, we are glad you had a great time!

Rooms with views!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, warm, inviting home, fabulous view and wonderful owners

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anita, you are welcome to return anytime. Fred

Nice house

  • 3 of 5

We visited Tranquility on the Bay for a girl's getaway and the house was nice. The setting on the water is really beautiful. All as advertised. There were a few issues though that I feel compelled to point out - particularly because I just got my deposit back and $40.00 was deducted which bummed me out. First - we got there about an hour early. We were greeted by a woman that was pretty rude about it. "No no no - check in is at 4:00" was how we were greeted. Not "hi - nice to see you - welcome - you're a little early..." She seemed to realize how she was coming off pretty quickly and directed us to a nearby place to sit and wait. That was ok - just a minor blip but a little bit of a red flag. Then as the weekend went on - the toilets started to clog. They didn't flood but it meant that we needed to wait to flush for a few hours after someone used it (don't need to go into details here but it was another bummer). We could've called the owners but we didn't want to interrupt our weekend if it wasn't an emergency. So all in all - not a bad weekend at all and again the house is as advertised. We did our very best to follow all instructions for check out. Then - I received my deposit back. I was deducted $25 for not turning off heaters in the master bedroom. I stayed in that bedroom and we really only used the fireplace to my knowledge and that was turned off. To be fair, it could've been turned on by one of my guests and I missed it. I was also charged for not sorting organics from recyclables. I was charged $40 for both the heater and the "not sorting organics". I want to be fair with this review but I'm feeling a bit put off after renting the house (which included a cleaning fee). I feel as if the owner was looking for things to charge me for at the end.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the owner of this home, I am distressed by this review because I sincerely want guests to have the best possible experience. I could not get out to inspect the home until 24 hours after these guests left, and when I opened the door, the house was hot. I went into the master bedroom and someone had left the two electric baseboard heaters on the highest setting and bed sheets were thrown over the six-foot long heater and were touching the elements inside. The sheets were very hot and could have caused the house to burst into flames if left there much longer. The printed instructions require guests to turn off all heaters and the gas fireplace when departing. Electric heat is very expensive and the $25 is fair considering our cost per kilowatt hour. Despite a check-in time of 4:00PM on the rental agreement, these guests showed up at 2:45 and the housekeepers were not finished cleaning. While these guests were conscious about keeping the home clean, they did not follow instructions about separating recyclables from organic matter and from miscellaneous trash. The housekeeper had to go through the three bins to re-sort garbage, otherwise we get fined by the county, and we have to pay $15 extra to housekeeping to do this. The only time we have had problems with the toilets flushing is when people flush inappropriate objects. We would have called a plumber if they would have informed us they were not draining properly. We have had no complaints or problems since. I am sincerely sorry this guest was upset about the $40 charge, but it does not seem excessive considering the rules were not followed, costs were incurred, and the house could have burned down by leaving the heater on high with sheets sticking inside against the element.

Lovely waterfront home

  • 4 of 5

The house was recently renovated and is both lovely and comfortable. We were 2 couples, a friend and an elderly mother. The single person had to sleep on a sofa (not a sofa bed). So "Sleeps 6" really means 3 couples. Other than this slight inconvenience, the house was a wonderful place to enjoy the ever-changing views of the bay and sky, watch the birds and seals go by and simply relax. We cooked wonderful meals, went kayaking and took a fun trip out to the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse to see the elephant seals. It's convenient to the park, Pt. Reyes Station (and the great eatery Stellina), as well as kayaking beaches.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The bedding situation is accurately described in the listing: King bed in very large master bedroom with ensuite bathroom; Queen bed in average bedroom; and double bed in small bedroom.


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Francisco or Oakland
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nick's Cove (one of best bar-restaurants SF Bay)
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Golden Gate at Larkspur Landing
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
San Geronimo, Bodega Bay, Petaluma or Novato
Nearest Train
45 Miles
San Francisco or Oakland
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
US 101 freeway - Redwood Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Marshall Store (oysters,crab, clams); Tony's
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Marshall Beach (a 15 minute paddle across bay)
Car: necessary

West Marin is close to civilization but a world apart once you pass over the verdant hills and descend toward the Pacific, traveling through stately redwood groves, past lakes and along streams to a more peaceful, friendly way of life. A dominant part of this land is the Point Reyes National Seashore that offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, horse trails, a Miwok Indian village, and miles of undeveloped sandy beaches.

In the fall and spring there is whale watching from the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Take the Tomales Point trail past a huge heard of Tule Elk.

A variety of birds come at different seasons. Keep your eyes open for Osprey, Red-tail hawk, Pelicans, Falcons, Blue herons, Snowy Egrets, Buffleheads, Commorants, and many others. Elephant seals, sea lions, and harbor seals are abundant.

Enjoy eating fresh oysters, clams, King Salmon, Halibut, and Dungeness crab from local waters. There are two major oyster farms and picnic areas within walking distance.

For wine-tasting the Point Reyes winery is six miles south and features very good estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, among others. Sonoma wineries are 30-45 minutes, Napa wineries are 1 hour east.

West Marin is foodies' paradise with great restaurants, an organic farmers' market on Saturdays, wonderful local cheeses (there is something special in the air). A visit to Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station offers a tour of the cheese-making process. There are food and farm tours. The Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station produces a variety of mead beverages made in the Champenoise method (not sweet and bubbly like Champagne) and the various honeys impart a taste of whatever the bees ate, such as radish.

Nightlife is abundant due to local talented musicians. Live music can be heard on the weekends at the Old Western Saloon (one of the great dive bars dating back to 1800s), Station House Cafe, Dance Palace, Rancho Nicasio, and Smiley's in Bolinas. On Friday's Tony's Seafood has Locals' Night and features live music, $1 oysters, and other specials. On Tuesday Nick's Cove has live music and features a great prix fixe.

In the mid to late afternoon I like the sunlight that bounces off the bay. There are many artists in the area attracted by the light and landscape. One of the better art galleries is Route One Gallery in Point Reyes Station operated by a collective of local artists. In addition to various art galleries in the area, Open Studios are usually Memorial Day, Labor Day weekends, and early December. You can also visit art galleries and antique shops in nearby Petaluma.

West Marin is made up a many interesting people. We have well-known authors and poets, famous musicians, celebrity chefs, an Oscar-winning actress, entrepreneurs, a scientist who chairs the National Academy of Science, corporate executives, professors, and progressive farmers. Most everyone is friendly and grateful that we live in such a beautiful area. Links that hold us together include our wonderful local radio station, KWMR (91.1FM or and the Pulitzer Prize winning Point Reyes Light, our weekly newspaper.

If this isn't enough for you, San Francisco culture and night life is one hour away, or check out the various music venues in nearby Petaluma such as McNear's, Lagunitas Brew Pub, and others.


Rates & Availability

From $350 Per night

Marshall House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dry Season 2015
May 1 2015 - Nov 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2015
Nov 2 2015 - Apr 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Cleaning Fee $90.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes $50 holiday surcharge
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Marshall House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bedroom has toilet, two basins, and tub-shower; second bathroom has toilet, one basin, and tub-shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) California King in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Luxurious European mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Third bedroom is small and has pull-out sofa bed for two children or small adults or one average sized adult; media room has sofa that converts to futon for one person but is not very comfortable
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Amenities include a large fishing dock and crane to launch two-person kayak or row boat that you are welcome to use at your own risk

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