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Muir Beach Ocean and Garden Retreat

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Muir Beach House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 8 MAXIMUM - No exceptions

This house was a family home for over 10 years and was recently totally renovated. The property is perfectly nestled above Muir Beach with extensive beach frontage. The owners who are landscape architects designed extensive gardens that were featured in the book 'Gardens by the Sea' by Barbara Seagal, an English author; and featured in Garden Design as well. The house features wrap around decks that connect all the rooms to the outdoor, the gardens, and the ocean. All 4 bedrooms have ocean views. An extra feature of this property is a private studio on the hill which can be leased at the same time for an additional cost.

Other amenities include a BBQ on the deck, a deep jacuzzi tub, and a wonderful garden where you can enjoy the day with a great number of friends and guests.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Isis Schwartz - please send online inquiries first - phone calls after response
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, Some Italian and German
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October 18, 2016
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About Isis Schwartz - please send online inquiries first - phone calls after response

We bought the property in 1990 and lived at the beach full time for 10 years. We recently remodeled the entire house to use it again as our vacation property and to feature as a VRBO. We are landscape architects and have won many awards for our work both nationally and internationally. David is a California native with a strong sensibility for the environment and conservation and Isis is a Brazilian native. We have lived in the US, Europe, and South America and have a strong international sensibility and design sense which is reflected in our house.

Isis Schwartz - please send online inquiries first - phone calls after response purchased this house in 1990

Why Isis Schwartz - please send online inquiries first - phone calls after response chose The Bay Area

We bought this property from David's parents because of its location, the proximity to San Francisco for our work and all of the amenities the coast offers. As life long environmentalists and ocean enthusiasts there was no better place to live than facing the Pacific Ocean. We also wanted to keep this property in the family and have every intention of continuing the tradition with our children.

What makes this house unique

Flat ground in front of the house: all of the level areas were created by David and me to derive the greatest enjoyment of the property.Kids can play ball and other games on the lawn, we hosted fabulous Easter Egg hunts and birthday parties with more than 50 people enjoying the property and never feeling crowded.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Muir Beach Ocean and Garden Retreat
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Awesome house in an awesome location.

  • 5 of 5

I love Muir Beach. The hiking and biking is brilliant. This house sits right above the beach with awesome views . Love the chairs at the end of the garden overlooking the ocean. Can listen to the ocean lying in bed. House is very comfortable and great layout. Has everything we needed

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Trevor for the review. We hope to host you again in the future and wish you Happy Travels! Sincerely, Isis
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  • 5 of 5

I rented this house for six close girlfriends to celebrate a 60th birthday. When we unlocked the door and stepped in our eyes were immediately drawn to the incredible view of the Pacific Ocean from the large windows. The oohs and ahhs began! The house had everything we needed, the garden and patio are lovely, and each day we awoke to the beauty surrounding us. Just steps from the beach, we would wake early to walk the beach with coffee cup in hand. At night we watched the stars while relaxing in the hot tub. It was truly perfect.

I do want to share a warning that has nothing to do with the rental. While making a quick stop at the Muir Beach Overlook, thieves broke into our rental car and stole 3 purses. This happened very quickly and with a busy parking lot. Do not leave anything of value in your car!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Catherine, Thank you for the great review. I am so sorry about the theft and loss of your valuables at the Muir Beach Overlook. Of course, that being a tourist spot we never know what to expect. Wishing you great travels and better luck in the future. Sincere Regards, Isis
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Beautiful area great house.

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at the Muir beach house. Beautiful area. Our kids had a fabulous time playing in the yard and walking to the beach. The house is beautiful with three bedrooms having an ocean view and a great kitchen. There's a great walking /hiking trail very nearby that we enjoyed each day. The only downside was we were not informed that the semi private beach is in fact a nude beach. Would have been nice to know having kids heading down by themselves.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Amber, Thank you for the review. Regarding the nude beach, it was not an oversight. Nearly all beaches in Northern Cal. have a clothing optional side. With a great big beach within walking distance which offered different options, it didn't occur to me to make a reference to this. I am doing so going forward. Wishing you great travels! Isis
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Great Location Lots of room and serene

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time with my siblings (all over 65), including a handicapped sister. The older home was very welcoming and comfortable. When we had a cold night we were able to light a great fire and talk story until late in the eve. Met Isis and was enchanted with her and her hope to make our stay as wonderful as she could make it. We hit a perfect time with sunny skies and warm spring weather. A short walk to the beach, and a private serene setting. Not the Ritz but a good, warm and roomy beach house.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation here in August 2015. Tucked away down a winding road in a peaceful Muir Cove community, this charming house is a perfect base for exploring San Francisco and the surrounding area. A two minute walk down the path is Muir beach in Muir cove where we explored tide pools, swam, skim boarded, and floated in the gentle swells. A 20 minute drive away is Stinson Beach, a cute beach town where the waves are bigger. We enjoyed boogie boarding here and visiting the book store and market. Beach tip: unless you're used to swimming in cold water, rent wet suits - they keep you warmer, give you added buoyancy, and let you stay in the water longer. A 10-15 minute drive away are the majestic Muir woods where we spent a day hiking and communing with nature. San Francisco is a 35-45 minutes drive away. We had a great time being tourists and riding the cable car, eating dim sum in Chinatown, visiting museums, and taking the Alcatraz tour. City tip: buy your tickets to Alcatraz as soon as you book your trip to San Francisco. Tickets sell out weeks in advance of tour dates. The house itself is beautifully decorated, spacious, with amazing views from most of the rooms and from the lovely lawns and hot tub. Our trip couldn't have been better and I can't imagine a nicer place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest from El Paso! Thank you for the fabulous review. We love our beach house and are always delighted when our guests are as delighted as we are about it. Wishing you Happy Travels! Cordially, Isis
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Beautiful coastal home base for exploring the bay area or enjoying peaceful times

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, comfortable home that is on easy drive to wine country and SF (excluding the 6 miles of HWY 1, of course).

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, Thank you for your review of the property. I appreciate your selection of our beach house for your family vacation, Sincere Regards, Isis
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Muir Beach is located only 20 minutes from San Francisco which makes it a perfect location for year round residents. The community has a newly remodeled community center which is rented for weddings, parties, and other celebrations. We are located close to the Zen Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Center, Stinson Beach, and the famous Dipsea Trail from Mill Valley to Stinson beach.


Rates & Availability

Muir Beach House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $400
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rate is for standard stay. Holiday rate increase apply. Holiday week minimum 5 night stay. Maximum number of guests, no exceptions is of 8 people.
No refund policy. Please purchase travelers insurance

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Muir Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - Studio bathroom, rented with cottage only
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed, ocean views
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with en suite bathroom, ocean views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Double bed and twin bed/couple + child
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Ideal for kids/teens
    Detached Unit - 1 double , Rented separately from main house, en suite bath
  • King size beds (1) Master Bedroom with Cal King bed., Queen size Beds (1) Front bedroom with queen bed., Double Beds (2) Bedroom # 2 with double and twin bed. Cottage on hill with double bed - for additional 2 guests and not included in main house rental. Daily rate is 200.00/night. Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds in kids bedroom.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
The studio on the hill is available as an extra bedroom and bathroom. The cost is 200.00/night with a 50.00 cleaning fee. There is a 2 night minimum at the studio. It has its own deck, coffee pot, and outdoor amenities and it is a great place for a family or group member who needs more privacy. Daily house keeping services available at extra cost. Kayaks available.

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