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Bill

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Mill Valley Escape-Minutes to Freeway, Wooded Lot & Water View

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Almonte House Rental Photos and Description

First level of a 2-story duplex. In quiet neighborhood so no parties (Sleeps 2)

Vista Mill Valley has the details inside and outside that warrant your consideration. Inside, the property has nice furnishings, from granite counter tops to the Fisher & Paykel gourmet gas range. The bedroom has an 8 ft glass window and a 10 ft sliding glass door. The living room has another 8 ft window, making the wooded lot a part of your experience. Your unit has its own deck, accessible from the bedroom or the main entrance. Your water view includes Richardson Bay, Tiburon, the Sausalito houseboats, Angel Island, the East Bay hills, and, on a clear night, the lit-up cranes of the Oakland waterfront, across the Bay.

Why Mill Valley?

Mill Valley is popular for visitors from around the world because it is minutes from San Francisco, yet a world apart. Famous for its wooded hillsides and water views, Mill Valley has been the home of many notables, from Jerry Garcia to Janis Joplin. Grab a coffee in our downtown, and you might just recognize a few of our current residents.

If you've not been the the San Francisco Bay Area before, do stay in San Francisco for at least one night. But then come join us here in Mill Valley, for the perfect northern California experience.

Why this property?

A few years ago we completed a major remodel, taking much of the property down to the studs. This means that you will be enjoying accommodations that are basically new. All the small details - sophisticated lighting, built-in speakers, etc. - contribute to a great experience. The kitchen is small, so we made it special, with a gourmet gas range, granite counter tops, etc. The deck was always nice, but we made it nicer, with Brazilian teak, and cable railings. And the exterior path and steps have been redesigned, to better leverage the garden.

Finally: consider our location. Mill Valley has many wonderful properties, but some of them are time-consuming to get to. This property is only 1.1 miles from the freeway ramp.

A final thought: this property has about 40 stairs to the unit. Not 40 in a row; and most of the steps are low-rise, but read my 150+ reviews, and make sure the property is appropriate for you. Thanks!

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Bill (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Bill

I'm Bill; my wife is Terry.

Bill purchased this house in 2003

Why Bill chose California

I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1978. Lots of communities are great. Berkeley's as entertaining as any place in the world, and Palo Alto and Menlo Park were both good addresses when I was working for dot-coms. And for a night-life, San Francisco is, of course, the place to be. But for being close to everything, yet feeling far away, Mill Valley is as good as it gets. (Go to Wikipedia, and look up 'Mill Valley' to see an amazing list of the rich and famous who have selected this town as their home.) While some parts of Mill Valley are hard to get to, this house is only 5.4 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, making the property particularly practical.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Bill and Terry,



We thoroughly enjoyed our visit at your beautiful place. The interior design and attention to detail were beyond our expectations. The view and scenery from the living room and bedroom were amazing. The terraced hillside gardens were lush, beautiful and peaceful. It was close to all Marin County has to offer. We feel very lucky in finding such an outstanding and reasonably priced accommodation. Thank you very much. Looking forward to a return visit.
Apr 2014
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(177 traveler reviews)
Mill Valley Escape-Minutes to Freeway, Wooded Lot & Water View
average rating of 4.9661016 based on 189 reviews
5

Great place, exactly as in the photos - superb hosts

  • 5 of 5

Bill and wife were excellent hosts living upstairs from the rental. Bill gave us great advice on restaurants and hiking trails. The house is superb with top of the line amenities and decor. I will return on future trips to the Bay Area. Fantastic place.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Welcome Home

  • 5 of 5

Each summer we return to Bill & Terry's VRBO to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature in beautiful Mill Valley. Surrounded by trees and views of the bay in our own private retreat, each day brought us awe inspiring hikes at Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais and Tennessee Valley. We took the ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island and drove to Point Reyes National Seashore and the wine country among other adventures. Comfortable, clean and modern, everything you need is provided. Our eight-day stay was truly a homecoming. Thanks Bill & Terry for another great experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Just a lovely place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful six-day stay and would highly recommend it. Frequent VBRO renters, this place is much better than many - clean and well appointed bedroom, grand room, bathroom, and deck, and a compact, efficient kitchen that had every thing needed for people who like to cook. Just lovely views of the bay. And while you need a car to get here, the home offers easy access to walks in the Marin highlands and redwoods as well as Mill valley and Sausalito. This is a very 'Marin Zen' kind of place!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay this last weekend. The unit has everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay! Loved the snacks and drinks provided when we arrived and all the things to make you feel at home like fresh ground coffee, DVDs and cozy seating. The unit is very clean and well appointed. The view of the bay from the bedroom and deck is beautiful. Each evening, we saw deer enjoying the property as well! The location is close to the city and Muir Woods. Bill and Terry go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Beautiful Spot

  • 5 of 5

Had a great week here enjoying all that Marin has to offer. Bill and Terry went above and beyond to make our stay a perfect one. The space is modern, clean, and well appointed. The views and the deck were wonderful. We are looking forward to coming back here again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great Value and very spacious

  • 5 of 5

Bill made us feel very comfortable. He was informative and was readily available to help with the questions we developed.

The accommodations were VERY spacious, the View was terrific, and location was ideal. Everything was extremely clean and well organized.

Overall...a WONDERFUL experience. We will return and stay again.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
24 Miles
San Francisco AND Oakland are about a 45-minute dr
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
2am Club
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Sausalito
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mill Valley Golf Course
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Oakland
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Tam Junction
Nearest Ski
199 Miles
Tahoe resorts
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: recommended

Mill Valley is a special town - only 7 miles north of San Francisco, but a world apart. This vacation rental - Vista Mill Valley - is also special.

We offer a modern, sophisticated interior, beautiful Brazilian teak deck, and views to die for. And the property has location. It's not 20 minutes up in the hills, but 1.1 miles from the 101 freeway - San Francisco really is just ten minutes away.

You will need to climb 40 stairs to reach your flat, but it is worth it. It means the view is a bit better, and the garden is pleasant. Don't be surprised if a buck or two scurry away as you pass; our goldfish pond seems to be a popular watering hole!

Inside is new. New floors, new drywall, new windows, new cabinets, new tile, new designer stove, new dishes, new glassware, new bedding. Welcome to Vista Mill Valley.

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Rates & Availability

Almonte House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$150
 
 
Low Season-2016
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$140
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70

5-days required for Thanksgiving, X-Mas and New Year's Eve.
Check-in is 3pm; check-out is 11am (but I will always try to accommodate your needs)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Almonte House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Eastern King Bed (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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