check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

Stuart Z

Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german, wife speaks German

Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna

17 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more

Overview

San Rafael House Rental Photos and Description

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 roofed custom tiled atrium with 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 free-form pool with built-in bench seating, resort quality loungers, and an outdoor jetted 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 with remodel 2.0 in the living & dining areas completed in Spring 2015.

The home features durable strand bamboo flooring throughout with in-slab radiant heat , open modern kitchen with custom stained strand bamboo counter tops & cabinets, an eat-in kitchen with seating for 4, separate living room bar counter with 3 stools, huge front guest room with separate entry to front yard & atrium, completely remodeled baths with unique bamboo sinks and the master bath featuring an 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 (20 min.), stroll through the huge redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument or laze on the sand at Stinson beach (both are 30 min.), wine taste in Sonoma & Napa (20-40 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 (45 min.), stroll downtown San Rafael (5 min.) 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.

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

Reviews

4.8
based on 17 traveler reviews

Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews
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
Did you find this review helpful?
2 1
Rhode Island
5

Awesome property. Great experience

  • 5 of 5

I would like to start by saying that this property far exceeded our expectations. A group of friends from various parts of the US flew in for a friend's wedding that was in nearby Novato. I was tasked with finding us a location that would satisfy everyone ( not an easy task). Needless to say, I cannot tell you how many times throughout our stay that each guest went out of their way to thank me for finding such a gem. The house is unique, perfectly designed and the pool area is a great place to eat, drink and hang out. The hot tub was well maintained and we were pleasantly surprised with the "beast" of a grille. I can go on and on. The house was immaculate, well stocked and great for families, adults , reunions, etc etc. I will be back as soon as I can ! Great job Stu

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed our home as much as you did as we strive for experiences of that caliber for all of our guests. We welcome you back anytime George.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Great House

  • 5 of 5

Traveling with 2 teens, 2 adults for a week on the Bay area, the house was fantastic. Great location to 101 and SF, with nice things/activities in San Rafael. Shopping, amenities a 5 min drive away. Trails and recreational facilities close by. Mt Tam is a must see. Great farmers market at Marin Civic Center. Loved the hot tub and pool and the Sonos system. No problems. Some of the "modern" plumbing and features are not our cup of tea, but a minor issue to us. You get a hot bath and clean your kitchen with no problem. Moonlight the cat was adorable and all of us loved spending time with the house pet. Stuart was responsive and checking in with us on our status. No problems, highly recommend the house.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

beautiful home, idyllic pool, helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

We worked with the owner Stuart to rent his home at the last minute over the Independence Day holiday and couldn't have been more pleased with the comfort of the home and the experience of being in such a great neighborhood off the beaten path.

The pool was perfect for our small group of families with kids, and the neighborhood allowed for morning walks with the baby through quiet side streets and open space.

We absolutely want to come back over the bridge from San Francisco for another stay-cation!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Boston, Massachusetts
5

Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented the House of Bamboo to enable us to get together as a family over the Christmas holiday. The house was perfect for us and exactly as represented - well maintained, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you could possibly need. We were also delighted to discover that it was decorated for the holidays, including a Christmas tree - everything on timers so we didn't need to deal with anything. The layout is open and inviting, yet very private in a quiet neighborhood, and enabled everyone to gather together or carve out private space as necessary. We loved the hot tub, the sauna and the grill - it was winter so we didn't use the pool but can attest that it is lovely and the patio area is well equipped with heaters and furniture. The furnishings are high end, with very comfortable beds and good quality linens and the fireplace was a nice touch on cooler evenings. And the best part - Moonlight the cat, who completely stole our hearts (we never actually thought we were cat people, but she proved us wrong - I miss her already!).

All communications prior to our arrival as well as the instructions that were left in a binder (and emailed beforehand) were thorough and professional. We were left wanting for nothing. San Rafael is a cute little town with good restaurants, a mall within walking distance, and hiking trails nearby. It's also close to the ferry to get into San Francisco as well as highway access for other points on the peninsula and beyond.

You can't go wrong with this one - highly recommended, and we hope one day to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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

Photos

Rates & Availability

San Rafael House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2017
Jun 15 2017 - Jul 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
$575
$3,450
$12,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$475
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 10.0%

Reservation will be officially confirmed when a properly initialed/signed copy of the rental/liability release contract and the house guide is received within 3 days of receipt.

Payments made through Homeaway or PayPal will incur an additional 3% surcharge (4% if international) to cover our costs associated with receiving payments through those vendors. ***Pay us directly by personal/bank check to avoid this.***

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
All holiday periods : no refund

No refunds for cancellation during a holiday period- please purchase travel insurance to protect yourselves

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Unavailable

Amenities

San Rafael House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Oversize walk-in custom shower + separate entrance
    Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , with separate patio entry
    Half bath - toilet
  • 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, & 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
  • 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: 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 $300 fee required to install/remove) 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 is an electric Casio (which sounds great!) Note- lighted paper lanterns pictured in main exterior night shot of the house are taken down in winter to avoid water/wind damage.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties