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Bolinas Family Beach House

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 + bedrooms, 2 bathrooms sleeps 4-6

This comfortable home is located across the street from the beautiful Bolinas Lagoon as it empties from Mt Tamalpais into the Pacific Ocean just a short block away. Nestled below a wooded and private hillside this Mediterranean style house is set behind a large hedge hidden from the street. Parking for 2 cars [tandem style] - a great bonus in an area with limited parking for the beach goers who often show up on weekends. A great base for bird watching, mountain biking, hiking, surfing, kayaking (walk across the street to put in at the small dock), or mosey down the block to the beach to look for seashells, watch the seals play in the surf or make a sandcastle. Known for locally grown/ raised organic food and freshly caught fish, and with a cafe, museum and Wildlife Gallery with our local bird expert down the street, you have sophisticated city amenities in a small beach town. One of only a handful of homes located in this historic part of downtown where the fishing boats still come in on the tides, it is a great spot for fun, family gatherings, or quiet reflective moments.

more: The house is one of two structures on the property. There is also a small cottage at the rear of the property occupied by a part-time tenant/caretaker. However, the yard, parking area, etc. is for the exclusive use of guests. The backyard has a picnic table + several outdoor tables and a park like feeling facing the wooded hillside. Sheltered from the wind with great afternoon sun and with lots of hummingbird visitors, it is a great spot for sharing meals or just hanging out.

More Details

S.B. Hirsch
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2017

About S.B. Hirsch

We have owned the property since 1986, live part time in the house since our retirement in 2008 and also offer it as a vacation rental. Because we spend a great deal of time in the house it has many personal touches. The small cottage at the rear offers housing to a long time Bolinas resident who also looks after the property when we are not there.

S.B. Hirsch purchased this house in 1986

What makes this house unique

We love being downtown. Once at the house we can walk to the beach, shop, enjoy music, see the museum shows without having to drive and park. On most weekdays the streets are empty of people and cars but beach parking on weekends can be very difficult nowadays. We really appreciate having off-street and tandem parking available for us and our guests.


Bolinas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Newly remodeled
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , handheld shower head
  • Bathroom #1 has tub. Hand held shower only. Bathroom # 2 off the living room has new tiled shower, no tub. Plastic seat available, if needed.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , bunkbed shares hallway w. other br
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Sunroom slightly larger double bed
  • Bedroom #1 [Master] is largest w. a small wood paneled study and doors into living room and/or hall leading to the other sleeping areas and bathroom #1. Bedroom #2 [Bunkbeds], the 'Diving Bell' is perfect for kids, although fine for adults. Access to the main part of the house from this room, is through the Sunroom [or through Master bedroom #1]. It is across the hall from bathroom. Bedroom #3, [Sunroom] has a full size bed with sliding glass doors to fenclosed porch and can be used as a lounge area, or the doors and curtains can be closed for a private sleeping area for 2, depending upon use of Bedroom #2. New mattresses on all beds w. exception of bunks which have thick foam. The house can accommodate four to six depending upon how friendly everyone is. The living room also has a full sized sofa bed which also can be used.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house has an efficient wood burning stove, electric heaters and gas wall heater in winter. Wood floors + several area rugs, few dust collecting fabrics and no animals, help keep it a low allergen environment. Dish TV. House is 'downtown' near the beach and stores with a parking area inside the gate. Once inside the gate, behind the big front hedge, the house has a very private feel with a wooded hillside at the rear and surrounded by garden greenery. The house is one story, with 3 & 4 steps into the structure. A concrete sidewalk is at the entry and side going to the rear with some flagstone patio areas and enclosed sunporch. An outdoor shower and clothesline available for post beach clean up. Picnic table w. benches plus other tables and chairs for outdoor use. There is a small cottage at the rear of the property occupied by a part-time tenant/caretaker, however the yard, parking, etc is for the exclusive use of guests. Sorry, no pets, please.


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Bolinas Family Beach House
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Well-prepared and cosy.

  • 5 of 5

Loved watching the tides change.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy place in convenient location

  • 5 of 5

Everything was waiting for us in this house! We felt welcomed and comfortable; we were just four, but the place easily sleeps six. The house was clean; we considered it a good value for the price, though it is not luxurious. The owners live here at least part of the time, making it feel like a home, not a hotel. It is a short walk to everything in this very charming funky village, and a good base for exploring Point Reyes and the redwoods at Samuel P. Taylor Park. The ferry to San Francisco was about a 50 minute drive from Bolinas. We would definitely rent this home again should we wish to return to the area. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birthday in Bolinas!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a wonderful weekend with friends and family in Bolinas. The Bolinas Family Beach House was just fabulous! Six ladies stayed comfortably with plenty of room to stretch out and lounge around. The home is close to local stores and the owners have thought of everything you might need for a successful beach get away. The caretaker is a very nice gentleman who helped us with places to go and things to see. I would recommend this home and I hope to stay here again in the future😊😊😊

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming quiet home on the main strip in Bolinas with everything you'll ever need.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in your home - thank you! I appreciated all the directions left around the house like how to use the heater etc. Super charming house and well stocked. I had never heard of Bolinas prior to this wedding, but will be back. This town and the surrounding scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional rental

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here when we attended a wedding in Bolinas. It was a perfect home for the week! Months later, my two-year-old still asks to go back to "our little house" in California. You are right be the water and can walk within a minute down the road onto the beach. The house is very comfortable with a great, uncrowded layout and plenty of room. Sherry has thought of everything you might need, and the surfaces and linens are spotless. Sherry herself is a phenomenal hostess: I had several different issues (such as a package arriving before us, and a cosmetic bag I left behind that she later mailed to me) and she was unfailingly kind and helpful. We considered other, great-looking places in Bolinas but were very glad we picked this one because we could walk to anywhere in town and the beach, too. Thank you very much, Sherry!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laurie for your kind words! We travel a great deal so we appreciate staying in a comfortable place ourselves and try to replicate the experience as much as possible in our house. And since we live there part of the time we are always looking for ways to make it better for us and a for you. Suggestions are always welcome and helpful. Our town is pretty unique and magical - glad you and your family could experience it. And thank you again for acknowledging our efforts.
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Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

This rental couldn't be located in a better spot. You can see the water from the front gate. The beach, store and restaurant are just a few minutes away walking. The town is quaint and the people friendly. When you walk in the door you will realize that this is a home and not a plain rental. It is filled with all of the amenities one could need. The beds are very comfortable and the two bathrooms are really nice. I would use the car cover provided by the owner who is very informative and easy to contact. The surrounding areas are beautiful. I would recommend following your directions very carefully; the locals take down street signs. It's a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
27 Miles
San Geronimo
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Ski
201 Miles
Sugar Bowl Ski Area
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Bolinas Beach
Car: recommended

One short block from Bolinas Beach and steps away from the Bolinas Lagoon as it empties from the flanks of Mt Tamalpais into the Pacific Ocean, you are approximately 25 miles north of San Francisco. Although there is much to do and see in our small west Marin village, you are well situated for visits to the City and to the Sonoma and Napa wine country. Located at the southern tip of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, north of Muir Woods, west of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Mt Tam, with the ebb and flow of the tides nearby, you are surrounded by the natural wonders of this region. Once you arrive, you can park your car and walk to shop or enjoy the beach and hills of the area. There is a regular although infrequent bus service via West MarinTransit on the 'Stagecoach' to the town with routes to connections with transit centers 'over the hill' as well as to Stinson Beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check when you inquire for current rates, fees and deposit amounts as they vary. Holiday periods and extended stays may require higher deposits. Weekly rate is for 7 nights. Reduced rates for stays longer than 7 nights and some discounted rates/fees are also available. Rates are also based upon size of party. Cancellation policy - Payments are non-refundable with the exception of insurance or damage deposit and cleaning fees. We ask for a modest deposit to hold booking with balance due 15 days prior to visit - a portion of the deposit may be refundable in the event of cancellation before the balance is due. No occupancy tax on stays of 30+days. Accidental damage insurance in lieu of damage deposit is preferred for all stays. Rates have been adjusted downwards to cover this cost. In this rural area repairs can be pricey and in excess of the cost of the insurance. Cleaning fees vary depending upon size of rental party length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund