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Bolinas Family Beach House

Bolinas, CA, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

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.


S.B. Hirsch

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Mar 24, 2018
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.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        2 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, bunkbed shares hallway w. other br
      • 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.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, handheld shower head
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Newly remodeled
      • Outdoor
        outdoor shower
      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          Less than one block from ocean - 524 steps. Favorite of surfers and beachcombers
        • Mountain View
          Northern flanks of Mt Tamalpais
        • Near The Ocean
          Less than one block from ocean
        • Rural
        • Village
          Unique little town where time has tried to stand still.
        • Water View
          Across the street from the Bolinas Lagoon and dock where fishing boats still come in and 524 steps to the beach.


            • Family
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas wall heater during cold season + electric baseboard and space heaters. New sunporch provides additional warmth.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      open to the dining area
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Parking available for 2 cars - tandem style - one inside driveway and on in front of driveway. Parking downtown can be difficult on nice weekends so it is very helpful to have this option.
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Shampoo
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Telephone
                      Landline for local calls if needed. Cell phone coverage can be spotty.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Beach towels also included
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                      wifi can be slow as there is small bandwidth due to infrastructure problems in this area. Ok for email, surfing the net. May run into problems w. games, movies..
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Kitchen
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          electric coffe maker; french press; and stovetop espresso
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee beans to start first pot; salt, pepper, spices and other items that vary. Ask for current pantry items.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          also convection toaster oven


                            • Dining
                              Additional table for 3 in living room
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Music Library
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Books
                                • Piano
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  Some beach toys and games, color pencils, drawing pads
                                • Video Library


                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      off back of house in garden - also now enclosed deck as well
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      many flowers with seating for 8+, picnic table + other outdoor tables
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber gas grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Tennis
                                      Public tennis court in town
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      3 small boogie boards - local shop rents surfboards, wetsuits


                                        • 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.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 1:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: Noon

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              33 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Loved the views and small town feel. However, the drive into the city is long and slow going.

                                                              Ellie K.

                                                              Loved this little house, it had everything necessary for our stay. I would definitely recommend this property to stay in Bolinas. You can't beat the views and beaches in this area. If you plan on doing multiple days in San Francisco it would be easier staying in the city. The drive is challenging at night and during foggy times. We were there in January so the weather was in the high 50's, good hiking temperatures.

                                                              Great location! Great for a small group of friends

                                                              Carol L.

                                                              We really enjoyed our stay in this place near the Bay and Pacific Ocean. Kitchen well equipped and nicely furnished bedrooms and bathrooms.

                                                              A nice additional feature is the piano which one of our friends could play.

                                                              All in all, we found the place completely adequate for all our needs. Highly recommend.

                                                              Well-prepared and cosy.

                                                              Charliece H.

                                                              Loved watching the tides change.

                                                              Cozy place in convenient location

                                                              Elizabeth M.

                                                              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.

                                                              Birthday in Bolinas!

                                                              Laura M.

                                                              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😊😊😊

                                                              Charming quiet home on the main strip in Bolinas with everything you'll ever need.

                                                              Eva C.Kenmore

                                                              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.


                                                              Bolinas, CA, USA

                                                              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

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Damage Insurance
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              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.

                                                              33 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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