|Space||1,850 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Relax in a spacious, recently renovated 3-bedroom 2-bath private home perched over pristine Tomales Bay with glistening clean water, fantastic panoramic views of beaches and hills across the mile-wide bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Sit on the steamer chairs on the deck. listen to the lapping of the water against the seawall underneath the home, hear the laughter of the loons, see seals, otters and birds, and smell fresh air off the Pacific Ocean among wonderful unspoiled nature, yet only an hour from San Francisco. Feel the warm sun reflecting off the bay. The large deck is perfect for yoga or dining al fresco. The home has a southwest exposure and Marshall is sunnier than Point Reyes National Seashore. Don't forget to wear sunblock. There is a container in the master bathroom. If you are lucky, you will see an incredible sunset.
Once you pass through the front gate and past the gardens to the front porch, the first thing you see upon entering the home from the foyer is the beautiful bay through the French Doors of the Great Room. The home has been furnished primarily in a Danish mid-centurty modern style, featuring a teak dining table with a unique chandelier made from a sculptured light fixture from Tivoli in Copenhagen. There is tasteful original artwork throughout the home, and a large leather sofa and two chairs surround a teak coffee table in front of a gas fireplace. Most of the lighting is on dimmers, and the windows are double-pane for your comfort. The kitchen is fully equipped with almost every condiment you could every want. There is a blender, coffee bean grinder, coffee maker, toaster, oyster knives, dishes, glasses of all types, cups, bowls (including large wooden salad bowl) and more. Stainless steel appliances include a large refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, disposer, and full-sized electric range-oven.
The master bedroom is very large and includes a California King bed suitable for a small family, a Le Corbusier lounge chair, a glass and steel desk with Henry Miller Aeron chair, another smaller desk, painting easel, a fireplace, and a swivel wall-mounted flat-screen TV that can be view from anywhere in the bedroom. A set of French doors lead to the deck and offer views of the moonlit bay at night. Off the bedroom is a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with shower-tub and two basins. There is a heater and fan, an exhaust fan and window. Shampoo, peppermint body soap, and conditioner are available, as are body lotions.
The other two bedrooms share a bathroom with tub-shower. One bedroom has a Queen bed with a European foam mattress that is very comfortable. The other bedroom is small, about 7.5'X11' and has a pull-out double sofa bed that is suitable for two children, two smaller adults or one average sized adult. There is also a futon in the media room that is not so comfortable.
The media room has a 12-foot high ceiling and can be accessed from the master bedroom, from French doors to the front porch, or from a sliding glass door that leads to the hot tub. The TV is a large Samsung flat screen with 1080HD and 240 MHz, offering an excellent picture. There is a Sony sound system with woofer to compliment the TV or for playing music CDs or video games. A blu-ray player can show HD and regular DVDs. There is a children's pool table and various games. We also have broadband Internet with Wi-Fi.
The Hot Springs (best quality) spa is located on the leeward side of the home and has a view past potted flowers to the dock and bay beyond. The spa is designed for two or three persons. Great for watching shooting stars at night and hearing distant ocean roar.
Guests have use of a tandem sit-on-top kayak or an aluminum rowboat. You can launch them from the dock. Clamming can be done on the beaches across the bay at low tide. Look for air holes or spritzes of water shooting up from the beach. You can also fish from the dock without a license. You might catch a halibut, perch, bass, herring, or sardine. You can also get crab from the dock with the net and some bait. I am growing oysters and mussels from the dock but you need to get yours from Hog Island Oyster Company, less than a half mile north. There is a gas bar-b-q and a Weber charcoal bar-b-q if you like your oysters cooked.
Our water source is a well shared by 18 other households. We are state certified water system and the water is tested bi-weekly and we have no bacteria whatsoever. It is perfectly good to drink. Although it appears we have a good supply, please conserve.
This is a magical place and staying here is a mesmerizing experience, inspiring the name of the home: Tranquility on the Bay. You might not want to leave.
I am in my 60s and enjoy a daily yoga practice, kayaking, hiking up the hills, nature photography, writing, playing saxophone and listening to live music. I bought the home after my SF employer offered me the option to become a telecommuter and I have never regretted it. Now I watch the cormorants and blue herons do their morning commute. Instead of hearing the morning news, I listen to the chatter of the swallows. I particularly enjoy the people and food of west Marin. Picking berries and mushrooms, enjoying kale and other veggies from our community garden, indulging in locally grown oysters and clams, eating at local restaurants, savoring locally caught salmon, Dungeness crab, and Halibut, eating Marsha Barinaga's sheep cheese or Water Buffalo ice cream or Point Reyes Blue Cheese with Bovine Bakery organic bread and a bottle of Pt Reyes Pinot Noir is my idea of thinking globally but acting locally. Concerning the people who live here, we love us. Don't be afraid to talk to us. We love to share our bliss. Do you speak Marshall?
Fred purchased this house in 2010
I bought this home because it has a unique setting perched over a clean bay teeming with wildlife and with views of beautiful unspoiled hills and beaches. It is a spacious, comfortable and renovated home with new dual-pane windows, light birch floors, and sunny southwestern exposure.
I enjoy hot tubbing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography, hiking, biking, hearing local musicians, eating the freshest sweetest oysters, clam chowder, and crab. I also enjoy wonderful food at Nick's Cove (3 miles north), Locals' Night at Tony's Seafood (one mile south), and in Point Reyes Station: Station House Cafe, Osteria Stellina, Reyes Cafe, Saltwater (Inverness), and Sir and Star (Olema). Nearby entertainment is at the Dance Palace and Old Western Saloon, among others.
Location was perfect for the oyster lovers in our group...lost track of how many was consumed.
Kitchen is well equipped with everything we needed to prepare meals.
We experienced extreme weather conditions over our 3 day weekend (which meant we spent more time indoors than we would have normally liked) yet we did not experience "cabin fever" thanks to the open and bright layout.
The sounds of the waves underneath our cozy bed did not disappoint!
The homeowners were easy to communicate and work with... we were welcomed with a bottle wine, flowers and a detailed listing of things to do and see in the area (the owner thoughtfully called to check on us the day before we left and warn us of road closures in the area).
We are already discussing a return visit, hopefully will time it with less rain!
We had a very nice time at the house. Unfortunately, there was heavy rain most of our visit, so we were not able to use the kayak or enjoy the dock/deck. The owner, realizing heavy rains were in the area, took care to send us several tips and warnings about the roads, etc. as we traveled from the Bay Area, which we appreciated. Hot tub worked well as did the fireplace and heat, so we were cozy despite the weather.
The experience was great. The weather was perfect and the location was excellent...right on the water and only a short distance to Hog Island. If we had been there a little longer, I would have liked to have tried the kayak since the water was so calm and inviting. Everyone in the group enjoyed the fresh cut flowers placed around the house.
This is a beautiful place - the house is right on the water so it feels like being on a boat, and across the bay is nothing except water and hills. The master bedroom is fantastic. It's large, with a very comfortable bed and looks out directly on the water. The kitchen is well stocked, communications with the owner were quick and easy. I would love to come back.
We were able to experience and enjoy this beautiful property only for a brief stay after a busy week in San Francisco on business. The home is wonderfully appointed, perfect kitchen for foodies like us who love to cook and the most stunning of views along the bay. The outside deck was our favorite place for morning breakfast to early evening wine and nice conversation. We used the hot tub once after long days in the city and it was very relaxing and worked quite well. The location of the home is private, yet so close to perfect little restaurants and outings. Not to miss: Hogs Island Oyster Company, Cow Girl Creamery and the lovely, lovely scenery. You must also find a perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. We will return to this wonderful and special place in the future. Also note that the host communicated well and left simple instructions for keys and usage of items at the house. Especially loved the fireplace that looked into living room and bedroom, as the nights were chilly and the toasty fire made it perfect with a nice glass of red.
We had a great time! Hot tub in back was amazing! Very clean and very well equipped inside. Incredible views and right on the water! Fred was very helpful with information about the area as well. I would highly recommend this rental! You will not be disappointed! Looking forward to going back!!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning Fee||$90 + Tax|
$50 holiday surcharge
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
West Marin is close to civilization but a world apart once you pass over the verdant hills and descend toward the Pacific, traveling through stately redwood groves, past lakes and along streams to a more peaceful, friendly way of life. A dominant part of this land is the Point Reyes National Seashore that offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, horse trails, a Miwok Indian village, and miles of undeveloped sandy beaches.
In the fall and spring there is whale watching from the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Take the Tomales Point trail past a huge heard of Tule Elk.
A variety of birds come at different seasons. Keep your eyes open for Osprey, Red-tail hawk, Pelicans, Falcons, Blue herons, Snowy Egrets, Buffleheads, Commorants, and many others. Elephant seals, sea lions, and harbor seals are abundant.
Enjoy eating fresh oysters, clams, King Salmon, Halibut, and Dungeness crab from local waters. There are two major oyster farms and picnic areas within walking distance.
For wine-tasting the Point Reyes winery is six miles south and features very good estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, among others. Sonoma wineries are 30-45 minutes, Napa wineries are 1 hour east.
West Marin is foodies' paradise with great restaurants, an organic farmers' market on Saturdays, wonderful local cheeses (there is something special in the air). A visit to Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station offers a tour of the cheese-making process. There are food and farm tours. The Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station produces a variety of mead beverages made in the Champenoise method (not sweet and bubbly like Champagne) and the various honeys impart a taste of whatever the bees ate, such as radish.
Nightlife is abundant due to local talented musicians. Live music can be heard on the weekends at the Old Western Saloon (one of the great dive bars dating back to 1800s), Station House Cafe, Dance Palace, Rancho Nicasio, and Smiley's in Bolinas. On Friday's Tony's Seafood has Locals' Night and features live music, $1 oysters, and other specials. On Tuesday Nick's Cove has live music and features a great prix fixe.
In the mid to late afternoon I like the sunlight that bounces off the bay. There are many artists in the area attracted by the light and landscape. One of the better art galleries is Route One Gallery in Point Reyes Station operated by a collective of local artists. In addition to various art galleries in the area, Open Studios are usually Memorial Day, Labor Day weekends, and early December. You can also visit art galleries and antique shops in nearby Petaluma.
West Marin is made up a many interesting people. We have well-known authors and poets, famous musicians, celebrity chefs, an Oscar-winning actress, entrepreneurs, a scientist who chairs the National Academy of Science, corporate executives, professors, and progressive farmers. Most everyone is friendly and grateful that we live in such a beautiful area. Links that hold us together include our wonderful local radio station, KWMR (91.1FM or www.KWMR.org) and the Pulitzer Prize winning Point Reyes Light, our weekly newspaper.
If this isn't enough for you, San Francisco culture and night life is one hour away, or check out the various music venues in nearby Petaluma such as McNear's, Lagunitas Brew Pub, and others.