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A Country Retreat Near San Francisco

Mill Valley, CA, USA
  • House1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6.

This comfortable, sunny and spacious house is located in a tranquil family neighborhood in the quaint town of Mill Valley in Marin County, an elegant and affluent suburb north of San Francisco

At only 6 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and adjacent to Sausalito, it’s the perfect location to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing or business meetings.

The available space, on the ground level of the house, includes 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a large living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a laundry/pantry room, and front and back lush gardens.

There is a locked, although unoccupied, bedroom upstairs and a locked garage.

The 2 bedrooms have comfortable queen size beds with adjustable base, brand new top of the line mattresses, quality linens, down comforters, closets, dressers and flat screen televisions with cable and WIFI for streaming movies, Netflix and Hulu.

There is extra storage space.

The recently remodeled bathroom has a tub with shower, towels, toiletry and hair dryer.

The dining room seats six with French doors opening to the lovely back garden.

The living room has a new sofa-bed with a firm mattress that sleeps 2, a new electrical comfortable recliner for 2, a large leather couch, a gas fireplace with remote control, a 55” flat screen HDTV with Satellite / Cable, WIFI, Blue ray/DVD player and a CD player with I Phone dock.

The fully equipped chef kitchen has quartz countertops, plenty of cabinets, top of the line brand new appliances and cooking utensils. The laundry/pantry room has a washer and dryer, iron and iron board.

The patio has a gas grill with tools and a dining table for 6, lounge chairs to relax, a hammock, an outdoor heater and a beautiful garden with direct access to a kids and dogs park.

In the shed there are 2 mountain bikes with helmets and locks.

There is parking for 2 cars in the driveway plus street parking.

There is a pack 'n play crib with pillow and blanket, a high chair and a stroller available upon request.

The house is at walking distance from the bus stop for local buses and buses to San Francisco. It takes a15 minutes drive to the Ferry Service to San Francisco from Sausalito and Larkspur, 6 minutes to Golden Gate Bridge and 25 minutes to downtown San Francisco (traffic permitting), 10 minutes to downtown Mill Valley or downtown Sausalito, 15 minutes to Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Tiburon, Marin Headlands, 25 minutes to Stinson Beach or to the top of Mt. Tamalpais , 45 minutes to the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country.

The Marin Airporter bus to San Francisco Airport is close by.

Hike or ride the bike (2 bikes provided) to Tennessee Valley Trail all the way to Tennessee Valley Beach. Explore the many great hiking trails and bike roads of Mt. Tamalpais or the surrounding open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats.

Biking and hiking local maps are provided together with maps of San Francisco. There is also a suggested detailed driving tour of San Francisco.

Ideal for:

Family vacations

Family visits

Business travel


Nature lovers

Bikers and hikers

Adjacent to Sausalito and in close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge, this quaint town of Mill Valley extends on the hills and canyons of the southern slopes of Mount Tamalpais, a heaven for mountain bikers. The proximity to tourist destinations like San Francisco, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach and the famous wine country of Sonoma/Napa makes it an ideal location to enjoy the beauty, the scenery and the many attractions that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. At the same time it offers a serene and relaxed country atmosphere. The numerous open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats that surround it are covered with countless trails ideal for hiking, biking and enjoy natural wilderness. Its charming downtown offers chic boutiques, an array of restaurants, coffee shops, the Sequoia Theater that hosts the International renown Mill Valley film festival and the Sweetwater Music Hall featuring a variety of live entertainment.

There is a brand new Harvest Market at one block from the house, 2 Whole Foods Markets, 2 Safeway, 3 shopping centers nearby: Strawberry Shopping Center, The Village at Corte Madera and the Town Center Center in Corte Madera.



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english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Thea

I am Italian and I have been living in this beautiful area for almost 40 years. I know it very well since I have been working in the local tourism industry for 25 years and will be happy to provide you with all the information you may need to have a great vacation! I am not going to be present during your stay but will be available via phone, e-mail or text. I have 2 large dogs who stay in the property sometime when there are no guests. Please feel free to contact me with any question. Although I am fluent only in English and Italian I will be able to exchange written communications also in German, French, Spanish and Portuguese. I am a nature lover and, if you are too, I can give you suggestions for hikes and excursions around this area. My dogs are my best friends and I understand the importance to share a vacation with them. If you are a responsible dog owner and your pet is well behaved, both of you are going to really enjoy the house!

Thea purchased this House in 1993

Why Thea chose Tamalpais-Homestead Valley

My husband and I bought this property 20 years ago and put a lot of work in it to make it spacious and comfortable. His green thumb and artistic nature transformed a yard of gravel and cement in a lush garden with trees, shrubs and flowers everywhere. Although the property is located very close to the city we love the tranquility of this area and the proximity to beaches, forests and mountains. A very relaxing place without crime, noise and pollution.

What makes this House unique

This is the perfect place to relax and rest after a fun filled day of sightseeing and exploring the magnificent region with all its amenities,


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Large closet, dresser, large chair and television
      • Bedroom near back garden
        1 queen, Queen size bed, sliding door to the garden, television
      • Bedroom near front garden has queen size bed, quality linens, super-comfortable mattress, down comforter, large closet, dresser, love seat, smart TV


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, quality towels, hair dryer, toiletry
      • Remodeled bathroom with bath tub, shower, toiletry, towels, hair dryer, bath robe


        • Adventure
        • Away From It All
        • Family
        • Historic
        • Romantic
        • Sports & Activities
        • Tourist Attractions


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Clothes Dryer
                  Large new Maytag
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  Floor radiant heating + gas fireplace Outdoor patio heater
                • Internet
                • Fireplace
                  Gas fireplace remotely operated
                • Linens Provided
                  High quality linens and down comforter
                • Living Room
                  New electrical recliner for two, sofa bed with comfortable mattress for 2 extra guests, leather couch, 55' Smart Tv, Satellite/cable, DVD/Blue Ray player, CD player with I Phone dock
                • Parking
                  Parking in driveway for two cars plus street parking
                • Towels Provided
                  High quality towels and bath robe
                • Washing Machine
                  Large new Maytag


                    • Coffee Maker
                      Coffee maker for American coffee and for espresso
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Serving for 6 and more
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Newly remodeled with lots of utensils, cabinets and top of the line appliances
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      Essential and spices
                    • Refrigerator
                      With ice maker and lots of room
                    • Stove
                      Gas stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          Bright, sunny dining room with French doors opening to the garden
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 6 people


                            • Books
                              Books and magazines
                            • DVD Player
                              Blue Ray/DVD player
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              Net Dishwork
                            • Stereo
                              CD player with I Phone dock
                            • Television
                              3 televisions, one in living room and one in each bedroom. Netflix.


                                • Bicycles
                                  2 mountain bikes with locks and helmets. Biking maps available for a lot of fun on the many bike roads that will take you to the top of the mountain or even to the city (via ferry)
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Table for six for dining al fresco, lounge chaises, outdoor electric patio heater for cool evenings
                                • Golf
                                  Golf park 2 miles away
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  Lush gardens in front and in the back of the house
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  With all the tools!
                                • Tennis
                                  Tennis park 2 miles away


                                    • smoking allowed
                                      ONLY outdoor. Absolutely NO smoking in the house.
                                    • wheelchair accessible
                                      House on ground level is wheelchair accessible but wheelchair can not access bathroom


                                        • live theater
                                        • autumn foliage
                                        • cinemas
                                        • coin laundry
                                        • festivals
                                        • forests
                                        • library
                                        • churches
                                        • marina
                                        • nude beach
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants
                                        • waterfalls
                                        • winery tours

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • beachcombing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • photography
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • cycling
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • surfing
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • wind-surfing


                                                        • Local hiking and biking maps as well as comprehensive informative guides to San Francisco in seven languages/editions. With an ideal location close to many interesting attractions and points of interest, this house is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a fun day of sightseeing and exploring the beautiful city of San Francisco, its Bay and the magnificent surrounding region

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          66 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Beautiful home in a charming neighborhood

                                                          Bradley P.

                                                          I stayed at Thea's beautiful house with four friends during spring break. We were in the San Francisco area for three nights and two days. The house was the perfect location; close to Marin Headlands with lots of nature and hiking, and not too far of a drive to downtown SF for sightseeing. It's in a very nice and quiet residential area; we felt very safe. The house was well stocked with kitchen items (every appliance and tool you could think of) as well as extra toiletry items incase you forget yours! A bonus was finding a basket full of maps/guides of the area that we could borrow. Nice, big, comfy couches in the living room. The front and back gardens are gorgeous, with direct access to a cute kids/dog park in the back. Only complaint maybe is two cars do not really fit comfortably in the driveway, it's too narrow. However there was plenty of street parking in front of the house so not a problem. Our party of 5 fit comfortably and we loved every minute we were in the house! Although we did not meet Thea in person, we kept in contact and she was more than accommodating.

                                                          A super nice home and great location

                                                          cristian d.

                                                          This is a great home. Very clean and cozy. Radiant heat was nice. Thea is a super good host. She made sure we were comfortable and she made sure we had a nice stay. The location is perfect for exploring Wine county or for hiking, biking etc. It’s also very easy to get in to San Francisco from the location. Great all around place. We were traveling with our baby and Thea had all the things we needed so we didn’t have to bring them. A nice neighborhood and great for families. The house sits directly behind a park. We loved our stay. Thanks

                                                          Very clean + updated and charming + convenient

                                                          Nicole M.

                                                          We had a great stay at this home! It was so convenient to our visit to Muir Woods and San Francisco... even closer and easier to get to than we expected. This home was immaculate! We have had a bad rental experience in our past so my cleanliness standards are now even higher than ever, and this home exceeded them. Everything was provided and thought of... including some welcome wine. The gardens were beautiful and well tended to. There was also a park and dog park just through the back gate. The kitchen was newly remodeled as well. The owner checked in with us a few times to ensure we had everything we needed. Definitely recommend this place.

                                                          Perfect retreat after days of sight seeing in San Fransisco!!

                                                          Susan M.

                                                          My family of 4 (including 2 kids ages 9 and 12) stayed here for 3 nights while visiting San Francisco for the first time. After a long day of flying, we had an easy drive from the airport to Thea’s house (thanks to her great directions!). We arrived to the house in the evening, and immediately knew we had picked the right place! The living room was cozy and inviting, the kitchen was equipped with all the dishes/coffee/coffee makers, etc we could possibly need, and the beds and bedrooms were very comfortable! There is a health food grocery store within walking distance (we walked there the first night, and then stopped there on our way back from sightseeing on the other 2 nights) with everything you could want to breakfast and dinner.

                                                          The drive to San Francisco from the house was very easy and scenic.....and It crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, which my kids loved! And it was so nice to come back to a nice, quiet neighborhood after a long day in the city.

                                                          Thea was an excellent host, and very easy to communicate with. I would 100% recommend this place...we can’t wait to stay again next time we’re in the area!!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you Susan for your lovely review. I am glad that you and your family enjoyed my place and I am looking forward to your next visit! Thank you for being an ideal guest!

                                                          Very nice home

                                                          Ramona F.El Paso

                                                          The house was beautiful and it has a great loving area to relax and watch television. The beds were comfortable and the house was clean. My only complaint is that having 3 kids and 2 adults share a bathroom is not advisable. I would definitely rent again with a smaller amount of people.

                                                          A quiet retreat close to everything!

                                                          Kayrita M.

                                                          A peaceful little retreat tucked in a lovely neighborhood next to a park that’s great for kids and dogs as well as meeting some of the friendly locals. Beautiful gardens, easy parking, very cozy furniture throughout with a well designed (and stocked) kitchen perfect for all levels of cooking. So much better than the pictures and very clean, Thea does an outstanding job at making sure you have everything you need for a great stay.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you Kayrita for your great review and for being such a perfect guest. You left the house spotless and it was truly a pleasure interacting with you! I hope to meet you personally next time you visit!


                                                          Mill Valley, CA, USA

                                                          Quiet family neighborhood near kids/dogs park, walking distance from transportation, surrounded by open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats with numerous hiking and biking trails. 5 minutes to downtown Mill Valley, 10 minutes to Sausalito, 15 minutes to Tiburon, 15 minutes to Muir Woods National Park , 25 minutes to downtown San Francisco (traffic permitting) and 25 minutes to Stinson Beach, 45 minutes to Sonoma and Napa Wine Country.

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                                                          66 Reviews
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