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Tree Top Glass Home in the Heart of the National Seashore

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Outdoor Grill


About the property

House, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Hi House is a unique elevated studio style glass home located ridgetop amidst Bishop Pines overlooking Tomales Bay State Park and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Situated on five acres and completely surrounded by State Park and National Seashore, this tree top home is the perfect getaway for two. Just relax in comfort neslted in the swaying trees, or venture and explore the historic lighthouse, ocean & bay beaches, or hiking trails and numerous other activities located just minutes away. Your access to this unique home is by a spiral staircase at the back of the house. Due to the unique nature and features of Hi House, children are not permitted.

Located on Pierce Point peninsula at the entrance to Tomales Bay State Park, The Trees By Tomales Bay consists of two private vacation homes situated on 5 acres. The property features spectacular views of Tomales Bay and Abbotts Lagoon, and is surrounded on all sides by State Park and National Seashore.

Enjoy the solitude and peacefullness of our unique setting amidst bishop pines, oaks and beautiful vistas, or venture to the beaches and trails of Tomales Bay State Park (5 minutes) or the many vistas, trails, historic sites and beaches of the Point Reyes National Seashore (5-15 minutes).

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE comprises over 100 square miles, including 32,000 acres of coastal wilderness area. Estuaries, windswept beaches, coastal scrub grasslands, salt and freshwater marshes, and coniferous forests create a haven of 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline. Abundant recreational opportunities include 147 miles of hiking trails, backcountry campgrounds, and numerous beaches, including over 10 continuous miles of unspoiled beach. Kayaking, biking, hiking, beachcombing, surf fishing, seasonal whale and elephant seal watching, bird watching and wildlife viewing are just a few of the activities awaiting your visit. Additionally, you can explore geology, Coast Miwok Indian culture or Lighthouse history by visiting the many historic sites within the park. Located just an hour’s drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Seashore is a great escape from a busy city life.

TOMALES BAY STATE PARK is comprised of a 2,000-acre day-use park which features four gently sloping, surf-free beaches, protected from winds by Inverness Ridge, the backbone of the Point Reyes Peninsula, as well as forests, fields, hills, meadows and marshes - each with its own plant life, including varieties of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. One of the finest remaining virgin groves of Bishop pine in California is in the park's Jepson Memorial Grove. Wildlife in the area includes foxes, raccoons, badgers, weasels, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, deer, bobcats, skunks, wood rats, field mice, moles and other animals. There are also land and sea birds, including the spotted owl, quail, goldfinches, puffins, great blue heron, pelicans, ruddy ducks, woodpeckers, meadowlarks - and more. The park has hiking trails connecting all its bay beaches, and is a popular place for picnicking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, clamming and boating.

Keywords: Elevated Tree Top Glass House

More Details

Jeff and Barbie Fairchild
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Jeff and Barbie Fairchild

Jeff & Barbie Fairchild

Retired restauranteurs, we now enjoy our grandchildren, sailing, boating, travelling and enjoying all the wonders of our current home here in the heart of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Jeff and Barbie Fairchild purchased this studio in 1954

Why Jeff and Barbie Fairchild chose The Bay Area

This property was purchased as a vacation home by my grandparents. They added a second home, Hi House, in 1960. My siblings and I purchased the property from the family(s) in 1974. We rented occasionally to friends, and in 2004 my wife and I began to offer the homes as vacation rentals.

What makes this studio unique

Peace, solitude, nature. Surrounded by Tomales Bay State Park and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Property is isolated, yet only minutes from the seashore, bay, hiking, biking, birding, whale watching and dining.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing this lovely home. We thought the view inside was as beautiful as the view outside! We stayed here two nights while on our honeymoon. We listened to Sinatra & Dean Martin while sipping champagne. I cooked for Eric the first time as his wife here at Hi House. We will be back!
Sep 2005
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Inverness Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Studio home, bedroom is in living space.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Decks on East and West side(watch sunrises and sunsets), and as we are located in the heart of the National Seashore and State Park and it's abundance of wildlife, we do not allow any pets.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Tree Top Glass Home in the Heart of the National Seashore
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 53 reviews

Beautiful location, unique facility, lovely accomodations

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved my stay here! Restful, beautiful, and comfortable. Living area is superb. Kitchen is suitable for quick meals so don't have to worry about driving to restaurants if you stock up before. The only hitch was that the house phone didn't work and there is no cell service out there. That can be scary if you're alone. My family tried to reach me using the phone number that the owners provided as the house phone, but they couldn't get through. When I was in cell range, I also tried calling the owners at the other numbers that they provided as their personal mobile / business lines but they didn't respond. I don't think they ever tried to call me back either. Not having any means of immediate contact could be an issue for couples with kids on a weekend getaway, especially in an emercency if their sitter can't get a hold of them. I immensely enjoyed my stay, would definitely go back, but if there is no working phone--renters should be aware this fact in advance. The nearest cell service point that I could find for Sprint was about 4 miles away near Inverness. Otherwise, it's a lovely place.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We called the guest as soon as we received her message on the phone not working, however did not reach her. We did text her a response apologizing for the inconvenience and let her know that we would work on getting it repaired as soon as possible. It had been working previously as we had received a call from the previous guests on the line. Unfortunately, we could not reach the guest to get permission to enter while she was not there. The following day after her departure we found that the phone cord had somehow become unplugged. We sent a text to the guest explaining what we found and apologized for the inconvenience. We received a “thanks” text back.
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Truly unique

  • 5 of 5

I would give this property more stars if I could . Set in the beautiful Point Reyes Seashore, staying in this house is like being in a tree . Watching the stars from bed and then seeing the sunrise from the same spot the next morning was fabulous. The area is quiet , except for the birdsong . The house is well appointed , everything you could need or want for a true get away . My husband and I can't wait to return .

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful romantic adventure getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is now among my favorite places on Earth! My wife and I love escaping to Pt Reyes from our busy lives in Palo Alto whenever we get the chance. We have stayed in several different B&Bs and recently stumbled across Hi House. It was absolutely perfect. The decor was cozy and romantic, while the glass walls and trees give you the sense that you're living in the canopy of a rainforest. The house turns rainstorms into a thrilling adventure, while the sunrises pouring through the treetops and morning fog are positively majestic. Unlike most lodging options in the area, the house is actually in Tomales Bay State Park, so you are planted right in the middle of stunning hiking and cycling, while Inverness and Pt Reyes Station are just short drives away. The kitchenette is small but well-furnished and perfectly suitable for cooking. Wildlife abounds. We saw deer grazing right outside the door, and enjoyed the variety of birds on display. We would recommend this to any couple looking to get off-grid and reconnect, especially those who enjoy exploring the spectacular nature in the area. We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet, well maintained, furnishings tasteful and comfortable. Plants artistically arranged on the de

  • 5 of 5

We loved the ambiance. Felt very much at home. Birding fabulous, and coyotes visited. The light was healing. Loved the architecture. Owners gave a lot of attention to details. Kitchen well set up. Bed very comfortable. Heater effective. I hiked around the property- so beautiful. Loved the wildness. Would like to come back for a longer retreat. PT Reyes is one of my favorite places to hike in the US. Perfect location for all our hikes. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great place nestled in the treetops

  • 4 of 5

Overall we really liked staying here - very beautiful, private, and of course unusual in its construction. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because at night we were COLD and had to keep the heater on, which was very noisy. The reason we were cold is because there were only two relatively thin blankets on the bed with NO COMFORTER on the bed or anywhere else to be found. It would have been nice to have lain in a bed under cozy comforters and simply looked out the windows and listened to the natural sounds of the area. This would be an easy problem to fix and it was surprising to me since they ask to please be mindful about leaving the heater on unnecessarily (meaning when leaving the house). Otherwise, it was a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry that your stay was not 5 star. You are the first to let us know that a comforter is needed and we have ordered one.
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect! The location, sunrise views, peace & quiet...even the bed and pillows were comfortable. Highly recommend Hi House to anyone looking to get away from it all...will definitely be back!

Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
TBSP Heart's Desire Beach Entrance
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Heart's Desire Beach
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Drake's Beach
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Historic Point Reyes Lighthouse
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Chimney Rock
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Blue Water's Kayak Rentals
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Thepmonggon Thai Restaurant
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Olema Restaurants - 15 minutes
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Point Reyes - Restaurants, Shopping
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Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters
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Historic Pierce Point Ranch
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McClure's Beach
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Kehoe's Beach
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Abbott's Lagoon Trailhead
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North Beach
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South Beach
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Elephant Seal Viewing
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Tule Elk Preserve - Tomales Point Trail


Rates & Availability

Inverness Studio Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Processing $20
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check-in time: 3:00 PM Check-out time: 11:00 AM

Holidays $225/night / 3 night min / Plus 10% tax

Maximum 2 Adult Guests, no children.

Cancellations must be 14 days in advance of stay for full refund,less processing fees.

For any cancellation within 14 days of stay we will refund any portion we are able to rebook, less processing fees.

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