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Cheerful Cottage on Petaluma River near Wine Country & San Francisco

Black Point-Green Point, Novato, CA, USA
  • Cottage600 sqft
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

'Junior One Bedroom' with peaceful view in great location

A great location to relax and getaway, or as a home base for your Bay Area Adventure. Enjoy watching the birds in the marshes of the Petaluma River. Just 1/10 mile down the road is a boat launch for kayakers, boaters and fisherman. A short drive to Sonoma and Napa for winery visits. Novato has a fabulous downtown with quaint shops and excellent restaurants. Sonoma Raceway is only 6 miles down the road for any race fans. San Francisco and Oakland are less than an hour away.

The Boathouse has a fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom with shower, and a living room/bedroom with a pull-out couch, a pillow-top queen bed, a LED flat screen TV and wifi internet.

Just outside the cottage is a private deck bordering the marsh with dining seating for 6.

The Boathouse is located at the bottom of approximately 2 1/2 flights of stairs. Access is by foot only.


Randi Bakken

Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 06, 2018
About Randi Bakken

Although we have lived here for over 3 years, coming home still feels like being on vacation! We look forward to sharing our cottage with you.

Randi Bakken purchased this Cottage in 2011

Why Randi Bakken chose Black Point-Green Point

After living in suburban neighborhoods our whole lives, we never realized how amazing an undisturbed view into nature really is. One look out the window had us convinced we couldn't be anywhere else!

What makes this Cottage unique

The Boathouse has a definite away-from-it-all, country feel - but is still just a few minutes from downtown Novato, Safeway, Target, and Costco.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Queen size pillow top bed with fluffy down comforter. Full size pull-out couch.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Water View
          • Waterfront
            Marshes of the Petaluma River with a boat launch 1/4 mile away. No water access from the property though.


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                        one portable room air conditioner
                      • Fireplace
                        Gas with remote
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Gas fireplace
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Living room connected to bedroom area. Includes pull-out couch, fireplace, 36' flat screen TV, DVD player, and games
                      • Parking
                        Ample on street parking
                      • Towels Provided


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully equipped, eat in kitchen.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            4 burner gas stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                In kitchen table and chairs
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    36' flat screen


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Table with 6 chairs
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Propane grill with bbq tools


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • theme parks
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hot air ballooning
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • sailing

                                                            43 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Perfect for our purpose

                                                            Arlyne L.

                                                            There are not a lot of places to stay in the area so The Boathouse was perfect for our needs. It's very private, the kitchen is huge and the view from it is fantastic. The bed is super comfy. While the bathroom is large, it only has a standard (narrow) stall shower. One point to note, as mentioned by the owners and in previous reviews, the staircase to get down to The Boathouse may not be easy for certain people. Randi and Jim couldn't be nicer or more helpful owners.

                                                            Thank you Randi and Jim for a lovely restful stay while we were training at the Novato Institute.

                                                            Karen D.

                                                            Thank you for endeavouring to provide a more continuous internet and for making us welcome. Karen and Brad

                                                            Charming house just as advertised

                                                            Murali R.Chicago, IL

                                                            We were a family of 3 and had a very enjoyable stay for 5 nights in Dec. The property was just as advertised with a fully equipped kitchen. Randi was nice enough to get us some essentials since we were arriving on Christmas eve and the stores were going to be closed. Highly recommended!

                                                            Clean, quiet, beautiful scenery

                                                            Beverly L.Cedar Rapids IA

                                                            So grateful for the hospitality of the hosts! We were lost our first night in San Francisco and Jim not only guided us to the cottage; but when we got there hadn't had anything to eat except nuts & pretzels on the plane. He brought us sandwich makings, milk & cereal for breakfast, yogurt and sparkling water - it was a feast as hungry as we were! The cottage was clean, comfortable, and in a great location. The only downside was that we could not walk out on the dock that you see in the pictures assuming it is part of the cottage. We were there during the record breaking heat and although grateful for the air conditioning; it was very loud when it kicked on. The third night we found a way to prop up the standing fan and turned the air off and aimed the fan at the bed (otherwise, it didn't oscillate properly). Also if the bathroom door is shut all the way, the door and handle sticks and it is hard to get out. It was just me and my husband so not a big deal for us (not worried about someone coming in while using) and we learned not to shut it all the way; but it could probably be fixed with a new handle or door. We couldn't get the grill going and it had cobwebs in it and the beginnings of a wasp or hornet nest so we cooked our steaks and hamburgers inside. All in all - the good outweighed the slightly bad and we enjoyed ourselves immensely! The hosts were very gracious in laundering our towels for us when we ran low.

                                                            convenient to winery and trees!

                                                            kathy p.Jefferson, WI

                                                            My husband and I had very limited time to visit a few wineries and go to Muir Woods. This rental location was very convenient. We went to 3 wineries and would recommend 2: Hamel Winery/ Sonoma: VERY friendly staff, GORGEOUS views, DELICIOUS sweet wines with a small appetizer as part of the tour. V. Sattui/St. Helena, for no charge they let you pick two wines to taste, then you can buy a bottle, go to their GREAT deli to get small amounts of lots of cheeses, meat and bread and eat/drink at a picnic table outside. Muir Woods was nice, easy walk. Rental was very clean and comfortable. 2 surprises: the dock that is shown is not accessible to renters and very close on left side is a huge overpass with traffic noise. Neither bothered us as we were barely there but we didn't expect this! Owners are right next door but we never saw or heard them. Very quick to reply to questions.

                                                            Clean, cozy, and comfortable!

                                                            Kris D.

                                                            Waking up to a beautiful view every morning was so wonderful! Great location-the ocean, redwoods, Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco are all nearby with amazing views along the way! The owners thought of everything! It is so nicely decorated and comfortable! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!


                                                            Black Point-Green Point, Novato, CA, USA

                                                            Halfway between San Francisco and wine country - it's the ideal location for a getaway! Take the ferry from Larkspur to San Francisco. Napa is 24 miles and Sonoma 16 miles. Sonoma Raceway is just 6 miles down the road. Excellent kayaking and boting with the launch 1/4 mile down the road. Easy access to Point Reyes.

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                                                            43 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.9/5
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