Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

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.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1850 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House
  • Guest House


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Not safe for toddlers since we are over the water...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Not allowed inside of house...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Must be small, dander free and hypo-allergenic...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Den


  • King size beds (1) California King in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Luxurious European mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Third bedroom is small and has pull-out sofa bed for two children or small adults or one average sized adult; media room has sofa that converts to futon for one person but is not very comfortable...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • Master bedroom has toilet, two basins, and tub-shower; second bathroom has toilet, one basin, and tub-shower...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Amenities include a large fishing dock and crane to launch two-person kayak or row boat that you are welcome to use at your own risk...moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Blu-Ray and regular player...moreless

  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Various titles...moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Child's pool table in Media Room...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    2 TVs with DISH Satellite...moreless

  • Stereo:

    TIvoli in Great Room; Sony CD player in Media Room...moreless

  • Television:

    46" 240Hz 1080p High Def Samsung TV in den; 36" High Def flat screen TV in master bedroom with swivel wall-mount ...moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    Various titles...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Sandy beaches are a one-mile kayak paddle across the bay; 30 mile long ocean beaches at Pt Reyes National Seashore; nice ocean beach at Dillon Beach, 11 miles north...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Nearby Point Reyes Station has a charming downtown with great restaurants, a food market, a great bakery, Old Western Saloon, a progressive book store, handwoven fabrics, a bank, a Western store, etc....moreless

  • Mountain:

    Black Mountain and Mount Vision are central features to the landscape...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Tree covered mountains are west of the bay...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Miles and miles of undeveloped ocean beaches in Point Reyes National Seashore; nearby Dillon Beach also has a 2-mile beach....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Bay connects to ocean about three miles north; ocean roar can be heard from Abbot's Lagoon, two miles west ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Organic farms abound and there are farm tours; first organic dairy west of Mississippi is Strauss who has tasty products served in old-time bottles, as well as the BEST ice cream and Greek Yoghurt...moreless

  • Village:

    Marshall is a charming fishing village. The boat works is still operating but the herring fleet is in mothballs. There are about three fishing boats left at Fishermen's Village. Salmon season is now. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Panoramic 180 degree view of Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore across the bay...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Perched over pristine Tomales Bay...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    House is on piers over Tomales Bay, a pristine tidal bay connected to ocean and fed by freshwater streams; ocean waves can be heard....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Teak dining room table that is expandable; brass chandelier from Tivoli ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Satellite system...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance:

    No international calls...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Double fireplace faces living room and master bedroom...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas fireplace and electric baseboard...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Leather sofa, two Danish modern chairs, teak coffee table and gas fireplace...moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Land line offers free phone calls throughout USA...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you might need...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Almost new stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, skylight. Full size range-oven, large refrigerator-freezer with icemaker, dishwasher, disposer, micorwave, coffee maker, toaster, etc. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Electric range with full sized oven and four burners...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    Aluminium row boat...moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) wrap around decking with wire railing to preserve views, front porch, patio, and large dock...moreless

  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Tandem kayak...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Jetsetter by Hot Springs suitable for up to three people...moreless

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2015
Nov 2 - Apr 28, 2016
2 night min stay
$350 $450
Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,225 $7,900

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$2,400 $8,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $90 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 10%


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Last updated: 11/18/2015
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco or Oakland
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Nick's Cove (one of best bar-restaurants SF Bay)
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Golden Gate at Larkspur Landing
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
San Geronimo, Bodega Bay, Petaluma or Novato
45 Miles
Nearest Train
San Francisco or Oakland
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 101 freeway - Redwood Highway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Marshall Store (oysters,crab, clams); Tony's
180 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Tahoe
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Marshall Beach (a 15 minute paddle across bay)

Car: Necessary

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 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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: 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?

Why the Owner Chose Marshall:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Guest House:
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.

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Speaks: english



  • View from Great Room

    View from Great Room

  • Dining area and kitchen

    Dining area and kitchen

  • Sitting area of Great Room with fireplace

    Sitting area of Great Room with fireplace

  • Breakfast table and stools

    Breakfast table and stools

  • Media room

    Media room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Second bathroom

    Second bathroom

  • View from hot tub

    View from hot tub

  • Dock


  • View of Marshall from beach across the bay

    View of Marshall from beach across the bay

  • Sunset from deck

    Sunset from deck

  • Home from dock

    Home from dock

  • Brass Tivoli chandelier over dining table at night

    Brass Tivoli chandelier over dining table at night

  • Great room

    Great room

  • View out window to deck

    View out window to deck

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • King bed and fireplace

    King bed and fireplace

  • Queen bed in second bedroom

    Queen bed in second bedroom

  • garden and spa in front yard

    garden and spa in front yard

  • Deck wraps around entire home

    Deck wraps around entire home

  • Frequent visitor

    Frequent visitor

  • After sunset paddle boarder

    After sunset paddle boarder

  • Indigo reflections

    Indigo reflections

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 21, 2015

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