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Tree Top Glass Home in the Heart of the National Seashore

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Last updated: 08/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 electric tram or spiral staircase. 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


Property Type

  • Studio
  • 600 sq. ft.
  • Elevator : Electric tram available to take you up to the home.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Due to the nature of the house, children are not permitted....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Studio home, bedroom is in living space....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless



  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Vistas of Abbott's Lagoon, Ocean, and Point Reyes National Seashore...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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$185 $225
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$1,353 $5,750

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $170 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded; 30 nights or more: $169 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded

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  • Processing $15
  • Tax Rate 10%


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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Last updated: 08/30/2015
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    TBSP Heart's Desire Beach Entrance View on map

    Tomales Bay State Park entrance to Heart's Desire Beach, Indian Beach, Vista Point picnic area and hiking trails.

  • B

    Heart's Desire Beach View on map

    Great bay beach for kids and families. Picnic tables, bbq's, easy hiking trails to neary bay beaches, fishing and easy access for kayaking.

  • C

    Drake's Beach View on map

    Beautiful ocean bay beach with small restaurant, sandy beaches, swimming, surfing, fishing, etc. With it's beautiful white cliffs it is a spectacularly beautiful beach and more protected than the ope

  • D

    Historic Point Reyes Lighthouse View on map

    At the end of California's longest peninsula, the Point Reyes Lighthouse offers a spectacular place from which to view wildlife. Turkey vultures, ravens, and hawks are regulars. Peregrine falcons are a treat to see. A colony of approximately 12,000 common murres has established itself on the rocks north of the Lighthouse and can be viewed from the observation deck above the Lighthouse during the spring/summer nesting season. The cypress trees along the walkway to the Lighthouse are good "bird traps." On foggy days during the fall migration, unusual songbirds, warblers, and grosbeaks may be seen. Land mammals such as native black-tailed deer are commonly seen; gray foxes and long-tailed weasels are occasionally seen. Marine mammals such

  • E

    Chimney Rock View on map

    In the spring, lovers of wildlife and wildflowers head to the Point Reyes National Seashore to experience the area's abundance of both. One of our go-to spots for an outdoors outing in Point Reyes is Chimney Rock, where you can see both masses of amazing widlflowers and massive Northern Elephant Seals lounging on the beach below the cliffs. Also worth visiting here is the historic Chimney Rock Lifeboat Station, where Coast Guard crews set out to rescue victims of the many shipwrecks off the coast of Point Reyes. If you visit Chimney Rock in the late winter or spring, your first destination upon arrival should be the Elephant Seal Overlook. It's a short hike on a well maintained gravel trail overlooking Drakes Bay, abou

  • F
  • G

    Thepmonggon Thai Restaurant View on map

    Wonderful new restaurant located in the Golden Hinde Motel and Marina.

  • H

    Olema Restaurants - 15 minutes View on map

    The Olema Inn - Great food, Fine dining 415-663-9559 The Farmhouse Restaurant - Family dining - 415-663-1264

  • I

    Point Reyes - Restaurants, Shopping View on map

    Station House Cafe - 415-663-1515, A gourmet neighborhood cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1974. Cafe Reyes - 415-663-9493, Thin crust wood fired pizzas.

  • J

    Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters View on map

    Park Information, gift store, Miwok village, extensive hiking trails.

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  • L
  • M
  • N

    Abbott's Lagoon Trailhead View on map

    The easy 2.4-kilometer (1.5-mile) trail takes you past a fresh water pond to a footbridge crossing the brackish lagoon. If you continue along the sandy lagoon shoreline, you will be rewarded by the dramatic views of the open ocean and along the Great Beach. The three different water sources provide diverse habitats for the wildlife in the Abbotts Lagoon area. This is one of the best fall and winter birding sites in the park; shorebirds, waterfowl, sparrows, hawks and osprey are commonly sighted. Consider yourself one of the fortunate if you spot a golden eagle or a peregrine falcon eyeing the shorebirds!

  • O

    North Beach View on map

    Drive right to beach - restrooms

  • P

    South Beach View on map

    Drive to Beach - Restrooms

  • Q

    Elephant Seal Viewing View on map

    From December through March, a breeding colony of elephant seals can be observed from this excellent vantage point above beautiful Drakes Bay. Elephant seals, hunted nearly to extinction, have made a remarkable comeback. These marine mammals spend almost all their lives in the deep ocean waters, diving to depths of a mile in search of food. Adult male elephant seals, which can weigh up to 2,250 kilograms (~5,000 pounds), have a huge overhanging proboscis (nose), hence their name. The males are the first to arrive here, in December, to stake out a claim on the beach. Then pregnant females begin to arrive and soon give birth to a single pup. Subadult and juvenile animals arrive and the colony can number close to one

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    Tule Elk Preserve - Tomales Point Trail View on map

    Tomales Point lies at the northernmost tip of Point Reyes National Seashore where the Pacific Ocean meets Bodega Bay. This iconic trail runs along dramatic coastal bluffs and through the Tule Elk Preserve en route to its climactic end atop the Seashore's wave-battered cusp. Visitors will enjoy unparalleled scenery, perspective and wildlife viewing on the Tomales Point Trail: The trail rises over Pierce Point Ranch to a steep bluff overlooking McClures Beach and Driftwood Beach. The trail, oft-shrouded in thick lupine and pastel blooms, bends north and levels for nearly one mile above the coast before curling inland and dropping through Windy Gap (1.0 mile : 285'). It climbs steeply back into open grasslands along the apical no


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1954

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Inverness:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Hi House

    Hi House

  • Hi House...Spring sunrise with a light fog.

    Hi House...Spring sunrise with a light fog.

  • King Bed

    King Bed

  • Looking out over the National Seashore

    Looking out over the National Seashore

  • Bathroom Vanity

    Bathroom Vanity

  • Small but complete Kitchen

    Small but complete Kitchen

  • Tomales Bay

    Tomales Bay

  • White Pelicans at Indian Beach

    White Pelicans at Indian Beach

  • Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse

    Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse

  • Big Waves, Windy Day on the Great Beach

    Big Waves, Windy Day on the Great Beach

  • Deer grazing along the Chimney Rock trail

    Deer grazing along the Chimney Rock trail

  • Great Beach

    Great Beach

  • Hi House from the tram at the parking area.

    Hi House from the tram at the parking area.

  • Hi House at Sunset

    Hi House at Sunset

  • HDTV and forest views

    HDTV and forest views

  • New walk-in shower

    New walk-in shower

  • New bathroom vanity

    New bathroom vanity

  • Small but complete kitchen

    Small but complete kitchen

  • Tomales Bay State Park Indian Beach Trail

    Tomales Bay State Park Indian Beach Trail

  • Tomales Point Trail Vista

    Tomales Point Trail Vista

  • Drakes Beach

    Drakes Beach

  • Local visits during lunch stop at Arch Rock.

    Local visits during lunch stop at Arch Rock.

  • Grazing Tule Elk at Tomales Point

    Grazing Tule Elk at Tomales Point

  • Tomales Bay State Park Hearts Desire Beach picnic area overlook.

    Tomales Bay State Park Hearts Desire Beach picnic area overlook.

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