Tree Top Glass Home in the Heart of the National Seashore
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Inverness studio 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
- Elevator : Electric tram available to take you up to the home.
- 600 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
- Queen size Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
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Magical Tree House vacation
Magical Tree House vacation
The glass tree house shares a property with another house but feels incredibly private because you need to take a tram up to reach it. Also, it is nestled in the trees! The bed was comfortable, the kitchen was surprisingly well stocked (we cooked every day and even grilled steaks from a delicious butcher nearby). The only improvement would be to update the bathroom. There was hot water but tiles could be replaced. Other than that, the house is absolutely gorgeous! Being a city girl, i was a little nervous that the lock on one of the doors didn't work, but honestly, you are completely removed in your tree house. It was too dewey in both the morning and afternoon to use the chairs but we enjoyed the view from within the toasty house. Great beach hikes and vineyards within 30 - 45 minutes. I would recommend renting both properties if you are a family or group of friends. I would definitely return!
- Guest Dina M.
- Date of stay 09/29/13
- Review Submitted 11/26/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
The VRBO Listing Doesn't Do It Justice
The VRBO Listing Doesn't Do It Justice
This place was/is perfectly amazing. Brought my wife here for her bday on a holiday weekend, and we just never got used to how unique and incredible it is. All that you need is here--well-equipped kitchen, towels, hot water, etc. Soooo well located, and private. Insane views, so great to wake up to the trees, and hang out at night with a very curious raccoon (no, we did not feed it). My wife, who is quite picky, was blown away, as was I. Made us want to live here or have a place nearby, so...now we're looking. Our only suggestion: some kind of drawers or place to store clothes.
- Guest Jban (Oakland, CA)
- Date of stay 05/24/13
- Review Submitted 05/27/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing.
This property is a perfect getaway! The photos on the listing a good, but this property is SO much bigger and better than what you will be expecting!! This "cottage" is elevated into the trees. You take your own personal cable car up the incline to reach it! Inside is one big room - bedroom, dining room, living room - shaped like an hourglass. And best of all, three sides of the building are shear glass from floor to ceiling!! You can lay in your bed and watch the sunrise, the sunset and everything in between. You totally feel like you area part of the trees surrounding you. There are wraparound decks on three sides for outdoor living. The outdoors and indoors seem to merge into one. On the practical side, the little kitchen is pretty much equipted with everything you will need. Just stock up on groceries in either Point Reyes Station or Inverness. This property is also in a VERY quiet location and close to everything you will want to see in the Point Reyes area.
- Guest Bonnie R.
- Date of stay 12/06/12
- Review Submitted 12/16/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Point Reyes was fabulous, and the coziness and privacy of Hi House was perfect! We loved the area, and the house. The wildlife was abundant and the vistas breathtaking.Hard to believe an area so close to the "big city" can feel so remote.
- Guest Barb & Brad (Virginia Beach, VA)
- Date of stay 09/23/08
- Review Submitted 09/23/08
Many thanks to Barbie and Jeff for allowing others to stay in this wonderful place. Amazing views, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, excellent amenities and so close to the whole Point Reyes National Seashore. I will be back again and again.
- Guest ejs9 (Sacramento Ca)
- Date of stay 03/01/08
- Review Submitted 03/01/08
We stayed at the High House for six amazing nights. We loved our stay. We enjoyed being able to view nature while relaxing at the house and through our many awesome adventures in the surrounding area. What a truly wonderful and memorable vacation!
- Guest Mark and Laura2 (Modesto, California)
- Date of stay 07/14/06
- Review Submitted 07/14/06
We loved our stay at Hi House while we explored San Francisco and the Sonoma Valley wine country. What a wonderful and unique, albeit foggy, retreat for our vacation!
- Guest Rich & Lois Gast (West Lafayette, Indiana)
- Date of stay 06/23/06
- Review Submitted 06/23/06
Guest comment entered by 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!
- Guest DENISE & ERIC
- Date of stay 09/22/05
- Review Submitted 09/22/05
Guest comment entered by owner
What a unique house in a very beautiful part of your country. Quite a contrast to the hustle & bustle of San Francisco! We enjoyed the hiking and beaches and Point Reyes Station is such a great little town with a lovely atmosphere. As architects, Hi House was of great interest to us!
- Guest TAMSIN & ALEXANDER
- Date of stay 09/14/05
- Review Submitted 09/14/05
Guest comment entered by owner
So much to do, so little time. The hustle & bustle of everyday life. Hi House and it's surroundings change that. Crisis fade, and time slows down. The perfect way to recharge the batteries. Thanks for the wonderful weekend.
- Guest KEITH & MOSCHEL,
- Date of stay 08/28/05
- Review Submitted 08/28/05
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2 night min stay
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Check-in time: 3:00 PM Check-out time: 11:00 AM
Holidays $195/night / 3 night min / Plus 10% tax
Maximum 2 Adult Guests, no children.
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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...MoreCollapse
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...MoreCollapse
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!...MoreCollapse
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...MoreCollapse
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...MoreCollapse
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.
- Primary: (415) 669-1532 (California, USA)
Hi House...Spring sunrise with a light fog.
Looking out over the National Seashore
Small but complete Kitchen
White Pelicans at Indian Beach
Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse
Big Waves, Windy Day on the Great Beach
Deer grazing along the Chimney Rock trail
Hi House from the tram at the parking area.
Hi House at Sunset
HDTV and forest views
New walk-in shower
New bathroom vanity
Small but complete kitchen
Tomales Bay State Park Indian Beach Trail
Tomales Point Trail Vista
Local visits during lunch stop at Arch Rock.
Grazing Tule Elk at Tomales Point
Tomales Bay State Park Hearts Desire Beach picnic area overlook.
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