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Creekside Stinson Beach surrounded by wooded, grassy nature. Near Beach & Town

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Creekside at Stinson Beach – a truly unique property on a nice quarter-acre of land that melds sweetly into the woods of the neighboring national park lands. Unlike many houses at Stinson, neighboring houses are on one fence only, so the place is quite private. The house is in its own wonderful watershed, almost a little micro-climate, yet only 100 yards from the 3 mile sandy beach. It's a 4-minute walk to the town's three restaurants, the library, market and boutiques.

During the summer and holiday periods we rent by the week. Other times we will rent weekends, usually with a three night minimum. We offer two-night rentals in the fall and winter, but not on holiday weekends or during school vacation periods.

For spring, summer and fall getaways and all year. With a wonderful indoor/outdoor feel, you can walk out French doors onto a beautiful Italian tile walkway around two sides of the house and onto the flagstone patio that leads to the hot tub. A large horizontal window in the master bedroom upstairs looks at the woods and sky from the bed.

This is a charming, classic two-story beach house that features knotty pine ceilings, hard wood floors, a wood stove upstairs, radiant heated tiles floors downstairs, top-of-the-line spa steps from the downstairs bedroom, views of the ocean, three bedrooms and two baths. It has some connection to Marin County Rock and Roll bands and was said to be a beach house for the Steve Miller Band at one time.

It is located next to a lovely fresh water creek teeming with native plants and visited by wildlife, including deer, foxes, bats, ducks, grebes, egrets, hawks, warblers, flycatchers and many others. In March of 2009 we witnessed a 20' steelhead trout spawning below our dining room window! During most of the year, deer are nearby and visit often. In the late spring, we see their fawns running around.

The house is on quarter acre that borders the north end of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Stinson Beach Park so it feels like you are on a very large piece of land. Sit in the upstairs living room and gaze out at the ocean as the sun streams in the windows. The grassy and forested landscape allows for great exploring with children and quiet contemplative moments in nature.

From the bedroom deck on the back, you are right on the edge of the native willow forest with lovely views to the mountain and the waves. We often see deer, hawks and other wildlife just below. Nice oak floors upstairs and heated tile floors down. Two couches frame an updated fireplace stove that warms the whole room. Table for six looks out on creek with morning sun streaming in for breakfast. We have chairs to seat up to 20 people outside at four tables if you want to entertain.

Decks on three sides of the second floor give you a great sense of loft and perspective among the native willow trees and orange nasturtium blossoms. Flagstone patio leads to great Hot Spring spa in private spot to relax. Nicely appointed kitchen and lots of space to settle in and find serenity.

Walk 100 yards to beach or 300 to the town. Three great restaurants, take-out pizza at Parkside, and the entire GGNRA (National Park) beach to yourself after the park closes or before it opens at 9 in the morning. We have blackberries, mint and apples growing on the property.

The house sleeps 6-10 with two queen beds in bedrooms, a bunk bed set in the third bedroom, a queen-sized temperpedic mattress with a privacy curtain in the playroom downstairs, a window seat futon and full size brass bed in a rustic cabin across the patio. Also, you may set up tents in the yard for children or guests (you must bring the tents ;)

Antiques and art that were collected over a span of more than 30 years are found in every room. It's an interesting place, inside and out, for a beach rental . We have a wonderful collection of books, CDs and New Yorker magazines as well.

Call 415.359.7654 or email for availability. We do not have pets and do not wish to have visitors bring pets on the property. $500 deposit and $150 for cleaning required. Generally, we require payment in full before the dates can be secured.

Keywords: Classic Beach House, natural green space, ocean view, with pine ceiling, wood stove, decks all around. Park-like property with fresh water creek but only 125 steps from the beach sand.

More Details

Owner
Charles Higgins
Member since: 2008
Speaks: french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About Charles Higgins

Born and raised in San Francisco, Charles has been watching birds and swimming at Stinson Beach since 1970. From 2007 to mid 2012, he worked in Muir Beach as the director of Slide Ranch, an environmental education and farm-based food education program for urban children. His wife and he have two boys, born in 2001 and 2005. As a family, they spend weekends and summer weeks at the house. The family loves it there and enjoy sharing it with people who appreciate its unique beauty and serenity.

Charles Higgins purchased this house in 2005

Why Charles Higgins chose Stinson Beach

This is a stunning spot in Northern California. Nature, the beach, nice restaurants, many miles of park lands to explore. This is the only property close to the beach that also has wild lands and significant open space next to the house (most beach lots are smaller and sandier - ours is grassy)

What makes this house unique

This is the right place for a family that enjoys being in nature. The house is on a wildlife corridor along a fresh water creek amidst wonderful native willow forests, wild flowers and grassy meadows. It feels special and secluded, yet it's a short walk to town for an ice cream, game of basketball or dinner.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was a very special place for our children to connect with nature and the family to relax. The creek is lovely and the trees make it feel like you are in your own little meadow.
Dec 2010
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Amenities

Stinson Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5+
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2) Two bedrooms have queen size beds, Double Beds (2) One double futon mattress and one double foam mattress available in the play room downstairs. In addition, there is a double brass bed available in a cottage room next to the house. Baby Cribs (1) One portable Pack n' Play available in the corner room downstairs, Bunk Beds (1) Twin over twin.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This is a unique property that affords privacy on a very large natural lot with a great variety of wildflowers and greenery most of the year, It is both close to the beach yet protected from the wind in almost its own climate, Fresh water near salt water. There is an Airstream trailer on the other side of the creek that is used by the owner's children as a playhouse. The owner works nearby and stays some nights there during the week.

Reviews

4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

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Creekside Stinson Beach surrounded by wooded, grassy nature. Near Beach & Town
average rating of 4.6 based on 7 reviews
5

Unique family home close to beach

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Creekside for a week with our family including three children aged 6 and under. There were 8 of us and we all loved he property! As described it is located beside Easkoot Creek with further land across the bridge. We made use of the creekside deck for barbecuing, the hot tub and more than amply supplied kitchen. It was a wonderful homely feel with lots of books and games and dvds to entertain the children during down time. Lots of places to explore with several outhouses. There was something quirky and charming around every corner! We particularly loved the wildlife, hummingbirds, deer, pelicans flying over the beach just a few steps away. It was also convenient for local hiking, walking into town for shops and restaurants (we really enjoyed sand dollar to eat and a lovely shop sacred tides for local craft gift purchases) but also as a base to drive to muir woods, point Reyes or San Francisco all of which we did and enjoyed! The owner was very attentive without being intrusive making sure we had all the info we needed. We wouldn't hesitate to stay at Stinson Beach again and wouldn't choose anywhere other than creekside!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Stinson Beach was enhanced by this house. First it is completely furnished and quite cozy and warm. This means that our evenings were usually spend enjoying wine, conversations and games in the living room. The house is really completely furnished, with lots of cooking utensils and a nice coffee maker. The second thing this house has is a great location. It’s close enough to the town that we could walk into town in the mornings for pastries. It’s also on a creek, so one morning we looked out to see a gray fox near the creek. Third, it’s a two story house, so you can see the ocean clearly. The same day we saw the fox we spotted a pod of three Humpback Whales just off the beach, Dolphins too. Great Place.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Great location, beautiful grounds , needs attention.

  • 3 of 5

*** Please note , this review is for a stay 2 years ago. ****

I hesitated to write this review but 2 years and no new reviews makes me wonder if other family are disappointed too.

This is a big house , in a great location with lovely grounds . However the house and grounds were in a poor state of repair and cleanliness.

If you care about the details , this might not be the best house for you.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We make every effort to have the house, spa, decks and patios clean and welcoming. Professional cleaners come the day before or day of arrival. However, we have a lot of art, books, music and antiques in the house, so if you look carefully you will find dust. As for the grounds, the property is in a riparian plain and we like to keep it wild with taller grasses, native plants and trees in natural form. Sea Drift this is not. The owners enjoy the property regularly so it may feel more like borrowing a friend's place than a sterile rental devoid of personality. Depending on what's going on with the seasons, our kids and projects around the property, this review might have come at a time when things were a bit in disarray. Since I don't know specific details I can't explain more. Feel free to call if you have questions. Cheers. Charles
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5

Perfect Place!

  • 5 of 5

I just rented the home for the weekend to celebrate my 40th with my friends. The location is perfect to get the beach and be close to the town. The set up in the home is great for many guests and extremely comfortable. Very comfy beds too. It is well equipped with most needed items. The property is gorgeous with lush greenery and privacy. While good, the pictures don't quite do it justice. The property manager Bill is absolutely great and the owner Charles is easy to work with and gets back to you on a timely fashion. I'd easily rent this home again and again. Thank you for such a perfect weekend. We all just loved it.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Our family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful two weeks at this home in Stinson Beach. The most amazing feature about it is its privacy. Once you enter the gate off the road, you have entered a green, lush, quiet spot - unique for Northern California. Even on the weekends when Route 1 nearby was bumper to bumper, we were totally visually isolated from that as well as from the neighbors.

We saw a mother doe and her two fawns more than once. The side lot is a very unusual feature that draws such wildlife and yet is available through the artistic fish gate for extra parking (very handy when your friends come out for a beach day!)

The kitchen was very well equipped and there are plenty of towels, sheets, blankets, etc.

Thanks for a wonderful two weeks for our family reunion!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
350 Metres
Sand Dollar
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Sausalito
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
101
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Parkside or Sand Dollar
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Stinson Beach

Bolinas Lagoon, one of the great natural estuaries of California, is a half mile north, kayaking and bird watching, seal viewing are spectacular, sand castles and beach walking on three miles of beach, Audubon Canyon Ranch, a world-renowned nesting site of egrets and herons, is 3 miles north, Bolinas, a charming historic town, is 5 miles north and Point Reyes, where cattle graze above the ocean where whales are often seen migrating in March and November, is just 10 miles north

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning in advance $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Call the owner if you have questions or difficulties (Charles 415-359-7654). We try to have the house stocked with firewood, soap, laundry and dish detergent, and some other basic amenities, but sometimes, especially with numerous renters, you will need to bring or purchase these things.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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