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Extraordinary Getaway on the Water

Bedrooms 2
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Sausalito House Boat Rental Photos and Description

House Boat, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath with water views

The Magnolia is cozy retreat in a serene setting. This two bedroom, one bath houseboat is perfect for one or two couples looking for a unique place to explore the Bay Area. Or just stay in!

Have cocktails on the deck over looking Mt. Tam and the bay. Or, if it's cool, snuggle in front of the cozy wood burning stove and listen to our vast collection of vinyl. Have your breakfast watching the white egret or blue heron fishing for theirs.

Life on the water offers a perspective that you won't get on land. The walls reflect the light coming off the water, the sounds of seagulls and the gentle sea breezes connect you to your surroundings. It is a haven like no other.

There have been 2 proposals, 2 honeymoons and 1 wedding on The Magnolia!

The Magnolia also starred in the movie 'Wildflower' with Darryl Hannah, Eric Roberts and Clea Duvall several years ago.

Keywords: Houseboat

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Hollis Zimmer
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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About Hollis Zimmer

We love the ocean, music and the mountains. We get all three right here in Marin County!

Hollis Zimmer purchased this house boat in 2005

Why Hollis Zimmer chose San Francisco Bay Area

We love our houseboat in Sausalito! It is close to everything that San Francisco, Sausalito and the Wine Country have to offer. And yet, it can feel a world away in peace and relaxation.

What makes this house boat unique

We can walk to our favorite restaurant, Fish, on the water or to the Seahorse for live music. Sometimes we take the ferry from Sausalito into San Francisco and explore the city sights and restaurants. And sometimes we never leave the houseboat!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Hollis and Don,

Wow! ... Your home is absolutely lovely! Just think you both did a wonderful job

in creating such a unique, quaint place with LOADS of wonderful character. We

all had an amazing time. One that we'll surely remember. Thanks so much for

letting us rent and experience a true houseboat.

Take care and thanks a million!

Sep 2009
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Extraordinary Getaway on the Water
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 11 reviews

So freaking awesome!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed on the Magnolia with my mom and 8 year old nephew. It was the most amazing rental I can even imagine. First of all, staying on a houseboat, to an 8 year old farm kid, was such a cool experience. He loved the upper deck and the cool beds he had to climb up to.

The Magnolia is furnished beautifully, and was spotless. The showerhead was one of my favorite features. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything you could possibly want, and there was lots of information about the area to read.

There were kayaks and a rowboat to use; we didn't have time to try them out unfortunately.

I would HIGHLY recommend staying on the Magnolia, it was an experience of a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thousand Oaks Ca

Shhh quiet please

  • 3 of 5

We loved the houseboat and area! Very comfortable and convenient. Sausalito is awesome. Our only negative is neighbors who insist on no talking on deck since voices carry on water.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Fabulous and Unique Experience

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I spent his birthday weekend enjoying the Sausalito Sunshine aboard the Magnolia. The house is even better than the pictures, has a great classy bohemian design, and is perfect for relaxing and enjoying being outside on the water. We loved grilling and hanging out on the patio, while playing records (great selection) on the record player! The bed was so comfortable, it was difficult to get out in the morning. We brought our bikes, and easily biked into town every day to enjoy Sausalito's great restaurants, community, and scenery. There are also great running routes from any direction and any terrain right from the Magnolia! Hollis was very accomodating and friendly and answered all of our inquiries quickly and with detail. We will definitely be back to repeat this lovely experience.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erika! I'm so glad you two had such a great time. My husband and I just stayed there this past weekend and I was thinking the same thing about that bed! It's like sleeping on a cloud! Please come back anytime. We would love to have you!
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Fantastic service!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a booking to stay on Magnolia and were very much looking forward to our stay however a family passing forced us to return home at late notice. The owners were fantastic and when we next return to the USA our first booking will be to stay on Magnolia. Many thanks to Hollis!

Jon P

Melbourne, Australai

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jon, thanks so much for your wonderful comments. We will look forward to your actual visit next time! We wish you all well, Hollis and Don Zimmer
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Merced, CA. USA

The Magnolia in Sausalito

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay at the Magnolia.

The combined experience of the charm, comfort and amenities of the houseboat; quaint surrounding marina with a compelling history, and the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the area make this experience well worth your time and money.

Here you will find that there's something for everyone, no matter your vacation interests.

The owners are friendly, approachable, accommodating and respond quickly to requests and queries. 5 out of 5 stars on all accounts. Well done.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robert, Thanks so much for your wonderful review! We really appreciate you coming to stay at The Magnolia and hope you come back for another visit! All the best, Hollis and Don
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Fantastic Get-Away Location

  • 5 of 5

The wife and I had been looking for a while for a nice weekend away from it all.

Once we settled on Houseboats in Sausalito, the Magnolias was the obvious choice to make! The house is fantastic. Some of the nicer ammenities:

- Beautiful houseboat (one of the nicer looking houseboats there)

- Full Kitchen (pots, knives, pepper, flour, ice, microwave, oven, etc.)

- Nice Sound Systems, Stereos and TVs (never turned on a TV, though)

- Wonderfully comfortable "loft bed"

- Front and back decks

- Washer and Dryer (never used, but was impressed they were there).

- Great Location (farther out the dock, but closer to the deep water).

Besides the Houseboat itself, we also had a really enjoyable time walking up and down the different docks, looking at all the different houseboats. I don't think we ever saw 2 houseboats that looked at all alike. Just fascinating to see the diversity, the quirkiness and the architectural differences.

Lastly, dealing with the owner was a joy. She personally responded to a couple of questions I had. Since they were planning on being out of town, they provided contact info for herself as well as a local neighbor who would theoretically be able to be there to help me out with whatever I needed. She even provided restaurant suggestions.

Overall, except for the fact that it wasn't FREE, we simply could not have enjoyed our stay any more than we did. There is no question, we will be returning again.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice words! I'm sorry the houseboat isn't free, but you know it's…. priceless!!!! We would love to have you two back again anytime!
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Sea Kaying is very popular here and there is an outfitter within walking distance.


Rates & Availability

Sausalito House Boat Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Sausalito House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen sized air mattress available as well. Houseboat sleeps 4 adults comfortably. Air mattress work well for kids.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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