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Dramatic Views and Architecture in Bright, Warm Contemporary Home!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House + guest house: 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)

Watch sailboats ply the bay from almost every window. Walk to shops, restaurants and Marin's premier yacht clubs. Ferry to San Francisco. Start a hike from your front door. Or read a book from a cozy window seat overlooking the bay. This house has it all.

From the moment you first step inside the house, the views will take your breath away. They can't be captured in pictures! The house seems to float above the bay and every room captures the incredible views of Tiburon, Angel Island and The Bay Bridge. Seals lounge on the rafts just off shore and sailboats and ferry boats ply the waters below. Open the double doors onto the small, cantilevered deck and the ocean breezes will waft in.

The house has been completely remodeled. The main floor (top floor you enter on) features a large private deck with BBQ and comfortable sectional couches and seating. The den opens onto it creating a great indoor/outdoor room. The great room (over 1200 square feet) has the living room, dining room, kitchen and seating area. It has two walls of windows that captures the dramatic bay and bridge views and has 4 large dormer windows that bring additional light and forested views into the 15-foot-tall cathedral ceilings. This room also has the wood burning fireplace and 50' plasma TV with incredible surround sound.

The custom cabinetry in the great room rivals the beauty of the view outside. Built-in window seats provide comfortable places to sit or lounge and enjoy the sun and views or read a book or watch a movie. The kitchen has all the appliances and serving wear you would need. It is part of the great room so you can cook while enjoying the setting and incredible views. A crushed glass floor that slides under the bar lets light into the landing on the floor below.

Take the stairs down to the lower level for the 3 large bedrooms plus private office. You arrive at the octagonal landing. Sunlight off the water reflects from above, shining through the glass ceiling and makes this room shimmer. Off of this landing are the three spacious bedrooms. The large guest room (with queen bed) is decorated as a girl's room and has a wall of windows that enjoy the bay views. The other child's room is decorated with a sports theme and has a wall of toy bins. It has a twin 'boat' bed and another twin that rolls out from under it.

The guest bathroom on this floor is reminiscent of a luxurious spa with iridescent glass tiles, deep tub with jets and custom cabinetry. It was featured on the 2006 cover of Sunset Magazine's 'Before and After Bathroom Makeovers' book. The powder room on the first floor is equally dramatic with its rough granite slab and custom cabinetry.

The master suite is luxurious and serene. The custom queen bed floats in front of a padded wall surrounded by views of the bay, Angel Island and The Bay Bridge. The non-windowed walls hold the plasma TV (with built-in surround sound) and the wall of beautiful custom cabinetry. Listen to the waves gently lapping at the shore as you sleep.

Custom hand-made wood and glass doors slide to reveal the office and walk-in closet. The custom cabinetry in the master suite is all made of rich African hardwood. The office looks out onto a small private garden and contemporary sculpture. Through the master bedroom it captures the views of the bay as well.

The master bathroom has cabinetry of the same wood but is primarily filled with limestone and granite. The light limestone wraps the entire room and large shower while the dark granite makes up the counter and window seat that slides through the frosted glass divide into the shower. The shower includes a rain shower and body jets. The water closet is enclosed for privacy. The gem of this room is the bay window overlooking the dramatic water views. If you feel a little over exposed, you can flick a switch, and the windows will instantly fog over giving you privacy. This bathroom was featured on Home and Garden TV (HG TV's) Dream Bathrooms in 2008.

The deep cedar hot tub is located off the master bedroom on its own deck overlooking the Bay. Spiral steps from this deck lead up to the main deck and other steps lead down to the attached apartment below and to the lower street and town.

The house has DSL and WiFi, Surround Sound and high definition TV, DVD and DirectTV (with all the movie and sports channels) in the great room and Master bedroom. A state-of-the-art sound system allows music to be played anywhere in the house and on the main deck. If you have your own music on your iPod, it will play throughout the house as well.

The apartment is approximately 900 square feet and has its own kitchen, bath, washer/dryer, living room and large deck-- all with the same great views as the house. It also has a treadmill and a Stairmaster for exercising. While the apartment is not designed to the same architectural standards as the house, it is lovely and very comfortable. The bedroom has a queen bed and the living room has two sofas, one which pulls out to a queen sized bed. Great for when a child or another family comes to visit-- you can be close but still have your privacy.

Guest membership in our nearby swim and tennis club (Tiburon Peninsula Club) is available for $25/week for adults and $15/week for children. It features 2- 25 yard lap pools, a warm children's pool, a toddler pool, hot tub, 12 beautiful tennis courts nestled in trees at the base of the Tiburon hills, a large workout facility, lunch and dinner service, exercise classes and poolside cocktail service on weekends. Everything you need to relax and/or get in shape! If you are a member of a yacht club, you can use either the Corinthian or San Francisco Yacht Clubs which are short walks away.

House cleaning, gardening and indoor plant services will take care of the property while you visit.

Come take a trip to paradise!

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Amanda Hoenigman
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2018

About Amanda Hoenigman

I bought this house before we were even dating. By the time the remodel was completed, we were married and had a baby! We love spending time here-- it's so relaxing and the community is wonderful. It's hard not to relax laying on a window seat overlooking the bay and sailboats, listening to the water lapping on the shore just below. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Amanda Hoenigman purchased this house in 1999

Why Amanda Hoenigman chose Belvedere

Belvedere is very unique. It was originally a summer vacation destination for wealthy families from San Francisco. The streets were laid out for horses, not cars, so they are narrow and wind around the island. Staircases connect the streets and allow you to walk up and over the island. There are many beautiful, historic houses and it's a great place to walk. The best part, of course, is the views! Everyone who comes to visit mentions that is it reminiscent of Portofino. We love the Eastern views looking back at Tiburon, Angel Island, The Bay Bridge and the East Bay. In the evening everything glows golden and pink but we're protected from the glaring sunlight. We watch the moon rise over the Bay and Angel Island, shimmering on the water. The sunrises are always incredible. And, since we came from San Francisco, it was important that we could walk to shops and restaurants-- downtown Tiburon and the two yacht clubs (SF and Corinthian) are only a short walk away. The town of Tiburon is cute with shops and restaurants a close walk away. You can also ride the ferry into San Francisco or Sausalito or to Angel Island for a day hike. Napa and Sonoma are 30-40 minutes away. Pt. Reyes National Seashore, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods and state parks are all 10-30 minutes away. Everything is close by and yet you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Every inch feels like a relaxing vacation.

What makes this house unique

The most magical thing about this house is the way it seems to float over the water. There's so much glass and such great views you feel like you're outside everywhere in the house. There are several plush window seats where you can lounge and enjoy the views in comfort-- or doze off while reading a book or the newspaper. The whole top floor was opened up into a single great room of over 1200 square feet holding the living room, dining room, kitchen and seating area under 15 foot-tall vaulted ceilings with large dormer windows. The cozy den has doors that slide into the walls creating an indoor/outdoor room off the main deck. The deck is nestled between the house and the stone walls that terrace up the lushly landscaped garden. The deep, cedar hot tub off the master deck is private yet with views overlooking the bay, Tiburon and Angel Island. Even the attached apartment below the house has the same incredible views.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The service was excellent. the landlord and lady were great. they solved our problems immediately and supported us whenever called on. the house was super clean when we arrived. and I will consider the same house in my future visits. prime location and safe neighborhood. child-friendly environment, near everything. we love it!
Jun 2011
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Belvedere House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest house - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder Room - toilet
  • There are 2 1/2 bathrooms in the main house and one full bathroom in the guest house.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Girl's Bedroom - 1 queen
    Boy's Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Trundle Beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Guest House living room and pull-out sofa and bedroom queen
  • There are three bedrooms in the main house (2 with queen beds, one with 2 twins) and a full one-bedroom guest house with a queen bed and a sleeper sofa.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Optional use of nearby swim and tennis club (The Tiburon Peninsula Club). Workout facilities and classes, basketball court, 12 tennis courts, 4 pools, hot tub, saunas, steam rooms, cafe. Summer BBQ and family events weekly. 2 Yacht clubs within walking distance. They accept reciprocal visits if you're a member in your town. It's a ten minute walk to the ferry that goes to downtown San Francisco and to Angel Island. Hike the wilderness preserve for great views of the entire bay, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The town of Tiburon is very cute! Shops and restaurants are just a ten minute walk away. It's a great setting for a vacation if you want to be close to the action but not right in it. You'll feel relaxed from the moment you walk through the front door.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Chapel Hill, NC

Stunning, warm and wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed here in June and we could not have been more please with the home, the area and our experience. I was working in SF most days, and it was close enough to easily commute into the city, but while in the home we felt like we were in another world. The views are absolutely stunning. Hard to imagine a home having better views. Marin in general and Belvedere in particular are wonderful.

The home is also wonderful. The owners have wonderful tastes - clean and modern but also very warm and comfortable. The home and decor are first rate, very well designed, constructed and maintained. This is not a rental house but rather a wonderful private home that we were fortunate enough to stay in. Everyone in our family, including the kids really loved the home.

The owners make the experience complete. They were wonderful hosts in that they are very organized prepared and thoughtful. While it is their private vacation home, they leave it exceedingly clean and empty of their own personal things, so you get the best of both worlds; a homey vacation spot that feels like your own.

We cannot say enough good things about this home, our stay or the owners.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Mesa, CA


  • 5 of 5

Staying here was an absolute treat! Our family of 9 had a most wonderful time in this gorgeous home. What can I say that other guests have not? The view is unbelievable, the location fantastic, the home spectacular, the owners as sweet and helpful as can be! Everybody had such a wonderful time on our family vacation, largely due to this amazing place. Thank you again Amanda and Vince, for sharing your truly wonderful home with us!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Incredibly beautiful, every detail thought of

  • 5 of 5

Everything from working with the property owner, to our stay, to the deposit return was exceptional. This home was recently remodeled with an intense focus on the details and abundant caring and love - it's obvious when you stay thee. Every day I would notice additional details that make the place extraordinary. The views are amazing, the walk into tiburon is easy and fast. The hill elevator is awesome for loading / unloading groceries. Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wedding Central!

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter was married at Old St. Hilary's Church on May 10, 2014, the day before Mother's Day and two days after her Dad's birthday. Our planning for the Tiburon wedding was uncomplicated except for our inability to find area hotel accommodations suitable for all the planned events. Since most of the guests were from out of town, there really didn't seem to be a good place to get everyone together for the several events planned without being boring! So our daughter decided to look for a house in Belvedere.

Wow! What a find! Besides the jaw-dropping view, the open floorplan in this home seemed to have been designed exactly for the purpose! Large, spacious and very well furnished, the home has sufficient seating for a small crowd (although most of our guests weren't sitting but rather gazing out the expansive windows at the view)! The bedrooms are on the lower level and provided an excellent private area for bridal preparation. The kitchen and dining area was perfect for the caterers to prepare and serve while being unobtrusive. All in all a perfect choice for our special weekend!

Even the photographers were ecstatic, since there wasn't a single photo that failed to reveal the beauty of the venue or the special event!

The home is a short walk from town so everything is very accessible. The home is located on a rather steep hill, so there are two sets of stairs (one from above and one from below) that are manageable for the physically fit but not for the elderly or infirm. Don't worry, there is a Hill-a-vator (an "attraction" for some of our guests) to get everyone to and from the view!! There is little room for parking but the garage held a sport utility and there was one off street parking spot for a standard size vehicle (it was a squeeze for the mini-van we rented). These are NOT detriments if you have planned ahead!

The owner was delightful and met us at the home the morning after we checked in to show us around. But by that time, we had explored, found the private apartment below the main house, and made ourselves quite at home!!

There are many fond memories of a wedding. One if them will surely be this wonderful home away from home!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston area

Architectural Gem with Remarkable View

  • 5 of 5

This place has it all… breathtaking view of Tiburon and Angel Island, contemporary furnishings, and a great location that’s minutes away from the Tiburon shops, restaurants and ferry. The owner personally walked us through the house. Everything was spotless. During our stay it was very easy for our family to decompress. When we finally got motivated to travel outside the immediate area, wine country was a short ride away, as was all of the San Francisco attractions. We highly recommend staying at this home and eagerly await our next visit!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2012
  • Stayed: February 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best views in all of North Bay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last summer and it was spectacular, very comfortable, top shelf appliances, parking, but most of all the views. I would come back for certain. Very clean and perfectly located to avoid weather.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tennessee Beach
Great hike from Highway 1 through Tennessee Valley to the beach. Lots of other trails branch...
Old St. Hilary's Historic Preserve
A great place for a hike or walk. You can walk here from the house and enjoy incredible view...
Woodlands Market
Great grocery store walking distance from the house. Has great produce and many organic and ...
Sam's Anchor Cafe
Old school pub and restaurant with great outdoor deck overlooking San Francisco. It's the pe...
Caffe Acri
Nice coffee shop within walking distance of the house. It has good breakfast and lunch food ...
Great Mexican food right on the Bay overlooking San Francisco and Angel Island. There's an o...
Paradise Beach County Park
A nice county park that's a short drive from our place. The lawn and views are great. The be...
A full service pharmacy that's walking distance from the house.
Angel Island State Park
A great gem in the middle of the Bay. You can stroll around the perimeter on a fairly level ...
Tiburon Ferry
Ferry terminal is a short walk from the house. The ferries take you to San Francisco or Ange...
Main Street Wine Bar & Bottle Shop
Downtown Tiburon, one of the smallest main streets in the country with several restaurants a...
Tiburon Peninsula Club (Swim and Tennis)
You can use this great club as our guest while staying at our home. It has several pools, 12...
Servino Ristorante Italiano
A nice Italian restaurant and bar with a small back patio overlooking the Bay and San Francisco
Ark Row Shopping Center
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Muir Woods National Monument
This national monument has old growth groves of Coast Redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth. ...
Mountain Home Inn
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Cavallo Point
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The Tiburon Peninsula Historical Trail
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Mill Valley
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Cute town with nice main street shops and restaurants.
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The Caprice
Fine dining on the Bay overlooking The Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island. The food is grea...
Don Antonio Trattoria
This is possibly the best restaurant in downtown Tiburon. It's not on the water and doesn't ...
Tanoshi Sushi
Great sushi restaurant on Tiburon's main street. It has nice views and great Japanese food a...
Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
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Le Garage
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Poggio Trattoria
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Bar Bocce
Cool restaurant right on the water in Sausalito. As the name suggests, there's a bocce court...
Sea Trek Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Center
Great place to rent kayaks and paddle boards in Sausalito. The bays around Belvedere Island ...
Playground and Park
A great playground for the kids, basketball court, and field. There are concerts here in the...
Rodeo Lagoon
Nice beach just North of the Golden Gate Bridge and near the Marine Mammal Center.
Point Bonita Lighthouse
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The Marine Mammal Center
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Bay Model Visitor Center
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Bay Area Discovery Museum
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Mount Tamalpais
There is so much hiking and mountain biking on this mountain, which is nearly all protected ...
Stinson Beach
A really beautiful and giant beach for the whole family. The town has a few decent restauran...
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Buckeye Roadhouse
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Francisco, Oakland
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Sears Point
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Stinson Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry to SF, Angel island and Sausalito
Nearest Point of Interest
Tiburon Main Street
Nearest Point of Interest
San Francisco Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Corinthian Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Tiburon Peninsula Club (Swim and Tennis)
Nearest Point of Interest
Playground and Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Lazy Sea Lions
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Saint Hillary's (landmark and hiking)
Nearest Point of Interest
Grocery store

Wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma are 30-40 minutes away, Muir Woods is 15 minutes away and Pt. Reyes National Seashore is 40 minutes away.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250
Refundable damage deposit $5,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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