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Sunny Stinson Beach - Hot Tub, Fireplace, Garden and Fire Pit

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

A description of my much-treasured house follows but first some information on its location. Stinson Beach, population 632, is bordered by a gorgeous beach and Mt Tam State Park. People flock here on weekends and holidays because it is so close yet so far from urban life. The house is up the hill “in the village". There is some kind of magic that happens up here around 10 pm - the hills absorb all sounds but the waves. The coyotes, foxes and deer take over the streets. In short – we really have the best of it all up here on the hill but we have to do our part. Most of all respect the neighbors. Hold your parties at the beach or bars. On busy days tell your friends to leave the cars where they are and walk the 0.4 miles from the beach. And then enjoy the peaceful retreat that is so close and yet so far from the holiday crowds.

This beautiful retreat is hidden from view by a rose covered fence. Each side of the Cape Cod style house offers a unique outdoor experience. The back deck gets wonderful, warm sun during the day. Two lifeguard chairs offer a view of the waves. A nice large hot tub is perfect for relaxing after a long hike, ride or surf, or for stargazing at night. The outdoor fire pit is around the corner and looks out on a small lawn surrounded by bushes and trees. The front porch has an Adirondack loveseat for enjoying the evening light on Mt. Tamalpais.

The porch door opens into the living room. The open living area has many large windows with deck, garden, mountain and partial ocean views. The large brick fireplace is the cornerstone of the living room. The comfy, big couch is great for lounging. The kitchen area is small but well equipped with a convection oven and two dishwashers. A coffee grinder and a choice of French Press or drip cones are provided to make sure you can start your morning with a wonderful cup of coffee. Dine inside on comfy Maine Cottage chairs, or outside on the deck.

The bedroom is at the far end of the house and the sounds of the waves are the only sounds you hear. Wake to a view of the flowers and hummingbirds through the glass doors and bedroom window. Furniture in the bedroom includes a European SleepWorks king bed, rocking chair, a table with desk lamp (which is perfect for computer work or writing), two nightstands, a dresser and a large closet for your use.

The bedroom is separated from the living area by a bonus room that features a sleeping nest perfect for a child or friend. The sleeping area has its own ceiling lights for reading, and can be closed off by a curtain for privacy. The room has two closets; one contains the washer and dryer.

The bath is small but tidy. The shower has good pressure and lots of hot water.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About The Owner

My husband and I met at UC Berkeley many years ago. After a stint in New York, we were able to move back to San Francisco. We have a two sons who have flown the coop. We have always loved west Marin for its scenic beauty, wildlife and incredible beaches. The Stinson house has moved me closer to many of my dreams. I completed docent training at the Martin Griffin Preserve and now have the pleasure of introducing fourth graders to the wonder of the area. I look forward to the time when I can spend more of my days paddling the lagoon, hiking the trails and doing what I can to preserve this treasure. Until then, I hope to share this truly multifaceted rejuvenating home with others.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose San Francisco Bay Area

We always dreamed of having a place in West Marin. I love Stinson because there is so much to do and see without having to get into a car. The town is friendly and meets all basic needs. Almost everyone of any age enjoys a day at the beach. Hiking trails are right outside the front door. And I fell in love with the house. It is bright and sunny, quiet and peaceful and the hot tub makes it better than a day at the spa. I also love Pt. Reyes Station, which has become the hub of the sustainable food movement, and which has interesting, unique shops. But it is just a beautiful 13-mile drive or bike away.

What makes this house unique

The benefits of a vacation at this home are many and varied. You can experience one or all of the four S’s – sun, surf, sleep and shall we say romance. I would also add sustenance for the spirit, opportunities for socializing and if desired, exercise and challenges for the physical self. The location of the home is wonderful, but it is also a good base for exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and wine country.

Map

Walk to the best beach in northern California or to the trails of Mt Tamalpais. Muir Woods is a hikeable distance. Close proximity to Pt Reyes and Olema. Easy, scenic day trips to wine country and San Francisco.

Amenities

Stinson Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Village ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Beautiful garden and outdoor fire pit.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(70 traveler reviews)

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Sunny Stinson Beach - Hot Tub, Fireplace, Garden and Fire Pit
average rating of 4.885714 based on 70 reviews
5

Perfect place for a quiet get-away! The house was clean, quiet, and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Stinson Beach was lovely. The early October weather was gorgeous. Kathy's home had everything we needed for a very relaxing stay. We are already talking about when we might be able to visit again!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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I live in California and my friend lives in Virginia it will be the first time f
5

Very cute very clean well organized loved hot tub and fire pit

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit! Enjoyed the house so much. Close to town. Love parkside cafe.

Close to bolinas. Olema hotel Pt Reyes National Park. Beach is wonderful

And clean Very nice and efficient owner!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Calm

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful, calm retreat.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I hope this means we've gotten back on track. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Cathy
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5

Heaven with a view

  • 5 of 5

This was my family's second visit, and we loved it even more. Whale sighting our first day, boogie boarding, relaxing, soaking, reading, listening to the ocean, bird watching, preparing meals together. Beauty to fill the eyes at every window. Perfect, thank you Cathy!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house and hot tub, but it needs a cleaning

  • 3 of 5

The house is nice overall. You get views of the ocean, a hot tub, fire bowl, and it is a good size for two parents and one child.

The things I didn't like about the house:

1. The dishes were not clean. We ended up washing everything before using them. The inside of the utensil pot was very dirty.

2. The bathroom was dirty. The shower had mold growing in it.

3. The baseboards were dirty throughout the house, but worst in the bathroom.

4. I paid a $120 Cleaning Fee and $137 Service fee as part of the deal, so the place should have been professionally cleaned.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well this is bad! I notice that this family stayed right before the next reviewer - in fact I think it was a check-out and check-in on the same day. Since then we took the opportunity to do a deep clean when there were a few days without renters. I usually get up once a month to check on things but haven't been able to this summer. I will be there next weekend and will give it some owner TLC. Thank you for the feedback. I do want it to be relaxing and refreshing so good to know! Cathy
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Cozy vacation home with lots of space

  • 4 of 5

This is a super cute vacation home in a quiet neighborhood up at the top of the hill in Stinson Beach. Plenty of space for two people indoors and outdoors, with a beautiful deck and a fire pit to have a couple of friends over for a glass of wine, too. We were there in early August and it seemed like maybe there had been a lot of use over the summer. It was clean in general upon arrival, but it looked like it had not a deep cleaning for awhile. Maybe turnover during the summer season doesn't leave enough time. For instance, there were pieces of food under the coffee table, cobwebs in high corners of the rooms, and dust and dirt behind the bathroom door. This is something that will hopefully be easily remedied for future renters, because it is otherwise a great spot. If you are thinking about renting this place, I would just check the reviews and make sure before you go.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ouch. I am so sorry to hear that! She is right - she did come after a long stretch of back-to-back rentals but that is no excuse. I'm scheduling a "deep clean" for our first free day coming up soon. I am also discussing it with the cleaners for the ongoing cleaning. I don't respond to all comments so I also want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has left them. I do want the house to be a place of relaxation, retreat and fun so I am interested in comments and suggestions. Thank-you! Cathy
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Please ask me about my Monday-Friday 4 night weekday special.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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