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Sunny Mid-Century Modern 'House of Bamboo' w/ Pool+Hot Tub+Sauna

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,250 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, Sleeps 8

Welcome to our House of Bamboo: Here the boundaries between the inside & the outside world are blurred through the masterful architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright disciple Joseph Eichler.

Walk into the large open roofed custom tiled atrium with surrounded on 3 sides by walls of glass. Open the sliding glass front door into the completely open 50 ft wide living/dining/kitchen/family room area perfectly designed for effortless entertaining.

Transparent floor-to-ceiling walls of glass look out to the oversize backyard fenced pool patio area perfect for entertaining and al fresco dining and featuring a thermal solar heated pebble tec free-form pool with built-in bench seating, resort quality loungers, and an outdoor jetted hot tub under a truly magnificent huge Canary Island palm tree.

Practically a full outdoor kitchen with the dedicated patio drink fridge with counter and stainless steel 5-burner gas grill with smoker tray & rotisserie.

The entire home has been painstakingly remodeled with remodel 2.0 in the living & dining areas completed in Spring 2015.

The home features durable strand bamboo flooring throughout with in-slab radiant heat , open modern kitchen with custom stained strand bamboo counter tops & cabinets, an eat-in kitchen with seating for 4, separate living room bar counter with 3 stools, huge front guest room with separate entry to front yard & atrium, completely remodeled baths with unique bamboo sinks and the master bath featuring an enormous walk-in custom tiled shower with dual shower heads & dual shower wands. The master bedroom also features a newly remodeled private outdoor patio space with 12 ft sliding glass French doors.

Open the back fence gate and let the kids run, play Frisbee, or catch a ball in the large open field surrounded by hills. The kids will also love the multiple swings & rope ladder in the fully private & fenced in front grass yard. Walk 5 min. up a nearby hill that has a large oak tree with 2 swings for phenomenal views of the hills, SF Bay, & the Civic Center (also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). Access numerous open space hiking/mountain biking trails just across the street & down half a block.

Living here makes us always feel like we’re on vacation: the peaceful & serene setting , the beautiful views of the gentle hiking hills across the street , the rustling of the palms trees, the myriad variety of bird songs. Although San Francisco is only 20 minutes away, our House of Bamboo feels completely different. Escape the chilly fog of The City as typical summertime temperatures here are often 15-20 degrees warmer than San Francisco.

The ideal location for all Bay Area activities: The proximity of our House of Bamboo to a variety of Bay Area activities can’t be beat! Top tourist attractions are easily accessible. It’s the perfect location in between Napa and San Francisco: Hike or bike on beautiful Mt. Tamalpais (20 min.), stroll through the huge redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument or laze on the sand at Stinson beach (both are 30 min.), wine taste in Sonoma & Napa (20-40 min.), see the sights on SF bay by taking the Larkspur ferry (8 min.), mountain bike or hike China Camp State Park (5 min.) , explore West Marin’s beautiful Pt. Reyes National Seashore (45 min.), stroll downtown San Rafael (5 min.) which exudes a small town feel yet offers many very good restaurants, specialty stores, and a few live entertainment venues & movie theaters (5 min.). There are at least 7 golf courses in Marin County alone, so you’ll agree that the House of Bamboo is THE place for your next San Francisco Bay Area vacation.

More Details

Stuart Z
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, wife speaks German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018


San Rafael House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Panels
  • Sunbed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Oversize walk-in custom shower + separate entrance
    Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , with separate patio entry
    Half bath - toilet
  • All baths feature custom bamboo vanities & countertops, luxury fixtures, & unique bamboo sinks in 2 of the three bathrooms. Now you begin to understand why we call our home the House of Bamboo.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • front large guest room - 1 queen , with sitting area & contouring foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with contouring foam mattress
    Master bedroom - 1 queen , with Tempurpedic memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , king converts to twin if desired
  • 1) front guest room is the largest (240 sq. ft)., has queen memory foam bed, separate entry to front yard & sliding glass doors to atrium, as well as separate sitting area with love seat. Has blackout shades for lower windows & doors (not upper windows). Also has it's own 32' LCD TV w/ Apple TV for Netflix, & DVD player. 2) Bedroom #3 is 13' x 11' ft and has elevated platform bed with memory foam mattress. 3) Master bedroom has full private en-suite bath with enormous walk-in custom tiled shower with dual waterfall shower heads and dual shower wands. Laundry facilities are located at the back of the master closet. 4) Bedroom #4 - shown with King but can be converted to twin if desired
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Pool is heated with rooftop solar thermal heating from May 15 through Oct. 15. Water temperature will vary depending on amount of sunlight/clouds/ambient temperature. Gas heating is available for additional fee for other times of the year upon request. SAUNA: Outdoor cedar 3 person dry sauna with carbon "FAR infrared" heaters and stereo Pool has OPTIONAL child security fencing with 3 self-closing gates (extra $300 fee required to install/remove) Gas grill is hooked to main natural gas pipe so you'll never run out of fuel!. Front yard has (upon request in winter) 3 child swings as well as rope ladder and/or hand rings (interchangeable) Piano is an electric Casio (which sounds great!) Note- lighted paper lanterns pictured in main exterior night shot of the house are taken down in winter to avoid water/wind damage.


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average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews

Extremely clean, well maintained, beautiful layout and design.

  • 5 of 5

We had an overall excellent stay and experience. We were looking for something close enough to enjoy San Francisco but also close enough for a short and scenic drive to the wine country and this property delivered without any exceptions. The owners left easy instructions for everything in the home which was very nice; absolutely no stress on figuring out how to use anything. Additionally, communication was excellent and we were even contacted to make sure everything on our arrival was perfect and easy. You could really tell that the owners cared about making sure we had a wonderful stay. I definitely recommend this property and would absolutely book again.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re go glad everything went well and you enjoyed our home. We strive to make it perfect for our guests in every way.
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Beautiful Home in Marin County

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about the experience, owner puts a lot work in making sure guests have a wonderful experience in marin county. Ferry or drive to san francisco, or enjoy Napa and Sonoma, wonderful weather year round

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joaquin and family were excellent guests- taking good care of our home. Glad we could make your holiday trip a great one.
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Rhode Island

Awesome property. Great experience

  • 5 of 5

I would like to start by saying that this property far exceeded our expectations. A group of friends from various parts of the US flew in for a friend's wedding that was in nearby Novato. I was tasked with finding us a location that would satisfy everyone ( not an easy task). Needless to say, I cannot tell you how many times throughout our stay that each guest went out of their way to thank me for finding such a gem. The house is unique, perfectly designed and the pool area is a great place to eat, drink and hang out. The hot tub was well maintained and we were pleasantly surprised with the "beast" of a grille. I can go on and on. The house was immaculate, well stocked and great for families, adults , reunions, etc etc. I will be back as soon as I can ! Great job Stu

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed our home as much as you did as we strive for experiences of that caliber for all of our guests. We welcome you back anytime George.
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

Traveling with 2 teens, 2 adults for a week on the Bay area, the house was fantastic. Great location to 101 and SF, with nice things/activities in San Rafael. Shopping, amenities a 5 min drive away. Trails and recreational facilities close by. Mt Tam is a must see. Great farmers market at Marin Civic Center. Loved the hot tub and pool and the Sonos system. No problems. Some of the "modern" plumbing and features are not our cup of tea, but a minor issue to us. You get a hot bath and clean your kitchen with no problem. Moonlight the cat was adorable and all of us loved spending time with the house pet. Stuart was responsive and checking in with us on our status. No problems, highly recommend the house.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful home, idyllic pool, helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

We worked with the owner Stuart to rent his home at the last minute over the Independence Day holiday and couldn't have been more pleased with the comfort of the home and the experience of being in such a great neighborhood off the beaten path.

The pool was perfect for our small group of families with kids, and the neighborhood allowed for morning walks with the baby through quiet side streets and open space.

We absolutely want to come back over the bridge from San Francisco for another stay-cation!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boston, Massachusetts

Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented the House of Bamboo to enable us to get together as a family over the Christmas holiday. The house was perfect for us and exactly as represented - well maintained, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you could possibly need. We were also delighted to discover that it was decorated for the holidays, including a Christmas tree - everything on timers so we didn't need to deal with anything. The layout is open and inviting, yet very private in a quiet neighborhood, and enabled everyone to gather together or carve out private space as necessary. We loved the hot tub, the sauna and the grill - it was winter so we didn't use the pool but can attest that it is lovely and the patio area is well equipped with heaters and furniture. The furnishings are high end, with very comfortable beds and good quality linens and the fireplace was a nice touch on cooler evenings. And the best part - Moonlight the cat, who completely stole our hearts (we never actually thought we were cat people, but she proved us wrong - I miss her already!).

All communications prior to our arrival as well as the instructions that were left in a binder (and emailed beforehand) were thorough and professional. We were left wanting for nothing. San Rafael is a cute little town with good restaurants, a mall within walking distance, and hiking trails nearby. It's also close to the ferry to get into San Francisco as well as highway access for other points on the peninsula and beyond.

You can't go wrong with this one - highly recommended, and we hope one day to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
BJ's Brewpub
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Larkspur to San Francisco Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Indian Valley
Nearest Motorway
1.7 Miles
Hwy 101 & N. San Pedro Rd
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Many in Northgate Mall
Nearest Ski
173 Miles
Sugarbowl Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
McNears Beach
Car: recommended

The proximity of the House of Bamboo to a variety of Bay Area activities can’t be beat! Top tourist attractions are easily accessible. It’s the perfect location in between Napa and San Francisco: Hike or bike on beautiful Mt. Tamalpais (15 min), stroll through the huge redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument, or laze on the sand at Stinson beach (both are 20 min), wine taste in Sonoma & Napa (30-45 min), see the sights on SF bay by taking the Larkspur ferry (8 min.), mountain bike or hike China Camp State Park (5 min.) , explore West Marin’s beautiful Pt. Reyes National Seashore (35 min.), stroll downtown San Rafael which exudes a small town feel yet offers a variety of tasty non-chain restaurants, specialty stores, a couple of live entertainment venues, & movie theaters (5 min.). There are at least 7 golf courses in Marin County alone, so you’ll agree that the House of Bamboo is the place for your next San Francisco Bay Area Vacation.

Other Activities: Wednesday & Sunday Farmer's Market - 2 miles

Golf: There are at least 7 golf courses in Marin County


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $240
Damage Deposit $750

Reservation will be officially confirmed when a properly initialed/signed copy of the rental/liability release contract and the house guide is received within 3 days of receipt.

Payments made through Homeaway or PayPal will incur an additional 3% surcharge (4% if international) to cover our costs associated with receiving payments through those vendors. ***Pay us directly by personal/bank check to avoid this.***

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m.

Cancellation policy:

90 or more prior to arrival : 75% refund
46-90 days prior to arrival : 50% refund
32-45 days prior to arrival : 25% refund
within 31 days prior to arrival : no refund
All holiday periods : no refund

No refunds for cancellation during a holiday period- please purchase travel insurance to protect yourselves

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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