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Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Relax in a spacious, recently renovated 3-bedroom 2-bath private home perched over pristine Tomales Bay with glistening clean water, fantastic panoramic views of beaches and hills across the mile-wide bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Sit on the steamer chairs on the deck. listen to the lapping of the water against the seawall underneath the home, hear the laughter of the loons, see seals, otters and birds, and smell fresh air off the Pacific Ocean among wonderful unspoiled nature, yet only an hour from San Francisco. Feel the warm sun reflecting off the bay. The large deck is perfect for yoga or dining al fresco. The home has a southwest exposure and Marshall is sunnier than Point Reyes National Seashore. Don't forget to wear sunblock. There is a container in the master bathroom. If you are lucky, you will see an incredible sunset.

Once you pass through the front gate and past the gardens to the front porch, the first thing you see upon entering the home from the foyer is the beautiful bay through the French Doors of the Great Room. The home has been furnished primarily in a Danish mid-centurty modern style, featuring a teak dining table with a unique chandelier made from a sculptured light fixture from Tivoli in Copenhagen. There is tasteful original artwork throughout the home, and a large leather sofa and two chairs surround a teak coffee table in front of a gas fireplace. Most of the lighting is on dimmers, and the windows are double-pane for your comfort. The kitchen is fully equipped with almost every condiment you could every want. There is a blender, coffee bean grinder, coffee maker, toaster, oyster knives, dishes, glasses of all types, cups, bowls (including large wooden salad bowl) and more. Stainless steel appliances include a large refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, disposer, and full-sized electric range-oven.

The master bedroom is very large and includes a California King bed suitable for a small family, a Le Corbusier lounge chair, a glass and steel desk with Henry Miller Aeron chair, another smaller desk, painting easel, a fireplace, and a swivel wall-mounted flat-screen TV that can be view from anywhere in the bedroom. A set of French doors lead to the deck and offer views of the moonlit bay at night. Off the bedroom is a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with shower-tub and two basins. There is a heater and fan, an exhaust fan and window. Shampoo, peppermint body soap, and conditioner are available, as are body lotions.

The other two bedrooms share a bathroom with tub-shower. One bedroom has a Queen bed with a European foam mattress that is very comfortable. The other bedroom is small, about 7.5'X11' and has a pull-out double sofa bed that is suitable for two children, two smaller adults or one average sized adult. There is also a futon in the media room that is not so comfortable.

The media room has a 12-foot high ceiling and can be accessed from the master bedroom, from French doors to the front porch, or from a sliding glass door that leads to the hot tub. The TV is a large Samsung flat screen with 1080HD and 240 MHz, offering an excellent picture. There is a Sony sound system with woofer to compliment the TV or for playing music CDs or video games. A blu-ray player can show HD and regular DVDs. There is a children's pool table and various games. We also have broadband Internet with Wi-Fi.

The Hot Springs (best quality) spa is located on the leeward side of the home and has a view past potted flowers to the dock and bay beyond. The spa is designed for two or three persons. Great for watching shooting stars at night and hearing distant ocean roar.

Guests have use of a tandem sit-on-top kayak or an aluminum rowboat. You can launch them from the dock. Clamming can be done on the beaches across the bay at low tide. Look for air holes or spritzes of water shooting up from the beach. You can also fish from the dock without a license. You might catch a halibut, perch, bass, herring, or sardine. You can also get crab from the dock with the net and some bait. I am growing oysters and mussels from the dock but you need to get yours from Hog Island Oyster Company, less than a half mile north. There is a gas bar-b-q and a Weber charcoal bar-b-q if you like your oysters cooked.

Our water source is a well shared by 18 other households. We are state certified water system and the water is tested bi-weekly and we have no bacteria whatsoever. It is perfectly good to drink. Although it appears we have a good supply, please conserve.

This is a magical place and staying here is a mesmerizing experience, inspiring the name of the home: Tranquility on the Bay. You might not want to leave.

More Details

Owner
Fred
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2017

About Fred

I am in my 60s and enjoy a daily yoga practice, kayaking, hiking up the hills, nature photography, writing, playing saxophone and listening to live music. I bought the home after my SF employer offered me the option to become a telecommuter and I have never regretted it. Now I watch the cormorants and blue herons do their morning commute. Instead of hearing the morning news, I listen to the chatter of the swallows. I particularly enjoy the people and food of west Marin. Picking berries and mushrooms, enjoying kale and other veggies from our community garden, indulging in locally grown oysters and clams, eating at local restaurants, savoring locally caught salmon, Dungeness crab, and Halibut, eating Marsha Barinaga's sheep cheese or Straus ice cream and Greek Yogurt, or Point Reyes Blue Cheese with Bovine Bakery organic bread and a bottle of Pt Reyes Pinot Noir is my idea of thinking globally but acting locally. Concerning the people who live here, we love us. Don't be afraid to talk to us. We love to share our bliss. Do you speak Marshall?

Fred purchased this house in 2010

Why Fred chose San Francisco Bay Area

I bought this home because it has a unique setting perched over a clean bay teeming with wildlife and with views of beautiful unspoiled hills and beaches. It is a spacious, comfortable and renovated home with newer dual-pane windows, light birch floors, and sunny southwestern exposure.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy swimming, yoga, hot tubbing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography, hiking, biking, hearing local musicians, eating the freshest sweetest oysters, clam chowder, and crab. I also enjoy wonderful food at Nick's Cove (3 miles north), Locals' Night at Tony's Seafood (one mile south), and in Point Reyes Station: Station House Cafe, Osteria Stellina, Reyes Cafe, Saltwater (Inverness), and Sir and Star (Olema). Nearby entertainment is at the Dance Palace and Old Western Saloon, among others.

Amenities

Marshall House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 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
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bedroom has toilet, two basins, and tub-shower; second bathroom has toilet, one basin, and tub-shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) California King in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Luxurious European mattress, Third bedroom is small and has pull-out sofa bed for two children or small adults or one average sized adult;
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Amenities include a large fishing dock and crane to launch two-person kayak or row boat that you are welcome to use at your own risk

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home
average rating of 4.794872 based on 39 reviews
5

Gorgeous, Peaceful Location Right on the Water

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, remodeled home that is right on the water. The peaceful, remote location is about 10 minutes from Point Reyes Station. A lovely garden greets you as you enter the home's courtyard area. The house itself is very open, heated by a cozy fireplace controlled by a remote. There are amazing views of the water from almost every room as well as the hot tub. The beds are very comfortable, and the bedding is super soft. The master bedroom is gorgeous, and the kitchen has everything you need with updated appliances. Music, TV's, and Wi-Fi are all available. We also used the two-person kayak to get out on the water from the home's private pier. The Point Reyes lighthouse is a must-see in the area, but be sure to go early and note that it is closed Tues-Thurs. For dining, Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station is highly rated and very good, reservations are recommended. The home is also only a couple of minutes from the best BBQ oysters on the bay at the Marshall Store.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Location was awesome and watching sunset was 10 out of 10 on the deck.

  • 4 of 5

Thank you Fred. We really loved the house and the kids enjoyed the games room! Lots of amenities and great place to cook in. lovely countryside and beaches too!! I'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like a 5-star review to me.
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Pleasanton, California
5

This property sits directly on Tomales Bay; it is an absolute beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

The best part of our stay was the location. The house sits directly on Tomales Bay and doors from the living area and the master open to the breathtaking views. The porch, the deck, and the hot tub are a treat. Fred's home is so welcoming. He has left magazines, books, movies, a well-stocked kitchen, and basic supplies, so you only need to bring groceries and relax. It was difficult to leave the property during the day, but Pt. Reyes is just down the road, so it was an easy drive to hikes, lunches in Pt. Reyes Station, and a wonderful dinner at Nick's Cove. We didn't have time to kayak this trip, but again, the owner has left a kayak, paddles, and vests for his guests to borrow. This time was a girls' trip, but I'd love to come back with my family because there is a T.V. room equipped with a futon, games, movies, and a terrific "extra" space for a kid hang-out. This is the ideal place to relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas in California. If you check the prices of cottages and hotels in the area, Fred's house is definitely priced reasonably for being directly on the bay. The sunsets were spectacular. Fred was also easy to reach when we had a question. My only regret in raving about this place is that we might have a hard time finding a free week next time! We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having you as a guest, Candace. I'm glad you had a good time. I share your opinion about being one of the most beautiful areas in California. The people who live in west Marin are great too.
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5

Excellent VRBO!

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and well equipped! The views were outstanding and my son took full advantage of the large dock and spent much time catching fish and crab! Upon entering the house we were greeted with a nice bottle of wine and a welcome letter! The owners were kind enough to quickly mail me some clothes we left behind! Overall- excellent stay!

Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Debra, you were a great guest! I'm glad you had a good time. Fred
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4

Tranquil Beauty with Amazing Views, Cozy and Happy Setting

  • 4 of 5

This is a spacious, clean, well-maintained Tomales Bay retreat-type property. It has many lovely features that shows it's been carefully cared for and upgraded so that it's modern, comfortable, relaxing, and bright. We were a party of five adults enjoying a long holiday weekend family time; and we thoroughly fell in love with the house... especially spending time on the amazing deck over the water ... eating local oysters, local cheeses, sipping good wine surrounded by the amazing Tomales Bay. Each evening of our stay we prepared tantalizing, memorable meals in the kitchen, which served us adequately for our cooking needs. We also utilized the much-appreciated propane grill. We were delighted that the dining room and living room area was large with ample seating and lighting and lovely views of Tomales Bay. The bedrooms were comfortable and very nice....as were the lovely two bathrooms. There's a bonus room in the back where we watched movies on the large screen TV. We particularly​ appreciated the enchanting front courtyard with all the flowers, plants, and interesting outdoor art. Additionally, we liked all the very pretty and interesting art throughout the home. We were a short drive to Point Reyes Station for browsing the shops; and the hiking trails were close as well. A wonderful weekend at "Tranquility on the Bay." We hope to return. S.K.

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

Fantastic, will likely come again!

  • 5 of 5

Rental was exactly as described and shown in the photos. Lots of space to lounge, beautiful views. Everything needed was provided, all we had to do was bring food. Once there we got to shut off our brains and completely relax. Perfect for a weekend getaway, felt completely recharged at the end of it.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jon, you were great guests. I'm glad you appreciated the setting and our efforts to provide what you need for a relaxing experience. Fred
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Francisco or Oakland
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nick's Cove (one of best bar-restaurants SF Bay)
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Golden Gate at Larkspur Landing
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
San Geronimo, Bodega Bay, Petaluma or Novato
Nearest Train
45 Miles
San Francisco or Oakland
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
US 101 freeway - Redwood Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Marshall Store, Hog Island Oyster, Tony's Seafood
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Marshall Beach (a 15 minute paddle across bay)
Car: necessary

West Marin is close to civilization but a world apart once you pass over the verdant hills and descend toward the Pacific, traveling past Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch, through stately redwood groves, past lakes and along streams to a more peaceful, friendly way of life. A dominant part of this land is the Point Reyes National Seashore that offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, horse trails, a Miwok Indian village, and miles of undeveloped sandy beaches.

In the fall and spring there is whale watching from the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Take the Tomales Point trail past a huge heard of Tule Elk.

A variety of birds come at different seasons. Keep your eyes open for Osprey, Red-tail hawk, Pelicans, Falcons, Blue herons, Snowy Egrets, Buffleheads, Commorants, and many others. Elephant seals, sea lions, and harbor seals are abundant.

Enjoy eating fresh oysters, clams, King Salmon, Halibut, and Dungeness crab from local waters. There are two major oyster farms and picnic areas within walking distance.

For wine-tasting the Point Reyes winery is six miles south and features very good estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, among others. Sonoma wineries are 30-45 minutes, Napa wineries are 1 hour east.

West Marin is foodies' paradise with great restaurants, an organic farmers' market on Saturdays, wonderful local cheeses (there is something special in the air). A visit to Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station offers a tour of the cheese-making process. There are food and farm tours. The Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station produces a variety of mead beverages made in the Champenoise method (not sweet and bubbly like Champagne) and the various honeys impart a taste of whatever the bees ate, such as radish.

Nightlife is abundant due to local talented musicians. Live music can be heard on the weekends at the Old Western Saloon (one of the great dive bars dating back to 1800s), Station House Cafe, Dance Palace, Rancho Nicasio, and Smiley's in Bolinas. On Friday's Tony's Seafood had Locals' Night and featured live music, but it is being renovated and should open mid-summer 2017. On Tuesday Nick's Cove has live music and features a great prix fixe from a new excellent chef, as well as $1.50 Miyagi oysters.

In the mid to late afternoon I like the sunlight that bounces off the bay. There are many artists in the area attracted by the light and landscape. One of the better art galleries is Route One Gallery in Point Reyes Station operated by a collective of local artists. In addition to various art galleries in the area, Open Studios are usually Memorial Day, Labor Day weekends, and early December. You can also visit art galleries and antique shops in nearby Petaluma.

West Marin is made up a many interesting people. We have well-known authors and poets, famous musicians, celebrity chefs, an Oscar-winning actress, entrepreneurs, a scientist who chairs the National Academy of Science, corporate executives, professors, and progressive farmers. Most everyone is friendly and grateful that we live in such a beautiful area. Links that hold us together include our wonderful local radio station, KWMR (91.1FM or www.KWMR.org) and the Pulitzer Prize winning Point Reyes Light, our weekly newspaper.

If this isn't enough for you, San Francisco culture and night life is one hour away, or check out the various music venues in nearby Petaluma such as McNear's, Lagunitas Brew Pub, and others.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Additional Guest Fee $40 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

$50 holiday surcharge

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.