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Contemporary Home on Tomales Bay

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath w/views of Tomales Bay, walk to Shell & Chicken Ranch beaches

Enter this 2-bedroom+studio, 2 bath retreat and the views through the ancient oaks will take your breath away. Sky-lights and an open-plan living room and kitchen welcome you to cozy yet flexible gatherings. The Bay-facing landing tempts you to venture outside with binoculars to spy hawks flying at eye-level through the trees. 1 queen bed in the master bedroom (private bath w/shower only), 2 twins in the guest room (second bath w/tub & shower), and 1 twin in the studio (with portable space heater). Parking for 3 cars off and on-street. Lovely enclosed private garden street-side. Wood-burning stove. Ping-pong in the garage plus stand-up paddle board. Wireless Internet, turntable and record collection, full Laundry Room, mostly carpeted, decorated with international-eclectic style combining antiques with modern accessories. Games and books, art supplies, binoculars, maps and recommendations, phone, variable ATT mobile phone access, no live TV/cable.

Anna Edmondson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Anna Edmondson

Peter (energy engineer/sailor in training) had spent many childhood vacations in Inverness. Anna (editor, open water swimmer, yogi) discovered it as a college student at UC Berkeley in the 80's. The wild, romantic beauty of Pt. Reyes' moors and beaches captured our imaginations even before we met. One thing led to another and we were finally able to realize our dream of having a place of our own. Inverness is not for the faint of heart - it's unpredictable - at times foggy, cold and moody, other times sunny and exuberant. Here we find peace and inspiration. Even our young-adult boys look forward to unplugging and chilling out. We currently live in Oakland, California.

Anna Edmondson purchased this house in 2011

Why Anna Edmondson chose San Francisco Bay Area

Whenever we arrive at our place in Inverness from our busy lives in the city, we literally "drop in" to a more relaxed state of mind within minutes. Our house is modern and functional and makes us feel connected to the outside, no matter what room we're in. It lends itself to reading, writing, cooking, listening to music, or just zoning out. We walk 6 minutes and we're at Shell Beach which always makes me want to learn to paint with water colors. The restfulness and quality of light has a big effect on us. One of us is always reaching for the binoculars because the master bedroom and living room both have big expansive views across toward Tomales Bay and we're up high on the bluff so it is easy to see hawks at near-eye level swooping through the trees. I (Anna) love to swim in the open water and Tomales is one of the gentlest, friendliest places to swim around. And for all of the many times we've been here, we often go back to the Light House, or Keyhoe or McClure's Beach, places we always return to and discover something new. After a good nap, we'll improvise a light dinner and I have to say, there's nothing like chopping onions when you have a great view!

What makes this house unique

Multiple bay-windows with views from the living room/kitchen of Tomales Bay through the trunks of Live Oaks on the bluff. Place offers a combined feeling of beach house and tree-house. 8-minute walk from mysterious and beautiful, isolated Shell Beach, 8 minutes to popular Chicken Ranch (fun for kids and cocktails on the beach).


Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Shoes-off house, leave shoes on porch basket. No outside music/loud noise past 10:00pm.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sunny, view-reflecting mirrors, blue and white, large mirror
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , White walls, wood cabinets, shaded front-facing window
  • Master bath has a shower, no tub. 2nd bathroom has a tub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen bed with tempurpedic topper, 4 comfy pillows
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 regular twin beds with big window facing southwest
    Attached Unit - 1 twin/ single , Creamy-yellow tones, carpeted, 2 windows, space heater
  • Master bedroom has a Queen size Bed, 2nd bedroom as 2 Twin Single, 1 twin single bed in studio/office.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor tables and chairs located in front of house on gravel area facing sunny rock garden filled with grasses, native plants, Magnolia, Oak, and ferns. Another wooden table and chair set for 4-6 is located 'out back' on the Bay side of the house.


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Contemporary Home on Tomales Bay
average rating of 4.860465 based on 43 reviews

Lovely house in Inverness

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed, and well kept up. Great location. Lovely time!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Peaceful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our weekend getaway at this house. Anna provided useful information on activities and places to eat. The house was well appointed and had everything we needed for a stress-free weekend. Everything was well labelled and we had fun listening to the albums! There was ample space for our family of four to spread out! My son enjoyed the privacy of the studio space and I enjoyed the deck and filtered view of the bay. Kitchen was well equipped.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Very nice cozy home with a view

  • 4 of 5

Very nice cozy home with a view of the bay. It was spacious enough to enjoy with another couple and the bedrooms were comfortable. The location was great, close to the beach and the home was also close to town. We had a great dinner in town. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. We really want our guests to feel comfortable. There is so much to experience in the outdoors here, so we want you to feel you can truly relax beforehand and after an excursion.
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San Francisco, CA

Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful home with many thoughtful touches - perfect for a small family or group of friends. Beautiful view of the bay, cozy interior, comfortable beds with nice linens, well stocked kitchen. Sitting on the rear deck listening to the water and wind in the trees is heavenly. We plan to return again and again!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous and relaxed home, ideal for families or couples

  • 5 of 5

We loved the view, the well appointed house and kitchen (good appliances, sharp knives, nothing missing), and the fact that you had good mattresses and fine cotton sheets. Close to everything you could want to be close to but just far away enough as to be able to switch off. A lovely home wanting for nothing.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. I learned from my wonderful and practical mother-in-law that having things work, easy to find, and in good supply, plus the simplicity and freshness of white cotton sheets, keeps a place welcoming to anyone who enters.
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Peaceful and relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

The home was nicer then the pictures. Lots of kitchen staples which was nice. Nice and private and quiet. Great location. My only disappointment was not having the hot tub that was listed with the property.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback. We have since updated our listing to reflect this. The hot tub finally kicked the bucket. We are taking a break from it for a while, hoping to reclaim the back deck for more activities like dining, gathering, and reading.
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Nearest Airport
61.1 Miles
Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
28.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
22.1 Miles
Indian Valley
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Shell Beach
Car: necessary

This lovely rental in the Seahaven district of Inverness is a 7-minute walk to the romantic, wild, yet sheltered Shell Beach, perfect for an afternoon picnic or early morning walk. Hop in your car and you are minutes away from all the beaches and sights of Pt. Reyes National Sea Shore. Kayaking, paddle-board, and sailboat rentals on Tomales Bay are 3 minutes away. An oyster fan? Head to Marshall and buy delicious oysters to eat there or bring home. For meat lovers, excellent choices at Marin Sun Farms in Pt. Reyes Station. Our favorite short hike is the Firetrail from Old Inverness - like walking through a Chinese watercolor of windswept pines and craggy stone walls up to Mt. Vision Road and views of the Pacific Ocean.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & linens fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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