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Unique Floating-Home on San Francisco Bay

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Long View of House (salmon color) and Mt. Tamalpias


Last updated: 03/31/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7-31 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House Boat
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Floating Home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (sleeps 4); Water And Mountain Views

Our home is in Sausalito’s unique waterfront community within the vibrant San Francisco urban area. Our 2000 square foot, two-story home has wonderful views of mountains, bay, marinas, and sea birds.

Our house is nicely and comfortably furnished, with a fully-equipped, wrap-around kitchen with granite counters, 3 decks with great views, and is light and airy with lots of windows and skylights.

The setting of our home is unusual as it is one of only a few in the houseboat community with an empty berth on one side - affording privacy, quiet and scenic views. Designed to take advantage of its location, it is very open, with 5 skylights and large windows/glass doors that provide terrific daytime light and views. Yet, there is privacy on the side of the house with a close by neighbor. The deck is relatively large and exceptionally private . Its furniture is very comfortable, with a table and umbrella for eating, convenient to the kitchen. In nice weather, with the doors open (no bugs here!), the deck is like an extension of the house.

Downstairs, we have two bedrooms and two full bathrooms; the master bathroom is en suite, has double sinks and a combined large marble shower and jacuzzi which can fit 2 snugly. One bedroom also serves as a study. On the top floor there are a sun-filled living room, a modern kitchen, and a breakfast/music room in a full-floor open design with 12' ceilings.

Our home has paintings, photographs, and artifacts from our travels in the us, europe, africa, south and central america. We ask that you take care of them as you would your own things.

This home also has many amenities: hardwood floors, gas fireplace (sf summer nights tend to be cool), multiple open doors and windows (there is no humidity, so there are no mosquitoes), washer/dryer, jacuzzi tub, toto washlet toilet seats, adjustable tempurpedic king bed, piano, 2 bose wave radio/cd players, 3 tvs, wired and wireless internet access, directv with premium channel, dvd player, vcr, tivo, color copier/printer/fax and speaker phone.

We are minutes walk from bay-area public transportation and ferries. Our home comes with free parking. Please note that our home is non-smoking and that we cannot accept pets -- sorry.

The sausalito floating home community is a uniquely relaxing and beautiful setting that provides ready access to san francisco as well as to parks, beaches, and recreation areas of marin county and the napa/sonoma wine country.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/31/2017

Property Type

  • House Boat
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We are interested in responsible adult renters, including families with children....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Young children should be supervised on the deck....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking inside or on decks. Best to smoke in the paved parking lots....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Dogs are prohibited on our dock and one of us has cat allergies....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility:

    House is about 100 yards (meters) from the parking lot with ramps. One step up and one down to get into the house. Stairlift available for the person, not the wheelchair....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Tempurpedic Cal King...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom : 2 twin/ single

    trundle bed...moreless

  • Master bedroom has Cal King Tempurpedic bed that is split so that the head and feet can be raised separately with individual remote controls for each top mattress. Lots of windows provide views in three directions, with water and mountain views from the bed. Tv, tivo dvr, bose radio/cd player. Also has a lay-z-boy recliner and lots of books and cds. Guest bedroom has a day-bed/trundle-bed that also serves as a couch. The two beds can be used side-by-side or separated. Room also serves as a study and has 2 desks, our wireless network, and two wireless printers. Has a tv with directv satellite box but no dvr. Queen air-mattress can be used in either bedroom or upstairs with limited privacy. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Bath: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub, bidet


  • Guest Bath: toilet, shower, bidet


Other Amenities

  • Lots of attractions and recreational opportunities nearby. Bike path, kayaking, hiking, beaches, redwoods, birding and more. 5 minutes from Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco sights, entertainment, and restaurants. Convenient to California wine country (Napa, Sonoma, Russian River). Sea birds are plentiful and fun to watch from the decks, especially at low tide. Unique amenities include a piano in the music room, lots of books and cds, and amazingly comfortable outdoor furniture that makes the deck an extension of the living room....moreless


  • Books:

    Huge number of books in shelves in both bedrooms, and shelving in living room and music room. Fiction and non-fiction with a strong political focus. We also have a few books for pre-schoolers....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    We have conventional DVD player (NOT Blu-Ray) in living room and master bedroom (part of TiVo DVR)....moreless

  • Games:

    We have a number of board games for adults and older children on the shelves in the living room. Also decks of cards....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Many CDs - jazz, blues, classical, folk, international, bluegrass - can be played on the Bose systems. Records can be played on turntable. Can plug into Bose units for online music....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    (3) TV in living room, master bedroom and guest bedroom. Many cable channels, music, sports, and HBO through Comcast. On Demand service....moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have 2 Bose radio/CD players one upstairs and one in master bedroom. Also, a stereo turntable and records in music room which plays through the Bose....moreless

  • Television:

    (3) Living room & 2 bedrooms. 2 have TiVo DVRs, 2 have DVD players, all have Comcast service.. ...moreless

  • Video Games:

    One game set, with PacMan and other games....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have a limited video library of purchased and self-recorded DVDs (found in the drawer in the living room TV cabinet)....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Excellent views of Mt. Tamalpias plus the Marin hillside, sailboat marina, and Bay....moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    Floating home is literally on San Francisco Bay....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Glass-topped dining table opens to seat 6 in living room/dining area. Bistro table in music-room/pantry seats 2-4. Outdoor dining on the deck table which seats 4 to 6+. Folding table for 6. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    In same closet atop the washing machine. Also front loading....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Gas fireplace in living room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas, forced-air central heating system throughout. Thermostat can be set by user. Air conditioning unnecessary due to low humidity, cool evenings and westerly winds....moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed cable internet with wireless network, including two wireless printers (laser and multi-function inkjet). ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    We have fitted linens for all beds and the air mattress....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Over 300 sq ft but feels larger due to glass doors, windows & skylights. Has soft couch, double lay-z-boy recliner, single recliner, glass coffee table and 2 side tables, 2 lamps, & TV/DVR cabinet....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for one vehicle is available in Pier's parking lot, additional parking in very close overflow lot....moreless

  • Telephone:

    (5) Land-based wireless phones provide local calling area service only. You will need to use your mobile phone for long-distance....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We provide household and beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In closet in downstairs hallway. Front loading. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisineart 10-cup drip coffee maker with cone filters plus ismall and large single cup cones for paper filters....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everyday dishes, glassware and stainless flatware in the kitchen should meet your needs. Serving pieces are in the Pantry. Plenty of pots and pans. Wok. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Economy wash is the optimum setting for this appliance. Run hot water in sink before starting....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Below refrigerator. Easy visibility and lots of room. Temperature adjusted separately from refrigerator....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Galley kitched has granite counters and is open to both the living room and music-room/pantry. Good halogen lighting plus windows and skylight....moreless

  • Microwave:

    On counter in kitchen. Also toaster oven, electric can opener, blender, food processor, battery-operated corkscrew, milk frother, automatic wine opener, and George Foreman grill ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Feel free to use our spices (in one corner cabinet in the kitchen and in the pantry). We will also leave paper towels, napkins and coffee filters to get you started....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large up and down refrigerator with freezer on bottom. Great visibility for stored foods. Adjustable temperatures, ice type, water dispenser....moreless

  • Stove:

    4-burner gas stove and oven with exhause fan. Stainless finish. Self-cleaning....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Main deck off living room is about 300 sq feet and has seating for 6 adults and 2 children. Including a table for 4 that can fit more. Water and mountain views. Interesting birds at low tide....moreless



from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 - Dec 28, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,000 $4,500
My Standard Rate
31 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning Service $200
  • Taxes Not included


Rates are standard, without seasonal adjustments.

Immediate deposit upon booking; balance of rental fee, security deposit and cleaning fee 60 days prior to arrival.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 03/31/2017
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23 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco International
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Sausalito Ferry
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 101
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rodeo Beach

Car: Necessary

The Sausalito floating home community is a uniquely relaxing and beautiful setting that provides ready access to San Francisco as well as the parks, beaches, and recreation areas of Marin county and Napa/Sonoma wine country.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: We are a retired professional couple. Prior to moving to SF in 2000, we spent most of our professional lives in Washington, DC but are native New Yorkers. We have a second home in Manhattan which allows us to rent out our primary residence from time to time. Jim worked for many years as a health care researcher in his own business and as part of a research institute. Eve worked for 20 years in the US Senate and managed several statewide political campaigns. After leaving the Senate she's consulted abroad for USAID, lectured and been an adjunct professor of political science.

Why the Owner Chose Sausalito, CA, USA:
There are over 400 floating homes in Sausalito and each one is unique. Features that make our home special are its comfort, openness and lightness and relative privacy, given the unusual space between our home and our neighbors. There are windows all around, 5 skylights, a large glass door leading to a large deck with extremely comfortable furniture, outdoor dining, and gorgeous views. The deck serves as an extension to the living room and is sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds. The interior design is open so that the entire top floor -- living room, kitchen, and music room -- are interconnected. Our travel artifacts and large collection of books and music make staying here a homey experience. And, like other homes in the area, we are close to recreation, cultural activities, and numerous restaurants.

The Unique Benefits at this House Boat:
You can rent a kayak in Sausalito & launch it from deck, if you like, or paddle around the floating home community. You can rent a bike and ride the Marin County bike path, both about a block from our house. You can conveniently visit the City by ferry or car, enjoy the many outdoor activities and scenic areas of Marin County or visit the wine country in less than an hour. You can also stay 'home' in Sausalito, take in the beaches, beauty, restaurants, galleries, shops, gourmet groceries, nearby cinema, playhouses, book stores and other cultural experiences.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/31/2017

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  • Long View of House (salmon color) and Mt. Tamalpias

    Long View of House (salmon color) and Mt. Tamalpias

  • Sitting Area on Deck

    Sitting Area on Deck

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room and Fireplace

    Living Room and Fireplace

  • Kitchen


  • Master Bedroom Showing Bed

    Master Bedroom Showing Bed

  • Master Bath Double-Sink, Shower, and Jacuzzi

    Master Bath Double-Sink, Shower, and Jacuzzi

  • Study (Guest Room)

    Study (Guest Room)

  • Sunset from Deck

    Sunset from Deck

  • Great Blue Heron from Stairwell

    Great Blue Heron from Stairwell

  • San Francisco over Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands

    San Francisco over Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands

  • View of House and Small Boat Dock from Pier

    View of House and Small Boat Dock from Pier

  • Eating Area on Deck

    Eating Area on Deck

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room from Stairwell

    Living Room from Stairwell

  • Pantry, Breakfast Room, Music Room

    Pantry, Breakfast Room, Music Room

  • Master Bedroom Showing Armoire and TV

    Master Bedroom Showing Armoire and TV

  • Guest Room (Study)

    Guest Room (Study)

  • Guest Bath

    Guest Bath

  • Sunset from Deck

    Sunset from Deck

  • Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands

    Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands

  • Eve & Jim

    Eve & Jim

VRBO #447277

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 11, 2017

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