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Ocean View Cottage--Sleep to the Sound of the Waves!

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Coming "Over the Hill" to Stinson. Views of Bolinas/Lagoon & distant Pt. Reyes

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

1 BR, Beautiful Views, Sunsets, Leave your car--5 min walk to everywhere!

This one bedroom hillside cottage (2 blocks from the ocean) has great Wi-Fi, DVD player with 50 DVD's (watch Smart TV, movies from your computer), an ocean view deck, BBQ, patio furniture, umbrellas, and 2 chaise lounges.
This classic home, built in 1923, has original redwood floors, open-beamed rooms and a classic 20's feel. It has been moderately remodeled, repainted, and includes a gas fireplace with fan, a newer stove and refrigerator, a fully stocked kitchen with a microwave and programmable coffeemaker, coffee grinder, blender, etc., an old, classic farmhouse drop leaf table and chairs, a futon sofa that can be converted to a chaise lounge and bed, a leather reading chair/ottoman and up/down window shades so you can sit and watch the ocean, sunsets, village activities, whales in the Fall, Pt. Reyes cliffs, and the Bolinas coast.
The bedroom has a newer Posturepedic Medium Queen mattress on a platform frame ('very comfortable!'). The reading lamps are rated "very good!" There is a very large armoire closet to hang your clothes and/or store suitcases. There is also a shelf and clothes rod that run the full length of the bedroom.
We provide very nice bed linens, thick bath towels, beach chairs, beach umbrella, large beach towels, small ice chest, and some games and books. There is a landline phone, a Bose stereo/AM-FM radio/CD player (bring your favorite CD's).
In town, here is a classic general store, library, gym, bookstore, art galleries, florist, quaint post office, health and wellness center for massages and chiropractic, 2 parks, a non-denominational church, a community center (walk to the wedding or yoga classes!) and 3+ restaurants; a couple with live music. Stinson is the classic small town but without a gas station (fill up before you come!). There is a laundromat in Bolinas.
This Fall (2016) we had dozens of breaching, playful humpback whales going south. Very exciting! And we have brown pelicans, egrets, sandpipers, and hummingbirds. The Bolinas Lagoon is a Bird Sancturary that draws a lot of birders. The Audubon Society has a bird sanctuary down the road where you can watch white egrets nest in June and July. Several hiking and biking trails start a short walk from the Cottage, and the notorious Dipsea foot race from Mill Valley ends at the beach.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Stinson Beach in Marin County has just about everything you could ask for in a Bay Area beach. Best all-around!! Stinson Beach has pretty much everything you could want in a Northern California beach town: clearer weather than San Francisco, natural beauty and enough space to deal with the often sizable weekend crowds.
Scenic views of Point Reyes and the cliffy coastline. Numerous hiking trails in the vicinity, including the popular Dipsea Trail, a 9.5-mile round trip that leads from Muir Beach across creeks and stunning hills down to the coast. The Dipsea also winds over the hill to the town of Mill Valley-lots of stairs. Many trails connect, so you can create your own experience.
There are several good restaurants in town, from the Sand Dollar, a rockin' food/bar/live music on the weekends (Blues to Jazz, R&R, Country...), to the Parkside, a restaurant near the beach with a wonderful bakery attached, both a 5 minute walk away. There are two takeout food stands, one on the way to the beach and one on the beach.
Nearby is Muir State Park with old-growth Redwood trees--a not-to-miss incredible place. There is an entrance fee and go early, as parking is very limited.


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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 0 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Infants, pre-walking, and 8-10 years and older. It is not child-proofed. This is not a good party/loud music house, although it's great for dinner parties, get togethers....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No Smoking in cottage, on deck, or on property. Smoke at street level and beyond only!!...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Unless they have state or federal certificates for support/service dogs. Emotional support dogs cannot be certified....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Stairs and landings down from road....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sleeps 2 adults (not 3), one child, and/or a baby. ...moreless

  • Posturepedic mattress, queen size platform bed. Guests say it is very comfortable! Two windows, peaked ceiling. Shelves. Clothes Armoire. Sofa/chaise/futon bed is in the Living Room. The cottage is not set up for 4 people, not even 2 adults and 2 kids. I want guests to have a good experience, not a cramped one! Your choice, but you would have to bring sleeping gear for a 2nd child, unless they can use a Pack-n-Play....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom : toilet, shower

    Compact area. Lo-flush, slightly raised toilet...moreless

  • On-demand water heater, lots of mirrors and a private window that opens in the shower looking out to greenery. Eco-showerhead with button to turn water to a trickle while shampooing, etc. Shelves, towel racks....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Cottage was built in the 1920's as a summer cottage for folks from San Francisco. It retains a lot of this flavor: original redwood floors with scars, peaked, beamed ceilings, clapboard kitchen wall. Has been upgraded but is still an authentic, relaxing beach cottage on the hill. Will sleep 4 (2 adults and 1 child) if 4th is a baby and can use a Pack n Play. Has landline. Quiet hours after10 pm until 9 am...moreless

Entertainment

  • Games:

    Cribbage, poker chips, cards, Blockhead, 1000 piece puzzle, checkers, backgammon, chess, Mancala marble game, Pictionary, Poker rules, Crazy Eights, Scrabble, Hearts, etc....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Have about 10 but bring your own favorite CD's...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bose with CD player and AM/FM radio....moreless

  • Television:

    TV cabled to DVD player; can use Wi-Fi and your computer to watch TV....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Has 40--ish DVD's....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Very quaint village! Bookstore, art galleries, crafts, florist, gifts, library, old-time Post Office, market, restaurants (live music on weekends), non-denominational church, 2 parks. 5 minute walks!...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Nestled on a wrap-around hillside, but faces the ocean....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    2.5 blocks away! Has BBQs and tables (go early to mark your spot & come back later) for picnics. "Sirens" take-out on the beach, rated very good. No campfires allowed on the beach....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    The ocean view is about 2/3 of the top of the view. The 1/3 bottom view is businesses, shoppers, cliffs, restaurants, etc., from a people- and ocean- watching- deck! You can't be seen from town....moreless

  • Rural:

    Very! In Mt. Tamalpais State Park and near Pt. Reyes National Park. Astronomical talks every month on Saturday nights in summer. LOTS of hiking trails with trail heads near cottage .Population "486."...moreless

  • Village:

    Classic, with all of 486 residents! Winter here is wonderful!...moreless

  • Water View:

    Whales in July! ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Old farmhouse drop leaf pine table and 4 chairs. Table cloth, placemats, cloth and paper napkins. Outdoor table/umbrella and 4 chairs/cushions....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Laundromats in Bolinas, Olema Camp Grounds (large and nice!), Sausalito, and Mill Valley....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    European designed gas, stovepipe outside. Quick warmth. Has fan that responds to heat and blows out into the room for extra warmth--will continue for 20 minutes after the fireplace is turned off....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Gym in town...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room:

    Lots of windows! Reading chair, sofa/chaise/bed, Bose stereo/CD player, gas fireplace, original redwood floors, French doors to deck.....moreless

  • Parking:

    On street, easy before 10 am and after 5pm in summer (you don't need to drive, anyway), and very easy in winter. Most guests initially park elsewhere and then move car later to front of the property....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local and long distance calls (not international)...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    New, plush, colorful towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundromats in Bolinas, Olema Camp Grounds (large and nice!), Sausalito, and Mill Valley....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    New 12 cup programmable and coffee grinder. I cup drip. No Keureg-too much trash-sorry!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 6, matched dishes/glasses. Lots of cooking gear! Blender, wine glasses, BBQ utensils, table cloth for outdoor umbrella table. Also, see above....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    FULLY stocked (not food tho', bring your favorites) with new kitchenware, coffeemaker, 1 cup drip, coffee grinder, lots of pots, pans, blender, toaster, microwave, cooking utensils, etc....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Metal table, umbrella, and 4 chairs, 2 teak chaise lounges with new cushions, teak bench with cushions, 2nd umbrella. Hedge provides lots of privacy....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals in town...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    All of Stinson is on septic and the lawn is over our septic system. Nice to look at but not to play on....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large Weber charcoal grill. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$160 $180
Fri, Sat
$1,050 $3,350

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Summer A 2017
May 1 - Jul 1, 2017
2 night min stay
$175 $200
Fri, Sat
$1,195

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

July 4th
Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$225 $225
Fri, Sat
$1,495

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Summer B 2017
Jul 6 - Sep 5, 2017
2 night min stay
$195 $210
Fri, Sat
$1,295

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2017
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$160 $180
Fri, Sat
$1,050 $3,350

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Winter A 2017
Nov 1 - Nov 20, 2017
2 night min stay
$150 $175
Fri, Sat
$1,000 $3,195

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2017
3 night min stay
$200 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Winter B 2017
Nov 26 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$150 $175
Fri, Sat
$995 $3,695

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Christmas 2017
Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2017
4 night min stay
$200 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Friday


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

New Years
Dec 29 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
$200 $200
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,850

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2018
Jan 3 - Feb 28, 2018
2 night min stay
$150 $175
Fri, Sat
$1,000 $3,195

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2018
Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2018
2 night min stay
$160 $180
Fri, Sat
$1,050 $3,350

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$190 $200
Fri, Sat
$1,295 $3,995

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

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

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • cleaning $95
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Changeover day between Christmas 2017 and New Years is Friday, Dec. 28th unless you want to do that week or more.

Friday and Saturday nights are not split, e.g., inquiries for Thursday and Friday nights only, without Saturday night, may be declined. Children who are not walking or 10 years and older are accepted. Owner will contact you with all the details for directions, key, etc., 3 weeks before your reservation. Check-in time is 3pm. Check-out is 11am. If the guest cancels 30 days or more, all monies will be refunded. If canceled 14 days or less, 50% refund of all monies paid.

No pets, please don't ask, as sweet and well behaved as they might be, unless they are state or federally certified service/support dogs. California doesn't certify emotional support dogs.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

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36 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco International--1 hr. 20 minutes
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sand Dollar
17 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Sausalito or Larspur-50 miutes
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mill Valley Public
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 1--2 blocks. Hwy 101--16 miles
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Parkside, Breakers, Sirens (summer), Sand Dollar
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Stinson Beach- 2.5 blocks

Car: Necessary

Easy drive to the top of Mt. Tamalpais (Tam). The Matt Davis Trail starts about 3 minutes from the cabin.It hooks up with the famous Dipsea trail and the Coastal Trail. 2 other trail heads are about 10-12 minutes away. A bus, the West Marin Stage Coach, stops at several trail heads. Search for Golden Gate Transit for a schedule. There is a Marin Hiking Book at the cabin.

Muir Beach is beautiful, rocky cove/beach about a 20 minute drive around the coast. Keep going for another 10 and Green Gulch Zen Center (SFZC.org) is on your right. There is a Sunday program of meditation and a dharma talk, muffins and tea. It's a certified organic farm and Sundays they serve wonderful organic soup, salad and their famous bread about 12:00.

There is a Laundromat and gas station in Bolinas, about a 20 min. drive away. There are no signs to Bolinas! Just drive around the Lagoon, as if going to Pt. Reyes, and take the first left. (CalTrans has given up putting up signs: they go up during the day and are gone by the next morning. Bumper stickers say, "Keep Bolinas Weird!")

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: I have been in Marin for 23 years, after living on Maui for 17. I am a psychotherapist in San Francisco and, unfortunately, the commute was just too far to live in my cottage. I recently cut my practice back, moved and created this wonderful vacation rental for others to enjoy. Looking back, I have had a pretty interesting life, from SF in the 70's, to being a hippie living on Maui in a hand-built cottage with no electricity, a propane refrigerator, and a kerosene stove for 7 years while going to Nursing School. I've traveled through Tibet overland in 1980 on a dirt, one-lane road from Kathmandu to Llasa and getting a private tour of H.H.,The Dalai Lama's private rooms in the Norbulinka Summer Palace, from which he left to go into exile...and lots more.

Why the Owner Chose Stinson Beach, CA, USA:
This cottage is so classic, I couldn't resist! I grew up in Northern Michigan on Lake Michigan and we had an authentic 1900's log cabin on an inland lake near Millersburg. I lived on Maui for 17 years and in San Francisco in the 70's. I like the relaxed, vacation-style of living in Stinson Beach. The cottage is quickly walkable to the beach, stores, trails, and restaurants, which the beachfront houses are not (more driving!). You can park your car and leave it and still do a multitude of things!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The cottage has one of the best locations in Stinson: views, off-street, and short walkability to everything. There are oodles of hummingbirds clicking and watching you.The stars are bright and walks in the dark are totally safe. Each night I went to sleep with the sound of the waves crashing (the winter waves are fabulous!). The sounds of live music on sunny weekend afternoons waft up the hill--lounge on the deck and relax to good, subdued music and people watching after a full day--the best!


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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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Photos

  • Coming "Over the Hill" to Stinson. Views of Bolinas/Lagoon & distant Pt. Reyes

    Coming "Over the Hill" to Stinson. Views of Bolinas/Lagoon & distant Pt. Reyes

  • Ocean 2 blocks away from deck. Village 1 block away.

    Ocean 2 blocks away from deck. Village 1 block away.

  • Kitchen, looking from dining area. Use of mirrors to give open feeling

    Kitchen, looking from dining area. Use of mirrors to give open feeling

  • From kitchen to dining area. Clothing or suitcase armoire, Euro fireplace..

    From kitchen to dining area. Clothing or suitcase armoire, Euro fireplace..

  • Bedroom with Queen medium Posturepedic mattress on platform bed.

    Bedroom with Queen medium Posturepedic mattress on platform bed.

  • European designed gas fireplace with fan to disperse heat throughout cottage.

    European designed gas fireplace with fan to disperse heat throughout cottage.

  • Stairs and landings down to #3, well lit.

    Stairs and landings down to #3, well lit.

  • Hiking, mountain biking.

    Hiking, mountain biking.

  • Stinson Beach Market 
1-1/2 block away. Open 8-8 in summer, till 7 in winter.

    Stinson Beach Market 1-1/2 block away. Open 8-8 in summer, till 7 in winter.

  • Catherine with an "Oh, Mom...", Lily.

    Catherine with an "Oh, Mom...", Lily.

  • Ocean from deck

    Ocean from deck

  • Views of ocean and sunsets from  LR, table, front windows, doors and deck.

    Views of ocean and sunsets from LR, table, front windows, doors and deck.

  • Kitchen looking from butcher block table.

    Kitchen looking from butcher block table.

  • Bedroom.  Full room- length shelving and clothes rod. Curtains can be open.

    Bedroom. Full room- length shelving and clothes rod. Curtains can be open.

  • Compact Bath with shower and private  window. Eco-showerhead and -toilet.

    Compact Bath with shower and private window. Eco-showerhead and -toilet.

  • Great sunsets behind the Buddha! Solar lights make it magical at night!

    Great sunsets behind the Buddha! Solar lights make it magical at night!

  • Hills behind house

    Hills behind house

  • The Village of Stinson Beach, showing Live Water surf shop and Sand Dollar.

    The Village of Stinson Beach, showing Live Water surf shop and Sand Dollar.

  • Sand Dollar-Good live weekend music, jazz mostly, in town that wafts up to deck.

    Sand Dollar-Good live weekend music, jazz mostly, in town that wafts up to deck.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 30, 2017

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