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Beautiful 2-bedroom Retreat, Close To Woods And City!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

2-bedroom, 1 Bath With All Upscale Amenities Set In Lush Gardens.

In a residential neighborhood, on private grounds that are professionally landscaped and maintained. Adjacent to owners' home with private entry and no adjoining walls. Spacious (approximately 1200 sq. ft.) with 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, all appliances including dishwasher, disposal, microwave, range, refrigerator with ice maker, full size washer and dryer. Hardwood floors, carpeting and vaulted ceilings throughout with ceiling fans in master bedroom and 2nd bedroom. Three skylights. Wood burning fireplace. Front deck with wooded valley views, private patio in back amid landscaped terraces, redwood and fruit trees. Off-street parking. Bike from the driveway to the trails on Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Sausalito. Easy freeway access to San Francisco...just 7 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge!

THIS PROPERTY IS FOR GUESTS OLDER THAN 10. Please, no inquiries for families with children younger than 10. 

 Minutes from San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Downtown Mill Valley and all that Marin County in Northern California has to offer! 

More Details

Julie Austin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Julie Austin

We are the owners of a property that has a long, successful history here in Mill Valley. We intend to keep the good times rolling by offering the best service and amenities in the Bay Area! We live in the house on the property that allows us to be available for all traveler needs, but we highly value your privacy!

Julie Austin purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Julie Austin chose San Francisco Bay Area

We chose this property for the same reasons you will. The property is GORGEOUS (with a capital G)! The vacation rental has a feeling of tranquility, of serenity, but has the appeal of also being close to anything you can imagine! Want to go to historic Muir Woods? You'll be 15 minutes from the entrance. Want night life and great shopping? Either drive your car or take the bus (1 block away) to Union Square in downtown San Francisco, 20 minutes away.

What makes this cottage unique

The lovely unit has an expansive front porch, where you'll enter the home and be in the glow of the living room skylight. If it's chilly, start a fire in the wood-burning fireplace. Kick off your shoes and go onto the private back flagstone patio, where you'll be surrounded by rose bushes and bird houses.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed for 3 nights at the cottage, and we had a great experience. The place was so cute, and decorated really well. It was super clean and quiet, and the bed was great! There are instructions for all the tvs and appliances (we are really bad with tvs, so it helped), and both tvs had full movie channels. It was cool to have that at the end of sightseeing.

Julie was so nice, and so helpful, but was only there when we needed her - she didn't hover :)
May 2014
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Mill Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full washer/dryer is in the bathroom.
  • The bath also has a skylight!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Both rooms have ample closet space, with the master having its own TV/DVD player. The second bedroom has a sliding glass door onto the back private patio.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Weekly cleaning is included in all stays 7 nights or more.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Beautiful 2-bedroom Retreat, Close To Woods And City!
average rating of 4.925 based on 41 reviews

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The 'cottage' was perfect, close to wineries, hiking, the city, beaches..... Beds were very comfortable and the private patio was an added bonus. Clean, well stocked and peaceful... could not have asked for a more perfect rental.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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vero beach

great Mill Valley cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely 2 bedroom home with an open floor plan so it's great for entertaining. Secluded patio off the second bedroom is charming. Julie and Noah are great hosts and very helpful. Wish it had a bar-b-que.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Springfield , Ohio

Fantastic Mill Valley Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We certainly enjoyed the beautiful cottage located next to the property owners. Very spacious and well designed for a comfortable and peaceful stay. The back patio garden was in bloom and very private and the cottage was well equipped for entertainment. The kitchen was really first class too. Our family has stayed in Mill Valley for many years and this cottage really sets the standard. The Austin family could not have been more welcoming too. Many thanks for letting us stay. Angus Randolph, Springfield, Ohio

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burke, Virginia

Loved this home! - Serene and scenic

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, cozy and comfortable in serene surroundings. This was one of the best choices I have made for my family. After a very busy day touring colleges and going around San Francisco it was so wonderful to come back to a peaceful retreat.

Julie's home is in the perfect location for exploring Marin County (and beyond) as well as San Francisco (15 minutes from Muir Woods and 5 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge). We also decided to take the ferry from Sausalito (10 minute drive) to San Francisco and that was easy and relaxing.

The place is immaculate inside - with plenty of room to move around. Julie provides a lot of the basic needs (coffee, tea, sugar) and was kind enough to get us some of our favorite snacks and beverages before we arrived so that we would be more comfortable. Equator coffee (my new favorite!) and the Dipsea Cafe are both within an easy 10-15 minute walk.

I loved waking up early in the morning and standing on the front porch just looking over the trees and the hills. Although we had a lot of rain during our stay I did manage to wander into the backyard and it was a perfect little oasis - pretty shrubs and flowers, birdhouses, and a nice patio.

There is a washer and dryer available for use which is very handy. My tip would be don't leave everything until the last day. I had to run the clothes through several dryer cycles and they were still slightly damp for packing.

We stayed 6 nights in total and I would have enjoyed meeting Julie and Noah at least one of those days to say thank you in person but didn't get a chance.

I would highly recommend this stay to anyone who is visiting San Francisco and the surrounding areas. I will definitely be using it again if we head that way again in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property was exactly as described.

  • 4 of 5

Home was clean, easy to find and close to expressway. Ten minute drive to downtown San Francisco or John Muir Redwood forest.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI

Simply the best

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Noah's and Julie's wonderful two bedroom apartment in Mill Valley. It is spacious, clean and bright. It has many windows and skylights to let in natural light. The views from the windows are pleasing. As is viewing the night sky from the front porch. There is a parking space for a guest car which makes it convenient to easily come and go with a car. There is also a place on the porch to lock a bike which was also convenient.

There is a fully equipped kitchen and a very comfortable adjacent dining area with a bar hight table and 6 chairs. This room flows into a big living room area that has two coaches and a comfortable recliner. The living room as a flat panel TV with xfinity cable that has premium stations.

The bedrooms have comfortable beds and plenty of closet space. There is a full bathroom that has a full size stacked washer and dryer.

There are two outside areas for guests. The one in front and looks towards the route 1 and the adjacent hill that is the shoulder of Mt Tam. The back area is your private garden area and backs up to a hill.

The location is perfect for everything. It is a short distance to the center of Mill Valley or center of Sausalito. The entrance to Rt 101 is a 5 min drive. After rush hour we drove to the Mission District of SF in 20 min. You can walk out of the front door and be on a hiking trail in 5 min. One day we hiked from the apartment to the ridge above Muir Beach. The round trip hike was 5.5 miles. Later we found out that there is a bus that you can pick up at Muir Beach that returns to Mill Valley. Next time we will go all the way and take the bus back.

The only thing nicer than the apartment are Julie and Noah. Their daughter Abby is a precious young lady who we had fun meeting. The Austin Family loves baseball and so do we. The Austin Family loves animals and has three dogs. One of their dogs is named Ozzie after Ozzie Smith aka The Wizard. Ozzie Austin catches balls like his namesake. We are dog lovers and had fun watching the show most days. Over the course of our stay we became friends with Noah and Julie look forward to seeing them again next year when we return.


  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
2am Club
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Stinson Beach
Car: recommended

Our property is in the most ideal location. We are situated in a quiet, residential neighborhood, walking distance from a gorgeous park. We are also 7 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and 10 from San Francisco proper! We have every possible recreational activity, so a guest can be alone in Muir Woods, or in the middle of Union Square!


Rates & Availability

Mill Valley Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 10.0%

Travelers will sign a lease prior to arrival, and will receive policies and procedures to further clarify rules of the cottage. The cottage allows a maximum of 4 guests - this is not flexible. Please contact us with any questions!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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