|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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This spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2100+ Sq. foot architect-designed hillside home with three levels has panoramic Pacific Ocean and beach views from most rooms. Built in the California coast salt box style, the home is designed and equipped for simple, relaxed comfort and to maximize the view while integrating with the natural setting. Situated just above a beautiful rock formation and large open space area, the house is also a great spot to watch the local wildlife. The house and furnishings are clean, serene, natural, relaxed, and comfortable.
This hillside home is a tri-level house with the main (Center) level at ground floor from the front entrance. It's easiest to understand the home by understanding the levels:
Main Level (Ground Floor)
The main level includes an open plan living/dining area and adjacent kitchen. This level also includes a master bedroom with king sized bed, divided bath, and sunroom. The sunroom is our favorite spot in the house to curl up and read a book. If you are a couple staying alone, you would probably never leave the main level. If there is anyone in your party who has difficulty with stairs, this level will work great for them (there are just 2 steps into the house from the driveway). There are stunning ocean views from the living/dining area, kitchen, master bedroom, and sunroom.
Overlooking the living area is a loft with a full-size bed and a half bath (toilet and sink). This loft is open to the room below (with a half-height solid wall providing visual privacy). The loft is a cozy place with lovely views of Tomales Bay and Tomales Dunes out the south window and views to Bodega Head out the north window.
One floor below the main level is another private bedroom with ocean views and a queen bed. There is also a family room with two futon sofas that convert to beds: one full and one queen. This room also has ocean views, a wood burning stove, and includes a table with four chairs for playing games or doing puzzles. This room is great for kids and teens. And, because it's close to the ground, it's a great spot for watching deer and looking for bunnies who sometimes appear at the edge of the shrubs. This level includes a full bath (with walk-in shower) and a covered deck with three adirondack chairs. The deck is accessible from the private bedroom and the family room.
The house is situated about halfway up the Oceana Marin hillside overlooking Dillon Beach. The beach is walking distance down the hill from the house (about a 10 min walk downhill, but it's a more rigorous walk back up...it's a good workout). If you have little kids, older people, anyone not comfortable with negotiating a steep beach access, or a lot of stuff, using the Dillon Beach Resort parking lot right on the beach (for a small fee) is a good choice. You can save your walking for the beach. (Make sure you go all the way to the south end which rewards you with a gorgeous view down Tomales bay and out to sea). Or even better, at the end of the beach, walk in-land through the camping area and climb one of the most beautiful dunes in Northern California.
We are a professional Bay Area couple who discovered Dillon Beach around 20 years ago on a weekend visit to Tomales Bay. We love the coast of California and our Dillon Beach house has been a special place of great beauty and renewal for us over the years. It's our go to place to unplug, unwind, and relax with family and friends, or spend a quiet weekend.
Sue Zemel purchased this house in 1993
We took one look at the view from the living room of the house, and fell in love with Dillon Beach. Unlike Stinson Beach, this area is really quiet and far less touristed, though the location gives you lots of options to enjoy the north coast, as well as areas inland if you like wine and beautiful rolling farm land.
The house is spacious, comfortable, and well designed for serious relaxation. The views of the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay are stunning from almost every room. And the house is situated above a large open space area that includes a beautiful rock formation. The rock formation and surrounding shrubs provide a natural habitat for deer, bunnies, wild turkeys, an occasional fox, and a perch for hawks and other birds. When you are in the house, the expansive ocean views and natural setting make you feel peacefully connected to the big, beautiful, natural world outside of the windows.
We really enjoyed a family weekend at this home near Dillon Beach. There was ample room for a large group to spread out, and nearly anything we could want was tucked in a cabinet somewhere! Kitchen was well and fully stocked for cooking. Amazing view from the rocks out back to watch the sunrise in the morning- we saw a beautiful red fox and lots of deer. Thanks for a great weekend!
As a family we had a great time ! Perfect for weekend get away ! We loved watching the deer, bunnies, foxes, turkeys, Hawks , and o my the ocean view was awesome! Although it was foggy and no sunshine the weekend it was great walking on the beach, the wind did not blow you away !
Thanks for sharing your home with us . The one futon in the game room was not able to fold
The Dillon Beach house sits perched on the side of TH slope, facing west, and has a fantastic view of the ocean and Pierce Point, a part of Point Reyes National Seashore across the mouth of Tomales Bay. There is a wonderful sun room with lounge chairs, a loft bedroom upstairs, master on the main floor no a bedroom and playroom with a futon downstairs. Nice TV on the main floor. Kitchen is perfectly adequate, well stocked and has a newer JenAir range / oven, microwave, etc. Plenty of bath room with showers on the main floor and downstairs.
A couple of negatives;
The driveway is short but very steep and can be tricky. There is no wifi, though it is available down the hill at the Dillon Beach Resort cafe. Maybe it is good to get away from it. The house has tons of DVDs. The biggest negative is that we did not have access to the washer and dryer. Maybe for a longer stay it is different - we were only there for three days - but it is nice to throw wet towels in the dryer,etc.
We've rented many houses at Dillon Beach and this one is our favorite. When we rent again we'll definitely try to get this place. The view is phenomenal from the enclosed sun deck - great place to catch up on some reading. Lots of room, very nice open floor plan and very clean. If you are sharing the place with another couple this place would be perfect as the bottom level is private and big. Enclosed entry area keeps sand from the beach outside. There's enough room for three midsize autos in the driveway. AT&T customers can get service from the top floor about 90% of the time making the absence of wi-fi not that big of a deal - I caught up on a couple emails using the personal hotspot from my iPhone. The owner, Sue, was pleasant to deal with and communicated well. The price for the amount of space you get makes this a great deal.
All rooms had great views, kitchen was fully functional with the exception of kitchen linen (so remember to bring your own), the bathrooms are on every floor which was great, house was clean. The patio on 3rd floor and the sun room was awesome. My suggestion is to tell folks about the drive way BEFORE they drive into it and bottom out their vehicle. It tells about in the the house book and how to drive in without scrapping up your car....would of been nice to know that BEFORE I drove in and scraped up the underside of my car.
The sleepy coastal town of Dillon Beach, one of the best kept secrets in West Marin County and the Bay Area, is an easy 1 1/4 hour drive 65 miles north of San Francisco and just 20 miles west of Petaluma. Dillon Beach is located on the north side of the mouth of Tomales Bay, indisputably the largest unspoiled coastal bay on the California coast.
The one-mile long beach extends from the northern cliffs and ends at the mouth of Tomales Bay. Our favorite view is at the mouth of Tomales Bay where you look left down the length of the beautiful bay and look right as far as the eye can see in the Pacific. If you have really good eyes (or binoculars), you can look across at Tomales Point and spot a herd of Tule Elk. Tomales bay is a seal breeding ground, so you can often spot seals popping their heads up in this area.
From the south end of the beach, hike past Lawson's Landing and head up into the incredible Tomales Dunes which are the best example of a 'gegenwalle' dune complex in California: an undulating network of shifting sand dunes that run counter to the prevailing winds. Tomales Dunes are one of the only examples of actively evolving dune systems from San Luis Obispo to Humboldt.
The beach, which allows dogs off leash, is never crowded and provides stunning views from Bodega Bay to Tomales Point. Enjoy walking, fishing, kite flying, boogie boarding, and surfing. If you enjoy tide pools, check the tide charts and look for a zero foot or minus tide and then head to the north end of Dillon Beach and explore the area between the rocks. Tomales Bay offers boating, kayaking, fishing, and, at certain times of the year, clamming.
The Dillon Beach town has very minimal commercial establishments: it has a general store, a post office, a part-time cafe, and a campground and boat launch hidden behind the southern dunes. The nearest small town is Tomales, located 4 miles inland (don't miss the fabulous Tomales Bakery).
Point Reyes Station and Point Reyes National Seashore are accessible by a scenic drive south on Highway 1 along beautiful Tomales Bay. Nick's Cove restaurant was restored by Pat Kuleto, a famous bay area restauranteer, and is perched right on Tomales Bay on highway 1 just a few miles south of the town of Tomales and about 15 minutes from the house. Call ahead for reservations. (For impromptu dining on Highway 1 in Marshall, stop at Tony's for fantastic barbeque oysters or at any of the oyster shops along the bay). Tomales Bay is known for it's fantastic oysters.
Drive north for 30 minutes to visit Bodega Bay for coastal golfing at The Links at Bodega Harbour and for many seafood restaurants. Or drive inland to explore the sleepy towns and wineries around Occidental and Sebastopol.
Or, best of all, come with all the good food and wine you need and don't leave Dillon Beach to have a truly relaxing time away from it all.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Cleaning & Linens||$150|
Parking is limited to maximum of 3 cars in the driveway. No on-street parking is permitted in Oceana Marin, day or night. Cars parked on the street are subject to towing and create problems for our guests and for us. If you need to bring more than 3 cars, we are sorry but this will not be a suitable house for your group.
Friendly reminder: The maximum number of guests, day or night, is 8 people. This is not an appropriate venue for a party. Thank you for respecting this policy and our neighbors.
No Internet Service: Please note that there is no internet service provided at the house. Verizon's mobile phones, MIFIs, and hot spots work well at Dillon Beach where there is a local Verizon cellular tower. ATT mobile reception is spotty at best. You may have to go to the top of the hill on Oceana Marin to get reception.