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Spectacular Dillon Beach Vacation Rental

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spacious and Comfortable 3 Br Home with Panoramic Views of Pacific Ocean

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 1978 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. The house is well maintained but we have intentionally kept it true to its original design. Situated just above a beautiful rock formation and large open space area, the house is a great spot to watch the local wildlife. The house and furnishings are clean, serene, natural, relaxed, and comfortable. The house has WiFi access.

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.

Upstairs Loft:

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.

Lower Level:

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.

Beach Access:

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'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.

More Details

Sue Zemel
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Sue Zemel

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

Why Sue Zemel chose Dillon Beach

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Dillon Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - Lower Level - toilet , shower , Full bath on lower level with walk-in shower (no tub)
    Bathroom 3 - Loft Level - toilet , Half bath in upper loft with toilet and sink
    Bathroom 1 - Main Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 separate private rooms: toilet/sink and tub/shower & sink
  • Main floor has split bath for privacy/flexibility: water closet (Toilet, Sink and Linen Closet) separate from Tub/Shower combo and sink). Large walk-in closet area off master bedroom separates the two rooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - Master - 1 king , Main level; ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - Private - 1 queen , Lower level; ocean view; opens to deck
    Bedroom 3 - aka Family Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Lower level: 2 sofa/futon: 1 qn/1 dbl; views; great for kids
    Bedroom 4 - Open Loft - 1 double , Upper Level; 1/2 wall overlooks main level; views; 1/2 bath
  • Sleeping and dining arrangements suitable for 6 adults. Max occupancy including children is 8 guests.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing


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Spectacular Dillon Beach Vacation Rental
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews

Great spot

  • 3 of 5

Very warm days for Nov. and no screens to keep lots of flies out. My bed was musty moldy smelling. Great view and lots of fun.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Larry, Thanks for the feedback and the email follow up on the musty smell. I am sorry that you experienced that. We have been baffled by this because we use that same room and have been here several times this winter and never noticed a musty smell. We also never heard that feedback from others. It may have been, as you suggested, because the house was closed up before your stay. We have, as a precaution, had a deep cleaning in that room, inspected for leaks (didn't find any), and removed an older pillow that had been left behind by another renter. WRT the screens, I removed all of the screens years ago because flying insects are extremely rare in Dillon Beach, probably due to the typical winds. It seems like you had a particularly warm and calm weekend, which is great, but perhaps that explains the flies. I will monitor our changing weather conditions and consider putting a few strategically placed screens back up. Thanks again for your feedback and we are glad that you seemed to enjoy the weekend. Best regards from the owners.
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Lovely 1970’s home

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic views close to beach comfortable living. Parking is tight

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Elena, We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the house. Thanks for staying at our home and for taking the time to write a review. We hope to host you again soon.
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Florence, Massachusetts

The house was beautiful, simultaneously huge and cozy, great view, clean and well-stocked.

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed a wonderful weekend getaway at Sue's house on Dillon Beach. We had everything we needed. Check in was easy. The view was amazing and we had multiple deer visitors throughout he day. Would definitely recommend this place!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time here! The views are amazing throughout the house, so much so that we were often content not going anywhere!! It was so comfortable, and even with six people, we were able to have our own space when we wanted it!! We definitely want to return soon.

And thank you Sue, the owner, for being so responsive; it truly made our experience more comfortable and personable!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Views and Comfort for the Soul! Lovely

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, it was a fabulous weekend getaway to a beautiful peaceful place. We literally did not want to move out of the enclosed deck overlooking the ocean. Could not walk away from the phenomenal sunsets either. Stunning.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elk Grove, California (USA)

Quaint beach house with absolutely gorgeous ocean views.

  • 4 of 5

This house is very well equipped with lots of extra linens and kitchen ware. The big glass ceiling to floor windows are a focal point for people and pets alike. We were happy to have three levels and two decks that allowed casual, comfortable reading and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
San Francisco International or Oakland Airport
Nearest Golf
15.6 Miles
The Links at Bodega Harbour
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Dillon Beach
Car: necessary

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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning & Linens $150

Parking Limits:

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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