Spectacular Dillon Beach Vacation Rental
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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.
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Member since: 2014
- 2100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered:
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Game Room:
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
Lawson's Landing in DB offers boat launching and small outboard boat rentals. If you rent a small boat, head left and enjoy Tomales Bay. Going into the ocean here in small craft is not safe....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Covered deck off the lower level with 3 Adirondack chairs. Glass enclosed sun room off the main level that opens onto a narrow exterior deck. Secluded exterior deck area with outdoor lounge for one....moreless
The Links at Bodega Harbour is 15 miles north off Highway 1 in Bodega Bay. Or, drive about 30 miles inland to the Northwood Golf Club in Monte Rio to play a unique 9-hole course in a redwood grove....moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill:
- Water Sports Gear:
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- 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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1993
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Dillon Beach, CA, USA:
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 Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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exterior sun room over lower covered deck
dining area...sunroom (and extended view) to the left
looking down to living area from the loft
fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances
master bedroom with king sized bed and ocean views on main level
main level split bath
lower covered deck accessible from lower bedroom and family room
family room with ocean views...beautiful even when cloudy
loft with double bed and half bath; half wall on right overlooks living area
the hideout...outdoor lounging for one when you need some solitude
wild surf after a winter storm
Exterior looking down from street
sunroom acessible from living area and master bedroom
living area with ocean views, 2 large comfy sofas, woodstove, and 46" LED TV
looking into open kitchen from living area
window to left of sink provides ocean view
master bath with ocean view from shower area
bedroom with queen bed on lower level. sliding doors to deck/view on right
lower level family room with 2 futon/sofas, game table, and wood stove
lower bath with shower area separated by pocket door for privacy and flexibility
loft desk area with ocean view north to Bodega Bay
beach access at bottom of the hill
sunset over tomales point as seen from the sunroom
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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