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Lovely New Beach Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

1-Bedroom 1.5-Bath Cottage Mixes Contemporary Amenities With Fine Craftsmanship

This superb new cottage at Stinson Beach is a splendid retreat for small families with children or for two couples. The detailed design by Berkeley architect Mark Hulbert (Preservation Architecture) features radiant heat, tons of windows, travertine floors and vibrant interior finishes- It's completely equipped so it’s ready for you to walk in and enjoy. Less than 200 hundred feet from the beach, the house features beautiful views of the coastal mountains, lovely but filtered views of the ocean and is surrounded by gardens. A lovely deck right off the kitchen and dining room has great views and brings the interior spaces to the exterior. A covered exterior stairs connects the upstairs living area with the downstairs bedroom, adding to the indoor/outdoor feel of the beach cottage. The house is new and about as green as they come- compact and efficient. With radiant heat, a solar array, and LED lighting, we can’t consume much less energy. Yet the house is outfitted with the kind of conveniences we all need: satellite television service, HD TV, WIFI, blue ray disc player, and many games- so there’ll be plenty for you and your family to do. Whether it’s sports, movies or internet, it’s there.

We have direct beach access (right next door) and beach chairs and accessories for a great day at the beach. There is a BBQ on the ground level and all manner of other necessary paraphanalia. If hiking is your thing, we’re a short ten minute walk from the Dipsea Trail and Steep Ravine- two of the most stunning trails on the west coast. If you’re like us and food is a major part of your experience, you'll enjoy our well equipped kitchen or one of several local restaurants. The house is set up with dishes, basic spices, pots, pans, linens and towels and a washer/dryer. We ask you to be very careful with your use of water, as the extreme drought means we may well be rationing by the time of your visit. Rationing by the Stinson Beach Water District may soon be put in place.

Contact directly for best rates 415-970-1045 x11 or 925-577-0255

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Bruce Helmberger or Shannon McCauley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Bruce Helmberger or Shannon McCauley

My wife and I built this house for our use together with our families and friends. We've spared nothing in detailing the building and we love the open feel of it, particularly the light. We love the area as well- the mountains and beach- the hiking and the stars- it's a great get-away!

Bruce Helmberger or Shannon McCauley purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Bruce Helmberger or Shannon McCauley chose San Francisco Bay Area

This particular property has a unique relationship with the hills and ocean. It's within walking distance from two of our favorite trails in West Marin- Steep Ravine and the Dipsea Trail-It's close to the restaurants of the village and it's right next to the beach. It is next to our sister house- both houses can be rented together for two families or for friends who want to spend time together at the beach.

What makes this cottage unique

We've really spent time on personalizing the cottage- from creating vibrant color palettes that remind us of a certain freedom that exists at the beach, to carefully considered choices on tile, glass, wood and lighting. For us it represents a range of decisions that is well suited to us and reinforces the feeling of being happy to be at the beach.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Lovely New Beach Cottage
average rating of 4.478261 based on 23 reviews
Durham, NH

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was clean and nicely furnished; it was a comfortable place to stay. Best of all, its location provided opportunities to walk on the beach or to take hikes to Mt. Tam and/or Muir Woods (the Dipsea trail is fabulous).

Internet access was not always available, but we know signals are blocked by area hills and mountains.

Best for one or two couples, as the bedroom is separated from the rest of the unit. Great location and an attractive dwelling.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice house close to the beach.

  • 4 of 5

Shannon was very quick to respond to emails and questions about the property.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fun beach house, perfect location!

  • 4 of 5

We did a quick get away to this newly-constructed home in Stinson Beach. All surfaces and appliances were brand new, no sign of wear. Easy parking and steps from the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, Convenient Location, Quirky

  • 4 of 5

First- What went right. This property (not really a VRBO but owned by large real estate magnate) fits a niche that is mostly missing in Stinson. You don't have to rent by the week and this is one of two small properties which sleep a couple or small group (unlike most of the large expensive houses in Stinson). It is conveniently an easy walk to town and steps from the beach. The house is very new and has a well stocked kitchen (except no microwave).

I would really like to give this place 3.5 stars because the process was so onerous. The property manager e-mails a confirmation (in our case 8 months in advance) and then expects that you carry a 5 page "handbook" of instructions with you to Stinson. When I called her because we couldn't lock the doors, she said she gets these questions all the time and hadn't I read the handbook. I would suggest that if you repeatedly get a question from renters it indicates that the way the information is communicated is less than adequate.

Stinson is notorious for bad cell coverage (in our group None for T mobile, some for Verizon and spotty for ATT), but the stated plan is to text the lock code to the house an hour before 4 pm arrival. That makes no sense to so I e-mailed that morning.

The bedroom is downstairs which is a hassle but worse was that one window over the bed had no shade and the other shade fell down when we touched it. The property manager knew this was a problem but we spent 4 days without any covering for the bedroom window which is feet away from the adjoining property.

For one night our son joined us after a family wedding. We got home late and intended to set up the sofa bed for him. There were no sheets in the house. We spent a long time looking. Finally I remembered another reviewer mentioned laundry in the garage. I went out and unlocked the garage but here was no light switch. Using my cell phone light, first I searched for a light and then finally found the dryer and retrieved the sheets. BTW, don't try to fit the sheets on the sofa bed; the bottom sheet only fits on a feather bed.

So many of these issues could be solved by notes/ labels on things in the house (is forward or back hot on the kitchen faucet? )

The final straw was when my son took off with the spare key, I talked the the mngr and sent the keys to her overnight the day we left. Her charge for having her house keeper provide a spare key was half of the "$90/hour" she supposedly pays her. Really?

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and well-appointed cottage, perfect for our weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is clean, new and has all the essentials for a getaway to Stinson Beach. The setup is unique, with the bedroom on the first floor but it was perfect to have a separate space for my dad while my fiancé and I were perfectly comfortable on the really nice pullout sofa. The feather mattress was great and we slept so well! We also loved the porch where we could sit and talk while seeing and hearing the ocean. Additionally, Shannon was really responsive when we had a couple questions about our stay, which we appreciated. We would come back to this cottage in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House Close to the Beach

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely - Very modern and clean, nicely furnished and with a balcony that got morning sun.

Shannon responded immediately when I called her with a question after I arrived. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.66 Miles
Sand Dollar
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Sausalito Ferry
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Fairfax Golf Course
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Amtrak/ Caltrain San Francisco
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.66 Miles
Parkside and Sand Dollar Restaurants
Nearest Ski
219 Miles
Bear Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
200 feet

The location is a charming beach community arranged along a three mile sand spit on the Pacific ocean at the foot of a beautiful range of coastal hills. The site is located about 15 minutes from Muir Woods and five minutes from the Audubon Ranch Bird Sanctuary. The Bolinas Lagoon is nearby with famous seal outhauls and a stunning array of birds.

The adjacent mountains have a number of gorgeous trails for both short and long hikes. There are dramatic ocean views from nearly all of these trails including the Bolinas Lagoon, the village of Stinson Beach not to mention the beach itself.


Rates & Availability

Stinson Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 1 2016 - Jan 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fourth of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning charge $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

All rules and policies are in the Rental Agreement.
Please note Cancellation policy: Bookings canceled at least 60 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund. Bookings canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refunds if cancelled less than 30 days to start of stay.

There will be a $75 handling charge for cancellation. There will be a $75 handling charge for any changes made to your reservation. Changes are subject to availability. There will be no changes to your reservation within 30 days of the date of your stay except for extensions for which there will be no handling change.
By booking you agree that you have read and agree to the Rental Agreement provided.

Rates are subject to change in advance of rate confirmation. In the quote, Marin County Occupancy Tax is 10%, VRBO's credit card transaction fee is 3% for a total of 13.0%. VRBO also charges a Service fee that is passed on to you. To avoid VRBO credit card and service fee, please contact Shannon at, this option is not available to last minute bookings.
Adults must be at least 27 years old.
Additional information including Driver's License or photo ID will be required.
By booking you agree that you have read and agree to the Rental Agreement provided.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Stinson Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Downstairs has Master Bedroom with queen size bed, dresser and closet. Master bath is downstairs, 1/2 bath is upstairs. Living room has queen size sleeper sofa that sleeps two. EXTERIOR stairs from Master to Living, Dining kitchen and comfy pullout queen bed. There is a down mattress topper for the pull-out bed upstairs.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Adults must be at least 27 years old. Additional information including Driver's License or photo ID will be required.

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