About This Listing
Comfortable, peaceful private bedroom with full-sized (double) bed, and shared bath with shower.
Welcome to our home! We live on a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom floating home and are lucky enough to be able to offer occasional space to travelers.
This room is only available for a part of June, and you will share the houseboat with my son-turned-landlord and possibly other airbnb guests (we rent two rooms while we're gone). The rest of us are away on a trip, so no toddler drumming in the early mornings!
This room has a comfortable double bed (please note it is full-sized, not queen) with a memory foam mattress and down duvets, and a desk and work chair.
When you're staying here you can relax on our patio and explore the famous houseboat docks. You can walk to a variety of restaurants and there is a nearby grocery store.
If I had to list anything that might be a disappointment to guests it's that (a) your room faces the underside of the dock, so there isn't a beautiful view (of course you can enjoy the view from our deck) and (b) our dock is very close to the highway. Although the sound is muffled (and never bothers us), there is the hum of the road. If you look at our pictures, you can see both views from our deck - harbour water, birds and yachts, and curving mountain road.
You are welcome to use our washing machine/dryer and/or prepare yourself a meal in our kitchen. In the evening we are often watching tv or playing a game and you are always welcome to join in. The other bedrooms are privately occupied, but otherwise the home is open for you to share.
Interaction with Guests
We live here with our children, so you will be in the mix with our family. We are happy to leave you to yourself if you would prefer privacy in your room, or feel free to join us in the evening to have a drink or watch a tv show.
I don't provide a formal breakfast, but you can help yourself to whatever we have on hand (usually cereal, toast, etc), and I can recommend some excellent breakfast restaurants, including the cafe at the end of our parking lot that offers $5 bacon and eggs.
The Sausalito floating home community is really unique and beautiful. We love that we have a world-class bike/running trail right at the top of our dock, that decent food is a short walk away and really excellent food is not much further. I love seeing the water when the tide is high and the variety of feeding birds when the tide is out. Before I moved here, I didn't realize that even the mud at low tide could be beautiful, but it really is like living in a nature sanctuary.
The peacefulness of nature is balanced by the proximity of the highway - if you are on the back deck and look in one direction, you wouldn't think a car existed in the world. Look the other way and see the activity of a winding road.
While you're here you should walk the docks to see all the variety of the floating homes. You should check out downtown Sausalito - just a short drive or a long walk away. You could go for a run or bike ride, and you should definitely take the world-class ferry-ride across San Francisco Bay to the city. If you feel like driving north, wine country is less than an hour away. Many people travel here specifically to see the redwood forests at Muir Woods. And the beaches offer great sunning and boogie boarding in summer.
There is public transportation a short walk from our house, and I'm happy to help with sorting out the bus system. We are also less than a mile from the SFO Airporter shuttle drop-off. It's definitely easiest to get around with a car, but with a little determination and research, public transit can work quite well also.
There is free parking for our dock.
Other Things to Note
• This is a floating home, and you need to be able to traverse a dock, gangplank and stairs to get back and forth.
• Please note - some of my reviews mention breakfast - for the time being I have lowered the price of the room and am not offering formal breakfast service - so please don't be disappointed!
We love our unique houseboat lifestyle, and are excited to share it with travelers. If you're a tourist, we're happy to help you find the best way for you to discover the area. If you're here on business, we have fast wireless internet, iron, blow-dryer - probably whatever you need to keep yourself professional.
• Please no smoking inside
• Tidy up after yourself in the kitchen and bathroom.
• IMPORTANT! Houseboat toilets are finicky - do not flush anything but toilet paper.
This is an older picture (with the smaller bed that has been replaced) that better shows the light in the bedroom.
Staying on Genia and Christine's houseboat was a pleasure.
The house (boat?) was located halfway down a long dock of 30-40 similar-sized boats. The dock, lined with Christmas lights and plant pots had a small community feel.
Though our hosts were not there when we arrived, they left the front door open and were extremely responsive to our texts and calls. They gave us a great local restaurant recommendation, and had their neighbor check in to make sure that we had arrived and were comfortable.
In the morning, Christine made me a coffee and we chatted at the kitchen counter for a bit. She was very relaxed and welcoming.
Thank you for a great stay!
Quintessential Airbnb. Not just a bed (or breakfast, both were included and excellent:), but an experience. From the instant I inquired about the listing until the moment I was dropped off at the ferry, Genia & Christine were gracious, hospitable and attentive. The space is exactly as described and the little details are over the top. They opened their home to me and I hope to stay again next time I am in town. Coffee, porridge and wifi on the back deck overlooking the bay is living!
Good people. Easy to be with.
Location just right.
Slept great !
Fantastic! Christine and Genia were quick to respond about booking, friendly, flexible, warm and welcoming!
From the wine and glasses they left out to welcome us, to the water bottle and guest soap on the nightstand, and great local recommendations, they went above and beyond to make our stay completely relaxing and comfortable.
Houseboat is beautiful and cozy, with perfect location for strolling the docks (which we did for 3 hours). Highly recommended!!
Well, I'm going to write this for my partner has he his still off on travel and I book his accommodations while he his on the road. So if they aren't as awesome as he says they were please forgive me! I was the go between and Genia and Christine were excellent in communicating with especially in our unorthodox situation of me making anthers arrangement. I believe Genia is originally from Russia and was quite charming and funny - which is new for me.....building bridges and tearing down walls these guys were a pleasure :)
The house boat was a great place to hang my hat for the evening. I loved the cozy feel of the house and the room was very welcoming.
Genia and Christine were not home when I arrived but I had no problem finding the house and getting inside, and it is very conveniently located to the freeway. I was using the house as a base for the evening as I was spending Thanksgiving with friends close by. When I returned from dinner my hosts were there and we spent the rest of the evening solving the worlds problems over whiskey!
Breakfast was a pretty informal affair but j was offered pretty much anything that i wanted from a wide choice (I chose left over apple pie!!)
All in all I would certainly stay here again if I was ever in the area again.
Thank you guys! And I owe you an apology because for the first time ever I did not meet the entirely stress-inducing Airbnb two week deadline for reviews. I have an excuse, albiet a lame one - since Genia was the one to stay up all night drinking with Shaun, I asked him to write the review, but then never actually sat him down to make sure he did it (and never whipped it off myself of course). I'm writing to Airbnb to beg them to let it post, but in the meantime, here is what I wrote this morning:
Chris's partner stayed with us for Thanksgiving night and it was really great to hang out with him after our respective feasts. He and my husband stayed up far far into the night agreeing about politics and disagreeing about the merits of certain genres of theatre. He's a friendly, interesting person and we would love to host him again. Definitely recommend for future Airbnb stays. Also we would like to thank him for the costume piece he forgot in the room (a plastic severed thumb). We considered mailing it back to him but instead opted to turn it into a stocking stuffer - I'm sure my son will make good use of it in his college dorm. :-)
Staying with Genia, Christine, and family is the authentic home sharing experience. Down a charming boardwalk covered with potted flowers and up the staircase into the boat, I slid right into their family's rhythm after a warm welcome from the children. We shared a glass of wine the night of my stay and homemade bread and breakfast the morning of my departure. A glass bottle of water and an accompanying welcome note at the bedside was the special touch any guest dreams to receive.
Genia and Christine are astute folk. They're appropriately engaging and entirely attentive. The listing was just as described. Simply put, their hosting style was exactly what I was looking for during my Sausalito staycation.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Genia, Christine and their family. The room was spacious, comfortable, warm and very clean. Genia and Christine are very friendly and welcoming hosts, I definitely recommend staying with them.
I hired a bike from San Francisco and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and to Genia and Christine's houseboat. It's a beautiful ride and I highly recommend it.
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About the Host, Genia And Christine
Genia immigrated from Russia as a child and grew up in New York before moving to California. He speaks fluent Russian. Christine is originally from Canada and wishes her French was better. Both have been active in the arts - Genia as a musician, and Christine as an actor/theatre educator, but both currently make their living as software developers. They share their floating home with a tribe of children, ranging in age from 2 to 18 years, although probably only two or three of them will be around when AirBnB guests are over.