Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

This comfortable 1BR is a rare find with inspiring views and close proximity to downtown/restaurants/stores. Lots of space for 2 (plus sleeper couch), full kitchen, laundry & beautiful outdoor space. Bus stops at the corner; 15min to San Francisco.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $75
Security Deposit: $150
Weekly Discount: 11%


The space

Our unit, which we've named Bloomers, is a quaint little private apartment with a full kitchen and a queen bed. It is within two blocks (or less) of two grocery stores (incl. Whole Foods), several restaurants, coffee shops, a theater and lots more. It is a 15-minute walk from the quaint shops and restaurants of downtown Mill Valley and even spectacular hiking. On our street corner is a bus stop for transit to San Francisco, or, if you have a car, we are about a 15-minute drive from the city.

It is unusual to have this proximity AND a view as most homes/units are situated deeper into the hills and valleys. So while many will have views, very few will have a view within walking distance of so many conveniences.

Also, perhaps of interest to music fans is the fact that Mike Bloomfield, a famous blues guitarist, lived in our home in the 70s. Originally, he created the lower unit (that is 'Bloomers,' his nickname) as a recording studio, but never completed it. He used to play with Bob Dylan (locals recall listening to Mike work with Dylan on songs from Like a Rolling Stone in our house), the Butterfield Blues Band and more. Recently, a documentary was released about his life/accomplishments and then Rolling Stone wrote this article 1/2014.

Guest access

The apartment is self-contained and has even been a full-time residence for our family and au pairs in the past. Coffee, an espresso maker, a selection of teas and electric kettle, makings for oatmeal, cream, a half dozen eggs and even wine are stocked for guest arrivals. There is one parking space available for guests.

Interaction with guests

Because our home is upstairs, we are 'in the vicinity,' but are very respectful of our guest's privacy. We only interact with people as much as they'd prefer.

This also makes it easy to quickly help our guests should they need anything.

The neighborhood

We love that we have everything so close.

Whole Foods, Super Duper (a locals favorite burger joint), frozen yogurt and Puerto Rican restaurant...are within a block of our house and are regular haunts of ours. There is space between the houses here with lots of natural beauty. People who have been in our house say they feel like they are in a tree house. It feels like that to me, too.

I love that we can access anything we need while also being able to walk out our door and down the road onto a path that will lead us deep into open land. Or, if we are just relaxing in the house, we appreciate the wildlife that simply passes by our windows...hummingbirds, deer and fox are commonly seen floating around.

Getting around

Depending on your planned activities while you're here, you may not even need a vehicle. If you DO have one, we provide one parking space and we are in close proximity (3-5 minutes) of Hwy. 101.

If you are coming without a car, The Marin Airporter (which services SFO only) is a terrific, luxury bus shuttle from the airport. Stopping at the Manzanita stop, they will even arrange taxi service to the house (for an additional fee). The bus stop providing service to San Francisco is on our street corner. Ferry service is a 10-minute drive, depending on time of day.

Other things to note

We have recently renovated the apartment specifically for short-term rentals. It's extremely clean with all new, or gently-used furniture. It's comfortable and nicely appointed with modern fixtures.

People who have stayed have at Bloomers have been surprised at the outdoor beauty, and the decks and then are thrilled when they actually see the inside of the apartment. It's very relaxing and is a great place for a retreat while also being convenient.

House Rules
No smoking
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Overall, I'd say we're pretty flexible, but a few expectations we have of our guests are:

-Please, no smoking indoors or out. We have spent a lot of effort making the apartment enjoyable and sadly, smoke does eek in (even from the outside). We had a former tenant who smoked outside and it required a lot of extra work to eradicate the smell.
-Be respectful of the things in the apartment and leave behind what isn't yours.
-Be respectful of your neighbors by not causing noise pollution. Everyone appreciates a good time, but not if it creates a bad time for everyone else around.
-Wine is provided. The policy is take a bottle, leave a bottle.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit

3 nights minimum stay

84 Reviews

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Andrew User Profile
April 2017
Great place in a great location! Highly highly recommend.
Dawn User Profile
Response from Dawn:
Thanks, Andrew! We enjoyed having you...
April 2017

Karen User Profile
February 2017
Bloomers is gem! All amenities are better than the posting. You are close to much beautiful countryside and a fun little town.

Jennifer User Profile
December 2016
We had a great experience and the apartment was very unique which made it all the more enjoyable. Dawn was very accommodating and it felt like she even knew what would please us for breakfast!

Michael User Profile
December 2016
This was my second time staying at Dawn's apartment (both times for a little over one week), and as before it made for a very relaxing visit. The apartment was clean, quiet, and very comfortable. The kitchen has just about everything you might need. The location is great for getting around Mill Valley or visiting San Francisco. Dawn and her family were definitely respectful of my privacy, while also being friendly when we ran into each other. She was also very accommodating with my late check-in and responsive when I had trouble with the door key, helping me get that resolved quickly. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

Dean User Profile
December 2016
What a slice of heaven. First of all, straight on, amazing views of Mount Tam...ahhhhhh, so gorgeous. The apartment was clean and modern. My favorite feature was the glass fireplace in the living room. It was not only beautiful to look at, but heated the apartment up in no time. This apartment was everything we could want...cool and hip, a full (and fully stocked!) kitchen, impeccably clean, and close to all the wonderful things Mill Valley has to offer. Dawn was a complete delight. The only hard part was leaving!

Arlene User Profile
November 2016
What a beautiful, warm, yet contemporary hideaway for a trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth! There are endless options for the foodie, shopper or nature lover. And then you return to this tranquil and well-appointed home away from home. Dawn could not have been a better or more considerate hostess!

Seth User Profile
November 2016
great weekend getaway pad in the heart of mill valley. awesome view! very comfortable. i would definitely stay there again.

Mill Valley, California, United States · Joined in June 2013
Dawn User Profile

My husband, Ron, and I have lived in Mill Valley (and in this house) for 7 years. We have two children, Finn (11) and Lucy (8).

I have a small Public Relations firm of my own, Potion Public Relations, and I work just down the street in a small office. Ron works for Alexa Internet, located in San Francisco's financial district.

We are both passionate travelers, but have admittedly traveled less since our kids were born. In the past, we've been to Southeast Asia, Australia, Cuba, parts of Europe and domestic destinations. Some of our family is back east, so it isn't unusual for us to visit Delaware or New York on an annual basis.

Music is a big interest of ours (which is a big reason we love Mill Valley -- if you haven't seen our profile and the information regarding Mike Bloomfield, check it out!). We got married in New Orleans and if we get the chance, make it out to see our favorite bands in San Francisco or here, at the famous Sweetwater Lounge.

Overall, we're a mellow family who appreciates the little things.

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