This is a lovely little house, set at the end of a series of very hilly, very narrow streets. You basically look out at a wall of trees, which is incredibly peaceful. The house is true to the photos - clean and well-appointed. There are three small flights of stairs, with baby gates at the very top and very bottom. The kitchen was fully stocked and the toys! My god, the toys. My kids (ages 7 and 5) were in HEAVEN over all the great Legos, Star Wars stuff, remote control devices, and a lot of wonderful kid books. It felt like we were staying at a friend's house instead of in a rental. Laura was easy to communicate with and even checked in with us after our first day there, even though she and her family were on another continent.
The house puts you in good proximity to the trails in Marin, which is what we came for. We hiked on the Miwok trail, hiked and biked our way to Tennessee Valley beach, and hit up a steep fire road near Muir Woods. My husband, who's an avid mountain biker, went on a few huge rides that took him over and yonder. :) Nothing was more than a 20 minute drive. We went into Mill Valley one night for dinner and ate at the Sweetwater Cafe, which Laura and Roger have recommended in their house info sheet. It was a good meal with great local produce. Mill Valley is a very cute, upscale town, and everyone we ran into was so NICE.
The house really is their family home, which means some things are quirky (a faucet handle came off in one of the bathrooms, very little drawer space for your clothes, some food in the pantry that had attracted bugs). None of this bothered us in the least. It was much nicer to feel like we were in a house with some personality (and some condiments).
The one downside is that our visit coincided with a monster heat wave, and this house is poorly equipped to deal with heat (it doesn't have to much, I think). The windows crack open from the bottom, which just allows for more warm air to drift in, and there are no screens on the windows. The bedrooms are on the top floor, and I couldn't even send my kids to bed before 9pm because their room was stifling. We had to sleep with all windows and doors open, which meant we dealt with mosquitoes (my 5 year old got eaten alive, multiple nights in a row) and moths and these incredibly interesting but HUGE and loud beetles. Like I said, I don't think heat waves are a common problem in Mill Valley, but it's something to keep in mind if you're planning on visiting during the hotter months. I would stay here again in a heartbeat - though next time we'll make it March or November...