A newly redecorated private room with a bit of "boutique hotel" style yet all the amenities of a well-loved home. Come enjoy the bucolic charm of our sleepy, verdant little town just over the Golden Gate from the happy bustle of San Francisco...
Hello! I'd be happy for you to stay in my freshly decorated, light-filled, private guest room. There is a full kitchen just outside one of your doors that you are free to use. There is a spacious shared bathroom just outside your other door with a fab deep porcelain tub and rain shower head (and an empty drawer for guests). This home is the upper half of a 106-year-old duplex (that was built in 1909 by a ship's captain). I like to think of it as my sweet old tree house.
In your room you will find fresh linens on a super comfy full size bed with a feather mattress topper and down pillows, quirky vintage lighting, an array of artwork from friends/local artists, and cable tv (HBO/Showtime/etc). And Wifi, of course.
There is a lounger/day bed/seating area, access to a vintage record player with an eclectic selection of vintage vinyl at the ready, and a sweet old vintage fan should you need to cool down (and a dedicated space heater for the colder nights).
I provide coffee, tea, and bottled water and have set aside a drawer in the fridge for visitors. Feel free to use my vintage stove, Sparky... perhaps have your breakfast on the plant-filled screened porch!
The boss around here is Iggy. He is the happiest, most easy-going cat you could imagine. Maybe don't stay if you are terribly allergic because he will want to say hello (though you are welcome to keep your doors closed to cut down on furry visits).
The best park in town is just down the street if you want to stretch out on the grass with a blanket and have a picnic. There is a playground, public tennis courts, barbeques, grassy field and picnic tables for your use (bring your own racquets!). We are a 10 minute stroll to downtown Mill Valley.
There are wonderful shops (MINT, Summer House, the shops at Mill Valley Lumber Yard, etc) and awesome food/drinks (Mill Valley Beerworks, Sol Food, Tony Tutto, Pearl's, etcetera) and the newly opened Equater Coffee location just downtown. A bit further afield (and on the way to the city) you will find the highly recommended Proof Lab/Equator coffee in the Tam Junction section of Mill Valley (and great breakfasts at The Dipsea Cafe). We also have two (yes TWO) Whole Foods markets and the MOST wonderful Mill Valley Market nearby should you need them. There are great hiking trails, mountain biking, running trails, and yoga studios right here in town.
Some good things to know:
The house is 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, 12 minutes from Muir Woods, 20 minutes to Muir Beach and Stinson Beach, and 45 minutes to the lush wine country - it's a great launching spot for all of the activities that Northern California has to offer.
Always plenty of free street parking right outside the door if you are driving or renting a car for your stay (which is advised because there is SO MUCH to see).
I have been an airbnb user myself for five years and I like to think that translates well to being a good host :)
Full kitchen, shared bathroom - also a washer/dryer if staying five days or longer. The happiest little screened porch to hang out in for morning coffee, evening cocktails or to read a book. If you want to use the vintage turntable and lps, just ask! :)
Interaction with Guests
I am normally present and available to my guests. I am just as happy to hang out and share a chat as I am to take cues from guests and give them their privacy.
This sunny house has the best light and a view of the peak of Mt. Tam from your room (if the apple tree isn't full to bursting). The neighbors have chickens (no rooster!) so expect some happy clucking as part of the soundtrack. You can often hear families playing and singing happy birthday at the park just down the street if your windows are open. Beautiful trails are right up the hill out the back door. Located only a 10 minute stroll from downtown Mill Valley and all it has to offer.
Cars/rental car makes the most sense if you opt to stay in Marin but the #4 bus stops just at the end of the street and can take you to downtown San Francisco. The Sausalito and Larkspur Ferry landings are a short drive - it is great fun to take a boat right into the city and the renowned Ferry Building.
Other Things to Note
The current cleaning fee is $20 per 5 days (or less) stay. Should you book a longer stay, I will ask another $20 for each additional block of five days or shorter portion thereof (expect fresh sheets, towels, dusting and vacuuming every five days included in this fee).
Unimportant but fun fact:
My home was featured on the Poppy Talk website and also the Apartment Therapy website several years ago :)
No smoking in/outside or drugs, please. This house is the upper half of a duplex - there is a family with two kids downstairs so we do our best not to be terribly loud late at night. Other than that, this is a happy and relaxed home.
I had a wonderful stay at Leslie's! I was probably at her place more than most of her guests as I escaped the city to study for the bar exam and pretty much parked myself at her dining room table for 4 days. She was more than accommodating and made me feel super comfortable. Her home is conveniently located to the downtown area, walking distance from a few restaurants & grocery stores and near a cute little park. Leslie's coffee maker is top notch (if you're into that sort of thing), the bed is super comfortable and Iggy her kitty is very friendly. Highly recommended and if I ever feel the urge to escape to Mill Valley again, I will certainly stay with Leslie.
I had a fantastic stay at Leslie's beautiful house - can't recommend this place enough! Leslie is a wonderful host - so generous & welcoming, and the house is simply gorgeous. There's beautiful art, photos & other little artistic treasures everywhere, and the whole place just has a peaceful, relaxing vibe about it. The bed was so comfortable I enjoyed two of the best night's sleep I've had in some time. Chocolates by the bed & toast & coffee/tea in the morning are some of the lovely little personal touches Leslie provides. The area itself is stunning, very peaceful & yet close to the action if that's what you desire. Leslie is absolutely lovely & I guarantee she will make you feel so welcome! If you like cats you're in for a treat as Iggy is just divine & loves to cuddle! Go if you can. I will definitely be making a return trip.
Leslie is a creative and very considerate host who keeps a clean and tidy home. She offered us so many wonderful ideas for the San Fran area. She quickly picked up on our love of nature and good breakfasts and sent us to good local eateries and hikes to the ocean. She also helped us find a fun ferry ride from Sausalito over to the city. Her love of vintage collectables makes for colourful, delightful decorating. The neighbourhood seemed like a strongly connected community. A great place to hang your hat while staying in the San Fran area.
Leslie was a great host and her house is quite nice. The room is beautifully decorated, very quiet and comfortable. I was able to get online and work and the internet was fast and stable. Had some nice conversations with Leslie. She made sure I had everything I needed for a comfortable stay. It was really cool to see her photographic work and the interior design she's done for the house. Definitely recommend to stay here if you've the chance.
My girlfriend and I had a great time in Mill Valley thanks to Leslie and her lovely place. The room was clean, artsy and spacious. She was helpful with her recommendations, and was a generous host providing us with water, coffee/tea, and toasts in the morning. We fell in love with the decor of the whole place including the room and made us excited to come home each night. Iggy the cat is a friendly, huggable cat we enjoyed playing with.
My stay at Leslie's, the second one since August, felt like coming to a home away from home and visiting a friend. We had a wonderful talk and Leslie was welcoming, friendly, helpful. The neighborhood is very quiet, one would not know that one is in a city. She has a cozy little place.
Thank you for being such a gracious hostess and for making it a very special stay. You have a very lovely, home. It reminded me of the French countryside.
Memories and friends are the spice of life. So memories of my stay are the absolute tops.
I am a professional photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love my work, travel, music, the best of meals and meeting new people. Family, friends and Iggy mean everything to me. I look forward to meeting you!