About this listing
Beautiful home 3 blocks from Downtown Mill Valley! Super comfortable California King bed, Samsung/Apple TV. Gourmet kitchen, warm sun deck & deluxe Hot Tub! Spacious living room perfect for lounging or curling up w/ a movie or book. Prime location!
Downtown Mill Valley Tree House-3 easy walking blocks from downtown Mill Valley, with fully stocked Gourmet Kitchen, warm front sundeck w/ sun tanning lounge and outdoor dining, high end bbq's, great views, and top of the line Coast Spas, 80 jet, twin waterfall, fiber optic lit, music equipped hot tub!
this is a classic Mill Valley house share. It is a well loved, great vintage home that has been enjoyed by many famous people. it is a super convenient, great place to stay for Mill Valley Weddings @ the Outdoor Arts Center, romantic getaways, girl's nights out, executives, athletes, authors, garden aficianados, gourmands, musicians, people in town to see shows @ the Sweetwater Music Hall and maybe you :-) !
it is located on a charming walk path, #69, on the sunny side of Mill Valley with views to Sausalito, the Marin Headlands, and San Francisco. It is a short 3 block walk to Bungalow 44, downtown Mill Valley restaurants, boutiques, and 10 mins walk to the famous Sweetwater Music (website hidden). Tamalpais hiking/biking/running trails, yoga studios, Mill Valley Market, and Whole Foods are all close by. public tennis courts and a golf course are less than ~1/2 mile away, and it is only 3 blocks to the Golden Gate Transit bus/ferry which takes you into San Francisco, which is only ~10 miles away.
south facing front sun deck with avignon deck chairs, patio heaters, gas and charcoal bbq's, chimnea, hammock, large backyard, a super deluxe Coast Spas 80 jet, twin waterfall, am/fm/cd/dvd/tv AV system w/ 4 pop up speakers, fiber optic lit hot tub., massage tables, fresh herbs, veggie garden, wood beamed high ceiling living room with skylights, big well equipped island kitchen w/ many high end kitchen appliances, LG side by side refrigerator w/ ice maker, trash compactor, lots of cabinets for storage, big screen tv and surround sound system, wood burning fireplace insert, 2+ cords of wood, custom bike rack. washer & dryer in house. bedroom & bathroom are freshly painted and new carpet is in the living room
i've planted fuschia, bouganvilla, impatiens, mexican sage, pineapple sage, & other flowers around the property & brought in great soil for the vegetable garden. tomatoes, basil, cilantro, peppers, chives, savory, thyme, lemon balm, and more growing in the garden. hummingbird feeders on the front sundeck & bird feeders in the backyard.
the kitchen/refrigerator/freezer is very well stocked w/ fresh veggies/fruit/cheeses/sea food/meats and all kinds of spices and supplies...if you don't want to shop, we can easily provide for you.
the master bedroom with king size bed is $89/weekday/$99 weekends, outside hammock $35 available if you are on a budget. if you have more in your group, i can set up a deluxe queen air mattress in the living room or, when the weather is good,on the front deck.
i do not smoke and prefer non-smokers, but am ok with outside smokers who clean up their smoking related trash right away. smoking inside is strictly not allowed.
it maybe possible to borrow a bike and maybe even get a guided (website hidden) tour! Mt. Tamlapais has beautiful hiking, biking, and running trails.
common areas of the house, kitchen, 80 jet twin waterfall hot tub, backyard, front vegetable garden, fresh kales, swiss chard, green onions, etc, front sundeck, supervised use of BBQ's
Interaction with Guests
depending on schedules, we may share a coffee or tea or breakfast in the morning. and if the weather's warm, you're welcome to join in at dinner time for a likely barbecue :-)
if i'm gone early in the AM, i will provide your choice of espresso, coffee, or tea, toast and jam, and fresh fruit for a light breakfast everyday. if i'm around in the AM making more breakfast than that, i'll make some for you, if you want some.
the house is South facing and located 3 blocks from downtown at the base of West Blithedale Ridge, on the sunniest side of town, on one of Mill Valley's charming pathways, pathway #69. it sits amongst the redwoods and oak trees with views to Sausalito and San Francisco. lots of flowering plants and nice neighbors with regular barbeques.
the bus stop is 3 blocks away. check (website hidden) to see bus and ferry schedules
Other Things to Note
You'll like this place and enjoy the well equipped kitchen and down home hospitality...
and...the super deluxe top of the line Coast Spas 80 jet hot tub, which has twin waterfalls, an am/fm/cd/dvd/tv system w/ 4 pop up speakers, fiber optic color wheel night lighting, Spa Eclipse ozonator, mineral pack purification, and aromatherapy crystals! bring your favorite MP3/CD disc to relax in the tub with your favorite music :-)
Common sense rules :-) 1. Dishes must be washed and put into the dishwasher; 2) you need to pick up after yourself; 3) you break it, you buy it! ;-) 4) Enjoy yourself!
great entertainment setup for movies! comfortable large couch enough for 3 people to lounge on and 2 modern black leather recliners ;-)
Todd was very accommodating and made it easy for us to come in late our first night. We were shown around and made to feel at home. The location was perfect for our needs. It was really fun to be so close to the heart of Mill Valley and our night's sleep was totally quiet.
I stayed at Todd's for its vicinity to Sweetwater's, which was great. The place was as Todd described. Beautiful views, well stocked kitchen and bath, hot tub. Todd was nice and friendly. Matched the ad. Don't hesitate to go.
We had a great weekend at Todd's house in Mill Valley! We were in a wedding at the Outdoor Art Center and Todd's house was perfect - super close to downtown and convenient to all the places we needed to be. Todd knew all about the town and what to do, and made us feel very welcome in his home. Make sure to check out the hot tub in the backyard and his great views off the lovely back porch!
Todd was very welcoming and kind. When we arrived the door was open and he immediately showed us around. He told us to help ourselves to anything and that as long as we don't use anything up there was no need to replace anything. The house was cozy and the hot tub was very nice. Very close to restaurants and shops in downtown Mill Valley. Would definitely recommended to anyone needing to stay in the area.
Comfortable bed and great location near town. The room is actually a bedroom in the house, and the bathroom is shared. The hot tub would have been a cool option, but we were not really there long enough to enjoy it.
There were several mixups on our check-in that caused some annoyances, but we talked it out, and the host seems to genuinely care that his guests have a good time there and in the area.
please read all the other reviews of the listing to see the great things other guests have had to say about their experiences here and allow that Jennifer might have been having a series of snafu's.
No one else out of the many guests who have stayed has had the confusions/difficulties that Jennifer had, so I'd like to set the record straight here.
1) the listing description clearly says that the rental is for the Master Bedroom and that the bathroom is shared. perhaps Jennifer didn't read the listing? please read the listing and have others staying with you read the listing so everyone can be happy.
2) I go out of my way to make guests welcome and be helpful, but I cannot be held responsible for guests with unrealistic expectations that don't show up on time and in particular, guests that don't update me along the way that something has happened and they are running late. I thought it was very inconsiderate. I will be as understanding as possible, but my time is not free, and i do have work obligations (which Jennifer cause me to miss)
In this case, Jennifer showed up over 2 hours late after having requested an early 2pm check in time (her fiancé showed up ~1.25 hours late). She never took the time to let me know that she was running late until she was over an hour late. Because of the experience with her, I unfortunately have had to institute a late check in charge.
Jennifer had multiple things occur, they encountered traffic which delayed them, they couldn't use 1 of their 2 phones while it was providing driving directions (not sure why they couldn't have used the other phone), then when they thought they were in the right location an hour plus later than expected, they found out that their I-phone mapping program was giving them incorrect information, and so on and so on. I came to understand that they were in a rush, and that they were sorry for the confusions, lack of updating communication, and that she expected that her requested check in time was meant to be for her convenience only, not a mutually agreed upon meeting time.
i will be as understanding as possible if something unforeseen happens and a guest has made best efforts to keep me informed and make alternate plans, but i cannot wait around an undetermined length of time for check ins and i cannot issue refunds because of a guest's last minute change of plans. Please stay in a hotel if you (or others) consider yourself difficult to please.
Todd was very accommodating, his home is nestled in the redwoods off a little path. It was fully stocked with anything one can desire to make a meal from pancakes to air popped popcorn. He is very friendly and offered me a ride to get a head start on a hike about 5 miles away. He also gave great suggestions for hiking in the area and using the hot tub upon return.
It was nice to see deer and hummingbirds while sitting on the deck. Todd is very knowledgeable of the area and is happy to share all he knows. The hot tub was great especially before bed with a view of the stars. The king size bed was heavenly, I slept very well.
It was very nice to connect with nature and the mill valley market was only a 4 min walk although it closes at 730pm.
Todd was an attentive and friendly host that went above and beyond. With only an hour notice/booking, Todd was incredibly accommodating, seeing to my every need and making sure I was comfortable. Todd's ability to make you feel at home is unparalleled. He helped me with my heavy luggage, made sure I was comfortable, offered great conversations and knowledge about the area and even helped me with finding an apartment to rent. The bedroom was cozy, not in the small sense but, because the room is tucked away amid the lush trees. The bed was large and very comfortable, I slept through the night. There was a large TV and AppleTV for your viewing pleasure. The bathroom was sufficient, though I did not use the shower. There is a luxurious hot tub spa in the back yard that was calling my name that I unfortunately did not have time to use. The home is located in an excellent proximity to the village. All in all, it was a great experience, my first. My negative thoughts were, though it does not apply to everyone and is more personal than general, the walk way to the house was a little steep. Someone with physical deficiencies like myself might have an issue getting up to the house. Also, you will have to be comfortable with pocket doors. Other than these minor details/my preferences, everything was great. I will rent again and recommend to friends and family.
thanks for the nice review :-) i would like to note though, that both pocket doors do have locks on them for those that prefer using locks and that many senior age people have stayed here without any problems getting to the house. I can understand though how someone with a high heart rate condition such as yours has to be very careful, which is why i made sure to carry your bags. I am glad that you were able to enjoy the house, my concierge type service, and that we met :-) best wishes on continued improving health!
About the Host, Todd
i'm active. i'm into swimming, mt. and road biking, hiking, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, etc :-) i like to cook and enjoy wine and drinks and laughs with friends. i'm always up for an adventure and have traveled to many countries.
i'm also into gardening and maintain an organic vegetable garden on site from which you can help yourself!