About This Listing
Romantic hide-away for one or two. Unique charming cross between Ewok village, high tech Shire and Olympian Eyre: suitable for the eco tourist, road weary business traveler, honeymooners, bird watchers, tree huggers, athletically /aesthetically inclined artist nerd, exotic dignitaries, celebrity monks, training retreater wanting to experience nature by visit/living an experiment in social future building. Ultimate quiet and privacy with separate entrance and house privileges, kitchen, laundry, hot tub, hiking/bike trails, ample outdoor parking. WIFI, work on-site office facilities and many unusual options. The room is light filled all day with sumptuous down comforters and natural fiber linens to snuggle in for a long winter's nap. The 100+-year-old Heidi house craftsman style local redwood construction is warmed by old-fashioned fireplace of the same vintage, letting your imagination time travel to the age of dirt main streets when the Gravity train passed not far from our access trails. History buffs, globetrotters, poets, mycologists, physicists, jam with the achieved musicians and entertainers who frequent this house. The environs of the quaint southern Marin community offers many of the traditional seasonal artsy/athletic events: Mill Valley Film Festival, the famous Dipsea Race, ascending and descending the adjacent ridge, the esteemed annual Old Mill Park Fall Arts Fair, the birth place of mountain biking utilizing the abundance of hiking/biking trails - linking the Bay fronting the Portofino like Sausalito, to the majestic white sanded coast of the Pacific. Enthusiastic wind surfers and hang gliders dot the horizon. Jack Kerouac authored Dharma Bums and The Scripture of the Golden Eternity, near the trailhead outside our Canyon entrance. Access by trail to the property or ascend meandering stairs suggests minimum baggage maximum health. Smoking cigarettes is an unwelcome hazard on the mountain; the parking lot below allows. To fully enjoy the opportunity of being in this piece of paradise, 16 minutes from the Golden Gate Toll Plaza, be prepared to energetically relax. Enjoy organic gardens, honey from our happy bees, chlorine and fluoride free water, and take deep breaths of pollution free air. The makings are all here for your pleasure and appreciation. Seeing is believing. You will prefer a vehicle to get to the main road, if you don’t want to walk a mile and a half to Miller Ave., main street in Mill Valley, for public transportation. Inevitably you will want to stay longer than you have booked. Happy trails.
House Rules for Air BNB
• Enjoy the facilities. Enjoy each other. Overnight guests are welcome with registration and/or permission from host.
• If using the kitchen, report and list on the refrigerator, broken or missing household items, mark special foods in group cabinet and refrigerator space.
• Behaviors, noises or arrangements that will bring Police or other authorities to the premises are prohibited.
• Use of only low suds, marked by “HE” (HIGH EFFICIENCY), laundry detergent in clothes washer. Appliances and tools handled mindfully.
*Fires in barbecues and fireplace only. No chemical logs in fireplaces.
•Individuals’ boundaries respected, rules codified-for visitation, usage and cleanup of common spaces among the inhabitants of the Complex.
Smoking cigarettes is allowed in the Canyon parking Lot only.
Hot tub privileges. Refer to instruction manual.
Notice and refer to instruction manual for inhabiting the location.
Bring and wear clothes, particularly shoes, appropriate for the naturally rustic terrain. If you wish to be welcomed by a local, please arrive before 10 pm and after noon on your first day. If you arrive after dark, carry a flashlight. Call ahead to arrange for a guide.
Be kind to the natives of all sizes and descriptions and do not feed the wildlife.
Ask for items or instructions not covered in the manual instruction book.
This was fantastic for us- Incredible scenery and space, both very very unconventional. Wouldn't be great for everyone because of the climb and cozy/intimate atmosphere but we loved it. Faustin is great and even cooked us breakfast!! Really enjoyed our time here and will be back soon
I had a lovely time staying in the Tower Room. It is unlike anywhere else I have ever been and I will never forget the beautiful view out those windows. However there are a couple of things worth noting. If your definition of the term tree house is a structure above ground built in a tree, this place would not fit this definition. A more accurate description would be that it is a single room built into the side of a steep cliff accessed by one separate entry on the same level and also by a ladder to the main dwelling where the bathroom is. The description of the 123 steps is accurate (it's the equivalent of about 6 stories up). The guest who would most enjoy this room would be someone who is fit, agile, flexible and travels lightly. Although there is a tram that carries heavy things up the hill I carried everything in a backpack. I had a hard time finding it so I would recommend arriving during the day if possible so you can see where you're going more easily. Also worth noting, there is a bee hive about 20 ft from the room that might be of concern for someone with a bee allergy.
What an amazing experience up in the tree house! I had always wanted to see the Redwoods, and little did I realize that by staying here, I'd be living high among these majestic trees.
I was serenaded by two Barred Owls at dusk each morning, and then went on some amazing hikes from Faustin's front yard. The Dipsea trail is only a few minutes away, and then you can make your way down to Muir Woods and Muir Beach. It truly is a hiker's dream.
Faustin and her team are incredibly gracious, and I only regret not having more time to sit down and talk with her as I am sure she's got some amazing tales to tell.
The room/"treehouse" at the top of her house is cozy and surrounded by windows. I fell asleep each night looking out over a 200-foot redwood and a sky-full of stars.
As many other reviewers have already stated, this place is not for the weak-bodied. I counted 123 steps up to the room, but man is it worth it.
Mill Valley is only 15-min away from the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands (Golden Gate National Rec Area), so that was yet another opportunity for a day-long hike and adventure. And the beauty of this area is unsurpassed ... the most stunning scenery I've ever encountered.
It was tough for me to say goodbye to this druid sanctuary, but I will be back.
Thanks, Faustin! I have experienced a bucket-list moment.
I wish I had more time to write this review! Faustin's home is lovely, and the room is cozy, sun-filled nook.
Faustin was a lovely, considerate host who made sure someone was there to greet us and help us get 1) up the stairs and 2) situated into our room. She then gave us a thoughtful tour of the house and its amenities (including hot tub and fireplace, woo hoo!
Ok it's not really a *tree house* (as in a house built into a tree). But it is a house built between the trees (which is even better, since it has proper plumbing! :-) )
The room has windows on all sides, lots of skylights and a heater that keeps things nice and toasty. Plenty of outlets for your devices, its own entrance, and is just a few steps away from a bathroom (which is shared with one other person but that was never a problem for us). There's a small fridge provided for your use.
Come here if you:
-love the redwoods. You're surrounded by them.
-love hiking. The dipsea steps are nearby, leading down to town or up to Mt Tam/Muir Woods.
-want a getaway close to the city but far enough to hear birds singing
-might want to hide out during your stay
-or, alternatively, you might want to come downstairs or out to the hot tub and mingle with Faustin and friends.
-like meeting interesting people. Faustin and friends are lovely, friendly, smart, artistic people from different walks of life. And if you don't feel like mingling that's OK too...they've give you your space. :-)
-appreciate an eco-friendly house (recycling, composting and excellent filtered water, to say the least)
-want to stay in a unique home unlike what you've seen before (unless you, too, live in a Marin house in the forest)
-want to soak in a chlorine-free hot tub under the stars.
Don't come here if you
-have mobility issues. It's over 125 steps just to get to the door, and getting to the bathroom requires going down a (short) stair/ladder set-up. No problem if you're able-bodied.
-are looking for a sterile, minimal, bland hotel-like environment. Faustin's home is lived in, with books, couches, curios, and musical instruments everywhere, and an often-used and well-stocked kitchen that you are free to use. (Those are all good things, in my opinion!)
-have a deathly allergy to bees. There are hives on site, from which they harvest honey.
-are terribly allergic to trees, since you'll be surrounded by them.
-are terribly allergic to cats, for that matter. There's a cat that lives there some of the time (mentioned in the description).
-are terribly allergic to artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, cooks, thinkers, eco-friendly sorts, liberal thinkers and the like.
Overall, a lovely, unique place to stay. Faustin's description really says it all. Take the time to read it (and her profile) and you'll get a good idea of what to expect! Highly recommended.
Awesome spot to sleep. I felt like we where on top of the trees. Great hiking right out the door. Highly recommend staying here.
This a pretty amazing place, an all-time favorite of mine. Granted it is only for the nimble of foot, given long flights of steps & general lack of nanny-state protections, but well worth it. And the folks who dwell amongst the redwoods? Oy! the fun you could have.
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About the Host, Faustin
I was born in New York, welcomed by many older siblings who have since moved to locations all over the US. I have traveled extensively and I am grateful for the abundance of opportunities available to me. I have a media company focused primarily on optimizing the well being of all life through sharing knowledge, connection and the experience of living as naturally as I can in a suburban rain forest so close to San Francisco. Truth, beauty and seeking the light guides my decisions while paying the bills and getting along with the neighbors. I hope to offer a unique and fun ecco tourist experience to the AirBnB members coming to the Tree House.