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.
A most unusual experience.
The paved road ends as it squeezes between a pair of giant redwood trees choking its path. It continues on as a dirt road until you reach a cul de sac with dirt paths radiating in all directions. Looking up, you get glimpses of habitations in the hillside, and you begin the journey to yours up a cascade of steps.
The treehouse can only be described as a series of shacks haphazardly connected together, like an endless series of powercords added to accommate an continuously growing demand.
At the top is the tower room, a box punctuated by so many windows and skylights that it becomes a relentless sauna by afternoon. Morning brings the promise of excitement, however, as the suns rays pierce the chill from the night before. The breeze flowing through the windows is a mix of warm and cold like a deep lake that is warm at the surface and cool below.
The view out the windows is a cathedral of redwood trees sifting the sunlight until there is nothing but darkness on the forest floor. The air around the tower is filled with the sound of birds greeting the day, bees heading off on their search for pollen, and flies performing aerial acrobatics.
Within the house, everything is communal: the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, the outdoor spaces so you should be comfortable in a shared space.
This experience exceeded all my expectations, and each day began with a hike to explore the surrounding natural areas of Muir Woods, Mount Tam, and Golden Gate National Rec Area.
What a joy to discover this most unusual retreat! Faustin and her friends were also very sweet to offer a ride to and from town since I chose to go by public transportation.
This is definitely not your typical stay, and if you are prepared then it can be great. Faustin, first and foremost, wants you to be comfortable. She gives you access to all the house's amenities and asked for feedback throughout the stay. The room for guests is cleaner and more organized than the rest of the house, which has character, to say the least. The optimism and easy going energy that Faustin brings to the house was different than your typical hotel stay. The property is a few minutes from Mill Valley, and easily accessibly by car to Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, etc. Its not too hard to get to the room but there are steps and tree roots etc. The property is also shared with several other people who seemingly come and go. While your room is completely private, I would caution people who are looking for complete isolation.
Overall, it is a unique and perfect option for the open minded. Uptight germophobes should stay away. It made our trip much more interesting with stories to bring home.
Amazing room, amazing experience, amazing person. I highly recommend staying here.
An amazing weekend. The property is one of a kind: it's sort of an assembly of buildings, interconnected by trails and stairs on the side of a hill. The room is at the top of one of the buildings and enjoys amazing light and views. I had a really great time talking with Faustin and her friends, who made me feel right at home and are a wealth of amazing stories.
We had a wonderful time at the Tower Room. The trees around were beautiful. Faustin was accommodating and friendly. We have already recommended the place to a few friends!
We had a wonderful experience staying at Faustin's! She organized to pick us up in San Francisco as we didn't have a car, and we were warmly welcomed with a tour of the house followed by tea and cake.
The house is filled with musical instruments, books and art which made us feel at home and relaxed. The tower room is more sparsely decorated but still very cozy and provides private space and has its own entrance. By stairs it is connected to the living room downstairs, making it easy to socialize with Faustin and her friends. During our stay we had engaging and interesting discussions as well as awesome jam sessions! We appreciated this combination of privacy and social interaction.
The house's location was an excellent starting point for our hikes in the beautiful surrounding forests. There is no need for transportation – you can start your hike right outside the door! Several good trails are very nearby, for example the Dipsea and Cypress trails.
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
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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.