About this listing
I only have one houseboat to rent. The old one with the octopus no longer exists, but I want to keep the reviews of the neighborhood and dock. It was completely renovated and is now much bigger and more beautiful, but funky neighborhood exists.
Please note that this houseboat is on Gates Co-op dock, but the address says Issaquah. This is because Gates Co-op does not register on this site's GPS. I send people driving directions via email.
This light filled, lovely houseboat is on the funky, infamous, bohemian dock, The Gates Cooperative, in Sausalito. The houseboat is small, but very charming with a rooftop deck and great views of pelicans, cormorants, and the occasional seal swims by the front door. The house has two kayaks, but please bring your own life jackets.
It can be sunny and warm here one moment, then foggy and moody the next. The location is amazing, as it's 10 minutes from San Francisco, 35 minutes from Sonoma wine country and 35 minutes to West Marin and the magical beaches out there. Muir Woods and the Golden Gate National Recreation areas are minutes away and there are great restaurants and bars nearby.
I have two gray tabby cats, Ocho and Pequod, who come with the house, so guests must be cat lovers. As well, I have lots of neighbors who live nearby who I am friends with, so expect to chat, wave "hello" and stay in a very safe, friendly spot.
I am a writer and live simply, so I don't have a microwave or dishwasher. As well, I don't have a television, but I do have a DVD player for watching movies, and Wi-Fi Internet connections.
This house is great for a creative, romantic or adventurous get-away. It's not ideal for luxury travelers.
Due to insurance and other considerations, no guests will be allowed to stay here unless they have reserved through the Airbnb website, so any last minute changes, please make through the site. Thanks!
Kayaks, trails for hiking & biking, restaurants, delis and grocery stores that are walking distance.
I'd prefer smoking to be outside on dock, and besides that, just basic good manners and friendliness towards my neighbors.
2 night minumum
Great little space! It was a little tricky to find at first, but Maria gave us great directions, so we got there with little trouble. Maria was out of town when we stayed, but she was very communicative and made sure we had everything taken care of.
Thanks for a great stay!
Beautiful and relaxing stay on Maria's houseboat! Located on one of the funkier floating home docks in Sausalito, the neighbors are colorful, friendly and very welcoming. Be sure to bring lifejackets for the two single-person kayaks...so lovely to be able to glide along the nearby shore. There's a well-stocked grocery store and restaurants about 1/2 mile away, so there's no need to ever get in your car if you don't want...we didn't! Ocho the cat rules the roost and is a real sweeheart.
Coolest neighborhood ever! we are so amazed by the houseboat community, it's a pity that Maria was out of town but her neighbors were very friendly, they gave us a great overview of this unique neighborhood and stories behind each boat, we would love to stay longer!
A great overall experience. Maria was very attentive (she came to meet me on the dock at 11p when I couldn't find the houseboat!). The house was lovely and very comfortable. My favorites were the roof-top deck and the kayaks. I'll definitely return!
My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Maria's houseboat! We loved that we could take the ferry to the city one day and spend the next wandering through the redwoods, each night returning for a breathtaking sunset over the water. Pequod and Ocho were a delight - we even got to watch them play with a crab that they caught on the front porch! From watching the birds to kayaking through the unique community, this was an excursion we won't soon forget.
Maria went the extra mile to accommodate us which made it more like visiting family. This place is enchanted and even though we live in the Bay Area, we were able to retreat.
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