From mid-May to early October the pool is heated via thermal solar and runs between 78-85 degrees FarenheitCompletely private backyard
United StatesCaliforniaSan Rafael
Beautiful home near San Francisco

Entire home/apt

8 Guests

4 Bedrooms

5 Beds

Entire home/apt

8 Guests

4 Bedrooms

5 Beds

Entire home/apt

8 Guests

4 Bedrooms

5 Beds

1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
8 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Our home is twenty minutes north of San Francisco, in Marin County. It is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, 3000 sq ft, one level, walking distance to a community center with lap swimming and tennis courts. Beautiful hikes from the house. Pool & hot tub.

The space
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 5
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $50 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: $200
Security Deposit: $1000
Weekly Discount: 5%
Cancellation: Strict


The space

Our home is located in cul de sac with a private driveway. As you enter the main front door, you pass through an open-air garden atrium to enter the home. The living and dining room are at the central, heart of the house. Floor-to-ceiling windows give beautiful views of the expansive backyard. The house has recently been remodeled with Italian porcelain tile throughout. The living/dining area has new furniture and is African-inspired to reflect the family roots of the owner.

To the left is the kitchen, pantry and laundry with all the necessary amenities (microwave; double ovens, dishwasher, gas stove, washing machine, dryer). On the left side of the house is the children and 'guest' area, with 3 bedrooms, (queen bed, twin beds, and pull-out full size bed), 1.5 bathrooms, and a play/TV room with toys and books. This room has direct access to the backyard and pool area. There is a Ping-Pong table in the front yard.

To the right of the living area is the master bedroom and attached master bathroom. This also has direct access to the backyard and has a beautiful view of the pool. There is a new hot tub right outside. This 'wing' includes a separate room which serves as an office.

The home is all on one level. It was designed by the architect, Joseph Eichler, who was renowned for creating contemporary, open plan family homes that would blend in with the outdoors. The huge windows and sky lights throughout the home make it very bright and airy, and views of the hills, and backyard can be seen throughout.

The backyard has a beautiful large pool, hot tub, dining and lounge area with fire table. The backyard backs onto a staircase that takes you to a beautiful creek where you spot fish, otters and deer. Our garden has fruit trees including oranges, peaches and lemons and we have a wonderful herb garden. There is a trampoline, swing set, tree swing, and tree house. We also have a children's jeep which is battery operated and can go approx. 5 miles an hour. The home and backyard are completely private. It is truly a children's paradise!

Please note that we have a burmese cat that is indoor/outdoor and very domesticated and two feral cats that live in our backyard (they are not domesticated and never come inside). We will ask you to feed them kibble please once, each morning.

We are 20 minutes north of San Francisco. We are also 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, and 25 minutes from the famous vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valley. Lake Tahoe is a 3 hour drive away and Yosemite is a 4 hour drive.

Our home is located in Lucas Valley which is situated in Marin County. Lucas Valley is a beautiful, serene neighborhood surrounded by oak-studded hillsides with interesting architecture, a strong sense of community, and plenty of recreational activities. We are just 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate bridge that separates San Francisco from Marin County. From Mount Tamalpais to Muir Woods, from Stinson Beach to Sausalito and Tiburon, Marin County offers an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and convenient access to the bustling city of San Francisco, the breathtaking Pacific Ocean, and the rolling vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Marin County is surrounded by water on three sides.

Although we have a private pool in our backyard, we also have (free) access to a community center just a block away which houses a 25 meter pool, and tennis courts. We are walking distance to hiking and biking trails and horse stables. Life in Lucas Valley offers breathtaking views, distinctive Joseph Eichler architecture designed to blend in with the muted colors of live Californian oaks, natural grasses, and the rolling hills that frame our community.

Perhaps the most famous piece of Lucas Valley real estate is Skywalker Ranch, headquarters for Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound just 2 miles away. We are also a short drive to an adorable 'small-town America' village called Nicasio (and the famous Nicasio Cheese Factory), as well as Point Reyes.

Our home is in a small cul de sac with a private driveway. There are 5 other homes in the cul de sac. We are 2 blocks from the local school and so it is a very family-friendly neighborhood, that is easy to walk or cycle around.

Grocery shopping is about 2 miles away, along with a wonderful shopping center that houses Macy's, Gap, a movie theater, restaurants etc.

We have 2 TVs (family room, and master bedroom) and access to Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu etc. We also have a SONOS system for wireless music throughout the house and backyard.

Guest access

The entire home, backyard, pool, hot tub, and next door community center pool and tennis courts.

Interaction with guests

We will not be there if you rent out the entire house.

Getting around

There's a bus right outside that takes you to downtown San Francisco during commute weekday hours only.

Other things to note

We have 2 outdoor cats (feral) and one (Athena) that is both indoor/outdoor. They get fed once/day in the morning and we will ask you to please feed them.
The master bedroom has a large skylight. If you like to sleep in, please bring an eye mask with you!
We don't allow big parties to be hosted, and no more than 8 guests on the property at any one time.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check-in is after 3PM

No Smoking
Please no shoes in the house
No Pets
No parties please (small corporate events are fine)
Please ask for the house manual

Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
Smoke detector

1 night minimum stay

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Isabelle User ProfileIsabelle is a superhost.

Hi! My name is Isabelle and I'm the travel planner in our family! I am originally from South Africa but have lived in California for 18 years.
We are both fortunate to work from home. We have two sons, David (10) and Andy (8) and three cats (two are feral and only live outside; the other one is both indoor/outdoor).

We love living in Lucas Valley as we are only 20 minutes from San Francisco and 20 minutes from Sonoma. We love the weather, the hiking straight from our front door; the ocean; and traveling. Our life is one of love, laughter, family and faith. We love to travel to far-flung places and have taken our boys to Africa, Central America and Europe.

We are open to renting out our home, or our guest room as a way to help fund our future travel, but also to meet interesting people from around the world. While we love to expose our children to different people, and cultures, safety is our #1 priority. As such we will not be taking single men as our guests when we rent out the guest room only. Women or couples only. Our home is our haven; we take great care of it and would hope anyone staying here to do the same. Absolutely no smoking, thank you!

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