I live in Sausalito. I am an artist and I show my work in San Francisco and New York.
We had a wonderful time on Melissa's houseboat! The interior was more spacious than we thought it would be, and the location was absolutely stunning, with lots of restaurants and shops nearby.
Since the weather was great, we were able to sit outside to read and work on most of the days. The water and sky looked so perfect that I even remarked at one point that I felt like I was sitting in a coastal painting.
Melissa is kind and responsive through email--a wonderful AirBNB host. I highly recommend her houseboat if you're looking for a unique experience in a beautiful neighborhood.
Loved it! Melissa was prompt and courteous. She met me at the dock the first day and showed me the ropes. Living on a boat has it's peculiarities (marine head - therefore only 4 stars). The boat is neat, clean, well stocked and totally functional. The location is fabulous - views to die for and walk to everything! I stayed aboard a month. The time flew by and I was sad to leave. I would stay here again. That's the best recommendation I can make.
We had an absolute blast on Melissa's 'floating flat.' It was a great way to escape the city for a quick trip without traveling too far. Super comfortable with everything you might need included! You'll probably spend most your time on the back patio enjoying the great weather and watching the active sea creatures. The houseboat community was a little raucous this weekend (it was labor day weekend), but besides for that, no complaints!
I would recommend it to anyone!
Truly a unique experience for a land rat. Make sure to spend some time on the front deck in the afternoon. Vivid sealife. The light. The colors.
Don't pass up this gem, it will truly be an experience of a lifetime! My partner and I spent 2.5 months on Melissa's wonderful vessel, and we had an absolutely magical time! The boat itself is fantastic: beautifully decorated, very clean and comfortable, and the location cannot be beat! You'll never forget sitting on deck and sipping a cocktail as you watch the sun set over Mt. Tam with seals and otters splashing just feet away. And Melissa is an incredible, gracious hostess; she helped make sure that the boat could accommodate two people and our belongings for the entire summer. Don't worry about sharing the space with another person. The boat feels very airy because of all the windows, and the split level makes it easy to have personal space and separation. And the two deck areas give you even more space to spread out.
Pros: wonderfully kind hostess, beautiful and unique accommodations, unbeatable scenery, fabulous neighbors and community, perfect location, permanent right to brag that you got to live on a boat in Sausalito :)
Cons: None! Take the plunge!
This houseboat is really an exceptional experience. For a long weekend or for a fortnight around the Bay area, like for me. (But as couple you must be used to cohabitate on small space.) The houseboat is perfectly located, not in the rather lonesome real harbor zone, not in the kitsch and regularly overcrowded "Sausalito", right between. Good food, shops, cinema, etc. just nearby. The neighbours are friendly, lent me a bike. Melissa is a nice and trustful host. No hassle at checking in or out. When I called her once at midnight that the power broke down (due to really bad luck with a cable, the boat is otherwise perfect), she immediately offered me the cost for a night in a near motel and next morning the cable was replaced.
I cannot speak highly enough about Melissa, her houseboat & the local area. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I extended my stay twice!! Fortunately Melissa was very flexible.
The boat is large, and has lots of windows for light to come in. For two months I got to enjoy the most stunning view in the bay area. The local marina community is very welcoming and willing to help you at any point, with any need.
Sausalito is a great town for more reasons than I could put in 500 works or less, but the highlights for me were proximity to the ctiy, peacefulness, easy access to hiking/biking/beaches, and ample parking.
Whether you stay for a week or a month, you will not be disappointed!
What a lovely start to our California holiday. Staying on the houseboat in Sausalito was ideal. We walked to the ferry and took it to San Francisco, right past Alcatraz. Everything was within walking distance and the friendliness of the residents was amazing. Our accommodation was perfect and our hostess couldn't have been kinder and more welcoming! Thank you, Melissa! We would go back in a heartbeat.
Melissa is a great hostess and very accommodating! The boat is super modern, clean and walking distance to everything in Sausalito. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a unique experience.
Melissa and her guest were very kind and respectful.We met only briefly, but Melissa was very warm and friendly. They left the room as nicely as they found it, which of course is appreciated! I would recommend Melissa as a guest to others.
Melissa led a group of 8 California artists as they spent a week in my home in the south of France. She set a convivial atmosphere and she is an amazing artist herself! I look forward to an experience on her floating bamboo raft in Sausalito.