Home in Beautiful Marin County on San Francisco Bay

Home exchange
San Rafael, California, USA
  • House
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms


  • Fully remodeled
  • Beautiful garden
  • Lovely views
  • Sunny and bright
  • Indoor outdoor living seven months of the year

Our stucco home is 140 sq meters, with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and great unobstructed picture window views west, south and east across our town and the hills beyond, over the marina and yachts below, and out to a bridge over the San Francisco bay with Berkeley and Oakland in the distance. The home has been remodeled over the years with all new kitchen and white oak paneling and white oak floors throughout, completely remodeled bathrooms and bedrooms. The living room features an 8’ x 8’ stone fireplace, and is a great perch to look out over the boats at Mount Tamalpais, and to watch moonrise across the San Francisco Bay. The house is sunny all day, bright, open and cheerful. The climate is superb, not requiring air conditioning except about six days per year, and with very rare light frost in the winter. We have a beautiful garden with a gazebo for outdoor dining, and a sunny patio, as well as oranges, redwood trees, Italian Cypress, lemons, apples, plums, persimmon, and roses linked by rock walls. Three excellent grocery stores are within five minutes walk of the house.

Our home is in fabled Marin County, just across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco, just north of the quaint towns of Sausalito, Tiburon, and Mill Valley, and home to many well-known people such as George Lucas, Sean Penn, and Francis Ford Coppola. It is a beautiful 15 minute drive or 30 minute ferry ride south to the Golden Gate and San Francisco, and a beautiful 30 minute drive north to the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Fifteen minutes to the west, the county is more than half wild, mountainous open space with hiking, mountain biking, and rugged, protected beaches with cliffs and bays. Redwoods in famous Muir woods and other county parks are twenty minutes away. Organic olive orchards, dairies, and farms bring the best of California produce to the weekend farmers’ markets. In our neighborhood are beautiful evening walks up the mountain among very gracious homes featuring sparkling views out across the bay and bridges to the East Bay. Just above the homes lie miles of open space and hiking trails all the way to the bay. The town center of San Rafael, ten minutes’ walk from the house, features strolling and good restaurants, plus a film-festival type restored 1940’s theater.

I work in San Francisco, and it is one of the more beautiful commutes on the planet. The gay mecca of the Castro is 40 minutes by car.


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Preferred destinations

  • Sydney
  • Corfu
  • Crete
  • Barcelona
  • Australasia
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  • Open to offers
Preferred dates Open to offers
Preferred duration 3-4 weeks
Location: Nearest gay scene is The Castro - 40 minutes' drive
Coastal, Suburban
Features/amenities: Ensuite Bathroom(s), Garden, Parking, Patio / Deck, Terrace, Views
Entertainment: CD Player, DVD Player, Satellite or Cable, Stereo System, Plasma / LCD TV
Internet access: WiFi available, WiFi available
Activities available nearby: Cultural Attractions, Cycling, Forest / Wood, Food and Wine, Friendly Neighbours, Gay Beach, Historical Sites, Hiking, Mountains, Park(s), Swimming, Tourist Attractions, Shops / Markets, Theatre(s), Museums
Miscellaneous: Domestic Help , Car available, Car available


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