Frequently Asked Questions about the Marin Vista House

Marin Vista House, Retreat Vacation Home Rental, Marin County, California.

- Frequently Asked Questions -

House Location Info Retreats at the home?
How is the home set-up?  Are "Events" allowed (people beyond those that stay)?
What is the feel of the home? Can we check-in early? Check-out late?
Seating info for Main Areas Outside Professionals allowed at house?
Outside areas & seating Pets allowed?
7+ official bedrooms? Child-safe?
What is the Loft ("8th" bedroom) like? Shipping packages to home.
Sleeping arrangement possiblities: Electric Vehicle needs charging?
Parking available at house?

Marin County Water Quality 2016 report  - it is impressive - drink from the tap in Marin! :)

Pool available to use?  



How is the house set-up?

Full Info with photos:


3 levels: Upper, Main, & Lower- all with own decks and incredible views! 

  • See link with pics: "HERE"
  • Upper Level:

    • Master Suite (bedroom 1) with View balcony and own bathroom, Walk-in closet.  Queen bed.
    • Large Loft area that opens to the main floor layout below (completely seperate from Master bedroom
    • Loft ("8th bedroom"): Wood flooring. Views.
      • Queen bed 
      • 2 Twin Beds  


  • Main Level: Entrance Level:  No stairs

    • Open "American Style" Gourmet Kitchen, Formal Dining and Great Room- Views throughout.
    • Large Main deck- panoramic views- pleanty of seating.
    • Bedrooms 2 & 3 - each with Queen beds.  No stairs to each.  Wood flooring.
    • Front Entrance Patio area (no stairs).  Group seating.  Kitchen window access for BBQ's!  ;)


  • Lower Level:
    • Bedrooms 4 & 5 - have Queen beds.  Views & deck access.
    • Bedroom 6 - Two (2) full size beds (full size is equal to 2 twins together), Views & deck access.
    • Bedroom 7 - One (1) full size bed (full size is equal to 2 twins together).  Views & deck access.
    • Large deck/garden access off each bedroom.
    • Laundry facilities in garage.
    • ** Two (2) single Fold-A-Way beds can be provided, dressed and fresh - upon request only - extra fee applies.


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What is the feel of the home?

  • Upon walking into home, an openess greets you with wide open Views welcome you in.  Inspiring.  Inspiring and exciting!
  •  Marin "Tahoe" style home has thick Old growth Redwood beams throughout, rarily found in today's homes.
  • Groups can enjoy an Open and Natural feeling, greeted with 25 foot, cathedryl high ceiling in Great Room and Loft area.  Skylights throughout bring in fresh light.
  • All common areas are open to Views and each other - very welcoming and easy for groups to be comfortable moving around, setting up activities, or just "retreating" together.

Are there really 7 + official bedrooms (+ Loft for 8th room), all with real beds? 

  • Yes, the home is a true 6+ (large Loft) bedroom home, sleeping 20 comfortably!
    • All rooms have real beds (5 with Queen beds, 6th bedrm has 2 Full size beds, 7th room has full size bed
    • Loft (8th room) has 1 Queen bed  on one side, 2 Twin beds on other side.
      • Extra:  If needed: Additional two(2) single Fold-a-way beds available, fresh  - fee applies.

What are the sleeping arrangement possibilities?
  • 7 bedrooms total + Loft area (8th room):  sleeps 20 total:
    • bedrooms have Queen beds. (sleeps = 10 total.)
    • 6th bedroom has 2 full size beds.  (sleeps 2 = 2 total.)
    • 7th bedroom has 1 full size bed.  (sleeps 2 = 2 total.)
    • Loft ("8th" room)
      • Queen bed (sleeps 1 couple)
      • Two (2) Twin Beds  (sleeps 1 to each = 2 total.)
  • Plush bedding and white sheets decorate all beds!
  • 3 Full Baths- one on each floor of 3 floors.  All updated and luxurious.
  • Optional (upon request / fee applies): Two (2) additional fold-a-way beds. (sleeps 1 to each , so = 2 total.)

So, if only:

  • One (1) person to a bed: the home sleeps 11-13 by:
    • 5 bedrooms have Queen beds. (1 person to each queen bed = 5)
    • 6th bedroom has 2 full size beds. (1 person to each full bed = 2)
    • 7th bedroom has 1 full size bed. (1 person to each full bed = 1)
    • "8th" room (Loft) has Queen bed, and Two (2) Twin beds   (1 to Queen bed, 1 to Twin bed, 1 to Twin bed = 3 total)
    • Plush bedding and white sheets decorate all beds!
      • **Two (2) additional fold-a-way beds available at home upon request, fee applies (fully dressed/Fresh) (1 person to each = 2)
    • 3 Full Baths- one on each floor of 3 floors.  All updated and luxurious. 
  • Total = 20 allowed and accomodated for, overnight.​​

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What is the Loft area like? Can people sleep there?

See link with full photos: Level

  • In Loft area find 2 nooks
    • one side has TV, and Queen bed. 
    • Other side has 2 twin beds and library.
  • Beautiful views
  • Looks down onto the main Great Room, gourmet kitchen area, and Main deck.  - Very fun - seperate yet with everyone at the same time.
  • Located on the same floor as Master (upper level), but completely seperate via breezeway and stairwell.


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How are the main areas configured for group seating / dining?

  • Dining area:
    • Dining table: seats 10 officially - up to 12 if have kids.
    • Corner round table- Round: seats 4 - can pull out and put closer to dining table.
    • 10 at dining table.
    • 4 at corner round table (in pic tv is on  it- but this isn't the case anymore- need to change that!)
    • 2-4 at leaf table (has leafs that pop up so 4 can sit comfortably) before kitchen + 2 adjacent chairs (not shown in pic)
  • Kitchen:
    • 2 bar stools at counter for eating
    • 6 chairs at kitchen table
  • Possible configurations for your retreat dining:
    • The round table and leaf table can be easily re-adjusted closer to dining area - filling in the large center coming through front door.  (However, furniture does need to be moved back :)).
  • **Note:

    • If using catering, must be pre-approved by home for liability reasons.  Ask for approved list of caterers for home already, if interested.   :)
    • Atmosphere is semi-formal when over 10 people.
    •  Tableware + Silverware are supplied by home for up to 20 people.
    • Linens are not supplied (impossible to maintain quality with groups of 20).  (However, really close is Sears and Macy's department stores that has great table cloths and extra kitchen goods at good prices and only 2-3 minutes away from house.


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Seating outside available?

*****Plenty of outdoor seating on Patio, and both large decks!  Perfect for group pow-wows!



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Community Pool Website: Click "HERE" for pool website.


  • Please Bring signed lease agreement for "resident discount".
  • With MarinVacation Lease: $5 Adult, $4 child. (otherwise $10!) 
  • See Rate page "Here" for most up-to-date info!
    • (Yes- there is a charge- but it is a community pool.  The fee keeps it from getting crowded, and non-residents attending- keeps it really nice and quiet.  Have to say- it is worth it!- Heated, in a beautiful valley, life guards (priceless if have kids with you),  great weather - and on weekends they have a full obstacle course/ jumping thing going for adults and kids alike.  There is agreat toddler area- water spouts, the works.  Really fun.  (Across street- great restaurants, organic grass fed burger place, mexican food, etc!))
  • Pool amenities:
    • Diving Board
    • large adult lap pool- seemless; Very nice!
    • Children's Obstacle set-up during public swim- they love it!
    • Great Toddler/baby area- water feature with spongy surface
    • Life Guards on duty.
    • Child life vests are available at front desk- just ask to use!
    • Warm water temperature!
    • PLUS:
      • Picnic tables, Play structure, Lawn, Basketball courts outside swim area.
      • Grocery, Organic Ice Cream, Grass Fed burgers - all available across the street!


Is the home child safe?

  • Home is very child friendly, but not child proof.
  • Plenty of space to roam inside and outside.
  • Some child games, books and videos are on the premises.

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What amenities are provided?    

Full amenities for 20! - see page link for more details:
  • cookware, dinnerware, fresh sheets, & towels (bath and hand).
  • reading material, books, local activity binder, maps, TV's.
  • Wireless Internet, Cable TV/ HBO
  • Basic hand soap, Dishwashing Liquid, Laundry detergent (couple loads)
  • Toilet paper, Paper Towels (initial supply only).
  • NO Shampoo or Conditioner (found people like their own kind best)


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Can we check-in early? Check-out late?

  • - Early check-in or late check-out:
    • Please, unless permission granted, No early drop off of goods, etc, due to liability issues, necessary "showing" of home and updating.
    • can be granted but only a couple days prior to check-in due to other bookings and must be scheduled with written permission via email from manager or owner.
    • There is a $50 charge for early or late check-out of 1hour (re-scheduling maid team, personel..)


  • Early/Late Check-in/outs:
    • Can be arranged, but only one week before check-in.  
      • If requesting more than 1 hour early or late, additional $80./hr fee applies
    • Early / late check-in/outs are not to exceed 1hr & cannot be approved till close to check-in.
  • Extra Early (10am) or Late (4pm) Check-out: Fee of $400.00 - but cannot be arranged/scheduled/guaranteed till one/two weeks before check-in, depending.
  • Un-approved Early or Late check-in/outs (ie: without written approval)
    • Additional fee of $95.00 /per hour for un-approved early, or late check-in/outs (without approval).
    • Please understand that home has scheduling cleanings, maintnance, and showings needs.
      • Stressing out the maintnance personel, maid team, or any other professional at the home during that time, causing loss of work, even cancellation of work, and sometimes loss of help. 
      • Please ask for permission from manager or owner.

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Are pets allowed at the house?

  • No pets allowed (due to allergies of other guests that check-in after group).
  • Pets with Service Dog license are allowed.  Extra fee of $240 needed to secure that the home is dander free for later, incoming guests (set up of extra cleaning and steaming required).


Can I ship packages to the home ahead of time?

  • Want to ship a package to the home before check-in?  Don't ship to the home directly - instead, ship to the nearby Fed-Ex pick-up location:
    • Just 1.5miles from the house- very close and easy!
    • Fed-Ex print and ship center:
      • 234 Northgate One, San Rafael, Ca. 94903
      • Phone: (415) 491-0343.

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    Can we book just one night?

    • Last minute booking (ie: 6 days or less before checking-in) will be considered for a one night stay.

    How far away is the nearest town? Highway?

    • Hwy 101 is just a 2 minute drive (but you wouldn’t know it from the house except for the beautiful lighted views in the distance!).
    • Downtown San Rafael (Marin Hub) is just 4minutes away.

    Go North Hwy 101 :

    • 3 minutes arrive at Northgate Mall I Longs Drugs, Restaurants and Banking. & III ! -  II is a huge indoor mall includes Macy’s, Food Court, Restaurants, etc... III has Safeway, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Ice Cream, and Kinko's/FedEx.
    • City of Berkley: 15 minutes
    • Napa Valley Wineries in just 20 minutes drive!  (Napa is a World Known, Wine region)
    •  Sonoma, downtown, 30 minutes!
    • 20 minute drive, arrive in Petaluma or Vallejo (home to Six Flags Amusement Park).

    Go South Hwy 101:

    • Go South, 3 minutes, arrive Main Street, downtown San Rafael.  Enjoy Movie Theatre, Cafe's, and lots of shops and kiosks.
    • 15 minutes and you arrive at the Golden Gate Bridge / Golden Gate Recreation Area, Marin Headlands.
    • 20 minutes drive and arrive downtown San Francisco.
    • 30 minutes arrive in Oakland's OAK, Oakland International Airport.
    • 40 minutes to SFO, San Francisco International Airport
    • West Marin Towns in 25 minutes: Stinson Beach, Pt. Reyes, Olema, Nicasio, Tomales.
    • Alcatraz Island, on the San Francisco Bay!  Get to the tour boat in just 15/20minutes!  (Make Reservations early- it books up in the summer!!)

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    Are Parties or Events allowed at the Marin Vista House?

    • At the Marin Vista House, groups of up to 20 are welcome at the home, on contract.  Max, with personnel, 25 people at the home.
    • Because the Marin Vista House is available year round, and out of respect for the neighbors, all "party" activity must be limited to house allowed numbers.  Extra cars besides the 9 that can fit at the home, would have to be parked down the hill to avoid neighbor stress. 
    • For the 20 that stay, the home offers great views, is spacious, with 2 BBQ's, loads of seating inside and out, tableware up to 20.  :)

    Starbucks and other Coffee options available near the house?


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    • Parking at home for 7-10 cars, depending on size.
      • 2 in Garage
      • 5 in Driveway
      • 3 - 4 at cul-de-sac
        • If more cars than can fit, or cars to large, please park at bottom of hill to avoid disrupting neighborhood quiet life. 
      • Please:
        • Park accordingly (see below map) when staying at the Marin Vista House.
        • Do not block Fire Hydrant, Trash cans or Mailbox’s.



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    Please do not charge your electric vehicle at the house.
          Because it is a older house and the electrical is being used at capacity,   charging using house electricity causes the circuit breakers to pop bc can't handle the load.  
    • Efficient, fast and convenient locations near the Marin Vista House:
      • Northgate MallSears Garage (3-4 minutes from house- tons to do while car charging!):
        • 2 standard charge plugs 
        • Northgate Drive, San Rafael, Ca. 94903
      • Civic center (3-4 minutes from house - great library and grounds with lake to walk, also kids park):
        • County of Marin - Exhibit Hall
          10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903
          Phone: 888-758-4389
          Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
        • County of Marin - Civic Center
          3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903
          Phone: 888-758-4389
          Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
      • Downtown San Rafael (4-5 minutes from house - fun downtown to stroll!):
        • San Rafael Public Parking  908 5th Ave San Rafael, CA 94901
          • Ports: 2 EV Plug (J1772)s Stations
          • ChargePoint: EV Plug (J1772)

          San Rafael West End Center
          1815 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
          Phone: 888-758-4389
          Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2

          City of San Rafael - C Street Garage
          900 C St, San Rafael, CA 94901
          Phone: 888-758-4389
          Electric charging types: Level 2

          City of San Rafael - 3rd Street Garage
          1116 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901
          Phone: 888-758-4389
          Electric charging types: Level 2

          San Rafael Corporate Center Garage
          775 Lindaro St, San Rafael, CA 94901
          Phone: 888-758-4389 415-721-2222
          Electric charging types: Level 2

          • Target (9 minutes from house):
            • 125 Shoreline Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94901
            • Phone (415) 299-6112
            • ChargePoint - EV Plug (J1772), EV Plug (J1772), EV Plug (J1772), EV Plug (J1772),  Custom Ports 6.1 k
            • Cost:  First 2 hours free, then $2/hour.  (Not available when store is closed)
            • Total of 20 charging stations.
      • Larkspur Ferry Building (for when cruising into the city via the SF Bay - 7minutes from the house)
        • Golden Gate Ferry Terminal
          101 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939
          Phone: 415-925-5571
          Electric charging types: Level 2


    • Other Marin charging locations outside San Rafael (and more coming daily- this list is as of 5/2016):
      • The Club at Harbor Point
        • 475 E Strawberry Dr
        • Mill Valley, CA 94941
        • Phone: 888-758-4389
        • Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
      • Good Earth
        • 720 Center Blvd
        • Fairfax, CA 94930
        • Phone: 888-998-2546
        • Electric charging types: DC Fast
      • Berg Holdings
        • 2330 Marinship Way
        • Sausalito, CA 94965
        • Phone: 888-758-4389
        • Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
      • BioMarin Pharmaceutical
        • 105 Digital Dr
        • Novato, CA 94949
        • Phone: 888-758-4389
        • Electric charging types: Level 2
      • City of Belvedere - City Hall
        • 450 San Rafael Ave
        • Tiburon, CA 94920
        • Phone: 888-758-4389
        • Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2


    Marin County Water Quality 2016 report :  Water is from the beautiful Mt. Tam watershed!


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