3 Bed, 2 Bath, Freshly Renovated, Brilliant Location
- English, French, Dutch
We are an Australian couple, who fell in love with San Francisco. We also love the water and sailing and hiking, so Sausalito is just perfect - cosmopolitan, but a gorgeous and endearing place to be. It feels like an artists village, but is sophisticated and close to the city and nature. We love to travel, and have three wonderful children between us (plus one shaggy dog and one puppy).
Liesl purchased this House in 2015
Why Liesl chose Sausalito
We love mid century modern architecture, and clean elegant lines in a home. We also fell in love with the stunning view. We love being outdoors, and have an unusually lovely back yard (a lot of Sausalito is perched precariously on a hillside. This home has a great mini-cathedral of trees, and we built a sunny deck to flow from the house and living areas).
What makes this House unique
Gorgeous views from every room Designed by a notable mid century modern architect. Newly renovated, staying true to the architecture Easy walk to ferry and downtown, so great commute to the city or walk to restaurants and grocery store
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Loved everything except the heatwave!
We didn’t quite pack for record heat the first couple days! Ha! This home was lovely and comfortable, and we loved exploring up and down the coast, into wine country, and the City. Thanks for a great home base!
Perfect Sausalito retreat
Loved the house and location
Peaceful, relaxing, scenic and close to everything!
We really enjoyed our stay overlooking the Bay. There are spectacular views from just about everywhere on the property and they are always changing. The house had everything we needed indoors and outside. The bathroom lighting was very entertaining. The sound system in the house is great. Our family took many great walks around the neighborhood. There was a nice park down the street that also has a great view. It was easy to get to the city and anywhere in Marin. We were lucky enough to be able to extend our stay. Thank you for having us!
The pleasure was all ours. We are so glad you got to take in the views and walks to everything nearby. You were fantastic guests, and highly recommended to other hosts
Great home, helpful owners and what about that view!
We stayed for 8 weeks during July and August. Really enjoyed staying in this house. It’s very conveniently located in Sausalito (which is a great base for Marin County and San Francisco), everything works and there are a few treats to enjoy including (among others) a bbq, a huge TV and (especially popular with our son) the option to switch on a glitter and disco ball in the shower!!!
We didn’t need to contact the owners much during our stay but when we did they were extremely responsive. Thanks guys - loved your place!
Matt we were delighted to host you. You were impeccable guests, and heaps of fun, and we recommend you and your family highly to any hosts
Sausalito is a wonderful, historic town. It has gorgeous views of the city, top restaurants, wooden boats, a quirky artistic community, and a ferry direct to the city and Fisherman's Wharf, so it is a great hub for visiting San Francisco. It is also close to the mystical Marin hills and forests, so it offers guests the very best of city, water and nature.
Nearby are the renowned Muir woods with ancient redwoods (25 minutes drive), and the famous Marin country hiking trails.
Also nearby is the gorgeous scenic drive up along the rugged coastline. Mount Tamalpais National Park is 30 minutes drive, Stinson beach and the hidden hippy town of Bolinas are about 40 minutes drive.
Much of Sausalito is foggy, and up steep hills, but our home is in the famous banana belt, meaning it is a manageable 5-10 minute walk to the ferry, and in the most lovely, sunny part of the town.
Things we love to do around sausalito:
Walk around the docks and look at the beautiful sailboats
Visit the “intentional community" of houseboats tucked away out of sight of tourists (North West of Dunphy Park).
Go to the mini beach where locals go, just a bit further North west of Dunphy Park, along the shoreline, also great place for kayaking or paddleboarding
Go for a hike in the hills just behind us, or Mount Tamalpais National Park or Point Reyes
Visit Tiburon or Angel Island
Go up the headlands for the best view of San Francisco ever (apart from our own living room), visit the Nike missile site and abandoned military complex dating back to the War
Visit the Bay Model (the tall wooden ship being built is also near there).
Visit some of the quaint and quirky Marin towns: Stinson Beach and Bolinas on the coast, or inland Mill Valley, Fairfax, St Rafael
Wooden boat tour, or floating home tour, with fascinating history, including a mini war between authorities and rebels in the hippie era. Both can be self guided - just wander around if you don't like formal guided tours
Shoot some hoops or play tennis a block away (on an antique tennis court with the best view on the planet) (Cnr North and Third)
Simply walk around Sausalito and look at the lovely houses and churches. You will find all sorts of stairs and alleyways. Prettiest shortcut to the main strip is the staircase at the end of Josephine Street (Cnr Josephine and North)
Look out for local festivals. The famous Sausalito Art show is once a year, Jazz on the water, sailing regattas and others
Visit Muir woods, really close by. Busy on weekend, and many of the hikes in Mt Tam also have beautiful redwoods
Ride Bicycles, in the birthplace of mountain biking
Take a one hour drive to Napa (! woot !)
Catch a ferry to the city. Fisherman's wharf is touristy, but the ferry building and downtown are good
Ok this might sound silly, but if you like architecture, we LOVE the Marin County Civic Center - a lesser known Frank Lloyd Wright creation. There is a crazy, cute, crass, high-calorie restaurant near there with great eggs benedict, called Bogies.
The whole ‘tourist strip' is pretty mediocre, and we avoid it. Most locals go to Caledonia Street (one street back from the main drag):
Seafood Peddler (Check out their happy hour 5-7pm)
Sushi Ran (best Japanese food we have outside of Japan or Sydney, and we have spent a lot of time in Japan. Make sure to book ahead)
Le Garage (hard to find, but worth it)
Bar Bocce is kinda fun. Food not brilliant, but have an actual Bocce ball court, and firepits, right on the water
Cibo is where the locals go for a coffee
Fish (Harbor Dr) Hard to find, right on the water.
Seahorse (Harbor Dr), lots of fun, with live music and dancing most nights, an eclectic mix of Cuban music, reasonably priced Italian food and art gallery
Where to get a good steak in Sausalito? We don't know yet, we haven't found one, but we keep trying. Please let us know if you find it. When nothing but steak will do, we go to the strangely named “Buckeyes Roadhouse" fairly nearby in Mill Valley. Despite the odd name, it is actually quite classy, with fireplaces and a good but traditional menu.
Where to get groceries:
Great fresh produce and breads and artisan foods, but we call them “The World's Most Expensive Grocery Store."
Safeway is in Strawberry Village, about 15 min North
Whole foods in Mill Valley
But the best little secret in Sausalito is a grocery store a few blocks walk from the house. It looks like a mere convenience store and Deli, but inside is a pretty decent little grocery store, with a simple but good range of vegetables, wines, bread and produce. Meat is pricey there, but the rest of the groceries are reasonable.
Best of all, you can stroll down through a lovely little community garden at the end of Second street, up a stairway where it joins up with North (almost directly in front of the house but a a street further down), and stroll back up again with a bag or two of supplies, about a 5 minute walk.