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Muir Beach Haiku House - Beach Front Cozy Elegance with Expansive Ocean Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom with Ocean and Coastal Views and Easy Beach Access.

With easy access to the beach, this newly remodeled home is a cozy gem. The central skylight brightens the house by day and lets you watch the moon and stars from your bedroom by night. The expansive ocean views include the dramatic Marin coastline and sparkling lights of San Francisco. The wrap around deck accommodates a BBQ area and serene daybed for afternoon naps in the sun and the open floor plan and beautiful vaulted ceilings give it a light airy feel.The house is a 3 minute walk to the beach and is also on the doorstep of many of the Marin Headlands best hiking and biking trails, including Muir Woods only a 10 minute drive. Located on the Pacific Coast with easy access to the beach, Muir Woods, San Francisco only 30 minutes away, and the wine country of Sonoma and Napa an easy day trip, this gem is perfect for either a quiet romantic getaway or a gateway to Bay Area sightseeing!

The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances, cookware, dinnerware and even a Quisinart, waffle iron and panini maker. Basic spices and condiments are also on hand. A wood burning stove in the living room comes with firewood and starters for cozy cool evenings, but the house also has central heat if you come home after a day in Napa or an evening in San Francisco and want to warm up quickly. The loft bathroom has a glassed in shower and the downstairs bathroom is a shower/tub combo. Both bathrooms have heated floors. Laundry facilities are also included.

The house is located above the street with gentle stairs and landings that lead you through the garden up to the house where you will be greeted with the expansive views and peace of the Haiku House. Enjoy your vacation in a home away from home!

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Kathleen Johnston
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2018

About Kathleen Johnston

I have lived in Muir Beach for 20 years and am so enamored with this beautiful community! While I was born in San Francisco, I grew up in Asia and moved back to California in the early 80's. Marin County, and specifically Muir Beach, called to my longing to be close to nature, but also have access to the delights of the city. I also am fortunate to have a horse boarded here in Muir Beach at the Golden Gate Dairy, across from the Pelican Inn. Stop by the barn and meet our beautiful horses!

Kathleen Johnston purchased this house in 2006

Why Kathleen Johnston chose Muir Beach

Muir Beach is a beautiful combination of the rural feel, but with surprisingly easy access to city life, so we can have both! 10 years ago I decided to purchase a home here, and this house, because of my years in Asia, spoke to me. It's construction is fashioned after a Japanese pole house. Nine solid 18' fir poles support the beautiful vaulted ceiling and roof. It was the perfect cozy home for me to showcase the asian treasures of my childhood. I remodeled the interior not long after I purchased to further take advantage of its beautiful vaulted ceilings and expansive views.

What makes this house unique

The sunrises from the front deck took my breath away when I first moved in, and they still do. The ocean is constantly changing and I love watching the hawks soaring literally at eye level off the front deck. The views really are spectacular. The house is a short walk down the hill to the beach so you can enjoy the beach during the day and listen to the waves lull you to sleep at night. It is also within walking distance from many hiking trails in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and a short drive to great restaurants in Mill Valley, Sausalito and San Francisco. It is also an easy day trip to Napa if you want to go wine tasting, or a drive up Hwy 1 to get oysters. The possibilities are endless.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Muir Beach in Marin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Main floor guest bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Loft bathroom off the master bedroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cozy loft bedroom with views of the beach
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing


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Muir Beach Haiku House - Beach Front Cozy Elegance with Expansive Ocean Views
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

This was the best place to stay ever .... we loved it so much.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was incredibly kind and even heard us talking about going to buy coffee and brought us some of her own. It was quiet, beautiful, very clean and gorgeous views. Best hikes and beaches within walking distance. Will definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed the house and your stay here! I hope you find your way here again!
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Gorgeous and unique!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home- wonderful and very interesting location down a long winding road near the ocean. Kathleen was a wonderful and kind host and we really enjoyed our stay. The house had everything we needed. So glad we stopped to buy groceries in a nearby town as she recommended, because it allowed us to stay put and spend our time taking walks, and jogging on the beach. The trails nearby were amazing with awesome views of the ocean. There are lots of hills too, including lots of steps up to the house! All of the different homes and architecture were so interesting to see. This is a great place to stay not only to relax, but also if you enjoy being outdoors and walking. The beach is a short walk down a fairly steep hill but great exercise too. Highly recommend for two people!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, clean, and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We have been using VRBO for vacation houses for 10 years, and have enjoyed wonderful stays, but the Haiku House tops them all. The windows provided a wonderful view, the waves crashing was the only noise we heard, and the house had everything we needed. Thank you, Kathleen, for all the small touches that made the house a home for our vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous views w/ a beautiful house tucked away on a long windy road down to the beach area. House had everything we needed for our 4 day stay. Def nice quiet getaway from the city...but yet a short drive to. Only things worth mentioning to future renters are:

1. There are 80some steps to get up to the house. (U get a great butt and leg workout)

2. The road to get there is long and windy downwards. Def have to have your wits ab u driving. Personally I was too scared so I had my bf do it every time lol.

3. It was impossible for us to get an uber out when we wanted

4. House is not exactly on the beach. Ab a 10 min walk tops downhill.

5. It was very windy most of time we were there. Blame the Time of year... House being on the hillside u got hit with the wind extremely.

Besides those things.. everything was perfect. Looks exactly as pics. Very Asian style. Kathleen was super nice and an amazing host as she was so helpful to us.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect! Great views. Beautiful home. Kathleen is a gracious host!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A place of relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time of staying at Haiku House. It is such a well equipped house that you just show up with your groceries and you are home. The house is so light filled and airy and you can hear the ocean so it’s hard not to relax. The kitchen is super well equipped so we really enjoyed cooking our meals there. Muir Beach is just a wonderful area that you never have to leave, but it’s also so close to so many things to do if you want to venture out. Thanks so much sharing your lovely house with us again.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pelican Inn
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Sausalito Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Pelican Inn
Nearest Beach
Muir Beach
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £93.76
Refundable Damage Deposit £390.65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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