Rural garden home near San Francisco

Rural garden home near San Francisco


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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

My charming and comfortable country home is surrounded by lovely gardens in a restful, rural, tree-filled setting. The central living area combines a beautiful tile kitchen equipped for the gourmet cook with a cozy living room; and, a round wood dining table seats up to 6 and looks out to the front garden. From the green leather recliner in the living room, you can multitask :-) watching TV while running your laptop with high speed internet--facing a view of the patio and a beautiful rose garden with a rustic gazebo. Both bedrooms have queen size beds and cable TV. One bathroom has tub and shower; the other has a nice tub for candlelit soaks.

Outside is a gas grill on the patio, and a glass garden cabana room/art studio with fireplace--suitable for summer dining. And, there's a rustic, artful, shaded garden shed with a porch which invites sitting in a rocker to view the garden or read or relax.

Although I am a smoker, my house will be aired out before you come, and, I promise to only smoke outside at your home. For this reason, I'm hoping to exchange with a home having easy access outside, or, a balcony.

Property features

Who we are

  1. My name is Karen, and I'm a 55 year old retired psychologist. I love gardening, art, photography, and wandering country roads anywhere in Europe to stumble upon surprises of beauty and human contact.

    I have 2 adorable 13-year old, Bearded Collies who need love and walks 3-4 times a week. They can either stay home on your day trips, or, you can bring them along and they'll be happy to stay in my minivan (part of the exchange) if parked in the shade in warm weather. I'm willing to look after your dog, hoping it can manage being home during day outings, or, come with me as appropriate--but, I'm allergic to cats.

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

This home is located in the small town of Fairfax in beautiful Marin County--a relaxed, green suburb just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's an ideal base from which to explore San Francisco, Berkeley, Sonoma County (wine country), Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and other quaint towns and villages on day trips, all within a 30-45 minute drive. Big Sur, the gorgeous coastal park, is about 3 hours south; Sacramento about 1.5 hours north; Lake Tahoe is about 3.25 hours away. My comfortable minivan will make touring a delight.

It's a short walk from the house to a beautiful nature area with extensive hiking trails--one to a waterfall--and to the village of Fairfax, with a movie theater, live music clubs, restaurants, and local color. Beaches and redwood parks are a short drive away. Down the road a mile or so is the town of San Anselmo, a quaint village with interesting shops and restaurants.

The home sits at the base of Mount Tamalpais State Park which hosts the famously gorgeous Muir Woods, a natural cathedral of huge redwood trees. Many bicyclists frequent Fairfax for its access to Mt. Tam and mountain biking trails.

Marin is warm and sunny May through November. For some nice photos of Fairfax, the surrounding areas, and other Marin towns, visit this real estate website (I'm not in the business!)--click on town names under "Marin Communities":

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