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Stunning, Unique Floating Home - August 2018 and 6 months starting July 2019

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 1 - 31 nights


About the property

Three floors plus roof garden with views; Includes 2 luxurious bedrooms 2 baths.

Featured in California Home and Design magazine. Houseboat living at its very best. Twenty minutes from downtown San Francisco and one hour from wine country. numerous magazine articles Our houseboat is Ideal for entertaining, or to just experiencing the very best of houseboat living. There are two beautiful bedrooms: the master bedroom has a fireplace with a hot tub on an adjoining balcony. A second bedroom has Asian decor and adjoining sitting room for privacy. The fully equipped gourmet outfitted kitchen is adjacent to the dining area seating up to eight persons. The stunning, yet comfortable and beautifully appointed living room features authentic ethic art from around the world, with a porch off the living room to enjoy sunsets over Mt. Tamalpais. It is a five minute drive or twenty minute walk to miles of mountain hiking trails overlooking the Pacific ocean; we are also adjacent to a bird sanctuary with miles of walking paths along Richardson Bay. It is a twenty minute drive to central San Francisco or a twenty minute ferry ride. Sixty minutes away are Napa and Sonoma Valleys and world renowned wineries. The area is ideal for biking and kayaking. There is a roof garden with barbecue. Great restaurants and shops are nearby.

Whats around? Only a 5 minute drive to the Golden Gate Bridge, two miles to the center of historic, scenic Sausalito to shop, dine, or to take a 20 minute ferry across the bay to San Francisco. Catering or personal chef available.

Whats inside: It is a unique, very spacious, luxurious, architect designed redwood and glass houseboat with over 3,000 square feet of living space on three floors, with a hot tub off the master bedroom, an interior atrium with tropical plants, and a lovely roof garden for relaxing and entertaining, which includes a barbecue, tables, chairs, and a double swing. Two bicycles, and two kayaks are provided for your use. It is historic, (Pavoratti actually did sleep here), romantic and fun. Totally renovated with great attention to detail. It has been featured in numerous magazines and television special shows.

Mid Level: Perfect for entertaining large, or small, groups. You enter into a vestibule, then continue on past a two story atrium into a spacious living room and seated dining area, with quality furniture and art objects throughout. In the far right hand corner is a large window seat which can be used as a single bed, that looks out onto beautiful Mt. Tamalpais. Straight ahead off the main deck through sliding doors is our "wheel house" decorated with the wheel off a French yacht. The state of the art kitchen is fully outfitted and has custom marble counters, professional stove, appliances, two-person eating counter. A beautifulAsian decor bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub complete this floor. Tasteful artifacts abound as the owners are a former diplomat and a travel executive with a background in anthropology.

Lower Floor: There is a suite of rooms which include a beautiful Asian bedroom with sliding shoji screen doors from Japan and quality queen size bed. Adjacent to this bedroom is a comfortable sitting room with a pull out queen bed. The washer and dryer are located separately on this floor. The beautiful bathroom for this bedroom is located at the top of the stairs on the next floor. (It has a shower and bath with jacuzzi). The lower floor also has an apartment which is totally insulated for sound. Our tenant is very quiet and does not have access to or use the rest of the house at all. (Please call the owner if you want more information on this).

Top Floor: This floor includes a very large, romantic master bedroom with high ceilings and gas fireplace, a king size four-poster bed with a Tempur-pedic mattress fit for a king and queen. Off the bedroom is a comfortable library/reading room, while off to the other side is a balcony with a hot tub.

Roof Deck: A sturdy wooden slanted ship's ladder takes you from the top floor to the roof deck with panoramic views over the top of the other houseboats to a yacht harbor plus panoramic views of Mt. Tamalpais, and Richardson Bay. Furnished with a table, umbrellas, chairs, a double swing, cushions, gas barbecue, and potted plants.

Seize this unique opportunity to experience the adventure and romance of houseboat living, at its very best!

Very unique, elegant yet casual, fun, and definitely an unforgettable vacation.

Keywords: Floating home

More Details

Wilford Welch
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Wilford Welch

Wilford is a former U.S. diplomat (China), author, (a 2018 book entitled In Our Hands - A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis), and public speaker. Carole's background is in anthropology. In 1991, Carole founded Cross Cultural Journeys, a successful travel company that takes clients to exotic international destinations where indigenous people continue to live in traditional ways. While there we explore the healing and belief systems of the indigenous elders. We both have a lifetime of international travel and work behind and in front of us. Our home reflects our interests and adventures.

Wilford Welch purchased this house boat in 2001

Why Wilford Welch chose Sausalito

We enjoy living 'on the docks' in Sausalito. We moved here from Belvedere, CA. because we found the houseboat community filled with interesting, creative people with a casual, unpretentious, active, lifestyle. Being only 20 minutes by car to the middle of San Francisco for cultural, educational and social activities, and less than an hour from Napa and Sonoma and the beautiful wine country, are all big pluses. Hiking is five minutes away and the restaurants are great nearby. We feel we have the best of many worlds right here. We call our houseboat 'Dol Khiyam, a Tibetan phrase which loosely translated means 'A place of rest, in the midst of a busy world'. That is the feeling we hope for all our guests.

What makes this house boat unique

Ours is a home that is ideal for a couple (or two) that appreciates the finer things in life and would like to relax and entertain in style in one of the most unique homes in the San Francisco Bay area all within minutes of everything that the San Francisco Bay area has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely appreciate having the opportunity to enjoy your home. You have an amazing collection of artifacts and the most beautiful home in the area. We really enjoyed the deck upstairs, the cozy atmosphere and the collection of books. This was a first-time experience for all of us and everything went so smoothly. We truly felt at home here - thank you again!
Aug 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat rental in Sausalito, California

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Privacy door between double sink area and toilet/shower area
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , jacuzzi , Elegant, Asian decor with marble counter and tile floors
  • Spacious master bathroom on top floor off master bedroom. Granite counter top, double sinks, door between sink room and toilet/shower provide privacy. Instant hot water for shower. Aquasana water filter on shower to remove chlorine from water. Asian bathroom for guest bedroom on the main floor is serene with marble counter top, glass doors on tub, frosted window for daylight, instant hot water for bath or shower. Luxury towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed - 1 sofa bed/futon , Very comfortable convertible queen size pull out sofa.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 single bed , Window bed in living room as seen seen in photo collection
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Four poster canopy bed. Tempur-pedic mattress, gas fireplace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , New Posturpedic mattress
  • (1) King size bed In the master bedroom; (1) Queen size Bed In the second bedroom; (1) Double bed convertible sofa bed in sitting room off the second bedroom; (1) Single Bed in the living room is built-in as a window seat for day use with lots of beautiful pillows, a perfect spot to read. At night it can be used as a full sized twin bed, complete with comfy bedding and curtains that can be pulled for privacy. Carpeting in both bedrooms. Your choice of down or foam pillows available. Quality, fresh, clean sheets.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jacuzzi ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Two Fireplaces, High speed internet access, Whirlpool bathtub, Private Hot Tub off master bedroom, Two bicycles, Two kayaks.


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Stunning, Unique Floating Home - August 2018 and 6 months starting July 2019
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Lovely houseboat

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay on the houseboat. I lived on one previously,for 15 years so it was a homecoming for me. Friendly neighbors and of course a wonderful location.

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Houseboat in Sausalito

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time that we have booked a houseboat in Sausalito. While all of our experiences have been positive, this boat was by far, the nicest, decorated with art from around the world, comfortable beds and living area and an amazing deck on top of the house overlooking the bay. The houseboat is walking distance from many businesses and restaurants and a walk or bike ride from downtown Sausalito. The owner was helpful, friendly and accommodating in every way. I can not say enough about the boat, the owner and the overall experience. Thank you Wilford!

  • Review Submitted: 10/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Cosy, quirky and comfortable. Such an interesting home with all the many different artefacts and books around for you to enjoy. They reminded us so much of places we have lived in or travelled through, maybe that is why we felt so at home !

Thank you for sharing your home Wilford and also thank you to Gail and Kathy who were so helpful with restaurant suggestions and recommendations on where to visit.

We have had a wonderful stay and thank you for the wine !

Ian and Jennie Kirk - Cape Town

  • Review Submitted: 09/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houseboat Heaven

  • 5 of 5

An absolute magical vacation for our family of 6. The boys and girls all enjoyed the Kayaks, roof top, and the various quiet reading nooks throughout this very spacious houseboat. A fabulous location to venture off to Napa, the East Bay, and of course all the magnificent sites of San Fran. Loved meeting the owners and learning all about their favorite travel destinations as the HB is filled with treasures from near and far.

  • Review Submitted: 05/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent & Magical

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 heavenly days and enjoyed every second. Wilford & Carole and their floating home haven is a true sanctuary. We kayaked every day and reveled in the hot tub, bedroom fireplace and all the art, and the VERY creatively inspiring environment. Luxury, adventure and the best of being "at home" while away.

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Trip!

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing I can say about Wilford and Carole and their fabulous houseboat that hasn't already been said. My husband, myself and another couple had the pleasure of spending time here and every day was perfect. We did tons of sightseeing in San Francisco, as well as the Napa Valley Wine Train, which is a must, and everything was easy to get to. We all agreed that the best part of the trip was knowing that we would be returning each afternoon or evening to our exciting accommodations. It made us all smile! We plan on returning in the very near future. Thanks again Wilford and Carole "for the memories".

  • Review Submitted: 15/08/2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Francisco Internatinal Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Downtown Sausalito
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Mill Valley Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Many local restaurants within a 5 minute walk
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Tennessee Valley Beach
Car: necessary

Paddle board rentals are available within a mile of our houseboat. We have two kayaks and two bikes at the houseboat with the whole Richardson Bay for kayaking and miles of walking, running, and bike trails available from the houseboat, through a bird preserve and along the Bay. Our local gym is a five minute walk. It is a twenty minute walk or a five minute drive to a trailhead and miles of hiking trails with views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.

A ten minute ferry ride from Tiburon takes you to Angel Island, which is protected park land with a 360 degree view of Richardson Bay. It was originally a hunting and fishing site for the Miwok Indians and later an army post during the Civil War., it was the "Ellis Island of the West", the entrance for Asians that were brought to San Francisco as workers for the gold mines and railroads between 1910 and 1940.

Day trips to Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries for wine tasting are fun as are hiking in the Pt. Reyes Wilderness area passing through the picturesque Anderson Valley on the way to Western Marin. The Anderson Valley is rural like Napa used to be and has many fine wineries there also with wine tasting. Muir Woods is close by and presents an opportunity to walk amongst the huge, ancient redwood trees.

There is excellent theatre in San Francisco. Mill Valley and Berkeley Repertory theaters are excellent also. A "not to miss" is a twenty five minute ride on the ferry from Sausalito harbor passing Angel Island and Alcatraz Island (tours are available) to arrive at Fishermans Wharf for lunch, see the hundreds of sea lions sunbathing off nearby pier 39, visit Ghirardelli Square and enjoy the tourist shops. Or, you can take a different ferry also from Sausalito which disembarks at the Embarcadero Building, with its excellent selection local purveyors of fine food items and a weekend farmers market. Next, for a thrill, ride the historic cable cars on the famous up and down hills of San Francisco. Locals still use the cable cars for transportation. You can get tickets to a performance of the world renowned San Francisco Symphony, or Beach Blanket Babylon, which is a local production that has been a tourist and local favorite for many years. Visit the zoo or spend the day at Golden Gate Park visiting the de Young Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the Conservancy of Flowers or the Japanese Gardens. If you have energy left you could visit the Coit Tower, a 210 foot Art Deco tower built in 1929 or the Exploratorium, an Inquiry based (hands on) Museum of Science that kids of all ages love. There is also the Asian Art Museum and the Legion of Honor Museum. Save some time because San Francisco is known for its shopping and world class restaurants. Drive by the new Sales Force Building; cruise through the Haight Ashbury hippie area from the Summer of Love and the University of California at San Francisco.

Near Oakland in the East bay is the University of California at Berkeley which has an interesting, expansive campus. In Sausalito there are exhibitions at the historical society of the former shipbuilding community of Sausalito and its history as it evolved when the Golden Gate Bridge was built. Walk the docks of the town and view the yachts and houseboat communities that are an integral part of this picturesque town. Wander the waterfront, the boutique shops, the excellent restaurants and tourist spots. There are walking paths above the town that wind amongst the beautiful homes on the hills. You can explore on your own with a map, or tours are available. A couple of our favorite places to eat are Poggio's or Bar Bocce, a casual place where you can eat outside, play or watch bocce ball.

Historic Ft. Mason is worth a visit, it is now the Cavalho Point Resort and Conference center but has kept the facade of a WW II Navy base complete with parade grounds.The bar at Cavalho Point is also a favorite spot for a casual drink or lite evening meal. The Discovery Museum for children is there also, as are historic WW II bunkers you can explore on the hills above Cavalho Point.

A favorite drive of ours is the scenic ocean view road past Cavalho Point and the Golden Gate Bridge to Rodeo Beach. On the way you will pass a few historic Army and Air Force sites where you can stop and walk the areas. You will pass the Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855, and still functioning today. It is worthwhile to take the tour. Upon arrival at Rodeo Beach you can walk the beach or the miles of ocean view trails in the hills surrounding the beach. When returning to Sausalito, you might stop for a tour of the Marine Mammal Center, which is a facility for emergency rescue care for marine mammals. After a day's activity, you return to the houseboat for a barbecue on the roof terrace or to just sit with a glass of Napa or Anderson Valley wine and watch the sun set over Mt. Tam. while you reflect on the day.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house boat in Sausalito, California

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer and Fall 2018
10 Jul 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
31 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1,367.4
cleaning fee per week AU$170.92

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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