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San Rafael, USA

View from the street entry with courtyard in the foreground

View from the street entry with courtyard in the foreground

This cozy room is shown as a single, but there is a trundle bed so may be made up as a twin with two single beds.

This cozy room is shown as a single, but there is a trundle bed so may be made up as a twin with two single beds.

The family room and kitchen get plenty of light with wonderful views of the nearby green hills.

The family room and kitchen get plenty of light with wonderful views of the nearby green hills.

Family room viewed from kitchen. We have a large screen TV and cable and Netflix subscription.

Family room viewed from kitchen. We have a large screen TV and cable and Netflix subscription.

Living/ dining room with informal recital at the baby grand. There is a table you want to have a formal meal in here.

Living/ dining room with informal recital at the baby grand. There is a table you want to have a formal meal in here.

Our courtyard is a serene spot for meals or relaxing.

Our courtyard is a serene spot for meals or relaxing.

View of the courtyard from the family room.

View of the courtyard from the family room.

My three fragrant cloud rosebushes bloom April-November.

My three fragrant cloud rosebushes bloom April-November.

Andante and Allegro practically take care of themselves (or each other!)

Andante and Allegro practically take care of themselves (or each other!)

Imagination Park in San Anselmo, one of Marin's charming hamlets. Birthplace of Star Wars and Indiana Jones

Imagination Park in San Anselmo, one of Marin's charming hamlets. Birthplace of Star Wars and Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones and Yoda share the fountain at Imagination Park, San Anselmo

Indiana Jones and Yoda share the fountain at Imagination Park, San Anselmo

Yoda

Yoda

San Rafael Holiday Boat Parade

San Rafael Holiday Boat Parade

View from my favorite camp site not too far from Lake Tahoe. Hard to get, but I know how!

View from my favorite camp site not too far from Lake Tahoe. Hard to get, but I know how!

View from the street entry with courtyard in the foreground This cozy room is shown as a single, but there is a trundle bed so may be made up as a twin with two single beds. The family room and kitchen get plenty of light with wonderful views of the nearby green hills. Family room viewed from kitchen. We have a large screen TV and cable and Netflix subscription. Living/ dining room with informal recital at the baby grand. There is a table you want to have a formal meal in here. Our courtyard is a serene spot for meals or relaxing. View of the courtyard from the family room. My three fragrant cloud rosebushes bloom April-November. Andante and Allegro practically take care of themselves (or each other!) Imagination Park in San Anselmo, one of Marin's charming hamlets. Birthplace of Star Wars and Indiana Jones Indiana Jones and Yoda share the fountain at Imagination Park, San Anselmo Yoda San Rafael Holiday Boat Parade View from my favorite camp site not too far from Lake Tahoe. Hard to get, but I know how!
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Idyllic Home with great weather near San Francisco!

My home is a four bedroom, mid-century modern "Eichler" with an open floor plan that lets in the outdoors while providing complete privacy. It is all on one level with no steps. Currently only three bedrooms are set up for sleeping, the Master Bedroom overlooks the rear garden and has a Queen size bed, en suite bath and walk-in closet. The Courtyard Room is furnished with a comfortable double bed, double dresser and large closet. That room shares the hall bath with the Twin Room which has a single bed in the picture but it can be set up for two. The Twin Room has a large closet and mirrored dresser. Alternatively, the second single can also be put in the sitting room if that would better suit your needs. The Courtyard Double and the Twin room share the hall bath. This bath is very suitable for sharing as it is two parts; a dual vanity/sink area and adjacent room with toilet and shower/tub combination. Someone can shave, brush teeth or wash hands while someone else uses the toilet/bath room.

My ideal exchange is a simultaneous one, but I can do a non simultaneous exchange if you don't mind sharing the home with me while you are here. For a non-simultaneous exchange, I can accommodate up to four people.

The fourth bedroom is set up as a sitting room with books, games, a comfy chair and a table for snacks or computer use.

There is excellent wifi throughout the house and garden. The family room is very comfy for watching TV; we have cable TV with lots of options (too many!) Also, we do have a BluRay player with Netflix and a bunch of other subscriptions I have not even begun to use.

We enjoy a Mediterranean climate here. Warm to hot and dry in the summer. There is a serene private courtyard off the kitchen and family room with a table seating four; delightful for summer mornings. In the back of the house is a good sized rear garden with lawn and raised beds for vegetables (usually mostly tomatoes.) The rear garden also has a table for four which is lovely in the afternoons when the shade cools the back of the house.

The neighborhood is a beautiful development in a semi-rural location with tennis courts and a wonderful community pool. We are blessed with a lot of wildlife including wild turkey, deer, coyotes, raccoons, possums, foxes and skunks. (Many of these are nocturnal, so you might hear or, occasionally smell some of them more than seeing them.) Many birds as well, with the Great Blue Heron the biggest and most impressive.

Please do not be concerned that we do not have air conditioning. It does get nice and warm (and dry) in the summer months, but we have an energy efficient foam roof and double paned windows in all the main rooms, so the house stays quite comfortable. An afternoon breeze usually comes through for a very pleasant evening.

They house is about 25 minutes by car from the Golden Gate Bridge, and 45 minutes from the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country and also about 45 minutes from the Pt. Reyes National Seashore http://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm. Ours is a great jumping off point for all your Northern California adventures.

We do have home exchange experience in The Netherlands, the UK and the US, all wonderful on both sides!

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 3 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Independent Consultant in Organizational Development, Training and Communicaitons
  • Performing Soprano and Music Teacher

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: Ground floor; one level
  • Environment: In the suburbs
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 6

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Hospitality wanted
  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Renting possible

Outdoor

  • Garden

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy
  • Pet care wanted

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Greece
  • Banff, AB, Canada
  • Bremen, Germany
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic

Spoken Languages

  • English

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: SEATAC -

Upper Lucas Valley is a historic development set in bucolic rural Marin County, but only 5 minutes from US 101, which is the freeway that includes the Golden Gate Bridge. A planned community, there are about 500 homes most of them built by the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired developer, Eichler in the 1960's. These homes are very trendy now.

A few miles further west along Lucas Valley Road is the famous Skywalker Ranch, but the valley is not named for George Lucas who lives in nearby San Anselmo which has a lovely mini park complete with bronze statues of Yoda and Indiana Jones. Skywalker Ranch is not open to the public, but only by invitation and to the folks who work at Industrial Light and Magic.

The neighborhood is a wonderful walking and hiking area, has a beautifully landscaped and well-maintained community pool, tennis courts and even horse paddocks. Shopping is nearby, with an excellent market about 5 minutes away by car, and shopping centers in both directions by about 10 minutes.

Marin County is known in the US for its healthy lifestyle, Mill Valley film festival, foodie culture and easy access to San Francisco and the Wine Country.

Occupation

  • Independent Consultant in Organizational Development, Training and Communicaitons
  • Performing Soprano and Music Teacher

Children

  • No children will be traveling with us.

Pets

  • Cat
  • Cat