Secluded canyon home close to beaches hiking and San Francisco

Secluded canyon home close to beaches hiking and San Francisco


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3 chambres
Couchages 5
1 salles de bain
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Our house is called "the Alpine" because it sits up 60 steps. Very private, with forest on three sides, it has two living levels, with terraces on each level, as well as a large deck. It is a wooden house with interior wood paneling and floors, large communal spaces and small bedrooms, lots of skylights, a fireplace, and an outside hot tub. It is rustic--originally built in 1916 as a summer home, remodeled and winterized over the past 35 years. There is also a 8'x12' one room guest house. The kitchen is large, light filled and convenient, but we do not have a dishwasher or a microwave. Our furnishings are simple, comfortable and sturdy. Our gardens are on an automatic watering system, and we have no pets.

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  1. My husband is a documentary film maker, and I am a retired elementary school teacher. We have spent a lot of time in France, and speak French well. Our two children are both grown, and live elsewhere, which means sometimes our house is available for non-simultaneous exchanges when we are visiting them. We enjoy hiking, biking, and skiing, and are active in many community groups. Tom is an avid soccer player, and I love to garden. We are involved in many creative pursuits. We have done several house exchanges, and have also hosted people from all over the world in our home as part of a peace organization called Servas. We will not be doing direct exchanges summer 2010, but a non-simultaneous exchange might be possible if you are interested in being here mid-June to early July, with us coming your way winter 2010-11 or later. In general we are always looking for New England swaps in order to be near family, especially summer exchanges of a few weeks within 4 hours of Boston, or mid December- mid January in a home big enough for 6 so we could bring our kids and delightful well behaved grandkid! We have a 2006 Prius we might be willing to trade also. We daydream about other places, so make us an offer--who knows?





We live north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Geronimo Valley: four tiny villages about a mile apart. We are separated from the more suburban part of Marin County by White's Hill, and are a splendid half hour's drive from the coast. Hiking trails begin at the end of our street, leading into water district and county open space lands. Or you can just sit on the deck and watch the hummingbirds and maybe a couple of fawns! There is bay/oak/fir forest on three sides of the house, and helpful neighbors on the other. A local convenience store is a short stroll, but the town of Fairfax, a 10 minute drive, is the closest real shopping, with a farmer's market, grocery and health food stores, movie theater, gas stations, restaurants, banks, etc. State and national parks and beaches are easy drives. Bus transportation is limited, but available several times a day. The golf course is a mile away. It's 45 minutes by car to San Francisco, 1 hour to the wine country, 4 hours to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra mountain range.

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