FAQ

Marin Vista House, Retreat Vacation Home Rental, Marin County, California.

 

Home can handle the groups!
Enjoy an open "American style" kitchen with full amenities for up to 20/*22!

FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions(click on following question link to know more or just scroll down)

1.  How many people, couples or individually, does the home sleep, in real beds?

2.  What amenities are provided?

  • Sleeping layout
  • Audio / Video specs.
  • Parking details.
  • Laundry info.
  • Pool choices.

 

3.  Are Parties or Events allowed at the home?

4.  Are pets allowed at the home?

5.  Catering needs to be approved if having it at the house?

6.  Can I ship packages to the house before checking in?

7.  Water at the house has good tap quality?  Yes!! 

8.   Is there electrical vehicle charging stations near the home for my car? (Yes!)



Answers:

Sleeping Layout possibilities:

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  • Home sleeps 11-15 individually by:
    • Bedrooms 1-5 have Queen beds.  (1 person to each Queen bed = 5)
    • 6th Bedroom has 2 Full size beds. (1 person to each Full bed = 2)
    • 7th Bedroom has 1 Full size bed (1 person to each Full bed = 1)
    • 8th Bedroom (Large loft) has 1 Queen size bed and 2 Twins beds (1 person to each bed = 3)
    • Upon request:
      • 4 (Four) fold-a-beds available, always presented dressed and fresh.
      • $45 fee/each applies (1 person to each bed = 4). 

 

  • Home Sleeps 20/*22 if mix and matching (2 to a bed for most):
    • Bedrooms 1-5 have Queen beds.  (2 person to each Queen bed = 10)
    • 6th Bedroom has 2 Full size beds. (2 person to each Full bed = 4)
    • 7th Bedroom has 1 Full size bed (2 person to each Full bed = 2)
    • 8th Bedroom (Large loft) has 1 Queen size bed and 2 Twins beds (2 person to Queen bed, 1 to each Twin = 4)
    • Upon request:
      • 4 (Four) fold-a-beds available, dressed and fresh, $45 fee/each applies (1 person to each bed = 4). 
        • Note: Max 22 at house.

 


What amenities are provided?    

Full amenities for 20! - see page link for more details:  http://marinretreat.com/Amenities_provided

  • cookware, dinnerware, fresh sheets, & towels (bath and hand).

  • reading material, books, local activity binder, maps, TV's.

  • Wireless Internet, Cable TV/ HBO

  • Basic hand soap, Dishwashing Liquid, Laundry detergent (couple loads)

  • Blow dryer in each of the 3 bathrooms - on wall (3 total).

  • Toilet paper, Paper Towels (initial supply only).

  • NO Shampoo or Conditioner (found people like their own kind best)

  • Fresh hand and bath towels.
    • If 20 people - 1 bath & 1 hand each.

Audio/Video Available:

  • Internet Access:  Yes.  Cable internet. Wifii throughout house.  Fast!
  • DVD/VCR players (movie selection available at home)
  • Large Projector Screen, pull down (projector not supplied)
  • TV's:
    • Great RoomMain Floor living area.
      • Dynex™ 40" Class - LCD - 1080p - 60Hz - HDTV:
        • Sound leveler: Prevents fluctuations in sound that tend to happen when TV shows go to commercials or movie soundtracks play.
        • Two 8W speakers: Deliver a lush soundscape.
        • Inputs: Include 1 composite (side), 1 component (side), 1 PC/VGA (side), 2 HDMI (side) and one 3.5mm PC audio (side).
        • Outputs: Include 1 digital video (side).
        • 2 HDMI inputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full HDTV experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
        • 2 DVI inputs: Provide direct digital-to-digital video hookups with compatible devices.
        • PC video input: Lets you connect your computer to experience high-resolution images.
        • Useful additional features: Include channel labeling and a sleep timer.​​
    • Loft
      • 42" Tv set.  DVD hooked up.

Parking:

  • Parking at home for 7-10 cars, depending on size.
    • 2 in Garage
    • 5 in Driveway
    • 3 - 4 at cul-de-sac
      • If more cars than can fit, or cars to large, please park at bottom of hill to avoid disrupting neighborhood quiet life. 
    • Please:
      • Park accordingly (see below map) when staying at the Marin Vista House.
      • Do not block Fire Hydrant, Trash cans or Mailbox’s.

Laundry Machines - Washer & Dryer:

  • Located in garage.
    • Large Washer/Dryer.
    • Iron and Ironing board.
    • No Detergent supplied (with groups of 20 - this is to difficult to monitor / guarantee (but often left by previous guests).

Pool:

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  • Please Bring signed lease agreement for "resident discount".
  • With MarinVacation Lease: $5 Adult, $4 child. (otherwise $10!) 
  • See Rate page "Here" for most up-to-date info!
    • (Yes- there is a charge- but it is a community pool.  The fee keeps it from getting crowded, and non-residents attending- keeps it really nice and quiet.  Have to say- it is worth it!- Heated, in a beautiful valley, life guards (priceless if have kids with you),  great weather - and on weekends they have a full obstacle course/ jumping thing going for adults and kids alike.  There is agreat toddler area- water spouts, the works.  Really fun.  (Across street- great restaurants, organic grass fed burger place, mexican food, etc!))

 

  • Pool amenities:
    • Diving Board
    • large adult lap pool- seemless; Very nice!
    • Children's Obstacle set-up during public swim- they love it!
    • Great Toddler/baby area- water feature with spongy surface
    • Life Guards on duty.
    • Child life vests are available at front desk- just ask to use!
    • Warm water temperature!
    • PLUS:
      • Picnic tables, Play structure, Lawn, Basketball courts outside swim area.
      • Grocery, Organic Ice Cream, Grass Fed burgers - all available across the street!

Are Parties or Events allowed at the Marin Vista House?

  • At the Marin Vista House, groups of up to 20 are welcome at the home, on contract.  Max, with personnel, 25 people at the home.
  • Because the Marin Vista House is available year round, and out of respect for the neighbors, all "party" activity must be limited to house allowed numbers.  Extra cars besides the 9 that can fit at the home, would have to be parked down the hill to avoid neighbor stress. 
  • For the 20 that stay, the home offers great views, is spacious, with 2 BBQ's, loads of seating inside and out, tableware up to 20.  :)

Are pets allowed at the house?

  • No pets allowed (due to allergies of other guests that check-in after group).
  • Pets with Service Dog license are allowed.  Extra fee of $240 needed to secure that the home is dander free for later, incoming guests (set up of extra cleaning and steaming required).

Approved Catering needed for the house:

Planning a catered evening, catered picnic for you retreat get-together?

If want to book a approved caterer: Please,

  • Contact caterer to see if you want to work with them. 
    • Caterer's used for the home must be pre-approved for liability reasons as well as put on contract!
    • Below are listed pre-approved caterers who have already been introduced to the home.
       
  • If yes, notify house manager of intended use.
    • Notify Booking Manager of caterer you would like, so that they can be contacted for Liability release and added to contract.
    • Note: $25 fee applies (liability release for group dates need to be collected as well as put on contract).

 

Already Approved Caterers: 

  • A Fork Full of Earth Organic Catering:  

    • A farm-to-table, organic catering using local Bay Area farms as resources; so to connect our clients to the food by highlighting farm fresh, seasonal me

  • Food Glorious Food

    • Specializing in personal home chef services as well as small and large parties, catering services, weddings, anniversaries, corporate events and more!  Food Glorious Food is a offers a winning combination of delicious menus from contemporary to Traditional Cuisine, organic.

  • Dee's Organic Catering
    • Event Catering:  Specializing in weddings, company or private events, bar mitvahs, birthdays ... any event that requires quality food with attention to detail!
    • Weekly To Go Meals  Take that night off from cooking or order in to entertain guests. Dee provides weekly menus for pickup every Friday between 3-6pm. Watch out for her special soul food that has Marin County craving for more!

"Southern Example" for group of 20 delivered to house:  (this is the calssic "Southern Menu" - but many other options available - inquire!)

  • Appetizer:

    • Deviled Potatoes
    • Sausage puffs/ Mushroom puffs
    • Cheese platter
      • Buffet:
        • Green Salad/ Caesar
        • Fresh Fruit
        • Fried Chicken/ Roasted Chicken
        • Macaroni Cheese/ Mashed Potatoes
        • Broccoli
          • Total cost for 20, delivered:  $27.50/each

 

ImportantIf having a caterer at the home:

  • $25.00 standard fee for all catering executed at the house (liability release for group dates need to be collected as well as put on contract).

  • $75.00 fee for bringing own professional Caterer to house (showing of home, liability release for group dates, and coordination issues).

** When booking, please ask for current seasonal menus made specially for the Marin Vista House Retreat.

 

If want to bring your own caterer: Please,

  • Notify Manager of caterer you would like so that they can be contacted/ placed on contract.
  • Note: $75 fee applies due to pre-approval, coordinating, and liability confirmation.
    •  General Liability Policy: needed covering products, property damage, and bodily injury with coverage of at least $500,000.

***Note:  Caterer's used for the home must be pre-approved for liability reasons as well as put on contract!


Can I ship packages to the home ahead of time?

  • Want to ship a package to the home before check-in?  Don't ship to the home directly - instead, ship to the nearby Fed-Ex pick-up location:
    • Just 1.5miles from the house- very close and easy!
    • Fed-Ex print and ship center:
      • 234 Northgate One, San Rafael, Ca. 94903
      • Phone: (415) 491-0343.

 


Marin County Water Quality 2016 report : 

Water is from the beautiful Mt. Tam watershed!


 

Electric Vehicle Needs Charging?

Please do not charge your electric vehicle at the house.

      Because it is a older house and the electrical is being used at capacity,   charging using house electricity causes the circuit breakers to pop bc can't handle the load

Instead:

  • Efficient, fast and convenient locations near the Marin Vista House:
    • Northgate MallSears Garage (3-4 minutes from house- tons to do while car charging!):
      • 2 standard charge plugs 

      • Northgate Drive, San Rafael, Ca. 94903

    • Civic center (3-4 minutes from house - great library and grounds with lake to walk, also kids park):
      • County of Marin - Exhibit Hall
        10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903
        Phone: 888-758-4389
        Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
      • County of Marin - Civic Center
        3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903
        Phone: 888-758-4389
        Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
    • Downtown San Rafael (4-5 minutes from house - fun downtown to stroll!):
      • San Rafael Public Parking  908 5th Ave San Rafael, CA 94901

        • Ports: 2 EV Plug (J1772)s Stations
        • ChargePoint: EV Plug (J1772)

        San Rafael West End Center
        1815 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
        Phone: 888-758-4389
        Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2

        City of San Rafael - C Street Garage
        900 C St, San Rafael, CA 94901
        Phone: 888-758-4389
        Electric charging types: Level 2

        City of San Rafael - 3rd Street Garage
        1116 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901
        Phone: 888-758-4389
        Electric charging types: Level 2

        San Rafael Corporate Center Garage
        775 Lindaro St, San Rafael, CA 94901
        Phone: 888-758-4389 415-721-2222
        Electric charging types: Level 2

        • Target (9 minutes from house):
          • 125 Shoreline Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94901

          • Phone (415) 299-6112

          • ChargePoint - EV Plug (J1772), EV Plug (J1772), EV Plug (J1772), EV Plug (J1772),  Custom Ports 6.1 k
          • Cost:  First 2 hours free, then $2/hour.  (Not available when store is closed)
          • Total of 20 charging stations.

    • Larkspur Ferry Building (for when cruising into the city via the SF Bay - 7minutes from the house)
      • Golden Gate Ferry Terminal
        101 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939
        Phone: 415-925-5571
        Electric charging types: Level 2
  • Other Marin charging locations outside San Rafael (and more coming daily- this list is as of 5/2016):
    • The Club at Harbor Point
      • 475 E Strawberry Dr
      • Mill Valley, CA 94941
      • Phone: 888-758-4389
      • Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
    • Good Earth
      • 720 Center Blvd
      • Fairfax, CA 94930
      • Phone: 888-998-2546
      • Electric charging types: DC Fast
    • Berg Holdings
      • 2330 Marinship Way
      • Sausalito, CA 94965
      • Phone: 888-758-4389
      • Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2
    • BioMarin Pharmaceutical
      • 105 Digital Dr
      • Novato, CA 94949
      • Phone: 888-758-4389
      • Electric charging types: Level 2
    • City of Belvedere - City Hall
      • 450 San Rafael Ave
      • Tiburon, CA 94920
      • Phone: 888-758-4389
      • Electric charging types: Level 1, Level 2

Marin Vista House

email: marinvistahouse@gmail.com

Phone: #(415) 233-6960

Direct via link:  "Contact Us"