The Elm Avenue Residence

mill valley, marin county
4 bedroom - 4 bath
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$1,770 per night (USD)
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Perks for the Parents

This beautiful family home in Mill Valley, California comes with stylish kids bedrooms, stunning new interiors and an additional out-house for extra guests. It sleeps 10. This home was thoughtfully designed by the preeminent local architect, Barbara Chambers. The owners have carefully renovated the property with meticulous attention to detail, creating a stylish yet practical environment for families. Parents traveling with teens, grandparents or a nanny will love the out-house, which has its own kitchenette and bathroom so that everyone can have their own privacy. Spend your days hiking in the hills, exploring the family-friendly town of Mill Valley or visiting the world-class wineries and vineyards of Northern California - this is the perfect spot for a family getaway.

Why Kids Love it

This welcoming home is great for kids of all ages. It’s safe enough for little ones but the neighborhood is perfect for older kids too. Kids over 3 will love the detached playhouse behind the property, and the out-house offers plenty of space away from parents to play with an endless supply of toys, puzzles, books, legos, magnatiles and doll/baby accessories (all for kids aged 3-7). Older teens may also love the out-house for its privacy and can use this space as their own bedroom. The children’s bedrooms are beautifully designed with built-in closets and cabinets all stocked with more toys and books. And don't miss a trip to the beach - the coast is just half an hour away.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 7 nights, although the hosts would welcome longer stays and offer discounts for a month long stay over the summer. The hosts' housekeeper will come 2x/week for $200/week. Safety notes: there are stairs up to the property but you will most likely use the side entrance through the mud room. The garage has been converted into a gym with Pilates barrel, rowing machine, squat rack and more. The hosts also have 1 single and 1 double airbed available for additional guests. Parking is available for 1 car in the driveway and 2 on the street in front of the house. Car rental is recommended although not strictly essential.

About the Location

The house is located in Sycamore Park, in Mill Valley, California. This area is a dream for kids and parents alike, as it is walking distance from all the charming offerings in Mill Valley including a wide choice of popular eateries and local stores. There are several playgrounds and sports courts for different ages a short walk away and the house is across the street from the local elementary school with access to fields and play structures. It is also walking distance to an incredible network of hiking and biking trails (try Dipsea Trail Head or the Octopus Trail). Sausalito (10 minutes’ drive) is a great day out for the family, as are the beaches of the West Coast (Muir Beach is 20 minutes’ drive). San Francisco city (for the international airport) is around 50 mins away.

Accommodation Details

This residence has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, set over 2 floors. Guests can enter through the mudroom or the front door. Downstairs there are 2 living spaces, 2 kids bedrooms (1 with a set of bunk beds; the other with a single bed), 1 full bathroom, 1 half bathroom, the mudroom, living room, dining area and kitchen. There are dramatically high ceilings throughout with oversized windows. Upstairs is the primary bedroom (with a kingsize bed) and bathroom. The back living room opens to the outdoor space which includes an area for the kids to play on a hard surface and a dining area, as well as the wild buffalo grass beyond. In the back corner is a playhouse dedicated for kids. There is also a small guest house that has a kitchenette, bathroom and a double Murphy bed - perfect for a nanny, visitors or as an additional play area for kids.

Style Notes

Modern farmhouse. This beautifully-designed home has a Scandinavian, soft modern aesthetic. This home has been recently renovated by the hosts, who have chosen white oak floors, natural fiber rugs, oversized windows and stunning Holland and Sherry wall finishes. The furniture is predominantly from Ligne Roset, Roche Bobois, Ethnicraft and Restoration Hardware, along with lots of finds from the hosts’ travels around the world. The owners have a meticulous eye for detail coupled with a love of home improvement, creating a welcoming yet stylish home from home. We love the striking modern fireplace, the inviting window bench in the kitchen and the unique wooden sculpted light fixture in the living room. **Please note, at present the listing images are from the sales listing, please contact us for photos of current decor or to arrange a Facetime until photos are updated.**

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 sofa bed (double)
1 bunk bed
1 twin / single
1 double air bed
Mika S.
Member since July 08, 2018
My family and I moved to Mill Valley four years ago. We love using Kid & Coe for our own traveling so decided to list our house for the times we are out of town (particularly in the hopes of doing a home exchange over the summer and Christmas holidays). Marin is a fairytale place for young families and we hope you will enjoy it, as well as our home, as much as we do!

Mill Valley, Marin County

At the base of Mount Tam

Voted as one of the top 10 small towns in America to live in, Mill Valley, four miles north of San Francisco, has everything to offer a family, from superb kid-friendly beaches within a five-minute drive to hikes around Mount Tamalpais, family-friendly restaurants and cafés, and a lovely downtown with parks, playgrounds and interesting independent stores. Don’t miss migrating the Californian grey whales just off the coast from December to May each year.