ONE WEEK, NO HEAT, 40 DEGREES OUTSIDE. Day of our check-in, Michael (out of town & heading for Europe) alerted us to a problem with the furnace which was awaiting a part to be fixed the following day. Meanwhile, he told us to turn on a stove burner, which he said warms the house just as quickly. (Tip: Don’t do this. Experts warn this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.) He also offered to pay for firewood for the fireplace. When we did both fireplace & burner on that first night, the living area warmed nicely, but the bedrooms were at 60 DEGREES ALL NIGHT. We slept in our clothes & socks under lots of covers. We didn’t have to be there the following day when the repairman came from 2- 4 pm. When we returned late that night, there was no heat & a receipt from the repairman saying the HEATER COULD NOT BE FIXED, “You need a new Furnace.” When I texted Michael to be sure he knew this (I realize now it was probably the middle of the night wherever he was), he texted me to “buy a sh**pile of firewood” and he’d call in the morning. I asked did he mean he’d call the repairman in the morning? His response was, “Haha, turn on the stove. My son and I are commies call him” & left his own phone number from which he was texting me. After this disturbing text, I was done with talking to our host. And he never called or texted me again. Michael had previously texted me the phone number for a neighbor to contact if we had any problems; but it didn’t make sense to call the neighbor if Michael wouldn’t authorize the new furnace.
Previously, Michael spoke of POTENTIAL ROOF LEAKING PROBLEMS. We had only one rainy day and no leaking. It seems to me that Michael has an AGING HOUSE which may bring trouble upon future guests.
Michael offered access to bicycles & washer/dryer in the garage & had a bottle of wine waiting for us. He advised we use the Larkspur Ferry which had better rates & schedules to SF. He advised us the Nuggett Grocery store was good.
There was a car left in the driveway, but we still had room to squeeze in 2 cars. Couldn’t get the grill to work. We got the Roku to work on the TV, & also got some network TV. The Wifi is a little variable, but fine - important to the working people in our crowd. The house is in a great location with a beautiful view. We were able to make several delicious meals using the kitchen & dining area, although cupboards are all full & we had to pile our groceries on the counter. We hiked the Dipsea Trail from Mill Valley, walked the bay from Blackie’s Pasture to Tiburon for lunch at Sam’s Anchor Café, & spent a day in San Francisco –otherwise a good stay.