Mill Valley, California (Golden Gate bridge, scenic coastal highway 1, beaches, hiking/biking/jogging trails).
Mill Valley, California close to everything - the city, the Golden Gate bridge, the breathtaking views of the the coastline, beaches and the abundance of nature trails, not to mention only a few hours drive from Napa Valley wine country.
You will be taking care of a my small house 1700sqft with a low maintenance yard plus of course my furry children - two dogs and a cat. Most importantly is to make sure there's no fire, flooding or break-ins and my pets are safe and well taken care of. Taking care of my 3 pets can sometimes be a handful. If you have ever taken care of dogs and cats you will know what I mean. The pet sitting requires a little more work the the house care. Beside the feedings, the dogs will require walking on the trails. You must be fit to walk them twice a day. If you want the company of pets you will have it here....
I am looking for a very responsible, dependable, clean, quiet, NO partying, mature single individual to care for my house and pets.
Highly prefer someone who can be at home most of the time on a daily basis, i.e. work from home. Must not be a smoker of any kind, no recreational drugs use or excessive use of alcohol. For insurance reasons, you must NOT bring your guests (friends, family, pets etc) inside the house or into the backyard. + More info
Our Home & Location
Mill Valley is very close to San Fransisco and beaches and the gateway to scenic coastal Highway 1. Tourist from all of the world travel through here. It's a vacation spot. Endless hiking/biking trails are just a short walk or drive away. If you jog, this is the place to do it. The weather is never too hot or too cold. We're also at the base of Mount Tamalpais where from the top you can have 360 degrees of the entire area, San Fransisco, Pacific ocean to the Sierra mountain range. Sunrise and sunset views from any hill top are breathtaking. Healthy grocery store (Good Earth), Walgreens, Starbucks are just a 2 minutes walk from front door. Bus stop also at a walking distance from the house.
The house is located in a court in a flat neighborhood of Mill Valley (some neighborhoods are in the hills nestled amongst windy roads). Thus the location of the house makes it easy and quick to get to the stores or onto the freeway. The house is small and simple only 1700 sqft, single story, 1 car garage. 4 bedrooms (1 large master bedroom with full bathroom), 2nd full bathroom, lots of natural lighting through big windows and sky lights. Indoor laundry room with washer and dryer. Basic galley kitchen. Basic furnishings. 65 inch TV with cable/Netflix. Wifi. Open front yard and fenced big backyard with many fruit trees. Yard plants are all on a drip system.
Responsibilities & Pets
Walking dogs twice a day, morning and evening for at least 30-45minutes, they would enjoy being out longer if you can handle it. Walks should be on quiet less frequented hiking trails where they can be off leash most of the time. Make sure they behave and show manners towards dogs and people during their walks. They do no need to meet other dogs for play dates.
You must be the alpha in the pack. I have trained them to behave during their walks. You must not be afraid to show them who is the boss.
They are on a raw meat diet twice a day, morning and evening. They would love to sleep with you on the bed but not required. Pick up their poop in the yard....
The cat prefers to stay outside but comes in to eat and get you attention. She comes through a cat door which is never to be closed. The cat care is easy. Clean the litter box.
All my plants, which a majority are fruit trees, some bamboo, some Japanese maple trees, are growing in pots and being watered by a drip system. A timer will be set, but you will be responsible to turn it off when it rains and turn it back on. Sometimes the dogs will dislodge the drips from the plants. Make sure all the plants still have their drips. There is really not a "lawn", but a mix of grass and weeds that don't need to be watered. Although it does need to be mowed occasionally to keep it short and clean looking. A gas mower will be provided.
House cleaner will be provided every other week for basic cleaning of bathrooms, kitchen, floors, vacuuming, dusting. Make sure the dogs do not get in their way while they clean. You must be at home while they are cleaning.
The basics: gather mail, keep house safe from theft or fire.
VERY VERY IMPORTANT RULE: Due to insurance reasons, you cannot have visitors (friends, family, etc) come inside the home or in the backyard during your stay. An agreement form will be signed. Of course police, fire personnel, emergency type service personnel will be allowed. + More info