Marin Headlands home to be offered for rent by National Park Service
October 13, 2015One of Marin’s newest real estate rentals offers mind-blowing views of the Golden Gate and the opportunity to live in a national park. And it’s not cheap. The landlords, the National Park Service, are asking at least $6,500 a month for the 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom homethat rests on a bluff between Point Bonita and the Golden Gate Bridge. Once used for employees of the U.S. Life Saving Service and built in 1964, it has since been used by park employees who are charged below market rate. When a long-time resident left in 2014, park service officials decided to work on the home — one of three on the bluff — and put it on the open market. Bidding starts Tuesday. “One of our mandates is to keep and maintain these historic buildings,” said Alex Picavet, spokeswoman for the park service, as she stood in the front yard of the home, which overlooks a mass expanse of sea. “The rent on this home helps us do that. This is unique, to open it to the public for rent.” The Golden Gate National Recreation Area has many historic buildings to maintain, but with limited resources from Congress it is looking to be creative in how its finances upkeep and repairs. Offering the home to the public is one way to do that. “We didn’t make a lot changes,” said Katharine Arrow, a park official who helped oversee the project. “But it has been refreshed.” The home maintains its mid-1960s feel. Louvers have been saved, green Heath tiles have been set masterfully into the kitchen and ceiling light shades harken back to a simpler time. Because the home is part of a historic district, many of the elements had to be maintained, including a 50-year old sink in a washroom. “Anything that we did to the house was defined by historic values and was in keeping with preservation,” said Melissa Bleier, realty specialist for the park service.