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Bayside, Private Downstairs Guest Suite

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Last updated: 03/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

San Rafael apartment description

We reside in a unique neighborhood in San Rafael, CA that is almost right on the bay of San Pablo for your morning walks or if you bring your kayak you can walk to the Bay to put out.
You can also see the boat masts from the living room window as you sit back and enjoy the bay view. Our quiet, scenic neighborhood offers an opportunity to relax and kick back after a day of visiting the city of San Francisco or the nearby wine country.
Our close proximity to the town of San Rafael(3 miles) is also easy for you to enjoy the variety of restaurants we have there and attend an amazing concert or view first run movies.

County details: Beautiful Marin County is home to some of the most amazing fresh fruit and vegetables available. There are weekly farmer's markets and in the summer, on Thursday nights, the main street of San Rafael hosts a farmer's market as well as entertainment. The world famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright built his final building in San Rafael. It is home to the county offices. We also have a famous mission that is part of the California Missions Trail which reflects early California history.

We are also near Marin General Hospital as well as Dominican College for those who might have short term jobs at those places as well as Autodesk and Fair Issac.

Weather: The weather in San Rafael is mostly temperate year round except for the winter rains which help our ground water supply. The surrounding hillsides reflect the winter moisture in the Spring when they are covered in lupines as well as the well known mustard flowers. Our rental is so close to the Bay that we get the cool breezes in the summer and more temperate weather in the winter.

Scenery: Because we are located on the Bay of San Pablo, there are times you can see art students with their easels up and painting the incredible views of the bay very near our home. Mount Tam can also be viewed from outside the guest suite and affords many hiking trails and incredible views from many vistas.


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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Non Smoking Only:

    We do not allow smoking at all since it has a tendency to stay in material and will offend others....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    We love kids but this is one of those places where kids might feel a bit cramped and not able to let loose. We prefer non mobile children....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We love animals but there are some who are sensitive to what our beloved pets leave behind....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Spacious, newly redone and clean....moreless

  • Bedroom is the largest room and has a walk-in closet. It is very comfy,clean and spacious. Our queen size bed is very comfortable. Our sheets are 300 plus thread count. The walk-in closet is equipped with wooden hangers and a small chest for personal items. Our ironing board and iron are kept in the closet....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom has tile floors and new sink and toilet. We also have amenities such as a hair dryer and first aid kit as well as shower caps and we will supply anything you have forgotten! For those who need a magnifying mirror, we also have that!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We provide linens, towels, and organic soap in the bathroom. We also provide shampoo and conditioner in a dispenser in the shower. We provide plenty of towels and more are available upon request. We also provide dishes and eating utensils. Our kitchenette is fully supplied for light cooking and snacking. Also sink in the kitchenette has filtered water if desired. ...moreless


  • Books:

    We offer guide books as well as good mystery stories too....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Built in the T.V....moreless

  • Games:

    There are games upon request....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Bring your ipod touch or iphone or ipad. We have an ihome that will play your music....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Television is equipped with built-in DVD player. DVDs are supplied and more are available upon request....moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have an IHOME that has a docking for your IPad or iPhone....moreless

  • Television:

    Has a built in DVD player....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have many dvds and will share upon request. ...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    We are near a small beach that is within walking distance from the rental....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    You can also see Mt Tamalpais our famous hiking and recreation area from our property....moreless

  • Town:

    We are 2.5 miles from the city of San Rafael....moreless

  • Water View:

    Boat masts are visible from the living room which is about 200 meters from the bay....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Communication / Internet

  • Fax


  • Dining:

    Two seats at the counter are for dining in. There are also T.V. trays to assist in dining in the living room....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Not needed as the rental has good cross ventilation and we are near the bay....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Yes we are wified. Directions given upon arrival...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Park under the deck right next to the rental....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    We have Wifi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High tread count linens and down pillows and comforter. Bath towels are ample and kitchen towels are supplied. Extras will be provided upon request....moreless

  • Living Room:

    We do have a small living room that has a love seat and looks out at the boats in the Marina....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking next to rental....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    We have reserved a parking space on the street as well....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    We have an adequate selection of towels and are more than willing to supply more if needed....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    We do provide internet service....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    There is coffee, tea, packets of oatmeal are provided. We also provide staples such as sugar, salt,and pepper....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pots and pans as well as cutlery and other cooking utensils are available....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We have dishes for 4 as well as utensils and glasses and cups and many other items to make you feel at home....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    No stove but does have hot plate, microwave with toaster..There is coffee maker, kettle as well as full service utensils and plates for meals. We also have a Convection Toaster oven....moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave:

    Microwave also has a built-in toaster....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    Small convection oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, tea, sugar, sweetener. Coffee and a nice selection of tea....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    A mini fridge with ice trays....moreless

  • Toaster:

    The toaster is in the microwave and there is also one in the convection toaster oven....moreless


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is seating in our garden on the lawn, under the decking and another bench in the lower garden....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have a Weber at your disposal. Charcoal and starter are also available....moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway To Water


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $80
  • Tax Rate 10%


We usually like a deposit of 1/2 at initial booking and then the remaining amount at check-in. However, if it is only 2 nights, we would like the entire amount a time of booking..We will refund 1/2 if there is ample time between booking and canceling.And if we can fill the booking. Otherwise, we suggest you go to the insurance section of this site to secure your monies.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/27/2015
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2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Peacock Country Club
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
101 and the 580
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Andy's Deli

Car: Necessary

Our quiet, scenic neighborhood feels as if you are in a peaceful, semi rural area. We are close to a boat harbor as well as a small beach where you can launch canoes or kayaks. Our East San Rafael property is also surrounded by open land where you can hike, mountain bike or just enjoy walking around the bay. We are also near historic China Camp and McNears Beach picnicking site. If you want to get some small town feel, we are 2.5 miles away from the downtown area of San Rafael which has a restored, historic mission as well as cute shops and many restaurants. There is also a restored movie theatre that plays a significant role in the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Our property is a jumping off point for visiting the city of San Francisco, the wine counties of Napa and Sonoma, the lovely coastal route from Stinson Beach to Point Reyes and beyond to Bodega Bay. All could be done in day travel.

A wonderful market, Andy's, is within walking distance to our flat.

Other Activities: We have had golfers, kayakers, hikers, sailers, and a myriad or those who enjoy the outdoors. We are very close to the Peacock Gap Country Club which does have day rates as well as McGuinnis Parkway Golf Center for those who just want to hit some balls or play a full round of golf.

Golf: We are near Peacock Gap Country Club and Spa. Normal fees apply. McGuiness Park, which is also a golf course is a bit further up the highway.

Ski: We are 3.5 hours from Truckee and Lake Tahoe ski resort.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1991

About: We came up to Marin County in 1991 and fell in love with its beauty. Both of us have been in the film and television industry and where Paul decided to retire, Elise continued to travel to Los Angeles and work on different film and television projects. We both are semi retired now and love to travel as well as welcome those to our lovely area that are fellow travelers.

Why San Rafael:
This area of our rental is truly unique. It is on the Bay side of a quaint area called 'Chicken Point' - perhaps because there might have been people raising chickens - which is a common happening here!- It is not far from central San Rafael and yet it feels rural enough to enjoy walks up in the hills and around the Bay.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The style of our rental is a bit of New England. We have temperate weather due to the proximity of the Bay and since we are near a little beach, it is easy to put out a kayak or stand up paddle board.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Looking at the rental from where renter would be parking.

    Looking at the rental from where renter would be parking.

  • Night time in our guest suite - looking toward the kitchenette.

    Night time in our guest suite - looking toward the kitchenette.

  • The living room from the entryway area.

    The living room from the entryway area.

  • Bed in afternoon light

    Bed in afternoon light

  • Icon of our area.

    Icon of our area.

  • different view of sitting area in living room.

    different view of sitting area in living room.

  • south facing view of our garden

    south facing view of our garden

  • Path, late morning going down to vegetable garden.

    Path, late morning going down to vegetable garden.

  • Area off of Guest Suite for barbecuing your meal.

    Area off of Guest Suite for barbecuing your meal.

  • Evening on our nearby beach looking out to the Sister Islands.

    Evening on our nearby beach looking out to the Sister Islands.

  • Iconic view of the 'Sisters'

    Iconic view of the 'Sisters'

  • Entrance to your apartment and where you can park your vehicle.

    Entrance to your apartment and where you can park your vehicle.

  • Our kitchenette and seating.

    Our kitchenette and seating.

  • Looking toward the bedroom from entryway of guest suite.

    Looking toward the bedroom from entryway of guest suite.

  • Queen size bed.

    Queen size bed.

  • Looking from the north side to the south side of the bedroom.

    Looking from the north side to the south side of the bedroom.

  • Reading material for our guests and a little sitting area.

    Reading material for our guests and a little sitting area.

  • Walk-in closet in bedroom

    Walk-in closet in bedroom

  • Garden sitting area.

    Garden sitting area.

  • Our beach at sunset!

    Our beach at sunset!

  • View of boat masts from rental property

    View of boat masts from rental property

  • Tide out standing on our nearby beach.

    Tide out standing on our nearby beach.

  • A must visit for our guests!
Walk to the bait shop and meet Keith and his egret!

    A must visit for our guests! Walk to the bait shop and meet Keith and his egret!

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