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Bayside, Private Downstairs Guest Suite

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Last updated: 07/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.

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

          • Pets Not Allowed:

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

          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

              • Video Library:

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

              • Stereo:

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

              • Games:

                There are games upon request....moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Built in the T.V....moreless

              • Music Library:

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

              • Television:

                Has a built in DVD player....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

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

              • Radio


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


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

              Leisure Activities

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

              local services and businesses

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

              Location Type

              • Water View:

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

              • Beach:

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

              • Town:

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

              • Mountain View:

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

              sports and adventure activities

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

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Communication / Internet

                      • Fax


                      • Dining Area
                      • 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

                      • Seating for 2 people

                      forms of payment

                          • Accept Credit Card


                          • Parking:

                            Parking next to rental....moreless

                          • Internet:

                            We have Wifi....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

                          • Towels Provided:

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

                          • Parking Off Street:

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

                          • Broadband Access:

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

                          • Covered Parking:

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

                          • Heating
                          • 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

                          • Activities Guide
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Filtered Water
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Local Activities Guide
                          • Local Maps
                          • Paper Towels
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Shampoo
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Parking On Street
                          • Wireless Internet:

                            We do provide internet service....moreless

                          • Iron & Board
                          • Air Conditioning:

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

                          • Catering Available:

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

                          • 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

                          • Cooking Utensils:

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

                          • Toaster:

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

                          • Pantry Items:

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

                          • Oven:

                            Small convection oven....moreless

                          • Refrigerator:

                            A mini fridge with ice trays....moreless

                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Mini Refrigerator
                          • Freezer
                          • Microwave:

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

                          • Kitchenette


                          • Small Cooler
                          • Beach Chairs
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Walkway To Water
                          • 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

                          Payment Type

                          • Discover
                          • Mastercard
                          • Visa


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                          My Standard Rate
                          2 night min stay

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Cleaning Fee $75
                          • 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. Otherwise, we suggest you go to the insurance section of this site to secure your monies.

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                          Last updated: 07/22/2014
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                          2.5 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          101 and the 580
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Peacock Country Club
                          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: french, italian, spanish, english

                          Guestbook comments from the property manager

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                          • Welcome!


                          • 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.

                          • livingroom


                          • 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

                          • Entrance to your apartment!

                            Entrance to your apartment!

                          • Reading material for our guests.

                            Reading material for our guests.

                          • Looking toward the bedroom from entryway of guest suite.

                            Looking toward the bedroom from entryway of guest suite.

                          • Queen size bed

                            Queen size bed

                          • view of window in bedroom

                            view of window in bedroom

                          • Reading material for our guests.

                            Reading material for our guests.

                          • 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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                          This listing was first published here in 2008.

                          Date last modified - Monday, June 30, 2014

                          $110 per night (USD)

                          1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 2

                          View calendar: Updated 07/22/14
                          Minimum stay: 2 nights
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