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Cozy Stay by the Bay!

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

1 BEDROOM / 1 BATHROOM close to the bay and water and mountain views.

Our first floor guest suite is approximately 500 square feet with a large bedroom and newly redone bathroom. The bathroom has a shower and is equipped with all of the necessary supplies that travelers need.We supply a hair dryer, organic shampoo and conditioner and soap.The bedroom has a walk in closet.There is a sitting room off of the bedroom that also encompasses a kitchenette that is fully supplied with a small fridge, hotplate, microwave and toaster oven.As well as a convection oven.
There is a coffee maker and hot water maker for tea or cocoa.There are staples such as spices, sugar, salt and pepper as well as coffee and filters and a good assortment of teas
We have an ironing board and iron in the closet and in the bedroom we have a television with a supply of dvds. More upon request.
Outside, we have a barbecue for your use and a lovely fountain if you so choose to have it on. Our garden is for you to enjoy.
Since we live near to the areas of Glenwood, Loch Lomand, and Peacock Gap, we have hosted many family members that are visiting their children and grandchildren. They enjoy the proximity to their family members and to these neighborhoods but yet return and recuperate from all the family gatherings.A plus for us is the many returning guests. We always look forward to seeing our guests again and again. We also like to think of our rental as a quiet get away for couples as well.
If you enjoy the wine country we are within an hour away and also if the city is a draw, we are less than an hour away.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

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

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We prefer adults over 21....moreless

  • 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. If you have a pack n play then we can accept little ones....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Low Allergen Environment

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 have a high 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. Lights are over the bed. There is also a television in the bedroom and an assortment of DVDs....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom has tile floors and new sink and toilet and shower door. 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! We supply the towels as well as the soap and shampoo and conditioner. All are organic and from the organic market nearby....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:

    We have cable for television as well as internet....moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have an IHOME that has a docking for your IPad or iPhone as well as an alarm....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
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beach:

    We are walking distance to a small beach. You can bring a book down there or if you have a kayak, you can put out there as well....moreless

  • Downtown:

    We are a short 2.5 miles from Downtown San Rafael, where there are many restaurants, coffee shops and music venues to enjoy....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mt. Tamalpais is within view of our property. It is our favorite spot for hiking and mountain biking....moreless

  • Town:

    San Rafael is the seat of government in Marin County and has an historic mission as well. There is a movie theater and wonderful wine bars and restaurants. There is a book store and live music venues...moreless

  • Water View:

    So close to San Pablo Bay and Loch Lomand Yacht Harbor! Literally short blocks away....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • 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:

    Our deck provides cover for parking....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    We have 2 space heaters as well as a vent from forced air heating that heats the bedroom....moreless

  • 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:

    We provide parking right next to the rental. You couldn't get any closer....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    We also have parking 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. Vacationers should make their own meals....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    We have a drip coffee maker as well as filters for it. We also have coffee filters for single cups of coffee as well....moreless

  • 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:

    Included in the fridge....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    We do not have a stove but we do have a 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 and a full selection of spices....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
  • Bicycles:

    WE do have bikes to use as well....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Our garden is for our renters. We have ample seating in our garden for quiet enjoyment....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

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

  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway To Water

Building Type

  • House


from 65 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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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. ALSO,YOU CAN CONTACT US FOR PAYMENT PLAN DIRECTLY. (1-415-459-5456)

Manager's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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36 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco International and OaklandAirport
3.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Terrapin Crossroads and New Georges.
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
The Larkspur Landing Ferry is a 21 minute drive .
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Peacock Country Club
22 Miles
Nearest Train
Emeryville train.
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
101 and the 580
0.01 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Andy's Deli

Car: Necessary

What sets us apart from other vacation rentals in San Rafael is our quiet, scenic neighborhood that is close to the bay.It feels as if it is a blend of East Coast Maine with West Coast weather. It is 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. Also nearby is Dominican College that has hosted many prominent speakers, writers, politicians and actors.

Besides all of these highlights, we are literally walking distance from Andy's Market, an upscale full service market with an incredible deli and a finely curated wine selection.

Our property is a midway 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 can be done in one day travel.

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 golf balls or play a full round of golf.

Golf: We are near Peacock Gap Country Club and 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.

Stand up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking is offered at 101 Surf Sports which is about a mile away from us. They even have lessons and you can rent from them as well.

Hiking on Mount Tam is a wonderful refreshing way to rejuvenate. There are easy, moderate and strenuous hikes depending on your preference and ability. You can also go hiking right outside of our rental. We have an open space area a few blocks from us and you can enjoy a peaceful morning walk. Our Sunday Farmers Market is really a treat and fresh vegetables and fruit are abundant.


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 as a studio teacher. She has worked on some well known projects such as Full House, and many movies as well. We both are semi retired now and love to travel as well as welcome fellow travelers to our lovely area . Elise is a teacher in the film industry and Paul was an assistant director. He is now a writer and has written a novel called Night Fear. It can be found on Amazon! He is writing his second novel which is a sequel to Night Fear. There are 2 more on the horizon. Our alma maters our UCLA and Cal Berkeley!

Why San Rafael, CA, USA:
This neighborhood where our rental exists 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 architecture of our surrounding area is a mix of different styles. No cookie cutter look here. It reminds me of Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles, an area where I grew up and a mix of East Coast Maine. People here are very supportive and helpful and we find that this did not exist in larger towns and cities.

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 to the Bay and since we are near a little beach, it is easy to put out a kayak or stand up paddle board. Also our neighbors are what makes the area wonderful - everyone loves where we live!!

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • "Welcome"


  • Looking into the rental unit from the parking space.

    Looking into the rental unit from the parking space.

  • kitchenette


  • Night time in our guest suite - looking toward the 

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

  • Looking toward the bedroom with natural light.
guest suite.

    Looking toward the bedroom with natural light. guest suite.

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

    Reading material for our guests and a little sitting area.Natural light.

  • Looking into the bathroom from bedroom. Shower on the right.

    Looking into the bathroom from bedroom. Shower on the right.

  • Garden sitting area.

    Garden sitting area.

  • This is our wetlands to the south of our rental property. A great walk to be had

    This is our wetlands to the south of our rental property. A great walk to be had

  • Our beach which you can walk to on a moody day.

    Our beach which you can walk to on a moody day.

  • Area off of Guest Suite for barbecuing your meal where you can hear the fountain

    Area off of Guest Suite for barbecuing your meal where you can hear the fountain

  • The kitchenette with sink;coffee maker;microwave;fridge;

    The kitchenette with sink;coffee maker;microwave;fridge; oven/toaster.

  • Photo of sitting area with lamp on.

    Photo of sitting area with lamp on.

  • Bed in afternoon light

    Bed in afternoon light

  • Walk-in closet in bedroom.
Small 2 drawer chest to the left out of view.

    Walk-in closet in bedroom. Small 2 drawer chest to the left out of view.

  • From bathroom looking into bedroom.

    From bathroom looking into bedroom.

  • Path, late morning going down to vegetable garden.

    Path, late morning going down to vegetable garden.

  • Andy's deli counter where you can get lovely prepared food for your stay here.

    Andy's deli counter where you can get lovely prepared food for your stay here.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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