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Peaceful 1-Bd Garden Apt w/Parking in Gorgeous Central Marin, 30 Min from SF

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Comfortable apt. surrounded by nature, totally private but close to everything

This garden apartment is clean, spacious and extremely private. It is on the bottom floor of our private family home, on two acres of gardens, woodlands and redwood groves. The apartment comfortably sleeps 3 and comes with a queen bed and a twin. It has woodland views from every window, and includes a peaceful outdoor seating area.

The location of this apartment couldn't be more ideal. It is 2 minutes from charming downtown Kentfield, a minute from Sir Francis Drake (a main thoroughfare), 5 minutes from highway 101, 20-25 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, 30 minutes from San Francisco and 40 minutes from wine country. It is in the prettiest part of one of the most beautiful counties in the country - Marin - and close to everything. But here's the kicker: it feels totally removed, at the end of a road, with no traffic noise and total privacy. A secret oasis!

Overall the apartment is pretty basic, maybe a little dated, but spacious and comfortable, and in an incredible location. The kitchen is very 1970's, with solid oak cabinets and tile floors and counters, and fully equipped for cooking. The dining area seats 4, and the living area has a flat screen TV with premium cable package. The LR/ DR/ BR flooring is freshly renovated with wood-look vinyl flooring. The twin bed is in a nook off the living area. The living/ dining area has sliding glass doors that open onto a small patio with grill and seating looking over the woods.The unit has a nice open feel due to the many windows and sliding glass doors and woodland views. The enclosed bedroom has a very good queen bed and another sliding glass door, giving it lots of light. The bathroom is older and is definitely in need of renovating (particularly the shower), but is clean and functional. It features a smallish shower but no tub.

The unit comes with a sweet, friendly cat named Walter. The guest will be responsible for caring for him.


The Garden Apartment is at the bottom of a long flight of rough, rustic steps. It might not be a match for those with mobility issues.

ALSO: This is a ground floor unit in a family home. Guests should expect some muffled noise from footsteps, voices etc. from above. The floor above is carpeted, but it's an historic home and noise does carry. This is not an issue for 99% of our guests but those with extreme noise sensitivity might want to look elsewhere.

More Details

Jenny Israel
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Jenny Israel

I am a native of Marin, and love everything about it! Hiking, beach barbecues on Muir Beach, Mountain Home Theater, burritos in the Mission, Fairfax Scoop, wine tasting in Napa... the list goes on and on.

I love Marin even more as I took a long detour from it. Our three children were born and raised in NYC, and I persuaded the family to move back here just last August. Quite the change, brownstone Brooklyn to nature-filled Marin! We love both but are so happy to have landed here.

I am an architect, an artist, and a stay-at-home Mom. I love yoga, hiking, hanging with the family, reading on the porch, and dinner with friends. My husband Sandy is a professional musician and teacher. We are a relaxed, creative family.

My motto? I guess it would be: 'Don't sweat the small stuff.'

Jenny Israel purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Jenny Israel chose Kentfield

A huge attraction of this property is Marin County itself, one of the most magical places on earth. Marin is famous worldwide for it's astounding natural beauty and the huge amount of land protected for public enjoyment. There are few places on the planet where you can hike, mountain bike, surf, sail, horseback ride and camp on thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, all within an hour of a major city. The variety of fun to be had in the area is unmatched: all the restaurants, museums and shopping of SF, the stunning beauty and outdoorsy lifestyle of Marin, plus wine country just 40 minutes north. Can you tell I love this place?

Kentfield is in central Marin, the sunniest and mildest part of Marin. It is one of a string of charming small towns along the Ross Valley. I grew up one town over, in Ross, and have always loved this area, with it's nearby hikes, schools, bikes paths, restaurants, shops, and small-town feel.

What makes this apartment unique

Beautiful, serene property; total privacy, including private entry; designated parking space; incredible location convenient to everything.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jennifer is a friendly host that provides a warm welcome to the well-decorated apartment in her beautiful home. We enjoyed the secluded location of the property that was still so convenient for quick travel by car to many destinations. The apartment was very comfortable for 3 guests with new linens, towels, and furnishings and a full kitchen and dining area for meals. My sons and I enjoyed the relaxing sylvan view of the mature landscaping and the color and aroma of the well-maintained garden entrance with jasmine and roses. Overall, a very pleasant visit for the week that we were sorry to see come to an end.
May 2014
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Kentfield Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No loud music or TV after 10 pm
  • Unit comes with one parking space. No parking additional cars on the property, even for a short time. Fines apply.
  • Renters agree to sort garbage carefully . Renters that leave garbage unsorted or badly sorted will incur a fine. (Best effort is fine)
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Older bathroom, needs updating. Small shower, no tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen bed in bedroom. Twin bed in nook next to living room.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The unit comes with a sweet, friendly indoor cat named Walter. Guests will be responsible for caring for him. Mid-stay housekeeping available at an extra charge of $80 per cleaning. Please note that this unit is on the ground floor of our family home. Guests should expect to hear some footstep/ voice noise from above. Please also note that there are 20+ rustic, outdoor steps down to the Garden Apartment. This may make the unit unsuitable for those with mobility issues.


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Peaceful 1-Bd Garden Apt w/Parking in Gorgeous Central Marin, 30 Min from SF
average rating of 4.05 based on 21 reviews

Great alternative to the city!

  • 5 of 5

I love staying north of the bridge when visiting San Francisco. It combines the best of an easy trip into the city, with a chance to explore other favorites like Sausalito, Muir Woods and Pt. Reyes seashore. This darling apartment really worked out great! Everything my family of 3 needed in a beautiful setting. Helpful directions to the property, how to park, and use the tv/wifi inside. Would definitely stay here again. Only caveat to potential guests is the path to access the unit is on a partial gravel path, and then down a set of rustic stairs. FYI if you have heavy luggage or mobility issues. The property grounds are simply beautiful!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect and close to the quaint business district of San Anselmo

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this very much. Truly private, quiet, and big enough to visit with old friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, peaceful, private

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful time, great place! Near Mt Tam, Muir Woods, Fairfax and San Rafael. Hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

When we arrived on a Sunday, it was quite tranquil - as expected. However, the noise from the construction, neighbors and dogs from below was rather unpleasant. It's a matter of our timing, not faulting the vbro owners. Inside could use a little tlc (maybe a new cleaning crew?). But for the price, a nice place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Impressive property in the heart of Marin county

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed here often enough to feel like I have a second home in Marin, and that the owners are like friends who could not be more helpful, accommodating or nicer.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place. Just be prepared for overhead noise.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place - great location, very clean, and peaceful with all amenities. The description of the property was accurate, and we appreciated that it was disclosed. With that being said, we still didn't like being woken up a couple nights around midnight due to running (not just walking) above us. We'd still like to come again because of all the other positives. Great hosts.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Miles
Wipeour Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
2.3 Miles
Larkspur - SF Ferry
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Ambrosia Pizza, Pasta and Wine
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Bear Valley Ski Resort, Bear Valley
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: recommended

Property is centrally located in the charming town of Kentfield, in gorgeous Marin County. Convenient to restaurants and shops, 30 min from San Francisco and 40 min from wine country. The house is walking distance from Kentfield town center, with Half-Day Cafe and Woodland Market. We are two minutes from bike paths and a 10 min drive to gorgeous hiking trails.

So much to do here! Check out the restaurants, museums and shopping in SF, only a half-hour drive away. Rent mountain bikes in the next town and explore Marin the high-adreneline way! Take an all day hike on Mount Tamalpias or Point Reyes, through redwood groves and chaparral and huge ocean vistas. See the sea lions, red-tailed hawks, maybe a bobcat if you get lucky! Kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the Bay. Stroll to downtown Kentfield and have one of the best brunches ever at Half-Day Cafe. Take leisurely walk in the lovely hills behind Kentfield. Take a wine-country tour and ship some of your favorites home. Grab dinner and a show at nearby Terrapin Crossroads, and get your Dead on. Or have an elegant dinner at Insalatas, 10 min away. Truly, this property, in this part of Marin County, is just wonderful.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

This unit comes with a friendly indoor-only resident cat named Walter. Guests will be responsible for caring for him, and agree to be VERY VERY CAREFUL not to let him out.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Guests should note that this is a ground floor unit in a family house. As such, some footstep noise from above is to be expected.

Please also note that there is a long set of rustic outdoor steps down to the apartment. This may make the unit unsuitable for those with mobility issues.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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