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Sunny San Rafael 2 Bed 2 Bath Flat in Historic Gerstle Park

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

This beautiful house, located on a quiet, tree lined street close to downtown San Rafael, is available for both short term (two night minimum) or long term (month to month) rental. Perfect for families touring Northern California, or those needing a base while doing business in the Bay Area or seeking more permanent housing. Centrally located near the Hwy 101 corridor, the house provides easy access to Bay Area destinations: half hour drive to Sonoma and Napa Wine Country, San Francisco, East Bay and coastal beaches… 15 minute drive to spectacular Mt. Tam hiking and biking trails… 3-4 hours to Lake Tahoe skiing and water sports. Lots of great shops and restaurants are just a few blocks away.

Fred Warnecke
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Fred!

Just a short note to thank you for providing us with shelter the last few days. We loved the neighborhood and found the home quite suitable for our needs. I would like to let you know that the water tap in the master BR dribbles constantly and should be attended to. Other than that, we found everything in good shape and the kitchen very nice, even tho we never did use the kitchen for cooking. We would gladly recommend your rental to anyone.

Best regards,

Fred & Kitty Meyer
Jul 2013
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Picnic Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 bathrooms , a larger one off dining room w shower, toilet sink and linen closet; second smaller one off master bedroom with bath, sink and toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 2 bedrooms, (2) queen size beds (1) roll away bed (1), large sofa
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Light filled rooms, 10' tall ceilings, newly remodeled kitchen w granite counters and small computer work/desk space, small garden area w sitting area, wood floors with area rugs, large shower and bath tub, laundry room in basement. Conveniently located walking distance to Downtown stores and restaurants, parks and open space. Located close to Highway 101; south to San Francisco and north to Sonoma and Napa Wine country, and Bay Bridge to Oakland and East Bay destinations; or head to West Marin Open space trails and coastal beaches and Towns. For massage service, contact Jen Winter 415-302-1313.


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(33 traveler reviews)

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Sunny San Rafael 2 Bed 2 Bath Flat in Historic Gerstle Park
average rating of 4.4848485 based on 36 reviews

Nice, quiet and clean rental

  • 4 of 5

This vacation rental met all of our needs! It was spacious, clean, well stocked with misc items we didn't think to bring. The bed in the room with the bathroom was super comfortable and the linens were crisp and clean. I was surprised how quiet it was considering proximity of neighbors--no loud noise, barking dogs, etc--very quiet neighborhood. Tenants below nice and welcoming. Although both the front and backyard areas were slightly overgrown, it was peaceful and relaxing--i loved the front porch and the cute little sitting area in the back. I would consider staying here again in the future--my family and I really felt at home.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

The property was a great location for visiting San Francisco and surrounding sites. Very clean. Beds were very comfortable. Owner gave great information for local needs. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, good location, etc.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This house is spacious and in a perfect location for all sorts of things.

  • 4 of 5

We were here for a month. The house is in a great location for cycling, walking into downtown San Rafael, and taking transportation north or south. There were some problems, but Fred was very easy to deal with and willing to take care of them.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, lovely home, friendly neighbors!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Fred's place while preparing for my sister's wedding. The owner was clear and prompt when replying to questions prior to arrival. The house is definitely a home-which is what you hope for when booking a VRBO. It was very clean and bright and had every thing you could need for the stay. Fred left helpful instructions and recommendations to get around the neighborhood. We'd stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and well located

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Comfortable apartment. We enjoyed being able to walk a few blocks to everything we needed. It was as described. We'd recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Samuel P Taylor State Park

This unit is in central San Rafael, Marin County, 30 mins to SF, 45 mins to Sonoma and Napa counties (wine country), 40 mins to coastal beaches (Stinson, Bolinas, and many more), 15 mins to Mt. Tamalpias (biking, hiking) and 3-4 hours to Lake Tahoe (water sports, skiing).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100

I ask for a $200 deposit fee thru paypal to hold the reservation. The deposit goes toward the balance due. The balance is due once you arrive and occupy the house. The balance due is also sent thru paypal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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