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Fabulous Hilltop Views in Central Location!

Sleeps3
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Get out of the fog and into the sun. Enjoy the year-round mild climate and central location of San Rafael, with effortless access to San Francisco to the south (thirty minutes across the world famous Golden Gate Bridge), the spectacular wine country of Napa, Sonoma, and Alexander Valleys (forty minutes), and Berkeley (thirty minutes).

Easy access in and out of San Francisco by ferry, bus or car. Enjoy a full day in 'The City' and recharge your batteries (with a good night sleep and a soak in the hot tub) for a day of wine tasting in the Napa Valley.

Our home is located in a quiet, upscale neighborhood. 18 steps lead to this attached in-law unit, which features many amenities and unique privacy. Another 12 steps to a semi-private swimming pool, hot tub, and deck, featuring nearly three-hundred-sixty-degree views of the Bay and Mt. Tamalpais. Less than fifty yards away is a hiking trail in a eucalyptus forest, with views of San Francisco in the distance.

Marin County offers beaches, golf, hiking, and biking. (Mountain biking was 'invented' on Mt. Tam.) Local scenery includes breathtaking vistas of Mount Tam, and the ancient redwood forests of Muir Woods, sightseeing in Sausalito and Tiburon, and much more. It features restaurants to fit every budget and culinary taste, as well as, excellent theatre, cinema, and shopping.

San Rafael, home of the 2nd most northern and oldest Catholic mission (founded 1817), also features a civic center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a refurbished art deco theater in a revitalized downtown.

Your genial and knowledgeable host and hostess will help with plans (if requested) to make your vacation memorable.

A perfect base from which to savor the best of Northern California!

Keywords: Studio

More Details

Owner
Mark and Judi
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi to all potential rentors. We're the home owners and we would be delighted to have you stay with us. San Rafael is one of the best locations in the Bay Area from both a weather and accessibility to both wine country and San Francisco. We can help you plan your visit to get the most enjoyment possible. Our home is on a hill in a quiet neighborhood with good privacy and fabulous views. The rental is a large studio with a full kitchen and bath. Feel free to ask us any questions.

We hope to see you soon!
Sep 2004
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Amenities

San Rafael Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub with shower.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Hot Tub (Semi-private), Pool (Semi-private), Both Queen and Double Beds, Full Bath with Shower and Tub, High Speed Wi-Fi and cable Internet, HD Cable TV (40"), No Pets, No Smoking.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.95 based on 41 reviews
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Wonderful stay in San Rafael

  • 5 of 5

We spent 16 days in this comfortable, clean and full stocked studio wich is carefully decorated. In the kitchen you find all that you need for cooking or baking. The area is quite there - good for relaxing and enjoying the view from the deck outside with a great view or swiming in the pool.

Mark and Judy was very kindly and helpful to us. Using their washing machine and the dryer was no problem. Judy baked a very good tasting pumpkin bread for us...yammi.

We started for a few trips from here...Yosemite is not so far from here and to San Francisco we took the ferry. The parking lot at the ferry terminal plus ferry is not cheaper than a parking lot in the city near the piers but easier and no stress and more eventful.

We recommend this studio. Thanks to Mark and Judy for their hospitality.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hilltop Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our little family enjoyed this studio immensely. Waking up to stunning sunrises over the hills and enjoying quiet beauty by the hot tub at night. The room is a very good size with comfortable beds and just the right amount of space to be cozy but not cramped. Our hosts were available to us when we needed but never seen when we didn’t. It’s not an easy place to find but winding our way up the hill each time offered some fun historic house watching. Kitchen is nicely stocked and the water is wonderfully hot in the shower. What else do you need?!?

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superbe endroit et très belle location

  • 4 of 5

Nous sommes restés 3 jours chez Mark et Judy. La location est très agréable et très bien équipée. Piscine et terrasse permettent de se détendre. Merci Mark pour le jacuzzi. Je recommande fortement

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup.
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Excellent location at an unbelievable price

  • 5 of 5

I recently had the pleasure of staying in Mark and Judi's guest suite for 4 nights and I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant experience! The suite is clean, bright, and comfortable plus fully-stocked with everything you could need to cook, clean, or unwind. And there's no better place to unwind than on the deck, which in addition to a pool and hot tub, offers a breathtaking view of the valley below. Should you need anything, or have any questions on nearby attractions, Mark and Judi are fantastic hosts and are happy to assist in any way they can. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay with Mark and Judi. Everything you need for your stay. Quite, comfortable and great views! Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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MaDukes

  • 4 of 5

This was just what we were looking for. A nice apartment with a full kitchen to stay in. Mark and Judi were very helpful with any questions about the area and where and what to do. We had privacy but they were there if we need something. Our only wish was for a place with a king size bed, this is very hard to find but we made too and it worked out. Also, this was not an issue for us, but there are many stairs to get in and out of the apartment and down to to the pool area some people might have a problem with that. On that note there is a beautiful trail right up the road, we spent many hours there walking the numerous trails and enjoying the views.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Point Reyes National Seashore
"Great for hikes and "getting away from it all"."
Muir Woods National Monument
"Go during the week. Parking on weekends is tough. But they have a shuttle from the parking l..."
Mount Tamalpais
"Great for hikes and mountain biking. We've got several trail books available. "
Fish Restaurant
"Great sustainable seafood restaurant. Cash only. fun to eat outside if it's not too cold. "
Sol Food
"In downtown San Rafael. Always a crowd. No alcohol served. Great food at reasonable prices. "
Angel Island State Park
"For a fun day, take the ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island. Rent a bike or hike the trails. ..."
China Camp State Park
"Good for mountain biking and hiking. "
The Marine Mammal Center
"this has a good tour (check the website to confirm times) that works for kids and adults. Th..."
Taqueria San Jose
"Very casual and authentic taco/burrito restaurant. no frills, but good food. "
Citrus & Spice -- CLOSED
"Good Thai food. We like the pumpkin curry. "
Sunday Marin Farmers Market
"Great place to visit. Also on Thursday mornings. Plenty of fresh (mostly organic) fruits, ve..."
Crepevine
"Good food and plenty of it. "
Trader Joe's
"A great store with lots of organic and international foods and wines. A fun place to explore. "
Napoli
"Family pasta and pizza restaurant. Always good and friendly folks. "
Golden Gate Overlook
"This is the classic viewpoint for the GG Bridge. Go south on Highway 101, take the last exit..."
In-N-Out Burger
"This place has a great reputation. The burgers are really good. But we don't like the fries ..."
Sushi Ran
"Probably the best sushi you'll find. But not cheap. "
Rustic Bakery
"Great bakery! I love the chocolate croissants. But all the baked goods are terrific. "
Marin Country Mart
"They are doing some fun things here to bring in people. they have food trucks on Sunday morn..."
Alcatraz Cruises
Alcatraz Island
"The tour of Alcatraz is really great. You tour the jail and facilities with the aid of a gua..."
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Larkspur
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
101
Car: necessary

Biking (mountain biking was 'invented' on Mt. Tam). Many hiking, biking/hiking trails within 100 feet of the unit.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $100

$50 cleaning fee and $100 refundable security deposit.

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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