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Sauna, Fireplace, Bbq Hut, - Near Ubc, Close to Downtown, Airport, Cruise Ships

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Tropical garden with water feature and flagstone deck


Last updated: 04/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Private, 2 bedroom, gorgeous gardens, close to everything.

The Secret Garden is a serene retreat nestled in gorgeous gardens in one of the most beautiful and safe neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Ten minutes to UBC or downtown - close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer!

Our large, bright yet cozy apartment occupies the ground level of a character home. Just outside the separate entrance are a private patio, BBQ hut for guests and the lush back garden.

The carpeted living room has large windows looking onto gardens, a big comfy couch and extra seating, a gas fireplace and flatscreen tv.

There are two bedrooms, both with windows looking onto gardens. The master has a queen bed and the other bedroom a double bed and sleeping nook for kids.

The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, toaster, kettle; everything you need to cook at home. The fridge and stove are both full size.

The dining area also looks onto gardens and has seating for six.
Our luxurious tiled bathroom with walk-in shower, rainhead, and granite counter opens into a private sauna.

The laundry room has a washing machine and dryer, laundry tubs, and cleaning supplies. There are no charges for the use of the washer and dryer.

Our tropical feel back garden features a large stone deck, water feature and landscape lighting. Birds and squirrels visit many times a day and can often be seen drinking at the fountain. The garden is featured annually in the “Dunbar in Bloom” garden tour in May.

The front garden has a delightful little stone patio surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs.

We are half a block from Dunbar Village in the historic neighbourhood of Dunbar-Southlands. Within two blocks are many restaurants and bars, liquor store, produce and fish markets, Starbucks and other coffee shops, Mac's, drug store, small shops, beauty salons and medical clinic. SaveOnFoods is at 41st and Dunbar. A fresh fruit and vegetable market is two blocks away at Dunbar and 28th.

There is ample free parking in front of the house with no need for permits.

Families with children will enjoy the Dunbar Community Centre, one block away, which has a great playground, tennis courts, fitness centre and picnic area.

The west side beaches are a ten-minute drive or short bus ride down the hill. Also nearby are UBC, the Museum of Anthropology and several public golf courses. A few blocks west is the entrance to Pacific Spirit Park where you can walk for hours in old-growth forest. A 10-minute drive or 25-minute bus ride takes you to downtown Vancouver.

Granville Island, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Gardens, Commercial Drive, South Granville, Main Street and UBC are some of the attractions you won't want to miss on our side of town.

For families with small children we have a play-and-pack and high chair free of charge.

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in a quiet, beautiful setting close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer, we would love to welcome you to The Secret Garden.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

Property Type

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

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    Highchair, Play-andPack available...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 child bed

    Child bed is a sleeping nook. Also have Play-and-Pack...moreless

  • Two bedrooms: one with QUEEN bed and one with DOUBLE bed. Play-and-Pack and highchair available for kids. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Luxurious tiled bathroom with private sauna...moreless

  • One bathroom with walk-in rain shower, granite countertop, storage cupboard. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Please take note that the one thing our heritage homes in Dunbar have in common is that the ceilings can be a bit lower than usual (although to code). If you are over 6' tall you may not find this property a good fit although many taller gents have stayed here with no complaints. Also the second bedroom has a DOUBLE bed so if you are four adults staying please keep that in mind. The last thing I ever want is unhappy guests!...moreless


  • Books:

    Small library of books including books for little kids....moreless

  • Games:

    Sequence, various games for kids....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Galaxie music channels on TV...moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen cable tv with over 500 chanels...moreless

  • Toys:

    Stuffies, small toys for kids....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Movies and kids shows on recorded tv...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

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
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Close to downtown - 8 km - 16 minutes by car, 20 minutes by bus, bus stop half a block away...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Ten minute drive to the best beaches in Vancouver - Jericho, locarno, Spanish Banks East, Spanish Banks West....moreless

  • Village:

    Half a block from Dunbar Village with its many bars, restaurants, movie theatre, community centre, library, drug store, shopping...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining area in kitchen - glass table with 6 chairs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Internet:

    Free wi-fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All towels, bed linens, extra comforters....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Big comfy couch, extra seating, large windows that open, very bright and sunny, gas fireplace, Optik tv, Netflix, games and books....moreless

  • Parking:

    Free street parking in front ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free cellphone for guest use - ask prior to arrival please so I can have it charged up....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty to go around....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    No charge for use of washing machine...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes and cutlery for 6....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped - stove, fridge, microwave, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Tea, sugar, salt and pepper, herbs and spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Top freezer compartment - full size fridge...moreless

  • Stove:

    Full size four-burner stove with oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Back garden features fieldstone deck with water fountain, benches. Small patio in front yard, private patio in entrance to the apartment. Large BBQ hut and seating area exclusively for guest use....moreless

  • Golf:

    Public courses a few minutes away - McCleery, UBC, Musqueam....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The house is surrounded with lush gardens including a tropically inspired garden with rock walls, 'The Secret Garden'....moreless

  • Tennis:

    One block away at the Community Centre.....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Private sauna in the luxurious bathroom...moreless

Building Type

  • House


Write a review 4.9
from 27 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Oct 8 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $109.77
  • Cleaning $36.59


Extra guest fee is $20.00 per person per night for guests after 2.

Cleaning fee is $50 on stays of less than one week.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/22/2017
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11 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Vancouver International Airport
200 Metres
Nearest Barpub
The Dunbar Public House
29 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
University of British Columbia
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Canada Line
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Highway 99
75 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Cheshire Cheese Inn
130 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

The Secret Garden is in the historic neighbourhood of Dunbar-Southlands, on a quiet, tree-lined street half a block from Dunbar Village. A 10-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride takes you downtown. The best beaches in Vancouver are just down the hill - Jericho, Spanish Banks, Locarno, and Kitsilano. The University of British Columbia is a 10-minute drive. Also on this side of town are the Museum of Anthropology, VanDusen Gardens, the Planetarium, Science World, and the funky areas of Main Street and Commercial Drive for bars, ethnic restaurants and music. The old fishing village of Steveston is half an hour's drive - great fish and chips and you can buy fresh fish off the boats to cook in our fully equipped kitchen.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1985

About: Hi: My name is Noo-Noo - grandmother, gardener and part-time businesswoman. I live upstairs and am available by phone but not necessarily in 24-hour residence. No dogs, cats, raucous parties or elephants bowling up here! Just let me know if you need anything and I'll be happy to help.

Why Dunbar-Southlands (Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC, Canada):
I love Dunbar! I moved here from North Van in 1985. I bought this home for its large treed lot, proximity to the forest and Dunbar Village and most of all I loved the character of the house (it used to be an old mill worker's home and was built in 1924).

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The location is fantastic - everything needed for day to day living is within walking distance. There is a SaveOnFoods 11 blocks away and our new Stongs Supermarket will be opening in winter 2017 only three blocks from the house. There are 11 restaurants/ coffee shops/ diners offering British pub food, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Subway and sushi all within three blocks (and Starbucks!) as well as a liquor store, drug store, and various small shops. There are three parks within a few blocks and a beautiful garden to enjoy no matter what the season.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Tropical garden with water feature and flagstone deck

    Tropical garden with water feature and flagstone deck

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen/Dining


  • Bedroom with Queen Bed

    Bedroom with Queen Bed

  • Bedroom with double bed looking onto River Walk

    Bedroom with double bed looking onto River Walk

  • Inside the Sauna

    Inside the Sauna

  • Entrance to The Secret Garden

    Entrance to The Secret Garden

  • Visitor on Rock in Front Garden

    Visitor on Rock in Front Garden

  • Flagstone pathway to suite in Summer

    Flagstone pathway to suite in Summer

  • Kitchen/Dining


  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Bedroom with Queen Bed

    Bedroom with Queen Bed

  • Bedroom with Double Bed

    Bedroom with Double Bed

  • Bathroom


  • Private BBQ Hut and Private Guest Patio

    Private BBQ Hut and Private Guest Patio

  • Detail in Back Garden

    Detail in Back Garden

  • Squirrel Feeding in the Water Feature

    Squirrel Feeding in the Water Feature

VRBO #481112

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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