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SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About Noo-Noo


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.

Noo-Noo purchased this apartment in 1985

Why Noo-Noo chose West Side

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).

What makes this apartment unique

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 is 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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Awesome shower and sauna I have to say...right in the suite itself...better than any hotel at that price.

Kitchen with everything you could want and an upscale supermarket, Stongs at the end of the block that's open till midnight.

Super quiet, great beds and just a beautiful getaway that's 15 minutes from downtown.

We are staying there whenever we go to Vancouver from now on if at all possible.
Nov 2013
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University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Science World
"So interesting ... my grandchildren (2 and 8) love it there."
H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
Kitsilano Beach
Locarno Beach Park
Queen Elizabeth Park
Museum of Anthropology
Stanley Park
The Dunbar
"Small bar and restaurant with outdoor heated deck. Two blocks from The Secret Garden. "
Nearest Airport
11 Kilometres
Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Dunbar Public House
Nearest Ferry
29 Kilometres
Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
University of British Columbia
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Canada Line
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Highway 99
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Cheshire Cheese Inn
Nearest Ski
130 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4.5 Kilometres
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.


West Side Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Luxurious tiled bathroom with private sauna
  • One bathroom with walk-in rain shower, granite countertop, storage cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Bedroom also has a little sleeping nook for a small child.
  • Two bedrooms: one with QUEEN bed and one with DOUBLE bed. Play-and-Pack and highchair available for kids.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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!


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SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships
average rating of 4.923077 based on 69 reviews

A Paradise in quiet Dunbar!

  • 5 of 5

The Secret Garden is a gem of a retreat tucked away in the lovely and convenient neighborhood of Dunbar. We were wowed by both the apartment and gardens, even more beautiful than the photos. The talented and artistic owner Noo-Noo has taken great efforts to create the perfect oasis for an unforgettable stay. Her lush and delightful "secret garden" welcomed us into a beautifully decorated, well-appointed and spacious apartment, in which every room was so thoughtfully put together. No detail was overlooked and we had everything we needed, including a well-stocked kitchen, umbrellas for the rain showers, and plenty of guidebooks and local recommendations. With a private sauna, we felt like we were staying at a spa! We also loved the Dunbar neighborhood, so quiet and green yet close to everything.

We are grateful to Noo-Noo for her warmth and hospitality, and her great suggestions for what to see and do, and how to get around. It was interestingly to chat with Noo-Noo about how the neighborhood has evolved over the years, and to learn about some of the current local issues (recycling, garbage); when you're a visitor to the area, these personal interactions really enhance the experience. Thank you Noo-Noo for being a such caring and thoughtful host and letting us stay at your lovely property!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Liz: Thank you so much for writing such a thoughtful and detailed review of The Secret Garden and our neighbourhood. You were great guests, so warm, friendly and easy to talk to. The compliments are very much appreciated and make all that slogging around with the garden hose well worth the effort! I hope you'll visit again sometime and that your renovations worked out just as you had hoped. Noo-Noo
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Excellent, comfortable place!

  • 5 of 5

The property was exceptional. It is in a great, quiet neighbourhood. The landscaping makes this very inviting. Everything about the interior is comfortable. The kitchen has about everything you'd want. The bed is super. There's plenty of room. The owner, Noo Noo, made sure we had everything we needed and made us feel welcome. We've marked this as a favorite. We'll definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chris: Thanks so much for the great review of The Secret Garden. So glad to hear you liked the apartment and the neighbourhood. Rumour has it that at the end of the street where the new building is going up Cactus Club will be putting in a new restaurant on the ground floor. Should be open by summer 2018. Can't wait! Hope to see you again next time you drive up from Seattle. Noo-Noo
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

The Secret Garden is a lovely get away in a nice, quite neighborhood. The accommodations are clean and up to date. It is close to many fine restaurants, shopping, the beach, UBC and not too far from downtown. I highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Suzanne, for the great review of the apartment and the neighbourhood. It's a shame I wasn't there to meet you but I'm glad everything was ok - I'm always a little nervous when I'm not there to make sure things are ready for guests. I hope you'll be coming out again soon to see your son at UBC and I'll have the pleasure of meeting you then. Noo-Noo
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We spent five nights in this beautifully appointed suite. Very quiet neighbourhood, with a wide choice of services within walking distance.

Our host is a very nice person who ensures that everything runs smoothly.

Great location from which one can explore many sites in the greater Vancouver area.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jacques: Thanks so much for your review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed our lovely neighbourhood and found the apartment to be a home away from home. If you're ever in Vancouver again I certainly hope that I'll have the opportunity to host you again. Best regards, Noo-Noo
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Great place to stay! Easy enough to get to all of Vancouver's attractions

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at the house and thoroughly enjoyed it. The 2-bedroom apartment was quite clean and tastefully decorated. Given we cook most all our meals, the kitchen was well appointed with sufficient pans, pottery and appliances.

The bathroom was a treat and we enjoyed the built in sauna after heavy hiking days. For those requiring wifi, it worked well along with the cable TV.

With all our touring we didn't have much time to sit out in the garden, but it was beautiful! A great place to relax with a glass of wine.

The first day there we bought compass transport passes which worked well. There are several buses that stop close to the house making it easy to visit most anywhere in Vancouver. You really don't need a car if your willing to take buses/trains which run often. With a short walk you can also find plenty of shopping places (food, pharmacy etc) and restaurants for your enjoyment. The neighborhood was pleasant to walk through and appeared quite safe.

Definitely one of best selections from Homeaway from over a dozen+ we used over the years.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Esther: Thanks for the great review and mentioning the features you enjoyed - so helpful for future guests reading my reviews. If you're ever up this way again from Maryland I'd love to have you stay again. Noo-Noo
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An excellent accomodation in Vancouver

  • 5 of 5

A quiet place with a lovely garden (including a very good barbeque) in a very busy city, like others already wrote, a real gem. Parking just in front of the house, good connection to public transport system, quiet neighbourhood, close distance to e.g. botanical garden, several beaches , ... The flat was well equipped and perfectly clean. I just could not imagine a better location to explore Vancouver.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michael: Many thanks for the wonderful review. Glad to hear you took advantage of the barbeque hut and garden and that you went to VanDusen Gardens. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the West Side which guests don't hear about on the major tourist sites. Hopefully I'll have another opportunity to welcome you to The Secret Garden if you visit Vancouver again. Noo-Noo
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $39.08
Refundable damage deposit $117.23

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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