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Newly Renovated Retreat

Northwest Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Apartment900 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

1 Bedroom Apartment With Private Driveway

This used to be my photography studio until I retired in 2014. My wife and I had always talked about setting up some form of B&B so converting this over to a private getaway with bells and whistles seemed like the perfect solution. The set up is part of a duplex and you can see what the other side looks like by clicking on this link: https://www.vrbo.com/732156 Although I have a no refund policy, if you notify me 90 days out from reservation, I will refund your funds. Less than 90 days, if I can rebook the property, I will refund your funds at that time.

We also just received the distinction of being rated as the No. 1 rated VRBO in this marketplace out of 466 homes. This rating was based on the metrics of 5-Star reviews, no complaints or cancellations.

This unit has it's own private drive up and separate entrance. The retreat has an outside deck that faces towards the West and a private yard that sets the scene for some great sunsets. Once you're settled into the retreat, it is very private and for 7 or 8 months out of the year, you can't see any homes from this property and nobody can see in to invade your space. We are also far enough away from the city that it's not unusual to see deer, hawks,foxes, possums, feral cats and other sorts of wild life that roam the property freely. The property is also set up with multiple bird feeders, and when sitting on the deck it's quite entertaining, especially watching the squirrels trying to figure out the feeders.

We set this unit up with the European open feel to it. Both my wife and I are into Feng Shui and we had an expert come in and walk the property before we submitted the final design. Open and spacious and breezy. Since it's part of a duplex set-up there is a set of soundproofed doors That not only separates the two sides but blocks out almost all but the unusually loud noises.

We offer a full Entertainment center with DirecTV and Showtime, HBO, Netflix,Amazon, Starz and the NFL Max program.

We were recently featured on the CBS news here in Wake County as one of the model vacation rental sites in this area as their has been quite a bit of controversy about short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. Most people familiar with short and long-term rentals are pretty much in agreement that short-term rental properties are much better maintained and taken care of than are long-term properties. There are also many more advantages that us VRBO and Airbnb travelers like and enjoy. Here's the link:


You can also see this property and more reviews on the Airbnb site: https://www.airbnb.com/manage-your-space/5639832

We look forward to your stay with us.

tom and colette


Tom Edwards

Member Since 2015
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Tom Edwards

I came to Raleigh from Ann Arbor Michigan in 1986 and have run a photography studio (New Image Studio) in Raleigh until 2014 at which time I passed it along to my daughter. I enjoy meeting new people and helping others get to know this area and all it has to offer.

Tom Edwards purchased this Apartment in 1989

Why Tom Edwards chose Northwest Raleigh

This property was right on the edge of the city and halfway between Durham and Raleigh. It is also 10 minutes from the RDU airport. The property itself is on an acre of land and is full of wildlife including deers and Owls that keep us entertained.

What makes this Apartment unique

Fully integrated entertainment center with 60' Smart TV, Directv, Netflix, showtime, HBO, Starrz, Hulu, Amazon, Pandora and a Blu-ray player with sound bar and sub-woofer. We have (2) decks and private yard with it's own driveway and parking. Everything is new as of 4/1/15. We also have a gas heated home with a whole house humidifier and an air purifier which makes for a comfortable environment. Most of what you see when you are in or around the Retreat are woods as we are located in a secluded neighborhood where all the property owners have an acre of property


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Queen bed with 12' Memory foam mattress.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Brand new walkin glass shower with rotating shower head
      • Large bathroom with walk in shower, no edge to step over.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          We are 15 miles from downtown Raleigh and 15 miles from downtown Durham.
        • Rural
          Our home is on the north west edge of the city, 2 miles from the I-540 beltway which wraps around the city of Raleigh


            • Away From It All


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      New central air
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas heat, nice and cozy and quick response.
                    • Internet
                      Hi speed internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Separate Laundry room with washer/dryer only used by you the renter.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Greatroom approx 14x18'...see pictures
                    • Parking
                      Private drive and entrance can support 3 cars.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Separate Laundry room with washer/dryer only used by you the renter.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Filters and coffee provided
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All set for cooking and eating well
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          All brand new
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          All the basics included for cooking.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Breville oven.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              See pictures
                            • Dining Area


                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  ask and we can bring to you.We keep them in the big house just down the hall.
                                • Music Library
                                  Smart TV with I-tunes and Amazon access
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Directv with the entire package/Netflix, i-tunes/Amazon, hulu, HBO, Starrz and Showtime and on-demand movies.
                                • Stereo
                                  Built into entertainment center with soundbar and subwoofer
                                • Television
                                  Full entertainment center with 60' TV with soundbar and subwoofer.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Back deck with chairs and table and faces towards the west for some great sunsets.
                                    • Golf
                                      Course 1 mile away
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Private backyard
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber grill
                                    • Tennis
                                      Very close to courts, 1 mile


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          2 steps up into Retreat


                                            • live theater
                                            • arboretum
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • photography
                                                • shopping
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing


                                                            • This Retreat is in a very quiet neighborhood that I had lived in for almost 30 years. The retreat is surrounded by woods and there is plenty of wildlife around. Once you have driven in you are by your selves. We have tried to think of everything that would give people a good experience here.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: Flexible

                                                              Check-out: Flexible

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              50 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Blissful and relaxing retreat!

                                                              Margaret D.

                                                              The place was clean and had everything we needed. The host was friendly and made sure our stay was comfortable. We were truly able to relax in this place surrounded by nature. Great for birdwatching!

                                                              Beautiful home, in a peaceful neighborhood.

                                                              Glenn C.Gwynedd Valley PA

                                                              Tom was very responsive to help set up the rental dates, and kept in good communication during the stay. We would have preferred a few more towels Only offered 2 for 2 people staying the week), and linens in better condition.

                                                              Otherwise the was a very comfortable apartment for 2 or at most 3 people.

                                                              Wonderful stay in Raleigh!

                                                              Susan S.

                                                              Owing to a little mix-up on the rental dates on the Renovated Retreat, we were delighted to be offered a stay at Tom and Colette's personal residence while they were away for the holiday. This was more than satisfactory to us.

                                                              Tom was very communicative and the home was very clean. I only wish we had time to stay longer and check out more of Raleigh. Maybe we will stay at the Retreat in the future. It was a pleasure working with our hosts!

                                                              Thank you,


                                                              Beautiful retreat

                                                              Lauren S.Houston, Tx

                                                              Perfect for a couple’s getaway. Much more comfortable than a hotel, and in a beautiful, secluded neighborhood.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              come back.....

                                                              Great place!

                                                              Ben R.Minneapolis, MN

                                                              The place was great, and Tom was very available and helpful in making sure we were comfortable. Even though it didn't work to meet him when we arrived, he was extremely responsive by text and phone to answer any questions or explain things like the TV.

                                                              The only reason it's not 5 stars is because there wasn't a full oven, just a toaster oven. We bought a frozen pizza without realizing that. The toaster oven did the job well enough, but it was different than expected. Other than that one tiny snag, it was very relaxing and comfortable.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              That was in our description as a Breville toaster oven, sorry that wasn't more clear.

                                                              tom and colette

                                                              Great little studio

                                                              Rick I.

                                                              Great place to stay while visiting raleigh


                                                              Northwest Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, USA

                                                              We are located on the outer edge of Raleigh and close to the RDU airport. Our property is on an acre of land as are all the homes in our subdivision and it is very quiet. We have set our property up for maximum privacy with it's own driveway and parking enough for 3 cars. We have lots of wildlife that passes thru and It is not unusual to see a herd of deer passing thru as well as many birds coming to our feeders. We also have owls and hawks that are our constant companions. Recently foxes and coyotes have been seen as well as the occasional possums and raccoon..Cats roam the area during the day but not so much at night since the foxes and coyotes have come in. We are close to grocery stores and shopping centers (1/2 mile) as well as one of the largest malls in the state.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

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                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee

                                                              Agree to the house rules and understand that we are in a neighborhood and respect what we have asked.

                                                              50 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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