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Resort living in Private View Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,300 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

1 acre private estate 4300 sq ft living space, heated pool and spa.

NOTE SPECIAL WEEKDAY OFFER: May 1st to Oct. 1 2017 Book any available Mon-Tues and get Wednesday at $450/night -- excluding holidays: Memorial Weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend.

Enjoy a resort like cozy setting 20 minutes north of San Francisco and 30 minutes to Napa Valley. A Serene private estate in one of San Rafael's most desirable neighborhoods, Bayside Acres. Secluded one acre, approx. 4300sq. ft home with breath taking views of SF Bay and Mt. Diablo, 25mi in the distance. Completely remodeled in the past 5 years including chef's kitchen, gas stove and double oven. Well landscaped with palm tree lined pool, remodeled chef's kitchen with panoramic mountain and bay views from all windows. Multiple outdoor decks, master bedroom with his/hers bath and walk-in closets. Living room and family room with cozy wood burning fireplaces, and a formal view dining room. Three bedrooms, three and half baths, and beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Fully furnished and turnkey, an end of road location that abuts to China Camp State Park and breathtaking hiking trails at properties end. Quiet established neighborhood, 5 min. drive to McNear's Beach and Mountain Biking at China Camp State Park. Within walking distance to Andy's local Market. A prefect place for a relaxing Retreat!

David Dempsey
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About David Dempsey

I am a retired physician, who raised my family of 4 children in this home, and have been the sole owner of this home since 1980, when it was constructed as a custom home. It has been completely remolded from room to room over the last 5 years. Very family friendly but sophisticated.

David Dempsey purchased this estate in 1980

Why David Dempsey chose San Rafael

Lovely secluded setting, private and extremely quiet environment with breath taking views of bay and mountains. A real stress reliever- Lovely neighborhood, with golf and marina nearby. Beach access at McNear's Beach 3 miles away. Hiking available a end of driveway, directly into China Camp State Park. Andy's Local Market 1 mile distance, with lovely marina to stroll and enjoy the city views.

What makes this estate unique

Too many to list.


San Rafael Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM / Check-out: 1:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Resort
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 1/2 bath available on main floor adjacent to family room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Pull out bed sleeps 2 in bedroom #3 Futon pullout bed sleeps 2 in Master Suite level.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • marina
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
On site resident manager in private apartment: Jean Marie Text your ETA in the AM #415-302-2177


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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Resort living in Private View Home
average rating of 4.25 based on 8 reviews

Good getaway location with ample space

  • 4 of 5

The house was nicely kept.

The downstairs bedrooms could've used some airing out.

It got pretty warm inside one day, but the AC didn't seem to function.

No major complaints but a couple minor ones.

1) I didn't receive the key unlock code, granted I emailed the owner the day before, but lucky for us, the caretaker was home who helped us get in. Received the unlock code after the caretaker gave us the owner's phone number, which wasn't listed in VRBO.

The owner was very responsive once I got his phone number.

2) BBQ grilles were pretty much non-operational. The large one near the pool didn't turn on at all. The smaller one on the balcony turned on but the flames would continue to turn-off. They need to be serviced or replaced.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was gorgeous and clean! Plenty of room for our group and amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

5 of us stayed here for a wedding weekend. The kitchen is awesome and it makes it easy to want to stay in. The pool area is gorgeous with nice padded chairs to layout and enjoy the sun. The decks are plentiful to enjoy mountain or ocean views. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, beautiful views, quiet.

  • 4 of 5

Large, fully equipped kitchen. Plenty of room for 7 adults. Beautiful pool area.

.Great location, close to food, restaurants and close to San Francisco and surrounding towns. Only suggestion is more attention to outside flowers and greenery. Also laundry facilities are shared with adjoining apartment occupants.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A shangri la! Absolutely loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a place where a big family with kids of all ages could come together for a weekend wedding we were attending, and this place was the best. Beautiful outdoor space and pool for all to enjoy. We loved all the decks around the house and the openness of the kitchen. Lots of privacy as well. I'd highly recommend for any large or small family that wants a home like resort experience rather than a hotel.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not so good weekend.

  • 1 of 5

When we arrived to the VRBO there were two cars in the driveway taking up space for us to park. We entered the house and it smelled like cat/dog urine. We walked around and found that someone was living in the house with their dog. No where on the VRBO indicated that their was someone living on the property, rather than near the property. This was my bachelorette weekend and we had to be extra quiet for the person who lived in the room. She was not friendly nor the property manager after we expressed our concerns. It put all of us eight girls in an awkward position. Not only that, the hot tub did not work and the ground cover near the pool was flooded. We couldn't walk around or hang out near the pool with the lounge chairs. Unfortunately it was not an enjoyable stay as we expected. I would not recommend this property unless you are okay with someone inside the house with their dog.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guest violated nearly every house rule that was noted on the contract. First was the fact that even though it is plainly stated that no more than 8 people sleeping in the house and no more than 8 cars in the drive way and limit of 16 people on the premises at anyone time, and noise abatement after 10 pm, they had one loud late night party after another, into 2-3a according my on property caretaker with loud music and drinking late into the evening with numerous boys staying over and making a horrific mess in the house, documented by my house cleaner with multiple empty liquor bottles on the kitchen floor and multiple used condoms left on the floor. These guest need a reality check and need not to feel entitled just because they paid to stay in some ones home. I raised my 5 children in this home and they had no respect for the living space and defiled the property, night after night. This is just the reason that I have a care taker living in the property, and is the first time in over a year or rental that I had this bad experience. I would think twice if I was a renter of these guest in the future, as they were very disrespectful to not only the house but to my elderly caretaker, who by the way, got up a 3a one night to let these guest into the house after a night of partying and managed to loose the key and were locked out of the house. I don't see that mentioned anywhere in there review, but to be honest with you with their immature attitude , I am not surprised. RENTER BEWARE with this group of spoiled brats. Make the movie The Breakfast Club, look like a group of mature responsible and well adjusted adults. By the way, I have a 4.8 star rating over the last year with over 80% 5 stars. I will let that speak for itself.
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Fantastic Views and Location

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great trip in our recent stay at San Rafael. House was beautiful and we had more than enough space for our 4 adults and 3 children (Ages 4 and 6 month twins). The kitchen was fully equipped with every appliance imaginable. It was nice to prepare and enjoy meals overlooking the mountains and water. There were several outdoor deck areas spread out in different areas of the home so we could all get our own quiet time, but still enjoy the same space together.

With the "heat wave" that came through, we were fortunate enough to enjoy the pool outside! The hot tub took a little bit of time to figure out, but David was just a phone call away and was very pleasant to deal with. There was a very large laundry basket full of pool towels, not something you typically see in a rental! This and the overabundance of kitchen utensils and dishes made it feel like we were actually staying in a cozy home. We really enjoyed how quiet the neighborhood was and yet how close it was to beaches and Fisherman's Wharf.

If we come back to this area we will stay at this house again! Thanks David for the great service and accommodations.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US 101
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary

House is located near marina and golf course as well as beach area. Hiking available at end of my driveway, leads into China Camp state park. Beautiful views of SF Bay and Mount Diablo in distance from all east facing windows.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $200
Cleaning fee $350
Tax Rate 8.5%

This is a wonderful resort like estate for a getaway, 20 min to SF and 20 min to wine country, for special events, weddings, anniversary ect, please contact owner ahead of time.

Owner'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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