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LUXURIOUS GARDEN SUITE ENJOYS THE BEST THE BAY HAS TO OFFER

Melissa Loev Lewy

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english, swedish
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Melissa Loev Lewy

Advertiser since: 2011
Speaks: english, swedish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2014
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LUXURIOUS GARDEN SUITE ENJOYS THE BEST THE BAY HAS TO OFFER

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

San Rafael Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The historic town of San Rafael is located in the banana belt of marvelous Marin County where near perfect weather can be found from May through the end of of October. The weather at our home is on average 20 degrees warmer than in the city and with its proximity to the attractions of Marin, San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma wine countries offers the best of all Bay Area worlds. Our retreat puts you close to any action you could wish for while giving you the feeling of peace and tranquility that is often only found while on holiday.

Our lovely mountain estate offers a spacious bedroom with a Queen sized bed dressed in the finest linens, French doors overlooking a beautiful english style garden and luxurious marble bathroom with heated floors, large Jacuzzi tub and separate glass shower offer you a spa-like getaway. A large television in the bedroom is hidden inside a spacious walnut armoire and is equipped with full cable and features a DVD player should you wish to view a movie or video.

The apartment offers both indoor and outdoor living areas. The indoor living area of the apartment is very large and features a window front dining area set to accommodate up to four people. The luxurious wet-bar is fully equipped with refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee maker and hot-plate for light cooking.

Drink your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine; while relaxing on the plush window seat or out in the garden wrapped in one of the plush terry cloth robes provided for you. On the rare occasion the weather isn’t cooperating or after a long day exploring or relaxing light a fire in the large marble fireplace and snuggle on the down filled couch.

Our home is located on almost 1.5 acres and has been extensively landscaped and terraced and offers many areas for reading relaxing or enjoying the beautiful weather in San Rafael. Our grotto style pool and hot-tub are kept at a nice temperature and offer a refreshing and relaxing escape with a view of the San Francisco Bay and 2 of our lovely bridges.

Enjoy our home as:

• A home base for exploring the beautiful Bay Area

• A temporary home for students looking for a permanent apartment

• A comfortable alternative to hotel living for parents visiting their children that attend Dominican University

• A sanctuary for overflow wedding guests

• Executive' temporary housing

• Honeymoon

• Spa weekend

• Sheer relaxation

Keywords: Garden flat, In-law suite, vacation condo, vacation apartment, country getaway, vacation rental, wine country getaway, marin county getaway, bay area vacation rental, vacation suite

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Melissa Loev Lewy (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, swedish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2014

About Melissa Loev Lewy

My wife Birgitta and myself have enjoyed living in the Bay Area for almost 40 years. I originally moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia as part of the Navy Dental Corp. back in the early 1970's. I was taken by it's beauty, activities and wonderful people. After the service I decided to make the Bay Area my home and opened up my dental practice in San Francisco's Union Square. Soon after that, I met my Swedish wife Birgitta a former Pan Am and later United flight attendant. After a few years in San Francisco we moved to Sausalito where our first child Melissa was born. Wanting more space then our cliffside condo could offer we found our home in San Rafael. We have spent the last 35 years making improvements to and expanding our house into a truly delightful and welcoming home to accomodate our two sons Jason and Andrew.

Now that our children have grown we are really taking the time to enjoy what the Bay Area has to offer. We have adopted a wonderful dog named Bogey and can often be found hiking the trails that surround Marin. When not walking the dog I can be found at my dental practice or at the golf course. Both Birgitta and I are avid golfers that try and hit the course at least 2-3 times per week. In addition, to our love of the outdoors we love to travel the world and have recently begun cruising to exotic ports as often as possible.

Melissa Loev Lewy purchased this apartment in 1976

Why Melissa Loev Lewy chose San Rafael

We are proud to be sharing our home with our guests. We moved to sunny San Rafael over the last 35 years and raised our children in our home. Now that they are grown and have left the 'nest.' We are proud to share our home paradise and our beloved San Francisco Bay Area and wine countries with our guests.

What makes this apartment unique

Our home is perfect for almost any visitor. From an executive looking for a short-term rental to call home away from home to a family or couple looking to experience all that the Bay Area has to offer; to a student who wants a nice place to lay his or head that is close to school (Dominican University is 4 minutes away). Our proximity to everything from Six Flags Theme Park to world class wine regions; to Majestic state parks such as Muir woods to the cable cars and sights of San Francisco our home offers you a trip with access to the best the bay has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Ed & Birgitta-

We loved staying here! Thank you for a great vacation place to stay! We hope to see you soon!

It was great meeting you both! We will miss your place!
Aug 2013
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Bedrooms 1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 18 traveler reviews

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Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 25 reviews
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San Rafael The Bay Area
Ottawa Canada
5

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful week at Ed and Brigitta's. The apartment's luxurious details, private quiet setting and panoramic views was a bargain. Be sure to dine at Terrapin Crossroads and enjoy the music. Thank you Ed and Brigitta, we'll be sure to book early next year.
  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ken,Liz, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward in seeing you again soon. Ed Birgitta
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San Rafael The Bay Area
island off Washington coast
5

a satisfying week on a lovely estate like property in the hills above San Rafael

  • 5 of 5
we highly recommend this VRBO setting for adults..

the hosts are welcoming and friendly..the downstairs unit is spacious, comfortable and clean, there is a lovely stone patio

the access to Mill Valley,Tiburon and other destinations is convenient

we will stay here again
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Bob Bonny, we loved having you as our guest and we are looking forward in seeing you again. All the best Ed, Birgitta
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San Rafael The Bay Area
St. Louis
4

A lovely retreat for visiting Marin County

  • 4 of 5
The owners of this little apartment are absolutely delightful-the best thing about the rental! Location was perfect for us, too. We stayed for two weeks, visiting family nearby, and the only downside for us was the tiny sink in the 'kitchen' which has an undercounter fridge, microwave and one conduction burner. It really was difficult to wash up in that sink. The lack of laundry facilities might be a problem for some, although the owners told us we could use theirs, but we did washing at our family's house. The bed was very comfortable, shower was great and we were very comfortable there. San Rafael is a nice town, and walkable, but quite a climb up the hill going home--but then, there are beautiful views! Wifi signal was spotty and pretty weak, and there are A LOT of decorations.
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, thank you for taking the time to write your informative revue. It always helps other people to make a decision where to stay and sinks are important.Our thought is to make people feel at home and not a sterile hotel room. All the best Birgitta Ed
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-415-392-2072
San Rafael The Bay Area
5

Lovely stay in a lovely guest house in San Rafael

  • 5 of 5
My retired Navy husband and I stayed with Birgitta and Ed while visiting our niece in Sausalito. The location worked out perfectly for us- close to everything: the ferry, Sausalito, Sonoma and many, many wineries, shopping, the city, the Highlands, Muir Woods, the beach and more. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The guest house was beautiful, spacious and comfortable and our hosts couldn't have been more gracious. We very much enjoyed the change from staying in a hotel and much preferred being out of the city. We enjoyed ending the day by spending time with Ed and Birgitta by the pool chatting and enjoying a glass of wine. We instantly felt very welcome and left feeling as if we had made friends to keep in touch with. We would love to return again next time we are in the area.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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-415-392-2072
San Rafael The Bay Area
Las Vegas, NV.
5

Nothing not to like!

  • 5 of 5
Sumptuous would not be too strong a word to use for this lovely home. The garden and pool area were gorgeous and the home decor was beautiful and yet extremely comfortable and user friendly, even down to a little reading nook in the corner! The library is rife with all kinds of wonderful books, and the TV has a vast array of channels from which to choose. The hosts could not have been friendlier or more helpful. The kitchen area is extremely small, so one shouldn't expect to be cooking in any major way. Speaking personally, I don't go on a vacation so that I can cook, so this bothered me not at all. There were three of us and we had plenty of living space. Our teenager slept on a portable bed in the livingroom, which he reported to be comfortable. Our bed was great, and the master bedroom door opens into the garden, enabling one to enjoy the evening breeze whenever one wants. And coming from the desert, we wanted! All in all I would say there's nothing not to like!
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer
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-415-392-2072
San Rafael The Bay Area
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
5

Best hidden secret in San Rafael

  • 5 of 5
Birgitta and Ed are by far the most gracious and accommodating hosts. We have rented vacation properties on VRBO on many occasions and we were nothing short of impressed by our two week stay in Birgitta and Ed's home. It is a private oasis, we felt as though we were staying in Hawaii. The photos do not do this property justice, the landscaping is beautiful, the pool is wonderful and the suite is comfortable. It was just the right amount of space for my husband, daughter and I. Birgitta, Ed and their family are the kindest people we've ever met! They went above and beyond to ensure that we were comfortable, they even made arrangements to help us with a crib and highchair and provided toys for our daughter to play with. We will without a doubt be back to stay again and are so thankful that the Loev family has come into our lives. We are grateful to have created lasting memories and made new friends. Much love, the Gareau family.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you For your kind remarks. You are a wonderful family. We loved having you spend time with us. It felt like we were one happy family. We hope all goes well with you and we look forward to. Seeing you again in the not too distant future., Next time we'll have our grandson Logan meet your daughter, but that might make Jason jealous.
All the best, Birgitta and Ed

Map

Nearest Airport
31 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Ferry
3.2 Miles
Larkspur Ferry Terminal
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Beach
1.8 Miles
McNear's Beach
Car: recommended

2 Minutes from Dominican University, 4 Minutes to historic downtown San Rafael and the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, 5 Minutes from China Camp State Park, 8 Minutes from Marin County Civic Center designed by legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, 12 Minutes to charming European village of Mill Valley, 15 Minutes from Muir Woods & Stinson Beach , 15 Minutes From the hiking, biking and scenic outlooks of Mt. Tamalpais, 15 Minutes to Historic Tiburon, 15 Minutes to the shops, cafes and restaurants of Sausalito, 20 Minutes from Infineon Raceway, 20 Minutes from the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, 25 Minutes San Francisco's attractions- Alcatraz, Cable Cars, China Town, Japan Town, North Beach, Union Square, Museum’s –De Young, Lawrence Hall of Sciences, SF MOMA, Asian Art Museum, & Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, Haight Ashbury, 30 Minutes to Napa and Sonoma County Wine District, , 40 Minutes from Point Reyes Regional Seashore, Marin County and the surrounds of San Francisco and Nap

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Rates & Availability

From $185 Per night

San Rafael Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter
Dec 1 - Mar 31
3 night minimum stay
$185
$1,050
$3,150
 
 
Summer Rates
Apr 1 - Sep 30
3 night minimum stay
$195
$1,113
$3,450
 
 
Fall
Oct 1 - Nov 28
3 night minimum stay
$195
$1,085
$3,450
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$195
$1,113
$3,450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $69
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Amenities

San Rafael Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • This bathroom is a spa retreat. The floors are heated and clad in a beautiful marble. An over-sized jetted spa tub and separate glass shower add to its allure.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) The luxurious bed features a pillow top mattress, high thread count sheets in addition to down comforter and pillows., Twin or Single Beds (1) A roll away bed is available and our down filled day bed makes a perfect bed for a small child., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1). Our suite while large is best suited for a maximum for 3 adults due to space concerns.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Multiple separate garden areas to relax in, dedicated gas grill just for unit, 2 separate outdoor dining areas, hiking and biking available directly outside of property, exapansive views from pool area and hiking trails. limited catering may be available, personal grocery shopping may be available, high-thread count sheets and egyptian cotton sheets, bubble bath and spa salts available for true relaxation in the large jacuzzi tub.

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