LUXURIOUS GARDEN SUITE ENJOYS THE BEST THE BAY HAS TO OFFER

Melissa Loev Lewy

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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LUXURIOUS GARDEN SUITE ENJOYS THE BEST THE BAY HAS TO OFFER

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

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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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Melissa Loev Lewy

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
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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

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.

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
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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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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
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San Rafael The Bay Area
5

Enjoy the Outdoors

  • 5 of 5
I used to live in San Rafael and brought my 2 grown nieces to experience the beauty of Marin and a visit to San Francisco. The apartment was perfect for our needs and the girls commented about how comfortable and “home-like” it was. The apartment is loaded with books and the living room has plenty of space to get cozy and cuddle up to read or watch a good movie. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the apartment opens to the outdoors perfectly. The bathroom is elegant and the bedroom opens right onto the patio. We grilled our dinners and ate at the larger of the two tables on the patio. We returned each day from our excursions around Marin, wine country, and San Francisco to relax in the hot tub and swim in the pool located on the other side of the house. The owners truly welcomed us as guests, and encouraged us to enjoy their beautiful property. I was concerned about limited kitchen facilities as I always prefer to prepare meals, but a small refrigerator/freezer, the outside grill, and plenty of glasses, dishes, and cooking utensils allowed us to enjoy a dinner at home. The location couldn’t be more convenient and is very close to Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Easy access to 101 gets you into the city or heading north to wine country. And if you love the outdoors, you will be amazed at the hiking, running, and mountain biking trails Marin has to offer! We didn't want to leave. Thank you Birgitta and Ed!
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Catherine,
Thank you for your kind review. We enjoyed having you stay with us and hope to see you soon again. You have delightful family and friends.
All the best,Ed Birgitta
Birgitta and Ed
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5

A restful paradise

  • 5 of 5
I stayed at Birgitta's Garden Suite while caring for my adult son who had just been released from a fairly lengthy hospital stay. It was a stressful time and this home was just what I needed to relax in the evenings and early mornings. The gardens surrounding the suite are spectacular and the little apartment is sumptuous in its decor and VERY comfortable. Most importantly, the owners are incredibly kind and welcoming. I was alone and they even brought me up to share their Easter family dinner. Another night, Birgitta brought down some wine and cheese--as she knew I was very stressed and tired. The apartment is also in a lovely location in the hills above San Rafael--with nice walking possibilities and beautiful views. I highly recommend the Garden Suite.
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Patricia, thank you for kind words. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we loved having you as our guest and look forward to seeing you again. I pray that your son is getting better. All our love to you and your family.
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Redkey, IN
5

Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5
We came to stay here with our two girls. Birgitta and Ed were such gracious host and truly opened their home up to us. The guest quarters are very private and boast its own garden and patio. The landscaping was just gorgeous in late March. Because it was too cool to use the pool and hot tub, we did not use these amenities. We plan on going back during warmer weather so we can truly enjoy the outside of this beautiful estate.
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We very much enjoyed getting to know you and your lovely daughters and welcome your future visit. We'll keep the hot tub on for you
Ed and Birgitta
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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
5

Wonderful haven!

  • 5 of 5
SO welcoming and peaceful yet close to all things......I hated to leave! Birgitta and Ed and Bogie - thank you for two wonderful visits. I look forward to more!
  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

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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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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San Rafael Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
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
 
 
Winter
Dec 1 - Mar 31
3 night minimum stay
$185
$1,050
$3,150
 
 
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%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

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:
  • Water View ...
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • 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 4
  • 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:
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Books
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • zoo
  • theme parks
  • museums
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • golf
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • cross country skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • basketball court
  • swimming
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
  • hot air ballooning
  • sailing
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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