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Cozy stay by the bay!

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 BEDROOM / 1 BATHROOM close to the bay and water and mountain views.

Our first floor guest suite is approximately 500 square feet with a large bedroom and newly redone bathroom. The bathroom has a shower and is equipped with all of the necessary supplies that travelers need.We supply a hair dryer, organic shampoo and conditioner and soap.The bedroom has a walk in closet.There is a sitting room off of the bedroom that also encompasses a kitchenette that is fully supplied with a small fridge, hotplate, microwave and toaster oven.As well as a convection oven.

There is a coffee maker and hot water maker for tea or cocoa.There are staples such as spices, sugar, salt and pepper as well as coffee and filters and a good assortment of teas

We have an ironing board and iron in the closet and in the bedroom we have a television with a supply of dvds. More upon request.

Outside, we have a barbecue for your use and a lovely fountain if you so choose to have it on. Our garden is for you to enjoy.

Since we live near to the areas of Glenwood, Loch Lomand, and Peacock Gap, we have hosted many family members that are visiting their children and grandchildren. They enjoy the proximity to their family members and to these neighborhoods but yet return and recuperate from all the family gatherings.A plus for us is the many returning guests. We always look forward to seeing our guests again and again. We also like to think of our rental as a quiet get away for couples as well.

If you enjoy the wine country we are within an hour away and also if the city is a draw, we are less than an hour away.

More Details

Property Manager
paul and elise samuelson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2017

About paul and elise samuelson

We came up to Marin County in 1991 and fell in love with its beauty. Both of us have been in the film and television industry and where Paul decided to retire, Elise continued to travel to Los Angeles and work on different film and television projects as a studio teacher. She has worked on some well known projects such as Full House, and many movies as well. We both are semi retired now and love to travel as well as welcome fellow travelers to our lovely area .

Elise is a teacher in the film industry and Paul was an assistant director. He is now a writer and has written a novel called Night Fear. It can be found on Amazon!

He is writing his second novel which is a sequel to Night Fear. There are 2 more on the horizon.

Our alma maters our UCLA and Cal Berkeley!

paul and elise samuelson purchased this apartment in 1991

Why paul and elise samuelson chose The Bay Area

This neighborhood where our rental exists is truly unique. It is on the Bay side of a quaint area called 'Chicken Point' - perhaps because there might have been people raising chickens - which is a common happening here!- It is not far from central San Rafael and yet it feels rural enough to enjoy walks up in the hills and around the Bay.

The architecture of our surrounding area is a mix of different styles. No cookie cutter look here. It reminds me of Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles, an area where I grew up and a mix of East Coast Maine. People here are very supportive and helpful and we find that this did not exist in larger towns and cities.

What makes this apartment unique

The style of our rental is a bit of New England. We have temperate weather due to the proximity to the Bay and since we are near a little beach, it is easy to put out a kayak or stand up paddle board.

Also our neighbors are what makes the area wonderful - everyone loves where we live!!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our stay was wonderful. Elise and Paul have made this apartment a peaceful retreat - very well thought out, quiet, clean and the water sounds out our bedroom window were delightful...

San Rafael and San FRan and Elise and Paul will truly be out home away. We now leave for Oregon, back to some rain. We will miss our small space with a great view and the warm sun.

See you soon, Blessings,

Vito and Kele
Apr 2010
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San Rafael Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom has tile floors and new sink and toilet and shower door. We also have amenities such as a hair dryer and first aid kit as well as shower caps and we will supply anything you have forgotten! For those who need a magnifying mirror, we also have that! We supply the towels as well as the soap and shampoo and conditioner. All are organic and from the organic market nearby.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Spacious, newly redone and clean.
  • Bedroom is the largest room and has a walk-in closet. It is very comfy,clean and spacious. Our queen size bed is very comfortable. Our sheets have a high thread count. The walk-in closet is equipped with wooden hangers and a small chest for personal items. Our ironing board and iron are kept in the closet. Lights are over the bed. There is also a television in the bedroom and an assortment of DVDs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We provide linens, towels, and organic soap in the bathroom. We also provide shampoo and conditioner in a dispenser in the shower. We provide plenty of towels and more are available upon request. We also provide dishes and eating utensils. Our kitchenette is fully supplied for light cooking and snacking. Also sink in the kitchenette has filtered water if desired.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveler reviews)

Cozy stay by the bay!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 68 reviews
Black Forest, Colorado

Exudes cleanliness and comfort

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay immensely! The owners are very cordial and considerate. The apartment is extremely comfortable and well furnished. One could not ask for a cleaner home away from home. The area has the peace and quiet of country living but very near all the immenities one desires for a great vacation to the SF Bay area. Many nice, safe walking areas as well. Our son lives 1/2 mile from the apartment, so it was very convenient to walk to his home instead of driving. We will definitely stay in this charming apartment whenever we visit the San Rafael area.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ken and Lee, Thank you for your kind words. We really try!! Elise and Paul
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The Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I were looking for our "girls weekend" location and we found the perfect place. This is the most charming location we have been to, it is comfortable a bit small but incredibly spacious. The decor was brilliant it made a big difference in the atmosphere with plenty of windows to admire the surroundings - we thought the walk-in closet/changing room was a nice touch. The location was perfect to explore Sausalito, Sonoma and Napa – we did all that and in the evenings returned to our retreat to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. This was a great get away location and we definitely plan on returning.

Lucero - Las Vegas, NV

Sylvia - Hollister, CA

  • Submitted: May 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, it is a cozy and comfortable space and we do our very best to provide a lovely retreat for travelers.
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Quincy California

Clean, well appointed

  • 4 of 5

These people are kind, friendly and provide a very well appointed and clean downstairs apartment. The bed is very comfortable, however, if you are a light sleeper or sensitive to noise, there will be some from the owners moving around upstairs; one night until 11:00 pm. A heavy sleeper would be unaware, but unfortunately, heath reasons make sleep difficult for me and the noise from above added to this.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for reviewing our property. We had guests over for dinner that had just returned from Cuba. Normally we are in bed by 9:30'but guess this was an anomaly. Also your bedroom is not below our dining room so go figure. We put carpet on our bedroom floor but unfortunately our dining room has hardwood flooring. We usually do not entertain when we have guests staying in our rental but unfortunately you experienced an EXCEPTION.
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Perfect Lodging for 1 or 2

  • 5 of 5

This rental was cozy but not small. The bedroom and closet space were more than enough to meet our needs, and the kitchen had everything you might need aside from a stove (though a hot plate is available). As a couple exploring San Francisco and the Napa Valley for the first time, this rental was perfectly located between the two. The drive into the city was not bad (even during rush hour), and provides some fantastic views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge! Paul and Elise were extremely accommodating and a pleasure to deal with. We highly recommend this rental property to anyone visiting the area!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well appointed, cozy, convenient location

  • 5 of 5

Owners and their rescue pups were terrific-very personable. They had great suggestions for walking, local (and not so local) food and wine spots. And they had good coffee already stocked in the pantry (so nice when you come in late and don't have time to get to a store!) The rental was very comfy for our party of two. Well decorated with nicer/comfortable pieces. Quality linens and towels, are always appreciated. So was their eco friendly detergent, sheets had just the faintest smell of lavender-perfect! Great closet space and plentiful hooks for jackets, hats and purses and plenty of towel bar space in the bath. Overall, a well thought out space.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a timely review. We are grateful for it and invite you to come back!!!
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Perfect Fit

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were in the Bay Area visiting family. The apartment had everything we required. Nice sitting area and kitchen and the bed was very comfortable. Paul and Elise were there to greet us and were helpful in telling us about local stores and restaurants. We could walk out our door to a neighborhood beach and enjoyed sitting in their beautiful garden. Great access on and off the freeway. Thank you Paul and Elise for helping make this a wonderful visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tomales Bay Foods - Cowgirl Creamery
Point Reyes National Seashore
Olema Farm House
Point Reyes Outdoors
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co
Cheese Factory
Andy's Local Market
"This market is within walking distance from our rental. They have a great deli counter with ..."
China Camp State Park
"An excellent few hours trip about 2.5 miles from our rental. Very interesting and shows the ..."
The Club at McInnis Park
"Nice course and very nice restaurant."
Peacock Gap Golf Club
"Lovely course and The Range Cafe is great."
101 Surf Sports
"Great guys to help you rent a kayak or stand up paddle board. They also give lessons."
Loch Lomond Live Bait House
"The guys at the bait shop in Loch Lomond Marina are incredible. It has been there for over 4..."
Marin Country Mart
"Newly renovated and very exciting place to hang out and eat and shop! Very trendy and lovely..."
Nearest Airport
36 Miles
San Francisco International and OaklandAirport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Terrapin Crossroads and New Georges.
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
The Larkspur Landing Ferry is a 21 minute drive .
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Peacock Country Club
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Emeryville train.
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
101 and the 580
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Andy's Deli
Car: necessary

What sets us apart from other vacation rentals in San Rafael is our quiet, scenic neighborhood that is close to the bay.It feels as if it is a blend of East Coast Maine with West Coast weather. It is a peaceful, semi rural area.We are close to a boat harbor as well as a small beach where you can launch canoes or kayaks. Our East San Rafael property is also surrounded by open land where you can hike, mountain bike or just enjoy walking around the bay. We are also near historic China Camp and McNears Beach picnicking site. If you want to get some small town feel, we are 2.5 miles away from the downtown area of San Rafael which has a restored, historic mission as well as cute shops and many restaurants. There is also a restored movie theatre that plays a significant role in the Mill Valley Film Festival. Also nearby is Dominican College that has hosted many prominent speakers, writers, politicians and actors.

Besides all of these highlights, we are literally walking distance from Andy's Market, an upscale full service market with an incredible deli and a finely curated wine selection.

Our property is a midway point for visiting the city of San Francisco, the wine counties of Napa and Sonoma, the lovely coastal route from Stinson Beach to Point Reyes and beyond to Bodega Bay. All can be done in one day travel.

Other Activities: We have had golfers, kayakers, hikers, sailers, and a myriad or those who enjoy the outdoors. We are very close to the Peacock Gap Country Club which does have day rates as well as McGuinnis Parkway Golf Center for those who just want to hit some golf balls or play a full round of golf.

Golf: We are near Peacock Gap Country Club and McGuiness Park, which is also a golf course is a bit further up the highway.

Ski: We are 3.5 hours from Truckee and Lake Tahoe ski resort.

Stand up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking is offered at 101 Surf Sports which is about a mile away from us. They even have lessons and you can rent from them as well.

Hiking on Mount Tam is a wonderful refreshing way to rejuvenate. There are easy, moderate and strenuous hikes depending on your preference and ability. You can also go hiking right outside of our rental. We have an open space area a few blocks from us and you can enjoy a peaceful morning walk. Our Sunday Farmers Market is really a treat and fresh vegetables and fruit are abundant.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Tax Rate 10.0%

We usually like a deposit of 1/2 at initial booking and then the remaining amount at check-in. However, if it is only 2 nights, we would like the entire amount a time of booking..We will refund 1/2 if there is ample time between booking and canceling.And if we can fill the booking. Otherwise, we suggest you go to the insurance section of this site to secure your monies. ALSO,YOU CAN CONTACT US FOR PAYMENT PLAN DIRECTLY. (1-415-459-5456)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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