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Melissa Loev Lewy

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, swedish

Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Melissa Loev Lewy (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, swedish

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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based on 26 traveler reviews

Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful location. Owners are the loveliest people and very welcoming. Perfect location for visiting city or wine country as well as many parks for biking and hiking. Will look forward to visiting again!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at this property. The owners were welcoming and very helpful. We loved the home and the rental area was furnished excellently, our visit was very relaxing and convenient to downtown San Francisco

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Birgitta and Ed's lovely home 3/24 thru 3/29/16 and thoroughly enjoyed the accommodations and even more, the hostess and host. Everything from the private entrance to the bed linens, and all points between, offers quality and comfort in the most relaxing way. The views in the mornings afforded us glimpses of 4 piliated woodpeckers ("woody the woodpecker") on the property and the views in the evening/night display the stunning lights glistening on the Bay worthy of song lyrics. Relaxing in the unit includes: soaking in the jacuzzi tub, touring the magnificent grounds or enjoying one of the hundreds of books (all genres) while reclining on the window seat adjacent a roaring fire in the fireplace. This is truly a gem with magnificent owners and convenient to all points of interest, whether wine country touring or exploring the Bay Area! We'll be back.

Lee and Marty C.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest guests , Both Ed and I are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us as much as we loved having you. It is of outmost importants to us that our guests feel welcome and at home. You were wonderful people yourself. Can't wait to see you again. All the best Ed Birgitta
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Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Better than a five star hotel!!! Both the price and the beautiful guest house makes this a very wonderful vacation home. It was the perfect amount of space for my son and I. Comfortable living accommodations and gorgeous landscaping on this vast property were exquisite. Everything you need is within five minutes of driving time. It is also in the center of all of the sights to see. The views surrounding the property were heaven on earth. Birgitta and Ed were both, by far, the most gracious hosts. They went beyond the scope of being helpful and friendly. We will miss them terribly. It was very hard to leave and I will return next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sharon and Luke. It was our pleasure to have you in our home. Give Luke our love and speedy recovery. All the best. Looking forward to see you again next year.Ed Birgitta and Bogey
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Hilltop retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect haven for my husband and I while we helped our son's family move from one home to the other. We brought our young grandchildren over to the pool while their parents did the moving. Brigitta noted that the little one didn't have water wings so she offered those which was a "lifesaver"! She and Ed were such great hosts And the apt was a delight.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you here. It was a delight to see your grandchildren have such a good time. All the best Ed Birgitta
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Paradise Sanctuary in San Rafael

  • 5 of 5

This place is a little piece of heaven tucked away on a sweet San Rafael Hill.

The estate is gated and safe. The grounds, which, along with everything else, Brigetta designed, are gorgeous.

Brigetta and Ed are the owners.They're nice and helpful, and never intrusive in any way. I was alone, and they made me feel very comfortable.They invited me into their home several times, and were very gracious.

I stayed in the apartment for six weeks, going through a major life transition. It was a sanctuary for me, and helped me heal and move on faster.

Walking the grounds is uplifting. If you

leave the curtains to the french doors

in the bedroom open, you can fall asleep and wake up looking at the lovely garden.

There is a beautiful sitting area on the ground, with a fountain, that would be perfect for a wedding. Or a honeymoon, or both.

It's very romantic, and photogenic, if you're looking for just the right location. I wish I had been married there.

The bedroom is cozy, bed comfy, and

when you're relaxing after you're swim or jacuzzi, I'd suggest you just hang out on one of the lounge chairs and watch the stars. It's peaceful and serene, yet Whole

foods is only a few blocks away.

I would highly recommend this place as an alternative to a 5 star hotel. It's just over the bridge to the city, and I found the price reasonable, it's spacious and

Just has great energy.

Don't forget to take advantage of the jacuzzi tub in the large, gorgeous marble bathroom,with a shower large enough for two. Very romantic.

Safe Travels.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rebecka, thanks for your review. We try very hard to make our guests welcome and comfortable. We are. Very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.. We wish you all the best. Ed Birgitta
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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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San Rafael Apartment Rental Rates

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Summer Rates
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $79

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.
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San Rafael Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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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