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Sunny San Rafael 2 Bed 2 Bath Flat in Historic Gerstle Park

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

This beautiful house, located on a quiet, tree lined street close to downtown San Rafael, is available for both short term (two night minimum) or long term (month to month) rental. Perfect for families touring Northern California, or those needing a base while doing business in the Bay Area or seeking more permanent housing. Centrally located near the Hwy 101 corridor, the house provides easy access to Bay Area destinations: half hour drive to Sonoma and Napa Wine Country, San Francisco, East Bay and coastal beaches… 15 minute drive to spectacular Mt. Tam hiking and biking trails… 3-4 hours to Lake Tahoe skiing and water sports. Lots of great shops and restaurants are just a few blocks away.

Fred Warnecke
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Fred!

Just a short note to thank you for providing us with shelter the last few days. We loved the neighborhood and found the home quite suitable for our needs. I would like to let you know that the water tap in the master BR dribbles constantly and should be attended to. Other than that, we found everything in good shape and the kitchen very nice, even tho we never did use the kitchen for cooking. We would gladly recommend your rental to anyone.

Best regards,

Fred & Kitty Meyer
Jul 2013
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Picnic Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 bathrooms , a larger one off dining room w shower, toilet sink and linen closet; second smaller one off master bedroom with bath, sink and toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 2 bedrooms, (2) queen size beds (1) roll away bed (1), large sofa
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Light filled rooms, 10' tall ceilings, newly remodeled kitchen w granite counters and small computer work/desk space, small garden area w sitting area, wood floors with area rugs, large shower and bath tub, laundry room in basement. Conveniently located walking distance to Downtown stores and restaurants, parks and open space. Located close to Highway 101; south to San Francisco and north to Sonoma and Napa Wine country, and Bay Bridge to Oakland and East Bay destinations; or head to West Marin Open space trails and coastal beaches and Towns. For massage service, contact Jen Winter 415-302-1313.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Sunny San Rafael 2 Bed 2 Bath Flat in Historic Gerstle Park
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 25 reviews

Great location but needs some attention

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We stayed at Fred’s San Rafael property for 5 weeks during November and December. We found the home to be very well equipped and nicely located within walking distance to grocery, bars and restaurants.

The home is older and comes with its own unusual odours, which were easily masked after picking up some scented candles at Walgreens. The laundry facilities are in the unfinished basement and are shared with other tenants and also used by others who do not live in the building. A few days after arriving, small brown roach-like insects that came up the wall from behind the stove and ran across the kitchen counter began to greet us each morning. After locating some bug spray in the laundry room, we were able to keep the insects under control with a spray every few days. About half way through our stay, following a substantial rainfall, the bathroom off the master bedroom became infested with ants – literally thousands of them were tracking across the floor and around the edges of the room. The same bug spray also seemed to eliminate that issue. We have to assume that this is an ongoing problem as there were two large cans of ant and cockroach spray in the laundry room.

We were a little disappointed in the lack of response from Fred when we emailed him about the insect issues and a couple of other concerns. We received only one email response indicating where to find the bug spray and then seemed to be ignored on subsequent messages. We then attempted to phone Fred, leaving a voice message, which he responded to, via text message. We finally gave up and made the best of the situation; but as a result ended up eating most meals outside of the home, which significantly added to the cost of our stay.

I should also comment that the guest access to wifi was a little unstable. The modem required periodic re-booting and access seemed to be set to time out regularly, which was not an issue for laptops, but often forced our iPhones and iPad to lock up.

Fred did send a text message during our last week apologizing for the issues we had experienced, thanking us for renting his property and asking us to come back soon (which I can assure you will not happen).

Luckily, his is the first unpleasant experience we have had with a VRBO property.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen, Again I am so sorry for the problems you encountered during your stay with the insects and internet, and my slow response. I had no idea how serious it was, I imagined just a few and spray would take care of it. If I had known you had to eat out a lot I would of had a service there immediately. I am meeting with an insect service next Monday, as well as the internet provider to resolve these issues. Thank you and sorry for the inconveniences you had to deal with at the house. Sincerely Fred
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Singapore, Singapore

Will definitely stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently spent 5 nights in this house while visiting San Rafael on holiday. This house is really perfect for an easy visit, and MUCH better than a hotel! Before we arrived, we had clear instructions for how to find the house and how to get in; once in, there was a binder with great information about the area. The house was extremely clean, in very good condition and the kitchen was amazing- very well stocked so we could cook meals easily for our kids. The location is fantastic- easy to get to a lot of places and in a very safe and friendly neighourhood. There is a parking space for guests and laundry downstairs. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in town for a visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Home

  • 5 of 5

I had my colleagues stay at the home in San Rafael for 6 nights

the street is quite and its close to downtown San Rafael.

We had a couple of minor problems and the owner acted immediately to resolve everything.

Home is well appointed, cozy and a nice place to stay

centrally located between SF and wine country.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wyckoff, New Jerse

Wonderful House

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place. Well maintained and centrally located. Our only criticism would be to have a larger television screen. This will be our "go to" place for all future visits to San Francisco.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Great San Francisco Place

  • 5 of 5

we stayed here during our last minute visit to San Francisco. The place is as advertised and an excellent place. The kitchen is great plenty of room to move around. The living room is spacious, we moved coffee table because of toddler and gave her plenty of room to do her thing. The front porch is excellent to get some fresh air. The drive in to San Francisco was no more than 20 minutes, also close to Muir Woods. There is a safeway walking distance away if you plan on cooking, if not there are great restaurants a short drive away. We will definitely try to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfax, California

Great Flat, Great Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at this flat when we were waiting out a short sale. The neighborhood is probably my favorite neighborhood in Marin. It's super convenient to the Larkspur Ferry, about a 15 min bike ride. The place was well furnished and has an excellent chef's kitchen.

The owner was very kind and flexible, which was very important to us during this time.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This unit is in central San Rafael, Marin County, 30 mins to SF, 45 mins to Sonoma and Napa counties (wine country), 40 mins to coastal beaches (Stinson, Bolinas, and many more), 15 mins to Mt. Tamalpias (biking, hiking) and 3-4 hours to Lake Tahoe (water sports, skiing).


Rates & Availability

Picnic Valley House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100

I ask for a $200 deposit fee thru paypal to hold the reservation. The deposit goes toward the balance due. The balance is due once you arrive and occupy the house. The balance due is also sent thru paypal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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