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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


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.


Picnic Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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.


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Sunny San Rafael 2 Bed 2 Bath Flat in Historic Gerstle Park
average rating of 4.4827585 based on 32 reviews

Great location, lovely home, friendly neighbors!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Fred's place while preparing for my sister's wedding. The owner was clear and prompt when replying to questions prior to arrival. The house is definitely a home-which is what you hope for when booking a VRBO. It was very clean and bright and had every thing you could need for the stay. Fred left helpful instructions and recommendations to get around the neighborhood. We'd stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and well located

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Comfortable apartment. We enjoyed being able to walk a few blocks to everything we needed. It was as described. We'd recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Eclectic Home Away From Home

  • 4 of 5

The home is full of character and charm. Loved the artwork, decor and overall "Bohemian Chic" feel of the place. Nicely updated kitchen and comfy beds. Overall, a great place to stay in a tree lined historic neighborhood that's only a heartbeat away from San Francisco.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Charming apartment with everything one might need. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great option for San Rafael

  • 4 of 5

The interior of this home is just lovely. It is spacious, clean, and beautifully decorated. The photos of the interior don't do it justice. The kitchen is completely outfitted for cooking. There is a Safeway in easy walking distance. The neighborhood overall is older, with some nice looking Victorian style homes mixed with more dilapidated homes and multi-family units. The front of this home is somewhat overgrown, but the interior was immaculate.

Our only negative was the lack of air conditioning, with the exception of a small window unit in the master bathroom. We visited during a major heat wave, and the inside of the home was stifling. We couldn't have hung out there all day--way too hot. I would imagine this is only a problem during these rare heat waves, since normally San Rafael's temperatures are fairly mild. But it's something to keep in mind. Overall it was a great stay though.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great little apartment, wonderful location and close to markets, restaurants and everything we wanted to do. If we ever come back to this area we will defenitively stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fred Warnecke
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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