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Owner

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

Fabulous Hilltop Views in Central Location!

34 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

San Rafael Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Get out of the fog and into the sun. Enjoy the year-round mild climate and central location of San Rafael, with effortless access to San Francisco to the south (twenty-five minutes across the world famous Golden Gate Bridge), the spectacular wine country of Napa, Sonoma, and Alexander Valleys (forty minutes), and Berkeley (thirty minutes).

Easy access in and out of San Francisco by ferry, bus or car. Enjoy a full day in 'The City' and recharge your batteries (with a good night sleep and a soak in the hot tub) for a day of wine tasting in the Napa Valley.

Our home is located in a quiet, upscale neighborhood. This attached in-law unit features many amenities and unique privacy. Enjoy a semi-private swimming pool, hot tub, and deck, featuring nearly three-hundred-sixty-degree views of the Bay and Mt. Tamalpais. Less than fifty yards away is a hiking trail in a eucalyptus forest, with views of San Francisco in the distance.

Marin County offers beaches, golf, hiking, and biking. (Mountain biking was 'invented' on Mt. Tam.) Local scenery includes breathtaking vistas of Mount Tam, and the ancient redwood forests of Muir Woods, sightseeing in Sausalito and Tiburon, and much more. It features restaurants to fit every budget and culinary taste, as well as, excellent theatre, cinema, and shopping.

San Rafael, home of the 2nd most northern and oldest Catholic mission (founded 1817), also features a civic center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a refurbished art deco theater in a revitalized downtown.

Your genial and knowledgeable host and hostess will help with plans (if requested) to make your vacation memorable.

A perfect base from which to savor the best of Northern California!

Keywords: Studio

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi to all potential rentors. We're the home owners and we would be delighted to have you stay with us. San Rafael is one of the best locations in the Bay Area from both a weather and accessibility to both wine country and San Francisco. We can help you plan your visit to get the most enjoyment possible. Our home is on a hill in a quiet neighborhood with good privacy and fabulous views. The rental is a large studio with a full kitchen and bath. Feel free to ask us any questions.

We hope to see you soon!
Sep 2004
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Reviews

5
based on 34 traveler reviews

Fabulous Hilltop Views in Central Location!
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
5

Tranquil getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our Family spent 12 days in the San Francisco area and happily we spent our first few days here in San Rafael. It was such an ordeal trying to find a place until our cousin told us to try VRBO. I did and came upon this gem. It was the first time my husband tried accommodations like this so I was very hopeful he would be pleased. He was! I also was pleased. Mark was very nice and helpful thru the whole process. I know I asked a lot of questions and he was very patient with me. The "Cottage" as they call it is attached to the main home but does have a separate entrance. So you feel as though it's your own little apartment. They had everything you would need and the bath soaps were lovely. The beds were comfy and the linens clean and soft. The View was so beautiful. It was the best view we had thru the whole trip next to "Half Dome" in Yosemite. And after our long days of adventure in San Francisco it was good to come back to the comforts of our cottage in the hills. Our sons goal was to swim in the pool but only had the opportunity to do so on our last day, only because we were busy every other day. It is a bit of a ways up to the property but once there, it is quiet and peaceful. The town below has some great restaurants our favorite was "Teresa's and Johnny's" on 4th st. Mark was also very kind to send out by mail our sons charger for his laptop that he had left behind. It was unfortunate I didn't meet Judi on our trip but perhaps the next time we come thru town. I would recommend this rental highly you cant go wrong, hope your travels are happy ones.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Dawn. It was great having you here. We do our best to make all guests feel at home. Glad it worked for you. Hope to see you again. Regards, Mark
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5

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My 10yo son and I stayed in Mark and Judi's studio for 2 weeks while we attended the Anat Baniel Centre in San Rafael. What a beautiful spot, with views over the valley behind and lovely walks just up the road. Everything we needed and more was provided and our hosts were lovely - even giving my son some books for the plane ride home. And the banana bread...mmmmm. The separate kitchen was brilliant and had everything we needed. Same with the bathroom; even down to a hair curler! There was plenty of tourist information available and books and games for quiet afternoons. Thanks Mark and Judi for making our stay so easy and enjoyable. I hope we have the chance to come again.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Swannanoa, NC, USA
5

Hillside Stay in beautiful Marin!

  • 5 of 5

What a superb location, wonderful apartment and perfect hosts. My husband and I spent 4 weeks in this very comfortable studio, which was much larger than we expected having a cozy sitting area, separate from the beds. With a desk and very comfortable loveseat and armchairs we were not relegated to the bed for seating. The apt has just lots of light, all day, which was my favorite thing. Good windows! The kitchen was good sized, in a separate room and well stocked for as much cooking as we wished to do. Provided to us were even a small cooler and shopping bags. Judi and Mark are very thoughtful in providing for just about all one's needs while away from home. The bathroom, by the way, was good sized too. So, staying here for 4 weeks was very easy.

The location is heavenly, high above the Marin hills with lovely views. From the apt, one could lay in bed and see the sun come up over the Oakland Bay Bridge with beautiful city and bridge lights at night. And the Bay area fog came and went, just enough to show us its beauty as it rolls in. ALL seen from this magnificent apartment perched on a hillside. Very close is quick walking access to amazing Marin trails, with spectacular views to Mt. Tam, The Marin Civic Center and the North Bay. This was a wonderful surprise and offered easy, mostly level, walking or running.

Judi and Mark were a great host and hostess. They respected our privacy completely but stayed fully accessible as we needed. Gave us great information (grocery stores, events, restaurants and wines) and made us feel welcome. They made us feel comfortable with the use of the decks, pool and jacuzzi- which we really used. The deck off the apartment is very much for the use of the guests exclusively.

This San Rafael location is great. The apt feels like it is "away from it all" away but it is so very close to all the places one might wish to visit- both north and south. 30 minutes to San Francisco, 30 minutes to Petaluma, 10 minutes to the amazing Marin farmers market, and 45 minutes to the coast. Just could not have been better located.

The apt is clean and well maintained The bed was very comfortable and the apt well equipped with lights for night-time reading.

I think that for the money this is a superb spot to stay and recommend it highly.

We would definitely return to this spot should the opportunity to visit the Bay Area occur again.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

This property was fabulous we were welcomed with a lovely bottle of wine and coffee beans for our enjoyment. The views were awesome daytime and nighttime. The owners thought of everything you would need for your stay. We enjoyed the quiet central location and the apartment itself had nice furnishings and the kitchen was well equipped as well.

The cooler came in handy that was at the door ready for our day trips.

We also enjoyed swimming in the pool and a couple of nights we used the hot tub under the stars. We certainly recommend this property if you are planning to stay in the San Rafael Area.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5

Rita & Tom

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic stay at this wonderful studio.It was close to San Francisco, Muir Woods, Sausalito and Napa Valley. The studio is fully equipped, clean, cozy and has a stunning view. If you want to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature and still be close to everything, this is the place to go to.It's a shame we were only here for six days.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canada, Vancouver, BC
5

Perfect getaway spot

  • 5 of 5

My wife, baby daughter and I had an outstanding experience staying at this stunning location. The views and sunlight in the suite are amazing. We took advantage of the trails that start right out the door. We found the suite to be clean, well cared for and even came with an excellent wine.

We have already recommended this rental to friends and are already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Point Reyes National Seashore
"Great for hikes and "getting away from it all"."
Muir Woods National Monument
"Go during the week. Parking on weekends is tough. But they have a shuttle from the parking l..."
Mount Tamalpais
"Great for hikes and mountain biking. We've got several trail books available. "
Fish Restaurant
"Great sustainable seafood restaurant. Cash only. fun to eat outside if it's not too cold. "
Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
"In downtown San Rafael. Always a crowd. No alcohol served. Great food at reasonable prices. "
Angel Island State Park
"For a fun day, take the ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island. Rent a bike or hike the trails. ..."
China Camp State Park
"Good for mountain biking and hiking. "
The Marine Mammal Center
"this has a good tour (check the website to confirm times) that works for kids and adults. Th..."
Taqueria San Jose
"Very casual and authentic taco/burrito restaurant. no frills, but good food. "
Citrus & Spice -- CLOSED
"Good Thai food. We like the pumpkin curry. "
Sunday Marin Farmers Market
"Great place to visit. Also on Thursday mornings. Plenty of fresh (mostly organic) fruits, ve..."
Crepevine
"Good food and plenty of it. "
Trader Joe's
"A great store with lots of organic and international foods and wines. A fun place to explore. "
Napoli
"Family pasta and pizza restaurant. Always good and friendly folks. "
Golden Gate Overlook
"This is the classic viewpoint for the GG Bridge. Go south on Highway 101, take the last exit..."
In-N-Out Burger
"This place has a great reputation. The burgers are really good. But we don't like the fries ..."
Sushi Ran
"Probably the best sushi you'll find. But not cheap. "
Rustic Bakery
"Great bakery! I love the chocolate croissants. But all the baked goods are terrific. "
Marin Country Mart
"They are doing some fun things here to bring in people. they have food trucks on Sunday morn..."
Alcatraz Cruises
Alcatraz Island
"The tour of Alcatraz is really great. You tour the jail and facilities with the aid of a gua..."
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Larkspur
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
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Car: necessary

Biking (mountain biking was 'invented' on Mt. Tam). Many hiking, biking/hiking trails within 100 feet of the unit.

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San Rafael Studio Rental Rates

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$50 cleaning fee and $100 refundable security deposit.

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Amenities

San Rafael Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Hot Tub (Semi-private), Pool (Semi-private), Both Queen and Double Beds, Full Bath with Shower, High Speed Wi-Fi and cable Internet, HD Cable TV (40'), Phone (unlimited local and long distance in the US), No Pets.

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