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Fabulous Hilltop Views in Central Location!

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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 (thirty 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. 18 steps lead to this attached in-law unit, which features many amenities and unique privacy. Another 12 steps to 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

Mark and Judi
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

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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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
"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..."
"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. "
"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
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Car: necessary

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


San Rafael Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub with shower.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Hot Tub (Semi-private), Pool (Semi-private), Both Queen and Double Beds, Full Bath with Shower and Tub, High Speed Wi-Fi and cable Internet, HD Cable TV (40"), No Pets, No Smoking.


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Fabulous Hilltop Views in Central Location!
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 39 reviews

Superbe endroit et très belle location

  • 4 of 5

Nous sommes restés 3 jours chez Mark et Judy. La location est très agréable et très bien équipée. Piscine et terrasse permettent de se détendre. Merci Mark pour le jacuzzi. Je recommande fortement

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup.
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Excellent location at an unbelievable price

  • 5 of 5

I recently had the pleasure of staying in Mark and Judi's guest suite for 4 nights and I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant experience! The suite is clean, bright, and comfortable plus fully-stocked with everything you could need to cook, clean, or unwind. And there's no better place to unwind than on the deck, which in addition to a pool and hot tub, offers a breathtaking view of the valley below. Should you need anything, or have any questions on nearby attractions, Mark and Judi are fantastic hosts and are happy to assist in any way they can. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indian Head Park, IL

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay with Mark and Judi. Everything you need for your stay. Quite, comfortable and great views! Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This was just what we were looking for. A nice apartment with a full kitchen to stay in. Mark and Judi were very helpful with any questions about the area and where and what to do. We had privacy but they were there if we need something. Our only wish was for a place with a king size bed, this is very hard to find but we made too and it worked out. Also, this was not an issue for us, but there are many stairs to get in and out of the apartment and down to to the pool area some people might have a problem with that. On that note there is a beautiful trail right up the road, we spent many hours there walking the numerous trails and enjoying the views.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $100

$50 cleaning fee and $100 refundable security deposit.

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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