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SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Private, 2 bedroom, gorgeous gardens, close to everything.

The Secret Garden is a serene retreat nestled in gorgeous gardens in one of the most beautiful and safe neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Ten minutes to UBC or downtown - close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer!

Our large, bright yet cozy apartment occupies the ground level of a character home. Just outside the separate entrance are a private patio, BBQ hut for guests and the lush back garden.

The carpeted living room has large windows looking onto gardens, a big comfy couch and extra seating, a gas fireplace and flatscreen tv.

There are two bedrooms, both with windows looking onto gardens. The master has a queen bed and the other bedroom a double bed and sleeping nook for kids.

The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, toaster, kettle; everything you need to cook at home. The fridge and stove are both full size.

The dining area also looks onto gardens and has seating for six.

Our luxurious tiled bathroom with walk-in shower, rainhead, and granite counter opens into a private sauna.

The laundry room has a washing machine and dryer, laundry tubs, and cleaning supplies. There are no charges for the use of the washer and dryer.

Our tropical feel back garden features a large stone deck, water feature and landscape lighting. Birds and squirrels visit many times a day and can often be seen drinking at the fountain. The garden is featured annually in the “Dunbar in Bloom” garden tour in May.

The front garden has a delightful little stone patio surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs.

We are half a block from Dunbar Village in the historic neighbourhood of Dunbar-Southlands. Within two blocks are many restaurants and bars, liquor store, produce and fish markets, Starbucks and other coffee shops, Mac's, drug store, small shops, beauty salons and medical clinic. SaveOnFoods is at 41st and Dunbar. A fresh fruit and vegetable market is two blocks away at Dunbar and 28th.

There is ample free parking in front of the house with no need for permits.

Families with children will enjoy the Dunbar Community Centre, one block away, which has a great playground, tennis courts, fitness centre and picnic area.

The west side beaches are a ten-minute drive or short bus ride down the hill. Also nearby are UBC, the Museum of Anthropology and several public golf courses. A few blocks west is the entrance to Pacific Spirit Park where you can walk for hours in old-growth forest. A 10-minute drive or 25-minute bus ride takes you to downtown Vancouver.

Granville Island, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Gardens, Commercial Drive, South Granville, Main Street and UBC are some of the attractions you won't want to miss on our side of town.

For families with small children we have a play-and-pack and high chair free of charge.

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in a quiet, beautiful setting close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer, we would love to welcome you to The Secret Garden.

More Details

Property Manager
Noo-Noo
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Noo-Noo

Hi:

My name is Noo-Noo - grandmother, gardener and part-time businesswoman. I live upstairs and am available by phone but not necessarily in 24-hour residence. No dogs, cats, raucous parties or elephants bowling up here! Just let me know if you need anything and I'll be happy to help.

Noo-Noo purchased this apartment in 1985

Why Noo-Noo chose West Side

I love Dunbar! I moved here from North Van in 1985. I bought this home for its large treed lot, proximity to the forest and Dunbar Village and most of all I loved the character of the house (it used to be an old mill worker's home and was built in 1924).

What makes this apartment unique

The location is fantastic - everything needed for day to day living is within walking distance. There is a SaveOnFoods 11 blocks away and our new Stongs Supermarket is only three blocks from the house. There are 11 restaurants/ coffee shops/ diners offering British pub food, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Subway and sushi all within three blocks (and Starbucks!) as well as a liquor store, drug store, and various small shops. There are three parks within a few blocks and a beautiful garden to enjoy no matter what the season.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Awesome shower and sauna I have to say...right in the suite itself...better than any hotel at that price.

Kitchen with everything you could want and an upscale supermarket, Stongs at the end of the block that's open till midnight.

Super quiet, great beds and just a beautiful getaway that's 15 minutes from downtown.

We are staying there whenever we go to Vancouver from now on if at all possible.
Nov 2013
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Amenities

West Side Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Luxurious tiled bathroom with private sauna
  • One bathroom with walk-in rain shower, granite countertop, storage cupboard.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Bedroom also has a little sleeping nook for a small child.
  • Two bedrooms: one with QUEEN bed and one with DOUBLE bed. Play-and-Pack and highchair available for kids.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Please take note that the one thing our heritage homes in Dunbar have in common is that the ceilings can be a bit lower than usual (although to code). If you are over 6' tall you may not find this property a good fit although many taller gents have stayed here with no complaints. Also the second bedroom has a DOUBLE bed so if you are four adults staying please keep that in mind. The last thing I ever want is unhappy guests!

Reviews

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SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 75 reviews
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A Paradise in quiet Dunbar!

  • 5 of 5

The Secret Garden is a gem of a retreat tucked away in the lovely and convenient neighborhood of Dunbar. We were wowed by both the apartment and gardens, even more beautiful than the photos. The talented and artistic owner Noo-Noo has taken great efforts to create the perfect oasis for an unforgettable stay. Her lush and delightful "secret garden" welcomed us into a beautifully decorated, well-appointed and spacious apartment, in which every room was so thoughtfully put together. No detail was overlooked and we had everything we needed, including a well-stocked kitchen, umbrellas for the rain showers, and plenty of guidebooks and local recommendations. With a private sauna, we felt like we were staying at a spa! We also loved the Dunbar neighborhood, so quiet and green yet close to everything.

We are grateful to Noo-Noo for her warmth and hospitality, and her great suggestions for what to see and do, and how to get around. It was interestingly to chat with Noo-Noo about how the neighborhood has evolved over the years, and to learn about some of the current local issues (recycling, garbage); when you're a visitor to the area, these personal interactions really enhance the experience. Thank you Noo-Noo for being a such caring and thoughtful host and letting us stay at your lovely property!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Liz: Thank you so much for writing such a thoughtful and detailed review of The Secret Garden and our neighbourhood. You were great guests, so warm, friendly and easy to talk to. The compliments are very much appreciated and make all that slogging around with the garden hose well worth the effort! I hope you'll visit again sometime and that your renovations worked out just as you had hoped. Noo-Noo
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5

Awesome! Perfect for me and my two boys!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Super area. Clean and comfortable and quiet. Noo-Noo is an excellent host, very kind and accommodating. I plan on staying there again in the future! Thanks for the super stay Noo-Noo!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

would highly recomend this lovely little apartment

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful apartment in a very convenient location for visiting our son at UBC. Noo-Noo was a lovely host who was available if we had any questions but gave us plenty of privacy as we came and went during our 4-day stay. No surprises, everything was as stated. Would stay again if in the area.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Betsey: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I hope you'll come back when the gardens are blooming so you can enjoy the BBQ hut and the back garden with the fountain. Karina, my fabulous cleaner, sends her thanks also for keeping the apartment so nice. Noo-Noo
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5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

Noo-noo was a lovely host and very responsive. The suite was perfect to share with extended family and suited all our needs. Super quiet and great location in Dunbar area. Would absolutely book here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sonya, for the wonderful review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and our lovely neighbourhood. Thanks for the ice skating gala tickets! I couldn't attend but gave them to my young friend and she and her little girl had the best time ever. I hope I'll see you again next time you come to Vancouver. Noo-Noo
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5

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect. A very convenient but quiet neighborhood. I would highly recommend this wonderful place. Will return for sure

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ty: Thanks for the great review. Just sorry I wasn't in town to meet you in person but hope I'll have that pleasure soon. Noo-Noo
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5

Noo-noo has this place where is conveniently located in a fine location in Vancouver.

  • 5 of 5

This place is well equipped and even has a sauna where I enjoyed the most!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Olivia: I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our lovely neighbourhood - 32 years after buying my house I still never tire of walking around in Dunbar and also down the road at Southlands with its horse farms and the lovely walk along the Fraser River. Glad you got good use out of the sauna - I enjoy it myself when I don't have guests, especially in the winter. Sorry I was out of town during your stay, but hope to meet you if you visit our beautiful city again. Noo-Noo
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Map

University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Science World
"So interesting ... my grandchildren (2 and 8) love it there."
H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
Kitsilano Beach
Locarno Beach Park
Queen Elizabeth Park
Museum of Anthropology
Stanley Park
The Dunbar
"Small bar and restaurant with outdoor heated deck. Two blocks from The Secret Garden. "
Nearest Airport
11 Kilometres
Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Dunbar Public House
Nearest Ferry
29 Kilometres
Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
University of British Columbia
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Canada Line
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Highway 99
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Cheshire Cheese Inn
Nearest Ski
130 Kilometres
Whistler
Nearest Beach
4.5 Kilometres
Jericho
Car: not necessary

The Secret Garden is in the historic neighbourhood of Dunbar-Southlands, on a quiet, tree-lined street half a block from Dunbar Village. A 10-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride takes you downtown. The best beaches in Vancouver are just down the hill - Jericho, Spanish Banks, Locarno, and Kitsilano. The University of British Columbia is a 10-minute drive. Also on this side of town are the Museum of Anthropology, VanDusen Gardens, the Planetarium, Science World, and the funky areas of Main Street and Commercial Drive for bars, ethnic restaurants and music. The old fishing village of Steveston is half an hour's drive - great fish and chips and you can buy fresh fish off the boats to cook in our fully equipped kitchen.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $39.53
Refundable damage deposit $118.58

Extra guest fee is $20.00 per person per night for guests after 2.
Cleaning fee is $50 on stays of less than one week.

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

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