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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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

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 Vancouver

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 will be opening in winter 2017 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

Dunbar-Southlands 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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 , 1 child bed , Child bed is a sleeping nook. Also have Play-and-Pack
  • 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

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships
average rating of 4.888889 based on 57 reviews
5

Awesome!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at the Secret Garden! Noo Noo was an amazing host. The house was beautiful and fully equipped for all of our needs. Super cozy living and felt like home throughout our stay. Perfect location, easy access to restaurants and bus routes all over town. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jacob, for the awesome review! Next time you come we'll set up some excursions now I know what you like - there is so much to see of the "real" Vancouver close to here without stepping foot in the downtown core. Hope to be able to fit you in sometime in the summer - I'd love to have you here again. Noo-Noo
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4

Clean and cozy with lovely big windows in the sitting area

  • 4 of 5

This was a great little central spot for our family to base ourselves out of for the week. Lots of space to store our bikes safely outside, very comfortable beds, and a cozy gas fireplace to come home to after a wet day! The garden was not in bloom yet but it looks like it will be gorgeous and lush.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Robyn: Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. I'm sorry I was, as you were aware before you booked, that I was on vacation at the time of your stay as I would have liked to have met you and your family. Also thanks for the lovely comments in my guest book - so glad the kids loved their room! Noo-Noo
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5

The Secret Garden was a sweet and comfortable home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Noo-Noo was a lovely hostess; she thought of everything. There was lots of room for the three of us; we didn't feel cramped. It was delightful to climb into the sauna after a winter's day spent tramping around the gorgeous Vancouver countryside. We slept well! We recommend this place highly.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Elaine: Thanks so much for your great review. So glad you liked the sauna - I have one myself sometimes in between bookings. Hope to see you and your family again next time you come to Vancouver. Noo-Noo
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5

A Welcome Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Secret Garden! As this was our first trip to Vancouver, it was a nice getaway and cozy unit that offered everything we needed and were looking for. It's within walking distance to stores, restaurants, and a movie theater and we felt we were in a safe neighborhood. More than anything, we appreciated the hospitality and warm welcome we received! Thanks so much for letting us stay at your property, Noo-Noo, and for the banana bread!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Steve, for writing such a nice review. I'm happy to hear you found the apartment cozy and convenient and hope I'll see you again the next time you visit Vancouver. Hopefully you can come back when the gardens are in bloom. Your little daughter is so adorable - thanks to her I can now tell my grandaughters that I actually know what Snapchat is! Noo-Noo
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5

Perfect haven in a snowy Vancouver

  • 5 of 5

The suite was a perfect spot for my wife and I and our two school-age boys. Even in the midst of a good bit of snowfall, it was easy for us to walk to the nearby bus stop and take short bus rides to all the destinations we wanted to see. Street parking was also easy, plenty of spots, nice quiet street. The suite is tastefully done, and the host (Noo-Noo) is very friendly and helpful. We would love to be able to stay here again some day.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Jeffrey - it was a pleasure hosting you and your family. I'm glad you got to enjoy a rare Vancouver snowfall - the snow monkey your son made for me has now melted and we're back to our usual rain. Thanks for the help with the snow shoveling - it was much appreciated. Noo-Noo
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5

Beautiful, well kept and tastefully decorated. A real home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing stay, the area was very quiet and we got good nights sleep.

Noo Noo is a very friendly and helpful hostess and we sure hope we get to stay at the Secret Garden again.

Specially to see the garden in the summer time.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Martin: Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a great review. It was a pleasure hosting you and your parents and I do hope to see you (or Mom and Dad) in the summer so they can enjoy the gardens. Noo-Noo
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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

Dunbar-Southlands Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Oct 8 2016 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$92
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$92
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $110.98
Cleaning $36.99

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

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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