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

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


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
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Noo-Noo


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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West Side Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • 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 ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Luxurious tiled bathroom with private sauna
  • One bathroom with walk-in rain shower, granite countertop, storage cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • 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
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!


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SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships
average rating of 4.90625 based on 62 reviews

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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Peaceful & quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Only a few blocks away form an excellent hike through UBC trails. Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jim: Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Living so close to Pacific Spirit Park is definitely a bonus for my guests who like to hike in old growth forest. See you soon I hope, Noo-Noo
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Amazing !!!

  • 5 of 5

Don't know where to start because there is so much to say about our stay. Noo-Noo is such a lovely lady. She gave us advice on what to do in and around Vancouver and what not to do. She's so friendly and just talking with her seemed like we had know each other for years.

The apartment is gorgeous. Furnished to a very high standard. The beds are beautiful and comfortable, the kitchen is very well equipped and the bathroom has a lovely rain shower and sauna. Why on earth would you pay for a hotel room when you can have all this for less !!!!

There's shops and restaurants just around the corner (Try the Indian, it's beautiful )

When we come back to Vancouver there's only one place we will be staying. Thank you Noo-Noo for making our stay so special. Jacquie&Rob.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jacquie and Rob: So sorry for the late response! I just returned from a trip to San Diego to visit my son. Thank you so much for the lovely review, it always makes me so happy when guests like the apartment and appreciate our unique and convenient neighbourhood. I hope I will see you again - I enjoyed our conversations also - you are such a friendly couple. Noo-Noo
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Warm and inviting!

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I stayed at this property May 10-15 and we enjoyed our accommodations very much. Everything was very clean, and Noo-Noo was so welcoming and helpful. I liked the location. I had a rental car so I cannot comment on ease of mass transportation to get around, but with the car I found the location to be great for us. Hopefully, I will come back for another visit to Vancouver, and if I do, I will definitely check to see if she can accommodate me. Thanks again for everything, Noo-Noo!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Yvonne! Too bad - it looks like we're in for two weeks of SUN now - you just missed it. After our conversation about the Handi Indian restaurant up the street I got a craving for Indian food so picked up some lamb rogan josh - my favourite. It was great and they seem to be more reasonably priced with the new management. Thanks again for writing such a nice review, and I hope to see you again when you visit Vancouver next time. Noo-Noo
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Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very nice neighborhood. Always had a place to park. Very clean and lots of room. Noo Noo gave us lots of ideas for places to visit.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Barbara: So glad you and your daughter had a peaceful getaway. Van Dusen Gardens is so beautiful this time of year so was glad to hear you enjoyed my suggestion and also that your daughter had a great time at her concert. I thought she looked so cute when she went out! Hope to host you again sometime, Noo-Noo
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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 away 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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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
Nearest Beach
4.5 Kilometres
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.


Rates & Availability

West Side Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Low season
Oct 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $39.88
Refundable damage deposit $119.63

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.
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