An afternoon deck level view from the back door.The main entryway
Charming Peaceful Garden Retreat

7 guests

3 rooms

3 beds

2 baths

7 guests

3 rooms

3 beds

2 baths

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Ages 2 - 12
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About this listing


Extra people: $30 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: $60
Security Deposit: $400
Weekly Discount: 4%


The space

A peaceful, beautifully detailed, open-spaced, "barefoot" retreat with a relaxing zen-like garden. Set up for ease of quiet enjoyment and entertaining indoors and out.

The House: 1450 square feet. Fully furnished, nicely appointed open large-room living space and kitchen. 3 comfortable bedrooms with queen beds and memory foam mattress toppers - quiet close-the-door private spaces. 2 full baths with shower/tubs. Romantic fireplace. WiFi that covers entire house and yard. Entertainment system: large flat panel TV with HD cable, NetFlix, iPOD/iPhone cradle, CDs, DVD, Blu-Ray.

The Yard: Patio seating for four in the front garden for morning coffee and breakfast or evening drinks. In the back patio surrounded by garden, seating for 8, under a custom arched covered patio of hardwood deck to open up the seasons. All beautifully lit with accents for evening entertaining. House has an enclosed back yard and dog door. gas BBQ. Small wood fire pit. The soft white noise of a day breeze and small birds are soothing.

The Greater Space: 1 mile to some of Marin's only accessible single-track trails for mountain biking (20 miles of trail and fire road), hiking, running, simply meandering. Kayak launch a few short miles away along historic and beautiful coastline.

Neighborhood: Quiet cul-de-sac and 100 yds to bird preserve and a 1 mile level trail loop for sunset or sunrise walk. Neighborhood park 100 yards nearby for all ages, with tennis courts, basketball, new playground for kids of all ages. All dog-friendly for friendly dogs.

Relax. Work. Entertain. Exercise. Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy. Your choice.

The neighborhood

You’ll really enjoy the location and will discover jewels of experience as you acclimate yourself to the area. China Camp State Park, with beautiful shore line, 20 miles of easy to difficult hiking trails, a small beach, and a slice of California history, are just 3-4 minutes away. Sonoma and Napa wine countries are 25-45 minutes to the North. The epic span of the Golden Gate Bridge is 18 minutes and 12 miles to the South and invites you to explore all things San Francisco. Numerous other gems unique to the North Bay of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties await you from rustic and rural to sophisticated and cultural. Redwoods and ragged coastlines are a half hour to the West. Easy sunset and sunrise glass-in-hand strolling starts 100 yards from the house on a level 1 mile loop path.

For cooking-in, BBQ’ing or being self-contained, groceries and supplies are within 3 minutes drive to the well stocked neighborhood Santa Venetia Market store, or 8 minutes to Whole Foods, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, pharmacies, and a variety of other conveniences. For fresh food fair, from green to red, Farmers Markets are held on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings, within 1.7 miles and 3 minutes drive, at the historic Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center building.

There are a ton of varied restaurant choices 6+ minutes away in downtown San Rafael, and even more further afield. Waterfront dining in Sausalito and Tiburon can be magical. Shopping for special items and gifts are plentiful within 10 minutes and more.

There’s a driveway for one car for off street parking. Plenty of space for 1-2 more cars on the quiet cup-de-sac in front of the house.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Be courteous, tidy, but r-e-l-a-x-x-x. That's what it's here for.

Please, no smoking inside or around the house.

I ask that guests leave the place tidy and at least start the process of cleaning. Doing so allows me to keep the cleaning cost charges to guests low, keep people's attachment to the place high, allows for frequent return visits, and provides me with the joy of returning to a clean home. So far, it has worked well for everyone.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

2 nights minimum stay

179 Reviews

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Scott User Profile
April 2017
David's house is beautiful and extremely well equipped for long or short stays. The garden has been lovingly crafted and offers a great urban retreat. As a host David was very interested in our stay going as best as could be. I would highly recommend staying at David's any time.

Anjelica User Profile
April 2017
David's place was just what we were looking for-- clean, spacious enough for 7 guests, with a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy dinner. He and his wife were excellent in communicating while checking in. And less than an hour to wine country (both Napa and Sonoma)! Thank you so much!

Michelle User Profile
April 2017
Very comfortable. Convenient location. Attentive host.

Oscar User Profile
March 2017
5 stars

Elizabeth User Profile
March 2017
This place is wonderful! I reserved this house for a bridal shower weekend, and it was great for me, my two sisters, my mom, and my 77-year old grandma. 1. Very affordable for the location. We were close enough to the city to travel in easily, but also able to go to the coast with little traffic. It was so much cheaper than 2 hotels rooms! 2. Super clean and well stocked! We cooked dinner at least twice. Beds were very comfy, spotless, and sheets/blankets/towels were abundant. 3. Easy to check in and out. 4. The backyard is gorgeous. We spent parts of the afternoon just sitting outside drinking coffee. Great retreat.

Katie User Profile
March 2017
David's home was a beautiful place to stay! Extremely comfortable and accommodating for our family (consisting of 5 adults). Everything was exactly as pictured, including the spacious back patio. So relaxing! The location was centrally located as well for many of the sights we wanted to see along the coast. Not only would we highly recommend David's home to others, but we also hope to visit again.

Anicée User Profile
February 2017
We had a perfect time and David is really friendly

San Rafael, California, United States · Joined in October 2011
David User ProfileDavid is a superhost.

I enjoy the greatness and the beauty of the of the outdoors. Marin and Northern California offer the richness of the outdoors with the cultural amenities I also appreciate. I've loved traveling to, through and around over 60 countries over 6 continents. I still feel the deep exhale of coming home to a simple, beautiful, quiet, and comfortable place that I can call home, and that blurs the lines and invitation between outdoors and in. Simple touches of quality and detail matter to me. They speak throughout my home and my world. I hope they speak to a special few others, as well.

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