Charming Peaceful Garden Retreat

House - Entire home/apt · Descanso Way, San Rafael, CA 94903, United States

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. 2 comfortable bedrooms with queen beds. 3rd bedroom setup as office, with optional rollout mattress. 2 full baths with shower/tubs. Romantic fireplace. WiFi that covers entire house and yard. Entertainment system: large flat panel, 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: $30 / night after 5 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1260 /week
Monthly Price: $4400 /month
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • David's place was everything we hoped for and exactly as promised. We enjoyed great communal meals in the garden and shared stories over the fire pit. Each room was well prepared and comfortable. I highly recommend this place for any sort of retreat.

    Upon leaving, my friend locked his Kindle in the house and David was extremely helpful in retrieving it.

    April 2014
  • We really enjoyed staying at David's house in San Rafael. It is really comfortable, well-equipped, and aptly described as a charming, peaceful, garden retreat. Dave was a super host. He always responded promptly to any queries we had before we arrived, and provided the most detailed and thorough handbook of any Air B&B accommodation I have ever seen. We had a great stay and are looking forward to staying at this lovely, very special home again whenever we are in the area. Thanks Dave!

    April 2014
  • We came up to Marin County for a wedding and picked this house to use as our home-base during all the wedding festivities. We absolutely loved our stay here and would love to come back and stay again! David was great, we left like he truly cared about making sure we enjoyed our stay. The beds were comfy, almost everything you need is provided and the backyard is the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night.

    March 2014
  • David's place was great for our stay. We found everything wonderfully prepared, and had a great time eating dinner on the back patio.

    March 2014
  • This was our third stay in David's house, and as with the other times,our stay was wonderful. David's house is very well equipped, beautifully furnished, and very comfortable. The patio out back is excellent. We will be staying in David's house again, hopefully many times.

    February 2014
  • David's house was cozy, quiet, and warm. From well-appointed bedrooms with comfortable beds to an open living room to relax in to a great little office where we could get some work done, it had everything we needed and was the perfect haven to come back to at the end of the day. Our only regret was that we didn't get to use the amazing backyard and outdoor tables because it rained the entire duration of our trip! David checked in to see if we needed anything during our stay, which was very nice. I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Marin.

    February 2014
  • Relaxing... backyard was our favorite for our breakfast in the morning. Kitchen had everything we need. Thank you so much.. we would love to go back there in the future.

    December 2013
  • My boyfriend and I wanted a "staycation" and David's place was perfect. Quiet, charming and so cozy. David was sweet and available when we needed something. We did not want to leave! The garden is dreamy and perfect for eating, reading and reconnecting. I highly suggest this lovely place for a visit. Thanks again David!

    November 2013
  • We loved staying at David's during our wedding weekend in Marin. It was the perfect peaceful retreat like home. We loved having coffee and meals out on the patio. Highly recommended!

    November 2013
  • The home is airy, cozy & very thoughtful. David the owner, although we didn't meet in person was available, accommodating, and accountable. If I am ever able I would like to stay in this charming
    place again. Thank you, Caryn

    October 2013
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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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