Resort Hillside Home with Bay Views

House - Entire home/apt · Aquinas Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901, United States
Your host, Susan
21 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a day

The Space

This 3,000 ft home has everything that you would find in a resort - privacy, spacious living and 180 degree views of two bridges, the San Francisco Bay, and the Marin hills yet you're only 1.5 miles from downtown San Rafael with restaurants, music, art galleries and shops. Five minutes to the freeway, 10 minutes to the ferry, and 25 minutes is all it takes to get to San Francisco. Or head north to explore Point Reyes, beaches, hiking. Plus it's only a 35 minute drive to the wine country for great dining and wine tasting.

The house is next to hillside open space with fantastic mountain biking and hiking trails that make it easy to stay in shape (or get in better shape) while vacationing.

The gourmet kitchen is very large with an L-shaped bar where everyone gathers, and there are three outdoor patios for dining or just gazing at the views.

The master bedroom and bath are spacious and complete with a Bay view. The guest bedroom with king bed has a full view of the hillside and San Rafael.. And the third bedroom with hillside views sleeps two on a comfortable futon.

The office has french doors leading to the pool and hot tub. Complete with Wi-Fi. Fireplace and swimming pool included as well as two large screen HD tvs. Parking for three cars.

Marin is one of the most desirable areas of Northern California - come experience it! Please - If you have not contacted us before, please tell me a little about yourself and your guests when inquiring about the house.

$500 deposit required; fully refundable. Three night minimum stay required (except for corporate meetings). (There is a fee for extra guests.)

The house is available for corporate/team meetings for up to 10 people (6 people sleeping). For special pricing please inquire. Please note that the house is not available for parties, wedding receptions or other group events.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $2750 /week
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Susan and Steven were really wonderful hosts and their home is amazing. Nearly every window has a great view to enjoy and the very expansive outdoor deck space was perfect. The pool was awesome, and the house was very clean and neat. We would definitely go back!

    June 2014
  • Susan & Steve's home is absolutely beautiful! Our family and 3 year old daughter stayed there for 5 days and we wished we could have stayed longer! The views are breathtaking; the home is well equipped with everything you might need; and the home furnishings and decor are beautiful and exactly as pictured. Susan & Steve were fantastic hosts, showing us around their home and left a booklet full of instructions, menus, local attractions, etc. in it. They even left some snacks and fruit for us during our stay. Overall, a wonderful experience, we were more than comfortable, our 3 year old had a blast, super quiet/safe neighborhood, Whole Foods and convenience stores just 5 min down the street. Our family had a wonderful time! Would definitely stay again! Thank you!!!

    May 2014
  • This house is perfect! Our family stayed the week of Christmas. Being away for the holidays can be difficult but Susan & Steve made our vacation worry free. Communication from our hosts before and during took the worries away. The home was decorated for Christmas, and great for our family. The pictures were accurate but seeing it was even better. The views from any window or deck is spectacular, at any point in the day. The dead end road keeps the area quite. Access to hiking or a leisurely walk is right out the back door. The kitchen was heavenly complete with all amenities. The different levels and open layout offered everyone plenty of space to spread out or be together without feeling crowded. Can't wait yo book again!

    December 2013
  • This house is everything you see in the pictures and more. It is absolutely beautiful and furnished with everything you will need The hosts, Susan and Steven were there to greet us and show us through and were quick to answer any questions we had by email or message. We were there with two other couples and there was plenty of room for everyone. It is in a beautiful location and the views have to be seen to appreciate I would absolutely recommend this house to anyone going to the San Francisco area.

    October 2013
  • Really enjoyed our stay, great for city folk looking for an easy baycation. I recommend it.

    September 2013
  • We have just spent 10 nights at Susan's house, on holiday from the UK. I booked this house because it looked (email hidden)d it was! If you want to visit San Francisco and the Bay, but not be in the city, stay in a great house with Bay Views, pool, hot tub and sit in the sun then this is the house! The ferry was 10 minutes away so we could get to the city by water. San Rafael is a great local town with loads of shops and restaurants. The house is super, well maintained with everything you need and more. Susan and Steve welcomed us and showed us how to use the house and contents. Throughout the booking Susan was really helpful. I would strongly recommend this house, and Susan and Steve as hosts.

    August 2013
  • The review will be quite short - everything was just perfect. I have arrived with 2 friends and spent 4 days at Susan's house in total both for leisure (weekend) and business (day of meetings in SF). Beautiful, huge house with a swimming pool, kitchen and workspace in great and picturesque location - fully equipped and yes, we were cooking almost every day.
    Susan and her husband were spectacular hosts - very friendly, helpful and really looking after us. They have prepared a list of hiking trails, full guide to the area and list of restaurants worth visiting.
    As for the location initially I had some doubts if its not too far from SF, as we had some meeting there, but It was just 25-30 minutes drive to downtown and drive was really smooth.
    If you are considering staying anywhere in the area this is without a doubt THE PLACE TO STAY!

    June 2013
  • It is hard to describe how incredible our stay here was. The house is magnificent, and staying in it is like getting a taste of a glamorous north California life. each room is luxurious, the views are extraordinary, and there is an outdoor oasis complete with pool and hot tub that makes you feel like you're at the finest (website hidden) in the gourmet kitchen was a blast--we even used lemons from the bush out back! Our hosts were kind and gracious, leaving wine and chocolate, as if we needed a single other thing to make this stay extraordinary. Great for family reunions, and so long as you watch kids by the pool, they will feel as if they've gone on vacation to someplace better than Disney.

    May 2013
  • Even arriving at this gorgeous house was exciting. Located at the very top of a steep hill, the view of the surrounding area is breathtaking both day and night.
    Steve met us at the door, showed us around, explained how things functioned and answered any questiones we had. He also made recommendations for restaurants and trail hikes. The trail actually begins just outside the front door and hikes became part of our daily ritual.
    The house is beautiful with lots of space and bright with sunlight. The modern kitchen had everything we needed for the elaborate dinners we prepared. 3 supermarkets in town were within 2 miles and everything we needed was available for purchase. We ate out on one of the many outside patios each night. Several flat screen tv's with comfy couches provided great after dinner relax and digest time.
    The bedrooms were comfortable and the bathrooms well situated and fully stocked with shampoo, soap, towels etc.
    The overall design and layout of the house was brilliant, making the most out of this exceptional location. We especially enjoyed the pool, hot tub and BBQ grill allowing us to enjoy the beautiful weather we were graced with.
    Whats not to love? We were sorry to leave and would look forward to returning to continue exploring the San Rafael area again. We think we only scratched the surface.

    May 2013
    Response from Susan:

    Nancy, what a delightful review, thank you. We are so happy you enjoyed the house as much as we do. We feel very lucky to live here. And working with Airbnb we have met some fabulous folks like yourself. Come again!

    May 2013
  • This was just as it appeared on the sight- ok it was better!!
    More private than imagined, with grand views, close to eateries, trails, and the city!
    My staff used this as a working retreat, and we had plenty of space for working, eating relaxing. With the quick access to the walking trails it was easy to get fresh air, and renew energy for more planning.
    Next time it will be a play only stay! Thank you Susan for the wonderful help, information and clear instructions. Oh and the art was most enjoyable!!

    March 2013
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I love living in the Bay Area, but I love to travel too. Hiking, cooking, and entertaining friends are some of my favorite things to do. And food - farmers' markets, cooking, and eating - is a passion. I'm a marketing manager and consultant. My husband is a builder, avid cyclist, and an artist. Many of his paintings are displayed in our home.
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