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House - Entire home/apt · Graceland Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901, United States
Keith (Daughter Paige Is A Princeton Tiger!)

GREAT FURNISHED SPACE FOR SHORT TERM STAY! CLOSE TO FREEWAY BUT VERY PRIVATE, SAFE, IN WONDERFUL NEIGHBORHOOD. SEE THE PICTURES, READ THE REVIEWS! EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS

Your host, Keith (Daughter Paige Is A Princeton Tiger!)
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GREAT FURNISHED SPACE FOR SHORT TERM STAY! CLOSE TO FREEWAY BUT VERY PRIVATE, SAFE, IN WONDERFUL NEIGHBORHOOD. SEE THE PICTURES, READ THE REVIEWS! EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS

The Space

Completely furnished 600 square foot legal apartment in recently re-modeled large home. You have a separate entrance with well lit concrete walkway.

Patio for, breakfast, lunch, dinner, SF bay viewing or just sunning. Well established upscale family neighborhood on a hill overlooks San Rafael. Walk to town or to hiking trails nearby.

Many restaurants, and other stores close and with-in walking distance. Area is quiet, safe, and comfortable. Apartment is private, sleeps two and has full sized kitchen with new sink, cabinets and 36" gas stove. Large refrigerator and plenty of storage. WIFI, 32" Flat screen TV and cable. Large separate bath has toilet, vanity, bathtub and shower. Attached room has washer and dryer. Area is woodsy but with direct sun. $99. per night. with three night minimum $675. per week. $2195. monthly. All utilities included. This is a pet friendly household!

On street parking on a dead end street (so not much traffic) . Your parking space is directly in front of house.

Walk to San Rafael Transportation Center or to down town and minutes from freeway to go in any direction.

We specialize in one to six month long term stays. This space is great as a starting point to explore the Bay Area or as a temporary home for nearby business. 20 minutes from San Francisco or the East-Bay. 30 minutes to the wine country. Has been used for vacation getaway, corporate weekly visit, temporary job relocation, house hunting or monthly short term stay for home repair or closing. Visiting nurses, doctors, relatives, and workers have stayed here. This studio is very popular. The occupancy rate for 2013 was over 90%!

Marin County has the Pacific ocean, miles of the SF Bay, unsurpassed scenic hiking and biking. May require small deposit depending on stay. I have lived in this house for 27 years so have a wealth of knowledge of things to explore. Email me with any additional questions.

I live directly above your space and am very conscious of any noise or things bothersome. I use my headphones for music/TV most of the time. Although you may occasionally hear me (and I will hear you) I will ALWAYS try my best to be sure you don't. You probably will not see me or my family unless you want to! You can text/call me on my cell 24/7 for anything.

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This space is below our living area. We are quiet and respectful of our guests, but you will probably hear us moving about at some point during your stay (and likewise, we will hear you).

We do have a cat who is occasionally in the yard when we are home.

If you are not familiar with Ran Rafael, it is easiest to plan a first arrival in daylight but not absolutely necessary. The streets to my house are winding, hilly, and narrow and some visitors find them challenging to navigate at night. But if you use the maps provided it should be fine. It is private, quiet, and peaceful.

A little info for first-time visitors to the SF bay area:
- San Rafael is close to SF, but not actually part of the city. In fact, we are across the Golden Gate Bridge from SF, in Marin County (also called the "north bay"). It is less than 15 miles to downtown from our house, but can take longer than you might expect with the bridge and city traffic. Many guests stay with us to enjoy the green space and beauty of Marin (trails, paddling, Mt Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Angel Island, Stinson beach, SF Bay, Pacific ocean) but still with easy access to the city for some sightseeing there.
- There is excellent public transit between San Rafael and SF, and adequate transit around Marin County. The local ferries are an excellent way to sight see and great mode of travel. The most convenient/frequent schedules run M-F, and directed at commuters. Weekend schedules require some planning. There is no late-night service to & from SF.
- There is little to no effective transit directly between Marin and other parts of the bay area (i.e. east bay, etc). You would have to go through the SF and this makes for a long trip. BART does not service the north bay at all.
- SFO is convenient to reach via transit or driving. So is Oakland convenient by car, but difficult to get to by public transit from here. Both airports have door-to-door shuttles .

Recent National Article ranking San Rafael as a top, "small city".

San Rafael Cracks ‘Most Exciting Small Cities’ Rankings
Marin’s Mission City ranks 11th in a national real estate research survey conducted by (website hidden).

Posted by Gideon Rubin (Editor) , December 20, 2013 at 02:29 AM
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If you like live music and can’t stand endless parades of fast-food joints, you’d be hard pressed to find a better small city in the United States than San Rafael.

That’s according to an online research report published earlier this week by (website hidden) headlined “These Are the 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America.”

San Rafael just barely missed the top 10, polling 11th overall. The article includes a list of the top 50 most exciting small cities out of a 140 with populations between 50,000 and 60,000.

Movoto judged the cities in six categories categories (live music, fast food, nightlife, active life, non-fast food percentage and young residents).

San Rafael is among six California cities to make the top 50 and ranks the highest overall in the state according to the poll.

Petaluma, which ranks 34th, is the only other Bay Area city to make the list. The other California cities mentioned are National City (32nd), La Mesa (33rd), Gardena (38th) and Arcadia (47th).

Hoboken, N.J. topped the rankings that appear to have a heavy East Coast-tilt. Only two of the top 10 cities are west of the Mississippi (No. 6 Manhattan, Kan., and No. 9 San Marcos, Texas).

San Rafael was ranked No. 3 in the live music and non-fast food percentage rank, and is the eighth most active city according to the poll.

Guest Access

Private entrance and parking spot.

Interaction with Guests

Available 24/7 for suggestions on restaurants, day trips, visiting SF, Wine Country, Tahoe, the beaches or any Bay Area locations. Also as mentioned you may not see me or my family unless you want to!

The Neighborhood

Great upscale neighborhood overlooking San Rafael that is very safe, private, sunny but with lots of trees. This location is also just minutes from the freeway to travel in any direction. If possible look at the options of, "Map and Street view". They give you a sense of the wonderful area!

Getting around

The San Rafael Transportation is downtown next to the freeway to travel in any direction. It is just minutes away.

Other Things to Note

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FYI-THIS SPACE USES A "SEWAGE EJECTOR". IT WORKS GREAT BUT WILL CLOG UP IF TAMPONS OR OTHER LARGER OBJECTS CLOG IT UP. IT IS AN LENGTHY AND EXPENSIVE REPAIR CAUSING ALL OF US PROBLEMS. NO TOILET OR PAPER OF ANY KIND AND PLEASE BE CAREFUL NOT TO CLOG TOILET!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $675 /week
Monthly Price: $2195 /month
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

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  • My stay in Keith's space was pleasant and refreshing. He (email hidden) and went as far as calling me (the day before Father's Day) to tell me that he couldn't help himself from washing my car because he had just washed his son's car. I call that 'above and beyond hosting' responsibility!

    Thank you Keith for making my stay so memorable. :-)

    June 2014
  • Keith (email hidden)! The basement apartment was very clean and comfortable. I was even allowed to bring my cat at no extra charge. When it was my time for my partner and I to (email hidden), Keith spoke positively about us to our new landlord. Overall, I would definitely recommend staying with Keith!

    November 2013
  • I was looking for a home in the area and needed a place to land while I completed my home search and started my new job in San Francisco. This was a great fit, with a full kitchen and even my little dog could stay! Keith was a kind and gracious host. He attended to any issues I had in the unit quickly and was flexible when I needed to extend my stay. It is conveniently located near San Rafael (with restaurants and shops) and hiking trails are available just up the street. Beautiful China Camp park is minutes away and there is convenient access to 101. We ended up buying a house in the same area! I would recommend it, especially for a longer term stay.

    October 2013
  • Mixed experience with this stay. Pros: Spacious, light filled studio, lovely view, great location, fast wifi, dog friendly. Cons: Weirdly equipped kitchen (no knife to cut anything, no cutting board, nothing to make coffee or even a kettle to heat water) Noisier than expected, footsteps in house above are loud and owner's daughter threw a loud, all night party in the middle of the week while owner out of town. Odd layout, there is no door between the bathroom and the kitchen- I knew this ahead of time but is still weird-there's a door frame in place-why is there no door?

    August 2013
  • We stayed for a four-week vacation at Keith's studio and enjoyed the time very much. The studio had all necessary household appliances, it was quiet, and comfortably large for two. We really felt "at home". It is located on a hillside above San Rafael, can be reached only by car, but in a few minutes one is in the city or on the freeway.
    Keith was a good and friendly host and was very responsive to our needs: Early in our stay, for example, we had a problem with the washing machine, and Keith took care of it immediately.
    In summary: We can definitely recommend Keith's studio.

    July 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 46 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    March 2013
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Businessman looking to host. 30 years experience in Bay Area. Want to share tips on local travel, cuisine, places to visit. Be safe - have fun!
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