About This Listing
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
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.
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.
Private entrance and parking spot. This is a great neighborhood. It is very important not to inconvenience the neighbors in any way! It works best to park with two wheels up on the little used sidewalk. It creates more room to drive on this narrow street.
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!
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!
The San Rafael Transportation is downtown next to the freeway to travel in any direction. It is just minutes away.
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WIFI password: ff9b3edba6
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!
Flexible non-smoking space (OK on deck out-side) with private entrance so you will probably not see me or my family unless you want to. Only requirement is to always use common sense and respect for others (noise etc.) which you will always get from us. Email/text/call me with any questions. You can call me 24/7
HAVE FUN - LIVE SAFE!
The host at the SAN RAFAEL STUDIO is warm, inviting and attentive. We appreciated the clean space, easy access to parking and private entrance, in-space washer/dryer and generous closet space - particularly because our stay was over 45 days. The street is very quiet and the hilly area was pleasant to walk around in the evening. Close to SF, East Bay and local shops and wonderful food options, this location can feel like home very quickly! The extra and notable excellent bonus was that this is a pet-friendly location: fresh and well-cared for studio space. Many thanks to K for amenities, kindness, and generosity.
Nice studio on a hill in a quiet part of San Rafael. The studio has a separate kitchen which is big enough to sit down and eat. It has everything you need to stay there for a few days. We were on a road trip and were able to do some washing, cooking and were able to slow down from traveling around.
San Rafael itself is not the most exciting city, but it was easy to get to San Francisco (by car as well as by Ferry) and it is also nice to visit wine country (Napa and Sonoma) from here.
Although the studio is part of the main house where Keith and his family members live, it is very private with a separate entrance. The house is a bit noisy, but everyone did their best to keep the noise down. So it didn't bother us at all, but it is something you need to be aware of when you stay here.
All in all, a nice place to stay with a lot of possibilities around San Rafael.
Because of our schedule, we spent little time at the Studio and never had a chance to meet Keith. However, at the outset he encouraged us to find time to say hello and responded quickly to queries.
The Studio is perfectly adequate but does not have the charm or amenities (eg coffee maker, hair dryer) that we have had in Marin airBnB rentals at minimally higher daily rates. (However, Keith did provide a 6-pack of beer and 2 bottles of Tequila, which we have never had in such a rental before).
Keith met us at the appointed time and showed us the AirBnB rental, which is a large studio with king bed, sofa, desk, flat-screen TV, and large closet (behing the mirrored doors on photo.) There is a separate, full kitchen with large side-by-side refrigerator, gas stove, sink and dining table with two chairs. There is a large bathroom with tub-shower, with an alcove where there are a clothes washer and dryer. A small, table top ironing board are included, in case you have a travel iron. Outside, there is a patio table and two chairs on a very private, fenced, cement patio. The vine-covered fencing around the studio provide complete privacy.
The outstanding thing about this AirBnB is that Keith allows well-behaved pets, and we travel with our indoor cat. Many listings in AirBnB do not allow pets, so this, plus the excellent location, made Keith's studio a very good choice for us. We stayed three weeks, visiting nearby family.
The rooms are what I would call "basic." They make a good base from which to visit the area, a place to make some meals or enjoy takeout, do your laundry, etc. The sofa is worn but serviceable, as are the floor coverings. If you are spending time away from the unit, are staying a matter of weeks rather than days, perhaps have a pet, and want a Marin County location, this AirBnB rental is a good deal.
Keith seemed most responsive to our needs, and provided privacy. You can see the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, lit at night, from the window as the locatin is high up on "Lincoln Hill" above the city of San Rafael, but only a five minute drive into the business district. There you will find everything you could possibly want, including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and numerous restaurants and shops. You can probably be in San Francisco in 15 minutes over the GG Bridge. And San Rafael is sunny on foggy San Francisco summer days!
My stay in Keith's space was pleasant and refreshing. He was a gracious host 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. :-)
Keith was a wonderful host! 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 find a permanent place, Keith spoke positively about us to our new landlord. Overall, I would definitely recommend staying with Keith!
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.
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