1 BEDROOM / 1 BATHROOM close to the bay in a quiet, walkable neighborhood.
Elise and Paul Samuelson
- English, French, Spanish, Italian
About Elise and Paul Samuelson
We came up to Marin County in 1991 and fell in love with its beauty. Both of us have been in the film and television industry and where Paul decided to retire, Elise continued to travel to Los Angeles and work on different film and television projects as a studio teacher. She has worked on some well known projects such as Full House, and many movies as well. We both are semi retired now and love to travel as well as welcome fellow travelers to our lovely area . Elise is a teacher in the film industry and Paul was an assistant director. He is now a writer and has written a novel called Night Fear. It can be found on Amazon! He is writing his second novel which is a sequel to Night Fear. There are 2 more on the horizon. Our alma maters our UCLA and Cal Berkeley!
Elise and Paul Samuelson purchased this Apartment in 1991
Why Elise and Paul Samuelson chose San Rafael
This neighborhood where our rental exists is truly unique. It is on the Bay side of a quaint area called 'Chicken Point' - perhaps because there might have been people raising chickens - which is a common happening here!- It is not far from central San Rafael and yet it feels rural enough to enjoy walks up in the hills and around the Bay. The architecture of our surrounding area is a mix of different styles. No cookie cutter look here. It reminds me of Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles, an area where I grew up and a mix of East Coast Maine. People here are very supportive and helpful and we find that this did not exist in larger towns and cities.
What makes this Apartment unique
The style of our rental is a bit of New England. We have temperate weather due to the proximity to the Bay and since we are near a little beach, it is easy to put out a kayak or stand up paddle board. Also our neighbors are what makes the area wonderful - everyone loves where we live!! We are also walking distance from a new market and development with flat surface walks around the point of our bay. We have views of the bay as well as Mount Tamalpais - a favorite hiking spot.
Children not allowed
No pets - We love animals but not in our rentalWe love animals but not in our rental
No smoking - We do not allow smoking at all !We do not allow smoking at all !
Max guests: 2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
It was exactly what we were looking for in a place to stay while visiting people in the San Rafael area.
Just saw your review. We enjoyed having you here and hope to see you again.
Elise and Paul
Cottage on the bay
Great location and fabulous host. Nice and cozy place. Loved walking the neighborhood
Warm and inviting place to stay
Elise and Paul were very gracious and kind. Property had all that it said and more. Would highly recommend staying here. Great place away from home.
We will be back!
Enjoyable Stay in San Rafael
We stayed two nights with Elise and Paul in their 1 bedroom apartment under their living quarters. Our hosts were excellent and their apartment was cozy and comfortable. Elise and Paul were gracious, attentive but unobtrusive and, good communicators. They were so sweet to leave us a bottle of champagne when they learned that we were celebrating an anniversary and even offered to drop us at our restaurant one night when we chose not to drive. Their apartment was very well located near San Rafael and China Camp State Park, spotless and well appointed and comfortable for a two night stay. Their garden was peaceful and serene. I lowered the rating for the apartment by one star because I found it a bit noisy versus other places we’ve stayed. There was some water noise from above as well as the sound of footsteps and traffic in the morning. We did sleep with the windows open for the cool bay breeze and that may explain the traffic sounds. The noise did not take away from our overall enjoyment of the property however but did justify a lower relative rating. Our thanks to Elise and Paul for a lovely stay!
Gee, we wish this was brought to our attention while you stayed here. Yes we do live above the rental so that is beyond our control. And I believe we state that in our site on vrbo/homeaway. That being said we will take your honest criticism to heart and try harder to be more invisible in the auditory department.
A charming little apartment
This little place worked out great for our purposes. We would definitely choose to stay here again if we are in the area.
Our hosts were very gracious and accommodating. The apartment is well maintained, clean and neat.
What sets us apart from other vacation rentals in San Rafael is our quiet, unique, scenic neighborhood that is close to the bay.It feels as if it is a blend of East Coast Maine with West Coast weather. It is a peaceful, semi rural area.We are close to a boat harbor as well as a small beach where you can launch canoes or kayaks. Our East San Rafael property is also surrounded by open land where you can hike, mountain bike or just enjoy walking around the bay. We are also near historic China Camp and McNears Beach picnicking site. If you want to get some small town feel, we are 2.5 miles away from the downtown area of San Rafael which has a restored, historic mission as well as cute shops and many restaurants. There is also a restored movie theatre that plays a significant role in the Mill Valley Film Festival. Also nearby is Dominican College that has hosted many prominent speakers, writers, politicians and actors.
Besides all of these highlights, we are literally walking distance from Andy's Market, an upscale full service market with an incredible deli and a finely curated wine selection.
Our property is a midway point for visiting the city of San Francisco, the wine counties of Napa and Sonoma, the lovely coastal route from Stinson Beach to Point Reyes and beyond to Bodega Bay. All can be done in one day travel.
Other Activities: We have had golfers, kayakers, hikers, sailers, and a myriad or those who enjoy the outdoors. We are very close to the Peacock Gap Country Club which does have day rates as well as McGuinnis Parkway Golf Center for those who just want to hit some golf balls or play a full round of golf.
Ski: We are 3.5 hours from Truckee and Lake Tahoe ski resort.
Stand up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking is offered at 101 Surf Sports which is about a mile away from us. They even have lessons and you can rent from them as well.
Hiking on Mount Tam is a wonderful refreshing way to rejuvenate. There are easy, moderate and strenuous hikes depending on your preference and ability. You can also go hiking right outside of our rental. We have an open space area a few blocks from us and you can enjoy a peaceful morning walk. Our Sunday Farmers Market is really a treat and fresh vegetables and fruit are abundant.
Of course there is Muir Woods which is a spectacular area but needs reservations as their parking lot fills up fast.
We are surrounded by hiking trails a short walk away where you can feel as if you have left the city life behind you. There is also 101 Surf Sports which rent out stand up boards and kayaks.
One of the coolest things is that we now have The Smart Train, which goes from Central San Rafael to Santa Rosa. This winter, it will also go to the Larkspur Ferry which will take you into San Francisco.
A great ride!!