This is a very tranquil space.  The neighborhood is safe and quiet, and being on a cul de sac there is very little traffic.View of the wet bar, w. electric kettle, coffee maker, quiet fridge and microwave.
Bay View Haven - Quiet and Light
Bay View Haven - Quiet and Light

A unique, tranquil haven, perfect for a writer, visiting business person, mature student or a couple on vacation. Exquisite newly designed studio apartment which features everything you might need for a stay. Outlook to the bay, hills and greenery.


Welcome to the allure of a pied de terre just outside of San Francisco, close enough to enjoy the excitement of the City, yet far enough to relax in the calm of clean air and quiet surroundings. This is a unique and comfortable haven, perfect for a writer, visiting business person, mature student or a couple on vacation. It is an exquisite newly designed studio apartment which features everything you might need for a visit. Here you can expect to be inspired, or to relax, undisturbed. It is perfectly suitable for stays up to 2 months.

The private entrance, leads upstairs to your own tranquil quarters. It features the view through a picture window. From it you can see out across the town to the bay and hills beyond and watch the ships sail by in the day, the twinkle of San Rafael lights at night. There is a lovely wet bar/hospitality kitchen. The appliances are limited; a quiet compact refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle, coffee maker, and blender (no burners). The attached bathroom (shower, no bath) has a high view to the greenery of the back yard. Also provided is cable TV and cable internet (wireless or wired - as you wish).

The suite is located in the peaceful neighborhood of Gerstle Park, 10 blocks from the center of downtown San Rafael, and less than 5 minutes drive to the 101 freeway and a Whole Foods. San Rafael itself features a host of restaurants, coffee shops and a repertory movie theater, as well as a Thursday evening downtown Farmers Market. In the neighborhood there is a lovely park, and open space behind it for casual hiking, It is perfectly situated to combine day trips to the wine country, and ventures in the City, the beaches, mountain hikes or biking, as well the towns of west Marin and Sonoma.

Less than two miles away is the precious town of San Anselmo, and a mile beyond that is the colorful town of Fairfax, Gateway to West Marin. In the other direction, about two miles away is Dominican University, and in yet another direction, less than two miles away, just over the hill, is College of Marin.

What makes this dwelling unique is the fact that it tastefully combines the best of modern convenience with comfort. It is specifically designed for the guest, functionally compact but feels very spacious in feel because of the large view window, which bathes it in light.

Guests are welcomed with a bowl of organic fruit and nuts and mineral water for the first night, as well as the makings of coffee or tea for a few days.


Guests will have access to the washer and dryer.


Guests will be greeted by me, but thereafter will be left to enjoy their own space. However I will always be available for questions either by phone or in person.


Guests also have pure mountain water available to them for drinking purposes and so can save the expense and the plastic bottles.


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Please leave your shoes at the bottom of the stairs. Sorry, but smoking is absolutely not allowed inside. If you need to smoke you can do so, but only in the walkway outside the entrance. No pets are allowed. Please switch off lights and heat in the haven if you are gone for the day. (It warms ups within 10 minutes.) Please turn off stairway light after entering the Haven and before you leave. Please park on the street. There is plenty of street parking available, and your car will be safe in this neighborhood. Please leave the place as you find it, nice and clean.




Nice quiet neighborhood with a great view! Vicki was a great hostess. She had muffins and plenty of coffee for us. She even checked in with me before we arrived to see what kind of milk we take in our coffee. The studio was very inviting and clean. We will definitely stay here again- my son is a student at Dominican University and we will be coming frequently from Colorado to visit!

I would suggest to anyone visiting the San Rafael area to book a stay at the Haven. Vicki was extremely thoughtful and responsive throughout the trip. After mentioning that I would be definitely be going on a run at some point during my stay, Vicki took the time to draw out a map of the surrounding area’s hiking/walking paths for me so that I could thoroughly explore the area and enjoy my run. The area is beautiful and feels remote, but is not so secluded that you cannot pop out, head to the car, and be on the freeway or eating a quick bite nearby. I must also mention that on top of the beautiful surroundings, amazing views, and accessibility that the water pressure in the Haven was amazing and was a highlight daily! Highly recommend!

I needed a place to stay while I recovered from surgery, so my needs were probably a bit different than most guests in that I wasn't going out to see the sites but needed comfortable accommodations to be able to stay inside most of the time. From the moment I got there Vicki made me feel at home and made sure I had everything I needed before she left. The bed was extremely comfortable and I had an endless amount of choices on the TV. She had fruit and nuts and sparkling water for me to snack on and made sure I had all the supplies I needed for coffee. She knew I hadn't gone to the store and brought me a hot meal my first night. She even offered to run me to Safeway the next day. The apartment is quiet, clean and comfortable and I would recommend this place anyone. Thank you Vicki for a wonderful stay!

Vicki is a great host. Very welcoming and even bought us fruit & bread for our stay. The apartments lovely & clean & well appointed. She even added a futon for my son.

The Haven is just that-- a delightful spot for a weekend getaway or a business traveler. Very well appointed with a nice desk for working and efficient kitchenette. Private entry and laundry onsite. Vicki is a warm and gracious host. Thoroughly responsive. You couldn't ask for a more comfortable spot. So much better than a hotel room! Highly recommended!

I travel to San Rafael for work often, and I've finally found my home away from home. Vicki is an excellent host that went above and beyond to make my stay as comfortable as possible.
Thanks Jacob! Do come again!

I stayed at Vicki's place for two extended business trips in the San Rafael area. The accommodations were very nice and Vicki always made sure I had everything I needed. I would recommend staying here for business travel or anyone looking for a nice and quite place to stay in San Rafael.
Thanks Ben! All the best for the Holidays!!

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