About this listing
Beautiful and festive studio in the Yosemite foothills.
Studio has a tree-house feel, beautiful views of soaring golden eagles, deer, other wildlife, and the abundant oak & pine trees up here in the Yosemite foothills. The bright and airy interior is decorated festively in keeping with the vacation-get-away theme here. It is the only apartment upstairs from the upscale Spanish home below it so has lots of privacy, does not share anything, and is away from our pets. If you are a fun person, love color and a very quiet but cheerful surrounding, this is for you!
Note: LATE CHECK-IN OKAY for this unit because it has its own private entrance.
There is a full kitchen and a counter with stools to eat at, a microwave and large refrigerator, a stove and range. It has a Mexican tile mural above the range, and a view of the courtyard and fountain below. There is also a full bath with custom tile, a shower/tub, and a combo living room/bedroom with a brand new queen-sized bed and also a single futon. Two nice bonuses are it now has newer carpet, and a covered balcony with small table and chairs overlooking the meadow, and a little further away my neighbor's pasture where their Appaloosa horses (and my one motley rescue sheep, Gladys) eat.
This is a great place to chill, have a glass of wine and/or a cigarette on the balcony (there is no smoking in the room itself, and please shut room's front door while smoking on the balcony), listen to the tinkling windchimes hanging from a logpole above you, and enjoy the (usual) afternoon breeze. Bring a book (or Kindle) or write one:-], study, watch the occasional deer stroll by, squirrels playing, cotton-tail rabbits, ravens, quail, hummingbirds and lots and lots of other birds with their beautiful songs. The only drawback here is that you must climb 1 flight of stairs to get to this unit, and there isn't much storage space - has only a small closet.
Distance from the Yosemite entrance is approx. 30 miles, which takes betw 40-60 minutes to drive, depending on traffic. The Gate is very close to the Mariposa Grove (huge Sequoia trees), 10-15 mi. to the Wawona area next to the Merced River with its covered bridge, and museum of Old West homes and artifacts. From there it is another 30 min. approx. to the Yosemite Valley or Glacier Point.
We have great maps of Yosemite showing where all the waterfalls, hiking trails, etc., are, and also info on Bass Lake, which is only 25 miles away from our house. You can rent boats, hike, or even swim there. I am happy to go over the maps with you and make sure you don't miss anything important and don't get lost. I will also explain where the grocery stores are or anything else you need. Just come down to the main house if you arrive during the day and ring the bell, or if you arrive late, ring the bell the next morning after 10 am.
ARRIVAL TIMES: Although check-in time is at 3 pm daily, we are flexible depending on our other guests schedules. You are always welcome to come early and drop off your luggage, go over the Yosemite maps, and take off for Yosemite afterward, making the most of your day and knowing your way home :-]
Michael and I live downstairs and are usually home and available to talk or chat with, if you are interested in getting to know a local. We are warm, friendly hosts and enjoy meeting and talking with guests, so if you'd like to chat or have some questions about the area or whatever, just ring our doorbell :-) We also respect those who just want their privacy, so don't feel obligated to visit the main house if that's not for you.
Our home is in a country setting with lots of oak, pines and huge, ancient boulders on the property. It is normally a very quiet place to chill out and relax. We also have some historic remnants of a very rough "Chinese Wall" made during the Gold Rush days (1800s) when miners panned the creek at the bottom of our 5-acre property. We will be happy to show you where that is if you are interested in seeing it.
Groceries are available at a market in downtown Coarsegold, about 5 miles further north on Hwy 41, and the big supermarkets, sporting goods stores, restaurants, etc., are in Oakhurst, which is about 15 miles from our house, also further north on Hwy 41. It's a good idea to bring some groceries with you so you won't have to go shopping when you arrive. Or, there is a large casino just 8 minutes away that has a huge buffet, noodle bar, '50s cafe, and a regular restaurant with good food.
Finally, there is a washer and dryer available in the garage for your convenience during day-time hours.
I look forward to your visit!
Interaction with Guests
We are generally here and can go over maps of Yosemite with you that suit your goals so you don't miss anything important. Maps are usually given upon your arrival (up to 8 PM) or in the morning between 9-10 am. We do not do this over the phone. If you need an early check-in then just ask. If the room has been cleaned and is ready to go, you can check in early at no extra charge, go over the map and take off for Yosemite fully informed!
This is a very safe neighborhood!
Other Things to Note
Please note that children DO count as guests and book accordingly, thank you.
We are looking for easygoing, neat and quiet people to help retain the retreat-like atmosphere here. Please make sure the A/C, heater, and/or ceiling fan is turned off whenever you leave the Studio. Also, please be friendly and respectful of the property and other guests here. Last, please drive slowly on the property as there is an abundance of wildlife. (There is no hunting allowed here.) Last, liquid body soap is provided. Oh, and please do not use bar soap - it creates soap scum on the bathroom tile and clogs the plumbing - speaking of which, people are dropping all sorts of personal items (including sanitary napkins of all sizes, condoms, etc.,] down the toilet that do not belong there. There is a wastecan in every bathroom, and only toilet paper should EVER go into the toilet, thanks!
I am a native Californian and semiretired grandmother formerly from Santa Barbara, San Diego, and the Bay Area. I have been living in the beautiful Sierra foothills for over 14 years now. Having been self-employed most of my life in various businesses, including publishing, graphic arts, and real estate, my true love is music and I have had my own rock 'n roll bands (many years ago, sigh).
Now I am an Airbnb host and enjoy meeting friendly, intelligent, and good-humored people from most parts of this planet who don't mind my cats:-)
I plan to do some traveling to Europe this summer, and if I'm not here when you visit, then Michael, my co-host, also from a musical background, Retired Rock Singer, Artist Manager, Concert Promoter. Michael will be your on-site host to take care of guests and can also go over the maps of Yosemite with you so you don't miss anything important!