Artsy Beach House for the weekend?

House - Entire home/apt · Cabrillo Highway North, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, United States
Chris
Your host, Chris
21 Reviews
Response rate: 81%
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The Space

Three bedroom artist's home a five minute walk from the beach... queen, double, and single bed with trundle. Large living room with couch. Front and back yard and Buddha patio. This unique home is filled with art in every room. Sudan, the resident cat, will keep you company.

Room in artsy beach house, with bathroom and access to kitchen. Owner will be in house also...

Room has a queen sized bed and desk. You will have your own bathroom to use, and can come and go as you please.

One of the best things about the house is that it is only a five minute walk to the beach, and a half an hour drive from San Francisco. Less than a mile away from the quaint historic downtown of Half Moon Bay... There are many fantastic restaurants in the area, including fresh fish down at Princeton Harbor where you can also go kayaking or try stand up paddle boarding in the breakwater. Hiking is bountiful, Montara Mountain, only seven miles away, has views at the top from San Francisco, East Bay, and the south coast. For surfers or fisherman, this is the place to come, we have plenty of both.

The Neighborhood

Only a five minute walk from the beach and the Coastal Trail., and 15 minute walk to downtown Half Moon Bay. Sea Horse Ranch, where there are horses for rent along the beach, is a five minute walk from the house. Plenty of street parking.

Getting around

There are busses to San Francisco or San Mateo. Bikes are in the garage.

Other Things to Note

WiFi code is laslunas. It's ok to to put the cat out if she bothers you. (Mine is the pink and gray cat, the black and white ones live next door!)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Weekly Price: $1791 /week
Monthly Price: $3025 /month
Security Deposit: $100
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
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  • Host was great - kept in touch with details of arrival and check-in. Was flexible with check-out time.

    June 2014
  • My family of 5 had the pleasure of staying at Chris' beautiful Beach house for Memorial weekend. This place is very special. When it says "Artsy" that is exactly what it is. Every nook and cranny is filled with an artistic expression that we enjoyed a lot. The back yard/garden area was perfect for my kids to frolic in. The beds were clean and comfy cosy :) and the location of the house is very close to the beach. Thank you Chris for hosting us in your home. We hope to return soon!

    May 2014
  • Had a great time here.
    A-plus stay.

    May 2014
  • Chris is a great host. It is as described, an artsy house with a lot of character. It was very comfortable and enjoyed every amenity. It is very central to everything. It is a quick walk to the beach and and downtown is only 20 minutes away by walking. We didn't even use our cars after we got here. We walked everywhere. The weather was nice, so that was an added bonus. It has great places to lounge in the front, and in the back. It is a good place to stay. Would recommend it to anyone who just wants a weekend getaway.

    May 2014
  • I booked Chris's Airbnb for a very low-key bachelorette overnight stay with 9 girls. Chris almost had to cancel the reservation two weeks prior to our stay because she'd forgotten that she was going out of town and apparently didn't have time to make up the place before we arrived. However, I appreciated that she was willing to work with us to keep the reservation after I explained to her that we had booked all the other bachelorette activities around our Airbnb stay and there were no other options in the area. If there were alternative options, I would have gladly booked a different property for our trip. Here is why:

    When we arrived at the house, we were happy to discover that it was very spacious and close to the beach. However, we found that the place was a bit "lived in," which the photos don't portray accurately: the bathrooms were old and not the cleanest (none of us ended up using the shower for this reason); there was cat hair all over the couches, armchairs, and some parts of the bed (so those with cat allergies take caution); and the kitchen counter and cabinet doors were sticky. Needless to say, I wiped down the kitchen counters, cabinets, and washed all the dinnerware before we used them.

    None of this would have been an issue if Chris hadn't written a negative review of our stay complaining that we failed to wash the dishes and left the trash out. To be clear, we used some drinking glasses, wine glasses, 3-5 plates, and some flatware, and we rinsed them and left them near the sink. We threw all our trash into two large trash bags which we brought into the Airbnb on our own, and left the trash bags near the sink because we did not know where the trash bins were. We wiped the kitchen and dining table down after we used them. The rest of the home was left as found.

    Most importantly, though, Chris never specified in advance that she expected us to do the dishes and take the trash out, nor did she explain to us where the trash bins were. In the past Airbnb properties I've rented, the cleaning fee has covered the cleaning of dishes and taking out of the trash.

    If Chris had specifically told us that she wanted the dishes cleaned and trash taken out, we would've gladly done it. However, considering the high price tag on this house and the fact that it wasn't exactly presented to us in the cleanest condition, it seems a bit out of place for Chris to be criticizing us of not performing these chores.

    In a nutshell, I would not recommend this property to someone looking for a relaxing stay in Half Moon Bay. There are plenty of hotel alternatives if you're looking to unwind and enjoy a getaway by the beach.

    April 2014
    Chris
    Response from Chris:

    Sorry, Emma. You left the kitchen completely trashed. I've rented to a lot of people, and no one else left it that way. My expectations are clear: Leave the house how you found it.

    I warned you the house might not be completely clean since I couldn't get a cleaner, and I tried to cancel for that reason. Sorry about the cat hair, I usually take care of that. I'm not sure what was wrong with the shower.

    April 2014
  • We looked at places all over HMB to find a perfect place for our surf weekend. We couldn't asked for a better place. When we first came to the house we spent much time just looking at all the art work in the house. Its amazing and you can tell that nothing is random placed here. Chris has put a lot of love, personality and creativity in everything from decor, furniture and material. She was a perfect host and very responsive to all of my weird questions. Her cat, Sudan, is so cute and funny. I've never met a more talkative cat! Def recommend this for a group of friends going away for the weekend without having to drive hours and hours away from the city! Also, if you like a zen, feng shui kind of environment, you're in heaven here!

    March 2014
  • Chris's place was a great accommodation for us! Right off the beach and near so many of the restaurants we ate at. Bright and colorful with many different paintings and artifacts. Rooms and couch was comfortable and it was very spacious for us 7 girls. Sudan, the cat was so sweet and very vocal!

    Chris was very quick to respond and made sure the place was clean and tidy for us to use. I would definitely recommend her place if you are looking for a nice weekend stay!

    March 2014
  • Chris was such a welcoming host and definitely went the extra mile in helping us feel welcomed and comfortable at her beautiful place. We absolutely loved the artwork that covered most of the walls and gave so much character to the place! Oh, and did I mention that there's an adorable cat that wanders around being friendly? I'd definitely recommend Chris' place as a great jumping board to exploring Half Moon Bay and the Pacific Coast!

    February 2014
  • Big, comfortable house with very interesting decor. Great pots and pans available for use. The only problem we had was that there was no heads-up in the listing about a cat living in the house. A few people in our group were allergic to the cat. It was a minor issue, but the owner never mentioned it as well until we got there.

    February 2014
    Chris
    Response from Chris:

    Sorry that the cat bothered you…. if you read the details of my listings it says, "Sudan, the resident cat, will keep you company.." maybe you didn't see it.

    February 2014
  • We stayed at Chris's for New Year's Eve and had a great time. The house is amazing - very cozy and comfortable, and the cat was really sweet. Chris was very quick with communication, and the whole process was very seamless and easy. A great house in a great location!

    January 2014
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