About This Listing
My 680sf eco-modern coastal dwelling is a unique sanctuary gem within the neighborhood of Seaside. This 1 bdrm 1 bthrm has reclaimed hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings & a light-filled open floor plan. It has a large kitchen, living rm and drafting table/work station with wifi.
This coastal dwelling has been fully retrofitted by myself as a small eco-conscious model for simple sustainable elemental living. It is ideal for individuals and couples who are eco-conscious, mindful, creative and love and appreciate simple minimalist living. This space is my holistic healing + visual arts studio so it is a sacred expression of who I am and how I walk in the world and what I want to offer to my community and people on journey. It is also my meditation and sanctuary space where I rejuvenate and reconnect with myself and loved ones. My intention is to share my home with like-minded individuals who are looking to live consciously, creatively and be inspired by small dwellings that rest gently on the earth, that celebrates beauty, craft, serenity and light. All interior and exterior furnishings and fine art assemblages are hand crafted, designed and built by myself the owner or custom built by local artisans using recycled & reclaimed material. There is a full kitchen with professional Wolf range and refrigerator for those interested in cooking & dining in. The space is creatively vibrant while simultaneously calm and serene with ample natural light filtering in throughout the morning, day and dusk hours. A newly built front porch and landscape welcomes you while the back yard opens to a patio for outdoor dining and relaxing. My home is in the banana belt area of Monterey Bay, a working class coastal neighborhood with great diversity, diverse ethnic cuisine, authenticity and conveniently located right next to Monterey, Carmel & Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley and Big Sur just off Hwy One. The house is only five minutes to Monterey, Carmel and the Monterey Airport. It is half way between Santa Cruz & Big Sur for those traveling up or down the Highway One corridor to LA or SF. There is also a bus line that stops just at the end of my street for easy transportation into Monterey for the day or evening if you are traveling by plane or are not wanting to drive. The house is a mile from Del Monte beach in Seaside and the coastal bike path that can take you into Monterey, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach for the day. Come and enjoy what this beautiful Peninsula has to offer! Beautiful coastal and inland hiking and bike trails, kayaking, surfing, diving, hang gliding, horseback riding and site seeing- a photographer's dream! Come taste our locally grown food and offerings at various local and independent farmer's markets and stores throughout the Peninsula- local brews, wineries, art & culture.
Guests will have access to the entire house while staying at the Green Coastal Urban Sanctuary- Bedroom, bath, kitchen, living room & computer work station in the dining area. Outdoor dining also an option. The kitchen is stocked with basic cook ware & unique hand-crafted pottery made by family and friends. Laundry & pantry room is not accessible and Guests are asked for photo ID, license or Passport upon check in along with car license info if applicable. This is intended to be a quiet sanctuary space for visitors. No partiers, smoking or additional guests/visitors.
Interaction with Guests
My interaction is minimal with guests, short and sweet, allowing them the space to create their experience as they wish and see fit. My intention is to meet each guest in person, however, I realize this might not always be possible. Early check in hours, 3-5pm, is best for me in welcoming you in person, however, this might not always be possible due to work commitments. I am always available to communicate by phone to answer any questions or needs that you might have before or during your stay. I appreciate communication prior to arrival as to when your exact arrival time will be so we can coordinate logistics and your stay.
My neighborhood is raw, authentic, diverse and humble in nature. It's the working class neighborhood of Monterey, more urban in character yet still neighborly and inviting. I love it because it's honest, real and not pretentious. It has the feel of a city in a coastal town, currently growing and expanding into a beautiful sustainable model for living. It's visually understated, some finding a bit rough around the edges in comparison to adjacent Carmel, however, as an artist, designer and simple person who enjoys simple living, I greatly appreciate, value and see the beauty in this and also beyond this.
There is a convenient public transit just a block from my house that can take you in to Monterey. The Monterey airport is less than ten minutes away and Highway One is just a mile away. I recommend if you have bikes and are avid cyclists to bike into Monterey and Pacific Grove from my house. You will experience the Monterey Bay in an intimate way along the coast, amongst the Cypress and Eucalyptus trees. Getting around is easy!
Other Things to Note
ART EXHIBITION 1-6/15/2014: LALLA GRILL, MONTEREY CA
ARTIST RECEPTION: 4-6PM LALLA GRILL 2/19/2014
No Smoking, No Parties. Respect all sacred objects, belongings, art, furnishings & the home in general as it is my home, my creation & dear to me. DO ALL OF YOUR DISHES PLEASE PRIOR TO LEAVING! You may use the furnace, however, please turn it off upon leaving. Thank You & Enjoy!
Living room + view into kitchen. Lots of light, sacred altar + elemental objects, unique art and spacious flow.
Gorgeous house! So serene and peaceful. Would definitely stay here again if I'm ever back in the area.
The listing was just as described. Plenty of room to spread out our stuff. Very functional Kitchen. Very bright and cheerful unit, with walls filled with original art. The neighborhood is very quiet and there was ample parking just in front of the cottage.
While we didn't get to meet Tracy in person this week, she was very responsive via email, phone and text.
Should we return to the area we will certainly keep this gem of a rental on top of our list.
The inside of this home is very much as shown on the listing - nice design with earthy tones, space, and light. Everything was pleasantly clean and the kitchen was well-equipped. The two shower heads in the shower is a great feature. I had imagined it to be right on the coast though and in a more nature-y environment, but that was not the case. It's a ways from the coast down a very concrete avenue and in a very plain neighborhood. No biggie, but that was the situation.
About the Host, Tracy
I have my own business as an artist, environmental designer, energy healer and creative guide. I am passionate about elemental and regenerative living, yoga, meditation, music, the arts, nature and exploring the outdoors, cultures and all things sacred. I believe in simple living and living life to the fullest. I see the home as sanctuary, as a place to honor what's sacred and a place of rejuvenation from the world we inhabit beyond. A place to share with loved ones and nourish the soul.