Floor to ceiling windows look out to beautiful, large tiled patio and gardens.
Floor to ceiling windows look out to beautiful large tiled patio and gardens.
Our repeat guests love the studio and have affirmed our commitment to providing you with a wonderfully relaxing stay with us.
Please be aware that the second bed (for a third person staying in the studio), is new memory-foam folding bed, which is super comfy. It should be ordered ahead of time, at the same time when you make your reservation.
The Calendar is updated daily - feel free book instantly - the studio is always ready for guests.
Doggies Welcome! Completely fenced-in yard, within walking distance to a lovely dog park and nature preserve. Note: If you are allergic to kitties, no worries! Cats are NOT permitted in the studio! They live with me in the main house and the studio is strictly off-limits to them!
If you like peace and privacy, this is the place for you. Come and go as you please at any hour of the day or night without the fear of disturbing us, as you have your own entrance and do not go through the main house at all. Enjoy this fabulous super sunny master bedroom studio, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on huge fenced tiled patio with fruit trees and gardens. I am most welcoming, yet unobtrusive, so that you will find this to be a comfortable oasis. Of course, I am reachable for any questions, advice, requests or needs.
You will enter through a side gate,walk down the adobe paver path, lit with motion-sensor spots, through the heirloom roses, which are highly scented when in bloom. No need to go through the main house, as the studio is completely separate from the rest of the main house, (although attached by one common wall.) Note: the main house may also have guests during your stay. Entrance is separate as is the space - the only potentially shared area is the back patio.
Super-private and very quiet, except for the birds, yet centrally located; five minutes to downtown Monterey, Laguna Seca Raceway or CSUMB and ten minutes to Monterey Bay Aquarium. There is a 24-hour Safeway and Walgreen's just 2 minutes away, in case you have any midnight cravings! Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are 10 minutes away.
We are located in a wonderful little sun belt, perched high upon a hilltop with a nice view of Monterey Bay in a very quiet residential neighborhood, so typically we are above any fog – especially during the summer season when the rest of the Monterey Peninsula could be socked-in! We are at the top of a street which ends in a cul-de-sac so there is not a lot of through traffic and super-easy street parking right in front of the house.
Freshly painted in a soothing palette and tastefully furnished, the studio is comprised of large sunny master bedroom with hardwood floors and your own private updated Travertine marble bathroom (shower - no tub) supplied with towels, hairdryer and high-quality toiletries. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a view of patio, creating a sunny and bright ambiance. A dimmer switch for the overhead chandelier, a writing table, comfortable upholstered lounge chair and a small flatscreen TV with remote control plus wi-fi make your stay complete. The detailed FAQ binder has been very helpful to our guests and includes restaurant menus and helpful suggestions.
The studio is heated through vents by a gas forced-air furnace, (controlled by the thermostat located in the main house) and if you need extra heat, there are more blankets plus a space heater in the closet for your total comfort. It rarely gets that cold here, but if we do get a cold snap in Jan or Feb I want you to be totally comfortable! A fan is there for those hot days we get once in a while!
Sleep peacefully in the Queen-sized bed outfitted with 100% cotton linens (line dried when possible) and cozy blankets, then enjoy breakfast outside on the patio when weather permits. Our guests have raved about the bed! For an extra guest, there is a brand new single folding memory foam mattress bed.
The kitchenette/breakfast bar includes a new microwave, toaster oven and coffee maker (filters provided - byo coffee.) The under-the-counter fridge has a separate freezer compartment with ice trays big enough for some frozen foods or ice cream. (Note: this is not a full kitchen, so please don't plan any major cooking in the room!) Set up for reheating, take out, etc. We just switched to compostable cups, plates, silverware, etc. There are real wine glasses however!
Access is through the large fenced-in beautiful, sunny patio in the backyard, filled with organic raised bed vegetable gardens which change seasonally, fruit trees and roses. This is a great location, centrally located between Highway One and Highway 68, near the rec trail, Frog Pond, beaches and terrific hills for a morning or evening stroll. No smoking inside – okay on patio. Dogs allowed with extra charge of $25. per pet per stay (not per night.) Please advise in advance of any dogs when you are making your booking - i will then send you an alteration to add the pet fee.
A sophisticated foodie and twenty-five year resident of the Monterey Peninsula, I am a great resource of information if needed. Also, the studio is also equipped with lots of books on the area and a binder with menus from my favorite restaurants, brochures and information on local attractions. There is a great brand new fully equipped gym 2 minutes away for those who want to get their workout in. All visits come with a free pass to one of our local wine tasting rooms! Organic vegetable gardening classes are available as well as private custom designed tours of the Monterey Peninsula, depending upon your interests. If you need restaurant recommendations prior to arrival, I am happy to assist.
If your party is larger than two (i.e. a 3rd person, or a child) please contact us in advance to discuss folding bed and extra linens in the closet prior to your arrival. You may also want to check out our other listing for more room (up to four people.)
Rates may be slightly higher during major events and a 2 night-minimum may be required during major tourist events, including AT&T Pro-Am, Concours d'Elegance, US Open, etc. Feel free to contact me - if I can make it work, I will.
I live in the main house part-time with two kitties. If you suffer from pet allergies you should know that the cats do roam the yard from time to time but are NOT permitted in the studio. Though we do clean the studio thoroughly between guests, you should be aware that we are a dog-friendly property. I use scent-free laundry detergent on all of the towels and linens and line-dry the sheets when ever possible.
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE - CALENDAR IS UP-TO-DATE!
Feel free to contact me to make me an offer for last-minute booking at a reduced rate if you see the calendar open! If I can make it work, I will.
SPECIAL EVENTS & DATES TO BOOK EARLY
Note: all efforts have been made to post accurate event dates - for peace of mind, please confirm dates for an event on line!
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM Washington's Birthday weekend
Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay
Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine
Sea Otter Classic
Pacific Grove's Good Old Days Festival
Big Sur International Marathon
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
The American Le Mans at Laguna Seca
Carmel Art Festival & Sculpture in the Park
Memorial Day weekend
Annual Cannery Row Block Party
Monterey Wine Festival
Monterey Beer Festival
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Carmel House & Garden Tour
Independence Day Weekend
Pebble Beach Dressage Show
Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Carmel Bach Festival
The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix/MotoGP World Championship
California Rodeo Salinas
Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic
Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns
Monterey Bay Reggaefest
Spirit West Coast Concert
Spirit West Coast Concert
Pebble Beach Motoring Classic
Pebble Beach Auctions
Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue
Pebble Beach Tour D'Elegance
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Concours d’Elegance Vintage Car Parade
Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally
Pebble Beach RetroAuto
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibition
Labor Day weekend
Labor Day weekend
Continental Tire Sports Car Series
Annual Sandcastle Contest:/Carmel Beach
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove
GRAND-AM Road Racing
Cherry's Jubilee Show n' Shine
Monterey Jazz Festival
Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach: PGA Golf Event
FIM Superbike World Championship
Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival
Veteran's Day weekend
Carmel Art & Film Festival
Carmel's-By-The-Sea's Birthday Party & Parade
Annual Big Sur River Run
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival
Big Sur Half Marathon
Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
tbd Pacific Grove's Christmas at the Inns
Carmel's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Monterey - Christmas In The Adobes
First Night Monterey (New Year's Eve)
Studio, backyard tiled patio with outdoor furniture, and gardens with veggies, fruit trees, succulents and roses.
Interaction with Guests
I'm accessible and friendly yet unobtrusive. I travel, so I may or may not be in the main house. If I am home, I will hopefully meet you!
Peek of the Monterey Bay - quiet, sunny! Situated in a residential neighborhood on a hill at the top of a dead-end street so low traffic and easy parking.
Car is best.
Other Things to Note
Note: cats are NOT permitted in the studio! Any reviews that mention the cat being inside are from folks who stayed in the main house, NOT the studio! It is strictly a cat-free space.
If you need special consideration for early check-in or late check-out, please inquire at time of booking; we will try to accommodate you. However, we need time between visits to get the studio cleaned and ready for our next guest.
- We ask that you leave your shoes at the door. :)
- Please park right in front of the house (not across the street from the house.)
- Smoking permitted outside on the patio only.
- If you have brought your dog (with prior approval and pet fee), please see section in binder pertaining to pet policies.
- Upon leaving, we would appreciate if you would strip the bed of the sheets. Thanks in advance!
Amazing place! The space itself is cozy, tasteful, and stocked with pretty much anything a guest might need. Floor to ceiling windows just bathe the room in sunlight. Great location and ease of access as well. Our host was very responsive and communicative to any question we had. Thanks again helaine!
Helaine's studio is a lovely, bright room attached to the back of her house with direct access to a cute, kind of whimsical garden/patio area. My partner and I enjoyed our two-night stay here very much: we found it very comfortable, clean, and nicely decorated. Because our stay was short, we used the mini kitchenette area to store and reheat leftovers; if we'd been there for a longer time we would not have been able to do much cooking, but it was useful for our purposes. Helaine left a lot of clear instructions, so we knew exactly what to do despite not having the pleasure of meeting her in person. The neighborhood seemed safe, quiet, and well-situated. Thanks, Helanie!
Helaine's studio was perfectly cozy and everything that my friend and I needed on our short two night stay. The garden was delightful and serene. Although we didn't get a chance to meet Helaine, she was wonderful at communicating with us about instructions for the place and recommendations for the area. Would definitely stay again!
Helaine's studio was perfect! Clean, cute and a book filled with useful information about Monterey! Thanks again and I will definitely be back the next time I'm up north!!
We didn't get a chance to meet Helaine but everything was in place and as expected. And a great night sleep on our drive down the coast!
Helaine's space is so beautiful! It was well designed, even has beautiful art work on the walls. She has a binder prepared that is full of useful information about the area, recommended restaurants with menus, places to take your dog, sights to see, etc. It was really helpful! The bed was super comfy and there was more than enough room for the pull out bed, too. We loved starting our day off in the beautifully kept garden and then exploring the Big Sur area all afternoon. Overall a wonderful place to stay for 2 people!
the apartment is clean and nicely decorated. the host organized the reception very well.
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Hello everyone and thank you for checking out my listing! Sophisticated foodie, into hiking, estate sales, organic gardening and entertaining. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.