About this listing
In May 2015, Trip Advisor chose Pacific Grove as one of the top scenic destinations in all of the United States! We are very proud of this honor, and it came from reviews by guests who stayed at my home and others in town. You will love it here! We operate with Pacific Grove Transient Use License #83.
No need to fight over who gets the ocean view in this fabulous 6-bedroom, 4-bath home! With 270 degrees of blue-water views, four of the bedrooms have full views of the Pacific and Monterey Bay. The fifth and sixth bedrooms have a quiet, courtyard view just in case somebody doesn't like to go to sleep to the sound of the waves, or watch the moon sinking into the sea at night.
We are minutes from Carmel and Cannery Row in Monterey, and Pebble Beach is our neighbor.
We have a fully stocked gourmet kitchen - and the cook gets an ocean view, too. Dining table seats 10, 14 with extension. Foosball, pinball, Legos, ping pong and lots of other toys for the kids. Steinway grand piano for the musically inclined. Off-street parking for six cars is available.
The Spanish Bay Club is a lovely 20-minute walk away, along the world-famous Pacific Grove recreation trail. Guest club privileges for up to four people for tennis, exercise and weight room, heated pool, spa, sauna, steam, poolside dining, massage and beauty treatments are available. Surf, snorkle, or stroll the beautiful beaches and coves. Make S'mores at a bonfire on our secluded beach.
Nice restaurant just two blocks away. Fabulous Pacific Grove golf course is across the street. Downtown Pacific Grove is 1.5 miles away, with movie theater, farmers' market, restaurants, coffee houses, antiques, shops, bakeries, natural history museum. The world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and American Tin Cannery outlets are about 2 miles away. This remarkable property is perfect for family reunions, corporate retreats, seminars or, of course, a romantic hideaway!
Pricing varies according to length of stay: $1100 per night for 2 or 3 nights; $1000 per night for 4 or 5 nights, $900 per night for 6 or 7 nights. Guests in excess of 8 will be charged $100 per person per night. Special event pricing and mid-week discounts may apply.
Everything except the caretaker's quarters, which has its own entrance and parking area.
Interaction with guests
I meet every group of guests personally to give them a tour of the house, the garage-door opener, the combination to the locks, the guest passes to the Monterey Aquarium, and show them how to work everything. It is so much more relaxing than spending your vacation trying to figure out how to work the TV components, the hot tub, or the pinball machine.
I call Pacific Grove "Iowa with a Beach". It is a really friendly small town with everything you need within 1 mile of the house. We have a lovely Farmers Market, Natural History Museum, Movie Theater, shops, restaurants, wildlife and butterflies!
In May 2015, Trip Advisor chose Pacific Grove as one of the top 12 Scenic Destinations in all of the United States. You will love it here!
The Monterey Salinas Transit bus stop is one block away. In the summer, the MST trolley operates out of the same stop, and is free.
Other things to note
I operate under Pacific Grove Short Term Rental License #83.
A Rental Contract is required after your booking, and must be signed before the reservation is complete. Here is a Sample Rental Contract for your review:
RENTAL AGREEMENT FOR 12 GUESTS OR FEWER:
On behalf of myself and the persons named on this page, I wish to rent the property specified below, and I agree that this rental is subject to the terms and conditions listed on the following pages. This is the entire agreement applicable to the rental of the property.
I agree that the booking and this Agreement are not effective until my nonrefundable deposit is received by Owner. I agree that the balance of the rental fee, security deposit, services fees, applicable taxes and any fees for excessive cleaning or utilities usage, are payable under the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Property: 1500 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, CA.
There is emergency telephone service at the home: (831) ; the line is dedicated to high-speed wireless Internet.
Rental Term: ___ Nights
Arrival & Departure: Check in on DATE after 3 pm. Check out on DATE by 10 a.m.
Maximum Occupancy: 12. Name of Each Person in Party (state age if under 18). And please help us set up the bedrooms by noting which guests are couples (or will be sharing a Queen or King bed) by circling their names. Thanks!
Please note: You may add people to your reservation up to one month in advance of your arrival. Each person beyond the number listed here requires a supplemental payment of $100 per night. Names of all people staying at the house must be submitted to owner in writing no later than one month before your arrival.
Pet: name, type and weight, if any:
What this rental fee includes:
- The use of the property as a vacation rental for the duration of the term;
- Normal utilities usage (see below) and housecleaning before and after the stay (see below for short-stay cleaning fee)
What this rental fee does not include:
- Excessive utility usage (see below);
- Housecleaning during the stay (except by arrangement);
- Excessive cleaning requirements at the end of the term or carpet cleaning.
- Draining, cleaning, refilling and reheating hot tub if it is left too dirty to use. The fee for this is $200.
Pacific Grove Transient Occupancy Tax (10%): $_
Cleaning Fee: (For short stays 3 days or less)$
Total Rental $
Pet Security Deposit (if applicable):
Security Deposit: For groups of up to 12 guests $1000
Security Deposit for celebration/event including more than the guests listed above
Reservation Deposit (paid through Airbnb): $______________
This payment is refundable under Airbnb’s “strict” policy. Please see website for details.
Balance: $______ due with this signed contract. Your security deposit is due one month before rental, or by DATE. This payment includes security deposit, which is refundable under the terms below.
** Please note there is a caretaker on the property and security cameras for your protection, and ours.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A security deposit in the amount specified above is due upon payment of the balance of the rental amount. Owner may deduct charges for utilities and cleaning as described below, non-local telephone usage, Xfinity Pay-per-view, charges at Spanish Bay Resort, services, repairs and replacement, etc., from the security deposit, with any unused portion reimbursed within 21 days of departure, unless Owner reasonably requires additional time to determine damages. Owner will furnish Occupant an itemized statement of any charges against the security deposit. No interest is paid on security deposits.
The rental charge includes payment for normal utilities usage, calculated based on historical utilities usage in the property. We have Smart Meters installed for gas and electric, and usage based on days and times can be accurately calculated. The Occupant shall be responsible for utilities usage that exceeds one hundred twenty five percent (125%) of the normal amount. The governor of California has declared a state-wide water emergency because of the drought, and water use is expensive. PLEASE help us conserve water! Please turn off jets in spa and cover spa when not in use, do not run furnaces with the doors and windows open, turn lights out during the day, run full loads in the washer and dishwasher and conserve water in showers.
The rental amount and/or cleaning charge cover normal cleaning at the end of the rental term. If the condition of the property requires extra cleaning significantly beyond the norm, or the Occupant requests extra cleaning services, the Occupant shall be responsible for the cost of such cleaning. A short-stay cleaning fee of $150 is due on rentals of 3 days or fewer.
If Occupant departs after the check-out time, Occupant will be subject to a charge of one day at the normal daily rental rate. If such holding over disturbs other guests of the property, Occupant additionally will be responsible for all resulting costs and damages.
Occupant agrees to use the property as a private vacation residence for the individuals listed on the preceding page only. No other day use or overnight guests are permitted without written consent of Owner. Occupant will not hold an event, party, wedding or gathering that exceeds the maximum occupancy displayed on the contract without written consent from Owner. Violation of any of these conditions will result in forfeiture of entire security deposit. Occupant acknowledges that parties with more than 20 people are forbidden at vacation rentals by Pacific Grove law. Violation of this law will cause an additional charge of no less than the amount of the security deposit, and may be grounds for immediate removal from the property. Occupant agrees that the members of Occupant’s party shall conduct themselves in a quiet, respectful manner that will not disturb our neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of their properties, and that doing otherwise may result in immediate expulsion. Occupants further agree that they will not allow the property to be used for any improper or illegal purposes.
Late Payment /NSF Check Fees
If payment of any amount is not made within 7 days of the due date, a $100 late payment fee may be added to the total amount due. Occupant shall pay a handling charge of $50 for any check returned by the bank for any reason.
Right to Cancel
A fee will be charged for cancellation, regardless of the reason, including weather, health or travel considerations. The fee will equal the amount of the deposit paid or required as of the date of receipt of notice of cancellation under “Payments Due” above. Fee for cancellation made within two weeks of date of occupancy will equal full rental amount. Occupant agrees that this cancellation fee shall be deemed reasonable given the timing of the rental and the difficulty of obtaining replacement rentals on short notice. There is no refund if Occupant chooses to vacate the property unless it is due to operational problems significantly affecting Occupant’s use, of which Occupant has advised Owner and Owner has not repaired.
Pets and Smoking
Occupant agrees not to bring a dog or other pet to the property during the rental term without the express written consent of Owner. Occupant will use the non-green portions of the courtyard or bare sand areas outside the courtyard for relieving the dog, and properly dispose of any pet waste. Be in control of your dog at all times while at the property; leash is required outside the courtyard at all times. At no time shall a pet be left in the house when the renters are absent, unless the pet is crated. Pets are not allowed on the furniture. NO SMOKING shall occur inside the property. Occupant shall be responsible if any person entering the property during the term smokes in the home. Occupant will be charged an additional fee of no less than $1000 if smoking occurs in the home, and Occupant is responsible for any additional damages incurred.
Liability for Damage
Operating instructions for equipment and appliances are located at the property. Occupant agrees to read and carefully follow instructions in order not to harm or cause malfunctions of the equipment or the property. Occupant shall properly use, operate and safeguard the property, including its furniture and fixtures, and keep them clean. Occupant is responsible for all damages to the property caused by Occupant, members of Occupant’s party, or their guests. Occupant is responsible for ensuring that the property is left upon departure in the same condition and repair as upon arrival, subject to normal cleaning requirements. Occupant shall pay for repair of drain blockages or stoppages unless caused by defective plumbing. Owner will bill Occupant for any and all necessary replacement and repair costs within 45 days of departure. Occupant specifically agrees not to place any objects on the Steinway grand piano.
Right to Repair
Occupant shall provide prompt, detailed telephonic notice to Owner of any damage or disrepair to or affecting the property, or any breakage or other operating problems at the Property, while Occupant is at the Property. Owner will take all reasonable actions to address the repair or other problem as promptly as reasonably feasible. If such damage or disrepair is not the result of the action or inaction of Occupant, and if such damage or disrepair significantly interferes with the use of the property, Owner shall have a reasonable time to replace or repair the same without a reduction in Occupant’s rent.
Endangered Species Habitat Area
Our home is located in the Asilomar Dunes area, which is home to endangered plants and the legless lizard, a rare species. Brochures identifying the endangered species are available in our home, and guests are required to avoid them when walking on the sand dunes of the property. There are designated paths to the North and South of the property that run from our driveway, and guests are required to stay on the paths when exploring the Asilomar Dunes.
Our home is on the public sewer system, but it is below the grade of the sewer line and therefore waste is pumped from a holding tank up to the street elevation. Because of the extra strain on the system, the garbage disposal must not be overloaded. Please throw food scraps in the garbage and use the disposal for small food particles only, to prevent clogging of the kitchen sink or dishwasher. Use only the toilet paper supplied at the house as it is safe for the system. Do not flush feminine products.
Rooftop area off Master
There is a deck off the Master bedroom for your use. However, the rooftop areas accessible through the large windows in the Master and other bedrooms are NOT DECKS AND DO NOT HAVE SAFETY RAILINGS. They are not to be used by occupants for any reason.
Fort for the kids
The Fort is appropriate only for children and adults who are comfortable and competent with climbing a ladder. Adults must supervise children AT ALL TIMES and are solely responsible for their safety in the Fort, and in all other parts of the house and grounds.
To minimize the impact on the natural environment, we and our next-door neighbors agreed to share driveway access to our properties. There is NO PARKING on any portion of the shared driveway. Please be considerate of our neighbors by making sure their access to the driveway is never blocked, and that ambulance and fire truck access to both houses is always open.
The cobblestone pathway in our courtyard is constructed of natural beach rock and is an irregular surface. High-heeled shoes should not be worn on this pathway and care should be taken when traversing it.
Hot tub and Pinball
Owner will make every effort to have the hot tub and antique pinball machines working properly. Both can be persnickety. Occupant acknowledges that they may not be working during the term. Always cover the hot tub when not in use. OCCUPANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SPA MAY BE UNCOVERED AND/OR UNPROTECTED BY FENCES AND THEREFORE MAY CONSTITUTE AN INHERENTLY DANGEROUS CONDITION FOR WHICH OCCUPANT ACCEPTS FULL RESPONSIBILITY DURING THE TERM AND, WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, OCCUPANT WILL DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS OWNER AGAINST ANY CLAIMS RELATED TO THESE CONDITIONS.
Access to Property/ Garage Door Opener
Upon notice to Occupant, Owner may enter the property for necessary maintenance, repairs, or other reasonable purposes. Caretakers may be present in the caretakers’ apartment on the property. Occupant shall be furnished with the combination to locks at the property and a garage door opener. Occupant shall properly secure and lock all windows and doors upon checking out, and shall leave the garage door opener on the kitchen island. PLEASE NOTE: When the front door knob is unlocked with the key, it will still lock when the door is shut, unless the button on the inside of the knob is popped out to unlocked position. To prevent being locked out, be sure to note whether the doorknob is in locked position when you shut the door. (The doors to the Master bedroom, greenhouse, kitchen and playroom all have similar doors.)
Security: The property is equipped with exterior security cameras for your protection, and ours.
The caretaker may or may not be present at the property. The caretaker’s suite is at the back of the property, and is accessible by a separate entrance. The caretaker is available to answer questions about appliances, entertainment systems, hot tub operation, etc. But unless the caretaker is asked for assistance, she will stay out of the way during your visit in our home. Phone number for the caretaker is available upon request. Never park in, nor block, the spot by the garbage cans which is reserved for the caretaker.
Limitation of Liability and Indemnification
The liability of Owner or its agents shall be limited to damages arising solely from Owner’s gross negligence or willful misconduct, and then only up to the amount of any rentals and deposits paid. In no event shall Owner or its agents be liable for any special, consequential, incidental or punitive damages. Occupant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Owner from and against any claim, dispute, cost, loss and liability for loss, cost, personal injury or property damage sustained by any person (including Occupant’s guests) as a result of any cause during Occupant’s rental term. If the property becomes unavailable for occupancy by Occupant during the term for any reason, Owner shall not be liable for any damages but shall be responsible for refunding all deposits of Occupant.
The Property is in a natural location with natural hazards. The ocean is our backyard. The rocky beach can be hazardous. Animals such as mountain lions, deer, coyotes, raccoons, sea lions, and sea otters have frequented the property. Occasionally the body of a sea mammal will wash upon the beach and create an unpleasant odor. This can continue until a high tide floats the animal out to sea. Because we are at the end of the grid, electrical outages can take longer for the utility company to repair. Occupant understands, acknowledges and accepts these conditions.
A note about insurance: While you are at my home, your belongings and automobiles are not insured under my homeowners' or personal umbrella policies. If you wish your belongings to be insured while you are staying at my home, please talk to your insurance agent about a renter's policy. If you are interested in travel insurance, there are many choices on the web. One that I know of (but have no personal experience with) is
Occupant signature: ___________________________________________ Date: ___________________
By _____________________________________ (print your name), on behalf of all occupants
City: _______________________________ State: ______________ Zip: _____________
Home Phone: ________________________ Cell Phone: __________________________
Your Email address: ________________________________________________________
Owner signature: ________________________________________ Date: ____________________________
I’m sorry to require the following, which is kind of a pain, but the new Pacific Grove Short Term Rental Ordinance requires me to know the license plate numbers of ALL vehicles parking at my home, and limits the number of cars to 6. So please give me the ones you know now, and add any more from your guests with other vehicles and any rental cars, when you arrive.
1.Vehicle make, color and license plate number: ________________________________________
2.Vehicle make, color and license plate number: ________________________________________
3.Vehicle make, color and license plate number: ________________________________________
4.Vehicle make, color and license plate number: _______________________________________
5.Vehicle make, color and license plate number: ________________________________________
6.Vehicle make, color and license plate number: ________________________________________
Please direct all correspondence to:
1500 Sunset Drive
Pacific Grove, CA
Rocky Shores, at 1500 Sunset Dr. Pacific Grove, has a
Hydrotherapy Spa (hot tub) for your Enjoyment
For your safety, please, read and obey the following safety precautions.
WARNING - RISK OF CHILD DROWNING:
•Children should be supervised at all times and should not be given access in the spa area.
•Exercise extreme caution to prevent unauthorized access to the spa area by children.
•Keep children away from spa fittings, filter weir and cartridge, floating tablet dispenser, controls, electrical switches, service disconnect panels, equipment and storage areas.
ENTER CAREFULLY! NEVER DIVE INTO SPA. Deck and surfaces are slippery when wet.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTENEVER SOAK ALONUSE AT YOUR OWN RISK
SPA USE CAUTION:
•Use of alcohol, drugs or medication before or during spa use is not recommended and may lead to unconsciousness with the possibility of drowning.
•Keep hair and body away from suction fitting covers when spa is in use.
•Never use the spa if the temperature exceeds 104 degrees F (40 deg. C).
•Water temperatures between 100 -104 degrees are considered safe for healthy adults.
•Temperatures of 98-100 are recommended for use by elderly persons and children under 16.
•Prolonged immersion in hot water (over 10 minutes) may induce “hyperthermia” which can cause dizziness, fainting, drowsiness, lethargy and an increase in internal temperature of the body.
•Hyperthermia effects include: unawareness of impending hazard, failure to perceive heat, failure to recognize need to leave spa, physical inability to leave spa, unconsciousness resulting in a danger of drowning, and fever like brain damage in young children under 16.
•Women who are or may be pregnant should not use spa at temperatures over 100 degrees or for long periods of time. Fetal damage may occur.
•Consult your physician before using if you are taking medication, suffer from obesity, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, circulatory problems, or diabetes.
•The spa is serviced several times a week –subject to change, weather, holiday, etc.
•The spa water chemistry is adjusted to industry standards with conventional products.
•Bromine and chlorine are the sanitizers. Do not use the spa if sensitive to these products.
•Shower and rinse well before using the spa to remove residual soap, shampoo, lotions, etc.
•Shower after using the spa to cool down, rinse off perspiration and residual sanitizers.
•Young children, not “pool trained”, must wear swim pants if they are allowed to use spa at all.
•Special service calls to clean up spa and or change the water may result in additional charges.
•Please contact Kirstie Wilde if the water quality has been compromised by excessive use or accidents.
•Do not use spa if the water is cloudy or has an odor.
I have read, understand and agree with the above, and have shared this information with everyone in my party who will have access to the hot tub.
___________________________________________________________ Date _______
House Rules and Information for Rocky Shores Guests
General House Rules:
* No cigar smoking on the property. Cigarette smoking is allowed in the courtyard, greenhouse and spa. Please pick up butts!
* No drinks or other objects on the Steinway.
* Check-in is at 3pm or later. Check-out is at 10 a.m. or before.
* Daily maid service available; please book in advance.
* Guest privileges at Spanish Bay Club (tennis (2 lighted courts), exercise equipment, heated pool, hot tub, sauna, steam) available @$25 per person per day. Maximum per day is 4 people. Please let us know in advance so we can book for you. Massage treatments are also available, with advanced booking.
* If you play the Pacific Grove golf course — the best bargain ocean-front golf course in California, and right across the street — please take off your spikes in the courtyard.
* Two bedrooms and two baths, kitchen, living room, den, playroom, conservatory and laundry are all on ground floor and can be accessed by wheelchair. Please advise us in advance the width of your chair and if you will need a ramp for the one front step into the house. Please clean wheels before rolling onto carpets.
* Pets welcome, but must be cleared in advance. Increased security deposit required. Outside the courtyard is the only place to relieve your dog. We have a fenced dog run. Pets are never to be left anywhere else on the property unless they are supervised. Keep pets off the furniture. Clean their feet before they come inside.
* Children welcome. They must be supervised by an adult at all times, especially in the hot tub, in the Fort, on the deck, or when visiting the ocean.
* Please do not take bathroom towels to the beach. Beach towels, as well as some snuggly blankets to wrap around you in the beach chairs, are available on the shelves in the upstairs master bath.
* The roof area off Eli’s bedroom and the Master bedroom is NOT a deck and does NOT have a safety railing. Guests are not allowed on the roof!
* We are registered with the City of Pacific Grove; 10% transient occupancy tax applies.
* Please let us know when you will be checking out, and if you ordered any pay-per-view movies or events. Please leave the keys, the aquarium tickets and the garage door opener on the kitchen table; turn out the lights and furnaces, and lock the doors. When you fill out the check-out form, please let us know if there were any accidents or breakage during your stay, if you used up any supplies, and if there is any way we can improve our service.
• There are first aid kits, band-aids, and over-the-counter medications in the butler’s pantry in the kitchen, and the medicine chest in the Master bath.
• Call 911 if you need help
• Fire extinguishers are in the kitchen (in the butler’s pantry), in the garage, and next to the fireplace in the living room.
• Pacific Grove Police Department (animal control and non-emergency) (
• Pacific Grove Fire Department (
• Owners’ cell ph
• Alternate owner’s cell (
• Alternate handyman/plumber cell phone: ( (Daniel) or ( (Jafet).
• There are two heaters in the house. The thermostat in the foyer covers everything except the playroom, bath and courtyard bedroom. The second thermostat is in the corner of the playroom bedroom. Please help us save energy by turning off the heaters if you have windows/doors open, keeping the thermostat below 68 degrees, and turning them off when you leave the house.
* The disposal is only for very small scraps. It is easily clogged, so please put all food scraps in the
trash. If you stop up the sink, the remedy is a little complicated:
1. Put a stopper in the right hand drain and have a helper push down on it so it remains sealed.
2. Start the dishwasher until it fills with water (you can hear the jets start to work when the filling
has been accomplished). Cancel the run by pushing button on far right of dishwasher
panel, and then start a new one so the dishwasher starts pumping out its water.
3. While the dishwasher is draining and the helper is holding the right-hand drain closed, run
enough water in the left hand sink to fill the disposal, and then plunge it so that the blockage just
beyond the disposal is removed.
As you see IT’S BEST NOT TO CLOG THE SINK WITH ANY TABLE SCRAPS!
* Recyclables go into the bag hanging to the right of the Dutch door, outside.
* Coffee maker instructions are on the door to the cabinet on the side of the kitchen island. Coffee is in the freezer.
A coffee grinder for whole beans is available.
* Please no crystal at the beach. There are plastic glasses, plates, and cutlery in the closet next to the
piano, in a plastic bin with a blue top.
* First aid supplies and fire extinguisher are in the butler's pantry in the kitchen.
* To run the dishwasher, put soap packet in dispenser, close it. Push “power”, “auto”, “start”.
* To use the television in the kitchen, keep the TV tuned to channel 3. Use the black Comcast remote to
change channels. The same process works for the television in the master bath upstairs (across from
the tub in the cabinet.)
* The BBQ is outside the kitchen Dutch door. To operate the BBQ:
1. Remove vinyl cover
2. Push and turn the front knob to the left, to the "lightning bolt" icon.
3. Push the Ignition switch one or two times until you hear the "whoosh" sound that the gas is lit. Make sure you see flames.
4. Preheat the grill for 10 minutes on high, then scrape the grill with the steel brush, hanging on the side.
5. Cook something scrumptious, and eat it! Be sure all 5 controls are in the “off” position and put the cover back on the BBQ.
* Cleaning products are under the sink in the kitchen. Extra cleaning products, rags, vacuum, etc. are in the
closet next to the piano
* You are welcome to use any condiments, dry goods, etc. that you find in the refrigerator, kitchen
cupboards or lazy Susans.
* The Zoshirushi bread maker is in a pull-out shelf below and to the right of the sink. There are instructions on the shelf under the bread maker.
* Waffle iron, panini maker, Cuisinart, citrus juicer, wok, blender, instant hot water kettle, toaster oven, pop-up toaster, umami rice cooker, etc. are in the butler’s pantry.
* A Swiss Raclette appliance is in the closet next to the piano, along with cloth napkins, tablecloths, large roasters and platters.
Hot Tub instructions:
1. Unhook black clips holding down the cover. For two people, you can just flip the cover half open. For more people, remove the entire cover. Please do not place it on the sand where it will pick up dirt when you put it back.
2. The hot tub temperature should be set at 104 degrees when you arrive. You can adjust the temperature with the up and down arrows on the control panel.
3. If you turn on the light in the hot tub, please remember to turn it off when you leave, by dimming it down to zero.
4. ALWAYS REPLACE COVER WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN THE TUB, and latch the black clips so it doesn’t blow off.
6. MINORS using the hot tub must be supervised by an adult at all times.
7. Watch your step when walking through the courtyard to the hot tub. Uneven beach rock pavers are not
recommended for high heels!
8. If it’s too dark in the area by the hot tub, turn on the lights in the greenhouse and the area will be illuminated. Greenhouse light switch is on the wall in the piano room. The switch for the outdoor light by the greenhouse Dutch door is next to that door.
9. Please remember, the hot tub is not a bathtub. If the water is green or cloudy when you leave and we have to drain it, the charge is $200.
* To use the television in the den:
1. Turn the TV on with the smallest black remote (Samsung). Push the “source” button at the top of that remote. Click “Comcast” for TV, “DVD” or, for the laserdisc machine, “A/V”. Do NOT highlight “TV” on the screen or you will get nothing! This remote also controls the volume from the TV speakers.
2. The grey Pioneer remote controls surround-sound volume. Use only “up”, “down” and “mute” on that remote.
3. Use the Comcast Remote to change channels, view TV Guide, and access On Demand. We have Showtime and HBO for your enjoyment, as well as scores of other channels.
4. Guests are responsible to pay for any pay-per-view movies or other paid special programs.
5. A printed channel guide is on the coffee table with the remotes.
We have extensive libraries of Laserdiscs, DVDs and VHS tapes.
* To view a Laserdisc:
1. Push power button on Laserdisc machine. Push “open”, insert laser disc, push “close”. Do not push down
on the tray while it is open!
2. With the small black Samsung remote, push “source” and scroll over to “A/V”, then click.
3. You can use the larger black “laserdisc” remote, or simply push “play” on the laserdisc machine.
*To view a DVD:
1. Push power button on black DVD machine. Push “open”, insert DVD, push “close”. (Do not push down
on the disc tray while it is open.)
2. On small black Samsung remote, push “source” at the top, then scroll over to “DVD” and click.
3. Use black DVD remote to play, or push “play” on the DVD machine.
*To view a VHS:
1. Insert VHS tape into the TV in the playroom. Push “play” to view VHS. This is an old machine and
sometimes won’t release the VHS. Sorry! There is an extensive collection of VHS tapes (especially for kids) in the den. There is also a VHS/DVD machine up in the fort in the garage.
* To use the pinball machine. Turn on toggle switch under the machine, near the front right leg. Wait patiently. Sometimes the machine turns on right away; sometimes it takes 5-10 minutes to warm up and turn on, and sometimes it doesn't turn on at all. It is an antique and we can't control these phenomena! When (if) you hear the audio on the machine, begin, push the round chrome button next to the coin slot on the front of the machine: once for one player, twice for two, thrice for three and four times for four players. Launch the pinball with the knob on the right and have fun!
* Please put back any games, toys, puzzles, art supplies, etc. in the playroom when you finish playing.
Dining room and Living room:
* If you have more than 10 for dinner, you can use the 48” table in the piano room as an extension to comfortably seat 14. Casual placemats, and long tablecloths are in the closet next to the piano.)
* All lamps in the living room have either low/high settings, or are on table-top dimmers. If the lamp doesn't seem to operate, it is probably because the table-top dimmer is turned all the way down.
* The switch to operate the outdoor floodlights is in the corner of the piano room at the floor outlet.
Please be sure to turn outdoor lights off when you go to bed.
*There are instructions for using the wood fireplace near the fireplace. Be sure the damper is OPEN before you make a fire. Be sure the gas starter is turned all the way off after your fire is going, and PUT THE KEY AWAY.
*If you have children or anyone else who might wet the bed, PLEASE protect our mattresses with pee pads,
located in the linen closet in the Master bathroom.
* The mysterious secret bedroom is accessed through the bookcase.
Extra King, Queen and Twin sheets are under the beds.
You can turn on and dim all of the lights by the switch as you enter the room, or with the wireless remote switches on each side of the bed.
* We have wireless Internet signal in every room in the house, from two stations: one is under the desk in the bedroom at the top of the stairs. Please don’t let children unplug any cables. If the Wifi stops working, turn off the red flashing switch on the power strip under the desk, wait 30 seconds and plug back in to reset. The password for the Wifi is . The second Wifi repeater is next to the king bed in the “secret bedroom”. Be sure it is plugged in.
Laundry room and Garage:
Put one capful of liquid washing soap in the right container in the pull-out drawer
Put one capful of fabric softener on the left container in the drawer. PUSH THE DRAWER BACK IN.
If you want to add bleach, use the left near dispenser.
Set dials on the washer for type of clothes, temperature of water, etc. Push start.
If you forget something, push “pause” and wait until the washer unlocks.
Clean lint from filter by lifting it up on the inside front of the dryer every time you use it.
Set Cycle, sensor dry level and temperature. I use “wrinkle prevent” also, for most everything
There is a shelf for drying shoes, sweaters, etc. between the wall and the dryer. When it is installed in
the dryer, the clothes do not spin
* There are spare ping pong balls in a bag on the wall next to the table. There are also at least 50 balls in the room, so if you run out of balls, pretend it is Easter and start looking. There are two sets of lights for the ping pong table: one on the wall next to the door by the dryer, and one in the middle of the tool wall.
There is a small ironing board you can use on top of the dryer, to the left of the dryer. There is a full
size ironing board by the garage refrigerator. The iron is on the wooden bookshelf. If you want steam, use tap water.
*We have combination locks to the house and the garage. The combination will be provided at check-in.
*In the butler’s pantry in the kitchen.
*On the right-hand side of the fireplace.
*In the garage, on the floor near the door.
Fuse Box/ Breaker switches
*The Electrical panel and breaker switches are in a panel in the small room between the front entry and the living room (under the stairs). The panel is hidden by the picture of the smoking cowboy. The main breaker panel is outside, on the corner of the garage.
*The gas meter (for shut-off in case of emergency) is on the garage wall, behind the garbage cans.
In Case of Power Outage:
* Living on the edge of the ocean, we are at the “end of the line” for power restoration. So if it goes out, it may be out for a long time. There are flashlights/outage lights plugged in outlets around the house, and in the butler’s pantry.
* Candles and lanterns are in the butler’s pantry, near the floor on the right. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU USE CANDLES!
*Our garbage men are sweetie pies! They come down and retrieve the cans and drag them up to the street on Tuesday mornings, and return the empties. If you want to dispose of anything, please put it in the appropriate container (green waste, recyclables, garbage.) If they are full, place any plastic garbage sacks inside the garage and close the door. Raccoons will rip them apart if left outside.
Pacific Grove Police Department (animal control and non emergency) (
Pacific Grove Fire Department (
Kirstie’s cell ph
Alternate owner’s cell ( ask for Hannah
Plumb ask for Jafet
Handyman ( ask for Daniel
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula ( Holman Highway (Hwy 68) , Monterey
Monterey Bay Urgent Care ( Washington Street, Monterey.
Doctors on Duty ( Lighthouse Ave. Monterey
Housekeep or ( — Elva Sanchez
Yoga and Massage:
For private yoga lessons contact Hannah or
For private in-house massage, contact Perrine or
Restaurants we like in Pacific Grove:
* Hula’s (our favorite local’s hangout) 622 Lighthouse, New Monterey, (
* Julia's Vegetarian Restaurant (family style, VERY inexpensive) 1180 Forest Ave. (
* International Café (inexpensive for eat-in or take-out lunch, dinner) 620 Lighthouse Ave (
* Red House Café (breakfast and lunch) 662 Lighthouse (
* Max’s Grill (moderate) 209 Forest Ave. (
* Fifi’s Bistro (moderate) French, Continental 1188 Forest Ave., (
* Fandango (expensive) Basque, Continental 223 17th Street (
* Little Chicken House (Drive-thru BBQ) 1193 Forest Ave.
* Taste Café (continental lunch and dinner) 1199 Forest (
* Tillie Gorts (vegetarian) 111 Central Ave. (
* Lighthouse Coffee Company, 510 Lighthouse (
* Patisserie Bechler (fabulous French pastry) 1225 Forest (
* Pavel’s Backerei (pastries) 219 Forest Ave. (
* Goodies (sandwiches) 518 Lighthouse Ave (
* Peppers MexiCali Cafe 170 Forest Ave. (
* Vivolo's Chowder House 127 Central Ave (
* Butcher: Grove Market on Forest Avenue, across from Pavelʼ s Backerei
• Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course (ocean-front course, great value) 77 Asilomar Ave. (
• Spanish Bay Resort 2700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach (nis, Gym, Swimming
• Pacific Grove municipal tennis courts 515 Junipero Ave. (
• Spanish Bay Resort 2700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach (
We are a member of the Spanish Bay Club and can extend privileges to guests @$25 per person per day. Maximum 4 guests per day. Please advise in advance so we can give your name to the club desk. 8 tennis courts (two lighted), heated pool, hot tub, sauna, steam, massage, yoga, exercise machines, etc., are available.
Bike, Kayak rental
• Adventures by the Sea 299 Cannery Row, Monterey (. (They have a vendor at Lovers’ Point in Pacific Grove during the summer.)
Museum, Aquarium, Library
• Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Forest Ave @ Central Ave., (
• Monterey Bay Aquarium, 866 Cannery Row, Monterey (
• Pacific Grove Library 550 Central Ave., (
• Farmer’s Market runs Monday afternoons from 3 pm to 7 pm at Central and Grand, near the museum, library and park.
* Where to see the butterflies of “Butterfly Town, USA”?
During their over-wintering season from mid-October through mid-February, clusters of monarch butterflies can be viewed at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary at 1073 Lighthouse Avenue. Open from sunrise to sundown and is free for all visitors. The best time to see the monarchs is noon to 3:00 p.m. when the sun is shining brightest on their trees and when a docent is always on duty.
• Lots of surfers like Sunset Beach (also called Spanish Bay Beach and Moss Beach) which is south of us, just before Sunset Drive curves inland at the Fishwife Restaurant. BE AWARE THERE CAN BE A STRONG RIPTIDE AT THIS BEACH.
• It is not advisable to try to surf in front of our house because there is a lot of granite rocks out there. I have seen surfers go out, and return with only half a board.
• There are lots of sea creatures in the rocks in front of our house. Some say Doc Ricketts (made famous in the John Steinbeck books) made a good profit collecting baby octopi there and sending them to Eastern labs.
However, if Doc tried that today, he could get arrested! The creatures are now protected as part of the Marine Sanctuary, so enjoy them but don’t take them.
• The island we lovingly refer to as “Stinky Island” (not because it stinks… but because our son decided the bird guano on top of it must be smelly) is accessible at low tide. We do not recommend going out there because it is craggy and slippery. We especially do not recommend going out there and staying until the tide comes in, because then the “bridge” to the island will be under water. We’ve seen rescues of embarrassed people who went out there but couldn’t get back.
• Don’t ever turn your back on the waves! A rogue wave can come at any time. Be sure all your kids, and any non-swimmers, are supervised when visiting the beach.
Exploring the Dunes
• The Asilomar Dunes area where we live is home to many rare and endangered plants, and the black legless lizard. Please review the brochure on the top of the White Book to familiarize yourself with the habitat, and always stay on the paths when you explore the dunes.