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!
Enjoy the Sunset while snuggling in a blanket on the bluffside Adirondack chairs, or from the expansive, 620 sq.ft. living room.
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.
General House Rules:
* No smoking in the house. Smoking allowed in courtyard, greenhouse, spa and ocean-view Adirondack chairs. Dispose of butts properly, please.
* No drinks or any objects on the Steinway.
* Call in advance for late check-in or late check-out. Unless approved in writing, check-in is 3pm or later and check-out is 10 a.m. or before.
* Extra maid service is available; please book in advance.
* In-house massage on our private, ocean view deck is available, as are yoga classes in our private yoga studio. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
* 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 (one handicap-accessible), 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.
* Pets welcome. Please advise in advance what pet you are bringing. 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, and never on the furniture nor alone inside the house.
* Children welcome. They must be supervised by an adult at all times, especially in the hot tub, or when visiting the ocean. The house is NOT baby-proofed.
* Please do not take bathroom towels to the beach. Beach towels, as well as some snuggly blankets to wrap around you in the Adirondack chairs on the beach, are available on the shelves in the upstairs master bath.
* There is a beautiful deck off the Master for your use, with lounges and tables, but 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 to all rentals.
* 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, Aquarium tickets and garage door opener on the kitchen table, turn out the lights and furnaces, load and turn on the dishwasher, 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, and if there is any way we can improve our service.
• Call 911 if you need help
•There are first aid kits, band-aids, and over-the-counter medications in the butler’s pantry in the kitchen, and in the medicine chest in the Master bath.
•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) (phone number hidden)
•Pacific Grove Fire Department (phone number hidden)
•Owners’ cell phone (phone number hidden)
•Alternate handyman/plumber cell phone: (phone number hidden) (Daniel) or (phone number hidden) (Jafet).
•Never block any portion of the shared driveway, or the caretaker’s parking area, to make sure emergency vehicles have access to the house at all times.
•There are two heaters in the house. One covers everything except the playroom, laundry room and courtyard bedroom. The thermostat, located in the entry hall, is programmed to set back at night. Please help us save energy by keeping the thermostat no higher than 68 degrees, and turn it off when you leave.
•If you need heat in the playroom or courtyard bedroom, please use the playroom thermostat to adjust the heat, and be sure to turn it off when you leave.
•PLEASE don’t have the heat on if you have the windows or doors open.
* The disposal is only for very small scraps. It is easily clogged, so please put all food scraps in the garbage. 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 kitchen 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 glassware at the beach. There are plastic glasses and stemware, plates and cutlery in the closet next to the piano, in a plastic bin with a blue top.
* To run the dishwasher, put soap packet in dispenser and do not close it. Push the second button from the left on the top panel (“normal”). Then push the second button on the right (“start”). Close the door.
* 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 (in the cabinet across from the tub.)
* The BBQ is off 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. Do the same for the other two, but not for the one marked with a chicken (That is for the rotisserie only) and not for the one marked with a round burner icon (That is for the stove-top burner only)
3. Push the black 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!
* Cleaning products are under the sink in the kitchen. Extra cleaning products, rags, vacuum, etc. are in the closet next to the piano bath.
* 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. Bread flour, regular flour and yeast are below it. 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, etc. are in the butler’s pantry.
* A Swiss Raclette appliance is in the closet next to the piano, along with cloth napkins, tablecloths, platters and food warmers.
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, you can 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. After you exit the tub, please pour one small capful of Spa Shock Xtra into the tub and push the “clean” button.
5. ALWAYS PUT COVER ON WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN THE TUB, and latch the black clips so it doesn’t blow off.
6. Children 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, but then we don’t expect you to go to the hot tub or the beach in 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. Green house light switch is marked, on the wall in the piano room. The switch for the outdoor light by the greenhouse Dutch door is next to that door.
* 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. It is marked “volume only”.
3. Use the Xfinity/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.
6. The multicolored button at the bottom of the Samsung TV remote controls the "Smart" TV functions (Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook, etc.) Please do not download any APPS. We have a Netflix account for your use.
* 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!
* 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 make sure the soccer balls are replaced on the foosball machine after you play.
* Please put back any games, toys, puzzles, art supplies, etc. in the playroom when you finish playing.
* The television in the playroom is not connected to the cable. It can only be used to watch VHS tapes. There is an extensive collection of VHS tapes (especially for kids) in the den. To watch a VHS, push the power button, push “stop eject” to eject a tape. Insert tape of your choice, and push “play”.
* If you have asked the Playroom to be configured as a bedroom, you are using one of the EZ Beds. If it feels too hard or too soft, you can adjust the inflation with a dial on the end of the bed.
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.
If you want to add bleach, use the left near dispenser.
Fill the washer up to ¾ full.
Set dials on the washer for type of clothes, temperature of water, etc.
If you forget something, push “pause” and wait until the washer unlocks.
Clean lint from filter by lifting up on the inside front of the dryer
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 is a full-size ironing board to the right of the garage refrigerator. The iron is on the shelf there. If you want steam, use tap water. But you should not be ironing on your vacation!
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 (green and gold, blue, red, cream, and harvest brown) 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 turn the outdoor flood lights 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, and there is plenty of firewood right outside the French doors. 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.
* If you need another EZ bed, let us know and we will be happy to set one up for you.
The new lights for reading and the artwork are really cool! You can turn on and dim all of them by the switch as you enter the room, and you can turn off and dim all of them (or individually) with the wireless remote switches on each side of the bed.
* We have high-speed wireless internet signal in every room in the house, from two stations. Please don’t let children unplug any cables. If the wifi stops working, make sure your device is set to “Kirstie’s Wifi” and not the signal “Cloudtrax” which comes from next door. To restart the system, turn off the red flashing switch on the power strip under the desk in the bedroom at the top of the stairs, wait 30 seconds and turn it back on.. The password for the wifi is (phone number hidden). The second station is a small white Apple extender next to the queen bed in the “secret bedroom”. Be sure it is plugged in.
* There are spare ping pong balls in a bag on the wall next to the table. There are also at least 70 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.
*We no longer need keys as the doors have combination locks. 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 under the stairs, behind 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 OR OIL LANTERNS!
*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! Please let caretaker know if you have extra garbage in the garage so we can take it up to the street on Tuesday mornings.
Pacific Grove Police Department (animal control and non emergency) (phone number hidden)
Pacific Grove Fire Department (phone number hidden)
Kirstie’s cell phone (phone number hidden)
Alternate owner’s cell (phone number hidden) ask for Hannah
Plumber (phone number hidden) ask for Jafet
Handyman (phone number hidden) ask for Daniel
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (phone number hidden) Holman Highway (Hwy 68) , Monterey
Monterey Bay Urgent Care (phone number hidden) Washington Street, Monterey.
Doctors on Duty (phone number hidden) Lighthouse Ave. Monterey
Housekeeper (phone number hidden) (Elva) and Groundskeeper (phone number hidden) (Luis)
Yoga and Massage:
For private yoga lessons or children’s karate, contact Hannah Miller at (email hidden) or (phone number hidden)
For private in-house massage, contact Perrine Adams at (email hidden) or (phone number hidden)
Restaurants we like in Pacific Grove:
* Julia's Vegetarian Restaurant (family style, VERY inexpensive) 1180 Forest Ave. (phone number hidden)
* Hula’s Island Grill (crowded, great local hangout) 622 Lighthouse Ave., New Monterey (phone number hidden)
* International Café (inexpensive for eat-in or take-out lunch, dinner) 620 Lighthouse Ave (phone number hidden)
* Red House Café (breakfast and lunch) 662 Lighthouse (phone number hidden)
* Jeninni Kitchen and Wine Bar 542 Lighthouse (phone number hidden)
* Max’s Grill (moderate) 209 Forest Ave. (phone number hidden)
* Fifi’s Bistro (moderate) French, Continental 1188 Forest Ave., (phone number hidden)
* Fandango (expensive) Basque, Continental 223 17th Street (phone number hidden)
* Little Chicken House (Drive-thru BBQ) 1193 Forest Ave. (phone number hidden)
* Taste Café (continental lunch and dinner) 1199 Forest (phone number hidden)
* Tillie Gorts (vegetarian) 111 Central Ave. (phone number hidden)
* Lighthouse Coffee Company, 510 Lighthouse (phone number hidden)
* Patisserie Bechler (fabulous French pastry) 1225 Forest (phone number hidden)
* Pavel’s Backerei (pastries) 219 Forest Ave. (phone number hidden)
* Goodies (sandwiches) 518 Lighthouse Ave (phone number hidden)
* Peppers MexiCali Cafe 170 Forest Ave. (phone number hidden)
* Vivolo's Chowder House 127 Central Ave (phone number hidden)
* Butcher: Grove Market on Forest Avenue, across from Pavel’s Backerei
•Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course (ocean-front course, great value) 77 Asilomar Ave. (phone number hidden)
•Spanish Bay Resort 2700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach (phone number hidden)
Tennis, Gym, Swimming
•Pacific Grove municipal tennis courts 515 Junipero Ave. (phone number hidden)
•Spanish Bay Resort 2700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach (phone number hidden)
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.
•Pacific Grove pool at Lover’s Point
Bike, Kayak rental
•Adventures by the Sea 299 Cannery Row, Monterey (phone number hidden). (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., (phone number hidden)
•Monterey Bay Aquarium, 866 Cannery Row, Monterey (phone number hidden). We have two adult guest passes for you to use.
•Pacific Grove Library 550 Central Ave., (phone number hidden)
•Farmer’s Market runs Monday afternoons from 3 pm to 7 pm at Central and Grand, near the museum, library and park. They also have prepared food booths and it’s nice to have a picnic dinner on the grass in the 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 RIP TIDE 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.