Carmel Retreat w/Exquisite OceanVue

House - Entire home/apt · Sonoma Ln, Carmel, CA 93923, United States

The Space

Available for five day to a week, once per month.
The views just don't get any better than this. Most people arrive and say: the view is so gorgeous that it almost doesn't look real.

There is also a neighborhood beach with a key to the gate. Just a Short walk away from the house.

Most homes in this area range in price from 2 mill to 10 mill.

Two Master Suites.One of the first floor with views and one on the second floor.

Enter you own private master suite from the East side of the house and relax. Enjoy the ocean view deck and patio exclusive for your use. Walk to the nearby private neighborhood beach and stick your toes in the sand.

Three Queen beds, two twins, and on double. with full view of the Ocean, Pt. Lobos China Cove, and lots of raw rustic nature.

Go dancing at night at the Highlands Inn or just chill in the gardens or Gazebo. Only 5 min from downtown Carmel by the Sea and all of its unique shopping and restaurants.

3 FULL Bathrooms. Two with showers and tubs and one with Shower with Toilet and Sink. You also have laundry facilities. Office Loft with double bed serves as 4th bedroom

WIFI. provided as well as Cable TV with an LCD TV in the living room and a normal tv in the master bedroom.

The nearest hotel charges $500/night so we think our place is a bargain over a hotel room with far less privacy.

Windows from the floor to the ceiling..the living room is two stories high with fabulous views.

NOTE: We are limited by the county to only one reservation per month. This means that your agreement with us will state a month long rental with an addendum that give your specific dates of occupancy during that month. This is so that we can be in compliance with all county guidelines.

Guest Access

Hot tub, outdoor seating areas including the ocean view gazebo.

Interaction with Guests

We like to greet our guests as we feel so blessed to live in this gorgeous area. If you want to know some great hiking within walking distance just let us know. We also know all the best restaurants so ASK.

Need a birthday cake? We know the perfect bakery too.

The Neighborhood

Short walk to private beach, very natural quiet setting.
Ansel Adams family home is on the next street.

Love walking on Sprindrift and seeing the raw ocean views.

Getting around

You would want a car for this location but the good news is that since part of the property borders rural highway 1 you can get to all attractions in under 15 min except for Big Sur which would be 25 minutes.

Other Things to Note

We really respect our neighbors who aren't on vacation when you are. We ask that you keep outdoor sound levels to a minimum and no amplified music as sound travels. We do not allow "events' at our location but can recommend places for this.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 9
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 6
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $4200 /week
Monthly Price: $9000 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $200
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
  • i would literally live here! while the house is quite old, and the stairs produce wakening sounds, it was the best place we rented at airbnb during our trip around the northern states. the house is clean, rooms are very large, Alicia, the property manager, was 150% helpful. we all were astonished by the beauty and calmness of the Lakewood area.

    August 2013
  • Unfortunately, our experience at this house was a very poor one. There was quite a long list of things about the house that we found disappointing or lacking, but here are the main problems that would make it impossible to recommend these accommodations: 1) Mice. The first night, we thought we spotted a mouse on the stovetop. The next day, we walked in on a mouse eating on the stovetop midday. We bought one live trap that day, and over the course of the next four days caught eight mice (all on the stove). There were turds everywhere on the stovetop and surrounding counter. 2) As soon as we arrived we noticed that the storm doors (glass panels) were missing off both the front and the side door. We brought this to the owner's attention and they were fixed the following afternoon by someone local (the owner lives elsewhere), but being greeted by broken doors got us off on the wrong foot. We also noticed that some of the windows did not lock. 3) No lights in the kitchen. The first evening, we had to spend some time replacing light bulbs, and attempting unsuccessfully to fix a down light over the sink. Again, the owner's local assistant tried to fix this the following day, but it was unfixable. She was already aware that the light does not work and told us she just carries in a lamp from another room when she is cleaning. So, we had to just make do with partially functional lighting in the kitchen. 4) The bed in one of the bedrooms was broken and unmade. It had a fitted sheet but no flat sheet on it, and the flat sheet we fished out of a cabinet smelled musty so we had to wash it before using it. (We did this the second day; we just spent the first night without a sheet.) The bed frame itself was broken on the left side; every time we sat or laid down on it, it would partially give way, letting the mattress slope down. 5) The house didn't seem to be prepared for guests to inhabit it. There were no clean or new sponges at the kitchen sink (we bought some so we could do dishes). 6) The owner has been unpleasant and uncooperative. As mentioned, she did send someone over to deal with the storm doors and the lights (she also sent pans and glasses when we pointed out that the kitchen was lacking both), but she has accused us of fabricating the mouse problem and has made some incredibly offensive personal comments in the process. For these reasons and others, our stay in what we'd anticipated to be a character-filled old home turned out to be a regrettable one. We love charming old houses (only a year ago we sold our 1915 Craftsman) and definitely don't expect or even desire "swanky" or "brand-new construction." Even old homes need love and maintenance -- particularly when paying guests...

    August 2013
  • The location was excellent, Close to alot of great attractions & we had a great time.LOTS of room! It is NOT haunted (friends teased me that it may be).This was a great old victorian house & with homes this old you have issues that we weren't prepared for. One thing was the electrical outlets only had 2 prongs so we had to buy adapters Not a big deal to some but I'm sure it was some kind of safety hazard , also the windows didn't lock !!! I am a stickler for security & no locks on the windows kinda freaked me out! They had some kind of gold piece put on the windows where you slide a button over & the window will only raise 5 or 6 inches but still it didn't lock.The stairs made a terrible screeched every time you go up & down (No one could sneak up on you!) We had to buy a skillet to make pancakes in & donated it to the house, I also bought 3 nice wash cloths & donated them as we didn't have enough without doing laundry every day. The shower (Claw foot tub) was a real pain in the butt because you had to hold the shower sprayer in one hand while washing your hair etc with the other had & all the while try not to get water all over bathroom floor.They had just installed cable tv but they didn't get many channels so every night we would gather around my laptop & watch something on netflix, Thank goodness they had cable! This is a great old house & has alot of potential but it does have issues. Still we had a great time & had ALOT more space than a hotel room.

    July 2013
  • Our stay at Susan's Lakewood house was not as I had hoped for several reason's. The house is huge and cold. Blankets wear nice looking but not warm. Forced air furnace dusty. Whole house dusty for that matter. Unfinished flours gave my grandson a sliver in his foot the first night. I'm not a picky person and have enjoyed staying at airbnb houses. I have always found hosts to be more than accommodating, however when I requested warmer blankets and toilet paper after the first cold night I was told ok but upon returning to the house found none of the requests addressed. Unfortunately, I would not suggest staying with Susan to anyone. The is the basic minimum but no extra at what I considered a high price. If I had paid less I would have been o.k. With the weird accommodations
    From the lack of comfortable bedding options to the lack of wifi and decent cookware I could have stayed at a motel..

    May 2013
  • This is a beautiful old house with many of typical quirks of an old Victorian. It is a 20 minute commute to downtown Cleveland, but walking distance from many of the local Lakewood amenities. While we stayed for two weeks, the house is ideally outfitted for a longer stay, and more invested homemaking. Bedrooms and kitchen are sparingly furnished. It took us a few days to settle in, but once we did, we really loved living there.

    April 2013
  • The Good:
    • Friendly, responsive host.
    • Near the heart of downtown for shopping, restaurants, and the beach.
    • Set back from the street, so it’s quiet.
    • Open and airy.
    • Comfy beds.
    • Nice, large dining table (but where’s the meal going to come from? See below).

    The Bad:
    • No place to park the car; all parking within 3 – 4 blocks of the chalet is strictly enforced, 2-hr limit during normal business hours. This was a real hassle on days that we wanted to spend the whole day in town. It wasn’t practical to shuffle the car to avoid the meter maid, since parking is very scarce. So we had to get up early and scramble for the few open spaces (that don’t have the 2-hr limit) several blocks from the chalet before they were taken up by the shopkeepers. I guess we could have parked there from the night before, but it kind of defeats the purpose of being close…
    • The kitchen is not really a kitchen, but rather a setup at one end of the studio and is put together entirely with portable appliances (a small microwave, a small fridge, and a tiny 2-burner cooktop and small portable oven set on a wire rack). The lighting at this end is awkward. This space is really only practical for making coffee or reheating leftovers. We’re glad that we had planned on eating out during our stay; it would’ve driven us nuts if we had wanted to do any serious cooking.
    • We weren’t able to “move in” to this place, as there was no drawer space or hanging space for storage of clothing, and no unoccupied drawer space in the bathroom for toiletries. We lived out of our suitcases that were simply set on the floor…

    The Bottom Line:
    At $390/night, a bit pricy for what it is - a rather large open space with 2 beds, a sofa, bathroom, dining table and make-shift kitchen. While the monthly rate was about the same as we paid for only 8 nights, and this option might seem like a good deal for a month-long stay, a longer stay would have been very uncomfortable given the parking situation, the poor kitchen setup, and the lack of storage space.

    April 2013
  • The house, decks and view are all fantastic and worth the trip! Perfect for 8 people. We were very close to everything we wanted to do in Monterey (kayaking and paddle boarding, the Aquarium, etc.). The hot tub overlooking the bay is great and we definitely recommend spending as much time on the patio as possible.

    Bring all of the supplies you need (including toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, dishwasher detergent, etc) as that is not supplied by the house.

    November 2012
  • Hugely disappointing...we've waited over a week to post this review to be sure we weren't being hasty!

    This overpriced ($150/night) boat albeit authentic Chinese fishing vessel was a huge disappointment on our honeymoon.

    We are a camping couple and wouldn't be in the least perturbed by the lack of comfort however we stayed 2 nights and were glad to get out of Monterey after our stay.

    As Susan as mentioned in her review of us - we did try and request to finish our stay after one night but the only reason for this is that we felt completely overcharged. Had we not paid in advance we would have got out of there first thing in the morning. We discussed this with some friends of ours who live in California and they agreed that this price wasn't cheap for Monterey.

    The accommodation itself was over cluttered and not particularly clean. What most annoyed us is that we had to pay a further $50 cleaning for a place we feel we didn't receive in clean condition.

    Although the marina is locked the boat itself cannot be locked so it wouldn't be suitable for a woman to stay alone or for you to leave any valuables on. Lighting is also poor inside the vessel at night. The boat has the potential to be very nice however it is far from being fully refurbished.

    Finally we were very put out that we had to describe ourselves as Susan's friends so as not to let anyone know we were paying to stay there. This put us very much at unease especially when the Harbourmaster security was looking around the boat the second day of our stay. We felt despite paying $350 for our stay that we were somehow doing something illegal or not in keeping with the rules of the marina.

    Unfortunately we cannot recommend this place to other guests.

    September 2012
    Response from Elaine:

    I give them an A+ for at least trying a different adventure but caution everyone to remember that A boat is a boat is a boat. She's right, the boat does not lock up and we ask that you keep any valuables in the trunk of your car. It's a boat. I might leave my valuables on the boat but then I am taking my own risk and we don't want to be responsible for other belongings even if the boat did lock up. Perhaps I could create some sort of locked up area for valuables on the boat but I guess from now on we will make sure to let non-boaters know that it is standard that Marina Security is ALWAYS making rounds on the docks to make sure that everyone is safe including the boats. That's their jobs to check boat lines and water lines to make sure that any possible incidents such as a stuck bilge pump doesn't cause a boat to sink and it's noticed before there is a real problem. Security also makes sure that sea lions aren't making their home on someone's boat or on the dock next to a boat so expect to see security but they aren't looking at YOU. We are always allowed to host people on our boats. We pay for that and can invite anyone we want to stay on our boats at any time. The only reason that we don't want everyone bringing more attention to the boat by saying oh we're staying over there as we do want to protect the privacy of our guests and the security of any of their belongings.

    The boat is always cleaned in between stays and unlike a house with a lockbox we have to pay someone to meet and greet the guests and show them the boat ropes. It's way more time intensive than a traditional airbnb. Do you know that a boat has to be painted with special bottom paint that costs $200/gal? or that a pint of Topside Boat Paint is $60? Boaters will tell you that $350 for an a marina experience is inexpensive compared to what it takes to keep a boat up and in a marina 24/7 but a boating experience is just that. You can go find a cheapie motel for $60 plus tax but I guarantee you the boat would be cleaner than those and the boat is much closer to Fisherman's Wharf and the Beach. Nearby hotels would have charged at least $149 per night and they wouldn't give you a real glimpse of what it's like to live in a Marina on the ocean. or have the beach and Fisherman's Wharf at your fingertips. Before booking this: Please remember that this is an authentic fishing junk brought over on a barge from Hong Kong. We keep upgrading it but are committed to keeping it authentic. Make sure this is for you before booking. This reviewer got married 9 mos ago so I guess it was part of a belated honeymoon and while many think the boat is romantic when some people think of PICNIC they only see ants and sunburn while others see fun and great food. My mother always said: You can aim to please everyone but you won't be able to. This boat is like camping but on the water and we do say that in my description.

  • You will absolutely love this experience as long as you remember that you are sleeping on a boat and that it is going to be a bit rustic which is a part of the charm. The boat is so charming, cozy and romantic. We were very comfortable during our stay and I wish we could have stayed at least one more night (we only stayed one). We felt very safe and it was really nice to be able to experience staying in the marina and being able to walk to restaurants on the nearby wharf and take a long walk down the beach - all without needing to think about using a car. Susan is a wonderful hostess and can give you all kinds of local tips and suggestions. What may not be clear and that you would want to know is that there is not a restroom on the boat which is really no surprise to anyone who's been on small watercraft. The marina restroom is not too far of a walk and is very clean with a heated (and locked) single shower - all very common with marina living. If you need the comfort and services of a hotel this is not for you. Otherwise, it is perfect for those who want a unique experience to talk about and share for a long time to come! I was planning on surprising my boyfriend with this but I'm glad I didn't. This may or may not be the type of thing you want to spring on someone. Bring some earplugs just in case the sea lions are especially rowdy.

    September 2012
  • We had a great stay! The location couldn't be more central and yet it is located far enough back from the street that it is quiet. It is set up like a studio but with lots of space--- it even has a fireplace! There are a lot of furnishings and it has a rustic feel that gives it a lot of charm. Susan was very responsive and easy to work with.

    September 2012
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