About this listing
On a granite buff overlooking Carmel Valley, this 60 year-old 4-bedroom post-adobe home invites those who desire tranquility and beauty as well as easy access to the beach and countryside. Pool and views are amenities that come with the territory.
Residing on 12 acres lies this 60 year-old post adobe home where views are plentiful and life is inspiring. Whether soaking in the beauty of the surrounding oaks, swimming in the solar-heated pool or soaking in the adjacent hot tub, sunning on the home’s expansive deck, wandering around the trails, or admiring the vineyards, you’ll know that you have touched the essence of Carmel Valley.
Unique to this property is its convenient location. With 2 guest Monterey Bay Aquarium passes included in the rental, the home is approximately 20 minutes from downtown Monterey, and just 5 miles form Carmel-by-the-Sea. This makes it situated beyond the fog line and in the heart of the sunbelt. Pitched a on granite bluff 300 feet above Carmel River, the property welcomes couples, families or small groups desiring tranquility and privacy.
The 4-bedroom home accommodates up to 7 people comfortably and consists of two wings: one with a master bedroom and bathroom and the other with 3 bedrooms plus an office. At the center of the home is the kitchen/dining/living room. With two wood-burning stoves located in the living room and kitchen and an additional fireplace in the master bedroom, the living area is encased in glass, allowing full sun, warmth, and light. High ceilings, wood floors, upgraded appliances add to the ambiance and functionality of the retreat.
Walk outside, and you find yourself on 12 private acres, complete with hundred-year old oaks and views that are unsurpassed. Just steps from the front door is a solar-heated swimming pool, with adjacent bathroom, deck chairs and patio set; all perfect for sunning and entertainment. Pathways through the property provide access to an organic garden of flowers and vegetable planters, complete with vegetables for dinner. Small plots of grapes also cover the property.
Located just beyond the coastal fog line, the white-sand beaches and array of restaurants and outdoor cafes of Carmel are just 4.5 miles west, while the best wineries in Carmel Valley are located approximately 6 miles east of the property. The spectacular Big Sur Coastline beckons you to drive south 30 miles to enjoy Ventana, Nepenthe and The Post Ranch Inns. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with beach and amusement part is just 50 miles by car.
Longer term rentals are also available at discounted prices...Summer & Holiday rates vary so be sure to ask for a quote!
The Monterey Transit System travels through Carmel Valley, however given that the home is located 1.3 miles from the nearest drop-off, private cars are advisable.
Other Things to Note
Note that a 10.5% transit occupancy tax has been included in the pricing of this home. Once you book the home, we will initiate and ask you to sign a short-term rental agreement to supplement that which is available through Airbnb.
This is a family-friendly home that will comfortably accommodate a maximum of 8 guests and visitors and 3 cars. To further underscore this, we do not accept requests for parties or gatherings, such as weddings and family reunions. We do ask that those who inhabit the home look after it as if it were your own, enjoy it, and take care of it for us. If children accompany you, be aware that the pool is ungated so they will need to be pool-safe and supervised. Please also know that we have neighbors who value the quiet-like sanctuary environment and so we ask that noise be kept to a minimum between the hours of 10pm and 8am. To underscore these issues, we will ask that you review and sign a short-term rental agreement and pool and spa waiver. And finally, while on the property, please don't feed the wildlife, especially the deer.
Thank you and enjoy!
We had a wonderful time at his home in Carmel. In such a beautiful and serene setting, it's the kind of place that you can just hang around at for hours and feel like you're getting away. The wrap-around deck and views are spectacular, and the wildlife on the property add a nice touch. Barbara was a wonderful host -- very good communication and provided a lot of useful information about the home and the area.
We had four generations coming together for our vacation. Great Grandma was meeting her great grandson for the first time. This was a wonderful home to gather and visit. The large living/dining area was great for our grandson to crawl around and explore. Note - the house is not baby proofed but with many adults watching we had no problem. The home even had a den (a fifth bedroom without the closet) which we used as the baby's room and his parents took the bedroom next to it. This place really worked out well. And, the views are gorgeous!
We had a wonderful stay in Carmel Valley Refuge, hosted by Barbara Sayad, and cannot wait to return! We HIGHLY recommend this house and Barbara as a host. The listing was very accurate and Barbara was readily available to answer any questions before and during our stay. We were running the Big Sur Marathon and the location was perfect as it was close to the morning pick up bus and to the finish line in Carmel. We were able to relax before and after the race and enjoy the beautiful views from the porch. We took advantage of the BBQ and spent as much time as possible outdoors to enjoy the beautiful setting. We loved the open layout and cooked together constantly, while catching up. We were unable to take advantage of the pool and spa as we didn't stay long enough, but I would love to come back during the summer and spend more time by the pool. Overall, this was by far one of our favorite trips.
Absolutely beautiful property and top notch hosting! Our group rented Barbara's house for a cycling event in Laguna seca. The house was perfect. Some highlights included: Huge deck with a view, Pool, hot tub, large dinning area, nice grill, off the beaten path. Host was great with timely communication. Even shipped my lost watch back to me when I left it there. Will come back next year. Thank you Barbara, our stay was wonderful
Staying in this lovely Carmel home for a small workshop/retreat was perfect. The living room was comfortable for our long talks throughout the day, the dining area and kitchen were spacious, the outdoor space was lovely during breaks, and the bedrooms were comfortable. Barbara was readily available when we had questions during our stay and was very helpful. This was a lovely, quiet, peaceful space and I would highly recommend it to others.
Barbara's place is exactly how she describes it- a true slice of paradise. We were 6 adults and a baby and we all had plenty of space to relax and enjoy the beautiful place. We had a wonderful time soaking in the sun, view and the lovely atmosphere of the house. Barbara was very helpful and the perfect host. She replied quickly to emails and phone calls and had given good directions to the house. We definitely want to go back to Carmel, and would love to stay in Barbara's house again. I highly recommend this place.
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About the Host, Barbara
Twenty years ago, we purchased this 1953 post adobe ‘fixer-upper’ and created a home that has become a haven and retreat for all with whom we share company. Because the outside is where we have chosen to spend most of our time, the gardens, deck, and pool area have become an extension of the property. We welcome you to this slice of paradise.