About this listing
We have one very spacious room available to share in our home in Seaside, near Monterey, CA. Our goal is to provide a welcoming and positive experience for our guests while we encourage sustainable living and community involvement.
We have one very spacious room available to share in our home in Seaside, near Monterey, CA. Our goal is the golden rule: To treat others as we wish to be treated. We aim to provide a welcoming and positive experience for our guests while we encourage sustainable living and community involvement as only the sharing economy can do! In this spirit of community: we kindly request that all prospective guests please have some information completed in their public profile.
Please note: Our home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Seaside. You will not find it convenient to walk to nightlife or restaurants. Please consider what kind of location you hope to reserve and read our description thoroughly to determine if this is the right place for your stay!
We donate 5% (or more!) of our total Airbnb-generated income to local community and environment non-profit organizations, so we deeply appreciate your choice to stay with us for the greater contribution it makes to our community.
We are conservation minded: We compost, recycle diligently, and also spend a great deal of time in our garden. We try to keep our water use low (because California is almost always in a drought) and tend to be conservative with energy as well. While we ask you to observe these practices during your stay, we also value comfort and trust that you will feel at-ease during your visit.
Features an outrageously comfortable Queen bed. It is the second room, adjacent to the master bedroom (where we stay). It is quite large: there is plenty of space to stretch out and do a yoga routine. We have a queen size air mattress that fits in there easily if separate sleep space is required, but please let us know ahead of time if you'll need it. The (private) guest bathroom is not attached, but it is reserved for your exclusive use. It features a walk-in shower (no tub) and is located a few feet from the bedroom door, off the hall.
A basic 60's ranch-style house that has been updated (inside) and reflects our eclectic personalities. The walls are painted in pastel and bright colors, each room different. There are plants throughout the house and the unifying theme of our decor is something that may only exist in our imaginations. It is a clean but not sterile home where we feel quite comfortable, and hope you will as well. Feel free to use all the shared space of the house and garden during your stay.
Inside our home:
There is basic wireless internet. We do not have cable, but there is a television with a DVD player available in the living room to watch movies, if you like. We keep plenty of books and magazines, and have a few board and card games available to enjoy. There is a whole-house water filter/softener, for luxurious slippery hot-spring style showers. There is also a reverse-osmosis drinking water filter in the kitchen for fresh delicious water any time. (Including to make coffee and tea, to which you are welcome as a guest.)
We keep a decent stock of household items, so if you forget your shampoo or toothbrush (etc.), not to worry, we can help.
LOCATION: The neighborhood is relatively quiet, except for the morning calls of birds and the distant rush of waves on the shores of the Fort Ord Dunes beaches. There is little traffic on our street due to the many one-way and dead-end streets in the neighborhood. You will sometimes hear distant traffic on Hwy 1, and also occasional airplanes, but it is actually a very peaceful setting for being in the middle of town. While there are buses that come nearby our house which ultimately run all over Monterey County, it is not the most accessible area by public transit, so this is a better area for travelers with a vehicle. That said, there are always options. If you are arriving at the local airport, it is not far and we might be able to arrange to meet you there, so please do ask. The Monterey bicycle trail is downhill just a couple miles. This is a residential neighborhood and there are few tourist amenities in the immediate (walkable) area.
We are in Seaside, which is the town directly North of Monterey. Downtown Seaside does have a few tasty restaurants that we will be happy to recommend, as well as a fantastic yoga studio, but otherwise many of the destinations in our area are a short drive away from our doorstep: We are 2.3 miles from the Monterey Fairgrounds where wonderful events sometimes happen. It is about 4 miles to downtown Monterey, takes maybe 10 minutes to get through town over there and to Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf, etc. It is about 8 miles to downtown Carmel... which takes maybe 20 minutes. South of Carmel, the highway runs along the open coastline and a little through the forests and is lovely all the way to Big Sur, which is actually a poorly defined vast area, but the town of Big Sur is probably an hour down that way. We are about 7 miles from the entrance to Laguna Seca (15 minutes), or about 4 minutes to drive to the Embassy Suites where the regular shuttle bus originates for Laguna Seca. Salinas (and the John Steinbeck Center) is about a 25-minute drive from our doorstep. On the other side, Santa Cruz is North about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on where you want to go near there). Basically, it doesn't take terribly long to drive anywhere around here and get to exceptional nature or great events.
Other special notes:
This is our full-time home and we will probably be home during your visit. Although it is a shared house, your room is your private sanctuary and we are equally happy to respect your preference for 'personal time' as well as to share space and socialize in the common areas of the house and garden. The kitchen is available for you to use if you would like to prepare your own meals. Remember to compost, recycle and conserve water!
There are three adult cats in our home, and four chickens in the garden, making this a poor location for those with allergies or aversions. Also, we cannot accept pets traveling with their folks. (Sorry!)
We love to share our home and garden with our friends, and hope that you will enjoy them as well!
Entire home, including your private room and bath (located off the hall, not attached to room), living room, kitchen, laundry and garden!
Interaction with Guests
This is up to the guest's preference. We are quite busy but, whenever home, we love to have a good visit with our guests if they are open to the interaction. You are more than welcome to keep to yourself, too.
Our specific block is very quiet with little traffic and friendly neighbors who will wave and greet you as you come and go. It is a sleepy spot without much to explore in the near vicinity, but a short drive to all that Monterey and the area has to offer. A perfect place to relax and have a good rest!
Easiest to have a car, but if you are a usual cyclist, you can get around the Peninsula relatively easily.
Other Things to Note
Kitties! Chickens! Flowers! There is a lot of life at our home...
Also: Please note our details about our location and our neighborhood. We are not in the middle of everything. It's a quiet residential area in Seaside. It does not take long to drive anywhere in the Monterey area, but there is not much of interest to walk to, aside from our small local parks, which have great sunset views.
Please take care to turn off and unplug small appliances, lights and faucets when you are finished using them. It is a small measure toward conservation of resources! Also, please be sure that the front and back doors are locked when you leave the house.
You will be welcome to use the kitchen, but please clean up what you have used after your meal. We always welcome you to use what we have on-hand in the kitchen, but we do not advertise 'breakfast' as such because we have found it very impractical for most situations. Of course you may use space in the fridge if bringing your own items to prepare.
No smoking allowed.
There is a beehive, in addition to three cats and four chickens, on our property. Please consider this if you have severe allergies.
About the Host, Laura + Yasu
We are a mellow but fun-loving, friendly couple in our 30's. Travel and hosting are both wonderful ways that we experience the world and other people, and we're grateful for the opportunity to do both! We enjoy visiting with our hosts and folks we meet when traveling, but are also well self-entertained, taking in all the new sensations that come along with a journey. We like to go to house concerts and small local venues for live music. We look for things like that, as well as other small local events, when we travel, and we'll be glad to connect guests with any such opportunities when we host.
As for hosting, we enjoy socializing and getting to know our guests when it fits in with everyone's schedule and needs. We are also happy to provide a quiet, private setting where our guests can feel perfectly comfortable while on vacation. We enjoy having friends (including those we haven't met until now) in our home and hosting has been great for that! Whatever your traveling style or needs, we are flexible and enjoy the adventure. We really are blessed to live in this beautiful place and it is wonderful to share our love for it, including our passion for protecting the environment and fostering community, with visitors who are looking for something much better than a hotel experience.
For work, Laura does agricultural research in the famous Salinas Valley and Yasu teaches Japanese at the Defense Language Institute.
A favorite thing to consider in the practice of life is "Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water."