Private, light-filled room in Seaside

Private room

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1 bedroom

1 bed
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Welcome!
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 are always happy to welcome new Airbnb users, but we do request that all prospective guests have a completed public profile. Also, we appreciate a personal message explaining why you would like to stay with us. Thanks!

The space

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!

Our philosophy:
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 keep our water use low (because California is almost always in a drought) and are 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.

The room:
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.

The house:
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!

Guest access

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.

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.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 6PM - 10PM
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Private room
Self check-in: Host greets you

Amenities
Internet
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Prices
Extra people $5 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $20
Weekly Discount: 9%
Weekend Price $70 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 6PM - 10PM

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.


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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
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202 Reviews

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Ates User Profile
September 2017
Laura and Yasu were wonderful hosts. Their suggestion for nearby Pt Lobos for sightseeing was very helpful. Room is very nice, clean and with a comfortable bed.

Dimi User Profile
September 2017
We had a great time here. Laura and Yasu were perfect hosts and very kind and helpful whenever we had questions. Their cats are super cute and so is the interior of their home. It's in a quiet neighborhood but still pretty close to Monterey (if you have a car). We would definitely stay here again if we should come back to Monterey!

Allison User Profile
September 2017
Really friendly people! Thank you for opening up your space and for the great communication

Paul User Profile
September 2017
Laura and Yasu helped make it a stress-free trip, at least as far as accommodations were concerned. It really just felt like staying with friends. They were extremely helpful and had lots of tips about the area and things to do. The surrounding area had enough dining options in case of emergency, but the big draw was being so close to Monterey and Cannery Row. Would stay again if I was in the area.

Kinnison User Profile
August 2017
In an unassuming suburban street, lies a little slice of paradise that is Laura + Yasu’s home. The moment you walk into the welcoming and well-tended garden, you feel like you’re somewhere else entirely. The communal living room and kitchen exudes plenty of charm and an eclectic cultural mix of California-meets-Japan-meets-the Midwest which all combined makes for a very cosy and warm feel. The guest room and private restroom are spacious, clean and thoughtfully furnished. The back yard is an oasis, with chickens, hay, a veggie patch and plenty of sun to enjoy a cup of coffee with a book – it’s so peaceful, you’ll think you’re in a country retreat. Laura + Yasu were very friendly and welcoming. Laid back and with a good sense of humour, it was lovely to chat with them about anything and everything, from travel, to Arabian horses, to financial planning to Japanese designer watermelons. They were the perfect hosts, sharing helpful tips and knowledge on local sights, being attentive as well as respectful of privacy. I really enjoyed my stay here and hope to return with my husband Nick one day. Thank you Laura + Yasu, wishing you all the best!

James User Profile
August 2017
Laura + Yasu were wonderful, it went well above my expectations and I don't think I could have stayed at a nicer place. Thank you!

Josh User Profile
August 2017
Clean and spacious room, kind host. Really enjoyed my stay.

Monterey, California, United StatesJoined in July 2011
Laura + Yasu User ProfileLaura + Yasu is a superhost.

We are a mellow but fun-loving, friendly couple. We are delighted to be Airbnb hosts for over four years! 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."

Languages: English, 日本語
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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