Peaceful Coastside Canyon Retreat

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Last updated: 10/21/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Nestled in a rural canyon just two miles from fabulous Pacific Ocean beaches and downtown Half Moon Bay, Higgins Canyon Hideaway is the perfect place for a tranquil vacation or retreat you will never forget.

This beautifully renovated 123-year-old schoolhouse, located just outside the coastside town of Half Moon Bay, California, is open, spacious and cozy - with wonderful views from every window.

A tasteful blend of furnishings and decor create a warm atmosphere of rustic elegance. The gourmet kitchen has custom cabinets, a Viking Stove and stainless steel appliances, and it opens onto the living room with wall-to-wall windows and a stone fireplace - perfect for socializing while you cook. Enjoy hundreds of stations and Netflix on the large flat-screen TV. Relax to your own tunes using the ipod dock, or browse our extensive DVD/CD library. High-speed WIFI.

The dining room overlooks the canyon, and the large office offers views of the garden and has shelves full of books and games. Heated floors and radiant heat throughout.

Sleeping accommodations include a large master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, two bedrooms with full-sized beds and two full bathrooms, including a Victorian clawfoot tub (with shower). Den/office has a full-sized sofa bed. All of the rooms have views of the gardens and canyon.

Tranquil rural 'farm' setting
Enjoy the chickens and their delicious fresh eggs every day. Plus seasonal fruits from the orchard.

When we are gone, our trusted friend and caretaker (a beloved community librarian), lives on the property and takes care of the chickens, bunny and outdoor cats and dogs.


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • beach chairs & towels, cooler small, telescope, binoculars, outdoor hot tub, central heating, filtered water, firewood, hair dryer, jacuzzi, Water Tank, Hydronic Heating, hot tub, bottled water...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Coastal canyon - trees, horses, farmland....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    iron & board, coffee maker, 4 ring stove, freezer, blender, grill, spices, oven, coffee grinder...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Base Rate
2 night min stay
$450 $450
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,850 $10,700
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $100
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Taxes Not included

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/21/2015
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
2.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Downtown Half Moon Bay
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ritz Carlton
12 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1
2.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
many in downtown Half Moon Bay
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
many Pacific Ocean beaches

Car: Necessary

Half an hour from San Francisco and Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay is known for its great hiking, biking, surfing and kayaking, as well as wonderful local restaurants, shops, music and theater. The Ritz Carlton Hotel, two world-class golf courses, and several tennis courts and fitness clubs are located less than five minutes away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: I am a writer, filmmaker and teacher and have lived on this property since my daughter was an infant. We travel frequently and rent the home when we go away on weekends or extended trips. This makes it even more like a true home for renters -- because it has so many extra conveniences and amenities and personal touches.

Why the Owner Chose Half Moon Bay:
I love this rural setting so close to downtown Half Moon Bay and the ocean -- and still only 40 minutes to SF.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Farm fresh eggs and beautiful hens. Quiet mornings, starry nights and great places to hike from the front door. I've created several places to sit and relax - inside and out -- from the hot tub to the greenhouse!

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View from the road.

    View from the road.

  • Kitchen


  • Autumn garden.

    Autumn garden.

  • Downstairs bedroom.

    Downstairs bedroom.

  • Back deck next to hot tub.

    Back deck next to hot tub.

  • Downstairs bathroom.

    Downstairs bathroom.

  • Enjoy!


  • Cindy and Thumper share a moment.

    Cindy and Thumper share a moment.

  • View from the living room into kitchen.

    View from the living room into kitchen.

  • Dining area with view onto back deck and canyon.

    Dining area with view onto back deck and canyon.

  • Old schoolhouse entry.

    Old schoolhouse entry.

  • Daily soak spot!!

    Daily soak spot!!

  • Summer lavender in bloom.

    Summer lavender in bloom.

  • Fresh from the summer garden.

    Fresh from the summer garden.

  • Summer greenery surrounding home.

    Summer greenery surrounding home.

  • Salt box house and brussel sprouts.

    Salt box house and brussel sprouts.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 21, 2015

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