Jade's Tower is a Spacious, Light Filled, Artist Inspired Water Tower

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Jade's Tower looking toward the sea...


Last updated: 11/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Jade's Tower, with its sweeping ocean views, sits one block north of the Mendocino Headlands State Park. One to four guests, including supervised children, can enjoy these smoke-free accommodations.

Downstairs there is a queen sleeper sofa with a flowering garden and pond just beyond the triangular glass paned windows. The spiral staircase leads to a airy room with a queen bed. In winter you may see the grey whales as they migrate down the coast of California, and in the Spring the headlands are covered with wildflowers. The galley kitchen, where simple meals can easily be prepared, opens onto a garden patio where you can enjoy your meal, or there is a cozy dining area in the main living space.

If your prefer to eat out, all restaurants in the Village are a short walk from the tower. Art galleries, the Mendocino Art Center, Music and Film Festivals, Farmer's Market, Crown Hall, Sweetwater Eco Spa, Headland trails, and Portuguese and Big River beaches are also within close walking distance.

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Property Type

  • Tower
  • 750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Supervised children welcome. They need to be able to negotiate a spiral staircase (or have an adult help them). The garden is enclosed, so they can play safely in the garden. Little ones need to be closely watched around the pond....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Other (See Description)


  • Queen size Beds (2) There is a queen size bed in the upstairs loft, and in the downstairs space there is a queen size tempurpedic sleeper sofa. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • The bathroom with it's skylight, teak flooring and stained glass windows is unique, but simple. There is a glass enclosed shower, and commode. The sink is in the adjacent room....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Jade's Tower is walking distance from the markets, restaurants, galleries, Art Center, Mendocino Film and Music Festivals that are located in the Village. Friday mornings the local farmers market has fresh vegetables, fruits, breads, and beautiful hand cut flowers. Little River airport and golf course are less than 5 miles away. Russian Gulch State and Van Damme State Parks are also within 5 miles. Glass Beach is just north of Fort Bragg....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    There is a blu ray DVD player available. It is connected to the wi-fi internet, and has access to Netflix, Facebook, and an internet broswer....moreless

  • Television:

    Enjoy the 40'' LED LCD Smart TV in crystal clear 1080p. No cable TV available....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    There is a small video library with movies for both adults and children. Also there is a video rental store just up the block....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Mendocino Bay and the Pacific Ocean are seen from the ground floor and the upstairs. The view from the 2nd floor is panoramic; downstairs the ocean is seen through the garden....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    The tower is not oceanfront but it is about a 1-2 minute stroll to the Mendocino Headlands State Park. Now that is definitely oceanfront....moreless

  • Village
  • Water View:

    In the living space on the first floor, there are triangular glass paned windows looking out on the flowering garden and pond. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Cozy dining area seats four with views of both the garden and Pacific ocean....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Available upon request if staying for 10 days or longer...moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric heating upstairs and downstairs....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linens, blankets, pillows and comforters are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The spacious living room is furnished with an American Leather® comfort sleeper sofa, that is facing a Smart TV. The room overlooks the garden, and has a view of Mendocino Bay....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    There is no land line in the tower. Cell phone reception is good....moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking is available on the street. There are no parking meters or time restrictions....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Space available for RV/Boat/Trailer. You can bring bikes and kayaks into the garden where they will be behind an enclosed fence....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Available upon request if staying 10 days or longer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi (Wireless Internet)...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Catering is available through Harvest Market at Mendosa's just 3 blocks from the tower....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart Coffee Maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All cookware is provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All dishware and eating utensils are provided....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Galley-type kitchen: 2 burner stove, large half size refrigerator, small convection/ toaster oven and small microwave. Guests often make breakfast, brunch, and other simple meals....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small microwave...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, Pepper, and other basic spices are provided...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large half size refrigerator with small freezer unit....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric stove available with two burners. Small counter convection/toaster oven is also available. There is a Weber grill with 2 burners on the patio outside the kitchen....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Cuisinart toaster...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a garden patio just outside the kitchen. There is a small deck on the south side of the tower, facing the front garden with pond, and ocean views....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lovely and expansive garden surrounding the property - cultivated by master gardeners....moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Holidays
Dec 22 - Jan 4, 2016
3 night min stay
$230 $240
Fri, Sat, Sun
Peak Season
May 1 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$230 $240
Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$220 $230
Fri, Sat

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  • Tax Rate 11%


Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the 4th of July are at high season rates, and there is 4 night minimum.

Cleaning charges are included in rental fee.

50% deposit required to hold reservation. Balance is due 30 days before arrival. Deposit returned in full (minus credit card fees) if cancellation is made at least 30 days before arrival.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/27/2015
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160 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco Intl Airport
0.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Portugese Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Location: Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA (In Mendocino Village historic district) 3+ hours north of San Francisco.

Accommodations: Tower, Queen size bed + Queen size sleeper sofa, 1 bathroom with shower, sleeps 4.

Keywords: Heart of Mendocino Village, self-contained tower guest house, large enclosed garden, spectacular ocean views.

If you love walking on the beach, building sandcastles or picking up shells, Portuguese and Big River beaches are just a few minutes walk away from Jade's Tower. From the Headlands you can watch the sun set behind the Pacific, then stroll to any of the local restaurants for dinner. If you prefer you can prepare a simple meal in the tower then relax and enjoy a video on the flat screen TV. In the late Spring you can see a host of films at the annual Mendocino Film Festival. For music lovers, July brings the two-week annual Mendocino Music Festival which offers opera, jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Garden lovers can take a 10 minute drive to the Botanical Gardens just outside of Fort Bragg, and whale watchers will want to be in Mendocino for the winter Whale Festival. In the upstairs bedroom you can see the whales as they migrate down the coast of California. The Mendocino Art Center has classes, exhibits, and a Repertory Theater on the premises.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1969

About the owner: My parents, Bill and Jade Pier, first came to Mendocino in 1956. They were among the first 'pioneers' from the Bay Area to spend weekends in or near the Village. One of my first memories of Mendocino is circa 1958. Bill Zacha took us on a tour of the property he had just bought on Little Lake Street. At age 4, I didn't understand what was so exciting about these old buildings, but they were soon to be transformed into the Mendocino Arts Center. 3 years later, I attended a concert at the Art Center. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan performed for a rag-tag audience of about 25. While I thought the concert was really good, it wasn't until a few years later that I appreciated whom I had seen. I spent summers in Mendocino, going mushrooming, blackberry picking, and swimming at the 'secret' beaches up Big River. In the late 1960's and early 70s there was lots of activity on Big River and Portuguese Beaches as people built drift wood shelters and camped for days. My friends and I would go down to the beach to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire - but what we really were doing was 'hippie watching'. I moved to New York City after I graduated from college, visiting my mother in Mendocino intermittently over the next 25 years. Every time my husband and I, and eventually our two children, made the journey to see 'Grandma Jade' I was awestruck by the beauty of the town and the tower with its windows looking out to sea. Now that my family and I are back in California we are able to enjoy the serenity of the tower in all the different seasons. Virginia Pier Jade's Tower

Why the Owner Chose Mendocino:
In 1969 - my mother bought the property on Albion Street with its small cottage. She began dreaming of a second space that could be a peaceful retreat for friends and family. She wanted this new place to reflect the beauty of the ocean and sky, which she did, by integrating architecture and art. Some time around 1975 her dream, now known as Jade's Tower, was completed. Over the last 35+ years the tower has weathered powerful Pacific storms, stood shrouded in summer fog, and basked in brilliant sunshine. It is now my privilege to share this beautiful space with others.

The Unique Benefits at this Tower:
The large geometric shaped windows of the tower either face the ocean and/or the garden creating a constant interplay of light and color between the tower, garden, sky, and ocean. Inside the tower are built-in bookshelves and benches crafted from recycled 100+ year old redwood, and richly painted murals by Ray Rice, one of the first artists to settle in Mendocino. Over the years the tower has been updated with new furniture, beds, television and internet but its essential grace and beauty remains unchanged.

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  • Jade's Tower looking toward the sea...

    Jade's Tower looking toward the sea...

  • Tower entry

    Tower entry

  • Living and dining space

    Living and dining space

  • Galley kitchen with patio garden

    Galley kitchen with patio garden

  • Handcrafted redwood vanity

    Handcrafted redwood vanity

  • Secret garden

    Secret garden

  • Cloud reflections

    Cloud reflections

  • Morning sunlight in the Tower loft

    Morning sunlight in the Tower loft

  • Bird's Eye View from south facing window

    Bird's Eye View from south facing window

  • Winter sunset

    Winter sunset

  • After the storm...

    After the storm...

  • View of the Tower near the back entry gate

    View of the Tower near the back entry gate

  • Red brick path to Tower

    Red brick path to Tower

  • A whale's greeting

    A whale's greeting

  • View of Mendocino Bay and front garden

    View of Mendocino Bay and front garden

  • Afternoon tea

    Afternoon tea

  • Bathroom with stained glass windows

    Bathroom with stained glass windows

  • Back garden and patio in the summer fog

    Back garden and patio in the summer fog

  • Summer garden at dusk through Triangular windows

    Summer garden at dusk through Triangular windows

  • South and west views of the Pacific

    South and west views of the Pacific

  • Late summer sunset

    Late summer sunset

  • View of Mendocino from the Headlands State Park

    View of Mendocino from the Headlands State Park

  • Barn by the back gate

    Barn by the back gate

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