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'I bought a small house and garden in Pacific Grove...' writes John Steinbeck in April 1941 in a letter addressed to a friend (from John Steinbeck: A Life in letters). This historic property was owned by John Steinbeck in the early 1940's.
This darling cottage has one bedroom with a queen size bed, a cozy living room with a queen sleeper sofa, and a charming kitchen where not too distant views of Monterey Bay can be seen from the window. There is a tranquil garden to enjoy as well, with sprawling oak trees canopying the peaceful sitting area where morning coffee or evening wine can be enjoyed as you listen to the sounds of the harbor in the distance. The cottage has a fully stocked kitchen, cable TV, and wireless internet.
Downtown Pacific Grove, which is home to countless restaurants, shops, and the famous Lover's Point, is a short half mile away. Just steps outside the door of the cottage is a walking path that leads straight down the hill to The Monterey Bay Aquarium, also a mere half mile away.
It is one of three cottages on the property, with its own private entrance and reserved parking area. For larger groups, The Traveler's Cottage can be rented with The Steinbeck Cottage and/or The Writer's Studio on the same property.
~A $110 cleaning fee will be added to each booking
~A $200 refundable damage deposit will be required with each booking OR a non-refundable $49 damage insurance can be purchased instead
~A 10% city transient tax will be added to rental cost for stays less than 30 days
~Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Booking is confirmed once 50% of total reservation amount is received.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Pacific Grove offers an unparalleled quality of life. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, our town offers breathtaking views and recreational activities. The City provides services to the community including: excellent fire, emergency, and ocean rescue services; an award-winning natural history museum; the lowest crime rate of any city in Monterey County; a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course; a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary; sandy beaches; and, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast. We are known for our small-town hospitality and friendliness in a place we simply call 'P.G.' (from The City of Pacific Grove website)
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: I have lived in California for most of my life and have always loved the coast. It has been a dream of mine to own a little beach house someday. That dream became a reality in 2102 when I was fortunate enough to find this treasure of a property in the beautiful small beach town of Pacific Grove.
Why the Owner Chose Pacific Grove: This property is rich in character and history. The cottages on the property have a feel of days gone by, with thoughtful architectural touches and details that speak to the period. The tranquil garden brings about a sense of peace, and one can't help but feel relaxed in its presence. When you come away to the cottage, I hope that you are immersed in its serenity and charm.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: The historical aspect of the property was a huge draw for me as well. The cottages on the property are about 100 years old. I love that it was once owned by John Steinbeck, and often imagine him walking around this property, being inspired by its beauty and serenity. I am a huge Steinbeck fan!
When he was away from this home, staying in New York, he wrote to his friend who was living here at the time, 'It is a pleasant little house, and we miss it...You'll find you get a lot of thinking done in that house.' (from John Steinbeck, A Life in Letters).