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Pajaro Dunes - Beach Front + High Speed WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,280 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Maximum occupancy is 6, which includes kids)

Pajaro Dunes is a private gated community with over 1 mile of flat open beach. The Pelican Point complex is at the far south end of the property. While the beach is not private, the access is primarily from Pajaro Dunes houses and condominiums. Because of the limited access the beach is never crowded and on some days you will be the only one there. A truly unique vacation spot on the Monterey Bay.

Pelican 51 is our private vacation home that we like to share with others. We only ask that our guests treat our vacation home as they would their own. SMOKING NOT ALLOWED, IF YOU SMOKE, GO ELSEWHERE. We have HD TV with streaming movies via a ROKU receiver, great comfortable beds, high end carpet, high speed secure wireless Internet, and a full kitchen. Of course all linens and things are provided. You just need to bring yourselves and some food if you want to cook a few meals. You will find kitchen cupboard full of spices and refrigerator with some basics. Unlike rental pool properties we try to keep basic kitchen things that you would like to find upon arrival. We only ask that if you use up any of the supplies you replace them so they are there for the next guests.

Our living room and master bedroom face southwest toward Monterey and our deck is sheltered from the wind. Our view pictures are taken from the living room. You can walk from the deck to the sand or via a boardwalk to the ocean, almost as far as high tide will allow. Unlike most units at Pajaro Dunes Pelican 51 has secure HIGH SPEED WIFI.

If you are a bird watcher they are in abundance and there is a Snowy Plover sanctuary within sight. Check out our web site for more details or give us a call.

Unlike cheapo rentals, at Pelican 51 our unit is professionally cleaned after your departure. You do not need to strip beds or do any laundry. You need to take out trash and wash/put away dishes. Of course we do not expect to find sand tracked into the unit or spills left on our carpets. We will charge extra if the unit is not left in substantially the condition as it was when you arrived. Normal cleaning will be done by our housekeepers.

Keywords: Pajaro Dunes immaculate 3 bedroom condo Beach front, ground floor, with Ocean view High Speed WIFI. Only units with high speed internet offer streaming movies. We are one of a few.

Please check our availability calendar before sending an inquiry.

More Details

Del Riesenhuber
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Del Riesenhuber

We are Barbara and Del Riesenhuber. We are retired and divide our time between our homes in Los Gatos, CA and Dunes City, OR, with time left over for days at Pelican 51. We did not purchase Pelican 51 to be a rental, but just to have a place at the beach for enjoyment. Initially we took our 2 kids there and now it is mostly ourselves and grandkids. A few years ago we decided to rent unused time. Initially through a rental agency, but soon became disenchanted. We found the agencies, and we tried several, were not selective in who they rented to. While we did not experience a lot of damage the wear and tear was excessive.

So we took over our own rental program and built our own web site and found that we had greater rental income than we were getting through agencies, and were able to control occupancy. With more rental properties going with web sites, we added sites with Flip Key and VRBO.

Since we use Pelican 51 for our personal enjoyment, we keep it well stocked and furnishings up to date. We have comfortable beds.

Barb likes to cook so we keep all of the basics in the cupboard and refrigerator. We found that agency operated rental units are cleaned out when guests depart. At Pelican 51 we keep the basics in constant stock.

We do not attempt to compete with the low end rentals. You want cheap, go there. You want quality, come to Pelican 51. We do not allow more than 6 guests. More than that and we are back to wear and tear problems.

Pelican 51 faces SW and sand hill on West side blocks a lot of the summer wind.

Del Riesenhuber purchased this condo in 1987

Why Del Riesenhuber chose Central Coast

We rented at Pajaro Dunes for several years before purchasing Pelican 51. We got tired of not being 'at home' in the various rentals and wanted it to be the way we like things.

What makes this condo unique

We go to Pelican 51 for relaxation. It is not as warm as our favorite spots in Maui, but only a 45 minute drive from Los Gatos. We enjoy Spring and Fall the most.

We installed ROKU for streaming movies, etc. on the TV system. We also have free High Speed WIFI from our own router. (Most of Pajaro Dunes has low speed area wide WIFI that cannot be used for streaming, etc. and is not secure. Our system has no restrictions, is secure and 20 to 30 times faster.)

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fantastic week we spent here at your lovely vacation home. Our family is from Nevada, so we love the cooler weather here. Many times we were the only ones out at the beach. We have been to Pajaro Dunes many times, but this was our first time at Pelican 51. Much nicer than Shorebirds. Pelican 51 is very private. Kitchen is well stocked and made our stay much more enjoyable than rental agency units which do not have fully stocked kitchen.

Thank you so much for sharing your spectacular vacation home.
Apr 2011
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Watsonville Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1280 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Pajaro Dunes - Beach Front + High Speed WIFI
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 19 reviews

Comfortable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a nice stay at this property which was comfortable and nicely decorated with lots of pelicans. The view of the ocean was better than expected from the pictures. Beach was lovely!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

The condo was clean and quiet. Never stayed in the south side of the condos and it was a stretch to say it's a beach front. The ocean was a bit far, the view was too far to enjoy the ocean waves, which is why I go to the beach. The condo was well equipped and we did make use of the dishes and pots. Wished it was closer to the waves. The book the owners left was handy. Thanks for the quiet stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy that you enjoyed your stay in our condo. The view is exactly as shown in our. Photos. We are back from the ocean which provides protection from wind. All of the area in front is beach.
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Excellent Location, Well furnished

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much. The owners were very cooperative and prompt in responding to our questions and clarifications.

The condo was excellently furnished and kitchen had every possible thing that one can imagine might be needed. Its location specially worked out for my wife because it is very short walk to the beach. One can sit on the deck outside without being hit with cold wind because of the location of the deck. It had view of dunes, vegetation and ocean waves which was a good scenry to look at. My daughter specially like this combined view. Being on the first floor, very easy access to the parking lot.

All in all we enjoyed the four nights stay and might do it again.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of Pelican 51. We are always to hear from guests who enjoyed our unit and its many amenities.
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San Diego, CA

First Floor Ocean View

  • 5 of 5

This unit requires no stairs to access. On the beach with nice dunes and ocean views. Three decent sized bedrooms. Easy parking. An easy walk to the beach. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Hope to have you again.
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Very nice condo in a secluded area of the beach.

  • 3 of 5

The buildings are not impressive from the outside because of the weathered siding, but they're built to resist the weather. Once inside the furnishings and layout of this large 3-bedroom condo is very nice.

Great kitchen. Nice fireplace to make the living room cozy. Very quiet large beach that we perfect for strolling and evening bonfires.

Not much of a view since on the ground floor, but the unit does look out at towards the sea and dunes, but because the unit is set back from the front of the development, the view does include some other buildings in it.

Isolated from town, so need to drive to get groceries or to find a restaurant, so really depends on what you are looking for.

Would probably stay here again and would recommend to those looking for a quiet location.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grass Valley

fully well set up and comfy condo in all the ways you'd want

  • 5 of 5

We agree with others' review comments: great location with ocean view and easy beach access; fully well set up and comfy condo in all the ways you'd want. Very responsive owner. With great weather, too, our family weekend getaway was very satisfying. Bonus mentions: I played tennis with my grandson. I bicycled in the mornings on miles of flat, not busy roads.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to have guests who enjoy staying at our vacation home.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Beach Street Grill
Nearest Beach
In front of unit
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Watsonville Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 3
Jul 11 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
post Labor day
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $160
Property Damage Protection $59
Administration $75
Tax Rate 11.0%

Christmas and New Years see Labor Day rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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