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Large, Historic, Half Moon Bay Vacation Home by the Beach

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom, 3 Bath house (+ detached cottage that can be rented separately)

Half Moon Bay Vacation Home for rent, only 20 miles from San Francisco, 6 miles from Half Moon Bay, and a scenic 50 mile drive from Santa Cruz California.

This recently remodeled 6 bedroom, 3 bath coastal home was once part of a prohibition-era train station. Located in tranquil Moss Beach, the house is only a block from the internationally recognized tide pools and beach at the James Fitzgerald protected Marine Reserve. It is a wonderful place to enjoy, walk, take the kids to learn about the tide pools, etc. It is in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood, with plenty of nearby restaurants and shopping. And don't forget to catch the yearly Half Moon Bay 'Art and Pumpkin Festival'. Also nearby is Mavericks, a world-famous surfing location that holds regular big-wave contests in Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay at the village of Princeton-By-The-Sea.

The bedrooms are as follows:

One private queen bedroom and bath suite on the first floor. Upstairs you'll find the spacious master bedroom (and private bath) which contains a gorgeous 160-year-old hand carved bed, with an adjacent enclosed room containing an additional double, size antique, brass bed, which can be used as a private sixth bedroom. This room gets great sunlight. Also upstairs are three more spacious bedrooms, all with queen size beds. Altogether, you have 6 bedrooms.

Two full baths upstairs, one with claw foot tub and separate marble and travertine shower and a third vintage inspired bath with shower only. Rooms are spacious, and beds are comfortable. Ample room for dining, with separate common rooms for relaxing and socializing. You will love it.

We also have a separate cottage on the property that sleeps three and consists of one queen bed and one twin bed. The cottage rents for an additional $175 per night and requires a separate cleaning fee of $100. Please note in your inquiry if you wish to book the cottage and I can update the amount of your quote.

If you enjoy hiking, nearby Montara Mountain is a popular outdoor recreation spot, and home to the old Highway 1.

The coastside hosts several state parks and beaches, including: Half Moon Bay State Beach, Venice State Beach, Poplar State Beach, San Gregorio State Beach, and Pomponio State Beach.

Please Note: Though individuals under 18 are welcome at the property, we require that the person making the reservation be at least 25+ years old and accompany any minor guests.

Separate charge for events and/or large parties may apply.


BOOK EARLY, as the summer months and Holidays normally fill up in quickly.

With limited exceptions, there is a two night minimum. Summer months and Holiday weekends usually require a three to five night minimum stay.

Keywords: Large Yard, Beach House, Cottage, Fire Pit, Coastside, Ocean, Wedding, Reunion, Tide Pools

More Details


Moss Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We ask that you have your guests using the fire pit area come in by 10:00 at night as to not disturb our neighbors. They know of our curfew. Thanks!
  • Please clean the BBQ grill after use so that it will be clean for our next guests. We would appreciate that you leave it as you would like to find it
  • The fire pit is gas. DO NOT place any wood or accelerants on the flame. Access the switch in the opening in the stone. Turn the gas OFF when done.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Three beautiful, full, vintage baths.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds 4, Antique double beds 2
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Gas fire pit outside, Gas outdoor heater


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(56 traveler reviews)

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Large, Historic, Half Moon Bay Vacation Home by the Beach
average rating of 4.785714 based on 61 reviews

Excellent Location and a Lovely Host

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for New Years Eve and we faced no problems at all. The location is close to everything Half Moon Bay has to offer and you are a two minute walk to a beautiful coastal view and was a great way to start the New Year. Millieanne was very sweet and made sure that we were comfortable and had no issues.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tarun, Thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary review. I'm so glad you were happy with your accommodations. We continually work to keep the beach house inviting for our lovely guests. We hope you will consider staying with us again in the future. Blessings from the beach, Millieanne
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  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderful. I love older, historic houses with lots of charm and character and this one totally delivered. My family, we were eleven for Christmas, took lots of wonderful walks near the property. When they were out, I would prep for the next meal. In the kitchen, there is a vintage Wedgewood stove/oven. I wondered how that would go. It was wonderful. I love to cook and my special meals came out great. If you love the coast and historic charm, you won't be disappointed. The owner is so friendly and sweet. You can tell she loves the house too and wants you to have a great time and enjoy yourself. We certainly did.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lynette, Thank you for such a positive review of your stay at my beach house. It is very much appreciated! I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas stay. I hoped you would enjoy your holiday with your family. I am so glad you were my guest, and thank you for all your sweet exchanges before and during your stay. Blessings from the beach, Millieanne
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Great space and location

  • 5 of 5

There were seven of us on a writing retreat, and the house was perfect for us--plenty of rooms, great light, and walking distance to the ocean and Distillery. Thank you, Millie Anne!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Katherine, Thank you so much for the kind review. I appreciated having you as my guests. I'm so glad the house worked out well for your writing retreat, but I'm also glad that you made time to walk the lovely lovely paths to the ocean and the Distillery restaurant. I hope you and your group will consider making this an annual retreat. I would love to have you back! Blessings from the beach, Millieanne
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Felt like home!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Millie and Bobbie Sue's homes (next door neighbors from each other) for our wedding weekend, and the stay itself was everything we could have asked for! While it was a bit hard to get ahold of Millie during the time leading up to our stay (we had lots of q's since it was for a large group and lots of logistics to figure out), everything went off without a hitch, and we were able to get hitched without any hiccups for our guests! The homes provided an amazing sense of closeness and it felt like we were all staying at a family members' home. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to stay here! Also, the proximity to the beach and amazing views from the cliffsides was a huge extra plus!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic house.

  • 3 of 5

It was a great location, the house was big enough but I felt it could have been cleaner and better kept up. Landowner was very very sweet.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Host was fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Millie went above and beyond under unusual circumstances to see that our stay was exceptional

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

Why The Owner chose Moss Beach

My home was not purchased to be a rental. When I don't have guests, I stay at the house, so that I can make sure that it is always welcoming to my guests.

I have lived in this house for almost 40 years, and have raised my children here. I worked as a stager (decorator) by trade and I have used my creative talent in decorating my home and garden, for my own enjoyment and that of my guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I rented this house for me and six friends for my birthday weekend. It was perfect for our needs and better than I expected in terms of sleeping accommodations. The linens are great, beds are super comfy. The house was very clean, quiet and cozy. We spent lots of time in the "piano room" socializing in front of the fire, and we enjoyed that we could all easily fit around the dining room table so we could eat together. Lots of great conversation and bonding, and we loved the easy walk to the shore. We had a wonderful time and staying in your house made all the difference. We would definitely come and and highly recommend your home! Thank you!
Jan 2010
  • 1 of 5


Nearest Airport
14 Miles
San Francisco Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Half Moon Bay Brewery & restaurant
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
San Francisco Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Half Moon Bay Golf Course
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Bart Train
Nearest Motorway
Coast Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Moss Beach Distillery & restaurant
Nearest Beach
James Fitzgerald Marine Preserve
Car: recommended

World Famous Surf Location,

"MAVERICKS" Well known to Surfers as the Best and most difficult surfing conditions, where only the Pro"s dare go.

One mile from our beach house.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee (House) $225

Rates quoted above are for the house only. If you wish to rent the cottage as well the nightly rate is an additional $175 with a $100 cleaning fee. Please let me know in your inquiry if you want to rent the cottage and I will send you an updated quote.

We have a four night minimum for the months of June, July, August, September and October.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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