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Recently Renovated - One Mile to Aquarium (PG #0048)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

A few years ago, we asked our full-time tenants to leave, and hired professionals to help us start over and upgrade our 1600 sq ft vacation home. It took 10 months to redo everything, we ended up keeping only 3 pieces of sheet rock intact. So believe me, it's renovated.

The master bedroom/bath, TV viewing area & deck are upstairs. The 2nd bedroom/bath, living room, dining area and kitchen are on the first floor.

The deck is delightful. In fair weather you can catch some morning sun and the house acts as a shield from the prevailing breezes. It's a delightful place to breakfast, play on the computer or just feel like you're in a treehouse.

It's a very quiet neighborhood at night - so no barking dogs PLEASE. When there's ocean swells you can hear the buoys. And on really quiet nights you can hear seals barking.

And, yes, it's professionally cleaned right before your arrival!

Keywords: 2-story, house

More Details

Donna Schaffer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Donna Schaffer

We've lived in California since 1977. Scuba diving is a passion for both of us, we did lots of horseback riding at one point (but not so much now), Charlie sculls, I exercise/dance/cook, we love movies and read lots.

Donna Schaffer purchased this house in 1983

Why Donna Schaffer chose Central Coast

We bought this home a few months before the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened. We lived in Silicon Valley at the time and came to the area almost every weekend to scuba dive. Even then we knew we wanted to 'fix the place up' one day to be a vacation rental and our second home. Finally - that's a reality!

What makes this house unique

Very close to some of the most interesting diving in the world. And within 1 mile of the Aquarium. Sure, there's all that golf stuff - but we live for the sea!


Pacific Grove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Shower in master bathroom; Combo shower/tub in downstairs 2nd bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2) TempurPedic Mattress in Master Bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Located in Living Room
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing


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Recently Renovated - One Mile to Aquarium (PG #0048)
average rating of 4.714286 based on 35 reviews
Sacramento, CA

Wonderful - beautifully renovated

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for comfort in a town of old world charm - look no further! We spent the first 1/2 hour just discovering the inside of this little place. Amazing renovation - so charming, so comfortable! Loved it!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it! We love it too! - Donna
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Avon Lake

Everything as described!

  • 5 of 5

Kelp house was great. Clean, spacious, well equipped and a wonderful location. We were in for a wedding and took advantage of our hosts suggestions. Point lobos park had some great views and the restaurants were very good as well. If we were ever back in Monterey we would not hesitate staying here again assuming it was available. We would definitely recommend it to our friends and family as well. Thanks Donna!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kudos!
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Perfect Pacific Coast Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Kelp House was the perfect vacation getaway for our family of 5 adults. Mom and Dad claimed the bright and spacious upstairs loft, our twins shared the bedroom downstairs, and a daughter slept on the couch pull-out bed in the living room area. The Mom appreciated the clean and orderly kitchen that was well-equipped with small appliances, pots, pans, dishes, cooking utensils, and a spice drawer. The outside patio, accessed through the loft, quickly became a favorite spot to enjoy a meal with beautiful, mature trees, peaceful surroundings, and not-to-distant ocean views. We had good communication with the owner, the house rules were easy to follow, and we received our property damage deposit promptly in the time-frame it was promised. Some personal observations: The pull-out couch bed is sized for one adult or two smaller children. Pulled out, it occupies most of the living room area. It was nice to find a foam pad in the downstairs bedroom closet to give some padding to the mattress. There may have been extra linens stored for the pull-out that we just missed, so my daughter used a sleeping bag we had with us on top of the foam. The electrical outlet in the master bath vanity charged our toothbrushes fine, but the Mom couldn't get her travel hair dryer or flat iron to work in it. However, they turned on when plugged in the outlet located on the other side of the wall between the armchairs - problem solved. During our stay, the weather was slightly foggy and cool in the mornings, but it warmed to mid 60's by early afternoon, keeping the house temperature comfortable. It was only a 10 minute drive to the beautiful white beaches and Scenic Road Walkway in Carmel. Point Lobos State Reserve had so many places to explore and was only a 20 minute drive from Pacific Grove. Overall, we were extremely pleased with our accommodations at Kelp House, its location, and the efforts of the owner to make it an enjoyable and comfortable stay for guests. We would love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home: Blacksburg, Virginia

Very comfortable, great location

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and elegant. We particularly appreciated the owners' art. Very quiet location, 5-10 minute walk to downtown PG. Would certainly return.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice and roomy

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. The house had plenty of room for our family of four. Easy walk to the main street in Pacific Grove. A bit far to walk to the aquarium with children but can still be done. I love all the windows upstairs.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Squaw Valley

Perfect for our needs

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to Pacific Grove so we could ride our bikes. Our routes were to north to Castroville via the Pacific Trail and south to Carmel via the 17 mile drive. Both routes start at Lover's Point. Location was perfect. Also we walked to Cannery Row one evening. Never got in our car the entire stay. Besides the location the house was well stocked. They even had a screwdriver. The separation between bedrooms was welcome. Best was the second floor balcony that looks through a huge, gorgeous tree. Truly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Pacific Grove Municipal
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lover's Point
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Damage Deposit $150

60 day cancellation policy - full refund less 10% admin fee.
To confirm: Security deposit and 50% payment (rental fee + cleaning fee).
Full payment due 60 days in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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