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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

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Donna Schaffer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 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 Pacific Grove

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 4.7105265 based on 38 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: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it! We love it too! - Donna
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Perfectly Located

  • 5 of 5

Close to everything the area has to offer!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice small house in quiet neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

Nicely remodeled two story with beautiful kitchen. Seating areas on the main floor are ackward but for a small group (3 or 4) upstairs tv area and outdoor deck work great. Nice bathrooms upstairs and down no real outside area to use and no place to comfortably use the barbecue good place for a short stay

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay at Kelp House. It was convenient to everything Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel had to offer. Would have liked a second TV on the main level, but that is a minor thing. Loved all the paintings adorning the walls - so "North Coast!" It was nice having a kitchen with all needed appliances, and a washer/dryer so handy. All in all, Kelp was perfect for our stay, and we will certainly keep it in mind for a return visit to one of my very favorite areas!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

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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