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Artist's Treehouse Studio Apartment

Bedrooms 1
Space 440 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Studio, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

The Treehouse on one acre in Carmel Valley overlooks Carmel Valley Village and the Carmel River. It is nestled in an old oak forest with lots of light, sun and views– beyond the fog belt of the coast yet under 20 minutes from Carmel.

My Artist's Treehouse and Artist's Library couple-size apartments are at the top of the most popular in the Carmel/Monterey Peninsula area. Experience them.

A wide staircase winds up to the deck with table and seating (smoking allowed outside, only) and the double doors to the apartment. The all redwood building has a peaked, open beam, tongue and groove ceiling with cathedral-shaped stained glass windows on each end and Pella, screened windows throughout.

Carpeted with oak parquet in the full kitchen and tile in the full bath (shower)– the effect is light and lovely! Extremely well insulated, the Treehouse has a gas wall heater; in summer the ocean breezes come in early afternoon to cool and the days are FOG FREE.

Parking is off street in a covered carport behind full fencing and an electric gate. Addit covered parking for a second car by request.

Keywords: Treehouse, studio, private, detached house, covered parking, valley views, artist residence.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Desiree

I'm a full time artist and have the best art studio, here, for creating and selling my ShellShades across the United States. But I also love to garden and especially love to water– a disappointing pleasure in CA :-( Nonetheless, this home and property have allowed me to work, play and create the perfect refuge. I think you'll enjoy it, too. Desiree

Desiree purchased this studio in 1982

Why Desiree chose Central Coast

I love the outdoors and wildlife. Between here and the 3 minutes to the 'Village' watch out for deer and turkeys on the road. At the 'Treehouse' we also have turkeys and quail, gray fox, raccoons, squirrels, opossum and birdsong. At night you can hear the river running in the canyon below and the little birds singing in the morning. Night skies are exceptionally starry and we are fortunate with our clean air to view the Milky Way most nights.

What makes this studio unique

–MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM is the most popular attraction in Monterey County.

–WINE TASTING is big here because we have such an excellent wine growing appelation– ask me about the 20+ Tasting Rooms within 1 mile of the Treehouse.

–WILD TURKEYS and deer heavily populate the area and hiking trails thread throughout Carmel, Carmel Valley and Big Sur.

–FIND A MYSTERY book in the collection and read it while you're here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Desiree, thank you so very much for sharing your lovely space. The Treehouse is beautifully designed: the low ceilings over the bed and kitchen make it feel cozy while tall windows (the wisteria stained glass is amazing) make the space light filled and open.

Your shell lamps combine nature and light so well and I love, love, love that little chair in the corner.

We have stayed in many vacation rentals– yours by far is the most comfortable and well designed.

We had a very relaxing stay- watched the marine layer roll in just south of Point Lobos (the park was packed and we had been before so skipped it) then went for a sunny hike in Garland. Wine tasting in town was fun. Thanks for the Aquarium passes. We visited Pacific Grove- first time back there since we first came to California 33 years ago so a little walk down memory lane.

Again, thanks so much–
Mar 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Monterey Airport
Car: necessary

20 wine tasting rooms in Carmel Valley Village, 5 minutes away.

Hiking trails from 'Treehouse' and more trails 5 minutes and 10 minutes driving from house.

Monterey Aquarium on Cannery Row in Monterey within 30 minutes.


Carmel Valley Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 440 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower, exhaust, heater and well lighted and adjustable mirrors above entire counter at sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , twin is a very comfortable rollaway
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Tour of Artist's Studio and Gallery by appointment (allow 30 minutes)


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Artist's Treehouse Studio Apartment
average rating of 4.931818 based on 49 reviews

Carmel Valley Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 2 nights and loved it! A perfect getaway with all the enmities you would ever need. Highly recommended! Desiree is a wonderful hostess

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The communication leading up to the stay was great, instructions to the house were clear, and the place was just as described. The place was cozy and clean and had the most beautiful view. Would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose

Perfect for a Couple

  • 5 of 5

This studio was perfect for our 3-night stay in Carmel Valley. Desiree was very friendly and was available whenever we needed her but otherwise she gave us the privacy we were looking for. The studio itself was very well-kept and the bathroom included shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The kitchen was well stocked with cookware and dishes/glasses. The bed was also very comfortable and the linens were very nice. I would definitely recommend this studio to a couple looking to stay in the area. And like the description says, I think it would comfortably fit 2 adults and a child or a teenager (although there would be virtually no privacy since it's a studio).

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Key West, Florida

a magical spot..

  • 5 of 5

stayed a month here and it could not have been any better.. and Desiree, the host, is absolutely wonderful.. the studio is totally private and charming and has a wonderful view off of the large balcony/deck.. everything i needed was there and it was incredibly clean and tidy.. there is abundant light coming into the studio at all times of the day and the serenity is fabulous.. the grounds of the home are absolute "carmel valley charm" and very private, all behind gates.. great host, great spot, great digs.. can't wait to return..

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect combination of convenience and serenity.

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about the Artist's Treehouse. It is in a convenient location, minutes to the charming Carmel Valley shops, tasting rooms, restaurants and Folktale Vineyard. It's a short drive to Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey Bay, and even Big Sur. The drives through the hills were so scenic, and a quite frankly fun, that we didn't mind them at all.

The gated property is in a very nice neighborhood in the hills, out of the hustle and bustle. The view from the back patio is amazing. Everything was very clean and comfortable. The free passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium came to good use. The unit had all conveniences except for an A/C, which we weren't used to being from The South. But with the mild CA weather and the breeze up in the hills assisted by a small fan, we were not uncomfortable at all and enjoyed the fresh air.

Desiree was a very nice, accommodating host who was easy to communicate with and fast to respond. She was able to give us many recommendations about the area. We would definitely look to stay here again in the future and would recommend it to all of our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houston, TX

Perfect get away in the Carmel Valley

  • 5 of 5

Desiree was the perfect host! Her beautiful treehouse was charming and comfortable. The kitchen was stocked with all the necessary items, beds were comfortable with high quality linens. Desiree also gave us a personal tour of her shell lamp gallery! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $40 per person per night

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.

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