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Truly Beachfront - Bright and Beautiful Monterey Bay Family Home - Remodeled

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Surf, Sand, Sun = Family Fun: Experience the convenience walking out our all glass back doors and directly onto one of the most expansive beaches on the Monterey Bay! We invite your family to experience our comfortable and RECENTLY REMODELED 1900+ sq ft beach house located on the well known Beach Drive 'Island.' No street to cross to get to the beach! 4 bedrooms (2 on the beach side with ocean view and balcony) Master Bedroom with 1 King and private bath, 2nd bedroom with 1 Queen, 2 additional bedrooms-2 twins each. Kitchen features late model Stainless Appliances and Granite countertops. The kitchen comes stocked with just about all of the standard supplies you'll need (spices, cooking oil, plastic wrap, paper towels, etc). Many rentals on Beach Dr. require that guests bring their own linens and towels. What kind of vacation is that? At our home you are provided with high quality bedding, linens, bath towels and even plenty of beach towels. Bathrooms include shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Relax in the living room with its gas fireplace and wall of windows with a panoramic view of the Monterey Bay. Guests are often treated to the sight of dolphins frolicking just off shore, and even whale sightings! Enjoy high tech entertainment - Large Screen HDTV, wireless internet, Comcast cable programming, Blu-ray/DVD player, surround sound, iPod dock and arcade style video game. Pride of ownership is reflected throughout. We guarantee that our guests arrive at a home in immaculate condition. We are responsive to our guests. We want you and your friends and family to have your best beach vacation ever! No wonder so many of our guests return year after year.

Rio Del Mar Beach is Our Backyard: Take in spectacular sunsets as you stroll along the long, wide beach. Put the Weber gas BBQ to good use as you enjoy the panoramic view of the Monterey Bay Coastline from the large patio with plenty of seating. Your kids are welcome to use all of our beach toys. If your family enjoys outdoor activities, this vacation spot will be your slice of paradise.

Close to World Class Attractions: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Carmel, 17 Mile Dr, redwood forests, golf, numerous state parks and beaches, Pebble Beach, San Francisco (1.25 hour drive up famous Coast Highway 1).

Neighborhood amenities: Short walk to Convenience Store, Deli, upscale restaurant/bar, Coffee and Bagels. 3 minute drive to local shopping center with Safeway, Rite Aid, movie theaters, hardware store and specialty shops.

Keywords: Beach Dr. 'Island'

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About The Owner

This has been our extended family's beach house for nearly 45 years. We completed an extensive remodel in 2010. Until that time, the house had reserved for only family use. We decided to let others enjoy the house, while still reserving plenty of time for ourselves. We are full time residents of Santa Cruz county. We have seen our children and recently our grandchildren enjoy our home in Rio Del Mar over these many years. Jim is an investor and Trish is a retired teacher who serves on several non-profit boards. We have experience in managing other rental properties and also own a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe. Being local residents with only one rental in the area, we are able to provide you with a more personal touch than can a management company. We guarantee that we will promptly address any of the questions and concerns of our renters and insure that your stay is as pleasant as possible.

The Owner purchased this house in 1970

Why The Owner chose Rio del Mar

Our home is located on what is known as the 'island' in Rio Del Mar. It is a highly desirable location for second homes for residents of Silicon Valley and the SF Bay Area because the 'island' homes are located right on the beach. It is close to all of the attractions that California's Central Coast has to offer.

What makes this house unique



Rio del Mar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Porta-crib available
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Large Screen HDTV, Blu-ray disc player, home theater sound system, i-Pod dock


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

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Truly Beachfront - Bright and Beautiful Monterey Bay Family Home - Remodeled
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews
Sacramento, CA

Great place!

  • 4 of 5

This house has wonderful front windows allowing the living and dining rooms to be bright and cheery. The house is well maintained and has all the amenities needed for a nice stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fresno, CA

Perfect Girls' Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Seven of us spent three fabulous days at this home and simply did not want to leave! We could not believe how "truly beachfront" the house was: about ten steps away! We enjoyed a perfect sunset dinner on the patio and many long walks along the beach. We try to get together at least a couple of times a year and have rented homes from Morro Bay to Santa Cruz. This one, by far, was the most well-appointed for a large group of friends, from cozy beds to coffee in the cabinet! We hope to make this a yearly destination for our girls' trip! Thanks to Jim and his family for sharing their gem of a home with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This home is just what I was looking for. Right on the beach. It's close to markets, Baskin Robbins, Taco Bell and Subway. My girlfriends and I were not there to cook dinner!

The owner asked me to check the house before bringing paper goods etc. and he was correct. It is a well stocked home. The kitchen has very nice appliances and every gadget you could want. Bedrooms all have very nice linens and spreads and have very nice televisions. Living room TV has great speakers for wonderful sound. It's the perfect place to get in a good walk/run and if you love dogs like I do, there are lots to enjoy and people are very friendly. The beach area is perfect for swimming, laying on the beach or to have a picnic. Right out the french doors overlooking the beach.

I will absolutely be renting this home again and again! Thank you Jim!

Annette, Oakdale, CA

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Annette, We appreciate your wonderful review. We do try our best. Thoughtful guests such as you make it all worthwhile! We look forward to your return visit. Jim
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Spectacular Sunset Views, Gorgeous Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at this beautiful house the last week of 2015. The weather was perfect and the house was just right for our family size (8 of us slept comfortably). Waking up every morning looking at and listening to the ocean from bed was so beautiful and peaceful. The sunsets were exceptional (the sunrises were nothing to sneeze at either)! The kitchen had everything we needed from spices that we forgot to all of the cooking utensils/dishes/pans that you would need. Jim was great to work with and was quick to answer our calls. I highly recommend this house for anyone that is looking for a beach getaway anytime of the year!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, Ca.

Little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

I just spent a week at this beautiful beach house with seven other women for our annual girlfriend getaway. We could not have been more comfortable. The owners have covered all the necessities and many more that you don't always find at private rental properties. Jim is wonderful to work with. Look no further! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, super helpful owner

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family. Our kids loved the house and had a ton of fun. Jim was super helpful and extremely easy to work with. He made us feel at home and did whatever he could to make our trip successful.

The house is complete with everything you may need from bedding to kitchen supplies. We will definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates vary during holiday and special event periods. Additional security deposit required for stays longer than 3 nights. Until booking is confirmed, rate may be subject to change

Payment by personal check or cashiers check

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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