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French Country Beach House

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Want a trip to Provence, but not quite in your budget right Now? Our colorful Country French Country beach house is a tapestry of textures, color, paintings and photography, all the result of our many trips to France. We are within walking distance to the beach where you can walk to Pot Belly Beach in one direction and Seascape in the other direction. Just want to relax? Take in the ocean view from the decks. Sleep to the sound of the ocean waves. Our home is red stucco, trimmed in Mediterranean Blue with wrought iron railings inside and out. It indulges the senses with custom upholstery and window coverings from Paris and New York with touches of Ralph Lauren. Easy on allergies and cleanup we've used tile and wood floors throughout. . Three out of four sleeping rooms have glass doors that open out to decks giving an outside-in feel. The kitchen is a gourmets delight with French Blue Viking Stove, Bosch Dishwasher, French Door Refrigerator, Granite Counter tops, built in pantry, Bay Window with a peak of the ocean. The kitchen is fully equipped for gourmet cooking. There is a Weber Gas as well as charcoal BBQ if you prefer to cook outside. The living room has sage green and rust leather seating as you sink in and enjoy stereo, DVD, flat screen TV or curl up to the fireplace with remote. Three out of four sleeping rooms have queen size beds the fourth with an Eastern King bed. Down comforters and high thread count linens throughout. For the colder months there are electric blankets. Our home is filled with original photography (some by owner Judi) and oil paintings from Paris, Nice, San Francisco as well as a few done by owner, Walt. Come and enjoy Friday night sailing regattas, excursions on the bay, harbor seals, dolphins and watch the surfers. See the otters with their babies at Moss Landing, take a whale watching excursion or walk to Seascape Resort, take the kids to Hidden Beach Park or just slither down and enjoy the house. Getting bored? It's just a short drive to Carmel by the Sea or the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the outlets. The outlets in Gilroy are just about a half hour away as well. Go to Glaum Egg Ranch to see the "dancing chickens". Pick your own berries or just eat fresh berry pies from at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. There is just so much to do.

Keywords: Elegant Country French Beach House Walk to Beach
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Other (See Description)


  • King size beds (1) 1 Eastern Tempurpedic Bed. It's just luscious. There's also a TV in this room in the Armoire, Queen size Beds (3) There is a Queen Bed in the downstairs studio bedroom. (this room also has pvt. deck, beverage cooler, sink and stove) and antique setee. A queen wall bed in the large Art/Computer/Bedroom. There's a wall bed with a regular mattress is case renters want a large play room for children. They can just flip the bed up. A queen bed in the upstairs bedroom with 10 ft. sliding glass door onto deck with ocean view....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    There are a few new age as well as classical C.D.'s...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    We have one flat screen TV in the living room and one TV in the bedroom with the King Size Bed. Both have remotes....moreless

  • Stereo
  • VCR


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    There is a small ocean view from the front balcony and a much larger ocean view off the upper back deck. You can hear the ocean waves and the seaguls. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Aptos Village is 4 miles away...moreless

  • Water View:

    There is an ocean view over the rooftops. There is a small ocean view from the front deck. Lounge chairs and seating is provided....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Clothes Dryer:

    The new LG Large Capacity Dryer is also in the garage. Dry several sets of sheets and towels in just one load....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    There is one I MAC computer with high speed internet. There is WI-FI...moreless

  • Garage:

    There is a garage, but it is not available for guests parking.Park up to three cars in courtyard...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    There is a large gas fireplace with French Surround and mantle. It operates with a remote. Ah! "Nothin' could be finer!"...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    High Thread Count Italian and Tommy Bahama sheets, Down Duvets as well as extra polyfibre duvets and blankets if needed....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    There is a large courtyard in the front of the house. There is enough space to park three cars. ...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    If you don't have more than two cars, there is room for a small RV...moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is one Comcast phone in the room with the computer. We have chosen not to have extra phones to ensure peace and quiet and minimize solicitations. We use our cell phones if needed....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New LG Large capacity High Effeciency Washer. The washer is in the garage, downstairs from three of the four bedrooms. Washes several sets of sheets and towels at once. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    Many caterers and excellent take out restaurants on request. Zaneen Mediteranean. Great to eat in, take out and catering. /buy wholesale fish right off the boat at Stagnaros in Santa Cruz. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    There is an abundance of dinner plates (mostly cobalt blue designs). plenty of real silver/ silverware, coffee cups, salad plates, glasses, wine glasses. French coffee press, plus electric drip coffee maker. Porcelain Soup Tureen. International array of cookbooks. There are several french table cloths and fabric napkins, two frying pans, several pots, popover pan, loaf pans, a mandolin, french steak knives, Furi knives,glass pitchers, De Ruta pitchers, lovely platters. Basic and some exotic spices. Red Microwave and Red Toaster just for fun, an electric pasta machine with attchmnts....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch Dishwasher (don't miss it, its front matches the kitchen cabinets. Sooo quiet!...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Cobalt Blue Viking Stove, Bosch Dishwasher, French Door Refrigerator, Ice Maker and filtered water, Microwave, Pots and Pans, Lovely Dishes/Casseroles etc. Granite Counter Tops, Custom Cabinetry, Tile Floors, Bay Window, French Doors that open out onto the deck. Dining area on back deck as well. Seats 8. Italian electric pasta machine. Crock Pot. Popover pan. Elec. Mixer. Juicer. Cookbooks....moreless

  • Microwave:

    One Red Microwave, just for fun. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    French door refrigerator with ice maker, filtered water in the door. Custom doors match cabinets. Beverage cooler in the downstairs "den". Additional sink and stove here also downstairs....moreless


  • Balcony:

    There is a balcony with wrought iron railings on the front of the house. Great place for morning coffee and watching the world go by. There's a peak of the ocean from here too. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a wrap around deck in the front of the house with a small ocean view. There is a multi level deck in the back with the best ocean view. Two lounge chairs, a fire pit and an antique wrought iron dining set. Chairs are versatile and easy to move around for your pleasure. Outdoor umbrellas on front and back deck....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a partial overhang off the veranda/deck adjacent to the living room....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.9
from 34 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 2 - Apr 15, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,450 $6,000
High Season
Apr 16 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
4th of July
Jun 30 - Jul 6, 2017
5 night min stay
High Season
Jul 7 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2017
4 night min stay
New Years
Dec 29 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $180
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 11%


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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose, Ca.
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cafe Rio
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Seascape Golf Course
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Santa Cruz
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bittersweet/Cafe Rio
150 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Tahoe/Squaw Valley
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rio Del Mar

Car: Necessary

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel by the Sea, Hidden Beach Playground, Monterey Marine Sanctuary, Cement Ship, World Class Golf, Santa Cruz Boardwalk- Wooden Roller Coaster,

Antiquing. Soquel and Moss Landing, Gayles Bakery- Capitola.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: This is a photo of Walt in the Canary Islands. He always gets his picture taken because I am the photographer in the family. We are both psychotherapists and artists, Walt also teaches meditation. We have been married for 34 years and have travelled throughout the world. The interior design of our home reflects ideas we've gathered from our travels to France, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Morocco. . Memorabilia, photos, fabrics and ideas have been woven together creating a pallette that delights the senses. We want our guests to sit back and wonder where it all originated. Our past renters have said that they do just that.

Why the Owner Chose Aptos, CA, USA:
We chose to buy and remodel in Rio Del Mar because it is within 30 minutes of our home in Los Gatos and fast access to the beach. We wanted a place that was close enough for us to enjoy it often. We liked that the house was in a quiet neighborhood . It is not so close to the beach that we have to worry about tourists looking in our windows or loud parties, but close enough to just walk down the hill to the beach. It has close proximity to whale and dolphin watching, surfing, beachcombing, hiking, theater and the Farmers Market on Saturdays. There is room here for us to entertain friends or have the whole family over for the weekend. The house is separated in such a way as to have two separate suites with separate and or common entrances. It works well.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The kitchen is esthetically pleasing. It's colorful, filled with french equipment and has just about everything a gourmet chef could need. I enjoy cooking here. The Viking Stove cooks so evenly. The set up is easy to clean and easy to entertain in. The French Doors that open out onto the decks expands the entertainment areas and brings the outside in. The neighborhood is quiet for reading and lounging. All of the sleeping areas have no common walls with other bedrooms, so your privacy is insured. It's a great place for a couple's getaway. The elevated deck with increased ocean view has outdoor curtains to ensure privacy while sunning. When the weather is cold I appreciate the gas fireplace in the living room. I don't have to lug in wood or clean up a mess. We just sit back and use the remote.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Country French Living Room with gas fireplace, frnch doors, open to kitchen view

    Country French Living Room with gas fireplace, frnch doors, open to kitchen view

  • Gas Fireplace with remote.  No messy wood to carry or clean up after.

    Gas Fireplace with remote. No messy wood to carry or clean up after.

  • Entre de Artiste

    Entre de Artiste

  • Ups. Bedroom Custom Duvet Queen bed with Florentine linens. Private deck/Firepit

    Ups. Bedroom Custom Duvet Queen bed with Florentine linens. Private deck/Firepit

  • Upstairs "Mexican Bath"

    Upstairs "Mexican Bath"

  • Aside the Palm Tree on the Upper deck off living room

    Aside the Palm Tree on the Upper deck off living room

  • Gourmet Kitchen- Viking Stove/ Bosch Dishwasher/Pantry/Bay Window

    Gourmet Kitchen- Viking Stove/ Bosch Dishwasher/Pantry/Bay Window

  • King Bed with private patio and TV in armoire

    King Bed with private patio and TV in armoire

  • Downstairs bath with glass vessel sink, full bath, waterfall faucet

    Downstairs bath with glass vessel sink, full bath, waterfall faucet

  • French Dinner Party on Back Deck

    French Dinner Party on Back Deck

  • Ocean View from the back deck

    Ocean View from the back deck

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017

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