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Winter Special - watch the whales and dolphins from our deck! Book NOW!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Townhome, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Romantic & sophisticated country French home with panoramic ocean views from Rio del Mar beach in Aptos, CA

Completely new in 2005, this beautiful home offers a relaxed living area with sophisticated furnishings as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The balcony patio has an unobstructed 180 degree view from Monterey Bay to Santa Cruz. Dolphins, sea otters, birds and whales are often seen. There are three comfortable bedrooms and two full baths. 10 minute walk to beach as its down the hill to the beach - and up to come home - fairly steep hillside on Rio del Mar Blvd.

Living area:

Ocean view living room with custom designed country French decor has a one touch gas fireplace, flat screen 46' TV with DVD & Morantz stereo system. There are beamed ceiling & wide planked hardwood floor with dual custom loveseats and expanding french dining table with chairs. Two sliding doors opening to the ocean breezes and balcony patio just outside.


Custom ocean view kitchen features a large greenhouse window with an ocean view, maple cabinetry with granite countertops, Viking gas range & SubZero refrigerator (with ice), Bosch dishwasher and built in microwave & roomy pantry. Home features Villeroy and Boch French garden china and all cookware bakeware & cutlery.


First floor king bedroom with custom bed linens, Ethan Alan furnishings, 26' Flat screen plasma television plus DVD/VCR with amazing ocean view. Leave the window cracked and the crashing ocean waves will fill your dreams

First floor bath features lovely custom maple vanity with granite countertop, oversized shower with Grohe hand sprayer and Jacuzzi/soaking tub.

Downstairs Twin bedroom features 2 Extra long twin beds, Fluffy down comforters and quilts. Television with DVD/VCR and sliding (lockable) doorway to garden. Sand play toys and board/card games with some toys.

Queen bedroom features hardwood floors and ocean view with custom linens.

Upstairs bathroom features vessel sink on top of granite counter top with custom maple vanity. Luxurious steam shower and full closet.

Sun drenched DECK off of the living room has stunning views, stainless gas barbecue (with extra gas canister) and lovely coordinated plantings, round table with 4 chairs & umbrella.

Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer

Also includes:

• Comcast cable

• Land line Telephone & fax capabilities plus

• Wireless high speed internet

100 steps to Rio Del Mar beach, nearby sandwich and coffee shops and

• Convenience store

• Saturday morning Farmer's Market at Cabrillo College on Soquel Ave

• Covered parking for 2 cars

• Access to community swimming pool

• No smoking allowed

• No pets

Keywords: beach house

More Details

Ginger Hummer Creevy
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Ginger Hummer Creevy

Don and Ginger love the ocean and enjoy spending as much time as possible in Rio del Mar. The seasons are remarkable here - and the wildlife we see is amazing! Pelicans soar over the deck daily en route from their favorite fish stop by the SS Palo Alto cement ship - a landmark of Rio del Mar beach Dolphins regularly travel directly in front of our place.... at a further distance we also see whales It's such a joy!

Ginger Hummer Creevy purchased this townhome in 2004

Why Ginger Hummer Creevy chose Rio del Mar

We fell in love with the views! We call our home 'The Memaids Perch'. As soon as we purchased it, we remodeled the home completely in a casual Country French style featuring mermaids throughout. Our five year old granddaughter's love of mermaids was the inspiration and the result is a blissful, relaxing yet sophisticated home with a lovely spirit of whimsy! We never take life too seriously at the beach! Many guests count the mermaids - There are really too many to count!

What makes this townhome unique

The views are amazing - especially when brown pelicans are diving for fish dinner just outside or dolphin pods are grazing. Even watch the whales migrate just off shore. Whether sipping wine on the deck, snuggling by the fireplace, or just kicking back and watching TV or listening to music, the sounds of the ocean are always there reminding you to relax, let go and enjoy it all! Rio del Mar beach is family friendly with evening fires allowed - perfect for smores!


Rio del Mar Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Fabulous shower w seat! Fluffy monogrammed towels hair dryer
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , fluffy towels hair dryers elegance
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , these are extra long twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1) Lovely master with top quality Cal King mattress, custom designer bedding, dresser and large closet Robes and slippers extra blankets and pillows, reading lights at bedside and room darkening shades Watch the surfers, pelicans flying over and dolphins diving right from your bed! , Queen size Bed (1) upstairs with custom designer bedding and comfy new mattress . This room has it's own attached bath. and 3 drawer dresser and full closet Room darkening shades Upstairs room perfect for less mobile guest as its close to living area and balcony! Two extra long Single Beds (1) Two extra long twin beds with duvet covers and quilts! Two small dressers and roomy closet. Updated to provide more comfort for adult guests Room darkening shades Mermaids everywhere and beach toys and games for your stay
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Winter Special - watch the whales and dolphins from our deck! Book NOW!
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 35 reviews

Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

We visited in June of 2017 and had a marvelous time at the Mermaid Perch. Upon arrival we were pleased with the beautiful accommodations, amazing view and laid back atmosphere. The home has everything you need for a vacation, and the kitchen is amazing. We loved cooking breakfast every morning and enjoyed sunset meals on the beautiful deck. There are a couple markets nearby that have everything you need for preparing meals. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths there was plenty of room for privacy as well as living space for coming together to watch a movie at the end of the day. The whirlpool tub in the lower level bathroom is the best way to unwind after a long day in San Francisco. The beach is a short walk and not overly crowded. We enjoyed sleeping with the windows open and listening to the waves crash on the shoreline. June is usually a little cool, but the sun was warm and we thought the weather was perfect! We did not have any issues during our stay, so there was no reason to contact the owners, but they were very pleasant and responsive during the booking process. We would definitely return to the Mermaid Perch next time we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!! Clean, updated and well furnished.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here enjoying the ocean views and crashing waves. Access to the beach is easy. Running and walks along the beach are a must. We will be back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful property with all the necessary amenities.

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaids Perch is a wonderful place to stay in Rio del Mar. The condo is beautifully decorated and all the amenities are there. The best part is the Fabulous! deck overlooking the ocean. Bedrooms are generous in size and the condo easily sleeps 4 singles or 2 couples and 2 singles. Bathrooms are big with large showers and a spa tub. It is truly a marvelous place to stay when you want or need a beach vacation. Very highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, comfortable and has everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

The mermaid theme is perfect for a girlfriend stay. The condo has great views and an easy walk to the beach. When the whales are feeding, it is an amazing show! We loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for a get away

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location just outside of Santa Cruz. The balcony and downstairs bedroom have incredible views of the ocean. Rental was clean and walking distance to beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place----Relaxing watching a Whale and Dolphins passing by --with Glass of whine and a Guitar

  • 5 of 5

Hostess have all the tools we need to make our dinners,, cozy, clean and very Relaxing.. we will come back again.. we finish our stay with a nice Play Beauty and the Best show and Ice cream in Santa Cruz. we will see you soon! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Less than 1 hour to Monterey Bay Aquarium - a must see! and Carmel by the Sea, Elkhorn Slough and Monterey Marine Sanctuary, world class golf, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Saturday morning Cabrillo College Farmers Market, fabulous restaurants, great shopping & many community activities


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $175
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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