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Romantic Hide Away with Panoramic Ocean View 3 Bed, 2 Bath

Bedrooms 3
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 35 nights

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About the property

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

Romantic & sophisticated country French home with panoramic ocean views just 100 steps 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.

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

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 and 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 Central Coast

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!

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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Romantic Hide Away with Panoramic Ocean View 3 Bed, 2 Bath
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews

Beautiful water Views

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at this fantastic place. It is truly beautiful inside and out. The deck is fantastic for watching the whales in the morning. It has everything you need & is also very clean. All rooms have great water views. The room with the two twin beds were perfect for my teenage kids as you can close the shades and it stays dark. Close walk to the water and cafes. Will definitely stay here again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gem with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Surf lulls you to sleep

  • 5 of 5

Just finished up our stay at this pearl of a property! View & sound of ocean from all rooms was incredible. Very clean, well stocked, & kid friendly. Beach was only a short walk away with quaint cafes, pier, & paved walking path nearby. Dolphin swam by each early morning & a seal popped up to say hello as we played on the beach one afternoon! Beach was never crowded.Thank you for sharing your "perch."

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nice Condo, very steep walk from beach

  • 4 of 5

This was a beautiful, clean, well-stocked condo with a great view of the beach. What you need to know, however, is that it is much more than 100 steps from the beach. It is at least 1/4 mile (from the front door to the actual sand) - and it is a very steep walk! We are fairly young and in very good shape - yet even we did not dare brave the descent to the beach with our boogie boards, cooler, etc.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Mermaid's Perch in June 2015 - wow, what a nice surprise! This is just like a home-away-from-home - has everything we needed and more for a wonderful 5 days

at the beach. The condo is surprisingly big, sleeping 6. Downstairs has one room with two twin beds, the other room has a king and the bedroom upstairs has a queen.

Sleeping with the window and/or sliding glass door open allowed us to listen to the ocean all night long. There is steam shower upstairs - what a treat! There are even blow

dryers there so don't bother packing one of those. We had a problem with the wifi when we first got there - we contacted the owner and got permission to reboot the router

and that fixed it. Do not hesitate to contact the owner for any issues you may have - they are very responsive and helpful. The condo has a washer and dryer.

The kitchen has everything we needed to prepare meals. As other reviewers have noted the view from the balcony is spectacular. My opinion is it is probably the best view on

that beach. It is at the top of the hill so overlooks more beach than most of the other condos/homes in that area. Speaking of the hill, that is the only downside. You

need to be relatively young/healthy to walk that hill. It is only about 300 yards (guestimation) but it is pretty steep. However, if you walk a few miles on the beach you

can always stop at the Rio Cafe for a beverage/meal before climbing back up the hill to the condo. The food at the Rio Cafe is superb and the people there are great - a good

mix of locals and vacationers.

There is parking for two cars at the condo, more if you are willing to park down by the beach. It is a walk from there to the condo though.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Great Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time my family has stayed at this condo for Spring break. It is a fantastic location which is right next to the beach with a nice running / walking trail in the morning. The condo itself is very warm and comfortable. The kitchen and bathrooms are updated and the views are amazing. We actually saw some whales with binoculars from the balcony. The only complaint were the smell of the blinds which we've heard have been fixed. We definitely will be going back again next year. Please note, the pool does not get heated until April so be ready for a cool dip if you go in March. If you are lucky, you might run into some people from the neighboring condo who might invite you over to their heated pool if your kids scream enough when they jump in the cool water :)

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Johnny - Thanks for the great recommendation. We have new blinds in the living room and kitchen which have totally eliminated the smell. If you don't mind taking that out - we would certainly appreciate it. We look forward to having you again soon. I'll send information about our fall and winter specials as we get to the season end. Always ginger
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Lovely place with great views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely condo for three nights. The condo was great and very nice. The views were to die for. We used the gas grill and walked down to the beach twice. We also went to the Rio Cafe for appetizers and drinks, very nice place and close by. We will be returning during October or November for the non foggy weather. We did not see the sun once.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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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

Aptos Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
MLK weekend
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Presidents Weekend
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 17 2017 - Apr 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 4th 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
July 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 29 2017 - Feb 1 2018
35 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $170 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Aptos Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Steam shower - fabulous!
  • 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 mattress, inviting bedding, watch the surfers, joggers and maybe even a few dolpins right from your bed! , Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Two extra long twin beds with duvet covers and quilts
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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