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Unique Mavericks Beachfront Loft on the Sand by Pillar Point!

Bedrooms 1
Space 751 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Amazing Harbor Beach & Ocean Views!

3 NIGHT MINIMUM!!! 3 to 4 guest limit (NO EXCEPTIONS) Please don't ask.

If you are interested in booking, please tell me about yourself, your other guests; & reason for visiting the HMB area.

NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 7yrs---ADULTS & YOUNG ADULTS ONLY!!! Small Pets Only! (My Art Gallery is located below the Loft & there is a noise issue with children (under 14yrs)and large pets).


Warm & inviting colorful space, with amazing views of the harbor, and beach below. Cresting waves on the jetty, sailing boats, wind surfers, and visiting wildlife are only a few of the sites to enjoy while sipping gourmet coffee in the "Crow's Nest Seat" by the expansive bay windows.

Take your coffee along for an early morning stroll on the beach. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need for a great seafood dinner, which you can buy fresh from the Fishing vessel "Sadie K" in Pillar Point Marina 3 blks east, or hop on the bikes and cruise over to have great Italian food at the Mezza Luna.

The bath features a roomy walk-in shower, with on demand piping hot water, so it never runs out.

Enjoy a complementary bottle of wine under the stars on the side deck overlooking the beach or around the fire pit located in the private garden with a beach view. Then hop into the comfy queen bed, in the glow of the remote control wall fireplace, and watch you favorite cable channel, (choose from over 100 entertainment or music channels) .Beatspill & DVDs are provided for your listening & viewing pleasure, or choose an interesting book from the shelf.. Have a relaxing night's sleep lulled by the sound of the waves.

Guest Access

There are 2 bicycles also available located in the back garden.

Interaction with Guests

I am in and out of the gallery, but am always on call for guests concerns., and am generally around weekends during the day.

The Neighborhood

A short stroll or paddle to Mavericks Big Wave ocean beach & tide pools, shell gathering, a short 3 block walk or bike ride to Pillar Point Harbor Marina Sea Food & Shops! The local yacht club is a few doors down, and there are boat and equipment rentals the same distance. Amazing hiking on the pillar point bluff to hidden beaches, wildlife & Bird watching at the estuary across the road.

Getting around

Marina is an easy 3 blk walk, or take the bikes! There is a new bike path that goes all the way down the coast to Half Moon Bay, about 3 miles south.

Other Things to Note:

Beach Towels, folding chairs and umbrellas are available. No parties or loud music. This is my home also, and I expect the property and neighbors to be treated with respect!

More Details

Mike Auliso
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Mike Auliso

Greetings! My name is Michael and I run the Tribal Art Gallery located below the Loft & above the Garden Flat.. I live in the Redwood Forest in the Santa Cruz Mts, but am close by & always available for the needs of guests. The gallery is by appointment, so foot traffic is minimal

Mike Auliso purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Mike Auliso chose Half Moon Bay

Princeton by the Sea, where the property is located, about 9 square blocks in size, was the original center for crab & general commercial fishing in the Bay Area, and still is mostly Boat repair, crab trap storage, the Yacht Club, boat rentals, and other marine related businesses or local artists. There is no commercial manufacturing allowed, and generally businesses must be marine or art related, like my gallery. Basically Pillar Point is a working Harbor, with a few artists & craftspeople in residence.

The 'Romeo Pier' in front of our property was the unloading point for fishermen's catch since the early 1800s. Many of the 'crabbers' have gone, and the community is slowly turning back into the small creative enterprise, private residence & artist colony, that it was back in the 1920's through the 1960's, when many famous artists and musicians lived in the old warehouses.

We are continually working to beautify the old buildings & general area, particularly the 3 blocks of beach road between the Harbor Marina, and West Point Beach where we are located; so that hopefully soon, there won't be as much of a contrast between the two areas, without having Princeton be 'touristy' like the Marina.

Sometimes it's interesting to get out of your normal environment, and experience something completely different, and that is why I was so taken with the property. Also it is the closest building to Mavericks Big Wave surfing beach, which to surfing enthusiasts is what a cozy chalet at the foot of Mt Everest would be to avid climbers. We have a lot of water sports and fishing activity in the harbor, as well as wonderful hiking on the Point & bird watching at the estuary across the street.

What makes this apartment unique

Half Moon Bay has a quaint downtown with lots of amazing restaurants, and a variety unusual Art, as well as amazing shopping opportunities. Renting the Loft is my way of sharing the HMB experience I enjoy with others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

about hesitating to review a place I want so bad to be available next time we're planning to visit HMB (for the umpteenth time).

My (now) wife and I rented the upstairs unit for four days during our wedding weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the experience.

We'd mentioned in passing that we were getting married and Michael and his team blew us away with an amazing first impression that included a welcome basket with wine and treats (plus music playing!) upon arrival.

The pictures do the rest of the place justice and don't lie -- it's an incredibly peaceful place with myriad options to have fun nearby: a short walk to The Old Princeton Landing (great bar!), stand-up paddle or kayaking in the bay, a short hike to view Mavericks, fishing charters, and lots of great food options.

And of course it's RIGHT ON THE MOTHER F-IN BEACH with a shared backyard patio type area (con Koi pond) and master chef area that's great for BBQ'ing. Perhaps better is the space just off the private parking area where you can settle into chairs and enjoy a book and/or glass of wine from a perch overlooking the dogs and families and fellow tourists taking the area in. Don't let the the shared component of the BBQ area deter, unless you're trying to duck federal agents and not be seen by anyone or something. It made for a cool way to meet the "neighbors", who were super cool and ended up sharing GIANT fresh salmon with us and visiting friends. The more the merrier!

Last couple points:

- unlike a bunch of places I've stayed this place has ben meticulously customized with guests in mind. All drawers etc. (even the shower settings) are labeled so you don't feel lost acclimating to the place. You never feel like you're crashing at someone's place while they're gone.

- we took our dog and he loved it! it's a very dog friendly beach with miles of beach for dogs to run. I think he slept for four days after.

I'm sure my wife could add tons of commentary about the cool little touches with the decor and whatnot, and I surely appreciated it, but I'll save you my surely feeble attempt.

In sum: never stay here. Ever. It's terrible and Michael is not accommodating or welcoming at all... ;o) In fact, just stay away from Half Moon Bay. I've heard Pacifica is where all the cool kids stay anyway...

May 2014
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Half Moon Bay Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 751 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • One Queen Bed sleeps 2, Twin Trundle Beds in Alcove sleeps 2, 2 Single Bed Fold Down Euro-Divans in Living Room--sleeps 1 each
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • reefs
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
4 Person Limit, 3 DAY MINIMUM! Check-in 2pm Check out 11am


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Unique Mavericks Beachfront Loft on the Sand by Pillar Point!
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 42 reviews
Westminster, SC

Nice, Clean, and very entertaining sitting by the windows.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, beautiful view of the harbor, Pillar Point, the Pacific, walking distance to shops, restaurants, rentals of paddle boards, Surf boards and bikes. Mike was extremely accommodating, generous, and easy to work with. Complete with snacks, waters, coffee/creamers, fruits, oatmeal and waffles, and a complimentary bottle of wine. Many more thoughtful details; too many to list. I highly recommend and would come back here in a second. Thank you, Mike

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for bring such great guests. Come back soon, Happy Holidays! Mike
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Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

The apt. is in an excellent location to watch the beach activity and convenient to both El Granada and Half Moon Bay. Everything was very clean and up to date in the kitchen with every need. We appreciated the bottle of wine, coffee, etc. We hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding! (4.5)

  • 4 of 5

If you're looking for a nice, clean, and quiet space, with stunning ocean views, this is it! Very easy process and the apartment even came stocked with snacks and a bottle of wine! Easy beach access and wonderful walking trails right out the front door. Full kitchen and nice bathroom.

Our only complaint was that the bed was a bit small and the "low-flow" shower head was VERY low flow. We would highly recommend this beautiful space! Everything was clearly labeled and the owner provided very clear instructions on how to use everything. This was a great place to unwind and relax. It was slightly off the beaten path but just close enough to make everything an easy walk. It was nice to get exactly what we paid for!

Book it now! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2nd Visit

  • 5 of 5

We'd spent a week here 2 years ago and had been itching to come back ever since. We made it back for another week in December, and it was as good as we remembered. Clean, comfortable, cozy, IDEAL location, & well-appointed. We cooked almost every night as the kitchen has everything you could need. The owner was available anytime we had a question. HMB is one of our favorite California coastal towns and we'll stay here every time we visit. Thank you for a great week & we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Doesn't disappoint

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place whether you are stuck inside on a rainy day or able to explore the nearby trails, beach and town. Well designed and well thought out details and amenities.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Great location with views of Pillar Point Harbor. Great restaurants with in walking distance. A excellent place to watch birds and sea life from. Nice modern decor with all of the amenities.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Princeton Landing
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mezza Luna
Nearest Beach
West Point Beach
Car: not necessary

Close to Mavericks Big Wave Surfing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

damage protection $45
Pet Fee $25
cleaning $75

4 Person Limit, 3 DAY MINIMUM!

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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