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On Bluff Over Crashing Surf, Elegant 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath House

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

**2 night minimum on weekends in Summer/Fall**

For decades friends who come for a visit tell us this is their favorite place on earth. We now share our home travelers via VRBO. Beautifully appointed, dramatic views, relaxing atmosphere: 3 Bedroom, 2 BA house on a coastal bluff above the crashing surf. Pt Montara Lighthouse on the neighboring bluff. Artist designed and decorated. Breathtaking views.

Each bedroom with queen bed with additional queen hide a bed in sun room. Sleeps 8.

Two full bathrooms offer choice of bathtub, shower, marble steam room with 5 foot bench. Washer/Dryer. Modern spacious kitchen, fully stocked and two dishwashers, refrigerator drawers, Viking commercial range.

All bedrooms have HDTV with 185 digital channels with premium movie channels including 8 HBO, 8 Cinemax and 8 Showtime.

Many great cafes and restaurants are only minutes away.

We live upstairs and are available if you need anything, otherwise you won't see us or hear us after we welcome you and tour you through the house. For a video tour look at the end of the photos.

Keywords: Point Montara bluff top, oceanfront, scenic, views, Half Moon Bay, Retreat, Pacific Ocean, Nourish Your Spirit, renewal, peaceful, sunsets, whale watching, breath taking,


Privacy, Vistas, Cypress trees, sunshine, Fresh Air,

Beauty Artistic, Serenity Waves Surf

Wild, flowering,ice plant, Gulls, tide pools,

Whales, Sanctuary, crashing surf, bluffs, temperate climate, beach, light house,

sunsets, peaceful, relaxing, local restaurants, seafood,

Renters are asked to pay a refundable security deposit of $800 or take out insurance for $59 that covers up to $1500 in damage. We live upstairs and have the house soundproofed so you won't hear (or see) us unless you need something. Then we appear and do whatever we can to be helpful.

More Details

Nancy & Gary
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Nancy & Gary

Gary owns and operates a telescope company and Nancy works with communities and companies to help develop visions of the future. She is also an artist and author. We enjoy meeting new people and sharing our spectacular home.

Nancy & Gary purchased this house in 1976

Why Nancy & Gary chose Montara

This is our home. We live upstairs and welcome guests to use the first floor. This is one of the most beautiful spots on earth and it is a short drive to San Francisco or south to Palo Alto or Santa Cruz.

You can't get closer to the ocean without getting wet. The views are spectacular. We are a few minutes away from one of the largest tide pools in the nation. Hiking, beaches, redwood forests, all nearby.

What makes this house unique

Extras that we offer: Spa package week end including private yoga classes, massage, couples get-away, small meetings or special gatherings. Nancy specializes in drawing a visual representation of people's personal vision or a couple's shared vision. This is a service she offers to interested guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The view from this gorgeous home is fantastic; ocean views across the whole west side of the house, gulls flying by at eye level. We even saw whales. Very artistic and elegant furnishings, murals on the walls, and a kitchen that even included a juicer and Cuisinart. We especially appreciate the warm welcome and friendly manner of our hosts. They provided information about local restaurants and nature walks, and made us feel very welcome from the start. We will be back!
May 2012
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Montara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3) one queen bed in each of 3 bedrooms, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) In Sunroom with amazing ocean views to south and west. Another sofa bed in fireplace bedroom
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
Neighboring Lighthouse, Artist designed and decorated, bathtub, shower, marble steam room with 5 foot bench, Modern spacious kitchen with two dishwashers, refrigerator drawers, Viking commercial range. The photos and video say it all.


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On Bluff Over Crashing Surf, Elegant 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath House
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews
Pleasanton California

A beautiful place for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of ladies celebrating a 60th birthday. We only had one night - wish we could have stayed longer. The stunning view of the ocean was almost overwhelming. We sat on the balcony for hours enjoying drinks and snacks while watching the waves. We even saw a few whales. Sunset was gorgeous. We finally came inside and fixed a great dinner in the beautiful kitchen and enjoyed sitting around the dining table together.

The bedrooms and beds were super comfortable. Kitchen has everything you need. Highly recommend this special home.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nancy. Glad that you a memorable birthday celebration. We hope to see you again. Please check with us for our seasonal promotions and of course we always offer a returning guest discount. Nancy & Gary
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Palo Alto, CA, USA

Wonderfully set up!

  • 5 of 5

The house is nice, Gary was a great host, and the sitting on the deck and watch the waves for a day, which is what we came for, was spectacular!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Astro - Thank you for your kind words. It was wonderful having you and Danielle here and we are glad that you had a spectacular time! Check in with us for seasonal promotions and of course you will get your special returning guest discount. Best, Gary & Nancy
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Newark, CA

Stunning views!!!

  • 5 of 5

Nancy & Gary’s home is a perfect getaway for the weekend. My girlfriends & I had an absolutely wonderful time taking advantage of the stunning views of the ocean and listening to the lulling sounds of the surf. Simply put, everything was perfect. No need to go anywhere else ... it’s heaven!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grace - thank you for your kind words. We are glad that you had a wonderful time and we enjoyed having you stay at our house. Please check with us for seasonal promotions before booking your next stay. And, don't forget the returning guest extra discount. Nancy & Gary
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Family Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our two young children, mother, brother and niece. Gary and Nancy were great hosts and ensured that we were comfortable and familiar with the area. The house is in a fantastic location for local activities and only 30 minutes from SFO and SF activities. We stayed for one week, attended a wedding, Muir woods, Monterey Bay, the city, beaches and still did not get to do everything that we planned. We plan to go back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting your family and are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. When you are ready to come back please check with us for seasonal promotions and of course for your returning guest discount. Gary & Nancy
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Incredible Property Right on the Montara Coast

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Nancy and Gary's house in late July and we loved everything about it. The home is as spectacular as the pictures show with plenty of room even for large groups. We really enjoyed hanging out on the deck and watching and listening to the waves.

Nancy and Gary were very accommodating and easy to get a hold of when we needed anything. Gary had multiple great suggestions for us to help our son see evidence of the San Andreas fault and Nancy found a wet suit that our daughter could use in the ocean.

Not only does the home have everything, it is incredibly convenient to San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and the airport. It was great getting off the plane and being at the house in 20 minutes but feeling a world away.

Don't miss the tide pools about a mile south of the house!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful and relaxing time!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Gary and Nancy's wonderful getaway in Montara over the July 4th week and what a perfect experience it was. There were three of us, including my 7-year-old son and we all loved the home and the area, but being right there on the ocean, hearing the waves crashing on the shore and rocks below was the highlight for all of us.

The home itself is nicely appointed, not fancy but well done and laid out in a way that really gives you multiple viewing points and areas to sit and enjoy the beautiful views. The area of the home where we stayed was on the bottom floor, which is separated from the top floor where homeowners Gary and Nancy live. The bottom floor has a door which locks and gives you complete privacy from the second floor and the only shared area of the home is the entryway. When you enter the home through the front door, you'll see two doors, one which is the private area for the homeowners and goes upstairs and the other which is how you'll access the three bedroom bottom floor.

The kitchen, bedrooms, baths, and living areas were perfect for us. We found ourselves not wanting to leave the home and often just sat around enjoying the splendor of its surroundings.

There is a small beach just a short walk away which is not for swimming, but good for relaxing, taking photos and playing in the surf. The sand is clean and watching the sunset from there is very special.

We also found that accessing San Francisco was quite easy from Montara, it took less than 30 min and we rarely ran into traffic going that way. This home is absolutely a good base for anyone looking to enjoy the city but not wanting the hustle and bustle associated with it. To be able to have both the peaceful serenity of this home and also easy access to one of the world finest cities is quite the find.

Gary and Nancy are also very warm and kind hosts who further enhanced the visit, I just can't recommend this property enough, do yourself a favor and book a stay here, I know we'll be back soon and can see making this an annual trip.


  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Whale watching, tide pools, forests, mountain trails, long beach walks, beaches, surfing, ten minutes drive to Ocean Colony the Ritz Carlton with two golf course -- one designed by Arnold Plamer and the other an oceanfront links course. We can arrange massage and yoga lessons on premises.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $800

We offer great discounts so be sure to ask about the current special offers - (866) LOOK FAR
Refundable $ 800 security deposit or $ 59 for $ 800 property damage coverage.

**2 night minimum on weekends in Summer/Fall**

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.