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Artist's Library/Garden Apartment

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The 'Library' apartment is light, clean and filled with books. It opens onto a patio and garden area and overlooks an acre filled with large oak trees. It is adjacent to the Artist's 'Treehouse' Apartment #290731 and lends itself as the place for the kids or another couple vacationing together BUT– in their own place!

WHAT'S NEW IN THE LIBRARY: new love seat sofa and duette blind in living room and 2 new duette privacy/blackout blinds in the bedroom along with the sunshades that give shaded but full view onto the garden.

Keywords: Clean, sunny, garden view, covered parking.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Desiree

I am a full time artist making illuminated shell sculpture and lampshades from natural seashells. Since 1974! I still find them absolutely beautiful. Then there's the gardens– when I need a 15 minute work break I snip and pluck, rake and squirt. As much as I love to squirt water– I shouldn't be living in California!!

Desiree purchased this apartment in 1982

Why Desiree chose Central Coast

It suits me completely! When I first saw this house, as a private sale 35 yrs ago, I couldn't speak. It had just the kind of 'bones' I wanted in a house plus a killer view. Stunned disbelief. And bought it immediately.

What makes this apartment unique

–MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM passes are included with your stay. Good for two people with a 49.00 value. Go over and over again instead of trying to see it all in one day! Plus 10% off in the excellent Aquarium Gift Shop.

–WINE TASTING is big here because we have such an excellent wine growing appellation– ask me about Tasting Rooms.

–WILD TURKEYS and deer heavily populate the area and are wonderful to observe.

–FIND AN INTERESTING BOOK and read it while you're here. Ask me for recommendations and tell me where your interests lie. But leave the books where you found them when you depart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Hi Desiree,

Hope this finds you well. I stayed in your Library apartment last October with my husband Fred. We were only with you about 3 nites, but we had a great stay and I know we told you so before we left. However, since back in NJ, I have often thought about what a beautiful, magical place you live in and would be remiss not to tell you how the experience of meeting you and seeing how you live impacted me in a very positive way. NJ--if you've never been, is quite different.

Not sure when we'll get the chance to get back to Carmel Valley, as you well know there's a lot of world to see (we leave for Spain next week). In any event, I just wanted to tell you how fantastic it was to meet you and learn a little bit about your life--as well as poke thru a few of your books!

Thanks again,

Oct 2013
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Artist's Library/Garden Apartment
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Sherman Oaks, CA

Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the "Artist's Library " for a friend's wedding recently and absolutely loved it! The unit has plenty of space and is adorned with great art and tons of books which really give the place an awesome energy. The exterior garden area is serene is very well taken care of. It felt like the Shire! Desiree, the owner, was wonderful in every way and really made sure we had a nice stay. Everything about our stay was top notch, we only wish we could've stayed longer to enjoy the scenery and maybe read a book in the garden. We will definitely be back! Thank you Desiree!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Artist's Library. The location is tucked away from the main road but still very easily accessible. It is a beautiful, quiet, peaceful property and the little apartment we stayed in was perfect for us. Desiree was extremely kind and very accommodating. We definitely recommend staying here if you're visiting the Monterey/Carmel area!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amador County

Peaceful, lovely and comfortable retreat

  • 5 of 5

Desiree's Library Apartment is set in the most beautiful landscape, surrounded by gorgeous oak trees and a truly beautiful garden. It is peaceful and nicely removed from the crowds of nearby Monterey.

The apartment itself is nicely laid out, with a table, sofa, kitchenette, and a VERY comfortable queen bed, as well as a bathroom with tub and shower. This apartment is clearly well-loved, with gorgeous wood floors, and attractive decorations that add to the charm. My husband and I are big readers, and it was great fun to be surrounded by loads of good books on the shelves! In addition, Desiree herself was very welcoming and accommodating, and was very quick to reply to text messages. We hope to return in the near future!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed here for my birthday and it was perfect. The property is beautiful and quiet and the apartment was perfect for the two of us. My boyfriend did some great biking and we spent a day in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Carmel. We had a amazing stay and I was sad to leave. Desiree is a great hostess and I would definitely recommend staying here if you want a nice, relaxing trip slightly off the beaten path.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Host, Excellent Location - Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

The Artist's Library/Garden apartment is located in a super private, gated property that is absolutely beautiful and only about a half-mile from the heart of Carmel Valley. The apartment itself is charming and unique, with every nook and cranny filled with books. The black-out shades also provide ultimate privacy.

My girlfriend and I used the apartment as a jumping off point to visit various beaches/hikes in Big Sur on Saturday and Monterey on Sunday. Desiree was also wonderful from the start, greeting us and giving various recommendations around town, as well as entry to the aquarium. It all made for a perfect, relaxing weekend - highly recommend if you're looking for a place to stay anywhere in this area!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anndy and Nina! I have the best guests!!
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My stay was too short!

  • 5 of 5

Cozy, comfy and charming cottage. Desiree has done a fantastic job with decorating- very eclectic.

Tons of books- I found some from my childhood :)

Desiree was a great hostess - she met me and showed me how everything worked in the apartment.

I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stirrup Cup
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary

20+ Wine Tasting Rooms within 2 miles; free Monterey Aquarium passes for 2 (a $49.00 value). Neighborhood open space/park 8 minutes walk. Multiple restaurants 5 minutes drive.


Rates & Availability

Carmel Valley Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Pebble Beach Concour Week
Aug 14 2017 - Aug 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $45
Tax Rate 10.5%

Stays of a month or longer are exempt from county taxes.

Call with credit card information to confirm; I will run your card when you arrive.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Carmel Valley Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Old-style, deep bathtub with shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) Luxury sheets standard; flannel sheets by advance request.
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Use my 2 guest passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A $50 dollar value.

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