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Exquisite Oceanfront Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Ultimate Luxury And Expansive, Beautiful Views

Very private, multi-million dollar property with spectacular ocean views, perfect for a family outing or surprise intimate getaway.

This custom bluff-top home overlooks Albion's picturesque Navarro beach, where the Navarro River meets the Pacific Ocean. Listen to the soothing sounds of the waves from the wrap-around deck, or relax and soak in the panoramic views. Grab a few fluffy towels and stargaze on a cool, clear night in the secluded, roomy hot tub.

A sought-after vacation home on the Mendocino coast, Baleen (named for the baleen whales that can be seen from the deck during whale-watching season) was exquisitely furnished by a professional decorator and completely renovated from the ground up. It is a meticulous melding of comfort and serenity, and includes

- two private, gorgeous bedroom suites (plus two queen-sized sofabeds--one in each lounge)

- 3 full bathrooms (complete with heated limestone floors)

- full gourmet kitchen

- washer/dryer

- all the expected (and even unexpected!) amenities of a luxury vacation home, including multiple flat-screen tvs, stereo, gorgeous gas stove, granite countertops of rose quartz and labradorite, heated limestone floors in the bathrooms, bamboo flooring throughout the first floor, and a telescope for whale-watching!

The activities you can enjoy are endless. Take a leisurely sunrise or sunset walk or brisk jog along the open, secluded stretch of sand below the house: access is just a minute's drive down the hill to free beachfront parking. (There is no direct beach access from the house.) Have breakfast at favorite local hotspot Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe, share a pint with the locals at Bridget Dolan's Pub, or choose to dine at one of several fine renowned restaurants, all within a mile from your doorstep. Then go for a stroll in downtown Mendocino, soak in the landscape, or take a drive up the coast. Experience Mendocino at a slow, inspired pace.

More Details

Margie Gear
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Margie Gear

A California girl who loves the North Coast, and enjoys sharing the luxury and beauty of her homes with visitors to this wonderful part of the the Golden State.

I've worked and traveled across most of Europe and some of Asia, and I've lived in Hawaii. My family is from Canada (we used to joke that I am the only US-born family member and can become president someday.) I keep coming back to California and its unrivaled beauty and liveability.

I am an active animal rescuer and I am on the Advisory Committee of MickaCoo Pigeon and Dove Rescue. I spent 14 years fostering and volunteering with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. I have met wonderful, caring people through my work with them, not to mention some great birds!

I also volunteer my time to the ALRP, which provides free legal representation to those living with AIDS or HIV here in the Bay Area. I am blessed and I like to pay it forward.

My mottos are 'Carpe Diem, Vita Brevis' and 'This, too, shall pass.' They have served me very well.

I am a hands-on host. I want to make sure your questions are answered, and you have a good time while visiting Baleen. I encourage you to reach out to me before, during, or after your vacation with questions, comments, or suggestions.

I hope you try out my beautiful Mendocino home and are prepared to be spoiled and indulged.

Margie Gear purchased this house in 2006

Why Margie Gear chose Albion

Mendocino is a spiritual, lovely, relaxing and rejuvenating area. I knew this was a unique estate when I first saw it. It has been completely renovated with the finest finishes. Please enjoy!

What makes this house unique

From the heated limestone floors in the bathrooms to the rose quartz and Labradorite countertops and custom-made vanities, everything is top-notch and luxurious at Baleen. The front entryway boasts a locally-made black walnut bench from the Elk Art Collective. There are antique Chinese armoires and one-of-a kind artwork throughout. Come visit and be pampered.


Albion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 13 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • If you need to move furniture, please carefully lift and move it and return to original position before departure.
  • If you break anything, please leave on counter and/or let me know so I can have repaired/replaced.
  • Golden Rule Policy: treat as you would your own home, or as you'd want me to treat yours. :) Thank you!
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Kitchen/Guest Bath - toilet , shower , Heated limestone floors, full length mirror.
    Downstairs Master Bath - toilet , shower , Heated limestone floor, rose quartz/granite counter.
    Upstairs Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated limestone floors, Labradorite granite.
  • From the heated limestone floors to the custom cabinetry and rare Labradorite or rose quartz countertops, these bathrooms are luxurious. Upstairs features Italian faucets and handmade tiles in the shower. Fluffy Egyptian cotton towels provided. Come stay and be utterly pampered.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Pillowtop Cal King with designer bedding; views; bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Pillowtop Cal King with designer bedding; bath; deck; views.
  • Downstairs bedroom suite with gorgeous ocean and beach views. Sitting area, night lights, private full bath.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
Come stay and prepare to be spoiled by beauty, luxury, and serenity. This is a truly private getaway, with access to the fun, art, and adventure that is the Mendocino Coast. I will provide you with an activity/information sheet and directions, etc., that I have prepared once you've booked.


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Exquisite Oceanfront Getaway
average rating of 4.97561 based on 82 reviews
Concord Twp, Ohio

Photos don’t do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we pulled into driveway, we knew we’d have an awesome stay. Baleen did not disappoint. Spacious, beautifully decorated, gorgeous views, and a responsive, fun owner. Margie was a superb host that offered great suggestions for activities & dining. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your feedback, Brian. I want each getaway to be the best ever for every guest. Look forward to hosting you again soon!
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Margie's Magical Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Margie! My husband and I had the most deeply relaxing and peaceful time here! It was so needed. This house has everything you would ever need. The kitchen is fabulous! We only went out once in 4 days to buy fresh crab from the Noyo harbor, and then we nestled down in complete privacy to rest and rejuvenate. The place is heaven! Bless you, Margie for making and sharing such a sumptuous retreat and and creating a gorgeous place to reflect and dream. The sunsets were exquisite! XOXO~Laurie & Gary

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Always a joy to visit Baleen

  • 5 of 5

This is my third or fourth time visiting Baleen and it always exceeds my expectations (even though I now know I can count on excellence). The house is so warm and charming - the decor is lovely and comfortable, the kitchen has everything you need to whip up a meal with food you bring (including spices, oil etc). The views are amazing and there is nothing like going to sleep and waking up to the sound of the ocean. The location is perfect for exploring local beaches, taking hikes and visiting Mendocino for some shopping or a nice meal out.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful lovely home we really enjoyed our honeymoon! Thanks Margie for invite us to your beautiful house! We love you 💙

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your Mendocino honeymoon at Baleen, Lidia. There is no more romantic setting than overlioking the endless Pacific in total privacy. Congratulations again!
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Best Weekend Ever

  • 5 of 5

Found my little bit of heaven here. Thank you, Margie, for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Best Place to Relax

  • 5 of 5

I love this place. I have stayed here many times and each time is even better than the last. It is a great place to unwind and just do nothing, other than enjoy the scenery and a lovely home.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Little River
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Bridget Dolan's Pub
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Little River
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Skunk Train
Nearest Motorway
One (Pacific Coast Highway)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ledford House and Albion River
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

The Mendocino coast is rugged, breathtaking, and mesmerizing. Attractions are many, and include premiere restaurants, hiking, biking, world-class spas, boating, abalone diving, shopping, and taking in the galleries and art culture for which Mendocino is known.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Housekeeping $125
Spa Servicing $25

Rates are subject to change until reservation is booked. Please let me know if you have any special needs, an event you're celebrating, or any questions at all, so I can accommodate you. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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