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Exquisite Oceanfront Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

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 North Coast

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 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 ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • 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
  • 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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average rating of 4.971831 based on 71 reviews

Priceless view

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 2 nights at the end of August. The house has a private setting with priceless view. Beautifully furnished with everything we needed. Many, many windows facing out over the ocean....truly magnificent view! We enjoyed every minute of our stay and didn't venture too far since we wanted to spend our time relaxing at this house. The house overlooks a beach below, which is just a 3 minute drive down the hill. Great place to walk and enjoy the gorgeous views. Sunset at the house was amazing....especially while sitting in the hot tub! Life is good! Thanks Margie...for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace with an impressive view❤️

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to enjoy the beautiful coast. We had to handle an unheard of HEAT wave, 90+degrees... difficult to enjoy the fantastic hot tub... tough to sleep but comfy beds were great!

Margie made the process easy, super helpful hints to enhance our stay❤️

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scottsdale, AZ

Incredible view house !

  • 5 of 5

The house was immaculate, well stocked and beautifully appointed. As the title says incredible views especially at sunset and we were fortunate enough to have 2 beautiful sunsets. Margie was the perfect host and was very attentive to our needs (their weren't many). The two bottles of wine left by Margie were a special treat. She provides a very comprehensive list of restaurants, markets, and things to and we took advantage of her suggestion to try the local wineries in Mendocino and we had a ball. You won't be disappointed with Baleen.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased that you had such a great time, Donna and Jim! I provide my (in)famous "Ten Cent Guide" to my guests as a tool to help them plan, dream, and make the most of their time on the magical coast of Mendocino - from the vantage point of one of the loveliest homes and views Mendo can offer.
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Milwaukee, WI

Wonderful home on ocean edge! Amazing views. Clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

I can honestly say that for the price you can't get anything better ! Many of my relatives stayed in surrounding homes and inns and we're very disappointed with the properties. I felt I felt like I found the crown jewel ! Definitely will stay there again if I'm ever in the area .

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutly Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as represented. House is beautiful and so comfortable . Deck overlooks the most beautiful view of the Ocean. We never wanted to leave

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Chester, PA

Pictures just can't capture the beauty

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and two grown daughters settled into Baleen for a few days at the end of a tour of California. We were always on the move and ready to see the next house and see the sights. Not so much here. We never slept so well - listening to the ocean. We slowed down and lingered over coffee. It's not hard to spend hours on the deck. Perfect weather didn't hurt. The home was just the right size for us, thoughtfully decorated and well stocked with kitchen supplies. Even a cool telescope and binoculars. Sure - there's plenty to do nearby and great hikes in an around Mendocino and Fort Bragg. The beach below the house is worth exploring a bit, too. Margie was always just a quick text message away and a pleasure to deal with. Our only complaint is that we didn't stay longer. Thanks Margie!

PS - don't miss the Albion River Inn - our dinner there rivaled any of the restaurants we visited in San Francisco or Carmel.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

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.