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Beautiful Beachfront Home for Gathering of Family & Friends

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom / 3 Bath Beachhouse Can Sleep 14

Spacious 5 bedroom/3 bath beachfront home with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean from Monterey to Santa Cruz!

Located at Pajaro Dunes on a secluded expansive beach on the magnificent Monterey Bay coastline. The entire front of the house has windows facing the ocean. The dining table with it's long window seat is perfect for games, gathering and meals with amazing ocean views.

This award wining tri-level home is a wonderful place to gather family & friends. One bedroom, one bathroom and the family room (which can also sleep 2) are located on the entry level. Up 6 steps is the main level of the house, including living room, dining area, kitchen, and the master suite with queen bed separated from the main house across the enclosed deck. The third level is 10 steps up, and includes three bedrooms, one bathroom and no bunk beds!

The kitchen is fully stocked and equipped for your cooking needs. The separate laundry room includes a full sized washer and dryer.

Pajaro Dunes has 24-hour security, biking & jogging trails, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. Kayaking and bird watching at Elkhorn Slough are minutes away. Nearby cities such as Santa Cruz, Monterey and Carmel are only a 30 minute drive including famous golf courses, restaurants and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

More Details

Kathy & Bruce FitzGerald
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Kathy & Bruce FitzGerald

Our family, from Sunnyvale California, has owned House 5 for more than 35 years. Mom continues to live in Sunnyvale, with the kids now living in Pacifica, Los Altos, and Burlingame.

Kathy & Bruce FitzGerald purchased this house in 1976

Why Kathy & Bruce FitzGerald chose Watsonville

Over the years, we have gathered family & friends here for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation! Our fondest memories include playing games at the dining table ... building sandcastles on the beach ... gathering for the Thanksgiving meal amidst God's incredible creation!

What makes this house unique

To answer a common question ... Yes, it is beach front. There are no houses or structures or fences between us and the incredible Monterey Bay!


Watsonville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Daytime guests: Additional daytime guests is limited to four (4).
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main floor Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Upstairs Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Main floor bedroom - 2 double
    Master suite - 1 queen , Private suite across enclosed deck from main house
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beautiful Beachfront Home for Gathering of Family & Friends
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful setting and a great family gathering place

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect house for a gathering! The beach access is terrific and the house has the best setting for a reunion dinner.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for renting our beach house. We have been joined by family and friends over the years, enjoying the ocean view while gathered around the dining room table! So good to hear that our home was a great spot for your reunion.
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Wonderful Home to enjoy Family and Friends!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I hosted our children, grandchildren, spouses and significant others over Memorial Day. The layout of the home was perfect for us. Every room was well appointed and comfortably furnished and fresh and clean. The kitchen was perfect for our cooking the next four days. Loved that we could all be at the dining table with a magnificent view of the ocean. We all came and went as we pleased as there is so much to do in the area and then at times were all together. A lot of time was spent on the wind protected, glass patio. Having the master bedroom separate, across the patio gave us and the rest of the family a bit of space as well. It is clear why this beautiful home won an architectural award and I am so glad the uniqueness has been preserved. The beach was peaceful even though it was a holiday weekend as this is in a gated community. So many treasures were found as family beach combed. Thank you. Tim and Pauline Taylor

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at our beach house. It is great to hear that it worked so well for your family gathering! We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights and had 12 people total. The place is uniquely designed, extremely comfortable and we all walked away happy and rested. My favorite attributes about the place is the central deck with the high windows protecting us from the winds while being able to enjoy the outside and socialize, read a book, relax and BBQ at night. Also loved the suite with it's own bathroom across the deck from the rest of the house with bedroom views of the ocean. Kitchen was extremely well stocked with utensils, glassware and plates. All we had to do was bring the food. I hope to make this an annual weekend adventure going forward.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing about your recent stay. We too enjoy the enclosed deck, allowing us to be outside to enjoy the ocean but sheltered from the wind. We are looking forward to welcoming you back next year!
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5 Star location - 2 Star accommodations

  • 3 of 5

Most years we rent a vacation home for a family reunion (16 people - three generations) with good experience. This year we rented Sanderling 5 for one entire week.

5 stars for the fantastic location; it is right at the beach, the house accommodates 16 people easily, provides a table area where all of us could eat comfortably together. There is hot water for everyone to take a shower right after each other and the house comes with a washing machine which is a great plus.

BUT we only give 2 stars for the house’s condition and amenities. We had ants in the kitchen and in the carpet, we caught 2 mice, we had electrical problems that required an electrician to come out and the Internet was sporadic. Bedrooms: the mattresses, bed sheets and blankets were old and dilapidated. We found animal dropping between the extra blankets and pillows in the closets. Several of us opted to sleep on the floor after a couple of nights because backs started to hurt. Bathrooms: visible black gunk in the corners, the shower in the main bedroom had a draining issue. Kitchen: we cleaned very drawer and its content because of animal droppings. It felt like a dorm kitchen. Everything is there to cook and serve meals but everything is old and worn-out. Recommendation: bring your own skillets if you don’t want to cook in scratched up old Teflon pans, bring a blender if you are into smoothies or drinks and boxes with lids to store your food.

We had a fun time spending time together, exploring the area up and down the coast (kayaking, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Mystery Spot, Roaring Camp Railroads, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Capitola) but we would not recommend Sanderling 5 if you have a high standard of accommodations. We realize this is departure from previous reviews but after a week of Sanderling 5, we all looked forward to clean and comfortable beds and sanitary kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that your stay at our beach house was not a pleasant one - obviously other guests shared a more positive experience. ​We gather there for our family reunions and holiday celebrations and know how special those times can be for everyone. We are happy that the handyman was able to replace the electrical outlet so quickly. We reviewed your comments with our housekeeper and pest control company and instructed them to make more frequent visits. We are continually upgrading the contents in the house; in 2016 we installed new carpet and ocean front windows. We will add your items to the list for replacement.
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A great stay!

  • 5 of 5

House # 5 was the perfect place for a family reunion to celebrate what my husband and I termed our "140th birthdays." The twelve of us ranged in age from 2 to 70 and the house worked for every single person. We especially liked the large dining table - an opportunity for all to gather easily. Beach walks, shell collecting and visits to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Nepenthe and Point Lobos occupied our days. As the end of our stay approached, I even checked the VRBO site just in case the house had suddenly become available for the following week.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have enjoyed gathering at House 5 for birthday celebrations over the years. We're very happy that the house worked so well for you, your kids and grandkids.
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AMAZING beach house

  • 5 of 5

I shared a birthday with a group of close friends at Bruce and Kathy's beautiful home in Pajaro Dunes. I agree with other reviews - the photos don't do this place justice!! It is simply breathtaking and feels much larger than the photos show. Everything in the house was perfectly clean and organized, and stocked with everything we could've needed for a full weekend. The huge dining room table, of course, was the heart of the weekend and Saturday morning we watched dolphins and a whale swimming around while we sipped our morning coffee. It could not have been more picturesque. Logistics were all simple, the owners a pleasure to talk with, and the location can not be beat. THANK you for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you enjoyed our beach house to celebrate your birthday with friends. It is always wonderful to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales, sea lions and otters right in front of the house!
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Nearest Beach
Sunset State Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $325
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

We offer discounts on stays longer than 2 nights - please check with us!

Santa Cruz County Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate # CO00104

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.