About the property
- Cottage2400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms and studio with direct access to highway 1
This lovely cottage is situated in close proximity to everything you could possibly want. Whether you are planning a day of shopping in Carmel, a picnic at the beach, a day of golf in Pebble Beach, a visit to the aquarium in Monterey, horseback riding in Carmel Valley, or lunch along the coast of Big Sur, this home offers easy access to all. It has been professionally remodeled and decorated, so that every room is clean, functional and beautifully appointed. This 3-bedroom, 3-bath home is equipped with Italian travertine floors in the entryway, kitchen and studio. The master bedroom has a pillow top, California King bed, a seating area with a flat screen t.v., and large, walk-in closet. The newly remodeled master bath comes with a spacious, dual-headed, glass and travertine shower, along with stone vessel sinks and espresso finished vanities. The 2nd bedroom comes complete with a queen-sized bed, and 3rd bedroom comes with two twin beds, or a king-sized bed, upon request. These share a newly remodeled bathroom with shower and bathtub. The private studio has its own additional private entrance, and comes with a twin daybed, futon sofa, flat screen t.v., and full bathroom. For those who enjoy entertaining, this home has a spacious great-room living area, with large sectional, fireplace, and 52” flat screen t.v. There is a lovely dining area with a large table seating 8 guests, complete with its own wine refrigerator. The newly remodeled, spacious kitchen is equipped with brand new, stainless steel appliances, and all essentials necessary for cooking. There is even a breakfast bar area with bar stools. Don’t forget about the backyard! The back deck, festooned with strings of white lights, might be our favorite feature! Enjoy a glass of wine or some s’mores while seated around the fire bowl on this lovely deck, or relax in the brand new hot tub. There is a two-car garage, along with front parking area, for easy access to and from the home. Monterey Bay Aquarium passes and access to In Shape Health Clubs can be provided upon your request.
Come and see all of the wonderful features that this Carmel Cottage offers. You won’t be disappointed! We believe that you will fall in love with Joie de Vivre and Carmel-by-the-Sea!
rob and susan farrens
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- May 23, 2018
About rob and susan farrens
My Husband, Rob and I are new to residents to Carmel, but we have worked here for many years. We have opened businesses in the community and have children who attend both Stevenson and River Elementary schools. We fell in love with Carmel decades ago and only dreamed of one day building our life here. Its a funny thing about dreams. They stay a dream until they come true, and then its always such a 'surprise!' We love having a home in the valley that we rent through VRBO as well. We have met the nicest people from literally all over the world. We love that they choose our home to house the mother and father of the bride, to celebrate a birthday, a girls' weekend getaway, or a 50th wedding anniversary. No matter what the celebration, it is always there to make lasting memories. We think the world is a better place because love and happiness are extended far beyond the walls of our rental and memories are the forever lasting evidence . We are excited to have others share the same joy in our Carmel home. This is why we chose the name joie de vivre as it means 'joy of life' and is our favorite sculpture of our local sculptor Richard Mac Donald.
rob and susan farrens purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why rob and susan farrens chose Northeast Carmel
We loved this particular property because of its quiet neighborhood and lovely setting. The house at the time of our purchase needed some loving care and was in need up an update. We loved taking on the challenge and hand selecting all of the finishes and details that we feel helped to maximize its potential while sustaining the intrinsic charm of Carmel. We love its accessibility to major thoroughfares that can take you anywhere on the peninsula without having to navigate through town. We live just minutes from our little cottage so love sharing it with guests and family. We always want our guests to feel special and served and being close by helps to ensure we can make that happen.
What makes this Cottage unique
We think you will love the front gardens, the special updated appointments in the house, the fire bowl and outdoor living and the cozy interior gas fireplace. This house is designed for entertaining. We think you will love venturing out and coming back to a cozy lovely place with every comfort of home.
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This place was perfect for two families of four. The location was close enough to enjoy Santa Cruz as well as all the local amenities. The owners were very responsive and professional in all endeavors. We would definitely like to stay at this home again. Thank you for providing a wonderful place to stay.
Randy thank you so much for the wonderful review. we look forward to seeing you again!;)
with kindest regards
Susan and Rob
Wonderful home near downtown Carmel
We had a lovely three-day weekend at this remodeled home near downtown Carmel. The home is warm and inviting, and and within walking distance to downtown Carmel. It was perfect for three couples enjoying the hiking, restaurants and shopping nearby. The owners were very attentive and responsive to our questions. We would certainly rent this home again.
thank you so much for the lovely review!!! we would love to have you stay with us again!!!
susan and rob
Beautiful House In Carmel
We had 3 couples stay in this lovely house. We were all very happy when we walked in! Even better than the pictures! All three bedrooms had large beds and were set up perfectly for 3 couples. We walked to town as it was only about a mile. But most of the time we took an Uber back because going back was uphill (and we were lazy) We had a nice BBQ there one night and went out the other nights. Great place to stay!!! And the host is absolutely wonderful, so nice! Answers very quickly. AND, we had one of us drive all of the way home (2t hours) and had forgotten his laptop. He drove all of the way back and she offered for him to just stay there that night if he wanted because it was already so late. So very kind of her! We would love to stay there again!!!
The house was just as we pictured it. The home is beautifully decorated and still feels very homey. How lovely it was to arrive the week before Christmas with all the lights and decorations done. That touch just added to our lovely stay. Also, how kind to arrive to a bag of chocolates and a bottle of wine??? Beautiful hospitality. Thank you so much for making our 2017 Christmas so special.
thank you for the he lovely review Ann! Happy New Year to you! We look forward to your future stays with us!!
Susan and Rob
Great Carmel Property
This rental was on the expensive side for us but we chose it on the theory that having a great vacation is more important than minimizing expenses. Prior to arriving we interacted with host Susan and she was highly responsive and answered all our questions in a timely manner. Upon arrival parking is very good, with two spots in the driveway, two spots in the garage if needed, and more on the street if needed. The street is in a very nice neighborhood. From the driveway, stairs lead down to the front door. The interior was spacious, and our party of six adults never felt crowded. There are many nice appointments and furnishings, including many nice extras (two coffee makers!). The large smart TV (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) made for great movie watching. There are also other TVs in the studio and master bedroom. The central air worked great, while the gas fireplace added some ambiance. Aside from the spacious bedrooms and bathrooms (and nice studio), the kitchen was plenty big enough and generally well stocked. We especially liked the big open feeling of the kitchen/dining/living area which is one big room and great for get-togethers.
We were a little surprised, however, to find a few items in obvious need of repair. Also, the house had not been well cleaned and restocked (old used soap bars, hairs, etc.). We were presented with instructions to do the laundry (sheets & towels) upon leaving, or leave a check for $125 (this was not stated at the time of booking). Yet there was no laundry soap. In fact, upon our arrival, a stranger entered the house who explained she was “getting some laundry soap.” It turned out she was another renter, from a neighboring property, but we had no idea who she was. In the kitchen, the dishwasher soap was almost empty and there were no cleaning brushes or sponges for the dishes. We looked in the garage but found no backup supplies of these items. We ended up purchasing the needed items, and expected a nice discount given the inconvenience, but instead were a bit surprised to be asked for copies of the receipts in order to be reimbursed. All in all, we had a great visit and were happy with the property, but there were a few rough spots.
janine was thanks for taking the time to do the review.. we were happy to accommodate your every request when asked.. if there were issues with the house ( other than laundry detergent) we would have loved it had you communicated it upon your arrival! we have sent our cleaning crew back for a reclean if guests are not happy.
I was happy to have a number of conversations with your husband and loan our bikes.. explaining that air and tires would need attending to.. we do not lend bikes ever, due to liability!
We explain in our binder that we do not orecharhe our guests for cleaning, as an accommodation to them. They have the option of completing a short list of items or not.. if they choose not to, they leave a check for cleaning. This is standard in renting a vacation rental.
I hope you better understand that we are open to communication and willing to resolve any challenges that can occasionally arise!
Our home is priced under market value for its size and amenities, for Carmel.
Updated property in a nice neighborhood very close to downtown Carmel. Susan answered all of our questions and was very accommodating.
Carmel is not only proclaimed 'the most romantic city on the U.S., it is said to be third in the world, after Paris and Venice, Italy! There is never a shortage of great food; fine restaurants such as Casanova's will have you wondering if you have entered the south of France! Looking for good music? Warm up your voice because Mission Ranch, owned by Clint Eastwood, has open mic night 7 days a week. You may get a peek of Clint himself. The Cypress Inn, co owned by Doris Day, has weekend entertainment featuring Debbie Davis and Gennady Loktionov on Friday and Saturday nights. The Sunset center has many wonderful performances as well. Like and indoor and out door exercise! In-shape health clubs is within 3 miles of our home, and Running trails are within 1 mile. Like the Beach? Carmel known also for its Dog friendly Ocean Beach. It is the place to be to take in a perfect sunset! Surrounding communities such as Big Sur and Carmel Valley have fabulous wine tasting, dining and breathtaking views. Do not miss Post Ranch, rocky pointe and Nepenthe in Big Sur, for dining and views. Carmel Valley is rated in the top 1% in California for exquisite wine tasting. Monterey Bay Aquarium may require a full day of sea life emersion. We have 2 guest passes to use; please reserve in advance when booking. Pebble Beach has fabulous Golf.. but oh, the restaurants are amazing! Sit by the fire at the Bench at Pebble Beach Lodge and overlook Stillwater Bay! Spanish Bay has an authentic bagpipe player at sunset 7 days per week. Grab a chair around a roaring fire pit, sip your favorite beverage and make a memory. If going to a world class spa is on your bucket list, try Casa Palmero in Pebble Beach. Every moment spent is sheer heaven! There is simply not enough time in one weekend to take it all in; you will just have to come back!
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We are so happy to have guests celebrate their special events and make memories. Carmel by the Sea awaits your sense of adventure; there is so much to explore. Enjoy and savor every moment!