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Serenity, Gorgeous Views, 3 Minutes Off Cvroad:)

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Last updated: 02/12/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Two night minimum ~ Enjoy the spectacular view from the decks!

Please Do No Use GPS to locate property; it is inaccurate and will send you to the wrong location. The neighbors are not pleased when this happens:(
Located just three minutes by car off of Carmel Valley Road, the house is a brisk twenty minute walk into Carmel Valley Village and a leisurely twenty minute Drive into Carmel-by-the-Sea! This house is located on a sunny hillside in Hitchcock Canyon, home to many animals such as foxes, skunks, raccoon, ~ and hawks making lazy circles in the sky!
Parking is challenging on Sunny Hill; we have a three (3) vehicle limit. Talk to me if you have questions or concerns regarding this, please:)

Many excellent hiking trails are nearby. Kahn Ranch is within walking distance of the property, however, it is drive-in only with a permit, a recent addition to Garland Park, is a jewel with easy to moderate trails and a lovely waterfall during wet months

If you are interested in renting this amazing property, please send an inquiry to me on VRBO. Thank you so much:)

Tiles collected by my partners' travels in South America, Spain, Africa and many other countries decorate this colorful home; visual surprises are sure to bring a few smiles:) Views to the south, west and north offer serenity at all hours and the decks surrounding this property offer privacy with an invitation to dream. Star gaze in one of the comfy Adirondack chairs. Look for the turtle hanging out in the river of stone or hunt for fossils on the property (we'll tell you where!!) There is outdoor table on the south patio; the stairway off this patio gives you access to the Master bedroom with deck.

The Master bedroom features a Queen bed with an unusual European rattan bed frame. Fluffy comforters and linens envelope one in cozy comfort. As you prepare for sleep, the sky offers you views of the moon as it glides across the sky. With vaulted ceilings, it is very roomy and bright; it has fabulous views of Osborne Ridge to the south and west. A huge bureau and lots of closet space (DVD library in the closet!) this room has enough space for a crib and/or sleeping bags!

Two steps from the Master bedroom is the upstairs bathroom, with a shower/tub and an amazing wall of opaque, glass blocks, allowing the sun to shine in while ensuring complete privacy.

The second upstairs bedroom is roomy and bright with tall windows facing west and north. It has a Queen bed, high boy, Swedish style chair to relax in, extra futon cushions stored in the large closet and a very unusual piece of antique furniture; the owner is brilliant at finding some of the most amazing objects and art to decorate the house with!

Walking down the stairs, linger a moment on the landing to enjoy the exquisite tile work while looking out the window on the east for wildlife sightings! You might just see a pair of intelligent animal eyes peeking back at you!

The downstairs bedroom, with private access to the bathroom, has a Queen size bed and french doors leading to your own patio area.

The downstairs bathroom, accessible from the bedroom or the living area is decorated with tiles hand-crafted by local artisans and commissioned by the owners.

The renovated kitchen offers a gas stove/oven, refrigerator w/ice maker, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, blender and has a washer/dryer hidden in the pantry! Stoneware dinner service, utensils, pots and pans, cutlery ~ everything one might need to make their stay here as comfortable as possible are in the well-stocked kitchen.

Sit inside or enjoy dining al fresco on the patio. Fire up the propane BBQ while feasting your senses on the views, the colors, the sounds and the smells of the canyon while enjoying homemade fare. Or order take-out from one of the restaurants in the village. Carmel Valley Village has hamburger joints, Mexican, Thai and French food, a steak house and pizza! Los Laureles Lodge, 1.4 mi. west on CV Road, is rich in history and tradition as is Wells Fargo, formerly owned by Bernardus Lodge.

There are numerous wine tasting rooms within walking distance, a dog-friendly park and the community pool; Carmel Valley Community Pool's snack bar has the best hamburgers and Caprese salads and french fries around! (summer only)

There are several art galleries exhibiting local art and also one guest artist per month; check out Valley Girls' and William Arthur's studio on Center Street! Laguna Seca-Mazda Raceway/Recreational area is 9.8 mi. away. Carmel Beach and River Mouth Beach are approximately 25 minutes by car. Asilomar Beach and Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Pacific Grove is 40 minutes away.

Garland Ranch is approximately a 10 minute drive west on Carmel Valley Road. It has excellent hiking terrain and with well-marked trails. Their Nature Center is fun for kids of all ages and their newly-renovated Information Center has hanging several local artists' photography and paintings as well as textile art. The docents are welcoming, well-informed and share their love for this exquisite park which is only a portion of what the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District has to offer.

Holman Ranch is a five minute drive from Life is Good and approximately 24 minutes by foot! Many events such as weddings, family reunions and anniversaries are held on these exquisite, historical grounds. If you are an equestrian or would like to be, Holman Ranch is for you!

The living area has a flat-screen tv for watching DVD's; a Roku stick allows you to stream and watch Netflix, etc.; there is no local programming available. There are two comfortable leather sofas that invite one to sink down, put your feet up and snooze. Or choose one of the board or card games, perhaps Jenga?

We are definitely child and pet friendly; however, there is a fee for pets. If you bring your dog/cat without discussing this with me, you will be charged double the pet fee. The yard is not fully-fenced; I do have a pet gate at the ready! Dogs must stay on lead or respond to voice command! No roaming off-property, please. Carmel Beach (16.5 mi.) is very dog-friendly; it's a great place to visit and let your canine friend romp in the waves.
Please let me know if you are intending to bring your pet (dog, cat, etc.) and what kind of pet you have.
There are two houses on Sunny Hill Drive. The Property Manager and family live in the second house, a private residence. If you need me, please call! Parking is limited. There is no garage or carport. We can accommodate three cars. Speak with me about your parking needs.

Wi-Fi available.

Enjoy your stay and please do not hesitate to email me with any questions you may have. Although we are just steps away from the rental property, to ensure our privacy and yours, we prefer an email or quick call. I respond to an email much more quickly than messages left on my cell! If you wish to book a date or inquire about this property, please email me via this site; I will respond promptly. I check VRBO several times a day. Thank you again for your interest in our property!


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/12/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    We are very child-friendly. Our first guests here were a family with Six wonderful children. The laughter coming from next door was infectious:)...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs must stay on property, either on a leash or by voice command. The yard is Not fully fenced. There are great places to walk your dog(s), either in the 'neighborhood' or down the road at Garland Park. Carmel's Ocean Beach is a great places to takek your canine friend(s); they are allowed off-leash as long as they are controlled by voice command. Many of the restaurants in Carmel are dog-friendly, also, such as Basil's, Doris Day's Cypress Inn, Portobello and Mission Ranch, owned by Clint Eastwood....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    OUTSIDE only, please and with great caution. We have had recent rain but the brush on surrounding hillsides is still flammable. Thank you for understanding....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Roomy, large closets, deck and stairs private entrance....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double


  • The bedroom downstairs features a double bed, french doors onto the patio and a connecting door to the bathroom. A truly unique decorative piece from the '50's will explain our naming this the 'Rose Room'....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Exquisite tile work throughout....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We have two Massage Therapists on call who travel to the property. Appointment required. 24 hours in advance, (at least) please. We also have a professional chef available. One week prior notice required. Wine pairings extra....moreless


  • Books:

    Yes, our 'library' is stored in the upstairs bedroom....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Two - Downstairs living room Master bedroom...moreless

  • Games:

    Board games, cards, chips, Jenga stored in the blue entryway cabinet...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    Flatscreen w/DVD player downstairs Retro television w/DVD player in the master bedroom...moreless

  • Toys:

    We have a bucket of lego toys:), Jenga, cards and more!...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Yes, we have a wide selection stored in the Master bedroom closet....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Carmel Valley Village has a number of wine tasting rooms including Heller, Boëté, Georis, Cowgirl Winery, ChockRock and more:)...moreless

  • Lake View:

    Lake El Estero, Monterey, CA - 30 min. drive ~ paddle boat rentals and feeding the ducks...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean:

    25 minutes to Carmel Beach, River Beach, 30 minutes to Del Monte Beach and Asilomar Beach. ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Mission Ranch Restaurant - Carmel, CA Rocky Point Restaurant - 20 min. south/Hwy 1 Nepenthe - Big Sur (30 - 60 min., depends on traffic) Tree Bones - 45 min. or more...moreless

  • Rural:

    Hitchcock Canyon is a Valley in the state of California (county of Monterey), located at latitude - longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 36.47274 and W -121.72495. Hi...moreless

  • Village:

    Carmel Valley Village is part of unincorporated Monterey County. We do have streetlights but no sidewalks. Sometimes folk ride their horses to the Running Iron for a burger and beer:)...moreless

  • Water View:

    Finally, it rained! Hitchcock Creek is running again, directly below the house. Glimpsing sunlight playing on the water while listening to the music of the stream truly does create a magical moment....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Table expands to accommodate 8 - 10 people. Four extra chairs (indoor/outdoor) stored in the downstairs bedroom closet....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Ceiling fan in the downstairs living area; screened windows, french doors open to the breezes from the south and west. Small fan in Master bedroom....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Okay to have fires now. Wood may be purchased at Kasey's in the village or any Safeway. ...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Our driveway is 370 feet one way. We call it out workout. So can you!!...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bedding provided. Additional linens/blankets in the closet(s) or drawers in each room....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Leather sofas, coffee table, rocking chair, television/DVD library, books, games (entry table)...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking is very limited; we are able to accommodate up to three cars. There is no carport or garage. Please speak with Property Manager (Kathy) regarding parking details....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We have plenty of bath towels. Please bring your own beach towels:)...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Dishwasher:

    PLEASE rinse/scrape your dishes before putting them into the washer:)...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully-equipped with plates, bowls, cups, glasses, cutlery, blender, coffee pot, salad spinner, cutting boards, ...all the comforts of your home-away-from-home:)...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    salt/pepper/assorted spices/sugar/coffee/coffee filters/Masa/assorted condiments/Panko/maple syrup wannabee...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    with ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:


  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Off the Master bedroom, gorgeous south and west views...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    For rent on Cannery Row, Monterey, CA; approxmately driving time 30 minutes. They also rent surreys and electric cars!...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The deck surrounds two sides of the house with exquisite views to the south and west. There is a deck off the Master bedroom....moreless

  • Golf:

    The Monterey Peninsula is famed the world over for our courses!...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Ocean kayaking and slough kayaking rentals within 40 minutes....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Brand-new propane grill with bbq accessories...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Courts at the local grammar school are available after school gets out. There are public courts in Monterey and Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley Athletic Club and Mission Ranch....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The Carmel Valley community pool is a short 20 minutes walk and includes a water slide, snack bar, more. Next to it is the park with playground, a walking path and gazebo. Opens in April....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 8 - Mar 20, 2017
2 night min stay
Laguna Seca Kick-Off May 12, 2
May 12 - May 14, 2017
2 night min stay
Super Bike World Championship!
Jul 7 - Jul 9, 2017
2 night min stay
Classic Cars
Aug 11 - Aug 20, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 5 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

IMSA WeatherTechrts Car Sep 21
Sep 21 - Sep 24, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,960 $8,400
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $75
  • Tax Rate 10.5%


Massage Therapy is available if arranged at least one week in advance.

Private Chef is available is booked two weeks in advance.

Daily Housekeeping may be arranged.

Want you pantry stocked before you arrive? Email me a list of your needs; I'll leave the receipt on the table, food in the 'fridge and perhaps a surprise or two!

If you need an early check-in, it may be doable. There is an additional $50.00 fee for early check-ins!!!

If you bring your pet and do not let us know, we will charge you double. Pet Fee=$75.00 X 2 = $150.00.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 02/12/2017
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14 Miles
Nearest Airport
Monterey Regional Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Will's Fargo, Running Iron, Plaza Linda
200 Miles
Nearest Ferry
San Francisco
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Rancho Canada
14.4 Miles
Nearest Train
AMTRAK~Salinas, ca
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway One
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Wills Fargo, Corkscrew Cafe, Rustica, Kathy's
250 Miles
Nearest Ski
13.6 Miles
Nearest Beach
Carmel River Beach

Car: Necessary

Laguna Seca Raceway is a quick 15 minute drive over Laureles Grade from Carmel Valley Village! Can't get much closer than that! The Vintage Car Parade usually travels through the village on the way back to Pebble Beach:) Amazing eye candy for vintage car lovers! Refuge

'Imperative for the human spirit. The sound of the waterfalls and music in the zero gravity chair room is delightful. I truly feel like we all need a place like Refuge.' Guests must be clothed.


Owner info

About the owner: My name is Kathy and I am fortunate to be the Property Manager of this amazing property. I have lived across the driveway from "Life is Good' for 28 years-ask me anything about the area; if I don't know the answer, I will find it:)

Why the Owner Chose Carmel Valley, CA, USA:
Massage Therapist(s) on call for guests staying on property.It's best to make reservations Before you arrive! Stunning interior, decorated colorfully with tiles from the owners' world travels, this property is perfect for romantic get-aways, family vacations and groups. Very private, situated on the hillside, away from rural traffic. Within walking distance of Kahn Ranch and five minutes driving distance to Garland Park. CVVillage currently has 15 wine tasting room, all within a brisk 20 minute walk from the house!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Only five minutes from the village of Carmel Valley, this property is very private and quiet. Gorgeous southern views from both patios, propane BBQ to roast those veggies you just bought at CV's Sunday Farmer's Market and perhaps local wine from any of the excellent vineyards here and voila! You've started your weekend just right!! Tiles abound, lending a sense of fun, adventure and whimsy here. You're invited; please come and stay:)

Contact us

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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/12/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Sunset from the south- facing deck....

    Sunset from the south- facing deck....

  • Welcome:)


  • In the river-rock dry creek, do you spy the turtle?

    In the river-rock dry creek, do you spy the turtle?

  • Life Is good:)

    Life Is good:)

  • Relax, read or catnap while watching a DVD. Or choose a book from the library.

    Relax, read or catnap while watching a DVD. Or choose a book from the library.

  • Dining table opens up to allow seating for 8 - 10

    Dining table opens up to allow seating for 8 - 10

  • These hand-crafted tiles were carried back to the States from South America:)

    These hand-crafted tiles were carried back to the States from South America:)

  • Stargazing views from this upstairs bedroom.

    Stargazing views from this upstairs bedroom.

  • Al fresco dining or perhaps a game of cards?

    Al fresco dining or perhaps a game of cards?

  • Plate wall~ Guests leave a plate w/name&visit date. Hint:Great thrift shops here

    Plate wall~ Guests leave a plate w/name&visit date. Hint:Great thrift shops here

  • Welcome to our paradise....

    Welcome to our paradise....

  • Al Fresco dining in the warm sunshine:) Got binoculars?! Hawks to hummers here.

    Al Fresco dining in the warm sunshine:) Got binoculars?! Hawks to hummers here.

  • ,,,,stairs to 'Upper Paradise'...

    ,,,,stairs to 'Upper Paradise'...

  • Sink down into this comfy couch and listen to the music of our canyon.....

    Sink down into this comfy couch and listen to the music of our canyon.....

  • Locally hand-crafted tiles in the downstairs shower.

    Locally hand-crafted tiles in the downstairs shower.

  • The Master bedroom
Private deck and stairs leading to Lower Paradise!

    The Master bedroom Private deck and stairs leading to Lower Paradise!

  • The upstairs bathroom, shower/tub combination.

    The upstairs bathroom, shower/tub combination.

  • The table is set and company's comin' for dinner! Perhaps you?

    The table is set and company's comin' for dinner! Perhaps you?

  • Park right there, next to the house and come on in, the door's open:)

    Park right there, next to the house and come on in, the door's open:)

  • Al Fresco dining on the southern patio....

    Al Fresco dining on the southern patio....

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, February 23, 2017

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