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Coos Bay Beach House with Sunset Views--Clamming and Crabbing

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About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house overlooking Coos Bay and the undeveloped North Spit.

No need to bring clamming or crabbing equipment, it's provided!

The Beach House is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house overlooking Coos Bay and the North Spit. and is furnished with quality furnishings and art throughout. It is located enroute to Charleston and a vast array of beaches along Cape Arago Highway. It is 4-7 miles from Charleston, Coos Bay and North Bend, depending on which direction you go.

Enjoy beautiful sunsets and BBQs from the back deck. Wireless internet is provided that is password protected, along with cable TV, a full kitchen to cook in, a washer and dryer, and much more! There is direct access to 249' of waterfront along Coos Bay via a trail down to the beach (fairly rugged). Easy access to the beach is available 1/4 mile down the main road and includes parking and picnic tables.

The living room has flat screen TV, DVD player, electric fireplace, and a selection of books, magazines, local restaurant menus, things to do in the area, board games, and puzzles. The cable TV has music and movie channels in addition to a large number of regular channels, and there is a radio/CD player in the kitchen.

There is a large upstairs bedroom with a king bed, great waterfront view, cable TV, and small stereo. The two downstairs bedrooms each have a queen bed (one with a waterfront view) and cable TV. One of the downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms is separated by the laundry area (with a door that can be closed to the main house) and has a private entrance through carport.

The kitchen includes a stove/oven, full size refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, blender, crockpot, griddle, rice cooker, large pots to cook crabs/clams, pots, pans, and assorted cooking ware and dishes--everything you need to cook with. A starter supply of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sugars, creamer, salt, and pepper is provided, along with a spice rack with 12 basic spices.

The washer and dryer also includes a starter supply of laundry soap and fabric softener sheets. The bathrooms include soap, shampoo, and conditioner. A hair dryer, ironing board, and iron are also available for use.

The unfinished basement level has an outside entrance and lots of storage room to store bicycles, kayaks, fishing equipment, tools, etc. In addition, the house is located on three lots with plenty of space to park an RV, boat, ATVs, etc.

Clam buckets, shovels and rubber boots are provided for clamming, along with crab pots for crabbing. The Empire pier for crabbing is located .7 mile down the road, and several Charleston boat docks (also for crabbing) are located 4 miles south. Clamming is primarily large gaper clams in front of the Beach House (limit 12 each; they're quite large). There are excellent clam beaches within 2 miles to dig for Martha Washingtons (limit 20), gapers, etc. (total limit 20 in aggregate, except for soft shell clams). We're happy to guide you in the right direction to make your efforts successful.

For those traveling with young children, there is a large basket of toys, children’s books and board games, a portable playpen, and table-top high chair.

The house is located on three city lots with plenty of space to park an RV, boat, etc.

More Details

Barbara Gimlin, Owner
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, SiSwait/Zulu
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2016

About Barbara Gimlin, Owner

I am a biologist and am self-employed as an environmental consultant, specializing in writing Environmental Assessments. My family enjoys the many outdoor sports and activities the Coos Bay area has to offer. We have a sailboat and a 12' skiff to explore the bay, and we enjoy clamming, crabbing, and fishing. I also enjoy snow skiing (love Mt. Bachelor!), bicycling, hiking, kayaking, and scuba diving.

When my children were young, we cruised for 3-1/2 years on a 44' sailboat from Washington State to the South Pacific. It is my dream to return to the cruising the world's oceans once more.

I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1984, focusing on marine and environmental sciences. Fresh out of college, I went directly into the Peace Corps and taught middle school science in Swaziland, Africa. This led to teaching high school biology and marine science after the Peace Corps at a private college preparatory school in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Returning to my field in the early 1990s, I worked a number of contract jobs as a biologist, including five contracts as a fisheries observer on commercial fishing boats in Alaska, surveying for spotted owls in Southwest Washington for one breeding season, working for two different tribes (Makah and Coquille), and working for 15 years as an environmental specialist at numerous locations throughout the country for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

On the side, I have had rentals for the past 25 years and even ran a small Bed and Breakfast for several years out of our house in Girdwood, Alaska from 1995-1999. In Coos Bay, I have converted several of my rentals to furnished vacation rentals.

Barbara Gimlin, Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why Barbara Gimlin, Owner chose Southern Coast

I fell in love with the Beach House when I was looking for a rental property to replace a cabin I sold in Alaska. It has always been a vacation rental since I have owned it, although I have had a number of residents rent it for longer terms of up to 9 months. When I was originally fixing it up in 2008, my children were younger and they absolutely loved playing on the beach. The trail to the beach is a bit rugged, which only added to the charm through their eyes. We began to affectionately refer to it as the Beach House and have called it that ever since. I love walking the beach or watching sunsets from the back deck. At night, you can crack the bedroom windows on the waterfront side and hear the ocean. And when ships or tugboats return from or head out to sea, they look huge as they pass by.

There is an ocean theme throughout the furnishings and décor, with comfort emphasized instead of luxury.

What makes this house unique

Aside from beach access and close proximity to all three towns in the vicinity (Charleston, Coos Bay, North Bend), the Beach House has a great back deck facing the beach with a BBQ for guest use. Clamming and crabbing gear and guidance is happily provided for guests who want to catch their dinner. There is a large selection of books, board games, and a basket of children's toys for guest use, in addition to wireless internet, cable TV, and two DVD players.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Coos Bay Beach House with Sunset Views--Clamming and Crabbing
average rating of 4.392857 based on 28 reviews

Quaint older home with a beautiful view

  • 3 of 5

We had such a lovely time at your vacation home. It has a beautiful view of the Charleston bay, we even were treated with a few rainbows on the bay while sipping coffee with our morning breakfast. We came to spend one night to watch Christmas lights at shore Acres. Despite periodic rain storms. Barbara was kind enough to call to let us know that she checked with shore acres, and the access road had been closed the night before due to flooding, but was now open, and to have fun!! She knew i was bringing my grandkids and left them a plate of cupcakes. she was beyond thoughtful.. the home has individual heaters in each room so we can adjust to our own comfort level.. we would come back again. next time if nothing else, to enjoy the backporch, bbq , and view again!!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very old, but clean.

  • 3 of 5

We had a great fun time but there were some issues. We could not use the upstairs bedroom as the stairs are soooooo short a normal foot cannot use them safely. The upstairs windows had no screens, so you could NOT open them with a small dog in the room (or child). There is also an opening into the attic under the bed upstairs and my dog disappeared into the abyss!

We were there during the road construction and it was a dirty noisy mess.

We are a happy bunch so we rode it out!

The owner went out of her way to welcome us, fresh cookies, farm eggs and a birthday balloon for the 80 year old!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The listing clearly describes that the stairs to the upstairs bedroom are steep and there is a handrail for safety the entire length. The upstairs windows do have screens except for the front bayview windows which start three feet from the floor. Screens would take away from the incredible view and the window accesses a sloping roof so it's not like it's a sheer dropoff. The attic access under the upstairs bed should have been blocked and I will fix that immediately. I'm not sure what happened there. There was not any road construction going on in front of the beach house during the guests' stay; it was all further up the road (although there were flaggers with short delays for the route). I am clear that where the City plans to put in a sidewalk along the road right-of-way has been torn up and left since last spring. It is not a safety hazard and is clearly marked. The good news (finally) is that the sidewalk is scheduled to be finished in front of the Beach House is scheduled to be completed on September 14. It has been very frustrating for me as a vacation rental owner that the City tore it up in the first place when they couldn't finish it in a timely manner. The housekeeper had to spend considerable time cleaning up pet hair on the furniture from these guests and doing a pet treatment. All guests are clearly asked to bring their own sheets/throws for any furniture their pets may get up on.
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We had a great time at Barbs. I didn't give 5 stars just because of the road construction.

  • 4 of 5

All the bay experience you could want and Barb provides great advice and information to experience the opportunities available.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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great house

  • 5 of 5

perfect house for our family of 5. my kids loved going out on the deck to watch the fishing boats go by. had everything we needed for the 5 day stay. we were welcomed with fresh eggs and eclairs! hope we will be able to visit here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great place for a relaxing stay on the bay

  • 4 of 5

My sisters and I enjoyed our relaxing get away at this Coos Bay beach house. The house is stocked with everything you would need. Great view of the bay...the sunsets were awesome. Barb was always quick to reply to any emails I sent her. I would recommend this vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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July 2016

  • 3 of 5

We have a mixed review for this location. So we will break it down to pros and cons for you to decide what is important to you.

Pros- Barb was awesome. She responded quickly to us and was extremely helpful with clamming and crabbing. The equipment provided was excellent. The house was spacious and well stocked. The view was spectacular. The price was excellent for what you get.

Cons- There was a leak in the ceiling. The house was older and smelled a little moldy in one room. The beach access was over grown. There is no yard for dogs and it was right next to a busy street (10 feet or so), so dogs had to be on a leash for safety.

Although not Barb's fault there is major construction going on right in front of the house. This made it hard to access the house and long lines of cars formed at times. Likely this will end soon. Of noteworthy mention, Barb responded to the leak problem immediately. However you can tell and she confirmed this isn't the first leak. The leak did not inhibit our stay but was concerning.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, North Bend
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Sunset Pub, 165 N. Empire Blvd.
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Sunset Bay Golf Course, 89516 Cape Arago Hwy
Nearest Train
169 Miles
Amtrak: Salem, Oregon
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
U.S. Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Empire
Nearest Ski
210 Miles
Mt. Ashland, Ashland, Oregon
Nearest Beach
Coos Bay estuary
Car: recommended

If you're interested in trying your hand at clamming or crabbing, the Beach House is your place. Clam buckets, shovels, and a variety of sizes of rubber boots are provided for guest use, along with crab pots ready to go (except for bait, which we can help guide you on). You will need to purchase a local shellfish license. If you're an Oregon resident, it is $9 annually. Nonresident shellfish licenses are $26 annually, or your can buy a 3-day license for $17. We're happy to assist you with the information you need to make your hunter-gathering experience a successful one!

The Beach House is conveniently located within a triangle that extends about equal distances (4-5 miles) to Coos Bay, North Bend, and the fishing village of Charleston. There are numerous festivals, music performances, and plays throughout the year in the vicinity, which extends 20 miles south to Bandon.

Charleston is a fishing town that includes two marina areas for pleasure and commercial boats. It also has a large Coast Guard station, fish processing, a number of restaurants from casual to fine dining, plenty of places to buy fresh seafood, and it is the gateway to ocean beaches located to the south.

Just beyond Charleston, the Cape Arago Highway extends south along the Pacific Ocean for access to a diverse variety of beaches, including Bastendorf (big waves, surfing, beach walking), Sunset Bay (Oregon's most protected beach; great for families with young children; good area to see tide pools at low tide); Shore Acres State Park and Botanical Garden (Holiday lights run from Thanksgiving eve to New Year's Day; there is an enclosed gazebo along the rugged shoreline to watch storm waves); Simpson Reef Overlook (great view of sea lions, seals, and occasionally whales); and Cape Arage State Park (with a trail on each side of the point; one to view sea lions, the other to enjoy an isolated beach). The highway dead ends at Cape Arago State Park.

The towns of Coos Bay and North Bend also offer a wide variety of restaurants, pubs (including the 7 Devils micro brewery), gift shops (including antiques), libraries, museums (art, railroad, printing, historical), theatre (including a multi-complex and the historic Egyptian Theatre), and waterfront parks.


Rates & Availability

Coos Bay House Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.8%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Guests are responsible for any damage caused to the property beyond normal wear and tear. No smoking inside. Guests must let host know if they are bringing any pets for pre-approval. If your pet has a tendency to get up on furniture, you must bring your own sheets/throws to cover the furniture they may get up on. Any damages from pets, including extra cleaning, will be an additional charge to the guests.

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.
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Coos Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Cedar shower doubles as small sauna.
  • Main bathroom downstairs is cedar-lined with a large walk-in shower and small sauna.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2--Downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3--Downstairs - 1 queen
  • The upstairs bedroom has a beautiful view of the bay and has a king bed with built in shelves along the headboard, a clothes armoire, a large chest of drawers, a two-drawer nightstands, cable TV, and a small stereo. Both downstairs bedrooms each have a queen bed and cable TV and one has a DVD player. Both downstairs bedrooms have a closet (one is walk-in) and dressers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
Housekeeping during stays can be arranged separately.

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