Quintessential Carmel Charmer - Walk to Downtown Carmel-Avail for Thanksgiving!

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Last updated: 10/21/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Welcome to 'Fair Oaks' in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Here is your chance to stay in an authentic, historical, yet updated cottage. Step back in time and come home to a true quintessential Carmel experience.

Filled with whimsy, our 3-bedroom, 2-bath home (with an additional detached guest bedroom and bath) was built in the 1930’s and extensively remodeled in 2011-2012. We made it more comfortable, livable, and a tiny bit more spacious. At times we sacrificed a little convenience and practicality in favor of charm and character. Here, quirky and enchanting often trump logic and perfection. But it is perfect in its own way. Great efforts were made so that when staying at this home, people could experience a little slice of “old Carmel”.

Located just outside the Golden Rectangle, Fair Oaks is 6 blocks from Ocean Avenue and downtown Carmel and 10 short blocks from the beach. You are within walking distance to many restaurants, shops, galleries and local attractions such as the beautiful Carmel Mission and Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch Restaurant and Inn. The trailhead to the Mission Trails Nature Preserve, with its forested hiking trails alongside a creek, is one block away.

The garden is lush, private, fully fenced and gated. Meandering paths surround the 18 magnificent oaks for which Fair Oaks is named. A lovely Carmel-stone patio is accessible from the living room, dining room and master bedroom. An upstairs private balcony overlooks the garden.

The cozy and comfortable living room has ample seating, built-in cabinets and shelves, an original Carmel-stone gas fireplace and an enormous pitched ceiling with unique antique chandeliers and wall sconces. A charming dining area, with its wall of french doors that lead out to the front garden and stone patio, is adjacent to the living room.

The original cabinets and hutch still exist in the sweet kitchen. New appliances and wood counters have been installed, along with antique Hungarian shelves to store the dishes and glassware. It is beautifully outfitted with Sur la Table and Anthropologie items. A small French folk art table at the window just begs for someone to sit there and enjoy their morning coffee!

A large laundry room with a Miele washer and dryer and cabinets which house extra kitchen supplies is adjacent to the kitchen. A french door leads out to the small back patio, garden and BBQ area.

The terra cotta-colored walls of the master bedroom add to its coziness and charm. A large picture window looks out to the garden and a dutch door opens to the stone patio. It is decorated with antique furniture, lighting and accessories.

Two darling bedrooms and a spacious bathroom are located on the second floor at the top of the curved staircase. The first guest room has a queen bed and 2 balconies. One balcony overlooks the living room and the other balcony overlooks the front garden. The colorful second guest room has two twin beds and a unique charm of its own.

The fourth bedroom and third bathroom is detached from the house. It has a comfortable queen sofa bed, a table and chairs and an antique dresser/cabinet. This bedroom suite is nestled alongside the garden paths and is a refuge which provides guests with privacy from the rest the guests residing in the main house.

If you are looking for a vacation home with his-and-her bathroom sinks and a Jacuzzi tub, desire a giant chef's kitchen with a work island, or need state-of-the-art technology throughout, then keep looking….Fair Oaks is not the place for you. However, if you wish to come home to a little slice of paradise each day and appreciate vacationing in a quintessential Carmel cottage loaded with character and charm, then please consider renting this magical and unique home.

Rental rates include all cleaning fees. Rent for this property is a 30-day minimum.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2090 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Responsible party must be over 25...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Master bedroom: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Comfortable Q sofabed is located in the detached guest room...moreless

  • The master bedroom is downstairs and has a marble tiled bathroom en suite. Two guest rooms are upstairs and share a large bathroom with a shower and bathtub. A detached guest room with a full bath is just across the patio and a few steps down the path from the main house. Just ask, and we will provide a folding port-a-crib....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Master bath, en suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Upstairs, shared by two bedrooms....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Located in guest cottage....moreless

  • All bathrooms have been recently and completely remodeled!

Other Amenities

  • Pak 'n Play available upon request.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    48' TV w/HDTV...moreless

  • Toys:

    Picnic and beach gear/toys are stored in the garage...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    So close to town! Easy walk, but bring a flashlight at night. No streetlights and ground can be uneven. Parking can be difficult in town, so it is great to be able to walk. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Charming dining room seats 4, but leaves can be added to table to seat 6-8 people...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Heating:

    We ask your to conserve energy and keep our PG&E charges low. PG&E fees up to $200.00 per month are included in the rent. Excessive PGE charges will documented and deducted from the security deposit...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking for 2 cars in front of the house....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:



  • Coffee Maker:

    There is also a coffee press....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Not your ordinary vacation rental vintage plates and glasses!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Small but charming. Outfitted with Sur la Table and Anthropologie purchases....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 - Feb 28, 2017
30 night min stay

Mar 1 - Jun 30, 2017
30 night min stay

Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2017
30 night min stay

Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
30 night min stay

Sep 1 - Dec 31, 2017
30 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • 2.5% CC fee (TBD) $0
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $100
  • PGE fees over $200 (TBD) $0



A $500.00 security deposit is required in addition to the 50% first payment due when contract is signed.

$ A 200 PGE allowance is included in rent. Additional PGE charges are the guests' responsibility.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/21/2016
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8 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pebble Beach and Carmel Valley
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 1
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended

Stunning Point Lobos is 10 minutes south. Big Sur is 45 minutes south. Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach are about 10-15 minutes up the road. Carmel Valley is approximately 15-20 minutes inland.


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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Cozy Dining Room between Living Room and Kitchen

    Cozy Dining Room between Living Room and Kitchen

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Balcony off of the upstairs Queen Bedroom

    Balcony off of the upstairs Queen Bedroom

  • Exterior of Detached Guest Room w/Bath

    Exterior of Detached Guest Room w/Bath

  • bathroom in detached guestroom

    bathroom in detached guestroom

  • Outdoor Dining

    Outdoor Dining

  • Front Gate....Welcome!

    Front Gate....Welcome!

  • Kitchen


  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Queen Bedroom, upstairs

    Queen Bedroom, upstairs

  • Cheery Upstairs Twin Bedroom

    Cheery Upstairs Twin Bedroom

  • Upstairs Bath shared with Twin Bedroom and Queen Bedroom

    Upstairs Bath shared with Twin Bedroom and Queen Bedroom

  • Detached Guest Room with Queen Sofabed

    Detached Guest Room with Queen Sofabed

  • Lush, Lovely and Fairly Private Front Yard.  Enclosed and Gated.

    Lush, Lovely and Fairly Private Front Yard. Enclosed and Gated.

  • Looking out to the area behind the house.

    Looking out to the area behind the house.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Golden Rectangle, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA #666649

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