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We are frequent VRBO renters and found this home to be exceptionally well stocked with every possible creature comfort you would crave to thoroughly enjoy your stay including slippers, robes, cozy blankets to curl up with by the fire (inside or outside, coffee pantry supplies, and plenty of linens, towels etc. That make your feel like you are home. We rented this home over the Christmas week, with our 3 adult children so we could spend time in HMB with our family that also stay in the area for the holidays. The neighborhood is quiet and convenient to downtown HMB, and the owners were a pleasure to interact with (via text message) and even went out of their way to mail us our daughters makeup/jewelry bag accidentally left behind. So nice!
A few minor issues were: The neighbors were not very friendly and seemed to give us uncomfortable stares as we came and went over the week. Also there were a few oddities we found that you should be aware of when staying here.
The owners want all shoes removed at the front entry due to their recent installment of new hardwood floors and carpets. In general this is understandable since they are trying to preserve their flooring, but may not be realistic or easy to comply with if this is not your normal habit at home.
Also the owners have a small apartment onsite under the main home, and could be staying there while you are renting the main house which also may not be as comfortable if you are looking for privacy. They were not there during our rental week, so no issues for us.
I Think they live in the main house when it isn’t rented, based on their personal items, pictures, being displayed throughout the home. This also shows in the very high end furnishings and cooking and dining items, which are all top of the line (a plus for us since we love to cook). The only feedback I would give is that they have a home office setup at the bottom of the stairs that you have to walk through to access the 2 guest bedrooms and guest bath on the lower floor which was obviously being used with papers everywhere. I work from home too, but would not want renters walking through my office and potentially rifling through my personal paperwork. Seems like they could put papers away and shift the layout to use the space better?
Also, the guest room with Murphy bed is quite hard to sleep on. Perhaps a Feather/memory foam topper could be added?
The master suite is awesome and the forest backdrop was so serene
We loved our stay!!!
My wife and I were visiting Half Moon Bay and reserved this loft for three (3) nights prior to moving over to the Ritz Carlton to attend a business conference. My wife summed it up well when she said she'd rather be back at Mike's beach front house watching the seals floating in the harbor and the dogs playing on the beach.
Mike's hospitality and attention to detail is second to none. The unit was spotless upon arrival and he added several nice touches that added to the enjoyment of our trip. (Thanks for the complimentary wine and goody basket!) The location is ideal as the beach is only steps away (literally) and the local restaurants serve excellent fresh seafood.
This is definitely a 5 STAR location!!!
Mike - Thanks for everything! - Jim