This oceanfront retreat is one of the most beautiful and livable homes we’ve ever been in! Located on a bluff above the ocean, an amazing variety of wildlife is visible from its many tall windows and from its lovely backyard. We have seen sea otters, seals, dolphin, gulls, cormorants, and herons, and long lines of pelicans fly daily past the master bedroom windows! These same windows hold a view of stars at night. Cambria is a nature lover’s paradise, and the immediate neighborhood is flat—great for walking, jogging, and biking. One of only a few rentals that allow pets, we were so grateful to be able to bring our cat along and to have an enclosed sideyard!
The house has a flower-scented front courtyard offering privacy and a lovely outdoor living space. The home’s interior is light, happy, and deeply restful. Its kitchen is stocked with wonderful cookware, dishware, appliances, and even a Champion juicer! Owners Carol and Marty love Italy, and the design of the house as well as kitchen supplies reflect their affection. We couldn’t have been happier preparing meals, despite the temptation of our favorite restaurants: Indigo Moon, Madeline’s, and Robin’s in Cambria, Sebastian’s in San Simeon, and the fabulous Harmony Café, in Harmony. Roost in Templeton, 25 minutes drive over Hwy. 46, is terrific, too. This drive offers spectacular vistas, and Templeton also has a Trader Joe’s and a small market called Nature’s Touch for local organic produce and naturally-raised meats.
Casa Suena feels like a beloved home and not a rental. The bedrooms are comfortable and charming, with a great new sofa bed in the TV room. From the outset Carol made it clear that our complete enjoyment was her goal. She remained easily available to us, and we enjoyed and appreciated her as a person and a homeowner. She and Marty had great recommendations, including walking in the pine woods of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. The Preserve is a short distance down the street, with fabulous trails along the ocean bluffs and through the forest. We also love the walk along Moonstone Beach and through Leffingwell Park. Cambria has interesting shops, like Moonstones, Wildwood, the Garden Shed Shops, A Matter of Taste, and Cambria Hardware, seeming to have one of everything! For delicious ice cream there is The Village Bean, and for coffee, Cambria Coffee.
Staying in Casa Suena has been a dream come true. It is a stunning and special place, owned by some very special people.