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Harvey and Jackie Moranda

Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Harvey and Jackie Moranda

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2015
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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Mendocino House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This Pacific Ocean retreat is ideal for those seeking peace, quiet, and spectacular sunsets.  The Whale Watch House is located in one of Mendocino’s best-kept and most-exclusive coastal neighborhoods just one mile north of the historic Mendocino Village .


This craftsman beauty features an open floor plan. Through the many large picture windows you will enjoy unparalleled views of the blue Pacific Ocean while your privacy is ensured by the surrounding grove of mature cypress trees.  There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, jogging, and biking just outside the front door.  The main entrance to Russian Gulch State Park and the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse are both within walking distance.


Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon glass of wine on the large deck and watch the seals, migrating whales, as well as an abundance of wildlife including black tail deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, foxes, brown pelicans and other sea birds.


Book your reservation now so you too can revitalize and relax to the soothing sound of waves crashing on the rocks below.  You will experience why first time visitors become repeat guests.


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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Harvey and Jackie Moranda (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2015

About Harvey and Jackie Moranda

We are mostly retired now. Harvey is a rancher -- and these ranchers never completely retire. Jackie is a retired school teacher. We are finally getting to the place where we have more time to enjoy the coast and all it has to offer. Our children and grandchildren (Idaho and Arizona folks) love to get their 'ocean fix' over here at Whale Watch House. A special treat for them is to ride the Skunk Train and to hunt for treasures on the many beaches. But, for us, just being here is very special.

Harvey and Jackie Moranda purchased this house in 1990

Why Harvey and Jackie Moranda chose Mendocino

We are used to country living; that is, lots of privacy. When we first saw Whale Watch House nestled in among the many mature trees, we knew we had found our quiet, coastal retreat with all the privacy we enjoy. Every time we walk up those steps to the deck, come around the corner to the front door, and see that ocean out in front of us . . . . well, we know all over again that we made the right decision to make Whale Watch House our coastal home-away-from-home.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 34 traveler reviews

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Whale Watch: Oceanfront/Near Mendo Village/a Private Retreat
average rating of 4.882353 based on 34 reviews
Clayton CA

Comfy and Fun Mini-Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

If you want a place where you can feel like you at home, near the ocean, with views should rent Whale Watch. My sister, brother and myself along with our three spouses go someplace every year to spend some much needed time together. This was the perfect venue. Laid back, comfy, quiet, so near the ocean (major plus!) ...just everything you can think. It feels like your very far away from things, but to go shopping, groceries or dining is really just a short drive down the highway. Jackie was great to work with, and was quite responsive to all my inquiries leading up to and following after.

Although we had fog the entire time we were there, which is unusual for the first week of September, it didn't matter. We had such a great time watching seals, dolphins and sea otters at play, and the waves crashing in on the rocks (really, how many ways can a wave crash?) It was a little cool but we spent some time on the deck but could always get a great view from the living room. Perfect. As "locals" we're already trying to figure out other times we can come stay at Whale Watch again.

Whale Watch is clean, comfortable, well-tended, but not fancy...but do you need that anyway? We slept like babies, had fun cooking meals together and had plenty of laid back time to enjoy each other’s company. What more do you need? For us, only more of the same. Go. Play. You'll love it.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Colusa, CA

What a Beautiful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Whale Watch House, and it was absolutely great. In spite of the fact that during our week's stay, there were big storms and power outages, this did not diminish our enjoyment of the property. The storms were beautiful, and we made due since the house was kept warm with a great fireplace, and Jackie was so helpful during our stay.

She called several times and offered help to keep us in firewood, flashlights, and candle-power. She even offered to compensate us for time lost, even though I don't think she caused the storms or power outages. In fact, the power was out in all of Fort Bragg, Mendocino and a major part of the coast nearby. We chose to stay the entire week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I would highly recommend this as a vacation rental any time of the year (except for weeks we would like to rent it).

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sonoma, CA, USA

Mendocino Magic at Whale Watch

  • 5 of 5

This was a birthday celebration with friends, and it was simply perfect! Just as we rounded the corner on to the deck, we spotted at least five whale spouts! And as soon as we saw the four wooden deck chairs facing the ocean, we knew we had the right place! But inside, everything was equally wonderful (though staying inside was difficult - just had to feel that ocean breeze). For meals, everything we needed was there and though we had intended to eat out, it was too wonderful being at the house. And so many parks and places to explore!! Yep, we will definitely return - it was magical!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful Whale Watch

  • 5 of 5

We love this house! We recently spent time with friends and family here, and had a fantastic time. The house is aptly named because of the spectacular mid level living/dining area which allows an expansive view of the ocean and of course whales. This house is on the bluff about 40 feet above the ocean, and allows the best possible opportunity to soak up the beautiful N. CA. coast whether rain or shine. We experienced sunny, warm weather for the first couple of days, and rain for the next few, but always enjoyed the views and comfy house with our morning coffee, mid day hot tub or evening cocktails. We will be back many more times. LOVE THIS HOUSE!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Burbank, CA

Whale Watch House

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent a wonderful three nights at the cozy, comfortable, and inviting Whale Watch House and it was everything we'd hoped it would be....and more. It was, quite simply, THE perfect place for us to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. We spent our honeymoon in Mendocino and had intended to return every year on our anniversary. We managed to do this the first three years but then after our children were born it became more and more difficult to carve out " alone time. " Now that we are " empty nesters " we began again, returning to the area three years ago and always choose a rental house for our stay. This was our first visit to Whale Watch but it will most assuredly not be our last. It provided us with all of the scenic beauty we could have wanted or needed, and the house inside is so very warm and welcoming. It was just the respite we needed to re~charge our batteries. We enjoyed cooking meals in the cozy, well~equipped kitchen and loved every minute of our time outside on the deck, observing the local and fascinating sea life. Both Harvey and Jackie were very accommodating in the weeks leading up to our trip. We absolutely loved our Whale Watch stay and hope to return again for a wonderful " sequel! "

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Not very enjoyed and poorly treated by the owner

  • 1 of 5

Even though this house has an awesome view, my general experience with our stay and treat from the owner Jackie was very poor, unfair and offensive. This is a split level house and there is a one bedroom, bathroom and a living room in the lower level. Two guys stayed in the lower level for the first night, but they couldn't sleep well because of the excessive dampness and musty, moldy smells inside the room. So they moved out and tried to sleep on the sofa bed in the living room, which was very uncomfortable for two guys to sleep together. So one slept on the couch in the great living room on the main floor. The blankets and linens in the lower level were also very damp and smell musty. In order to find less damp and smelly blankets and linens we took out every blanket from the closet and even had to wash them before use to get rid of the moldy smells.

Upon departure, we piled them up on the couch so the owner/housekeeper knows they are meant to be washed. We also spent a good amount of time tidying up the place, washing all the dishes, cleaning the range tops, putting all the trash out, wiping down the countertops and tables.. etc. Despite of our efforts, the owner Jackie seized our security deposit and didn't return it to us stating that we had exceeded number of people we agreed to stay (6) and not completely following the "check-out procedures". I explained everything to Jackie as to why we had to use all the beds, sofa bed, and couch for sleep (not because we had so many people) and take out all the blankets and linens and pile them up. But she just ignored my email and did not reply. Her assumptions are very wrong, unfair, and offensive.

In the lower level, there is a note posted on the doors asking you to leave the bathroom fan turned on for more than 30 mins and leave the bedroom doors open for the excessive dampness and moldy smells. So apparently, the owner is fully aware of the damp and moldy condition of the lower level. Asking her guests to leave the door open and fan on is not enough. She should take care of the problems immediately and stop potentially putting public health in danger.

Her own housekeeper couldn't finish her job right on time and left it for us to clean (the dripping pan under the sink, the sink pipe is leaky), but the owner expects her guests to be perfect at following the "check-out procedures", if you miss one or two on the list, like putting pans and plates away, you won't get your security deposit back.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, we agree on one thing: our coastal home has an awesome view.    On other points, however, there is great disagreement.  Our home is 60 feet from the ocean, and the lower level is on a concrete floor. Therefore, there is a certain amount of moisture in the air at all times. The note posted on the door is to facilitate air and heat circulation on the lower level. As a preventative measure, we have posted a note in all three bathrooms asking guests to run the fans for a minimum of 30 minutes to remove the moisture after showering. No information was left to make us aware of the perceived issue of ‘moldy smells’ on the blankets, even though we ask for comments on our Check Out form. Our bookings now are about 40% returning guests. Never have we had previous guests bring this to our attention. Furthermore, those staying before and after these people did not substantiate the claim of mold, dampness, etc. Only after we withheld their security deposit did this supposed mold problem surface. What this guest has failed to include in her review is that the exit door of the master bedroom was left unlocked and wide open to the outdoor deck, leaving the house open for about seven hours to potential human and animal intruders, which include raccoons, turkeys, foxes, squirrels and skunks. Many lights had been left on. There was no mention of the Weber barbecue being moved from the patio to the wooden deck (fire hazard?), or that there were obvious signs that someone had cooked something oily in our fireplace on the ash shovel. The telescope was knocked over onto the floor in the great room. Wet towels were left on the beds, floors, and even draped across a television.The household trash was left uncovered and had been strewn in the parking area by the ravens and/or raccoons. None of the beds had been stripped, nor a load of laundry started as listed in the Check Out Procedure, which clearly states what is required of departing guests. We have had so many great and wonderful guests enjoy our coastal home since we began renting in 1990. This is our first negative review, but it is also a first in other ways: it is the first time we have had our home treated in such a disrespectful manner that it created the need for about double the cleaning time; it is the first time we have had to withhold a refund of the deposit. But the biggest ‘first’ was having state Fish and Game contact us about our guests’ activities on that weekend.


Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Many in Mendocino Village
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Little River Inn
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many in Mendocino Village & Fort Bragg
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Casper Beach
Car: necessary

Fantastic for Whale Watching!! Close to Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse Station and Caspar Beach. Minutes from Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and the famous Skunk Train, which is not just for the kids!

Plan a day trip inland to the many wonderful wineries, shop the unique boutiques in the Village and in Fort Bragg.

Be sure to visit the world famous tattoo museum in Fort Bragg. Pick up some 'just caught today' fresh fish from Noyo Harbor. While there, drop in at Carine's for a visit with Mama Carine and feast on Carine's HUGE hamburgers. Too much for one person---bring a friend to help you on this feast.


Rates & Availability

From $300 Per night

Mendocino House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Off Peak
Sep 1 2015 - May 31 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes The refundable Security deposit of $500 is doubled when a pet is brought to Whale Watch. Holiday rates (holiday, day before and day after) are at Peak Rates: Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please contact owner for Weekly and Monthly rates.
Nightly rates are for up to 6 people. Higher rates for 7-8 people.
The Security Deposit of $500 is due with the signed contract. If a pet will be in residence, there is an additional, and refundable, deposit of $500. 50% of the rental fee is due 60 days before arrival. The remaining 50% is due 30 days before arrival.
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Mendocino House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Main level bath has a shower/tub combination. Stand up showers in other two baths. Large bathroom on the main level.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Memory foam mattress topper., Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) The two twins are often pushed together to form a king sized bed. This room has an attached bath., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A pull-out sofa bed. Full size. Best for children.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Pull out sofa bed is appropriate for children only. Iron and ironing board in laundry room. Picnic table on the deck. There are stairs to climb to get into the house, and to get to any bedroom---no bedroom on the main floor. Pictures of stairs are available. MORE PICTURES: ABALONE DIVING is NOT ALLOWED from the bluff-top homes in this development. The area is monitored closely by the Abalone Watch and the neighbors.

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