|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
The Loft - two day minimum stay.
Deposit is 50% your stay. Balance is due within a week of your arrival.
The Rockaway Beach loft is a 1,350 sq. foot space located in Pacifica, California, just 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco and a one-minute walk to the ocean. Pacifica is the first beach town south of San Francisco and just 15 beautiful minutes from Half Moon Bay and an hour from Santa Cruz, one of the best boardwalks on the west coast.
The Loft is located at Rockaway Beach on the frontage road to the Pacific Coast Highway, otherwise known as Route 1. The second floor of a working artist's studio with it's own private entrance, the lower space and adjoining building are the studio of an internationally know sculptor. (It is sound insulated and noise from the lower studio is not an issue!)
If you're interested in surfing, Linda Mar Beach (aka Taco Bell Beach) has good waves for both the beginner and seasoned surfer. The setting is beautiful with the hillside community of Pedro Point cradling this great surf spot.
If you are an advanced surfer and like to ride challenging waves, you're just 15 minutes away from Mavericks. This is the largest break in the continental USA, home to the annual Men Who Ride Mountains competition. For both Linda Mar (Taco Bell) Beach and Mavericks, I recommend you go to youtube and see the scene for yourself!
Pacifica provides a great jumping off point for the cyclist. Just across the highway from The Loft, there is a paved pedestrian and biking trail that connects all the districts of Pacifica. Linda Mar Beach is just to the south over a short rise, and just to the north is a trail which circumvents a former quarry which has become the go-to spot for joggers and dog walkers.
For the roadie, little used coastal roads south of Half Moon Bay lead to small town general stores and spectacular ocean views from the hills. The Tour of California passed through here in 2009, and riders were challenged with beautiful switchback climbs to the aptly named Skyline Drive at the ridge of the coastal range. Serious riders can head north on the Coast Highway and be at the Golden Gate Bridge in an hour.
For the mountain biker, the area is criss-crossed with fire roads leading to such points of interest as the SF Bay discovery site and the top of Montara Mountain at 1800 feet above sea level affording 360 degree views of the bay area, including Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, Mount Diablo in the East Bay, and on a clear day, the Farrallone Islands 26 miles out to sea.
We would be happy to provide maps of the area and guided rides are available.
Hiking and Walking
There are hundreds of miles of trails that are available in and near Pacifica. Walk across to the ocean and you have your choice of a paved path that goes through fields, oceanfront and hills. A great place to take a relaxed stroll and check out the local wild life. In the summer the pampas grass gets to be over 9 feet tall and it's a beautiful thing to walk through the forest of these giant plumed plants and see breaking waves just beyond. Starting your walk in the same spot you can go off the paved path and take any number of trails that lead you up and over the hills with many levels of difficulty available. These hikes can be scenic or extremely vigorous, depending on your preference.
The loft is filled with artwork that has been produced on site. Several of these pieces have traveled internationally and are still in circulation. The studio operates regularly and if you have any interest in seeing what’s being worked on, you're invited to visit and hang out. The San Francisco art scene is quite rich with numerous museums, commercial and experimental galleries. A list of galleries and museums is provided with the literature in The Loft space.
The Bay Area hosts some of the best food in the world. There is a spectrum of everything from Head to Tail dinners (at Incanto) where every part of the animal is served, to Weird Fish (in the Mission) serving only vegetarian and fish dishes) to fabulous Crème Brule served from a street vendor's pushcart. Our family is passionate about food and know the Bay Area scene very well.
Give us a call and we will be very happy to help you plan eating as if you've lived here for years, or if you're interested in dinner with this native San Franciscan family, we offer dinners at our San Francisco home. Just ask for further details.
Heading south on Route 1 from The Loft, you'll pass Linda Mar Beach and then head up and over Devil's Slide. This is a great time to see the amazing geological striations that are a result of continental drift, since a tunnel to be completed in 2012 will cut through the mountain making Devil's Slide a pedestrian/bicyclist road only.
Continue south past Montara to Moss Beach and visit the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, then down to Half Moon Bay, once the agricultural hub of the northern California coast, and then on to Pescadero. The one-street town of Pescadero boasts DUARTEs, one of the great gems on the coast. Esquire magazine has rated the Ollalaberry pie as the best in America, and we agree! You can also find abalone and green chile and/or artichoke soup, among other homemade fare.
Not to be missed, but perhaps deserving another day would be Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Carmel. As you can tell, we know and love our area of the northern California coast. We'd love to share it with you!
Keywords: oceanside, artist's loft, studio, apartment, urban beach retreat, nature, surfing, biking, ecotourism, fishing
We love Pacifica because of its close proximity to the wonders of the ocean, coastal towns, and to the world class culinary and artistic life of San Francisco. A mere 15 miles south of San Francisco, we consider Pacifica another neighborhood!
While at The Loft, you can awaken in the morning, cross the road (Route 1) and be on one of the most stunning beaches in the world within two minutes. Within five minutes you can walk to another stunning beach (Linda Mar) and watch beginning and advanced surfers tackle the waves. Without getting in your car you can hike, bike, surf, fish, get coffee, eat, shop, or after spending a day outdoors you can jump in your car and be in San Francisco in 15 minutes to see a movie, play, music, street theatre, and go out to a world class restaurant.
We booked this at the last minute and got lucky on a cancellation. We arrived and found a dedicated parking space ( always nice.) The place is big, open and looks just like the pictures on the sight. We walked across the road and had dinner at Nick's, an old fashioned sea food place. This was great fun and the bar was out of 1950 film noir.
The art stuff was crazy fun. Everything lit up and some of it moved. There were books, board games and cable tv.
I do not know where you can find this kind of experience any place else for a 100 bucks a night? We met Steve in the sculpture shop down stairs and he was very helpful with suggestions about the coast and food. We came up to Pacifica to get away from the heat and found a place that we will come back to just to hang out and enjoy the ocean.
LOVED our Friday-Sunday stay at the LOFT. My mom turned 70 this month and wanted to celebrate with a trip out of town. We lived in Moss Beach nearby so this was a great place in a familiar area.
There were 4 of us: my mom, my two sons (10 and 12) and myself. Instructions were easy to follow and the LOFT itself was great! So much space! I'm so used to feeling cramped on trips, this was a very nice change. The artwork in the LOFT is beautiful and interesting to see! You have a view of the ocean from the balcony, and nothing beats the beautiful air from the Pacific ocean. Someone complained there is traffic noise because of the proximity to Highway 1, but honestly it did not bother any of us at night with the windows open, even on the weekend.
One of the reasons I rented the LOFT was the kitchen. We didn't end up cooking as I had planned, but we did use the kitchen for breakfast (cereal and greek yogurt), to chill beverages and keep other perishable items Friday till our departure Sunday. There were plenty of dishes to use.
The bathroom is spacious, and the showerhead was great. I hate showerheads at hotels and this was what I'd have at home. There were plenty of clean towels for all of us, and an adequate mirror with lighting for us ladies to get ready. Speaking of getting ready, there are an assortment of boxed games the boys could play while waiting :)
My mom and I shared the queen bed, which was absolutely clean and comfortable, with outets on both sides for charging phones. There's also a privacy blind you can adjust depending on your needs. During the day it was slip open, and at night I had it open at the end so I could see my kids (and they could see me), but closed enough because my mom didn't want the light I left on for the kids.
The kids slept on the futon and they were comfortable. My 12 year old is 5'4" and 120 pounds, my 10 year old is 5' and about 75 pounds. There were plenty of blankets for them.
This was my first VRBO experience and I was very pleased. Thank you for sharing your space and letting my family enjoy the perfect weather in Pacifica!
If you decide to stay here, I recommend that you request a 'walk through' before AND after your stay. There are many things/appliances that are 'rigged' and don't work well...but you will have have poorly written instructions next to the things that don't work. There is a lot of amazing artwork and unfortunately, we were accused of breaking a piece (which I TOTALLY would have owned if we had broken it) It was just very unfortunate and sure put a negetive vibe on the end of an otherwise fantastic trip visiting family! I feel this all could have been avoided with a 'walk through' and better communication. There are many positives to this place, but some negetives also ... I just would hate for someone else to have the same experience we did after our stay.
Also, be aware that it is
right off of hwy 1 (noisy to some)
windows don't open (has funny gas smell in the apt)
There are 4 of us. This place has everything you need. We arrived late to the place but when we arrived, the place is lit with a cool artwork shown though windows as if you have someone there to welcome you. Big, spacy, modern, full kitchen plus washer and dryer!!!
Great package! You can walk across the street and enjoy the beach,shops, restaurants and bars. Super convenient ! Close to Freeways and only a few mins to SF.
Cork's loft is roomy, open and inviting. It was like staying in an art gallery and that was such an amazing experience for us. The first night we turned on all the art lights and the next day discovered 2 more. This place makes a great home base, we made easy trips to Muir Woods, San Francisco, Great America theme park, etc. Worked really well for 2 adults, 1 teenager & a 7 year old. SO MUCH BETTER THAN A HOTEL ROOM!!
Great, great place to stay! Vast expanse, very bright (many windows and skylights), joyfull! Opening the door at the bottom of the stairs is a bit surprising... But that's OK: it is an artist's workshop. But when you enter the loft: WOW. We stayed 2 couples on a motorcycle tour of the SW US. Very easy access to San Francisco. Visited SF, Muir's Woods, Alice's Restaurant. Many fun roads to drive sport bikes in the Peninsula. Within walking distance to some restaurants and desert places... Also easy to walk to the ocean. Very original decoration with the owner/artist beautiful works. Follow the suggested walking visit if you don't know the city, great dicoveries! Would stay there anytime.
Cork's place is a great location in which to enjoy the Bay area. It has access to the city, coast and small town sites. The space was comfortable, roomy and affordable. There is a tremendous amount beautiful artwork to be appreciated. Grocery stores, coffee shops and the beach are right there. We loved it and wouldn't hesitate to return. Thanks!
Active Sculpture and Fabrication Studio
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2 night minimum stay
A deposit of 50% via pay-pal or check will secure the booking. The balance can be paid within a week before your stay.
There is an $80 cleaning fee. The cleaning fee is not negotiable.
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