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A Comfortable, Sophisticated Coastal Home for Grownups W/ Dogs

Larry McDonald

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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A Comfortable, Sophisticated Coastal Home for Grownups W/ Dogs

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Gearhart House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Deer Hollow is a three bedroom, two bath coastal home on a quiet cul de sac in one of the more laid-back & least commercialized Oregon communities with a spectacular beach and an historic golf course.

The house is freshly furnished in a sophisticated and eclectic style, a warmly comfortable and welcoming fashion that feels much more Portland than Provincetown, more Oregon than Oahu.

It's a coastal home for grownups rather than a cool beach cottage for kids. The furniture and appointments throughout are an eclectic mix of old and new, antique and modern, fine art and fun- chosen to encourage lounging, and lazing around. It's a kind of quiet sanctuary that's great to come back to after a busy day in the surrounding area... or to choose instead of a busy day.

And it's in a great neighborhood, only a block from the eastern edge of the historic Gearhart Golf Links and an easy walk to the beach.

Gearhart...: Gearhart is one of the more laid-back & least commercialized Oregon communities boasting a spectacular stretch of beach. But that's only one of the assets that led Travel & Leisure magazine to name it 'one of America's best little beach towns.' The 'city center' covers all of two blocks but it includes a charming bistro/cafe, one of the better bakeries on the North Coast, a freshly upscale and fairly sophisticated market, a couple of gift shops, and a glorious source of locally made fudge and saltwater taffy. Just a little bit northwest, the access road to Gearhart's amazing beach (on which you can drive) is just across the street from the clubhouse for the town's historic and beautiful 18 hole links. In the other direction is Highway 101 with the town's liquor store, a pretty good Asian restaurant, a very good American diner/cafe, and one of the most fun and an affordable antique/collectible/decorator shops that we never pass up the chance to visit.

Nearby Attractions...: Within a few miles of Gearhart, visitors will find a wide range of potential entertainments. About 8 miles south, the village of Cannon Beach is a busy treasure trove of art galleries, boutiques, and good restaurants. It's also the gateway to Ecola State Park with some of the more spectacular views to be found on the North Coast. Immediately south of us is the even busier quintessential seaside resort town of Seaside which is hugely popular with young people. North of us, is the Old Fort Stevens Park, a remarkable chain/complex of sites on a peninsula that offers beach access on both the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. Ten minutes north of that is the historic City of Astoria, blessed with an abundance of antique shops and art galleries and not a few good dining spots. Further north, across the spectacular bridge, guests have access to Washington's Long Beach Peninsula with some of the best oyster beds in the world, lots of beautiful parks and marinas, and excellent bird-watching

Owners may come and go...: Guests should be aware that the owners keep an apartment with a separate entrance above the garage and may come and go at reasonable hours and times. They will make every possible and reasonable effort not to intrude or impact on the privacy or pleasure of their guests.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Larry McDonald (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2015

About Larry McDonald

We're a married couple (in California, anyway) who've traveled together from Italy to Indonesia over the past 36 years. At every opportunity we've stayed in vacation rentals - homes, condos, and apartments- to feel more like residents than tourists. We've put everything we learned (and a lot of what we bought) into this house because we want our guests to enjoy their stay here the way we enjoyed the best of our travel experiences.

Larry McDonald purchased this house in 2010

Why Larry McDonald chose Gearhart

Long before we could afford to buy a vacation property we would drive out to Gearhart from Portland for the day. Turning the dogs loose on the beach for hours, exploring the amazing Ft. Stevens State Park a few miles north and the antique shops here and in Astoria. When we came into some money in 2010, the first thing we did was buy and furnish this house. And we've lavished a load of love on furnishing and maintaining it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a special place to meet & spend time with pals from Seattle! Many good memories of times past in Gearhart!!! The golf was a treat; a little rain, a little wind... and a set of clubs taking a dip in the pond at the 6th hole! We had a good time!

Now, this house is great! Very well equipped with all the special things that make a visit extra special. Well equipped kitchen, lots of supplies and a nice touch with all the "Ducks." Thanks so much for making your place a special home for your guests.

On a "down note" (1) the Beavers lost and (2) the USA lost the Ryder Cup (again). Oh well, we had a great tie a really enjoyed seeing the herd of elk wander thru the neighborhood.
Sep 2014
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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A Comfortable, Sophisticated Coastal Home for Grownups W/ Dogs
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Keizer, Oregon

Wonderful Hom!

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed with Deer Hollow. This was one of the best homes we have ever rented on vacation. The home is so nicely appointed. It has everything that you need. It's a short distance to the beach, which is the best dog walking beach I think we've ever been on. And it was such a pleasure to work with the owner. He could not have been nicer and more accommodating. I would highly recommend this home. We definitely hope to return for another visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

stay at deer hollow

  • 5 of 5

lovely , well maintained home, had a great time. would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Gary. We were happy to have you.
Portland, OR

Wonderful Holiday Time!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the Deer Hollow house this past Christmas holiday and had a wonderful time. The house was warm, inviting, and decorated for the holidays!! The kitchen was fully stocked and ready to go. The layout of the house allows for private time and has a great common areas. The house is very peaceful and on Christmas Eve we were visited by a large herd of elk. The beds were comfortable and the house was very clean

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful vacation time

  • 5 of 5

Everything was exactly as promised...and then some! This is not our first time to visit, and it won't be our last. We love everything about the property and the location. It is so quiet here, but still close to everything we want/need. We love to golf and beach. It couldn't get any better than this. The owners are also simply the very best. Thanks so much! See you soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Rancho Mirage


  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at this lovely Home. If you refer to my first review last September 2012, you will see nothing but kudos. So all I can add is that it was as wonderful or if possible better. As the old saying goes "Love is better the second time around" and it was. It is furnished just as it states, the kitchen is very well stocked. It is perfect for dogs. Our Sammie loves the back wooded deck to lie on in afternoon. It is close to the golf course, walking distance to town, and close to the fabulous Oregon Beaches.The owners are so wonderful and are there to help with any thing you might need. But they have done everything so you couldn't want much. I would recommend this highly to anyone. We hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We could not have asked for better guests. We look forward to your return... whenever your schedule allows.
Rancho Mirage

Great Vacation in a Lovely Home

  • 5 of 5

Well, I don't know where to begin because everything was perfect. It was in a great location. It was close to the Beach and to the Village. The owners have put a lot of energy and personal touches into making this a lovely home. Each room had its own feel to it and the decorating was superb. The kitchen was truly a gourmet kitchen and had everything one could ask for. The pots and pans were of great quality.You could fix a Thanksgiving dinner and not need a thing. The house was immaculate. The owner could not have been more helpful and accommodating. It is truly a pet friendly home and our Border Collie immediately found her doggie bed. We would definitely recommend this to our friends and family, but we would get first dibs on it. We even saw a family of deer browse through the yard a few times. We will definitely be back.

Now really what more could any ask for!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we could not have asked for better guests. Thank you... we look forward to your return and, yes, you do get dibs.


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Portland International
Nearest Barpub
1.25 Miles
The Sandtrap @ Gearhart Golf Links
Nearest Golf
1.25 Miles
Historic Gearhart Golf Links
Nearest Train
78 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Route 101
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Pacific Way Cafe & Bakery
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Gearhart/Sunset Beach
Car: necessary

Excellent birding in spring and fall; Elk wander through the yard in season and deer are here year round. Wonderful and easily accessible state and national parks and recreation areas, including the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park to the north and Ecola State Park, one of Oregon's most spectacular, to the south.

Deep sea fishing out of Astoria, clamming on the nearby beaches in season. An exciting zipline adventure nearby.

Real fun for foodies. Access to amazing fresh seafood plus lots of regionally grown produce at the Astoria Farmers' Market. Some seriously good and innovative restaurants here, in Seaside, in Cannon Beach and in Astoria.

Antique shopping is a primary activity for lots of visitors to the area for very good reason.


Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

Gearhart House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Notes From $200-$360/nt - $1200-$2000/wk US Dollars
US Dollars;
MINIMUM STAYS: 2 nights year round; 3 nights holiday/event wknds year round;
1 Nove-15 June: $200 for 2 persons, $40 each additional person (inc. kids);
16 June-31 Octo: $200 for 2 persons, $50 eac additional person (inc. kids);
10% or more discount for stays of 7 or more nights year round, inc. holidays.;
$30 per dog, 2 dog limit.
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Gearhart House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared
    Full 2 - toilet , shower , King suite
  • The bathrooms are furnished with very good quality towels and washcloths. Both showers have European hand-held cable showerheads. The bathrooms also have built-in independent heat sources.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Each of the bedrooms is decorated distinctively - the large king bedroom reflects the owners' travels to Bali and affection for Asian arts (it also offers a 32' flatscreen TV); the small queen bedroom is very European romantic with an antique crystal chandelier and interesting and appropriate art; the twin bedroom has a resort/beach theme with bright yellows and blues and a huge window (it's also a terrific quiet reading room). All the bedrooms are furnished with high quality linens and good lighting.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
One of the owners is a talented cook who has worked professional hotel kitchens. He's furnished the kitchen with everything he'd want in a vacation rental, including basic spices, teas, and (for rentals of a week or more) a pretty well-stocked pantry. Guests will find a welcome package of chips & nuts, soft drinks, and beer & wine. We're also proud of the expanding book, CD, and DVD libraries in the house including those of interest to kids. We do allow kids but we want guests to be aware that it is not an especially kid-friendly house since there are a number of places where a normally inquisitive 2-4 year old could get into trouble. That said, we've had several guests with small kids who had a great time with no problems Both TVs are served by DIRECTV with about 80 interesting channels available (and many more less interesting). The living room 42' is HD. We do NOT allow pets other than dogs.

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