Perfect for our family!!
As a frequent business traveler, I'm accustomed to certain amenities and space. Traveling on vacation with my family (wife and 2 kids, 7 & 10) meant different needs, while still wanting to have the same comforts I've become accustomed to while on my own trips. This wonderful home turned out to be the perfect place for our family's 5 night stay in the Monterey Peninsula.
Cynthia's home on a very quiet, residential street just 2 blocks from the ocean gave us the perfect home base. Downtown Pacific Grove was an easy 3-4 block stroll past other beautifully maintained homes and enticing storefronts and eateries. The Aquarium was about a 15 minute walk, most of it along Ocean View. We couldn't think of a more perfect location!
As for the home, it simply "worked" for us. Although it truly is a one-bedroom home, the floorplan made the house feel and function more like a 2-3 bedroom. The large, private master bedroom with its own flat-screen TV is located in the rear of the house, very separate from the double-wide living room, a beautifully equipped kitchen, and a quiet 'home office' room. I call the living room "double-wide" because it's like two symmetrical living rooms in a space about 13' wide and 28' long (just an estimate). One side of the living room had a fabulous 40" flat screen with home theater and its own massive sofa and chair. The other side, a sofa-sleeper, large coffee table, and a wide window seat which also worked as a bed. Our kids made the living room their headquarters. Just beyond this spacious living room area is the kitchen, which then passed through to a bright, spacious dining room which served us well as our family game room (large table perfect for 4-person board games, puzzles, laptops, etc.). The opposite side of the kitchen led to the cozy home office.
What was special about this vacation rental was the perfect maintenance and furnishings of the home. No burnt out bulbs, all applicances (incl washer/dryer) worked perfectly, good hot shower water, internet worked well, no stuck windows, all locks and keys worked. As first time vacation home renters, we were fearing a well-meaning but overbearing and cloying hostess coming down every day to say "good morning" and bring home-baked bread, denying us of any privacy. But that was not the case at all. If you're looking for that "fluff", you may be happier in a more flowery, Victorian owned by the proverbial "sweet lady upstairs". For us, this home was perfect!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities,
Owner's Response: Thrilled you and your family had a wonderful stay.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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