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.
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.
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.