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3096 Sanctuary by the Bay ~ Stunning Ocean Front Location! Walk to Aquarium!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 6

Walk to the Monterey Bay Aquarium from this outstanding location. Ask our Reservationists about two days for the price of one admission tickets when you book this home!

This unique 1,800 sf, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath town home features panoramic ocean views and is located a few steps from one of the most beautiful coastal trails in California and is only a short 5-minute walk to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. This 15 mile trail links the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and Asilomar State Beach. Every twist and turn brings another incredible view of Monterey Bay, with its abundance of wildlife and natural scenery. One of the best-kept secrets is just 5 minutes away - the Pacific Grove Golf Links with its great prices and amazing views, including the lighthouse at Pt. Pinos.

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted with complimentary wine and cheese, tickets for a wine tasting at Scheid Vineyards’ tasting room in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, and a basket of local information. You will find a welcome book that tells you everything you need to know about the home and the local area. Everything has been designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind including spa amenities, spa robes, French press for coffee, cappuccino maker, reading library, picnic baskets, beach chairs, coolers and umbrellas for an outing to the beach.

Enter the enchantingly rustic Sanctuary by the Bay through a small courtyard with colorful flowers in mossy containers. A small gated entrance filled with orchids and flowers adds beauty to the special home you are about to enter. You will be delighted with the light-filled rooms, tastefully furnished in neutral and earth tones. The space is light and airy, with high wood ceilings and handmade terracotta tiles throughout the home.

The house has a reverse floor plan with the main living areas and the master bedroom on the second floor to take full advantage of bay views. The upper level has a large open living area, kitchen and dining room with amazing views from every window. Enjoy morning coffee or afternoon wine while watching the sun rise and set. The kitchen is fully equipped to prepare a gourmet multi-course dinner. Discriminating chefs will appreciate the vast selection of dishes, wine glasses, sharpened knives, platters, cooking and bake ware, utensils and accessories provided. A large selection of cookbooks and cooking magazines are on hand to inspire you.

In the living room there is a gas burning fireplace and seating for 8. Gaze at the fire while enjoying views of the ever-changing sea beyond the French doors. You will find a large comfortable couch with plenty of pillows and a warm throw to snuggle up with as well a small table with two chairs ready for a hand of cards or other available games. You can watch a movie from our DVD library or HBO on cable TV. There are many books and magazines available for your enjoyment.

The master bedroom has a king size bed with a memory foam mattress and a small balcony overlooking the bay.

On the first floor are two quiet bedrooms and a bathroom with a spacious step down shower.

The garden bedroom has King Bed that can be split into two twins with view of a small courtyard and the larger bedroom with queen bed has distant ocean views. There is also a laundry room on the first floor.

Feel free to bring or rent a kayak or bike and keep it in the garage.

This is a townhouse style home with a reverse floor plan. It is one side of a two unit building. See also #3263 to view the other townhouse unit.

Pacific Grove STR License #28 (Sunsets on 3/31/19 as per City of PG Lottery)

As of April 1st 2019 this home will be available for monthly rentals only as the Short Term License is being revoked by the City of Pacific Grove to limit the number of short term rentals in the city. The homes which had their license revoked were selected by a random lottery held at the City of Pacific Grove offices on May 22, 2018.

*The video may refer to Spa Passes; we apologize but these are no longer available.*

More Details

Property Manager
Sanctuary Vacation Rentals - Reservations
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Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

About Sanctuary Vacation Rentals - Reservations

Sanctuary Vacation Rentals represents properties throughout Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Carmel Highlands, and the Big Sur coastline. We combine fine resort accommodations and relaxed elegance with all the comforts of home.

Our properties are places that nurture and inspire and are located in one of the most beautiful, energizing places in the world, featuring the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula and the central coast of California. From historic old Monterey, to the Victorian charm of Pacific Grove, and the artists colony of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the breathtaking scenery of Big Sur, generations of people have been rejuvenated by the breaking waves and sandy beaches here.

Our properties are designer furnished with relaxed elegance. Many homes feature the colors of the sea and take inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding areas.

Throughout Sanctuary��s vacation rentals, you’ll find comfortable beds with luxury linens, welcome beverages and hors d’oeurvres, spa robes and amenities, local wine tasting and spa passes, and a personal concierge to assist you in every way. Our homes feature chef’s dream kitchens and everything you’ll need to entertain in style. And many of our properties are pet friendly.

If you’re looking for a refreshing, relaxed stay in one of the most beautiful areas in the world– offering all the comforts of home, let Sanctuary Vacation Rentals help you discover your own sanctuary by the sea. Make your reservation today.

Guestbook comments from the manager

As I sit here listening to the waves crashing on this lovely shore, on behalf of our family from Texas, I wish to relay sincerest thanks for this wonderful sanctuary. Our holiday was filled with fantastic adventures with food, wine and memories. We hope to return to this fabulous retreat by the sea. A great place for great times.

(This comment was taken from the homes guest book.)
Oct 2013
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Pacific Grove Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • The first-floor bathroom has a large tiled shower that allows you to fill it up as a tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 King beds, 1 Queen bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have daily, weekly cleaning service and linen exchange available with notice. We can arrange a private chef, massage -- anything you might need.


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3096 Sanctuary by the Bay ~ Stunning Ocean Front Location! Walk to Aquarium!
average rating of 4.76 based on 132 reviews

Perfect spot in Pacific Grove

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful home in Pacific Grove. The location couldn't have been better for walking to coffee, restaurants, the beach and entertainment. It is truly steps away from the Aquarium, and the view of the ocean is lovely. We especially enjoyed visiting the seals on the beach less than a block away. We went back several times each day and loved watching them with their babies - it was magical. From the dining table, we saw otters in the ocean frolicking with their babies. The beds were extremely comfortable and the entire home was clean and welcoming. I'd highly recommend this home and wouldn't hesitate to return here.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review of our home. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and the amazing location. Until next time.....
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Fresno, Ca

Nice Location with Beautiful view !

  • 4 of 5

This home was just as described. Had great views from the living area upstairs, however carpet could use a good cleaning along with patio that is off of kitchen area looks like birds had made a mess that had been there awhile along with a few towels maybe left after house keepers tried to clean it. (Can’t control the birds but you could tell it been there awhile) With that said I would recommend this home the beds were comfy worked out very nice for the 6 of us adults! We enjoyed everyday we were there morning coffee looking out at the ocean view just wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable family stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was ready the moment we arrived. Everything was in great order and the mgmt team even had an inviting bottle of wine, cheese and crackers waiting for us. The rooms were more than adequate for our family and the location was so convenient. We rarely used our car during our stay as a result. We walked along the waters edge everywhere. It was also within walking distance to downtown pacific grove. We had a few questions during our stay and he mgmt team we’re quick to respond, even after hours. Thanks again Sanctuary!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home, great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a really beautiful home in a wonderful location. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was great. I would not recommend renting it to the elderly or families with very small children due to the steep stairs.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home and a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this home in Monterey. The house itself was perfect for our family - everything was convenient and in good condition - and the location can't be beat! We highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saratoga, CA

Very good location and attractive property

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice stay at Sanctuary by the Bay. It's almost on the waterfront and very close to all amenities -- restaurants, bars, shopping, and walking paths. Rooms are large and comfortable.

We also rented the adjoining Villa by the Sea, as we had a large group.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Monterey Peninsula is unique in its combination of breathtaking natural resources and a multiplicity of cultural and entertainment possibilities. You can find something for every possible taste. For nature lovers, there is the diversity of mountain and sea, for picnicking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, beachcombing, bird-watching, kayaking, scuba diving, tidepooling, biking and more. If you want a man-made excitement, we have art galleries galore, excellent fine-art museums, local theater, outstanding restaurants, boutiques, a natural history and a children's museum, a world-class aquarium, and that's just for starters. History buffs will have a field day exploring the adobes of Monterey. There's so much to do that you cannot possibly do it all in one visit, which means you will have to come back.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • If you are booking for a last minute stay, ask our Reservationist if there is a Last Minute Special available. Specials typically exclude holidays, special events and the summer season; specials cannot be combined; other exclusions may apply. Please call for details.

    * Housekeeping, Processing and Property Protection fees and taxes are additional to the base rates.
    * Guest stays of 30 days or more are tax exempt; Guest will also be responsible for utility charges (Electricity, Gas and Water), mid stay cleaning fees and a security deposit.
    * Rates are subject to change and Owner approval.
    *Home sleeps up to 6 adults.
    ***As of April 1st 2019 this home will be available for monthly rentals only as the Short Term License is being revoked by the City of Pacific Grove to limit the number of short term rentals in the city. The homes which had their license revoked were selected by a random lottery held at the City of Pacific Grove offices on May 22, 2018.

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