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3096 Sanctuary by the Bay ~ Almost Oceanfront - Walk to Aquarium - Ocean View

66 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Pacific Grove Townhome Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 6

Ask our Reservationists about purchasing 2-day Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets!

**For more details about specials for this home, see the Sanctuary Vacation Rentals website or call our office directly.

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, passes from the renown Spa on the Plaza in downtown Monterey, 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 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 in the kitchen and dining areas as well as all the bathrooms.

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, boat 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.

See also Rates Notes for additional information about this property.

Pacific Grove Transient Use License # 0028

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Sanctuary Vacation Rentals - Reservations
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 28, 2016
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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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3096 Sanctuary by the Bay ~ Almost Oceanfront - Walk to Aquarium - Ocean View
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 123 reviews
Santa Barbara, CA

Many Thanks

  • 5 of 5

Annee and David,

Many thanks for such a lovely home to call 'our own' while here in the Monterey area. Your hoe exceeded our expectations. Every detail was in place, which was very much appreciated; from the fantastic pesto torte in the cooler (yum), to the luxurious bedding, wine, sunsets and views. We can't believe we have to leave! Next time, we will stay longer. Thank you for making this a highlight of our vacation.

Warm regards

  • Submitted: May 6, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location...but Infested! Fleas by the Sea!

  • 1 of 5

We looked forward with all the positive reviews on this property to staying here. The location is great, and easy walking distance to Cannery Row and the Aquarium. When my daughters reported seeing black specs in the house and bites overnight, I chalked it up to being at the beach the first night. After the 2nd night we found ourselves with small rows of welts and bites on the ankles, abdomen and other exposed areas of the body. We didn't have issues during the day when we are not at the home or early evening hours when we are active in the home. By 3rd evening I checked underneath the beds and around the home and was high alert for infestations. I saw a black spec that seems to disappear here or there. In the morning our entire family had additional bites and welts. The home has dark carpet and cloth sofa, so hard to see, and we didn't want to complain without proof but our welts was evidence enough and we contacted the managers.

In addition, my kiddos had their game board out we finally caught a moving black was a flea. We daughter had a flea on her arm that jumped off as well...great.

The home managers did get back to us quickly and after sending them photos of our welts and bites (of which it numbered over 100 for the four of us), and a video of the flea in action, they arranged for us to stay at another home. They also refunded us half our stay. However, the damage was done. I would have paid double for a flea free vacation as my husband and I both work and vacation time is precious. We had to pack and unpack a family of four, spend over an hour getting prescription medicines to de-flea my family, and wait hours to know where our new home may be, as well as discard our food from the fridge. The new home was fine but no longer walking distance to our destination and most importantly lacked a washer and dryer. This led us to garbage bag our belongings and bring the possible flea infested items home with us. To top it off, the new rental, which had a locked part which we had no access to, had an alarm that went off for over an hour and woke my children up very early in the morning

Overall, Infestation by the Bay was traumatic. It may be the cleanest home now after our stay, but our stay was full of fleas by the sea. Our suitcases are still sitting in the garage with flea spray. Once again, location is great, management was responsive and fair, but our stay was 😭򛐠BLEH!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As we understand how important vacation time is for our guests, we strive to provide exceptionally clean and well appointed homes to enhance this experience. We apologize that we fell so short in providing a perfect environment for you and your family. This was the first instance of fleas we have had in one of our homes in over 8 years of operation and have put measures in place so that no other guest will have the same experience. We understand that the financial compensation given to yourself cannot begin to replace the vacation you were anticipating, and only hope that our diligence to rectify the situation was beneficial.
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Family reunion on the west coast.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third VBRO in the Monterey area and by far the best to date. The views from the common areas are as advertised in the property description, stunning views of the bay and beyond. We love to cook and the kitchen was out fitted with everything we needed. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms accommodations and linens were adequate for all. We prepared a meal for 7 adults and one child each evening and dined looking out at the bay. After dinner we walked down to Cannery Row and indulged in Ghirardelli each evening. The property is close enough to the walking path to allow easy access to the attractions of Cannery Row and yet far enough away to afford quiet when you want to retire. We loved it and would return again without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property was a great fit for our family of 5. The decor was both tasteful and peaceful in nature and nothing could beat having the French doors open to listen to the waves.

I am an artist and I would recommend this home and area to anyone not only to people who work in creative fields, but anyone who needs some visual inspiration.

We will forever think of this as the "orchid" house and hope to return to this restful place. Thank you for the charming stay.

NB: My husband and I had to do some work while on the visit and we appreciated the solid wifi.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gold River, CA

Great place near the ocean

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect girls getaway. The home is beautifully decorated and very clean. Kitchen and bath linens were new and of high quality and 4 cozy bathrobes waited for us in the closets. Beds were comfortable. We liked that there was a bathroom downstairs for the 2 bedrooms, a master bathroom upstairs, and a half bath close to the living room. The kitchen was well stocked with very nice appliances, although we only used it for breakfast toast and coffee.

The ocean was spectacular, and the Monterey aquarium and Cannery Row is but a 5-10 minute walk.

We contacted the house manager, Chris, twice and he immediately answered his phone and answered our questions.

I would definitely recommend this property.

The only thing that might be improved on is the lighting in the bathrooms. It is quite dim for putting on makeup.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a view!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay. The home is very comfortable and very well appointed, but the view from the deck is amazing. At night with the windows open the only sounds you hear are the waves. Walked to great restaurants at night and walks along the water each morning. Truly relaxing!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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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


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

    ** Holidays & Special Events may have higher rates.
    ** Housekeeping, Processing and Property Protection fees and taxes are additional to the base rates.
    ** Guest stays of 30 days or more 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.
    ** Total occupancy may affect rates: Rates may vary depending upon how many guests are occupying the home, including all infants and children. Home sleeps up to 6 adults.
    ** See more info at or call 831-373-7103.
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Pacific Grove Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • 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
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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