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Whale Watch: Oceanfront/Near Mendo Village/a Private Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This Pacific Ocean retreat is ideal for those seeking peace, quiet, and spectacular sunsets.  The Whale Watch House is located in one of Mendocino’s best-kept and most-exclusive coastal neighborhoods just one mile north of the historic Mendocino Village .


This craftsman beauty features an open floor plan. Through the many large picture windows you will enjoy unparalleled views of the blue Pacific Ocean while your privacy is ensured by the surrounding grove of mature cypress trees.  There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, jogging, and biking just outside the front door.  The main entrance to Russian Gulch State Park and the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse are both within walking distance.


Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon glass of wine on the large deck and watch the seals, migrating whales, as well as an abundance of wildlife including black tail deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, foxes, brown pelicans and other sea birds.


Book your reservation now so you too can revitalize and relax to the soothing sound of waves crashing on the rocks below.  You will experience why first time visitors become repeat guests.


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Harvey and Jackie Moranda
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2017

About Harvey and Jackie Moranda

We are mostly retired now. Harvey is a rancher -- and these ranchers never completely retire. Jackie is a retired school teacher. We are finally getting to the place where we have more time to enjoy the coast and all it has to offer. Our children and grandchildren (Idaho and Arizona folks) love to get their 'ocean fix' over here at Whale Watch House. A special treat for them is to ride the Skunk Train and to hunt for treasures on the many beaches. But, for us, just being here is very special.

Harvey and Jackie Moranda purchased this house in 1990

Why Harvey and Jackie Moranda chose North Coast California

We are used to country living; that is, lots of privacy. When we first saw Whale Watch House nestled in among the many mature trees, we knew we had found our quiet, coastal retreat with all the privacy we enjoy. Every time we walk up those steps to the deck, come around the corner to the front door, and see that ocean out in front of us . . . . well, we know all over again that we made the right decision to make Whale Watch House our coastal home-away-from-home.


Mendocino House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Main level bath has a shower/tub combination. Stand up showers in other two baths. Large bathroom on the main level.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2) Memory foam mattress topper., Queen size Beds (1), Master and downstairs king room have attached baths. Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A pull-out sofa bed. Full size--very new --very comfortable--no bar across the back!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Pull out sofa bed is very comfortable. Iron and ironing board in laundry room. Picnic table on the deck. There are stairs to climb to get into the house, and to get to any bedroom---no bedroom on the main floor. Pictures of stairs are available. MORE PICTURES: ABALONE DIVING is NOT ALLOWED from the bluff-top homes in this development. The area is monitored closely by the Abalone Watch and the neighbors.


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Whale Watch: Oceanfront/Near Mendo Village/a Private Retreat
average rating of 4.866667 based on 45 reviews
Naperville IL

Comfy and Fun Mini-Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

If you want a place where you can feel like you at home, near the ocean, with views should rent Whale Watch. My sister, brother and myself along with our three spouses go someplace every year to spend some much needed time together. This was the perfect venue. Laid back, comfy, quiet, so near the ocean (major plus!) ...just everything you can think. It feels like your very far away from things, but to go shopping, groceries or dining is really just a short drive down the highway. Jackie was great to work with, and was quite responsive to all my inquiries leading up to and following after.

Although we had fog the entire time we were there, which is unusual for the first week of September, it didn't matter. We had such a great time watching seals, dolphins and sea otters at play, and the waves crashing in on the rocks (really, how many ways can a wave crash?) It was a little cool but we spent some time on the deck but could always get a great view from the living room. Perfect. As "locals" we're already trying to figure out other times we can come stay at Whale Watch again.

Whale Watch is clean, comfortable, well-tended, but not fancy...but do you need that anyway? We slept like babies, had fun cooking meals together and had plenty of laid back time to enjoy each other’s company. What more do you need? For us, only more of the same. Go. Play. You'll love it.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience in Mendocino!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This destination was absolutely phenomenal! The home was immaculate and spacious. The views of the ocean from the living area and deck were tremendous. We saw whales, sea lions, and seals. The beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of room for the family. We built a fire in the fireplace one night which was truly enjoyable. We cooked outside on the grill a couple times which was awesome as we were able to enjoy the surroundings. Downtown Mendocino was very quaint. Ft Bragg was just about 7 miles away so it was convenient to go there and pick up groceries. It was a great place for a vacation with our adult children. The owners were very accommodating. My wife did a lot of research and found this spot....she hit a home run! We'll definitely go back again with either the family or a few other couples. We went to a winery that was about 40 minutes away; it was in the midst of numerous wineries. It was worth the trip. There are several great restaurants within 20 minutes of the home.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whale Watcher house

  • 5 of 5

This place is a vacation heaven. The view is stupendous. You are right there looking at the ocean and watching the surf from the outside deck and also from the sitting room on comfortable sofa and chairs. We had lunch outside, taking advantage of the sunny day, using the table on the deck. The rooms were good, having each with their own bathroom made it easy for everyone's privacy. All in all it is a hidden paradise. We'll go again the next opportunity that present itself.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Choice for Mendocino

  • 5 of 5

We had a family get-together here in August. The house is in a superb location, both for its spectacular ocean views and for day trips. The house is very comfortable (we were six adults). The kitchen was extremely well stocked, everything was clean and neat, and the house had everything we needed for our 10 days there. It was beyond our expectations.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular views and lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a week at Whale Watch in late August/early September 2016. The views from the property are spectacular! We enjoyed sitting on the porch and watching the surf, sunsets and sea lions. The home is spacious for three couples and each having our own bathroom was a huge plus. The kitchen is the best-equipped we have seen in a rental. So much so that we cooked in five of the seven nights (with trips to the Harvest Markets in both Fort Bragg and Mendocino) to enjoy the great wines we purchased on our day trip to Anderson Valley. Loved being close to Mendocino, Fort Brag, Russian Gulch and Jug Handle Preserve (which is a must -- do the entire hike!). Jackie was great to work with. She left clear instructions, was available prior to the trip to answer our many questions and promptly refunded the damage deposit. We look forward to visiting Whale Watch again soon! Thanks Jackie!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern California

Location, location, location!

  • 5 of 5

We THOUGHT we were coming to this area to enjoy Mendocino & Fort tell the truth we were happier spending our afternoons looking out at the seabirds, whales & sea lions (we started naming them as the days went on!) from the secluded...spacious porch. Seriously, be prepared to bring your own food & soak in the best view in Mendocino!

So, we were surprised to see so many whales (over 10) that were so close to shore. Just past the rocks there must be a sheltered shelf for them to navigate what seemed like only 50 feet from shore. We've never been so close, even saw a baby nearly completely out of the water playing up a storm.

This home is a little older, but well loved and comfy. The owners were thoughtful enough to provide toiletries, nice soft towels for the bathrooms & hot tub, and the bed was SO comfortable!

The hot tub was in a perfect location, not too windy & the premier location to whale watch....thus its name! 😉

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Many in Mendocino Village
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Little River Inn
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many in Mendocino Village & Fort Bragg
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Casper Beach
Car: necessary

Fantastic for Whale Watching!! Close to Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse Station and Caspar Beach. Minutes from Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and the famous Skunk Train, which is not just for the kids!

Plan a day trip inland to the many wonderful wineries, shop the unique boutiques in the Village and in Fort Bragg.

Be sure to visit the world famous tattoo museum in Fort Bragg. Pick up some 'just caught today' fresh fish from Noyo Harbor. While there, drop in at Carine's for a visit with Mama Carine and feast on Carine's HUGE hamburgers. Too much for one person---bring a friend to help you on this feast.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

The refundable Security deposit of $500 is doubled when a pet is brought to Whale Watch. Please contact owner for Weekly and Monthly rates.
Nightly rates are for up to 6 people. Higher rates for 7-8 people.

The Security Deposit of $500 is due with the signed contract. If a pet will be in residence, there is an additional, and refundable, deposit of $500. 50% of the rental fee is due 60 days before arrival. The remaining 50% is due 30 days before arrival.


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