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Harvey and Jackie Moranda

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

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

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Mendocino House Rental Photos and Description

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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Harvey and Jackie Moranda (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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.


based on 41 traveler reviews

Whale Watch: Oceanfront/Near Mendo Village/a Private Retreat
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 41 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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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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Ocean dream home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with two other couples stayed at the whale watch house for an adult getaway, and that's just what it was. The views inside and outside were spectacular. We watched dolphins, whales, and sea lions play in the water. We took a short drive to the Glass Beach and had a great afternoon, but couldn't wait to get back to the house. The kitchen had all the necessities, plus more. The hottub was hot and ready for us when we arrived. The house was well organized and the white binder answered all the questions about where things were. Jackie was extremely pleasant to coordinate with and I felt she really went above and beyond for us. I HIGHLY recommend this house, but make sure you stay more than 2 nights, it's not enough, trust me.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Livermore, CA

Fantastic for Family and Friends!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a three night stay at Whale Watch. It was fabulous. Jackie was thorough, friendly, accommodating, and clear. The house was in great condition when we arrived and the instructions for caring for the space were easy. I came with my wife, son (7 yrs), and mother (68 yrs) and the all loved it equally from the time we set foot on the deck until we reluctantly left for home. EVERYONE we encountered in the neighborhood and in town was friendly. By the way, the house is a super quick jaunt from Downtown Mendocino... GPS said 8 minutes, but it felt like 3. I am a home cook and the kitchen has everything you need, but we ended up getting take out because we loved going into town and taking advantage of the views and relaxation Whale Watch had to offer. Great views of some harbor seals out on the rocks each day and the stars with the sea sounds were PERRRRFECT! We have already booked time in the spring. I can see coming back here year after year! Thanks for such a wonderful experience. Next time, I plan to fire up the grill and take advantage of the locally caught seafood!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chico, CA

Girls' week

  • 5 of 5

What a great time. 5 women together with no responsibilities. We did a bit of the touristy things, like the light house and Glass Beach, but mostly we just enjoyed the house. The view is spectacular. We loved watching the seals on the rocks just below the cliff. The weather could not have been better. The accommodations were perfect. In fact, we are planning to return this winter in hopes of watching the whale migration. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, CA

VRBO comes through again

  • 4 of 5

Great location, beautiful scenery, good for multiple couples.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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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.


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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

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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Mendocino House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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 (1) Memory foam mattress topper., Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) The two twins are often pushed together to form a king sized bed. This room has an attached bath., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A pull-out sofa bed. Full size. Best for children.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
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 appropriate for children only. 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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