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Margaret Joan (MJ) Whalen

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Oceanfront on the Sand - All New 4 Bedroom!

17 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Santa Cruz County Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Our 1750 sq ft beach house that was completely remodeled in 2007 is located just south of Aptos & Seascape Resort, approximately 12 miles south of Santa Cruz. It offers a panoramic oceanview with 15 miles of sandy beach. You can enjoy your coffee watching the dolphins & surfers and then watch the sunset from your deck. You have direct access to the beach and campfires are permitted until 10pm.

The gourmet kitchen of granite & stainless, is well stocked with cooking utensils and staples (spices, oils, etc) anything you may have forgotten.

Ample paper products (paper towels,toilet paper)are also supplied. Hair Dryers in 2 bathrooms.

The beds are already make up and waiting. This is our home away from home that we invite you to share and we do take great care maintaining it and believe that you will have everything you need for a perfect stay.

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Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Margaret Joan (MJ) Whalen (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Margaret Joan (MJ) Whalen

My husband and I dreamed of having a place on the coast for as long as I can remember. We invite you to bring your family to our home and enjoy all the wonderful things the Monterey Coast has to offer.

Margaret Joan (MJ) Whalen purchased this townhome in 1999

Why Margaret Joan (MJ) Whalen chose Santa Cruz County

We chose La Selva Beach because of its close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area where our family and friends are located.

What makes this townhome unique

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

State Park Beach walk

Cement ship

Quaint little town of Capitola

Moss Landing Bird Santuary

Monterey Bay Fishermens Wharf, Cannery Row, Aquarium,

Numerous golf courses

17 Mile Drive

Carmel, shops, galleries

Wineries multiple locations

Reviews

5
based on 17 traveler reviews

Oceanfront on the Sand - All New 4 Bedroom!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

Wonderful and beautiful views, great beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We used this great beach house to have a mini-moon. Since we wanted to maximize our time with relatives and close friends right after our wedding, we decided to book this beach house. No regrets here! Syd and M.J. take great pride of their property, great detail and amenities. Had an enjoyable and restful time and my new in-laws loved the view. And for a special treat, there were several sightings of dolphins cruising by. Many thanks again for an enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, CA
5

Another wonderful beach trip!

  • 5 of 5

We're just wrapping up our week at the beach and, as always, this beach house did not disappoint! We so look forward to our stay year after year and this week we had the most glorious weather & saw tons of dolphins! The owners take immaculate care of their home and each year it looks as good as the last. While we're sad to see the week coming to an end, we're so grateful to be able to return again next summer and will look forward to that visit all year long. Thanks Syd & MJ for sharing your beautiful beach home!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alameda CA USA
5

Amazing in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We recently 'won' a weekend stay at 'a Santa Cruz beach house'. Obviously that can mean a very large range of properties, but since we were supporting our local school we decided to give it a chance. When we arrived with several other families for our two night stay, we were all blown away the minute we walked in the door. I'm pretty sure that you cannot find a place on the entire North Coast that combines the amazing 180 degree ocean view, with the proximity to the actual beach. The house is set up just far enough on the cliff to get a fantastic, uninterrupted view, but within 60 seconds of walking out the back/bottom door you're on the actual beach. Not only is the beach beautiful here, it is as private as anything you will find. The house is very nice & clean and it uses its space very well. The first people to arrive from our group were treated to the sight of whales jumping just offshore.

We all agreed that we will definitely come back, and even talked about making an annual trip out of it. Great place, great location, great owner. Can't go wrong with this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manteca, CA
5

Annual beach trip - week of July 4th

  • 5 of 5

I've been going to La Selva Beach for 12 yrs now, for the same week. The group that I go with has been doing this for ~40 yrs. This is the 2nd time we've had this condo, and have already reserved for 2015! This condo is our favorite of the several that we've stayed in; very well appointed, with all the necessary amenities, and then some. We especially like the conversion of the downstairs portion into two actual bedrooms, as this allowed us to have another couple join us this year. This year was awesome as usual, and we look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kelley. We do try to anticipate what our guests needs are. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the glowing review.....mj
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Stockton, CA USA
5

Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home in Feb. 2012 for a "girls' weekend" and 50th birthday celebration. It was perfect for the 8 of us--right on the beach, beautifully maintained (and several in our group are HUGE sticklers for cleanliness),and a nice, updated, fully stocked kitchen. It felt much more like you were staying in a friend's home than that you were renting a stranger's house.

We liked it so much, we came back again this February, and everything was just as perfect as we remembered. It's not in a town where you can walk to coffee or dinner, but it is on miles and miles of wide-open beautiful beach. The 2 sliding doors on the living room/kitchen level give a great view (as do the two upstairs bedrooms.) We kept thinking we'd go out to eat for a meal, but always opted to cook in and enjoy the ocean-front dining.

At the end of our first weekend, we so didn't want to leave that we called MJ Sunday morning and asked if we could rent it for one more night, even though it meant leaving at 5:30 am to make it to work Monday morning. Then, as always, MJ was great to work with--friendly, helpful and efficient. This year, we had the good sense to rent for 3 nights. :)

I kept meaning to come here and write a review saying how much we loved the place, but never got around to it. Ended up here because I've misplaced MJ's email and we're looking in to coming back again for yet another 50th birthday.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Truly Award Winning

  • 5 of 5

Everyone has their unique take on what they consider to be a "fair", "good" or "great" place to rent/vacation . . . well, our take is this La Selva home is a "First Class ~ Top Honors" beach house. It is evident as soon as you open the front door that this is not just another ordinary beach rental. The pride of detail, care and ownership shows through out the entire house with the level of upgraded amenities and personal touches. The extent to which the kitchen & pantry are stocked, and the bedrooms & bathrooms appointed are award winning! And the boogie boards, games, videos, flatscreen tv's, gas BBQ and wireless internet access go beyond the expected! Our family including children and grandchildren has vacationed here for two summers and it truly does feel like home-away-from-home. The location, views and immediate access to the beach (albeit by stairs) make it a perfect destination get-a-way. You'll love it . . . we do!

MJ is a delight to work with and she really knows how to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Thank you, MJ!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your lovely comments. There's an old saying "treat others as you would like them to treat you". We are striving to do just that.........mj
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Car: necessary

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, shelling, spa

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Rates & Availability

La Selva Beach Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Christmas
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
New Year's
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Nightly rate is $400.00. Special Holidays Rate of $450/night (4 night minimum) for Memorial Day / July 4th / Labor Day / Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Years. AS OF JAN 1 2016 RATES WILL BE AS FOLLOWS: $400/NIGHTLY AND SPECIAL HOLIDAYS WILL BE $450/NIGHTLY. THOSE ALREADY SIGNED CONTRACTS FOR 2016 WILL BE HONORED.

Cleaning Fee.....$125 / Security Deposit to hold your date.....$500.00.
Balance due 3 weeks prior to check-in. Deposit refunded when key is returned

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Amenities

Santa Cruz County Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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