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Unique Mavericks Beachfront Loft on the Sand by Pillar Point!

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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El Granada Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Amazing Harbor Beach & Ocean Views!

3 NIGHT MINIMUM!!! (NO EXCEPTIONS) Please don't ask.

If you are interested in booking, please tell me about yourself, your other guests; & reason for visiting the HMB area.

NOT SUITABLE FOR SMALLER CHILDREN---ADULTS & YOUNG ADULTS ONLY!!! Small Pets Only! (My Art Gallery is located below the Loft & there is a noise issue with small children and large pets).



Warm & inviting colorful space, with amazing views of the harbor, and beach below. Cresting waves on the jetty, sailing boats, wind surfers, and visiting wildlife are only a few of the sites to enjoy while sipping gourmet coffee in the "Crow's Nest Seat" by the expansive bay windows.

Take your coffee along for an early morning stroll on the beach. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need for a great seafood dinner, which you can buy fresh from the Fishing vessel "Sadie K" in Pillar Point Marina 3 blks east, or hop on the bikes and cruise over to have great Italian food at the Mezza Luna.

The bath features a roomy walk-in shower, with on demand piping hot water, so it never runs out.

Enjoy a complementary bottle of wine under the stars on the furnished deck overlooking the beach. Then hop into the comfy queen bed, in the glow of the remote control wall fireplace, and watch you favorite cable channel, (choose from over 100 entertainment or music channels) .Beatspill & DVDs are provided for your listening & viewing pleasure, or choose an interesting book from the shelf.. Have a relaxing night's sleep lulled by the sound of the waves.

Guest Access

Furnished Beach side Pavilion and lounge chairs & BBQ. There are 2 bicycles also available on a first come first serve basis, Beach chairs, body boards, beach balls, buckets shovels, folding chairs, umbrellas, etc are stored in the a hut in the private gated parking area.

Interaction with Guests

I am in and out of the gallery, but am always on call for guests concerns., and am generally around weekends during the day.

The Neighborhood

A short stroll or paddle to Mavericks Big Wave ocean beach & tide pools, shell gathering, a short 3 block walk or bike ride to Pillar Point Harbor Marina Sea Food & Shops! The local yacht club is a few doors down, and there are boat and equipment rentals the same distance. Amazing hiking on the pillar point bluff to hidden beaches, wildlife & Bird watching at the estuary across the road.

Getting around

Marina is an easy 3 blk walk, or take the bikes! There is a new bike path that goes all the way down the coast to Half Moon Bay, about 3 miles south.

Other Things to Note

Beach Towels, folding chairs and umbrellas are available. If you have larger pets (small pet accepted) or kids, please get in touch so we can discuss features that may or may not work for you. No parties or loud music. This is my home also, and I expect the property and neighbors to be treated with respect!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mike Auliso
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016

About Mike Auliso

Greetings! My name is Michael and I run the Tribal Art Gallery located below the Loft & above the Garden Flat.. I live in the Redwood Forest in the Santa Cruz Mts, but am close by & always available for the needs of guests. The gallery is by appointment, so foot traffic is minimal

Mike Auliso purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Mike Auliso chose California

Princeton by the Sea, where the property is located, about 9 square blocks in size, was the original center for crab & general commercial fishing in the Bay Area, and still is mostly Boat repair, crab trap storage, the Yacht Club, boat rentals, and other marine related businesses or local artists. There is no commercial manufacturing allowed, and generally businesses must be marine or art related, like my gallery. Basically Pillar Point is a working Harbor, with a few artists & craftspeople in residence.

The 'Romeo Pier' in front of our property was the unloading point for fishermen's catch since the early 1800s. Many of the 'crabbers' have gone, and the community is slowly turning back into the small creative enterprise, private residence & artist colony, that it was back in the 1920's through the 1960's, when many famous artists and musicians lived in the old warehouses.

We are continually working to beautify the old buildings & general area, particularly the 3 blocks of beach road between the Harbor Marina, and West Point Beach where we are located; so that hopefully soon, there won't be as much of a contrast between the two areas, without having Princeton be 'touristy' like the Marina.

Sometimes it's interesting to get out of your normal environment, and experience something completely different, and that is why I was so taken with the property. Also it is the closest building to Mavericks Big Wave surfing beach, which to surfing enthusiasts is what a cozy chalet at the foot of Mt Everest would be to avid climbers. We have a lot of water sports and fishing activity in the harbor, as well as wonderful hiking on the Point & bird watching at the estuary across the street.

What makes this apartment unique

Half Moon Bay has a quaint downtown with lots of amazing restaurants, and a variety unusual Art, as well as amazing shopping opportunities. Renting the Loft is my way of sharing the HMB experience I enjoy with others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

about hesitating to review a place I want so bad to be available next time we're planning to visit HMB (for the umpteenth time).

My (now) wife and I rented the upstairs unit for four days during our wedding weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the experience.

We'd mentioned in passing that we were getting married and Michael and his team blew us away with an amazing first impression that included a welcome basket with wine and treats (plus music playing!) upon arrival.

The pictures do the rest of the place justice and don't lie -- it's an incredibly peaceful place with myriad options to have fun nearby: a short walk to The Old Princeton Landing (great bar!), stand-up paddle or kayaking in the bay, a short hike to view Mavericks, fishing charters, and lots of great food options.

And of course it's RIGHT ON THE MOTHER F-IN BEACH with a shared backyard patio type area (con Koi pond) and master chef area that's great for BBQ'ing. Perhaps better is the space just off the private parking area where you can settle into chairs and enjoy a book and/or glass of wine from a perch overlooking the dogs and families and fellow tourists taking the area in. Don't let the the shared component of the BBQ area deter, unless you're trying to duck federal agents and not be seen by anyone or something. It made for a cool way to meet the "neighbors", who were super cool and ended up sharing GIANT fresh salmon with us and visiting friends. The more the merrier!

Last couple points:

- unlike a bunch of places I've stayed this place has ben meticulously customized with guests in mind. All drawers etc. (even the shower settings) are labeled so you don't feel lost acclimating to the place. You never feel like you're crashing at someone's place while they're gone.

- we took our dog and he loved it! it's a very dog friendly beach with miles of beach for dogs to run. I think he slept for four days after.

I'm sure my wife could add tons of commentary about the cool little touches with the decor and whatnot, and I surely appreciated it, but I'll save you my surely feeble attempt.

In sum: never stay here. Ever. It's terrible and Michael is not accommodating or welcoming at all... ;o) In fact, just stay away from Half Moon Bay. I've heard Pacifica is where all the cool kids stay anyway...

May 2014
May 2014
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based on 22 traveler reviews

Unique Mavericks Beachfront Loft on the Sand by Pillar Point!
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

great little place

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week, had a great time. The apartment was nice, looked just like the pictures. The owner was very helpful as well. Love the area and pillar point

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace. Serenity. Beautiful. Cool. Quaint. Great location.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael and his lady win "Tidiest Guests of the Year" award, hands down! I had to check the towel hamper to make sure they had actually visited. Needless to say they are welcome back any time, and I hope they will be back soon, so I will have the pleasure of meeting them in person! What great folks!
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Perfect Artsy Charming & Classy with a view!

  • 5 of 5

Just wrote a long review and something went awry in the post so to recap in a nutshell- Love this place, the location and the owner who takes pride in keeping things perfect! Can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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One of the Best Vacation Rentals we have encountered

  • 5 of 5

Michael was great as this was our first getaway for our Anniversary since we got together in 1988. Very nice location, quiet beach. Will be going back very soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please come back as soon as you can! It was a real pleasure having you visit! Mike
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Great stay. Very clean.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean. Nice location

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for visiting!
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit staying at Mike's property. It was fantastic and we love the location (great beach access, restaurants to walk to and hiking trail access too) and accommodations, everything was terrific!

Regarding the accommodations ... We stayed in the loft this time and Mike provided everything one would need for cooking etc. We definitely will be coming back to stay again. We love this place! 😎

Ray, Kathy and Mollie

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Princeton Landing
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mezza Luna
Nearest Beach
West Point Beach
Car: not necessary

Close to Mavericks Big Wave Surfing


Rates & Availability

El Granada Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 12 2016 - Jan 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $55
Pet Fee $25
Property Damage Protection $59

3 Person Limit, 2 DAY MINIMUM!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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El Granada Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • One Queen Bed sleeps 2, Twin Trundle Beds in Alcove sleeps 2, 2 Single Bed Fold Down Euro-Divans in Living Room--sleeps 1 each
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • reefs
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
4 Person Limit, 3 DAY MINIMUM! Check-in 2pm Check out 11am

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