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Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom Garden Suite on the Beach!


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

Warm & inviting colorful space, with views of the harbor, and beach from Patio & Garden. Cresting waves on the jetty, sailing boats, wind surfers, and visiting wildlife are only a few of the sights to enjoy while sipping gourmet coffee, relaxing in comfortable lounge chairs in your private walled garden. Paper cups are supplied in the kitchen if you want to take coffee along for an early morning stroll on the beach out to Pillar Point to watch the big waves crashing on Maverick's reef. The kitchenette is equipped with everything you might need for a snack, or light meal. Or grill seafood bought fresh from the crabbers in the marina, on the outdoor kitchen barbeque. Hop on the bikes and cruise a few blocks to have great Italian food at the Mezza Luna, or fish & chips at Barbara's restaurant. The bath featuers a roomy walk-in Pebble shower, with on demand piping hot water, so it never runs out. Enjoy a complementary bottle of wine, or local beer under the stars in the courtyard, warming by the gas fire pit, listening to the tide roll in. Then hop into a comfy Queen bed, in the glow of the remote control wall fireplace, and watch your favorite cable channel, (choose from over 100 entertainment or music channels) DVDs are provided for your listening & viewing pleasure, or choose an interesting magazine or book from the shelf.. Have a relaxing night's sleep lulled by the sound of the sea.

Guest Access

An enclosed private tropical Courtyard with Fire Pit, dining table,, Gas BBQ & fish pond is located at the back of the building, with access from the suite. There are 2 bicycles also available on a first come first serve basis, Beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, etc are stored in the Bike Hut in the 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 Landmark Building, near Mavericks Big Wave Beach, 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 close by. Amazing hiking on the pillar point bluff to hidden beaches, wildlife & birdwatching.

Getting around

Marina is an easy 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, as well as a picnic basket. Families with smaller children (under 7yrs), Pets, or special needs, please Email me so we can discuss features that may or may not work for you. Free street parking. No parties or loud music.

More Details

Mike Auliso
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2017

About Mike Auliso

Greetings! My name is Michael and I run the Tribal Art Gallery located below the Loft & above the Garden Flat. I love the Half Moon Bay area as it has so much variety, including the wonderful marina, and our local West Point beach, adjacent to Mavericks Big Wave surf Beach. 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. I 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 The Bay Area

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Welcoming and accommodating, and the suite was beautiful! We were walking distance to shops and wonderful restaurants, and only a short drive to family-friendly, beautiful hikes and tide pooling. My husband and I were able to relax right outside our door, and watch our kids enjoy playing at the beach. Overall, our expectations were exceeded! We definitely recommend this spot, either for a couple's retreat, or a family getaway. Also, the kitchenette and outdoor kitchen combined, offered everything we needed to prepare our own meals, which was a huge bonus to us! Thank you, Michael, for a wonderful experience!
Apr 2014
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Half Moon Bay Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Resort
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The main room has a Queen Bed--sleeps 2, 1. The lounge has trundle, with 2 normal twin sized mattresses--sleeps 2.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.891892 based on 39 reviews

Great attention to detail. Quiet and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyable stay!! Owner is responsive to any questions and easy to work with. Dog friendly.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Visit again sometime!
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent place, location and owner! The place has everything you will need. Love the courtyard with fire pit, perfect for our newly adopted puppy. Love everything about this place. Hopefully, we can go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Rental Ever!!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented homes for years and hands down this was the best one ever. You do not need to pack anything other than food. Mike has thought of everything! Binoculars, umbrella, every kitchen thing you can think of, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, shampoo, bottled water, snacks, playing cards, foil....I can go on forever.

And the house itself was perfect. The private patio with the doors that open to the bay with the fireplace was fantastic. Also a covered porch area with tons of seating right on the beach. Come out in the morning, drink your coffee (also included) and relax. Plenty of room for the 5 of us and our dog loved being able to roam within the gate and walk just a few steps to the huge beach.

Hands down this was a 5 star stay. It is 100 times better than a small hotel room. Added bonus is you are just a few blocks from great restaurants (fish, brewery, pizza, and coffee shop).

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Creative Use of Space

  • 4 of 5

My week at the Garden Suite was lovely. If anything, the real experience of being there proved better than the photographs were able to fully reveal. Securing my stay was also easy as Mike was prompt, gracious and very helpful. He provided accurate information on the space and much additional information on the area.

The garden suite is full of his own creative talents and building skills, making it a very unique and fun space to spend time in. I especially enjoyed the location with its immediate access to the harbor and beach and the relaxed feel of Princeton by the Sea which had the mood and feel of another era rather than a tourist resort.

I spent many hours in the various outside areas adjacent to the apartment available to guests: the little deck off the apartment facing the water, a larger cabana area also available to guests which sat right above the beach itself, and the enclosed private garden area outside the inner set of sliding glass doors with its waterfall and koi pond and a delightful array of green and flowering plants. It was such a pleasure to sit outside in any of these spots at any time, day or night.

I think the only recommendation I could suggest to Mike would be for the addition of a comfortable recliner or armchair with ottoman for reading and relaxation inside the suite where a guest could get their feet up but not have to actually lie down on a day bed or sit upright in a chair.

Your Garden Suite proved a great choice for me and Mike a good and solicitous host. Thank you, Mike.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful, fun place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Princeton is not Carmel. This is a working harbor with good restaurants and bars. Try Ketch Joanne to meet the local fisherman at the bar. Mike is a great host and his home is great. We had a great time, especially when the storm hit.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We arrived and the sun was shining a little and we knew we were in for a storm but we had an amazing time and the condo is great and furnished wonderfully. Mike has thought of everything that you may need both indoor and outdoor. I hope to get to use the place again when the sun is shining! We needed a weekend away and we ate at local places and the food was great too. We cannot wait to go back!!! Thanks again Mike

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Princeton Landing
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mezza Luna
Nearest Beach
Outside Door
Car: not necessary

3 1/2 Blocks to the marina village, pier, restaurants, fishing, etc


Rates & Availability

Half Moon Bay Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2017 - Jan 10 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 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 Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Pet Fee $25

4 Person Limit, 3 DAY MINIMUM! Check-in 2pm Check out 11am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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