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Montara Bluff House-Amazing Views-Perfect Couples Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-only-Not suitable for children or Parties)

If you are interested in booking, please tell me about yourself, and your other guests plus your reason for visiting the HMB area. Ideal for one or two couples only. Minimum Age for Renters is 18 Years Old. No Pets. No Smoking. Amazing views where the mountain comes down to the ocean. This expansive stunning ranch home has two bedrooms each located at different ends of the home for ultimate privacy. Two gas fireplaces for romantic evenings are located in the family room and the 420 sf. Living Room. Two enclosed decks for privacy as well as a large view deck to watch the ocean and sunsets.

The gourmet kitchen features a subzero refrigerator, fisher paykel dishwasher drawers, two ovens and counter space for multiple cooks. Allergies? No pets have been in the house and the furnace has a HEPA Filter. Hi-speed secure wi-fi connection too!

Peaceful and serene, located on top of the bluff at the end of a cul-de-sac just 25 minutes from the SF Airport and The City. 10 minutes away is the charming town of Half Moon Bay. Montara Beach is one block away and Montara Mountain hiking can be started from the house. The coastal area is perfect for those that love to walk, hike, bike, relax and enjoy each other. A rejuvenating experience for the body and spirit.

OCCUPANCY-In consideration of our neighbors and because of liability issues, OCCUPANCY AND USE OF THE HOUSE IS STRICTLY LIMITED TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS WE HAVE AGREED TO IN YOUR RESERVATION. Other persons are not allowed on the property and there can be no loud parties at any time. Our neighbors closely monitor the neighborhood and record and report disruptive events as soon as they happen. IF WE RECEIVE A COMPLAINT REGARDING EXCESSIVE TRAFFIC, NOISE OR PARTIES OF ANY KIND YOU WILL FORFEIT YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT. We understand that many wish to have events and parties and in fact love a good time ourselves. If that is your need then our home is not the place for you.

San Mateo County Certificate #87

Security cameras at outside front entry.

Keywords: Ocean View, one-level, Mountain View,Gourmet Kitchen,Stunning,Light,Open,flowing floorplan

More Details

Kathy Rain
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2017

About Kathy Rain

Michael and Kathy Rain are local Realtors on the Coast for over 20 years. Michael also has a degree in music from Cornish School of Music and plays guitar, drums and vocals. Passionate about the ocean, they also have an oceanfront condo and vacation rental in North Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii. Avid hikers, both Coasts are ideal locations.

Kathy Rain purchased this house in 1992

What makes this house unique

This beautiful location with views of the mountain coming down to the ocean never ceases to delight our senses. Love to hike Montara Mountain with it's many trails, walk the Coastal Bluff Trail in Half Moon Bay and the Pacifica Coastal Trail at Linda Mar. The Harbor area is a treat with kayak rental, boat excursions, restaurants and fresh fish off the boats. Being just 25 minutes from San Francisco makes for great day excursions. We are within a few hours of several wine regions. Our sleepy little town is amazing and affords a serene respite for the spirit.


Montara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Marble Bathrooms and showers, luxurious towels. Hair Dryer, shampoo, conditioner provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • 2 King size Beds Two Pillow Top luxurious beds with down pillows for your sleeping comfort in bedrooms.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Security cameras at outside front entry.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Montara Bluff House-Amazing Views-Perfect Couples Retreat
average rating of 4.804878 based on 41 reviews

Beautiful home and view. Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the home and the location. As well, the weather was terrific and we saw whales everyday from our front room view. The home is lovely and very comfortable. I'm sure we'll return many more times.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding Experience

  • 5 of 5

The property was better than terrific! A lovely home with beautiful furnishings. We felt at home! Each room was nicely furnished and sparkling clean. The reception by Michael was totally warm and welcoming. The property is literally 5 minutes from the beach by foot! Without exception a terrific experience.


  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location , view our living area was breathtaking. House has everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

We would go back tomorrow. The bluff house was perfect weekend get away for east coasters like us to experience the unreal California coast line. Near Half Moon Bay and San Francisco it was perfectly located. House was clean and Directtv in every room. We watched the sunset from the deck and hiked each day . Great restaurants very near.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful delightful dream home

  • 5 of 5

Nothing less than five stars is accurate for this property. We loved our stay and everything was just as we had hoped. Not one disappointment. The photos are all 100% accurate (that view!) and we already felt at home the minute we walked in the door. The location of the house is wonderful, on a quiet dead end street, with spectacular views of sunsets, beach, and mountains from panoramic windows all over the house. What more could anyone want? We were treated to awesome whale crossings and breaching right from the living room window. That was a first for us! We were thirty minutes from the airport, but felt a world away. This is an easy escape from SF or from out of town. The spacious house is appointed beautifully and was very comfortable and homey. Clearly the house has had many recent updates and felt new in many ways. Spotless as well. The beds and linens are luxurious. Both bedrooms are on opposite sides of the house, with their own baths, so it really is a perfect couples getaway. The open kitchen was a delight to work in and was very well stocked with pots, pans, gadgets, casual and fine china, cookbooks, everything you would need. Kathy, the owner, kept in touch with us during our stay to ask how everything was going and to alert us to the whale activity. She was a nice as she could be and we were honored to be enjoying her lovely home. She has anticipated almost everything anyone could want from sunscreen to binoculars to a wine tote for the beach. Flowers were blooming all around the front and back deck area. We found the house very quiet and the neighbors were delightful. We enjoyed many strolls through the neighborhood (saw hawks and owls), over to the McNee Ranch trails, down to a dinner at La Costanera, and down to gorgeous Montara Beach. And for the tech amenities...the high speed internet was great and DirectTV plus a blu-ray/DVD player was nice for snuggling up with a good show in front of a fire. This house is simply divine in all ways. We enjoyed pretending it was ours and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Doug. We are so happy the whales were out during your stay and thst you found Montara to be a special place. You took care of our Bluff House like it was your own and we would be delighted to have you return. Thank you for being such great guests. Kathy
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Don't book until reading this review...

  • 1 of 5

Don't make the mistake we made! First, this house sits DIRECTLY ABOVE THE MAIN HIGHWAY with constant traffic! The loud car noise from the highway DIRECTLY below is easily heard while sitting on the little front deck area, but even worse, you can hear it with all the windows closed in the bedroom when trying to go to sleep. DEFINITELY NOT A QUIET LOCATION! Secondly, the view showing the ocean?? Add LOTS OF POWER LINES and the power poles they connect to; the owner's photo shows only one power line going across the sky---very deceiving. And that front deck? Directly across the street is a small unkempt single story house. That is your real view. The ocean view is off to the left past this dirty house and the power lines. Now, let's talk about the house. It is an old ranch style that has been semi-updated inside. This is the weird part: you think you are renting an entire house, BUT YOU ARE NOT! This house has actually been divided to make it appear that you are renting a whole house. In reality, the owners constructed a wall in the hallway so as to partition the house, and they live directly on the other side of this wall! They put a wall mirror on that 'new' wall to make the house appear larger (floor to ceiling). Every time I walked past this big mirror on the wall to go to the bathroom I wondered if it was a two-way mirror? Freaky. The couple who gets the second bedroom must walk across this hallway, in front of this mirror, to a very small bathroom with no surface space for toiletries (make sure you decide in advance which couple gets the bigger bedroom with the ensuite bathroom---which is also larger---because these two bedrooms are definitely not equal; we didn't even have a place to put our luggage). The owners put up security cameras outside the property, one stares at you as you walk in the front door, and we saw a few others mounted to the house (motion sensor lights too!). I could hear the owners talking in their part of the divided house and I could hear water running when nobody on our side was using a faucet. Our side had one address number out front, and the owners put up another number on a telephone pole for their side---but it's the SAME house! The second bedroom doesn't even have a closet. They stuck an old VERY SMALL amoire in that bedroom for the both of us to hang our clothes. The door in our bedroom that could have been a true closet was locked! A gardener came during our short visit--Wow. Also, NO A/C! Yuk!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our first poor review after 37 great ones! Reading her scathing remarks, the last comment summed up the person who wrote this review. They mentioned, “No A/C! YUK!!” I wondered why that was a problem. People come to the Coast because we have cool fresh ocean breezes. No one has A/C. I thought maybe we had a heat wave and looked up the weather for the dates stayed of July 21-24, 2016. Highest daytime temperature range was 50-62 degrees, lowest were 50-59 degrees. Can’t understand why this issue, “No A/C”, was a problem. Maybe this person just has a “glass half empty” mindset. I looked at every other comment made. We have one telephone pole that goes across the road to one house. Those are service wires that are visible in an otherwise amazing view. Yes, we are above the road, but “noise” has never been a comment from any other guest. The across the street, our only neighbors, would take great insult in the description of their house. They have spent so much time money, pride and effort residing, reroofing, painting and landscaping. As for the layout of the house, it is accurate in the photos. The en-suite/with bathroom bedroom is 188 sq. ft. and the second bedroom with bath across the hall is 175 sq. ft. at the other end of the house. We disclose there are outside security cameras as many vacation home owners have put up. Of course, there are no interior cameras which would be illegal. There is a unit in the back of the main house which must have been disclosed as they had all the details. Lastly, our poor professional garden lady came by and was greeted by the guest. She volunteered to leave but was told it was OK to stay. She is one quiet woman that is hired to pull weeds and hand clip the bushes. Even at a Four Seasons Resort, there is gardening going on around the guest. Please read the other reviews that talk about the peace, quiet, beauty, amazing views, whale sightings, comfortable beds, layout, cleanliness and how much they enjoyed their stay. We make every effort to provide a quality, enjoyable experience for our guests. If you have any special needs, we will do our best to accommodate those for you. We look forward to you contacting us with any questions.
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

The home and location were far beyond my expectations.

The view overlooking the ocean was absolutely gorgeous and the house afforded a great deal of privacy.

Beautiful layout of the house complimented by relaxing decor made this a real getaway. Great local restaurants as well as very close to the city.

We enjoyed the place so much, we only went to the city once as we truly wanted to enjoy the property. Everything was new and clean and quite spacious.

The kitchen was spectacular and we enjoyed the blue ray player as well - plenty of places to rent movies from for a quiet night at home.

Kathy was super responsive to all my questions, as I was not familiar with the area and her response time was almost immediate, I was so impressed.

She was gracious and I am already planning to come back for my next vacation. In a word, it was sheer "bliss."

Thank you so much for this wonderful experience.

Erika Roman (we stayed the 4th of July weekend, 2016)

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Erika, We are so glad you enjoyed our Bluff House and your vacation on the Coast. You were such a wonderful, considerate guest and we hope to see you soon for a return visit. Thank you for your comments which will help other travelers when they are trying to select that special place for their vacations. Kathy
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Rates & Availability

Montara House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Checkout Fee $195
Tax Rate 10.0%

$450/night plus 10% State Tax, $180.00 cleaning fee, $99.00 non-refundable Damage Insurance Premium.
Maximum of 4 Adults. No Children under 18.
No Pets. No Smokers. No Events

CA Tax ID Certificate #87 CA State Tax of 10%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Ocean Colony
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
La Costenara
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Montara State Beach
Car: necessary

You wlll arrive at a destination resort area on the Half Moon Bay Coast. Beautiful beach boardwalk, pier and harbor, restaurants, fresh fish to bring back, whale watching and deep sea fishing excursions. 25 minutes to San Francisco.

Hiking trails are literally outside the front door. Kayaking is in the Harbor just 3 miles away where you can also paddel board and wind surf. Montara Beach is a long white sand beach with good surfing. Mavericks surf is 3 miles away. Bicycle trails are everywhere including Montara Mountain with many off path trails for biking and horseback riding. Stables are within a few miles, and yes, you can ride your horse down to the beach in Half Moon Bay.


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