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Casa Mariposa - Central to everything and solar powered!

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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3BR / 2.5 BA sleeps 6 Walk to Asilomar, Lovers Point, Aquarium, Cannery Row

This immaculate Spanish Colonial home is centrally located in the sunniest part of Pacific Grove, within walking distance of the Ocean, Cannery Row, Lovers Point, Asilomar, Spanish Bay, Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pebble Beach, and much more. We are near Washington Park and the Monarch butterfly sanctuary.

Our home boasts many green attributes: It has a state-of-the-art solar system installed on the roof which powers all of the home electrical needs. It also has a sophisticated rain-water catchment system which allows us to conserve drinking water by using rainwater for the gardens. South-facing windows capture the sun and we have energy efficient lighting throughout.

We live in a nice quiet neighborhood central to everything on the Peninsula. Two formal bedrooms (one queen and one king bed) plus a Macy's queen size sleep sofa and a roll-away bed in family room which can serve as a 3rd bedroom. Sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. (Please keep in mind the roll-away bed in the Family Room is small and not comfortable for full-sized adults. For kids it's fine). Two complete baths on main level, plus half bath in upstairs master bedroom.

Bright and sunny, our home is immaculate and newly remodeled. It has all the amenities - WiFi, DVD, cable with large sceen TV, dishwasher, washer/dryer, granite counters, hardwood floors. Private courtyard with gas grill. Off-street parking. Large kitchen fully outfitted with granite counters, full-size fridge, large dishwasher, blender, coffee maker, microwave, large oven and glass-top range, flatware and dishes for 8+ persons. We have a large, bright living room with french doors that open to the courtyard. There is a downstairs Family Room and entertainment center with new large flat screen TV.

The main floor consists of the large living room, large kitchen, guest bedroom and two full baths, one of which has a whirlpool bathtub. The other has a shower. Upstairs is master bedroom with king bed and half bath.

If you like natural history, you'll feel right at home here - Jon and Julie are both naturalists and guidebook authors. We have display cases with exotic fossils and minerals which we excavated ourselves on our many adventures. Recreations of native petroglyphs adorn the courtyard which also houses an unusual rock garden.

Casa Mariposa is located right in the middle of the tip of Monterey Peninsula, equidistant from Asilomar Beach and Lovers Point. Walk or bike to the aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, the Monarch Sanctuary, Pt. Pinos Lighthouse, golf courses, art galleries, etc, etc.

17-mile drive is only 3 blocks away. Follow its legendary route along some of the most scenic shoreline on the coast, winding through Pebble Beach and ending up in Carmel where you have some of the best shopping in California as well as the highest concentration of art galleries and boutiques in the west.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jon Kramer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
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About Jon Kramer

Casa Mariposa is the home of Julie Martinez and Jon Kramer, globe-trotting adventurers with natural history backgrounds and a passion for Earth and all living things. Julie is a natural history illustrator and art instructor. Jon is a geological engineer and solar energy developer. Together they author adventure guidebooks. You will see some of Julie’s art on these walls and their joint adventure guidebooks on the shelves. Many fossils and rocks from their various geologic adventures are displayed throughout the property.

Jon Kramer purchased this house in 2011

Why Jon Kramer chose Central Coast California

In the 1990s Jon lived in Monterey in a small apartment uphill from Cannery Row. Julie would occasionally fly in from Minneapolis to visit him. They fell love with eachother and the area. Together they would spend all their time exploring the incredible natural worlds of Monterey Bay and Big Sur. They dreamed of owning a home here one day and were finally able to pull it off. Now you can experience what has compelled them all these years....

What makes this house unique

We call our home Casa Mariposa – literally “Butterfly House” in Spanish. It is located only a few blocks from the famous Monarch butterfly sanctuary of Pacific Grove. During the Monarch season (October – March) you will see many of these magnificent delicate creatures take advantage of the butterfly-friendly flowers in and around our home. Each year we raise at least a few dozen from caterpillars on our garden milkweed to adult butterflies. You can walk or bike to all of the best aspects on the Penninsula or retreat to the private courtyard. Casa Mariposa is centrally located in a quiet neighborhood. It sits atop the hill near Washington Park in the sunniest part of Pacific Grove.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Casa Mariposa - Central to everything and solar powered!
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews

Lovely Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

The property is clean, well kept and cozy. This is our second time at Casa Mariposa and we hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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We loved Casa Mariposa!

  • 5 of 5

Our family getaway was perfect at Casa Mariposa. This is a very charming house. Loved all the furnishings. So many interesting collections, books, etc. It had everything we needed. It was very close to Asilomar Beach and we had fun collecting "treasures" with our granddaughter and also had fun looking for little crabs as well. Enjoyed checking out all the cute shops in Pacific Grove. We would definitely recommend staying at Casa Mariposa!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nice place, great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed @ Casa Mariposa in July. The house is very nicely appointed and in a great convenient location. The available room was more than adequate for the 3 of us. Everything was well maintained and clean. The rental process was handled smoothly and the owners were very good at responding to communications. We were only in Pacific Grove for a fairly short week long trip, but we stayed quite busy while we were there: driving north on CA1 to San Francisco for a day, spending a day whale watching in the Monterey Bay, driving to Yosemite for a day, visiting relatives in Salinas one day and driving south on CA1 down to Big Sur and Hearst Castle in San Simeon. It was quite nice to have a place in a quiet neighborhood to call home during our travels - and the whirlpool tub sure helped work out the kinks from our road trips. Overall, I would have to say that we loved this place and enjoyed our time here and would be very interested in renting the property again at some point in the future as we look forward to returning to Pacific grove/Monterey.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home. Clean and quiet. Well located.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Excellent rental for an extended family trip

  • 5 of 5

My family (myself, my wife, daughter, granddaughter and honorary daughter) went to Monterey to celebrate the 4th birthday of our granddaughter. The pictures on the website repesent the house very well but they do not tell the whole story!! We walked in to a kitchen almost as well equipped as my own, with a great selection of condiments to start us off. The location is excellent, very quiet but close enough to the stores for groceries, wine, etc and also to the Aquarium, Cannery Row, restaurants and everything one could want in the area. The decor is eclectic and interesting, the small courtyard was an excellent place to sit and eat (unfortunately, the weather did not co-operate so we could not use it) and the interior space well laid out and all usable. The selection of books, some written by the owners, made for interesting reading the evenings and the collection of geological samples was a unique feature. Overall, I would fully recommend this vila for family vacations for those who have a car and do not mind travelling to get to the various attractions.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Very well located

  • 4 of 5

The house was lovely, although the bathroom placement was a little strange. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This was our first stay at a VRBO and owner was patient and provided lots of good information. Open common rooms were spacious. Our only complaint is that I was led to believe that there was a washer and dryer and there was not. Would definitely stay there again. Centrally located and could walk to a park even with a toddler.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
"We are ocean people and nature nuts, so we've seen many aquariums around the world. This is..."
17-Mile Drive
"The iconic 17-mile drive is just a block away from our home. Get on your bikes and ride int..."
Cannery Row
"If you are a fan of vintage Steinbeck literature, this will not disappoint you."
Old Fisherman's Wharf
"Yes it's touristy but it's also fun. If you are really wanting the full flavor of Monterey ..."
Lovers Point Park
"The nicest ocean park in the area. Swimming, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, and wild life w..."
Asilomar State Beach
"This is one of our favorite walking routes. We leave the house and head straight downhill t..."
Monterey Bay Whale Watching Cruises
"The whale watching goes on year-around. Head to Fisherman's Wharf to board them. Whales ar..."
Monarch sanctuary
"Only a few blocks away from our house. See thousands of monarchs wintering from October -Ma..."
Point Piños Lighthouse
"A beautiful setting and a historic working light station. Walk to it from our house."
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
"Small but educational. Free admission. Walk to it from our home."
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
"Incredible vistas and lots of splendid hiking. Former whaling station. Spend the day here ..."
Carmel River State Beach
"A nice and easily accessed beach from Carmel business district. Gets crowded."
Garrapata State Park
"Fantastic hiking only a few miles south of Carmel"
Del Monte Beach
"Although not as scenic as Asilomar, this is a less exposed beach and safer for kids."
Coast Guard Pier
"THE place to see sea lions!"
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Monterey Peninsula Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Plenty of them!
Nearest Golf
0.1 Miles
Pacific Grove Municipal and Pebble Beach
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Salinas, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 68 and Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Asilomar Beach and Lovers Point
Car: recommended

Casa Mariposa has a very central location in the sunniest part of Pacific Grove. Within walking/biking distance to everything on the Peninsula. Monarch butterfly sanctuary only 3 blocks away. 17 mile drive 3 blocks, golf course 5 blocks. Walk to the ocean, the aquarium, Cannery Row, Point Pinos lighthouse, Asilomar beach. Fabulous bike trails and oceanside walking paths. Whale watching, SCUBA diving, world-class golfing, surfing, fishing, sailing and tons more. Minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach. The best restaurants and finest shopping. Art galleries, musuems, gardens. The list is endless. If you have not been to the Monterey Peninsula you have been missing out on some incredible adventures.


Rates & Availability

Pacific Grove House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 10.0%

For US residents you may chose between a refundable damage deposit of $3,000 OR you may purchase damage insurance through VRBO as part of the rental. If you are from outside the US then a Damage Deposit of $3000 is required but that will be refunded within 48 hours of checkout. Cleaning fee is $125 but you are asked to add more if you cannot provide the minimum cleaning required before you leave.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Pacific Grove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with half bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Family Room - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size fold-out sofa bed in Family room
  • New PosturePedic king mattress in the master suite on second floor. New queen mattress in the guest bedroom on main level. New Macy's queen size fold-out sofa plus a single fold-up roll away bed in the family room. PLEASE NOTE: The roll-away bed is fine for kids but not comfortable for full-sized adults.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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