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Ian Hamilton

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

Ocean Front Property ~ Mendocino, Ca

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Stunning Updated Home On the Ocean ~ Sleeps 8 Comfortably ~ North Coast Charmer

Overlooking Caspar Anchorage and the Mighty Pacific Ocean, just minutes north of the charming and historic town of Mendocino, sits a 4 Bedroom, 3.5 bath, 3400 SF home, we affectionately call Sea Ghost. And what a perfect location as well, for the Russian Gulch State Park and Point Cabrillo Lighthouse State Park are within easy walking distance and yet there is more, so much more!

Our home is just a few feet from the edge above a protected cove where recreation and peace, the surf and the wind make there subtle movements into your soul. Whether watching migrating whales, frolicking porpoise, seals floating on the water below, or pelicans in formation gliding inches above the water, Sea Ghost is a place to make memories for years to come. And the Osprey can seriously fish too!

Our home is spacious, comfortable and complete with loads of windows throughout, providing breath-taking views and ample natural light to entertain and relax by. We have a family room with a pool table, and large flat-screen TV, complete with Wi-Fi internet, Cable, DVD & streaming movies and TV shows. Additionally there is a separate living and dining room, 2 gas fireplaces for atmosphere and ambiance, an outdoor spa and an awesome “cook’s” kitchen, waiting for your lattes in the morning or wine pours in the late afternoon … yes, perhaps even a sumptuous gourmet meal, all with a view to come back to year after year!

Our home is Pet free, smoke free and thoroughly cleaned between guest stays. We offer discounts for longer stays, with early check-in and late check-out OK dependent upon guest scheduling.

Rate listed is for double occupancy (2 persons) w/ added charge for additional guests up to 8 guests maximum.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ian Hamilton (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

About Ian Hamilton

We are life-long residents of the SF Bay Area and love the North Coast and wine country of Mendocino County!

Ian Hamilton purchased this house in 1999

Why Ian Hamilton chose North Coast California

Quiet, peaceful, retreat-like, long walks, good food, wine, sights, sounds, smells ... Memories ... What's not to like about Sea Ghost?

What makes this house unique

Private setting, Oceanfront home, steps from historic Mendocino where there is great walking, food, shopping at some very unique boutiques. Walking distance to two state parks and loads of other state parks and beaches for hikes, pictures and memories!


based on 23 traveler reviews

Ocean Front Property ~ Mendocino, Ca
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The lay out of the house was superb for a trip with kids. (3 moms and 5 kids). The game room kept their toys to a single location we didn't see all the time and the property was safe and secure so the littles (ages 5,5,4 & 2) were free to do laps on deck. The views from the house are outstanding! But the sounds were even better- crashing waves and sea lions off in the distance. We watched the sunset every night and were in awe of the clouds and skies striking colors. One evening as the sunset to the left, a rainbow formed over the beach to the right. :) The kids loved spotting the deer (we kept a daily tally) and bunnies that live in the neighborhood. There is no shortage of wildlife because I left a window down in my 4 day old NEW car one night and was robbed by a raccoon so heed warning. It had a sweet tooth and overlooked the popcorn and pretzels going straight for oatmeal raisin granola bars and chewy gingersnaps. ;) We laughed equally as hard when a vulture dropped a rotisserie chicken carcass on the property so they will also get in your trash. Back to the house itself, it was amazing. The beds were so comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with pots and pans ideal for cooking meals for 8, with ease. The spacious dining room table made for fun evenings of communal meals and board game playing.

As for the location, we enjoyed the nearby beach down the hill twice (the kids had no trouble walking just watch for cars). They loved catching crabs in the rocks, hunting for sea glass and walking through the tributary/stream. Furthermore, the proximity to Mendocino and Fort Bragg is exactly perfect, being so close to both. You feel removed from the hustle (in a good way) but are so close to so many amenities. The local Harvest Market is also fantastic, by the way. We'd make staying here an annual summer event, for sure!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unpleasant surprise

  • 1 of 5

Our family loved the house and booked it without any hesitation. We all had planned how best we can spend our vacation in this lovely home. We paid the rentals using credit card at the time of booking.

The owner cancelled our reservation at the very last minute without a reason. When we checked the website the rentals was extended by the existing tenant by one more day. It was a disappointing experience for us. The owner took a long time to rental money. The owner never responded to my multiple queries re: cancellation and refund.

I wouldn't want to recommend this home to my friends or anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately, and no surprise really, the Visitor who we turned away has a view point which is quite different than ours. First of all what VRBO displays for us on-line is our home – we are not a business. We make our home available to the public, trusting that people will treat us and our home with dignity and respect - and for the most part this has been our experience and we are happy to be part of the VRBO community. However, the full story here as it turns out, is that within 24 hours of accepting the visitor’s reservation, he cancelled our property damage deposit, leaving our property without any protection. He did this without our acknowledgment, without any permission or conversation with us – a unilateral decision. It was only upon notification by VRBO telling us that our home was unprotected, that I immediately, and within our right as a property owner, cancelled his reservation and immediately requested VRBO to refund all of the down payment to the Visitor. VRBO in the only entity to handle any reservation funds. The Visitor never returned my voicemail message, nor my email inquiries about this matter which further assured me that I made the right decision to decline the reservation. Finally, we have 22 prior reviews from Guests who have actually stayed at our home since 2014. We are currently receiving a 4.7 Star out of a 5 Star rating, which I will stand by any day of the week. I invite you to read any and all of the reviews and you will conclude that this Visitor clearly over-stepped his bounds - a truly unpleasant surprise for us as well.
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Beautiful home with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous stay! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. Sea Ghost's location is ideal with the ocean below and waves breaking against the rocks. There is also a lovely beach within a few minutes walk. This is such a tranquil setting and you can't help but relax! The house layout is perfect and everything has been well thought out and well maintained. The kitchen was gorgeous and I can't think of a thing that wasn't provided to whip up gourmet meals. All that you had to bring were the groceries as there was even a drawer full of spices. There is lots to do in Mendocino and we also made our way to the Anderson Valley which is a must see if you are in the area. Thank you Ian for your prompt and thoughtful communications. We will definitely be keeping Sea Ghost on our "hope to return" list and would highly recommend it to others looking for the ideal vacation getaway.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

From the initial start of reserving Sea Ghost to our arrival everything went very smoothly. Our three generational family gathering at Sea Ghost was comfortable beyond all expectations! The property is beautifully situated with breathtaking views and sounds. And, the attention to detail such as kitchen and bath items, not found at other coastal homes we’ve rented in the past, made it much more enjoyable for all. We look forward to returning next year to continue our family reunion tradition.!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home overlooking the ocean

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Sea Ghost! No scrimping on anything! The rooms were large and beautifully decorated. Thanks for a great time!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view and all the amenities.

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful as well as functional. The kitchen was stocked with all the appliances I needed for the kitchen. The location was perfect -equal distances between Fort Bragg and Mendocino. Our family had a great time. I would come here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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There are numerous beaches, and State Parks south, east and north of our home.


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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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North Coast California House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , dual sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sauna too!
  • dual vanity with separate tub and shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , sliding glass door out onto a sunny east/south facing deck
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , oceanside views; sliding glass doors lead to s/w facing deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , oceanside views; sliding glass door leads to e/s facing deck
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • tennis

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