This Beach Cottage Offers 3 Bedrooms And 2 Bathrooms Plus Den.
About Glenn Gilliam
Our family loves to travel! Being a first generation American and fortunate enough to bring our sons to my mothers Greek island of Zakynthos, and exploring beaches all over the world, we are always happy to return to the beautiful beaches and countryside that is Half Moon Bay.
Glenn Gilliam purchased this House in 1998
Why Glenn Gilliam chose Half Moon Bay
This property is set up exactly the way we would want to find a property when we travel. We have given this a lot of thought and touched on just about everything one could want while on vacation. Ironed sheets, fluffy towels, lush bathrobes, fully stocked kitchen, commercial washer and dryer, current magazines, (Teresa's addiction), books, games, movies, music, wine, cheese, coffee and cake!
What makes this House unique
Central location to San Francisco, Monterey, San Jose and the wine country. SFO just minutes away.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Picture Perfect Beach house and so much more!
We spent several weeks here in the winter and couldn't have been more comfortable. Every amenity you can think of was available to us, in fact they are more well stocked than my actual house. The thoughtful touches are many: Cake, coffee, and s'mores upon arrival. There are book, magazines, a child's playhouse in the yard, fire pit, heat lamps, grill, outside blankets, bicycles, picnic stuff--everything to make you stay comfortable.
Our favorite part was the proximity to the beach. Every single day it didn't rain, we walked by the beach or rode the bikes. There are several charming unpretentious seaside restaurants all less than an 1.5 mile walk.
Famous "Sam's Chowder House" with it's unending crowds was easily accessible to us since we could walk there and didn't have to fight the parking scarcity. Old Princeton Landing was a grittier surf bar that made awesome from scratch food (and oddly enough had the best Acai' bowls on the coast) and had bands on the weekend, a patio, and no lack of surfers. Miramar restaurant had spectacular views and old school super specials on Thursday.
We enjoyed Cloud 9 foot massage that also offered regular massages for incredible prices and the Oceana Coastal Spa that was a little more plush and pricey, but more like a traditional Spa.
Take a quick drive to Moss Beach--there is a short looped walk there through Cypress trees that has spectacular views of the ocean and on one end (depending on the season) the birthing grounds for hundreds of seals.
30-40 minutes to the North you are in San Francisco,
30 minutes over the mountains and you have great little towns for shopping and dining--Burlingame, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Palo Alto,
2 hours South to Monterey and Carmel.
2 hours north-east Napa, Sonoma
3 hours north-east- Tahoe
It is a great base location for exploring the Northern coast and cities of this area.
This review is getting really long, but I wanted to share this homes great qualities with you. Last but not least is Lorri, the home's caretaker and check in host. She is great to work with and very professional. She truly treats this house as her own and really cares if you are comfortable and have everything you need. The homes owners, Glenn and Theresa take meticulous care of this house and it should be a showpiece of beach houses everywhere.
We were really sad to leave.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at the house and that you had so many wonderful experiences throughout the area during your 10 week stay. We will refer future guests to your review for great recommendations of restaurants and activities to enjoy during their stay. And thank you for taking such amazing care of the house for several months. It was perfect when you left, we truly appreciate that.
We look forward to seeing you the next time you come to California.
Best Regards, Teresa & Glenn
Beautiful House, Owned by Beautiful people
I have stayed at this Beautiful house three years in a row, and wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else! The house is impeccably kept and wonderfully furnished. We love the spacious kitchen , the comfortable beds and the opportunity to enjoy all that Half Moon Bay has to offer. There is a wonderful backyard to sit relax and listen to the fog horn blow, it's like having a built in meditation at your disposal. Teresa and Glenn always think of everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible, from reading material to coffee in the morning.I just want to say thank you so much for always going the extra mile and making sure that myself and my family are always welcome and comfortable. God Bless you and am looking forward to staying next year at the little piece of Heaven we have found at Half Moon Bay!
John and Cammie
Dear John & Cammie,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review of our home. It is so important to us that our guests have everything they need to have a memorable stay. We travel quite often and we provide what we ourselves want waiting for us when we arrive.
So honored to be a part of your family traditions. See you again soon!
Teresa & Glenn
A weekend at the beach!
We had an absolutely lovely time in Half Moon Bay. My family all arrived late and tired from various places, to a beautiful home and welcome treats (cakes, cheese & crackers, wine & nuts) and croissants & jam for the morning. So nice that we didn't have to rush out for breakfast. The home is just as described and pictured. The beds, linens, towels, etc. are all top notch. Everything was spic and span clean. The decor and furniture feels new - nothing seemed dated or worn down. We slept, ate, played games, walked on the beach & rode bikes - it was exactly what we wanted. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need to cook - though Half Moon Bay also has some great restaurants, along with some cute shops. Overall - we had a wonderful time. The hosts were incredibly accommodating to our schedules (we arrived late due to plane delays) and left early to catch a flight. We would stay here again - and so should you!
Thank you for highlighting the things you liked most about the house. Cleanliness and good linens are the most important to us when we travel so it is the most important to offer our guests. Coffee and orange juice are the icing on the (chocolate) cake!
So glad you were able to have your whole family together and spend quality time at the beach. We look forward to your next visit to California.
Teresa & Glenn
the perfect escape!
We were in HMB for a work conference down the road in San Mateo. This amazing house served as the perfect creativity and productivity spark we needed to make the trip exceptional. Who minds working when it is over a glass of wine or smores by a fire? We made breakfast at 'home' every morning and then adventured out in the evenings to Sam's, Flying Fish, and the Barn. Naturally, we walked along the beach too and adventured downtown to Pasta Moon! From the warm, personal welcome (hello, chocolate cake) to the thoughtful touches all throughout the house, we couldn't have asked for a better stay. The fact that we referred to this gem of a VRBO all week as 'home' says it all-- we can't wait to tell our friends and bring our own families back.
Hi Erin, You made our day! We are so happy you felt at home during your stay.
Even though you were in the area for work and stayed at the house with colleagues, we hoped you could enjoy the comforts of the home and still be productive. We look forward to hosting your indivual families in the future.
Teresa & Glenn
Warm and wonderful family home in a great location
My family loved our one-week stay in the beach house. Easy walking distance to the running/walking/bike trails along the beach. The neighborhood is quiet but friendly. The house is very comfortable and the outdoor areas are great for dining or just for relaxing. The owners put a lot of thought into the furnishings and accessories, from the fully-equipped kitchen to the wide range of reading material. They even provided all the ingredients for making S’mores with the outdoor fire pit. Lorri, the property manager, was a delight. She was helpful with local information, prompt in her responses, and made our arrival and departure so easy. We will be back!
Thank you so much for the very thoughtful review of our home! We really do try to think of everything our guests would appreciate having available to them. We travel often and it always inspires us. We look forward to your return the next time you visit your family in San Francisco.
We arrived after a long drive to be greeted by Lorri with such a sweet welcome! There were many surprises waiting for us, including a delicious chocolate cake, breakfast goodies and more! They know how to treat their guest. The welcome isn’t the only thing you’ll love, the house is so beautiful. Everything was perfect, every detail was thought of. The house was clean and all the beds so comfortable! Not one detail was missed. Bikes are available to use on a beach trail near the house, along with picnic baskets, and beach towels. We really enjoyed the wonderful back yard and spending time around the fire making s’mores!
Thank you so much Lorri for the restaurant recommendations. We really enjoyed meeting you!
Thank you Norma for such kind words! We take great pride in providing a wonderful sleep & clean environment after all the adventures our guests have around the Bay Area. So glad that three generations of your family were able to enjoy everything we offer our guests. We look forward to having you back in the near future.
All the best,
Teresa & Glenn
Nestled between forested hills and the beautiful Northern California coastline, lies the town of Half Moon Bay. Starting as an agricultural hub for the Bay Area, this coastal hamlet remains well known for it's farming roots. On the drive in you can expect to see fields of flowers, and depending on the season, you can find rows of Christmas trees and pumpkin patches, or the waves of professional and amateur surfers driving into town for the legendary Mavericks surfing events off the coast of Pillar Point, a five minute drive from the house.