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Jim Gurman

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english


109 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


California Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom-Queen sized bed + sofa bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Arcata is located on Humboldt Bay just 7 miles north of Eureka, 10 minutes to beaches, and less than an hour's drive to State and National Redwood Parks, home to the tallest trees in the world.

Enjoy lush redwood groves, miles of pristine coastline, a famous wildlife refuge and a lively town square in a progressive and colorful city. Arcata, which is located between scenic Humboldt Bay and a forested hillside, is a popular destination for visitors who come to experience the tallest trees in the world, enjoy rafting down swift flowing rivers, walk along uncrowded beaches and attend events on the town square, including the Kinetic Sculpture Race, the Oyster Festival, Pastels On The Plaza, the North Country Fair, Arts Alive and the Farmers Market (Saturdays only).

Within a 15 to 30 minute drive from Arcata other popular destinations include Eureka's Waterfront District, also known as 'Old Town', the Victorian Village of Ferndale (where parts of the Majestic and Outbreak were filmed), the quaint fishing village of Trinidad and Patricks Point State Park.

This craftsman-inspired cottage is in a quiet neighborhood adjacent to Stewart Park and is only a ten minute walk to the city center or to the Humboldt State University campus. The cottage interior is comfortable and well appointed, with open floor plan which includes a living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a range, microwave and a refrigerator. The tiled bathroom features a tub/shower combination. The living room sofa makes into a bed which can sleep either one additional adult or two children. Also included at no additional cost is a large selection of DVD movies, wireless internet and many books. Beautiful maple floors, hand woven carpets, a leather sofa and chair, historic photography and original works of art add warm ambiance to the main living area. PARKSIDE COTTAGE is a one bedroom (not a studio)unit which allows privacy from the guest using the sofa bed in the living area. Enjoy a good nights sleep on the queen sized bed which features an ultra-plush pillow top mattress, down pillows and fine linens. Paintings by the owner, an accomplished artist, enhance the bedroom decor. Our accommodation is child friendly and for a small additional charge we can provide guests with the following items: Graco Pack And Play, a safety gate, a high chair and a stroller.


Keywords: Cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim Gurman (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

About Jim Gurman

We have lived in Arcata since 1978, which is a testament to how much we enjoy this area. Humboldt County is a unique area which includes mountains, rivers, lagoons, forests, beaches and of course the Pacific Ocean. Because of so much diversity, we are able to enjoy many different species of birds, wildlife, trees, fungi, etc. Christine enjoys visiting the Arcata Marsh, which attracts native birds as well as migrating birds. Jim enjoys hunting for highly prized edible mushrooms, which grow in abundance here. We both enjoy bicycle riding, especially going up into the community forests on our mountain bikes. Riding our road bikes to other communities is another favorite activity. Preparing tasty meals is a passion for us and fortunately we have access to an abundance of fresh ingredients, especially when the farmer’s market on the Plaza is happening.

Why Jim Gurman chose California

We purchased a vacant lot in a newly developed subdivision in 1986. What was unique about this subdivision is that the land it was created from was originally used as a playground/ball field for the public school that it is adjacent to. Because of earthquake safety, the school had to be relocated and the property, including the structure that was used as a school, was sold to private developers. Originally, these investors wanted to develop a medium density multi-unit subdivision without a park. The surrounding neighbors protested vehemently and ultimately the subdivision was reduced down from 39 living units to just 17, which also included a 1.25 acre park. Only 3 of the 17 building lots were designated for a supplemental living unit, ours being one of the 3. The other unique feature about our subdivision is that because it is surrounded by historical homes, we were required to build a structure that had historical architecture. This wasn’t a concern for us because we wanted to build a Craftsman style home anyway, which we did. The end result of all of our efforts (community members and neighbors) is that we created a highly desirable area in which to live and it now serves as one of the “jewel” neighborhoods of Arcata. We moved into our cottage in 1987 and lived there until our house next door was completed. What we offer you is a charming place to stay in a quiet, secure neighborhood conveniently located in Arcata.

What makes this cottage unique

Enjoy staying in a comfortable cottage in a desirable neighborhood. Because of the park, which is only a short distance away, we live on a dead end street, so consequently there is no traffic noise.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Such a peaceful cottage environment--small yet full of space. We love the beautiful trees nearby, the interesting book collection, a movie for every taste, lovely art on the walls--a charm to share with our family members who live here in Arcata and McKinleyville--a great way to be an Arcatan for awhile! Thanks.........Marsha
Jun 2009
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average rating of 4.9816513 based on 117 reviews
Portland, Oregon

Loved our Stay at the Parkside Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had our first get away without kids and stayed at the Parkside Cottage. The location was perfect walking distance to the Arcata Plaza, which are all the cute shops that are in Arcata's downtown. Every morning we would get up and walk down to Wildberries, which is the local market, for some fresh Ramone's coffee. We also loved that the house was situated on a nice quiet dead end road. Very peaceful place to stay. The house was so well decorated and very clean and had everything we needed. Jim, who is the property manager, was very accommodating and friendly and checked in with us to make sure our stay was going as planned and if we needed anything. I would stay there again for sure!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Beach, CA

Great property, Great owners

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Parkside Cottage and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is "as advertised" and more.

The place is very clean and well-appointed. We cooked dinner in the kitchen, which, although small, had everything we needed. It's great not to have to go out in the morning for breakfast--able to toast some english muffins and have coffee without getting dressed. Just like home. The bed is very comfortable; and the bed and bath linens are clean and soft. Plenty of hot water. Nice library of books and DVDs for evening entertainment. The owners are extremely considerate (they called to let us know the housekeeper would not be coming on the day we left, in case we wanted some extra time past the 11 am checkout time).

The location, as noted, is convenient to the town square (we bought plenty of items at the farmer's market to cook for dinner) and other neighborhood spots. It's in a beautiful part of Arcata. The town is just off Hwy 101, so it's easy to get to other places of interest on the north coast (Eureka, Ferndale, Fern Valley/Canyon, Redwood State Park). If Arcata is your kind of town, this is the place to stay while here.

All in all, highly recommend!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, charming and well kept. The owner really cares; not just about the place he operates but the people who visit it. I would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Rosa, CA, USA


  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for my husband, two year old son, and me to stay on our trip to Arcata. We stayed 5 nights and never did the place seem too small. The bed was SUPER comfortable. Jim was very attentive but our place seemed extremely private. It's a close walk downtown and there is a park a stone's throw from the house. We are definitely coming back again to stay soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay in Arcata

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful, clean, cozy place on a quiet street in Arcata with a very comfortable bed! It's within walking distance to everything you might need in town and Jim was an attentive and communicative host. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Parkside Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay at the Parkside Cottage. The cottage was comfortable, clean and quiet. We could walk to HSU and the town square and drive to the many beautiful state/national parks. If you are looking for a great stay in Arcata, we highly recommend the cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: not necessary

Bicycling, Mushrooming, Beaches, Rivers, Mountains, Humboldt State University, Redwood Trees (tallest in the world), Jet Boat tours, Ocean & River Fishing


Rates & Availability

Arcata Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tourism Fee $1
Tax Rate 10.0%

For guests staying 3 to 4 nights, we are offering a discounted rate of $145.00 per night; 5 to 6 nights will be discounted to $135.00 per night; 7 nights and longer will be discounted to $125.00 per night. Use of the sofa bed is $10.00 per night. A ten per cent (10%) bed tax and a two per cent (2%) Tourism Fee must be charged to guests staying less than thirty (30) nights.

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California Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom including a tub with a shower faucet. Titled floor and tub surround.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen-sized bed with Sterns and Foster mattress in the bedroom. Sofa bed with full size mattress in the living area (memory foam available upon request).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Full Kitchen complete with a range, refrigerator, microwave, pots, pans, dishware and utensils. Multipure water filter for drinking and cooking. Also included: Wireless Internet, flat screen high definition television, DVD/CD player, bed linens, towels & DVD movies. Bathroom features a tub/shower combination. Baby/Toddler Accommodations Available to guests for an additional charge are the following: Graco Pack n Play playpen, safety gate, high chair & a stroller.

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