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 TINY 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. And the motion sensor lights will BLAST you with light at night, so don't plan on sitting outside at night. 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. This is no resort---gardeners don't need to show up and work in the short time someone has this place booked---especially when that outside area in front is SO small! Also, NO A/C! If you are going out (we were going to a wedding), plan on sweating through your nice clothes; bathrooms have no exhaust fans and there is no air conditioning, so you will be dripping sweat while you apply your makeup and do your hair. Even if it is cool outside, the inside of the bathroom feels like a sauna even with the window cracked. Too bad the owners don't give you full use of the entire property---their side has a hot tub---but you DON'T get to use it---NO TRESPASSING signs will stop you from going into their side of the yard! This was NOT the romantic getaway that my husband and I were looking forward to---it was a waste of a lot of money! PS---This is NOT Half Moon Bay. The 7 mile drive to Half Moon Bay was so dead-stopped with cars, we just turned around. This Montara area has very few amenities---but TONS of traffic! Yuk!!
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