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Quiet County Ranch Near Monterey, CA

  • This house is in: United States, Prunedale,
  • Period available: 2 weeks
  • Starts: 30 August 2014
  • Ends: 14 September 2014
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    2dogs, 5 cats and 6 chickens

About this assignment

We are looking for a person or couple who(m) are mature, peaceful, reliable, non-smoking, preferably non-drinking (or at the very most responsible drinkers) trustworthy, animal-loving people who would care for our animal children and enjoy the quiet serenity of our home while we take a long weekend or vacation together for a couple weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: Since our house is on a private drive, off of a private road GPS and the map below places the location of the house a mile away from where it is actually located so you will need to coordinate with us to get a map we've created to help you find our property.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Feed and water pets (dogs, cats and chickens). Make sure the dogs have outdoor access 3 times a day or as needed. (We usually leave the front door open while we are home otherwise 1st thing in the a.m., early afternoon and after dinner is fine). Collect eggs from the chickens daily. Open the coop door to the run in the a.m. and close it after dusk (when they've turned in for the night). If you make friends with the cats a couple of them love to be brushed and all of them love kitty treats. Water certain plants. If there are plans to explore the peninsula areas for the day please make sure you return by 4 p.m. to let the dogs out or make arrangements with the neighbor to do so.

What are the good features of the property and location

Quiet country environment 30 minute drive from beautiful Monterey, or Santa Cruz Ca, 35 minutes from Carmel, Pebble Beach or 45 min from Big Sur. Property is located on 7 acres including a 4 ac oak woodland creating a scenic and peaceful setting. House is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with two large rustic fireplaces, vaulted ceiling, sky lights, many windows and glass sliders creating a bright and sunny space. We have an overly prolific mulberry tree you can eat right off the branches (berry season is late summer). House is at the end of a 1/2 mi dirt road and then a private drive accessible by only one other neighbor. There is no street in front of the house, no traffic or street noise. Friendly neighbors (only 2 neighboring houses). Property is a short drive to scenic and infamous Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

NEED HOUSE/PET SITTER AUGUST 30 - SEPT 14 2014. Would prefer early arrival to meet and go over details. Property has a separate 1B unit that can be used while we are home or entire time. Must not be allergic to animal dander, hair, etc. Must love animals and love to be around them and care for them. Cats are generally outside or doing their own thing and a couple you may never see them at all. At times you are hard pressed to find even one cat. You will see the cats first thing in the a.m. because it is breakfast time and again at dinner time but that's about it.

This house is somewhat remote and isolated but we now have satellite wifi and tv service however, cell coverage is spotty. We do have a land line phone with unlimited nation-wide coverage you are welcome to use (just no international or 1-900 calls please). The closest grocery store, drug store, coffee shop, gas station, etc. is about 5 miles away. (Same shopping center has a new sushi restaurant which is really good.) Fire department is 2 miles away and any clinic or medical care is in Salinas which is about a 10-15 minute drive. The one road to our house is dirt at this time and therefore, will get your car dusty and downright dirty after repeated journeys. Since the house is remote and on a private road there is no street lighting and it gets really dark (which is a good thing in my book) but the house has ample exterior lighting including flood lights on three sides of the house.

There is a shuttle service from San Jose and San Francisco Airports which drop you off within 5 minutes from the house. It could be possible to arrange for transport from there. If you are to use our vehicles you must know how to drive a standard transmission vehicle and have insurance.

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