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Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.

Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.


Property Details

Updated: Apr 23, 2015
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4

Out of the Blue' is a charming two bedroom/two bath cottage at the gateway to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. The unique nautical theme throughout Out of the Blue introduces you to authentic Carmel.. You will enjoy the benefits of the Carmel lifestyle including walking to the town and white sand beaches, the Forest Theatre and wonderful restaurants.

Graced with beautiful large windows and abundant flowers cascading from window boxes, this home is a true Carmel beauty. Diane has put her unique decorator touch on the whole house beginning with the front entry. A handmade Dutch door created with stained glass greets each guest. Sea life mosaic stepping stones are embedded in the beautiful blue entry tile. A large mosaic on the wall welcomes you.Blue carpet leads to the upper level where you will be delighted with the many windows, bright sunshine, and distant ocean view through the Monterey pines.

The spacious upper level, decorated with whitewashed wicker, is warm and inviting in wonderful colors of blue, turquoise, jade and white. The hardwood floors throughout add to the beauty and warmth There is a gas-burning stone fireplace to keep you cozy on cool nights. The entertainment center features a flat screen HDTV with streaming Internet, including Netflix. The dining table seats six and has a filtered view of lacy redwoods with the Pacific and Point Lobos in the distance. The newly remodeled kitchen features two more of Diane's beautiful mosaics that complement the handmade blue tile counter tops in the kitchen.


The window seat forms an inviting nook for reading and relaxing.

There is a large deck overflowing with flowers on the top level with seating and a small table for beverages or snacks.

The upper bedroom is unique with a turquoise wrought iron bed frame in the form of a seashell. All of the furniture was custom made for the room and is adorned with turquoise seashell handles and legs. Beautiful bedding and nautical stained-glass lamps as well as original water colors and an HDTV complete the room.

The lower bedroom is decorated in blue and white with white wicker furniture and a king-size bed. A cozy corner fireplace with unique mosaic design by local artists adds warmth and charm to this beautiful master suite. There is an HDTV for your enjoyment. The large, tiled bathroom is airy and bright.

'Out of the Blue' has a lovely enclosed backyard with used brick patio and lush plants. There are tables, chairs and a chiminea on the patio for relaxing and outdoor entertaining, along with a gas barbecue.

Five short blocks finds you in the heart of town with Carmel's quaint shops, beautiful art galleries, and excellent restaurants. Carmel beach is only a ten-minute walk from the house. It is a great way to get exercise and have fun too! Forest Theatre is just around the corner, and Mission Trails Park (great hiking) is five minutes away.

Come and experience the charm of 'Out of the Blue!

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Our romance began in 1961 when Diane came to Carmel at age 22 to be a 4th grade teacher at Carmel River School. Out of the Blue, she met Chuck who had just left the Navy's Blue Angels and was enrolled in the Naval Postgraduate School. In 1964 we were married and began a life together. Through the years, as a Navy family, we lived many places, but always returned to Carmel to visit our old friends and to bask in the beauty of the area.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

What a perfect Carmel hideaway this home is!

Out of the Blue is a lovely, cozy & convenient place to stay. We’d love to come back some time!

Chris & Dick

Dover, MA
Feb 2012
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Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.
-831 625-5345
Carmel Central Coast California

Superior Accomodations

  • 5 of 5
Out of the Blue is such a lovely home to spend time relaxing and enjoying your family. Warm, and cozy, furniture, fireplaces, and decorated in such a delightful blue grotto. My three year old granddaughter thought she was under the sea with the "little mermaid". It is obvious the Elliott's have put their heart and soul into creating this spectacular coastal home.
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.
-831 625-5345
Carmel Central Coast California
California and Chicago

Lovely experience

  • 5 of 5
Home as lovely as depicted in photos. Quiet, private, safe, very enjoyable.
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.
-831 625-5345
Carmel Central Coast California
Tyler, Texas

Promises of Peace

  • 5 of 5
Out of the Blue is a charming upside down cottage that sits quietly back from Ocean Avenue with it’s own private driveway/parking. The house is light and airy providing a peaceful, relaxing environment. We especially enjoyed the cool fresh breeze coming across the upper deck and windows, making it very comfortable whether we spent time inside or out. We appreciated the nearby culinary delights, the morning walks along the beach and the cultural offerings of the area. The location of the house was perfect for our needs. Diane and Chuck were great to work with. They provided us with peace of mind by making their home available to us just as they promised. This was our first VRBO experience and it was a positive one. We look forward to returning to Out of the Blue.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.
-831 625-5345
Carmel Central Coast California

Simply the Best!

  • 5 of 5
Chuck and Diane and Out of the Blue are the Perfect Combination. Your hosts are conscientious and efficient to your every need. The home is a delightful outdoor/inside feeling of windows and light. Carmel is enchanting. And the whole experience is delightful. Try it - you will definitely Love It!
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.
-831 625-5345
Carmel Central Coast California
La Canada, CA

Simply the Best!

  • 5 of 5
Diane and Chuck and Out of the Blue are the Perfect Combination! The hosts are wonderful to work with, efficient and conscientious to your every need. The Cottage is simply delightful - wonderful location, great floor plan, outdoor/indoor feel so that even when relaxing at home, one feels part of the beautiful Carmel environment. The attention to detail and generosity of spirit are apparent everywhere, making your stay feel as though you've been welcomed by a loving friend or family. A very special experience indeed ~
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Out of the Blue: Nautical theme of authentic Carmel. Walk to downtown and beach.
-831 625-5345
Carmel Central Coast California
Vista, Ca.

For the discriminating & discerning, look no further!

For the discriminating & discerning, look no further!
  • 5 of 5
I have been to Carmel >50 times but have always stayed in hotels. This time we decided to stay longer than usual and looked into a rental. We are tough customers with high expectations, are extremely well traveled, and both couples have gorgeous homes. That being said, Out of the Blue was a little piece of Carmel paradise.

One of the biggest assets is the floor to ceiling windows windows in every room of the home which provided glorious views of the tree-framed distant sea. The layout was superb and offered both couples excellent privacy. Bedrooms were huge for this size of home and we loved the two different decks...especially the upstairs terrace which offered panoramic vistas and all day sunshine.

Both couples were foodies and some killer gastronomic meals were prepared in the albeit small kitchen. The kitchen was adequately coiffed for a rental...there were at least 3 sets of dishes, 2 sets of silverware, 3-4 sets of fairly good stemware, several lovely tablecloths, as well as 4 or 5 sets of cloth napkins and placemats.

Last, but not least, we rented Out of the Blue in December. We arrived to find the dining room table beautifully set in full regalia (including a magnificent large orchid as its centerpiece). A 3 ft tall fresh pointsettia flanked the fireplace, and there was small real Christmas tree on one of the sidetables in the front room. Lovely welcoming touches.

Negatives? The decor is built around a sea theme. Everything from sheets to towels, from dishes to table linen, from paintings to object de art, revolved around shells, sea creatures and the like (there is even a turqoise colored toilet cover with embedded shells and sea figures). I'm a great lover of the color blue, but after a while the pervasive sea decor may be a little much for some. That being said, I would return in a hearbeat.

Thank you, Diane and Chuck, for a marvelous Christmas experience in Carmel!
  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

Of course, we always wished we had bought a place when we first lived here, and never really thought we would ever own a home in Carmel. But finally Out of the Blue we made the big step and bought our special spot in May 2000

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Monterey at 8 Miles Nearest Barpub : Many at 0.1 Miles Nearest Golf : Pebble Beach at 1 Miles Nearest Motorway : CA 1 at 0.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Many at 0.1 Miles Nearest Beach : Carmel at 0.5 Miles Car: recommended

Hike the magnificent trails of Point Lobos State Park. Drive the Spectacular coast highway south to the redwoods of Big Sur. Experience the stunning view from Nepenthe Restaurant. Enjoy the sunset from the incomparable Highlands Inn. Walk the world famous Carmel beach. Stroll through downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Enjoy the unparalleled art galleries, shopping and restaurants. Cruise the beautiful 17-mile drive through the Del Monte Forest. Immerse yourself in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visit the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas. Golf the many gorgeous courses of the Monterey Peninsula. Enjoy one of the special events held throughout the year.


From $1,600 Per week

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2015 - May 22 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 23 2015 - Jun 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2015 - Jul 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
30 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $400
  • Cleaning $110

Please call Chuck or Diane at 831-625-5345 for other times and rates. Refundable deposit of $400 or 25% of rent is payable at booking. Rent is due 30 days prior to rental. Rates may be higher for weekends, holidays and special events.. Rates and cleaning fee are higher for more than 4 people..

Sorry, no pets. Out of the Blue is smoke free.

Cancellation Policy

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Updated: Apr 23, 2015


From the Owner

We hope you enjoy our home and this beautiful area, and will return many times. Chuck and Diane Elliott

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1400 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Gas fireplace in lower bedroom. HDTV with DVR in each bedroom.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Wireless high speed Internet, streaming Netflix, two fireplaces, deck with filtered ocean view, patio, beach gear, DVDs for adults and kids.

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