3 story home on 3.5 wooded acres just two miles from Carmel Valley Village
Richard A. Skydell
About Richard A. Skydell
We love to travel as a family and have traveled the world over with our two daughters, now 25 and 28. While we still have some wanderlust in our blood we are starting to run out of places that we feel we just have to see. While on vacation to the Monterrey Peninsula we fell in love with the area and decided to explore the idea of owning a vacation rental property in the area. We stumbled into a local realtor who turned us onto the Carmel Valley area and while we were still on vacation spent some time looking around but didn't see anything that spoke to us. After returning from vacation my wife Monica (the researcher in the family) spent weeks learning about the area and would not give up on the idea of a vacation rental property. All the while the realtor was sending us listings on a daily basis but again nothing really spoke to us. Then one day about six weeks after our return from the area the future GoldSky Lodge appeared on my phone and I turned to my daughter who was sitting next to me at the time and I said, "I think we just bought a house." I am a general contractor and Monica is a systems analyst. Our oldest daughter Alanna and her husband Jason live in Brooklyn and our younger daughter Devon is in marketing in NYC. Last but not least our dog Ollie loves to travel with us back and forth to GoldSky Lodge. Truth be told he's the boss and what Ollie wants Ollie gets. In fact the brick walk around the side of GoldSky Lodge is named Ollie's walk because he doesn't like to have to wander too far from home to do his business. Monica and I have decorated the place together and loved every minute of it. I handle the day to day operations but she is always looking forward to the next project, weather it be inside or out. Being part of the VRBO family has been nothing but fun and we look forward to many more years of entertaining guests. In fact we are having so much fun we now have second property, GoldSky Cottage in West Cape May, NJ.
Richard A. Skydell purchased this House in 2014
Why Richard A. Skydell chose Carmel Valley
This property was imprinted on our hearts from the moment we saw it on my phone. In fact just two days after seeing the listing I was back on a plane bound for CA to see the property. Melanie, our realtor, drove me to several other properties before we sent to see this one. While all nice, nothing spoke to me. At the end of the day I asked if it was time to go see what I had flown 3000 miles to look at. We own other real estate and I know enough about negotiations to not tip your hand too much but after walking through a rather dirty, fly filled home (the flies are gone now), I turned to Melanie and said, "I'll take it.". Now keep in mind Monica had only seen pictures and wasn't with me on this cross country single day round trip excursion. We made an offer, got the house, closed and then I took my better half to see what we had bought. Now for the husbands reading this you will understand the risk I was taking. If I had walked into that house with my wife and her reaction was anything but head over heals in love, I never would have heard the end of it. Well as you can tell, she loved it and still does love it. She had to make a bunch of changes right away in order to make it our own but she loved it. Every improvement that we make helps make the home an even greater reflection of what we have envisioned for the property. While there is more to come, it feels more like home every time. We love sharing the home with others as well, weather it's entertaining friends who come to visit when we are there or sharing it with you. A house needs to be lived in or it goes into hibernation. Welcoming you into our home while we aren't there keeps the house happy and alive. We want you to enjoy both the house, the property, the town and the entire area. The Monterrey Peninsula has a lot to offer and you aren't going to see it all in one trip so plan on coming back again and again. And remember to sign the guest book and let us know about you.
What makes this House unique
Where do we start, first of all the house is a truly unique design. I have been in contracting for almost 30 years and I have never seen anything like it. Built into the hillside the house blends itself into the surrounding landscape seamlessly. The home was designed and built by a local builder named John Pfeiffer. The walls and ceiling are pine boards that we have white washed to lighten up the overall look. A barn beam in the living room gives the house that cabin feel. Lots of windows allow for not only wonderful views but great natural light. The second floor has two bedrooms each with a private balcony and a full bathroom with tub, washer and dryer. The third floor loft is my favorite spot, it's like being in a tree house. It also has it's own balcony looking out over the hills with vineyards visible at the top of the nearby mountain. it's my favorite spot to sit, drink a glass of local wine, read and book and become one with my surroundings. It's been several years since we purchased the property and there are areas that I still have not fully explored. The 3.5 acres of GoldSky Lodge offer limitless opportunities for exploration and being located next door to Kahn Ranch which connects to Garland Ranch (both county parks) allows for even more exploring. There are places to sit and reflect, areas to entertain and areas to get lost from the world. One of the best things about GoldSky Lodge is the wildlife. If you sit up in the meadow and are really quite you will hear all sorts of wildlife in the surrounding trees. The most unique thing about GoldSky Lodge it is't ability to wash way all the troubles and stress that normal life piles on. Once we turn onto Esquiline Road on the way up to GoldSky Lodge we can just feel the stress drain away and within hours of our arrival we are ready to burn our return ticket back to reality and make GoldSky Lodge a permanent perch. Well one can dream.
We are dog friendly, limit two.
Minimum age of primary renter:24
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Beautiful home tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of traffic and people!! Peaceful and quie!
We really enjoyed staying here. We had our children over and made a dinner and there was plenty of room in the house to entertain. The only negative is when it’s hot there’s no A/C, which seems to be common for the area. Probably need a couple stand up fans in addition to the ceiling fans. It got pretty toasty during the day. Overall great location, nicely decorated home, property manager very helpful.
Up up and nice house
Drive up. to house and hike up backyard spectacular
I loved my stay! Beautiful home. Perfect getaway. Would highly recommend.
Cozy Cottage in the woods
What a great place! Fun property, nice and cozy inside! The grounds were great. Fun to just hang outside and take in the sights and smells. Very secluded and serene. All involved were very friendly and accommodating. Thanks for letting us stay. Side notes. The sleep number beds were fantastic as well as tempurpedic hide a beds for the kids in the very cool loft!
Awesome little cabin
Gteat little cabin high in the hill. Everything you need. It would be best to have a truck to get to the house. Had a blast. The outside patio is really neat.
We very much enjoyed our stay in Carmel Valley. Everything was excellent -- great parking, great support (Brad was immediately available whenever we had any questions), great location, lovely house and grounds. We've stayed at a lot (lots and lots) of vacation rentals. This one was among our favorites. We recommend it without reservation.