The Laureles Grade Residence

carmel, monterey
1 bedroom - 1 bath
(9 reviews)
Travel dates:
$185 - $239 per night (USD)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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Perks for the Parents

This architect-designed studio guest house with a hot tub in Carmel Valley has stunning views, a swing set and sandbox, and has featured in Architectural Digest. Set up for families, it includes poured concrete floors amid a slew of contemporary features. Cook family meals in the fully equipped kitchen with gas range, full fridge, dishwasher, coffee maker and microwave. Ample cabinet space is provided for groceries and reusable shopping bags are provided. The sliding glass doors open up to a small patch of artificial turf with full swing set and sandbox, and sand toys are provided.

Why Kids Love it

The open plan space is suited to all ages. All manner of kid and baby amenities are available, including a sassy-seat high chair, children's dinnerware and a pack'n'play. The walk in closet is stocked with games and toys for infants through preteens. There is a swing set set atop a huge sand box with slide, look-out station and swings, as well as a chlorine-free hot tub. The oak trees surrounding part of the property give it a magical feel and are perfect for imaginary play and exploring. While there is no dedicated kids bedroom, there is a double sofa bed and optional travel crib.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 1 day. Note that the residence is on part of the host’s 2.5 acre parcel and has a custom secure gate. The layout is open concept and is all one room. The property has 3 friendly neighbors. Safety notes: there is an open space on the far end of the artificial turf that drops into the yard of the host’s home - small children should be carefully supervised. The yard and swing set area are not fenced. Oak trees surround the yard of the house and poison oak can occur in season. Note the bathroom has a shower only. Outlet covers can be provided for the home on request. Car rental advised; the studio has its own parking space with a set of lighted stairs down to the entrance.

About the Location

The property is approximately 20 minutes inland from Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea, a short drive from the best that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. It is 5 minutes from world-class Laguna Seca Raceway, and 20 minutes from attractions such as The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach Golf and Resorts, Point Lobos State Park, downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Beach, The Carmel Mission, and Carmel Valley Village Library and park. It is a 30-minute drive from the Big Sur. Bernardus Lodge & Spa is 4 minutes down the hill and is very kid friendly with a croquet lawn and outdoor seating. Monterey Airport is 10 minutes away; SFO is a 1.5 hour drive away.

Accommodation Details

This detached, approximately 500 sq ft open floor studio has its own separate parking space and entrance. A modern see-through fireplace and media center separates the sleeping area from the living space. There is a full kitchen, walk-in closet, washer/ dryer and full bath with a custom poured concrete shower. Sliding glass doors on 2 sides open up to extend the living space onto the patio, which is landscaped with artificial grass. The bedroom has an organic kingsize latex mattress and the Design Within Reach sofa folds out into a queen sleeper. A travel crib may be available on request.

Style Notes

Contemporary chic. Designed by famed architect Jerrold Lomax, the open plan guest house is modern with sweeping views of Carmel and Salinas Valleys. Built as his personal residence, it has featured in Architectural Digest. Poured concrete floors, custom sink and modern finishes give it a very clean and contemporary look. It is furnished it with design classics such as a Saarinen Tulip Table with Eames chairs, Noguchi coffee table and Tolomeo lights. Matteo linens, custom wool rugs, a fiddle leaf fig tree and pieces from the owners’ photography collection warm the space and give it a relaxed sophistication.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 sofa bed (double)
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Kris B.
Member since May 23, 2014
We are a family of 4 who live in beautiful Carmel Valley, California. Staying in your kid-friendly home offers us the ability to really settle into a new adventure! Our children, a boy, 6 and a daughter, 11, love traveling as much as we do. It's our passion! We run a family estate jewelry and watch business in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. We love modern art, authentic architecture, city life, local food and wine and European beaches, really any adventure as a family! We are open to exchanging houses anywhere and will treat your home with the utmost respect, cleanliness and care! The home exchange program is really about being part of a global community and we treasure the chance and opportunity. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

9 reviews

Andrea S.
Visited in December 2018
Wow, what an absolutely stunning property and oasis away from it all! To say we enjoyed our stay would be a vast understatement! The home is perfectly decorated and the view is something I will never forget! The house was outfitted with every amenity you would have at a wonderful hotel! Kris was extremely helpful with local recommendations which we really appreciated. We went wine tasting, to amazing meals and a gorgeous hike- all within minutes of the house! We can't wait to return! Thank you Kris and family!
Michael R.
Visited in November 2018
Kris was amazing - we came down during the fires to escape the bad air in San Francisco. On short notice she welcomed us with open arms. The unit is real well appointed and the landscapes outside - the rolling Carmel hills - are incredibly beautiful. The swing-set is in the back yard overlook Carmel Valley - it's like an infinity pool swing-set - haha. Strong recommend if you are traveling to Carmel or Carmel Valley.
Dustin C.
Visited in October 2018
We had an excellent time at Kris's place outside of Monterey. The location was incredible and the house had been setup very thoughtfully. Both days my wife and I remarked that we weren't sure whether it would have been better to come and stay just as a couple or with our 9-month old—both options would have been great. Our little guy was very happy playing with the toys in the place, sleeping in the pack-n-play, and swinging in the swing. After he was asleep we really enjoyed reading in the amazingly comfortable bed.
Michael R.
Visited in October 2018
This is an AMAZING property - up in the hills above Carmel Valley (but a quick 5 minute drive down into it). The unit is really nice, well decorated with a swing set and tons of toys. Kris brought over coffee for the coffee machine and was super responsive. Would definitely stay again.
Myia I.
Visited in September 2018
One of the most magical stays I have ever had - I fully intend on returning asap. I cannot say enough about this beautiful space, a little slice of heaven and pure ease to check in and out. Thank you!
Quinn G.
Visited in August 2018
Our stay at Kris’s guest house was wonderful from start to finish. Our kids (5 and 2) loved the play set and were blown away by the view (so were we). Both the house and the yard were well stocked with books and toys. Kris even hid beautiful seashells in the sandbox that our children discovered during our stay. The home itself is gorgeous and offers panoramic views of the hills. We hope to return someday!
Prue A.
Visited in June 2018
We absolutely loved our stay in beautiful Laureles Grade! It was the perfect property for our family of 4, and our 2 children adored the toys, playset and sandpit. The house has everything you need for a 1 night or 1 week stay, and was so quiet and peaceful. I only wished we could have stayed longer! Thanks so much Kris and family :)
Lea M.
Visited in May 2018
Awesome place! Clean, welcoming and lovely owners. My kids loved the swinset and they did not cheap out with shampoo, conditioner body wash and supplies! Highly recommended!!
Amanda K.
Visited in February 2018
Probably the most beautifully located swing set I've ever seen! The apartment and the view are stunning. We had a very relaxing time, drinking wine and watching the kids play in the sandbox. Our bed was super comfortable and the kitchen very well appointed. The drop-off in the back might be a bit nerve wracking for parents of toddlers, but it was no problem for our three year old. There is also a little grove of trees, that my kids enjoyed exploring.

Carmel, Monterey

Sandcastles, sealife and sunshine

Carmel is a rightly popular and family-friendly area in the middle of the Californian coast with a white sand beach, cultural appeal and wineries by the sea. Make sandcastles on the beach, browse art galleries in pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea, explore dramatic national parks and meet the local wildlife at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.