House & cat sitter needed for country home in rustic Mendocino County, just 3 hours north of San Francisco.

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Posted or Updated   Dec 31,2018

Location
Rural mountain, Laytonville
Mendocino,California United States

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Availability
Feb 18,2019
For 2-3 months | Medium Term

We are looking for a non-smoking, handy couple to look after our cats and our house from mid February to mid May.  The dates are somewhat flexible.  We prefer a couple as the house is relatively isolated but would consider the right individual.

We do have 4 cats, so you should be a cat lover and understand them (as best as any of us can).  They are very spoiled and this is their kingdom. We kindly ask you not to bring any pets with you as they do not like to share their home.

You will have a double bed room, a private bathroom with bath and shower, large living room and a well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, stove, oven, fridge and freezer. Of course there is a washing machine and dryer.  The house is 2,400 sq ft and there is an office space you can use as well.  The heating is in floor radiant and wood stove.  During the hot months, there is no air conditioning but because of the cool nights, we just use passive cooling, open the windows at night, close it all up in the morning, the house stays fairly cool.  The caretakers bedroom is the coolest room in the house so it’s comfortable even in summer.  There is still work to be done in the house.  This is a work in progress country home.

The house sits in the middle of 80 acres of land that is home to all kinds of wildlife. We have a garden who’s blooms will delight you in early spring and a green house that yields peppers, herbs, and usually tomatoes year round.

Electricity is supplied from our own off-grid solar system and battery bank. Water is pumped up from our own well, which gives us wonderful quality water from an underground lake. Waste goes to a septic tank. 

Responsibilities

* feed the cats

* cuddle & love the cats

* guard the house

* keep the house clean 

* sort out any maintenance issues if they crop up. 

* water the plants in the house and in the greenhouse

Our Property

The house is ideally located for someone who wants to work from home, or concentrate on a piece of creative work of their own without distractions.

The land is very tranquil but is only 15 minutes from Highway 101, making our home an ideal base from which to explore the redwoods or the Mendocino coast line.

What To Consider

We ask our house-sitters to only pay for the services they use -, Internet and propane for hot water & floor heater. We have Netflix & Hulu but no cable.  Water & Electricity is free.  You will also have to haul your garbage and recycling to the dump as there are no services here. 

The house is quite isolated. Getting to and from here is not possible via public transit. We therefore need a couple in possession of a valid drivers license. We have an old Toyota 4-Runner that you can use if you don’t have a car.  An ability to speak some English is pretty essential in this area as well.

February – May is the timeline we will need someone.  Weather can be beautiful, but it also can be very cold and wet.  You will need cold weather clothes, but you may wind up in shorts before you leave so be prepared.

We are traveling for work during this time period.  There is a possibility we will be in residence at times while you are here.  Our bedroom is upstairs in the front of the house, yours is downstairs in the back of the house so you have your own space if we are home for a week here and there. 

We would also entertain the idea of a long term sitter as we do travel extensively for work.

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