The Captain's Inn $2,495,000

Nestled within an unassuming Pacific Coast fishing village along the Golden State’s magnificent Scenic Coast Highway 1 is THE CAPTAIN’S INN, a charming, nautically-inspired B&B. Steps away from a small, albeit bustling, marina, calm tidal canals and serene, sandy shores – and within calling distance of wild birds, sea otters and harbor seals --, this historic lodging fronts Monterey Bay 25 miles south of Santa Cruz and 25 miles north of Carmel-by-the Sea -- midway between these two more famous Bayside communities but, in character, worlds apart from either of them.

Boasting a small craft harbor that ranks #1 in Monterey Bay commercial fishing and, designated as a year round port of safe refuge, Moss Landing Harbor provides reliable marine services to recreational boating and commercial fishing vessel members and their welcomed guests.

Because the harbor is situated at the mouth of Elkhorn Slough and at the head of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, Moss Landing also is known as a wildlife sanctuary for birds, sea otters and harbor seals and is home to Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), a multi-campus research facility of the California State University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, sister organization to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On a regular basis, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory hosts joint research projects with Monterey Bay Aquarium and other international oceanographic research institutions, all of which bring marine scientists from around the world to Moss Landing. Even Moss Landing Harbor District (MLHD), with 600+ slips for recreational boaters and commercial vessels, partners with marine research and education; the District provides full public access to the environment, striving to protect surrounding natural resources while preserving its rich fishing heritage.

Moss Landing’s Pacific beaches represent perennial magnets for serious surfers and nature enthusiasts alike. An eclectic array of restaurants, antique shops, art galleries plus venues ideal for winter whale watching and year-round sunset, star and sea gazing all offer memorable opportunities to escape city stress – within a seaside fishing village and wildlife sanctuary not far from, but definitely off, the beaten track.

The Captain’s Inn is zoned and permitted for private residential and/or commercial hospitality/corporate retreat use by Monterey County and the California Coastal Commission. Commercial hospitality use permits rarely have been granted by the Coastal Commission over the last two decades, making those held by The Captain’s Inn of “priceless” added value.

Situated on a .40 acre (17,579 sq. ft.) coastal parcel and commanding front-row waterfront views, the property includes three detached buildings.
• Historic House: 2008 sq. ft., handsomely-restored with dual-pane windows, four guest suites (former headquarters of The Pacific Coast Steamship Company, built in 1906 following the San Francisco earthquake),
• Boat House: 2,486 sq. ft., six–guest-suites with unobstructed coastal views,
• Owners’ House: 1,496 sq. ft. (4bd/2.5ba/kit/family rm, attached 2-car garage.
• Total approximate building square feet: 6,000.

The nautical-themed Captain’s Inn is ADA-compliant and provides generous, off-street guest parking, including marked “handicap” parking. The Inn offers numerous fireplaces, a commercial kitchen with light-drenched breakfast seating for 20 guests that overlooks delightful gardens and is conveniently adjacent to a classic Victorian-style front parlor with inviting hearth.

Recognized in 2010 by Monterey County Historic Resources Review Board as eligible for Historic Property Contracts under the Mills Act Pilot Program, the Inn was one of only two properties selected by the County for Mills Act Designation, a program that allows historic property owners reduced County real estate property taxes. (The “other” historic property selected for Mills Act Designation was the Carmel Valley home of famed folk music legend, Joan Baez.)

The Captain’s Inn overlooking Monterey Bay represents a unique opportunity ideally suited to aspiring innkeepers who love the sea, prize coastal wildlife … and further wish to share these California treasures with travelers from around the world.


  • Built in 2003
  • 10 years as B&B
  • Last renovation in 2004
  • 10 Guest Rooms
  • 10 Guest Bathrooms
  • Lot size: 0.40 acres
  • 10 Parking Spots
  • Has owner's quarters
  • $2,495,000

Listing Agent

Johanna Welty, Boutique Hospitality Sales
PO Box 902
Alamo, CA 94507

Phone: 925.708.4505
Broker Website


8122 Moss Landing Road Moss Landing, CA 95039

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the Captain's Inn at Moss Landing
Moss Landing Harbor Marina The Captain's Inn: Example of "Historic House" Suite
Light-drenched Guest Breakfast Room Aerial view of Moss Landing Harbor Marina

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