The Sanctuary Team, has a special talent for creating beautiful, harmonious and luxurious environments that guarantee guests an optimum experience during their stay here and make them eager to return. Guests are provided with a concierge house manager to ensure that all their needs are met during their stay. Our reservation staff are helpful in finding the perfect home to accommodate all tastes and budgets. Our design staff makes sure the homes are updated and beautiful.
Josh Ohanian - General Manager
Josh Ohanian is from the town of Sebastopol, CA. He attended school at UC Santa Barbara which is where he met his wife, Tara. Tara and Josh moved to Pacific Grove in 2016 after their wedding, which was in Berwick Park in Pacific Grove. He loves to surf, hike, camp, spend time with his wife and dogs and going to the beach.
Josh started his career in hospitality in 2006 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, HI. He then moved to San Diego where he spent several years working at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and Hotel Solamar while completing his post-graduate studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. From 2011 to 2016, he was recruited to assist with opening and operating the AAA Four Diamond-rated Thunder Valley Casino Resort within the hotel division, where he was employed as Guest Services Manager and then promoted to Assistant Hotel Manager.
Bringing his experience of luxury hotel management and service training to Sanctuary Vacation Rentals further compliments the experience of our Guests and Owners.
Annee Martin - Owner/President/Design Team/Realtor
Annee’s back ground includes being a therapist, professional chef, Inn owner, cook book author, interior designer, real estate consultant, professional stager and occasional artist (her passion). Annee took her love and passion for creating beautiful, nurturing spaces and founded Sanctuary Vacation Rentals which allows Annee to use many of her talents and interests. She believes people who come and stay in Sanctuary homes have an experience that leaves them inspired and renewed from the incredible beauty and inspiration of the Monterey Peninsula.
Before moving to California in 2004 she was an inn keeper and professional chef for over 20 years and founder of Cooking from the Heart Catering, www.cookingfromtheheartcatering.com. She co-authored a cookbook with her best friend and former business partner - Anne Marie Defreest called "Recipes and Reflections: A journey of food and friendship from the Inn at the Round Barn Farm" in Waitsfield, Vermont.
It is her desire that Sanctuary Vacation Rentals is a place of peace and prosperity for all who visit, work and play in this beautiful place she feels so blessed to call home.
Ben Edwards - Owner
As a respected and innovative industry leader, Ben Edwards has been positively affecting the real estate and vacation rental industries for over 15 years. His experience ranges from managing small resorts, to financial and operational auditing, to opening large scale resort developments.
With his substantial industry expertise and strong industry relationships, Edwards possesses a unique and comprehensive understanding of the complex operating environment of the real estate, resort and vacation rental marketplace.
Bringing his experience and knowledge base to Sanctuary Vacation Rentals has further positioned our business as not only the premier provider of Vacation Rentals in the Monterey Peninsula, but as a leader in the industry nationally.
When not working on the beautiful Monterey Penisula, or traveling, Ben and his family live along the beaches of Northwest Florida where he and his wife Tiffany enjoy raising their two young children Henry and Mills.
Ashley Meilan - Real Estate Broker, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals, Inc. - CALBRE#01876699
Transplanted from a small mountain town in Northern California, Ashley moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2007. She instantly fell in love with coastal living, fun-loving people, and mild temperatures.
Ashley has a strong grasp of the real estate market from years of managing properties and buying/selling homes, Ashley recognizes that no single approach is always best, as every client and property is unique. Her dedication and commitment to her clients best interest is what makes her a natural fit for real estate, helping people make smart decisions towards financial freedom.
Ashley also draws on a background in banking, title and escrow, vacation rentals, sales and customer service. In 2008, she obtained her Real Estate Sales License and in 2015 achieved her Broker License. Ashley is passionate about real estates sales, property management and consulting. She also thrives through working with people, finding amazing homes, and helping to support clients achieve their dreams. She continues to expand her profile and knowledge base, recently acquiring her Florida Broker License and founding Wayland Properties, LLC.
In her (limited) free time Ashley is a motivated youth advocate mentoring and volunteering with young people. On the weekends she can be found hiking, reading, re-purposing furniture, at a concert, or just drinking wine with good friends.
Gracee Blossom Joy - Ambassador of Goodwill
One of the most important members of the Sanctuary team is also the smallest team member — and the cutest. Gracee Blossom Joy is a 6-month-old shelter puppy that Annee and David adopted from the Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) after she was found wandering the streets of Salinas in pretty bad condition. She was given a tremendous amount of attention, love and care from her foster parent family and their five dogs, so much so that she has no fear of anyone or any dog and wags her tail at everyone she meets.
Gracee has been proclaimed the Sanctuary ambassador of goodwill and joy because everyone she touches is left feeling better.
“My life has totally changed and I am now in total service to her happiness as she is to mine. I spend more time in the present moment just BEING with her as she entertains herself and me,” says Annee. “I bring her to work in the afternoon and she makes all my employees smile and laugh. No matter what is going on she can bring a smile to anyone.”
Gracee has quite the personality, she looks like Benji the movie dog and she is about as cute as they come. She is by her nature, pure joy and everything and everyone in her world is an opportunity to explore, play or chew. She also makes for a great ambassador for Sanctuary and when she gets a little older Annee plans to get her trained as a therapy dog to visit nearby hospitals, nursing homes and maybe even prisons.
“How people feel when they are in her presence — love, joy, delight, happy— is what Sanctuary is all about in trying to give our guests the best experience possible when they come to the Monterey Peninsula and stay in our homes,” says Annee. “We want our homes to nurture and inspire, and that is what Gracee does every time she gets someone to smile.”