Romantic Oceanfront Home in Santa Barbara
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- Minimum stay:5-7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
The Mesa (Beach Area) house description
This romantic oceanfront home in Santa Barbara sits on a bluff near the lighthouse with panoramic views of the channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean. The beach side of the house is all windows where one can sit and watch the whales pass by and the dolphins play. The deck provides panoramic 180 degree views of the beach, perfect for watching sunsets. Stairs to the beach are only a block away.
The house is open and spacious with vaulted ceilings and a beautiful modern kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and granite counter tops. The location is just one and a half miles from the marina, which marks the beginning of the downtown area.
Santa Barbara's downtown is known as a great place for a romantic get-away with fine dinning, great shopping and an active night life. Even the mountains are only 5 miles away and have some spectacular hikes, views, and Indian cave paintings. The sound of the ocean waves at night will lull you to sleep in this ocean retreat.
A 37 foot motor yacht is available for charter and for sunset cruises.
For large groups, The Ocean Oasis can be rented in conjunction with the vacation rental next door. To view this home, please go to VRBO property #242803
- 1800 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered:
- Not Suitable For Children:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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- Coffee Maker:
- Catering Available:
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- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
- Wood Fireplace:
- Gas Fireplace:
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- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Mountain Climbing
- Equestrian Events
- Water Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Basketball Court
- Jet Skiing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
- Botanical Garden
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Paddle Boating
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
- Scenic Drives
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Our stay over New Year's
Our stay over New Year's
We are a family of four, with children ages 9 and 11. We researched the house extensively and saw such differing reviews. Hopefully, we can shed some light. Also, we have rented approximately 15 houses over time. Here are the pros: 1) The view is outstanding. The house is perched on a cliff over the water. The sunsets were spectacular. 2) The garden makes a lovely living area with a fire pit, comfortable seating & gorgeous succulents. The owners must be terrific gardeners. 3) The location is central ...convenient to great restaurants, high end grocery shopping and tennis courts. 4) The Xbox and massage chair were bit hits with my children. Here are the cons: 1). The house needs a top to bottom scrub down. The blankets in the closets had hair (pet?) and smelled pretty bad. 2) The kitchen is oversold in the write up. Once again, a good cleaning is needed. In the morning, it took pulling out a few coffee cups to find one that looked clean enough (coffee grounds in cups). It was dodgy with the silverware as well...sometimes forks and spoons had food remnants. It is all totally acceptable mess as long as it is your own home and not a rental. In short, we had a really nice vacation in the home. However, given the price, I am not sure that we would rent this home again.
- Guest Kelley (Houston)
- Date of stay 12/27/12
- Review Submitted 03/14/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Our month there !!
Our month there !!
The house and the views amazing !!! But overall Brian and Juliet. They are really nice !!! We spent great vacations in Santa Barbara !! they give us everything that we need!! They help us in all we need. We extremely recommend this house. We are a family from Spain with 3 kids and everything Wonderful !!! We will like to repeat the experience
- Guest Maria (Spain)
- Date of stay 08/01/12
- Review Submitted 08/24/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing.
Great stay - really fun home!
Great stay - really fun home!
My wife and I recently stayed at this wonderful home. We were joined by our older son and his wife and our younger son and his girlfriend. We each had our own room and had a great stay, thoroughly enjoying the home. It looks rather plain from the front yard, but the inside is very spacious and comfortable, with a fantastic view of the ocean and a cool outdoor patio area perched right on the edge of a cliff! There's also a nice covered patio area with an outdoor table and some lounge chairs, as well as a brand new gas BBQ. The cliff area is relatively safe, although I wouldn't feel comfortable allowing toddlers to roam the back yard unattended. We found most all the amenities you would expect in a nice home. It was clean and tidy, but had a lot of personal knick knacks that made if feel homey and unique. The kitchen was modern and everything worked properly. We would not hesitate to recommend this home to our friends.
- Guest Dave (Northern California)
- Date of stay 05/10/12
- Review Submitted 06/19/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
A week of Heaven
A week of Heaven
We stayed here last summer - 2 adults and 3 kids. It was heaven to be in this house right on the bluff! I spent hours sitting on the small platform the juts out over the bluff, looking into the water at the dolphins and seals playing (using the binoculars nicely provided by the owners). Many times whole groups of pelicans flew just a few feet over my head. Listening to the waves at night was fantastic. The living space was super comfortable - nice open plan, plenty of space and comfy furniture. The kitchen was wonderfully appointed and modern. The garden was beautiful although not huge - but had nice green grass and pretty plants. The house is ideally located for walks or runs into town - we went running to the docks and also walked the opposite direction up to Cliff Dr at night for dinner. We did have to get in the car and drive to a surfing beach because it's not a house where you can just step right out to the beach with your surfboard, but was the charm for me - you felt secluded. In fact the 2 neighboring houses are actually quite close but when you are in the garden you can't hear a thing from the street or the neighbors - it feels like a sanctuary. We were a little nervous after reading a negative review from a previous summer but we found the house to be the opposite of that review - the house was immaculate, the garden was perfectly manicured, and the owners were incredibly nice and helpful. I would recommend this home with no reservations.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/08/11
- Review Submitted 03/20/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.
We joined another family at this beautiful spot, and both families had a great time! The outdoor space was perfect day and night - sunrises & sunsets galore. Roasting marshmallows on the outdoor fire pit was another favorite for the kids. Excellent spot - walking distance to shops, market, parks and the 1000 steps down to the beach just a block away (not really 1000 steps - just the name)! The owner was responsive to our needs and made sure we had every comfort. Kitchen was well stocked, so making meals "at home" was a pleasure. Oh, and the massage chair - nice place to end the day!
- Guest klg13 (playa del rey)
- Date of stay 12/29/11
- Review Submitted 02/08/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Amazing Views including whales!!
Amazing Views including whales!!
Great unobstructed views from a terraced back yard. The deck on the bluff is perfect for watching the sunset. The owners are very accommodating and had three beautiful floral arrangements when we arrived. big well equipped kitchen. Walking distance to shopping and parks. Easy assess to downtown and the wharf.
- Guest Rick (Arizona)
- Date of stay 04/15/11
- Review Submitted 04/29/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, people with disabilities, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
We experienced numerous problems with this rental property which diminished our vacation. The owner writes the kitchen had state-of-the-art-appliances. Instead we found many problems in the kitchen. A malfunctioning gas stove that burners would not ignite despite many attempts. The stove was so old all of the markings on the knobs were worn off, making it impossible to tell which burner was malfunctioning. After many attempts some burners would eventually light but the ignition mechanism would continue clicking for about 20 minutes. The dishwasher worked poorly. It never cleaned glassware properly. The glassware came out coated with a white film and spotted. All glassware had to be washed by hand before use. The first and last time we used the oven, white smoke billowed into the kitchen which was very scary. The best we could determine was that someone used oven cleaner and failed to wipe it off. The refrigerator was dirty inside and all the shelves on the door were filled with partially used food leaving little or no room for our own food. The outside barbacue grill was so filthy that we were afraid to use it. The garbage cans outside the house were overflowing when we arrived. The propane tanks in the backyard chill chaser was empty. Although the VRBO description indicated there was plenty of room in the driveway, in fact, much of the room was already taken up by the owners boat/trailer and car, forcing us to park our cars behind each other and shuffle them frequently. We were never able to get the backyard lights lit, leaving the backyard pitch black. We called the property manager many times. The owner showed up several days later. He told us he fixed the backyard lights, but they never did came on. The stove's problem was confirmed but never rectified. The promised special garbage collection never happened. He delivered a new propane tank for us to install. In summary, we paid far too much money to rent this property to put up with these aggravations.
- Guest Family Vacation (Colorado)
- Date of stay 08/07/10
- Review Submitted 09/11/10
Owner response: This property has been for rent on VRBO for nearly a decade. Most people do not take the time to write about good times they may have had and so when fate has it that things go poorly (boy did they with this rental) it is what I like to call a growth opportunity. Ten years ago this kitchen was state of the art. Now, though all the above issues have been corrected, my goal is to redesign the kitchen so that that statement is truly accurate. Until then, the visual age of the kitchen should not detour from the true magic happening if you look outside or visit one of two outdoor seating areas, situated beneath a private grove of Eucalyptus trees, and simply stare off toward unfettered view of beach, ocean (dolphins swim past most every day), and the Channel Islands. Though I have lived in and rented many great homes, some of which were more modern, precious few have been right on the ocean and none have felt so serene. Maybe the serenity is all in my mind. I love this place and I plan to continue to improve it. We have a file full of hand written reviews that we would be delighted to share.
Our 4th of July 2008 Experience
Our 4th of July 2008 Experience
The 3 reviews posted must be a hoax – all 3 posted within a 2 wk period??? Too coincidental. We (3 couples) stayed at VRBO #1470 over the July 4th 2008 weekend – what a disaster from the time we opened the front door! The owner and a couple of gals were cleaning up from what appeared to be a party the night before. Brian told us to go have lunch and return 2-3 hrs because of a power shortage the night before, he needed more time to clean. I don’t think a power shortage would impact having clean sheets on our bed, cleaning a filthy oven and bbq, picking up dog poop in the backyard, having junk piled high on both side yards, cleaning floors, leaving kitchen cupboard doors askew, a disposal that needed repair, and animal hair (possibly rabbit) on a black chair in master bedroom…..It was obvious to us that the owner lived there and moved out for the weekend leaving his own suitcase behind. The location and views were decent if you could turn your back from the filth.
- Guest Loma (Huntington Beach, CA)
- Date of stay 07/03/08
- Review Submitted 08/06/10
Owner response: It is said that one should give extra thanks to those who voice their complaints, as this individual has done, as it gives one the opportunity to make improvements. This is an unfortunate review, sent in two years after the rental. Every year we make a consorted effort to improve the interior and the exterior of this property. In 2008 we began re-landscaping the ocean side yard to include many new areas for both our and our guest’s enjoyment. Phase one included tearing out the rail road tie stair case that lead down to a wild flower garden that was rather out of control, and the cliff side deck you can see on our web page. We replaced the stair case with solid 4’ wide blond flagstone, and laid 800 square feet of 3’x 2’ flagstone. Pockets of low water succulents add color and interest. The resulting patio has a great area at the far east for bonfires at night and watching the sunrise in the morning. The future plan is to install a hot tub and lounge seating to the west. We are working in between rentals to improve what we can and admittedly we tend to use the side yard to store tools and materials for future improvements. These areas which are not used also have been slated for improvements. In this economically challenging time we do our best to make upgrades when possible. For example the second ocean view room was recently redesigned with new furnishings, paint and bed linens. We think it looks amazing. The photos posted currently do represent the house fairly. That said sometimes there are oversights and for this we are truly concerned and saddened. We do everything in our power to make sure the house is clean and the outdoor areas are tidy, therefore allowing our guest to show up and truely enjoy the time spent in our rental home.
An absolute stunning location. Extremely relaxing and private. Great for adults, kids and pets. We truly enjoyed our stay!
- Guest Anonymous (Southern California)
- Date of stay 05/27/10
- Review Submitted 06/22/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Guest comment entered by owner
From the moment we opened the front door we were transfixed by the call of the ocean. Two of the three bedrooms had ocean views and we could hear the waves lulling us into relaxation. The Oceanside yard had three great areas to "hang out"...one for sunrise...one for sunset and once the sun had set the alcove of the home was complete with stand up heating unit that made watching the stars and listening to the sound of the ocean super comfortable...AMAZING night time reality. To our surprise the house had been improved beyond the photos provided. We loved our stay! Thanks much to Brian and Juliet who took care of the snaffew we incurred!
- Guest California 2010 vacation
- Date of stay 06/01/10
- Review Submitted 06/21/10
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Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2014
7 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
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House cleaning fee $240
Less than 30 nights subject to 12% occupancy tax
$1000 Security Deposit required for reservation.
Full payment due 60 days prior to rental.
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- Refundable Damage Deposit: $1000
- Tax Rate 12%
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- Nearest Beach: Leadbetter Beach at 1 Miles
Year Purchased: 1997
About the owner: This is my favorite property. The property goes down to the high tide mark, but retains it's safety and seclusion. The grove of Eucalyptus and the ocean make it a zone of comfort.
Why the Owner Chose The Mesa (Beach Area):
If you see the property, you will understand.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
It has a unique elevated view of the ocean. The dolphins have chosen the fishing hole at about 10 O'clock as their routine fishing grounds. They are in front of the house as a routine presence. It is very unique and grounding experience. During whale migration, the females and children run the kelp bed in front of the house. They are right there where you cn hear them exhale.
- Primary: (805) 895-3901 (California, USA)
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Living Room with Lovely Ocean Views
Master Bath Large Jacuzzi Tub
Sharp - AQUOS / 65" High Definition LCD HDTV in Living Room
180 degree southern view of the beach from this deck. Watch sunrise and sunset.
Kitchen with Ocean Views
Master Bedroom: Double Pillowtop California King
Second Ocean View Bedroom
I Joy Massage Chair in Master Bedroom
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