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Huckleberry Woods Escape: Views, Pool, and Spa Near Santa Cruz Beaches

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Stunning pool setting for refreshing fun


Last updated: 09/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Santa Cruz estate description

This 3,200 square foot gated estate home is nestled in the redwood forest centrally located between the urban magic of San Francisco, the luxurious golf courses of Monterey's Pebble Beach, 25 minutes to Santa Cruz surfing spots and beaches, and above the summer coastal fog.
The property is perfect for family reunions or memorable vacations with multiple families. Set on two beautifully landscaped acres, enjoy the black-bottom pool and separate spa, or lounge on the spacious 2000 sq ft of decks with soaring mountain views of the largest trees in the world, the Coastal Redwoods. The kids will love the sturdy multi-leveled climbing fort with swings and slide, and adults can always find a quiet spot to sit in the shade and read on the many decks or in the garden. There are plenty of activities to bring the youngsters and adults playing together, such as ping pong and horseshoes. The entire property is fenced and gated, within a ten minute walk of the historic town of Boulder Creek which boasts great restaurants, quaint shops, and the gateway to Big Basin Redwood State Park, and the San Lorenzo Valley.
Amenities: The 6 bedroom plus Library well-appointed home is comfortable and inviting, with a fabulous chef's kitchen with Viking stove and expansive stone counters providing plenty of space for everyone to cook together An additional compact kitchen downstairs provides versatility. The library is convertible from a common area to a bedroom. An additional bath is in the pool/spa area which also includes an outdoor 'natural spring' shower.
The family room has 55' HDTV and a flat panel 45” HDTV with Netflix, HBO, STARS, and On Demand with stereo and surround sound in the Living Room., with large VCR/DVD video and CD music libraries.
The 2 acre property is gated and fenced. Remote control for gate issued at check-in. The home and linens are cleaned with environmentally 'green' products that eliminate most allergy concerns, and you'll never run out of hot water for bathing, as the home has been converted to on-demand hot water heaters. In case of an area power outage, the house will automatically convert to generator power so activities don't have to stop.
Local Attractions: *15 minutes to Big Basin Redwood State Park
*15-20 minutes to two challenging local golf courses at Pasatiempo and Boulder Creek Country Club.
*30 minutes to the beaches of Santa Cruz
*35 minutes to the Beach Boardwalk, where one of the world's best wood frame roller coasters is revered by coaster buffs from around the world: open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends year round.
*20 minutes to Roaring Camp Railroad for train trips through the redwoods and Civil War reenactments.
*35 minutes to the Santa Cruz wharf, famous for their seafood restaurants and the yearly Clam Chowder Cook-off
*25 minutes to Loch Lomond reservoir for fishing boat rentals
*Wine tasting offered at 12 local wineries within a 10 mile radius
*30 minutes to the University of California at Santa Cruz which provides many entertainment opportunities such as the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Festival in July and August and the world famous Arboretum open daily.
*7 minutes to Highlands Park for the Scottish Highland Games in October
Day Trip Activities: If you want to travel a bit further for your adventures, San Francisco is 1 1/2 hours to the north with it's famous Fisherman's Wharf, cable cars, and world class restaurants. Monterey is an hour to the south if you want to see the golf courses of Pebble Beach, or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and if you continue to travel south another 45 minutes along the rugged picturesque coastline along Highway 1, you can experience the restaurants and art galleries of Big Sur, and get your feet wet in the Big Sur River while sitting in an Adirondack chair and listening to live jazz on the weekends. There are so many things to do in the area your group may want to make this a yearly event. If your group has special interests please let us know and we can provide info.
This home can be your solution to a stress free, memorable vacation or family reunion.
Check-in after 4PM, check-out by 11AM.

Keywords: Gated estate with pool and spa

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            No one under 21 will be allowed without adult supervision. Rental contract must be signed by adult 25 years old or older who is staying for the entire rental period....moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            All main floor interior and main deck wheelchair accessible with no steps. Accessing pool and spa will require steps. Wheelchair damage deposit required....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Pool area fenced separately, but parents must be responsible for children's access. ...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Dog allowed with prior approval and damage deposit. No cats due to owner allergies....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking outside only....moreless

          • Alternative Lifestyle

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

          • Hummingbird : 1 queen

            Canopy bed with sliding door out to hammock deck....moreless

          • Sunflower: 1 queen

            Skylight over bed. ...moreless

          • Copper Rose: 1 queen

            Canopy bed and large closet....moreless

          • Cougar Retreat: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

            Lg master suite. Sleigh bed and daybed w/trundle....moreless

          • Golden Newt: 1 queen

            Sleigh bed with rocking chair....moreless

          • Bear Cub Den: 1 king

            King bed can convert to 2 twin beds. Window seat....moreless

          • Other (See Description): 2 baby crib, 1 child bed

            Portacrib, Pack-n-Play and kids pallet add in larger rooms....moreless

          • Redwood Library: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            King memory foam airbed, or as Libray/Music rm. Piano....moreless

          • Additional Child Beds: (1) Padded sleeping floor pallet for young child, Portacrib for babies 25 lbs and under. Pack-n-Play for toddler. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bunny Rabbit Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Double sinks. Downstairs....moreless

          • Skylight Bath: toilet, shower

            Granite vanity. Main floor. Handicapped bar at toilet....moreless

          • Spa Bath: toilet, outdoor shower

            Pedistal sink. Next to spa in pool area....moreless

          • Cougar Bath: toilet, shower, jetted tub

            Double sinks and bay window. Main floor.Handicap accessible....moreless

          • 18 sets of luxurious Egyptian cotton bath towels provided. 18 Pool/Spa towels are provided. Toilet paper, tissue, bar soap, liquid hand soap, Q-tips, and cotton pads provided....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            (2) Large gourmet kitchen on main floor with Viking range, ultra quiet Meile dishwasher, Subzero refrigerator plus refrigerated drawers, Calphalon cookware, service for 18. Compact kitchen downstairs....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Kitchens fully stocked with all cooking essentials, including full line of Calphalon cookware, waffle iron, large stock pots, blender, food processor, large crock pot, + much more....moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining table can accommodate 12, plus breakfast bar seating for 2 and deck just outside dining room sliding glass door has table seating for 10....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            (2) Built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator plus two refrigerated drawers in main kitchen, and apartment size refrigerator in downstairs kitchen....moreless

          • Toaster:

            4 slot toaster in the gourmet kitchen plus additional 2 slot toaster in downstairs kitchen....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Quality dishes, glassware, barware, and flatware for 18, plus china and crystal....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Coffee makers in each kitchen and coffee grinder in gourmet kitchen....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Over 30 herb/spices provided. Some oils, vinegars, and dry goods....moreless

          • Microwave:

            (2) 1 in main floor kitchen, and another in downstairs kitchen....moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            Ultra-quiet Miele dishwasher in gourmet kitchen on main floor....moreless

          • Freezer:

            Large bottom freezers in both refrigerators....moreless

          • Stove:

            Dual ovens, 6 burner Viking range with grill...moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Call for local recommendations...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Child's Highchair
          • Oven
          • Ice Maker
          • Seating for 14 people


          • Living Room seats 14:

            Large leather couch, love seat, and recliner. Upholstered rocking chair. Hearth will seat 4. Large flat screen TV, DVD/VHS/CD player, portable IPod player w/speaker, 100s of movies and CDs....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            18 sets of luxurious Egyptian cotton bathtowels provided plus 18 extra large pool towels and an assortment of beach towels....moreless

          • Heating:

            Separate forced air furnaces control each floor's temperature. Gas fireplace in living room also a furnace....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Maximum of 6 vehicles inside the property gates. No street parking. Inquire about additional parking....moreless

          • Fitness Room / Equipment:

            Treadmill, Ab Lounger, hand weights, exercise ball, chin-up bar, trainers jumprope. Exercise mats....moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Sealed and child safe gas log fireplace in living room and wood burning fireplace in main deck...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets on all beds....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Laundry soaps and softeners provided...moreless

          • Parking:

            6 vehicle parking inside gate....moreless

          • Covered Parking:

            Three vehicle carport...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Dryer sheets provided...moreless

          • Gas Fireplace:

            In living room...moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            On main deck...moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Iron & Board
          • Hair Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • Horseshoe stadium, piano, 2 person hammock, deck swing chair, garden 2 person swing lounge, covered workout deck with treadmill, environmentally friendly cleaning products used. In case of an area power outage, the house will automatically convert to generator power so activities don't have to stop. ...moreless


              • Music Library:

                250 CDs - blues, classic rock, jazz, country, Christmas, ect. Piano, guitar, banjo, hand drum, and recorder for your use in Library/Music room....moreless

              • Television:

                (3) 45' HDTV flat screen in Living Room, and 55' HDTV in family room for movies and gaming....moreless

              • Games:

                Many board games, card games, dominos, cribbage, etc....moreless

              • Books:

                Hard back library and paperback exchange library...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                In Living room ...moreless

              • Ping Pong Table
              • Piano
              • VCR
              • CD Player


              • Wireless Internet:

                Wireless available in house, on decks and at pool. Computer tech support available for internet connections if needed....moreless

              • Computer Available:

                Private area of Cougar Retreat set up as computer workstation with PC and printer....moreless

              • Telephone:

                (2) Two portable phones provided...moreless

              • Free Long Distance:

                US long distance at no charge...moreless

              Pool & Spa

              • Hot Tub:

                In ground spa with redwood deck surrounding it, big enough for 5 adults and under large umbrella for all weather use....moreless

              • Private Pool:

                Black bottom, in-ground, heated June through September (or October if weather is warm)...moreless

              • Jetted Tub:

                Large enough for two in Couger Retreat...moreless

              • Heated Pool
              • Jacuzzi

              Outdoor Features

              • Boat:

                Small fresh water fishing boat rentals available at Loch Lomond reservoir, 40 mimutes away. Ocean fishing and whale watching boat tours available at Santa Cruz Wharf, 35 minutes away....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                (4) Four spacious redwood decks plus (2) stone patios, one with shade pergola at pool, and other at greenhouse; with tables, umbrellas, wicker seating, outdoor fireplace, and lounges....moreless

              • Golf:

                Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club, Pasatiempo Golf Course, Delaveaga Golf Club and Seascape Golf Club within 15- 35 minutes. Pebble Beach courses within 1 hour....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Large propane grill on main deck, and use of smaller portable grill by request for poolside use....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Small lawn area, huge garden and orchard. Regulation horseshoe stadium....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Rentals from Santa Cruz Wharf or Elkhorn Slough....moreless

              • Bicycles:

                2 bicycles can be borrowed wth prior approval....moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                At poolside....moreless

              • Garden Chairs:


              • Wood Deck
              • Outdoor Grill Gas


              • Sports & Activities
              • Adventure
              • Spa
              • Romantic
              • Family
              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

              • Mountain View:

                Beautiful soaring mountain views from main deck, octagonal sky deck, living room wall of windows, kitchen, and master bedroom picture windows...moreless

              • Rural:

                In the Santa Cruz redwood forest, yet only 30 minutes away from the famous technology haven of Silicon Valley...moreless

              • Village:

                The small historic town of Boulder Creek is quaint and convenient....moreless


              • Arboretum
              • Miniature Golf
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services
              • ATM/Bank
              • Water Tubing
              • Rock Climbing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Surfing
              • Golf
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountaineering
              • Roller Blading
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Rafting
              • Pier Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Basketball Court
              • Fishing
              • Cycling
              • Sailing
              • Tennis
              • Swimming
              • Kayaking
              • Shopping
              • Shelling
              • Photography
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Ruins
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours
              • Live Theater
              • Theme Parks
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Recreation Center
              • Museums
              • Marina
              • Library
              • Cinemas
              • Churches
              • Botanical Garden
              • Playground
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Bay/Sound
              • Rain Forests
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Bird Watching
              • Beachcombing
              • Whale Watching
              • Antiquing
              • Forests
              • Sight Seeing
              • Scenic Drives
              • Horseshoes
              • Walking
              • Horseback Riding
              • Festivals
              • Waterfalls
              • Paddle Boating
              • Hiking


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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Sep 6 - Oct 27, 2014
              3 night min stay
              $800 $985
              Fri, Sat, Sun
              Thanksgiving Holiday
              Nov 25 - Dec 1, 2014
              4 night min stay
              $865 $1,050
              Fri, Sat, Sun
              Winter Holiday
              Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2015
              4 night min stay
              $865 $1,050
              Fri, Sat, Sun
              Spring Break
              Apr 10 - Apr 27, 2015
              5 night min stay
              $865 $1,050
              Fri, Sat, Sun
              Apr 28 - May 20, 2015
              3 night min stay
              $800 $955
              Fri, Sat, Sun
              My Standard Rate
              5 night min stay
              $865 $1,050
              Fri, Sat, Sun

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Housekeeping fee $365
              • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
              • Tax Rate 11%


              $500 refundable deposit for approved canine guest or wheelchair. Deposits can be paid by check or credit card. Rental fees to be paid by check or wire transfer. Guest signing contract must be min. 25 years old and stay for the entire reservation. Each guest under 21 years old must be accompanied by an adult. We do not accept bookings for day events. All bookings require min.of 1 weekend night.

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              Last updated: 09/04/2014
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              29 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Norman Y Mineta International San Jose CA SJC
              25 Miles
              Nearest Train
              13 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Highway 17
              15 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Santa Cruz Main Beach and Boardwalk Amusement Park
              1.5 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Joe's Bar, Boulder Creek Brewery
              4 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club
              1.5 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Italian, Japanese, Burger, Chinese, Mexican, Pizza

              Car: Necessary

              A 40 minute drive from the San Jose International Airport and 1 1/2 hours to the San Francisco International Airport. Close enough to the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Valley, yet private and secluded without being more than a few minutes from necessities and tasty restaurants. For those that like nightlife, Joes, Henflings, and Don Quixotes all offer live music on weekends without traveling out of the mountains, or a short trip into Santa Cruz will reward you with anything from intimate solo performances to concert venues that bring in nationally known talent. If you can be in the area for Memorial weekend, the Aptos Blues Festival is a magical treat where you will see the best performers in the country, because they love to play the Santa Cruz audiences in this beautiful outdoor setting. On Friday nights all summer long you can enjoy the free concert series at the Beach Boardwalk featuring all the old time Rock'n' Roll artists from our past. Never a dull moment!

              Other Unique Activities: Wildlife viewing, beach amusement park, railroad train rides, zip-line through the redwoods, disc golf, kayaking in the Elkhorn Slough. A 'must experience' is the famous Shadowbrook Restaurant in Santa Cruz.

              Golf: Golf courses within a 20 minute drive: Boulder Creek Country Club (18 hole), Pasatiempo Golf Club (18 hole) designed by the famous Scottish architect Alister MacKenzie, the course is famed for its breathtaking scenery and rich golf history, Valley Gardens (9 hole)

              Golf courses within a 30 minute drive: DeLaveaga Golf Club (championship 18 hole) offering a disc golf course also, Seascape Golf Club.

              The famous courses of Pebble Beach are about an hour away.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2004

              About the owner: We are architects and commercial construction project managers that love to build wonderful spaces worldwide for living, working, and playing. We have a small dog, Pest, that we travel with extensively, and we thoroughly enjoy sharing the magic we create with others.

              Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz:
              Nancy purchased the property to bring her parents out to California to be closer to family, as they are disabled and are currently in their 90s. She wanted to provide them with a beautiful way to spend their golden years. It was the perfect property to accommodate their disabilities in style, but as they aged they had to move to a local assisted living facility. The property was converted to a vacation rental in 2008, and due to it's location in one of the most stunning and rare forests in the world, and yet close to international airports, it has been a resounding success from the first year, with guests arriving from all corners of the globe. We enjoy sharing the comfort and amenities of this estate with others, and can offer recommendations on how to make our guest's stay much more than just a place to sleep.

              The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
              The property is truly a destination in itself, as it affords the opportunity to swim, sunbath, soak in the therapeutic spa, hike in the redwood forest, find quiet spots to sit and reflect or read a good book, cook gourmet meals with friends and family, sit under the stars in front of the outdoor fireplace, be entertained watching hundreds of movies in a surround sound environment, have some friendly competition plying horseshoes and ping-pong, and working out on a private deck with treadmill and exercise bike to keep in shape, without leaving the property. We had Nancy's family reunion with a full house of family members from all over the US, and everyone had the time of their lives. These was plenty of space.... room to gather together, and intimate areas to get away from the crowd. The children were able to have 2 fenced/gated acres to play without the parents worrying that they would be lost in the forest, and they loved the sturdy climbing structure 'fort' with swings! I'm grateful to be able to share the property with my guests, so they can discover the serenity and magic we experience at this unique property.

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              • Stunning pool setting for refreshing fun

                Stunning pool setting for refreshing fun

              • Spa deck next to pool

                Spa deck next to pool

              • Chef's kitchen with 2 oven, 6 burner Viking range

                Chef's kitchen with 2 oven, 6 burner Viking range

              • Piano can be accompanied by provided guitar, banjo, & hand drum for musical fun

                Piano can be accompanied by provided guitar, banjo, & hand drum for musical fun

              • Master Bath with jetted tub and garden window

                Master Bath with jetted tub and garden window

              • Compact Kitchen Downstairs

                Compact Kitchen Downstairs

              • Forest Canopy Bedroom

                Forest Canopy Bedroom

              • Main Deck will Seat a large group around the outdoor fireplace

                Main Deck will Seat a large group around the outdoor fireplace

              • Light filled living room can seat a large group

                Light filled living room can seat a large group

              • Open plan dining room adjacent to kitchen

                Open plan dining room adjacent to kitchen

              • Master Suite

                Master Suite

              • Copper Rose Bedroom

                Copper Rose Bedroom

              • Fitness Deck

                Fitness Deck

              • Hammock Deck

                Hammock Deck

              • Carved Bear Totem in Rock Garden

                Carved Bear Totem in Rock Garden

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              Date last modified - Thursday, May 29, 2014

              $800 - $1,050 per night (USD)

              7 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 16

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