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This single level California ranch home overlooks a private meadow surrounded by forest and a massive oak tree. The comfortable bungalow style interior with chef's kitchen includes an open floor plan. The master suite contains its own freestanding gas fireplace, a huge new deck with spa, and oversized stone shower. Two bedrooms have comfortable queen beds; the third is small containing an oversized chair that pulls-out to a single bed but this room works best as a den, walk in closet, or small child’s room. The hidden garden, protected by tall deer fence, is planted with fresh vegetables of the season, herbs, and fruit. The meditation area, with fountain runs off a solar panel. End the day under a blanket of stars in the middle of the field with an outdoor living room built of Santa-Fe slate and the tops of redwood trees. There is a fire pit to melt desert. Swimming pool passes at the Trout Farm Inn are available.
Relatively secluded but an easy drive to town and beaches. The world famous Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk, and the fabulous West Cliff Drive are found within 10 miles of our bungalow. We are just a few steps from the Sunset Trail at the Quail Hollow Ranch Park and Nature Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where Ben Lomond Bungalow marries romance and adventure in grand style. Big Sur and San Francisco and all the all the treasures between (Monterey, Carmel, Point Lobos, Franklin Point, Pigeon Point, Los Gatos, and Saratoga) are available as day trips from this central location.
Roaring Camp Railroad hosting the 'Santa Cruz County Lights Train' and the 'Santa Cruz Holiday Tree Walk' is found with two miles of our home. The 'Lighted Boat Parade' sponsored by the 'Santa Cruz Yacht' features 50 beautifully- decorated power and sailboats parading throughout the 'Santa Cruz Harbor. Charter boats are available.
'Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo' arrive every winter to give birth and mate. Or visit 'Natural Bridges' State Park to watch the Monarch Butterflies form a 'city in the trees' mid Oct. to Feb. each year. Currently the 'California Gray Whale Migration' can be viewed from shore or from one of the charter boats at the wharf or harbor. #Santa Cruz Vacation Rental, #Ben Lomond Vacation Rental, #Felton Vacation Rental, #Scotts Valley Vacation Rental.
Visit one of our many local wineries:
Bear Creek Vineyard Company
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Burrell School Vineyards
Byington Vineyard & Winery
Chaine D'or Vineyards
Cinnabar Winery - Tasting Room
Clos La Chance
Clos Tita Winery
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
David Bruce Winery
Devlin Wine Cellars
Fellom Ranch Vineyards
Glenwood Oaks Winery
Hallcrest Vineyards / Organic Wine Works
Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
Kathryn Kennedy Winery
La Rochelle Winery
Martin Ranch Winery
Mount Eden Vineyards
Oliver Curtis Winery
Osocalis Cidery & Distillery
P & M Staiger
Page Mill Winery
Pelican Ranch Winery
River Run Vintners
Salamandre Wine Cellars
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Skov Winery Vineyard
The Mountain Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Villa del Monte Winery
Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery
Wines of Vine Hill
Our forest is a great place to look for nutes, polywogs, and California lizards. The meadow provides room for games like soccer, baseball, water-slide, volleyball. A small fenced yard near the kitchen and deck is great for smaller children....moreless
On the mountain above Santa Cruz not far from Scotts Valley between San Francisco and Monterey. Easy to San Jose, Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Board Walk Amusement Park. or Redwood Forest State Parks....moreless
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Dec 8 - May 28, 2015
2 night min stay
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May 29 - Sep 6, 2015
3 night min stay
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Dec 23 - Dec 29, 2015
7 night min stay
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2 night min stay
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The picturesque historic logging villages of Felton, home of the Roaring Camp Railroad, and Ben Lomond are both within 2 miles of the Ben Lomond Bungalow. Boulder Creek is a little further up the mountain and a great place to visit.
Roaring Camp Railroad (steam) is 2 miles down the road. You will find a variety of well loved rail adventures. Select passage on this 19th century steam train through Henry Cowell Park or from the Redwood Forest to the Main Beach Boardwalk; additional seasonal events are offered throughout the year. Drive another 8 miles to the heart of Santa Cruz, the Beach Boardwalk and Wharf and the memorable strolls down Pacific Ave, or West Cliff drive are all easy. State Parks surround us, Big Basin State Park, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, Historic Wilder Ranch State Park, Quail Hollow Ranch Park, UCSC is also an easy drive. Go a little further to find Sea Cliff Beach State Park, Elk Horn Slough in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Point Lobos Nature Preserve, and even Big Sur. North along Highway one you will discover elephant seals at Ano Nuevo, Davenport, the home of Odwala Juice and Bonny Doon Winery, lighthouses, and many remote isolated beaches, wind surfing, and other unique enterprises
Quick outings might include the 1 mile bike ride to the 19th century Mt. Hermon conference grounds where you may choose to whiz down a zip line (known as the longest on the central coast) through the tree canopy.
Or pedal the 2 miles to the picturesque Village of Ben Lomond where the smell of chicken barbecue always wafts from the parking lot of the Ben Lomond Market.
The Mountain Village of Boulder Creek is where you will find the streets found in a number of Hollywood movies because its historic charm is evident along each block, as the quaint shops of artisans, antique dealers, are mixed with the local fabric of the community.
A few steps from our backyard is the Sunset Trail from Quail Hollow Ranch Park, a 300-acre historic horse ranch currently a nature preserve and home to a few horses but is also to 15 hiking and equestrian trails.
Hiking through Big Basin Redwood Forest is a lifetime memory or visit the Highland Park or the 3 remaining Historic Logging Villages. Henry Cowell Redwood Forest and State Park is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. The park has a picnic area above the San Lorenzo River. Anglers fish for steelhead and salmon during the winter (catch and release).
Shop till you drop on the Pacific Avenue Mall and enjoy the street musicians. Folks say the nearby Pasatiempo Golf course, a Alister McKenzie design, is as good as you can get for public (semipro) golf. Golfweek rates it #3 in California.
Rent a fishing boat or Canoe at Loch Lomond (3 miles up the hill) or fish in the San Lorenzo River, off the wharf or ask how to sign up for deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean.
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz just 10 miles away or drive a little further to the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
Follow paths to incredible vistas along coastal edges and high mountain trails that overlook the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. Visit Santa Cruz's 300 historic homes dating from the 1850s through 1930s and its 247 structures of architectural significance that dates from 1930 through 1950.
Santa Cruz Farmer's Market is every Wednesday located one block off of Pacific Avenue.
World class jazz every Monday at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz is open to all ages.
Take day trips to explore the California Coast from Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea, to the Golden Gate Bridge and streetcars of San Francisco.
Colleges and university visits are a natural from Ben Lomond Bungalow. UCSC is 12 miles, CSU San Jose and CSU Monterey Bay are about 30 miles, Stanford University is about 40 miles and UC Berkeley is 70 miles.
Visit up to forty-five different Santa Cruz wineries. Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadowbrook Restaurant features 2 to 4 wines from local Wineries in a spectacular river front setting.
Barrel Tasting & Wine Dinner is held at Bonny Doon Vineyard every Thursday where you can glimpse into the winery & cellar. Barrel tasting is followed by a hosted three-course, prix fixe family-style dinner paired with wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. Friday night bands on the beach are free. But one of the best tiny venues to see great musicians is the nearby Don Quixote’s International Hall of Music, come for dinner and a show. Home will be within two miles.
Only 30 miles from San Jose is a different world, but it is magic here on the mountain.
Year Purchased: 1978
About the owner: Our family album may be viewed on the linked youtube slide show. Let us help you find the hidden paths around Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo Valley. Our family enjoys the central coast region and has for more than a century. When at work, we are a university professor teaching architectual history, and a maritime-historian, but our heart belongs to the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz:
We chose this property 35 years ago, partly because of the open flat sunny meadow surrounded by forests with distant mountain views and partly because the geology is as varied in each direction as the potential activities nearby. The Oak Tree on this property speaks for it self, it is AMAZING, as are the birds who come to rest. Once in the house you may not want to leave but the redwood forests, beaches, and cities of San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, San Jose, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale are all with in reach; but we are FREE of traffic, noise, and grime. The fully refurbished club pool is a mile away, a little further is a great community lake where you purchase a fishing license and rent small fishing craft, or canoes. Now you have the chance to enjoy our hard work great neighbors, trails, and access to every thing on the central coast including the zip line at Mt Herman as you move from platform to platform through the tree top canopy. Ben Lomond Bungalow, in Santa Cruz Mountains is place that defines California Central Coast living at its best and the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces dissolve. On the mountain, two miles from our country retreat is a venue for quality music at the Don Quixote's Interntational Music Hall.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Behind the property you will find Quail Hollow Ranch, an equestrian park first developed by the founders of Sunset Magazine as their weekend home. The trails around the ranch will lead you past a pond, year round streams and a host of wildlife. The sunset trail leads to a panorama vista. The rich and varied history of the region is recognized as one of the most significant biological treasures in the state of California, the Zyante Sandhills Zone support a unique community of plants and animals found only in Santa Cruz County. We are close to many state parks and the redwood trees beaches and fun and creative shopping areas; however, if you are not able to escape leave work, satellite conference rooms and office space is available within two miles.
Welcome to Ben Lomond Bungalow; our newly renovated country home.
VIEWS Gas stove, quiet dish washer, heated stone floors, endless hotwater, HD TV
Oak tree canopy provides fantastic filtered light and home for visiting birds.
Star gazing, roast marshmallows over open flame, or exchange stories.
Natural meadow is visited by a wide range of animals and changes with the season
The intimate dining area has ample dishes, flatware, stemware & candle light.
From the master bedroom you can step into a stone shower, or enjoy a fireplace.
The third bedroom with pull-out bed works well as a den or walk-in closet.
Our country bungalow is located on a lovely private road not far from Santa Cruz
The club pool at the Trout Farm Inn offers a quiet creekside setting that is warm and lovely even when it gets a little cool or windy at the beach.
Pass on Beach Board Walk? After a tour of the wineries, enjoy a private stroll.
Solid core doors and bronze trim through out the home, attention to every detail
The house is compact, thoughtfully furnished, open floor plan overlooking meadow
BRAND-NEW HOT TUB WITH WATERFALL just installed on new deck overlooking meadow.
We plant garden veggies and fresh herbs for our guests to harvest and enjoy.
Great room includes sitting area, off the kitchen, with deck, HD TV, & fireplace
The new deck off the master leads to Hot Tub waterfall, and private sitting area
The guest room with comfortable queen bed is across the hall from a soaking tub.
The ranch houses at Quail Hollow define California outdoor living at its finest!
The house is steps away Quail Hollow Ranch Park and Nature Preserve.
Something for everyone, West Cliff Drive, Dog Beach, Lighthouse Point, Nature.
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3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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