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Solitude in the S.C. Mountains; 3BR +Loft, 11mi to Santa Cruz

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Kitchen. Door Leads Out to Balcony Overlooking Treetops. Table Comes W/ a Bench.

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
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Property description

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful place to retreat for some quiet introspection; or a relaxing, romantic, private getaway with no cars driving past your front door & no foot traffic, unless someone has taken a wrong turn on a nearby trail; or fun, outdoor adventure & exploration during the day just minutes away (or even right outside your door), with a comfortable place to return to connect or reconnect with family, your children, friends, your loved one, or even with yourself....our little house in the forest is a perfect, yet affordable place to visit.

We like to call it our own little, yet spectacular slice of heaven, because the beauty of the view, whether the sun is shining through the trees or even if the rain is pouring down, with nature as far as you can see; and the scent of the fresh outdoors; and the peacefulness you experience when surrounded by quiet...all are truly breathtaking...it’s like being in a treehouse nestled atop beautiful, towering redwoods; a few, proud, white oak; and twisting, exotic madrones, but with the comforts & space of a real home.

The home is a fully furnished house in the middle of the forest, but only approx. ten miles away from downtown Santa Cruz and the ocean only a short drive away. House is situated higher up, overlooking the trees, with an amazing view off the wrap around deck. Very quiet and secluded, but neighbors just close enough to feel safe.

BEDS (3 bedrooms + loft): Master w/ private bathroom has 1 KING size bed; 2nd bedroom has 1 QUEEN; 3rd bedroom has a Bunk Bed w/ a DOUBLE bed on the bottom & TWIN on top; the loft has 2 TWIN beds, but the the ceiling in low and sloped on sides; and there are two foldable futons w/ bedding, that you lay on the floor or the sofas can sleep a single, but they are not pull-out sofas.

Located off Highway 9 and Alba Road, Ben Lomond, CA

Home is only to be occupied by the maximum # of guests allowed (10), regardless if staying the night or not, unless agreed upon by owner. No functions/gatherings/parties are allowed on property (besides with the maximum # of guests), unless otherwise discussed and given permission by the Owners.

*Our home is NOT part of the Sequoia Retreat Center. It is a requirement that you disclose any affiliation whatsoever with the Sequoia Retreat Center or with any function being held there.


Keywords: FOREST, 3 Bedroom Home w/ a loft. Ben Lomond, Mountains, Redwoods

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 or Accompanied by 25 or Older. Contacts signed by renter 25 years old or older. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    There is a Loft Over the Family Room w/ 2 twin beds,The Sheer Ladder on Wall, Leading up to Loft Should Not Be Played on by Children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Family Member Highly Allergic. Smoking Outside Ok with Caution, but not near open doors or windows, so Smoke Does Not Get in House. Please do not smoke outside and then immediately lay on furniture inside. Look outside for sand filled, covered red tin to dispose of ashes and butts....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Unless we are required to accommodate by law. Child in family with SEVERE allergies to mostly dogs (hair/dander)....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Loft

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  • King size beds (1) California King (for Taller Person). Entire Mattress is "Tempurpedic"-like, NOT just a Topper. We ave an actual Tempurpedic at home and feels very similar., Queen size Beds (1) "Tempurpedic"-like Mattress Topper., Double Beds (1) The Double Bed w/ "Tempurpedic"-like Mattress Topper is the bottom part of the BUNK BED., Twin or Single Beds (3) Two twin beds are located in a separate loft area above living room (see pictures), but there is no closet to be considered an extra bedroom. The ceiling is very low (high point 5 ft) and sloped at the sides. There is a sheer ladder going up the wall to enter. Use with caution, due to low ceiling, sheer ladder, and height off the ground. The 3rd twin is the top of the BUNK BED., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) **Please note, that these are merely foldable futons that you can lay on the floor, if would like to sleep a 10th person. Sofa large and comfortable for a single person, but NOT a pull-out bed. There are also sleeping bags and extra bedding. , Bunk Beds (1) This is the Double Bed on botttom ("Tempurpedic"-like Mattress Topper) and a Twin Bed on top (Thick, Soft Mattress Topper)....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • **Can Accommodate 10 If Ok Sleeping on Sofa (NOT a pull-out) or on Foldable Floor Futons**, House Elevated Amongst the Treetops, Ceiling Fans in All Rooms, and Space Heaters....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • Music Library:

    Various music genres for listening on Comcast Cable. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Comcast Cable with Some Premium Channels (Xfinity). 32" Flatscreen Color TV. ...moreless

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Completely Surrounded by Mountains and Trees....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    DOES NOT have an A/C unit, but checked yes to input the following info: Has 5 ceiling fans: 2 in kitchen area; 1 in living room; and in the two smaller bedrooms (queen & bunkbed room). There is also, 1 portable fan....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Comcast. Ethernet Cable at house, if choose to not use WiFi....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Front Loader Inside Unit....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Free US Long Distance. Cell Service is Intermittent, Depending on Carrier....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Large Size Gas Stove w/ blower. Ceiling Fans in All Rooms w/ vaulted ceilings to bring heat down (Family Room, Kitchen, Bedrooms)> Space Heaters Available in the house, also....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Quality, Soft Sheets and Towels. Also, Four Large Beach Towels....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Ample Parking Right Outside of House....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    (2) Corded phone, so will still work during a power outage....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Front Loader Inside Unit....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Can Take Your Laptop/Computer and Use inside or out....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    DOES NOT burn wood, but looks like a wood stove. See Gas Fireplace details and pictures. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Toaster, Blender, Coffee Pot and Grinder, Ample Utensils, Etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Quiet....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Gas Stove. Filtered Water at Sink. Dining Table with 6 Chairs and an extra Bench for Extra Seating for inside or out. ...moreless

  • Microwave

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Has Bistro Table and Chairs and Bench Seating. Very Large Balcony. House Situated Higher up and Balcony Looks Out Over Sloped Hill and Trees....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Two Patios on Either Side of House. One is Wood Deck and the Other is Brick Paved and Surrounded by a Rock Wall, with Table, Chairs and Umbrella and a Fountain....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

 

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2 night minimum stay; PLEASE NOTE FEES are NOT included in rate. 
High Season Rate (JUN 1st to SEP 30th:  $250/nt (M-Th) .. $360/nt (F-Sun)
Low Season Rate (OCT 1st to MAY 31st):  $200/nt (M-Th) .. $300/nt (F-Sun)
We reserve the right to not book far in advance or for less than 3nts high season.
Reservation/Security Deposit (refundable per terms) $300
FEE - Required 11% County of Santa Cruz Transient tax will be added.
FEE - Cleaning fee added to all rentals - $150.
**PLEASE NOTE TOTAL COST = RATE + FEES (tx & cleaning) + deposit (refundable).

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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Location

Close by: Swimming holes in surrounding areas (not walking distance)...have heard that clothing optional at some places; Roaring Camp Railroad Train Ride (Thomas the Train); Skateboard Park; Soccer Field; Tide Pools with Very Large Starfish; Secluded beaches,;State Parks; Loch Lomond; Zayanate Sands; Whale Watching; Concerts on the Beach; Many Antique Shops; Harley Bar in town.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We're a family of five who love the forest and the ocean (where this picture was taken by one of the kids). At first I wondered who would ever want to vacation here, being so used to the city, it was too quiet and seemed boring. Then I realized how very special quiet was. This is our first real try at renting out our home as a vacation rental. It's difficult for us to get away, because of soccer, life in general, kids, and more soccer; so it's hard to justify owning, and sharing it as a vacation rental was the obvious, most practical choice. Santa Cruz is just a short drive away and we love the culture and the music there...and the shopping...and the food (Pizza My Heart rocks!). You can't beat FREE summer concerts on the beach at The Boardwalk. *If have issue w/ link, copy & paste santacruzmountainshouse.imgur./all/. Then add 'com' after dot following 'imgur'.

Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz:
Initially it was an investment to help family, who were purchasing the surrounding property along with what was originally known as Sequoia Seminar which was a very special retreat center. Our home, along with other homes, cabins and lodges, was originally part of that retreat, and our house was known as 'Activity House'. After updating the house, we realized how much we loved the Santa Cruz Mountains, and our little section of the acreage is considered to have the most beautiful view, with a patch of sun shining through the trees, onto our property. The retreat center is up the path from us, but you would never know by the quiet. We can stay with family who live close to the property or in one of their many, quiet cabins, but there was something extremely special about our location, that prompted us to continue owning the house, even though we were no longer needed. Every visit is a new discovery of the surrounding area. Davenport Beach, up the road, is a large, beautiful, secluded beach. There's hardly ever anyone there. There's whale watching, large, prehistoric-looking pelicans flying in formation just above the ocean, and the amount of large starfish you find in the tide pools is almost humorous. World renowned wineries in Bonny Doon, right next door, a vast amount of antique shops along the towns in the San Lorenzo Valley, and then there's Loch Lomond, right around the corner. It never ceases to amaze us, what we find in the area. A very large, quiet, beautiful, uncrowded, placid lake in the middle of the forest...it was truly breath taking. I could go on...in just doing some research for this post, I came across Zayante Sandhills in Ben Lomond of all places...three animal species found NOWHERE else in the world!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We are located in what is called a banana belt, enjoying warmer weather, especially in the winter, than the region as a whole. Very private, can sing and play guitar as loudly and as badly to the trees as you like. Someone not too long ago, literally wrote his book sitting right outside on our patio. In the middle of the quiet forest, yet so close to so many unique places, like: Henry Cowell State Park 3.0mi/4.8km S; Roaring Camp Railroad 3.0mi/4.8km S, Day Out with Thomas the Train on a train ride through the Big Trees; Loch Lomond Fishing and Kayaking 4.0mi/6.4km N, area’s best kept secret (paddle boats); Scotts Valley Golf Course 4.0mi/6.4km N; Pasatiempo Golf Club 7.0mi/11.3km N; Mystery Spot 9.0mi/14.5km N; Santa Cruz Art Museum 9.0mi/14.5km N; Boulder Creek Country Club 10.0mi/16.1km N; Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (summer concert series) 10.0mi/16.1km S; Santa Cruz Symphony 10.0mi/16.1km N; Seymour Marine Discovery Center 10.0mi/16.1km N; Signature Theaters 10.0mi/16.1km N; Capitola Mall 12.0mi/19.3km S; Big Basin State Park 14.0mi/22.5km N; Great America Amusement Park 25.0mi/40.2km S; Winchester Mystery House 30.0mi/48.3km N; The Challenge Tennis Tournament) 32.0mi/51.5km S; Pebble Beach & Tennis Club 32.0mi/51.5km S; 17 Mile Drive - Carmel 40.0mi/64.4km S; Monterey Bay Aquarium 40.0mi/64.4km S; Laguna Seca Race Track 40.0mi/64.4km S, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: American Le Mans Series Monterey Presented by Patron; Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Featuring the MotoGP World Championship; Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Pebble Beach Golf 40.0mi/64.4km S; Davenport Beach (secluded beach, whale watching, giant starfish, tide pools, low tide, pelicans) 14mi; UC Santa Cruz 12 mi; Shakespeare Festival, UCSC Performing Arts; Capitola Art & Wine Festival 8 mi.


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Photos

  • Kitchen. Door Leads Out to Balcony Overlooking Treetops. Table Comes W/ a Bench.

    Kitchen. Door Leads Out to Balcony Overlooking Treetops. Table Comes W/ a Bench.

  • Living Room. Door Leads to side deck. Window on Right is the Front of the House.

    Living Room. Door Leads to side deck. Window on Right is the Front of the House.

  • Firestove in Kitchen

    Firestove in Kitchen

  • back deck wraps around to right past the bbq

    back deck wraps around to right past the bbq

  • Parking nook upper right corner. Can also park along front of house & just past.

    Parking nook upper right corner. Can also park along front of house & just past.

  • french door opens to brick patio from kitchen. open door leads to queen bed.

    french door opens to brick patio from kitchen. open door leads to queen bed.

  • Queen Bed

    Queen Bed

  • Back/Side Deck

    Back/Side Deck

  • Front of house

    Front of house

  • Loft

    Loft

  • Fire stove in kitchen dining area.  Slider leads to back deck.

    Fire stove in kitchen dining area. Slider leads to back deck.

  • Back deck view misty day

    Back deck view misty day

  • Brick Patio w/ Rockwall and Fountain

    Brick Patio w/ Rockwall and Fountain

  • Master Bedroom, with Private Bath. Windows Look Out to Wood Deck and Balcony.

    Master Bedroom, with Private Bath. Windows Look Out to Wood Deck and Balcony.

  • looking into kitchen from living room. w/d area. ladder leads to loft.

    looking into kitchen from living room. w/d area. ladder leads to loft.

  • kitchen window looks out to back deck

    kitchen window looks out to back deck

  • french slider looking out to side deck from living room.

    french slider looking out to side deck from living room.

  • Master bedroom w/ bath. Windows look out to back and side decks.

    Master bedroom w/ bath. Windows look out to back and side decks.

  • Kitchen window, rainy day

    Kitchen window, rainy day

  • Side of house w/ brick patio , surrounded by rock wall

    Side of house w/ brick patio , surrounded by rock wall

  • View of side deck from higher up

    View of side deck from higher up

  • Loft beds

    Loft beds

  • In cabinet: extra jackets, beach blanket and carry bag.

    In cabinet: extra jackets, beach blanket and carry bag.

  • Bunkbed - Double on bottom, twin on top.

    Bunkbed - Double on bottom, twin on top.

VRBO #300367

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