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Ablitt House - Art Meets Architecture in Downtown Santa Barbara

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Centrally located in the heart of downtown

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Last updated: 07/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Ablitt House - Art Meets Architecture in Downtown Santa Barbara

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The Ablitt House is a wacky, wonderful, work of art!
With a sense of humor and adventure, this one-of-a-kind home is the creative collaboration of architect Jeff Shelton and contractor Dan Upton. Both had complete design control over the entire project, and the result is a spectacular example of 'less is more'!

The award winning interior consists of intricate custom tile, original art, and stone carvings representing the work of six local artists. Each and every room in the home boasts panoramic views of the city lights, coastline, and Santa Ynez Mountains. Strong Mediterranean and Moroccan themes play out with colorful exotic tiles, white stucco walls, custom shaped key-hole windows, hand sculpted surfaces, and custom iron work. The signature hand carved black walnut hand rail is 108 feet long and winds up 77 marble steps that ascend the 5 floors of the tower.

Located down a private alley, this whimsical residence sits on a 20 by 20 foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara, where the sights and sounds of city dwelling are palpable. Overlooking local eateries, night clubs and an eclectic mix of retail businesses, the location invites guests to park their car and explore the city on foot. Local beaches, Stearns Wharf and the Harbor are just a quick 10 minute walk, with something for everyone to see along the way.

Enter the home on the ground floor where a cozy garage offers laundry facilities and convenient parking for 1 compact car. An additional outside parking spot is designated for a second vehicle. Take a moment to read the plaque that dedicates this home to the people of Santa Barbara for their support of this unique project.

On the second floor, the nautical feeling of the Master Bedroom is like that of the Captain's Quarters on a yacht. Tall windows offer plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Storage is smart and compact with drawers under the queen-size bed. Two 'reach-in' closets with hanging space and drawers flank the Bathroom entry.

The Master Bathroom features a walk-in shower and contemporary ceramic sink set in honed marble.

The hand rail now leads up to the third floor where the Kitchen is bright and fun with a variety of colors and textures. Professional style appliances make meal preparation effortless, and custom glass lighting over the rustic wood dining table echoes the whimsy found in the rest of the home. Views through tall windows reach beyond the red tile roofs of the city to the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains beyond.

Up the stairs to the fourth floor, the Living Room features a custom queen-size sofa sleeper. Imagine the expertise of clever installers to get this special piece up 4 flights of stairs! Once seated in the black leather chair and looking out the wall of key-hole windows, the city below seems to disappear, offering the illusion of vast open space between the viewer and the mountain landscape. A convenient half Bath is located on this floor.

Well worth the vertical efforts of the uphill climb, the ultimate views will be from the roof top Terrace. 360 degrees of spectacular panorama offer a bird's eye view of the entire city, stretching south to the ocean and sweeping around to the mountain vistas in the distance. An outdoor Kitchen area features a gas grill with side burner, prep sink and refrigerator. From sunrise to sunset, this perch is spectacular.

The Ablitt House is one of the most unique vacation homes in the Paradise Retreats collection, offering guests the fantastic opportunity to experience the remarkable blending of art and architecture. Bring your imagination, a camera to capture every design detail, and comfortable shoes!

(Note: Due to the location of this unique home, noise and activity associated with retail businesses, night clubs with live music, and restaurants should be expected. The home is located on a public shared alley behind these types of establishments as well as a Holiday Inn Express.)

Property Type

  • 5 story
  • House
  • 699 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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              • Master Bedroom with queen-size bed Living Room w/full-size sofa sleeper...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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              • Bathroom 2: toilet

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              • 2nd floor Master Bathroom w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet 4th floor enclosed toilet with common sink area...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Award winning 5-story Artisan home, Roof top terrace with 360 degree views, Outdoor Kitchen, In-town location just off State Street, No elevator, Viking 4 burner range with single oven, Sub-Zero Refrigerator/Freezer drawers, Miele Dishwasher, Microwave, Toaster, Blender, Coffee maker, Cooking utensils 3rd floor Kitchen area with dining table seats 6, Roof top terrace bistro table seats 2, 4th floor Living Room w/sofa sleeper, Miele Front-loading Compact Washer / Dryer, Flat screen TV, Compact Stereo (Living Room)m Flat screen TV (Master Bedroom), Outdoor Kitchen w/gas grill, side burner, refrigerator, sink, Parking in garage for 1 compact car, Designated alley parking for 1 car, Street parking available, High speed Internet (wireless), Telephone (free national long distance), Half block off State Street with access to Santa Barbara's shopping, theater, and restaurant corridor. Due to nature of this home, no infant/toddler supplies provided...moreless

                  Entertainment

                      • Television

                      Theme

                          • Tourist Attractions

                          Attractions

                          • Botanical Garden
                          • Churches
                          • Cinemas
                          • Library
                          • Marina
                          • Museums
                          • Live Theater
                          • Restaurants
                          • Festivals
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Zoo

                          Leisure Activities

                          • Antiquing
                          • Walking
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Whale Watching
                          • Beachcombing

                          local services and businesses

                          • Medical Services
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Groceries
                          • Hospital

                          Location Type

                              • Downtown

                              sports and adventure activities

                              • Hiking
                              • Sailing
                              • Cycling
                              • Golf
                              • Wind-Surfing
                              • Roller Blading
                              • Surfing
                              • Swimming
                              • Tennis

                              catering options

                                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                                  Dining

                                  • Dining Room
                                  • Seating for 6 people

                                  General

                                  • Parking Off Street
                                  • Parking On Street
                                  • Garage
                                  • Wireless Internet
                                  • Internet
                                  • Towels Provided
                                  • Washing Machine
                                  • Clothes Dryer
                                  • Sofa Bed
                                  • Linens Provided
                                  • Activities Guide
                                  • Hair Dryer
                                  • Laundry Soap
                                  • Local Activities Guide
                                  • Paper Towels
                                  • Shampoo
                                  • Basic Soaps
                                  • Toilet Paper
                                  • Free Long Distance
                                  • Telephone

                                  Kitchen

                                  • Dishwasher
                                  • Refrigerator
                                  • Freezer
                                  • Oven
                                  • Microwave
                                  • Cooking Utensils
                                  • Kitchen
                                  • Blender
                                  • Coffee Maker
                                  • Toaster
                                  • Dishes & Utensils

                                  Outside

                                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                  • Outdoor Furniture
                                  • Patio
                                   

                                  Reviews

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Summer
                                  May 15 - Sep 15, 2014
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $425
                                  $2,400 $8,600
                                  Fall
                                  Sep 16 - Oct 31, 2014
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $375
                                  $2,100 $6,300
                                  Winter
                                  Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2015
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $300
                                  $1,700 $5,100
                                  Spring
                                  Apr 1 - May 14, 2015
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $375
                                  $2,100 $6,300
                                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                                  • Cleaning $225
                                  • Property Damage Protection $49
                                  • Booking Fee $50
                                  • Tax Rate 12%

                                  Notes:

                                  Prices in US Dollars

                                  Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks.

                                  3 night minimum - 1 week minimum for Thanksgiving week and Christmas Weeks

                                  $50 Processing Fee

                                  Stays of less than 30 nights are subject to a 12% Lodging Tax

                                  $225 cleaning fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees)

                                  $2,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout. Deposit is reduced to $500 with purchase of Damage Waiver.

                                  30+ night stays require extra security deposit, and do not qualify for the damage waiver program.

                                  Until confirmed, rates are subject to change


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                                  Calendar

                                  Last updated: 07/23/2014
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                                  Location

                                  Wine Tasting, Shopping, Local Spas, Coffee Shops, Restaurants, Clubs, Stearn's Wharf, Sight Seeing, Channel Island Tours, Whale watching, Antiquing, Bird Watching. For detailed info on all local leisure activities, please visit our website.

                                   

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                                  • Centrally located in the heart of downtown

                                    Centrally located in the heart of downtown

                                  • 2nd Floor - Master Bedroom

                                    2nd Floor - Master Bedroom

                                  • 3rd Floor - Kitchen and Dining

                                    3rd Floor - Kitchen and Dining

                                  • 4th Floor - Living Room

                                    4th Floor - Living Room

                                  • Common sink area on 3rd floor

                                    Common sink area on 3rd floor

                                  • 108 ft railing leads to the roof top terrace

                                    108 ft railing leads to the roof top terrace

                                  • Full kitchen and great views

                                    Full kitchen and great views

                                  • Views reach all the way to the ocean

                                    Views reach all the way to the ocean

                                  • Birds eye view of the city lights

                                    Birds eye view of the city lights

                                  • Park your car and walk everywhere

                                    Park your car and walk everywhere

                                  • Custom tile... personal touches

                                    Custom tile... personal touches

                                  • Amazing, isn't it?!

                                    Amazing, isn't it?!

                                  • 2nd Floor - Master Bathroom

                                    2nd Floor - Master Bathroom

                                  • Upscale appliances and gourmet style

                                    Upscale appliances and gourmet style

                                  • Living Room has sofa sleeper

                                    Living Room has sofa sleeper

                                  • Over 10,000 tiles!

                                    Over 10,000 tiles!

                                  • Bell Tower on terrace

                                    Bell Tower on terrace

                                  • Unique artisan touches everywhere

                                    Unique artisan touches everywhere

                                  • Imagine the fun and energy of the city below

                                    Imagine the fun and energy of the city below

                                  • The glow of the mountains over the city

                                    The glow of the mountains over the city

                                  • Even the garage is a very special place!

                                    Even the garage is a very special place!

                                  • Whimsical iron work by local artisans

                                    Whimsical iron work by local artisans

                                  $300 - $425 per night (USD)
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                                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 4

                                  View calendar: Updated 07/23/14
                                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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