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Award Winning Jewel with a Big Ocean View -- Available for One Month in Spring

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Last updated: 12/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:31 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Upper Riviera house description


This is a breathtaking, supremely livable, architectural gem, designed by Santa Barbara’s architect extraordinaire, Jeff Shelton. You’ll find nothing like it. The house was built in 2003, and was given the award for Best New Home of the year by Santa Barbara Beautiful, an independent organization created to enhance the City’s beauty. Spanish Colonial with an attitude. Three bedroom; 2-½ bath upscale rental in THE perfect Santa Barbara setting.

The Upper Riviera is an enclave of quiet meandering roads, stonewalls and fine homes, all sharing the ocean view. Stroll and discover for yourself the best and most beautiful neighborhood in Santa Barbara. This IS the California Riviera.

About this house: The spacious all in one indoor “public” living area (with half bath) has top-of-the line cooking and dining facilities with teak countertops and a huge teak covered island. A TV/family/reading room, nestled to the side the kitchen, is stocked with books, a 50-inch flat screen TV and streaming Netflicks. The dinning table sits in front of a ceiling-to-floor window overlooking the ocean. The indoor space opens onto a comfortable outdoor patio with awe-inspiring views of nearby tile rooftops, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. This is an great place to entertain.

Set away on it own private wing, the master suite (queen) consists of a romantic coved sleeping room adjacent to a more formal reading area (with piano!). The master bath has a washer and dryer (one of two in the home), tub, glass-tiled shower and his and hers dressing areas. Two other bedrooms (queen and double) are located on a separate wing on the first floor. These rooms share a single, fully tiled bathroom and have their own washer and dryer. One of the bedrooms has a private door that opens onto a patio. One bedroom is small and, although very beautiful, it does not have a closet. A closet is located in a hallway across from the room.

Beautiful furnishings and quality paintings collected from local plein-aire artists blend with the award-winning architecture to create a great place to come home to. We are only minutes to downtown, beaches and mountain trails.

In addition to the house, there is a private and self-contained studio apartment with a full bath and kitchenette (no stove), rented separately and currently occupied.

Keywords: Villa, Ocean view


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Sorry - no young (under 40), unrelated groups....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

            Two stories, living/dinning on second floor....moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

            Glass tile, live-in closet, washer and dryer....moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Creamy subway tile and green granite....moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet

            Powder Room....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Small dog run.


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Games can be provided if requested....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo


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


              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Downtown:

                Roof-top view to downtown and the harbor....moreless

              • Ocean View:

                Big ocean view from almost all directions....moreless

              • Water View:

                Santa Cruz Island faces you across the Santa Barbara Channel....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Paragliding
              • Parasailing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Racquetball
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining:

                Dinning table seats 10-12. Normally has 6 chairs. Others in house....moreless

              • Dining Area


              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Beautiful, very prominent ocean view....moreless

              • Parking:

                One car off street...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                As this is the only house on the street there is always ample parking....moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:


              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Fireplace


              • Catering Available
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                Extensive collection....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher:


              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave


              • Balcony
              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill

              Pool / Spa



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                  31 night min stay

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                  • Pet Fee $25
                  • Taxes Not included


                  Occasional two week lets for $5,750 (plus 12% city tax for stays under 30 days).

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                  Last updated: 12/29/2014
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                  12 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Santa Barbara Airport
                  2.7 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Downtown Santa Barbara Amtrac
                  3.5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  E. Cabrillo Beach

                  Car: Recommended

                  This is a walker’s paradise! Put on your shoes and step outside to a variety of walks through gorgeous Santa Barbara foothill neighborhoods. Short strolls to intensive hikes - it starts just outside the front door. Wilder trails in the National Forest are minutes away.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2003

                  About the owner: I am a professional botanist and mother to my 28-year-old daughter. I built this great house in 2003 and Santa Barbara’s been my home for over 30 years. I love art and nature. I also love to travel, and renting out my place helps me get going on my journey.

                  Why the Owner Chose Upper Riviera:
                  This is my primary home. I go on long trips and rent it out while I'm gone. I first came to Santa Barbara from the East in 1973 and knew immediately this was home. There have been changes here, like everywhere else, but those of us who live here will tell you (and “commiserate” amongst ourselves), that we are the luckiest of people. I confess I feel so grateful every day to be surrounded by the beauty and happiness that envelopes this area. This house is less than ten minutes from downtown and it’s a lovely walk (or drive). But the separation is a good thing because it can get a little hectic in town. You’ll never know “hectic” up here on the Riviera.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  This house is so very peaceful. The palest of blue coved ceiling nook in the master bedroom is lined with French doors opening to the ocean. It’s a great place to nap, with breezes floating through the linen curtains. The ocean view from the main living area is BIG. The kitchen, dinning area (with fireplace) and den (with library and TV/DVD), sits in the center of this view, although almost any window will offer up the Pacific. The couch in the den is also an excellent napping spot.

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                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • fireplace into open living area

                    fireplace into open living area

                  • Kitchen


                  • Den/TV/Gazing at Ocean Room

                    Den/TV/Gazing at Ocean Room

                  • Patio with Ocean View

                    Patio with Ocean View

                  • Master Bedroom - Sleeping Nook with Coved Ceiling

                    Master Bedroom - Sleeping Nook with Coved Ceiling

                  • Master bath.

                    Master bath.

                  • Entry


                  • This is the ocean, island and clay tile roof-top views seen from the house.

                    This is the ocean, island and clay tile roof-top views seen from the house.

                  • Handmade front door.

                    Handmade front door.

                  • Garden Path

                    Garden Path

                  • Kitchen Window

                    Kitchen Window

                  • Another view of the kitchen.

                    Another view of the kitchen.

                  • A cozy corner of the patio to gather and watch the views.

                    A cozy corner of the patio to gather and watch the views.

                  • Master bedroom; sitting area. The coved sleeping area is opposite.

                    Master bedroom; sitting area. The coved sleeping area is opposite.

                  • Master bath with sea-glass tile.

                    Master bath with sea-glass tile.

                  • Entry from street.

                    Entry from street.

                  • Whimsical stair railing.

                    Whimsical stair railing.

                  • Top of the staircase.

                    Top of the staircase.

                  • Smaller Bedroom; Sleeping Nook

                    Smaller Bedroom; Sleeping Nook

                  • to the south Patio

                    to the south Patio

                  • Stone Bird Bath

                    Stone Bird Bath

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                  Date last modified - Thursday, January 15, 2015

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                  Minimum stay: 31 nights
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