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- Minimum stay:3-4 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Las Positas house description
Come and enjoy a warm and relaxing Christmas holiday in our home (open Dec 20-27)! A gorgeous kitchen, beaches nearby, open expansive yet very private environment. Your family will love it! Read our reviews!
Beautifully designed and crafted large home in the rural-feeling Los Positas valley only 2 minutes from Hendry’s Beach and 5 minutes from downtown. 3 bedrooms upstairs, finished basement, 3.5 baths. Huge high quality kitchen with large Wolf stove. Kitchen opens to spacious living room surrounded by windows. Total privacy once you enter the home.
Henry David Thoreau would have loved to have done his writing from our living room, kitchen, dining room, or balconies. This home is beautifully designed and crafted with the highest quality materials. The architects and builder put primary effort into creating a natural, open environment that connects very well to the gorgeous outdoor space, which is a natural corridor down to Hendry's Beach. At the same time, the home is located only 5 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, and less than a mile to the beach.
Architectural details include a sensitivity to light and space that makes the interior of the house appealing at all times of day, high end stonework and woodwork, mahogany floors, arched custom-built wooden doors, hand made stair banister, and a gorgeous master suite.
The kitchen features a granite countertop island with second sink, soapstone countertops, beautiful walnut cabinets, and a six-burner Wolf range/stove with a built-in griddle. Other built-in features include a high-quality hi-fi system with speakers in each room, a recreation room entertainment center with large flat-screen TV, and a high quality surround sound system.
We purchased the home because of the natural setting. Arroyo Burro Creek (a trickle in the summer) wraps around two sides of the property, down a steeply sloped 30' stepped bank lined with eucalyptus trees. The outer part of the yard is frequented by birds and lizards, and the evening resounds with owl hoots and the chirping of tiny frogs. We have also seen a beautiful bobcat, herons, a coyote, a beautiful gopher snake, and multiple other bird species. We share a driveway with four other houses, but you hardly know they are there, as the backyard is huge, wraps around the house, and is very large and private.
Given the open forest feel of the property, it might be surprising as to how close we are to many Santa Barbara attractions. Hendry's beach is a five-minute bike ride away and one of the best local surf spots. The Boathouse restaurant here serves a great meal (fresh fish, salads, burgers, desserts), and you are just 50 feet from the water as you eat. It's our favorite place to take our kids.
Eilings park (http://www.elingspark.org) is across the street and down about 100 yards. It is full of mountain bike and hiking trails, tennis courts, a BMX course, and athletic fields. All the attractions of down-town area Santa Barbara (Mission, Courthouse, other historic downtown sites, State Street restaurants & shopping, harbor, zoo, art museum, Natural History Museum & planetarium, farmers markets) are within biking distance or a five to ten-minute drive. Although you would never know it, we are 2-3 minutes from the freeway, which makes getting anywhere (to the airport, other beaches, shopping centers, UCSB, or City College) extremely easy and quick.
Because we are a real family who lives here most of the year, we have some other things that might interest some guests. We have a Roland electric piano, a trampoline, several bikes, scooters, hula hoops, rollar blades, and a few boogie boards and surf boards. There is even an outdoor warm water shower for rinsing off after a trip to the beach! We have a full set of Pilates equipment downstairs (including a reformer and cadillac) that we could leave out and available for guests who are trained. Let us know what you would be interested in using, and we can arrange to make it available.
- 3 story
- 3500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Master bedroom: spacious and naturally well lit, with a large SE-facing picture window and SW-facing balcony. Custom lighting includes ceiling reading lights for each side of the bed. King bed, Walk-in closet, fireplace. Washer & dryer are in the walk-in closet. Balcony has its own shower and privacy from neighbors. Mahogany floors. This is a room to enjoy by night and to leisurely wake up in by morning! Ample floor space for crib(s) and/or a twin or double floor mattress for children. Second large bedroom: Queen bed, mahogany floors, ceiling can lighting, small closet, dresser. Windows face SE and NE. Ample floor space for crib(s) and/or a second twin or double mattress on the floor. Third bedroom is charming and smaller than the other two, but it has a SW-facing narrow balcony (standing only) and a 'hobbit hole' behind a secret door where one or two additional kids can sleep on floor mattresses. The main part of the room can be furnished with a bunk or a twin bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Master bath is luxurious with 6-shower head glass-and-travertine-tile shower and separate jacuzzi tub. Dual sinks with large mirror and more than ample drawer and cabinet space. End-of-upstairs hallway bathroom is a full bath with shower-bathtub and travertine tile. Would typically be used by second large bedroom and third bedroom occupants. Rec room bath is in the finished basement and would serve guests sleeping on a futon couch or bunks in the rec room. ...moreless
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- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
- Scenic Drives
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- Mountain Biking
- Roller Blading
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Surf Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
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- Coffee Maker
Spacious and luxurious, with huge granite countertop island, Wolf stove, island sink, pasta pot filler faucet, and plenty of cabinet space and cookware. Accent lighting and natural lighting by day....moreless
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Wonderful, peaceful rental
Wonderful, peaceful rental
My family stayed at this house for a week over July 4th weekend to celebrate our daughter's 2nd birthday and had such an amazing time The house is wonderful, incredibly peaceful, and has everything you need for a great stay. With the huge windows and great views of trees, the house really feels like it's in the middle of nature and away from it all. It's a great place to relax. The kitchen and bathrooms are all beautiful and the house is very clean. The kitchen is completely stocked and all drawers in the bathroom, closets, etc. are empty for renters' things. The owners have left some items for renters like guitars, games, etc. which is great. Our daughter loved the large trampoline in the backyard. The location is very convenient to so much in Santa Barbara, and it's a close bike ride to the beach. What makes the house so special, though, is the owners, Betsy and Bill, who are honestly the nicest people we have ever met and continually went out of their way to help make our stay great with restaurant recommendations and any help we needed. We wish we lived closer so that we could be friends with them and see them often. If you have a chance, get a massage and pilates lessons from Betsy - she's amazing! The neighbors are also so nice and let our daughter pick vegetables from their garden and use their children's bikes. A very special rental and highly recommended.
- Guest G (Los Angeles, CA)
- Date of stay 06/30/13
- Review Submitted 10/04/13
Owner response: Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We of course loved the guests who wrote this review and were so thankful they chose our home! We'd love for them to come again, as they were absolutely fabulous guests! Betsy and Bill
Amazing House in Santa Barabara
Amazing House in Santa Barabara
My family stayed here for a week, and we had a fantastic time. The house is gorgeous, and Betsy and Bill were fantastic hosts. This house has absolutely everything – convenient location, beautiful decor, plenty of space, really comfortable beds, great backyard, huge kitchen and everything you could possibly need for the beach (towels, chairs, umbrella, etc.) Highly recommend!
- Guest Tessa M.
- Date of stay 07/14/13
- Review Submitted 07/26/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, age 55+, sightseeing.
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Dec 20 - Jan 2
3 night min stay
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|My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
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Changeover Day: Sunday
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
An additional charge of $300 per stay will be applied for each additional guest beyond 8.
- cleaning fee: $200 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $500
- Tax Rate 12%
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- Nearest Airport: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport at 8 Miles
- Nearest Train: Amtrak station at 3.5 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: 101 at 1 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach) at 1 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Boathouse at Hendry's Beach; others 1.5 - 2 miles at 1 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Santa Barbara Golf Club at 1.8 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Boathouse at Hendry's Beach & Empress Palace at 1 Miles
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: We (Betsy and Bill) and our two boys moved to Santa Barbara in 2012 for Bill to pursue his dream career at Santa Barbara City College as a professor of geology. We rent the house out for just a few weeks a year while we are on vacation, hoping to give some other family or families the same joy of experiencing this amazing house as we do. We are a simple family who feels lucky to have been able to buy this house and property, and we have already had the pleasure of entertaining many friends and family here.
Why the Owner Chose Las Positas:
Although we live in this house ourselves most of the year, the property screams 'vacation rental!' It is modern and architecturally beautiful, with many extravagant details that the builder-owner from whom we bought it put in himself, and the kitchen is to die for to cook and entertain in. Plus, it has a finished basement with ample sleeping space for large families or two families at once and a surround-sound entertainment center.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The stonework, the woodwork, the quality of the kitchen appliances, and the overal architectural design are what you will probably first notice. The house was designed to maximize the sense of sunlight, space, and the feeling of having no neighbors. You might love to cook restaurant-style pancakes on the griddle built into the Wolf stove or to experiment with the six shower heads in the master bath! Bring your binoculars and birdwatch from the great room or master bedroom window, and take a walk down to the creek. If you like the beach, Hendry's beach is a short bike-ride away, and we are across Los Positas Road from Elings Park, which has tennis courts, athletic fields, paragliding, and mountain biking trails.
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Front of house and two-car garage
Main downstairs living area, dining room off to right. Picture window faces SE
Kitchen (6-burner Wolf stove) with living room behind
Main floor half bath
Master bedroom (king bed)
View to SE from the master bedroom balcony. Creek is behind eucalyptus trees.
Master bath--jacuzzi tub & six-shower head shower
Second upstairs full bath. Second bedroom door on right.
Third bedroom. Sleeping nook for additional one or two off to the right.
Basement 3/4 bath
Back yard from patio off kitchen. (Tramp available with special arrangement.)
Front door (to the right of garage)
View of living room from the kitchen
Dining room (table expands to seat 8 or 10)
Master bedroom, balcony off to the right. Window faces SE.
View of balcony from master bedroom (facing SW)
Master bedroom and outdoor shower from balcony.
Master bath dual sinks
Second large bedroom (flatscreen TV not included). Tall queen bed on right
Finished basement area. (Pilates equipment available with special arrangement.)
Basement wine cellar
3 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
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