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Amazing New House in Santa Cruz Redwoods Above the Pacific Coast.

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Last updated: 07/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

A stunning modern green build design that compliments its environment in every way, with curved walls and big kitchen/living room windows looking out onto a forest glade.

The house combines the very best of modern European and green Californian design in this peaceful location outside Santa Cruz. It's an incredible living space combining rich local timber and natural materials. An ideal place to unwind right on the doorstep of nature and yet close to all the facilities and entertainments of Santa Cruz.
Sleeps 6
Master bedroom: King size bed and walk-in closet.
En-suite master bathroom with claw foot tub, toilet and sink,
Kids bedroom: Bunk beds (will also fit adults)
2nd bedroom: Queen bed in upstairs loft room reached by spiral staircase.
2nd bathroom with spacious shower, toilet and sink.
Washing machine and dryer
Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, microwave and large oven.
wood burning stove
Green deck and garden area with over 2 acres of redwood groves.
Wireless internet.
Under floor radiant heating throughout

Brand new green build
The house was built under some of the most stringent environmental codes in the USA. Both cutting edge and ancient building methods were employed to minimize the house’s impact on the environment and maximize heating efficiency.
Wherever possible, local, natural and recycled products have been used to build the house, including:
• Locally sourced, properly managed redwood and fir lumber
• Zero-emission products
• Recycled cotton insulation
• Straw bale wall insulation
• Radiant floor heating
• Efficient passive solar design
• Recycling of rainwater for garden
• Native plants in landscaping.
• Wood stove supplied with 100% site-grown wood.

The house sits in its own 2 acre garden comprising of open spaces, deciduous forest and redwood groves.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Only one room (loft bedroom) not accessible by wheelchair....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master bedroom: 1 king


  • 2nd bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Bunk beds...moreless

  • All the beds and bedding are nearly new and a variety of pillows of different firmness are provided....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Washer and Dryer in utility closet...moreless

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, tub


  • Both bathrooms have Toto toilets. Master bathroom has clawfoot tub.

Other Amenities

  • Outdoor furniture


  • Games:

    Children's Board Games...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable


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


  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Nude Beach
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    Situated in the deciduous and redwood covered Santa Cruz mountains, above most of the fog....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Just a ten minute drive from the beautiful Bonny Doon Beach. Ten more beaches within ten miles along the coast north of Santa Cruz, plus Santa Cruz beach itself. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Perched in the stunning redwood-covered hills of Bonny Doon above the Pacific Coast just north of Santa Cruz....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Dining table is extendable to seat 2 more...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant under-floor heat throughout....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Driveway accommodates 4 vehicles ...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Wood stove has child-safe railing surrounding....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Filter coffee maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Serves up to twelve people. Good quality kichenware provided....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen fittings all custom made to very high standard with Redwood fascia. Counter top made from EcoTop material....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Gas burners, electric oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Fridge contains ice maker (crushed and cubed) and water filter....moreless

  • Stove:

    Wood burning stove ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    New four-slice toaster....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Made of natural stone and paving....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden


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$350 $350
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$1,500 $4,500
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Additional information about rental rates


  • Housecleaning $120
  • Pet Fee $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 11%

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Last updated: 07/25/2015
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65 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco International
2.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Beauregard Vineyard tasting room
16.6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pasotiempo Golf Course
35 Miles
Nearest Train
Salinas Railroad Station
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US HWY 1, Cabrillo Highway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Davenport Roadhouse
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bonny Doon Beach

Car: Recommended

The road the house is situated on winds uphill through dense redwood forest, reaching a height of 415 meters (1360 ft) above sea level. At the top the road loops around the crest of a hill and the house is situated on 2 acres of mixed redwood, oak and clearing that runs across the center of the loop, just below the highest point of the hill. No neighbors are visible from the windows of the house. The house is bordered by protected land, including the Bonny Doon nature reserve whose hiking trails begin 5 minutes walk from the house. Being a road that is not subject to through traffic it is an exceptionally peaceful area


Bonny Doon

Named by Scots who arrived here in the 1850s to build the logging railroad and also named other areas nearby: Ben Lomond, Bonny Brae, Loch Lomond. (Incidentally, the logging railroad is still there and offers regular steam train rides.) Bonny Doon is an attractive and much sought after neighborhood and many residents have been there for decades. It features several wineries, a church, two fire stations, a lavender farm, Bonny Doon Elementary School and a private-use airport. The principal local industries are wine and horses. The climate is mild, with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The climactic zone is Mediterranean. The area benefits from proximity to the ocean (10 beaches within 15 minutes drive, many uncrowded and secluded) and access to all the facilities of Santa Cruz, 20 minutes drive away. Closer to the house (11 mins drive), the historic coastal town of Davenport has cafes, restaurants and a grocery store.

Santa Cruz

A laid back seaside town with a university and a long history of surfing and environmental responsibility. There’s a farmer’s market every Wednesday. The first mile of highway 1 that goes through the town has a supermarket (Safeway), drug store, shops, along with some pretty good and cheap places to eat. In town there’s interesting shops, the farmer's market and the famous seafront Boardwalk with rides and other attractions.

Activities in the Santa Cruz area:




Horse riding

Wildlife spotting




Food- restaurants

Food- produce


Cafes and bars

Utilities (launderette, banks, Fedex etc)

Entertainments and Cultural

- Music

- Cinema

- Theatre

Tourist activities:

- mystery spot

- roaring creek railroad

- Santa Cruz boardwalk

- Monterey Aquarium

- Carmel

- Big Sur

- Whale watching


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: I was born in London and have worked in the media industry since completing my university education in 1994. I am married with three children.

Why the Owner Chose Bonny Doon:
While on holiday in the Santa Cruz mountains in 2006 I fell in love with the area - the landscape, biology, people and climate. Like most Europeans my image of redwoods was one of giant 4000 year old trees confined to nature reserves and parks. It wasn't until I visited the area that I discovered residential neighborhoods among smaller but no less impressive trees. My ambition to own a house in this amazing region wasn't limited to just buying one. I wanted to build one from scratch. Over the course of many trips to the area from London I eventually found a perfect plot of land: wooded with a mix of Redwood, Oak, Fir and Madrone with a natural clearing on the crest of a hill . It was not too wild a place; there was a road and power line along one side plus lovely neighbors at a discrete distance- but at the same time it was far enough from urban areas to give it a wonderful stillness and peace. With an architect friend who trained in Austria and worked in Big Sur under Mickey Muenning I devised a plan to use the latest green building techniques, materials and design concepts from California and Europe to build a unique house. As it turned out, Santa Cruz county has some of the most stringent environmental laws for new builds and getting the planning permission alone took two years of exhaustive surveys and environmental impact studies. Things really came together when we found our contractor Karl Bareis, He lives locally and knows the area inside out. He was able to translate the bold curved wall and big window design into a practical reality and at the same time bring his years of working in Japan and exhaustive knowledge of wood to create a house uniquely in tune with the land on which it is built.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I was never a fan of 'boxy' houses in natural surroundings. It was always my ambition to build a house that blended with its natural surroundings in an organic way. With the impressive scale of the redwoods it was also paramount that the house had windows big enough to bring the wonder of the location into the living space. The colors of the walls and interiors were designed as well to blend with the environment, so earth tones are prevalent. The idea was to make the house feel like something that had grown from its environment, not imposed upon it. Every material selected for the building of the house was done so on this criteria. No artificial chemical or preservative-emitting materials have been used and wherever possible locally produced natural materials were sourced, including some recycled from surprising places. The insulation within the interior walls for example, is cotton from recycled blue jeans and the back wall is insulated with straw bales from rice plants. The kitchen counter top is made from a new material called EcoTop, made from compressed recycled paper bonded together with resin. The result is a house that combines the latest green technology with centuries-old passive solar design principles to make a uniquely relaxing place to stay.

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Speaks: english, spanish

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Side & back view of home.

    Side & back view of home.

  • Entry path

    Entry path

  • Back Deck - Overlooking a beautiful forest glade with lots of wild life.

    Back Deck - Overlooking a beautiful forest glade with lots of wild life.

  • Great room.

    Great room.

  • Main Bath

    Main Bath

  • Main Bath Shower - With an outdoor view, bringing the outside in.

    Main Bath Shower - With an outdoor view, bringing the outside in.

  • Bonny Doon Farm toiletries provided.

    Bonny Doon Farm toiletries provided.

  • Master Bedroom Desk

    Master Bedroom Desk

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Master Bathroom Claw Foot Tub

    Master Bathroom Claw Foot Tub

  • Loft Bedroom - Overlooks Meadow

    Loft Bedroom - Overlooks Meadow

  • Spiral Staircase to Loft

    Spiral Staircase to Loft

  • Welcome!


  • Extended entry path.

    Extended entry path.

  • Kitchen - With a open view of the beautiful forest

    Kitchen - With a open view of the beautiful forest

  • Great room - with a beautiful view of the forest

    Great room - with a beautiful view of the forest

  • Main Bath Shower.

    Main Bath Shower.

  • Bonny Doon Farm toiletries provided.

    Bonny Doon Farm toiletries provided.

  • Master Bedroom - King Bed

    Master Bedroom - King Bed

  • Master Bedroom Bath

    Master Bedroom Bath

  • Master Bathroom Claw Foot Tub

    Master Bathroom Claw Foot Tub

  • Clean Fresh Towels Provided

    Clean Fresh Towels Provided

  • Loft Bedroom

    Loft Bedroom

  • Seating area in Loft Bedroom - Great for meditation.

    Seating area in Loft Bedroom - Great for meditation.

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