Beautiful Passive Solar Home Within 10 Minutes of Santa Cruz
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Santa Cruz house description
Experience the comfort of a newer passive solar home surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary located 15 minutes from the beach in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Mountains are the jewel of the Central Coast of California for visitors. Experience this beautifully designed home with natural daylighting and views from every room. This is a special place/retreat and sanctuary to reconnect with nature and family/friends (NOT a 'party house'). This is a 2+ million dollar property. The minimum age to book the house is 30. The indoor environment is healthier because of the sustainable and healthy materials used in the construction of this home!
There are 4 bedrooms in this 3600 square foot home, 2 master suites (private bath included) and one bedroom (with adjoining bathroom) are located upstairs. One bedroom and one bath are located downstairs.
The large downstairs living area includes a large living room with fireplace, kitchen, dining area with woodstove, sunroom and entry.
Outdoor patios with outdoor seating, barbeque area, fountains and waterfall enhanced by native landscaping. Home to the California Nature Center, organic and butterfly gardens (tours available upon request).
Experience the sunny and beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains year-round at this multi-acre mountain retreat minutes from town and Santa Cruz.
Keywords: Vacation rental, house, Santa Cruz, near beach, nature center, family retreat, children friendly, reconnect your children with nature, birdwatching on site, wildlife viewing, California Central Coast, Santa Cruz, redwood forest, sustainable living, sunny, designed with natural environment, beautiful and quiet environment, near the beach, 15 minute to Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk, 5 minutes to Roaring Camp Train, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, 30 minutes to Silicon Valley, 20 minutes to Los Gatos, 90 minutes to San Francisco, 60 minutes to Monterey Bay Aquarium, 20 minutes to Capitola by the Sea, 10 minutes to Santa Cruz
- 3862 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Clothes Dryer
- Wood Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Unique passive solar design and sustainable living are key aspects, natural daylighting, unique Coastal Live Oak and native vegetation on site, paved roads to home year round, year round access, 5 minutes to downtown Felton stores and restaurants, 15 minutes to Santa Cruz including beach/boardwalk, wharf, 5 minutes to hiking trails in the redwoods,...moreless
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Wireless Internet
- Free Long Distance
Pool & Spa
- Jetted Tub
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Fitness Center
- Theme Parks
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- 15 minutes to Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, Wharf, dining and downtown, Enjoy hiking and biking trails including mountain biking within 5 minutes in Henry Cowell State Park, or at the ocean within 15 minutes, 5 minutes to Roaring Camp, Quail Hollow and Fall Creek Parks, 45 minutes to beautiful Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carmel, Ride the train at Roaring Camp to Santa Cruz or enjoy the Santa Cruz Mountain Loop, Located within 45 minutes of San Jose International Airport in Silicon Valley and an hour and a half to downtown San Francisco, 20 minutes to UC Santa Cruz, Ideal location for a small family or business gathering and retreat location, Catering available upon request, Sustainable living family workshops, available by our Phillips Sustainable Living Team upon request, bird watching and wildlife viewing for your family and children available upon request, passive solar design workshops available upon request, recreational planning for your family's trip available upon reques...moreless
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We recently stayed here for a girls getaway and all of us were in awe with how beautiful the house was. The owners were very friendly and met us at the house to give us a tour. My first thought after touring the home was "when can I come back for another getaway". It's a very relaxing environment, we even saw deer come right up the driveway the first night we were there. We went to one of the beaches in Santa Cruz and it was closer than I though. We would absoulty come back for another stay.
- Guest Tawnya (Newark, Ca)
- Date of stay 07/27/12
- Review Submitted 07/31/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Brilliantly designed home!
Brilliantly designed home!
The homeowners were more than hospitable and knowledgeable. We could not have found a better vacation home near the Santa Cruz area. Granted the location was slightly difficult to locate, but the design of the house surpassed all expectations. The home stayed cool even in the midst of the wave summer heat without the AC. Homeowners will give detailed explanation. I could not find any flaws within the house. For those that are worried about unprotected Wi-Fi, you cannot access the internet unless you are within 10 feet of the home. Given that it is on a hill, there is a very low chance anyone would go to home to access the internet. Basketball hoop and table tennis in front of the side cottage definitely gave us a different activity to enjoy. TV with cable access and DVD player was a plus. Keep in mind there are wildlife around the area, so please be careful with trash bins. Recommended to the fullest extent!
- Guest Tan (San Jose, CA)
- Date of stay 05/27/12
- Review Submitted 07/24/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children.
My wife and I live in Israel but our 2 children and their spouses live in different regions of the U.S. Getting together is not easy and, since we can't do it very often, such a reunion should be special. We all decided to celebrate Passover together this year and searched for a house to rent in the U.S. that offered both privacy and comfortable amenities in a rural and serene environment. Northern California seemed interesting and, after spending a few days on the internet looking for just the right place we found it. The philosophy behind the design and construction of this house intrigued us and its location in the hills next to a bird sanctuary made it irresistible. The house is everything the website purported it to be and then some. It is extremely spacious and, in keeping with the designers' desire to conserve energy, there are large windows and skylights throughout which flood the entire house with natural light creating a feeling of almost living outdoors. Solar panels heat the entire house as well as the water (something we are used to in Israel!) and the interior temperature was quite comfortable all during our stay. The bedrooms are spacious and very comfortable and are far enough apart to allow some privacy if desired. The living room is large and comfortable and my 11-month-old granddaughter and I would sit there early every morning to watch the deer amble past the windows and to marvel at the many types of birds enjoying their breakfast from bird feeders hung all over the property. The kitchen has everything and we had no problem preparing the Passover dinner, which is an elaborate project even at home. It is quite large and there was plenty of room for any number of us cooks all working at the same time. The entire house was immaculate. There were only a few minor items that could be improved upon: 1. The barbecue was a bit greasy and rusty, though it worked fine 2. Some of the closets were locked (presumably because the owners keep things in them) and finding a place to hang clothes was a problem 3. Not every bathroom had a waste basket 4. The Wi-Fi network worked fine but we were informed that it is not a secure network and that kept us from using it for anything requiring passwords or personal information Upon our arrival we were met by Mary who showed us around and explained everything. She is a great source of information on things to do and see and is very nice. We enthusiastically recommend this house!
- Guest Travelers (Ganot, Israel)
- Date of stay 04/04/12
- Review Submitted 04/17/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Hi Victor, It was a pleasure having you and your family staying at our home for your special family gathering. Your comments were helpful and we have addressed the following: 1) Replaced the BBQ with a new one 2) Added a portable clothes rack in the room. A reminder that two other bedrooms have large walk-in closets and the fourth bedroom a regular closet. 3)Waste basket in the bathroom added. Wi-fi concerns addressed. We are so glad you enjoyed the very special nature of this home which is a retreat for small groups of family and friends to reconnect with nature and each other! And to splash the entire event with natural daylighting and a mindfulness to sustainability in our lives! We look forward to seeing you and your special family again at our Sustainable Living Home in Felton in the beautiful Zayante sandhills! Stu and Julie Phillips Phillips Sustainable Living Team Felton, CA Planet Earth
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Year Purchased: 1987
About the owner: The Phillips Sustainable Living and Green Building Team has been building and living in these beautiful, comfortable and healthy passive solar homes for over 30 years. We are truly honored to share this wonderful experience with others! Experience these special homes firsthand!
Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz:
We have lived in this beautiful region of Santa Cruz County for over 50 years! It is truly a special place and we welcome others to experience its beauty and inspiration firsthand.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Natural daylighting in every room! Viewing birds and other wildlife right from your living room! Quiet, peaceful and healthy gathering location for families!
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Experience sustainable living in this beautiful passive solar home on 5 acres
Private driveway winds through oak grove and garden to house
Large and open downstairs living area with natural daylighting in each room
Full kitchen with granite countertops - beautiful and efficient!
Experience unique architecture connecting the downstairs with 3 BRS upstairs
Master suite with beautiful south view, sunlight and deck
Native landscaping for birds, butterflies and other wildlife
Twin Lakes Beach at the Yacht Harbor is just one of many beautiful beaches in SC
Convenient and large parking areas nestled among the beautiful oaks
Main entrance to the house from driveway and parking area
Living room steps up to dining area and sun room
Dining area out to patio area on the south side
2 master suites BDR bath and 1 bdrm bath upstairs with light dome in center
Master bedroom suite bathroom with views and beautiful sunken tub
Enjoy beauty of mountains within 15 minutes of Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk
Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive with walking path and bike trail
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