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Sweeping Ocean Views...Steps from Sandy Beaches

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Last updated: 07/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Santa Cruz house description

Our 'Sandcastle' Beach House is perfect for a family vacation by the sea! Its unique, soothing architecture brings the beach right into your living area. Our 2 story plus (3rd story Loft and Crow’s Nest) home offers 2,300 square feet of large, bright open spaces lending itself to gatherings of family and friends…plenty of space to spread out.

Our Beach House sleeps 12 in beds (10 adults plus kids)and we provide a queen AeroBed for 2 more guests in the den. Perfect for 2 families! We also provide a new porta crib and high chair for the babies!

Located in a quiet neighborhood only 1 block from one of Santa Cruz’s best sandy and sunny beaches with steps to the sand at the end of our street. A short walk to Sunny Cove and the other East Cliff beaches, surfing and many great restaurants. Short drive to Capitola Village, Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, hiking and golf. Only 40 minutes from San Jose International Airport and 1 ½ hours south of San Francisco. Nearby, you will find Monterey, Cannery Row, the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and beautiful Pebble Beach and Carmel…only a 30 to 45 minute drive south.

The views from the Sandcastle are outstanding…cook and dine while watching the lights on the Monterey Bay through the large solarium windows. Enjoy dinners with sweeping views from the second floor deck and sip a glass of wine from the top of the ‘Castle’ on the Crow’s Nest. Gather with the family in the downstairs family room with comfortable sofas, games, Foosball, ping pong and wet bar with refrigerator. Discover the hidden spaces to sit and read and relax throughout the house.

The house offers 3 spacious king bedrooms and a bunk room with two bunk beds. From the loft queen bedroom, you can lie in bed and enjoy whitewater views.


Keywords: Large bright family house, Ocean Views, Sleeps 12+ (10 adults plus children), One block from sandy beach with great beach access directly at end of street

Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Children Welcome:

                Perfect house for kids; games, foosball, ping pong, arcade style basketball hoop and great nooks and crannies to play! Best of block from the beach!...moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                25 years or older...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

              • Bedroom 3: 1 king

                Bright Downstairs King Bedroom...moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 4 bunk bed

                Two Bunk Beds Sleeps 4...moreless

              • Den/Game Room: 1 queen

                Queen Aerobed in downstairs entry closet for open den...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 king

                Upstairs King Room with Loft above with Queen bed...moreless

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                Master Suite Upstairs with private in suite bath...moreless

              • Bonus Loft : 1 queen

                Loft Bedroom, wall mounted ladder access from king room ...moreless

              • King size beds (3) Two sunny king bedrooms on top floor: Master Suite with private bath and two person jetted tub plus separate shower. Private balcony. Second ocean view king bedroom with bathroom with two person shower across hall and additional sleeping loft located inside King room with Queen bed above. Loft has white water views! Perfect for families. Bright, private King bedroom downstairs. Baby Cribs (1) New Porta Crib with 3 inch mattress and crib sheets, AeroBed to be used in downstairs game room/den, 4th bedroom has 2 Bunk Beds (2) (4 twins in 2 bunk beds)on lower level...moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

                Two person jetted tub, shower, separate water closet...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                Two person shower with two shower heads ...moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower


              • 3 Full baths

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Family Kitchen/Great Room with magnificent ocean views of the Monterey Bay, recently upgraded with bright beach colors and new stainless steel appliances, gas range, trash compactor. Perfect place for family gatherings....moreless

              • Dining:

                Dining area has a long new table that has 2 additional leaves in entry closet to seat as many as 10. Plus the outside deck dining for 6, 2 bar stools and 4 TV trays give you plenty of options....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                (3) In addition to refrigerator in the upstairs kitchen, a full size refrigerator in garage and a small refrigerator in the wet bar give you extra cool spaces....moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                Standard Coffee Maker, plus Expresso Machine and a new large capacity Keurig single use coffee maker....moreless

              • Toaster:

                Toaster plus a cool Belgium waffle maker and electric griddle for your pancakes and waffles....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Fully stocked kitchen with everything you will need...can't think of anything else to add!...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Basic spices and condiments to get your vacation started...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Plenty of plates, platters and service wear......moreless

              • Stove:

                Modern Stainless Steel Gas Oven and Stove...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Child's Highchair
              • Oven
              • Dishwasher
              • Microwave
              • Ice Maker
              • Seating for 8 people


              • Parking:

                As many as 4 small cars can park in the drive. On-street parking in the summer requires a permit easily obtainable on 6th Ave. Additional parking 1/2 block over on Portola requires no permits....moreless

              • Garage:

                Ping Pong Table, Arcade Basketball Hoop, Refrigerator, Work Sink, Sofa Beach Chairs and Boogie Boards...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Room for 4 small cars in driveway, on street permitted parking available...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Fluffy Bath Towels as well as Beach Towels!...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Gas Dryer...moreless

              • Fireplace
              • Hair Dryer
              • Living Room
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • Outside shower to wash off sand and sea water after a day on the beach. Hair dryers, shampoo, conditioners and soap provided, dishwasher and laundry detergent, some beach chairs and sand toys. Central stereo system with speakers in all upper floor areas and ipad/MP3 player connections. High Chair and extra round and square tables and folding chairs....moreless


                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    (5) 5 new large HD flat screen TV's in upstairs living area, downstairs game room/den, all three king bedrooms with one DVR, Cable HBO and expanded channels. Blueray/DVD player....moreless

                  • Television:

                    5 Large HDTV's in Living Room, in 3Master Bedrooms and Den/Game Room...moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    Numerous DVD's for your viewing....moreless

                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Foosball
                  • Games
                  • Ping Pong Table
                  • Books


                  • Broadband Access
                  • Internet
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Jetted Tub:

                        Master Suite two person jetted tub...moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Upper level deck right off kitchen with great ocean views,outdoor dining table for 6, gas grill, large raised ice chest and lounge chair for private sunbathing. Crows Nest on top of the house offers sweeping white water views of the Monterey Bay, Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Downstairs, there is a patio with small cafe table and hammock....moreless

                      • Balcony:

                        Small private Balcony off of upstairs Master Suite with chair and table. ...moreless

                      • Golf:

                        Golf nearby at Delaveaga, Pasatiempo, Seascape and Pebble Beach....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Large Natural Gas Grill...moreless


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

                      Location & View

                      • Beach View:

                        Whitewater beach views from upper levels of house and Crow's Nest. Great views of the Bay from the living area and outdoor dining deck....moreless

                      • Ocean View:

                        Sweeping ocean views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean from upper level floors...moreless

                      • Mountain View:

                        Beautiful Santa Cruz Mountain views from Crow's Nest...moreless

                      • Water View


                      • Theme Parks
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Swimming
                      • Surfing
                      • Sailing
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Cycling
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Golf
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Laundromat
                      • Hospital
                      • Restaurants
                      • Museums
                      • Cinemas
                      • Churches
                      • Marina
                      • Library
                      • Shopping
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Roller Blading
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Antiquing
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Shelling
                      • Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Whale Watching
                      • Surf Fishing


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                      from 25 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Summer 2014
                      Jul 12 - Sep 2, 2014
                      4 night min stay
                      Easter 2015
                      Apr 1 - Apr 6, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      Summer 2015
                      May 22 - Sep 7, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      Thanksgiving 2015
                      Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      Christmas 2015
                      Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016
                      4 night min stay
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Cleaning $250 + tax
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Tax Rate 11%


                      We rent by the week from middle of June to the middle of August. If a partial week is available on the calendar, please contact us!

                      $500 Refundable Security Deposit and contract due within 7 days of reservation. 1/2 rental fees due 60 days prior to rental and the remainder is due 30 days prior to rental. Payment is by check. Linens are included.

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                      Last updated: 07/18/2014
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                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      San Jose International/San Francisco International
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Lago di Como, Aloha Grill, Star Bene, Crows Nest,

                      Great tidal pools and regular surf/skim board contests featuring some of Santa Cruz's best surfers...all within walking distance, bonfires on beach at night, Dog watching on one of the most dog friendly beaches in Santa Cruz. Short drive to Downtown Santa Cruz for shopping, restaurants and entertainment, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, Twin Lakes Beach with Sailboat Races, Aldo's and Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Capitola Village with shops, restaurants and sandy beaches, Golf at Seascape, Pasatiempo and De Laveaga, UC Santa Cruz and Summer Shakespeare Series; Scenic forty minute drive to: Quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay Aquarium in Historic Monterey, John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf with great seafood restaurants, Gilroy Premium Outlet Mall.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2000

                      About the owner: In short, we love the beach! When our children were young, we would come and play at this beach. We were so excited to find this wonderful beach house and have created many great memories here.

                      Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz:
                      We fell in love with the unique architecture, bright open spaces of the house and the huge solarium windows across the front. But the biggest reason we bought this house is the views! The Monterey Bay is right outside your window where you can watch the lights of Monterey twinkle at night, the fog roll in from the Pacific and the sailboats float by. When we first saw the house…it took our breath away! Our beach house is in one of the sunniest, warmest spots in Santa Cruz. The beach is wide and easily accessible just one short block from the house. The location is perfect...nestled right between the Wharf, the Boardwalk and Capitola.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      We love walking down to the beach to watch the surfers up and down the coast and the sunset over the Pacific Ocean in the late afternoon. At night, we either walk or drive to the great restaurants close by.

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                      Speaks: english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • Welcome to the Sandcastle!

                        Welcome to the Sandcastle!

                      • Updated Kitchen

                        Updated Kitchen

                      • Living Area with a Great View!

                        Living Area with a Great View!

                      • Hallway to Bedrooms

                        Hallway to Bedrooms

                      • Upstairs King Room with Queen Loft Room Above...Great views!

                        Upstairs King Room with Queen Loft Room Above...Great views!

                      • Loft with queen bed above upstairs king bedroom with great views of the ocean!

                        Loft with queen bed above upstairs king bedroom with great views of the ocean!

                      • Bunk room with two bunk beds, sleeps 4...great for the kids!

                        Bunk room with two bunk beds, sleeps 4...great for the kids!

                      • Wet Bar and game area...more in the garage.

                        Wet Bar and game area...more in the garage.

                      • Game Room in the Garage!

                        Game Room in the Garage!

                      • Our beach...

                        Our beach...

                      • Winter Sunset

                        Winter Sunset

                      • Come on in...

                        Come on in...

                      • Private outdoor dining on deck

                        Private outdoor dining on deck

                      • Living Area with Great Views of the Monterey Bay!

                        Living Area with Great Views of the Monterey Bay!

                      • Upstairs King Master Suite

                        Upstairs King Master Suite

                      • Ladder to Loft Queen Bedroom

                        Ladder to Loft Queen Bedroom

                      • Downstairs King Master Bedroom

                        Downstairs King Master Bedroom

                      • Downstairs den and game room with wetbar.

                        Downstairs den and game room with wetbar.

                      • Separate Laundry Room

                        Separate Laundry Room

                      • View from the Crow's Nest

                        View from the Crow's Nest

                      • Sunset at low tide...

                        Sunset at low tide...

                      • Relax....!


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                      This listing was first published here in 2012.

                      Date last modified - Saturday, July 12, 2014

                      $450 - $495 per night (USD)

                      4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 12

                      View calendar: Updated 07/18/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-4 nights
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