Santa Cruz Ocean Front, Like a Boutique Hotel,Spectacular Views 404053
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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Magical Oasis, like a Boutique Hotel, this is a great home for the discerning guest. It boasts exceptional views from West Cliff Drive over looking the Monterey Bay and is perfect for multi-generational gatherings and romantic get aways. A detached, separate casita with full kitchen provides privacy for in laws or another couple. Magical Oasis is a beautiful Spanish style house, decorated, and thoughtfully appointed by Karen Toole of KToole Designs.
The world-famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, SC Wharf, the Light House, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum are all just short stolls on the wide newly paved West Cliff promenade. Also with in short walking distance are lots of shops, great restaurants, spas, bike, surf board, and segway rentals. Pedi-taxi's and the Santa Cruz Trolley are also fun ways to get about town.
Santa Cruz is home to some of the best surfing. Mid to advanced level surfers can walk down the steps to the famous Steamer Lane. The novice surfer can hit Cowell’s Cove, try paddle boarding around the Wharf or Kayaking, then relax in Magical Oasis’ hot tub.
Santa Cruz has something for all. Guests can take a ride on the Roaring Camp Railroads, bike on the numerous paths or take a segway along West Cliff, see a Shakespeare Santa Cruz play, visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center or go wine tasting at several West Side vintner tasting rooms.
Magical Oasis's intimate dining room is wonderful for watching the sunset. Guest have the option of barbecuing on the private patio, picnicking on the beach, or walking/biking to many nearby restaurants. While there are lots of fun beach town venues, (great burgers and artisan pizza), foodies will love the variety of restaurants offering organic produce and original fare. For that special occasion, we are happy to help you choose from over 27 Zagat rated restaurants.
The gourmet or aspiring chef may enjoy trying recipes from several fine cook books such as Tyler Florence's Ultimate, The Best of Nieman Marcus and Julie Rosso's Great Good Food while cooking on the Merritt O'Keefe six burner gas stove. For the coffee aficionado, bring your pods for the new Nespesso machine or walk down to Ideal for a great latte. The West Side is home to the largest New Leaf Market, several vintner tasting rooms, Kelly's French Bakery, Companion Bakers,and El Salchichero. Forgot or must have latest kitchen supplies can be found at Chefworks on front street.
Golfers, reserve your time on the challenging Alister McKensie designed Pasatiempo Golf Course, or the Delevaga Course ( which also has a challenging ultimate frisbee course). The drive to Pebble Beach and Spy Glass are beautiful and about an hour.
There are pick up beach volley ball games, two newly surfaced tennis courts are not far from the house. Soccer, rock climbing, in door batting cage are just some of the recreational opportunities besides hiking, biking and playing in the surf.
Downtown Santa Cruz has great shopping, spas, yoga classes, restaurants, and that comfortable beach town feel. Magical Oasis is a special vacation home that offers one of the most spectacular, magical views on the West Coast.
Keywords: Santa Cruz Ocean Front Beautiful Spanish Villa on West Cliff with one of the most spectacular, magical views of the beach and Monterey Bay. Beautifully appointed. Watch our live webcam
West Cliff Views! Surfers Most desirable location in Santa Cruz. Cowell's Beach, Famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, restaurants, and Santa Cruz Wharf. Includes Guest Cottage, family including dogs.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
The front closet has beach toys and towels and there are great children's books, games and plastic table wear. The back patio and front garden are gated. There is even an umbrella stroller....moreless
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 6-9
- Queen size Beds (2) Master bedroom has a queen bed and so does the guest cottage, Double Beds (1) Den has new full sleeper sofa, Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) The beautiful living room has a full custom sleeper sofa, and wood burning fire place as well as magical night views....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
(2) Chefs will love this kitchen. refurbished Merritt O'keefe gas stove, new hardwood floor, good knives, good grip tools, great pots and pans, juicer, salad spinner, lobster pot, NESPRESSO Machine and great views! And there is a second full kitchen in the guest house....moreless
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Fine linens including new Ralph Lauren towels, good table cloths and napkins. Quality bedding, a selection of firm, soft, and down pillows, down comforters, and wool blankets and new mattresses...moreless
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- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Ocean View:
- Monument View:
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Roller Blading
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Botanical Garden
- Theme Parks
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Whale Watching
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a big attraction in the summer. Santa Cruz is home to the University of California Santa Cruz. Steamer Lane is the home of the O'neil Coldwater Classic, World record surfing competition. (check out this years high lights on the Sentienel,you tube set to music) Santa Cruz has Great restaurants serving organic food and local wines, ethnic foods and great pizzas. Local vintners are open for Wine Tasting. There are lots of beachy shops as well as nice boutiques. Enjoy day spas, coffee shops, locally owned great book store. Boat rentals, segways, and bike rentals, even a trolly to the shops and pedicart can be arranged to take you to your destination....moreless
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You won't want to leave this Magical Oasis!
You won't want to leave this Magical Oasis!
This Magical Oasis was exactly as advertised...a most wonderful waterfront home, outfitted for the discerning traveler. The kitchen was well equipped with high end pots, pans and knives, something I have never experienced in a rental home. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed, as is the living room and outside patios. I enthusiastically recommend this unique rental to anyone wanting to rent the best for a very reasonable price. The owner is unusually attentive to your questions and is very professional in all his transactions. Magical Oasis puts you in the heart of Santa Cruz...you won't want to leave!!
- Guest Kathleen W.
- Date of stay 10/29/13
- Review Submitted 11/05/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+.
We had a FABULOUS time. Everything was perfect - weather, whales & dolphins & sea lions, the house, the view, the people-watching, the dog beach! Can't wait to come back.
- Guest Pam (Los Gatos)
- Date of stay 10/04/13
- Review Submitted 10/15/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway.
Magical Oasis, that it is
Magical Oasis, that it is
We had a great time in this beautiful home. It is walking distance to the boardwalk, beach, even downtown for a little longer walk. We visited Capitola and had lobster for 12.99 on thursday night at Zelda's , if you like lobster it is really worth it. The Shadowbrook is as beautiful as ever and we sat at the owners favorite table for the 60th birthday dinner.It was an all girls trip except the 4 year that joined us the last 4 days. This home has something for everyone, beach toys in the hall closet and games in the bedroom closet. The seperate house was perfect for our early risers. They were able to make coffee and then sit on the front porch every morning. The kitchen is wonderful with every cooking utensil that you could imagine needing, and the pots and pans are superb. The quality of the bed linens and towels are that of a 5 star hotel. There are even beach towels in the entry hall closet. When they tell you to just bring your toiletries they meant is. This home has everything. The best part though is the view and sitting on the front porch, watching all the activity. We probably sat on the porch more than anything else combined. Oh and do not want to forget the hot tub as it was a must for some of the group. Almost every evening ended sitting in the hot tub talking or in the front window putting a puzzel togeather. We did go to the redwoods and zip line how exhilarating and what a thrill. You even learn about the wonderous redwoods and what makes them so special. Karen recommended Mobo for Sushi, excellent recommendation if you like sushi. You can walk to theDream Inn and have cocktails, it's only a short walk back. We definately want to return next year, I am hoping the the 4 year old will be able to spend a week a year in this wonderful home. Ed and Karen were great to deal with. I even caught Ed on a plane to New York and he still took the time to talk with me. The reprensation of the home on the internet is exactly what you get, and better.
- Guest Vivi (Oakdale California)
- Date of stay 05/13/13
- Review Submitted 06/04/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, people with disabilities, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Thanks so much to Ed for the use of his wonderful home for a week. We had such as fantastic time and everything was just as we expected it would be from the pictures and calls with him prior to our arrival. We especially like having the guest house separate from the main house as one of the families had a newborn that they were quite sensitive about having make noise for the rest of us (we appreciated that, too). The location of the home was so conducive to exploring the entire Santa Cruz area, either by foot or very short drives. We look forward to coming again in the near future and staying at Magical Oasis again.
- Guest Paul C. (Toronto)
- Date of stay 05/07/13
- Review Submitted 05/16/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children.
Our whole family and even our beloved dogs stayed a week at magical oasis. We all agree, we will never forget the wonderful experience. This is a special place, not a party house. Everything we needed for a perfect family vacation was there. A warm and cozy home with charming furnishings, fantastic picture window to sit and watch the world go by against the sparkling ocean backdrop. A fireplace to relax at the end of a fun filled day, and even a jacuzzi to share drinks and laughs in. Quiet, and close to every good thing. We rarely even got in our car, rode bikes all the way to capitola and all points in between. Kellys French bakery is a nice little walk and a must. And a new discovery this trip,Cafe Gratitude! If you are lucky to be in Santa Cruz during they're season, Santa Cruz Derby Girls is a blast! So if you appreciate the comforts of a well loved home, no better place. We intend to come back every year. Thank you Ed for everything!
- Guest Teresa s. (Reno)
- Date of stay 03/16/13
- Review Submitted 04/12/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Great spot for multi-generation stay
Great spot for multi-generation stay
This home was perfect for our three-generation family get-away. It is beautifully decorated with lovely finishing touches like fresh flowers at arrival. Well-equipped kitchen made meal preparation easy. The living room was a comfortable spot for the whole family to gather to watch movies, play games, read books, admire the view and just hang out together while watching the world go by on the path along the cliff.
- Guest Sue (San Jose, CA)
- Date of stay 12/30/12
- Review Submitted 01/05/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway.
WOW! What a wonderful stay- The view are REMARKABLE- The fabulous detail work in the house makes it so HOMEY! The little cottage in the back is so peaceful too!! I would recommend this for our friends, family, and it was truly move-in ready!
- Guest Kate (Colorado Springs)
- Date of stay 10/03/12
- Review Submitted 11/07/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Great location! You have a beautiful view from the living room , as well as, the front porch. It is within walking distance to a dog friendly off leash beach, the boardwalk, and the wharf. You can hear the ocean waves, and the sea lions. It's a great spot to watch the world go by, or sit and relax. The home is very clean, and dog friendly. The ownerss are very nice people, and easy to work with. I would recommend this home to anyone. It's great for all ages.
- Guest Dolce (South Lake Tahoe California)
- Date of stay 09/26/12
- Review Submitted 11/06/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, people with disabilities, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
So SwellGuest comment entered by owner
We had a wonderful time, lots of beach and play We rode bikes in the forest every day Thank you so much for sharing your home, We would love to return next time we roam. The view is spectacular, the dog beach so fun We had amazing weather, loved playing in the sun So until next time we bid farewell But we'll be back soon to ride the next swell.
- Guest Dwyer
- Date of stay 10/24/12
- Review Submitted 10/31/12
Better than last yearGuest comment entered by owner
Better than last year
We enjoyed this visit even more than our visit last year because we could look forward to what we knew would be a wonderful stay. This visit also had the special addition of our Mom's Birthday. Our annual get-together was all due to her. She enjoyed getting to move from the picture "parade" window to the dinning room. Our dogs had a heyday at the dog beach running from one end to another. This year the waves and the sun were even better than last year. Thank you for sharing this truly "magical Oasis" with us. We look forward to our next stay.
- Guest Martins
- Date of stay 02/19/12
- Review Submitted 10/31/12
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- Nearest Motorway: Highway 1 and Highway 17 at 1 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Cowell's Beach at 0.1 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Aquaris, Ideal Bar and Grill and many others at 0.15 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Pasatiempo, a top ten course in California at 2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Auquaris at the Dream Inn at 0.1 Miles
Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: We love Magical Oasis and enjoy knowing that our guests do too.
Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz:
This wonderful, beautifully appointed home has been in the family for two generations
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The views, views, views..and from every room. Even the cook gets a great view while preparing meals on a wonderful Merritt Okeefe six burner gas range. Private patio with hot tub and separate casita.
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Come be amazed, spectacular constantly changing views
Magical Oasis is on beautiful West Cliff Drive.
Beautiful, original art work though out the well appointed house
A large mirror on one wall gives everyone a view in this charming dining room.
Cypress point just below the famous Steamer Lane
The warm, inviting kitchen is fully stocked and has a Merrit Okeefe gas stove.
Twin bedroom has its own tv/vcr, movie collections, children's books.
Separate guest cottage with queen bed, wonderful down filled recliner and sofa.
With a wine glass in hand, this front landing is hard to leave.
Everyone enjoys the wonderful large hot tub.
There is always something to watch on West Cliff's promenade
Perched high on the bluff, it is well designed to capture the views.
Living Room view
Very romantic setting, wood burning fire, twinkling lights, sounds of the sea
Built in 1926 on what was known as millionaire row
Award winning garden, view from the kitchen window
Master bedroom has Ralph Lauren linens and view of the Cowell's Beach.
The guest cottage has its own full kitchen and views too.
The den has a full sleeper sofa and its own door to the extra large bathroom.
Dine outside on warm evenings
Come be amazed. Spectacular views of the Monterey Bay
New native garden with stepping stones across the street enhances the visit
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