Escape to the American Riviera in Our Charming 3 Bedroom Santa Barbara Cottage
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
DownTown house description
Our quintessential craftsman beach bungalow is ideally located close enough to downtown State Street in Santa Barbara to take in all it has to offer, but far enough removed to enjoy the local flavor of the 'American Riviera' without all the tourist trappings that tend to go along with it.
Originally built in 1930, the property maintains its old world charm with its white picket fence and quaint, single story appearance, but was updated in 2013 with a modern kitchen, refinished oak hardwood floors and beautiful double pane windows throughout. The home has been decorated to compliment the look and feel of the home and area. The neutral shades work well with our natural and vintage beach decor. Each piece was carefully selected to make this home cozy and comfortable so guests could enjoy their vacation in a tranquil setting.
The family room is open and comfortable with a new Sofa-U-Love sofa sleeper and 46' HD flat screen TV with a whole house media serving up hundreds of movies and TV shows. The kitchen is completely remodeled and updated with all new stainless steel appliances and is fully stocked with everything you need to prepare your meals. Great natural lighting and counter with bar stools allow family and friends to gather where the action is. Spacious dining room with service for six is just off the kitchen. The two bathrooms were completely remodeled in 2013 with all new, modern fixtures. The master has plenty of closet space with a new Cal King cushion topped Serta mattress and the other 2 bedrooms have the same brand new bed in a queen size. Those 2 rooms also have access to back porch/yard from the bedroom through french doors. All bedrooms are flat panel TV equipped with access to the whole house media server.
The backyard was landscaped in June 2013 with a new 400 square foot flagstone patio, lush palms and Santa Barbara native foliage. An 8'x10' pergola provides ample shade for our patio table that comfortably seats six. A second patio table with market umbrella seats another four guests who can challenge one another to a friendly game of ping pong with provided paddles and balls. A new grilling 'station', complete with overhead market umbrella and four burner gas grill with side burner lets you BBQ in style. The setting is completed with a propane space heater (for those cool Santa Barbara evenings), couple of comfortable lounge chairs, bistro table, Bluetooth enabled sound system and a cascading water fountain.
The detached garage has been converted into a game room straight from your youth (if you're a child of the '80's, that is) with over a half dozen original, full size classic arcade games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Centipede (no quarters necessary!) A front loading washer/dryer is also available to clean up after your jaunts to the beach. If you'd like to use our Electra cruisers to get around town they are available for rent. The front porch is a great place to hang out and if you prefer more privacy, the back yard is very private and peaceful.
Downtown Santa Barbara is an easy 4-5 blocks away. State Street is know for it's shopping and dining so you have everything you need. The Daily Grind is just around the corner so you don't have to go far for your espresso coffee. During the day, drive 5 minutes up to the historic Mission, or 5 minutes down to the beach. Or even better, just bike straight down 2 miles to the ocean. The Santa Barbara Bowl, within walking distance, is a beautiful place to enjoy concerts under the stars. Parks for the kids and all the best Santa Barbara has to offer is within easy reach of the property. For an excursion, enjoy a 30 minute drive to the Santa Ynez wine country or venture further to the lovely towns of Solvang, Pismo Beach, or San Luis Obisbo.
Please be our guest at our Santa Barbara Escape!
- 1350 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Video Library:
- Video Games:
- Game Room:
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
Deck / Patio:
Private 400 sq ft flagstone patio with two patio tables seating up to 10, propane grilling station, propane space heater, lounge chairs, bistro table, Bluetooth enabled sound system, and waterfall...moreless
- Water Sports Gear:
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
- Sight Seeing
- Pier Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Winery Tours
- Botanical Garden
- Scenic Drives
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- 1 mile downtown neighborhood walk to action on State Street; 2 mile flat, bike ride to Santa Barbara pier and beach (or walk to State Street and pick up $.50 trolley); 1 mile walk to world famous Santa Barbara Mission; 1 block walk to local favorites Daily Grind (espresso, sandwiches & salads), McConnell's Ice Cream (world class creamery), Derf's Cafe (sports pub with local flair), and Cajun Kitchen (one of the best breakfast's you will have in SB); 2 short blocks to 101 freeway and quick access to Santa Barbara Zoo (4 miles), Montecito (6 miles), Santa Barbara Airport (9 miles), UC Santa Barbara (10 miles), Santa Ynez Valley Wineries (25 miles), Pismo Beach (80 miles), San Luis Obisbo (90 miles), and Paso Robles (120 miles)...moreless
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We have very much enjoyed staying at this house for five weeks during January and parts of February. We were very pleased with great weather during our stay so that we could enjoy the backyard for lunch and have a nice barbecue for our friends. The place is very well equipped when it comes to the kitchen, linens and towels. We also took the opportunity to rent bikes from this property so that we could go down to the harbor and also to main street. The layout of the house is great with one master bedroom with a king-size bed and a large walk-in closet (great for us that stayed for five weeks). There were two more bedrooms both very nice with exit to the porch. Two toilets and one shower. Even though we were six people staying the night at one time we never run out of hot water. Since we were there for five weeks we joined the YMCA that was excellent with pool and yoga and exercise equipment. We were able to join for a month and bring guests. We also bought tickets for Santa Barbara film festival and had a great time watching films that were new. At the property there was a great movie system. We had 419 movies to choose from and we watched quite a few, it would be nice with two more comfortable chairs in the living room since we often enjoyed movies with our friends. In the backyard there was a sound system where one could plug in one’s own phone and enjoy some soft music while watching the stars. The garden was well taken care of and we were able to pick avocados directly from the tree. We did laundry in the garage and while doing that we played on the arcade games. One night the furnace said god night and we woke up in the morning feeling cold. We e-mailed the owner about the problem and he reached back with us within an hour, after that his handyman came out to see if he could fix it when not able to do so he had a company come out and they worked on the problem after business hours so at bedtime the house was nice and warm again! We loved the ice-cream parlor two blocks away, wholefoods and Trader Joes for groceries and State Street for restaurants, great shops and a fantastic atmosphere. We would love to be back´next winter and it was a great house to stay in for a longer stretch of time.
- Guest Martin P.
- Date of stay 01/09/14
- Review Submitted 02/20/14
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, people with disabilities, families with young children, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
Great SB Vacation With All The Amenities
Great SB Vacation With All The Amenities
We had a wonderful experience in downtown Santa Barbara. The house is conveniently located within minutes of all the amenities you'd want to access in Santa Barbara. However, we enjoyed the interior and backyard amenities so much that we spent most of our time just hanging out at the house. It looked like the house was renovated recently with new furniture and fixtures, and was stocked with plenty of clean towels, sheets, and a brand new kitchen. There is a ping pong table, video games, bikes, beach toys, a clean BBQ and a heat lamp to appease the child in all of us. We particularly appreciated the excellent blue tooth sound system in the backyard and the archive of movies set up on the tv server. These are the little details that really made for a fun stay. Drew was incredibly responsive and fair throughout the process and even mailed back my sunglasses that I had accidentally left in the house. Great job!
- Guest Steven W.
- Date of stay 12/30/13
- Review Submitted 01/06/14
Perfect Cottage; Great Location!
Perfect Cottage; Great Location!
This cottage was the perfect spot for our family of two college kids and one teen. The home is beautifully appointed, with the blend of upscale touches and shabby chic beach motif. The linens were amazing! Attention to everything a traveler needs has been given. I only wish our stay was longer so that we could have a few meals in the home; either cooking in the gorgeous kitchen or or BBQing on the newly laid outdoor patio. Kids/teens will LOVE the garage filled with arcade games too. The layout and flow of the home gives it a spacious feel and the use of indoor/outdoor space allows the home to feel large. Location is uptown in a neighborhood so getting to the beach (or even down to State St. if youre not up for a little walk) requires wheels (or some sort). In the neighborhood, there is an awesome coffee spot that seems to be a perfect hangout for locals, a really good pizza place around the corner, and a SB famous ice cream spot - all within easy walking distance. Owner is awesome - cannot overstate how easy he made the whole process go and it went without any hiccups. We would highly recommend this cottage vacation escape!
- Guest Saint Kelly (San Francisco Bay Area)
- Date of stay 08/03/13
- Review Submitted 09/16/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 1 - May 15, 2014
2 night min stay
May 16 - Sep 14, 2014
2 night min stay
Sep 15 - Nov 30, 2014
2 night min stay
Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015
2 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
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Holiday and special event periods may be priced higher. Minimum stays vary depending on season, calendar availability, and lead time for arrival. Please inquire. 50% of rental cost due at time of booking, balance due 30 days before arrival. Fully refundable $500 damage deposit required with all stays.
50% of rental cost required upon booking to reserve dates, balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
- Cleaning Fee: $175
- Tax Rate 12%
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- Nearest Airport: Santa Barbara Airport at 9 Miles
- Nearest Train: Santa Barbara Train Station at 2 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 101 at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Beach: West Beach at 2.5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Derf's Cafe at 0.1 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Daily Grind at 0.1 Miles
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: This is our second vacation home/rental, purchased in April of 2013 and offered that July. We have had our 'mountain home' in Lake Tahoe since 1998 (renting since 2000) and have been looking for a complementary 'beach home' for over 2 years. We finally found our gem in early 2013 and look forward duplicating the enjoyment and experiences we have had with our Tahoe property.
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Quintessential Santa Barbara Beach Bungalow
Cozy Living Room with Great Views and Lots of Light
Great Views Through Our Large Windows
New Stainless Steel Appliances in Kitchen with Side Door Leading to Side Yard
Dining Room with Seating for Six and Bar Unit
Master Bedroom with 24' Flat Screen TV with DVD Player and Media Streamer
2nd Bedroom with 32' Flat Panel TV with Media Streamer
3rd Bedroom with 32' Flat Panel TV with Media Streamer
Remodeled Powder Room
Private Backyard Flagstone Patio has Seating for Six with New 4 Burner Grill with Side Burner
Detached Garage has Been Converted into Gameroom
Boogie & Surf Boards, Beach Chairs & Umbrellas Provided. 5 Cruisers Available.
Cozy Living Room with 46' HD Flat Panel TV with Cable and Media Server
Living Area has Open Layout with Living Room, Kitchen, & Dining Room Connected
Lots of Light and Bar Seating in Remodeled Kitchen with Everything You Need to Prepare Meals
Dining Room with Large Window for Lots of Light
Master Bedroom has New California King Serta Sleeper
2nd Bedroom has New Queen Serta Sleeper and Access to Back Entertainment Area
3rd Bedroom has French Door Access to Back Entertainment Area
Remodeled Bathroom with Shower Over Tub
Recently Landscaped Backyard Entertainment Area with Flagstone Patio and Pergola
Side yard has additional patio table with seating for 4 and a Kettler aluminum ping pong table
8 Game Retro Arcade with Pac-Man, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Pole Position
Enjoy the cool Santa Barbara evenings with our patio space heater and blue tooth equipped sound system
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