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Charming Lighthouse Cottage fulfills your beach vacation dream, ideally situated one block from famous Cowell’s Beach next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz pier. Just a stroll from your front porch you can partake in surfing lessons at Cowell’s Beach, watch world-class surfers at nearby Steamers Lane, take sunset strolls along scenic West Cliff Drive, bird watch by the lighthouse, enjoy oceanfront dining, relax to free concerts on the sand, explore the many activities and shops on the Santa Cruz pier - perfect for the vacationing family or a romantic getaway for the two of you. If you are partaking in Wharf to Wharf 10K, Santa Cruz Sentinal or Big Kahuna Triathlons, you could not have a better location.
You are approximately one mile from the quaint Downtown 'scene' of lively restaurants, eclectic shops of every kind, and interesting people-watching. Within a 10 minute drive are wonderful hiking and biking trails through California redwood groves. Drive 40 miles south on scenic Hwy 1 to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur. A myriad of nearby activities await your pleasure.
The cottage offers two bedrooms with queen beds and one with two twin beds plus a sleeper sofa in the living room. French doors in the dining room open to a delightful backyard patio perfect for relaxing, enjoying the sun, or dining 'al fresco'. The kitchen is equipped with gas stove, dishwasher and service to enjoy in home dining. Inside washer and dryer.
Keywords: House, Beach House, Vacation Rental, Santa Cruz Beach house.
Queen size Beds (1) Two bedrooms have queen beds, Twin or Single Beds (1) One bedroom has one twin bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Really, this pull-out sofa is futon comfortable. No springs or lumps!...moreless
Pedestal sink, shower over extra deep tub, toilet. Each bedroom has mirrors in addition to getting ready in bathroom....moreless
High Speed cable modem internet, DVD/VCR, iPod player, Gas Range, Beach towels and tatami mats, Games/videos/books, BBQ, One car garage for storage plus space for one car in driveway, Off-street parking with provided parking permit, No smoking or pets please...moreless
4 night minimum. Santa Cruz has water restrictions. Excessive water use fees will be passed on to guests.
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Amusement Park, Sport Fishing, Whale Watching (seasonal), Bay Cruises, Watch World-Class Surf Competitions, Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival, Monterey Bay Aquarium, UCSC Marine Lab, beach concerts, wine tasting, farmers markets, numerous parks, restaurants featuring locally grown organic produce and freshly caught fish
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: We are a family of two, not counting our animals. My teenage daughter and I love to sneak in days at the beach house so we can get away from the insane pace in Silicon Valley where we live. We try to make the place feel like home to all who visit with us and are open to feedback as to how to improve the experience at Lighthouse Cottage. We enjoy hanging out in the garden to see all that blooms at the different times of the year. We love our neighbors there and being so close to the ocean that sometimes you can hear the sea lions at night if you listen carefully.
Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz has so many wonderful aspects to it. The ocean and general acceptance of all who come visit are the main draws. The downtown is vibrant with a lot to do there. With the University nearby, there is a level of intellect you don't find in a lot of beach towns. The nature activies are endless, from bike rides, to great hiking to just hanging out at the wharf and people watching and grabbing a fresh seafood dinner. I always feel at peace in Santa Cruz and am never at a loss as to what to do, even though while there I frequently choose to just relax.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Our beach house is our second home and is furnished accordingly. There is a pull out L-sectional sofa from Pottery Barn, the kitchen is stocked with the dishes and glasses you will need for a stay including good cooking with a gas stove, down comforters and more special touches that distinguish it from an impersonal hotel setting. We have books for all ages to read, games, videos and high tech necessities including cable modem and wireless internet connections.