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Santa Barbara Rivera CITY & OCEAN VIEWS w/guest house

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

3 suites, 4 bathroom, + pool with BEST ocean, city, harbor and pier views!

Casa de Colina

(House on the Hill)

Full description and photos available at this link:

Full house or just Guest House available for rent

2 month min

This historic Spanish villa was originally built by Santa Barbara builder, Alex D’Alfonso in 1926. A driving force behind the transition of Santa Barbara architecture toward the Spanish Colonial Revival style, D’Alfonso built many of Santa Barbara’s landmarks, including St. Francis Medical Convent, the first Sambos Restaurant, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Mausoleum at the Old Mission, and the original home for the Fielding Institute. It was remodeled and designed by Laguna/Los Angeles based desginer John Wooden completing the renovation of the originally 5 bedrooms to a 3 suites home. Casa Colina encompasses exquisite vintage details, dramatic city/ocean/harbor views, beautiful welcoming oaks, gardens and just under a useable acre of private grounds. It was updated in 2012 and we were diligent in keeping and restoring the original features and all fixtures, however updating with a modern design twist and adding a large pool, large jacuzzi, outdoor bathroom and shower.

The 3800 square foot main house includes a breath-taking living room with fireplace and best city and ocean view in town! Chef’s kitchen with all you need to entertain at home. Dining room that seats eight. Large outdoor entertaining area with stunning ocean sunset views, outdoor BBQ and cooktop, and dining table that seats 8. A king-bedded master suite with private two-sink bathroom, infinity edge soaking tub, two person shower, Toto toilet and heated towel bars. Library that can be converted into bedroom with seperate powder room and shower. Gorgeous guest suite on seperate level with en-suite two sink bathroom, soaking tub with ocean views and seperate shower. TV entertaining room with 60 inch television, u-shaped seating area, and desk. In addition to the main residence there is a large separate guesthouse and ample parking. Guesthouse has same spectacular ocean views complete with dining terrace and outdoor firepit. King-bedded guesthouse includes a kitchenette inclusive of refrigerator, freezer and microwave. Two sink bathroom with shower.

In a city known as The American Riviera this home is located in the Upper Riviera neighborhood, with tremendous views of the city, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands. Alameda Padre Serra, or APS; as the locals call it, the main street of the Upper Riviera and gives you quick access to downtown and the beaches.

We welcome visitor’s to come FEEL JOY here at Casa Colina!

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, Our dog is fluent in Canine
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2018

About Thomas

Love living the good life here in the Goodland on the American Riviera! Chose Santa Barbara as home over 20 years ago and have loved exploring every nook and cranny of Santa Barbara. Love to travel and explore the world but also love coming home to the best place to live!

Thomas purchased this estate in 2011

Why Thomas chose Upper Riviera

We have never rented out this home before, however chose this year to share it while we are traveling with the right people.

What makes this estate unique

Spectacular location


Upper Riviera Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower , En-suite to Master Bedroom
    Powder room - toilet , shower
    Guest Suite en-suite bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , En-suite
    Guest Casita - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master bedroom includes private outdoor deck
    Guest suite bedroom - 1 king , includes en-suite bathroom
    Guest Casita - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Guest casita
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Luxury Family Escape in Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

We took the whole family up to this amazing Spanish Revival estate for Easter Break and cannot wait to go back. No luxury was spared, and the furnishings, linens and amenities far exceeded our expectations. The layout was perfect for an extended family getaway. The kids and nanny were in rooms off the pool where they spent most of their time anyway. The rest of the adults enjoyed the super deluxe Master Suite and separate Guest House, both of which have private balconies and terraces with 270 degree views from Montecito to the Harbour and the Pacific beyond. A truly massive entertaining terrace, with built-in BBQ, outdoor dining room, and comfortable outdoor couches also shares the same view. The estate is called "Casa Colina" and is completed gated, very private, and secure, with a garage and off-street parking. Sometimes we walked down the road about 5 mins to the historic, old Hollywood, Encanto Hotel (now called the Belmont Encanto) and you can have wonderful cocktails on their terrace, plus breakfast, lunch or dinner at the restaurant. But mostly we just stayed at the house and cooked in the ultra-equipped chef kitchen, and enjoyed living the Santa Barbara life-style. We all felt lucky to have found this wonderful escape from LA, and only 2 hours away!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a very special experience

  • 5 of 5

we have now stayed twice and can't wait to go back. We used to stay at the Four Seasons Biltmore and LOVED it - THIS IS BETTER - and you can still visit the Biltmore for a meal. The views are amazing - the privacy is amazing - the gardens and flowers are amazing - you wake up in elegance and have all the luxuries of home with a large kitchen and eating areas inside and out but you feel like you have escaped the world. the pool and hot tub and yard makes you feel like you are on vacation - amazing!! AND if you have guests - you will be so proud to have them visit - it is magical!!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto Professional

  • 5 of 5

This house is a must. The care and detail that the owners put into every inch of their beautiful property is obvious from the moment you step through the front gate. The view is fantastic. The gardens are magical. The pool and lounging areas are spa-like. Then you go inside and it gets even better. The gourmet kitchen, the living room with gorgeous fireplace, the media room and the cozy bedrooms all say "welcome home". If you get tired of the house, which you won't, you can spend a night in the romantic guest cabin. Bottom line, if you want to blanket yourself in all that Santa Barbara has to offer, this house is for you.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
El Encanto Resort
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
El Encanto Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
East Beach
Car: not necessary

Welcome to Santa Barbara—The American Riviera®. Where golden hillsides cascade into sparkling seas. Red-tile roofs give way to abundantly sunny skies.

And a relaxed coastal way of life is anything but routine. This is where wine country and lush gardens welcome you, festivals and music dance through the streets, and porticos lead to quaint downtown enclaves. All kinds of great info and suggested itineraries at


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500
Refundable Damage Deposit $5,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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