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Hike, bike and relax in Santa Cruz

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,379 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Lovely 2 BR/2BA, 1 mile from beach, 2 miles from UCSC

Fall is a great time to visit Santa your stay at our relaxing getaway. Our home is light and spacious and has everything you need for a fun stay in this beachside town. Two bedrooms (king sized bed in the master and double in the second bedroom) and two full baths are here for your comfort. The back courtyard has a garden, an outdoor koi pond and waterfall which will lull you to sleep. Our home is your oasis after a fun day in surf city.

If you are here in the winter or early spring, enjoy our gas fireplace and warm living space. There are lots of events year-round in Santa Cruz. The town is a blast as many tourists stay home while the locals come out to play. You can see a basketball game at the D-League Warriors arena; stroll downtown; listen to a concert; take a guided hike through the redwoods at one of our state parks; go birding; take in a burlesque show; wine, dine or drink some brew at a local restaurant or pub, or visit a pop-up restaurant downtown.

Our home is located just minutes from downtown Santa Cruz, the Beach Boardwalk, West Cliff Drive, UCSC, Long’s Marine Lab, Natural Bridges State Park, Wilder Ranch, and just 8 miles from Henry Cowell Redwood State Park and Roaring Camp Railroad. Take a swim at Cowell's Beach in the morning, a hike through the towering redwoods of Henry Cowell State Park in the afternoon and ride the Giant Dipper, the historical wooden roller coaster at the Boardwalk at night. Our local museum just got a facelift including Abbott Square restaurants and bars with outside seating that's hopping on weekends. If it's the first Friday of the month, join the town in First Friday art and activities. It's all within reach of our home.

A mixed use trail begins right behind our house. Hike about a mile through Arroyo Seco canyon up to Meder Street Park for a lovely morning walk. The local Audubon club regularly uses the trail as a birdwatching walk. West Cliff Drive and local beaches are just a mile the other way. Take a sunset walk along the cliffs and watch the waves. On a perfect day, the whales play out in the bay just off the cliffs. There is mountain-biking nearby. Mt. Hermon has a zipline about 10 miles away. There is no end to the fun you can have in the area!

Note that the pond and waterfall in the backyard is protected by an electric wire to keep out raccoons.

More Details

Steph Stainback
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Steph Stainback

Steph and Jen have lived in Santa Cruz for over 20 years. Steph is retired and Jen is a school district administrator. We enjoy spending time at the beach, riding our bikes, bird watching, camping and hiking.

Steph Stainback purchased this house in 1992

Why Steph Stainback chose Nobel

Our location is the perfect walk to most attractions, and within blocks of shops, bakeries, restaurants, breweries and wine tasting. There is so much to do in Santa Cruz and this is the perfect season for a quiet and relaxing stay. We love our house and our town, and hope you love it too!


Nobel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1379 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • surfing


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average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews
San Jose, CA

Great touches, like being at home

  • 5 of 5

Lots of pluses—gas fireplace, bbq, lovely yard, comfortable beds, we really enjoyed our stay. Place was as described, very clean, in good shape

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southernish California

Really comfortable and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We throughly had a nice visit to our old stomping grounds. The home was nice and peaceful and comfortable. I particularly loved the outside landscape in the backyard. Wonderful coi pond and water feature to relax after a day in and about the area. We’re from the Westside so the location to friends and sites was excellent. Just minutes to secluded beaches up north. The home has everything you could ask.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was a wonderful place to stay in Santa Cruz. Great location! And very restful.

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely home with a very sweet backyard koi pond. The sound of the water feature/pond can be enjoyed from every room giving you a retreat from the outside world. We felt truly lucky to get to stay here on our visit to Santa Cruz. We walked to breakfast, the farmers market and Natural Brides State Park. It was exactly what we needed. This is a sanctuary like home and I would stay here again in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really lovely home & setting! All the creature comforts plus the wonderful trail behind the house!

  • 5 of 5

We would definitely stay at this relaxing home again. The pond and garden patios give privacy and nature views from every room in the house. It was a great gathering spot for our family!

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was an amazing place with everything!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect In so many ways - whole stay, cleanliness, location etc. One day is not enough to enjoy the experience provided by the amount of hard work that has been put into to make the place feel like home.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Anthem, AZ

Great location for exploring Santa Cruz

  • 3 of 5

Good location, easy access, spacious & comfortable. A little dated, but maybe typical for the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
1 Miles
West Cliff Drive
Car: recommended

UCSC and Boardwalk nearby


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

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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