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3 Bdrm/3 Bath Beautiful Home Near Twin Lakes & Harbor Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-9)

Casa de Alta Loma is THE perfect location for your Santa Cruz escape! Located steps from Twin Lakes Beach and the SC Yacht Harbor, this home away from home is just waiting for you. The Casa features a spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath main house, as well as a separate guest cottage for 2 (complete with en suite bathroom and eat in kitchen). The backyard is an absolute oasis - enjoy it from the 6 person hot tub!! We cannot wait to host you. Come see for your selves!

Santa Cruz County Approved Vacation Rental Certificate number: CO00265


The private, back deck, located between the main house and the cottage, offers a propane grill, a picnic table with chairs and adjustable umbrella, a user friendly spa, and an outside (adjustable hot and cold water) shower for your sandy beach return or spa cool-down. The fencing and lush foliage offer pleasing visual privacy to enhance your back yard relaxation.

There is a second, cozy deck between the house and the shed. It has a large umbrella, small table and two chairs for a private retreat for two.

Beach equipment is provided in the storage shed. It contains sand buckets and shovels, swim noodles, a kid’s boogie board, heavy canvas beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and, most importantly, a large kid’s wagon to help tote kids and/or paraphernalia back and forth to the sea. Also, there is a wheeled, collapsible cooler for cold drinks, etc. Beach equipment varies throughout the summer - please ask directly should you need something in particular.

Games, puzzles, and toys are provided for the amusement of all. Games ranging from Classic Monopoly to Go Fish offer a spectrum of entertainment for all ages. The large living room coffee table lends itself well to ongoing 500 or 1000 piece puzzles for occasional, spontaneous attention/distraction.

Essential foodstuff, like salt and pepper, are provided in the kitchen in the main house, of course. In addition, you will find a variety of spices, some sugar substitute, filled ice trays, and a propane canister and utensils for the BBQ.

Audio/video equipment, including Comcast Xfinity service, is provided in the cottage and in the main house. The living/dining room entertainment center includes a DVD/CD player, and a Router/Receiver/Recorder, and a dual-control Sony PlayStation2. The second bedroom has a wall mounted TV and a DVD player (DVD-CD player only). Dozens of various DVDs, CDs, & PS2 discs are provided for your enjoyment. They are located in the media console in the living room.

Keywords: Cottages, sleeps 8, yacht harbor, beach, Monterey Bay, Beach Boardwalk, Live Oak, Crows Nest, Chardonnay, surf, kayak, hot tub, outside shower, bungalow.

More Details

Carolyn Henry
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Carolyn Henry

I purchased Casa de Alta Loma in 2013 as the fulfillment of a life-long dream to live close to a beautiful beach in an environment that soothes the soul. I have lived in and around Santa Cruz for a decade now and finally decided on just the right spot (Live Oaks) and the perfect home (Alta Loma). I use it often and enjoy the environment tremendously. I love to entertain my friends and family from the East Coast at the beach house - they just cannot get over how idyllic life in Santa Cruz can be. For example, the Saturday morning Ukelele and sing-along down on the beach is a unique way to entertain grandchildren as well as adults. We usually get coffee at the Kind Grind (right there on the beach) and just listen. My 4 yr. old niece has played along with the crowd. (Don't expect skilled musicians but do expect friendliness and old time sing-along songs.)

I was born and raised outside of Boston, MA and relocated to the West Coast to work in the Software Industry. I hope you come enjoy the house and all it has to offer.

Carolyn Henry purchased this house in 2013

Why Carolyn Henry chose Santa Cruz

The location is ideal. You can hear the ocean, the sea lions, and the gulls but not the young neighboring renters who are right down on the beach. It's a 2 minute walk to the harbor where you will find a favorite restaurant -- Johnny's Harborside. It's a 4 minute walk to the beach which is wide and long. I often run the entire stretch from my beach down to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk all on the sand (at low tide!). It's about 13 minutes walk to the east entrance of the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Driving gets you to a lot of popular destinations: E.g., Shadowbrook restaurant in Capitola is 3 miles away and SF and Big Sur are each about an hour and a half away, in opposite directions.

What makes this house unique

Casa de Alta Loma is a great place to BBQ and I do often. The deck is pleasant and cool in the summer and a convenient place to dine.

The back cottage is fully supplied for two so a couple who wants a little privacy from the crowd have an ideal option. (I have personal friends who fit that bill.)

I use the internet too much but it is nice to be able to have access anywhere on the premises.

For whale watching or just ocean cruising, the nearby berthed Chardonnay II is a 70 foot luxury sailing yacht offering two hour to all day excursions including champagne brunches and sunset cruises.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We had an absolute ball at this home. We used it mostly as a base camp for doing day trips, which it is perfect for. It would be equally fun as a retreat to stay in and just hide from the world. It's waking distance to great beaches, the boardwalk and restaurants. The bedrooms were clean and spacious. The furniture practical for kids but also gave a fun beach house vibe. The enclosed back yard gave the kids a place to play without fear of them wandering off. We were able to cook with all the kitchen equipment and loved having a grill! We had a few bumps in the road ( caused by my family) and Carolyn was gracious and kind in helping work it out. You can't go wrong with this place. ”
Mar 2016
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 bathrooms, 3 showers, 1 tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Pack & Play/Cribs (1), and a high chair are available upon request at no extra charge. (Alerting us to your request before arrival is necessary.), Queen Sleep Sofa (1) or Futons (1) One queen and one single.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We try to provide small, individual guest soaps and some shampoo/conditioner in the bathrooms. However, it is best to bring your own toiletries. A printer is available for your use (with a little install). Please remember that this is a home you are renting, and not a hotel. Every effort will be made to give you the best experience possible, but please imagine that you are staying at your favorite Auntie's house by the sea and treat it accordingly.


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3 Bdrm/3 Bath Beautiful Home Near Twin Lakes & Harbor Beach
average rating of 4.5142856 based on 46 reviews
southeast Michigan

This cottage is ideal for getting family together.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is close to the beach, which other reviewers have said. The extra separate room was perfect for our son, his wife, and their newborn. The kitchen was well-stocked with everything needed, and there was an abundance of towels. Carolyn was super to work with, and answered all questions immediately. The bedrooms were great and the living area spacious. The deck area is very beautifully landscaped and is pleasant to sit on. We loved the cottage and only wished we could move it all to Michigan, so we could go there more often.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Lovely guests like you make this community!!
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Grass Valley, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Our Stay at Cas de Alta Loma was perfect...Full moon, family and friends, cosy place to stay, thank you so much Dennis for your attention to all the details that made my birthday so special. The spa was the "icing on the cake" We got to ride our bikes all around and walk to the boardwalk. I would love to atay again!

Sincerely, Kathy and Joe

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2007
  • Stayed: October 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Great outdoor area to bbq and enjoy!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Santa Cruz beach house!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I grew up in Santa Cruz, and we take our kids there every August for a week to stay at the beach. Twin Lakes is our family's favorite beach, and this beach house was one of the best we've stayed at. Plenty of room, deck is awesome, easy walking distance to restaurants and beach. Our teenage son loved the guest cottage. Would totally recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old needs updating

  • 2 of 5

Older home not updated, garbage disposal did not work, one bedroom was really an office no closet no dresser. Down stairs bathroom was old and very slippery. Outdoor space was nice but hot tub very old. Three minutes to beach was more like 5 or 6. Was charged for broken chair we did not brake $209.00 for a 5 year old chair, owner would not respond and VRBO did not help at all. Parking was also a problem but usual for this area. Would not rent this property again. Will go back to local agency never a problem in over 40 years of renting from them.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear future renters, please know that I take these comments very seriously and make every effort to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all guests. This particular renter had an enjoyable stay and wrote very kind remarks in our guest book onsite, but changed their perspective after a dispute over a broken chair. While unfortunate, I wanted to quickly respond here and relay that this is my first review below 4/5 stars in many years (4+) of renting this property, the home is exactly as pictured on the site (some of the old tile lends to the cottage charm), and the walk to the beach was never advertised as 3 minutes (3 blocks). All in all, I hope you weigh this review with the others that are very favorable and 5 stars. Thank you!
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Rocklin, California

Convenient, easy walk to the beach, restaurants, comfortable accommodations. Really enjoyed it.

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Walked to Santa Cruz boardwalk first time, drove the second. Really enjoyed our stay. Tasty lattes at Java Junction, great dinners at Crows Nest, all within easy walk. Beach was busy but not too crowded, really nice size and wave action. Water was terrific! Spent a lot of time at the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
San Jose International airport (SJC)
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Crow's Nest
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
HWY 17
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Johnny's Harborside
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Harbor Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Crows Nest
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk East Entrance
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Twin Lakes Beach
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Johnny's Harborside Restaurant
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Safeway Market
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Star Bella
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Deke's Market
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Seabright Brewery
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La Posta
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Seabright Cafe
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The Kind Grind
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El Pamadora
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Roaring Camp Railroad
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SJC -- San Jose Airport
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San Francisco, California
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Nepenthe Restaurant
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Harbor Cafe
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Capitola Mall Shopping Center
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Stand Up Paddle & Kayaking are available steps from our house. Kayak Connection is literally located at the end of our block. Water vehicle rentals are available nearby as well.

A FREE harbor water taxi is available during the peak season to take you back and forth to Aldo's restaurant or the Crow's Nest (Roughly May to September).

Excellent Food and Fun can be found within walking distance - Seabright Brewery, Johnny's Harborside, Il Posto, Engfer woodfire pizza, etc all just 1/2 a mile's walk door-to-door. Cafe Cruz is a local breakfast spot just 2 blocks down towards 7th.

Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton offers train rides from/to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk as well as scenic rides through the redwood forests.

Several good wineries are nearby -- Stores, Soquel, Bargetto, et al.

Famous 17-mile Drive and California's oldest golf course, Pebble Beach, are w/i a half hour's drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

We have recently had some trouble with late checkouts. To curb this difficulty, we will be charging $50.00 per hour after the 11:00 check out time.

If any discrepancies are found, the web is the most updated resource.
Holiday rates equal High Season week end rates.
For stays of 30 days or more we give a 35% discount and, in addition, you save the 9.5% (11.0% after June 30, 2013) county tax.

If you cancel your reservation more than 30 days in advance, I will provide a full refund, minus any credit card transaction fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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