About the property
- House1400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
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.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 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 Live Oak
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great outdoor area to bbq and enjoy!
Great Santa Cruz beach house!
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!
Convenient, easy walk to the beach, restaurants, comfortable accommodations. Really enjoyed it.
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.
Very nice place, enjoyed our stay
Property is very nice, cute beach house. Not as close to the beach as we expected but the short walk was fine. Master bedroom is outstanding w/2 balconies but the master sink is extremely tiny. Private yard/ deck w/ hot tub was very cool & enjoyed it. 2 days on the beach & fire on the beach @ night. We really enjoyed our stay & would recommend for a nice relaxing vacation. Owner Carolyn Henry was very helpful & accomodating.
This cottage is ideal for getting family together.
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.
Thank you so much! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Lovely guests like you make this community!!
Old needs updating
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.
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!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.