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Gorgeous House Walk to the Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)


CARPINTERIA...maybe it's not really the land that time forgot, but it doesn't take much time here to feel like you've eased back into a vacation from your childhood. Days at the beach are long and lazy, and balmy nights are livened up by walks up and down the main drag, stopping for ice cream, to window shop, or to just watch others stroll by. There's a wide variety of local restaurants, but not a major chain in sight (other than fast food, of course), and if you feel like staying out late, there's usually live music playing nearby somewhere.

We have a comfortable, well stocked house with cute beachy decor. It is the perfect place for a great relaxing vacation. New- this year --- a flat screen TV! We hope you enjoy the outdoors but if your favorite sporting event or something else is on-- the viewing is much improved. Dorrance Depot R&R has the flavor of the past with the accommodations that you want for your family today. Located within two blocks of just about everything, it's a short walk to the beach and wildlife sanctuary in one direction, and Linden Avenue's shops and restaurants in the other. Although it's rumored to have been the old railroad station, today's Dorrance Depot R&R is all about Rest and Relaxation. Unit A, a spacious single story beach cottage, has three bedrooms and two full baths, with a large and open living, dining, and kitchen area. The front porch and small grassy yard, enclosed by a picket fence, connect the inside to the outside, and add to the entertainment possibilities. There's plenty of secure storage space for your portable vacation gear (chairs, bikes, boogie boards, etc.), and the house is fully equipped with kitchen, bath, and linen supplies.

Be our guest!...You'll be counting down the days until you can come back again.

Keywords: House, apartment, beachhouse, condo, cottage

More Details

Kathy Simon
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018

About Kathy Simon

Kathy and I first started coming to Carpinteria in the early '90s, visiting the state campground during the summer months with our friends and a slew of our kids. Even then, we were struck by the seamless and immediate transition into vacation mode that this timeless place inspired. A few years after that, we bought a smaller place near the beach that would allow us to take advantage of the coastal environment on a year-round basis. At the same time, our friends Pat and Terri Collins were making Carpinteria a regular vacation spot with their large group from Bakersfield. We bought our current property in partnership with Pat and Terri, and have now earned our stripes as 'part-time locals', counting many first-name relationships with local business and restauarnt owners as a badge of beach honor!

Kathy Simon purchased this house in 2005

Why Kathy Simon chose Carpinteria

The sleepy nature of Carpinteria is due in large part to the fact that it was originally established as an agricultural outpost, not a resort. The current makeup of the town features numerous beautiful flower farms strung along the base of the eastern foothills, a state beach and campground on the southern end of town, and a large wildlife preserve to the north. These elements have acted as a natural barrier to development, leaving Carpinteria as one of the most unchanged and pristine beach communities on the Southern California coast.

What makes this house unique

In Carpinteria, the automobile is a non-essential item, and if your pedometer isn't logging more miles than your odometer, you need to rethink how you're spending your vacation time. Our house is located in a unique three block square that is an equally short walk to the beach, the wildlife preserve, the state park, and all restaurants, shops, and amenities. Don't feel like walking anywhere? That's OK, porch-sitting is a well respected and frequently practiced activity.

On the other hand, if you just need to get up and go, Santa Barbara is a short 10 mile drive straight up the coast, either using highway 101, or wandering along scenic back roads. Ventura is 15 miles south, and can also be reached either by the express highway 101, or taking the roundabout way along the coast, or through Ojai.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carpinteria is lovely, and the cottage just right for our needs (3 sisters and our Mom). We were surprised by 108 degree heat in Solvang this week---should have stayed here that day. Sunsets at the beach were gorgeous, the locals very friendly and helpful, and we had great meals out (Zookers, Oaxaca) and in. Santa Barbara was fun, too.

We appreciated the stocked kitchen.
Sep 2010
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Carpinteria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • $500.00 refundable security deposit
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Other (See Description) - 1 twin/ single , Twin mattress on the floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , bunk is double on bottom and twin on top
  • Queen size Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Gorgeous House Walk to the Beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 21 reviews

Carpenteria Bungalow

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 and were quite comfortable in the Carpenteria house that has an open floor plan. It's just a short easy walk from the beach. We walked everywhere! Great restaurants, shops and relaxed reading on the front porch. Neighbors were helpful with places to visit nearby such as Ojai. Wonderful spot for all ages and will return!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Cute cottage, great location

  • 3 of 5

We stayed 1 week in this cottage with our 2 toddlers. We loved Carpinteria, and the location of this cottage which is perfect. 2 blocks from the beach, 2 to 3 blocks from all the shops and restaurants. Note: the cottage is also close to the train tracks, but the noise didn't bother us. The train only comes by once in a while and is quite fun to see and hear, not overwhelming. It never woke us up, either at night or during nap time.

The owner Kathy communicates very well and I was able to get a response from her within an hour or two whenever I had a question or needed anything.

The cottage itself is very cute and well equipped (pots and pans, coffee maker, blow dryer, washer/dryer, even a few beach toys which our kids enjoyed...). We felt like a few things could be improved on: the towels were quite old, as were the pans which were pretty badly scratched. The cleaning wasn't perfect when we arrived: there was still coffee in the coffee machine, some sand in the living room, the kitchen and shelves were a little sticky... And it would be nicer to have duvets with washable covers on the beds (not bed spreads or blankets which are harder to keep clean) - especially since some tenants come with their dogs.

We enjoyed the TV and the DVD's that were available. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Bungalow in Carpinteria

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 plus two toddlers and my yellow labrador retriever stayed at this wonderful cottage for 9 days. The small fenced yard was well manicured and safe. The house is charming and in great condition. The owner, Kathy is great to work with. The beach, park and downtown are a 5 min. walk. We had terrific walks along the bluffs every day. The house is stocked with everything you need. I couldn't have been happier with this cottage! We had the best time!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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California - Central Valley


  • 5 of 5

The owners are very responsive and pleasant and the location is absolutely fantastic as well as the space. Easy 5 minute walk to everything means no need to drive during the entire vacation. The cottage is well kept and provisioned and has plenty of space as well as great parking.


  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Irvine, CA


  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed this charming home. The bedrooms are cozy and well-furnished. The kitchen and dining area were comfortable, and we loved to be able to walk to the beach. This home is well-located for a relaxing stay in Carpinteria.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Home Away Froom Home

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this charming beach cottage was a complete delight. It was all I could hope for and more. Carpinteria has a wonderful small town feel --friendly people,a variety of interesting shops, restaurants,etc.

Each day we walked to the beach, to town, thru the beach State Park , and even found a seal rookery.

We enjoyed nearby towns Summerland, Montecito, and Santa Barbara..

The accomodations at the house were great---all that one needed to be at home was provided. It was clean and comfortable for us and for our pets as well.

I would gladly return to this home sweet home often.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Winter holiday rates are $1800.00 per week and it also includes 1st week of October for Avocado festival. Extra 10% for nightly rate applies. Rates are subject to change prior to reservation. 3.5% processing fee for credit card payments
Summer holiday rates are slightly higher

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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