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In-Town Retreat with Pool and Spa

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Last updated: 02/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:30 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5 - 6)

Welcome to your own serene and private holiday resort! If you have a minimum of 30 days for your Santa Barbara stay, come to Casa dei Fiori--our 'house of flowers.' Unfortunately, the City of Santa Barbara has now declared all short-term vacation rentals (fewer than 30 days) in Santa Barbara illegal.
This very special Spanish-style bungalow has been recently remodeled to provide every luxury comfort for your special time in beautiful Santa Barbara—in a location convenient to the beach, and all the restaurants and cultural amenities that make Santa Barbara such a wonderful place to visit.

Located in the “upper east” area in downtown Santa Barbara, you will be able walk to restaurants, shopping and famous landmarks such as the Santa Barbara Mission (six blocks away), the Museum of Art, the world-famous Courthouse, the Lobero Theatre and the Presidio complex.

But you also might like to…
• Relax in front of one of three wood burning fireplaces (one out on the large, private terracotta tile patio) or
• Take a swim in the 40 X 10 foot lap pool, or
• Savor a glass of wine while you soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi spa
Or...enjoy the newly designed garden (2016) with fountain and ornamental succulents, roses, and bougainvillea

The house is cozy, yet comfortably designed for easy living. The large new master suite on the second floor provides quiet privacy. A small study or nursery adjoins the master bedroom along with an expansive bath and walk-in closet. Restful colors of the sea and sand will soothe your mind and open your soul. And a balcony off the master is there for you to enjoy your morning coffee while you gaze down on the flowering garden.

Downstairs you will find two additional bedrooms: one with queen bed and a sizeable closet, the other with a brand new, double-bed size high quality fold-out couch (no iron rungs under your back!), along with an artfully designed second bath. All linens are provided as well as beach towels, chairs, boogie boards, and a beach umbrella.

The living room, separate formal dining room, and expansive family room with breakfast area provide plenty of space to relax and entertain. And the state-of-the art kitchen (granite counters; Viking, Sub-Zero, Miele appliances; Cuisinart, Nespresso) is fully equipped and a cook’s paradise.

A 42” HDTV, CD/DVD player, and stereo receiver are ready to entertain you. And of course, the wi-fi system provides high-speed internet access throughout the house.

What more can you possibly desire? Come to beautiful “Casa dei Fiori.”

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/20/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome:

    Pool/spa have an electric cover for child safety. Be sure to close it when the pool is not in use!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib

    Large upstairs bedroom with ensuite luxury bath. Private...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Restful colors, duvet on the bed, large closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Calm sea green colors suggest the beach. Walk-in closet. ...moreless

  • King size beds (1) In gracious master suite, large king bed with duvet and lots of comfy pillows, Queen size Beds (1) Bedroom #2 contains queen bed, dresser, expansive closet., Twin or Single Beds (2) Bedroom #3 has a full-size convertible sofa--high end foam mattress that sleeps one, possibly two, a dresser, and a small walk-in closet, Baby Cribs (1) A portable crib can be provided, on request. Crib fits nicely into a small study/nursery off the upstairs master bedroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    Large luxury bath; double sinks; en-suite spacious closet...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Artful tile and bowl sink; abundant beach and bath towels...moreless

Other Amenities

  • This home is fresh and open from front to back. But its charms are well hidden from the street. Located on a quiet side street in one of the most charming areas in Santa Barbara, this home has been designed to provide every comfort. In addition to the rooms described above, there is a dining area in the kitchen/family room as well as a small formal dining room that seats six....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Netflix and HBO-Go available on Roku....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Sonos speakers in multiple rooms. You can connect and play from your smartphone or tablet using Sonos App....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Our house is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, movie theatres--about a 20 - 25 minute walk. Also a few restaurants, and a lovely coffee lunch spot within 6 blocks. An easy walk!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Three fireplaces--one out on the patio for cozy outdoor dining. Firewood provided....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Gas and wood will burn in family room as well as the outdoor, patio fireplace...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced-air gas furnace...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Beautiful duvets on all beds; high-end towels and linens...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Formal living room in addition to a large family room...moreless

  • Parking:

    One space on the street available...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway parking available ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line with local calling available....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Full set of towels for each occupant as well as beach towels available...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Secure wi-fi network available throughout the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Living room fireplace prefers easy to use, pre-fab logs...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Nice Cuisinart K-cup coffee maker as well as programmable drip machine. Also Nespresso!...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All kitchen amenities provided including Cuisinart, Le Creuset, and Calphalon. Barbecue accessories also available....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Quiet Miele with it's own water softening unit....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen with all stainless steel, high-end appliances. Viking stove; Sub-Zero 36' refrigerator; quiet Bosch dishwasher. Beautiful granite counter tops are complimented by custom decorative tile work and easy to clean tile floor. A cook's dream....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Balcony:

    Off the master bedroom; furnished with two chairs and a small table--perfect for morning coffee or a late night drink....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large Saltillo tile patio with seating for up to 6 people . Market umbrellas and a lovely pergola provide shade. Behind the patio, walk down the flagstone garden path to lap pool and in-ground jacuzzi with jets...moreless

  • Golf:

    Many courses in the area; municipal course less than one mile from our house...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available for rent in downtown Santa Barbara near the wharf....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Beautiful garden with succulents, roses, jasmine, and more. Changes with the seasons....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    New, large-capacity natural gas Weber BBQ--no propane tanks to replace!...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Boogie boards, beach toys available....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    In-ground spa within the pool; heats up very nicely up to 106 degrees!...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    40 X 10 foot lap pool; fairly shallow (4 - 5') so it stays warm in summer. Good for children who can swim. Diving forbidden!...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 24 - Sep 30, 2017
30 night min stay

Thanksgiving/ Christmas
Nov 4 - Jan 6, 2018
30 night min stay

My Standard Rate
30 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Final Cleaning $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Tax Rate 12%


Initial payment of $1500 will serve as both a rental deposit as well as the damage deposit, which I hold in escrow until after you leave the property. Full rent plus the 12 % local occupancy tax is payable 30 days before the rental period commences. If your rental is for 30 days or longer, the occupancy tax will not be charged.

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Last updated: 02/20/2017
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6 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
1.25 Miles
Nearest Golf
Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Downtown Santa Barbara
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 101
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Los Agaves Mexican
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Arroyo Burro Beach

Car: Recommended

Our house is in a quiet residential area of 'downtown' Santa Barbara. The beautiful Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden are a ten-minute walk from our house--or less than five minutes by car. You can also walk--about 20 - 25 minutes--down to the beautiful Santa Barbara courthouse or the Museum of Art and Public Library. We walk downtown all the time!

And if you don't feel like walking back, it's easy to hop on the State Street bus #6 or 11, which stops a block from our house.

Also close by are the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and the SB Botanical Garden--best reached by car.

We are also a 10-minute drive from several beaches; 15 minutes from the Marina.

Favorite spots: The Boathouse restaurants at Hendry's beach--a real hotspot about 10 minutes by car from our house; Hendry's beach itself--a long, wide stretch of beach where you can walk for miles. Wonderful for children; The El Encanto Hotel for a sunset drink--about five minutes by car, and watching the pelicans dive out on Stearn's Wharf while sipping a cocktail at the restaurant. We also especially love the Natural History Museum which has exceptional exhibits of local birds and wildlife as well as a real whale skeleton! Santa Barbara is a very special place. We feel so fortunate to have a home there.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: We are college professors in New York and have owned our Santa Barbara house as a second home for 21 years. We met here in Santa Barbara in the mid-1970's while teaching at UCSB. We later moved back East and for the past 15 years have been teaching at New York University. But we knew we wanted to retire in Santa Barbara--a little piece of paradise. We now consider our house here a true home and not a 'rental unit.' We especially love the quiet neighborhood within walking distance to the beautiful Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden.

Why the Owner Chose Oak Park (Santa Barbara, CA, USA):
I loved this house immediately when we first started looking in 1993. The street is very quiet--not a lot of through traffic, and the back garden is large. I wanted to build a pool someday--and now that dream is a reality in our beautiful 40 X 10 foot lap pool and spa. Since the years of drought here in California don't seem to be coming to an end, I have now completely re-designed and planted our lovely back and front gardens to use more succulents and low-water native plants. I love to garden!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We remodeled the entire house a few years ago, adding an upstairs master suite and large family room at the back of the house, In addition, we put in a splendid new back yard with the pool, spa, and outdoor fireplace. I love that I am able to sit outside at all times of the year and enjoy the quiet, the garden, and then walk into town to enjoy all of the charming amenities in Santa Barbara. Long walks on the beach are the best!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/20/2017

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  • Very private 40-foot lap pool and spa

    Very private 40-foot lap pool and spa

  • View out to the pool

    View out to the pool

  • View of the patio and fireplace looking back to pool

    View of the patio and fireplace looking back to pool

  • Fragrant Jasmine in bloom!

    Fragrant Jasmine in bloom!

  • Large comfortable family room opens to the private patio; dining for 6

    Large comfortable family room opens to the private patio; dining for 6

  • Full dining room looks out on side garden

    Full dining room looks out on side garden

  • Master bedroom--your soothing retreat

    Master bedroom--your soothing retreat

  • Artful first-floor bath

    Artful first-floor bath

  • Bedroom/study--gets lots of afternoon sun!

    Bedroom/study--gets lots of afternoon sun!

  • Cozy Front porch

    Cozy Front porch

  • Lovely new fountain!

    Lovely new fountain!

  • New succulent garden by the pool

    New succulent garden by the pool

  • Dine al fresco next to the wood-burning firplace

    Dine al fresco next to the wood-burning firplace

  • Comfortable seating in the sunshine

    Comfortable seating in the sunshine

  • Cozy newly furnished living room with third fireplace!

    Cozy newly furnished living room with third fireplace!

  • Breakfast area

    Breakfast area

  • Brand new kitchen--all high-end appliances

    Brand new kitchen--all high-end appliances

  • Luxurious master bath with large glass-enclosed shower and deep soaking tub

    Luxurious master bath with large glass-enclosed shower and deep soaking tub

  • Queen bedroom

    Queen bedroom

  • Bedroom/study with high-end fold out couch

    Bedroom/study with high-end fold out couch

  • French doors out to patio

    French doors out to patio

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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