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Santa Cruz Area Beachfront Townhouse with Spectacular Views ON the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths + sleeper, (Sleeps up to 6)

Slow down, catch your breath and relax in our comfortable, fully-appointed, BEACHFRONT townhouse. Your deck overlooks the wide, sandy beach and beautiful Pacific Ocean. You can walk for miles along the beach, watch the dolphins, whales, and other sea life from the comfort of your living room or private deck.

Small, private, townhouse complex; quiet and peaceful surroundings. If you love to listen to the sound of the surf as you fall asleep at night or enjoy a, uncrowded, semi-private beach, this is the place for you. And if you're looking for some social time, our home is Ideally located close to the restaurants, wineries and activities in Santa Cruz (15 minutes) or the history, shopping and boutique wineries of Carmel and Monterey (30 minutes).

King bed in master bedroom; one queen and one full bed in second bedroom. Both bedrooms feature very large windows with a fabulous view of the sandy beach and ocean waves. Blankets and pillows are provided; other linens available; please inquire. Kitchen offers a breakfast bar, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, all cooking amenities; two full baths. Your comfortable, casual living room features a chill-chasing Norwegian Jotul fireplace, flat screen cable TV with DVD, and stereo/MP3/CD player; wifi connection for your tablet or laptop. Upscale, soothing beach decor throughout.

Kick off your shoes, chill the drinks, and make this clean, cheerful, beach-themed cottage your home -- it feels more like home than the vanilla rentals you've stayed in before.

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Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Christina

We have owned our beach house since 1972 after searching numerous vacation spots throughout California. We decided on Santa Cruz area largely because its proximity to Silicon Valley and the ease in getting there to start the weekend or vacation without a long, tedious drive. Also for travelers, it's only an hour's drive from San Jose or Monterey airports. It is only 5 minutes off scenic Highway 1 which runs along the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Oregon.

Christina purchased this townhome in 1972

Why Christina chose La Selva Beach

We purchased this property to get many of the features we experienced in Hawaii, without the expense and hassle of long travel. We also wanted to be close to Carmel and Monterey. It's easy for us to manage, as well as vacation there, as we live in the redwoods 20 minutes away. Many of our guests have been renting from us for 10-20 years. A few have even decided to purchase there, and are now our neighbors!

Near state parks, but very non-congested.

What makes this townhome unique

Our family-friendly home offers the unique experience of staying ON a natural sandy beach. Amazing views, the ability to walk out of your home and onto the beach (one minute) for a walk or run. Try your skills at surfing, boogie/skim boarding or surf-fishing. Or spread your blanket on the beach right in front of your home and watch sun light up the waves as they crash at your feet. In the evenings you can build a beach fire and share the day's adventures with your family and friends. If you prefer to lounge on the deck, you can watch the birds, whales, sea lions, otters, etc., from the comfort of your own private space. Linger a moment to watch the sunset, breathe the fresh ocean air, let the waves mesmerize you. Many families revisit our home each year to reconnect with themselves and their families. A rare experience indeed!

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband booked your seaside home as a surprise Mother's Day gift for me. It was the best gift ever! We really enjoyed our weekend here. The sun, the sea, the sand, the surf, everything was wonderful! So relaxing to fall asleep to the sound of the waves just outside our windows....

Thank you for sharing your home with us.
May 2011
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La Selva Beach Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King bed (1), Queen bed (1) Double Beds (1), double sofa bed (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Espresso Maker, Coffee Grinder, Blender, Outdoor Dining and Seating for Six, Gas BBQ, Deck seating, Non-smoking property


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Santa Cruz Area Beachfront Townhouse with Spectacular Views ON the Beach
average rating of 4.714286 based on 13 reviews
Carlsbad New Mexico

Epic summer girl trip

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late in the evening and the property was pretty easy to find... The beach house was clean, nicely decorated and the views were magnificent! There was plenty of space and accommodated 5 women easily. The owners left a gift basket and wine and a personalized note which was thoughtful! We had a couple of needs, such as bath towels and batteries for the fire remote and the property manager (Kayla) was swift and reliable with our needs.

We were able to do day trips north and south to Monterrey, Santa Cruz and Altos to see the Redwood trees... but our favorite destination was outside our balcony down on the beach!

We saw numerous whales feeding not far off the beach each day we were there which was phenomenal to witness! The beach was sparsely populated and most times in early morning walk we had the beach all to ourselves.

If we had to do it all over again we'd stick up with wine and food and stay all days at the beach house (the traffic was frustrating, as it took a long time to go short distances)... it was a little slice of heaven!

We definitely would love to return again sometime in the future.

Thank you for a memorable birthday trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The beach house is absolute paradise and out family was sad to leave. The beach goes on for miles and we were often the only family on the beach. We had plenty of room for 2 adults and 3 children, sleeping comfortably. The kitchen is well stocked and barbecuing on the deck is picturesque. Our family will certainly be coming back to the La Selva beach house.

Thank you, Deb and Kayla

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I really wanted to leave a five star review, but . . .

  • 3 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here with our two young sons. We created amazing memories grilling on the patio while watching whales spout in the distance, and the collection of sand dollars we gathered was pretty impressive. We were initially welcomed with a basket of goodies and wine, which we very much appreciated, and our general sense is that the owners and property manager are both friendly and welcoming. As other reviewers have mentioned, the location is excellent for access to both Monterey and Santa Cruz, and because it's off the beaten path, it felt like we had miles of beach to ourselves. However, considering the rates, there are a few things that were annoying to us. First of all, there is a surcharge for linen service, which is in addition to the cleaning fee. I'm not sure what the alternative is - we bring our own sheets and towels? Anyway, we paid the additional fees up front, along with our rental fees and the security deposit. Several weeks and several emails after our stay, we received part of our security deposit back, but the linen fee was deducted from our security deposit, despite the fact we had already paid it. I followed up with the property manager, who acknowledged her mistake and indicated she would forward the difference to me right away. Several more weeks have passed and we ave yet to receive the remaining security deposit back. Another thing we were frustrated with is that the jetted tub doesn't work. My wife was looking forward to using it, but the jets weren't functioning. Finally, the TV/internet wiring is quite interesting - there aren't enough outlets to operate the TV, wireless internet, and sound machine, so you get to play musical plugs depending on what you want to have working at the moment. Another power strip would easily solve that problem. We eventually got the wireless internet to work, but couldn't figure out how to operate the TV, which was probably a good thing anyway - after all, this place is ON THE BEACH!

I don't want to discourage anyone from renting this place - it's like a good spouse/s-o. Wonderful, but with some overlookable flaws.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the million dollar view, the beachfront setting and the efforts we’ve made to make our guests comfortable. We’d like to respond to the issues that you kindly raised. First, the linen fee. We have been renting our beach home for 32 years and many (over half) of our repeat guests have taken advantage of our flexible plan of saving the linen fee by bringing their own. Our cleaning fee and linen fee are quite reasonable compared with other rentals in Santa Cruz. Other properties do not offer this option and charge more than our combined cleaning and linen fees. We’re so sorry the jetted tub was not operational during your stay; we were unaware it was not working. If you had reported this to us, we would have had it repaired immediately. The tub was promptly repaired and our subsequent guests have enjoyed using it. We recently upgraded our DVD player and, were unaware that there were not enough open outlets to handle the capacity. You're correct, this was easily remedied with a larger power strip. It has been replaced and all is working well. There was additionally some confusion regarding the linen fee due to a discrepancy between what was requested and reflected on the contract and what was paid for. This just needed to be verified and once it was, the remainder of the deposit was returned. We thank you again for your honest review and the opportunity to continue to enhance our guest's experience.
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Vancouver, BC

Best beach home!

  • 5 of 5

This condo was the perfect beach vacation home for our family of 4. It had everything we needed for the trip - kitchen was equipped really well and was clean and neat.

Both the bedrooms faced the ocean and it was so relaxing to fall asleep to the sound of waves.

The location is simply unbeatable to drive to all the nearby attractions - Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz.

We saw dolphins and otters from the balcony - the views are so amazing...

Would definitely recommend this condo and we would love to have the chance to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grass Valley

Nicest Vacation Spot Ever

  • 5 of 5

This condo was so lovely! It was very clean and well decorated! We enjoyed our trip so much and will for sure stay here again. The kitchen had everything we needed! I can't say enough about what a wonderful place this is!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA USA

Perfect Santa Cruz Beach House

  • 5 of 5

We originally wanted a beach house closer to the center of town but this turned out to be more relaxing and affordable. What a wonderful place with sweeping views and beautiful weather.

We laid out on the beach all day, watching the kids play in the sand. Afternoon barbecues watching the sun set into the water followed by campfires on the beach. I was amazed at how much wild life we saw... lots of dolphins, seals, otters, two whales and thousands of birds would flock way out over the ocean during the evenings. It was spectacular. One day we took a short drive down to Monterey Bay Aquarium and even took the kids to the roller coaster in downtown Santa Cruz. This beach house is the perfect compromise to have it all. We'll be coming back next year for two more weeks.


  • Submitted: May 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Seascape Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Calfornia Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Right in front!
Car: necessary

whale and wildlife watching, beach combing, wave gazing, relaxing!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $25

$25/night pet fee (1 pet maximum). No pets allowed without prior approval. Rental amount does not include 11% occupancy tax; please contact owner directly for availability, pricing and special offers. Linens are available for a fee.

$500 deposit due upon booking to reserve your dates. Rental amount due 45 days before check-in. Contact owner or manager for payment instructions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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