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OUTRAGEOUS VIEWS from this Oceanfront Beach Cottage, just steps to the beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 940 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This is truly a magical Beach Cottage and the quintessential beach experience in Santa Cruz. It includes a full boat of amenities right down to the boogie boards, bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas. The Cottage with its expansive Open Ocean and Beach View,, sits above the shores of Moran Lagoon. Just a skip and a jump from main beaches, yet tucked away just enough for privacy. Wake up to the sounds of waves breaking. Have your first cup of coffee looking across a tree-lined lagoon to the Pacific Ocean. Walk down to the sandy beach on a paved and safe path for a swim. Then return home to warm up in the hot tub in your own private yard.

Nestled in eucalyptus trees next to Moran Lagoon, this home is truly one of a kind. The property has the feel of a private park, yet you're within easy walking distance to shops, movie theaters, Capitola Village, and even a shopping mall. Stroll down the scenic East Cliff bike way. Watch surfers at world famous Pleasure Point. Our house is small and cozy. The yard is large and private. 850+ total square feet.

The extraordinary setting makes this home stand out from all the rest. The views are magical. We have kept our low rates for 8 Summers now, in light of of the current economy. This is a beloved private home and is used as a rental only in the summer months. The Cottage is well suited for both families and adults.

Keywords: Lagoon,waterfront,courtyard,private,beach

More Details

Sharon Swenson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

Why Sharon Swenson chose Santa Cruz

Location, Location, with views like you have never seen before. The beach is a few steps away, with world renowned surfing spots with in walking distance. On the Eastcliff bike and walking path to Capitola Beach, you will pass the home of the late Jack O'Neil, known as the amazing inventor of the wet suit designed here in Santa Cruz.

What makes this cottage unique

Private fenced and gated yard with mature landscaping, hot tub and a detached Garden room that sleeps two with a lot of light, with views of the lovely garden. When you stay here you have the pleasure of seeing two water sources, Moran Lagoon, and the exquisite Pacific Ocean right outside the back door of the Beach Cottage.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly a great place to stay. Location was great to get places and the home was great set up for dining, we really took advantage of the area and stayed local, from Aptos beaches to cruising west cliff bike path, the boardwalk and an evening sail, great produce and fresh fish every night and a Betty Burger on the way out of town. Look forward to visiting again

Jun 2012
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Santa Cruz Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 940 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • One Bathroom with a stall shower, toilet, sink. All linens, towels, shampoo and hand soap included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Bed (1) Queen Bed located in living room area for hanging out on, watching TV, or can be used as a Bed. We prefer a party of 6 or less, based on the homes square footage and the one bathroom. We can talk about this.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Iron and ironing board, blender, large pot for lobster/soups/corn, spices, salt and pepper 2 Bikes, boogie boards, beach towels, beach chairs and beach umbrellas. All you need for that fun in the sun!


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OUTRAGEOUS VIEWS from this Oceanfront Beach Cottage, just steps to the beach
average rating of 4.866667 based on 33 reviews

Clean and Fun with easy access to the beach!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a favorite of my family's! We have just spent our 3rd year here and love it. The jacuzzi is perfect for warming up after a dip in the sea. It is also a close walk to the shops/cafes in Pleasure Point.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christi, We have loved having you and your sweet family come to the Cottage these past few years. It would be such a pleasure to have you return in the future. Have a wonderful fall, winter and spring. Warmly, Sharon
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A Seashore Gem

  • 5 of 5

Perfect get away at the ocean. Peaceful, quaint, and had all the amenities our family could want for a week of beach fun and relaxing. A true gem. Fantastic hosts. The location is perfect for riding bikes, taking walks, or just staying in and soaking up the surroundings. Couldn't have asked for more. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houston, TX

beautiful private sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many rental houses in Santa Cruz over the years, and this ranks at the top. Although it is farther from our favorite beaches than some other places we've been, the location on the lagoon can't be beat, with lots of sun both in back, where you have a view of the lagoon and the ocean, and in the lovely private front yard, which is full of flowers and hummingbirds. The house, while small, is nicely appointed, particularly the kitchen, and the views from the kitchen and dining table of the lagoon and the ocean. The separate mini-house (converted garage) can also serve as a bedroom and/or a study. Overall, this was a superb choice, and we'd stay here again for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

great location!

  • 4 of 5

This was our second summer stay at this sweet little home. We love the location as we come to Santa Cruz for the surfing since we moved away from the coast. It is small, but has a great kitchen, stocked with everything you could possibly need. This year, we found it a little less maintained than last year (leaky faucet in kitchen, short circuiting hot tub), but overall it was another great visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harbor Springs

Pictures don't do the views justice from this home.

  • 5 of 5

The front yard is completely fenced in, and nicely manicured, so I felt comfortable letting our kids outside by themselves to enjoy the yard. The cottage is very small, but very cozy! The kitchen is a great size to cook in, too. The laundry room around the back of the house is very clean and not cramped, and you get to look at the ocean each time you go down! The bonus room off the back of the garage is amazing for a teen/s, grandparents or another couple. The hot tub was right off the front deck and very clean as well. The ocean view is not the only perk of this home, of you can believe that. You are situated on a nice quiet street which is just a short walk to the Moran lake beach and pleasure point. We recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location and perfect beach retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two girls spent a glorious week at this truly darling beach cottage. The views were beautiful and the sounds of the waves at night were the perfect way to fall asleep. The cottage is well appointed and provides for all of your needs. The hot tub and yard are a major bonus! The location is amazing, just walking distance to a great swimming beach and to the popular surfing of Pleasure Point. Great place to run, ride bikes or just relax with a good book. It's also nice to be located in between Santa Cruz and Capitola, two very different vacation destinations. I highly recommend this darling beach cottage and we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

World Class Surfing, and great beaches just steps from the Beach Cottage. The must see, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is just 2.9 miles away. Cruise the Pacific Garden Mall in downtown Santa Cruz with it's amazing shopping, and spectacular restaurants. You can bike or walk from the Beach Cottage to Capitola Village, on a beautifully paved path along the ocean. Great restaurants and coffee houses within walking distance. Kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and fabulous restaurants at the nearby Santa Cruz Harbor. Visit our wonderful museums, including the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. You also have the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium just 45 minutes down the road. So much fun in the hood, and surrounding neighborhoods to keep you busy all week.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $175
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Please note, you can pay online, or by Cashiers Checks. All payments are to be written to Lawrence Friedman. He is an additional owner of the Cottage. Cashiers checks are to be mailed to , 169 Moran Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. If you choose to cancel your reservation, there will be a $200.00 Administrative Fee deducted from your previous payment/payments.

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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