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Fantastic Remodeled Beach House 3BR/3BA in Aptos-Rio Del Mar

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Property Address: 403 Martin Drive, Aptos CA

Come and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a vacation by the sea in a 2000 square foot COMPLETELY RENOVATED home. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family gathering, this home is located in a quiet location lined with lovely cypress trees. Rio Del Mar Beach offers one of the largest beach stretches in Santa Cruz county. Enjoy the 2 block (12 houses) stroll to the path down to the beach as it opens up onto the view of this beautiful coastline (see photo). Or drive down several blocks in either direction to one of three beaches including Hidden Beach, and two Rio Del Mar beaches.

This 2 story, three bedroom, three bath home boasts many amenities and has a “brand new” feel to it. All rooms are professionally decorated with a beach/spa motif.

Upstairs are 2 master bedrooms with Queen sized beds, generously sized bathrooms and walk in closets. The grand master is quite a large suite and includes a gas fireplace, dual sinks, whirlpool tub, private balcony and steam shower.

On the lower level is another bedroom with 2 twin beds and fold up twin bed for an extra friend. Included are all the designer bedding and luxurious linens and towels. The sunny front room is a great place to curl up and read or double as a bedroom at night with a queen size pull out couch and privacy pocket doors. Off of the front room is a private garden area with a raised koi pond with fish, turtles, and fountain. It is the perfect quiet spot for a glass of wine and cheese before sunset.

The great room includes a well-equipped kitchen and granite bar/counter top area opening up to the living room and dining room area. Watch a movie on the 52” high definition flat panel TV with Blue Ray and surround sound as the fire is crackling in the hearth.

For the young at heart, there is a Sony Play Station along with an arcade-quality console electronic game table equipped with all your favorite retro video games. For your computer, super high speed WiFi internet access is provided.

Step into the backyard and enjoy the deck with table, chairs, lounge, umbrella, outdoor heater and gas BBQ to accommodate outdoor entertaining. The roomy HOT TUB is located next to a cozy area where it is great to roast marshmallows at the gas Firepit on starry evenings . Located in the spacious 2 car garage are many of the beach items you will need to make your vacation memories, including a Ping Pong table and 5 beach cruiser style bicycles.

Outside the house are more activities to keep everyone satisfied! The cute little town of Rio Del Mar, the shopping and restaurants of Capitola, antiquing and wine tasting in Soquel, tennis and golfing in Seascape, riding the Ferris wheel at the famous amusement park and Boardwalk of Santa Cruz are all within a very short drive. Surfing, biking, hiking, fishing, scuba diving and all manners of outdoor entertainment is boundless.

Looking beyond the immediate area is Monterey Bay with its renowned Aquarium and Cannery Row is 40 minutes south. Head north 90 minutes on the picturesque HWY 1 and visit San Francisco.

Make your reservation today and reserve your time in paradise.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About The Owner

My husband and I have lived in the Bay area for over 25 years and love all that it has to offer. Raising two kids and enjoying the coast together as a family has provided so many terrific memories!

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Aptos

We looked up and down the coast, but focused in on this Upper Cliff locale of Aptos. It is a quiet area where the homes are well kept and many are being upgraded and redone. Some of the homes a few blocks away are in the 3 ++ million dollar range. It is only a short walk (12 houses) to the path that leads down to a less populated and expansive beach used primarily of locals. The town was a pull for us as well. It is not insane with lots of traffic, but has a small town feel with yummy little restaurants that you don't even need to have shoes on to be served. The drive from our primary residence in San Jose is only 40 minutes and the home is easy to get to and has ample parking. It is an easy drive to Capitola or Santa Cruz if your in the mood for some action. Nisene State Park is very close and has incredible hiking with huge pine trees and water falls.

What makes this house unique

The home has a brand new feel to it, since it was a grand scale remodel several years ago. It is very private and easy to entertain there. Every bedroom has their own bathroom and you have lots of places to spread out. Its great for kids and kids at heart since the house includes many amenities like hot tub, professional arcade game, Playstation, ping pong, bicycles, Wifi, flat screen TV, direct TV, stereo systems with fabulous sound system to name a few. The kitchen is fully stocked with your every need, just bring your food and libations. The backyard is fully enclosed as well as the front yard. The home is nicely decorated in a relaxing beach/spa motiff.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Denise,

What an absolutely beautiful home you have! My family and I enjoyed it immensely. From the gorgeous colors and layout to the stunning bathrooms and yard, it was a perfect place for me to celebrate my birthday!

I look forward to renting your place again.

Happy summer!

Jun 2010
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Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Graco Pack and Play, Cot (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Steam shower in master bath, gas fireplace in master, commercial quality retro-arcade video game table, ping pong table, Gas Firepit, Gas BBQ. Pack and Play crib and a high chair for the little ones.


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Fantastic Remodeled Beach House 3BR/3BA in Aptos-Rio Del Mar
average rating of 4.96 based on 76 reviews
London/Los Angeles

Fantastic Family Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for our post-Christmas, three generation family vacation. The house was spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated, particularly the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. The spaciousness of the property immediately gives a sense that all ages will be happy here without getting in each other's way.

There are special touches: a chaise lounge in the master bedroom where a little one can be read to quietly away from the hum downstairs; the super retro arcade games in the family room. Although it rained one day, the ping pong table and a stereo system in the garage allowed all ages to carry on playing while the adults enjoyed a film in the living room. The kitchen was wonderful to work in, fully equipped and the open breakfast bar divider allowed whoever was preparing a meal to be part of what was going on in the living/dining area and a good place to set drinks and snacks out for the ever-grazing family. Whether we were cooking, playing or just relaxing there was space for everyone.

We would highly recommend this house. The owners were very amenable and even insisted on posting back a telephone charger left behind. The area is a beautiful wooded community, exactly what this English family was looking for to have a non-touristy, idyllic California coastal holiday. Even though it was not beach weather, the walks through crisp air, lots of trees and rural lanes to the beach and surrounding area have something that is missing from more well known resort areas. A half hour drive up the coast takes you to Santa Cruz and Monterey is just an hour south. My children have already asked me to book the house next year.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2010
  • Stayed: December 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

My family has been celebrating the new year at the beach for over 20 years this was one of our favorites!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure to stay at this home for Christmas 2017. It was perfect for our group of 7. There was bedding, dishes and linens/towels for everyone. Having provided linens/towels was a bonus as we had travelers from out of town.

The home was clean and comfortable. We were able to cook a full Christmas dinner with the provided pans/pots/utensils. Everything in the home was in good condition. Our only minor complaint was the comfort of the twin beds in the downstairs bedroom. Our guests would have appreciated a more comfortable mattress, but it was certainly adequate.

We enjoyed the very clean hot-tub, used the ping pong table and enjoyed looking at the turtles and koi fish. We did not get to the bicycles, but they were in good condition as well.

We loved our walks to the beach and enjoyed shopping and eating in Capitola which was a short drive away.

I have rented several homes through VRBO with varying success. The thing that made this rental the best so far was the excellent response and service from the owners. They responded to all correspondence quickly and always with a friendly tone. Additionally, they returned my deposit the day after my rental was complete. I have always had to request the deposit, and usually received it weeks later. Overall the business part of the rental was easy and quick. That really takes the stress out of renting.

Without a doubt I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a clean, easy and fun place to get together with friends and family.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cindy, So glad you had a wonderful time! Thank you for the feedback on the twin mattresses...I didn't realize. I will get right on that and provide more comfortable mattresses right away. Hope you get a chance to come back to the beach soon! Denise Hall
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Sacramento, CA

A beautiful, well-appointed house with a convenient location

  • 5 of 5

It was really a treat to stay at this lovely home over Thanksgiving. It is very well stocked with linens, towels, paper and other household goods, kitchen supplies, beach gear, soap/laundry detergent, etc. The home itself is unique and beautiful, with fun special touches like a hot tub, steam shower, koi pond, and lots of natural light. The decor is beachy yet pretty, and the owner clearly has an eye for design. For us it was about a 10 to 15 minute walk down to Rio Del Mar Beach, but we move a little slow with a five year-old in tow. With all the supplies and bonus extras, we were able to unpack and unwind without having to worry about procuring the essentials or even the nice-to-haves. This house is very special!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfort and Luxury for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for our family of 7 adults and a toddler for a long weekend, and were delighted with both the home-like comfort and the luxurious feel of it. Very well-appointed in every room, nice spaces, responsive owners, and lots of options for activities. Really great spot - we wish we could have stayed in longer!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magalia ca

Location! Location! Location!

  • 5 of 5

This home is just that. A home not just a house. The owner has gone above and beyond to make sure her lucky guests have an amazing experience. The home is located so close to the beach it was an easy walk with a 2 year old in tow. Thoughtful beach supplies (chairs,towels,toys,water jug,mats) were all there. Wood supplied for a beautiful bon fire. A few minutes in the car brought us to Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton. Fun any time of year. In October Thomas the Train was a hit for the toddler crowd. Next day another short ride to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Was delightful to take the 3rd generation on the wonderful carousel. The final day we had lots of plans but the majority ruled and all wanted to stay and hang out at the house. Beautiful kitchen made a full breakfast for 5 easy. All needed items are available. Fun Pacman tournament on the retro game console supplied. Hot tub is roomy and best jets anywhere! Fenced in yards are safe and beautiful. Fun Koi pond with turtles to add to your viewing fun. Not saying who won at ping pong but Great Grandma still has skills :) A bike ride in the afternoon was made possible by the 5 nice bikes in the garage. We found neighborhood very nice and met some lovely neighbors and dogs out walking. Rented some blue rays at the close Safeway Redbox and settled down for movie fun in PM. Owner is responsive and MORE than helpful. She is very kind. Do yourself a favor and rent this home. We WILL be back

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housecleaning $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

4th of July $3500 per week
Labor day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Spring holiday, and Memorial Day rates are at $425 per day, or $3000 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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