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Imagine yourself steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 17)

We have a very special home! Imagine yourself just steps away from one of Santa Cruz's most popular beaches - Twin Lakes on 14th Avenue. This over 4,000 square foot comfortable home boasts views, a prime location, and a true taste of the magic that Santa Cruz offers! Let your mind unwind while sun bathing at the beach or relaxing on one of the multiple view decks of this spacious home. Walk to the Harbor, restaurants, and shops......Sleeps up to 17 in comfortable beds. It is also extremely kid friendly. We have a separate game room (great for the kids!) with Foosball, Play Station 2, Ping Pong and Cable TV.

Our home is three levels. The top floor has the kitchen, dining rooms, and living rooms and outside deck. The 6 bedrooms and another beautiful deck are on the main floor. The game room is on the bottom floor. If you or anyone in your group has concerns walking steps, we suggest you find an alternate accommodation.

SANTA CRUZ VACATION HOME ORDINANCE APPLIES TO EVERY HOME IN THE COUNTY: This ordinance restricts the amount of guests allowed in homes throughout the county. The limits are 2 adults per bedroom plus 2. This means our home is limited to 14 adults. The County does not place a limit on Children under the age of 8. We will not rent to more than 14 adults (an adult is considered to be over the age of 8, per the Santa Cruz Vacation Ordinance). This makes our house even more special since we have the room to fit your family or group.

Perfect for a family get together and getaways. Perfect for small groups and retreats. Enjoy having everyone together - sharing special times in a comfortable, spacious home. This fully furnished and equipped large home includes 2 large HD LCD TVs with cable, high speed wireless internet, two fireplaces, DVD players, peek ocean views from decks, top of the line bed linens, washer/dryer, and a hot water outdoor shower - perfect after a swim or surfing. The private deck is equipped with gas BBQ and also a storage area complete with beach chairs, boogie boards, and more! At night the breaking waves will lull you to sleep, and in the morning enjoy your coffee on the beach or in our peaceful setting. (Not responsible for sea lion barking) :)

Take a stroll to the nearby restaurants, shops, and attractions, take a sunset walk on the beach, or just sit back and enjoy the calmness of Santa Cruz. This beach home is just steps from the entrance to Twin Lakes Beach - one of the most popular and warmest beaches in all of Santa Cruz. Despite its popularity, you will find our 'half' of the beach to actually be quite private, yet still close to all the action. During the day take a short walk along the beach to the Crows Nest to have lunch with a view or catch a beach volleyball game. At night, enjoy a bonfire and ‘smores on the beach. We are also minutes from the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the Giant Dipper roller coaster. There is a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Costco and Safeway a few minutes away for all your shopping. There is even a small Italian market within easy walking for your last minute items. Just a short drive down the coast are the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach Golf Courses, Laguna Seca Race Track, quaint Carmel-By-The-Sea, and majestic Big Sur. Lucky for you, our home is centrally located to all that Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay have to offer.

Please note that this is our second home and we are looking for guests who will treat both our home and our neighbors with respect. If you are looking for a 'party house' please look elsewhere. Fireworks are prohibited. Security will be called if rules are not followed. We do not allow parties, weddings or other large gatherings. Quiet time are the hours between 10pm and 8am, for respect to our neighbors.

Keywords: House, home, reunion, gathering, retreat, birthday, anniversary, corporate, think tank, team building

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Michelle

This is our personal second home owned by three families with many children and friends. This is not a typical 'vacation rental' property. We provide the special touches usually only found in luxury residences. We would love to share our home with you and your family!

Michelle purchased this house in 2009

Why Michelle chose Central Coast

As long time locals, we have enjoyed coming to the beach and Santa Cruz with our families! Twin Lakes Beach is a very unique. The beach near our home is quaint and secluded, yet it is an easy walk to restaurants, shops, attractions with stunning natural beauty. We chose to buy this house since it is on a quiet street only 6 houses from the beach and is large enough to comfortably sleep corporate groups, extended families and friends.

What makes this house unique

We are 6 houses from the entrance to Twin Lakes State Beach. You can also easily walk to the Crows Nest, the Harbor and other shops and restaurants along one of the most beautiful beaches in Santa Cruz. The best thing about the house is its spaciousness and layout. All rooms are large and the living areas are light, bright and comfortably furnished. The main dining room table seats 14 - a second dining table seats 6! You will not find a more spacious or comfortable home so close to the beach in Northern California. Since this is our second home we have furnished to it to our own high standards. The beds and linens are all of the highest quality and provide a great sleep. Also, we are dog lovers so we occasionally have animals (dogs) in the house. The house is professionally cleaned after each stay, but we can not guarantee that someone with severe allergies to pets will not have a problem.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for providing a comfy space for our 3 generations! Loved having the Bar Side and the Kitchen Side and the long table. Also great idea with 2 TVs for varied interests. Very comfy beds! Mahalo!
Dec 2012
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We have a spacious home, sleeping 18 Guests. Maximum # of Adults is 14 (an adult is anyone age 8 and up, per the Santa Cruz Vacation Ordinance)
  • Quiet time is between 10pm and 8am daily. We kindly ask that you refrain from using the decks after 10pm, in respect to our neighbors. Enjoy our home!
  • We have a very large driveway. We allow up to 6 cars in the driveway. While more fit, we limit to only 6 cars. Please do not block garbage cans!
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - 2 showers - 1 stall and 1 shower over tub divided by door
    Bathroom 1 - 2 showers - 1 stall and 1 shower over tub divided by door
    Bathroom 3 - 1/2 bath
    Bathroom 4 - 1/2 bath
  • In addition, 2 outside showers. One near front entrance and one in back yard with hot water (not private).
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed , sleeps 4 (twin over double bunk with trundle)
    Bedroom 6 - 2 bunk bed , sleeps 5 (1 twin over twin bunk and twin over double) bunk
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , sleeps 2
  • King size beds (2) 2 separate King beds in each large Bedroom, Queen size Beds (2) 2 separate Queen rooms, Baby Cribs (2) 2 portacribs are available., Bunk Beds (3) 2 Rooms have Bunkbeds One bedroom has twin over full and twin over twin. Another has twin over full with a trundle. We provide wonderful sheets, linens, blankets and pillows. All Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are on the first floor. Kitchens, 2 living rooms and 2 dining rooms and 2 bathrooms are on the second floor. The game room is on the bottom floor. Please do not rent our home if steps are a problem for you.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Spacious layout for friends and family stays. Everything you need to enjoy the beautiful Santa Cruz area!


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average rating of 4.9 based on 106 reviews

Great Place for a Company Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

“This was a great place for us to do a company retreat. Great location. Great amenities. And when I left an important item behind, the owner went out of her way to help me retrieve it!”

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm so happy that your heirloom was recovered! We hope you come again! Best, Michelle
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Best beach house in Santa Cruz

  • 5 of 5

This house is thee best house in Santa Cruz for beach house rentals. Roomy clean and best location in town.

Thank you Michelle and Holly

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for our yearly family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had a great Labor Day weekend in Santa Cruz staying here. The house is immaculate, well-stocked, and very spacious. Thank you so much. We are looking forward to spending the same weekend there in 2018

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, well-equipped, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in this house for a family reunion, around 14 people. Once we got used to the layout, it was perfect. Two well-equipped kitchens, a huge dining table, plenty of beds and good linens and towels, a short walk to the beach. Lots of boogie boards, a couple of surfboards. It was perfect for us! thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the favorable review. We replace towels and linens often so they are in great condition for our guests.
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Phoenix, AZ

Fabulous Family Reunion Accomodation

  • 5 of 5

We had 7 adults and 4 children for a family reunion in July 2017. The house was perfect. All the bedrooms and 4 bathrooms were ideal for our large group. And two full kitchens too. Wow! We mostly cooked one but having two refrigerators made it easy to store all our food. The Twin Lakes State beach was a blast and only 2 blocks away. We did many other activities - morning runs, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, redwoods hike, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and for the oyster lovers a quick trip to Phil's Seafood Market and Cafe in Moss Landing. But, the beach was a daily trip. We saw seals from the beach regularly. The house also had plenty of beach chairs, boogie boards and sand toys.

I cannot think of a thing I would change.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Vegas, NV

Great house for a large group

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 12 enjoyed this beach house for a week. The house is very well supplied, especially the kitchens. Speaking of which, it's "heaven" to have two stoves, two fridges & two dishwashers. The table easily fit all 12 of us for meals.

We loved the short walk down to the beach and all the beach amenities provided - most generous. We discovered that the Santa Cruz main beach was only a 2.5 mile walk away - great exercise & interesting sights along the way, especially the otter in the yacht harbor.

Our ping pong & fooze ball tournaments kept everyone occupied when at the house.

Thanks for providing such a wonderful venue for our family.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose (SFO is 65 miles)
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Twin Lakes
Nearest Point of Interest
The Crows Nest
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Nearest Point of Interest
Huge, Sandy Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Twin Lakes Cove Beach with Volleyball and Firepits

Walking distance to the Santa Cruz Harbor (shops and restaurants). Farmers Market. Boardwalk 5 minutes. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Laguna Seca Race Track, Pebble Beach and Carmel and world class Wine and Beer tasting minutes away. Just a bit further to Half Moon Bay and Big Sur.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $325
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

Refundable Security Deposit of $1,000 Required. Cleaning Fee $300.

Rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.