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Pleasure Point Paradise! Beach and Lagoon Views!

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Winter sunset; great room view


Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This is our personal home which we have completely remodeled. This beach bungalow located on Moran Lake in Santa Cruz, near Capitola, is breathtaking and feels like your personal spa retreat. Situated in a very quiet neighborhood, it feels so removed from city life, yet close to all amenities. The beach is a 5 minute walk away, with Pleasure Point, the best surfing spot in Santa Cruz, 5 minutes in the other direction with panoramic views of Monterey Bay. Or stay in and relax in your own Hot Springs spa on the back deck. The home is open with lots of natural light from large windows overlooking the lake and feels larger than the square footage. The kitchen has all you need with a 1956 antique O'Keefe and Merritt gas stove. (It works great!) There are two large decks in the back that overlook the lake with peeks of Moran beach through the eucalyptus trees. The home is a mix of Asian and Hawaiian decor furnished with Japanese antiques. So we ask that you treat it with special care.
There is so much to do in Santa Cruz, it's almost difficult to know where to start. Santa Cruz and the Monterey area have many recreational and cultural diversions to keep you busy and entertained. The Santa Cruz Mountains provide wonderful hiking, mountain biking, and exploring in the beautiful state parks including Big Basin with its ancient redwoods, Nisene Marks, and Henry Cowell. Local attractions include the Beach Boardwalk, yacht harbor, municipal and Capitola wharfs, Monterey Aquarium, Elkhorn Slough, the Mystery Spot and the downtown Pacific Garden mall. UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo Community College, and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium offer many cultural events such as the annual Shakespeare Festival during the summer, musicals and plays, and symphony. The Boardwalk offers free outdoor concerts on Fridays during the summer. There also are wonderful local wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey with several wine festivals during the year. Water sports abound with world class surfing, sailing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming, diving (some of the most challenging but beautiful diving in the world) and paddle surfing. Santa Cruz is a very bike friendly town with bike lanes all through town and along the coastline. And there are many golf courses nearby and in Monterey.

There are also phenomenal restaurants and eateries all within a few minutes walk or drive. Is there a particular kind of cuisine you enjoy? I'm sure you can find it somewhere in Santa Cruz. We have several farmer's markets which provide some of the most delicious, freshest produce (mostly organic) and bakery items. Nearest movie theaters are only a mile away.

Come to play, explore, or relax. Our home and the environs will definitely allow for all.

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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Hot Springs Spa on lower deck, outside shower with hot water, outdoor fire pit...moreless


  • DVD Player:

    Blue ray player...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Ceiling and outdoor speakers in all common areas. iPod or mp3 connection provided. ...moreless

  • Television:

    Smart TV that accesses Internet wirelessly so you can enjoy your Netflix, Hulu, etc. ...moreless

  • Video Library


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


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Lakefront
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    Space for 3 cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Including beach and spa towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood not provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    1956 O'Keefe and Merritt Gas stove in pristine condition...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Firepit with firewood provided. Can use wood for beach fire....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal weber with chimney charcoal starter...moreless

Pool / Spa



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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $140 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


Longer term occupancy terms and rates available.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC)


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1984

About the owner: Laura has lived in this house for 30 years. She grew up in Hawaii. Tony has lived in San Jose until they married. We have spent the last few years remodeling the entire house; doing much of the work ourselves. We are so happy with the results. However, we have relocated for a while to care for Laura's parents in Hawaii. We plan to return to Santa Cruz but for now our home is available to you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Why the Owner Chose Opal Cliffs, CA, USA:
Since growing up in Hawaii, living near the ocean is crucial despite our long commute to work in Silicon Valley. When we descend from the Summit on Highway 17 towards Santa Cruz, a soothing feeling comes over us and all the stresses of the day melt away. We love Santa Cruz because of the temperate weather (it rarely goes over 80 degrees), the outdoor activities, easy access to cultural events, as well as being close enough to enjoy Monterey, San Jose, and San Francisco. People seem much more friendly, easy-going and neighborly in Santa Cruz.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love the short walk to the beach. We often would catch the sunset, strolling along the water's edge or walking along the opposite side of the lake. Sometimes we would take some wood down to the beach and have a cozy fire, roasting smores or watching the meteor showers. Or for a different view, we would go to Pleasure Point and watch the surfers. We also enjoy having our meals out on our deck overlooking the lake or sitting in our spa at sunset or under the full moon. I love that there are outside views from every room and the picture window in the grand room frames one of the best views.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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  • Winter sunset; great room view

    Winter sunset; great room view

  • Kitchen


  • Dining area with expandable table

    Dining area with expandable table

  • Asian inspired bathroom

    Asian inspired bathroom

  • Bedroom with double bed

    Bedroom with double bed

  • Sitting area upper deck

    Sitting area upper deck

  • Upper deck with table; lower deck with spa and firepit

    Upper deck with table; lower deck with spa and firepit

  • Livingroom


  • Great room from kitchen

    Great room from kitchen

  • TV room

    TV room

  • Bedroom with queen bed

    Bedroom with queen bed

  • Afternoon wine and cheese on the upper deck

    Afternoon wine and cheese on the upper deck

  • Lower deck with spa

    Lower deck with spa

  • Front yard

    Front yard

VRBO #255335

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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