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Pleasure Point Paradise! Beach and Lagoon Views!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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. It is best suited for a small family or 2 couples. For monthly or other rates, email us directly by clicking on Contact Owner.

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.

You can also reach us directly at 4082063396. As we are presently in Hawaii, please be aware that the time difference is 3 hours from California.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Tony

Laura has lived in this house for over 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.

Tony purchased this house in 1984

Why Tony chose Santa Cruz

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our recent stay at your charming home in Santa Cruz. Everyone felt very comfortable and relaxed in that beautiful setting.
Jun 2010
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • If payment is made by credit card, cancellation policy is as above minus service fees charged for refund.
  • Reservation is not confirmed until payment is processed and rental contract has been signed and received by the owners. A contract will be emailed.
  • There is a noise curfew in Santa Cruz. Please refer to the rental contract and initial to acknowledge all Santa Cruz county ordinances.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lakefront
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Great room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double sofa bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
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
Hot Springs Spa on lower deck, outside shower with hot water, outdoor fire pit


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Pleasure Point Paradise! Beach and Lagoon Views!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 21 reviews

Great beach getaway

  • 4 of 5

Kitchen very well stocked. Very nice place very well taken care of. Only gripe was that hot tub wasn’t ready the night and we had to troubleshoot a bit to get it set up for the following day. But the owners were available by phone and helped us. Would come again!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect weekend getaway. Nestled amongst the giant eucalyptus of Santa Cruz, along Lake Moran, it was the perfect blend of nature, the beach, and Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time.! Everything was ready. Very nice deck with great view. Light was very nice at sunrise and sunset. BBQ was super nice.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Lovely Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed! It's in a great location - we bounced around between Capitola and Santa Cruz. It also was really spacious and loved to decor! Thanks for sharing your home Tony!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, relaxing & well located!

  • 5 of 5

I echo comments of the other reviewers. Our family of 4 adults stayed here over Labor Day weekend and could not have been more pleased. House is beautifully upgraded with a gorgeous bathroom and well-appointed kitchen, comfy beds, and large common space that still permits various simultaneous activities: cooking, dining, playing games, watching TV, etc. But, frankly, we spent most of our time away, including daily walk along Pleasure Point and other sightseeing activities & day trip up PCH with detour thru Butano State Park (gorgeous hidden redwood forest gem!) to SF. The Pleasure Point area of Santa Cruz is one of our favorite places to stay because of the charming neighborhood, fabulous walkway along the bluffs (lots of marine life and surfers to watch) and proximity to the beach. Loved waking up to the views of the lagoon, and the sunset over the sea was terrific (esp w/ a glass of wine on the deck). The hot tub was a real bonus. Enjoyed the annual Begonia Festival in Capitola--who knew? Though the kitchen is well stocked with all the basics & more (plus an ocean view!) we wound up only cooking 1 meal here because we hit lots of our favorite eating spots: Gayles in Capitola; Kelly's on the West side; Pour, Hoffman's & dancing at the Blue Lagoon downtown SC; Bittersweet for brunch in Aptos; and Cafe Tiramasu & the Tonga Room Sat night in San Francisco. Great to come back to this relaxing home at the end of each day. Owners were great communicators and booking was a breeze. Would definitely recommend to others. Thanks so much for making this lovely home available for us!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I'd go again

  • 5 of 5

Great amenities at the house. Short walk, no traffic, to great beach. Park like setting. Great hot tub after full day at the boardwalk. Great breakfast burritos a short walk away at Pleasure Point. Great beach vibes. Friendly people walking near the beach. Recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, Municipal Wharf
Nearest Point of Interest
Capitola Village
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Cabrillo College
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Capitola Mall
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Nisene Marks State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Soquel Village
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Pleasure Point
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Pacific Garden Mall
Nearest Point of Interest
Jade Street Park
Nearest Point of Interest
University of California, Santa Cruz
Nearest Point of Interest
Whole Foods and BevMo

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $79

Longer term occupancy terms and rates available.

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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