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After a long day of play retreat to quiet & elegance of the Ben Lomond Bungalow.

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Last updated: 08/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Ben Lomond Bungalow marries romance and adventure in grand style. Big Sur and San Francisco and all the all the treasures between (Monterey, Carmel, Point Lobos, Franklin Point, Pigeon Point, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Saratoga) are available as day trips from this central location.

We overlook our own private meadow, surrounded by forest, enjoy the meadow room with no walls and view spectacular stars against a dark sky, there is fire pit for marshmallows, and a massive deck with a hot tub, and fabulous sofa for afternoon naps.

Inside this immaculate house you will find many of the windows look into the branches of a tremendous 300 year old oak tree with a 10,000 sq ft. canopy. The comfortable bungalow style interior along with open floor plan and renovated chef's kitchen makes this home ideal for a family retreat or couples getaway. It is stocked with all essential housewares and linens.

The master suite contains its own freestanding gas fireplace, a large new deck with spa, and oversized stone shower. Two bedrooms have comfortable queen-size beds. The third is small; and contains an oversized chair that pulls-out to a single bed. It works well as a den, walk-in closet, or small child’s room.

Enhanced with WiFi and Xfinity Cable Two TVs you will be connected! This single level California ranch home is relatively secluded but an easy drive to both town and the beaches.

The hidden garden, protected by tall deer fence, is planted with fresh vegetables of the season, herbs, and fruit. The meditation area, with fountain running off its very own solar panel, yes, its quite Zen!

When its time to get active take a dip at the near by Trout Farm Inn where swimming passes are available, or take a stroll of the Sunset Trail at the Quail Hollow Ranch Park / Nature Preserve, just a few steps away.

Roaring Camp Railroad hosting the Redwood to Beach Steam Train is found with two miles of our home. Loch Lomond reopened for the first time in 3 years and is stocked with trout and bass. Boats available.

The world famous Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk, and the fabulous West Cliff Drive are found within 10 miles of our bungalow.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Children and young adults are welcome on family reunions and vacations, but sorry this house is not for high school or college parties....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    A Meadow for sun and baseball. Our forest is a place to look for nutes, polywogs, and California lizards. The meadow provides room for games like soccer, baseball, water-slide, volleyball. A small fenced yard near the kitchen and deck is great for smaller children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking in the house or evidenced on the property will bring an automatic $250.00 excess cleaning fee....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Polite pets are welcome. However dogs that appear to be aggressive, or demonstrate uncontrolled barking, or destructive behavior will not be permitted to stay. ...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    No steps, but unable to access bathrooms and bedroom due to narrow turning radius....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Massive Four poster bed with a great view of meadow and fire...moreless

  • Guest Room: 1 queen

    Comfy pillow top queen with comforter....moreless

  • BARN

    Barn isn't a living space but available upon advance request...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Small, works well for child, den, walk in closet and storage...moreless

  • The leather sofa in living room transforms to double bed. There two Queen Areo Mattress on site with auto-inflate. Plenty of room in meadow to fall asleep under the stars or let the kids pitch a tent. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Guest Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Wonderful soaking tub with hand-held shower....moreless

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Large walk in stone tile shower with bench....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Like most areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains, be prepared to see a large array of animals and plants. Quail, Deer, Coyote, Ring Necked Doves, Chickens, Hawks, Bob Cat, dogs, cats, and an assortment small mammals and reptiles have been found in the meadow. Great hiking trails behind the house are part of the Quail Hollow Park and Nature Preserve. Private meadow, woods, wildlife, Loch Lomod, fishing and canoeing. One of a kind zip Line at Mount Herman Camp. One of the best frisby golf courses is minutes away. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Master Bedroom TV and living room....moreless

  • Game Room:

    Childrens toy box and book corner is in the den, detached garage also makes a great play area....moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    HD premium cable 220 channels, wall mounted in the living room. Standard cable in the bedroom....moreless

  • Stereo:

    With docking station for iPhone....moreless

  • Television:

    (2) 32 inch flat screen wall mounted viewable from living room or kitchen, 18' early digital box with built in CD player and standard cable in the masterbedroom....moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    DVD Library...moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    The arborist says our Oak Tree, with its' 10,000 soft canopy is more than 350 years old. We processing paper work for consideration as a National Heritage Tree for the central coast. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Ben Lomond Mountain right behind us or distant views of the Bonny Doon Mountains ...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Many different beaches are found north and south of Santa Cruz: 4-mile Beach is 8 mi Main Beach (Boardwalk) is 10 mi Natural Bridges State Park, Steamers, Twin Bridges, Wilder Ranch, Sea Cliff, ...moreless

  • River:

    Two seasonal creeks border our property and a great adventure for younger guests. The nearby San Lorenzo and Zyante Rivers are places to picnic and hike. Garden of Eden is a popular swimming hole. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Well maintained lane is semi-private with easy access to town via a choice of highways, or backroads. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Ben Lomond and Felton, both quaint 19th century logging villages, are within 2 miles. The picturesque Boulder Creek a little further down Highway 9; both charming walkable movie location downtowns....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Cozy Dining Room, but plenty of space if the dinning room table is placed in front of the fire place to seat 12....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    AC cools the front part of the house exposed to the sun and heat during those 4-5 warmest days of the years....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Cable with 24/7 support...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Outdoor fire pit in the meadow room....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Free nation-wide Calling...moreless

  • Garage:

    Auto-open door for easy access to bikes, fishing poles and bogie boards....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (2) Large stone fireplace in the living room & freestanding gas fireplace in the master bedroom suite....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heating in zones, gas fireplaces, and electric radiant under the stone floor in the kitchen....moreless

  • Internet:

    Superhigh speed for your your computer and smart devices, use Wifi or hardwire....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Plenty of new bedding, including pillows and comforters....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Views of meadow and oak canopy flank oppose the stone fireplace....moreless

  • Parking:

    Onsite parking in the Garage and the driveway. Please contact us about needs to park a boat of motor home behind the Barn....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Please advise in advance. Room to park your motor home or boat behind the barn and not in the meadow (environmentally sensitive area)....moreless

  • Telephone:

    (2) Land line with two extensions. Most major cell phone net works work at this home....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Please bring beach towels and save the nice ones in the house....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Secure router provides WiFi throughout the house and patio. Wireless printer....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood fuel firepit in the outdoor living room under the brillant stars in the meadow....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Your choice: Keurig, Drip, Perculate, or Turkish coffee makers....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Gridle, Toaster, Blender, Mixer, Roasting Pans, Steamer, Soup Pots, Choice of Coffee Pots, Grinder, Crock Pot, Baking Pans, Popcorn Popper &more....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Steve Madden service for twelve....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    So quiet if you to check to make sure it is running....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped with upgraded appliances, and a seven foot picture window, dishes for a dozen. Twenty feet of counter space. The stone floor is heated for the pleasure of your toes....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, Filters, Tea, Misc. Spices....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Side by side, night lights, filtered water, ice-cube maker. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Fabulous gas range....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Just the basic....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Balcony off the living room is a great place to grill or feed the birds....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles:

    Kids Bikes, Need to bring helmets. ...moreless

  • Boat:

    Rentals are available at Loch Lomond or on the Santa Cruz Wharf. Kids fishing poles and minimal tackle for use at Loch Lomond....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Brand new deck with 4ft stairs recently became a favorite place to look out over the meadow....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    From the Gazebo surrounded by a young garden of wisteria and lavender you can look into the newly planted gated garden with grapes and harvestable crops for our guests to enjoy....moreless

  • Golf:

    Pasatiempo Golf Course was designed by world-renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie is 3 miles away. The Hollister House, the club house (built in the style of Larkin) is a great place for brunch....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals available at Loch Lomond, or Elkhorn Slough...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Flagstone patio in the middle of the meadow with Redwood tree Pergola, firepit and out door living area is the perfect place to end the day gazing at brilliant white skies. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Other areas include meditation fountain area, fenced play area off kitchen, and a deer proof herb and vegetable garden planted for the enjoyment of our guests and their young visitors....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Your choice of gas on the Kitchen Deck, or charcoal in the reading garden. The fire bit in the meadow room table is a great place toasting marshmallows with the kids under the stars....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Modest area between front door and driveway. No steps to enter the one level house....moreless

  • Tennis:

    La Madronna Tennis Club is about 6 miles away....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    We have the skim and boogie boards. Surf rentals are available....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Four person tub with water fall overlooks the garden....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Last Minute
Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2016
2 night min stay
$250
$2,250 $5,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2016
Sep 1 - Nov 22, 2016
2 night min stay
$250 $350
Fri, Sat
$1,750 $4,200

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving
Nov 23 - Nov 26, 2016
4 night min stay

$1,250
flat fee
Early Bird Winter
Nov 27 - Mar 10, 2017
2 night min stay
$300
$1,750 $4,200
Spring
Mar 11 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$300 $350
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,750

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2017
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,100 $5,200
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$450
$1,750 $4,200

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Housekeeper Set up fee $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

In keeping the the peaceful nature of this property and surrounding we maintain a very strong Do NOT DISTURB the neighbors policy. Loud music, voices, and barking dog may put your stay at risk and forfeiture of money paid. This is not the property to book if you would like to have a party, or think you might have a noisy person in your group. Our county permit to operate a vacation rental has strict occupancy rules for both day and night, please inquire if this might impact your plans.

Once the property is booked, cancellation fee is $250.00 if more than 60 days notice is given. Please see the cancellation policy.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

  • Tyrolean Inn Restaurant

    "We were away for a while but returned last night to a fantastic meal. The food was fresh, h..."

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  • Spanky's

  • Ben Lomond Market

  • Tyrolean Inn Restaurant

    "We were away for a while but returned last night to a fantastic meal. The food was fresh, h..."

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  • Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

    "This was the weekend ranch built by the folks that started Sunset Magazine. Check out the ev..."

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  • Roaring Camp, Big Trees & Pacific Railroad

    "Young or old, this old steam train adventure has something for everyone. The scene changes ..."

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    "19th century wooded roller coaster along with a lot of other rides along the edge of the bea..."

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  • Swanton Berry Farms

  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room

  • David Bruce Winery

  • Hakone Gardens

  • Hakone Estate & Gardens

  • Pasatiempo Golf Club

    "Primer Mckenzie Golf Course with lovely club house (traditional Larkin Monterey Style Home)."

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  • Pasatiempo Golf Club

  • DeLaveaga Golf and Lodge

  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center

    "Through the famers field next to Natural Bridges State Park you will find one of my favorite..."

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  • Shadowbrook

  • Crow's Nest Restaurant

    "On the beach at the head of the Santa Cruz Harbor with spectacular views, and great food. Y..."

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  • Mount Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours

  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    "This place is so fabulous it became the first natural reserve in CA. History lovers will fi..."

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  • Moss Landing Harbor

    "Fresh Sea Food, right off the boats. The place is situation in the middle of a bird sanctua..."

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  • Loch Lomond Recreation Area

    "You can find small water craft of all sorts at this wonderful small mountain lake, stocked w..."

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  • White Raven

    "This is the place to come for coffee, tea, and pastry! WiFi is available along with reading..."

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  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

    "Lovely walks through the redwoods. Dogs are permitted on leash."

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  • Rockys Cafe

    "Great wholesome food for brunch in country mountain home atmosphere."

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  • New Leaf Community Markets

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park

    "Every thing about this park is amazing. With some advance planning consider the 10 mile trai..."

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  • Taqueria Valarta

    "At home in an converted Dairy Queen, this fast food mecca dishes out GREAT Mexican Food at r..."

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  • Casa Nostra

  • Dolphin Restaurant

    "My husband loves the Hangtown (Oyster) scramble where I always go for the Dolphin Scramble w..."

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  • Hollins House Restaurant

  • Bixby Creek Bridge

    "On one of the worlds most lovely drives, this bridge is straight out of the movies."

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  • Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature

  • Monterey Bay Kayaks

  • Monterey Canyon

  • Moss Landing State Wildlife Area

  • The Whole Enchilada

    "This is the center piece of what a hardworking father, and then hard working son can accompl..."

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  • The Shakespeare Society of America

  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

    "You can find all equipment including wet suits on the site. This is a WOLD CLASS adventure. ..."

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  • Kayak Connection

    "Bring your self they will provide everything else."

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  • Santa Cruz

    "Beaches, Redwood Trees, Hands down best Roller Coaster and Beach Boardwalk in the Country, M..."

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  • Davenport

    "Nice old coastal community with a great spot at the Cash Store and beach access."

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  • Elkhorn Slough

    "Fabulous place to paddle with the otters, birds, and marshland. Boardwalk trail is availabl..."

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  • Sanctuary Cruises

  • Davenport Cash Store & Restaurant

    "Nice casual menu and good stop along the coastal highway just a few miles north of Santa Cru..."

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  • Chaminade Resort & Spa

    "Great place for brunch or hamburger without blowing your budget. Unforgettable dinning expe..."

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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose, Monterey, San Francisco, Oakland
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Don Quixotes International Hall of Music
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Moss Landing
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pasatiempo Golf Club
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Roaring Camp Railroad (Redwoods or Beach Train)
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 9 not far from Hwy 17 or Route 1
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Tyrollean Inn
252 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Tahoe
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Santa Cruz Main Beach and Boardwalk 10 mi; 4-Mile

Car: Necessary

Behind our backyard is the Sunset Trail head leading from Quail Hollow Ranch Park. This 300-acre historic horse ranch is currently a nature preserve and home to a few horses, but is offers 15 hiking and equestrian trails.

Roaring Camp Railroad is where you will find a variety of well loved adventures. Travel back in time aboard a nineteenth century steam train from the Redwood Forest to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Municipal Wharf, and Main Beach (AKA Steamers Lane); additional seasonal events are offered throughout the year.

Located on the central coast between San Fransisco and Carmel nestled in the hills above Monterey Bay Area, we are an easy drive to almost every where on the central California Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area. The picturesque historic logging villages of Felton, and Ben Lomond are both within 2 miles of the Ben Lomond Bungalow. Boulder Creek, home to one the worlds greatest Redwood Forests, is a few more miles down the road.

A memorable stroll down Pacific Ave or West Cliff Drive might include a Monarch Habitat, Surfers Museum, or tour the UCSC Marine Lab with child docents. Only 30 miles from the hustle of San Jose and Silicon Valley is a different world, magic is here on Ben Lomond Mountain.

State Parks surround us, Big Basin State Park, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, Historic Wilder Ranch State Park, Quail Hollow Ranch Park, UCSC are an easy drive. Go a little further to find Sea Cliff Beach State Park, Elk Horn Slough in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Point Lobos Nature Preserve, and even Big Sur. North along Highway One you will discover elephant seals at Ano Nuevo, Davenport, the home of Odwala Juice and Bonny Doon Winery, lighthouses, and many remote isolated beaches, wind surfing, and other unique enterprises

Quick outings might include the 1-mile bike ride to the nineteenth century Mt. Hermon conference grounds where you may choose to whiz down a zip line (known as the longest on the central coast) through the tree canopy. Or pedal the 2 miles to the picturesque Village of Ben Lomond where the smell of chicken barbecue always wafts from the parking lot of the Ben Lomond Market. Rent a fishing boat or Canoe at Loch Lomond (3 miles up the hill) or fish in the San Lorenzo River, off the wharf or ask how to sign up for deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean.

Hiking through Big Basin Redwood Forest is a lifetime memory or visit the Highland Park or the 3 remaining Historic Logging Villages. Henry Cowell Redwood Forest and State Park is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. The park has a picnic area above the San Lorenzo River. Anglers fish for steelhead and salmon during the winter (catch and release).

Shop till you drop on the Pacific Avenue Mall and enjoy the street musicians. Folks say the nearby Pasatiempo Golf course, a Alister McKenzie design, is as good as you can get for public (semipro) golf. Golf-week rates it #3 in California. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz just 10 miles away or drive a little further to the Monterey Bay Aquarium,

Follow paths to incredible vistas along coastal edges and high mountain trails that overlook the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. Visit Santa Cruz's 300 historic homes dating from the 1850s through 1930s and its 247 structures of architectural significance that dates from 1930 through 1950. The Mountain Village of Boulder Creek is where you will find the streets found in a number of Hollywood movies because its historic charm is evident along each block, as the quaint shops of artisans, antique dealers, are mixed with the local fabric of the community.

World class jazz every Monday at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz is open to all ages. Santa Cruz Farmer's Market is every Wednesday located one block off of Pacific Avenue.

Take day trips to explore the California Coast from Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea, to the Golden Gate Bridge and streetcars of San Francisco.

Colleges and university visits are a natural from Ben Lomond Bungalow. UCSC is 12 miles, CSU San Jose and CSU Monterey Bay are about 30 miles, Stanford University is about 40 miles and UC Berkeley is 70 miles.

Visit up to forty-five different Santa Cruz wineries. Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadowbrook Restaurant features 2 to 4 wines from local Wineries in a spectacular river front setting.

Barrel Tasting & Wine Dinner is held at Bonny Doon Vineyard every Thursday where you can glimpse into the winery & cellar. Barrel tasting is followed by a hosted three-course, prix fixe family style dinner paired with wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, recognized as the best seaside park in the world, offers free concerts on the beach Friday nights. Don Quixote’s International Hall of Music, a tiny mountain venue offers fabulous intimate experience.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1978

About the owner: Our family enjoys the central coast region and has for more than a century. You are invited to view our album on the linked YouTube slide show and then let us help you find the hidden paths around Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo Valley. When at work, we are a university professor teaching architectual history, and a maritime-historian; but our hearts belongs to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Why the Owner Chose Ben Lomond, CA, USA:
Once in the house you may not want to leave but the redwood forests, beaches, and cities of San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, San Jose, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale are all with in reach. Fishing license and small craft rentals are available at Loch Lomond or the Santa Cruz Wharf as well as other places around the county we can help you find. If you are looking for crowds, noise, fog, traffic -- go someplace else. We are tranquility, blue skies, white fluffy clouds, bird song, deer, wild turkeys and brilliant starlight. Ben Lomond Bungalow, in Santa Cruz Mountains is place that defines California Central Coast living at its best and the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces dissolve. Now you have the chance to enjoy our hard work great neighbors, trails, and access to every thing on the central coast including the zip line at Mt Herman as you move from platform to platform through the tree top canopy. The Oak Tree on this property speaks for it self, it is AMAZING, as are the birds who come to rest. We chose this property 35 years ago, partly because of the open flat sunny meadow surrounded by forests with distant mountain views and partly because the geology is as varied in each direction as the potential activities nearby. On the mountain, two miles from our country retreat is a venue for quality music at the Don Quixote's Interntational Music Hall.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The trails around the ranch will lead you past a pond, year round streams and a host of wildlife. The sunset trail above our home leads to a panorama vista overlooking the coast and nearby valleys. Behind the property you will find Quail Hollow Ranch, an equestrian park first developed by the founders of Sunset Magazine as their weekend home. We are close to many state parks and the redwood trees beaches and fun and creative shopping areas. We look forward to sharing our list of fun places to play and eat; however, if you are not able to escape leave work, satellite conference rooms and office space is available within two miles. The rich and varied history of the region is recognized as one of the most significant biological treasures in the state of California, the Zyante Sandhills Zone support a unique community of plants and animals found only in Santa Cruz County.


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Photos

  • After a long day of play retreat to quiet & elegance of the Ben Lomond Bungalow.

    After a long day of play retreat to quiet & elegance of the Ben Lomond Bungalow.

  • Gas or Charcoal Grill on the deck, pull out sofa bed, desk,  VIEWS, fast WiFi.

    Gas or Charcoal Grill on the deck, pull out sofa bed, desk, VIEWS, fast WiFi.

  • Immaculate and a joy to return home after a day of exploring  Central Coast Area

    Immaculate and a joy to return home after a day of exploring Central Coast Area

  • Always nice to come home after a long day of adventure and exploration.  EZ Hwy.

    Always nice to come home after a long day of adventure and exploration. EZ Hwy.

  • Comfortable Bed, private deck, hottub, fireplace, large shower, meadow views.

    Comfortable Bed, private deck, hottub, fireplace, large shower, meadow views.

  • The area around the meditation fountain is home to many birds and Ponderosa Pine

    The area around the meditation fountain is home to many birds and Ponderosa Pine

  • The kitchen garden is planted for our guests and their young visitors to harvest

    The kitchen garden is planted for our guests and their young visitors to harvest

  • A cozy  queen bed in the guest room is a comfortable place to sleep.

    A cozy queen bed in the guest room is a comfortable place to sleep.

  • The old fashion bath tub is a  a great bubble bath.

    The old fashion bath tub is a a great bubble bath.

  • The hottub offers a spectacular views of garden and stars.

    The hottub offers a spectacular views of garden and stars.

  • Quail Hollow Ranch Home with a 21st century attitude, 30 mi to Cupertino.

    Quail Hollow Ranch Home with a 21st century attitude, 30 mi to Cupertino.

  • West Cliff Drive between the Santa Cruz Wharf and Natural Bridges State Park.

    West Cliff Drive between the Santa Cruz Wharf and Natural Bridges State Park.

  • Kitchen tasks do not take you away from the conversation. VIEWS!

    Kitchen tasks do not take you away from the conversation. VIEWS!

  • The 300 year old tree is spectacular any time of day, home to birds, & squirrels

    The 300 year old tree is spectacular any time of day, home to birds, & squirrels

  • Fabulous large drawers contain most normal appliances. Room for many hands, VIEW

    Fabulous large drawers contain most normal appliances. Room for many hands, VIEW

  • For groups larger than 6 we suggest moving table to the living room to expand.

    For groups larger than 6 we suggest moving table to the living room to expand.

  • The library is now full of local history, geology, birding, novels and DVDs.

    The library is now full of local history, geology, birding, novels and DVDs.

  • Coffee in the morning on the deck off the master bedroom  is a great start.

    Coffee in the morning on the deck off the master bedroom is a great start.

  • The 3rd bedroom works well as a den, or play room.  The chair unfolds to twin.

    The 3rd bedroom works well as a den, or play room. The chair unfolds to twin.

  • The walk in shower is large and offers a bench and a view of the tree tops.

    The walk in shower is large and offers a bench and a view of the tree tops.

  • Just outside the bedroom is a great deck with seating area, hot tub, waterfall

    Just outside the bedroom is a great deck with seating area, hot tub, waterfall

  • Our shared private road is well maintained, and is a short distance to highways.

    Our shared private road is well maintained, and is a short distance to highways.

  • The sunset trail behind the house offers spectacular views.

    The sunset trail behind the house offers spectacular views.

  • Point Lobos, Monterey, Carmel, Los Gatos, San Francisco are all easy day trips.

    Point Lobos, Monterey, Carmel, Los Gatos, San Francisco are all easy day trips.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Thursday, August 25, 2016

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