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Happy House by the Sea

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 BRs, 1 Bath, within steps of entrance to Seacliff Beach Park (Cement Boat)

Happy House is a charming 2 bedroom 1 bath Cottage 1/2 block to entrance to Seacliff State Beach Park. It has a fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker, stove/oven, refrigerator, cook ware and dishwasher. There is a laundry washer & dryer, we provide linens and towels for the house. Wireless internet access, Direct TV, DVD and VCR with movies for kids. Less than a block to groceries, restaurants, shops. Amenities include gas log fireplace, a fenced back yard and charcoal barbeque.

We are near the redwoods in Nisene Marks State park and a short trip to Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Monterey Bay Aquarium. We have a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

For small kids you may use our pack n' play, and booster seats for the kitchen table. We have an assortment of children's books and family board games.

Happy House is a cozy home limited to 6 guests. Friendly, well behaved pets who are a good fit with our pet rules are welcome at a $50 fee per pet.

Santa Cruz County Certificate # CO00450

Some of our House Rules:

No Smoking

Check in time is 4 PM

Check out time is 11 AM.

Turn off the heat and lights when you go out.

Quite time is 10 PM to 8 AM

Return keys to lock box when you check out.

More Details

Emelia Nahinu
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

Why Emelia Nahinu chose Aptos

This is an Eichler home built in the 30's and has been our family over 60 years. The front of the house has floor to ceiling windows which let in lots of natural light. Our yards have beautiful colors in the flowers. We love that our children and grandchildren can come and enjoy our beach house like we did as kids. We welcome you to come and enjoy it too.

What makes this cottage unique

Happy House is very close to the beach, at night we can hear the waves crashing upon the shore. We are also just a short walk to fantastic restaurants, ice cream, shopping and a small grocery store. We have known this to be a safe, highly desirable neighborhood close to a lot, but usually peaceful and quiet at night.


Aptos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • New tile March 2016
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • I bedroom has a king size bed. The second bedroom has 2 single beds. The living room has a double size futon.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have Boogie Boards and sand toys available.


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Happy House by the Sea
average rating of 4.673684 based on 95 reviews

This is our 5th stay @ 'Happy House'each year it gets better! Sun, restaurants, it's all here.

  • 5 of 5

A Perfect home away from home. Cozy & convenient cute local restaurants, sun, and sand and shops are steps away and the fun of Santa Cruz and Capitola a short drive. Emelia, the owner, is a joy to work with. Quick to respond to anything you might need. Comfy beds plenty of linens, towels and supplies . The kitchen is stocked.Pots pans,appliances and has all you need.

The washer/dryer is a life saver. wonderful Patio is safe & secure for pets. anenjoy alfresco BBQ .meals Books, DVD's for kids, ( but why stay inside when the ocean is steps away?) A real home-away-from-home. Forget hassles if pricey hotels and enjoy Happy House you will adore this hidden Aptos gem.

Once to come you'll be back for another visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind comments and useful information! It was nice to have you back at Happy House.
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Sequim, WA

Great place for access to the beach!

  • 4 of 5

First, let me say that our host Amelia could not have been nicer. When we arrived for our two week stay, we couldn't get the WiFi working. Amelia worked with us for several hours our first evening to get it working with their provider, and from then on no problems. The bed was very comfortable and the back yard was great to hang out in. The beach house is only a block away from the entrance to the Seacliff State Beach, which is very convenient. However, it is located on a rather busy commuter street. The home, overall, met our needs. However, the kitchen could be better equipped in the way of cooking utensils and dishes. It did have a great, new Cuisinart coffee pot. We enjoyed our stay and if we're ever return to the Aptos area would consider renting it again.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend with friends in Aptos. Emelia was very responsive to texts and emails and everything was as described. We enjoyed daily walks to the beach, which was only a block away. We also discovered Marianne's Ice Cream which we visited a couple times! There was everything we needed in the house, we enjoyed barbecuing our first night and just sitting back and lounging in the backyard. We'll definitely be coming back again! Emelia, thank you so much for everything and for opening your home to us!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fresno, CA

Lovely week at the Happy House

  • 5 of 5

The Happy House had everything we needed for a lovely week stay. Everything we needed or wanted was within walking distance. During the week our grandson spiked a fever in the middle of the night. There was a 24-hour Safeway less than a mile away. Super convenient! The freeway was around the corner. Super easy access either direction! Care free week. Thank you for providing such a great place for a getaway. Respectfully, Detrah

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable beach bungalow in an amazing location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely short stay. Aptos is fantastic and in a great location. No complaints at all!! Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time again. This is our go to home away from home when visiting the area and for many reasons. The Safeway is close by and a convenience store steps away. And of course, the beach. So close you can hear the waves at night. Emelia is a doll to work with. And our little dogs enjoy the back yard. Will stay again!~

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
0.12 Miles
1/2 block
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos
Nearest Motorway
0.13 Miles
Highway 1 - 2 blocks
Nearest Restaurant
0.11 Miles
1/2 block
Nearest Beach
0.12 Miles
Seacliff Beach - 1/2 block
Car: not necessary

Our beachhouse is a short walk to Seacliff State Beach, which is a great place to play in the ocean. There are picnic and barb-q areas at the beach and even a snacksnack open in the summer. A small beach and sea life museum is there and a pier to fish from. The pier leads to the old cement ship that you may no longer walk onto, but can see lots of birds and watch for different sea animals. Dolphins are a regular sighting from the pier or beach. A concrete walking path along Seacliff Beach leads to Rio Del Mar Beach which is just past Aptos Creek.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is not too far with plenty of rides and family entertainment.

Just one exit down the freeway (Rio Del Mar) is Seascape Golf Club at 610 Clubhouse Drive Aptos, CA 95003.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

There is no smoking at Happy House.
Check in 4PM, check out is by 11AM
Default prices shown are for 1-2 people. Additional guests are $5 per person per night. There is a maximum of 6 people allowed to stay at Happy House.
You may choose a refundable security deposit instead of the PDP (Property Damage Protection) fee. If you would prefer the refundable security deposit instead of the PDP, just let us know before making the booking.
Friendly, well behaved, house broken pets are considered for a $50 fee per pet. Please let us know how many and what kind of pet(s) you have.
No pets are allowed anywhere on the property unless arranged in advance and pet fees have been paid.
You must be a responsible pet owner.
Dogs must be completely "potty trained" to use the outdoors.
Pets must be free of fleas, ticks and current on the antirabies vaccination.
We do not allow pets on the furniture or beds. Please bring a pet bed to place on the floor.
Please bring your pet with you when you leave the house.
If your pet barks, whines or yelps excessively or otherwise causes disturbance to the neighbors your pets may be asked to leave early.
You are required to pick up all poop from the front, back and side yards prior to checking out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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