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Victorian Townhouse of Santa Barbara

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 30 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This townhouse is in a charming Queen Anne Victorian duplex situated behind our 150+/- year old home, one of Santa Barbara's oldest Victorians, which was built in the mid 1800's. We restored the house in 1998.

Completed in 2001 in the same style as the main house, the duplex boasts a tower, complete with “witches cap”. The townhouse is tastefully furnished with an eclectic mix of family heirlooms and craftsman style furniture.

Features include hand-inlaid wood floors, a bay window/window-seat, and a fireplace in the living room.

The covered deck is cozily ensconced in the tower creating a wonderful outdoor room. Situated just off the kitchen, the deck can become a private retreat for morning coffee, an outdoor room that's just perfect for a luncheon, a bridge game, an intimate candlelit dinner, or a nightcap.

This unit has 2 bedroom and 2 1/2 baths. It offers sleeping capacity for up to 6. There is a king bed in the master; and twin beds in the second bedroom. The living room couch is a futon that can be made into a double bed. The two bedrooms are upstairs above the living area and have cathedral ceilings.

More Details

Cliff & Karen
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, Some ASL
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Cliff & Karen

Cliff and I have been married 41 years. We raised 8 chlldren. We have 14 grands.

He is a graduate architect (University of Cincinnati School of Art, Architecture, and Design). I am a registered medical technologist (B.S. University of Louisville), turned sales rep. He's semi-retired, working exclusively on our own properties. I am still working full time as a sales rep. for Agilent Technologies.

Cliff & Karen purchased this townhome in 1997

Why Cliff & Karen chose Oak Park

This property is special to Santa Barbara; and, to us. It is one of the last 52 Victorian survivors. It's pictured and described in a book that was chartered by the State of California when they inventoried all the oldest buildings. You can find it in the Historical Society's library.

The Cottage was built circa 1865, before Stearns Wharf. We can prove the approximate date because of water and salt stains that we found on the inside of the siding boards, which proves it was built before Stearns Wharf. The stains are equi-distant from the top and bottom edges. If you can figure out why, we'll include a fruit basket in the unit when you arrive. :-)

What makes this townhome unique

Historic property. For all you history buffs, we would be happy to explain the fascinating details that helped us date the original building, the cottage. Furthermore, it is one of the Victorians listed in the book about Santa Barbara's 52 surviving Victorians. We have original documents dating back to the late 1890s demonstrating when the cottage was moved to it's current location, as well as where it was originally built. And, we can show you in the basement we excavated how the house doesn't fit the foundation, proving that it was not built on site, rather moved and placed on a foundation that was built for it, albeit, poorly measured.

When we built the duplex, 3 years after we purchased and restored the cottage, we paid attention to detail to make it accurate to the era it represents; and, in which, the original cottage was built.

Historic tours of Santa Barbara are also available. Let us know if you are interested.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Karen,

Thank you so much for making our Holiday a wonderful and loving event. Your place is one I will recommend to anyone interested in a Santa Barbara Retreat. Your son was enjoyable and fun to know.
Dec 2011
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Oak Park Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bath off Living Area - toilet , This bath has a toilet and sink
    Hall Bath Upstairs - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom is "en suite" - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master Bathroom has tub Hall Bathroom has shower 1/2 Bath has toilet and sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bathroom is En Suite
    2nd Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Bathroom is across the landing
    Living Room Futon Makes a Double Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • 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
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeping optional by arrangement for an additional fee.


Close to everything yet quiet and comfortable. You will enjoy!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Mar 12, 2016

The VRBO Bear had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful, spacious townhome for a 3-night getaway over Spring Break. We arrived late Wednesday night and Chris (the owner’s son who lives in the main house up front) stayed up to greet us as soon as we arrived, giving us a full tour of the property upon our arrival and making sure we felt at home. We had our own garage space on the first floor of the property, which was great because we rarely needed our rental car. Every floor of the three-story townhome was bright and airy, we felt like we were living in the trees! We are both pretty light sleepers, and although the home is walking distance to all the downtown nightlife, the rental was so peaceful we slept like babies. We woke up in the morning and had a beautiful view of the Santa Ynez mountains from the huge patio. Franceschi Park is only a short drive from the property, where you can get a breathtaking view of the city, coastline and Channel Islands. We also explored Stearns Wharf and “the Funk Zone” which has tons of cool new restaurants and local wineries, both were only a 5 minute Lyft ride from the property. Chris recommended we head to State Street, and it did not disappoint! State Street is only 2 blocks away, and we were able to walk there for our morning coffee, shopping, and the best Thai restaurant in Santa Barbara. The VRBO Bear highly recommends this townhome for anyone looking for a comfortable and relaxing getaway, but wants to be close to everything Santa Barbara has to offer. Thanks Karen, Chris, and his family for making us feel right at home!

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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

This is a "go back to"...the owners are accomodating and gracious. We met our adult children and grandson here and brought our puppy. We spent a lot of time on the deck and were able to stay parked and walk easily to town.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2007
  • Stayed: October 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Great location, close to several bus lines,easy walk to restaurants, which is good because kitchen facilities and cookware are limited. Karen and Cliff , and Jimmy, are really nice people . Furnishings could use updating. A window air conditioner for the bedroom would be nice.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Wonderful Location! Handy to Everything in Downtown Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property! Friendly and accommodating hosts. An easy walk to downtown. Plenty to do in Santa Barbara. And, an excellent place to return to. Definitely will stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bakersfield, Ca

The Perfect Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Perfect weekend with my Bunko girls. As soon as we arrived on Fri, we opened all the windows and didn't close them until we left on Sunday. We visited, cooked, ate, drank, sat in the spa and laughed for two whole days!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for our family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a terrific weekend in Santa Barbara. Our accommodations were perfect for my 2 adult children, their spouses and me. Karen and Cliff are great hosts! The townhouse was comfortable, inviting with enough room for the 5 of us to have our own space. We were here for the Fiesta and found ourselves only 3 blocks from the parade as well as many sights and venues. There is a market only a couple of blocks away as well as a trolley that takes you right to the waterfront. I would definitely recommend this place and would come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Irvine, CA

Wonderful location - walk to State Street and so much more!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our four night stay at the townhouse. The location was perfect. It's an easy walk to the Arlington Theater and lots of restaurants on & off State Street, Public Market, Ensemble Theatre Company, and McConnell's Ice Cream on De la Vina. There is a convenient little market around the corner, and a 5-min drive to larger grocery stores. The townhouse was a good size, 2 bedrooms upstairs (one with a king, one with two twins) and two bathrooms (tub in master, shower in upstairs hall bathroom), and a powder room downstairs. The living room has a futon that fits two adults, so the townhouse can accommodate 6 people comfortably. There is a flat screen TV and DVD player in the living room, and another TV in the master, and an extensive DVD collection available upon request. Ceiling fans in both bedrooms, the living room, and the kitchen, which made it very pleasant with the windows open. Lots of closet space in the bedrooms, and a full sized washer & dryer in the garage. Off the living room/kitchen area of our unit (front unit of the two) was a large deck (both units share) with a large hot tub & a grill, and a nice sized patio table & chairs. The townhouse was very comfortable and clean. The kitchen had a good sized refrigerator, a dishwasher, coffee maker, and was equipped with dishes, glasses, cookware, and bar seating, but as mentioned the patio was just steps away. Included is a one-car enclosed garage for each unit, and we always found convenient street parking as well. Because the townhouses are behind the main house, it was quiet and relaxing. The first level is the garage, the second level is the living room, kitchen & deck, and the third level is where the bedrooms are located. The owners, Karen & Cliff, live in the front house, and are very nice, friendly and great hosts! We had a nice stay while attending a UCSB graduation. Very convenient to UCSB, downtown, and less than an hour to Solvang and nearby wine country. Great neighborhood for walking and admiring the quaint historical homes as well!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Arlington Theatre
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Stearns Wharf
Everyone must spend some time on the wharf.
State Street Shopping & Dining
Santa Barbara Zoo
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Mission Santa Barbara
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Brophy Bros.
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.8 Miles
Santa Barbara Marina
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Interstate 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Mountain High
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Stearns Wharf/East Beach/West Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Arlinton Theatre
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Courthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Stearns Wharf
Car: not necessary

Within walking distance are restaurants, shops, theaters, and museums. Santa Barbara has a vibrant downtown. There's a wonderful park a few blocks east with a terrific and intricate jungle gym called Kids' World. the Chase Palm Park park is just across the street from Kids' World. It's a quiet peaceful park in which to walk and enjoy many species of flowering trees, bushes, and other plants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $250

N.B. We have advertised on VRBO for over 10 years. And we consider the VRBO and Homeaway family of websites to be excellent advertising venues.

Although they may indicate that the reservation is being held for you for only 24 hours, we may take longer than that to get back to you. Please feel free to reach out to us directly, if we haven't responded to you. We will respond to both through VRBO/Homeaway email AND your personal email. And, even if they indicate that the reservation is no longer available, we will reach out to you, either way; even after they have sent you that message.

REFUNDABLE DAMAGE DEPOSIT(S) vs PROPERTY DAMAGE PROTECTION: The latter is an insurance policy with additional travel protections. I will gladly send you a copy of the policy; or, it's available on the VRBO/Homeaway website(s):
You can choose EITHER Property Damage Protection for a $59 fee (which purchases up to $1500 in accidental property damage); OR, you can pay a refundable damage deposit, which we refund 2 weeks after departure, assuming no damage; and, it will also serve to hold your reservation; OR, you can choose both types of property damage protection. If you choose only the $59 Property Damage Protection policy, we will require a deposit against rent to hold the reservation. You will need to inform us of whether you are purchasing Property Damage Protection, paying a refundable damage deposit, or both.

We are dog friendly. The refundable pet deposit is $250/dog. I know, VRBO calls it a fee. But, we refund it as long as there is no pet damage. The limit is 2 small to medium size dogs. We do not accept cats because they are so allergenic and many people will refuse to rent if there has ever been a cat in the unit.

TAXES: Stays of 30 nights/31 days, or more, incur no taxes.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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