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New Listing - Exclusive Multi-Million Dollar Neighborhood!

Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

NEW LISTING! The Johanna Manor belongs to a professional athlete and is now opened to the public through vacation rentals.

The Johanna Estates Neighborhood has been proclaimed by Santa Cruz realtors as being one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Santa Cruz County. The neighborhood is unique in that it offers unmatched privacy, luxury, grandeur, convenience, and warmth. Its located only 1.4 miles to New Brighten beach and 2 miles from Capitola beach (the most charming beach town on this side of the bay). When you’re at the beach and the fog rolls in, no worries; you can leave the fog behind when you retreat back to the privacy of your estate.

Once back at the manor your options are endless. Take a walk or bike ride down the private roads within the exclusive neighborhood. This estate sits on 4 acres and has its own private views of the forest. You may just want to kick back and relax in the hot tub, watch the wildlife off the back patio, or fire up the pizza oven with your family or friends. Looking for more activities? Santa Cruz is known for its world class surfing. Less known is that people travel from all over the world to bike Santa Cruz roads and mountains. One of the premier biking, hiking and running spots in Santa Cruz is Nisene Marks State Park.

If your into Golf, you probably already know that the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz County boast many of the best courses in the world. For fun the whole family can enjoy, check out the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, the mystery house, roaring camp as well as many other local attractions.

When it comes to shopping, food and entertainment; this estate is centrally located less than three miles from Capitola Village, Soquel Village, and Aptos Village.

The Johanna Manor has just recently been completely renovated.

Cook in with space and luxury: Custom Kitchen Counters imported from Israel: Double thickness Jerusalem Gold Limestone. Double ovens for cooking with large groups.

Hand Crafted Rustic kitchen cabinets.

Italian imported pizza oven: also cooks meats, breads, poultry etc. Make your own pizza parties…an activity that everyone can enjoy. Pizza Dough comes complimentary with the rental.

European style Petrified Seashore patio and Carmel by the Sea half wall

Rustic hand crafted bathroom cabinets and counter-tops.

Granite Dry stacked retaining walls

Tahoe style landscaping

Keywords: Santa Cruz Vacation Rental,Capitola, Aptos, Soquel, Seascape

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About The Owner

Mike and Monica were married in 2008 and are always on the move. From Mike's professional career as an athlete, to their multiple business'...the two rarely spend more than a week in any one location. They have been very fortunate to travel the country and travel the world, where they have found many inspirations for their vacation home in Santa Cruz, Ca.

Why The Owner chose Aptos

We absolutely love all the activities, weather and scenery Santa Cruz has to offer. We absolutely love going to the beach. The only thing we don’t like about the beach is the summertime fog that comes and goes. We loved this house because it put us 1.4 miles from the beach but out of the fog patterns so that we can enjoy the beach when its sunny and beautiful but not get stuck at a house covered in fog. The other limiting factor with most the homes near the beach that we looked at was the lack of space. With 4 acres, tons of parking, 2 roads, huge patios, decks and lawns…it provides us with a place to entertain our friends and family without feeling smothered by the next door neighbors or annoyed with the constant flow of traffic to and from the beach. Another thing we loved was the safety, privacy and exclusiveness of the neighborhood. An added benefit to the house that we realized after we moved in was that it was right in the center of all three Santa Cruz villages.

What makes this estate unique

Privacy, luxury, space, views 1.4 miles to the beach less than 3 miles to any of the villages (Capitola village, Aptos village, Soquel village) exclusive neighborhood feeling of getting away while still being conveniently close to everything.


Aptos Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 child bed , 1 full pull out couchh for 2 small children
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , 4 twins total
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Imported Italian Pizza oven, great for entertaining


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.8076925 based on 26 reviews

A great reunion in a beautiful place

  • 4 of 5

This is a spacious and comfortable home well situated in gorgeous country. Beautiful ocean views and Redwood forests are just outside the door for peaceful morning walks. Almost adjoining the property is an extensive park with many trails were we enjoyed running. The neighborhood is very quiet and the house feels secluded. A short drive took us to miles of beach for long walks, bird and seal viewing, and sunset watching.

Our family enjoys cooking together, so the large, well-outfitted kitchen was a big plus. One drawback was an oven that didn't seem to work properly, but everything else was fine. All the small appliances we wanted were available as well as the regular kitchen tools and dishes. The highlight of our cooking experience was the pizza oven. We found it easy to use by following the instructions from the website and it was a lot of fun to try something new. Besides, the results were delicious! Again, all the equipment needed was provided and we found wood available at the nearby Safeway.

Although it rained heavily one entire day, that didn't bother us as we cooked a big dinner together, played cards, did a jigsaw puzzle and enjoyed each other's company. Then the sun came out for the rest of our stay and the weather was spectacular.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location and great property.

  • 4 of 5

Overall, the amenities were great and the location was pretty ideal. You feel like you're in a remote mountain home yet you're close to everything. The furnishings were comfortable and worked well for our family. The pizza oven was a huge bonus so we used it one of the nights to make pizzas for everyone. We had some issues with the dishwasher and stove but everything else seemed to work well. None of the windows had window treatments so it may be tough to sleep in past 7am, for those that want to. We have little kids that wake us up so it it wasn't a big deal.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and Relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Johanna Manor and look forward to going back as SOON as we can! It was very comfortable and well stocked! The pizza oven outside was a huge hit...very fun!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Property was excellent, everything was in very good order when we arrived, and the owner (Monica) was super-responsive to questions about things like the TV.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great Place for a Group Stay

  • 4 of 5

Every year we run a basketball tournament in the Santa Cruz area and we find a large location to house most of our staff. Although this location was not large enough for everyone, it fit the bill! The home is a lovely 2 story on top of a forested hill. When the marine layer lifts you have a distant glimpse of the ocean. Very peaceful and quiet.

We baked Costco pizza's in the pizza oven one evening (read the instructions on how to do this correctly) but mostly spent our time offsite and indoors. THe kitchen and living areas were spacious. The rooms were of ample size and the bathrooms very functional.

Would be great for a family or business retreat!

We will likely consider returning next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, private home, close to everything! We didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend getaway at Johanna Manor! The house was perfect! It had plenty of space to accommodate our group, with a great open floor-plan for entertaining. The house was very well stocked – plenty of kitchen supplies, linens, etc. The property was beautiful, quiet and private, and the house was clean, in great condition, and well taken care of. The house felt secluded, surrounded by forest, but was only a quick drive to Aptos and Capitola. Monica was great and answered any questions I had before the visit. I highly recommend staying at Johanna Manor and hope to return!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $249
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $400
Tax Rate 11.0%

All Holidays are subject to our "high season" rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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