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Santa Barbara Villa/Estate W/ Ocean Views - Monthly Rental Romantic Classic

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Queen of the Hill overlooking Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands


Last updated: 03/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:30 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

A historic Santa Barbara Villa Estate. Built in 1916, this property enchants with it's location at the top of the Riviera, it's privacy down a long private gravel drive, spacious rooms, & breathtaking views of the entire Santa Barbara coast.
One enters through a vaulted breezeway to the entry courtyard where the old gardens and shade trees soften the view and provide separate and distinct areas for all forms of rest, relaxation, contemplation and entertaining. Formal dining room, foyer, and living room, all have french doors that open onto different private gardens and terraces. High ceilings throughout and casual, but, elegant decor including hardwood floors and seagrass flooring, give the house a comfortable feel that combines the best of Spanish Colonial architecture with modern day California living. All the upstairs bedrooms have ocean views, arched windows, and wrought iron balconies.

The outdoor dining area has both fireplace and gas grill. Complete kitchen with Garland commercial range, dishwasher, pots & pans, etc....

Two master bedrooms upstairs with king beds. 3rd bedroom upstairs with queen bed. Detached guest studio with queen bed and full bath.
While providing a tranquil setting for a home away from home experience, the location is also just minutes away from the Mission, downtown Santa Barbara, and white sand beaches. Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez is 30 minutes away. This is the quintessential Santa Barbara home, where one can easily imagine being in the south of France or on the Amalfi Coast, without the airfare!

The unique benefits of this House: Anyone who has every stayed at or rented this house, comments on how tranquil it is and feeling far away from the busy world. Often guests come with long lists of things to do and see while here, but, confess on departure that they were so content on the terrace, they found it hard to leave the house. We hope you will enjoy and explore every aspect of our beautiful town, but, if you are just as happy to have wine and cheese and watch the sunset from the comfort of your own villa then this is a good fit for you.
Please note we have a no-smoking policy and also that there is a resident cat at the property, and while this can be a perk for some, if you have severe pet allergies, it would probably not be a god fit.

key words: Santa Barbara vacation rental, Santa Barbara historic villa, ocean view villa, villa rental, garden estate rental
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 4000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television:

    HBO/Premium Package Channels...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Game Console:

    Wii X-box...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Miles of Coastline and Santa Cruz Islands...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    french doors from formal dining room open onto terrace with multiple outdoor dining options....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Salon style living room with larger wood burning fire place and Palladian windows looking out over Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Up to 5 cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Decks & wrought iron balconies off of all the upstairs bedrooms....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Entertaining patios & garden courtyards all with panoramic ocean views on east, west & southern sides of the house....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Old stone walls and terraces are connected by meandering paths throughout the garden of Mediterranean plantings and drought tolerant natives. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
30 night min stay

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

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500


$900=$950 night

Check-in 2:00 pm, Check-out 12:00

Guest pets not allowed, due to cat that already lives at the property

Not suitable for guests with pet allergies

$250 Cleaning fee. $1500 Deposit 12% Local tax

Dates available: Year Round

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 03/19/2017
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Barbara
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
El Encanto Hotel, Restaurant, & Bar
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
East Beach

Riviera overlooking Franceschi Park & 5 min to downtown

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: After living in Italy for several years, we were almost ready to make the permanent move, but, couldn't quite give up life in Santa Barbara. We now travel extensively and are happy to share our home to others visiting the area. Since we do still live on the property part of the year, we do ask that you treat our home as you would your own while you are here.

Why the Owner Chose Riviera, Santa Barbara, CA, USA:
When we first saw this house over twenty years ago, it was love at first sight. It was the third house built on the Riviera and when you experience the view for the first time, you can understand why the sight was chosen. It has a very romantic timeless appeal and has a "slow down, enjoy the day" feel to it that cannot be resisted!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Queen of the Hill overlooking Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands

    Queen of the Hill overlooking Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands

  • Entry through Vaulted Breezeway

    Entry through Vaulted Breezeway

  • View from the Blue Room

    View from the Blue Room

  • View toward Ventura

    View toward Ventura

  • Kitchen


  • Three fireplaces

    Three fireplaces

  • Master Bedroom Deck

    Master Bedroom Deck

  • The Green Room

    The Green Room

  • Garden off of the Library

    Garden off of the Library

  • Just up the road from the El Encanto Hotel, but, feels a million miles away...

    Just up the road from the El Encanto Hotel, but, feels a million miles away...

  • Formal dining room with French doors opening to Spanish style courtyard

    Formal dining room with French doors opening to Spanish style courtyard

  • Living Room with Ocean & Garden Views

    Living Room with Ocean & Garden Views

  • The Blue Room - King bed

    The Blue Room - King bed

  • Den/Library


  • Master Bedroom - king bed and private deck dressing room

    Master Bedroom - king bed and private deck dressing room

  • one of the upstairs bathrooms

    one of the upstairs bathrooms

  • Another Upstairs Bathroom

    Another Upstairs Bathroom

  • East Garden Area

    East Garden Area

VRBO #335111

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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