We Are Now Renting for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays!
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- Minimum stay:3-5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
A gorgeous kitchen, beaches nearby, hugely expansive yet very private environment. Your family will be very peaceful and happy here! We are renting for the Thanksgiving week, including the entire week of Nov. 19 - Nov 26 (4-day minimum during this week). We will also be renting for the Christmas Holiday in two blocks of time, Dec 17-26 (6-night minimum) and Dec 26-Jan 1 (5-night minimum).
Our house is a beautifully designed and crafted large home in the rural-feeling Los Positas valley only 2 minutes from Hendry’s Beach and 5 minutes from downtown. 3 bedrooms upstairs, finished basement, 3.5 baths. Huge high quality kitchen with large Wolf stove. Kitchen opens to spacious living room surrounded by windows. Total privacy once you enter the home.
Henry David Thoreau would have loved to have done his writing from our living room, kitchen, dining room, or balconies. This home is beautifully designed and crafted with the highest quality materials. The architects and builder put primary effort into creating a natural, open environment that connects very well to the gorgeous outdoor space, which is a natural corridor down to Hendry's Beach. At the same time, the home is located only 5 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, and less than a mile to the beach.
Architectural details include a sensitivity to light and space that makes the interior of the house appealing at all times of day, high end stonework and woodwork, mahogany floors, arched custom-built wooden doors, hand made stair banister, and a gorgeous master suite.
The kitchen features a granite countertop island with second sink, soapstone countertops, beautiful walnut cabinets, and a six-burner Wolf range/stove with a built-in griddle. Other built-in features include a high-quality hi-fi system with speakers in each room, a recreation room entertainment center with large flat-screen TV, and a high quality surround sound system.
We purchased the home because of the natural setting. Arroyo Burro Creek (a trickle in the summer) wraps around two sides of the property, down a steeply sloped 30' stepped bank lined with eucalyptus trees. The outer part of the yard is frequented by birds and lizards, and the evening resounds with owl hoots and the chirping of tiny frogs. We have also seen a beautiful bobcat, herons, a coyote, a beautiful gopher snake, and multiple other bird species. We share a driveway with four other houses, but you hardly know they are there, as the backyard is huge, wraps around the house, and is very large and private.
Given the open forest feel of the property, it might be surprising as to how close we are to many Santa Barbara attractions. Hendry's beach is a five-minute bike ride away and one of the best local surf spots. The Boathouse restaurant here serves a great meal (fresh fish, salads, burgers, desserts), and you are just 50 feet from the water as you eat. It's our favorite place to take our kids.
Eilings park (http://www.elingspark.org) is across the street and down about 100 yards. It is full of mountain bike and hiking trails, tennis courts, a BMX course, and athletic fields. All the attractions of down-town area Santa Barbara (Mission, Courthouse, other historic downtown sites, State Street restaurants & shopping, harbor, zoo, art museum, Natural History Museum & planetarium, farmers markets) are within biking distance or a five to ten-minute drive. Although you would never know it, we are 2-3 minutes from the freeway, which makes getting anywhere (to the airport, other beaches, shopping centers, UCSB, or City College) extremely easy and quick.
Because we are a real family who lives here most of the year, we have some other things that might interest some guests. We have a trampoline, several bikes, scooters, roller blades, and a few boogie boards and surf boards. There is even an outdoor warm water shower for rinsing off after a trip to the beach! We have a full set of Pilates equipment downstairs (including a reformer and cadillac) that we could leave out and available for guests who are trained. We will not leave the Pilates equipment out unless you specifically ask us to. Let us know what you would be interested in using, and we can arrange to make it available.
Our rates vary depending upon season. We have an extra-person charge of $20/night beyond 6, so if you have 8 people, we can accommodate you. Our check in time is 2 pm, and our check out time is 10 am, but if you need to check out later, we can often make that happen.
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Member since: 2013
- 3000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- Master bedroom: spacious and naturally well lit, with a large SE-facing picture window and SW-facing balcony. Custom lighting includes ceiling reading lights for each side of the bed. King bed, Walk-in closet, fireplace. Washer & dryer are in the walk-in closet. Balcony has its own shower and privacy from neighbors. Mahogany floors. This is a room to enjoy by night and to leisurely wake up in by morning! Ample floor space for crib(s) and/or a twin or double floor mattress for children. Second large bedroom: Queen bed, mahogany floors, ceiling can lighting, small closet, dresser. Windows face SE and NE. Ample floor space for crib(s) and/or a second twin or double mattress on the floor. Third bedroom is charming and smaller than the other two, but it has a SW-facing narrow balcony (standing only) and a 'hobbit hole' behind a secret door where one or two additional kids can sleep on floor mattresses. The main part of the room can be furnished with a bunk or a twin bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Master bath is luxurious with 6-shower head glass-and-travertine-tile shower and separate jacuzzi tub. Dual sinks with large mirror and more than ample drawer and cabinet space. End-of-upstairs hallway bathroom is a full bath with shower-bathtub and travertine tile. Would typically be used by second large bedroom and third bedroom occupants. Rec room bath is in the finished basement and would serve guests sleeping on a futon couch or bunks in the rec room. ...moreless
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
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- Iron & Board
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- Coffee Maker
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Spacious and luxurious, with huge granite countertop island, Wolf stove, island sink, pasta pot filler faucet, and plenty of cabinet space and cookware. Accent lighting and natural lighting by day....moreless
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 17 - Jan 1, 2017
5 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- cleaning fee $250
- Pet Fee $200 + tax
- Tax Rate 12%
An additional charge of $300 per stay will be applied for each additional guest beyond 8. An additional charge of $50.00 will be added if there are more than 6 guests.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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This property is amazingly situated close to many amenities (3 miles/5 min from downtown, 1 mile/2 min from the beach, 2-3 min to the freeway, and within walking distance of the tennis courts at Elings Park), and it is at the edge of residential neighborhoods, yet it is the back lot of a cluster of four houses surrounded on two sides by Arroyo Burro Creek, and feels like the wilderness. The back yard is frequented by many birds, chirping frogs and other wildlife. Being so close to downtown and the freeway, it is only a short drive to attractions such as the Santa Barbara Mission, the zoo, many other area beaches, the Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Natural History, as well as excellent hiking and mountain biking.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: We are a family of four, with two teenage boys who love to surf! We love Santa Barbara. Bill and Betsy both finished degrees (in Geology and Dance respectively) here and were engaged in 1999. They have both lived all over the world and love being back in Santa Barbara. Bill works as a Geology Professor for Santa Barbara City College, and Betsy has a private Dance/Yoga/Pilates business and also works as a Bilingual Therapist for Santa Barbara City College. We are so glad you have come to visit, and we hope you come back!
Why the Owner Chose Hidden Valley, Santa Barbara, CA, USA:
We live here most of the year and are gone during the summers and holidays. This home is modern and architecturally beautiful, with many extravagant details that the builder put in himself. The home has a finished basement with bathroom and shower, our children's art work, and a surround-sound entertainment center,. It is a very quiet peaceful place, and has a queen bed in case anyone needs total peace and quiet from the upstairs environment.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The stonework, the woodwork, the quality of the kitchen appliances, and the overal architectural design are what you will probably first notice. The house was designed to maximize the sense of sunlight, space, and the feeling of having no neighbors. You might love to cook restaurant-style pancakes on the griddle built into the Wolf stove or to experiment with the six shower heads in the master bath! Bring your binoculars and birdwatch from the great room or master bedroom window, and take a walk down to the creek. If you like the beach, Hendry's beach is a short bike-ride away, and we are across Los Positas Road from Elings Park, which has tennis courts, athletic fields, paragliding, and mountain biking trails.
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- Secondary: +1 8053508888 cell phone (not in use June 15-July 15, 2015
- Tertiary: +1 8057304114 Bill's work phone
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This is our beach! Less than a mile away, protected among trees, our home!!!
View of living room from the kitchen
Master bath dual sinks
Finished basement area. (Pilates equipment available with special arrangement.)
View of balcony from master bedroom (facing SW)
Back yard from patio off kitchen. (Tramp available with special arrangement.)
Kitchen (6-burner Wolf stove) with living room behind
Main floor half bath
Master bath--jacuzzi tub & six-shower head shower
Basement 3/4 bath
Gorgeous upstairs master bedroom, with huge balcony. Like a treehouse!
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