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Peaceful and Spacious Beach House

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights


About the property

2 bdrm,den, 3.5 Baths, (Slps 6 adults, children under 8 not counted)

This spacious, contemporary-style home with seaside colors is just 150 steps from Twin Lakes Bonfire Beach and the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and Marina. Guests LOVE our house!

With 1600 Square Feet, this No Smoking, Two-Story Home includes:

* WiFi

* welcome gift of a bottle of wine

* ocean views from kitchen, living room and both balconies

*Listen to the ocean waves hitti ng the beach at night

* fully equipped kitchen

* two beautifully decorated master bedrooms with Queen size Beds and full bathrooms.

*A den fully furnished with 2 twin beds and a futon. This home will accommodate 6 adults - children under 8 not counted in the maximum occupancy limit. Please comply with these requirements.

-see below:

*1st bedroom - Master bedroom with queen size bed is upstairs with large shower and double sinks

*second master bedroom with queen size bed is downstairs with full bathroom (shower over tub)

*Den with 2 twin beds and futon. Children under 8 not counted in the maximum occupancy limit

*Full bathroom with shower over tub is in hallway

* Guest bathroom is upstairs near living room

* dining area - table seats 8 comfortably

*Counter has 4 stools

* living room with fireplace

* 32' flat screen HDTV with video game inputs

* two balconies with ocean views (tables and chairs included)

*BBQ on deck upstairs while watching ocean waves

*Backyard has large wood deck with chaise lounges

*Outdoor shower with hot water

**Seaside color painted walls and coastal decor make it so peaceful and relaxing!

*free wifi

The home is walking distance to Twin Lakes Beach, the popular Crow's Nest Restaurant, a coffee shop to watch a fast game of volleyball in the sand, the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.and Marina and a small grocery store. Also, it is conveniently located close to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Downtown Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell Redwoods, and the quaint beach town of Capitola. A shopping mall is close by. There is also a climbing wall facility very nearby.

A must is the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and lovely town of Carmel is a 45 minute drive. The famous Pebble Beach Golf Course is a 45 minutes drive also.

In 35 minutes driving time you are in San Jose to see the Winchester Mystery House, big Westfield shopping mall, Great America amusement park, and the San Jose Airport. San Francisco airport is 1 1/2 hour distance.

This comfortable home is perfect for families, couples, singles , retreats or seminars. A Personal Chef is available for special events (additional charge required).

Keywords: contemporary style and fun beach house with ocean views, bonfire beach 150 steps away, yacht harbor and marina walking distance, great for families, couples, seminars or retreats

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Marilyn

We are a retired couple who live in Santa Clara Valley. We enjoy our 15 grandchildren as often as possible, but keep busy with many activities including traveling, baking too much, and church ministries. We are enjoying life!

Marilyn purchased this house in 2001

Why Marilyn chose Santa Cruz

We used to rent in Santa Cruz to be close to the ocean, but had an opportunity to purchase this home. It is a perfect location for families, friends, seminars, girls' weekends to 'hang out'. It's close to grocery shopping, mall shopping and Gayle's Bakery in Capitola. You won't be disappointed with the accommodations and location. Our reviews and repeat renters reflect this!

What makes this house unique

Our favorite thing to do when we come to our beach home is nothing. We go to the Crows Nest and coffee cafe to listen to the ukelele group on Saturdays and get plenty of rest on the purple sofa! Putting puzzles together, walking the beach and playing games are a favorite. The yacht harbor provides lots of entertainment: volleyball tournaments, watching boats, paddle boarders, surfers, kayakers coming in and out - always something new to see. The home itself has peaceful pastel colors, plenty of room for entertaining, great for napping or 'hanging out' with family and friends. Everyone who stays here leaves a note that they 'love' this house!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for the wonderful accommodations. We had a blast! Can't wait to come back next year.
Aug 2013
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 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 allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Maximum number of guests during day is 12. Children age 8 and older considered adults,
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , coastal tiles, single sink, large mirror, in bdrm #2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , coastal tiles in shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , lg. half bath with lovely mirror, loc. near living area
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Double sinks, coastal tiles, large shower and showerhead
  • Full bathrooms have coastal tiles in shower, very large shower and showerhead in 1st bathroom, lovely mirrors in all bathrooms, plenty of counter and drawer space, all clean and shiny!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large upstairs bedroom with full bathroom, nicely decorated
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Downstairs bdrm with full bath, sliding glass door to patio
    Den - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Baby portacrib available
  • All beds have comfortable mattresses and extra pillows. Comforters are cozy and have beach or pastel color themes. Linens are of good quality. Open windows provide ocean sounds for a peaceful sleep. Rooms are decorated in pastel colors making them bright and cheerful. There is plenty of closet and drawer space.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Games, puzzles, Toys, Beach Toys, Beach Chairs and Umbrellas, beach wagon, bonfire beach to make smores, peaceful colors throughout the house and a comfortable place to return after a fun day of beach activities all so near! Volley ball nets by Crow's nest. Also enjoy the Saturday morning ukulele concert near the Crows Nest. Hiking trails are nearby. This is a house suited for both young and old. Dont' forget the Welcome Gift to you of a bottle of wine!


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Peaceful and Spacious Beach House
average rating of 4.962963 based on 39 reviews

We loved our stay at the beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the beach house! It felt comfortable and just like home as soon as we walked in the door. The neighborhood was pleasantly peaceful and quiet. The location and the views of the beach were spectacular. Walking distance to the beach, The Crows Nest Restaurant, and Java Junction Coffee. A great place to stay and spend time with family and friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you enjoyed your time at the beach house. We agree that it is the perfect location for families and friends with so many things to see and do. Thank you for your great review!
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Awesome beach house!

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean, comfortable, and more than enough space for our family of 4. With so much to do in the Santa Cruz area we definitely would love to come back! We had an amazing weekend and the house was perfect! Thank you for the bottle of welcome wine that was a very nice touch and much appreciated!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House and very close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

This is such a great place to stay and is hands down the best Santa Cruz property that we've rented. We spent a long weekend at the house with my sister and our kids. It was a comfortable, spacious and had all the beach gear we needed. The outside shower is fantastic for the kids (and adults). The owner is responsive and friendly. We will definitely stay again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nicole, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the beach house and hope you will come again. We really liked your great review! Best regards, Marilyn
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Lovely comfortable, convenient, fabulous view

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained, spotless home. Very comfortable living room. Plenty of room. Had everything you would want. Views are spectacular. For me that is my favorite part of town in Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this great review! It was our pleasure to share our home with you. You were wonderful renters and we hope you will return. Best, Marilyn
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Super cute and great location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the the location of this beach house. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and the colorful dinnerware made dining in very fun! The ocean view from the kitchen window was a nice bonus too!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Margo, for your nice review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time there. I agree that the view from the kitchen window is "eye catching". We hope to accommodate you again. Best, Marilyn
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beautiful home, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, so much! We were happy to share our beach house with you and your family!
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Cowell Beach
Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature
Walnut Avenue Cafe
Monterey Bay Kayaks
The Penny Ice Creamery
Stagnaro Bros Seafood
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
Crow's Nest Restaurant
Pacific Edge Climbing Gym
O'Neill Surf Shop
Johnny's Harborside
Twin Lakes State Beach
Hog's Breath Inn
I Love Sushi & Tappen
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Seabright Brewery
Seabright State Beach
Riva Fish House
Aldo's Restaurant
41st Ave Surf Break
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Soif Wine Bar & Retail
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Surf City Sandwich
Pacific Yachting and Sailing
Chardonnay Sailing Charters
Bargetto Winery Tasting Room
Cannery Row
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Natural Bridges State Beach
West Cliff Drive
Nearest Airport
28 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Crows Nest and El Palomar Restaurants-2 blocks
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Pasatiempo Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 17 and Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Crows Nest and El Palomar Restaurants- 2 blocks
Nearest Point of Interest
Twin Lakes Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Yacht harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Nearest Point of Interest
Climbing wall
Car: recommended

We are situated 150 steps to Twin Lakes bonfire Beach for a Smores treat and wonderful waves to boogie board. You must visit the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with the great wooden roller coaster and many rides which is 10 blocks walking distance. A climbing wall facility is close by, Free Water Taxi at the harbor during the summer, whale and sunset cruises, harbor and marina 3 blks away where you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, etc. The famous Crows Nest Restaurant with live entertainment and great food is also at the harbor. Kids love to climb the jetty rocks. The walk to the lighthouse is just past the famous Aldo's for breakfast, all walking distance from the beach house.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is 45 minutes away, as well as quaint towns of Carmel and Capitola with Shadowbrook Restaurant. Pebble Beach Golf Course is 45 minutes away

We include a bottle of wine as our welcome gift!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $175
Tax Rate 11.0%

Deposit and final payment by personal check or cashier's check to owner.
NOTE: Service fee is collected separately by VRBO.
Once rental is accepted, owner will email confirmation form.
$500 Security deposit (by check to owner) and confirmation form are due one week after acceptance of rental.
Final payment (by check to owner) is due one month prior to occupancy.

All weekend rentals (2 night minimum) during the summer season (5/1 to 9/6) will be $400 per night. This does not apply if it is a weeklong rental.
All holidays (Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving) have a 3 night minimum, $400.00 per night.
UC Santa Cruz graduation weekend (3 nights) is $400.00 per night.
Holiday rates are $400 per night, minimum 3 nights. Holiday weekly rate is $3100. (Holidays are Presidents Day Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years)
Monthly rentals will have an additional utility fee but no occupancy tax

Manager'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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