About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)
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This adorable, lovingly-maintained, Westside 40's bungalow is located in a central yet peaceful neighborhood. Ideally located on the corner of Bay & Lighthouse, it’s a short walk to: Cowell’s Beach, Steamer Lane, the lively Municipal Pier and the ever-entertaining Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Take one of our beach cruisers for a short bike ride Downtown, to Mission Street, New Leaf market, the Harbor and beyond. You'll never need to get into your car.
Our well-appointed, but simple home was recently renovated - adding modern amenities while maintaining it’s retro feel. For a small house, the two bedrooms, kitchen and living room are all quite spacious with loads of natural light. The sunny kitchen is great for entertaining and is outfitted with new appliances, good knives, and stocked with basic supplies like olive oil and spices. The master bedroom has a wonderful Cal King bed, work desk, task chair, and an iMac computer loaded with an interactive version of the guest handbook and local information. The larger second bedroom has two double beds. If more capacity is needed, we have an Aero bed stored in the closet along with a Pack ‘n Play for infants.
If it’s exercise you desire, you can clear your head with a 5-mile run on the gorgeous sea wall, winding along the secluded beaches and rocky outcroppings. Stroll out to West Cliff, where the world-class surf ranges from beginner to pro. Pedal up to the stunning UCSC campus or wilder ranch for amazing mountain biking, or just blaze down the scenic coast highway on your roadbike.
If you’re more interested in filling your belly, or your soul, you can ride out to the Westside Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning to pick up fresh produce, meats and flowers. Stop by Kelly’s Bakery for a fresh chocolate eclair or hit the Santa Cruz Yoga Studio for a Vinyasa Class. Kick back at the Bonny Doon wine tasting room or grab a beer at the Santa Cruz Brewery.
If you like to shop you can take a stroll Downtown on historic and vibrant Pacific Avenue. Pop into the many locally-owned businesses. Grab a taco from the Taco Bar at the Palomar Inn, have an intimate dinner at Gabriella’s but be sure to save room for dessert. Penny Ice Creamery has wild flavors made on site with surprising local ingredients.
If you want to take a day trip, there are numerous redwood hikes with swimming holes, a variety of colorful coastal towns, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel & Pebble beach, and the San Jose Tech museum.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 23, 2018
Alan and Brit are originally from Canada but have spent the past 15 years in the Bay Area. Alan is a product designer and Brit works in advertising as a Digital Production Consultant. We're kinda nerdy but LOVE to surf. We have traveled all over the world but think the Bay Area and Santa Cruz are hard to beat. We split our time between SF and SC.
Owner purchased this House in 2011
Why Owner chose Santa Cruz
After spending more and more time in Santa Cruz over the past few years we realized how much it has to offer and how it is the perfect compliment to San Francisco, where we both work. We love both places and the vacation rental allows us to enjoy both.
What makes this House unique
The one downside of Santa Cruz is the traffic - especially on the weekends. Location is key. We park our car when we get here and hardly ever use it. There’s something about getting around on a beach cruiser, or strolling, that totally changes your state of mind. We always leave here feeling mentally refreshed. . . and maybe physically exhausted from surfing. It’s a great feeling.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Our stay at West side bungalow was very nice. The house location is a few minutes from the west cliff drive, 45 minutes to Carmel, and very close to fine beaches and restaurants. Our son lives in Los Gatos, this was our second rental in the area. We love the area, seeing flowers at this time of the year is wonderful, we will be heading back to Maine next week.
We both enjoyed our stay.
Cute, Comfy Beach House!
Fabulous place! So cute! So close to the beach! It's an old house though and you can hear EVERYTHING..... So, just keep that in mind. We had trouble with naps for our little one. The owners are amazing and accommodating. We enjoyed our stay so much!
Another fabulous stay
This is the second time we stayed here and enjoyed it just as much as the first.
A wonderful property with everything provided to make it feel like home from home.
It's a fantastic location for Santa Cruz and base for exploring the Monterey Bay area.
Will definitely return for a third time!
Thanks once again to Brit and Alan.
Excellent safe location and delightful ambiance. Perfect for anyone racing or spectating for IM Santa Cruz. We definitely would book a stay here again!
Very sweet getaway by the beach
Lovely updated retro home with all the accessories to make a fun vacation. I loved the fully equipped kitchen with real chef's knives and pots and pans and even baking pans. Perfect for a longer stay with family. The location couldn't be better. It's in a quiet neighborhood but only one block to the beach and easy bike ride or walk to downtown restaurants and shops. The house was spotlessly clean and welcoming. The owners are also very friendly and helpful if you need them. We had a fabulous time. Thank you!
COMFORTABLE and THOUGHTFUL accommodation!
We are two adults with teenage daughters & the home couldn't have been better. Great communication with hosts. Clean & all amenities to make a fun & comfortable vacation stay. My personal favorite feature was the back patio table & chairs. Kids loved being close to the boarwalk. Easy & free parking. Kitchen is completely stocked including electric kettle & teapot for my tea habit. Notes around the house are minimal & helpful. They have left no stone unturned to make guests' stay enjoyable. Truly felt like home for a week.
Beach Volleyball Courts, Wine Tours, Redwood Forest (hiking & biking), Mountain Streams with Swimming Holes, Marine Wildlife.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
These rates are generally accurate, but may vary if the reservation crosses between high and low season. Also, we may be able to offer lower rates for stays longer than 3 weeks.