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Dramatic ocean views from all rooms/decks/ a block fro best beach, spacious

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms +++ Loft ++kids sleeping areas + 2.5 Baths, Formally sleeps 8+

Harbor House, dramatic ocean harbor views from almost all windows, two large deck overlooking harbor, one upper and one lower both with unobstructed 180+ degree ocean/harbor views one block from twin lakes beach, the hands down best beach with volleyball, lifeguards, bon fire pits, restaurants, activities and bars. Custom architecture, Anderson sliders and windows, stained glass, huge ocean views from every room incl spacious dinning area with ocean views, and epicureans kitchen with with ocean views, restaurant Wolfe oven and stove with restaurant gas broiler, stainless new dishwasher, garbage compactor, fridge, large walk in pantry, fully equipped with spare supplies, huge counter space, high ceilings, sliding pocket doors to make formal dining, separate living room with ocean views high ceilings, 55" flat adjustable flat screen TV with netflix, pandoara, amazon prime, blue tooth sound system, high speed wifi with booster, ocean views from bedrooms, dry sauna, stone fireplace with remote control gas clicker, pumbed in gas firepit and bbq on upper deck with ocean views, guest bedroom with private lower deck entrance with ocean views, redwood pocket doors to separate dinning from living areas, epicurean and entertainers delight, custom milled redwood throughout, loft with bath and privacy wall and shade with ocean views, several bonus kids sleeping area/nooks, private harbor access with steps to ocean, sitting nooks, garden, dry sauna, large tiled tub in master with shower and dual sinks, plantation shutters and, of course, ocean views, teak chase lounges on upper deck, beach umbrellas, bikes, chairs, on site, garden landscaping with sitting nooks and hammock with ocean views, garage/beach gear/ 500'" LCD projector movie room with lounge areas, close to everything one block to best beach with the best amenities, new harbor hiking trails from harbor steps away including new pedestrian and bike bridge in Arana Gulch, one of the most dramatic homes in the harbor, "captain of the Pacific" watching the sunsets or weather come in on a quiet street, but can sit on the deck and look down at the action with walkers, joggers and biker passer byes at the harbor, excellent biking and jogging trails, year round farmers market, coffee shop, fresh fish from commercial fisherman retail space in harbor, rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards across the street, Twin Lakes beach has volleyball, surfing, lifeguards, fire-pits, and is about a half mile long, the best beach. The Harbor House has solid construction with massive redwood beamed ceilings as if you were in Tahoe and Santa Cruz at the same time. Nice neighbors and never a once complaint. Ample parking, 3 in driveway and plenty on street.

Keywords: Harbor views, ocean views, walk to beach, restaurants, bars, store, great for entertaining, epicurean, Spacious kitchen. Light and bright.

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Matt Leal
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 7, 2017

About Matt Leal

Hi I live in Santa Cruz on the same beach as the Harbor House at the end of Twin Lakes Beach. I work in Los Gatos. I have been doing vacation rentals with the Harbor House for several years and will strive to exceed your expectations. Recent improvements include 55 inch flat screen adjustable so sports can be seen from deck; teak wood chase lounges; deck couch patio set; plumbed in outdoor gas bbq; plumbed in gas fire dish pit on deck; tung oiled custom redwood inlays, gas remote control clicker fireplace, spacious closets and nooks with extra blankets, walkway to beach and new plants for garden like setting on Lake ave, garage available for bike storage/recreation room use

Matt Leal purchased this house in 2002

Why Matt Leal chose Central Coast

It has breathtaking views, is spacious with high ceilings and ocean views from almost every spot you can stand in the house, close proximity to best beach and new hiking and biking trails around the harbor and Arrana Gulch, walk to beach concerts and relax on the deck and watch lots of foot and bike traffic; finally an epicureans delight with huge amounts of granite counter space, a wolfe gas stove with broiler, and abundant ocean views

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Mari was appreciative, pleasant, clean and easy. She left me a thoughtful positive review, gave me some welcomed helpful tips and enjoyed her stay.
Jun 2016
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4/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Dramatic ocean views from all rooms/decks/ a block fro best beach, spacious
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Hope to come back again!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 10 nights around Fourth of July. We have three daughters (13, 17, 20) who each brought a friend.

Location is great -- next to the harbor (we went sailing a couple of days), a block from the beach (including beach volleyball nets and lifeguards), 15 minute straight walk to the Boardwalk (kids did this nearly everyday), with great restaurants (Johnny's, Crow's Nest and Palomar) and coffee shop (Java Junction) within 5 minute walk. We only got in the car when we needed to get lots of groceries.

House is great - main level has big living room and great views. Kitchen is great and well-equipped (lots of pots, pans, dishes, glasses, as well as waffle iron, blender, etc.). Upper deck has a great gas BBQ and fire pit (gas is piped in, so you don't have to worry about filling tanks). Bedrooms are on lower level, and upper loft has a daybed that converts into two full twins. Showers had plenty of hot water and there are plenty of sheets, towels, paper goods, etc. around -- it feels like you are borrowing a friend's house, which is great.

Matt was great to work with, and the process was smooth. I hope to come back and stay here again.

To make it 5-stars? Master bath needs different shower and window curtains, and the carpeting needs to be replaced.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mari, Thanks for the thoughtful and great review! I'm happy you all enjoyed yourselves. And, thank you again for your constructive comments re. things I had overlooked. As a result, the master bath now has new designor sheer window coverings and matching shower curtain and closet carpet cleaned. I'm also putting together a comprehensive binder with all the fun to do and explore nearby. Come back anytime. Matt
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
monterey and san francisco
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Crows Nest and Palomar
Nearest Ferry
50 Metres
water taxi
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Delaveaga, Pasatiempo, Aptos Seascape
Nearest Train
1 Miles
mt railroad pick up at boardwak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
highway 17 and highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Johnnys is about 100 yards away
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
water skiing by cowels and snow in tahoe
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
twin lakes

Tri level house great for entertaining, impressive construction and breathtaking views from almost every angle, every room, new hiking trails, new chase lounges, new 50 inch flat screens, one block to the best beach .


Rates & Availability

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Jun 18 2016 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Pet Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $500

I do week long rentals in the summer saturday to saturday or sunday to sunday. If the house is vacant a couple weeks prior to arrival then I will rent for less than a week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master has full bath with dual sinks, the full guest bath is downstairs, and the half bath is in the in loft area for common use while in the living room area. All have granite counters.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed, either two twins, one twin or one king
    Loft + Office - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Full bath n jacuzzi tub, ocean views with plantation shuttrs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sliding door to lower deck, ocean views, private entrance,
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1). The loft is a comfortable sleeping area suitable for adults with access with easy access normal tri level stairway, ocean views from both loft and bathroom in loft with custom stained glass winders. For privacy, large bamboo blinds may be lowered to make it more like a bedroom with bath, but no closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Dramatic ocean and Harbor views from every spot you can stand, every angle, restaurant gas wolf stove,oven, pizza oven, large granite counters, high ceilings, spacious, best part of santa cruz and close to everything worth while. Fact and info sheet provided upon booking

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