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Sweeping Ocean Views...Steps from Sandy Beaches

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Beach House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 3 Baths, Sleeps 10 to 12.

Our 'Sandcastle' Beach House is perfect for a family vacation by the sea! Its unique, soothing architecture brings the beach right into your living area. Our 2 story plus (3rd story Loft and Crow’s Nest) home offers 2,300 square feet of large, bright open spaces lending itself to gatherings of family and friends…plenty of space to spread out.

Our Beach House sleeps 12 in beds (10 adults plus kids)and we provide a queen AeroBed for 2 more guests in the den. Perfect for 2 families! We also provide a new porta crib and high chair for the babies!

Located in a quiet neighborhood only 1 block from one of Santa Cruz’s best sandy and sunny beaches with steps to the sand at the end of our street. A short walk to Sunny Cove and the other East Cliff beaches, surfing and many great restaurants. Short drive to Capitola Village, Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, hiking and golf. Only 40 minutes from San Jose International Airport and 1 ½ hours south of San Francisco. Nearby, you will find Monterey, Cannery Row, the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and beautiful Pebble Beach and Carmel…only a 30 to 45 minute drive south.

The views from the Sandcastle are outstanding…cook and dine while watching the lights on the Monterey Bay through the large solarium windows. Enjoy dinners with sweeping views from the second floor deck and sip a glass of wine from the top of the ‘Castle’ on the Crow’s Nest. Gather with the family in the downstairs family room with comfortable sofas, games, Foosball, ping pong and wet bar with refrigerator. Discover the hidden spaces to sit and read and relax throughout the house.

The house offers 3 spacious king bedrooms and a bunk room with two bunk beds. From the loft queen bedroom, you can lie in bed and enjoy whitewater views.


Keywords: Large bright family house, Ocean Views, Sleeps 12+ (10 adults plus children), One block from sandy beach with great beach access directly at end of street

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About The Owner

In short, we love the beach! When our children were young, we would come and play at this beach. We were so excited to find this wonderful beach house and have created many great memories here.

The Owner purchased this house in 2000

Why The Owner chose Central Coast

We fell in love with the unique architecture, bright open spaces of the house and the huge solarium windows across the front. But the biggest reason we bought this house is the views! The Monterey Bay is right outside your window where you can watch the lights of Monterey twinkle at night, the fog roll in from the Pacific and the sailboats float by. When we first saw the house…it took our breath away!

Our beach house is in one of the sunniest, warmest spots in Santa Cruz. The beach is wide and easily accessible just one short block from the house. The location is perfect...nestled right between the Wharf, the Boardwalk and Capitola.

What makes this house unique

We love walking down to the beach to watch the surfers up and down the coast and the sunset over the Pacific Ocean in the late afternoon. At night, we either walk or drive to the great restaurants close by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear VRBO -

My family stayed at Sandcastle property in Santa Cruz for the week of Thanksgiving 2012. We have two adult daughters and various significant others plus our son and his family who live in Santa Cruz. The Sandcastle house was perfect! Plenty of room for everyone to have their own space, plus wonderful space to all be together. The kitchen was equipped just about everything we needed to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a large crowd. There are fun games (ping pong, foosball, basketball) for everyone to enjoy, plus lots of televisions, movies, games! All we could have asked for and more! The beach is a block and a half away, and we were fortunate to have spectacular weather.

We will be back!
Nov 2012
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Two person jetted tub, shower, separate water closet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Two person shower with two shower heads
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Full baths
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Bright Downstairs King Bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 4 bunk bed , Two Bunk Beds Sleeps 4
    Den/Game Room - 1 queen , Queen Aerobed in downstairs entry closet for open den
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Upstairs King Room with Loft above with Queen bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Suite Upstairs with private in suite bath
    Bonus Loft - 1 queen , Loft Bedroom, wall mounted ladder access from king room
  • King size beds (3) Two sunny king bedrooms on top floor: Master Suite with private bath and two person jetted tub plus separate shower. Private balcony. Second ocean view king bedroom with bathroom with two person shower across hall and additional sleeping loft located inside King room with Queen bed above. Loft has white water views! Perfect for families. Bright, private King bedroom downstairs. Baby Cribs (1) New Porta Crib with 3 inch mattress and crib sheets, AeroBed to be used in downstairs game room/den, 4th bedroom has 2 Bunk Beds (2) (4 twins in 2 bunk beds) on lower level
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outside shower to wash off sand and sea water after a day on the beach. Hair dryers, shampoo, conditioners and soap provided, dishwasher and laundry detergent, some beach chairs and sand toys. Central stereo system with speakers in all upper floor areas and ipad/MP3 player connections. High Chair, porta crib and extra round and square tables and folding chairs.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

Sweeping Ocean Views...Steps from Sandy Beaches
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 47 reviews

Amazing home & wonderful time had by all

  • 5 of 5

We love the home and found with our 3 families that we had plenty of room to spread out. The kids loved the downstairs and garage with all of the fun toys and the parents love the roof deck at the top!

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for one or two families

  • 5 of 5

This house is totally set up for vacation. The owners have spared no expense to outfit this place. Lots of toys (boogie boards, beach chairs), lots of appliances large and small. Close to the beach..Ocean view...Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and wonderfully furnished.

  • 5 of 5

Each year the Sandcastle feels like a true home-away-from home. Big enough to accommodate the whole family with fun and games for all. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and cozy home close to the beach.

  • 5 of 5

This comfortable and spacious home is a short two blocks from the beach. It has a cozy feeling, yet has 5 separate areas for sleeping which was great for our large family of 8. The kids (and adults) enjoyed playing ping pong in the garage and hanging out in the main kitchen/dining/family room area upstairs playing board games and eating. We took almost daily walks to our favorite Verve coffee shop, which was about 20 minutes away and then would also walk along Cliff Dr to watch the surfers. The weather was gorgeous for December and we could've gone swimming if we'd brought our suits. We drove into downtown Santa Cruz and Capitola for lunch, dinner and shopping, went hiking at Bridges State Park, and the older kids played volleyball at the beach. Easy access to grocery shopping (Whole Foods and Safeway). The house decor is a bit dated, but otherwise clean and comfortable. We were greeted with a big gift basket filled with snacks and champagne for the New Years week and pretty holiday decorations. Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leawood Ks, a suburb in Kansas City


  • 5 of 5

Our family started a new tradition of spending Christmas in California. This home was the perfect size and location for 7 adults and one child. Plenty of space for together time as well as roomy and spacious for some quiet time. The views were beautiful, location perfect, and everything and more was available in this well-equipped home. The owners even decorated the house for Christmas which was so thoughtful and appreciated! The town of Santa Cruz was charming with great restaurants and shopping. This was truly a perfect away-from-home Christmas! I can hardly wait to stay again at Sandcastle! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another memorable family event at Sandcastle

  • 5 of 5

Santa Cruz was a beautiful, sunny haven for our wedding. Our beach time was full of great wave riding with the boogie boards from the house. Walking down to the beach for a stroll, and to lounge, was just what we all needed. Everything that we could use at the beach was at our fingertips.

The house was equipped with all the kitchen ware we could need. I must say I love the lay out of the refrigerator. I thought I had a lot of serving pieces...

My only complaint is the very spotty internet service. Being unpluged was not all bad for us but dropped calls where a bit frustrating.

Now visiting your house for the graduation and now the wedding makes us feel like we have a home away from home. The open home layout, all the games, made hanging out so easy and fun. This is such a great home for memorable occasions.

Thank you for opening your home to us. We will be back for some new celebration. Happy wedding to you. All the planning, all the energy, it comes and goes so quickly.

Until the next time!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose International/San Francisco International
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Lago di Como, Aloha Grill, Star Bene, Crows Nest,

Great tidal pools and regular surf/skim board contests featuring some of Santa Cruz's best surfers...all within walking distance, bonfires on beach at night, Dog watching on one of the most dog friendly beaches in Santa Cruz. Short drive to Downtown Santa Cruz for shopping, restaurants and entertainment, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, Twin Lakes Beach with Sailboat Races, Aldo's and Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Capitola Village with shops, restaurants and sandy beaches, Golf at Seascape, Pasatiempo and De Laveaga, UC Santa Cruz and Summer Shakespeare Series; Scenic forty minute drive to: Quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay Aquarium in Historic Monterey, John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf with great seafood restaurants, Gilroy Premium Outlet Mall.


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

We rent by the week from middle of June to the middle of August. If a partial week is available on the calendar, please contact us!

Cancellation Policy: We hope that you will be able to stay with us...but we realize sometimes plans change. Should you need to cancel this reservation, notice of cancellation must be made in writing and received at least 60 days prior to your check in date. We will refund the sums you have paid, less a $150 cancellation fee per week reserved. If your notice of cancellation is RECEIVED LESS THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR CHECK IN DATE, you will forfeit all sums paid, unless we are able to re-rent the property to someone else, at the same rate, for the same period. If the property is rented at the same rate and for same time period as per your original contract, we will only charge a $75 cancellation fee.

$500 Refundable Security Deposit and contract due within 7 days of reservation. 1/2 rental fees due 60 days prior to rental and the remainder is due 30 days prior to rental. Payment is by check. Linens are included.

Owner'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.

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