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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

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 Santa Cruz

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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 ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • 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
  • paddle 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.


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Sweeping Ocean Views...Steps from Sandy Beaches
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 58 reviews

Wonderful, prime location, great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for a better house to do a team offsite event. Plenty of space for sleeping, wonderful television setups and plenty of games and things to do around the house. Great location, close to Santa Cruz and lots of nearby small restaurants and local haunts. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed, well maintained, everything you might need is already there— and then some! We come back every year.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A five -star beach house! Well equipped , something for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful accommodations for my two adult children & their families ! Game room, private out door areas, walk to the beach, near by coffee shop and eatery. Lots of space for special times!! Goodie basket was such a special touch! A vase of flowers, too!

Beautiful ocean view!! Close to stores, coffee shops. Our family wants to make the "Sandcastle" an annual tradition.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! This home has everything you want!

  • 5 of 5

This home had everything we could possibly want or need for our annual Santa Cruz vacation. There was plenty of space & sleeping room for two families & many activities in the house for all ages. It was a short walk to the beautiful beaches & a lovely stroll to gorgeous Capitola. We had such a fun time!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Sandcastle was the perfect location for our Thanksgiving vacation! Our family was able to meet halfway between Arroyo Grande and Santa Rosa. We loved the proximity to the beach, Boardwalk and shopping. The kids (1 Girl, 4 Boys) loved all the games and activities. We had the most amazing beach weather in November that we couldn’t resist the beach at least twice a day. The ping pong table made for some good family fun competition. The Sandcastle’s kitchen is so well stocked that we ended up never eating out during our stay and were able to enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. We also looked forward to our morning coffee on the Crows Nest deck...the views are spectacular! Thank you for opening your home and allowing us to make new memories.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Great location and layout!

  • 5 of 5

Comfy and cozy

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $250 + Tax
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.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.