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Aptos Great House 2 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Backyard is the Ocean

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Bring your camera!

This unique home is known in the area as the “Boat House”, and once you see the photos, you will certainly understand why! You will definitely want to take photos and/or videos to record your precious memories of this vacation…

From this fantastic home, you have breathtaking ocean views from almost every room in the house, from the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, both bedrooms, even the guest bathroom. The ocean is literally your backyard; just 4 steps & you are on the sand. And the sunrises and sunsets are simply picture perfect!

This house is a fully furnished two story home with 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms. The wonderful kitchen has a gas stove and all the other things, including lots of counter space, you need to prepare your meals. (or if you don’t want to cook, there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in the area!) Comfortable & inviting, this house sleeps 4- 6 (master bedroom with double bed; a guest bedroom with 2 twin beds and a queen size air bed that can be set up in the living room) The master bedroom has a wonderful carved wood bed & dresser, with an adjoining bathroom. Down the hall is the guest bathroom with its Jacuzzi tub and a great view of the ocean. At the end of the hall is the guest bedroom. It has two twin beds and a small deck, with a ship’s wheel.

Downstairs there is plenty of room to set up the air bed, and there is a ½ bathroom next to the living room. For those warm, lazy days there is a deck just outside the living room so you can gaze down upon the sandy beach. And for those quiet, relaxing times, there is the electric fireplace in the living room. There are also two TVs & a DVD player for the times when you are not playing in the water or sunbathing in your “backyard”. The parking is private and secluded (not street parking).

Within a few minute walking distance are the Café Rio, the Pixie Deli, Full of Beans at the Beach, and the Rio Market. Another easy walk is to the SS Palo Alto, the famous cement ship, which was built at the end of WWI. A few miles away is the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center, which has, to name just a few places, Safeway, Aptos Theater, Baskin Robbins, & Aptos Jewelers. Across the street are such places as “Sushi on the Run”, a laundry mat, Ferrells’ Donuts, & Taco Bell. For those golf lovers, the Seascape Resort Golf Course is only a couple of miles away. Close by are the DeLaveaga Golf Course & the Pasatiempo Golf Club.

This house is an ideal location in Santa Cruz County. Beside its proximity to the beach, other near-by attractions include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp, Mystery Spot, Monterey (the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a “must”), Carmel-by-the-Sea, San Francisco, & San Jose. You can travel from the sandy beaches to the redwoods in the mountains in just a matter of minutes. There is simply something for everyone!

Please inquire early as this home is only available for no more than 30 days per year. Thank You!


More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About The Owner

We do not rent this home more than 30 days a year, so please book early. Thanks!

Why The Owner chose Central Coast

Santa Cruz County is beautiful from its sandy beaches to its redwood forests, and Aptos is centrally located. From here, it is easy to travel north to Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, or San Francisco or south to Monterey, Carmel, or Big Sur, just to name a few amazing places.

What makes this house unique

First & foremost, you are ON the beach, with literally only 4 steps before you hit the sand! No fighting traffic or difficulties in finding a parking spot. For those times you don't feel like 'going' to the beach, you can still see it from almost every room in the house. You can sit outside on the deck, or just gaze thru almost any window. There are only a handful of homes in all of Santa Cruz County that are located on the beach like this home. Most homes are on bluffs or across the street from a beach. This is the only home in this county that we know of that is shaped like a boat on the outside and then carries that theme thruout the inside, too. This home is easy to get to, only a few miles from the freeway. The area is beautiful & quiet, but yet close enough to stores, restaurants, attractions, etc. So many different things to do (or not to do, your choice) that everyone should be quite happy….


Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Aptos Great House 2 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Backyard is the Ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Amazing Boat House!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and our 4 boys and I stayed in the "Boat House" (named such by local neighbors) a the week beginning July 5. We were wanted a place right on the beach without even having to cross a street and that had some cool personality and this is exactly what we got. The beach is without rocks and very sandy and not too busy and with even fire pits for the evening. Gail and Jay's (owners) daughter joined us for surf lessons north of the pier on near the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz (Club Ed surf school was great) and our 9 year old on up to our 47 year old (me) surfed like a Pros, then we rented just wet suit and board the following day. Place was amazing, location was spectacular, and this is an amazing destination itself (no need to find attractions as the beach is enough). Highly recommend to anyone else!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Beachfront Home

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this wonderful beachfront home. Even if you don't want to cook, you will spend time in the kitchen enjoying the view of the waves crashing on the beach.

Great area for walking and bike rides. Close to everything you may want to do.

We really enjoyed waking up to the fog in the morning and watching it burn off in time to enjoy a sunny day. The Sunsets are breathtaking.

Buddy (our Cocker) loved having the sandy beach as his front yard to play in and take care of his business (please remember to always pick up after you dog).

No matter how you like to spend you vacation, this is a great place to call home.

Thanks Gail and Jay for being such great hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 0
Thousand Oaks, CA

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Boat House and had a fantastic time! It's such a fun place, and we enjoyed being the envy of the beachgoers who couldn't help but stop and admire the house as they walked by. It's adorable from the outside, and the interior decor is in keeping with the theme. Far from being kitschy, every room is tastefully and thoughtfully decorated in a nautical motif. It's also well-appointed, and we had everything we needed. There's a lot to do in the area, but we hardly ventured out - what could compare with having your own house right on the beach? We loved sitting on the balcony overlooking the sand and watching the sunsets, or enjoying the charming fireplace and romantic bath with jacuzzi tub. The private parking was a huge plus - we saw cars driving around and around looking for a place to park, so it was nice not to have to worry about that. The little store, coffee house and deli within walking distance were handy. The owners couldn't have been more warm and welcoming, and went out of their way to make sure we felt right at home. We are already planning for when we can return - and it can't come soon enough!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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menlo park

Boat House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Boat House for a week over the fourth of July. It was amazingly delightful. Close enough to the bay area for friends to come down and spend the day. Fire rings on the beach for bonfires at night. Lovely furnishings, and fully equipped with all conveniences. Can't beat being right on the beach and across from restaurants and a little market. Highly recommend. And, the owners are so warm and welcoming.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southern Califorina

Cutest, Coziest Beach House Ever!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 3 kids (ages 16, 14 & 8) and 2 dogs stayed at the Boat House for one week this summer. It was the most relaxing vacation ever. The house is right on the "dog-friendly" beach which we walked each morning and were treadted to daily sightings of dolphins and seals. The house was very charming, the location very convenient and the owners extremely welcoming.

Only bummer was in the midst of a family football game on the sand, my husband lost his wedding ring.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My Son, Mother and best friend stayed at this beautiful house for four days and LOVED it!

The house was so clean, that everything sparkled! Plus, the owner took the time to meet us at the house and show us around, which I thought was very nice.

It is steps from the beach, firepits for bonfires and stores to stock up on supplies.

This is my 3rd rental through VRBO and by far the BEST!


  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Jose International Airport


Rates & Availability

Aptos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security deposit, between $250-500, depending on length of stay. Cleaning fee, $100-135, depending on length of stay. Pet deposit of $125.

Payments and other fees and deposits will be stated in rental agreements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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