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Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 31 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Atop the Mesa, this newly redecorated and refurnished home is accented with original art by the homeowner, a 50 year resident of Santa Barbara. It is centrally located, close to the 101 freeway, local neighborhood shopping and restaurants, five minutes to downtown,

beaches and parks. It has a peek-a-boo view of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. Choose from three patios for your morning coffee, tanning in the afternoon, quiet relaxation, or meals. Solid oak floors

flow through the entry, living room and hallway. The family room and bedrooms have new carpet. The living room has a gas fireplace. A large dining table easily seats six. A comfortable family room is perfect for TV and movies.The master bedroom is romantic and relaxing, with it's own bathroom. The second bedroom has a double bed with a nautical theme.

The third bedroom has surfer decor and trundle style twin beds. A second bathroom is off of the hall. The quiet and secluded backyard has a table for six, a wood burning fireplace, BBQ,and restaurant style grill. This is a no-smoking property and we do not accept pets.

Three private patios

Indoor and outdoor fireplaces

Comfortable furnishings

Complete kitchen with new stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher, gas stove top, and microwave

Full size washer and dryer

Stereo CD player

Cable TV with DVD player and VCR

Videos, games, puzzles, books and magazines

Wireless internet

Free local and long distance phone calls within the continental U.S.

Linens, towels and beach towels, and plenty of blankets and pillows

Also included are many discount coupons for restaurants, fast food, museums & attractions, movies, wine tours, and more.

Monthly rental includes weekly housekeeping service.

The Mesa neighborhood shopping area is very convenient and has 2 grocery stores, two drug stores, Starbucks, great restaurants, fast food, hair and nail salons, and many other services.

More Details

Stephen & Gale Ray
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Stephen & Gale Ray

The original owners of this property raised their children in this home, and lived here during other retirement years. The home serves as a gallery for many of the family art pieces.

Stephen & Gale Ray purchased this house in 1956

Why Stephen & Gale Ray chose Alta Mesa

Casa Ray is a great place for a family vacation or a girls getaway. Enjoy dinner by the fire on the quiet covered patio or curl up with a book by the fireplace inside.

What makes this house unique

This is your comfortable home-away-from-home. Our home is close to downtown and the beach. It is easy to get to any event in the Santa Barbara area and the perfect place to come to relax after a busy day. A map in the family room leads to many of our favorite places in Santa Barbara.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We felt right at home and had a wonderful time! We loved the central location of the home. We also loved having breakfast on the patio, very relaxing! Walter and Shannon, Chatsworth., CA
Jun 2009
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Alta Mesa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Grab bars in shower and bathroom. One low step into shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2nd bedroom has a double bed w/a nautical theme.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master bedroom is romantic & relaxing, with its own bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 3rd bedroom has surfer decor & trundle style twin beds.
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach
average rating of 4.733333 based on 16 reviews

Very good long term rental for our sabbatical

  • 5 of 5

We rented this place for over 5 months for our family of 5 and were really happy with it. The location on top of the Mesa is great, close to Lazy Acres and the newly opened Vons, not far from shoreline park and the highway. The address belongs to the Washington Elementary school (grades K-6, walking distance), which turned out to be a great choice, highly recommended! The house is not the newest, admitted, but is clean and well equipped and has lots of space and charm. The owners were very nice, helpful and quick to respond on questions. Although the house is on a busy street, traffic noise never was an issue from the back facing sleeping rooms. There is even a very close bus stop with an express bus to UCSB and other buses to downtown. We'll return for the next sabbatical in a few years!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Los Altos Hills, CA

Good location close to beach and town

  • 4 of 5

Good location - close to beach and town. Best food and ocean view's at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach.

The master bedroom was quiet at night. Everything was as expected, except Meig's Road is a major link from US 101 to Cliff Drive with fast traffic, and noisy at night in the two bedrooms facing the road.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Very good location, comfortable stay.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights over there, very enjoyed the stay. House is very clean, full loaded kitchen makes our stay much convenient, perfect location close to a beautiful beach and stores. Easily connect to high way, but the neighbor is quiet. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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clean, comfortable, easy.

  • 5 of 5

Owners are a pleasure to deal with, home is comfortable, clean, and homey.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Santa Barbara retreat

  • 5 of 5

We came to Santa Barbara for the first time to attend a wedding. We decided for four people, it made a lot more sense to rent a vacation home instead of two hotel/motel rooms. We were looking for space, kitchen,peace and quiet,comfort. We found them all at Casa Ray. Very stylish older(like us) home. All the comforts of home,except A/C, which I'm told is not required very often in Santa Barbara. We will definatly return to Casa Ray on our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for a weekend as we were in Santa Barbara for a friend's wedding. This was the perfect place for our entire family, not too cramped, and had great space for everyone to gather in the dining area and living room. The location was good as well as we found ourselves close to the beach and nearby markets. Would recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
15 minutes to the Santa Barbara airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Several bars and restaurants in the Mesa Center
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
9 minutes to golf
Nearest Train
3 Miles
7 minutes to the Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
2 minutes to the 101 Highway at Carrillo Blvd.
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
1 minute to the nearest restaurant
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
5 minutes to the beach
Car: recommended

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, daily

Santa Barbara County Farmers Markets, weekly, Tues. - Sun.

Alternative Film Festival, July - Aug.

International Film Festival, February

French Festival, July

Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Aug.

Check the Santa Barbara, CA website for many other events and attractions.

Mission Santa Barbara and rose gardens

Sight seeing with many historical sites and museums

Art museum and botanic garden

Horse shows, the Orchid Show and many other events at the Santa Barbara

County Fairgrounds

Ocean and beach, water sports, jet ski and boat rentals, and fishing

Stearn's Wharf, the Yacht Harbor and Breakwater

Restaurants and shopping

Day tours and cruises

Santa Barbara Trolley

Golf nearby

Hiking, biking and rock climbing

Horseback riding

Hang gliding and hot air balloons

Theater, concerts and movies

Close to the San Marcus Pass, Lake Cachuma and Solvang

Wineries and wine tasting

Carousel and skate park

Bike and surrey rentals


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $350

Holidays are the same rate as summer. Fri. or Sun.
will be included in weekend rates if it falls on Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. Weekdays, Sun.-Sat.,will be at the Summer/Holiday weekend rate. Two night minimum stay. A deposit of $200.00/each week or less, is required to hold a reservation. Check with us for discounts on stays of 7 days or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.