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Escape to the American Riviera in our Charming Santa Barbara Bungalow

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

3 bedroom, 1.5 bath beach bungalow close to downtown State St. Santa Barbara

Our quintessential craftsman beach bungalow is ideally located close enough to downtown State Street in Santa Barbara to take in all it has to offer, but far enough removed to enjoy the local flavor of the 'American Riviera' without all the tourist trappings that tend to go along with it.

Originally built in 1930, the property maintains its old world charm with its white picket fence and quaint, single story appearance, but was updated in 2013 with a modern kitchen, refinished oak hardwood floors and beautiful double pane windows throughout. The home has been decorated to complement the look and feel of the home and area. The neutral shades work well with our natural and vintage beach decor. Each piece was carefully selected to make this home cozy and comfortable so guests could enjoy their vacation in a tranquil setting.

The family room is open and comfortable with a new Sofa-U-Love sofa sleeper and 46' HD flat screen TV with a whole house media serving up hundreds of movies and TV shows. The kitchen is completely remodeled and updated with all new stainless steel appliances and is fully stocked with everything you need to prepare your meals. Great natural lighting and counter with bar stools allow family and friends to gather where the action is. Spacious dining room with service for six is just off the kitchen. The two bathrooms were completely remodeled in 2013 with all new, modern fixtures. The master has plenty of closet space with a new Cal King cushion topped Serta mattress and the other 2 bedrooms have the same brand new bed in a queen size. Those 2 rooms also have access to back porch/yard from the bedroom through french doors. All bedrooms are flat panel TV equipped with access to the whole house media server.

The backyard was landscaped in June 2013 with a new 400 square foot flagstone patio, lush palms and Santa Barbara native foliage. An 8'x10' pergola provides ample shade for our patio table that comfortably seats six. A second patio table with market umbrella seats another four guests who can challenge one another to a friendly game of ping pong with provided paddles and balls. A new grilling 'station', complete with overhead market umbrella and four burner gas grill with side burner lets you BBQ in style. The setting is completed with a propane space heater (for those cool Santa Barbara evenings), couple of comfortable lounge chairs, bistro table, Bluetooth enabled sound system and a cascading water fountain.

The detached garage has been converted into a game room straight from your youth (if you're a child of the '80's, that is) with over a half dozen original, full size classic arcade games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Centipede (no quarters necessary!) A front loading washer/dryer is also available to clean up after your jaunts to the beach. If you'd like to use our Electra cruisers to get around town they are available for rent. The front porch is a great place to hang out and if you prefer more privacy, the back yard is very private and peaceful.

Downtown Santa Barbara is an easy 4-5 blocks away. State Street is know for it's shopping and dining so you have everything you need. The Daily Grind is just around the corner so you don't have to go far for your espresso coffee. During the day, drive 5 minutes up to the historic Mission, or 5 minutes down to the beach. Or even better, just bike straight down 2 miles to the ocean. The Santa Barbara Bowl, within walking distance, is a beautiful place to enjoy concerts under the stars. Parks for the kids and all the best Santa Barbara has to offer is within easy reach of the property. For an excursion, enjoy a 30 minute drive to the Santa Ynez wine country or venture further to the lovely towns of Solvang, Pismo Beach, or San Luis Obisbo.

Please be our guest at our Santa Barbara Escape!

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Drew Rudman
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2017

About Drew Rudman

Having a small family of four that loves the comforts of home when we travel, we have been enamored with vacation rentals for almost two decades and now own three vacation properties, each with something unique to offer our guests. It all started with our mountain property in the Lake Tahoe area which we have been offering since 2000 and hosted hundreds of guests. We added our charming beach bungalow in Santa Barbara in 2013 and that has been such a big hit, we are replicating the effort with a beach area property on the border of North Pacific Beach and La Jolla.

Drew Rudman purchased this house in 2013

Why Drew Rudman chose Santa Barbara

We spent 3 years looking for a beach property to complement the mountain property that we had been offering as a vacation rental for over a decade. We began our search in the Newport Beach area, mainly because we had family not too far away, but after 2+ years of searching and dozens of offers we lost out on, we realized it wasn't in the cards. We switched gears and focused on the Santa Barbara area, which we were visiting at least once a year, and while not super close to family and friends, made up for it with its lower congestion and charming appeal. We found our gem (which was actually already under contract, but in a bit of trouble) within two weeks. The home and area has exceeded every expectation and we sometimes wonder why Santa Barbara wasn't first on our list.

What makes this house unique

The home was a complete dump when it was purchased by the 'flippers' who bought the property before us, but they did a pretty amazing job of transforming it from ugly ducking into prince charming. They took care of the inside of the house and we had the vision to transform the backyard into a vacation paradise. The location is perfect -- just far enough away from downtown to give you a unique 'Santa Barbara' locals experience, but close enough to walk to if you really want to take in the full Santa Barbara tourist experience.


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Escape to the American Riviera in our Charming Santa Barbara Bungalow
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 46 reviews

Loved this quaint home! Fit our needs perfectly.

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very attentive and responsive. We will definitely look at staying here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Comfortable, clean and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at this cozy house. Although not very big its well planned and has a great location close to Downtown. We stayed for 6 nights visiting our daughter who is studying in Santa Barbara for a year. The house was clean and well stocked. We felt straight away at home. A little minus is that there is only one bathroom with shower but it worked out ok for us. The beds are very comfortable and the kitchen with its granite counters is just beautiful. We would definitely rent this house again in the future should we return to Santa Barbara and can warmly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great house. Great location. They have stocked the house with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Great house. Great location. They have stocked the house with everything you need. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We were in Santa Barbara for our daughter's wedding. Rather than a couple of hotel rooms, we chose this VRBO to enjoy a comfortable, relaxing week having our family all together. Our expectations were exceeded! Drew was great to deal with, and everything was very organized. The house and yard were beautiful and we would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting Santa Barbara!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Super cute Santa Barbara house

  • 5 of 5

This house is totally updated, with beautiful wood floors and granite in the kitchen, but it retains some of its original details to make it very charming. Though it's not a large house, the layout is excellent. Our family of four had plenty of room. The '80s arcade games in the garage are a blast and I'm sure if we had been there longer we would have used the barbecue and backyard furniture.

The Daily Grind, one block away, is an awesome coffee house. And the ice cream place, also a block away, seems like one of a kind. We went to a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl and it was about a 5 minute Uber ride away.

If you're there on a Tuesday night, make sure you don't park on the street like we did. Street cleaners come on Wed. morning and the sign saying this is obscured by a tree branch. So we got a ticket.

Otherwise, everything was great and we're happy we stayed there!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Comfortable, clean, nicely decorated!

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything we needed for our two night stay.

And the gaming machines in the garage were enjoyed by all !

Thanks again.

Carol and Graham

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Derf's Cafe
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Santa Barbara Train Station
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Daily Grind
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
West Beach
Car: recommended

1 mile downtown neighborhood walk to action on State Street; 2 mile flat, bike ride to Santa Barbara pier and beach (or walk to State Street and pick up $.50 trolley); 1 mile walk to world famous Santa Barbara Mission; 1 block walk to local favorites Daily Grind (espresso, sandwiches & salads), McConnell's Ice Cream (world class creamery), Derf's Cafe (sports pub with local flair), and Cajun Kitchen (one of the best breakfast's you will have in SB); 2 short blocks to 101 freeway and quick access to Santa Barbara Zoo (4 miles), Montecito (6 miles), Santa Barbara Airport (9 miles), UC Santa Barbara (10 miles), Santa Ynez Valley Wineries (25 miles), Pismo Beach (80 miles), San Luis Obisbo (90 miles), and Paso Robles (120 miles)


Rates & Availability

Oak Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Spring
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Presidents Holiday
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 20 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 24 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 30 2017 - Jun 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 23 2017 - Aug 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 15.0%

Minimum stays vary depending on days of the week, season, calendar availability, and lead time for arrival. Non-summer, we generally require a minimum 3 night stay over weekends unless we are less than 30 days away from arrival or our other bookings only allow for a shorter stay (we do accept 2 night stays during the week). Summer scheduling centers around arrivals and departures on Friday, with a 6 night minimum if a weekend is involved (we will accommodate 3 or 4 night stays if they end on Friday).

50% of rental cost due at time of booking, balance due 30 days before arrival. Fully refundable $500 damage deposit required with all stays.

Date changes and refunds for cancellations are based on our ability to re-rent your nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Oak Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Powder room - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Lots of closet space and natural light. 32' Flat Panel TV.
    2nd Bedroom - 1 queen , Lots of natural light with french door leading to back yard.
    3rd bedroom - 1 queen , Lots of natural light with french door leading to back yard.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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