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Historic 1887 Carriage House Located On Landmark Property

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, oceanfront

700 sq ft one bedroom vacation rental with top of the line amenities: fully stocked gourmet kitchen, sumptuous bathroom, and cozy and romantic bedroom with brand new memory foam mattress. Ideally suited for an adult couple traveling alone, and/or with pets. Eastlake Victorian carriage house, architecturally stunning. Owner received green design award for historic renovation. This unit exudes the charm of a bygone era, but has all the conveniences of modern living. Balcony overlooks main property, garden, and scenic West Cliff Drive. Peek ocean view. Private on-site parking and plenty of privacy, yet only minutes away from world-class dinning, a dream-like 10k jog/run/stroll right outside your doorstep, scenic vistas, and many opportunities to recreate and enjoy the great outdoors. Owner provides coffee, decaf, tea, and beverages for your consumption. Garage space available for storage of larger items, and washer/dryer available for longer term guests. Strictly no smoking, please.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Khristina

Extroverted host seeks fun-loving guests who are interested in exploring the wonderland of Santa Cruz, California. My goal is to make your stay a memorable one. I love animals, esp well-behaved ones, and pet companions are always welcome in my vacation rentals!

Khristina purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Khristina chose Westside

Location, location, location! I never thought I would find myself living in a frilly Victorian---I am more the mid-century, post-modern type---but I have grown to love and appreciate the historic nature of my home and it's architectural style. And the view isn't bad, either. :-) I would say this vacation rental is most ideally suited to guests who are seeking non-standard lodging/accommodation that is superbly situated.

What makes this cottage unique

Landmark property registered on the National directory as 'Epworth-by-the-sea'. The carriage house was actually used to house a buggy and horses during the late 1800's. The bottom floor has been converted into a garage and storage; the top floor is the rental unit. Many of the original design features remain, including rough hewn floors made with redwood harvested from the Santa Cruz mountains more than 100 years ago. We are pet friendly (fees apply---please let us know in advance), and four-legged visitors seems to enjoy the area quite a bit. Off leash dog beach less than half a mile from the property. This property works exceptionally well for longer term guests seeking a home away from home. Guests booking for 30 nights or more are exempt from paying Transient Occupancy Tax (normally 11% of rental cost for stays less than 30 days). We are happy to adjust your rental quote accordingly for longer stays...just ask!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Historic 1887 Carriage House Located On Landmark Property
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews

Charming House-great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House is a wonderful little hideaway within walking distance of the most beautiful part of Santa Cruz. My family loved the beach access and the quiet. It is very well-maintained and the customer service was way above and beyond what is usually expected. I would recommend this property to anyone wanting the full Santa Cruz experience. We were grateful to find this magical place and look forward to our next trip!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words, Kristen. Your family was a delight to host, and I will look forward to your return visit as well!
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Fantastic location in a beautifully renovated property.

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House was perfect and Khristina could not have been more helpful. We loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House is wonderful! It's been beautifully restored and was spotlessly clean. It's location is perfect, within easy walking distance from the beach, boardwalk and town. Khristina was very responsive to the few questions we had. The Carriage House will be our first choice if we return to Santa Cruz (and I hope we do). Loved every minute of our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location - Beautiful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed 4 wonderful nights at the Carriage House. The pictures don't do it justice as seeing it in person. We traveled to Santa Cruz for a long weekend to watch our daughter play two college soccer games. The location to everything was great. Khristina was wonderful and provided quick replies to all our questions prior to our arrival. Being able to walk Cliff Drive and down to the pier was an added bonus. We used Santa Cruz as our base that allowed us to drive to Oakland, San Fran, and to Monterey. Will stay here again if we ever return to the Bay area.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect 10!

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House is the most beautiful VRBO I have ever rented. Everything was perfect - beautifully designed, meticulously clean, great location, and the owner, Khristina, was charming and immediately responsive to our needs but utterly hands off otherwise. The property is right on West Cliff Drive within easy walking distance of the Wharf or the Boardwalk. We had a terrific time and were actually sorry to leave.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply The Best !!!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in Santa Cruz at other properties in the past, but nothing....I mean nothing has compared to the Carriage House !!!

Khristine has made this place just amazing with such detail and character there is simply nothing like it.

From the setting, privacy and location of the house and surrounding activities available you will not find anything like it.

My wife and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary there as were got married in front of the light house just down the street 25 years ago.

Due to the delicious cupcakes Khristine got us to celebrate, we had to go seek out the local establishment for more....:)

We will be back again Khristine, but not soon enough.

Thank you for everything and your wonderful house to stay.

David & Anastasia !!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words, David! You and Anastasia were an absolute delight to host, and I'd be happy to welcome you back ANY time. Hope your 25th anniversary was wonderful.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Aquarius; Ideal
Nearest Train
100 Metres
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: recommended

Easy stroll to Municipal Wharf, Boardwalk, Casino/Arcade, SC Surf Museum, off-leash dog beaches, and so much more. We are located on scenic West Cliff Drive, in close proximity to the best of what Santa Cruz has to offer, rain or shine. We'd love to host your next visit!


Rates & Availability

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Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Escape
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

We believe in legitimacy and transparency. The local 11% City of Santa Cruz Transient Occupancy Tax will be added to all bookings less than 30 nights in duration. Please note that $75 pet fee is PER PET, but we will often adjust or waive additional fees for longer stays, or if you plan on bringing more than one animal companion with you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Circles Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 680 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom comes stocked with toiletries and extra linens. Baseboard heater, ventilation fan, skylight, and magnifying mirror complete the space. Hairdryer also included. Marble tiled shower and high-end bathroom hardware (rain showerhead as well as hand held showerhead options) imported from England complete the vintage feel!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom is small, but very comfy and well appointed. There is a skylight above the bed and a small wardrobe closet, plus a nightstand and a luggage rack. Large window provides excellent ventilation and air flow. Reading sconces located on either side of bed. Iron and ironing board available upon request.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Modest discounts ALWAYS given for weekday stays, and for stays of three nights or more...just ask. Also, this units works very successfully for longer-term guests, and stays of 30+ nights include a complimentary housekeeping service for no additional charge. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF SANTA CRUZ IMPOSES AN 11% TRANSIENT OCCUPANY TAX ON ALL STAYS LESS THAN 30 NIGHTS. Monthly rentals are exempt from paying this tax.

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