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Hilltop Suite With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain And City Views

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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Suite, Sleeps 4 - 5

Located in the hills above the city, you are only 1.2 miles from State Street, (the main artery for shopping and restaurants) and four miles to the beach, pier and art walk. The closest stores and restaurants are less than 1.5 miles away, though you may feel nicely removed from the city in this hilltop suite surrounded by spectacular views of the ocean, islands, mountains, oak trees, plenty of nature and by night - a span of glittering city lights visible through nearly wall-to-wall french doors that lead to a private stone-paved patio. Enjoy the morning views of rolling hills, orchards and mountains that look like the Tuscan countryside.

Charming pathways lead you a large, solar-heated pool, spa and 'petting zoo' of one very friendly goat. The zoo is located at the farthest end of the fully-gated two-acre property.

This one bedroom suite plus curtained alcove with daybed has been newly remodeled and designed to be light, refreshing, airy, stylish and comfortable. Romantic for a couple and cozy for a small family – it sleeps up to five. Feel your spirits lift the moment you walk in the door.

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Caroline Plasencia
Member since: 2013
Speaks: spanish
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Caroline Plasencia

Caroline Brand is an art director, graduate of Art Center College of Design who sometimes works from home and sometimes travels. She shares her home with her husband and kids who are mostly away at college.

Caroline Plasencia purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Caroline Plasencia chose Santa Barbara

We instantly fell in love with this property because of the beautiful views and grounds –two acres of nature. We always call it our bit of heaven. We named our suite the 'Tuscan Vista' because of the rolling hills and the orchards that lead up to the mountains. You will feel you are in a rural setting but everything is just a few minutes away.

What makes this apartment unique

Glorious views everywhere, peaceful setting, newly remodeled suite with brand new appliances and furniture. Bird-watching and stargazing. Kids and adults will love the pool (nice and warm), hot tub and plenty of yard (fully gated) in which to play, visit the goat, swim and be creative. Outdoor seating and lounging provided. The suite is all one level from off-street parking to your suite - only one step. There is a bathtub/shower combination. A very clean suite with comfortable mattresses and linens. There is a daybed (twin) alcove that can be made private by closing the curtains and a sleeper sofa full/queen in living room. It is bliss.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

Hilltop Suite With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain And City Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews

stunning view!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time here, the place is spacious, modern, and so comfortable. Very close drive to downtown. View is unbeatable and the hot tub was perfect. great hosts as well, thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Rebecca. So glad you had a nice time here. You were lovely guests and we hope you will be back. Sincerely, Caroline and Mike
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Fabulous Santa Barbara home with delightfully hospitable owners!

  • 5 of 5

Caroline and Mike have created a beautiful retreat in the foothills of the mountains overlooking Santa Barbara. We arrived late one evening after a long day of travel from Columbus to be greeted by Caroline, who was very friendly and gracious. We walked into our home for the next 8 days to find a very fine bottle of a California cab and a box of gourmet chocolate chip cookies! A fully stocked kitchen with spices, condiments, and a chilled carafe of water were also on hand. Top of the line appliances, HDTV (2), reverse osmosis drinking water system, and a super comfortable king bed as well. Soap, shampoo, dishwasher packets, etc, all included. Did I mention the view? Beautiful! Awesome sunsets over the ocean and twinkling city lights at night. And completely quiet. Caroline provided us with a list of restaurants from casual to divine, wine tours, and other info. Two friendly dogs and a goat top the picture. Mike was super friendly and great to talk with. Totally private still. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chris, Thanks for your lovely review. Mike and I both enjoyed having you as our guests. It always makes running a vacation rental rewarding when we have happy guests who enjoy the property. We think it is a slice of heaven here. We hope you will be back again! Sincerely, Caroline and Mike
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Splendid Stay

  • 5 of 5

This place is as advertised, easy to find, maybe 4-5 mins tops drive to State Street and surrounding area, absolutely spotless when we walked in, quiet, romantic, EVERYTHING you could hope for, we opened the French doors at night and listened to the breeze as we slept, overall an excellent choice, everything you need and more.....nothing even remotely negative to say.....loved it!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Scott. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the review and we hope you will be back! All good things, Caroline and Mike
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A gem!

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't have picked a better place. I was in SB for work and knew I would have long days. It was so great to get "home" at the end of the day, sit outside and watch the sun go down. The property is so serene and peaceful. The suite is awesome - airy, bright and cozy. I wish I could move in! And Caroline and Mike are so lovely. I can't wait to go back again!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Kim. Mike and I would love for you to come back anytime!!! See you soon, cheers.
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Amazing views from an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

My family of four spent Labor Day weekend here and could not have been happier! The studio is spotless, well-stocked and perfectly furnished. The master bedroom is large as is the common room that houses the kitchen, dining area and day bed. What makes this place so amazing is the view from each room...sweeping views of Santa Barbara through the ceiling to floor windows, all the way to the ocean! We never felt crowded and were able to make breakfast every morning with day we even had homemade Belgian waffles! The kitchen is stocked with everything you need, including condiments, oils, vinegars, sugar, etc. Mike was kind enough to leave coffee and milking the fridge. The pool is warm, private and inviting, also with sweeping views, as is the hot tub...a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and the sunset. "Goatie", the resident goat, was super fun for the kids to feed, pet and play with, as were the two tree swings hanging near by. Your hosts could not be more accommodating and respectful of your privacy. When the hairdryer died, I texted Mike and by the afternoon, we had a new hairdryer outside our beautiful French doors. The house is also perfectly located just a short, 4 minute drive from State Street, where we enjoyed amazing meals each night. Bouchon was delicious but we probably wouldn't bring our kids again..too expensive for their young palates:) We had the best lunch at Enterprise Fish Company...get the lobster will be craving it for a while afterwards! We also rented bikes and kayaked the harbor which gave us a great sense of the town! We will definitely be back to Santa Barbara and we will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves. We enjoyed having you ( I include the animal menagerie in that). We hope you will be back to enjoy plenty of pool, spa and goatie time. Warmest, Mike and Caroline
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Perfect vacation. Elegant setting.

  • 5 of 5

This two-room apartment is quaint and lovely. Perfect for a couple alone or a small family or group. The decor is clean, fresh, and simply elegant. The views from the balcony are stunning. After exploring wine country a short drive away, we spent evenings swimming and watching the sun go down.

The kitchen is well equipped (knives, food processor, cutting boards, wine glasses of different sizes, and basics like spices, oil, and vinegar) with a dishwasher. (We brought cleaning fluid, dishwasher liquid, and a potholder.) The apartment also has air-conditioning, which is usually not needed because of the cool evening air.

The hosts were delightful and helped us discover the area. We rented bikes, went kayaking, and drove to Lampoc and Los Olivos. The location was about 5-10 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. We appreciated the quiet, beautiful setting.

We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Whitney, Thank you for your review. I am delighted by your review. I am only sorry that you bought items that were supposed to already be down there. I encourage our guests to ask for things that are missing because we are well stocked but sometimes we miss stocking items between guests so sorry about that. Next time send me a text and hopefully there will be a next time. We love to give five-star service. :) Warm regards, Mike and Caroline
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
State Street Bars
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrak/ Trolly
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
101 fwy
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
State Street restaurants
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
East Beach/West Beach/ Arroyo Burro Beach
Car: necessary

Mission Canyon has a rural setting only minutes from downtown and the beach. On one side you have the majestic mountain range; on the other you have the ocean, island and city views. It has everything.


Rates & Availability

Foothill Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Laundry -optional $60
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Foothill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 675 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fan and storage. Nicely stocked with towels. Completely new.
  • One bathroom with tub shower combination. Beautifully remodeled, fresh and super clean.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Comfortable King bed sleeps two.
    Alcove daybed with Curtain Closure - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living area has sofa sleeper: full.
  • Master Bedroom has king sized bed. French doors lead to private patio. Sofa sleeper and a curtained nook with twin bed in the main living area.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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