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Peaceful, Secluded Spanish Style Home on 1.25 Acres (Monthly Rentals Prefer)

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Front of the house from circular driveway.


Last updated: 05/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:21 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2800 sq ft ,3 BR, 3 bathrooms, large open kitchen, LR, DR area. Sleeps up to 7

You enter the house to a large open living room/dining area, with vaulted wooden ceilings supported by exposed wooden beams, bay windows, wooden floors with several large oriental rugs, a large stone fireplace and baby grand piano. The kitchen is part of the area's open floor plan and has wooden floors, vaulted ceiling, a peninsula counter, solar tube and pot lighting and views to the patio and gardens behind the house.
The master bedroom has a large king-sized bed, TV, and an attached bathroom with double sinks and a walk in shower. It opens through sliding glass doors to a shaded flagstone patio and redwood hot tub.
A second bedroom, located separately, is very private and contains a queen sized double bed and attached full bathroom with a shower/bath.
There are 2 other smaller rooms off of the main hallway that can be used for sleeping. One, the 'TV Room', has a 42' HD flat screen TV, a double pull out sofa bed and a closet. The other, 'the office', has a large desk with wi fi and modems and a single bed. Also off this hallway is a 3d bathroom (for use by visitors or occupants of the TV room or Office beds) with double sinks and a shower/bath.
The house has a thermostatically controlled gas/forced hot air heating system and full air conditioning. All windows are double glazed for excellent heat and sound insulation. The garage is single bay, but also contains washer, dryer, water heater and water softener.
In front of the house, a U-shaped driveway around a large king palm and succulent area with oak trees, allows for easy access and parking. A tile walkway to the entrance passes by a rose garden and small succulent areas.
Behind the house is a large patio dominated by 2 large and beautiful live oaks and containing 2 distinct outdoor sitting and dining areas with views up a hillside to gardens, an open field and more oak woods. The gardens immediately surrounding the patio are primarily succulents, which give way to fruit trees, sage and a trellised sitting area with lovely mountain views at the next level. These areas are completely protected from the road and largely from any neighboring houses.
If you are looking for a peaceful retreat in the middle of beautiful nature, but just 5 minutes from all the amenities that Santa Barbara has to offer, then this home is for you. A 400 yard walk up the road is the trail head for Tunnel Trail leading up the mountains in the Los Padres National Forest, and 100 yards down the road is the back entrance to the beautiful Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish, danish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/13/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king


  • Guest Bedroom: 1 queen

    A large sunny seperate bedroom with attached bathroom....moreless

  • TV Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    The TV room sofa converts into a queen size bed for 2....moreless

  • Office: 1 twin/ single

    The office has a single bed in it....moreless

  • Master bedroom is 270 sq ft with a king sized double bed, closet the length of one wall, 2 bureaus and wooden floors. Sliding glass doors lead to patio and hot tub. Has 32' flat screen TV and Bose radio.Linens are in an armoire in the bathroom. The guest bedroom is a large sunny room with adobe tile floors and a queen sized bed for two. It has an attached bathroom with shower and closet space. Linens are in the closet....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Has a double sink with tile surfaces and adobe tile floors....moreless

  • Guest Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Has a single sink, closet and adobe tile floor....moreless

  • Hallway Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Has double sinks and linen storage, adobe tile floor....moreless

  • Master bathroom is attached to the master bedroom and has toilet, double sinks with tile surfaces and a walk in shower with exhaust fan. The floor is adobe tile with a 4'x6' kilim. The guest bathroom is attached to the guest bedroom and has a closet. The hallway bathroom is for use by visitors or people sleeping in either the TV room or the office. It has an armoire with linen storage....moreless


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    42' HD flatscreen TV in TV room. 32' HD flatscreen TV in bedroom. Both with cable connection....moreless


  • Away From It All


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Mountain views from some locations....moreless

  • Rural:

    Peaceful quiet retreat in beautiful Mission Canyon....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Open to the kitchen and living room areas. Features an antique colonial dining table with 8 matching chairs and a classic Danish design hanging lamp. Views on 3 sides....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Uses the same thermostats and distribution system as the heating....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Beautiful large stone fireplace in lower living room. Fully functional. Firewood available. Gas starter....moreless

  • Garage:

    Single bay. Also contains washer, dryer, hot water heater and water softener....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas furnace with forced hot air. 2 thermostats, one for the living/dining/kitchen area, the other for the bedrooms....moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFi from cable....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens and towels are found in all 3 bathrooms....moreless

  • Living Room:

    60 ft long open space on two levels with vaulted wooden ceiling, wooden floors, a large stone fireplace and baby grand piano, bay windows at either end and sliding glass doors leading to the patio....moreless

  • Parking:

    A large circular driveway in front of the house offers ample space for off road parking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Voice over internet....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer are located in the garage....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All that we have will be available....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is open to the living room and dining area and has a peninsula with bar stools, vaulted ceiling, solar tube and pot lights, wooden floors and a beautiful view out to the terrace and gardens....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Built in above stove....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    All that we have will be available, including staple foods, spices and cleaning products. Renter may use, but replace what runs out....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    gas with 4 burners and gas oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Extensive tile and flagstone patio surrounded by gardens and oak trees. Very private....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Beautiful gardens on 3 levels behind the house. Mostly succulents, sages and fruit trees....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Redwood hot tub on the patio outside of the master bedroom under a large oak tree. Very private with mountain views....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 2 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
21 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Last updated: 05/13/2017
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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Barbara
2.5 Miles
Nearest Train
Santa Barbara
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 101
3 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Property is within walking distance of the Tunnel Trail trailhead and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and 1 mile from the Santa Barbara Mission and rose gardens and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1993

About the owner: Bart and Birthe Francis are 72 and 73 years old. Bart was brought up in Santa Barbara, but moved to the Boston area as a teenager where he completed high school and went to college. Birthe was born and raised in Aalborg, Denmark where she still has family. After getting her degree in physical education, she was offered a job at a college near Boston, where she met Bart, who was attending the Harvard Business School after a 3 year stint in the Marines. The rest is history. We were married in Aalborg in 1968, and now have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. We lived successively in New Hampshire, a small town near Boston, Mexico City, Toronto, and finally, back to Santa Barbara for the past 18 years, mostly following Bart's career in medical supplies and equipment. We have always loved traveling, occasionally on quite extended trips to exotic locations. The theme of these trips is invariably for us the people and their cultures and also being able to experience areas of great natural beauty. We have also been fortunate enough to return to Denmark almost every year, with our family when the kids were young, where Birthe's family has a summer house in a beautiful area that we are able to use. We chose to come to Santa Barbara 18 years ago because we wanted to live in a city that we could really enjoy and where we could retire. All that needed to happen was for Bart to find work here, which he did. Santa Barbara is an amazing place. It is not only beautiful with its glorious beaches and mountains, but it also has a fantastic cultural life on many levels, with 2 universities and a junior college, symphony, opera, ballet, theaters, choruses and the world famous Music Academy of the West in summer session. In retirement, Bart is a docent at the SB Museum of Natural History and a volunteer naturalist on the whale watching boats and island hiking trips. In addition he sings in a local chorus. Birthe is an avid reader and gardener. Both enjoy hiking, skiing, swimming and golf.

Why the Owner Chose Mission Canyon (Santa Barbara, CA, USA):
We bought our home on Tunnel Road because we knew that we wanted to stay in Santa Barbara, and, while we wanted to be close enough to the city to be able to easily access its many benefits, we also wanted to experience every day the peacefulness and beauty that a property such as this in Mission Canyon has to offer. Ready access to the hiking trails and Botanic Gardens has been a great plus that we take advantage of most days, and yet it is still easy to get down town or to the beaches. The house, which was built by a builder for himself in 1975, is unusually solid and the open layout of the kitchen living/dining room area with its close connection to the patio and its large oak trees really appealed to us. Over the years, we have made many improvements to the house, and the gardens have been a continuous work in progress, but give us so much pleasure. Peaceful serenity close to nature with ready access to the beaches and the cultural life of a vibrant small city. We love it and think that you will too.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We will be gone from June 1- Sept 2. Minimum rental period is 1 month, but we would offer a special discount for renters interested in staying in our home for the entire 3 month period.

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Speaks: english, spanish, danish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/13/2017

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  • Front of the house from circular driveway.

    Front of the house from circular driveway.

  • Upper living room with dining area in background.

    Upper living room with dining area in background.

  • Lower living room, fireplace, piano.

    Lower living room, fireplace, piano.

  • Lower living room with piano and dining area behind.

    Lower living room with piano and dining area behind.

  • Dining area with piano and fireplace in background.

    Dining area with piano and fireplace in background.

  • Kitchen


  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Guest bedroom with adjoining bath.

    Guest bedroom with adjoining bath.

  • Office room with single bed.

    Office room with single bed.

  • Lower patio and hot tub.

    Lower patio and hot tub.

  • Patio as seen from the top of the hot tub with mountains in background.

    Patio as seen from the top of the hot tub with mountains in background.

  • House from above the patio.

    House from above the patio.

  • Entrance to the house.

    Entrance to the house.

  • Dining area with upper living room in background.

    Dining area with upper living room in background.

  • Stone fireplace.

    Stone fireplace.

  • Dining area.

    Dining area.

  • Kitchen


  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • TV room with pull out sofa bed.

    TV room with pull out sofa bed.

  • Patio dining table with view up the garden steps and hillside.

    Patio dining table with view up the garden steps and hillside.

  • Lower patio and succulent planter.

    Lower patio and succulent planter.

  • Looking the length of the patio.

    Looking the length of the patio.

  • Looking down on the patio from the upper garden.

    Looking down on the patio from the upper garden.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 13, 2017

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