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Craftsman Apartment with lots of sunny decks and patios

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

This 1 & 1/2 bedroom sleeps 4 in a wooded setting close to town

This apartment is on the 1st floor of a 3-story craftsman house in the riviera section of Santa Barbara. It is just down the street from the El Encanto Hotel and Orpet Park.

The apartment is small, only 600 sf, however there is over 850 square feet of outdoor space to spread out in, this includes several decks and a large brick patio. There is 1 uncovered off street parking space for this unit. The upper level of the home is occupied by the owner, and has a separate entrance and a separate private yard.

Entering the gate there is a large wooden deck with a table and chairs and umbrella for your outdoor dining. Up a few brick steps and there is a brick patio with a stone bench sitting area. This is a non-smoking property however if you must smoke, please do so in this charming corner on the stone benches. Beyond the brick patio there are a couple of lounge chairs behind a privacy screen of bamboo and a gas bbq. To the right of this area is the front door of the apartment.

This is an old charming home built in the 1940's. Everything is a bit out of square with lots of little steps up and down and posts and beams all around. The entire apartment was recently remodeled, with new flooring, new paint, a new kitchen and a new bathroom.

There is 1 private bedroom with a queen size bed and a semi private sleeping alcove with a full size bed. The bed is cozy for 2 adults, however the alcove does not have a door and it is 3 steps up with a low ceiling of 6 feet.

The galley style kitchen has been completely remodeled with built in microwave, dishwasher, and granite counter tops. Fully stocked with dishes and cookware for inside and out.

The living room has plenty of comfortable seating, a tv with cable, free wifi, dining table with 4 chairs, original art on the walls, and lots of sunshine.

The bedroom is accessed from the living room. There is an armoire with extra blankets and towels, wicker furniture and a small closet.

The newly remodeled bathroom is accessed from the bedroom, with a tiled shower, slate floors and lots of plush towels.

Also from the bedroom there are french doors leading to a private outdoor deck. This is the perfect place for morning coffee. From the private deck, stairs lead down back to the entry deck with the outdoor table.

There are 2 spots from this apartment that there is a smidgen of an ocean view, seen between the neighbor's roof, otherwise the charm of this house is all the wonderful sunny outdoor areas among the oak trees and the clean and cozy indoor areas.

Please note service fee is required by VRBO and goes directly to them.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Jill

I am a native Californian, coming to Santa Barbara after college in 1977. I have owned and managed rental property here since 1991. I am a ceramic artist and architect and mom of 2 grown kids.

Jill purchased this apartment in 1991

Why Jill chose Santa Barbara

This is a very clean, newly remodeled charming apartment in a centrally located part of the city. A car is helpful but not necessary, most things are walking distance and there is a bus line nearby. The neighborhood is quiet, there are lots of trees and birds. The apartment is not large however the outdoor decks and patio add a substantial amount of space for a family of 4 or 2 couples or a small group of friends. There is a gas bbq, plenty of outdoor seating, and lots of sun or shade.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a central location but away from hustle and bustle of downtown, a quiet neighborhood but near the Mission, the Natural History Museum, the El Encanto Hotel, and the Riviera Movie Theater.


Lower Riviera Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • newly remodeled
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , semi-private alcove
  • 1 bedroom with queen bed, and 1 sleeping alcove, 3 steps up and low ceiling, semi private - no door
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Craftsman Apartment with lots of sunny decks and patios
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 34 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Absolutely adorable cottage. Such a better alternative to our regular hotel in Santa Barbara. The cottage had everything that we needed - coffee pot, coffee, books, full kitchen, quality linens and more. It was immaculately clean and also has an adorable courtyard which was our private entrance. Although the owner lives in an attached home we never saw them. A lot of care has been put into making Casa De Loma a place people want to return to. Perfect for a couple or small family.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a great time in Santa Barbara. Beautiful little spot on the riviera. My kids loved the sleeping nook - they dubbed it the "fish bed"! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Great place to stay. I highly recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

I hoped it would be as lovely as the pictures. It is cute with many welcoming touches that really puts it over the top. But what I didn't expect and loved were the multiple outdoor living and gathering spaces. The down side was the failing wifi and none functioning tv but we were on the go so much that was not a major concern.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 days and this location was perfect! Just far enough from town, but still close to all the activities that Santa Barbara has to offer. We will definitely be booking this again for our next visit.

One thing to note, the parking for this location can be a bit tight for a full-size truck :)

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Woodacre, California

A wonderful place in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We love this place! Perfectly located just a few minutes from downtown and a few minute walk to some of the best views of the city and ocean. Excellent apartment with lots of great touches and a first rate kitchen. The bed and bedroom are also first rate. We plan to stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jamesville, NY

Beautiful apartment in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for five days while visiting our daughter. The photos and descriptions are accurate and give a very good sense of the apartment. It is close to the Mission and downtown, but on a quiet residential street, providing a very cozy and restful retreat. The outside spaces are wonderful and spacious, with lots of plantings and places to sit or eat. The kitchen is small but well equipped, and the apartment is in excellent condition, with a comfortable bed, great shower, and lots of lighting. We really couldn't want anything more in a vacation rental for Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Nearest Airport
9.6 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
El Encanto Hotel
Nearest Golf
2.4 Miles
Muni Golf Course
Nearest Train
2.6 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
US 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
El Encanto Hotel
Nearest Beach
2.7 Miles
East Beach / Stearns Wharf
Car: recommended

Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, and this apartment is located in the Riviera neighborhood of Santa Barbara.

This is a hilly eclectic residential neighborhood with lots of oaks and eucalyptus trees, shingled craftsman houses and Spanish style bungalows.

From this apartment, the Santa Barbara Mission is walking distance (1/2 mile downhill) and the Natural History Museum is just a bit further. 1/2 block uphill is the infamous Belmond / Orient Express Hotel 'the El Encanto' with stunning panoramic views, an elegant bar and 5 star restaurant. Across the street from the hotel is the Riviera Movie Theater showing current hits and also is a wonderful historic location for part of the International Film Festival.

This part of Santa Barbara is a quiet peaceful location, walking distance to downtown and a long walk downhill to the beach ( I would suggest a cab home however as it is uphill most of the way )

There is just a glimpse of an ocean view from the living room and outdoor patio of this unit otherwise you will find a quiet and convenient location among the oak trees in a residential setting.


Rates & Availability

Lower Riviera Apartment Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $85
Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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