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Superb Ocean View Mountain Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrms, 1 open loft bedrm, 2 bathrooms, 4 decks, garden, etc.

Breathtaking views of ocean, islands, mountains and city from this magical three-story redwood home at the end of a cul-de-sac on 1.38 acres! Walls of glass & 4 decks let you enjoy the spectacular views from sunrise to sunset. Offering privacy in a tranquil mountain setting both dramatic and romantic, this 2,400 sq ft. Home is filled with light. Soaring 25’ wood ceilings, an open floor plan, faux walls by vVvencio, wooden floors, hand-painted tiles and a balinese fireplace mantel are a few extras that make this home unique. This is the home of an artist and writer and is elegantly furnished with art from around the world. Here is an opportunity to stay on top of the world, only 20 minutes from state street, 25 minutes to the beach and 30 minutes to the famed santa ynez wine country. Quail, wild pigeons, soaring hawks and hummingbirds make this home a bird watcher’s paradise. Surrounding roads are a mecca for hiking and bicycling. This area was sacred to the Chumash indians. The California state monument, the Chumash cave known as 'painted cave' famous for its petroglyphs, was once owned by my husband's family and is a short walk away. Fishing, boating and nature cruises are available at Cachuma Lake, 20 minutes to the east. Santa Ynez is wine tasting country and only 30 minutes away. Nearby historic cold springs tavern offers excellent cuisine and Sunday afternoon concerts.

Note: the top level of the home, a loft open to the floors below, has a double futon and can function as a third bedroom. The second bedroom has a queen size bed and the master bedroom has two twin beds. The homeowners live in a separate apartment with a private entrance on the property--Homestay housing. You won’t know they are there unless you need them. We will be available always by phone or email and generally in person; however, we respect the privacy of guests and will be invisible unless otherwise desired. I am happy to extend check-in and check-out times if there are no other guests booked for the dates you request. We have a satellite internet connection; consequently we are unable to download or upload videos but all regular use of the internet is fine. We have a video library for your use.

*if you want to bring a pet, please ask first. Thank you.

More Details

Josie Hyde
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Josie Hyde

I am a multimedia artist and writer, currently performing my one-woman show 'Wind in a Mirror...Ayahuasca Visions.' My family and friends mean more to me than anything.

Josie Hyde purchased this house in 1999

Why Josie Hyde chose Santa Barbara

This home provides serenity and an astounding vista, yet is only 20 minutes to the north end of Santa Barbara and 30 minutes to the best wine-tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley. The home has a library of over 1000 books and is uniquely decorated by the artist owners with many pieces from their travels abroad.

What makes this house unique

3000 feet above santa barbara in the mountains, with the most awesome sunrise to sunset views of the mountains, city, ocean and islands. The best view of any home in the city, yet 2o minutes to the north end of santa barbara and 30 minutes to the wine-tasting country of Santa Ynez.


Santa Barbara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The master bath has a tub with a picture window with a sunrise to sunset view of the mountains, city and ocean.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , the partially open loft is a third bedroom with queen futon
  • The loft has a queen-size futon and can function as a third bedroom. It has a partial opening to the floors below.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Superb Ocean View Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews

Lovely Getaway for anyone!

  • 5 of 5

Our little family (husband, toddler and dog) stayed at this lovely home over New Year's and loved every minute. We arrived late at night with only the lights of Santa Barbara's coast twinkling below us and when we walked into the home and saw where we'd be for the next 5 days - you couldn't wipe the smiles off of our face. The home is stunning. Nothing about it feels like a vacation rental - it feels like a beautiful, elegant home with so many personal touches and attention to detail that you'd want to hire Josie to come decorate your own home!

I think we watched sunrise each morning just perched in bed in the master suite watching the colors change in the sky. The living area was inviting and comfortable with comfortable couches and cushions. The dining area was excellent for all of our meals. We had another couple join us for a few days with their baby and dog and sitting together eating off of the beautiful china (yes, there was even china for us to use for our special NYE dinner) felt so special. The kitchen had everything we needed to make gourmet meals.

Josie was just an email away if we needed anything and made sure to send us a note during our stay to see how we were doing. In short, do yourself a favor and book this lovely home. It was truly a fantastic getaway for us!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orange County

It is such a beautiful home! We will definitely be back!

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and beautifully decorated. The views are amazing and the photos do not do them justice. We definitely look forward to coming back to this property.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christina! You were lovely guests! Thank you so much.
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Alexandria, VA

Beautiful views

  • 4 of 5

We rented this house for our weekend stay in Santa Barbara. It is very spacious and offers great views of the city.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA, USA

Beautiful, Amazing and rejuvenating place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two nights and we felt like we are staying in clouds. Amazing experiences of sunrise, sunset, valley, mountains and ocean views. It was an unique experience to see multiple views from the same place. The house is beautiful architecturally. The photos do not do justice of this property. If you are looking for mountain retreat, this is a place to go. It's 20 minutes away from Santa Barbara downtown. The property owner Josie was very helpful and reachable via various communication channels. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. We all had a blast and best relaxing time. Overall, I recommend this place as painted cave is 1 minute away from here too.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming! You were perfect guests and I'd love to have you return!
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Santa Barbara, CA. U.S.A.

View of the Gods!

  • 5 of 5

Though just a brief, getaway 2 night stay in our own community, we were enchanted w/our booking in the mountains overlooking the Santa Barbara Coast. The house located in the Painted Cave Community, which actually has some ancient cave paintings nearby, welcomed us with an ambiance that both embraced us with its' ethnic & eclectic art & furniture as well with a more than comfortable and homey experience. The views of the coast in both the early hours of the day, to sunset & finally evening with the coastal lights were something we will hold forever in our memories. Lovely hosts, who had left no stone unturned to provide us with an impeccably clean home and fully equipped kitchen. We were only bummed that our stay was so short. We would opt to stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael, CA

Cosmic! Truly a awesome experience. Exquisite location and the house itself WONDERFUL.

  • 5 of 5

I have traveled a great deal in my life. I have visited many knock out locations in the United States. I also have sought out the unique power spots of the earth with big-big international travel over the past two decades. This spot will stay with me for a LONG time. I hope to return in the not too distant future. The actual location is perched on top of a hill with close to 360 degree views of Santa Barbara below. Sitting on the abundant decks and watching the ebb and flow of the light, the sun moving across the sky, the fog and or rain I felt as if I was in a Maxfield Parrish painting. This spot is a rare treat!

The house itself has a totally unique artistic décor with aesthetics I found compelling. The owner lists herself as an artist and this house and its furnishings and appointments would be among her creations. The amenities were perfect, comfortable bed, a fully stocked kitchen, great showers—we felt fully nurtured in every way.

I rarely give 5 stars—as I have standards and experience but this place deserves it.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shelley and Chad, thank you so much for coming and for your appreciation!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Cold Spring Tavern
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Amtrak, Santa Barbara
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 154
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cold Spring Tavern
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Hendry's Beach
Car: necessary

This home is 3000 feet above the city of Santa Barbara with a spectacular sunrise to sunset view of the mountains, city, ocean and islands, completely private yet only 20 minutes to the north end of Santa Barbara and 30 minutes to Santa Ynez wine country.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning fee $275

There is a fee of $65 per night for each person beyond 6.
Check-in 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am * When guest scheduling permits, I am happy to adjust check-in and check-out times.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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