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Aptos, CA, USA
  • House1600 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom hillside house with ocean view, and SWIM SPA.

This sunny hillside 2 level home with ocean view is perfect for a weekend getaway or an extended sabbatical. The beautiful "ocean view", therapeutic "swim spa", and manicured garden with gazebo, all come together to offer you the perfect escape. Our local beach is less than a mile away, and there are plenty of local attractions and fine dining close by.

The upper and lower decks are perfect for entertaining, BBQing, or watching the sunset. The back garden, with its beautiful plantings, and gazebo, are a perfect retreat for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

* THERAPEUTIC SWIM SPA (No children under 6 years old allowed in the Spa).







The main LIVING ROOM area, which has an open floor plan with cathedral open beamed ceiling, and beautiful hand scraped solid white oak flooring. There is a 52 inch 4K HDTV, with Xfinity TV /DVR, a Blue Ray Disk player, and a Bluetooth Sound Bar to stream your music apps.

Forced air central heating, keeps the home cozy and warm in winter.

The modern GOURMET KITCHEN is equipped with all Viking appliances, and dishwasher. All cookware, cooking utensils, dishes, and silverware are provided. The dining area table is expandable to seat 4 - 8 guests.

The upper deck has patio chairs for 6 guests, and a cocktail table, with umbrella. The BBQ grill is gas and charcoal fuel, and has a 'smoker' compartment.

The MASTER BEDROOM, which is on the upper level, has a queen bed, walk-in closet, chest of drawers, and a sitting area, a vanity sink area, and full bathroom, with tub & shower combo.

DOWN STAIRS - "CAUTION", there are stairs leading from the Living Room to the lower level. If you have small children, it is suggested that you bring your own barrier /gate, as there is none provided.


Bedrooms 2 and 3, and one full bathroom, with tub & shower combo are on the lower level.

Bedroom 2 has a queen bed, a full mirrored closet, chest of drawers, and a beautiful view of the garden, and a 24" LCD HDTV, with Amazon Fire Stick.

Bedroom 3 has a full size fold down sofa sleeper and a "rollaway" twin size bed, a desk area / work space, with wired internet access, a printer, and a 32' SAMSUNG SMART TV, Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, and Amazon ready.

Access to the lower deck, garden, and Swim Spa are on the lower level, through bedroom 3.

DISCLAIMER: SECURITY CAMERAS – For your security, and the security of our property, there are Security Cameras located outside ONLY. Two cameras are located in the front of the house, facing the driveway and front door entry. One camera is on the lower deck, focused on the sliding glass door and gate entrance ONLY. These cameras are FIXED, and are not movable. We, not a "service", are the only ones that have direct access to the camera recording system. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.



Michael Taravella

Member Since 2015
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Michael Taravella

I have been a Personal Chef / business owner since 1998, serving my clients in Silicon Valley.

Michael Taravella purchased this House in 2013

Why Michael Taravella chose Aptos

I plan on making this place my permanent home.

What makes this House unique

I love the coastal life-style, scenery, and wonderful neighbors.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Master bedroom /Master bath with vanity. Upper-level
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Lower-level - 32" TV with AMAZON FIRE-STICK
      • Bedroom 3
        1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Lower - level, Full size Sofa sleeper. Twin is a rollaway


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Located upper-level Master Bedroom . Separate Vanity /Sink
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Lower- level. Main Bathroom

          Location Type

            • Near The Ocean
              Our local beach, BEER CAN BEACH is less then a mile awar.
            • Ocean View
              We have a South West view of the ocean from our upper level deck.
            • Village


                • Family
                • Spa


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Air Conditioning
                          PORTABLE A/C FOR UP-STAIRS ONLY
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Forced Air Central Heating
                        • Internet
                          High Speed WiFi - OVER 50 + mbps
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Living Room
                          52" 4K HD TV, XFINITY, DVR, BlueRay, Bluetooth Sound Bar for music streaming.
                        • Parking
                          Up to 4 vehicles
                        • Telephone
                          Free US calling.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Coffee Grinder. Coffee and Tea provided.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Service for 8
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Fully equipped Gourmet.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Viking - Electric. 3 racks.
                            • Pantry Items
                              Assorted herbs and spices. Salt & Pepper
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              Viking Electric- Induction cook top.
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      Bluetooth Sound Bar for streaming.
                                    • Television
                                      52" 4K HD TV - Livingroom. 32"HD TV - Bedroom 2 with Amazon Fire. 32'"HD SMART TV - Bedroom 3 with Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, Youtube


                                        • Balcony
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Upper Deck - cocktail table, seating for 6. Lower Deck - dining table, seating for 6
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                          Coffe / Tea area with table & 2 chairs.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Upper Deck


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  SWIM SPA
                                                • Private Pool
                                                  SWIM SPA


                                                    • museums
                                                    • churches
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • marina
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • theme parks
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • photography
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • whale watching
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  37 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews


                                                                  Amy P.

                                                                  Great experience from the start. Beautifully furnished throughout with a true chef’s kitchen! We look forward to future visits!

                                                                  Very Comfortable/Well Appointed

                                                                  Margaret B.Berkeley, Ca

                                                                  We've been staying in VRBOs for 20+ years. This house stands out as one that was exceptionally clean and very well appointed. The kitchen has labels on everything so you know where to find what you're looking for and where to return it so that the guests after you have the same ease of use. An added bonus: the pantry and fridge were stocked with more than the bare minimum. I had forgotten dessert and my daughter was craving chocolate. There was hot cocoa to be found, which hit the spot! Thank you for those added touches!

                                                                  Comfortable home. Nice neighborhood. Great backyard.

                                                                  Terri P.

                                                                  Clean, comfortable and close to many activities and restaurants.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for taking such good care of our home. We appreciate having renters like you with whom we can share our special place on the California coast. You are always welcome back.

                                                                  Relaxing and pristine retreat

                                                                  Nicole J.

                                                                  We love staying at this lovely beach town home. Not only is it pristine, it is also very well and tastefully appointed. I enjoyed just sitting in the living room, with it's soothing aesthetic. We all enjoyed the view from the top deck, especially the hummingbirds who live in the trees. The swim spa was a welcome treat, after spending long days reuniting with family. Lastly, the kitchen is really well stocked and has all of the necessary appliances, cookery, and serving items for you to create an elegant dining experience (or just hang out in your swimsuit eating chips). The labeling system makes it very easy to put things away, which is good because we used lots of those things! The owner is an absolute sweetheart and went out of his way to ensure that we were situated and comfortable. We made the mistake of leaving some items in the dryer and he was kind enough to offer to drive them to us, if we were still local! So kind - you don't find that in most places that you rent. We shall look forward to staying again, on our next visit to see family in the area!

                                                                  Too many house rules without flexibility and a/c only in high ceiling room; house was way too hot

                                                                  Arlene Z.

                                                                  Potential for enjoyment with location, garden and well stocked kitchen; but owner identified problem with very little proof (he said lots of fresh blood on bedding but showed photo with only few streaks of dry blood. We hadn't seen it when stripping bed and contested; also accused us of sand in hot tub and not showering before hot tub when we all had; he kept part of deposit anyway. Finally, price for weekend was higher than price on website when I booked it. Very disappointed in how we were treated.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I believe this guest left a poor review in retaliation for the extra cleaning charge.

                                                                  To be fair, I communicated with guest by text and phone as to the reasons (explanation below) and amount of extra cleaning charge. We actually spent about 2 extra hours time, I only charged her for one hour. Guest had left behind an air mattress and other personal items, which I offered to ship to her, which I did the next day. Guest did pay for the shipping, I did not charge her for my time. Guest arrived on hottest day on record. Normally no A/C needed on the coast. I set up portable room A/C just for them.

                                                                  This guest told me they were pleased with there stay, until I told her that I was going to charge her for extra cleaning. I am the one who does the housecleaning. So I am eyewitness to the issues that arise after a guest checks out.

                                                                  The issues started as I arrived at 11:05 a.m to start cleaning. Check-out is at 11:00 am. There are clearly defined "check-out" procedures, which I insure every guest receives. I also go over the rules and procedures with them before they arrive, which I did. There is also a copy in a binder on the kitchen counter.

                                                                  1. The guest had not yet left the house. I circled several times until they had finally departed about 20 minutes later.

                                                                  2. As stated in the "Rules", Guest are required to wash and put away all dishes used or they could be charged for extra cleaning. The guest had partially filled the dishwasher, yet did not start the cycle. The kitchen counter top was covered with dish towels, and had wet dishes and glassware drying on top. I ended up having to reload the dishwasher with what was left out and run a cycle.

                                                                  3. Guests are asked to remove all the sheets, towels, and soiled bedding, and bring to the laundry area, and to start a load. They started a half load, leaving towels and blood soiled bedding in the bathrooms, and bedroom. There were 2 extra loads of laundry. One had to be specially treated to remove the blood. The comforter had the most "fresh" blood, so it was rushed to treat the stain so it would not set, which is why I did not take a photo. Then found the mattress pad had blood stain also (photo sent). Lots of extra time to complete laundry. When asked about the blood, her daughter confessed to having a nose bleed.

                                                                  4. The spa required extra cleaning because of so many bodies over a 3 day period.

                                                                  5. The advertised rates are posted on the listing. The price breakdown is given to renters before they book and pay.

                                                                  Welcoming home beautifully decorated inside and out!

                                                                  Terri P.

                                                                  This home is a very welcoming and beautifully decorated home. Everything you'll need is provided and labeled which made our stay relaxing and very comfortable. The garden in the backyard provided the perfect setting for an evening with friends. Definitely a home we'll be visiting again.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I could not have asked for more respectful and caring guests. Thank you for taking such good care of our home. You are welcome back anytime.


                                                                  Aptos, CA, USA

                                                                  We are located 7 miles south of Santa Cruz, in the city of Aptos, CA, in the coastal village of Rio Del Mar, near the Seascape Golf Club. Our home is less than a mile from 'Bear Can Beach', down the hill on Clubhouse Drive, which has public parking and beach access on Via Palo Alto (see map). You can walk or bike ride to the beach. Seascape Golf Club is less than 1/2 a mile down our street and is open to the public. For details, and Tee Times, visit their website. There is shopping and fine dining at the Deer Park Shopping Center, just a 1 mile, on Rio Del Mar Blvd. Major attractions inlcude: Capitola Village, and the Famous SHADOW BROOK RESTAURANT is 5.5 miles, 11 minutes by car. The world famous SANTA CRUZ BEACH & BOARDWALK is 10.5 miles, 20 minutes by car. Monterey's FISHERMAN'S WHARF is 35 miles, 40 minutes drive

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