Complete remodel! 3 bedrooms/3 baths; stunning redwood living room
- english, spanish
About Barbara Benish
A California native, I have lived abroad since the 1990's. As an artist, this is paradise to enjoy in all it's moods. Our new Santa Cruz home, recently remodeled to respect it's 1950's splendor, is a dream come true for us. We feel lucky to share it with others, who hopefully will enjoy it as much as we do. The sea heals all!
Barbara Benish purchased this House in 2014
Why Barbara Benish chose Westside
With many friends in the area, as well as the rich academic life that the University of California offers, this is an eclectic, international community with much to offer. Here on WestCliff, which is sort of the hub of the town, everyone walks the cliffs on a promenade, indigenous to most cultures around the world. And similarly, one hears many languages spoken on these walks, not least of which is the sealife: otters, sea lions, pelicans, dolphins, and seals. It is not unusual to join the viewers at sunset to quietly pass the end of the day in the rosy glow over the ocean, and then share the unexpected applause of dozens of strangers appreciating mother natures's exit to night. Next to the property, which is on a corner, is a small community park. So our privacy is delightful, despite the community feeling of the walking path in front of us along the shore. Falling asleep to the sound of the waves, watching the sunset amongst the Monterrey pines lining the shore, or greeting the sun over the Monterey Bay- a Marine Sanctuary- is a delight beyond words. This is a healing place, and indeed, a sanctuary of the soul. In back is a separate but attached guest cottage (2 bedroom, 2 story) that is currently rented. The recent addition upstairs is the owner's studio.
What makes this House unique
This home was owned by the same family since it was built in 1953, before we bought it. It has a wonderful energy, and we have worked hard to restore it to a gorgeous showcase of modernism. The living room is completely built of local old growth redwood, which visitors can experience in the forests just 5 minutes away. The take-home experience though, is seeing whales breach out front of the house. Or a pod of dolphins gliding by- which happens every week. We sort of pinch ourselves each day to see if this is real!
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We had a wonderful time being all tegether as my daughter lives nearby!
It would be very helpful if there were closets or someplace to hang clothes. We lived out of our suitcases for the week and it was ok but would be better to have had a place to hang things up. It would also have been helpful to have towel racks that could accommodate all the towels. The kitchen is really big! Loved it and we cooked dinners almost every night - everything from roast rack of lamb to tarts to soups.
My three sisters and I recently spent three days at this property. Wonderful weather, shopping in downtown Santa Cruz and Capitola, and a clean, roomy house. We enjoyed sitting on the front patio watching waves breaking on the cliffs, walkers, runners, skaters, bicyclers,and dogs go by while drinking champagne. Overall a fun relaxing weekend.
Thanks, Aileen! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you and your family again some time. All best, Barbara
Excellent location and very spacious! We were there for the Triathlon that my son participated in and watched from the beautiful, newly constructed patio which was my favorite part of the house as it faced the ocean. We were able to walk to the wharf and avoid looking for parking. Some suggestions would be to install window screens in the bedrooms so we could open the windows and enjoy the sea breeze, and to upgrade the shower heads. Other than that, this house offered a lot of character you don't find these days. Thank you Barbara for being a wonderful host!
it was great to have you and your family here. Thank you for finding us! Yes, the small improvements you mentioned will all be addressed in our upcoming remodel. You won't recognize the place next year! Hope to see you again,
Best wishes and aloha,
Great location in Santa Cruz!
Barbara was a wonderful host to me and my 5 friends racing 70.3 Santa Cruz! There was plenty of room in the house for privacy and the house is right on the race course (about 1.5 miles away from transition). There is a wonderful sand walking/running path behind the house and a wide paved walking/running path in front of the house along the ocean. Downtown Santa Cruz and the boardwalk is just a short 1-2 mile bike ride, walk or drive. Barbara and her daughters were staying in another house behind the rental for our stay, but we still had complete privacy. Our group also really liked that she is very Eco conscious. Overall, really great trip and a bonus to have a fire pit to sit and listen to the waves while relaxing after the race! Thanks so much, Barbara, for making sure our stay was so wonderful!
Thank you, Lura. Your group was such an inspiration! It was really fun to know you were riding right by the house on your triathalon. And I, too, appreciate your group's attention to our environmental requests regarding waste, etc. We hope to have you back again next year! The place was spotless when you left: thanks.
Beautiful home with a stunning view!!
Our stay was absolutely wonderful! The home is beautiful and much larger than it looks in pictures. The host were very accommodating, responding quickly to a few questions I had while we occupied the house. They even had beautiful bouquets placed around the house prior to our arrival. And the view! You can't beat it! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice and relaxing weekend in Santa Cruz!
So glad your group could relax and have some fun, Sarah! Come visit us again in beautiful Santa Cruz....
Beautiful house in an unbeatable location
Eight of us stayed at the house for a weekend and we had an amazing time. The house was in great shape and the pictures are an accurate representation of the style and condition of the house. The front patio alone is worth the visit. The one thing I would say is that there are technically 2 proper bedrooms along with the den with the futon pull-out, since one of the bedrooms is a converted dinning room with no door. However I stayed in that room and didn't mind it at all. Barbara was great and answered all my questions via the VRBO messaging and just going over to her house which is next door. Overall, I thought the house was great for its character, location, price and customer-service by Barbara. I deducted a star because I wouldn't advertise the converted dinning room without a door as a bedroom and the kitchen had a coffeemaker on the counter but no coffee pot so we had to have someone go out for coffee for the group on Saturday and Sunday morning (I will note, however, theres a small coffee-press that would work for 2-people).
Thanks for constructive notes, Erica. Really glad you could enjoy the patio- it is heavenly. The extra futon was set up into a bedroom, from the office/den area because some people like to have that extra room. The 3rd bedroom that looks onto the LR and ocean views will be converted to a full bed w/bath (and jacuzzi on the deck!) in the next months. So next year, you'll be in for a treat!
The Boardwalk area dates back to the 1800's and is still going strong with one of the oldest roller coasters in the west, as well as many new rides and attractions. Salsa dancing on the weekends, volleyball, and street music add to the eclectic mix of the Santa Cruz wharf and boardwalk.