The highlight of Holiday House is the view that you will enjoy from every room, and the very large deck set up for your relaxation, dining, whale watching, listening to bird song, and marveling at the sunset..followed by the twinkling lights of Santa Cruz up the shore. Easy access to Manresa State Beach. Surf, or watch the surfers, beach comb, fly a kite, surf cast: public access beach extends for more than 11 miles! Time spent indoors will be enhanced by the cozy fireplace, comfortable sofas and dining space, wall mounted 42" smart tv for movies and sports, and lots of books, games, and puzzles. Seriously cute and comfortable to visit, this house has a vintage modern vibe that is designed to be efficient, interesting, and welcoming. It was built in the 70's and features some original finishes and some newer. The 2 bedrooms are furnished with queen beds with brand new mattresses, bedding, and pillows, a (one bedroom has an additional twin with trundle bed for a family) and the 1.5 baths are clean and well-appointed with plenty of higher quality towels and lighting. The kitchen is outfitted to cook 3 meals a day with virtually all the tools you expect, if you like that sort of thing! There is a washer and dryer on site, and a garage for your bikes or surfboards so you can unload and clean and lock 'em up.
- House1000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Min Stay3 nights
2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home with ocean view from every room! Clean, bright, fresh
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- within one day
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Oct 21, 2018
About Lori Breen
Your hosts are Kevin and Lori Breen, their daughter Lark, and Australian Shepherd Arlo. They chose this house because of the ocean view and dog-friendly (leash) beach access! Having recently purchased and furnished Holiday House, they realize the limits of their "free" time to enjoy it, and are opening it to others who share their ideas of a great place to recreate and relax. Kevin is a Golf Course Superintendent, Lori is a mobile Notary/Signing Agent, Lark is a college student, and Arlo is the chaser of geese at Kevin's course. All four have different ideas of a perfect Holiday day, but sunset on the deck can't be beat.
Lori Breen purchased this House in 2015
Why Lori Breen chose La Selva Beach
It starts with the view and ends with the view, but the other factors were the peaceful and idyllic little neighborhood, the beautiful heather fields to the east, the pastoral few minutes on San Andreas Road through the eucalyptus groves, strawberry fields, and peeks of the ocean as you drive in from Highway 1. It is convenient to all that Santa Cruz offers without being near loud bars, restaurants, or college students...and Monterey has a different collection of draws: golf, the world famous aquarium, galleries and shops, 17 mile drive. But the best places we have found to enjoy are right in Aptos and Rio del Mar: Deluxe Foods, great BBQ, awesome breakfast joints, and lots of good vibes.
What makes this House unique
Surfers! Walk about 250 yards to Manresa State Beach. 20 min or less to all the other great breaks in Santa Cruz County. The beach is public access for 11 miles...lots of beach combing, kite flying, surf casting, boogie boarding, beach bonfires, whatever you like! Only 15 minutes from all the draws of Santa Cruz and Capitola: Beach Boardwalk, Downtown Santa Cruz, Natural Bridges Monarch Walk, Pasatiempo for golf, Forest of the Nicene Marks in Aptos for destination mountain biking. If you travel south, just 20-30 minutes away is Elkhorn Slough for wildlife and kayaking, 15 min further to Monterey and the world renowned aquarium, famous golf courses (Pebble Beach, Poppy Hill, Spyglass)
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what a lovely comfortable home away from home - simple, clean and neat and great location1
Lori - thank you again for sharing your lovely home. We enjoyed everything about our stay - the beach was simply amazing; quiet, relaxing, clean and dog friendly! And, the weather couldn't have been better.
The property was wonderful. The place has any and everything you need. Lori was a pleasure to deal with and ready if you needed her. The view was much better than we had anticipated. Everything was perfect.
I am so glad it was a good fit for your family! We really enjoy the deck all seasons, and the warm weather we have enjoyed this summer is especially great up on the deck. We have installed a new fence and gate in the back, too!
Thanks for your nice feedback and excellent review!
Very comfortable home with a beautiful view
Our family had a relaxing week in this comfortable home. We had everything we needed and the view is beautiful from the top floor. The only drawback was the beach was somewhat more difficult to access than excepted.
The beach access is "fluid"...unfortunately, the county put a restriction on the stairs that are the fastest way to the beach. BUT our neighbors and the surfers tend to just zip open the fence on a daily basis. We have recently installed a back gate, and the walk is shorter. Unfortunately, sometimes we walk to the Manresa State Beach entrance which is about a 10 minute walk instead of the 3-5 minute walk that we usually enjoy ;) Thanks for the nice review!
Perfect location and Wonderful Experience!
We couldn’t have been happier. When we arrived we were greeted with fresh flowers and delicious strawberries from a local fruit stand, along with a thank you card wishing us all the best for our wedding weekend here in the Santa Cruz area. The house is equipped with everything you could need for a vacation and includes some fun bonuses like backyard swing hammocks and a bicycle. The view was what really captured us- it’s stunning!! I spent the majority of my time on the back deck just listening to waves crash. This vacation rental is truly a GEM!
Thank you so much for the great review! We are so pleased that you had a special weekend for you and your family. Maybe it can be an anniversary tradition ;)
Perfect for a relaxing weekend away.
We were welcomed nicely into the home with a personal note and special treat. This property was stocked with all of the items we needed and had a wonderful layout for hanging out together as a family. The small fenced in backyard was perfect for our little dog and we all enjoyed the lovely walks to and on the beach.
I'm so glad you had a good getaway! Thanks for your prompt review and 5*s!!
Comfortable and convenient
Spent four nights during a busy Thanksgiving weekend and felt right at home! Lovely flowers and personal note from Lori met us on arrival. Beds are very comfortable, linens and towels top notch. Only minor issue was stove really needs to be upgraded - only 1of 4 burners work. Hard to cook even a simple breakfast. With that said, this a dog friendly beach house which was greatly appreciated as they are truly hard to find! Would definitely rent again!
Thanks for the positive review and 4 stars! The stove is old, but in fact three of the four burners function and heat WAY up. (I have a hard time cooking on electric as I am used to gas at home...) Sometimes they get out of place and don't have the connection, but there is also an electric griddle pan at the house that is perfect for breakfast foods and grilled sandwiches...We are looking forward to replacing it, but need to revamp the whole kitchen before we can remove the inset stove ;(
This location is unbeatable for walk in access to Manresa State Beach; 5-10 minutes to Aptos and Rio del Mar, with lots of small unique markets, restaurants, bars, and shops.15 minutes to all that Santa Cruz/Capitola offers, including the Beach Boardwalk for thrill seekers, surfing at all the famous breaks, shopping downtown SC, cultural offerings at the UC-Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College campuses, mountain biking at the Forest of Nicene Marks. 35-45 minutes south is Monterey with its golf, acquarium, restaurants, kayaking Elkhorn Slough. You could choose a different outing each day of the week!