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Ocean View at La Selva Beach / Manresa State Beach / Santa Cruz

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home with ocean view from every room! Clean, bright, fresh

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. Your walk to the sand is about 250 yards, and down a "secret" stair 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.

Lori Breen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

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 high school 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 Central Coast

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)


La Selva Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    full bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , twin with trundle
  • 1 bedroom with queen size bed, second bedroom with queen bed and 2 twins (daybed with trundle) and all new mattresses, linens, and pillows. Both bedrooms have an ocean view, and outdoor patio access.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Ocean View at La Selva Beach / Manresa State Beach / Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.888889 based on 45 reviews

Great place for a short stay

  • 4 of 5

We were a family of 4 with 2 kids under 6 years old. It was just the right amount of space for us. We liked the layout of the home. It was clean and well stocked and the owner was wonderful and responsive. The only thing we were disappointed by is that there is no direct entry to the field pictured in the photos. The photo makes it seem like we have more accessible outdoor space than there actually is. The beach access is downhill a few blocks, which is OK with older kids but an extra hurdle with little ones. Otherwise, we had a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great beach house!

  • 5 of 5

Really nice house near the beach in a great neighborhood. We relaxed on the deck and soaked up the sun every day. Perfect location and a pleasure to come back to after spending the days at the beach. Nice touches all around including well equipped kitchen and comfortable bedrooms. Would book again for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! I loved the note you left for me, too...we also think it is an "awesome" house, and can't wait for the next time spent over at La Selva Beach. I hope your family can come again soon!
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Fourth of July like we have never experienced...!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a fantastic holiday weekend...that we stayed until Thursday! La Selva Beach is charming, Santa Cruz is hopping, and Aptos is the secret gem of the area. We enjoyed unique food and drink, both out at restaurants and together at the house. Our 2 families of 4 adults and 2 teen daughters were a perfect fit in this house, and it is so well outfitted that we could make healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had heard that the fireworks on the beach were a big deal, but we were not prepared for the spectacle of bonfires and amazing fireworks that could be seen from Santa Cruz to Monterey! It was better than I have ever experienced, and we just walked up the steps and over to the house with no driving or dealing with crowds. Heaven!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful: close to beach, forest hiking and the biking trail along the ocean. Shopping and restaurants within 10- 15 minutes. Lori is an excellent property owner with whom to work.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and Quaint

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice stay! The place is very well stocked and has working laundry for guest use. There were several staples in the fridge from the previous tenants (butter, unopened yogurt, coffee filters, etc.) which we really appreciated! The water view is nice from the deck off the family room, we were able to see whales spouting. Just be aware that you're not super close to the beach. It's a walk through the neighborhood to the public beach access. The mattresses were very comfortable, especially on the trundle. The owner left new beach toys and kites for our little ones which were a huge hit! Overall we had a very nice stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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lovely place

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay. Comfortable home and so close to the beach! Thank you

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for posting a 5* review! It helps future travelers and us to stay sharp!
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
San Jose Mineta
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Seascape, Pasatiempo, Pebble Beach/ Monterey
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Manresa State Beach
Car: necessary

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!


Rates & Availability

La Selva Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 7 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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