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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. There is no back gate, so the walk to the beach is just 1/2 a block down Holiday Drive, 1/2 block down Hillside and past the parking area to the beach stairs. Only about 300 yards total, but long for little ones...!

Lori Breen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 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:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • 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


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Ocean View at La Selva Beach / Manresa State Beach / Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.88 based on 50 reviews

Great family beach escape.

  • 5 of 5

Low key. Relaxing. And the view was as good as advertised.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Best vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The ocean view was spectacular. It was a short walk to the beach. The sunsets were beautiful. The chocolate chip cookies and dog treats were an extra bonus.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent beach home!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Holiday House and highly recommend it! We loved the view and close proximity to the beautiful beach. We saw many whales on our stay in July, just awesome!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yay! I'm so glad you had a good time...I knew it was a good fit, and I wish I had a couple of kayaks like those atop your car! I had no doubt that you would find adventure. Regards to your brother Jim from Kevin, too!
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

Only thing I can add to prior reviews is that this time we saw whales from the balcony. Also, Lori left us an edible gift.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I like to leave either fresh season produce or dog treats, or sometimes even homemade cookies ;) Use of the word "edible" implies another popular Santa Cruz County indulgence...(smile), but I think I left Manresa Bakery bread for you guys!
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Beach and family fun!

  • 4 of 5

The house was clean, bright and very welcoming. The owner was helpful answering all questions we had. I enjoyed drinking coffee on the deck each morning looking at the ocean.

My only surprise was the beach access was not what I expected from the pictures and description.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your prompt and helpful review! We also love coffee on the deck and the whale watching has been spectacular! Because the green space between our house and the beach is part of a County easement, the houses were built without access/gates. The neighboring homes that now have gates have gradually "broken" that law...and we look forward to installing a gate in the future when we replace our fencing! In the meantime, the green space secures our view, makes for lots of birdsong and butterflies, but we have to walk down the street for the route to the beach access. It takes 5 minutes or less, past about 8-10 of our neighbors, some residents but many vacation homes, and then down the staircase beach access. I wrote our description to be appealing, but resolutely don't want to mislead anybody! You definitely need to walk to the beach ;) I will make a few more specific descriptions in our listing. Thanks for taking the time to review, as it helps us improve, have good relationships with our guests, and communicate as clearly as possible!
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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
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your time! Your review and feedback are sincerely appreciated, and I am making a few updates about the descriptions for the walk to the beach. I hope you received the package I sent...there is a surprise in it for a certain little one! The cleaners found Po in the sofa cushions...!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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