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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 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. 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.

Lori Breen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 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)


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 4.839286 based on 56 reviews
San Carlos, CA

Perfect for a relaxing weekend away.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a good getaway! Thanks for your prompt review and 5*s!!
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Comfortable and convenient

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisburg, NC

This was an absolutely lovely home to stay in! We were greeted with flowers and a card.

  • 5 of 5

Everything in the home with stocked just to our needs. Our only major issue was that we had thought from the description that the home was right on the water. Or, rather on a cliff right on the water. Actually, it took a bit of a walk up and down a couple streets and then down the stairs to the beach. The beach was just lovely, and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. I highly recommend this home, just be prepared not to be right on the water.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We found the home to be very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We needed a place to crash and unwind after a hectic weekend filled with family business. This home was just the ticket to do just that. While it is an older property, it has a certain charm and we would not hesitate to go back to this same location.

If there was a downside, our only comment would be that the house does not have screens on the windows. Off the upstairs family room, it begs to have the sweet smell of the ocean breeze wafting through the open windows. Unfortunately a few bugs also came with that ocean breeze.

With that one small caveat, the owner of the home is amazing and will make you feel right at home should you choose this location. You'll be glad you did!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, California

Awesome deck!

  • 5 of 5

This place is even better than it looks on the pictures. The rooms are spacious and the kitchen is very well equiped. The best part of the house is the deck with ocean (sunset) views!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you found the house (and deck) to exceed your expectations! I haven't updated the photos recently, but that is a good reminder to do so. We actually had the carpets cleaned before your visit, and my sweet neighbor girl helped with putting everything to right after they dried. Clearly, she did an awesome job of setting it up for your arrival! It seems that it was a good fit for your two families, and I hope you can come again sometime!!
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Cozy and beach - perfect old-school California beach trip.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time and loved that we were so close to a dog friendly beach. Even saw whales from the deck and only about 50 yards offshore.

Lori was helpful and left us a nice welcoming gift of phenomenal local strawberries.

It is clean, light and bright. In true beach style some of the finishes and fixtures are older, but all work well. The only disappointment was that there is not direct access to the grassy area. It does help keep the area very quiet.

The stairs to the beach are uneven, so go slowly. The beach itself is gorgeous and pretty sparsely populated even on summer weekends. Some days we had the place all to ourselves - amazing!

If you are looking to totally chill out, we highly recommend the Holiday House!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Isn't it amazing how the whales are just right out there!? It has been quite a summer for the migrating pods, and I just can't watch enough. We are happy that you had a good time, and hopefully the future holds a back gate for our little garden.
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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.

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