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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 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
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 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)


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Ocean View at La Selva Beach / Manresa State Beach / Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews

Perfect home in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I did a quick babymoon with our two dogs in this lovely home, which will stay forever in our memories. The location is perfect, just a quick stroll to one of the most amazing beaches in this area (endless stretch of sand, no crowds). The neighborhood is quiet and safe. The home is amazingly comfortable and well equipped! It had everything we needed, the dogs were really happy there too and even had their off-leash time in a securely fenced backyard. The view from the deck is even better than depicted in the website. It's almost hard to leave and enjoy the outdoors, considering you feel pretty much connected with nature by just staying in and relaxing with the view. The owner accommodated all our needs and was very responsive. Would love to go back after our baby is born!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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loved the house and the nearby nature!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at holiday house for a long weekend. The holiday house is fantastic... loved the wood high ceilings, the bright, open, airy feeling, and most of all, loved the view! One of our favorite things on this vacation was sitting/napping on the deck and watching and listening to the waves crash. The crashing wave soundtrack also made for very peaceful sleeping at night. The house was really clean, super cute, and had lots of interesting reading material. The house had everything we needed and I could tell that Lori is very attentive to guests having a comfortable stay.

We were hoping to do lots of nature stuff and as expected, the nature activity opportunities were plentiful! We took beach walks every morning and went hiking in Aptos a few miles away. When we wanted shopping, restaurants, surfer watching, and delicious lattes, we headed into Santa Cruz - about ten miles away. Lori gave us great recommendations for good food and activities and definitely made sure that our stay was enjoyable. I highly recommend holiday house for a peaceful, rejuvenating, laid back vacation!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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ocen views spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

Loved my one month stay at the Holiday House! Walking up the stairs from the bedroom every morning and seeing this huge expanse of ocean right in front of you was awe inspiring! The pictures do not do the house justice. I was pleasantly surprised when I drove up to see how cute the house was from the outside with its little front garden and the inside was much larger than the pictures show - espcially upstairs in the living room. The location so near Capitola and Aptos is great - good restaurants, movie theaters, wineries all in close proximity......highly recommend this place AND working with Lori, the owner, was superb. Every question I had was responded to within minutes via text and it made my visit very special.....thank you Lori!!! I arrived to fresh flowers in every room, lovely dahlias at that and a spotless house!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were our first "long term" renter; thanks to you, too, for making that such a positive experience. I am glad you found it to exceed your expectations. Holiday House is a small house that lets us live bigger without clutter and all the detritus of daily life! Our neighborhood welcomed you and your dogs...I think some of them will miss having you around, but hopefully, you can find a similar place for yourself in the area! Take good care, Lori
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This home was a home away from home. Great location, beautifully done out and very clean and tidy.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (2 boys 4 and 6) stayed for 3 nights. The house had everything you could possibly need and the kitchen was extremely well stocked.

Lori could not have been more helpful and her communication about the property was brilliant. We loved our stay and didn't want to leave.

I would highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you found it to exceed your expectations! The house is just the perfect size for a family of four, and I bet your boys loved the neighborhood. The walk up from the beach is just long enough to shake off most of the sand! We hope you get the chance to visit again ;)
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Charming cottage with character!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this charming cottage. It was perfect for our family of four. The description of the property is accurate and it's clear the owners take great pride in the property. Lori was very responsive and a pleasure to work with. The neighborhood was quiet, the beach just a short walk away, and the outside deck was lovely in the afternoon. Our only regret is we did not stay longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brenda, I have the same feelings of wishing I could stay longer every time I get to spend time at Holiday House. It is our pleasure to share it, and we appreciate your very positive review!
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  • 5 of 5

This was the first home who allowed me to take my dogs and I was sooo excited!!! Lori left a welcome note with a basket of strawberries on the table and it made us absolutely feel like we were at home. Very clean, has everything I needed to take care of my family. Extra water bowls were left outside for our dogs and they were very appreciated. Cannot wait to return to this beautiful property. Working with Lori was a breeze, she communicates efficiently and got back to me quickly. Thank you so much Lori we loved your home and cannot wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate that nearly every dog owner who has stayed at our home has treated it theory is that they are tired of staying in grubby places and want us to remain pet friendly! Our dog absolutely loves it here, so we are not surprised that yours (oh, and your humans, too!) enjoyed this fabulous setting. So happy you decided to make a reservation for 2017!
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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fourth of July week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 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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La Selva Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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, another bedroom with queen bed and 2 twins (daybed with trundle) and all new mattresses, linens, and pillows. There is a full size blow up mattresses and linens available for extras.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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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