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New Modern Luxury, Perfect Oceanview Location! Spa, Fire Pit, Bikes, Beach Gear

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bed w/downstairs family room. Perfect for kids, two families or executives.

This is a newly remodeled modern styled beach house with great ocean views that is and really upscale!

In addition to the pictures - to see more of our wonderful beach house, click on the small "video" box at the top of any of the photos or scroll to the bottom and click on the "Owner's Website Link."

It is unique in that it has a large family/extra living room downstairs making it perfect for a large family with "kids downstairs, adults upstairs," 4 couples or an executive retreat. It is a big 4-bedroom home located on one of the most sought after streets in Santa Cruz. From the spa to the fire pit to the outdoor shower to the beach cruisers, boogie boards and beach wagon, it is all set up for fun! Plus, spend the evenings cooking in a fully stocked awesome kitchen and then relaxing in front of a stunning new linear fireplace. This house is a great blend of functionality and nearly impeccable, sophisticated, modern luxury.

Enjoy new graywashed hardwood floors, comfortable hip furniture, a fantastic new kitchen and designer bathrooms. Sleep in new beds with fine linens (all 540 thread count) and enjoy the two gas fireplaces and two home theater systems. It is super clean and is full of fun amenities.

It is on a quiet street that is a short walk to the beach and 3 minutes by bike to Pleasure Point or the Yacht Harbor and a 12 minute bike or 5 minute drive to the Boardwalk or Capitola. Note that our street, 24th ave. has a great viewing bench at the end of the street, but no stairs down to the beach - so it stays uncrowded and kids can play on the street. It is a 1 min. 30 second walk to 23rd street to enter Santa Maria beach. (Note that due to recent flooding from our record breaking storm that you may need to walk to 22nd street until the overflow from the lagoon drys up.)

This had been a very popular and highest rated 5-star rental home that our large family had rented via VRBO. We had rented a number of beach houses in Santa Cruz, and this was easily the best. When it came on the market we were fortunate enough to buy it. We completely remodeled it with help from a professional designer - and wow - it turned out spectacular!

Sleeps 10


Kitchen - New and fully stocked with Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch gas cooktop, large pantry, Keurig coffee maker, stainless oven and microwave. Included is a new set of pots and pans, knives, silverware, glassware, BBQ utensils, bowls, cutting boards, toaster, popcorn maker, and dishes. The cabinetry has dynamic colors, quartz countertops and a glass tile splash.

Living Room - New linear gas fireplace surrounded by stone and mahogany cabinets, 55" flat screen TV, Home theater system, Apple TV, DVD player, universal remote, large modern sectional couch and two reclining swivel chairs.

Dining room - New custom dining table and chairs with gorgeous ocean, mountain and sunset views.

Front deck - New Webber gas grill, dining table and swivel chairs for enjoying the view

Upstairs Master - New firm Cal King mattress with gel infused memory foam topper. Flat screen TV, two closets, stunning master bathroom with large shower, walnut cabinets and fantastic tile surrounding a floating mirror. There is a hair dryer, a makeup mirror and an iron & ironing board.

Upstairs Queen Room - New Euro plush queen mattress with memory foam topper. View of the ocean and fun black and white Santa Cruz photos.

Upstairs guest bath - Gorgeous mahogany cabinets, exciting finishes and bathtub with rain shower.

Laundry room - Full sized Maytag washer and dryer, laundry sink.


Downstairs King Room - New European Sleepworks Cal King Mattress with matching latex memory topper. Right side tuned plush, left side tuned firm. Large closet.

Downstairs Queen/Bunk room. One queen and three twins (one twin is a high-quality folding bed) in a large fun-shaped room with a large closet.

Downstairs living/family room - 55" flat screen TV, DVD player, Home theater system, Gas fireplace surrounded by custom cabinetry with built-in desk. Large doors lead to outdoor patio. Tile floors.

Downstairs Bathroom - large two-sink bathroom with a good-sized shower.

Back patio - New fire pit and gliding chairs, lawn and Hotsprings Spa, highlighted by a creative outdoor "surfboard shower."

Garage - Full garage with parking for one large and one small car. Included are 4+ new Electra cruiser bikes, a wagon for the beach, 6 beach chairs, sand toys, kids wetsuits, umbrellas and a 3-sided tent, beach BBQ gear, 5 boogie boards and more. Surfboards can be arranged.

Front - Parking for 4 cars in driveway plus one on street.


Free "blast" cable wifi, telephone landline with free domestic calling.

Keyless entry for front and back and garage doors with personalized code for security and ease of going to the beach, etc. without having to take keys. Great for kids!

The house is stocked with beach towels, shampoo, soaps, cleaning supplies - so you can travel light.

Please note that our county vacation rental permit allows for a 10 person occupancy limit with an additional 5 people allowed allowed as guests for a day/short term (non sleepover) visit. The county also enforces quiet time from10 PM till 8 am.

We love this area and particularly this street in Santa Cruz. This is one of the "banana belts" in Santa Cruz and it is often warm and clear here when it is cold and foggy on the West Shore or down towards Aptos. The dead end street is very quiet and kids often play out front. The neighbors are great and the bench at the end of the street is like "instant zen." We often see whales, dolphins, seals and otters from the bench. You can watch surfers and sailboats almost every day. It is a short walk or bike ride to world class surfing at Pleasure Point, 26th and 38th ave and the "Hook." Santa Maria beach is less than a 2 minute walk, and since there is no public parking, it is very uncrowded and seemingly super safe as a result. Sunny Cove is right nearby and it is the best body surfing/boogie boarding beach in Santa Cruz. There is a brand new library a short walk away that overlooks the lagoon. You can jump on the beach cruisers and be in Capitola, the Boardwalk, the Yacht Harbor/Crow's Nest, the 41st ave. shopping area (Mall, Whole foods, surf shops, coffee shops, theater, etc.) all within minutes - then return home and enjoy a stunning sunset, and a restful, quiet evening just minutes away from the "hubbub."

There are several great golf courses, all within a 10-12 minute drive. There is fishing on the beach at the bottom of our street, or you can fish from the Capitola or Municipal pier or go by charter or rental boat from the piers. Sunset Sailing excursions available at the yacht harbor. Monterey, Carmel, The 17 mile drive, Monterey Bay Aquarium are only 45 minute away. There is hiking a short drive away in the deep redwoods at Henry Cowell Redwoods, Big Basin, and the Forest of Nicene Marks Park in Aptos. The area offers many other activities from live theater to professional basketball to paddle boarding to great local wine tasting. There are "activities for everyone" or you can simply snuggle up in front of one of our fireplaces and enjoy listening to the waves break.

County of Santa Cruz Vacation Rental Certificate # CO00058

More Details

John Christensen
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About John Christensen

After renting vacation homes in Santa Cruz for many years, we finally decided to buy, design and create our dream beach house. We rented THIS house in 2013 and had a fantastic time. It was the best of several homes we had rented through VRBO. When it came on the market in 2014, we were really excited, and purchased it right away. We have since finished an extensive remodel and really love the way it turned out.

John Christensen purchased this house in 2014

Why John Christensen chose Santa Cruz

We love this house because:

- The location is so close to our favorite beach and activities

- The house is beautiful, large (2400 square feet) and super functional with the two living rooms.

- It has a new house clean feel

- There are so many fun, cool things, from the surfboard shower - to the cruiser bikes - to the awesome fireplace - to the designer colors, finishes and furniture.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“This is an outstanding home, and easily the overall best place that we have rented through Airbnb. The spotless conditions, amenities, quality of beds and linens, thoughtfulness of furnishing choices, etc., -- it all works so well together, and feels like a high-end hotel stay. Highly recommend, and will rent again when staying in Santa Cruz.”
Jan 2018
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 34
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Follow all laws and requirements, including no fireworks & no loud noise between 10 pm and 8 am, and following recycling/trash procedures.
  • No sand in the house or spa. Keep kids from leaving dirty finger prints or using markers on windows & walls. Don't move furniture.
  • Check out on time and complete the items on the checkout list. Please see attached rental contract for additional house rules & obligations.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , One of the twins is a high-quality folding bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.9882355 based on 88 reviews

Amazing home for special celebration !!

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated my 50th bday with 3 families. The kids had their "own" space downstairs and access to the backyard. The parents hung out in the open space kitchen, dining and living area as well as the deck. There was ample space and privacy when you needed it. The home is very well appointed and stocked. We made a gourmet 4 course meal and had every appliance and serving utensils that we needed. The beach is a short walk away and you can hear the ocean as well as the birds from the front of the home. We appreciated all the gear that we could use for our stay. Everything is in great shape and there is a label and instructions for it all. The owners are responsive, supportive and very organized. For those of you that are looking a lower priced homes - I know I was- I would encourage you to consider this one as you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you had such a wonderful celebration! We love that our house works great for "kids downstairs, adults upstairs." I allows everyone to spread out and enjoy their own space. Thanks also for pointing out that our kitchen is fully stocked. We've tried to go overboard to make sure there is everything needed for a gourmet meal!
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Wonderful Santa Cruz Reunion/Surf Home

  • 5 of 5

We had the best family reunion ever with a lot of help from John's lovely home. First off, he was great to work with as I appreciated the time he spent with me initially on the phone to ensure that we were going to be appropriate guests for his home. That eased my mind about the condition we were likely to find the home in when we arrived. He was also available to us at all times to answer questions.

The home itself was perfect. Among our guests were 3 young men in their 20's who spent the week surfing. The proximity of the home to Eastside Boards and the surf spots of 26th Ave. (a 3 min. walk) and Pleasure Point made the "during" great, but the "after" is where the house truly shined. The outdoor shower with hot water and both foot and normal shower heads was well-used by them and our beach-going guests and the hot tub was fantastic for taking the chill away. All three (5'10" - 6'2" each) stayed comfortably in the room with the queen bed and bunks while their parents enjoyed the downstairs master. The downstairs BR worked for all five and having a separate "family" room for the young men to spend time was great.

The upstairs bedrooms worked well for my parents and my wife and I. My parents had their own space in the upstairs master. No reports of bed discomfort at all from anyone.

Bathrooms/showers/pressure were all top-notch.

The open plan upstairs also worked out great and all nine of us fit well, if a tad snugly at the dining table thanks to the bench. All appliances worked well and got a good work out over the 7 day rental. I can report that the grill can cook 9 steaks to Med Rare perfection with ease.

The bench at the end of the Ave. was a great gathering spot as well and the stairs at the end of 26th were navigable by my late 70's parents for a walk on the beach and surfer viewing.

The heating system was great and the fireplaces wonderful (the upstairs one makes a great photo backdrop too).

Finally, while we didn't use any of it, I was amazed at the plethora of beach equipment available. Summer rentals need only rent surfboards and wetsuits. All the rest is covered, leave your boogie boards at home! We could've built a raft from all those available!

I really couldn't ask for much more than this house provided. We'll be talking about this trip for years. Thanks again John!!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted when our guests have a great time at our house! Thanks so much for leaving our house in terrific condition, and taking the time to write a wonderful review. It was a true pleasure to host you and hope to see you again in the future.
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Clean, modern and relaxing place!

  • 5 of 5

This property is a gem! It is tastefully designed and furnished with all sorts of conveniences. John has a well stocked kitchen, lots of games and beach toys for all ages. It is a quick walk to the beach. Sorry we didn’t have time to use the hot tub or the fire pit in the backyard. Our big family all raved about the house and wants to return soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for leaving our house in great condition. We enjoyed having you as a guest and look forward to hosting you again in the future.
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Amazing house, amazing location, amazing owner!

  • 5 of 5

John’s beach house was simply amazing. We traveled for a family vacation with an infant, toddler, as well as my adult brothers & father- everyone loved it! Some highlights about what we loved:

-Everything in the home is well cared for & in excellent condition. I truly felt as if John shared his home, as compared to a rental house.

-Open concept living dining excellent for family gatherings with ocean views. Everything I wanted to cook & then some!

-Cozy fireplace perfect for catching up after dinner & comfortable furniture.

-Comfortable beds, my dad claimed to get the best nights sleep in a long time & was inspired to buy a new mattress after our stay.

-Hot tub & outdoor shower were amazing & fenced in yard great with kids.

-Two levels of living & bedrooms was perfect for having little kids- uncles could get sleep while we were up with the little ones.

-Everything you need to adventure- wetsuits, bikes, beach chairs, sand toys in the house for use!

-Location! Walking distance to beautiful beaches and a short walk to spots in town. Every amenity you could think of within a short walk or drive.

-Very responsive owner who genuinely seemed to have his priority that guests have an excellent time.

The only downside: We had to leave!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We work really hard at trying to keep our house in near-perfect condition and trying to exceed our guests expectations. Hope to see you again in the future!
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Lovely Home Stay in Santa Cruz

  • 4 of 5

This house was extremely comfortable, immaculate, spacious, had all amenities that one needs for an easy visit and stay on the beach. The location was very impressively close to a beautiful beach and many beach toys were available to use but alas, our visit was in November and we did not prevail ourselves of these toys. These appearred to be anything that families could use for a beach day. John was easy to communicate with and was attentive to any needs. The one draw back that I can see is that there were many rules to follow for the house and for check out day that made us nervous about fulfilling all that was required. Also having paid for a cleaning service but still asked to empty trash cans was a bit much. Overall though the house was wonderful and I would highly recommend it to others looking in Santa Cruz for a house to stay at that accommodates large families.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review. This is our first review that is less than 5 stars and we value your comments. We have reviewed our rules/check-out list - and although they seem to be fairly standard for VRBO - we have streamlined our check out procedure to provide a better guest experience..
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Stunning Santa Cruz house

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed here for a weekend getaway with friends from college and loved it. We had 5 adults and 2 kids and more than enough space. The balcony with the sunset view was perfect. We cooked dinner in a few nights and the kitchen is very well stocked. Also loved the backyard with the fire pit and hot tub. Everything in the house is recently redone and very nice. The walk to the beach was shorter than I expected. We also loved the walk toward Capitola in one direction and the short walk to Starbucks in the other. The owner is very responsive and helpful. We hope to come back some day with our family.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review and for leaving our house in fantastic condition! Hope to host you again in the future!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
4.6 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
24th Ave.

We love this quiet street that is so close to: Private beaches, Boardwalk, Yacht Harbor, World Class Surfing, Mountain Biking, Numerous Golf Courses, Charming Capitola Village, Fishing, Paddleboarding, UC Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell Redwoods / Roaring Camp Railroad, Whale Watching, and so much more!!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning $260
Tax Rate 11.0%

- Please check with us prior to booking a trip starting on Sunday, as we need to make a special request for housekeeping.
- Our vacation rental permit allows for a 10-person maximum occupancy limit with an additional 5 people allowed allowed as guests for a day (non sleepover) visit. Unfortunately we can't grant exceptions. The County sheriff also strictly enforces excessive noise after 10 pm - so no large, loud parties are allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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