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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 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 new LG front load 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:
August 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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 4.98 based on 103 reviews

The BEST vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time back to John's house and this stay was just as exceptional as the last! The property is impeccably maintained & clean, and John is extremely responsive and clearly takes great care of the home. Some highlights of the house & area:

-Beds are very comfortable & house is truly modern luxury- I would argue the house is better in person than in the pictures.

-The house has everything you could need to be comfortable and then some. Because the house is such a cozy magical space we opted to spend more time at home making meals instead of going out so we could be together and relaxed as a family. This does not feel like a vacation rental, as it has everything you need to make a fabulous meal like it is your own kitchen at home.

-The outdoor space is wonderful, we enjoyed the hot tub daily & sitting by the fire pit at night. Everything was easy to use and the outdoor shower is awesome!

-The garage has lawn chairs, beach toys, and many other goodies to enjoy the beach! We took chairs to nearby Pleasure Point and watched the surfers while sitting on the beach- afterwards we got some delicious ice cream at the store right on Pleasure Point!

One of the most magical experiences this trip was walking down the street by the house to the ocean, we saw dolphins swimming by and our whole group loved it. This trip was a mixed group of adults and children ranging in age from young to school age, and the house and area had so much to do for everyone. The adults took runs by the beach in the morning & the kids enjoyed walking to the beach, to get ice cream, and to the donut shop. The kids loved the boardwalk, which is a quick drive from the house, and we also went for a short (30 minutes or so) drive to see some beautiful redwoods. We stopped in downtown Santa Cruz the last day to get pizza, which was a very cute area as well. We live in San Francisco, and other family traveled from out of state and it felt like a getaway for all of us. Santa Cruz has the rugged beauty of the Northern California coast combined with many things to do and see, which makes it a great spot for vacation! The laid back beach vibe of the area and the fact that the house was amazing made for an exceptional time. Thank you, John for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks so much for the amazing review. We love hosting you and hope to see you back for your third trip soon!!!
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Great house, great location and great weather !!!

  • 5 of 5

Our second year was again wonderful. The house is beautiful and well equipped. I strongly recommend to anyone wanting a Santa Cruz beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonder house for a family beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here in July. Our extended family group included six adults and three children. We loved the set-up of the house and the included amenities. The owner is very responsive and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased to host you again next summer! Smart move to book now as much of our 2019 summer is already reserved by returning guests. Thanks for leaving the wonderful review and leaving our house in terrific condition!
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Absolutely beautiful & well appointed house. Had everything we needed for our Santa Cruz visit.

  • 5 of 5

We have nothing but praise for this rental home’s beauty and A-1 condition. John’s attention to detail from our initial contact through departure made our stay most enjoyable. We were visiting Santa Cruz to attend a family wedding and left wishing we had been able to stay a few extra days to enjoy the home and all of its provisions for a beach holiday! Thank you so much, John for a memorable experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review and leaving our house in great condition! We have an amazing cleaning team and house manager that work through a 180 point checklist every week to insure that we keep the house in near-perfect condition! They go overboard to make sure the house is not only clean - but that all the amenities are "set to go" for our guests.
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Beautiful, immaculate property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

It would be hard to find anything negative about this home. From the perfect location to the beautifully decorated interior....we loved it all. It is well cared for with very comfortable beds. Every detail was covered here. The owner is readily available and quite conscientious, which we appreciated. We'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so delighted that you enjoyed our beach house! We've invested in lots of extras to make the experience great for our guests. Thanks for pointing our great beds! Hope to host you again in the future.
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Comfort & Style - One Amazing Beach House!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay at this amazing beach house! I was celebrating my 50th birthday and had a gathering with friends for one of the nights and then family came for the second part of our stay. Everyone had a great time! The deck has an ocean view on a quiet street. Spacious rooms with very comfortable beds. The kitchen is easy to work in and is stocked with cooking utensils, dishes and flatware. Brought my own crock pot and a pack of clothes pins to keep chip bags, crackers, etc. fresh.

We enjoyed having two areas to watch TV and movies. The outdoor shower was very useful. We enjoyed both the hot tub and fire pit. I would have kept the back patio swept (sand accumulates), but couldn't find a broom. Everyone LOVED the cruiser bikes (all 5 of them!) and took them out for a number of rides around the neighborhood. There were plenty of boogie boards and wetsuits that got good use. Many of us walked along the beach each morning. The BBQ grill is on the smaller side if you want to grill meat and other items at the same time.

The top of the stairs at the entryway stays shaded and cool and has a bench with cubbies. It was the perfect location to keep drinks cold in the coolers and is a safe and private area to keep items that you don't want brought into the house (wet shoes, beach bags, etc.). The keyless entry is brilliant!

We also totally enjoyed visiting with the older woman, Pat who lives down the street with her little poodle Chris. Her family has long established roots in Santa Cruz and she shared lots of interesting history with us about the area. Each evening we would walk a dinner plate down to Pat's house, she was appreciative and a total delight to visit with.

I highly recommend this vacation home, the location is excellent, the home is spacious and the layout is very functional. There is something for everyone whether you are visiting with friends or family, adults and kids! Thank you for the memorable beach house vacation! :-)

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a great 50th birthday and that our beach house helped you to have a wonderful celebration! We take great pride in our house and love it when guests enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for leaving the house in terrific condition and 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!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $260
Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500

- 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. This includes children. 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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