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The Warmth of Old World Charm + the Perfect West Side Santa Cruz Location

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The "Perfect" West Side Santa Cruz Location!

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Last updated: 04/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Sleep Number beds throughout! 3 bedrooms/2 baths just steps from Steamer Lane

Our Santa Cruz home offers casual elegance and warmth in a safe and undeniably 5-star location! 1700 sf with 3 bedrooms & 2 baths, the house is just steps away from West Cliff Drive. It is less than a half block from the access stairs to the world-famous Steamers Lane surfing area and to Cowell's Beach . Cowell’s has perfect waves for those learning how to surf (or just body surf), yet with only a short paddle from the beach you are smack-dab in the midst of one of the world's premium surfing lanes. The house has every comfort of home combined with special touches that arise only when a Danish contractor builds a house for himself with sturdy 1942-era construction materials. Befitting its ocean location, Steamer Lane Manor enjoys nautical themes from around the world. The master bedroom, the Victorian Room, offers a queen bed with a majestic 8-foot headboard; the Dragon Room is paneled entirely in redwood with a handpainted teak ceiling; and the Cromwell Room sports a unique queen-over-queen bunkbed. Every bed in the house, including the queen on the top level of the Cromwell Room bunk, provides the unparalleled, custom-made comfort of Sleep Number mattresses.
The backyard is equipped with bbq, comfortable patio furniture and a hot tub to soothe the wearied guest after a day of world-class surfing, hiking, biking, dining, wining (though whining is also exhausting) or perhaps 20 back-to-back rides on the oldest, all-wood roller coaster on the Pacific Coast (1924), The Boardwalk's famous "Giant Dipper". The location of the Steamer Lane Manor house is among the best of the very best beach rentals on the favored Santa Cruz West Side, within an easy walk to the Wharf with its active commercial fishing scene (along with some exceptional restaurants and a great wine bar) and the venerable Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk & Casino (in business since 1907). There are many options for entertainment and great restaurants within walking and driving distance, tempting beach cocktails and great shopping for all of your surf wear and souvenirs. Light House Field and the Surf Museum also are within easy walking distance -- just a few short blocks -- as is the world-class Steamer’s Lane overlook, whose waves tempt renown surfers from around the world and is home to numerous surf contests.. For a more actively diverse social scene, it's only a short walk (approximately 1.5 miles) -- or quick bike cruise -- to downtown Santa Cruz, home of boutique shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafes, night life, famous live music venues and a provocative ambiance that reinforces the Santa Cruz City motto: "Keep Santa Cruz Weird" . Steamer Lane Manor is situated a mere 40-minute drive to Monterey and its famous Aquarium & Cannery Row, neighboring Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the exquisite Pebble Beach golf links -- with Big Sur slightly to the south. If you head North on Highway One, you will embark on a unforgettably scenic 90-minute drive to San Francisco. Along the way, stop for an espresso and muffin at Whalers Cafe in the primo whale-watching Portugese mining town of Davenport, or the isolated but remarkable Highway 1 Brewery a bit farther to the north, the awesome and picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse, or the venerable Duarte's Restaurant in the Portugese fishing village of Pescadero (great key lime pie, and, if you're so inclined, tripe).

Last minute bookings are possible with a two night minimum at a reduced rate. Call to check availability (our house concierge lives on the same street and can receive payment and check you in and out )

Our large living room is enhanced with an inviting fireplace stove amidst a mix of mahogany paneling, stained glass window, hardwood floors, luxurious seating and a 65" flatscreen. The Dragon Room features an exquisite, hand-painted teakwood coffered ceiling depicting nearly 100 marching gold dragons (nothing scary!!). The breakfast nook offers a pub table for 4, along with a 300-year old dining table for 6 from a pub in Ireland. Every guest group receives a set of handmade, vegan and cruelty-free cosmeceutical skincare products as a gift from owner Rob & Maryann's own boutique lab -- a gift intended to make for some very, very happy hands, feet and bodies!

The Manor's concierge, Patty, is quite frankly, invaluable and is practically next door. Guests rave as much about her as they do about Steamer Lane Manor's unique ambiance. Have a problem? Patty's on it! If something ever is wrong -- and, yes, it can happen -- Patty, Rob & Maryann will make it right

Want a truly hassle free vacation? We now have a grocery delivery service with Safeway. You can have the kitchen stocked with your favorite food and beverages before you arrive.

WE DON'T RENT ON CRAIG'S LIST AND WE NEVER, EVER WILL ASK YOU TO WIRE MONEY. SCAMMERS ARE OUT THERE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TRAVELERS, SO PLEASE BEWARE!

Keywords: Beach House, Surf, Santa Cruz, Cowell's, Beach Boardwalk, Wharf, Westside, Learn to Surf, Shopping, Downtown Santa Cruz, Best location,quiet neighborhood, ocean view, three bedrooms, two baths, hot tub, Sleep Number beds.
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Owner

Member since: 2016

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are the future. Why not expose them to a great place to enjoy themselves building sand castles, biking, swimming and spending their parents' hard-earned money on a million games, rides and souveniers -- plus saltwater taffy -- at the Boardwalk! (The only caveat is that the upper queen bunkbed is off limits to kids under 10 and requires a hold-harmless waiver for the owners)!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Ours is a non-smoking, non-vaping, non-chewing & non-spitting environment. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge

Suitability

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Victorian Room (Sleep Nbr queen bed): 1 queen

    A sunny room with a massive Victorian teak queen bed...moreless

  • Dragon Room (Sleep Nbr queen bed): 1 queen

    Redwood panelled room with teak coffered dragon ceiling....moreless

  • Cromwell Room (queen-over-queen Sleep Nbr bunk bed): 2 queen

    Sunny room with bath and an awesomely plush queen bunk bed....moreless

  • Three bedrooms, one with washed ash paneling, one entirely with redwood paneling and one with no paneling at all. One crown moulded ceiling, one with a coffered teak ceiling with hand-painted Oriental designs, and one with just a plain old ceiling ceiling. One has a massive Victorian teak queen bed with an 8-foot high head board , one with a rosewoodish queen, and one with a unique bunk bed that's a queen-over-queen (that's right, two queen beds stacked vertically). Every one of the four queen beds with decked out with a Sleep Number mattress, which, if you haven't tried one, can adapt themselves to the comfort requirements ("needs") of both sleepers individually at the touch of a button. Like it firm, try Numbers 70 to 100. Like it cushy, go with Number 35. It's up to each guest. But the goal is an awesomely memorable night's rest, or something like that. Linens are very high-count Egyptian cotton. Pillows are anti-allergic composite with down pillows also provided. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower

    Surfer shower...moreless

  • Two bathrooms, one with a tub shower and the second with a shower (not counting the surfer shower on the outside wall of the house). Nothing especially unique about either of the bathrooms, but who's coming to Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz to spend time in the bathrooms?! But while you're there, you'll find the towels to be luxuriously thick and super absorbant....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Stupendous surfing almost at your doorstep!

Entertainment

  • Books:

    An eclectic assortment....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Yes. The DVD player is built into the back of the tv in the Victorian bedroom....moreless

  • Games:

    Board games....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Yes. DISH network. Sound is provided through the use of a 2nd remote -- so to adjust the livingroom volume, you need the 2nd remote....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There's no separate Stereo, but the DISH network gives access to Sirius starting with the 6000 block of channels....moreless

  • Television:

    Yes -- 65" in the living room and 24" in each of the three bedrooms....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    The cliffs of West Cliff Drive are 50 yards from our front door! ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    There's a dining alcove that's equipped with a 300-year old hand-hewn table for 6 from a pub in Ireland, plus a modern pub table for 4 in the living room. There's also a redwood folding table for 4....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Nope. There are very few days when it's really hot in Santa Cruz, Even so, you could be a guest with us during one of the very rare heat waves, in which case we have a bunch of fans and lots of ice!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Yes....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Yes, with a wood stove insert. A combustable log is provided as a starter....moreless

  • Garage:

    Yes, which provides additional space of another 2 vehicles....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas fired forced air....moreless

  • Internet:

    Super high speed...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton, along with anti-allergen pillows (with a few 100% down pillows thrown in for good measure)....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Yes it's roomy (23 x 17ft), light, comfy and friendly with mahogany paneling, window seat, recessed lighting, hardwood floor, Oriental carpet and stained glass,...moreless

  • Parking:

    Yes, and this is a CRITICAL thing to consider in Santa Cruz where entire blocks on the East Side are off-limits to transients. Our driveway handles 2 vehicles, plus you actually can park on Manor...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Nope. This is a bedroom community for Silicon Valley for Pete's sake! Who's got a land line anymore?...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Thick and luxuriously absorbant!...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Yes. We supply detergent and softeners...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    A Keurig with an ample supply of serious coffee!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Really nice stuff. Service for 12 Fully equipped with cookware....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Yes...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Bright and cheery and a wee bit old fashioned. We're working on a long-range plan to keep improving this essential space, but it comes fully equipped with China service for 12....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Yes...moreless

  • Oven:

    Gas powered....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    You need things cold -- or frozen -- you're in luck. As a matter of fact, we have two refrigerators for your convenience....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas powered....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Yes. Blender, too, for your morning smoothies....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    A small patio with the barbeque and a table for 4 to 6 people...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    "Lawn" is a relative term in drought-worn Santa Cruz. Lawn color is most likely more 'brown' than 'green'....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Yes, there's a propane barbeque on the back lawn along with table and chairs....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Yes, there's a Jacuzzi hot tub. Push the button for the tub's 5 settings (as identified on the plate by the button). To shut down, it's the 5th setting (the 5th push of the button). Please cover....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Apr 1 - May 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$495
$2,100
Pre-Season
May 3 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$500
$2,300
Summer
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$620
$3,820
September Getaway
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$550
$2,310
Indian Summer Sun!
Oct 1 - Oct 17, 2017
2 night min stay
$475
$2,915
Awesome Autumn!
Oct 19 - Nov 22, 2017
2 night min stay
$400
$2,205
December Delight
Nov 27 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$375
$2,015
Christmas
Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$450
$3,000
New Years at the Beach
Dec 29 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
$500
$3,000
Winter Season
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2018
2 night min stay
$410
$2,205
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$620

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $170 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

In the event house rules are not followed with regard to parties/pets and the rules set forth in the rental contract, all guests will be given a warning by the house concierge who lives down the street. Failure to abide by the house rules may be subject to immediate departure from the house and all monies and deposits will not be refunded. Santa Cruz has a strict municipal No Parties/Noise regulation which we enforce. Thanks for your understanding.

In the very unlikely event that the property becomes double-booked for any reason, the first-paid reservation will have access to the rental. Conflicting reservations, if paid (by check or credit card) will be returned without any further or additional compensation to the renter. In the very unlikely event that the owner decides to sell or use the home as their primary residence, all future paid rental reservations will be returned without any further/additional compensation to the renter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy:

100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before the scheduled arrival date.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose
0.05 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Aquarius at Dream Inn
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pasatiempo Golf Club
36 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak - Salinas, CA
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Aquarius at Dream Inn
Westside, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Nearest Beach
Cowell's Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Our guests say it best: "Once we parked the car on Friday we never drove again - it's so easy to walk everywhere!"

Whether it's visiting the wharf and its many restaurants or experiencing the boardwalk and its historic roller coaster or surfing world-famous Steam Lane or cycling or walking along the cliffs, Steamer Lane Manor is about as centrally located as you possibly could ever want.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1974

About the owner: Rob's a Los Gatos-born & raised native Californian, whose family has been in the area since the late 1800's. Maryann hails from tiny Pittsfield, New Hampshire, brags that she is of 100% Polish stock, and arrived in California to live and work for the first time in 1971. Both she and Rob have been residents of New York City and have enjoyed extensive overseas work and/or living assignments in Asia, Europe and South America. They exude a casual warmth and dedicated kindness that aims to provide every guest of their Steamer Lane Manor beach home with a happily memorable stay.

Why the Owner Chose Westside, Santa Cruz, CA, USA:
Rob fell in love with this house way back in 1974, fresh out of grad school. His longest tenants were his parents, Bern & Mima, who resided here from 1975 until 2001 -- Bern living until age 95 and Mima an admirably active 101. Built by a Danish contractor for himself back in 1942, the house saw no corners cut in terms of quality or aesthetics. It is Rob & Maryann's favorite spot on earth when they're in a mood to inhale the restoring freshness of Pacific Ocean salt air, enjoy a delightful fish dinner, bike and hike the coastal cliffs -- or just loaf in the company of friends and family..

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Steamer Lane Manor is unique in so many ways -- location, amenities, good vibes (this is California after all), and new friends.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

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Photos

  • The "Perfect" West Side Santa Cruz Location!

    The "Perfect" West Side Santa Cruz Location!

  • Steamer Lane Ducky Derby fancy footwork.

    Steamer Lane Ducky Derby fancy footwork.

  • Space for family & friends to gather!

    Space for family & friends to gather!

  • Choose one or both: Cozy fire and/or breezes from the  Dutch door to the left.

    Choose one or both: Cozy fire and/or breezes from the Dutch door to the left.

  • The Dragon Room.  Solid redwood paneling & dragon teak coffered ceiling

    The Dragon Room. Solid redwood paneling & dragon teak coffered ceiling

  • The Cromwell queen-over-queen bunk room.  Every bed is a Sleep Number bed!

    The Cromwell queen-over-queen bunk room. Every bed is a Sleep Number bed!

  • The Dining Alcove can seat 8 around a 300-year old pub table from Ireland

    The Dining Alcove can seat 8 around a 300-year old pub table from Ireland

  • All the kitchen conveniences of home (well, almost).

    All the kitchen conveniences of home (well, almost).

  • Outdoor Jacuzzi to soothe mere steps from the dining room door + surfer shower.

    Outdoor Jacuzzi to soothe mere steps from the dining room door + surfer shower.

  • The Manor glows invitingly at dusk

    The Manor glows invitingly at dusk

  • The classic wooden "Big Dipper" roller coast has graced the Boardwalk since 1924

    The classic wooden "Big Dipper" roller coast has graced the Boardwalk since 1924

  • A short walk from 117 Manor is the Mark Abbott Surfing Museaum

    A short walk from 117 Manor is the Mark Abbott Surfing Museaum

  • Steamer Lane 117 Manor front door invites you!

    Steamer Lane 117 Manor front door invites you!

  • The site of many memorable conversations

    The site of many memorable conversations

  • The mammoth couch seats many backsides!

    The mammoth couch seats many backsides!

  • Jeeves, the butler, is always at your beck & call!

    Jeeves, the butler, is always at your beck & call!

  • The Victorian Room with its 8-1/2-ft headboard that took 4 teak trees to build.

    The Victorian Room with its 8-1/2-ft headboard that took 4 teak trees to build.

  • The pub table invites a sip of wine or a game of cribbage

    The pub table invites a sip of wine or a game of cribbage

  • The kitchen's breakfast nook

    The kitchen's breakfast nook

  • Fully stocked: Service for 12, two refrigerators + cocktail shaker & glasses!

    Fully stocked: Service for 12, two refrigerators + cocktail shaker & glasses!

  • Small patio + BBQ.  Not seen: Lawn "drought brown"

    Small patio + BBQ. Not seen: Lawn "drought brown"

  • Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk as seen from the cliff near 117 Manor

    Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk as seen from the cliff near 117 Manor

  • The Santa Cruz Casino & Arcade has been owned by one family since 1907

    The Santa Cruz Casino & Arcade has been owned by one family since 1907

  • Misson Santa Cruz founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1791.  One of the 21 CA sites

    Misson Santa Cruz founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1791. One of the 21 CA sites

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This listing was first published here in 2016.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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