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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


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 30 yards from the access stairs to the world-famous Steamer Lane surfing area and to Cowell's Beach . Cowell’s has perfect waves for those learning how to surf (or just body surfing), 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, 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 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 the road hasn't collapsed, as is frequently the case. 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 owners 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 (and her hubby, Tony) 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 at a nominal surcharge. You can have the kitchen stocked with your favorite food and beverages before you arrive.


Keywords: Beach House, Surf, Santa Cruz, CA, 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.

More Details

Rob Hardwicke
Member since: 2016
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:
April 19, 2018

About Rob Hardwicke

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.

Rob Hardwicke purchased this house in 1974

Why Rob Hardwicke chose Westside

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..

What makes this house unique

Steamer Lane Manor is unique in so many ways -- location, amenities, good vibes (this is California after all), secure parking and new friends.


Westside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • This actually is our home so please treat it as if it were yours.
  • Our neighbors are good people,so please be considerate, most especially outdoor talking & laughing in the hot tub after 9pm.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • 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 ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Surfer shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Two bathrooms (not counting the surfer shower on the outside wall of the house). The main bath features a gorgeous state-of-the-art shower and double vanity with illuminated mirrors. The back bathroom is cozy with a shower and single sink. But while you're there, you'll find the towels to be luxuriously thick and super absorbant.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Victorian Room (Sleep Nbr queen bed) - 1 queen , A sunny room with a massive Victorian teak queen bed
    Dragon Room (Sleep Nbr queen bed) - 1 queen , Redwood panelled room with teak coffered dragon ceiling.
    Cromwell Room (queen-over-queen Sleep Nbr bunk bed) - 2 queen , Sunny room with bath and an awesomely plush queen bunk bed.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • 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
Stupendous surfing almost at your doorstep!


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The Warmth of Old World Charm + The Perfect West Side Santa Cruz Location
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Son’s birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

Perfect, charming beach house, fantastic location and concierge Patty was phenomenal. Thank you for an amazing weekend!!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation home

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our five children and I spent our spring vacation here. It was perfect. The living room was generous, so we all felt comfortable lounging there. The backyard is private and roomy,and the kids loved the hot tub. I was not sure how the queeen over queen bunk would work out, but the four girls were happy with it. The mattresses were great on all the beds. And the location cannot be beat. We walked along the cliff and went down to the beach, walked to the wharf and watched the surfers. It really is as close as it looks. We hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home, close to beach

  • 5 of 5

Loved the sunny back yard and the hot tub!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Lovely Home in a convenient location

  • 5 of 5

The home a well taken care of by the owners. Very convenient location. All appliances are functional and working. Beds are all very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home and beautiful location! Property managers are close by and very helpful!

  • 5 of 5

Quintessential Santa Cruz Beach home. Stellar location and very helpful property managers

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Excellent Property

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The property was very clean and had everthing we needed. You can't beat the location. We would highly recomend. Bob and Patti made the process easy. Will stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Aquarius at Dream Inn
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Pasatiempo Golf Club
Nearest Train
36 Miles
Amtrak - Salinas, CA
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Aquarius at Dream Inn
Nearest Beach
0.5 Metres
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 Steamer Lane or cycling/walking along the cliffs, Steamer Lane Manor is about as centrally located as you possibly ever could want.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $170
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $1,000

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 10pm 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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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