Santa Barbara is our hometown, and we spent a week here with our children and grandchildren. The backyard and separate recreation room were so well stocked with adult and children's toys that it was hard to leave and enjoy the beautiful city and beaches of Santa Barbara. The location was somewhat secluded while being within minutes of the beaches shopping and town. We only used the main house for sleeping and cooking, so we didn't feel crowded with 6 adults and 5 children.
Nikole has furnished this home with far more than is found in the usual rental. The beds were comfortable. The outdoor shower has hot and cold water--great for the beach. We were able to get wifi in the house as well as the rec room, though it was slow. The kitchen had everything you would possible need. The two patio tables seated our entire family and we grilled and ate out every night.
It was abnormally hot during part of our stay (Santa Barbara rarely needs air conditioning). It would have been nice for the third bedroom to have a window unit too. Otherwise open windows are fine for cross-ventilation.
This is a comfortable older home that has been thoughtfully furnished and remodeled. It's convenient to UCSB, Santa Barbara and the wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley. Our family enjoyed it so much that we hope to return next year.