We loved this house! Our family stayed here for our annual summer trip, and we'd love to stay again! The house is beautiful and perfectly maintained; it has that old-house charm that you get with pre-WWII houses, but with all the modern amenities - brand new dishwasher, washer/dryer, etc...and the yard is wonderful! Hidden behind a high hedge, you'd never guess that there is a large, sculpted English-style garden tucked away back there. Absolutely beautiful!
The property is an easy walk to the beach and Boardwalk; we walked there every day. We also walked into downtown Santa Cruz one day to do some shopping and visit our favorite cafe, Cafe Delmarette. The walk is a bit farther but still easily within walking distance.
We found the house very clean, and it was stocked with many useful things that other rental properties do not provide: bed linens, towels, condiments (mustard, ketchup, olive oil, etc.) Very helpful! The owner, Joan, was very helpful and thoughtful and made the whole experience easy and worry-free. She provided 2 sets of keys and 2 parking permits, which came in very handy, since our group was large enough to require two cars to transport us and all our stuff!
We have taken lots of family vacations, staying in rented houses and hotels, and this property is easily our all-time favorite! We found ourselves remarking to each other all week long, "Wouldn't it be great if this was our house and we lived here all year!" If you stay at the Secret Garden, you will feel the same way.