Bonny Doon House Rental Photos and Description
2 Bdrm, 2 Ba + Loft, Sleeps 6, House In Beautiful Wooded Neighborhood.
A stunning modern green build design that compliments its environment in every way, with curved walls and big kitchen/living room windows looking out onto a forest glade.
The house combines the very best of modern European and green Californian design in this peaceful location outside Santa Cruz. It's an incredible living space combining rich local timber and natural materials. An ideal place to unwind right on the doorstep of nature and yet close to all the facilities and entertainments of Santa Cruz.
Master bedroom: King size bed and walk-in closet.
En-suite master bathroom with claw foot tub, toilet and sink,
Kids bedroom: Bunk beds (will also fit adults)
2nd bedroom: Queen bed in upstairs loft room reached by spiral staircase.
2nd bathroom with spacious shower, toilet and sink.
Washing machine and dryer
Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, microwave and large oven.
wood burning stove
Green deck and garden area with over 2 acres of redwood groves.
Under floor radiant heating throughout
Brand new green build
The house was built under some of the most stringent environmental codes in the USA. Both cutting edge and ancient building methods were employed to minimize the house’s impact on the environment and maximize heating efficiency.
Wherever possible, local, natural and recycled products have been used to build the house, including:
• Locally sourced, properly managed redwood and fir lumber
• Zero-emission products
• Recycled cotton insulation
• Straw bale wall insulation
• Radiant floor heating
• Efficient passive solar design
• Recycling of rainwater for garden
• Native plants in landscaping.
• Wood stove supplied with 100% site-grown wood.
The house sits in its own 2 acre garden comprising of open spaces, deciduous forest and redwood groves.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- wheelchair accessible
- non smoking only
- children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Our week in the Redwoods was truly magical. We stayed at a newly-completed architect-designed house near Bonny Doon, 10 minutes from the ocean and 20 minutes from the lovely town of Santa Cruz. The sun filters through the majestic Douglas Firs, Redwoods and other trees making the ambience surprisingly light. The house is designed to take advantage of this dappled forest atmosphere by means of the curved facade with clever use of glass. There are lovely inside and outside areas. The facilities are well planned and comprehensive. The bedrooms are cozy and atmospheric with forest views. Everything is peaceful and serene. The ancient trees impose their own awe-inspiring atmosphere.
We had plenty to do when we were not at the house; walks and picnics on the beach, fun local restaurants, visits to wineries, the Broadwalk and old-fashioned Funfair in Santa Cruz and so forth. Highly recommended for families or groups of friends.
Owner: Ben Slotover, Rental Assistant: Yvette Dishman
I was born in London and have worked in the media industry there since leaving university in 1994. I am married with three kids.
While on holiday in the Santa Cruz mountains in 2006 I fell in love with the area - the landscape, biology, people and climate. Like most Europeans my image of redwoods was one of giant 4000 year old trees confined to nature reserves and parks. It wasn't until I visited the area that I discovered residential neighborhoods among smaller but no less impressive trees.
My ambition to own a house in this amazing region wasn't limited to just buying one. I wanted to build one from scratch.
Over the course of many trips to the area from London I eventually found a perfect plot of land: wooded with a mix of Redwood, Oak, Fir and Madrone with a natural clearing on the crest of a hill . It was not too wild a place; there was a road and power line along one side plus lovely neighbors at a discrete distance- but at the same time it was far enough from urban areas to give it a wonderful stillness and peace.
With an architect friend who trained in Austria and worked in Big Sur under Mickey Muenning I devised a plan to use the latest green building techniques, materials and design concepts from California and Europe to build a unique house.
As it turned out, Santa Cruz county has some of the most stringent environmental laws for new builds and getting the planning permission alone took two years of exhaustive surveys and environmental impact studies.
Things really came together when we found our contractor Karl Bareis, He lives locally and knows the area inside out. He was able to translate the bold curved wall and big window design into a practical reality and at the same time bring his years of working in Japan and exhaustive knowledge of wood to create a house uniquely in tune with the land on which it is built.
I was never a fan of 'boxy' houses in natural surroundings. It was always my ambition to build a house that blended with its natural surroundings in an organic way. With the impressive scale of the redwoods it was also paramount that the house had windows big enough to bring the wonder of the location into the living space.
The colors of the walls and interiors were designed as well to blend with the environment, so earth tones are prevalent. The idea was to make the house feel like something that had grown from its environment, not imposed upon it.
Every material selected for the building of the house was done so on this criteria. No artificial chemical or preservative-emitting materials have been used and wherever possible locally produced natural materials were sourced, including some recycled from surprising places. The insulation within the interior walls for example, is cotton from recycled blue jeans and the back wall is insulated with straw bales from rice plants. The kitchen counter top is made from a new material called EcoTop, made from compressed recycled paper bonded together with resin.
The result is a house that combines the latest green technology with centuries-old passive solar design principles to make a uniquely relaxing place to stay.