Incredibly Elegant Hideaway for a Couple
This is a very special house, and by no means your average rental. The couple who own this home have exquisite taste, and clearly appreciate the best of everything. You will never find a better decorated or equipped house for a couple that likes to cook and entertain. Everything that can be upgraded, has been, from bathroom fixtures to lighting. There are many lovely outdoor spaces that are conducive to reading and relaxing, trees and shrubs burst with flowers and fruits, and the overall location is excellent for exploring Mission and Rivera area (the El Encanto hotel is only a short walk away). The house, designed by Santa Barbara's most famous 1920s architect, has a great flow, and we comfortably sat 13 at dinner on the backyard dining table. There are also two first-class mountain bikes, along with helmets and saddle bags, for use of guests. Potential renters should be aware that there are a lot of steps, both in the house, and in the yard, and the home is not appropriate for people with mobility issues. Nor is it really ideal for families with small children, or more than one child, since the second bedroom is on a different floor from the palatial master suite (and its lovely ocean views), and there is only one bed in the second bedroom. There is, however, a mostly enclosed lower yard that is perfect for children to play soccer on, and my two children (who were not thrilled to share a bed) had a marvelous time exploring the yard and house and making fresh orange juice with oranges from the garden. The house could definitely work for two couples. Overall I have to say that this is an astoundingly beautiful house and one I would return to with pleasure.
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