sublime quiet, sun and privacy in a 2 bedroom,1 bath home, backing to greenbelt
About jeff whalen
I am a 4th generation Monterrey bay and SF bay area native who spent many happy summers at this home. Growing up here, and in silicon valley, this cottage is still my respite from the daily grind and working in silicon valley....and we're happy to share it with you !
jeff whalen purchased this House in 1960
Why jeff whalen chose Aptos
Totally vintage and "old school" but updated, my father hand built this house in 1960 for my mom, with love and attention to detail. Located and perfectly sited to the south and west for maximum sun exposure, close to the ocean, yet in a very quiet and private neighborhood on a dead end street, just a two minute walk to the beach for a morning run, your beach day, or the sunset. The street is a cul de sac so there are very few neighbors driving by. In my opinion, my dad picked the best lot on the block back in 1959! (quiet neighbors on both sides and across the street) We love the more rural (and much less congested) area of Rio Del Mar/Aptos because of the spectacular meeting of the sea and the redwoods, yet only 10 minutes (7 miles) from Santa Cruz
What makes this House unique
on a 5000 sq foot lot with large fenced backyard the home enjoys total privacy, quiet, is sheltered from the wind, and with the 100' mountain & flora behind it, you'll be reminded of Kauai.....total Zen. The sundeck looks up the hillside or out towards the sea and sunsets to the west. Although you can no longer see the ocean (newer construction blocks the view), one can clearly hear the waves crashing on the beach. Sip a drink and catch sound of the ocean and its breeze from the sunny front patio or sundeck in the afternoon.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Communication with Jeff was excellent! Beach house was inviting, clean , and had all the necessities needed when your away from home. We enjoyed our stay, thanks for sharing your beach house with us!!
Perfect place !
We found this gem to be just perfect for our stay! The sundeck and backyard are just incredible to relax. The interior is very clean and tidy and super comfortable. Jeff was so easy to contact and a gracious host. Can't wait to visit Aptos in the future!
Perfect Beach House
We absolutely loved our stay. Thank you.
Lovely spot in Aptos
This beach house was a great spot for my family of 4. You can literally drive here and park your car and walk everywhere. Lovely morning walks along the beach promenade to seacliff, breakfast or happy hour at pixie’s deli or Rio Cafe and a corner market to grab stuff you need. The local beach has a shallow river for the kids to play and they also used the buggy boards. We also walked to seacliff one night for the best Mexican food. The yard at the house is dreamy and the inside has everything you need, is updated and comfortable but still has a beach/cabin feel. We also hiked in the nearby state park that is only a mile away. No real need to go to Santa Cruz and battle the traffic. It was a great escape for our Alaska family. We will be back.
Thanks for the delightful comments Shanna & so happy you enjoyed your time “way down here” in Monterrey Bay!
Please come back again for another visit soon!
Expertly updated to include all the classic finishes of a 1960's beach house. Enjoyed it inside and out. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Happy you enjoyed it!! Please come back anytime!
Everyone had a great time! Great proximity to the beach.
We are located in the prime beach community of Rio Del Mar, and close to dining and shopping in Aptos, Capitola, the Harbor, and downtown Santa Cruz.
THE BEST farmers market in Santa Cruz County is held every Saturday morning at Cabrillo College 1 mile away beginning at 7 AM. Great fresh local fish, fruits, and vegetables.
Visit Cafe Rio in Rio Del Mar for dinner. For breakfast or lunch try Pixie Deli, Flats Coffee, Cafe Sparrow, New Leaf and Cat and Cloud in Aptos, or the Farm one mile north on Soquel ave. For dinner try Pino Alto (at Cabrillo College), Persephone, or (the best Mexican food in the area) Manuel's in Seacliff .... are all about a 1/2 mile away....or Paplapas Mexican in the Seascape resort 1 mile south. Stop in Capitola to eat at Bella Roma, or one of many others, or continue on the the yacht harbor and eat at Johnny's Harborside for local fresh fish.
In town (Santa Cruz) our favorite (and best) wine bar and fine dining at Soif , or for more casual fare try the Mid Town area and Westside for eateries like Lilianns, Bantam, the Buttery, West End Tap, or Hulas Hawaiian (in downtown Santa Cruz) and then go to see an independent film at the Nick or Del Mar theaters there. Also, lots of fun to hang out, eat, and listen to music on the new patio, Abbott Square, at the museum of art and history (MAH) also downtown. First Friday nights are particularly fun!
World famous jazz artists entertain weekly at Kuumbwa Jazz Club (we sat behind clint eastwood one night), or see live theater at Colgan Theater at The Tannery (both downtown Santa Cruz). During the summer live stage productions are seen at Cabrillo College.
Don't miss the many miles of mountain biking and hiking in the redwood forests of Nisene Marks State Park 1/2 mile away in Aptos....(bike rentals are at the entrance to the park in Aptos)... and don't miss the stunning views from Wilder Ranch State Park off highway one (12 miles north) while hiking or biking along the cliffs above the ocean or the from mesas above. (bike rentals are available on mission street 1 mile from the park).
No vacation would be complete without going to the boardwalk during the summer....but beware of the beach traffic... go early, stay late!...better yet park in downtown Santa Cruz and take the free shuttle during the summer months.
Try surfing by googling "Ed's surf camp and lessons" and sign up for a private or group lesson at Rio Del Mar, Jacks, or Cowells beach. If you're experienced take your longboard to Cowells, Jacks (38th ave), Private's, or Capitola. Its mostly short boards only at The Point. (if its breaking in Rio Del Mar go to the south parking lot for a nice shore break in the AM)
We're not golfers but if you are, Seascape golf course clubhouse is less than 1 mile away. A more challenging course is De La Vega, also a public course.
The Packard aquarium in Pacific Grove, downtown and the harbor in Monterrey, and downtown Carmel are all a 35 to 40 minute drive south on highway one. Further south, our favorite weekend drive is to Big Sur, about 60 miles, or an hour south of Rio Del Mar.