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3 Bdrm/3 Bath Beautiful Home Near Twin Lakes & Harbor Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-9)

Casa de Alta Loma is THE perfect location for your Santa Cruz escape! Located steps from Twin Lakes Beach and the SC Yacht Harbor, this home away from home is just waiting for you. The Casa features a spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath main house, as well as a separate guest cottage for 2 (complete with en suite bathroom and eat in kitchen). The backyard is an absolute oasis - enjoy it from the 6 person hot tub!! We cannot wait to host you. Come see for your selves!

Santa Cruz County Approved Vacation Rental Certificate number: CO00265


Audio/video equipment, including Comcast Xfinity service, is provided in each bedroom and in the living/dining area of the main house. The master bedroom has a wall mounted TV with a bedside remote control. The second bedroom has a wall mounted TV and a DVD-CD player. The living/dining room entertainment center includes a DVD/CD player, and a Router/Receiver/Recorder, and a dual-control Sony PlayStation2. The third bedroom, which is in the cottage, also has a TV mounted on the wall.

The private, back deck, located between the main house and the cottage, offers a Weber propane grill, a George Forman electric grill, a picnic table with chairs and adjustable umbrella, a user friendly spa, and an outside (adjustable hot and cold water) shower for your sandy beach return or spa cool-down. The fencing and lush foliage offer pleasing visual privacy to enhance your back yard relaxation.

There is a second, cozy deck between the house and the shed. It has a large umbrella, small table and two chairs for a private retreat for two.

Beach equipment is provided in the storage shed. It contains sand buckets and shovels, swim noodles, a kid’s boogie board, heavy canvas beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and, most importantly, a large kid’s wagon to help tote kids and/or paraphernalia back and forth to the sea. Also, there is a wheeled, collapsible cooler for cold drinks, etc. Beach equipment varies throughout the summer - please ask directly should you need something in particular.

Games, puzzles, and toys are provided for the amusement of all. Games ranging from Classic Monopoly to Go Fish offer a spectrum of entertainment for all ages. The large living room coffee table lends itself well to ongoing 500 or 1000 piece puzzles for occasional, spontaneous attention/distraction.

Dozens of various DVDs, CDs, & PS2 discs are provided for your enjoyment. They are located in the media console in the living room.

Essential foodstuff, like salt and pepper, are provided in the kitchen in the main house, of course. In addition, you will find a variety of spices, some sugar substitute, filled ice trays, and a propane canister and utensils for the BBQ.

Keywords: Cottages, sleeps 8, yacht harbor, beach, Monterey Bay, Beach Boardwalk, Live Oak, Crows Nest, Chardonnay, surf, kayak, hot tub, outside shower, bungalow.

More Details

Carolyn Henry
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Carolyn Henry

I purchased Casa de Alta Loma in 2013 as the fulfillment of a life-long dream to live close to a beautiful beach in an environment that soothes the soul. I have lived in and around Santa Cruz for a decade now and finally decided on just the right spot (Live Oaks) and the perfect home (Alta Loma). I use it often and enjoy the environment tremendously. I love to entertain my friends and family from the East Coast at the beach house - they just cannot get over how idyllic life in Santa Cruz can be. For example, the Saturday morning Ukelele and sing-along down on the beach is a unique way to entertain grandchildren as well as adults. We usually get coffee at the Kind Grind (right there on the beach) and just listen. My 4 yr. old niece has played along with the crowd. (Don't expect skilled musicians but do expect friendliness and old time sing-along songs.)

I was born and raised outside of Boston, MA and relocated to the West Coast to work in the Software Industry. I hope you come enjoy the house and all it has to offer.

Carolyn Henry purchased this house in 2013

Why Carolyn Henry chose Santa Cruz County

The location is ideal. You can hear the ocean, the sea lions, and the gulls but not the young neighboring renters who are right down on the beach. It's a 2 minute walk to the harbor where you will find a favorite restaurant -- Johnny's Harborside. It's a 4 minute walk to the beach which is wide and long. I often run the entire stretch from my beach down to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk all on the sand (at low tide!). It's about 13 minutes walk to the east entrance of the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Driving gets you to a lot of popular destinations: E.g., Shadowbrook restaurant in Capitola is 3 miles away and SF and Big Sur are each about an hour and a half away, in opposite directions.

What makes this house unique

Casa de Alta Loma is a great place to BBQ and I do often. The deck is pleasant and cool in the summer and a convenient place to dine.

The back cottage is fully supplied for two so a couple who wants a little privacy from the crowd have an ideal option. (I have personal friends who fit that bill.)

I use the internet too much but it is nice to be able to have access anywhere on the premises.

For whale watching or just ocean cruising, the nearby berthed Chardonnay II is a 70 foot luxury sailing yacht offering two hour to all day excursions including champagne brunches and sunset cruises.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We had an absolute ball at this home. We used it mostly as a base camp for doing day trips, which it is perfect for. It would be equally fun as a retreat to stay in and just hide from the world. It's waking distance to great beaches, the boardwalk and restaurants. The bedrooms were clean and spacious. The furniture practical for kids but also gave a fun beach house vibe. The enclosed back yard gave the kids a place to play without fear of them wandering off. We were able to cook with all the kitchen equipment and loved having a grill! We had a few bumps in the road ( caused by my family) and Carolyn was gracious and kind in helping work it out. You can't go wrong with this place. ”
Mar 2016
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 bathrooms, 3 showers, 1 tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Pack & Play/Cribs (1), and a high chair are available upon request at no extra charge. (Alerting us to your request before arrival is necessary.), Queen Sleep Sofa (1) or Futons (1) One queen and one single.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We try to provide small, individual guest soaps and some shampoo/conditioner in the bathrooms. However, it is best to bring your own toiletries. A printer is available for your use (with a little install). Please remember that this is a home you are renting, and not a hotel. Every effort will be made to give you the best experience possible, but please imagine that you are staying at your favorite Auntie's house by the sea and treat it accordingly.


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3 Bdrm/3 Bath Beautiful Home Near Twin Lakes & Harbor Beach
average rating of 4.551724 based on 40 reviews
Santa Rosa CA

Family spring break getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here, two families with 3 small kids & 1 infant. It was the perfect set up for two families-- so much so that we extended our stay another night. Carolyn was very kind & quick to respond. The house was very clean and well cared for. Great instructions all over that made everything very user friendly & easy-- gorgeous patio-- all around great trip!! Next time we will walk to the boardwalk-- we didn't realize it was an option until we read the info in the well instructed binder provided after the fact!! Regardless-- would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grass Valley, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Our Stay at Cas de Alta Loma was perfect...Full moon, family and friends, cosy place to stay, thank you so much Dennis for your attention to all the details that made my birthday so special. The spa was the "icing on the cake" We got to ride our bikes all around and walk to the boardwalk. I would love to atay again!

Sincerely, Kathy and Joe

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and well appointed with everything needed to cook in, we loved our two nights here.

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything we needed for graduation weekend. It's quiet, and just a skip from the harbor where we walked each morning. Java Junction Coffee is just over the bridge, and Trader Joe's just 2 miles away. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook in. Plenty of towels and linens and comfortable beds. The hot tub was an added bonus after an afternoon spent at UCSC graduation. The best part? A secluded deck wth comfortable chairs and a table. We loved it here.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roseville, California

Great house for our Girls Trip

  • 5 of 5

This house is a perfect location for the beach and harbor. We spent a lot of time in the backyard and spa. The house is very well equipped and spacious. We ate at the Crows Nest, Johnny's and Shadowbrook and had great food at all of them. We also did the Chardonnay Sunset sail which was amazing! So much to do in walking distance. We used Uber to go to Capitola, never had to wait more than 5 min. for a ride. Carolyn was a great host and very responsive. If I could rate our experience more than 5 stars I would!!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful gateway to the beach! It's a perfect place especially the short walk to the beach! A+!

  • 5 of 5

The 3 bedroom including the cottage fits a large family. Very spacious! Generous to lend us beach stuff, towels, wagon to bring to the beach (short walk) we cooked and ate in the backyard all the time! We played games on the round table that was wonderful! Thanks to Carolyn to welcome us.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we were looking for! We stayed with our kids, 6 and 8 for a week and it was very relaxing. Very quick and easy walks to the Boardwalk and the beach. The hot tub at the house was a hit, as was the gaming system and movies provided for our lazy mornings. Full and functional kitchen allowed us to eat in most of our trip, Many options for eating out within walking distance too. Quiet neighborhood and friendly folks. A very positive experience for our first ever VRBO!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
San Jose International airport (SJC)
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Crow's Nest
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
HWY 17
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Johnny's Harborside
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Harbor Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Crows Nest
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk East Entrance
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Twin Lakes Beach
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Johnny's Harborside Restaurant
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Safeway Market
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Star Bella
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Deke's Market
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Seabright Brewery
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La Posta
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Seabright Cafe
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The Kind Grind
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El Pamadora
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Roaring Camp Railroad
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SJC -- San Jose Airport
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San Francisco, California
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Nepenthe Restaurant
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Harbor Cafe
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Capitola Mall Shopping Center
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Stand Up Paddle & Kayaking are available steps from our house. Kayak Connection is literally located at the end of our block. Water vehicle rentals are available nearby as well.

A FREE harbor water taxi is available during the peak season to take you back and forth to Aldo's restaurant or the Crow's Nest (Roughly May to September).

Excellent Food and Fun can be found within walking distance - Seabright Brewery, Johnny's Harborside, Il Posto, Engfer woodfire pizza, etc all just 1/2 a mile's walk door-to-door. Cafe Cruz is a local breakfast spot just 2 blocks down towards 7th.

Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton offers train rides from/to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk as well as scenic rides through the redwood forests.

Several good wineries are nearby -- Stores, Soquel, Bargetto, et al.

Famous 17-mile Drive and California's oldest golf course, Pebble Beach, are w/i a half hour's drive.


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Sep 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

If any discrepancies are found, the web is the most updated resource.
Holiday rates equal High Season week end rates.
For stays of 30 days or more we give a 35% discount and, in addition, you save the 9.5% (11.0% after June 30, 2013) county tax.

If you cancel your reservation more than 30 days in advance, I will provide a full refund, minus any credit card transaction fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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