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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Luxurious Guest Casita with Stunning City & Mountain Views

98 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 31 nights

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Santa Barbara Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-3)

Need a break? Beautiful Santa Barbara, California, could be the answer!

Come stay in this luxurious furnished Mediterranean-style second story casita (or guest studio) in Santa Barbara. The casita includes such details as gorgeous reclaimed Canadian Douglas Fir wood floors, French doors, and custom maple kitchen cabinets with granite tile countertops.

At 450 square feet inside, it offers a spacious comfortable feeling and tons of amenities. There are windows all around with amazing views of the City and mountains, or enjoy the views on your own generous balcony. You can also wander through the garden to rest and relax, or perhaps enjoy a picnic, in the sunny back yard! And the casita is conveniently located approximately one mile from downtown or two from the beach, Stearns Wharf and the Harbor.

The casita encompasses the entire 2nd story of a free-standing garage at the back of a 1/4-acre property -- no shared walls, no living spaces above or below! This is a perfect home away from home for business and vacation!

Keywords: Studio

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mary (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Another fun time in a great location for a month. The weather couldn't have been better. Thanks for the great place to stay!
Jan 2011
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based on 98 traveler reviews

Luxurious Guest Casita with Stunning City & Mountain Views
average rating of 4.9897957 based on 100 reviews

Perfect place for 70th Birthday Celebration

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was the perfect place to spend a week exploring the Santa Barbara area for my husband's 70th Birthday. The description and excellent reviews which made me choose this property were accurate and very helpful. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom luxurious. We cooked 5 of the 7 nights and Mary and Tom had everything one might need or use in the very well furnished kitchen. It was nice to have fresh cold filtered water in the refrigerator and 2 fans going when we arrived on a very hot day. There are windows all around the apartment, so a nice breeze came in every night and we were quite comfortable during the unusual hot spell. The sitting area was a cozy place to read or watch TV (which we didn't, but I assume it worked just fine). We also appreciated the double bed lights so that we could read in bed. We did not take advantage of the garden area, but It looked inviting for a quiet read or visit. The location is awesome - near everything, in a very nice neighborhood, with wonderful views from every window! We will definitely recommend this guest casita to anyone we know who plans to visit Santa Barbara. We had come prepared with a list of things to do and see, but did appreciate all the information that Mary and Tom provided on the sights, activities, restaurants, etc. If you have time, be sure to check out the Botanical Gardens, the Channel Islands for hiking, La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, Solvang (we enjoyed the outdoor theater), and of course, all the town sights. And if you like Traditional Irish Music and are there on a Thursday night, go to Dargans. We had a great time, enjoyed the beer, didn't think too much of the food, but we were there for the music which was wonderful! And finally, if/when we go back to Santa Barbara, the Casita would be our first choice of a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice property in a quiet property. Would stay again. Thank you!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great, clean, well appointed, welcoming and private. Perfect place.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place and great owners

  • 5 of 5

We spent three days at this lovely casita and it exceeded our expectations. I think it is nicer than the pictures and it certainly had everything we could need or want for out stay. When my son in law who lives in Santa Barbara saw it he was wowed. The bed is very comfortable, the bathroom is clean and had all the necessities, and the kitchen was fully stacked with all types of equipment and such. It is in a quiet neighborhood and convenient to all the things we wanted to do. And there is an orange tree right by the stairs up to the casita. I hope the next time we visit we can stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place is a gem. Great location, easy parking, nice & quiet + beautiful views! We felt welcomed...even pampered. Well stocked kitchen, wonderful sheets & towels, perfect for two people. We shopped at the gourmet grocery story nearby, Lazy Acres, that Mary suggested and enjoyed making several meals in the comfort of the Guest Casita. Definitely want to stay here again when we return to Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kathleen GA

The Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

Mary has a lovely Guest Casita! It is warm, inviting, and very comfortable. It has everything you would need for your stay. It was nice being in a quiet neighborhood, yet just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. The Casita is well stocked with kitchen necessities, good movies, and books (in fact I got quite involved with one and couldn't leave until I fiished it!) We will definitely stay again on our next visit to the Santa Barbara area.

Mary met us when we arrived and gave us a quick tour of the Casita and made us comfortable immediately. She and her husband, Tom, were available for any questions we had, but were not intrusive at all! Staying at Mary's place reinforces my desire to avoid hotels!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southern California

Class Act--Casita in the Sky!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Santa Barbara and this charming casita made our stay even more enjoyable. We were able to spend time relaxing in this roomy, one-room hide out. The views of the city from the balcony were stunning. My husband's goal was to read and unwind, and he appreciated the fact that the neighborhood surrounding the casita was peaceful. For couples looking for a lazy vacation, spending time touring Santa Barbara and time indoors relaxing, this is the perfect place. Fully furnished with everything one needs for a week's stay, and with a grocery store within a 5 -minute drive, we were pleased to just hide away from our every day lives in the casita in the sky!

The grounds were well maintained, and the casita was clean and tidy. Bed was comfy too!

Janet James

Redlands, CA

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
To all in the heart of downtown
Nearest Golf
1.8 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
1.75 Miles
Santa Barbara Train Station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rose's Cafe
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
East Beach, Stearns Wharf and our favorite Hendrys
Nearest Point of Interest
Foodland Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Albertson's Grocery Store and Rite Aid Drug Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Rose's Cafe, Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Lazy Acres Health food Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Giovanni's Pizza
Nearest Point of Interest
Ralph's Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
The heart of downtown Santa Barbara just 1 mile away
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara City College
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
University of California, Santa Barbara
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Elings Park Tennis Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Stearns Wharf
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Arroyo Burro Beach and the Boathouse Restaurant at the Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Farmer's Market Weds 3-6pm
Nearest Point of Interest
Wheel Fun Rentals (Bicycles and Electric Carts
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Zoo and Zoological Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Queen of California Missions
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Nearest Point of Interest
Carrillo Recreation Center (City of SB)
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Historic Courthouse and Sunken Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
Trader Joe's grocery store
Nearest Point of Interest
La Superica Taqueria (Mexican)
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara County Bowl (concerts)

In a centrally located neighborhood, this beautiful casita is approximately 1 mile from downtown Santa Barbara or 2 from the harbor and beach -- an easy distance to enjoy all Santa Barbara has to offer. Close to downtown businesses, shopping, museums, restaurants, night clubs, the Santa Barbara Mission, the Botanical gardens, the County Bowl (for live shows), golf courses, the harbor and Stearns Wharf, whale watching, island and coastal boat tours, bike and electric car rentals. Although the casita is in the City, it has a touch of a rural feeling, with large oak and Eucalyptus groves in view on 2 sides, as well as views of the city, Riviera and mountains on the other 2 sides. It is a perfect spot for a relaxing vacation or business trip!


Rates & Availability

Santa Barbara Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Old Spanish Days Festival
Aug 2 2016 - Aug 7 2016
4 night minimum stay
August thru Labor Day
Aug 8 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Summer/Fall
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - May 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
Late Spring/Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - May 31 2018
31 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Min End-of-Stay Cleaning $39 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

-Payment Terms vary with longer stays;
-TBID=Tourism Business Improvement District fee - $2/night for stays 30 nights or less;
-TOT=Transient Occupancy Tax - 12% for stays 30 nights or less.
-Cleaning fee/Security-Damage Dep/TBID is minimum; 1st pmt=Sec-Damage Dep.
-Min stay may vary for holiday/special occasion
-Phone not included/cell reception is good

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Santa Barbara Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The elegant bathroom has stone tile floors, beautiful dark wood vanity and a tub/shower combo. The deep soaking tub with arm rests is wonderful when you need pampering; the bath pillow and bath salts add that extra special touch. Large thick and thirsty towels, as well as a blow dryer, toilet paper, Kleenex, lotion and hand soap (at least enough to get you through the first few days) are included. Emergency toiletries are available.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • A beautiful cozy 4-poster California-King bed offers a comfy pillow-top mattress, plenty of pillows and high-quality bed linens. A dark wood futon chair/chaise/twin bed, with more high quality bed linens and pillows, is added to the mix when a 3rd person stays. Please let us know if you need the second bed setup for your stay. Laundry service is provided for all provided linens and towels.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The studio is situated over detached garage. Entry is by a 17-step exterior staircase to studio. Owners live in the main house on property and are happy to assist with questions about the casita and Santa Barbara.

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