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Luxurious Oceanfront Home overlooking the Monterey Bay

Aptos, CA, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay4 - 7 nights

Magnificent views to Pacific Grove and Capitola

Please visit

www.beachnest.com for more pictures and information.

3 bdr, 3bath, loft, single family home above the beach on a bluff, walk to beach. sleeps 10 max. 2 kings downstairs ensuite, 2 queen upstairs w daybed + full euro bed up. 1/2 bath upstairs.

This unique Aptos/Capitola ,Santa Cruz County, oceanfront, bluff top, south facing, private home has 180 degree huge ocean views of Capitola Bay and the entire Monterey Bay. 150 acres of trees and open space in back has direct access to and overlooks New Brighton State Beach. Private gated entry, 1000 ft road. Contemporary, 11ft glass windows, stone floors, 2000 feet of decks, multi- level. Only 3 properties on bluff top.

Hot tub overlooks ocean. 5 minute stroll through park to stairs to beach or drive thru Park to beach, rent paddleboards, kayak, fish off 20 mile dog friendly beach. 1 mile to Capitola Village. View of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary across to Pacific Grove/Monterey. See Dolphins, Whales, paddleboard, kayak, surf. Google New Brighton State Beach for location.

PLEASE DO NOT CONSIDER IF you have young unsupervised children as property is not safe, not fenced with a covered but unlocked hot tub. No weddings or wedding parties allowed per insurance, this is not a party house, it is a serene environment if you are considerate and respectful this magical location it is for you.

Here are two precious poems by twin 9 year old girls while staying at Dolphinwatch -

Listen, by Paris B

Bolting, crashing, smashing, dipping, coming in and coming out, it pauses and starts again, like fireworks and granades, you can hear it roar, it's trying to tell you something but you aren't listening, the ocean is calling to you . . .

Ocean Blue, by Olivia B

light blue horizon can touch the gentle waves crashing on the shore will make it go astray touching every creature moving in its path better not get too close or it will go crash

Ocean Blue bright as dew birds skimming and looking for fish, fish jumping, seals swimming, all in its path

guest book comment 06/06: every time I looked out over the fabulous view from my place on the chaise, or relaxed on blankets on each bed, or watched my sister floating happily in the hot tub, I kept hearing Humphrey Bogart's voice echoing in my head, saying wistfully 'the stuff that dreams are made of.' And he was right this place seems to have materialized out of a dream . . .



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About Beachnest

The owner's are retired, Bruce - a surgeon and Pam, an RN nurse/100ton USCG master mariner, kiteboarder - bought a beach shack 25 yrs ago and rebuilt. When we are offshore sailing, kiteboarding or diving we let our special home so others can experience its magic. They are, of course, often at this magnificent property which is why it is often not available. We hope you enjoy this special paradise as much as they do. Thank you for your interest.

Beachnest purchased this House in 1994

Why Beachnest chose Santa Cruz County

Unique, unparalled location, close to all that is wonderful in Santa Cruz County and Monterey Bay. Surrounded by trees and parkland. Offering privacy and easy access to the sand, Capitola and all amenities. Not in a residential area, very private and quiet. Jacuzzi overlooking ocean and below private intimate sun deck. Pets welcome!

What makes this House unique

Central location in Santa Cruz County, 20 mile long beach below house, easy access to boating, paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, hiking, famous mountain biking, golfing and best walking village - Capitola - Drive 45 minutes to Pebble Beach, Carmel, Monterey, 1.5hrs to San Francisco, 3 hrs to Yosemite. 5 hours to Lake Tahoe.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, king ensuite bath separate tub shower oceanfront
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, king ensuite bath tub shower garden view
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, queen bed ensuite 1/2 bath (toilet,sink) upstairs
      • loft
        1 queen, open loft w queen partial privacy shower/toilet downstairs
      • Two king suites downstairs with private full baths with tubs, 1 bedroom upstairs which includes a queen bed, a double size futon which is on top of a a single size bed, all in the same room. Outside this room room is a queen bed in open loft area, semi-private, no walls, fabulous place to sleep, whitewater view. The upstairs has a 1/2 bath, the shower for all upstairs guests is downstairs The two suites downstairs have full baths each, one on the ocean and one facing garden. Maximum of eight adults, 2 per bed, children and singles can sleep on huge sofas in living room and total guests can be 10 for sleeping purposes. room in both downstairs rooms for a crib (not supplied) No toddlers or young children allowed upstairs due to safety concerns. May not be considered safe for young children. Level with no steps from drive into house and onto deck, can easily maneuver wheelchair hard surface (stone)- first floor, 2nd floor not suitable for young children, not safe.


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, private king suite
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, private king suite
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, upstairs bedroom
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower, downstairs hall
      • entire first floor accessible with no stairs - 2 king size suites ground level - no stairs from parking through house on out to deck, easy for wheelchairs or walkers( gravel on drive for short distance) upstairs bedroom and loft share downstairs bathroom (shower). shower walker accessible, however not legally compliant for handicap requirements. 1 queen is in open loft upstairs. Other queen upstairs in bedroom with a full size futon, and twin daybed. Futon must be moved to floor off daybed to use. Upstairs Not Safe For Young Children.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          Best sunbathing, paddleboarding, fishing beach in area. Safe for swimming. Dolphins, Otters, Seals, Humpback Whales just offshore in season.
        • Beach View
          Bluff top, 180 degree clear view of Monterey Bay and Capitola Pier. 1000 ft private gated drive. Above 25 mile sandy beach. Walk your dog on all pet friendly beaches and through the adjacent park.
        • Ocean View
          to the right Capitola Bay, in front, Monterey Bay, to left Seascape around the bay to Monterey. Has been described as the most beautiful setting in Santa Cruz County.
        • Oceanfront
          Rare oceanfront uninterrupted 180 degree view, three levels of decks afford great relaxing. Sit in the spa overlooking the Monterey Bay. Watch dolphin and whales offshore. Kayak, surf, swim.
        • Village
          1 mile from charming Capitola Village. located on the border, in affluent Aptos, California
        • Water View
          uninterupted from master suite and living/dining rooms.
        • Waterfront


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      radiant floor heating
                    • Internet
                      high speed Comcast cable
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      combined with dining area
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      6 cars total
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Security System
                    • Telephone
                      LONG DISTANCE NATIONAL CALLS INCLUDED Comcast Cable
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                      high speed and wired if desired
                    • fax


                        • Kitchen
                          very large new 3/2013 stainless professional very well equipped plus pantry area
                        • Blender
                        • Coffee Maker
                          plus espresso machine - Gaggia
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          very well equipped
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Microwave
                          also convection
                        • Oven
                          gas Viking
                        • Pantry Items
                          lots of spices condiments
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          gas Viking professional 4 burner high BTU's
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              same area as living room - open space
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                  many great books in house
                                • Books for Adults
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  some, can't guarantee, usually cards available etc.
                                • Music Library
                                  PANDORA ON TV
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  DISH network TV/ NETFLIX - ROKU COMCAST cable internet
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Video Library
                                  MANY DVDS ONLY


                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Boat
                                      can rent small boats 1 mile from house off Capitola Pier highly recommended for sealife viewing and fishing
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      massive deck on ocean, multilevel and private deck below gas firepit
                                    • Golf
                                      many good golf courses abound in area
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      can rent locally fantastic place to kayak and paddle board, nearby surfing, not suppolied due to liability unfortunately
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      charcoal weber - always gas grill - can not guarantee working state in summer with back to back rentals
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Patio
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      can not supply - liability reasons
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • not suitable for children
                                          not fenced, hot tub, sharp objects, unsafe for young children. newborns OK with own crib
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          there are no steps from driveway to first floor and deck

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              seats 6
                                            • Jacuzzi
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub


                                                • marina
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • cinemas
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • nude beach
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • sailing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Please note that this is a private residence and does have a non licensed local property manager. This is a great place for dogs! It is not child safe and we discourage very young children due to location, no fencing, on bluff, hot tub covered but not locked . Access to the house is direct from the gravel drive, No stairs, wheel chairs and walkers have direct access and shower downstairs can be accessed with walker. Huge parking area for 6 cars at least. BUT PLEASE, OUT OF RESPECT FOR THIS SPECIAL HOME, No large groups, 12 max . No wild parties, No weddings, per insurance. No outdoor music allowed. Road is video monitored.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  26 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  The house was spacious and comfortable and cozy.

                                                                  Rose G.

                                                                  Disappointed that we couldn’t get local programming on TV. Thank goodness there was Netflix and Hulu tv.

                                                                  The ultimate Monterey Bay experience

                                                                  jeff g.Bay Area-SF

                                                                  A unique property offering a combination of seclusion-a coastal forrest

                                                                  and unmatched views of the Monterey Bay--Completely isolated but close to everything.

                                                                  A perfect weekend get away

                                                                  and perfect hosts as well. Thank you for allowing us to stay. Jeff

                                                                  Amazing house in an amazing location!

                                                                  Ericka R.

                                                                  This is an amazing property. House decor and location are stunning. We spent most of our time in the back enjoying the fire pit, jacuzzi, and awesome view. Kitchen is fully equipt with everything you might need. Master bedroom and bath are very nicely decorated and the linens were soft and luxurious. Only complaints were that the ice maker didn't seem to be producing ice and the BBQ looked like it could use a little TLC. Also, we had to walk quite a ways through the state beach campsite to access the beach, as the closer entrance was closed for repair. We will definitely be back.

                                                                  Perfect place for get away

                                                                  Lisa C.Palo Alto

                                                                  We had a great weekend , 7 moms get away.

                                                                  The house is amazing. The view is fantastic and the whole atmosphere makes you feel so relax . The house is perfect for 8 people. Thank you

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much for your comments, We work hard at making your stay great, it is so important that you have a positive, relaxing experience, truly. Very Sincerely, Pam&Bruce

                                                                  Beautiful home

                                                                  Sondra C.

                                                                  Beautiful home with gorgeous views. Would definitely stay again.

                                                                  Wonderful, Well Appointed Home

                                                                  Marilyn G.Orinda, CA

                                                                  Dolphinwatch was perfect for our family. The home is beautiful and very well appointed and comfortable. We are cooks and found every tool we needed. We especially enjoyed using the large Wolf stove. It was a treat to be able to sit out on the patio and enjoy the beautiful view. The house and upper patio were completely accessible for my husband's mobility scooter. Pam, the owner, was very accommodating and welcoming. Thank you, Pam and Bruce, for renting our home to us. We had a lovely time.


                                                                  Aptos, CA, USA

                                                                  LIMITED AVAILABILITY house is currently on the market so there is very limited availability. WEEKENDS ONLY SUMMER 2017, may change at any time.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Pets welcome with a refundable pet deposit of $500.00. Please visit our website www.beachnest.com for more information. Rates can change at any time. This is a private home. WE DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGS LIST

                                                                  26 Reviews
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