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Eco-Friendly Luxury - Harbor Beach House in Santa Cruz

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 6), No Pets, No Smoking

Santa Cruz was voted the #1 outdoor town by Outdoor Magazine: 'Santa Cruz is the epitome of the California beach lifestyle. Predawn long boarding, midday burritos, mountain biking, afternoon kite boarding and fine local wines...' not to mention great hiking, surfing and of course relaxing....enjoy our mild weather!

Rejuvenate in a beautifully styled and appointed California Craftsman home newly built on a quiet upscale street and just two blocks from Twin lakes beach and Santa Cruz Yacht harbor. Walk to and enjoy great restaurants like the renowned Crows Nest restaurant. Or, spend a fun day at the beach using beach gear provided for our guests: umbrella, chairs and boogey boards.

The Harbor Beach House is an eco-friendly 'green' home featuring super efficient and cozy whole-house gas fireplace heat, radiant heat floors in the bathrooms, whole house instant hot-water heater, new full sized, high-efficiency washer/dryer and filtered drinking water. Organic spa soaps and lotion.

About the house: Harbor Beach House is a two story custom home with wonderful attention to detail and new furnishings. This two year old home is now open for guests to relax in the wonderful beach town of Santa Cruz. You will enjoy a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with custom wood cabinets, gas stove and oven, granite counters and top of the line stainless steel appliances. The lower floor has an open floor plan with the kitchen adjoining the living room and dining area, 1/2 bath with granite vanity.

After a great day at the beach, have quick rinse in the warm outdoor shower and relax by the cozy gas fireplace watching the 42' plasma TV or put on some tunes from your iPod from the iHome docking station and play some fun board games like Beach Monopoly. The living room looks out to the private patio with BBQ and outdoor seating. No garage access.

Upstairs....: The upper level has three bedrooms and two full baths. Relax in the master bedroom on a king bed with premium mattress and bedding. This room has a flat screen TV, DVD, walk in closet, private balcony overlooking backyard, Pottery Barn furniture and bedding. The private bath has a soaking tub, granite two-sink vanity, radiant heat floors and custom 'rain' shower.

The second Hawaiian themed queen bedroom has flat screen TV and access to front balcony and shares the second bath just down the hall: deep tub/rain shower and radiant floor heating in second bath. The third bunk bedroom has bunk beds with custom 'vintage surfer' bedding, access to front balcony and shares the second bath. Beds comfortably sleep 6, no extra bedding or pull out sofa available. Additional guests may not spend the night in sleeping bags or on the couch.

Activities within a 2-5 minute walk: Enjoy the beach with lifeguards during the summer and fire pits at night (bring hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting!). Lake fishing within 1 block, short walk to harbor with chartered sailing, paddleboard,kayak, fishing, whale watching and free water taxi in the summer.

Twin Lakes Park has tennis courts, basketball and children's park combined. Restaurants at the beach, harbor and neighborhood, all within short walking distance. Enjoy Johnny's Harbor Side with fresh fish market or Crow's Nest with live entertainment and dining deck overlooking the harbor. Sit on the beach outside of the Kind Grind coffee bistro featuring the perfect cup of hot java with fresh pastries; free live jazz on Sunday mornings!

The famous 100 year old Santa Cruz Boardwalk is within 10 min driving time and antiquing in downtown Aptos is 15 min drive. Take a tour of our wineries or the Monarch butterfly winter home in Natural Bridges State Park (10 min drive), ask about wild life tours.

More Details

Max Petersen, Owner - 7am-7pm PST 408.314.9453
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lisa, you & max have a very beautiful house - much better than we expected for a beach town. Everything was top notch down to the finest detail. If we are ever in the area again, would definitely stay at your place if available.

We spent one day visiting the Aquarium in Monterey. Spent one afternoon & night on the beach boardwalk - kids had a blast. Spent three afternoons on the beach and had campfires on the beach two evenings. Breakfast @ Aldo's one morning, patronized Zeke's often and enjoyed dinner @ Crow's Nest on our last day- thanks for all the recommendations!

Thx again.

Best wishes! Vince & Kathy
Jul 2010
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Spa shampoo and organic soaps and lotion provided
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Spa shampoo and organic soaps and lotion provided
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Organic soap and lotion provided
    Other - outdoor shower
  • Separate soaking tub and 'Rain' shower in master bath, shower over deep tub in second full guest bath, radiant floor heating in bathrooms and granite counter tops.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Bed
  • Linens Provided: Premium mattresses, 500ct cotton linens, custom bedding and master bedroom has down comforter with cotton duvet.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
TV: 42' high-def TV in great room with DVD and satellite cable, iHome (iPod docking) with radio and speakers. Flat panel TVs in Queen and King bedrooms. Master bedroom has DVD. Internet cable and wireless connection. New high-efficiency full size washer and dryer. Beach chairs, umbrella and boogey boards provided. Bring your own beach towels. No garage access.


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Eco-Friendly Luxury - Harbor Beach House in Santa Cruz
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The property is close to walking distance to beach. Every evening after some adventure trips with grand kids we could also be at the beach so the kids had maximum fun.

The house is cheerful and the neighbor hood is quiet and safe.

The owner is friendly and very helpful.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Clean, great location, spacious downstairs area

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying here. As noted, the house is in a great location and is very clean. Unfortunately, it was raining most of the weekend, but the downstairs area with it being a great room, held all of us very comfortably. We were 3 couples and still had plenty of space to all gather around the couch or table. There were breaks in the rain so we walked down to the beach a few times. Easy walk. Great communication with owner. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

House has all 3 bedrooms close to each other on the 2nd floor - great for families with small kids. Master shower is awesome! Kitchen and interior/exterior all modern, great looking, easy to use. We have 6 year old girls and weren't sure if it was too far away from the boardwalk. Nope! Even with 6 year olds it was about a half hour walk. Probably 20 min or less for adults. We'd recommend this property and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home that is located just a quick stroll from a nice spot on the beach. We stayed for the Santa Cruz Triathlon and it was an easy bike ride from the house down to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and pier. Our family had an amazing time ... thanks!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

The harbor beach house exceeded our expectations, the location was great 2 blocks from the beach. The house was very clean and stocked with all the necessities. We had six adults the family room and kitchen were a great gathering spot. We all enjoyed breakfast at the harbor cafe, and enjoyed the crows nest for dinner and drinks. Beds were very comfortable, bathrooms clean and stocked. We visited the Monterey bay aquarium a short 45 minute drive from the house. The owners were very responsive and welcoming. We would love to return in the years to come.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Just like home, only better!

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at the Harbor Beach House we quickly adapted to the lifestyle. There was enough room for my husband and our son's family of 4 who live in town, with thoughtful provisions and absolutely spotless surroundings. Linens were high end and every bed provided a good night's sleep. Although we did go on an amazing 3 1/2 hour whale watch (the Bay was thick with them and dolphins too), our plan to spend time at the beach and just be together was fulfilled. It is a convenient and safe location which allows ample ability to walk to a variety of restaurants, the harbor, tennis court, markets, coffee spots and the best breakfast spot in SC (Harbor Cafe). If you're wavering because of the cost, remember you get what you pay for and in this case, just a bit more, in our estimation. The only suggestion we would offer is that, although the master bath does have three windows, with no window in the master bedroom, a ceiling fan would provide some air movement to those of us who are fresh air freaks.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose Mineta International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Crow's Nest, Johnny's Harborside (Both Rest+ Bar)
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
Harbor Ferry- Free Memorial -Labor Day
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Fandango, Harbor Cafe, Crow's Nest, Cafe Palomar
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Twin Lakes and Harbor Beach

Location: Santa Cruz, Central Coast, California, USA: 35 Miles from San Jose, Norman Mineta International Airport, 62 miles from San Francisco International Airport..

Other Activities: Boating, Basketball Court, Shopping, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa

Golf: • Golf: Pasatiempo Golf Club, Valley Gardens Golf Course, De Laveaga Course and Lodge


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning + linens $200
Tax Rate 11.5%

Not available for weddings, parties or group functions.

Minimum Age Limit for Renters: Person signing rental agreement must be over 25 years of age and an occupant during the entire reserved period.

Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends have 3 night minimum stay

Maximum Number of Overnight Guests: 6

No Smoking, No Pets, Quiet Neighborhood with 10pm Noise Ordinance

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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