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Imagine yourself steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 17)

We have a very special home! Imagine yourself just steps away from one of Santa Cruz's most popular beaches - Twin Lakes on 14th Avenue. This over 4,000 square foot comfortable home boasts views, a prime location, and a true taste of the magic that Santa Cruz offers! Let your mind unwind while sun bathing at the beach or relaxing on one of the multiple view decks of this spacious home. Walk to the Harbor, restaurants, and shops......Sleeps up to 17 in comfortable beds. It is also extremely kid friendly. We have a separate game room (great for the kids!) with Foosball, Play Station 2, Ping Pong and Cable TV.

Our home is three levels. The top floor has the kitchen, dining rooms, and living rooms and outside deck. The 6 bedrooms and another beautiful deck are on the main floor. The game room is on the bottom floor. If you or anyone in your group has concerns walking steps, we suggest you find an alternate accommodation.

SANTA CRUZ VACATION HOME ORDINANCE APPLIES TO EVERY HOME IN THE COUNTY: This ordinance restricts the amount of guests allowed in homes throughout the county. The limits are 2 adults per bedroom plus 2. This means our home is limited to 14 adults. The County does not place a limit on Children under the age of 8. We will not rent to more than 14 adults (an adult is considered to be over the age of 8, per the Santa Cruz Vacation Ordinance). This makes our house even more special since we have the room to fit your family or group.

Perfect for a family get together and getaways. Perfect for small groups and retreats. Enjoy having everyone together - sharing special times in a comfortable, spacious home. This fully furnished and equipped large home includes 2 large HD LCD TVs with cable, high speed wireless internet, two fireplaces, DVD players, peek ocean views from decks, top of the line bed linens, washer/dryer, and a hot water outdoor shower - perfect after a swim or surfing. Multiple iPod/iPhone speakers throughout the home for music (and charging!). The private deck is equipped with gas BBQ and also a storage area complete with beach chairs, boogie boards, and more! At night the breaking waves will lull you to sleep, and in the morning enjoy your coffee on the beach or in our peaceful setting. (Not responsible for sea lion barking) :)

Take a stroll to the nearby restaurants, shops, and attractions, take a sunset walk on the beach, or just sit back and enjoy the calmness of Santa Cruz. This beach home is just steps from the entrance to Twin Lakes Beach - one of the most popular and warmest beaches in all of Santa Cruz. Despite its popularity, you will find our 'half' of the beach to actually be quite private, yet still close to all the action. During the day take a short walk along the beach to the Crows Nest to have lunch with a view or catch a beach volleyball game. At night, enjoy a bonfire and ‘smores on the beach. We are also minutes from the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the Giant Dipper roller coaster. There is a brand new Whole Foods a few minutes away and a large Safeway for all your shopping. There is even a small Italian market within easy walking for your last minute items. Just a short drive down the coast are the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach Golf Courses, Laguna Seca Race Track, quaint Carmel-By-The-Sea, and majestic Big Sur. Lucky for you, our home is centrally located to all that Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay have to offer.

Please note that this is our second home and we are looking for guests who will treat both our home and our neighbors with respect. If you are looking for a 'party house' please look elsewhere. Fireworks are prohibited. Security will be called if rules are not followed. We do not allow parties, weddings or other large gatherings. Quiet time are the hours between 10pm and 8am, for respect to our neighbors.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Michelle

This is our personal second home owned by three families with many children and friends. This is not a typical 'vacation rental' property. We provide the special touches usually only found in luxury residences. We would love to share our home with you and your family!

Michelle purchased this house in 2009

Why Michelle chose Santa Cruz County

As long time locals, we have enjoyed coming to the beach and Santa Cruz with our families! Twin Lakes Beach is a very unique. The beach near our home is quaint and secluded, yet it is an easy walk to restaurants, shops, attractions with stunning natural beauty. We chose to buy this house since it is on a quiet street only 6 houses from the beach and is large enough to comfortably sleep corporate groups, extended families and friends.

What makes this house unique

We are 6 houses from the entrance to Twin Lakes State Beach. You can also easily walk to the Crows Nest, the Harbor and other shops and restaurants along one of the most beautiful beaches in Santa Cruz. The best thing about the house is its spaciousness and layout. All rooms are large and the living areas are light, bright and comfortably furnished. The main dining room table seats 14 - a second dining table seats 6! You will not find a more spacious or comfortable home so close to the beach in Northern California. Since this is our second home we have furnished to it to our own high standards. The beds and linens are all of the highest quality and provide a great sleep. Also, we are dog lovers so we occasionally have animals (dogs) in the house. The house is professionally cleaned after each stay, but we can not guarantee that someone with severe allergies to pets will not have a problem.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for providing a comfy space for our 3 generations! Loved having the Bar Side and the Kitchen Side and the long table. Also great idea with 2 TVs for varied interests. Very comfy beds! Mahalo!
Dec 2012
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - 2 showers - 1 stall and 1 shower over tub divided by door
    Bathroom 1 - 2 showers - 1 stall and 1 shower over tub divided by door
    Bathroom 3 - 1/2 bath
    Bathroom 4 - 1/2 bath
  • In addition, 2 outside showers. One near front entrance and one in back yard with hot water (not private).
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed , sleeps 4 (twin over double bunk with trundle)
    Bedroom 6 - 2 bunk bed , sleeps 5 (1 twin over twin bunk and twin over double) bunk
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , sleeps 2
  • King size beds (2) 2 separate King beds in each large Bedroom, Queen size Beds (2) 2 separate Queen rooms, Baby Cribs (2) 2 portacribs are available., Bunk Beds (3) 2 Rooms have Bunkbeds One bedroom has twin over full and twin over twin. Another has twin over full with a trundle. We provide wonderful sheets, linens, blankets and pillows. All Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are on the first floor. Kitchens, 2 living rooms and 2 dining rooms and 2 bathrooms are on the second floor. The game room is on the bottom floor. Please do not rent our home if steps are a problem for you.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Spacious layout for friends and family stays. Everything you need to enjoy the beautiful Santa Cruz area!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(72 traveler reviews)

Imagine yourself steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach
average rating of 4.888889 based on 98 reviews

Very Comfortable stay, great location and place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this place, and Michelle is a wonderful host. The house is very spacious and roomy and also has common areas for cooking and hanging out + a lot of beds or areas to crash .. Two kitchens is really helpful.

The game room looked great but we never got time to use it :) WE spent a lot of time in the patio and used the grill - overall a fabulous stay.. The location of this place is amazing too.. very close to a market, Mexican restaurant and also almost any place in Santa Cruz is 10-15 min drive.. We would highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It warms my heart to hear about your great stay at my beach home, Guneet! I'm so happy to be able to share it! Cheers! Michelle
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Wonderful, large, accommodating, family-friendly beach house!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great beach house! Lots of space, plenty of beds/bedrooms, and steps away from the beach! We absolutely loved our stay here! It was great for our little college mini-reunion.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Philip. Thank you for having your mini college reunion at our home. You and your guests are welcome anytime. Michelle
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Beautiful home in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We were a large group who visited for the weekend. This home was just beautiful! It was very spacious, yet comfortable and home like. The private beach down the road is perfect if you are looking for privacy, very few people there. We went down in the evening and had a bon fire with the kids who made s’mores. We will definitely return for a visit.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marcie, I agree! The beach bonfire and roasting s'mores is a highlight of our home's location! And our virtually private-like beach is just steps away! It was a pleasure to have your group! We are looking forward to your next visit! Best, Michelle
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of guys stay here for a couple of nights to go mountain biking on the nearby trails. Everything worked out great, and Michelle was easy to work with. We hosted a group dinner with about 13 people and the house was ideal for the gathering.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Rich. It was a pleasure to host your group. Our home is a favorite to cyclists, for its proximity to trails and bike storage space. We hope to see you again. Best, Michelle
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A great house in an amazing location, with lots of useful space and amenities!

  • 4 of 5

This house is perfect for families with kids!! And the location is so amazing - the ocean is literally a few hundred steps away and it's the perfect little beach - Not too crowded, some good shade spots with beautiful trees lining the edges, gorgeous views of bluffs and a lighthouse... could go on and on. We loved the fact that there were two kitchens and two living rooms - it was great especially since we had multiple families there with small kids who were on different schedules. And the place was incredibly well-stocked with adult and kid amenities, including lots of games, pack n plays, boogie boards, kitchen supplies, extra blankets, etc... The beds and couches were all very comfortable as well, and both living rooms and master bedrooms have great natural light.

Would have easily given this place five stars, except for a few small areas in need of improvement: A few of the sheets were stained (prompting one family to opt for sleeping bags that they happened to have in their car), and there are some areas of wear an tear on the baseboards / heaters and carpets that took away from an otherwise very well-maintained house.

However that all being said, it's very likely that we make this home a yearly reunion spot, and I'd still recommend this house for others looking for a great family beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review. We are looking forward to see you again next year. Michelle
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The perfect Santa Cruz house

  • 5 of 5

I chose Michelle's house as the venue for a reunion of old friends. Some of us traveled a long way to get here and the Twin Lakes house was the perfect justification for the journey.

My favorite feature of this house by far is its two adjacent kitchens. I planned to cook a few ambitious meals for the group, and having two stoves, twice the counter space, and two fridges simplified our plans tremendously. Our meals were a success and now my friends think I'm a great cook :)

The house also has a patio and two living rooms, one for each of the kitchens. This allowed for an interesting chillout in the evenings, allowing my friends to hang out in more intimate groups of 3-4 instead of a single mob of 8 or so people.

A secluded beach is a short walk away. It was great to enjoy the ocean ambience without the chaos of finding parking or dealing with crowds. The neighbors who share the beach were all very friendly.

There was also a surprising number of restaurants within walking distance. This saved my skin when many of my guests arrived at the house on the first day before dinner, for which I had not planned any cooking.

Overall a formidable property to spend a weekend vacation in. I wouldn't have changed a thing about my weekend. Thanks Michelle!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose (SFO is 65 miles)
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Twin Lakes
Nearest Point of Interest
The Crows Nest
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Nearest Point of Interest
Huge, Sandy Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Twin Lakes Cove Beach with Volleyball and Firepits

Walking distance to the Santa Cruz Harbor (shops and restaurants). Farmers Market. Boardwalk 5 minutes. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Laguna Seca Race Track, Pebble Beach and Carmel and world class Wine and Beer tasting minutes away. Just a bit further to Half Moon Bay and Big Sur.


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Weekend 2017
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Nightly Rate
May 27 2017 - May 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Special 2017
May 31 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
June 1-5
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
June 1-5
Jun 5 2017 - Jun 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 10 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 11 2017 - Jun 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas week 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Week 2017
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
President's Weekend 2018
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $325
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

Refundable Security Deposit of $1,000 Required. Cleaning Fee $300.

Rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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