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Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english


54 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Santa Cruz County House Rental Photos and Description

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 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 12. We will not rent to more than 14 adults. 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 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. We do not allow parties, weddings or other large gatherings.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Holly (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Holly

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!

Holly purchased this house in 2009

Why Holly chose Santa Cruz County

As long time locals, we have enjoyed coming to the beach and Santa Cruz with our families for over 40 years! Twin Lakes Beach is 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 our large families, 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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average rating of 4.9074073 based on 80 reviews

Great spot for a reunion

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our reunion of 6 couples, three of which had kids (16 people total). There was plenty of space for everyone: the adults hung out upstairs at the long dining room table (the picture doesn't do it justice, it is huge and accommodated all of us) while the kids were in the play room two levels down and we didn't hear a peep. Or, they were watching TV in the second living room around the corner, close by but in their own world. The deck adjoining the two living rooms was another favorite place in the house, and it has a pretty view over the backyard glen. The absolutely gorgeous beach is just a few houses away, and the waves were a small size and good for the kids to frolic in using the provided boogie boards. Every evening we wandered back to the beach with a beverage to watch the sun go down. We even walked to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, although it is not close. All told, a great base for sightseeing or for just hanging out!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lincoln, CA USA

Wonderful Family Get-together

  • 5 of 5

Our Family of 16 just returned from a three night stay at this large, clean, and wonderful Beach house. There were 8 children who ranged in age from 1-13. The home is well-equipped with everything you could need and there is a very nice beach at the end of the street, thus, no driving to one. The home has a lower level game room that has many boogie boards, sand toys, and beach chairs. Because the home is so large, we never felt crowded. Michelle and Holly were extremely easy to work with, which also added to our great weekend. I would definitely recommend this home for a large group.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent choice for large group with kids!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Twin Lakes Santa Cruz Beachhouse. We had just 11 people and 3 were toddlers. It was perfect because everyone had their own space and we had a common area for everyone - a toy room and a quiet, adult room. :-) It was clean and well-stocked. The Tvs offered entertainment for everyone, there was plenty of comfy seating with cozy blankets, and we loved our fireplace. The location could not be better - quiet street, walking distance to the beach and park, walking distance to several excellent restaurants and the farmer's market. A quick drive to the boardwalk, red wood forest and ca 17. The only drawbacks were the heat (it got in the 50s inside at night, but they do provide nice space heaters for each room), you have to go outside and downstairs for the playroom, so we didn't use it, while we made it work fine for our quick trip, I do wish there were 4 separate full baths. That being said, it really felt like your own cozy home by the beach. We loved it and would love to come back and hope to one day soon. PS - the owner, Michelle, is responsive and available, which is nice when renting a new home. Definitely choose this house for your next family or friend beach trip!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great company gathering

  • 5 of 5

It was everything the website said and more. The other five star reviews say it all.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roseville, CA

Out of State Family Christmas

  • 5 of 5

2014 We started the tradition of Our Family Christmas get away. The house was beautiful with perfect, clean accommodations for the 14 of us. The house had two kitchens one we used for baking Christmas cookies and the other for preparing meals. We spent a lot of time at the beach which was literally steps from the front door. The weather was spectacular. The whole family wants to go back again next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Russell, Thank YOU for sharing your magical Christmas experience at our beach home! Wishing you a happy New Year! We love treating YOU and all our guests to spotless accommodations and high end amenities! See you next time! -Michelle
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San Carlos, CA

Perfect house for large groups

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I spent the most amazing weekend in Santa Cruz. There were 12 of us and there was more than enough space to spread out and just enjoy each other's company. There were two separate kitchens, clean and fully stocked for entertaining. I can't imagine a more perfect location - it's steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in California. We took advantage of that every morning and evening and did a lot more beach walking and running than we had planned. It's a lovely getaway from the bay area, we hope to be back again real soon! Thanks Holly and Michelle for being so responsive and awesome!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cathy, Thank you for your review. Walking and running on the beach and along the coast is one of my favorite things to do in Santa Cruz, too. It was a pleasure to hear about your beach experience with your girlfriends. Michelle
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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
Spring Special 2016
Feb 19 2016 - May 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
summer 2016
Jun 11 2016 - Aug 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas week
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's week
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
President's weekend 2017
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Memorial Day weekend 2017
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
summer 2017
Jun 9 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 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
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300
Deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

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

Rates are subject to change without notice.

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Santa Cruz County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
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. 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.
  • 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
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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 to beautiful Santa Cruz area!

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