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Happy House by the Sea

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 BRs, 1 Bath, within steps of entrance to Seacliff Beach Park (Cement Boat)

Cozy 2 bedroom Cottage 1/2 block to entrance to Seacliff Beach Park. Fireplace! Two bedrooms, one bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washer and drier, linens provided. There is wireless internet access, cable TV, DVD and VCR with movies for kids. Less than a block to groceries, restaurants, shops. Short trip to Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Monterey Bay Aquarium. We have a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Amenities include gas log fireplace, a fenced back yard and charcoal barbeque. A cozy place limited to 6 guests. Friendly, well behaved pets are welcome at a $50 fee per pet.

Santa Cruz County Certificate # CO00450

Some of our House Rules:

No Smoking

Check in time is 4 PM

Check out time is 11 AM.

Turn off the heat and lights when you go out.

Quite time is 10 PM to 8 AM

Return keys to lock box when you check out.

More Details

Emelia Nahinu
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

Why Emelia Nahinu chose Santa Cruz County

We inherited this cottage from our parents.


Aptos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • New tile March 2016
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • I bedroom has a king size bed. The second bedroom has 2 single beds. The living room has a double size futon.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have Boogie Boards and sand toys available.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(80 traveler reviews)

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Happy House by the Sea
average rating of 4.7 based on 80 reviews

This is our 5th stay @ 'Happy House'each year it gets better! Sun, restaurants, it's all here.

  • 5 of 5

A Perfect home away from home. Cozy & convenient cute local restaurants, sun, and sand and shops are steps away and the fun of Santa Cruz and Capitola a short drive. Emelia, the owner, is a joy to work with. Quick to respond to anything you might need. Comfy beds plenty of linens, towels and supplies . The kitchen is stocked.Pots pans,appliances and has all you need.

The washer/dryer is a life saver. wonderful Patio is safe & secure for pets. anenjoy alfresco BBQ .meals Books, DVD's for kids, ( but why stay inside when the ocean is steps away?) A real home-away-from-home. Forget hassles if pricey hotels and enjoy Happy House you will adore this hidden Aptos gem.

Once to come you'll be back for another visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind comments and useful information! It was nice to have you back at Happy House.
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Cozy house near Seacliff State Beach

  • 5 of 5

This house is very cozy, perfectly located to go to seacliff state beach and see some whales during summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location

  • 4 of 5

Cute little beach house. Great for walking to the beach and walking to the local ice creams/coffee shop and Mexican restaurant. Quick drive to Safeway for groceries or to fill up with gas. We appreciated the various kid's books and toys for our young ones. My only complaint is some of the spare pillows smelt too musty for me to sleep on, they might need replacing or a quick clean. We appreciated being able to do our laundry and have meals at the spacious kitchen table. We also appreciated being able to park our car in the driveway. Thank you Emilia for a memorable and pleasant stay at the Happy House!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay by the beach

  • 5 of 5

A couple friends and I stayed at the Happy House this July and had an incredible time. The home is perfectly cozy and charming, and was fully equipped with everything we could have needed. We took advantage of the Boogie Boards and hit the beach nearly every day! The house is close to the water, but also close to Santa Cruz which has an incredibly fun boardwalk. This house is a favorite of ours to vacation to, and we plan to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a wonderful time. Thank you for the helpful information and great review.
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Good time

  • 4 of 5

The happy house is clean and comfortable. It is equipped with everything needed for a family. A bit on the expensive side. We had a good time. Thanks

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and I am so glad you had a good time! I know that housing in the Santa Cruz area is expensive. We are actually among the lowest priced of comparable vacation homes in our area. We offer low rates so that more people can afford to stay at Happy House.
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  • 5 of 5

We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
0.12 Miles
1/2 block
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos
Nearest Motorway
0.13 Miles
Highway 1 - 2 blocks
Nearest Restaurant
0.11 Miles
1/2 block
Nearest Beach
0.12 Miles
Seacliff Beach - 1/2 block
Car: not necessary

Our beachhouse is a short walk to Seacliff State Beach, which is a great place to play in the ocean. There are picnic and barb-q areas at the beach and even a snacksnack open in the summer. A small beach and sea life museum is there and a pier to fish from. The pier leads to the old cement ship that you may no longer walk onto, but can see lots of birds and watch for different sea animals. Dolphins are a regular sighting from the pier or beach. A concrete walking path along Seacliff Beach leads to Rio Del Mar Beach which is just past Aptos Creek.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is not too far with plenty of rides and family entertainment.

Just one exit down the freeway (Rio Del Mar) is Seascape Golf Club at 610 Clubhouse Drive Aptos, CA 95003.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Additional Guest Fee $5 per person per night
Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59

There is no smoking at Happy House.
Check in 4PM, check out is by 11AM
Default prices shown are for 1-2 people. Additional guests are $5 per person per night. There is a maximum of 6 people allowed to stay at Happy House.
You may choose a refundable security deposit instead of the PDP (Property Damage Protection) fee. If you would prefer the refundable security deposit instead of the PDP, just let us know before making the booking.
Friendly, well behaved, house broken pets are considered for a $50 fee per pet. Please let us know how many and what kind of pet(s) you have.
No pets are allowed anywhere on the property unless arranged in advance and pet fees have been paid.
You must be a responsible pet owner.
Dogs must be completely "potty trained" to use the outdoors.
Pets must be free of fleas, ticks and current on the antirabies vaccination.
We do not allow pets on the furniture or beds. Please bring a pet bed to place on the floor.
Please bring your pet with you when you leave the house.
If your pet barks, whines or yelps excessively or otherwise causes disturbance to the neighbors your pets may be asked to leave early.
You are required to pick up all poop from the front, back and side yards prior to checking out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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