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Beautiful, Private Beach House, now open through the New Year !

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 - 7 nights


Opal Cliffs House Rental Photos and Description

3/2 1325 sq ft w 1000' sq ft custom deck, double sized lot

This is a sunny, spacious beach house with gorgeous decks that open on to the best family and surfing beach in Santa Cruz. Step out of the surf and into the hot tub to enjoy your private view of the park, lagoon, beach and ocean.

Book early as this home fills up fast. 2 night minimum. We only rent by the entire week for the holiday weeks Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year.

Private yet spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath house opens onto large front and back yards. Master suite with ocean view and private access to the hot tub deck, second bedroom with private entrance, and a third room with four beds. Hardwood floors, picture windows, fantastic views. Attention to detail: fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, stove and oven, microwave, coffeemaker, and blender. New infrared gas grill. Private WiFi throughout the house. State of the art 3D capable 55' flat screen TV with cable, Blue Ray, Netflix, and Hulu!

Beds for 8 adults, plus more spaces for kids. The extra large parking lot offers plenty of room to play in the yard. In this beachfront neighborhood of permit parking, there is room on the property to park 6 cars.

Have dinner on the deck, settle in with a book on a lounge chair, stroll to the beach, walk to the coffee shop, or soak in the custom, extra deep hot tub. Chairs, balls, and toys for the yard and beach, board games for indoors. There’s plenty to do, yet lots of ways to just relax.

Flat, wheelchair-accommodating path to the best family beach in town. Boogie board, bodysurf, skimboard, volleyball, beachball, soccer, sunbathe, you name it. The beach is exceptional in this town in that it is never covered by the high tide. No cliffs nor slippery rocks, you can always feel the warm, soft sand beneath your toes.

Once you set foot on this property you’ll never want to leave. Located at the end of a quiet street in the heart of a great beach town, it is perfect for a family reunion or a couples' romantic getaway. Over 1000 square feet of new decks provide a private area for sunbathing and a grand space for entertainment and relaxation. Hear birds singing in the trees overhead and the sound of crashing waves.

And the surf! This is the best destination summer surf spot in California! It has it all, point, reef and beach breaks from beginner to intermediate to advanced. You can walk to a dozen top notch spots like 26th Ave. (famous for aerials), Pleasure Point (long, ruler edge rights), Second Point & O’Neil’s (great for beginners), Sewers (primo tubes, advanced), 38th Ave. (perhaps the best summer wave in town), the Hook (another classic point) and Privates (another great beginner point wave). The property manager can offer you some tips and insight based on his 40 years in the water. Come back home and take a hot outdoor shower to wash off the sand before popping into the hot tub.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Mark Thomas
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Mark Thomas

I have lived in Santa Cruz since 1974 and love the town and all it has to offer. I know the ins and outs and all of the nooks and crannies where good things are hidden. Besides my work as a real estate agent, I have worked as a teacher for 33 years, and a nature and adventure guide during those summers.

Mark Thomas purchased this house in 2012

Why Mark Thomas chose Santa Cruz

This place is something special. The location can't be beat. The house is comfortable, clean and well equipped. It has a great, light, bright, warm feel to it. The views are great. The privacy is wonderful yet there's plenty lots of room to spread out on an double sized lot.

What makes this house unique

No other beach property in Santa Cruz is quite like this one. You have an unobstructed view of the beach, park and lagoon from the huge front deck and yard. You have all the benefits of being at the beach with a lot less traffic and noise.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We were lucky to see the skimboard competition right out front. We loved it all & would come back in a hearbeat.

PS Would prefer unscented laundry detergent.
Sep 2013
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based on 7 traveler reviews

Beautiful, Private Beach House, now open through the New Year !
average rating of 4.857143 based on 21 reviews

Perfect for our Group

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our group and we all had a wonderful time. The location by the beach is great. The home is comfortable and had everything we needed. The hot tub, easy parking, bbg, and outdoor decks all add to the beach house vibe. We all want to come back next year!

Big thanks from, Lynn, Tex, Carly, Teddy, Jasmine, Jack, Taylor, Jared, Ryan, and Nate!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great end of summer family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six adults, including my 82-year-old mother, enjoyed a Labor Day week vacation at Heron House. The ocean view was terrific and we could work on one of several jigsaw puzzles on the deck with the sound of waves crashing against the shore in the background. Kitchen was well equipped for preparing all our meals, with plenty of plates and utensils to last more than one meal for all of us. We used the grill a lot, and Mark was quick to refill the tanks we when ran out of fuel. TV and internet service were as promised, and plenty of parking for our two vehicles as well as several guests who joined us for an afternoon. The girls really enjoyed the hot tub. The beach is within walking distance, but the first part of the path is not terribly wheelchair friendly unless you have an all-terrain tires (we managed to roll Mother down with two of us helping lift her chair through the rough spots); there is no wheelchair access to the beach itself although Mother was content to sit up top and watch the younger family members play in the surf. Once inside, the house is wheelchair friendly, but you need to either negotiate a steep (but smooth and paved) path up the side of the house and up and over two stairs on the back patio; or be prepared to lift the chair up the six or so steps up to the front door. The front deck has another two steps up. We have no complaints and were able to get Mother in and out without much problem, but be advised there are some obstacles to work around. Two of the bedrooms have full size (king or queen) beds; the third has two doubledecker bunk beds. The open living and dining area was plenty spacious for all of us to enjoy a shared TV program or spread out and do our own thing. If we were to plan another beach vacation, we would definitely come again.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly what we needed

  • 5 of 5

We had two families and a total of 5 kids, ages 2-11. It was perfect for what we needed! We loved using the large driveway to let the kids play and ride bikes. The bunk bed room worked great. We enjoyed exploring Santa Cruz. It was a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a great location with tons of things near by and great beaches

  • 5 of 5

This was a gorgeous property that sleeps 10 people very comfortably and a couple more on couches. Updated bathrooms and comfy beds. Nice deck and hot tub. Easy to get to and close to many shops, restaurants, bike trails, and beaches. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location for Families with Small Children

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed her with our 2.5 year old for 10 days. We wanted a 1 story house (IMHO, a 1 story is more toddler friendly) where we could bike to both Capitola and Santa Cruz, where we could literally walk out of the house onto a beach, and where we had an ocean view. This was PERFECT. The house is ~ a 10 minute bike ride to Capitola and ~ a 15 minute bike ride to Santa Cruz. There is a small local grocery store in a strip mall that is ~ a 10 minute bike ride away. The beach is literally outside of the doorstep, you can see/hear the waves from the house, and we saw dolphins/seals throughout our stay. As for the house, it is well stocked with everything one needs, including extra towels and bed linens. The outdoor shower provides *hot* water to rinse off before sitting in the hot tub or coming back into the house, and we loved to sit in the hot tub or front porch during the sunset. The owner, Mark, was extremely friendly and helpful before our arrival, and we had fresh flowers from the garden in each room of the house when we arrived. The only two minor complaints I have are (1) the dishwasher was somewhat old and didn't clean the dishes well and (2) there were no beach toys in the garage (previous reviewers commented that there were beach toys in the garage) but again, these were minor. We will definitely recommend this house and come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Janice, so glad you had a a nice stay. Thank you for the feedback about the dishwasher (We will attend to it) & the toys, which somehow "got legs" from previous renters. (We will replace them) Once again, Thank You.
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Wonderful family weekend! Perfect for surfers and those with little kids.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in this beautiful home. The living area is huge, and there are 3 bedrooms--- a large master, a queen, and a third room with bunk beds for 4. There are 2 amazing decks-- one for eating and lounging and another with a nice hot tub. Both overlook the beach but are recessed enough to be private and quiet. The back yard has a a beanbag toss and a huge, new BBQ-- a great area for little ones to play in contained space. In terms of amenities, the kitchen is well stocked with cooking tools, there are plenty of towels and extra bedding, and the garage if full of beach toys, chairs, etc. The best thing about the house is the location. It is just across the street from 26th street beach and a quick walk to Pleasure Point. We spent the days back and forth to the beach for playtime, wading, and the parents even had a few excellent surf sessions nearby. We have rented a lot in SC and this is one of the very best places we have stayed. The house is ideal for 2 families with young kids. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Portola Ave
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
De La Veaga or Pasatiempo
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Salinas or Oakland
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Coles BBQ (Very good!)
Nearest Beach
70 Metres
Right out Front
Car: recommended

Fantastic location in front of the best family beach in the heart of Santa Cruz. The beach out front provides endless fun body surfing, surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding, volleyball, etc. It is also a wonderful romantic place to stroll the evening sunset.

Nearby are the Boardwalk, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as lots of shops and plenty of things to do.


Rates & Availability

Opal Cliffs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 22 2016 - Jan 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 20 2016 - Dec 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Reservations will be confirmed asap.

$500 security deposit is fully refundable.

This is a really nice place. Everyone that stays there loves it.

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Opal Cliffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1325 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Second bedroom which has a private entrance, Child Beds (1) In bay window in second bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) 2 comfy fold out twin mattresses, Bunk Beds (2) 4 beds
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • 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
The home was recently remodeled.. It is a very, very sweet set up.

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