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The Green House -Handcrafted Beach Home-1.5 blocks to beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

Welcome to the Green House a uniquely handcrafted home with all the amenities needed to make your beach vacation memorable.

This chalet style home is set back from the street, providing room for gardens and off street parking. The lovely light and airy living room, spacious windows and French doors open onto the expansive sundeck. Full sun, market umbrellas, lounge chairs, tables and a barbecue creates a relaxing and beautiful outdoor living space. Three unique bedrooms, spa bath and chef's kitchen are all provided for your enjoyment and pleasure in this unusual home.

We are located near Twin Lakes' Beach and the Yacht Harbor, midway between Capitola and Downtown Santa Cruz (both 10 minutes away). There are six fabulous restaurants within walking distance, ranging from a Hawaiian grille to a high-end Italian restaurant, and a favorite, Southwest inspired Nuevo Grill. If you prefer a short walk down the beach to dine you will arrive at the yacht Harbor, the popular Palomar Mexican restaurant and the Crow's Nest. The Crow's Nest is a great place on Wednesday to watch the sailboat races or enjoy the sunset, a glass of wine and a bite to eat, great appetizers.

Blacks Beach is at the end of 14th Avenue (our beach), and is a local's favorite. The beach is stunning and offers some of the best sunsets in Santa Cruz. It's great for boogie boarding and swimming. It is a lovely stroll from Black's Beach, past Twin Lakes Beach to the Yacht Harbor. Dogs are allowed on the beach on leash and bonfires are allowed at night.

HISTORY: The Green House was hand built from 1950 to 1955 by a family working together to create their dream. The beautiful cedar for the walls and ceiling was brought from the forests of Washington state, wonderful Victorian doors and a fireplace mantle were recovered from old Santa Cruz mansions. The Green House features many gables, odd roof lines, wall angles, small nook spaces, creative staircases and the unusual scalloped molding that was hand cut with great care. With the home on the second level and an additional bedroom on the third level the Green House has beautiful light and the airy feeling of a tree house.

• SLEEPS 1 - 8: Perfect for families or couples traveling together.

• 3 BEDROOMS: Master bedroom with king size bed and crib, middle room has a queen size bed and two bunk beds, attic room has queen size bed. Reading lights, extra blankets and extra pillows are provided. A fold out futon resided under the king size bed for your use.

• 1 SPA BATHROOM and 2 HALF BATHS: The spa bath is a dream come true with a Jacuzzi tub, two shower heads and two sinks. Plus an additional half bath in the attic bedroom and a half bath off of the living room.

• FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN: Two drawer dishwasher, five burner gas stove, oven , microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster and a sno cone maker for the kids! All cookware, dinnerware, utensils and linens to set a beautiful table.

• AMENITIES: Cable TV with DVD players in both the living room and master bedroom, high speed DSL, laundry facilities (washer, dryer, laundry soap, iron, ironing board), sundeck with gas and charcoal BBQ's, beach mats, sand toys, cooler, fireplace and wood, fully equipped kitchen, high quality linens and towels, CD's, board games, books and, very important here in Santa Cruz, ample off street parking for you and your guests.

• PROVIDED FOR GUESTS: Fresh cut flowers, coffee from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., information on what is available to do and see in and around Santa Cruz and doggie treats should you desire to bring your pet.

Keywords: House, Great for Families, Beach, Deck, Pet Friendly, Kid Friendly

More Details

Kim Cupp
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About Kim Cupp

I have been lucky to live in Santa Cruz most of my life. I grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains and moved into town in 8th grade. After leaving the area for college and travel, I found myself back here. It seems for many, Santa Cruz is a difficult place to leave. I purchased the Green House and Cottage in 1994 from the original owner and builder of the main house (Green House). Soon after, I met my partner, michael, we created our 'dog family ' (now four) and in 2009 we gave birth to our baby girl Emelia. Converting the Green House and Cottage into vacation rentals is our solution to me being able to 'take Emelia to work', rather than go to daycare. She is a wonderful 'helper' and I feel very lucky to be able to spend time with her while offering others the opportunity to enjoy the property.

Kim Cupp purchased this house in 1994


Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5+
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
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
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


4.8/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

The Green House -Handcrafted Beach Home-1.5 blocks to beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Best house in Santa Cruz

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd trip to the Green House and it just keeps getting better and better. Location is perfect. Owner is beyond nice. House has everything you could need. Beach is less than 2 blocks away, farmers market around the corner, walk to restaurants. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our stay. The house was unique and charming. Comfy beds and plenty of space and storage. Location was great too. Will definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience at the Green House. It was clean, had beautiful architecture, and was close to the beach. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edmonton, Alberta

Great surprise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week with a bunch of family. There was 3 couples and a baby in the house and it never felt crowded or loud at all. The house is waaay bigger than it seems in the pictures. Took us about 3 days to get used to the layout as it's a bit like a maze, in a fun way. The place was well stocked with everything you might need. The property has a huge driveway. We managed to fit a large RV on it as well as three cars. The owner does allow RVs for a small fee. It was about 7min walk to the beach at the end of the road. Very quiet neighbourhood. The owner was responsive to emails and calls. We had an issue with where we parked the RV (the renters at the neighbouring property, also owned by this owner, didn't like it). The owner was apologetic and her and the live-in caretaker in this house helped us work out a solution.

The only downsides I can think of for the property is that its upstairs (didn't bother us) and that there are some low ceilings here and there from the roof line. We're all quite tall so we banged our heads a few times before getting the gist of it. Definitely recommend this place and for the price, it's a great value.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Novato, CA

Exceeded Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

My family is well-versed in staying at rental homes whenever we travel. We prefer them to hotels so that we can avoid eating every meal out, and cooking our meals becomes part of the whole travel experience. Our expectations are based on what we've experienced over the years, and while most places reasonably meet our expectations, The Green House far exceeded them for several reasons.

First, the owner is wonderfully personable. Even though we never met in person, I got the feeling she was with us in spirit! We ran into heavy traffic our first night and arrived very late. I sent a message to her mentioning this, and she went to the house to make sure there were plenty of lights on when we arrived. We also found a *personalized* letter waiting for us, describing the things we needed to know about staying there, as well as freshly cut flowers in a vase on the table. This is just the first of many nice little touches we experienced during our stay.

This is not just a place to sleep - The Green House is a destination in itself! The house was well-equipped for our stay. The kitchen had plenty of dishes and all the extras in order to prepare many types of meals. We appreciated the detail that went into the design of the house, as well as all of the beautiful antique pieces that many people may overlook,such as an old-fashioned ice box. The house has plenty of room for two families to stay comfortably, and it offers a big grill on a large deck with plenty of room to roam. The kids absolutely loved the shower "room" and found The Green House to be quite a magical experience. The beach is only a short walk away and the Boardwalk is a short drive.

Usually when we return to any particular location, we find a new house to rent for another new experience. In this case, for future visits to Santa Cruz, we will always check on the availability of The Green House before we make any other choices. This is the first time I can enthusiastically say that I looking forward to staying there again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
0.25 Miles
The secluded end of Twin Lakes Beach....local fav


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer in Santa Cruz
Jun 17 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Last days in July
Jul 9 2017 - Jul 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer in Santa Cruz
Jul 16 2017 - Oct 15 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

For high summer season weekly rentals the weeks run from Friday to Friday. For rentals longer than one week, I ask that either the arrival or departure day fall on a Friday.We can rarely accommodate arrivals or departures on Saturday or Sunday. Please plan to stay for an entire weekend and arrival/depart Monday through Friday for times when we accommodate rentals less than one week.

MONTHLY RENTALS: The refundable deposit for monthly rentals is the same at the monthly rate and move out cleaning will be charged based on time needed to restore the house to its pre-rental status.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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