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A 'Stones Throw' to the Beach from This Charming House

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

PETS ARE WELCOME BUT RULES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED AS SHOW IN THE HOUSE RULES. The pet must be reported in the original request and a $50 charge per pet will be applied. If the pet is not reported the charge will be deducted from the deposit.

The location of this property is between the harbor and Capitola. A few short blocks away is Pleasure Point where the surfing spectacles are endless. Our small street is quiet and friendly and parking during the high seasons is limited to homeowners and their guests. The tasteful furnishings will make entertaining a pleasure.

A short drive down the Monterey Peninsula brings you to world class golf courses and the charming seaside towns of Carmel, Pacific Grove and Monterey. In the other direction a short drive takes you into the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains with small towns nestled in the redwoods along the way. The world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk are 10 minutes away and will give those who enjoy the excitement of roller coasters something to talk about back home.



More Details

Josy or Karen Ryan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Josy or Karen Ryan

A family from the South Bay Area with daughter (property manager) 5 minutes from the beach house and available in an emergency

Josy or Karen Ryan purchased this house in 1984

Why Josy or Karen Ryan chose Santa Cruz

loved the area and the house


Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Full size (1), 2 twins 0Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) average size 'pack and play'
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
an outdoor Shower, Front & Back Deck, rooftop deck for wider views.


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A 'Stones Throw' to the Beach from This Charming House
average rating of 4.820513 based on 39 reviews

A great place in Santa Cruz for the holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Great Christmas vacation stay at this cozy place 1/2 block from the beach in Santa Cruz! Karen is a great owner who accommodated us, (and our Chiweenie!), and is responsive in communicating. VRBO recently changed deposit rules and she was very efficient in chasing down a problem with payments and ensuring there were no issues regarding our stay. The home is very nice with lots of upgraded deck area, a roof viewing area, and only a quick 2-3 minute walk to a beautiful beach with views of the city to the north. Karen had a welcoming bottle of wine and Christmas card when we arrived and the accommodations and amenities such as towels and appliances were of the best quality. Centrally located to the San Francisco bay area to the north and Monterey to the south. Highly recommended for up to 6 people . Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeff for your review. I must add that you were extremely patient during the process of figuring out our trouble with VRBO's new system for deposits. Such a joy when I hear that the house was everything you had hoped for. You traveled quite a distance to stay in Santa Cruz. It's a compliment to know how good of a fit your accommodations were. Thanks again and we hope to have you stay again,Karen
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Great hosts and clean well appointed home

  • 5 of 5

From the first contact with Karen the whole experience was easy. When we showed up there were fresh cut flowers, cookies and a bottle of wine awaiting us. The house was CLEAN which is always important to us in a rental. We are readers and the lighting and furniture was conducive to reading. And the patios were delightful and well furnished for sitting, reading and eating outside. 1 block to the cliff's edge overlooking the water and 3 blocks to the water's edge with some of the best surfing in the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The pictures do not do it justice! Charming cottage for the 6 of us to get together for annual trip!

  • 5 of 5

We are six 30-somethings that had planned our annual trip to Sonoma and had to quickly change gears when the devastating fires occurred.

Karen was delightful and very helpful in quickly booking our stay.

The house was great! Tons of space and a beautiful yard we all enjoyed! Pictures don't do the place justice!

We had a great time exploring SC, eating great food, did a great Redwood hike, walks on the beach, and a day trip to Carmel for wine tasting.

What started out as "Plan B" became one of our best trips yet! We marveled at how easy and lovely this trip became!

Highly recommend the Stone's Throw Cottage!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic layout and a great, convenient location

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a CLEAN beach rental, with a great layout and two large decks with outdoor entertaining space, this home is for you! As a family of 5, we loved how close this place was to the beach- roughly 2 blocks!! The layout (great room with kitchen, family room and dining) opened onto a deck, and on other side of kitchen was master (access to rear deck) with it's own bath, and across from master, two bedrooms with a shared bath. There is an outdoor shower and a rooftop deck with a view of the water. Also, I appreciated that there weren't many knicknacks in the home. As a mom with 3 small kids, there is nothing more irritating than renting a home that you have to 'child-proof.' The home was also in a great neighborhood, with awesome coffee shops (try Verve) casual restaurants, and some beachy shopping. Just a short drive to Capitola, too.

Also, it must be noted that Karen was one of the nicest, easiest homeowners to communicate with... We were evacuated from our home due to the Norther California fires last week, and not only did she quickly get her place ready so we could check in right away, but she was very quick to respond to any questions. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jackie for your awesome review. I was so glad to have been able to have our place open for your family to stay. Feedback like yours reminds me that there's more to life than making a buck on a family home. You were faced with the "impending doom" created by the incredible fires and knowing I could help by doing what I do for a living is really comforting. Thanks again for your review, Karen
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Love this house!

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a wonderful location and is fantastic for a family with children of all ages. We have stayed there three years in a row and are looking forward to a fourth. It's a short walk to the beach and an easy drive to the heart of Santa Cruz or Capitola. Josy and Karen are wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute, spacious, nice location, and shows the pride of it's owners.

  • 5 of 5

Karen was so gracious and helpful with our last minute booking. She demonstrated real caring for her clients when she left us birthday balloons & flowers. Her old family home, shows pride of caring with recent renovations, up dated kitchen, great mattresses, special bed linen, and well furnished outdoor spaces. Check out the outdoor shower! The home is well located to the beach and other activities, but situated on a quite street with adequate secure parking. Can't wait till we can return with more of our family members. We did see those dolphins you told us about!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Delores for taking the time to share your experience at "a stones throw". It was a joy to take a minute to personalize your stay with a few decorations; makes it all worth it when I hear that it made a difference. Look forward to hosting you again, Karen
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The Hook
Pizza My Heart
Oneill Wetsuit Outlet
Capitola City Beach
"Best place for people watching, activities and beautiful beach. Maybe a whale or two?"
Capitola Begonia Festival
Gayle's Bakery
Nearest Point of Interest
Mr. Kong's Market
Nearest Point of Interest
"Twin Lakes" Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Tide Pools
Nearest Point of Interest
Sunny Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Amazing Sandwiches
Nearest Point of Interest
Bench at the Cliff
Car: recommended

Short Drive from San Francisco and San Jose Airports

Other Activities: kayaking, boating, health/beauty spa




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning $150
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 11.0%

Quotes are good for 48 hours only. All holiday bookings are at High Season rates. New Years, Easter,Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Confirmation of the reservatiion is final when the $300 deposit plus VRBO fees are remitted.

*In the event of cancellation:
*Full refund 45 days in advance
*50 % refund 30 days in advance
**No refunds except cleaning, tax and deposit with less than 15 day cancellation.
***We have no control over the Occupancy tax imposed by the County of Santa Cruz. As of July 1, 2013, the rate is 11% of the rental charge. This charge will be assessed to the tenant.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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