Beach House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10 max including children)
About Susan Loop
I graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) back in the days when the students adopted the banana slug as the school mascot, there were no grades and Natural Bridges State Beach Park had two natural bridges over the ocean. After four years, I was ready to leave Santa Cruz for life in the big city- San Francisco! I re-discovered Santa Cruz after being gone for almost two decades and planning my 20th college reunion. The timing coincided with the birth of our child. I experienced what the area had to offer and was impressed by the changes and reassured by the familiarity. Santa Cruz is an easy getaway from our San Francisco family home. We find the drive very therapeutic with the transition from our fast paced lives to our Santa Cruz sanctuary. The 75 minute drive to Santa Cruz from San Francisco is beautiful through the evergreens on Highway 17 or by the ocean on Highway 1.
Susan Loop purchased this House in 2011
Why Susan Loop chose Westside
Our search lasted almost 2 years for our perfect beach house on the Westside of Santa Cruz! We wanted a remodeled home with 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms in a nice, quiet beach neighborhood. A home with a great layout for entertaining and suitable for house guests was essential. As parents and children of elderly parents, being within walking distance of the beach with seasonal lifeguards was important to us. Plus, Natural Bridges State Beach has restrooms and showers. Natural Bridges State Beach Park offers great tide pools, stroller and bike friendly paths, park ranger programs for the kids, charcoal bbq grills and is the home to the monarch butterfly nature preserve. We love bike riding and strolling on West Cliff Drive starting from Natural Bridges towards the Lighthouse Field State Beach, gawking at the surfers at Cowell’s Beach, eating on the Wharf and goofing around at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In the evenings, we enjoy walking to the Swift Street wineries, restaurants and New Leaf Market (a.k.a. mini Whole Foods) for dinner. The Saturday Westside farmer's market is our source for our morning coffee, breakfast tacos and local produce. We walk a 1/2 a block from our house to catch the public bus to UC Santa Cruz to participate in university sponsored events from using the sports facilities,, foraging at the Farm and looking for banana slugs in the redwood forest. Of course, we do the typical Santa Cruz family activities at the beach and downtown. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has great summer retro Monday and Tuesday nights with all rides $1.50. Volleyball tournaments, bands on the beach, bowling, kayaking, SUP and surfing- there is always something happening on the main beach! Downtown Santa Cruz is a must see destination with al fresco dining, street performers and the iconic Bookshop Santa Cruz. Capitola Village is a short drive with nice ocean front restaurants and night life.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Property is just as described, great location, clean, everything you need at your fingertips. I really appreciated the extra attention to details like beach toys (slam ball, frisbees, etc.).
Santa Cruz Getaway
Nice family accommodations in a great location.
Stay at beachhouse
We rented the house for a family vacation. The house was very comfortable and accommodated our family perfectly.
Perfect stay, great location, highly recommended.
A great location by the beach is West Santa Cruz. Walking distance to the beach. Large home with the capacity to accommodate up to 8 guests. We will be booking there again soon. Thank you.
Susan could not be a better host! So thorough and helpful. The home was clean and we liked the location. There are beach accessories to use and many great suggestions for things to do. We loved our stay!!
Best SC house so far
This was our fifth summer renting a home in Santa Cruz, and this house was our best experience so far. The owners are incredibly helpful and friendly. They checked in with us on our day of arrival to make sure we were able to access the home and to see if we needed anything or had any questions.
They had a welcome basket waiting for us with all kinds of wonderful goodies for adults and kids. Wine, beach bag, beach ball, bubbles, etc.
This is a thoughtfully stocked home. There is soap, plastic bags, foil, paper towels, spices, a Keurig coffee machine and coffee - plus many other kitchen necessities. The laundry and bathrooms have necessary items as well. This is such a refreshing change form the houses that only provide salt and pepper, and the bare minimum.
In the garage the owners have thoughtfully provided beach chairs, umbrellas, sand toys, a wagon and much more.
The outside shower is wonderful, and there are many nice places to sit and relax, both in the front and backyard.
The house is large and roomy with 2 separate living room areas, great for a mixture of kids and adults. 4 bedrooms and 3 baths accommodate larger groups nicely. The master bedroom is huge.
Natural Bridges beach is less than a 5 minute walk. Parking is easy. Definitely a terrific experience!
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