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Santa Barbara Villa/Estate W/ Ocean Views - One of a Kind Romantic Classic

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Upper Riviera Estate Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

A historic Santa Barbara Villa Estate. Built in 1916, this property enchants with it's location at the top of the Riviera, it's privacy down a long private gravel drive, spacious rooms, & breathtaking views of the entire Santa Barbara coast.

One enters through a vaulted breezeway to the entry courtyard where the old gardens and shade trees soften the view and provide separate and distinct areas for all forms of rest, relaxation, contemplation and entertaining. Formal dining room, foyer, and living room, all have french doors that open onto different private gardens and terraces. High ceilings throughout and casual, but, elegant decor including hardwood floors and seagrass flooring, give the house a comfortable feel that combines the best of Spanish Colonial architecture with modern day California living. All the upstairs bedrooms have ocean views, arched windows, and wrought iron balconies.

The outdoor dining area has both fireplace and gas grill. Complete kitchen with Garland commercial range, dishwasher, pots & pans, etc....

Two master bedrooms upstairs with king beds. 3rd bedroom upstairs with queen bed. Detached guest studio with queen bed and full bath.

While providing a tranquil setting for a romantic get-away or family retreat, the location is also just minutes away from the Mission, downtown Santa Barbara, and white sand beaches. Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez is 30 minutes away. This is the quintessential Santa Barbara home, where one can easily imagine being in the south of France or on the Amalfi Coast, without the airfare!

The unique benefits of this House: Anyone who has every stayed at or rented this house, comments on how tranquil it is and feeling far away from the busy world. Often guests come with long lists of things to do and see while here, but, confess on departure that they were so content on the terrace, they found it hard to leave the house. We hope you will enjoy and explore our beautiful town, but, if you are just as happy to have wine and cheese and watch the sunset from the comfort of your own villa then this is a good fit for you.

Please note we have a no-smoking policy and also that there is a resident cat at the property, and while this can be a perk for some, if you or anyone in your group has severe pet allergies, it would probably not be a god fit.

key words: Santa Barbara vacation rental, Santa Barbara historic villa, ocean view villa, villa rental, garden estate rental

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2016
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About Laurel

After living in Italy for several years, we were almost ready to make the permanent move, but, couldn't quite give up life in Santa Barbara. Now, we are happy to share our home to others visiting the area. Since we do live on the property, we enjoy meeting those from near and far, and only ask that you treat our home as you would your own while you are here.

Laurel purchased this estate in 1990

Why Laurel chose Santa Barbara

When we first saw this house over twenty years ago, it was love at first sight. It was the third house built on the Riviera and when you experience the view for the first time, you can understand why the sight was chosen. It has a very romantic timeless appeal and has a "slow down, enjoy the day" feel to it that cannot be resisted!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had such a lovely time at your house. We were thrilled with the beautiful view, the quiet surrounding, and the gorgeous gardens. Everything at the house was perfect - comfy beds, lovely furnishings, a well-equipped kitchen, cozy & spacious layout with plenty of rooms to mingle or to be alone. Thank you for all your efforts to make our stay comfortable. Your recommendation that we have Margarita help out in the kitchen was a great call. Our whole family fell in love with her and she made it possible for me to really enjoy our family gathering. I predict we will be back to enjoy everything again."
Mar 2011
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Santa Barbara Villa/Estate W/ Ocean Views - One of a Kind Romantic Classic
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews

Fabulous!! Santa Barbara retreat

  • 5 of 5

Laurel was great, she has done an amazing job with this beautiful quintessential Santa Barbara home. It couldn't have been better, it was clean open airy with lots of beautiful gardens and patios for all of us to enjoy. We were two families of 4. 4 Adults and 4 older kids, 13, 17's, 21. Thank you Laurel we really enjoyed our stay and we will be back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, casual home with bohemian vibe ...

  • 5 of 5

I read all of the reviews, and feel I can't say much new ... our story is much the same as the others ... a group of six girlfriends chose this house for a special 25 year reunion. The pictures do not do this house justice. Everywhere you look, there's something to feast the eyes on ... from the view that goes on for miles, mountains, Santa Barbara and ocean ... to the lovely paintings, antiques and Spanish Colonial feel of the house ... to the gardens that beg to be explored and sprawl out through the property. I had to pinch myself!

While he house is older, which makes for quirky locks, and uneven floors, this only adds to the charm. The furnishings are incredibly cozy, and there are so many places to lose yourself, both inside and out, with a book, glass of wine, or to visit. We used every room ... coffee and wine on the terraces, breakfast al fresco and in the dining room, after dinner drinks in front of the fire. There are many classic books in the library, the kitchen is well appointed, and there are TV set ups, although with so much beauty, who had time?

The only "con" is the location, as it is twisty turny up the hill, but it really turns into a "pro" as the view begs you to never leave. I'm counting the days until I can return ...

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Retreat - so relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Six of us ladies booked a few days in this magical villa. The whole property gives you the feeling that you are somewhere far away from all the chaos that is life. We relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed all the gardens and the patios. Every little space in this house holds another surprise. Laurel made us all feel so welcome,and the houses stunning! We will absolutely be making this a repeat destination.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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orange County

Spanish Villa

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful property.

However, the 2nd bathroom upstairs had minimal lighting ( one sconce by door) and only a bathtub w/a handheld shower head which was not modern,comfortable, or practical.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than expected!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four recently rented this home for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. We have rented many homes (probably 15, including 3 in SB) over the years & this was a standout. What makes it special? Here are our thoughts:

1) The small things: it is always in the details. We loved the wonderful books in the home, the nice toiletries in the bathrooms & the fabulous boogie boards that Laurel left for our children.

2). The view: it is as good as described in the other reviews. We had 5:00 sunset each night with a glass of wine on the patio. (There are multiple patios & we spent a lot of time outside.)

3). The home: The home is a classic...great architecture and beautifully, yet comfortably, furnished. The home that we rented (at a higher price) last year was not clean & this home was perfectly kept which we appreciated.

We highly recommend this home. Our only thoughts are to expect a drive up (the beautiful view does require some work!) of about 7 minutes & expect to use your GPS. Also, bring eye-shades if you are not a morning person as there are no curtains in the upstairs bedrooms. (On the flip side, it is magical to wake up to the red/orange sunrise.)

We would rent this home again...truly special.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Great property

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends stayed here for two short nights and it was a fantastic place. Classic old house perched on the hill, amazing view, great grounds. Laurel was great and easy to work with to set everything up. Far enough from town to be quiet and relaxing but close enough to run for more wine if needed. There's a great patio and fireplace and the views are ridiculously good.

Definitely didn't want to leave.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
El Encanto Hotel, Restaurant, & Bar
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
East Beach

Riviera overlooking Franceschi Park & 5 min to downtown

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa


Rates & Availability

Upper Riviera Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Rates
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 29 2017 - Feb 28 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 12.0%

$900=$950 night
Check-in 2:00 pm, Check-out 12:00
Guest pets not allowed, due to cat that already lives at the property
Not suitable for guests with pet allergies

$250 Cleaning fee. $1500 Deposit 12% Local tax
Dates available: Year Round

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Upper Riviera Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - Ground Floor - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , or two singles
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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