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Bright and Colorful - Short walk to the Best Beaches in Town!

58 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

You will be “Walkin’ on Sunshine” anywhere you go in this delightful Santa Cruz home. The bright and colorful, newly redecorated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home sleeps 7 (plus another child on the small sofa). The house is centrally located on 14th Ave. in Santa Cruz, just a short walk down the street to the 14th Avenue Beach entrance to Twin Lakes State Beach.

These are the nicest, warmest beaches in Monterey Bay, with perfect sand, great boogie boarding, and fire pits for nighttime gatherings. Near the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and the famous Crow’s Nest and Aldo’s restaurants, you can rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards or relax and watch the sailboat races on Wednesday afternoons.

The smoke-free, family friendly, house is fully furnished in seaside décor with all the amenities to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Kick your feet up and enjoy your morning coffee and catch some rays up on the sunny second story deck. Unwind in the evening sitting on the large sofa in front of the big-screen TV and the cozy gas fireplace. Plug in your iPod to enjoy your favorite tunes or connect to the web with high-speed Wi-Fi.

Sleep in comfort in the serene downstairs bedroom, decorated in peaceful décor, with a luxurious queen bed and flat screen TV. The upstairs bedroom has a full size bed, a private bathroom and access to the wraparound deck. The kids will love the third bedroom that includes bunk beds (with a trundle and small sofa that folds out into a mattress pad), another big flat screen TV, and a Wii video game system.

The kitchen is fully equipped with granite countertops, gas stove, French door refrigerator and dishwasher. Plates, glasses, cooking and eating utensils are provided. There is a separate laundry room with front loading washer and dryer.

Guests will also enjoy the large, private backyard with room for the kids to run or play on the play structure with swings. You will love relaxing on the hammock under the palm trees and the large patio with the gas grill. No need to pack sand buckets, shovels, boogie boards or beach umbrella as we provide all of that for you, including a few small wetsuits. There is even a wagon to help you bring all of your stuff to the beach.

Just a 5 minute drive to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 10 minutes to the adorable beach town of Capitola. There are also plenty of local surf spots.

This is a great home for families in a residential neighborhood. It is not a party house.

Our location is just 45 minutes from Carmel and Monterey, 45 minutes from San Jose International Airport and just over an hour from San Francisco Airport.

This house is completely non-smoking.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donna (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Donna

We are a family of four who live just over the hill in San Jose. We love our local community and love spending time together as a family. Owning a home here has always been our dream and we feel so lucky that it is now a reality.

Donna purchased this house in 2011

Why Donna chose Santa Cruz

We love Santa Cruz and since it is so close, we have been vacationing here for years. The weather here is just amazing. This place has something for all of us. Mom loves to relax on the beach reading a book. Dad and the boys spend hours upon hours in the water boogie boarding or body surfing. We enjoy fishing and kayaking out of the harbor.

And we love checking out all of the great restaurants in the area. The boys are on a quest to find the perfect bacon for breakfast and the best calamari in the land!

We also love that we always seem to have friends in the area who can stop by.

Having the year-round attraction of the Boardwalk or the Monterey Bay Aquarium nearby provides more fun.

What makes this house unique

As soon as we step inside this home, all of our stress is released. We have strived to make it feel comfortable, peaceful and a little whimsical. It only takes about 7 minutes to walk down to the sand.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for the great accomodations! With travel so far your place felt like a home away from home!! We will be sure to recommend your place to friends!

We will forever rememember the views and the incredible beaches. We also enjoyed the state parks.
Jul 2012
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Bright and Colorful - Short walk to the Best Beaches in Town!
average rating of 4.948276 based on 62 reviews

Perfect rental house for a family

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at a rental home and it did not disappoint. This house was lovely! The owner put thought into making guests feel at home. Everything was as described and pictured. The property was clean and well maintained. We loved the playground and hammock in the back yard. The owner was friendly and easy to work with. The financial business was handled smoothly and professionally. I would definitely recommend this rental. It has a great central location in Santa Cruz. I loved that we could walk to the beach and that the owner even provided beach toys and gear. Thank you for sharing your home! We will stay here again the next time we are in Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

Good location. a short walk to the beach and all the supplies you need for the beach

are located at the house.The kitchen was stocked with more utensils, cookware, spices, and

condiments than I have at my house.

I would stay there again.

Jesse K.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bright Clean Comfortable Beach Home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this beach house! It is very clean, nicely decorated and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The kitchen is well stocked. (In fact they had better pots and pans then we have at home!) There's space to eat at the bar, in the dining area and out in the backyard. The beds are very comfortable and come with great linens. Our teens enjoyed hanging out and taking naps out on the hammock in the backyard. This home is an easy walk to the beach. We cooked most of our own meals but enjoyed having lunch at the local taqueria down the street. We are not big TV people, but if you need your TV this place is set up for you. There is a huge TV in the family room and TVs in the bedrooms. The owner also provides beach towels, 2 beach chairs and 2 boogie boards. All you have to bring are your clothes, toiletries and food. We look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, airy, comfy!

  • 4 of 5

The house was beautiful, and cozy and so close to the beach. We enjoyed our stay and look forward to visiting again.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a cute cozy home

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with this home so close to twin lakes.

Everything that we needed was there.

The neighbors made us feel welcome as well, got to go to an awesome yard sale across the street and my kids enjoyed the swing set and hammock.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for our girls weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We were in Santa Cruz for a girls weekend (for six) and the house worked great. Everyone had a bed and the sofas were comfy for sitting around and catching up. The location was great and we were able to walk down to Cliff for breakfast and dinner. It's a quiet neighborhood and was not far from the spa and shopping. If we are planning another weekend in Santa Cruz, we would definitely consider staying here again. Donna was extremely friendly and helpful and checking in/out was easy. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Taqueria Michoacan, Star Bene, Windmill Cafe,
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Blacks Beach/Twin Lakes Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer (Peak)
May 27 2016 - Sep 6 2016
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2016*
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak*
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2016*
Mar 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 11.0%

*3 night minimum stay required at these rates. 2-Night stays will be considered during Off-Peak at a rate of $450 for 2 nights and $500 for Spring and Fall. Cleaning fee is $140 for stays of 6 or more nights.
Peak Season (Standard) Rates include weeks before and after Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas and 3-day holiday weekends.

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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1320 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Downstairs bathroom off of main hallway has a shower/tub. Upstairs has a stall shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Pullout Trundle under Bunk Bed
  • There is a small, kid-sized sofa that unfolds to a foam mattress in Bedroom 2
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
iPod/iPhone Dock, Surround Sound System, Flat Panel TVs, Netflix / Pandora available on home theater system, extra floor cushions. Nintendo Wii, Pull-Out Trundle, Kid's Convertable Sofa. Hammock, Cold-water outdoor shower to rinse off the sand. Beach umbrellas, beach chairs, sand toys and a wagon. Simpkins Family Swim Center is less than a mile away - $6 per day.

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