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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,320 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

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 seats that fold out into sleeping pads), 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. Sorry, no pets are allowed.

Keywords: Beach, Beach House, Cute, Twin Lakes, Live Oak, Live, Oak, Santa Cruz, harbor, Yacht Harbor, boardwalk, wharf to wharf, blues festival, wharf, ocean, waves, surfing, boogie boarding, sand, sunshine, bright, colorful, family, kids, relax, deck, BBQ, grill, hammock, Capitola, near beach, Seabright,

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Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

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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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1320 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • 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 7
  • 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
  • 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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Bright and Colorful - Short walk to the Best Beaches in Town!
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 94 reviews

Great spot in Santa Cruz!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay and the owners were very accommodating. Very easy in and out and the house was exactly what we were looking for. Backyard space was great for the kids to play and inside had all the amenities we needed.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really cute cottage in an amazing location just a few mins walk from one of the best beaches in town

  • 5 of 5

Well stocked, clean, perfect for a family of five. Location was fantastic - good restaurants and a pub within walking distance, as well as twin lakes beach. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute house perfect for a family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this sweet, beach house over spring break. The house is small, but comfortably fit our party of four adults and two kids. You can tell that the the owners have put a lot thought and care to ensure you enjoy your time in this house. The house was clean and had everything we needed from kitchen utensils, extra linens and towels... even beach toys. The grill outside is very nice. We grilled several nights of our stay and there was an extra full propane tank provided. The location is great. Very close to shopping, the lagoon and the beach. My favorite part of the house was the back yard. My kids are 6 and 3 and they really enjoyed the play structure and the grass. The backyard is safe and secure so I didn’t worry about them getting out. I would absolutely stay here again! If you’re headed to Santa Cruz with little ones, this house is for you.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable and conveniently located.

  • 5 of 5

We had a multi generational group (grandparents, daughter and son-in-law, and 3 grandkids). There was plenty of room for all of us. Even though the weather was rainy the home is close enough for indoor day trips such as Monterey Bay Aquarium, Winchester House and Alcatraz. The kiddos braved the cool weather and used the boogie boards and wetsuits. We all enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Centrally located

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay thoroughly. This perfect little property was one of our kid's favorite part of the visit the to the Bay area, and we saw tons. Luckily for California, but not so much for us, it rained consistently so our beach time was cut short. 😕? The living area was perfect to play games at and the kitchen has all basic needs. The outside would be perfect for sunny days and children.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice location and great outdoor space

  • 4 of 5

Our home was in a nice neighborhood and walking distance to a lot of places. The best paart was being close to the ocean. The back yard and upper front porch were great. Backyard was great for children. The living space was very comfortable fireplace lovely and kitchen well equipped. Very nice to have a washer and dryer.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
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 $500 for 2 nights and $600 for Spring and Fall. Cleaning fee is $140 for stays of 6 or more nights.
Peak Season (Standard) Rates include weeks before, during and after Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas and 3-day holiday weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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