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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.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

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 County

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
  • 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 4.9615383 based on 82 reviews

Our favourite at the west coast

  • 5 of 5

We can be very short about our review. We stayed in this cozy home for the 4th time in 5 years. And we expect to return soon.

The neighbourhood breathes beach life and outdoor activities (and not only because of beach guards in the backyard ;-)

It's clean, nice, fully equiped and comfortable.

Looking forward to our lustrum.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As advertised, does not disappoint!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect house for three couples. There is a feeling of space and privacy for each bedroom and the upper deck and backyard add additional spaces in which to spread out. The property is well maintained and cheery. The beach is in walking distance up the street. Great Mexican food on the corner. No complaints!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love the Yellow beach house!

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for groups of adults with or without kids. Great backyard to entertain kids and of course a super quick walk to the beach. The backyard is also great for sitting outside and enjoying a nice dinner and drinks. We had 6 adults and it was perfect - did not feel cramped at all! Great rental in my opinion and will definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicely located.

  • 5 of 5

Great place to get away. Nice access to beach. Very comfortable. No need to use car once you park :) several shops and restaurants within walking distance.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicely maintained property and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend for a family

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable kid-friendly house a short walk from the beach

  • 5 of 5

Loved this cozy house!


-Our kids loved the bunk beds and playground out back

-We appreciated the BBQ grill and how everything we needed for food prep was available

-free wifi & cable tv

-wagon, beach toys, umbrellas, chairs all readily available for a perfect day a the beach

-short easy walk to beautiful family friendly beach

-beach towels available

-cozy fireplace

-parking for 2 cars

-hose & outdoor shower area great for rinsing off sand

-washer & dryer

-owners very quick response time


-bed upstairs is a full; a queen would have been great

-room darkening curtains in upstairs room would have been great

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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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
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer (Peak)
May 26 2017 - Sep 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2017*
Sep 11 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak*
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018*
Mar 1 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $500

*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, 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.