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Victoria Smith

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Sunny WEST BEACH RETREAT - Ideal Location!! 1.5 blks to Beach & State Street!

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 31 nights

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Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment with 2 private patios. Walk to beach.

Spacious 2 bedroom and 2 bath apartment, including 2 private patio areas. The ideal location, no need for a car. We are only 1.5 blocks from lovely West Beach. Walk to State Street, Stearns Wharf, The Funk Zone, and the Amtrak Train Station in minutes. Hop the Electric Shuttle at the Wharf and explore the waterfront and downtown State Street for shopping and dining.

We are a scenic five minute walk to the Wharf or the Yacht Harbor where you can enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, and dining. This Harbor is a lovely spot to enjoy a meal or cocktails while taking in beautiful views of the harbor and the Santa Barbara 'Riviera' mountain scape. Visit us for our annual Harbor & Seafood Festival. Also within walking distance to Santa Barbara's Funk Zone, a sub-culture of artisan shops, hip eateries, nook wine tasting rooms and award-winning microbreweries.

Come enjoy year-round music festivals, wine and food festivals, art shows, and cultural celebrations. We are also a very active community with many sporting events throughout the year.

Santa Barbara is one of Old California's most charming and romantic cities which boasts Mediterranean climate, miles of beaches, palm tree lined streets and beautiful Spanish architecture. If this is your first trip to Santa Barbara, 'The American Riviera', it certainly will not be your last!

West Beach Retreat is a lower, single-level unit of a lovely triplex. No smoking allowed. Note for those with pet allergies: No pets allowed so we are free of those types of allergens.

Effective 2017 we will require a 31 night minimum stay.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Victoria Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Excerpts from a sweet note left by our guests:

Thank you Victoria. We had a wonderful time. Everything was just lovely!
Apr 2014
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based on 59 traveler reviews

Sunny WEST BEACH RETREAT - Ideal Location!! 1.5 blks to Beach & State Street!
average rating of 4.8135595 based on 63 reviews

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a 4 night stay at the West Beach Retreat. The location is within a short walk to the Beach, boardwalk, harbor, wharf, coffee shop, bike rental, etc. We rented bikes our first night and rode them up and down the beach, etc. every day and they were stored in the fenced patio in the back. We especially loved the small patio with grill right off the kitchen and all the space we had in this home. There was plenty of room in each bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen was very well stocked with spices, etc and all cooking supplies. We had frun walking to and from the beach and it was nice just opening up all the windows and hanging out inside. We never had a single problem finding a parking spot on the curb. The only thing that surprised us a little was all of the construction that was going on along state street from the Cabrillo street (beach) north for about quarter mile or so. The direct route to State street from the Retreat is cut off because of the construction, but the detour is not far at all. And no construction noise could be heard at all from the home. Overall we loved our stay at West Beach Retreat. The property was clean when we arrived, the description was accurate, and we would certainly recommend this property to others.

Granbury, Texas Family

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cindy! We really appreciate the nice review you have given us. You have included so many great details that are very helpful to future guests. We hope you and your family return!
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Very clean

  • 5 of 5

Great location, I would stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Camille. We hope you return to West Beach Retreat again.
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Perfect beach retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Victoria's home for our very first trip to Santa Barbara. The house was wonderful! It is perfectly located with a quick walk to the beach and yet still convenient to State Street and The Funk Zone. We walked everywhere from Victoria's house and rarely used our car. I would definitely recommend West Beach Retreat to other guests! Victoria's house was very clean and the rooms were spacious, and I can't say enough how perfect the location was. The back patio area was very cute as well! Thank you for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review West Beach Retreat. We appreciate your comments and look forward to your return!
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Well-maintained beautiful vacation home

  • 4 of 5

The location and neighborhood is perfect as promised. Easy walks to beach and pretty much anything you need from grocery to visits of downtown bustling stores and restaurants. The interior decoration is tasteful. While The furniture and facility are a little aged but they are functional, clean and well-maintained. The garden and patio are beautiful, filled with plants, flowers and frequent visits of birds. When we needed additional supplies, owner's wonderful mom who lives upstairs helped to get us what we needed. Highly recommended and will go back for future vacations at SB!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We hope that you do return again in the future
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Great space, beach, biking... bliss!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the west beach retreat. It was the perfect space for our family of four (mom, dad, 5.5 yr old and 2 yr old). The owners have done just a wonderful job of stocking up everything and we truly had more than we needed. There were beach towels, a pac n play, books (kids and adults), a fully stocked kitchen (everything you need if you want to cook) and even muffins, coffee and oranges waiting for us (even organic creamer!) as we arrived very late at night. We loved eating outdoors and relaxing on the back patio. It's very private with all the lush plant growth, even though it's somewhat close to other apartments. The space had a feeling of being well maintained and well loved. Victoria responds quickly over email and was very responsive and easy to communicate with. This property is very near the beach, Sambo's (for breakfast), the bike path, wharf, train tracks and State street (though it's a few blocks to walk up to the happening part of the street). I loved Rebar coffee nearby as well. Our favorite spots to eat were Rudy's Taqueria and The Neighborhood, which has huge wooden booths great for containing young kids, and both places are only 2 blocks away. We rode our bikes to the zoo (definitely worth going if you have kids). This was probably one of our top VRBO experiences of all time. A great location, super nice people to work with, I would go back in an instant. Thanks again west beach retreat!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that WBR worked out so well for your family. You review is awesome and we really appreciate the time your took and all of your input. Please return again, we would love to have you!
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highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing place for our family of two adults and two teenage boys. It is very close to beach so we were able to walk to beach in just 2 mins. It was also close to highway 101 which was handy for our daily excursions. It was quiet and cozy. There was a parking spot always available out front. It is a lovely street that was both quiet and felt safe. We ate on the patio outside and it was private and filled with gorgeous blooming trees, rose bushes and flowers. I sat on the private back porch and read one afternoon, a very nice get a away. Victoria was very responsive to our questions. There was coffee and cream for us ( we arrived late at night past grocery store hours so that was much appreciated the next morning) and a huge bowl of delicious oranges. Kitchen was very well appointed. Nice pots and pans, Tupperware, lots of plates and glassware. The bathrooms had a vintage feel but they were very clean and charming. I would recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Andrea. We appreciate your mention of the many great aspects of WBR. The private patios are always an added plus and we are happy you had the opportunity to stay for a week and really settle in. Please return again!
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Car: not necessary

90 miles North of Los Angeles.

We are located on Historic Natoma Avenue at Burton Circle, the site of the Original Potter Hotel, 1.5 blocks from West Beach. This is a very sought after neighborhood with beautiful views of the mountains. We are within walking distance (two blocks) from Stearns Wharf, The Funk Zone, the Harbor, the Amtrak Train Station, Tennis Courts, Baseball Field, and the State Street and waterfront shuttles. Many restaurants and shopping surround you.


Rates & Availability

Santa Barbara Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2017 Jan- May
Jan 1 2017 - May 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
31 night minimum stay
Standard Rate 2017 Oct-Dec
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

Homeaway Service Fee from 4% -9% of rental fee
Holiday Period $375/night: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years (Quotable rates may not calculate some holiday periods)
Payment: $400 to secure a reservation, 50% at 60 days before arrival, balance 14 days before reservation date.
If booked by "Book Now": 25% due to secure a reservation, remaining balance is due 45 days before reservation date
Credit cards or echeck
No 12% bed tax imposed on stays over 30 days

** Effective 2017 we will require a 31 day minimum stay with no bed tax - contact us for rates

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Santa Barbara Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bathrooms with tub/shower in each.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Spacious master BR with private garden patio. King-size bed.
    Second bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Large and bright bedroom with very large closet. 2 twin beds
  • Both bedrooms are extremely spacious with loads of closet space. All beds are very comfortable with premium linens and fluffy, hypo-allergenic comforters. The master has direct access to a very nice and private patio for reading and relaxing. The guest room has a very large window which allows for lots of light and fresh air. Window coverings on all openings. Pack 'n Play in closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
West Beach Retreat has a small yard, completely fenced, which includes 2 garden patios that are exclusive to the rental. One patio for al fresco dining; includes a gas BBQ Grill. The other is a private master bedroom patio where you can relax, read or enjoy your morning coffee.

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