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Victoria Smith

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

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

55 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 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.

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  • 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 55 traveler reviews

Sunny WEST BEACH RETREAT - Ideal Location!! 1.5 blks to Beach & State Street!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 59 reviews
San Francisco

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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Green Bay Wisconsin

Excellent West Beach location.

  • 5 of 5

Neat property with a great location. Near the wharf, harbor, State Street and the Funk zone. Street parking was not an issue. Stayed a week and had a great biking and hiking vacation in Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope you return again. Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to leave us a nice review!
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Great location, and comfortable well equipped retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week at the West Beach Retreat. The condo was so cute, and comfortable that we will definitely be going back next year. There is a wonderful private patio with a nice table and chairs right off the kitchen that we particularly enjoyed. Victoria had a great assortment of coffee, tea, cream and sugar and some delicious oranges waiting for us when we arrived. The condo was well equipped with everything you might need if you're hoping to prepare your meals at home. I can't think of anything I would change in the condo!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a nice review. We hope you return again in the future.
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Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Perfect location!

  • 4 of 5

We just returned from a week's stay at the West Beach Retreat in Santa Barbara. The location on a quiet, pleasant street just a few minutes' walk from the beach, the marina, the wharf and the trolley service is ideal. Because of this you do not need a car but we had one and and finding on-street parking right in front of the unit was never a problem. The house is roomy, clean and comfortable with two outdoor patio areas and the kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped.

We are a couple but West Beach Retreat would comfortably accommodate two couples or a small family. The owners are responsive and helpful and we appreciated the special touches they left to welcome us. We would certainly hope to rent this property again when we next visit gorgeous Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review. We do hope to see you again.
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Great Beach Apartment

  • 4 of 5

The location of this apartment can't be beat, Just 2 blocks from the beach and about that far to State Street. The kitchen is fully equipped and the apartment was very comfortable, spacious, and clean. The 2 courtyards are lovely and add space and beauty to the property. The owners are extremely friendly and great to work with. The bathrooms and appliances are a little outdated, but that was a very small thing compared to the rest of the experience. I will definitely stay here again when I visit Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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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.


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Santa Barbara Apartment Rental Rates

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High Season 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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
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No 12% bed tax imposed on stays over 30 days
Homeaway service fee 4% -9%
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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.
  • 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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