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John D. Maher (JD)

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Minutes to the beach without beach-front prices!

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Santa Cruz County House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom 2 bath home. Sleeps 6-10. Gloria Ann's Ranchero House is located in beautiful, Soquel, CA right next to Capitola and Santa Cruz. The entire home has just been 100% remodeled with literally everything you see BRAND NEW! Zero maintenance landscape-front and back, large TREX deck with BBQ and umbrellas/patio furniture, modern kitchen with quartz counter-tops, book, CD and DVD library, games, ping-pong table with finished garage and modern, hotel-like bathrooms (Jacuzzi therapeutic tub and walk in shower) and washer/dryer.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
John D. Maher (JD) (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About John D. Maher (JD)

I'm Gloria Ann, raised just one mile North of Ranchero House, in the 1950s when the rolling hills of Soquel were all dairies, orchards and farmland. My mother and Italian immigrant father raised chickens and goats while living the American dream of raising children, owning property and living off the land. Now a retired public school educator/administrator, some of my most peaceful moments are spent reading a great novel on the large deck in the backyard. It is my pleasure to share our vacation home with you and your family as you relax, enjoy the beach and coastal amenities, while making memories for a lifetime. May you always feel welcome here!

Why John D. Maher (JD) chose Santa Cruz County

Keep searching and you'll notice the high price of vacation home rentals in the Santa Cruz or Capitola beachfront area. Quite frankly, the nights get loud and the streets very busy during the peak beach season. Who needs that? You're on vacation, right? While at Gloria Ann's Ranchero House, you can enjoy quiet Soquel nights, a walk along the Anna Jean Cummings Park walking trail or just some great BBQ moments on the back deck.

What makes this house unique

Rachero House is equipped with everything you need. My family and I have gone to great lengths to provide you, your family and friends with a fully equipped kitchen, towels, linens, fine soaps, shampoo and conditioner, hair dryers with comfortable beds and pillows. Every guest can find their niche at Ranchero House whether they're in the back yard barbecuing, relaxing on the large deck, playing ping-pong in the finished garage, watching DISH Satellite TV on one of the four flat-screen LCD or Plasma TVs located in each bedroom and great-room, playing cards or games on the game table, reading one of the many novels in the library, or preparing a meal in the modern kitchen. Close enough to fine dining like the 4 star Shadowbrook Restaurant or the best pizza you will ever taste; Pizza My Heart in Capitola! Ranchero House can become your yearly destination for seeing the local sights, providing the comfort and relaxation you need while making memories for a lifetime! Let us help you make it happen!


based on 22 traveler reviews

Minutes to the beach without beach-front prices!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Immaculate home in great location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 nights in this immaculately updated home. It is obvious that a great deal of care and attention has been paid to making sure renters have everything they need: detailed instructions for all the amenities, plenty of extra towels and bedding, household supplies, and even beach toys for the kids. We loved the table tennis set up in the converted garage as well as the beautiful deck with ample outdoor seating. A huge plus for us was the location, abutting a park with a fantastic children's playground. Our 3 1/2 year old grandson had a blast....and so did his parents! The house is in a quiet residential neighborhood, barely five minutes drive from Capitola town and beach. We had not been to the area before and were impressed by the town's cute shops, galleries, and charming ambience. Definitely a five-star experience all round!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house was beautiful and welcoming from the minute we walked in.our kids loved the short walk to the park and the ping pong table. The owner was great and answered all questions quickly! Thanks for a wonderful time!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was wonderful! I m so grateful we were able to stay here for my girls weekend getaway! The house was not only beautiful but was in beautiful condition and completely stocked! I appreciate that the home had all the basic needs and that i did not have to go out and get them or remember to bring them! Thank you for such a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rental for family and friends

  • 5 of 5

This has been the best experience for me renting a VRBO home. The home is well cared for, tastefully decorated and all the amenities you would need to rest, relax and enjoy entertaining. I was fortunate enough to rent this for 3 months in the summer and felt right at home. The Manager and Owner were quick to respond to any issue which were small in nature. We had a family reunion with children, grandchildren and one great grandchild and had plenty of room. Beautiful park behind the home and the back yard was great for entertaining and BBQ. Very close to the beach and beautiful downtown Capitola and many fine restaurants. Would highly recommend this property to anyone,

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Home

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were looking for the ideal location to have a modest 40th anniversary party for my parents, along with many of us traveling from out of state and needing a place to stay. This is the perfect 5-minutes-from-the-beach house for this type of event. Clean, well organized and very friendly owners made this perfect for everyone from my 10 month old son to my 90 year old grandparents.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I love staying here, all the comforts of home and close to everything. A really nice quiet neighborhood and house is close to a great park as well. The house is located close to beaches, Santa Cruz Boardwalk and great places to eat. I have two daughters that love playing in the backyard, plenty of room in the house, clean and well taken care of home. Our family looks forward to staying here every year

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You'll find very high prices to stay at beach-front properties in Santa Cruz and Capitola. You can avoid the crowded streets and nightly noise by staying at Gloria Ann's Ranchero House in beautiful Soquel, located just minutes from the beach. Wineries, local shops, clean beaches, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and fine restaurants are all close by too. This completely remodeled home features flat screen TVs in every room, DISH Satellite service, brand new beds, hotel-like bathrooms, back yard deck with brand new BBQ, modern kitchen, games, books, CD and DVD library with a ping pong table in the garage. Ranchero House is located just steps from Anna Jean Cummings Park with walking/running paths, picnic grounds, large open fields baseball/soccer fields and playground equipment for children. Gloria Ann's Ranchero House: 'Close enough to the beach without beachfront prices!'


Rates & Availability

Capitola House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
May 31 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Holiday Rates. All Holidays require a three night minimum stay at $520.00 per night. Thanksgiving and Christmas week are rented at $3,500.00. A week constitutes 6 nights/7 days.

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Santa Cruz County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing

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