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AMAZING VIEWS, THIS OLD HOUS 3/3 as seen TV,5*, Books & Magazines

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Lower Riviera House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + another live-inPorch, 3 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)

Award winning 3/3, gorgeous city/ocean views, close to amenities. Check out the 5 star reviews!

Unobstructed views overlooking the city, ocean and channel islands were maximized during a second story addition and complete remodel of this family home in keeping with its original 1904 character. Hand-crafted elements, fixtures, finishes and top-line details were used throughout as televised on tv's THIS OLD HOUSE program in 7 episodes.

The beautiful decoration of the home and gardens, including the art and antiques, combine to present a very well appointed, comfortable home in the fine arts and crafts tradition. The outstanding views are enjoyed from the master, master deck, guest room, living room, entrance, office, deck and huge covered porch/outside living room.


The location is perfectly situated, a short distance to the mission, historic parks, kids world, downtown and the $.50 state street shuttle to the world renowned marina, picturesque beaches, shopping, zoo, and Montecito, home to the stars. This luxurious home is lovingly filled with quality, taste and all the amenities for your visit to Santa Barbara, 'The America's Riviera'.

The remodeled home

This spacious 3 bedroom/3 bath home, with, family room, dining room, office and chef’s kitchen, also has an outside living room on its 15’ x 20’ covered porch as well as 3 patios, & terraced flower and veggie gardens. The luxurious home is located in the perfect a spot to ensure your visit is comfortable and unforgettable. Quality details are throughout, inspired by a love of the arts and crafts tradition including art & antiques to enhance your vacation experience.

Chef’s kitchen w/ prep & eating bar

All the equipment and appliances one could need are located in this cheery, cherry kitchen. Hardwood floors welcome you into the space where the family can just hang out or prepare meals for dining in the adjacent dining room or al fresco on the many patios or on the front porch & enjoy the views. Coffee, relaxation or wine times are perfect for the outside living room with views and comfort to gather and enjoy your stay.

Master bedroom & upper deck

The romantic 1000 sq. Foot second-story master suite (king bedroom, en-suite, & library) has vaulted ceilings, venetian plaster (throughout the home), and is completely private and separate from the downstairs living areas. The sunny, well-appointed bedroom has a stunning view with an attached 14’ x14’ private deck, the perfect place to enjoy a nice morning coffee, sunbathe or enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sail boats, sunset, or just to relax and enjoy the stunning views and serenity in privacy, away from the other vacationers. The en-suite master bath has a jacuzzi and soaking tub as well as separate shower, with all in the finishes of the a & c period.

Guest bedrooms

Both guest bedrooms provide queen-sized beds and luxurious linens with plenty of space to stretch out and make you feel at home. These comfortable rooms/suites are located away from one another, located on separated sides of the house and downstairs from the master which affords more privacy to each guest .

Awards & TV program remodel

The PBS TV program, THIS OLD HOUSE, showcased the transformation of this 1904 charming bungalow into a stunning arts and crafts beauty, now available A seven-episode DVD highlights the challenge, and the transformation, of remodeling this home into the award winning showpiece it has become. Santa Barbara Beautiful annual award, other TV programs, books, & magazines have recognized the beauty and character of this home.

This fine craftsman home is lovingly filled with quality, taste, amenities and convenience for your next visit to beautiful Santa Barbara. DISCOVER WHY SANTA BARBARA IS AMERICA'S RIVIERA AND WORLD RENOWNED.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Pig Latin
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2016
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About Jan

I'm a retired woman who remodeled a classic bungalow with the cameras rolling for 7 episodes of THIS OLD HOUSE, Emmy winning home show seen by over 10 million viewers.

Jan purchased this house in 1973

Why Jan chose Santa Barbara

The views are amazing; home bright and cheery, large yard & gardens are inviting and the home's location is superb- only blocks to downtown, mission, rose garden, historic parks and theaters. Beach is 17 blocks away.

What makes this house unique

The historic remodel blends classic Arts & Craftsman details with lovely art and antiques to create a beautiful yet extra comfortable home to enjoy with family and friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner


The backyard is beautiful! We have never stayed in a100 year old home before!

Charming spot great views from the front and covered front porch is a relaxing treat.

Strawberries are lovely -

Thanks for sharing!" K & N, Kansas City
Apr 2013
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AMAZING VIEWS, THIS OLD HOUS 3/3 as seen TV,5*, Books & Magazines
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property from the minute we arrived. The backyard is lovely, the views from the front porch are wonderful, the house is spacious and offers everything you need. In addition, the property owner is just delightful and we would definitely rent again. Jan

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Beauty, comfort and views

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of four older adults, eager to explore Santa Barbara and area. 1616 Grand was the perfect place to stay. It is a gorgeous house, attractively and comfortably furnished and fitted with all the equipment you could need and with a beautiful garden to boot. Jan's directions allowed us to find the place easily. It was a comfortable and interesting walk to the Mission or to State Street. We enjoyed side trips to the wineries of SB County and to Ojai. Our Day One walk along the Sunday display of art and crafts along the beach was a great intro to the city. We enjoyed many fine restaurants, but ate most of our evening meals at home, enjoying the well equipped kitchen and the fine local wines we'd bought. Jan was easy to get in touch with and always helpful. A highly recommended rental home.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Again Jean, I'm so happy you enjoyed your vacation and my home. Santa Barbara has so much to offer and it sounds as if you took full advantage! Congratulations! I so appreciate your visit and come again. Best Wishes to you all, jan
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Huntsville, Alabama

Lovely Santa Barbara Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property twice in 2 months!!! It is every bit as comfortable and clean as described. This is an ideal set up for 3 couples as each bedroom has it's own bathroom and the home is spacious enough for 6 adults to gather comfortably...though you'll be hard-pressed to leave the front porch and the spectacular views! The owner was so very accommodating to our schedule and needs. The location is ideal for a Santa Barbara getaway. I highly recommend this property and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan, so much for the wonderful review! For 40 years now i too have been enjoying the house & views while taking care of THIS OLD HOUSE. It gives me great pleasure to know that I've created a warm, inviting place for families to enjoy one another and am gratified that yours too, appreciate our work at THE GRAND. I will look forward to seeing you when you visit Santa Barbara next time! Best regards, jan
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful. The view was amazing. Jan, the owner, was very attentive and cared if we had a good time!

We stay at many VRBO properties and this was one of the best!

We highly recommend this property

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house over 4th of July and had the best time-- there were 3 couples. The house was spectacular-- better than the photos. The view is amazing-- we spent hours on the front porch just hanging out, talking, sleeping and taking it all in. The house is just 5 mins up the hill from the beach and 2 mins from town. We had lunch just up the hill from the house at El Encanto-- which was really special. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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horseshoe bay,texas


  • 5 of 5

This is an outstanding property with awesome views of santa Barbara. Bedrooms were inviting and bathrooms roomy. front porch was great for socializing and viewing skyline. Owner was gracious and helpful. we are considering going back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim so very much for the review. I'm so glad you and your guests enjoyed THE GRAND and Santa Barbara. Staying for a whole month must have been relaxing and now you're a 'local', right? You ate at all our best restaurants and I'm jealous! It was great sharing the evening with you and your friends at our Yacht Club too. Come back again! You are most welcome. jan
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.25 Miles
State Street
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.25 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
State Street
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
East Beach
Car: not necessary

The Santa Barbara Mission, Queen of the Missions, Rose Garden and Rocky Nook Park and Natural History Museum are all just a 1 mile away from this locaction. Shopping and the $.50 downtown shuttle that serves the shopping, restaurants, marina, beaches and Montecito is just 1.25 mile along a beautiful walk past our historic parks and 'Kid's World' playground.


Rates & Availability

Lower Riviera House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $300
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 12.0%

Water meter will be read at beginning and end of the period and excess water policy will be in affect. see owner for details regarding stage 3 drought conditions in Santa Barbara.
4 Night minimum all year- request quote for longer stays please.
Holiday rates:please contact for quote and dates. 805 455 2975 Cleaning fee of $300.
CityTax, 12%, not included.
SecurityDeposit Insurance fee $79.

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Lower Riviera House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Outside Shower for sandy visits to the beach or workout. I love it!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , West Bedroom (red)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , East bedroom - green
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Trundle Bed (2 singles)Sitting Room = no pics as yet
  • King size beds -1 inMaster Bedroom, Queen size Beds -2 total, 1 in West Guest Bedroom (brn/red decor) and 1 in East Guest Bedroom (green decor). Day bed withTrundle bed- 2 single beds in the Sitting room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Private Outside shower Beach Towels Recommendations Handy Man/ Local Emergency Manager available

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