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Caroline Plasencia

Member since: 2013
Speaks: spanish

Hilltop Suite With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain And City Views

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Suite, Sleeps 4 - 5

Located in the hills above the city, you are only 1.2 miles from State Street, (the main artery for shopping and restaurants) and four miles to the beach, pier and art walk. The closest stores and restaurants are less than 1.5 miles away, though you may feel nicely removed from the city in this hilltop suite surrounded by spectacular views of the ocean, islands, mountains, oak trees, plenty of nature and by night - a span of glittering city lights visible through nearly wall-to-wall french doors that lead to a private stone-paved patio. Enjoy the morning views of rolling hills, orchards and mountains that look like the Tuscan countryside.

Charming pathways lead you a large, solar-heated pool, spa and 'petting zoo' of one very friendly goat. The zoo is located at the farthest end of the fully-gated two-acre property.

This one bedroom suite plus curtained alcove with daybed has been newly remodeled and designed to be light, refreshing, airy, stylish and comfortable. Romantic for a couple and cozy for a small family – it sleeps up to five. Feel your spirits lift the moment you walk in the door.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Caroline Plasencia (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: spanish

About Caroline Plasencia

Caroline Brand is an art director, graduate of Art Center College of Design who sometimes works from home and sometimes travels. She shares her home with her husband and kids who are mostly away at college.

Caroline Plasencia purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Caroline Plasencia chose Santa Barbara

We instantly fell in love with this property because of the beautiful views and grounds –two acres of nature. We always call it our bit of heaven. We named our suite the 'Tuscan Vista' because of the rolling hills and the orchards that lead up to the mountains. You will feel you are in a rural setting but everything is just a few minutes away.

What makes this apartment unique

Glorious views everywhere, peaceful setting, newly remodeled suite with brand new appliances and furniture. Bird-watching and stargazing. Kids and adults will love the pool (nice and warm), hot tub and plenty of yard (fully gated) in which to play, visit the goat, swim and be creative. Outdoor seating and lounging provided. The suite is all one level from off-street parking to your suite - only one step. There is a bathtub/shower combination. A very clean suite with comfortable mattresses and linens. There is a daybed (twin) alcove that can be made private by closing the curtains and a sleeper sofa full/queen in living room. It is bliss.


based on 33 traveler reviews

Hilltop Suite With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain And City Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Quiet picturesque get away. But close to down town. Best of both worlds.

  • 5 of 5

Extremely kind and thoughtful owners. Couldn't have picked a better spot. And the bed was awesome haven't slept that well on vacation, ever! This place is a gem.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this amazing hilltop suite! It's so close to everything, yet feels far away. Caroline and Mike were very attentive and friendly. Our kids loved having the pool and being able to visit Goatie. Fabulous views! A great place! We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Colleen, It was a pleasure to host you. Your children are so charming. We love our happy families here and so does Goatie! Being a social girl she loves the visits and the treats. Mike and I love the sound of happy kids. We hope you will be back. Cheers from me and Mike
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Welcoming oasis in Californian Tuscany with great hospitality.

  • 5 of 5

Very fine nice and modern suite in perfectly situated villa above Santa Barbara on the hill. A feeling of Tuscany in California.Extremely nice and helpful hosts. You need a car but everything is close. Nice pool. We and 3 children loved to stay here and can really recommend it. The suite is not big but very functional.

Joakim & Birgitta from Sweden

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joakim and family, It was such a pleasure to meet you and get to know your family - all so sweet and so very smart. I'm glad you made the suite work for your family. I was originally concerned because you were a family of five with teenagers and the suite is 650 sq ft. The suite is best suited for couples and for couples with smaller children. I am glad to know that the suite was well organized for you. It is really nice to meet with people from around the world. I think you were our first Swedish family. We have had much of the world pass through here and it has been enriching for us. We are grateful for this experience. We hope your beautiful family will be back. Please keep in touch and come again! Many blessing from me and Mike
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We LOVED our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We booked Memorial Day weekend in February and found this cozy suite to stay in! The suite is so cozy - and homey! The kitchen is fully stocked with everything a cook needs to make meals and also has 2 options to eat - either inside or outside enjoying the sweeping views of Santa Barbara. The bathroom is also lovely and there are plenty of soft fluffy towels. The bedroom has a spacious walk in closet to hang things and has plenty of room for things on the floor as well. One of the most comfortable and soft beds I have ever slept in! There is also an alcove with a soft twin next to the kitchen, that includes curtains for privacy. Heated pool and hot tub? Yes please! BBQ? Definitely! Caroline and Mike are wonderful hosts and have created a lovely abode to stay in. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you Caroline and Mike.

Perfect setting for an adventure or quiet break in Santa Barbara. Plenty of room for our small family to enjoy themselves with all privacy you'd want. We made plenty of use of the wonderful heated pool and hot tub.

My little boy loved the Goat.

Location is ideal - short drive away from Zoo, Beach, State Street.

Planning a stay in Santa Barbara - look no further!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. Mike and I are so glad you enjoyed your time here. You would not believe how many people and, especially, children love the goat. Francie is easily won over with a cookie or any sweet - that's all it takes! Your family was very charming and we love the sound of children on the property - it brings us much joy and we remember all of them. We hope you visit again. Many thanks, Mike and Caroline
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  • 5 of 5

The setting of the apartment and the apartment itself is just great. It feels as if you are somewhere in the countryside of Tuscany, but at the same time you are only minutes away from downtown, the beach and all they have to offer. This was one of our best and most relaxing vacations ever. Thanks to Caroline and Mike, our very helpful and friendly hosts, for letting us stay at this little piece of heaven. Say hi, to Robyn, Oland and the goat. Kind Regards, Brigitte and Roland

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brigitte and Roland, Thank you for the gracious review. It was a pleasure having you here and we are very glad that you enjoyed yourselves. Ollie, Robyn and Goatie send their regards. We all hope you come back for another visit. Warm California sunshine is waiting for you! Kind regards, Caroline and Mike
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
State Street Bars
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrak/ Trolly
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
101 fwy
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
State Street restaurants
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
East Beach/West Beach/ Arroyo Burro Beach
Car: necessary

Mission Canyon has a rural setting only minutes from downtown and the beach. On one side you have the majestic mountain range; on the other you have the ocean, island and city views. It has everything.


Rates & Availability

Santa Barbara Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Sep 15 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Laundry -optional $60
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Santa Barbara Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 675 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fan and storage. Nicely stocked with towels. Completely new.
  • One bathroom with tub shower combination. Beautifully remodeled, fresh and super clean.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Comfortable King bed sleeps two.
    Alcove daybed with Curtain Closure - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living area has sofa sleeper: full.
  • Master Bedroom has king sized bed. French doors lead to private patio. Sofa sleeper and a curtained nook with twin bed in the main living area.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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