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Stay at Kate's Cottage by the Sea and Live Like a Local

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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Opal Cliffs House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps up to 8

On a quiet street, just 14 houses from some of the most amazing beaches in all of Santa Cruz County...this wonderful house is perfect for families, girls' getaways, romantic retreats, multi-generational gatherings, and special times for couples or groups of friends.

This well-maintained, well stocked, clean, single-level, comfortable house is just a short, flat walk to some of the nicest beaches in Santa Cruz. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large family room and a living room, it sleeps between 8 and 12 guests comfortably. (Maximum number of adults allowed is 8.)

The house has 1 King bed, 2 Queen beds, 2 Queen Futons, 1 Queen Sofa-Sleeper, 1 Rollaway Double bed, and a Queen Aerobed and is a great place for one family or a multi-generational vacation stay, reunion, place to stay while visiting your son or daughter at UCSC or attending a wedding. Pets considered by prior arrangement.

Private Hot Tub, Gas Grill, Covered Patio, and Fully-Fenced Back Garden with Grassy Area for Kids and Pets to Play. Croquet set. Gas and woodburning fireplaces inside and a firepit outside. Fresh herbs in the garden. Fully-equipped kitchen with gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, food processor, blender, ice cream freezer, ice maker, and service for 12. Herbs and condiments in the pantry and refrigerator, Gevalia coffee, assorted teas, beach towels, wetsuits, boogie boards, and a foosball table.

Kate's Cottage by the Sea is a house with amenities to accommodate several generations, from the high chairs and cribs to the shower chair and grab bars in the shower. You'll find shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and a hair dryer in each bathroom and terrycloth robes for lounging. It's a flat, easy walk to the beach and offers parking for up to 4 vehicles, including parking passes for 2 on the street.

Kate's Cottage by the Sea is a County of Santa Cruz registered vacation rental holding TOT Certificate # CO00126.

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-Automated quotes provided by listing websites may not reflect correct holiday adjustments or all applicable charges, so please confirm price quoted with owner.

-The listing site does not allow us to show the full rental agreement, so before you book online, the owner recommends that you call her regarding any questions you may have. Happy to provide the check-in and check-out procedures, guest responsibilities, and other terms that apply to all reservations.

-Standard Terms: 50%+$100 due on booking, next 25% due within 30 days, balance due 30 days before check-in. 15% rescheduling/cancellation fee; payments refundable only if cancelled dates are resold. Trip cancellation insurance may be available to you through outside providers. Check with owner for further information.

*$850 refundable security deposit OR $100 plus damage waiver insurance ($59) required.

During high season, no extra charge for check-in on a Saturday, but please be kind enough not to leave us with a 1-night 'orphan' on our calendar. :-)

*2-Night Minimum stays most times; holiday periods and high season may have 3-Night or longer minimums (unless there's a gap that's shorter). No single-night bookings. We encourage you to stay at least 3 nights to have time to relax and unwind.

*ACH check and Credit cards accepted. Contact owner for further details. PayPal verified. Ask owner for link to seal.

*Rates may change periodically, but your rate will be the advertised rate at the time your booking is made.

*Returning guests booking before January 15th may qualify for prior season’s rate and other amenities.

Santa Cruz County TOT certificate number : CO00126

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Kathie Gutierrez
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, read some Spanish and French
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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Why Kathie Gutierrez chose Santa Cruz

This property is an easy walk from some of my favorite beaches in Santa Cruz County. It is on a quiet street, with neighbors who are full-time residents. The house has a nice back yard, with room for the whole family to play croquet, enjoy a bar-be-que, and just relax.

The house has "good family vibes" and seems to be a place where all generations are comfortable.


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Stay at Kate's Cottage by the Sea and Live Like a Local
average rating of 4.645161 based on 31 reviews

Weekend Family Gathering

  • 4 of 5

We booked a stay at Kate's Cottage, it was perfect for our weekend getaway. The owner does a fantastic job at communicating with the renter, so you don't feel like your left out on an island. The house was comfortable, clean and inviting. There was plenty of room both inside and out for family to hang out or gather all together. I knew the house was close to the beach but pleasantly surprised that is was less than 5 minute walk. All shopping needs close by for anything left behind. Will be looking to re-book again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for a big family. Perfect beach location!

  • 5 of 5

Kate's Cottage was perfect for two families to share, and the beach access location couldn't be better. The house is comfortable, with two living rooms, two full bathrooms and plenty of sleeping options. The beaches near the house are great. My favorite surprise was the selection of wetsuits, booties and boogie boards available to guests. The kitchen has everything you need, the hot tub is awesome after the Northern Cal ocean, and we would stay there again in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Kate's Cottage and we had a wonderful time. The location is perfect. It's a short walk to the beach, and a short drive to restaurants, stores, etc. The house is laid out in a way that makes it easy for multiple generations to hang out. A baby can nap in a bedroom while adults are hanging out in the family room or backyard. The bathrooms are not en suite, but terry cloth robes are provided, which makes the logistics of walking to and from the shower easy. My 4-year old great-niece loved picking strawberries in the back yard!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Pleasant Trip!

  • 4 of 5

Great backyard, great grill, comfy beds, clean. Close to town, close to beach, close to Kong's Market! Watched Mrs. Doubtfire on VHS! Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Everything was excellent, and as described. Kathie was extremely helpful and there were no unanswered questions! I was there with a group of friends, and our only disappointment was that we didn't stay long enough to experience the place in full. Excellent beach access. House is great with lots of sleeping and dining areas. Very clean. We spent most of our time in the backyard. I'd recommend this place to anyone staying in Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, plenty of room, pet friendly

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time here. There was lots of room for us to have private space, but also great areas for gatherings too. The location is an easy walk to a quiet beach that is also dog friendly. Alternatively, you are a 5 minute drive from Capitola, with its shops and cool vibe. The home features I most appreciated were the recently remodeled kitchen and 2nd bathroom (AWESOME shower: excellent water pressure and temperature), as well as the hot tub outside. Since we are from out-of-state, I liked that the home was well-stocked. The owner had lots of towels and large beach items (boogie boards and wet suits) so we didn't need to worry about bringing our own. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Cole's BBQ
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
26th Avenue or Moran Lake
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Beach and Watersports Activities.

* Go to the Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, Wilder Ranch.

* Golf, discgolf, and tennis.

* Winetasting and dining outdoors.

* Shakespeare in the park.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Go to FREE local beaches, including beachfires at night, fishing.

* Free outdoor concerts in the summer.

* Sightseeing, listening to street musicians.

* Hiking, scenic walks and bicycling, hot tubbing.

* Tour the University of California campus.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Beach, Boardwalk, Monterey Aquarium, and Mystery Spot.

* Outdoor sports-soccer, bicycling, hiking.

* Picnics, hikes, BBQs, croquet.

* Roaring Camp small guage railroad events.

* Spend a day in San Francisco, Monterey Aquarium or Great America.

Santa Cruz is a delightful seaside community/University town with many attractions in addition to its great beaches. Several local wineries offer winetasting, and there are many golf and discgolf courses in the vicinity. The Boardwalk amusement park, located at the main beach, is renowned for its roller-coaster and other rides, ocean air, and nearby wharf with its fishing, great seafood restaurants and fish market. Summer offers many art fairs, outdoor Shakespeare performances, and free outdoor concerts. During Fall through Spring, many local restaurants offer midweek specials, such as a $19.95 filet mignon/salad bar/glass of wine dinner, a $19.95 lobster tail/salad bar dinner, etc. Easy day trips include San Francisco, Monterey, Silicon Valley, Marriot's Great America theme park, and Berkeley. Year-Round Special Events at the Boardwalk include the Clam Chowder Cookoff, Band Review, and many others. All in all, it's a great area for outdoor recreation, including biking, surfing, hiking, birding, golf, swimming, paddleboarding, sailing, and many others.

Rates & Availability

Opal Cliffs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Nov.-Early Dec. 2016
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Year-End Holidays-longer min.
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2017
Mar 21 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 31 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
School's Almost Out 2017!
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
UCSC Graduation Rate
Jun 14 2017 - Jun 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Little Summer Getaway
Jun 21 2017 - Jun 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Back-to-School/ Secret Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 22 2017 - Nov 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
'Tis the Season-Shop and Dine
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Year End Holidays 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $100
Holiday (if applicable) $250 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning/Restocking-avg $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

-Automated quotes from listing website must be confirmed with owner. See property description for full rate details, payment terms and cancellation/rescheduling policy.
-Listing site doesn't show full rental agreement. Before booking online, contact owner regarding terms.
-Refund only if cancelled dates resold.
-All local County requirements (noise curfew, occupancy limits, etc.) are enforced. Fireworks are illegal in Santa Cruz County.
- $59 damage insurance +$100 refundable security deposit OR $850 refundable security deposit required. Please ask owner for details.

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Opal Cliffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , This bathroom is off the hall and near all 3 bedrooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is adjacent to the family room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , crib may be used anywhere in the house, as needed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , 1 baby crib , Double is a rollaway bed, which could be used in living room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , crib may be used anywhere in the house, as needed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
2 level blocks to 26th Ave beach Most Pets OK Hot Tub and fluffy robes Large grassy fenced-in backyard Gas BBQ Garden with Flowers blooming most times of the year Firepit Croquet set Foosball table 1-Calif King Bed 2 Queen Beds, 2 Queen innerspring futons, and 1 rollaway double bed TV in every bedroom and in family room 2-Fireplaces Wireless Internet Cable TV with On-Demand and HBO programming TV in every bedroom 2 VCRs and 3 DVD players 12 Beach towels, 4 Boogie Boards, assorted wetsuits, Beach Blanket, Beach Chairs for guest use Ice cream maker Washer/Dryer 2 bathrooms Grab bar in shower; shower chair available on request Kitchen equipped with Gas Stove, Microwave, Dishwasher, and Service for 12 High chair 2 porta-cribs, which can also serve as playpens Movies, Cards, and Games for guest use Owner who has lived in the area for decades and can recommend restauraunts, activities, etc.

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