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Kate's Cottage by the Sea: A Quiet Family Retreat in Santa Cruz--Walk to Beach!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Family-Friendly House, 3 BR, 2 Baths, Fenced Yard. Walk to Pet-Friendly Beaches

Hidden away from the bustling Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Kate’s Cottage by the Sea offers a come-as-you-are getaway for everyone – from the young to the young-at-heart, and even your four-legged family members.

With room for 8, our cozy home is just a five-minute walk from picturesque local beaches at 23rd Avenue, 26th Avenue and Moran Lake, and features a spacious yard for you to spread out in. Leave with a great tan, a relaxed attitude and priceless memories of time with the ones you love.


An open design maximizes time together, so you can be part of the laughs even while whipping up meals. With a living room and a family room, half the family can snuggle up by the fireplace and chat while the other half hits the foosball table for a friendly competition or flips on their favorite TV show or movie.

And don’t forget about the yard: once the kids are tucked in dreaming of their next day on the beach, wind down by the firepit over a cocktail - or two. After all, this is your vacation, too.


Family fun is our specialty, and our large, fenced-in yard offers plenty of space to spend time together in. Challenge your loved ones to a game of croquet, or let the little ones run in the yard with Fido while you kick back in the bubbling hot tub.

Or grab a boogie board, beach chairs and wet suit and take a short stroll to favorite local beaches. On rainy days and evenings, our full stock of games and toys – including an art easel, building blocks, dollhouse and workbench – will keep the whole crew entertained.


Our kitchen is fully stocked and ready to handle your pickiest eater – just add groceries. We have you covered with all the basics, from spices and condiments to cookware and dishes to glasses for evening margaritas. Feed a crowd with our full suite of appliances, including a gas stove/oven, microwave, waffle iron, toaster and more, and keep cleanup simple with a dishwasher.

There’s room for up to 10 to gather around the dining room table while swapping stories and admiring the yard through a large picture window, and high chairs are available so even the tiniest guests can be part of meals together.

Or opt to eat outside on the covered patio, where you’ll find dining space for 8 and both a charcoal and gas BBQ – bring your own briquettes or use our provided propane.


Our three bedrooms plus the family room offer sleeping accommodations for 8, and every room can be configured to keep your little one close by.

The master boasts a California king bed in addition to a double bed that can be rolled into the living room for more privacy. The second and third bedrooms each have one queen bed and a baby crib - these cribs can easily be moved anywhere in the house. Two queen-size futons in the family room offer a chance to tuck in fireside for up to 4 adults, or all the slumber-partying little ones.


Did we mention the beaches? There are three of them within a five-minute stroll, and since we’re nestled away from the touristy part of town, you can expect a laid-back, local feel at each. Watch the tide come in from the top of the stairs at 26th Avenue or spark a driftwood bonfire at Moran Lake or 23rd Avenue. Great news for the pups: they’re welcome to splash in the surf at every one of these beaches.

After an afternoon of boogie boarding, recount your adventures at a sit-down family dinner at any number of mouthwatering eateries in Capitola - less than 10 minutes away by car, or a scenic 30-minute bike ride away. Try Zelda’s for seafood and live music on the beach, or Paradise Beach Grill to enjoy American fare on a bayside patio.

And if it’s a classic beach trip you’re after, don’t miss the chance to win a prize or zip around on the rollercoasters at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – just a 12-minute drive away. You may just catch a chowder cook-off or band review while you’re there!

Accessibility Details:

Because we host so many multi-generational families, here are the "accessibility" features of the house. Most families have found features that worked well for everyone, from 8 days (our youngest guest so far) to 95 years (our oldest guest so far).

Parking: Driveway parking space greater than 8 feet wide. Free street parking also available.

Access to Front Door: Paved sidewalk from driveway to foot of steps to front deck. 3 6-inch steps up onto front deck, then level access into house.

Access to Common Areas: Inside, step-free access into all bedrooms, one bathroom, the living room, dining room, kitchen, and hallway. Access to family room is down one 5.5 inch step. Step-free access into second bathroom from family room. Family room TV easily seen, heard, and controlled from dining room table.

Access to Garage and Back Yard: 2 steps down into back yard from house. 3 steps down into garage from house.

Middle Bedroom has wide double doors, accessibility-height bed (23”), step-free access, and furniture may easily be arranged to provide very wide side access on request.

Other Bedrooms: Step-free access to all bedrooms. All may be arranged to provide 32 inches of space between bed and wall or furniture on request. Other bed heights vary.

Hallway: 36” wide. Small wicker cabinet with beach towels may be moved to allow full width access around corner of hallway.

Washer/Dryer: Step-free access from driveway, 3 steps down into garage from kitchen.

Family Room Bathroom: Level access from family room, which is down 5.5 inches from main living areas. Has 30-inch doorway, grab bars in shower, toilet height under 16”, handheld showerhead and shower chair available on request.

Hall Bathroom: Level access from living room, dining room, all bedrooms, front deck. Has bathtub with handheld showerhead, toilet under 16” height, 25.75” door.

Common Space Layout: Easy step-free access among front deck, living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, all bedrooms. TV in every bedroom; family room TV may be seen and controlled from dining room table.

Little Ones: Two high chairs, one lightweight stroller, one pack n play, and one portacrib available.

Kate's Cottage by the Sea is a County of Santa Cruz registered vacation rental holding TOT Certificate # CO00126. Please note that County ordinance limits the number of people aged 12 and up allowed in all vacation rental homes. Unfortunately, this website's software isn't structured for this requirement, so please describe your group when inquiring and we'll let you know if we can accommodate you.

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-Automated quotes provided by listing websites may not reflect correct holiday adjustments, correct minimum stay requirements, or all applicable charges. Please confirm price quoted with owner and check the "minimum stay" required for your requested dates. PLEASE READ (AND FEEL FREE TO ASK ABOUT) THE BREAKDOWN IN THE QUOTATION BEFORE DECIDING TO BOOK, AS WE DO NOT OFFER ADJUSTMENTS AFTER A RESERVATION IS MADE.

-Free wifi for normal family/household use. Extra charge (if any) from service provider for extraordinary usage passed through to guest. So far, this has never happened, but please feel free to ask about particulars.

-The listing site does not allow us to show the full rental agreement with all blanks completed, so before you book online, please contact the owner regarding any questions you have. I am happy to explain the check-in and check-out procedures, guest responsibilities, and other terms that apply to all reservations.

-Standard Terms: 50% due on booking, next 25% due within 30 days, balance due 30 days before check-in. 15% rescheduling/cancellation fee; payments (net of 15% fee) refundable only if cancelled dates are resold. Trip cancellation insurance is available. Check with owner and this website for further information.

*Minimum $250 refundable security deposit plus damage waiver insurance ($59) required for all first-time guests.

*2-Night Minimum stays most times; holiday periods and high season may have 3-Night or longer minimums (unless there's a calendar gap that's shorter). No single-night bookings. We encourage you to stay at least 3 nights to have time to relax and unwind. Minimum stays apply to bookings that include specified dates, not bookings that begin during specified dates (website software does not seem to apply this requirement properly.)

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

Santa Cruz County TOT certificate number : CO00126

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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • County ordinance and owner policy require signed contract with names and contact information of all guests.Countywide quiet hours 10pm-8am daily.
  • Please review quote and price breakdown before submitting reservation request. Adjustments not allowed by either owner or guest after booking is made.
  • Primary renter must be present at checkout time. Pets NOT allowed on furniture. Pet owners must clean up yard of all pet waste.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 10
  • 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 ...
Pool / Spa:
  • 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 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 Croquet set Foosball table 1 California 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 Smart TVs with Netflix, Sling, Roku, and HBO programming in family room and every bedroom VCR and Blu-ray player Beach towels, Boogie Boards, assorted wetsuits, Beach Blanket, Beach Chairs Washer/Dryer 2 bathrooms Grab bar in shower; shower chair available on request Kitchen equipped with Gas Stove, Microwave, Dishwasher, and Service for 12 2 High chairs 2 porta-cribs, which can also serve as playpens Lightweight folding stroller Movies, Cards, and Games for guest use


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Kate's Cottage by the Sea: A Quiet Family Retreat in Santa Cruz--Walk to Beach!
average rating of 4.6944447 based on 36 reviews

Lovely home, terrific host and wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Large bedrooms with comfy beds and ample closets, an open floor plan that allowed our 3 adult-couples group the fun of sharing in preparing meals in the well equipped kitchen, a terrific veranda and private backyard perfect for a game of Bocce, and a very quick walk to a great beach! And Kathie, the owner, could not have been more responsive! What more can one ask for?!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you stay. You are welcome back any time.
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Comfortable spot in excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

Great amenities and location.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Fabulous for families - has everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here. The location is wonderful - two blocks from the beach and a short drive from shops (including a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods) and the boardwalk and other activities. The house isn't fancy but is very comfortable, spacious, and well-stocked with everything a group could want, from extra cribs to condiments to scuba gear to a backyard perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Kathie, the owner, is very responsive, though we didn't have any problems she needed to troubleshoot. We would definitely love to return!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you stay, Sonya, and I'd love to have you back again any time!
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Great location!!

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable house, with everything you need, cooking meals and relaxing and well set up for kids! 😎. And best of all the beautiful beach is just across the street !

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Will return to this cottage and Santa Cruz!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful and fun filled vacation in Santa Cruz area!!!! This beautiful Kate's cottage/home has everything a family needs to complete their fabulous get away. The kitchen has enough dinnerware for everyone and all the pots and pans you would require, plus very clean. The family room was filled with games, movies, books and even a fosball game. Our family had games every night. Even though their is a TV in every bedroom and family, it was only turned on two nights to watch the Giants. We played Mexican Train, poker, blackjack, and other games at the large dinning room table - 8 sit very comfortably. The bedrooms were large and very comfortable. Kate's cottage has a great washer and dryer, needed because teenagers take a shower in the am and then another after a day at the beach or boardwalk. There are three beaches within walking distance - one only 2 short blocks away. We BBQ on a great large gas BBQ. This cottage/home, it is like a wonderful home, not a rental. We all decided we would be back to Kate''s because of the house and it is so close to beach, boardwalk, and stores. Their is a Lucky's, Safeway, and Trader Joe's close. Even though the refrigerator was very large and clean, we kept running out of food - again teenagers. Thank you so much for allowing my family to have such a terrific time in Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you stay, and you would certainly be welcome back any time! P.S. I especially enjoyed the pictures and descriptions of your "doings".
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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: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Hope you'll be back soon.
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Kathie Gutierrez
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, read some Spanish and French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Kathie Gutierrez

After living in Santa Cruz County for 30 years, I moved to San Jose temporarily to be closer to work. Eventually, I decided to move back to the Santa Cruz area and spent a year searching for a midcentury modern house on an acre in the woods.

One day, exhausted from the search, I took a break and decided to visit my favorite beach. On the way there, I saw an open house sign and took a short detour.

The house wasn't on an acre. It wasn't in the woods. And it wasn't midcentury modern. But there was just something about it I couldn't ignore: it was within a 5-minute walk of my long-time favorite beach.

Although my original plan was to move in immediately, I wasn't quite ready to leave San Jose. With its spacious yard, cozy layout and location blocks from the beach, I knew my home would make the perfect getaway for families visiting Santa Cruz. So I started hosting vacation rental guests, and, well, the rest is history!

I still love spending time in Santa Cruz, and do so as often as I can. After all, I have a lot of favorite places in the area (which I'm happy to share with you), and it's also fun to make some new finds as the area grows and changes. I hope you'll share your favorite discoveries with me - I love to hear from my guests!

Kathie Gutierrez purchased this house in 2009

Why Kathie Gutierrez chose Santa Cruz

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

It has "good family vibes" and is a place where all generations are comfortable.

What makes this house unique

When you stay, you'll be out of the most touristy part of town, about halfway between the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and the quaint town of Capitola, yet still just 4 miles (a few minutes by car) to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf. Once nice thing about Santa Cruz is that it's small enough that nothing takes long to get to!

During the summer months, priority will be given to bookings of seven nights or more.


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 and much easier no-reservation-required access than during the busy summer season. 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, whale-watching, and many others.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $95 + Tax
Turnover Fee-average $225 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Management Fee $100 + 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, written contract, etc.) are enforced. Fireworks and firecrackers are illegal in Santa Cruz County.
- $59 damage insurance + minimum $250 refundable security deposit required. Please ask owner for details.
-Minimum stay requirements apply to all stays including specified dates, not only stays commencing during those dates. THIS WEBSITE'S SOFTWARE IS NOT CURRENTLY CAPABLE OF DETECTING THIS REQUIREMENT, SO PLEASE CHECK WITH OWNER.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund