2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home with ocean view from every room! Clean, bright, fresh
- english, spanish
About Lori Breen
Your hosts are Kevin and Lori Breen, their daughter Lark, and Australian Shepherd Arlo. They chose this house because of the ocean view and dog-friendly (leash) beach access! Having recently purchased and furnished Holiday House, they realize the limits of their "free" time to enjoy it, and are opening it to others who share their ideas of a great place to recreate and relax. Kevin is a Golf Course Superintendent, Lori is a mobile Notary/Signing Agent, Lark is a college student, and Arlo is the chaser of geese at Kevin's course. All four have different ideas of a perfect Holiday day, but sunset on the deck can't be beat.
Lori Breen purchased this House in 2015
Why Lori Breen chose La Selva Beach
It starts with the view and ends with the view, but the other factors were the peaceful and idyllic little neighborhood, the beautiful heather fields to the east, the pastoral few minutes on San Andreas Road through the eucalyptus groves, strawberry fields, and peeks of the ocean as you drive in from Highway 1. It is convenient to all that Santa Cruz offers without being near loud bars, restaurants, or college students...and Monterey has a different collection of draws: golf, the world famous aquarium, galleries and shops, 17 mile drive. But the best places we have found to enjoy are right in Aptos and Rio del Mar: Deluxe Foods, great BBQ, awesome breakfast joints, and lots of good vibes.
What makes this House unique
Surfers! Walk about 250 yards to Manresa State Beach. 20 min or less to all the other great breaks in Santa Cruz County. The beach is public access for 11 miles...lots of beach combing, kite flying, surf casting, boogie boarding, beach bonfires, whatever you like! Only 15 minutes from all the draws of Santa Cruz and Capitola: Beach Boardwalk, Downtown Santa Cruz, Natural Bridges Monarch Walk, Pasatiempo for golf, Forest of the Nisene Marks in Aptos for destination mountain biking. If you travel south, just 20-30 minutes away is Elkhorn Slough for wildlife and kayaking, 15 min further to Monterey and the world renowned aquarium, famous golf courses (Pebble Beach, Poppy Hill, Spyglass)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Amazing weekend on the beach
Lovely property, and Lori was accommodating and very helpful!
Small back yard for your pets with flowers and grass :) a large field behind the fence where your furry friend can run around.
Upper and lower decks are super nice and a great view. Grill available, all appliances super new and nice. Quality shampoo/conditioner/body wash available.
The place is stocked with spices/coffee/tea/tp/garbage bags/cleaning supplies/etc
No AC 3-4pm open up all windows to air out/ downstairs stays cool
extra linens/towels/beach towels available, beach chairs x4 - bring your own sun umbrella
One thing to note if you’re going to the beach - access is a 3 min walk but CLOSED unless a kind soul(neighbor) leaves it open. The official access is a 2 min drive down the road. We got locked out a couple of times walking back. Didn’t spoil our fun though
Excellent Getaway Retreat
We loved our stay at the Holiday House! Everything was as it was described in the listing. The area is quiet enough that, even though the house is not directly on the water, you can still hear the waves and feel the sea breeze. The balcony was great for relaxing when the sun was out and we were grateful for the books and games when it started raining (my 4 year old even took the opportunity to try learning chess!). The kitchen was stocked with all the dishes and pans we needed so we were able to eat in about half the time. Communication with Lori was great, both leading up to and during our stay. The only thing we weren't 100% happy with was the firmness of the queen beds - they are both much firmer than our bed at home, so we found it difficult to get comfortable. But an afternoon nap in the hammock helped sort that out, so it's all good. :) We had a very relaxing weekend here and hope to be able to stay here again the next time we need a quick beach getaway.
Had a wonderful family time (4.5 stars)
We had the best tasting local organic strawberries as a welcome waiting for us. And there were fresh cut flowers in a vase too. Lori was easily accessible via text for any questions. Thank you for your hospitality Lori!
We were five folks, 3 adults and 2 kids staying at the home. We walked to the beach (about 10 min walk) on most days at low tide and had miles upon miles of vast open beach to walk and explore. They have enough beach toys and equipment at the home. My daughter enjoyed riding the available bike in the neighborhood. The home is nicely decorated and feels warm and welcoming. The garden is pretty too. We cooked several of our meals.
There are two minor things I would improve upon. The older stove and the smallish dish drainer. I want to rate our stay as 4.5 stars but couldn't rate in increments of 0.5.
We loved the location of this bright and cheery beach home. It provided easy access to Moss Beach or southern excursions. Capitola was just a couple miles away. The ocean view off the back balcony was soothing as was falling asleep to the sounds of waves crashing on the beach. This charming home is fully furnished with all the amenities and provided a sweet retreat for our family. Thank you!
Can't wait to come back
Don't worry about the wrecked stairs to the beach. The properties on Oceanview sometimes have their steps unlocked and there is easy access from the State beach 300 steps down the highway. The sunsets are beautiful from the deck, the frig has a great ice maker and the kitchen is well stocked with condiments. Lori is very responsive. The beach is special ...isolated and beautiful. Our dogs felt very at home too.
Perfect for our needs
This house is just as it looks, beds were very comfortable living room area, dining and kitchen open and the back deck is a nook from heaven. The home is stocked with many amenities that sometimes you forget... for me I couldn't find my contact solution the first evening, there was some there. We wiled away a few hours on the deck our first late afternoon just basking in the sun and enjoying the spectacular view. Manresa beach is very close and it is wonderful for long walks, running, and sunsets. The owner is very helpful with explanations and directions. Enjoy your stay, what a find!!!
This location is unbeatable for walk in access to Manresa State Beach; 5-10 minutes to Aptos and Rio del Mar, with lots of small unique markets, restaurants, bars, and shops.15 minutes to all that Santa Cruz/Capitola offers, including the Beach Boardwalk for thrill seekers, surfing at all the famous breaks, shopping downtown SC, cultural offerings at the UC-Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College campuses, mountain biking at the Forest of Nicene Marks. 35-45 minutes south is Monterey with its golf, acquarium, restaurants, kayaking Elkhorn Slough. You could choose a different outing each day of the week!