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New Modern Luxury, Perfect Oceanview Location! Spa, Fire Pit, Bikes, Beach Gear

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bed w/downstairs family room. Perfect for kids, two families or executives.

This is a newly remodeled modern styled beach house with great ocean views that is really upscale!

In addition to the pictures - to see more of our wonderful beach house, click on the small "video" box at the top of any of the photos or scroll to the bottom and click on the "Owner's Website Link."

It is unique in that it has a large family/extra living room downstairs making it perfect for a large family with "kids downstairs, adults upstairs," 4 couples or an executive retreat. It is a big 4-bedroom home located on one of the most sought after streets in Santa Cruz. From the spa to the fire pit to the outdoor shower to the beach cruisers, boogie boards and beach wagon, it is all set up for fun! Plus, spend the evenings cooking in a fully stocked awesome kitchen and then relaxing in front of a stunning new linear fireplace. This house is a great blend of functionality and nearly impeccable, sophisticated, modern luxury.

Enjoy new graywashed hardwood floors, comfortable hip furniture, a fantastic new kitchen and designer bathrooms. Sleep in new beds with fine linens (all 540 thread count) and enjoy the two gas fireplaces and two home theater systems. It is super clean and is full of fun amenities.

It is on a quiet street that is a short walk to the beach and 3 minutes by bike to Pleasure Point or the Yacht Harbor and a 12 minute bike or 5 minute drive to the Boardwalk or Capitola. Note that our street, 24th ave. has a great viewing bench at the end of the street, but no stairs down to the beach - so it stays uncrowded and kids can play on the street. It is a 1 min. 30 second walk to 23rd street to enter Santa Maria beach.

This had been a very popular and highest rated 5-star rental home that our large family had rented via VRBO. We had rented a number of beach houses in Santa Cruz, and this was easily the best. When it came on the market we were fortunate enough to buy it. We completely remodeled it with help from a professional designer - and wow - it turned out spectacular!

Sleeps 10


Kitchen - New and fully stocked with Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch gas cooktop, large pantry, Keurig coffee maker, stainless oven and microwave. Included is a new set of pots and pans, knives, silverware, glassware, BBQ utensils, bowls, cutting boards, toaster, popcorn maker, and dishes. The cabinetry has dynamic colors, quartz countertops and a glass tile splash.

Living Room - New linear gas fireplace surrounded by stone and mahogany cabinets, 55" flat screen TV, Home theater system, Apple TV, DVD player, universal remote, large modern sectional couch and two reclining swivel chairs.

Dining room - New custom dining table and chairs with gorgeous ocean, mountain and sunset views.

Front deck - New Webber gas grill, dining table and swivel chairs for enjoying the view

Upstairs Master - New firm Cal King mattress with gel infused memory foam topper. Flat screen TV, two closets, stunning master bathroom with large shower, walnut cabinets and fantastic tile surrounding a floating mirror. There is a hair dryer, a makeup mirror and an iron & ironing board.

Upstairs Queen Room - New Euro plush queen mattress with memory foam topper. View of the ocean and fun black and white Santa Cruz photos.

Upstairs guest bath - Gorgeous mahogany cabinets, exciting finishes and bathtub with rain shower.

Laundry room - Full sized new LG front load washer and dryer, laundry sink.


Downstairs King Room - New European Sleepworks Cal King Mattress with matching latex memory topper. Right side tuned plush, left side tuned firm. Large closet.

Downstairs Queen/Bunk room. One queen and three twins (one twin is a high-quality folding bed) in a large fun-shaped room with a large closet.

Downstairs living/family room - 55" flat screen TV, DVD player, Home theater system, Gas fireplace surrounded by custom cabinetry with built-in desk. Large doors lead to outdoor patio. Tile floors.

Downstairs Bathroom - large two-sink bathroom with a good-sized shower.

Back patio - New fire pit and gliding chairs, lawn and Hotsprings Spa, highlighted by a creative outdoor "surfboard shower."

Garage - Full garage with parking for one large and one small car. Included are 4+ new Electra cruiser bikes, a wagon for the beach, 6 beach chairs, sand toys, kids wetsuits, umbrellas and a 3-sided tent, beach BBQ gear, 5 boogie boards and more. Surfboards can be arranged.

Front - Parking for 4 cars in driveway plus one on street.


Free "blast" cable wifi, telephone landline with free domestic calling.

Keyless entry for front and back and garage doors with personalized code for security and ease of going to the beach, etc. without having to take keys. Great for kids!

The house is stocked with beach towels, shampoo, soaps, cleaning supplies - so you can travel light.

Please note that our county vacation rental permit allows for a 10 person occupancy limit with an additional 5 people allowed allowed as guests for a day/short term (non sleepover) visit. The county also enforces quiet time from10 PM till 8 am.

We love this area and particularly this street in Santa Cruz. This is one of the "banana belts" in Santa Cruz and it is often warm and clear here when it is cold and foggy on the West Shore or down towards Aptos. The dead end street is very quiet and kids often play out front. The neighbors are great and the bench at the end of the street is like "instant zen." We often see whales, dolphins, seals and otters from the bench. You can watch surfers and sailboats almost every day. It is a short walk or bike ride to world class surfing at Pleasure Point, 26th and 38th ave and the "Hook." Santa Maria beach is less than a 2 minute walk, and since there is no public parking, it is very uncrowded and seemingly super safe as a result. Sunny Cove is right nearby and it is the best body surfing/boogie boarding beach in Santa Cruz. There is a brand new library a short walk away that overlooks the lagoon. You can jump on the beach cruisers and be in Capitola, the Boardwalk, the Yacht Harbor/Crow's Nest, the 41st ave. shopping area (Mall, Whole foods, surf shops, coffee shops, theater, etc.) all within minutes - then return home and enjoy a stunning sunset, and a restful, quiet evening just minutes away from the "hubbub."

There are several great golf courses, all within a 10-12 minute drive. There is fishing on the beach at the bottom of our street, or you can fish from the Capitola or Municipal pier or go by charter or rental boat from the piers. Sunset Sailing excursions available at the yacht harbor. Monterey, Carmel, The 17 mile drive, Monterey Bay Aquarium are only 45 minute away. There is hiking a short drive away in the deep redwoods at Henry Cowell Redwoods, Big Basin, and the Forest of Nicene Marks Park in Aptos. The area offers many other activities from live theater to professional basketball to paddle boarding to great local wine tasting. There are "activities for everyone" or you can simply snuggle up in front of one of our fireplaces and enjoy listening to the waves break.


County of Santa Cruz Vacation Rental Certificate # CO00058

More Details

John Christensen
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About John Christensen

After renting vacation homes in Santa Cruz for many years, we finally decided to buy, design and create our dream beach house. We rented THIS house in 2013 and had a fantastic time. It was the best of several homes we had rented through VRBO. When it came on the market in 2014, we were really excited, and purchased it right away. We have since finished an extensive remodel and really love the way it turned out.

John Christensen purchased this house in 2014

Why John Christensen chose Santa Cruz

We love this house because:

- The location is so close to our favorite beach and activities

- The house is beautiful, large (2400 square feet) and super functional with the two living rooms.

- It has a new house clean feel

- There are so many fun, cool things, from the surfboard shower - to the cruiser bikes - to the awesome fireplace - to the designer colors, finishes and furniture.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“This is an outstanding home, and easily the overall best place that we have rented through Airbnb. The spotless conditions, amenities, quality of beds and linens, thoughtfulness of furnishing choices, etc., -- it all works so well together, and feels like a high-end hotel stay. Highly recommend, and will rent again when staying in Santa Cruz.”
Jan 2018
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 34
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Follow all laws and requirements, including no fireworks & no loud noise between 10 pm and 8 am, and following recycling/trash procedures.
  • No sand in the house or spa. Keep kids from leaving dirty finger prints or using markers on windows & walls. Don't move furniture.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , One of the twins is a high-quality folding bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.980769 based on 107 reviews

The BEST vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time back to John's house and this stay was just as exceptional as the last! The property is impeccably maintained & clean, and John is extremely responsive and clearly takes great care of the home. Some highlights of the house & area:

-Beds are very comfortable & house is truly modern luxury- I would argue the house is better in person than in the pictures.

-The house has everything you could need to be comfortable and then some. Because the house is such a cozy magical space we opted to spend more time at home making meals instead of going out so we could be together and relaxed as a family. This does not feel like a vacation rental, as it has everything you need to make a fabulous meal like it is your own kitchen at home.

-The outdoor space is wonderful, we enjoyed the hot tub daily & sitting by the fire pit at night. Everything was easy to use and the outdoor shower is awesome!

-The garage has lawn chairs, beach toys, and many other goodies to enjoy the beach! We took chairs to nearby Pleasure Point and watched the surfers while sitting on the beach- afterwards we got some delicious ice cream at the store right on Pleasure Point!

One of the most magical experiences this trip was walking down the street by the house to the ocean, we saw dolphins swimming by and our whole group loved it. This trip was a mixed group of adults and children ranging in age from young to school age, and the house and area had so much to do for everyone. The adults took runs by the beach in the morning & the kids enjoyed walking to the beach, to get ice cream, and to the donut shop. The kids loved the boardwalk, which is a quick drive from the house, and we also went for a short (30 minutes or so) drive to see some beautiful redwoods. We stopped in downtown Santa Cruz the last day to get pizza, which was a very cute area as well. We live in San Francisco, and other family traveled from out of state and it felt like a getaway for all of us. Santa Cruz has the rugged beauty of the Northern California coast combined with many things to do and see, which makes it a great spot for vacation! The laid back beach vibe of the area and the fact that the house was amazing made for an exceptional time. Thank you, John for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks so much for the amazing review. We love hosting you and hope to see you back for your third trip soon!!!
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Wonderful stay, clean modern home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying here and absolutely LOVE this home! We were two families with 6 small kids and the house was just perfect. The house was very clean, well laid out and had everything we needed. Perfect view of the ocean from the deck, hot tub in the backyard was great for soaking in after playing on the beach all day. Home was recently remodeled so everything is new and clean. All the beds are comfortable and TV's worked great as well. Owner very responsive with any questions as well. Love this home and will be staying again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love hearing that our guests enjoy our beach house! Thanks for review and we look forward to hosting you again for your third time!
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Luxury Relaxing Beach Getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is a real piece of heaven for anyone who has the good fortune to stay here! John, the owner, has really thought of everything and impeccably maintains the property. The house has every amenity you could want and we enjoyed them all: Fire-pit, Hot tub, bikes, outdoor shower, beach gear with easy walk to ocean, the patio with its view of the water, quiet residential street, well-stocked kitchen and super comfortable beds. We couldn't have asked for more and would love to return to this beautiful Santa Cruz gem! As a frequent VRBO user, I can honestly say this place is FIRST RATE!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate the review and enjoyed hosting you for your 3rd time! We're delighted that you have been able to use it for both your family and again for a "girls getaway weekend." We work really hard to keep the house in "pristine condition" - so our guests can come an fully enjoy their stay.
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Awesome Beach House = Awesome Vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Again, our family had a wonderful time at this beach house. This was our third year in a row staying here and it feels like our own now. There are so many wonderful amenities from a garage full of bikes, helmets, beach chairs, toys and wet suits to a kitchen full of pots, pans, baking sheets, wine glasses and more! This year, we especially benefitted from the new upright washer and dryer with their large load capacities. We really appreciate the effort the owners put into keeping the property pristine and in full working order. We also appreciate that the house is stocked with the necessities such as toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo and soap. It just makes having a great vacation that much easier. Thank you, again! We'll definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you once again had a wonderful time in our beach house. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review - and point out that we work hard to keep the house in "pristine" condition.
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This vacation property is outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

This property is like staying at a five star resort only better because it has everything you need to make you feel at home.

These owners thought of everything. From the fully stocked kitchen to the beautiful decor it’s perfect!

They provided bikes which we used for exploring the many restaurants close by and for a cruise along the ocean.

The downstairs tv area was our choice for watching the Giants. The sound system made us realize we needed to update ours.

The beds were a ten!

This was definitely our best vacation ever and we can’t wait to reserve it again!

The Gwiazdon’s

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review!! Thanks also for noticing the great TV's and sound systems. We splurged on lots of items in the house that includes super high speed Wifi, top of the line kitchen gear, beds, and much more!!! We really appreciate that you left the house in "10 out of 10" condition and look forward to hosting you again in the future!
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Great house, great location and great weather !!!

  • 5 of 5

Our second year was again wonderful. The house is beautiful and well equipped. I strongly recommend to anyone wanting a Santa Cruz beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had a great time once again! Thanks so much for leaving the house in great condition and taking time to write a review. Hope to see you again next year.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
4.6 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
24th Ave.

We love this quiet street that is so close to: Private beaches, Boardwalk, Yacht Harbor, World Class Surfing, Mountain Biking, Numerous Golf Courses, Charming Capitola Village, Fishing, Paddleboarding, UC Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell Redwoods / Roaring Camp Railroad, Whale Watching, and so much more!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $260
Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500

- Please check with us prior to booking a trip starting on Sunday, as we need to make a special request for housekeeping.
- Our vacation rental permit allows for a 10-person maximum occupancy. This includes children. Unfortunately we can't grant exceptions. The County sheriff also strictly enforces excessive noise after 10 pm - so no large, loud parties are allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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