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Daniel Michalak

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

The Santa Barbara Grand with Spectacular Ocean and City Views

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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2 bedroom, 1 full bath comfortable for 5, sleeps 6

Perfectly located on the Lower Riviera, this property offers spectacular ocean and city views from the living room, breakfast nook and front & side decks. Walking or biking distance to downtown, the historical Mission Santa Barbara, Parks, and Restaurants. Close by car are botanical gardens and hiking (15 min), Solvang (45 min) and wine country (60min).

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Daniel Michalak (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Daniel Michalak

We are a family of 6. We lived here after we got married and before we had kids. We now live in Huntington Beach and visit as much as we can. We can't wait to move back to Santa Barbara. We are so happy to open up our home so other can take in and enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara.

Daniel Michalak purchased this house in 1989


based on 21 traveler reviews

The Santa Barbara Grand with Spectacular Ocean and City Views
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

Nice place, but a little old and not super clean

  • 3 of 5

I can't say this place is terrible, because it wasn't. It was in a cute little area about a mile & half above State St (downtown area). I wasn't really happy with the cleanliness of the place. It was not at all dirty, however little things caught my attention. There was a hair int he bathtub for one. That tells me whoever cleaned, didn't really do a thorough job and made me wonder if the tub was even thoroughly cleaned (that's a huge sanitation issue). I noticed the bed sheets had some yellowish spots on them. There were spider webs throughout the house. Considering that we are charged a cleaning fee, I would have expected a much cleaner place. Since cleanliness is most important to me, I had to take away 2 stars for that.

Other than the cleanliness, the place is neat & has everything you need. Kitchen is a little outdated, but not a big deal. The owner forgot to send me all the information prior to arriving, so on my way to Santa Barbara I had to scramble to search for a phone number (the Homeway application kept saying his email was not working). I was getting nervous, but after looking for a while I was able to find a phone number so the owner gave me the information I needed to get into the place.

Like I said, because cleanliness is super important to me, I don't think I would stay here again, but I don't have any other complaints. The place is well furnished and cute. It was also nice that the owner allowed us to book a two night stay, most other places required a 3 night minimum stay.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great bungalow, very peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The casement windows in the kitchen have a beautiful view down into the city, and the decks are quiet and calming. The beds are clean and comfortable. The neighbor was super friendly and helpful. Everything is a short drive away. We stayed with our 4 year old daghter, and she would help to open (and close) the windows for the br of zen to blow through.

Also, the owner was very accords ring, answering questions before and during our stay.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property had one of the best views, the house was great for a weekend stay.

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend was amazing, the house was great for a weekend stay and Ken was helpful in all we needed. We were able to bbq out in the balcony and enjoyed the amazing view that comes with the property. The house was clean and had everything we needed to stay. It was about less than 10 minutes away from the beach and State street, which was the location we spent our most time at. We will come back and stay at the property again on one next visit to Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very cozy and comfy place to stay for the weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here on the weekend of April 8-10 2016 for a bachelorette weekend. We had a great time! It comfortably fit 6 adults, even with just the one bathroom. The kitchen was fully stocked with utencils/appliances so we were able to make breakfast in the mornings. There were even small bottles of shampoo and body wash in the bathroom. The beds were comfortable. The only thing that was a tad bit confusing was how to turn on the tv, but we did get it turned on. And even though the owner gave us the wifi password, none of us were able to connect to it. We called to owner to ask about it and I believe he said the wifi was open, but again, none of us were able to connect to it. Other than that, we had no issues with this place. It was perfect for us, and close to places we wanted to visit. Overall the great.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home with a view on the SB Riviera.

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect setting for our mini-reunion of former college roommates. The home is spacious & well-maintained, with very comfortable beds (including the fold out futon in the living room). Located on a quiet street in the Lower Riviera, it is very convenient to State St., the mission & restaurants on Milpas. Would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good value for great views and pleasant stay

  • 5 of 5

Probably the best thing about this property is the location. The view of the city and the ocean are wonderful to wake up to in the morning. The residential neighborhood is great for walking. It's a bit of a trek to State Street, but definitely doable, and very pleasant. It's not far from the Mission.

The layout of the house works well and is roomy enough for a temporary stay. I think the listing is not completely clear that it's a duplex, with a permanent renter in the unit to the back of this unit. The renter also acts as the owner's on-site property manager, so any problems with the property can be quickly and easily resolved. He is easygoing and helpful. That said, if privacy is a top priority for you, just be aware that it's a duplex and that there are also apartments close next door. Most of the time it was quiet and peaceful.

The beds were comfortable, linens, towels, etc. were plentiful. Overall, clean, but the furnishings could use some updating. It was very dark in the living room the first few nights of our visit, but that was quickly remedied by the owner's agent who acquired two lamps that made a world of difference.

The most problematic room is the kitchen, which has no dishwasher, very little counter space, and a microwave that is difficult to get to if you're short. If you don't plan to cook, it won't be a problem for you, though.

Overall, this was a good value. I would recommend it for those who don't mind being a bit off the tourist track. You'll need a car for the beach, grocery, etc.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Santa Barbara
Car: recommended

Perfectly located on the Lower Riviera this property is walking or biking distance to the historic Mission Santa Barbara, county bowl, parks, restaurants and downtown. From the Living Room, Deck and Breakfast Nook enjoy spectacular views of both the ocean and downtown, providing for the total Santa Barbara experience.

Other Activities: Site Seeing, Whale Watching,


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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee (< 3nights) $80
Tax Rate 12.0%

Our property is newly furnished with modern appliances and convienences. We have a 2 night minimum stay. Our maximum nightly rate is $250 + tax. For stays more than 2 days the rates are less. The peak season and peak rates are May through September. The City of Santa Barbara requires us to charge 12% hotel tax for stays less than 30 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Santa Barbara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • We provide hand soap, hair shampoo and hair conditioner for your stay.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The Master Bedroom has a queen size bed, the 2nd Bedroom has a double size bed and the Living Room has a convertable couch that makes into a very comfortable double size bed. All the beds are very comfortable.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our property has all the amenities of home. We provide fresh linens and towels. We provide hand soap in both the kitchen and bathroom as well as mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner. We do not allow pets because of sensitivity guests with allergies. If you have any special requests please inform us on your inquiry so as we can attempt to accomodate.

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