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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Westside Bungalow Walk to Surf, Beach, Boardwalk and Downtown

39 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Overview

Westside House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

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This adorable, lovingly-maintained, Westside 40's bungalow is located in a central yet peaceful neighborhood. Ideally located on the corner of Bay & Lighthouse, it’s a short walk to: Cowell’s Beach, Steamer Lane, the lively Municipal Pier and the ever-entertaining Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Take one of our beach cruisers for a short bike ride Downtown, to Mission Street, New Leaf market, the Harbor and beyond. You'll never need to get into your car.

Our well-appointed, but simple home was recently renovated - adding modern amenities while maintaining it’s retro feel. For a small house, the two bedrooms, kitchen and living room are all quite spacious with loads of natural light. The sunny kitchen is great for entertaining and is outfitted with new appliances, good knives, and stocked with basic supplies like olive oil and spices. The master bedroom has a wonderful Cal King bed, work desk, task chair, and an iMac computer loaded with an interactive version of the guest handbook and local information. The larger second bedroom has two double beds. If more capacity is needed, we have an Aero bed stored in the closet along with a Pack ‘n Play for infants.

If it’s exercise you desire, you can clear your head with a 5-mile run on the gorgeous sea wall, winding along the secluded beaches and rocky outcroppings. Stroll out to West Cliff, where the world-class surf ranges from beginner to pro. Pedal up to the stunning UCSC campus or wilder ranch for amazing mountain biking, or just blaze down the scenic coast highway on your roadbike.

If you’re more interested in filling your belly, or your soul, you can ride out to the Westside Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning to pick up fresh produce, meats and flowers. Stop by Kelly’s Bakery for a fresh chocolate eclair or hit the Santa Cruz Yoga Studio for a Vinyasa Class. Kick back at the Bonny Doon wine tasting room or grab a beer at the Santa Cruz Brewery.

If you like to shop you can take a stroll Downtown on historic and vibrant Pacific Avenue. Pop into the many locally-owned businesses. Grab a taco from the Taco Bar at the Palomar Inn, have an intimate dinner at Gabriella’s but be sure to save room for dessert. Penny Ice Creamery has wild flavors made on site with surprising local ingredients.

If you want to take a day trip, there are numerous redwood hikes with swimming holes, a variety of colorful coastal towns, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel & Pebble beach, and the San Jose Tech museum.

Check out our website. The link is at the bottom of the 'Rate Details' section.

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More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Owner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Alan and Brit are originally from Canada but have spent the past 15 years in the Bay Area. Alan is a product designer and Brit works in advertising as a Digital Production Consultant. We're kinda nerdy but LOVE to surf. We have traveled all over the world but think the Bay Area and Santa Cruz are hard to beat. We split our time between SF and SC.

The Owner purchased this house in 2011

Why The Owner chose Santa Cruz

After spending more and more time in Santa Cruz over the past few years we realized how much it has to offer and how it is the perfect compliment to San Francisco, where we both work. We love both places and the vacation rental allows us to enjoy both.

What makes this house unique

The one downside of Santa Cruz is the traffic - especially on the weekends. Location is key. We park our car when we get here and hardly ever use it. There’s something about getting around on a beach cruiser, or strolling, that totally changes your state of mind. We always leave here feeling mentally refreshed. . . and maybe physically exhausted from surfing. It’s a great feeling.

Reviews

5
based on 39 traveler reviews

Westside Bungalow Walk to Surf, Beach, Boardwalk and Downtown
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
5

Exceeded every expectation!

  • 5 of 5

Choosing a property based on photos, owner description, and reviews is always a risk...and we couldn't have been happier with the payoff with the bungalow on Lighthouse. From the initial contact with Alan and Brit, to very fair pricing, to the home being ready for our arrival after an 11 hour drive with two teens, our family's experience was perfect. The house is beautiful and retro-funky, comfortable, exceedingly well-appointed, and the location was absolutely perfect (minutes to grocery, restaurants, kayaking, the university, and Mission...and an easy walk to the Boardwalk, beach, and amazing cliff walk trail).

Every detail made our stay 5-star: the kitchen has everything you need, the beds are comfy, the linens are quality, the washer and dryer are virtually new, you get off-street parking (which is huge), and the landscaping shows how much the owners care about the property...you feel at home, not like a "rental."

Our kids rode the bikes provided, we grilled, there's DirectTV, a Mac computer in the master bedroom to help plan activities and get info about the house... I could go on. Cons? Honestly, none...maybe having one bathroom if you don't want to share. The bottom line is we weren't 5 minutes out of Santa Cruz before we started discussing retuning and staying at the bungalow.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tennessee
5

Great property

  • 5 of 5

Alan & Brit are great hosts and 714 Lighthouse is a marvelously comfortable, convenient, and well equipped place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

This house is so cute and very well-appointed. It was perfect for our stay, within walking distance of the wharf and the cliffs. We couldn't have picked a better location. Brit and Alan are very responsive and have set up the house to really feel like a home. I highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Loved it

  • 5 of 5

The home is cosy, well appointed and very comfortable

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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seattle
5

Santa Cruz Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! The home is located walking distance to everything-1 block from the Beach Boardwalk. It was clean, comfortable, lovely and had everything we wanted.

We would stay there again and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tennessee
5

Bill & Marcia

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd visit to this property. The cottage is in a terrific location and is extremely well equipped. Brit and Alan have thought of everything to make their guests comfortable. There are toys for folks of all ages. Our grandchildren especially enjoyed the beach cruisers.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Well Within Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
Cowell's Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
Indicators Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
Steamer Lane
Nearest Point of Interest
West Cliff Drive Seawall Pathway
Nearest Point of Interest
New Leaf Market
Nearest Point of Interest
West Side Farmer's Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Pleasure Point Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
38th Avenue Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
The Hook
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Harbor
Car: not necessary

Beach Volleyball Courts, Wine Tours, Redwood Forest (hiking & biking), Mountain Streams with Swimming Holes, Marine Wildlife.

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Rates & Availability

Westside House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Aug 22 2016 - Sep 7 2016
5 night minimum stay
$259
$1,624
$7,000
 
 
Late Season
Sep 8 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$240
$1,445
$4,350
 
 
Low Season
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$240
$1,445
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$240
$1,445
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $120 + Tax
Property Insurance $49
Tax Rate 11.0%

These rates are generally accurate, but may vary if the reservation crosses between high and low season. Also, we may be able to offer lower rates for stays longer than 3 weeks.

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Amenities

Westside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Shed
  • Tennis Court
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
2 Beach Cruiser Bikes, 2 Beginner Surfboards, Boogie Boards, Previously-Enjoyed Wetsuits. Backyard, Central Location, Walk to Boardwalk, Walk to Steamer Lane, One Block from Cowell's Beach.

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