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Westside Bungalow Walk to Surf, Beach, Boardwalk and Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

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

Member since: 2011
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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

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 Westside

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.


Westside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Shed
  • Tennis Court
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • 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
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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average rating of 4.98 based on 50 reviews

Wonderful stay!!!!

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at West side bungalow was very nice. The house location is a few minutes from the west cliff drive, 45 minutes to Carmel, and very close to fine beaches and restaurants. Our son lives in Los Gatos, this was our second rental in the area. We love the area, seeing flowers at this time of the year is wonderful, we will be heading back to Maine next week.

We both enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, Comfy Beach House!

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous place! So cute! So close to the beach! It's an old house though and you can hear EVERYTHING..... So, just keep that in mind. We had trouble with naps for our little one. The owners are amazing and accommodating. We enjoyed our stay so much!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we stayed here and enjoyed it just as much as the first.

A wonderful property with everything provided to make it feel like home from home.

It's a fantastic location for Santa Cruz and base for exploring the Monterey Bay area.

Will definitely return for a third time!

Thanks once again to Brit and Alan.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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New Orleans, Louisiana

Great bungalow!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent safe location and delightful ambiance. Perfect for anyone racing or spectating for IM Santa Cruz. We definitely would book a stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Very sweet getaway by the beach

  • 5 of 5

Lovely updated retro home with all the accessories to make a fun vacation. I loved the fully equipped kitchen with real chef's knives and pots and pans and even baking pans. Perfect for a longer stay with family. The location couldn't be better. It's in a quiet neighborhood but only one block to the beach and easy bike ride or walk to downtown restaurants and shops. The house was spotlessly clean and welcoming. The owners are also very friendly and helpful if you need them. We had a fabulous time. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA, USA


  • 5 of 5

We are two adults with teenage daughters & the home couldn't have been better. Great communication with hosts. Clean & all amenities to make a fun & comfortable vacation stay. My personal favorite feature was the back patio table & chairs. Kids loved being close to the boarwalk. Easy & free parking. Kitchen is completely stocked including electric kettle & teapot for my tea habit. Notes around the house are minimal & helpful. They have left no stone unturned to make guests' stay enjoyable. Truly felt like home for a week.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Housekeeping $120 + Tax
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.