About this listing
Walk score of 91! Park the car in our parking spot and see the sights right down the street. This little house accommodates everyone, lots of indoor and outdoor seating to help you relax when you aren't out enjoying the Santa Barbara life!
Three blocks from Santa Barbara's downtown center, this sunny south facing creekside house is a perfect location to set out to see this beautiful city.
Completely renovated it has 1.5 baths and a fresh, bright...everything! Two bedrooms with queen beds and a full sized sofa bed in the living room, it sleeps 4 adults and 2 children. (Sofa bed best for kids.)
There is designated parking off street so you can park your car and walk everywhere!! (Bike rental three blocks at State Street). We have a cabinet full of games for quality family time while you stay. Other amenities include a washer/dryer, hair dryer, flat screen TV and fast wi-fi.
In the Spring you can hear the frogs in the creek as you stretch out and enjoy the private sunny patio! Time to relax or time to plan your next adventure into all the natural beauty or shopping and dining splendor Santa Barbara has to offer.
The local bus is a block away, it's 6 blks down to the beach (15 min walk or 5 min bike ride) or take the $.50 trolley (along State Street or along the beach), everything is close and accessible.
Restaurants and bars are all within walking distance and the choices are endless. Fresh local produce at the farmers market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, just 3 blocks away. You might be tempted to cook up a feast in the orange kitchen... it's ready for your creations and the built-in dining area is cozy and comfortable to bring your family together.
Our hope is you'll come and relax... and enjoy every minute!
Great list for planning ideas search: Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce Events & Calendar and Santa Barbara Car Free (discounted train tickets). For Channel Islands National Park kayak visits with Channel Islands Outfitters. Day trips hiking with Island Packers out of Ventura Harbor.
We have grocery bags in the 1/2 bath to take to the store with you, new SB ordinance! Grocery bags cost $.10 each, no more plastic here :) Beach chairs, high chair and boogie boards are in the shed in the side yard.
Guests have access to the whole house, 1 off street parking space (unlimited on-street parking) and the side yard at the creek. It was purchased and remodeled to be a vacation rental (mainly because it no longer had a garage after the city remodeled the creek). ?'s re: DOGS - see my profile info.
Interaction with Guests
Due to the short term visits of most guests, we don't always see our guests. We try to give them all they need to have an "independant" experience and be readily available if they need/want for anything/help.
Yes, you are going on vacation in a neighborhood...! Not in a tourist corridor that is some what controlled. It's like you've moved into your own house for your stay, so the things that make you a good neighbor at home apply here. Please be considerate and respectful and let your host know (think of your call to me as calling the front desk at a hotel...) if something is going on before you write in in a review so it can be resolved for all the future guests!!
Our other listings in the same great downtown neighborhood:
Walk SB #1 Great Downtown Location! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/403582
Walk SB #2 Great Downtown Location! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1133052
Easy public transit: bus, trolley and bike rentals. The house is within walking distance to the train and Enterprise car rental. 10 minute taxi ride from the airport.
Search: Santa Barbara Car Free and
Walk Score for West Ortega Street (great maps!)
Other Things to Note
Questions about booking? If you are new to Airbnb, check-out the "getting started" section listed under the help button in the upper right hand corner. It will save you time and answer all your questions :) I give priority booking for inquiries with complete profiles... It makes things much easier!
The kitchen is equipped with a toaster, coffee, tea, coffee maker, blender, microwave, full oven and toaster. There are a variety of seasonings, olive oil, foil and parchment paper. Next door is a corner store if you should need anything else. We do not have air conditioning here, plenty of fans :)
1. Contact Cathy if you have questions or concerns (noise, something broken, odd smell...). As much as we would like to... we do not allow pets or sublets. 2. RESPECT: Please be respectful of our great, friendly neighbors (please let me know if they are not being respectful of you/us...) Check out is at eleven, call if you need more time. 3. PLEASE DO NOT: Smoking is not permitted on the property. The fireplace is for candles only. 4.. H20 USE AND RECYCLE: Please recycle (guide on washer lid) and conserve our precious water wherever possible - we are in a serious drought - please no baths!! 5. PARK: Park your car in the space behind the house. Check the signs if you street park. Call Cathy if someone is in the parking spot! 6. HEAT: The heater has set off the smoke detector if it's left on high enough. 65 degrees works, it helps to open the blinds on the front of the house and let the sun in! 8. COOK! The kitchen counter is wood block that is NOT designed to be cut on. Please use the cutting board supplied. 9. WASTE NOT: Feel free to leave extra food stuff that you'd like to find in the frig when you arrive...:) Take the rest with you or dispose of it properly. The trash and recycle receptacles are outside the gate at the sidewalk- note chart on washer. 10. SHEETS AND TOWELS: Leave soiled linens in the laundry basket in the bedroom closets (duvet cover can stay on the comforter if not soiled) and do your dishes before you go home. If you let me know if something isn't working or got broken, it helps so much. Often times I don't learn this until I have another guest walking in the door!
Our hopes are that you will enjoy your stay. If that means relaxing in the sun by the creek or getting out to see all that Santa Barbara has to offer. We are outdoor enthusiasts, don't hesitate to contact us if you want ideas for fun!
Cozy living room to read, relax or play games. The sofa makes into a full bed, great place to camp kids...
The house was perfect and matched the information to the max. It is close to the lively center of SB and to the ocean beach. All amenities in the house were comfortable, as was the parking. I would recommend the house to any couple or family. The neighbourhood is OK and felt safe.
Property is even better than described. Cathy, the host, has given attention to every detail. The house is creatively organized and clean. There are games, cards, and a multitude of reading materials for both adults and children. There was even a play pen in one of the closets. Wholeheartedly recommend this property. Pack light because the house already has what you need.
Our host contacted us before our arrival with a welcoming hello and wishing us a good trip. She was available during our stay if we had any needs or concerns.
The home was a wonderful place to stay. As soon as you open the door you smile and know you've chosen a great location. It seemed that anything you wished to have during your stay was there. We didn't have children with us, but if we had, there were games, beach supplies, and even a pack and play!
There was a problem with the cable on the tv and she did a 3 way conversation with them to resolve it.
The house is 3 blocks from State Street in downtown Santa Barbara and is in a wonderful location! I highly recommend staying here!
Cathy's creekside little house is fantastic! It has everything you could need and is spotlessly clean and comfortable. I loved sitting in the yard after dark and listening to the frogs in the creek. We have stayed in Cathy's properties twice and have had great experiences both times. Her properties are all within walking distance of everything in downtown Santa Barbara, including the beach. Cathy is a wonderful host!
Perfect place, good situation. Easy to park the car and a good quater! Great!
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About the Host, Cathy
I'm native to Santa Barbara and my husband, Scott, is Canadian (we met traveling :). We are paddling and outdoors enthusiasts, who loves family and dogs! (Sorry, we can not host your dog- search Dioji or Dog Vacay for boarding options.)
We have hosted students from around the world in our home, traveled whenever we can and truly enjoy sharing this beautiful city with our guests.
Our experience with Airbnb had been fantastic. Our guests (although we don't always meet) have been clean, courteous and conscious. So many good people traveling about~! We hope your travels bring you to Santa Barbara and that you enjoy every minute in the sun.