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!
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!
We loved Cathy's sweet little cottage, especially the frogs singing from the creek at night! It was hard to leave. The location is perfectly walkable, and it is convenient to leave one's car in the onsite parking space. Cathy has thought of every small comfort for her guests—from a well-equipped kitchen, to reading lamps next to the beds. She is an alert, considerate host, and responds swiftly to texts. We already hope to return, as Santa Barbara is one of our favorite California towns. Warmest thanks, Cathy!
Cathy gave us every detail in advance that we needed to feel welcome and secure in her Sunny Creekside Downtown location.
The house is bright, clean, and well maintained. There is more than adequate closet room in each bedroom.
The house is located within walking distance of shopping & restaurants plus a great spa nearby as well.
Cathy welcomed me when I arrived, she left detailed instructions about the house, and an extra key if I lost mine. There were fresh flowers and candles and a personal note. I felt as though I lived there at the house.
Also whenever I needed anything, she was on it immediately. I always felt I could call her, yet I really rarely needed to because she had indeed - thought of everything.
Her house is clean, colorful, artsy, and well supplied with games, books, kids toys, info about the city, and amenities.
Simply put I loved it.
Cathy is a wonderful host! She made sure we had settled in and had everything we needed. This place is such a find, it is immaculate and so cheerfully decorated. We were right at home with our two little boys, we all slept great and enjoyed the convenient downtown location. My 3 year old didn't want to leave, every day we were there he declared how much he loved the "cottage". Thank you Cathy for this perfect place to stay while visiting Santa Barbara!
Cathy and Scott were perfect hosts! The cottage was cozy, clean and sunny, and easy to access. Cathy had thought of everything; there was fresh fruit waiting for us, with recommendations/directions on activities in the area, tours, restaurants, etc. Location of this home was very safe and centrally located. The only reason we rented a car was to have access to surrounding cities. If you're staying in the area, and enjoy walking, you have access to everything on foot, including the beach.
What an amazing little home, sparkling clean, so close to State Street, we will be recommending to all our australian friends, thank you cathy, mike & joey - Sydney Australia
I've stayed at a handful of Aribnb's and, undoubtedly, my stay with Cathy has been one of the best. Cathy was a kind host, answering any questions I had about her space, and consistently checking up on me before and after my arrival. She ensured I had everything I needed and made herself readily available if I had any questions.
As for the space itself, the pictures don't do it justice. Cathy's place is actually perfect. My guest and I kept raving about how the space was just the perfect size, had the perfect location, and we never felt like we were missing anything. I truly recommend Cathy's Airbnb to anyone interested in going to Santa Barbara.
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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.