Functional kitchenDining area with gate-legged table

Entire home/apt

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

The studio apartment is a separate part of my home with its own entrance, bathroom and kitchen. Please note that the studio is accessed by stairs through the garden: it is not handicap accessible.

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $30
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: $120 / night
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The space

A lovely, light-filled studio apartment with separate entrance and bathroom, within blocks of Rio Del Mar beach in Aptos. Accessed down a flight of stairs through a garden, a full kitchen, deck, privacy and quiet are all waiting for you, in a lovely environment that is also close to restaurants, grocery stores, hiking or biking trails in Nisene Marks forest. And just three blocks from the beach- you can walk for miles from here along the shoreline.
This studio is a great place for those who want to enjoy all Santa Cruz and Monterey have to offer, but also enjoy the lower key atmosphere a little ways away from the tourists. The house is secluded and the views from the garden are amazing.
Free Wi-Fi internet, though the TV/DVD are not connected to cable connection. There is a brand new queen sized bed, and I also have a twin aerobed that you can use for children or additional guests. I do have a limit of 3 adults or two adults and 1 child. And I also require a 2 nights minimum stay.
The studio is part of my home, with a separate entrance and private bathroom, and a door that locks between my part of the house and the studio. I am a mature professional woman who works full time and I am the primary resident though my daughters stay with me from time to time.
Please do note that I do not allow any smoking on the property- this applies both inside the studio and outside on the deck or in the garden.

Because the studio is a part of my home, I do want to know something about you when you contact me about dates. Please include a brief description of who will be staying at the studio and maybe something about why you are visiting Aptos.
I require a 2 nights minimum stay.
And while I have a small dog myself, this property is really not optimal for pets.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

No smoking, no pets, quiet after 10 pm.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Smoke detector

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

149 Reviews

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Waheeda User Profile
May 2017
First thing that comes to mind is…WOW! What a beautiful place! Dorian gave us clear directions to get to the location. The studio is attached to her home but there was a lot of privacy. It’s close to both Monterey and Santa Cruz so you can easily go to those cities if you wish. We ran into Dorian one day and she was very lovely. She recommended some great restaurants and they were so yummy! You can tell that she definitely works very hard to keep her home very beautiful and make her guests feel welcome. Studio: Very clean, tidy, and quiet. She decorated it in a way where it feels very homey. She provided great directions/tips/ recommendations in a binder as soon as we walked in. You can open up all the blinds and the sun will pour in beautifully around the whole studio. She had extra blankets, sheets, beach towels, ironing board, iron, etc. Kitchen: Well stocked! You can prepare a whole meal if you just get your main items. She has various spices, coffee, tea, pots, pans, utensils, etc. She even left out some oranges for us. You will find all sorts of condiments in the fridge. Bathroom: Well-lit, plenty of clean towels/wash clothes, and stocked with various items (more than hotels even). For all the women out there, yes there is a dryer! It also had a heater on the ceiling which I loved because I get cold very easily. I loved my stay at the studio very much. My favorite part would definitely be the breathtaking view. Her home is overlooking the town and the beach and I could not get enough of it. From sunrise, to midday, to sunset, the view will look different depending on the sunlight. There is a little bench where you can enjoy the wonderful view with your significant other. When we ran into Dorian, she told us to sit there but if you’re a bit formal like me, I recommend you ask her first since it’s closer to her main door. I’m so glad she told us about it because you may just miss the bench area. One of my favorite things was the walk around the neighborhood early in the morning. You will see beautiful homes and they all look different. The neighbors were friendly and you will see various people jogging and walking their dogs. It’s about a 10-15 walk to the beach. Take a longer route so you can see the beautiful houses first and then take the shortcut back home! There’s a café called Pixies by the beach that we also loved. It felt very local and fresh! I would definitely go back to Dorian’s studio again. Now I know what people mean in the reviews, it is such a gem that you almost don’t want to share this secret place with anyone. But if you enjoy nature, the quiet, the beach and a home away from home, then you...

Scott User Profile
May 2017
Great location. Great place. You won't regret it.

Karen User Profile
May 2017
We loved Dorian's place so much that I almost want to keep it a secret! The studio space is airy and bright with a beautiful view of climbing roses, trees and ocean in distance. I loved the garden and the tasteful, peaceful decor. I came for a spirit retreat workshop and Dorian's place was the perfect sanctuary.

Julianna User Profile
April 2017
My fiancé and I stayed at Dorian's place for our 3 year anniversary. She gave extremely detailed driving directions, and she was very easy to contact. I was able to text her and get all my questions answered. Since she wasn't going to physically be around, she gave me her neighbor's number. Anyone who stays at Dorian's place will love the view!! You hear wind chimes and birds when you open the windows (which you should because her garden is beautiful and who doesn't want to hear birds and wind chimes?) Also, please check the cupboards in the kitchen! You will be pleasantly surprised with how well stocked it is! Everything was provided (spices, oils, dishes, and utensils). There was also an ironing board, an iron, a hair dryer, make up remover, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, and soap in the bathroom. I also appreciated how accommodating she was with check in and check out time.

Diane User Profile
April 2017
A quick walk to the Rio Del Mar beach; a quiet residential neighborhood. The studio was immaculate and the furnishings simple and near. The kitchen and bathroom were super clean and well-stocked for cooking and bathing. Would stay here again, hopefully a bit longer. Dorian communicated quickly and efficiently and I found everything to be as described.

Ian User Profile
April 2017
Great space with amazing garden and nice views. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Nelson User Profile
April 2017
This studio is absolutely wonderful. My wife and I stayed for three days, although wished we could've stayed longer. There's a kitchen that's equipped to cook an entire meal, which we used for breakfast every morning. It's a two minute drive or 10 minute walk to the beach. Very quiet as well. Dorian was a great host and communicative. Overall I highly recommend this place to anyone staying in the area.

Aptos, California, United States · Joined in April 2013
Dorian User ProfileDorian is a superhost.

Professional woman, mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to three. I have owned my home in Aptos for more than 20 years. With my daughters out on their own, I have space to share. My house, the garden and the views are wonderful, I know you will enjoy all this loveliness and quiet as much as I do.

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