About this listing
Cozy queen bedroom w. wood shingle wall, open beam ceiling, natural decor, spectacular ocean view. Comfortable California-style home. Relax, hike/bike in nearby redwoods, drive to coast, valley, or scenic local wineries. Wake up to quiet. Sit on deck overlooking state forest, Santa Cruz coastline. Outdoor hot tub. 13 mi to Capitola-by-the-Sea. 13 mi to town of Los Gatos. Full bath adjacent to bedroom, separate from other sleeping area in home. New paint, carpet, fixtures. Share kitchen.
On a ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, private bedroom with a queen bed and comfortable furnishings that looks out on a spectacular coastal view of Monterey Bay. The four-acre property is close to walking trails that take you deep into a redwood forest, bike trails in the Soquel Demonstration Forest, or a 20-minute drive to the Santa Cruz coast. Wineries within a few miles in any direction.
Amazing view that changes with the light and the weather.
Bathroom with shower / tub next to bedroom. Must be able to navigate a few stairs (entryway and 3 steps down to the bedroom) and be OK with our cat Charcoal.
Wireless internet. Satellite tv with basic cable.
You won't hear traffic, instead you will hear the chickens next door. Private and quiet.
Homey, casual living. You need a car to get here, no nearby public transportation.
There's a store about 3 miles away that is open until 8 PM. A few restaurants are in the mountains. Most are either near the coast (Soquel, Capitola), south on Highway 17 to Scotts Valley, or north on 17 to Los Gatos (13 miles).
The rate includes an 11% occupancy tax for the County. Airbnb isn't set up to collect tax here.
The room is good for one or two people. If there is a third, there's an extra fee and they can sleep on the comfortable living room sofa.
Other notes: You can take route 17 from San Jose or Santa Cruz to the Summit exit to get here, or to/from Santa Cruz area, you can take an easy and pleasant back road and avoid the "fishhook" and 17 altogether.
It's 45 min - 1 hour from here to the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, and Pacific Grove.
Kitchen, living room, and deck access.
Hot tub may be on, or you may request it be turned on.
Interaction with Guests
I chat with them a little, answer questions, find out about who they are, and pretty much leave them on their own. I may be here in a different part of the house, sharing the kitchen and deck, or I may be out and they have the entire downstairs to themselves.
You'd never know you are within reach of the SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley, even though you can get here easily. This is a quiet, natural setting with spectacular views, peaceful neighbors, and entertaining wildlife - birds, including wild turkeys sometimes, deer, next door chickens, owls hooting at night. Nice place to hang out or as a base for attending weddings or other events in the mountains or at the coast. You will not be hearing traffic, city noises, loud neighbors. Space to breathe. Easy 40 minute hike among redwoods within walking distance.
No public transportation - you must have a car or other independent vehicle. There is plenty of room to park (outdoors). Airport shuttles come up here, for a substantial fee. Rental car usually a better choice.
Other Things to Note
You might want to plan your food and bring it with you, or you can drive down to the local store before 8 PM. Also there are great restaurants within 20-30 minutes. I can offer light breakfast items like coffee, tea, cereal, usually juice or fruit, and toast. We can confirm based on your preferences.
Be nice to cat. Clean up in kitchen. Be pleasant. If you wish to help out, take sheets off your bed and leave linens in the basket for me to wash.
Know that room rate includes county tax of 11%.
Smoking is allowed outside with an ashtray. Great care is required because we are in a drought and fire hazard is high. Please shower or avoid using lotions before entering hot tub.
If you don't see what you need, please ask. Enjoy your visit to the Santa Cruz Mountains!
Lucy's house is an exceptional place! After an amazing ride up the hills we arrived at a cozy and beautiful house with a wonderful view over the ocean. We really enjoyed the architecture and style of the house!
But this was not it: Lucy was a warm-hearted host. Somebody you really enjoy staying with and talking to. Thanks for the walk through the redwoods, Lucy!
Lucys Haus ist ein außergewöhnlicher Ort! Weit oben in den Hügeln gelegen haben dieses Haus und die Gastgeberin so viel Charme, dass wir gerne noch länger geblieben wären!
If we could rate it with 10 stars we would do it. Our stay was really pleasant at Lucy's. The house is amazing and it's located in a beautiful landscape. We could stay at the hot tube seeing the perseids at night, and Lucy let us extra towels to use it as much as we wanted. We love the decoration of the house, she takes care to the last detail. The room is big and very confortable; we loved it.
Lucy was a great host. She helped us in everything we needed! She is very kind and friendly and we enjoyed a lot our conversations with her.
We recommend this place to everyone.
Going to Lucy's was like spending time with an old friend. She was very helpful in ensuring that we got to places that were important to us to see. The location is gorgeous, with a huge patio to look out over the mountains and the bay. If you're looking for a quiet getaway, this is great place.
Lucy was terrific, very kind and accommodating. Her home is everything she describes, and frankly more. Staying there is what Airbnb is all about!
Lucy was a very accommodating and friendly host. Her house had a lot of room and it was much nicer than we expected! We especially liked the patio (view, hot tub, sofas) and how quiet and relaxing our stay was. Yes it is little remote but that's the point - perfect weekend getaway. Will definitely stay again if possible!
I couldn't have asked for a better first stay with Airbnb than with Lucy. She was kind and generous, and her home was beautiful and comfortable. We loved the fresh eggs and butter and using the hot tub to look at the stars. Lucy was also a joy to talk to: she was warm, funny, but gave us privacy for much of our stay. Our room was great, and we had a private bathroom. The only thing that wasn't enjoyable was the dog next door barking for most of the night, but that's not something that Lucy could have prevented. Lucy's home is a nice, quiet escape in the mountains that is just close enough to the crowded vacation destinations. If you want a getaway, Lucy's home is everything you need.
Staying at Lucy's home was truly a pleasure. The house is tucked away on winding mountain roads, affording visitors a serene escape yet also offers easy highway access to local destinations. We immensely enjoyed the views, the hot tub, and Lucy's company. She is warm, flexible, respectful, generous, and easy to talk to. Everything was very clean and cozy. And we felt lucky to fry up eggs from her neighbors chickens for breakfast each morning. Highly recommend!
About the Host, Lucy
Relaxed, professional mountain homeowner, in my own business, flexible hours. I have a cat, like the quiet of the mountains, follow world news and ideas. Friends and interests all around the world. I like to take walks in the woods nearby my house. Taste in music: blues, rock, soul, jazz, nature, birds. Good friends in the neighborhood make home even better.
(I say I speak French...that means, limited in vocabulary, can speak with you a little).