About this listing
This upstairs bedroom has easy access from the front entry and has its own private bathroom. The views are fabulous, looking across to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the wharf, and the sailboats taking advantage of the ocean breezes.
A short walk down the hill takes you to the beach. Turn the other direction and take advantage of the spectacular walking and bike path along W. Cliff Drive to Natural Bridges Beach. Take a short 25 minute walk to downtown to access any of the 10 movie theaters and many wonderful restaurants.
2 night minimum required.
If you would like to do any cooking, please be sure to make arrangements with us in advance. We have a busy household and the kitchen is the busiest spot in the house. Thanks.
Kim and Mike were great. Our needs were anticipated and taken care of before we could ask, particularly in making sure we had the correct parking permit. The room and bath were very comfortable and the location is perfect for walking to the boardwalk. We would definitely go back to this listing and recommend it to others.
This is a fantastic location with a beautiful view and unimposing hosts! It's probably the best location you're going to get to have access to a run/walk path, the wharf, the beach, and downtown. Also, the hosts are very clear with directions for parking and how to not get a ticket! We parked and didn't move our car until we left town.
Why yes, there is a queen bed! The bed in the picture has changed, so if you're worried like we were, rest easy. The mattress was firm, but it was still a very comfortable bed with windows right overhead to keep you cool as you sleep. There is also a mini fridge in the room, which was great for us.
Kim was very nice and would probably have offered more advice about fun things to do around town if we didn't already have our own plans in mind (which were eating ALL THE VEGAN FOOD). They were helpful and immediately on top of any issues that came up. Would absolutely return!
Kim and Mike were wonderful hosts and their house is lovely. We were very busy during our trip so we didn't actually get to meet Kim until we were checking out, but they were very accommodating in setting us up with clear directions on how to get keys, where our room was located, and parking. The bed was SO comfortable and the room was a perfect temperature with a nice summer breeze at night.
Great location, walking distance from the Boardwalk and only a few minute drive to other local beaches and up to the mountains. We would definitely stay with Kim and Mike again!
Kim and Mike made it for a very easy arrival. They left the key for us so we were able to arrive at any time and gave us easy to follow instructions for parking our car. The house itself is gorgeous and the room was very nice as well. It was very nice to have a restroom in the bedroom. The only downside was that the bed was not very comfortable and I woke up the next morning with a sore back. The area is beautiful, right across the street from the water and a 5-10 min walk down to the boardwalk, shops and restaurants (WARNING: Do not go to the falafel place! Plenty of other options that I'm sure have MUCH BETTER food!) and also to all the rides. Downtown Santa Cruz is just a 5 min drive away or a 15-20 min walk depending on where you're headed. We didn't actually get to meet Kim and Mike, but from our conversation on the phone and via email they seemed very pleasant. Overall a really nice experience.
We're glad that Rachel and her boyfriend enjoyed Santa Cruz and, although we didn't run into them at the house, they seemed very nice. We're sorry that the bed wasn't comfortable for them and this was a concern for us when we read it in the review. We followed up with Rachel to get a better understanding of the problem and also reached out to others who've spent the night in the bed to solicit their feedback. We didn't survey everyone, but those we did, found the bed provided them a good night's sleep. The bed is definitely firm and has a memory foam topper, which seems to suit those who prefer a firm mattress rather than a soft one. In response to Rachel's comments, we've also added a high loft mattress cover to soften it up a bit.
Kim was friendly and welcoming. The room was lovely and clean, with a nice view of the bay. The house was pretty and I wish we had had more time to enjoy it. We liked the informational page about how they are adapting their garden to low-water-use; it's nice for out-of-towners to see how CA residents are adapting to the drought.
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About the Host, Kim And Mike
My husband and I and share this great house with our daughter who is a young adult and a single "boarder". My husband is Director of IT for one of the large divisions at UCSC, and I own my own company which provides commercial real estate development services for nonprofit organizations. I have an office in San Francisco and also work out of my home office in Santa Cruz a number of days per week.
We enjoy living in Santa Cruz with the beach across the street and the redwoods a short drive away. We appreciate the natural wonders every day and vow never to take them for granted.