Welcome to 5th Haven! Our goal is simple, to offer you a place of tranquility, of rest and repose. Remodeled in 2013, this beautiful beachside cottage was built with serenity in mind. Walking distance to the beach, Santa Cruz harbor, restaurants, live music, surf/paddleboard/boat rentals, beach volleyball, firepits.
Careful attention to detail was made remodeling the home to give this small slice of heaven a cozy beach feel. It will comfortably accommodate 6 with indoor & outdoor living space to relax and enjoy the Santa Cruz sun.
Guests are welcome to all amenities in the home including kitchenware, free WiFi internet, cable TV, hammock and even beach cruisers!
Located on a quaint one-way street, 5th Haven is far enough from the downtown Santa Cruz tourism to unwind, yet close enough to visit. The Twin Lakes area of Santa Cruz has water on 3 of its 4 corners. Santa Cruz harbor to the West, Swan Lake to the right, and Twin Lakes beach out front.
One of the great things about 5th Haven is its location. Once you park you never really have to drive again. The home is a short walk to the beach, Santa Cruz harbor, restaurants, live music, surf/paddleboard/boat rentals, beach volleyball, and fire pits. Of course if you want to venture out, downtown Capitola, and downtown Santa Cruz are only a few miles away. There are two parking spots available in front of the home and public transit is available right down the street.
We like to follow the golden rule "treat our home the way you want yours to be treated". We love our small slice of Santa Cruz heaven and take pride in how beautifully it turned out. That's why we ask you to help us keep it looking like those pictures that enticed to visit. We also don't allow pets (while we love animals, one thing 5th Haven lacks is a grassy knoll), and no smoking (it kills the seagulls). Lastly, parking is the Santa Cruz diamond. Please avoid parking in front of other people's houses so they have somewhere to rest their wheels. Thanks!
Ryan was helpful and quick to respond. The keyless entry made check in, coming and going easy. Parking is a bonus in Santa Cruz, and having the car so close to the front door was convenient. Enjoyed the large television and good sound system, made for relaxing nights after busy days sightseeing.
Ryan's place / 5th haven was a dream. Bigger and more attention to detail than the pictures do justice. While I didn't use the fire pit in front, I would definitely try it next time. Super close to the water, views, nearby markets if you need something.
Also, Ryan is a great communicator, quick to respond. Highly recommended. A great deal of value for the price point. Would be ideal for a couple w/ or w/o kids. Thanks again Ryan!
The place was very well furnished, felt new and neat. The keyless entry was also convenient (keypad). The kitchen and dining area was well equipped and spacious. The only draw back to the place was that the rooms didn't have a convenient place to hang clothes. Other than that everything was great. Ryan was very responsive when I contacted him and followed up to make sure my stay was comfortable. Location is in a quiet residential area which offered outside parking.
Ryan sent a welcome email and a detailed handbook to help us understand what to expect with the rental and how to handle city regulations such as parking. He responded immediately when we had problems getting in and was very helpful when we had other questions. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family. It is clean, cute and perfectly located.
Our stay at 5th Haven was wonderful. Everything met our expectations, and the neighborhood was very charming. It's location is perfect, and allowed us to walk to the beach daily as well as the Verve for coffee each morning. It is also only a few minutes from downtown. The kitchen and all appliances exceeded our expectations, and we were able to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal from scratch using the tools available. The layout of the home is really spacious and cozy, and we really enjoyed the outdoor fire pit and hammock. We would definitely stay here again!
We were really looking forward to having the entire house for the weekend. Prior to our arrival to Santa Cruz, Ryan was extremely communicable and helpful. Unfortunately the house did not meet our expectations upon arrival. The kitchen trash was full and there were dirty pots and pans stacked in the kitchen and the dishwasher was full of dirty dishes. We arrived just before dinner so we had to handwash the pans before being able to cook and have enough cutlery for dinner. There were also crumbs in the kitchen and dining area so we had to vacuum the floor beforehand. The beds weren't made which wasn't a big deal, but because there weren't enough thick blankets in the closet, we had to go through the hamper and do a couple of loads of laundry to wash the used blankets before we could go to bed. There was also a soiled towel in the bathtub which kind of put us off as we weren't sure if the bathroom had been cleaned prior to our arrival. The place itself is really cute and charming, and served as a great base during our stay in Santa Cruz. We just felt like we had to do a lot of cleaning before we could feel comfortable for our stay. Our experience was probably an anomaly because Ryan was out of town during our stay but the lack of attention to detail was a bit of a let down.
Denise and I are so sorry to hear you arrived with the house in that condition. We have a cleaning team turnover the home before every guest arrives and we just found out there was a mix up in the date they should have cleaned. Your cleaning fee was refunded and we apologize for the inconvenience.
To all future guests,
Please notify us if you find any issues with the home upon arrival or any time during your stay. We strive to provide our guests with the highest quality standards and will do our best to remedy any situation as it arises. Also please refer to the other reviews below to better understand the typical condition of the home.
Beautiful, family/baby friendly place to call home during our weekend in Santa Cruz. A true vacation rental with all the amenities you would expect in a hotel (plus WAY more). Everything felt very clean, new and nicely thought out. The location was fantastic. Easy walk or drive to it all. I wondered about being close to a busier street, but have no fear, it's totally peaceful inside the home. Communication with Ryan was outstanding. I would HIGHLY recommend to others, and hope to stay there again on our next visit.
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Born in So-Cal, found home in the Bay. Moved here in 2008 and fell in love with the people, places and slightly more definable seasons. I work for a surgical robotics company with technology that helps people daily, making my job an enjoyment since I started. When I’m not travelling for work I enjoy fitness activities with my beautiful other half Denise. Any weekend we get to sneak away is spent in Santa Cruz relaxing and enjoying the beach, and on the occasion we get a free week we love to expand our view of the world and explore the amazing people and cultures on different continents.