West Santa Cruz, private suite

House - Private room · Almar Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States

The Space

Quiet upstairs suite includes a bedroom with queen bed, (line dried cotton sheets) and work desk. Adjacent is a private limestone bathroom and also a comfy den with flat screen TV equipped with Roku box. You're welcome to use our kitchen downstairs as well as the washer/dryer. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

Our backyard features plum, lemon, fig and persimmon trees in season as well as a summer-season fire-pit. We have a chicken coop with four hens so you will have fresh eggs available each day. Two adult beach cruisers are available for your riding pleasure. There are some boogie boards also to take with you to the water.

Our lovely home is an easy 5 minute walk to the beach and the West Cliff bike path. We are on the dynamic west side of Santa Cruz. It's only 1 block to Kelley's French Bakery,the Parish Pub,The West End Tap, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, Bantam Restaurant, Companion Bakery, New Leaf Community Market, Bonny Doon Vineyards Tasting Room, the fabulous Santa Cruz Yoga Studio, charming boutiques, and so much more. World famous surf spot, Steamer Lane, is a ten minute bike ride away. Also be sure to check out our fantastic Saturday farmer's market just a few blocks away. It's a wonderful neighborhood.
It is a no smoking house.

We've had several inquiries about having dogs visit. We love dogs, but sadly our Blue Healer is very territorial, so we do not encourage other canines to stay.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $778 /week
Monthly Price: $2590 /month
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Gorgeous upstairs at Shelby & Bill's PERFECT location in Santa Cruz! Even though we were "passing through" , we felt very comfortable coming & going as we were visiting friends from Lake Arrowhead. The location is perfect for anyone wanting to bike along the ocean or walk to local eateries & grocery stores. We ESPECIALLY loved West End Tap & Kitchen...make reservations!! We will be back again Shelby just so we can share a glass of wine with you & Bill! :-)

    April 2014
  • We had a great stay at Shelby's - her home is lovely, clean, and welcoming. You also get lots of privacy from having the entire 2nd floor to
    yourself/selves. Will definitely recommend.

    April 2014
  • Shelby & Bill’s place is my first choice when staying in Santa Cruz. The location, aesthetics, hospitality, and perfectly relaxed vibe make a flawless base camp for exploring this town

    April 2014
    Response from Shelby:

    Thanks Michael.
    You're always welcome.

  • Although one commonly meets his or her hosts within the
    context of a B&B stay, this particular 2 night visit was one
    where the hosts left town and made the house available
    anyway. We were essentially spoiled by the complete privacy, not to mention the space itself, which both reflects and projects a truly resonant and soulful character. Very
    serene space overall and a perfect respite after a day of
    wandering. While we didn't necessarily benefit from the hosts' recommendations concerning what to see and do in the area, we did enjoy having a welcoming "base camp".

    April 2014
  • I loved everything about my stay at Shelby's beautiful home. The space was amazing, artful, clean and welcoming. I was able to use the open kitchen to heat my take-away dinners and I had the top floor all to myself. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was clean and spacious and private. I felt very fortunate to find myself staying in such lovely surroundings. My hosts were off to work very early in the morning and we were like ships passing in the night but as I am a very private person, this worked well for me.

    March 2014
  • Shelby and Bill were perfect hosts! They welcomed us to their beautiful house and made us feel at home. The room is tastefully appointed, the bed firm and comfortable. We enjoyed sitting out in the backyard reading and writing while birds were having a field day with the bird bath. The house is an easy walk to the the ocean. We are already planning our next visit.

    March 2014
  • I had a brief and lovely stay at Shelby's! The suite was gorgeous and had everything I needed. The bed was lusciously comfortable, the house calm and quiet for a delicious sleep. Highly recommended. I hope to return!

    February 2014
  • Staying with Shelby was a great experience all around. It is an architecturally gorgeous home with amazing plaster walls, total solar energy and the world's coolest refrigerator. Close to everything and best of all-Shelby is friendly, flexible and engaging. We will definitely return.

    February 2014
  • Staying with Shelby and Bill was just wonderful. They were both so friendly and helpful. I enjoyed my kitchen conversations with Shelby. Their dog Blue Bell is adorable! And it was fun to watch when they would let the chickens range about the backyard.

    Their whole house is beautiful. The bed is firm and comfortable. The shower is large, with a window for natural light. The shower head is high up, which is good for a tall person like me. The bathroom radiator doubled as a towel rack, which meant their soft towels were also nice and warm! They have a lovely kitchen to cook in. I enjoyed every morning getting to wake up and make breakfast using some of the eggs their chickens laid that morning. They also have dozens and dozens of books on shelves throughout the house, which was a delight to me.

    Finally, I have to say that the location of their house is just perfect. It is only a block from New Leaf market and a couple blocks from a small shopping plaza with a Safeway. They are also only two blocks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, Kelly's French Cafe, and many great wine tasting rooms. The Santa Cruz West Side farmer's market on Saturdays is also conveniently close, and it's only 6 easy blocks to the coastal cliffs for a walk or a drive along the coast.

    I very much look forward to the next time I get to stay Shelby and Bill and Blue Bell!

    February 2014
  • Beautiful house and guest quarters and close to all my favorite west side spots.
    Very nice and inviting couple that I wish I had more time to get to know, but unfortunately it was a quick stay for me.
    I will definitely be back!
    Thank you!

    February 2014
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Palisades Charter High School, Windward School, University of California, Santa Cruz
I am a school teacher and my husband, Bill, is a building contractor. We have lived in Santa Cruz for 35 years. We love to travel and we love coming home to Santa Cruz. It's a pleasure for us to share our house with others.
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