West Santa Cruz, private suite

House - Private room · Almar Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
Your host, Shelby
39 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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. 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.

There's plenty of street parking.

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.
One more thing-We have a tenant in a studio apartment up front. It's very separate, only sharing a wall with the laundry room. It has its own yard and entrance. But just to know, if you DO hear anything, yes, there is another apartment adjacent to the house.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
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
  • Our experience was very positive! The neighborhood was extremely convenient. The accommodations met our expectations. It was very comfortable, clean, homey and quiet. Shelby & Bill were very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and pleasing.

    June 2014
  • We had great time at Shelby's place. She was very welcoming and her home is amazing. It's a great location with lots of walkable restaurants and bars. We're excited to have great place to stay at next time we visit Santa Cruz.

    June 2014
  • Absolutely gorgeous home with lots of original art and character. The hosts also have character and are lots of fun. They shared a home cooked meal the first evening as a way to get acquainted and then generously allowed me to host a small gathering of friends for an afternoon party on the weekend. Close to small businesses and restaurants located in an old warehouse district and within walking and biking distance of the Farmer's Market, beach, fisherman's wharf, historic Victorian style homes and the Boardwalk. The neighborhood is quiet, fun to explore, and feels safe.

    May 2014
  • Although we were not able to meet Shelby and Bill we had very good communication. The place is great! Wonderfully decorated, comfortable and relaxing. Wish we could have stayed longer!

    May 2014
  • My partner and I loved staying at Shelby's house! The location is perfect - a ten minute walk to West Cliff Drive, restaurants and brewpubs right down the street, and about a 15-minute drive to downtown. We especially loved the serene backyard with a little haystack bench to sit on in the morning and drink your coffee, the windchimes, and the stunning architecture of the house. We said hello to the hens every morning and then stole their fresh eggs, much to their chagrin! We got loudly squawked at. (Sorry, ladies!) There is plenty of space upstairs although the setup was different than I expected. I had the impression from the word "suite" that the whole upstairs was closed off by itself via a door, but actually it is at the top of an open staircase. The bedroom, bathroom, and TV room are all separate rooms (with their own doors) along a little hallway and the hallway is visible from downstairs. Also, there are a couple dogs who, while cute, are pretty barky - so those are just a couple things to be aware of. Shelby is a lovely host - very friendly and helpful, and though we didn't use the bikes, they were a nice touch!

    May 2014
  • Shelby and Bill have an inspirational home set in a thriving community with great access to the coast and a variety of newly established and delicious restaurants. They were very welcoming and made us feel right at home. We would absolutely stay here again!

    May 2014
  • All the reviews before mine have said it well but I'll say it again. I was concerned about something that wasn't completely private but Shelby and Bill are so warm and welcoming. They make you feel right at home. The house is fabulous and the accommodations immaculate. I really did feel like I could live there. The location is wonderful. It's central to everything you might need and everywhere you might want to go. We even borrowed the bikes and went down to the beach. I felt like I had been on a relaxing vacation at a cozy resort. It was a nice break from city living. I hope to stay again.

    May 2014
  • What a fabulous surprise! Shelby and Bill's home is a gem, full of architectural interest, beautifully remodeled, and tastefully decorated. We want to ask about the interior colors so that we can replicate them when we move to Santa Cruz. We found ourselves saying to one another: we could really LIVE here, exactly as it is. The garden is lovely and the patio at the entrance serene. Books (not to mention a cello, a piano, and many, many chickens) are everywhere. The location is fantastic: a short walk to West Cliff Dr and very close to Bantam and other great restaurants. Shelby and Bill are gracious, interesting, and natural hosts, who managed to strike the perfect balance between engaging us in conversation and allowing us privacy.

    May 2014
  • Shelby and Bill are creative and intelligent accommodating hosts that made us feel very welcome. The suite and home are beautifully designed and very comfortable. The location was perfect for us in that we were close to the city and to UCSC. We highly recommend staying with Shelby and Bill. We look forward to our next visit.

    April 2014
  • Shelby and Bill are wonderful, gracious, hospitable, and convivial. They warmly welcomed us into their exquisite West Cliff home over the Easter weekend for a 4 day stay. Their beautiful home was quiet, peaceful, perfect location for beach and downtown which all made for a grand stay. Thank you both so much for allowing us to share your piece of heaven for awhile. Pauline and Pat

    April 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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