Harbor Studio near Beach Boardwalk

House - Entire home/apt · Assembly Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, United States

What our guests say is that they like a cottage that is not in the host's backyard. Located on a seldom used alley 2 blocks from the beach, harbor, and restaurants. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a walk of about 1 1/2 miles or 2 miles driving.

The Space

Come discover why Santa Cruz is such a popular destination. Our stand alone cottage (not in our back yard) is on a quiet alley way centrally located near great activities. Easy walking to the yacht harbor and beach so you can rent kayaks, surf boards, SUPs (stand up paddling). Bicycling along the ocean is fairly flat or go to the mountains for a challenging mountain bike ride. Or course one of the best beaches for sun bathing and volleyball is an easy two block walk right behind the ever popular Crow’s Nest Restaurant.
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Santa Cruz is No. 15 in TripAdvisor rankings

TripAdvisor is listing Santa Cruz as No. 15 among U.S. destinations on the rise, partly for being one of America’s surfing capitals.

The top three things to do as recommended by visitors: West Cliff Drive, for breathtaking views and a chance to see monarch butterflies, the San¬ta Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Santa Cruz Food Tour is the top-rated tour, fol¬lowed by Stagnaro Fishing Trips & Whale Watching and Chardonnay Sailing Charters. West Cliff Inn is the top-rated hotel, followed by Dream Inn, Sea and Sand Inn, Edgewater Beach Motel and Bella Notte.

Malabar Cafe, which features Asian and veg¬etarian cuisine, is the top-rated restaurant, fol¬lowed by Marianne’s Ice Cream and Zachary’s.
This cozy and clean studio cottage is self contained. It has a queen size Murphy (wall bed) bed that easily folds up for extra space during the day and a standard twin bed that pulls out of the couch. I wouldn’t suggest any adult sleep on the couch bed; it has a very thin mattress. The charming bathroom has a blue tiled shower with unlimited hot water. There is also a hair dryer. The full kitchen comes with a toaster, blender, coffee maker, gas stove, microwave, and refrigerator. We also have an ironing board and iron for your convenience.
Comcast provides services for Wi-Fi, the 32” flat screen TV, and telephone. There is also a DVD player and an iPod charging dock.
We make available clean sheets, pillow cases, and blankets for your convenience. Or you can bring your own linens. It will be up to you to make the beds. For the bathroom we provide towels, hand towels, and wash clothes. There are also 4 beach towels.
Within walking distance we have everything you need for a lazy day. For restaurants close by you can walk to the Crow’s Nest, Johnny’s Harborside, El Palomar Café, The Kind Grind (coffee), Harbor Café (breakfast and lunch). Aldo’s is on the other side of the harbor which is great for a long walk.
During the summer there is a free water taxi that goes around the harbor. Slow, calm, and great for all ages.

For local grocery stores Santa Cruz style we have Shopper’s Corner, New Leaf, and Staff of Life. We also have two Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s.

I am surprised that TripAdvisor didn’t mention Pacific Garden Mall for an activity. Downtown is a really cool way to get exposure to Santa Cruz. Just sit on a bench and watch what goes by. Or course they have movies and restaurants and shopping and treats.

We require a two night minimum at the daily rate. There is a $75 cleaning fee. This cleaning fee is waived should you stay a minimum of 3 nights. Our rates are seasonal so watch the calendar for the current rate. Therefore, if the rate is $99 a night and you stay for 3 nights the price will be $297 plus the 10% ($29.70) Airbnb charges for a total of $326.70. If you choose to stay two nights the price would be $198 plus the cleaning fee of $75 for a sub total of $273 plus the Airbnb charge of 10%. Total $300.30. Most guests choose to spend a third night enjoying Santa Cruz for close to the same price. If you choose the 3 plus night option Airbnb well deduct the $75 which lowers the daily cost. The easiest way to deduct the cleaning fee is to send me the inquiry and I will "special offer" you a reduced price.
If you enjoy long beach walks or walks around a harbor where the scenery is forever changing this is the place for you. The low sounds of sea lions in the distance and the long lines of Brown Pelicans flying by are always mesmerizing. If you enjoy great restaurants the world famous Shadowbrook in Capitola consistently gets voted for most romantic.
We hope you choose our cottage for your stay.

Guest Access

Park in front of the front door. Look to the left of the front door for a lock box. When I can I will program the lock box code with the last four digits of the guest's phone number. Let yourself in and after you get settled let me know by way of text, email, or phone. Look on the back of the front door for more info such as wifi access.

Interaction with Guests

I live about 20 minutes away in a town called Aptos. It is common that there is no contact with guests. I am available by way of text, phone, or email. I am a people person so I am willing to meet if that is what you prefer.

The Neighborhood

People are really friendly in this comfortable neighborhood. You can just park your car and have plenty to do within walking distance. Or use it for home base and visit Big Sur or the Monterey Bay Aquarium. There is plenty of beauty and action right here.

Getting around

It is best to check (website hidden) Maps for the bus schedule. It could work very well for you.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $125
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 3:00 AM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Kirk was an awesome host! He was super nice and happen to be there as I arrived so he gave me a quick low down of the area, which was cool. I was in for a yoga workshop in Los Gatos but wanted a place near the ocean to unwind after a long day of training. The place was perfect!! It's super close to the beach, marina, and some good eats right near the water. Everything is really so close and nice to be able to walk around to. There's even a cute little gift/snack shop in the marina just to check out and get a few little goodies and snacks. The house was super clean and I felt safe being there alone. It was a pretty quiet area too. There was construction, but they were 9-5 on the weekdays I believe and so I was never there to be bothered by it...super nice guys though. The beach was so lovely first thing in the morning. There's also plenty of blankets in the cabinet :) so if you want to cozy in on a rainy night with some wine (glasses and cork screw provided) you can!! I will for sure be back again! Thanks for the outstanding place to stay!!

    April 2014
  • Kirk's place was perfect to explore Santa Cruz. His cottage is very charming, fully equipped and also well located. Kirk has been alway ready to help and make my stay as comfortable as it can be. I feel lucky being his guest. I would definitely recommand it!

    March 2014
  • Kirk's studio is spotless, well appointed in a quiet area close to beaches, restaurants. I look forward to visiting again!

    March 2014
  • Kirk's place is very cosy, small and nice. We spent great time there. Location is super good. You can get to the ocean in three minutes, there are two great supermarkets (Trader's joes and Whole foods) not far from the house and a lot of place to visit (national parks, Santa Cruz boardwalk, amazing ocean views of Santa Cruz). Kirk was ready to help with any questions and to make our stay as comfortable as it can be. We were very glad to meet him and to be his guests.

    March 2014
  • We enjoyed our second stay in Kirk's cottage. The location of the cozy studio is excellent! Having a full kitchen is a huge bonus and allowed us to have meals at "home." Thanks Kirk for being a great host.

    December 2013
  • Lovely! The weather cooperated perfectly so we were able to walk along the beach, enjoy the Boardwalk (got the front seat of the Giant Dipper!!), hike in the redwoods, and eat yummy food. We recommend Sitar Indian restaurant and coffee at Verve. The cottage is well equipped and has a convenient location. It provided a perfect base for our daily excursions. Thank you!

    December 2013
  • Harbor Studio was a great retreat to take in the sights of Santa Cruz. We loved the proximity to the ocean, boardwalk and downtown SC. Like other reviewers, we found great food within walking distance. You are also a short drive from Natural Bridges which shouldn't be missed! Harbor studio was lovely - great use of space and had everything we needed. Kirk was a great host!

    November 2013
  • This place is really, really nice. Such a wonderful use of space. And Kirk is a great host! The apartment is really close to the beach/harbor and everything you need for a nice relaxing getaway. Check out the Crow's Nest for their happy hour. And you have to go to Lillian's. There is some construction going on next door, but we were here for three days and it wasn't bothersome at all. Didn't need ear plugs or anything. The workers seemed very courteous. I would definitely come back here and stay in this apartment. We were lacking nothing.

    October 2013
  • Perfect location! Close to the beach which we loved. You can hear the ocean right from the cottage making it very relaxing at night. The kitchen had everything we needed. The place is clean and cozy. Kirk is very attentive and responded to all of our questions in a promptly manner. I hope you enjoy his place as much as we did :)

    October 2013
  • We loved our stay in Santa Cruz at this cute little cottage! It was clean and easy walking distance to a beautiful beach. We spent lots of time in the sun and exploring the area. This is a place I hope to come back to!

    October 2013
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