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.
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.
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.
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.
It is best to check (website hidden) Maps for the bus schedule. It could work very well for you.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
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|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Check In:||3:00 AM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 :)
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!
Perfect spot. Just right for my husband and I. Very close to the ocean. Awesome brunch spot a couple blocks away (Harbor Cafe).
Kitchen lacked pantry staples, so come prepared if you want to cook your meals. Otherwise the kitchen had everything you'd need.
We would definitely stay here again. Kirk was very easy to coordinate with-made it all that much better of an experience.
Lovely spot! Great location! The cottage is very nicely set up with everything a visitor could need. We loved walking to the harbor and beach asking the very friendly natives questions as we went. Kirk is very friendly and helpful all through the process. We were dropping our son off at college and he enjoyed coming to the cottage to get his last viewing of football on tv.
The cottage itself is just as on the picture. It has everything you need for a good time on the beach including folding chairs and beach towels. It is an easy walk to a nice beach and the handover with Kirk was very easy. Kirk is a great host and very accommodating. He also offered a late check out since no one coming on the day of our departure.
The con of the place is a construction site right next to the cottage. We stayed for 5 nights during the week (mo-fr) and work starts at 8 am sharp. We get up early anyways but on 2 mornings delivery trucks for the construction came and woke us up as early as 6:20 am so that wasn't pleasant. We adjusted our day activity to the hours of the construction so that we still enjoyed most of the stay and if you plan to be somewhere else between 8 am to 4 pm I could still recommend the place. Also there is no work at all on the weekends. We stayed in September so best check with Kirk if construction is still going on for the time you plan your stay.
Yes Jennifer you are so right about the residential construction next door. Since I don't live on the property I didn't realize the impact. I know it is temporary and yet disruptive while it is happening. I tried to be proactive with the contractor to give me a heads up to no avail. I will update my page right now with a warning to future guests. Thanks, Kirk