Sunny, private Westside room

House - Private room · Averitt St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
Abbie
Your host, Abbie
66 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a day

The Space

Private, small, quiet bedroom in 1920 Craftsman-style house; new queen-size bed; private bathroom; towels, soap, shampoo provided; heater in room; kitchen available but we're not super tidy! Easy parking on quiet street; Outdoor smoking allowed. Original art by Abigail in room. (All art is for sale. Inquire if interested.)

Guest Access

You're welcome to use the kitchen and back yard.
Sorry, but living/dining room not available.

Interaction with Guests

It really varies depending on our availability and that of our guests, and on mutual interest. Some guests we barely see, others we sit around and gab with for a while.

The Neighborhood

Pretty, residential neighborhood. Walk to great restaurants, coffee shops, natural food store, Safeway, CVS. Quick, easy access to UCSC, West Cliff Drive, beaches, boardwalk, downtown Santa Cruz. Bus stops very close.

Getting around

Bus stop four blocks away.

Other Things to Note

We check email every day, except when we go camping for a few days once or twice a month. If we don't reply to you right away, that's the reason. We'll respond as soon as we can.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $20
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Abbie was very friendly and I felt comfortable with her just from our online communications. The room was lovely and everything it was advertised to be. I found the bed to be quite comfortable and the little bathroom was both adorable and functional. I was offered use of the kitchen and refrigerator, however I didn't need it. I was looking for someplace clean, quiet, comfortable, and safe, and that is exactly what I found. I hope to be able to stay here again when I go up to visit.

    For me, this was a great first experience with airbnb.

    July 2014
  • The room definitely was nicely sunny and private and the hosts were a delight.

    June 2014
  • My reservation was for two nights, but I left before 7 am after the first night. I was bitten during the night, and woke up around 5 am, my entire body inflammated. I sent pictures of the bug bites to AirBnB as proof. My dog slept on the floor in his own bed, which I brought from home, and was fine.

    However my primary concern about this place is the safety. The small bedroom is located at the back of the house, to the back of the kitchen. Abby told me that for the previous two days the back door had been challenging to open and close, and demonstrated how I was to PUSH IT DOWN while pushing OUT with my body. I had a hard time getting in and out of the house. After having noticed how the gas stove was not cleaned and how it required a lighter to turn it on (that indicates that the pilot is out), I felt that I was in a fire trap. The house is a wood house, very close to the neighbours, who are smokers.

    The bathroom is cleaned, but not professionally cleaned, and it shows. The shower needs a good bleach. It's youth hostel clean. Keep your flip flop on while showering clean.

    Also, the photos taken by the AirBnB photographer make the room looks bigger than it is. Not Abbie's fault. The photos also don't show the dark green carpert, which needed a good vacuum. Not a place to stay if you have allergies.

    The location is okay, there is a shopping center that is located at a busy intersection at the end of the street. It's a thirty minutes walk to West Clift, and 45 to the boardwalk. By car, it's very fast.

    May 2014
    Abbie
    Response from Abbie:

    First of all, no one else has ever woken up "inflammated" or bitten while sleeping in that bed. At this moment we have family members staying there for a week, and they are having no problem. I think it's likely that Anne was bitten by mosquitoes while she was out that night in a thin dress. Also, while researching bedbugs today, I read that sometimes the bites don't show up until a few nights after they occur, so it's possible she was already bitten before coming to my house. However, I am definitely taking measures to detect the possible presence of bedbugs and to prevent infestation. And I'm sorry Anne had such a distressing experience, whatever the cause.
    The back door was sticking while Anne was here. Maybe because of the unusual heat we were experiencing, or maybe because it's an old house, and it "settles" sometimes (my husband's thoughts on the cause). I worked on it with a rasp while Anne was here, and then when my husband got home he worked on it with an electric sander, and it's now fixed. It actually wasn't that hard to open, but Anne seems to be a very distracted and hurried person, and I had a hard time holding her attention while I was explaining the details I always explain to guests when they arrive, and she didn't really "get" the technique I was showing her for opening the door. But as I said, it's fixed now.
    Anne said "the pilot is out" on the stove. No, this stove doesn't have a pilot. The gas only turns on when you turn one of the burner knobs. We use a lighter because the built-in piezo-electric lighter got damaged a long time ago, but that doesn't make the stove any more dangerous than it would be if the built-in lighter still worked.
    And yes, "the stove was not cleaned," because the whole kitchen was not cleaned, because I had recently made a big meal and not cleaned the kitchen yet! I cleaned it, including the stove, shortly after Anne arrived that afternoon.
    I'm sorry Anne felt she "was in a firetrap"--not a good feeling, for sure. But her statement "the house is a wood house, very close to the neighbors, who are smokers" is pretty baffling to me. Yes, it's a wood-frame house. It's also covered in asbestos shingles, and the interior walls are stucco. Not very flammable. And the houses are farther apart than the minimum distance allowable by Santa Cruz building codes. And the neighbors, who we've lived next door to for 19 years, don't smoke! Where did she get that idea?
    Regarding the bathroom: I clean it before every new guest arrives. What more can I say. Anne apparently has very high standards. There are some very minor discolorations in the shower that don't come away with bleach, but I always clean it, of course, and I don't think it's necessary to "keep your flip-flops on while you shower," as she suggests. I find it ironic that Anne says the shower "needs a good bleach," as she made it clear to me that she has chemical sensitivities, and asked me not to use harsh cleaners, perfumed laundry detergent or dryer cloths, scented room fresheners or candles etc. before her arrival.
    Anne says "the photos make the room look bigger than it is." Yes, the room is small, as I say up front in my listing. No deception intended.
    Regarding the carpet: I vacuum it before each new guest arrives. Again, what more can I say. Is the dark green color a problem? I had no idea! As for Anne's statement "Not a good place to stay if you have allergies," I believe this is pure speculation on her part. No one has ever complained of an allergic reaction from staying in the room.
    I have the impression that once Anne felt unhappy about one or two aspects of our house, she became determined to paint a negative picture of every aspect. It also seems that she expects five-star hotel quality.
    Anne struck me as a nervous and high-strung person (for example, when she arrived, she knocked and rang the doorbell and called me on her cell phone (all within about five seconds) to tell me she was here, while I was on my way to answer the door. She spoke rapidly, did not make eye contact with me, and interrupted me almost every time I spoke, and would continue talking to me while walking away from me, making it difficult to converse or exchange information. After she went out in the afternoon and came back before going out again for dinner, her tone with me sounded a bit snippy and sarcastic--I wasn't sure if this perception was correct on my part, but now I think it was, and that she was already angry. I'm sorry to say I can't recommend her as a guest.

    May 2014
  • My stay with Abbie was relaxing and easy. Her home is lovely, the room calming, tidy and bright. Two walls have double windows, one set overlooks the back yard and garden. Her home is located near main roads and ameneties, parking was never a problem. I would recommend Abbie's place ~ for the location, the room itself and for Abbie's personality. Ellie

    April 2014
  • Abbie and her husband were just wonderful. The room was very nice and bright! Their house is located in a very nice area with a grocery store and restaurants near by. Downtown Santa Cruz is not that far. Overall it was a great experience and we would definitely stay again.

    April 2014
  • Abbie and her husband were wonderful hosts! The room was as advertised and as cute as a button! Their location is close to a lot of great places as well. Private bathroom, comfortable bed, gorgeous flowers/garden, and a private entrance. I would definitely recommend staying with them! Thanks for a great visit to Santa Cruz!

    March 2014
  • Everything about the experience was just what we wanted. The room and bathroom were clean and tidy and had the amenities we needed. Abbie was very nice, pleasant and responsive to our inquiry. We mostly just needed a place to rest our heads and this place suited us for that purpose, but we could see staying there again the next time we visit Santa Cruz!

    March 2014
  • 2nd stay in the room, and it was fabulous (again). Abbie is very flexible and nice, and I love the view from the windows in the room!

    March 2014
  • Abby's was a perfect place for me to begin my journey in CA. Both she and Morgan were friendly and kind. I will definitely suggest that my out of town guests stay there. A comfy place in a great location.

    January 2014
  • I had a good stay with Abbie and Morgan. The house is well located both to access UCSC and downtown. I appreciated for clear communications and flexible check-in time.

    I can recommend Abbie's place.

    December 2013
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I have one husband, three kids, two grandkids. I'm a visual artist--mostly I do stark and sensuous landscape close-ups in pastel and colored pencil. I love exploring California wilderness; crazy about African dance; used to be in theater.
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