Sanctuary Paradise Incredible View

House - Entire home/apt · Gibraltar Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, United States
Victoria&Larry

Great for nature lovers, bird watchers and bikers.

Your host, Victoria&Larry
31 Reviews
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Great for nature lovers, bird watchers and bikers.

The Space

This is one of the most beautiful places in the world—it is in the vortex of healing energy on the top of the world. There is an incredible panoramic view from every room in the house—and incredible sunsets. Nestled against the cliff, away from coastal fog, it is fabulous for bikers, hikers, photographers and birdwatchers.

Our mission is to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as a luxurious vacation.

From the heights of Gibraltar Road, this modern, newly-remodeled home comes with breathtaking views of the city and the sea beyond. Its sleek architecture combines the use of natural materials (cork floors, tinted windows and solar energy) with open, uncluttered interiors—creating a serene environment bathed in natural light.

The upstairs level welcomes you to the Great Living Room, where wood floors and glass-wall windows combine to create a warm glow throughout the entire home. The mood of the upstairs Living Room is set by the inviting Asian decor, with the ancient happy Hatai man and drums and gongs from all over the world. There is an antique, carved day bed to recline in—and enjoy the view and quiet for your soul.

Another striking feature of this home is the sliding glass doors, which open completely to create a seamless flow from the living spaces out to the expansive, wrap-around decks.

Upstairs are two guest bedrooms and a full bathroom. Each bedroom has its own glass doors and views. One bedroom has a futon bed that sleeps two people, and another bedroom has two queen beds which each sleep two. There is one day bed in the front sitting area upstairs, for a person up to 5'6" tall.

Downstairs is the large kitchen. With honed black granite counters, stucco walls and black lacquer cabinets and stainless steel accents, your culinary choices are unlimited. You can enjoy meal preparation here, it is fully equipped with pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc. Diners perched at the breakfast bar that seats two can watch the cook's efforts, or join in conversations in the adjacent Living Room. Or, more formally, a lovely illusion of indoor-outdoor dining is experienced at the table for six, poised just before the glass doors.

Two bathrooms downstairs are newly remodeled and uniquely decorated. Here is the master bedroom, with unlimited views in front of the queen size bed (and plenty of space for a sleeping bag on the floor).

There is an outdoor pool (though not heated). A hot tub is heated however, and set by timer, for you to enjoy the quiet and the unlimited bird's-eye views, while soaking under the stars.

Whatever the reasons for your getaway, this Romantic Hideaway is a blank canvas waiting for you to create the perfect retreat experience. Day and night, the ever-changing views and the essential serenity of this beautiful home will offer you unforgettable beauty and tranquility. Oh, and plan your days so you don't miss the sunsets.

Guest Access

Private pool and hot tub.

Interaction with Guests

We are available to interact with our guests all the time by phone, text or emails.

The Neighborhood

Fabulous for bikers, hikers, photographers and birdwatchers. Here is the review of Brian Simuro, the writer for Trip Adviser:

"The house is amazing, the view is amazing and the owner Victoria is amazing! The booking procedure: Victoria responded immediately to every question I had. Victoria was kind and patient. Excellent communication! Checking in and finding the house: Victoria had given me great directions but my GPS was a little off. We could see the house on the side of the mountain as we were driving up but my GPS took us right by their subtle little driveway. I called Victoria and admitted I was lost. She was very understanding and patient and guided me in like a tenured air traffic controller. We took Victoria's advice and stopped for groceries on the way up. The sky was so clear and the view so addicting that none of us wanted to do anything but have a cocktail in the hot tub and just soak it all in. The view is that incredible! I instantly fell in love with the house as it is primarily decorated in a Thai motif. I just returned from a long visit to Thailand so I felt right at home."

"The house: The floor plan is like being in a modern, Thai, Winchester Mystery House. We loved it! The upper floor where the driveway [is] located has two bedrooms and a wonderful family room with traditional Thai decorating. There is an amazing deck and a very inviting hammock that is a must-try. The views from here are the best on the property as they sit above the power lines to the house. The lower floor is where the master bedroom can be found. Amazingly large space, with grand windows facing the ocean. There are sun shades you can lower if you like but if you do, why are you even staying here? Waking up to that view was energizing! A decent-sized eclectic bathroom with a nice comfortable bed. This floor also contains the spacious and more modern family room. Nice big tub and bathroom on this floor too. Big-screen TV with all the channels you could want. We brought a chef with us and the kitchen had everything we needed. Including views of the ocean!"

Getting around

Taxi or private car.

Other Things to Note

Questions about booking? If you are new to Airbnb, check-out the "getting started" section listed under the help button in the upper right hand corner. It will save you time and answer all your questions :) I give priority booking for inquiries with complete profiles... It makes things much easier!

This house is Eco-Friendly. We try to reuse, recycle and save both water and energy. Please, turn the outside lights off during daylight. Due to close proximity to the wildlife, we suggest that you keep the screen doors closed, or if air-conditioning is on, the sliding doors closed at all times—to prevent wild critters from entering the house (and to conserve energy). Be on the lookout for visiting foxes and bobcats in the afternoon; also hawks, eagles, and hang-gliders by day and owls by night.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $1000
Cleaning Fee: $200
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
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  • Victoria was such a delight to communicate with. She checked in on us as we were arriving at the house and even gave me a call to make sure we enjoyed our stay and that everything was satisfactory as we checked out. They make staying at their house very easy as all of the kitchen drawers/cabinets are labeled with dish/cooking utensils locations.

    The house is really clean, comfortable and Victoria/Larry make the airbnb process/house rules very easy to understand.

    The house has undoubtedly extraordinary views, but even the house itself is an amazing place. Hanging out on the top balcony was the best!

    We also enjoyed being above downtown Santa Barbara with boundless views of the coast. There were no issues with getting a cab ahead of time to come pick us up to go downtown and it was about a 15-20 min drive to the heart of State street.

    I highly recommend staying at Victoria and Larry's house.

    June 2014
  • We had a wonderful experience! The house was awesome and the view is unreal! Victoria was very hospitable and quick to respond. The house had everything we needed and had a very zen vibe. I thought we wouldn't use the pool much as our stay was in the thick of June gloom but since the house is back a bit from the ocean and sits high up in the mountain, we had plenty of sun. On that note, the house is about 20 minutes from town so make sure to get groceries on your way up. Uber and taxis has no problem picking us up despite the distance from town. A great place for groups. I would definitley stay here again!

    June 2014
  • Victoria was an extremely kind and gracious host - so understanding and patient!
    The House- beyond our imagination. Literally set above the clouds, with breathtaking views from every side, and everything you could possibly want inside and out! We went there for a bachelorette weekend and fought tears when leaving. There is no one around you really, hiking is close by, there is a beautiful pool, jacuzzi, musical instruments (I could go on and on). We also drove down to the town and wine hopped one night - such a fun area.
    We will be back!! This place is a gem!!

    June 2014
  • What an incredible home with one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen! The photos don't do this home and property justice. The home has everything you could ever need, a wonderful kitchen, floor to ceiling windows, pool, hot tub, close to State Street and is beyond peacefully quiet. Victoria was an amazing host and very accommodating. We had an amazing time and would definitely stay here again!

    May 2014
  • Great experience, for a second time! My girlfriend's birthday was Sunday and I took to to SB to experience the incredible view from Victoria's amazing home. It didn't disappoint! She loved it and we had an incredible time. Victoria was the gracious host, as always, making sure we had everything we needed at all times. Highly recommended.

    May 2014
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Santa Barbara. This house afforded amazing views of the area and being above the fog we enjoyed sunshine no matter what the coastal conditions might be.

    April 2014
  • Victoria and Larry were absolutely amazing. Great communication through the entire stay and very friendly! I highly recommend you stay with them! Their place will not disappoint. :)

    April 2014
    Victoria&Larry
    Response from Victoria&Larry:

    Mathew, you are welcome. Come back again.

    April 2014
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The house is AMAZING, the view is AMAZING and the owner Victoria is AMAZING! The booking procedure: Victoria responded immediately to every question I had. This was my first time renting from Airbnb so I am positive I was asking slightly odd questions. Victoria was kind and patient with me. Very accommodating and excellent communication! (When I finally got to meet her, she was just as kind and sweet.) Checking in and finding the house: Victoria had given me great directions but my GPS was a little off. We could see the house on the side of the mountain as we were driving up but my GPS took us right by their subtle little driveway. I called Victoria and admitted I was lost. She was very understanding and patient and guided me in like a tenured air traffic controller. :) (Hint #1: The drive way is on your right side as you drive up which goes against your natural instincts cis it appears as if you would drive off into the valley...lol There are two small palm trees guiding you in. Hint #2: Do not attempt to find this beautiful house in the dark. It gets pitch black along the roadway at night. Once you locate the property once, you will have no problem finding it at night. ) When we arrived at the house, we were all giddy. We took Victoria's advice and stopped for groceries on the way up. The sky was so clear and the view so addicting that none of us wanted to do anything but have a cocktail in the hot tub and just soak it all in. The view is THAT incredible! Victoria arrived and showed us all around. A very unassuming lady but sweet as can be. Very laid back! We instantly hit it off as the house is primarily decorated in a Thai motif. I just returned from a long visit to Thailand so I felt right at home. Amazing energy in this house! The house: The floor plan is like being in a modern Thai, Winchester Mystery House. We LOVED it! The upper floor where the driveway is has the two bedrooms and a wonderful family room with traditional Thai decorating. There is an amazing deck and a very inviting hammock that is a must try. The views from here are the best on the property as they sit above the power lines to the house. I'm a photographer so unobstructed views are important to me. The lower floor with the boasts the master bedroom where I slept. Amazingly large space with grand windows facing the ocean. There are sun shades you can lower if you like but if you do, why are you even staying here? Waking up to that view was energizing! A decent sized eclectic bathroom with a nice comfortable bed. This floor also contains the spacious and more modern family room. Nice big tub and bathroom on this floor too. Big screen TV with all...

    March 2014
    Victoria&Larry
    Response from Victoria&Larry:

    Brian, you and your wonderful friends are welcome back. Thank you for staying with us.

    March 2014
  • The views are insanely incredible. Our group would always look forward to getting back to the house after our day just to be able to soak the picturesque view as much as we could. The house itself was great - very clean with unique decor. Victoria was such a hospitable and extremely responsive host leading up to and during our stay. I would absolutely stay in this home again the next time I'm with friends.

    March 2014
    Victoria&Larry
    Response from Victoria&Larry:

    Sasha, you are very welcome to come back. Thank you for staying with us.

    March 2014
  • Victoria and Larry were great hosts! They were incredibly communicative and flexible and very easy to coordinate with.

    The house was lovely and my family and I had a great time. The view was amazing and the house had everything we needed to feel at home (full kitchen, fresh towels, etc.) Although the pool was not heated it was nice to be able to cool off by jumping into the pool followed by a warm dip in the hot tub.

    March 2014
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We are Victoria & Larry are in love with our house and it's unique location. Larry is an inventor of Spare Air and Victoria is a Physical Therapist, local artist and the bread baker. We are local Santa Barbarian and love our town. We'll help you to get the most out of your stay. We enjoy our home. It located in the vortex of energy on the top of the Gibraltar mountain. The scenic mountain road with the breathtaking view takes you up into the nature where you are surrounded by foxes, hawks and night owls and you can observe them from the birds eye view like on the airplane but even better. We love to seat in our hot tub and look at the stars before we go to bed. We go to sleep with the view of the city and the ocean in front of us. We like to rock in the hammock under the stars. We love to walk on the nearest trail. We watch sunset from our tea house or from any room in the house. We enjoy simple pleasures in life.
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