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House - Private room · Ridge Top Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, United States
Mark & Hope

A quite private space in a beautiful setting. The guest suite occupies the lower floor of our hilltop home. Enjoy forest views and quite nights while being only 20 minutes from the buzz of Silicon Valley or the beaches of the Monterey Bay.

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A quite private space in a beautiful setting. The guest suite occupies the lower floor of our hilltop home. Enjoy forest views and quite nights while being only 20 minutes from the buzz of Silicon Valley or the beaches of the Monterey Bay.

The Space

A ridgetop retreat., peaceful, private, home in the Loma Prieta area of the Santa Cruz Mts. An ideal location for business and pleasure. You can have your toes in the sand on the Monterey Bay or be in Silicon Valley in 20-30 minutes.

We offer a Guest Room that is downstairs from the rest of the house, private bedroom and a big bathroom. The bedroom has a queen sized bed, sitting area, private porch, and a TV. For your comfort and convenience there's a small microwave oven, coffee maker, utensils, plates, glasses, cups, and a filtered water pitcher, everything you need to prepare a quick breakfast or snack. Satelite TV and WiFi connectivity are also available. Cell phone reception here is good also.

Our home is situated on a sunny ridge top with views of the surrounding hills, Redwood forests with incredible sunsets and a huge deck to take it all in. Plus lots of outdoor living space (email hidden) area and outdoor living room, or sit out by the Koi pond and be lulled by the sound of falling water. The beautiful garden is featured in the community's annual spring garden tour. Check out some of my works on (website hidden) "Ridgetop Studio".

Your room has a comfy queen bed, sitting area, and small private deck with forest views. The second room, separated by a hallway and bathroom, has a set of bunk beds suitable for children. The large bathroom has double sinks, water closet and shower. Off the hallway there's an alcove with a small "kitchenette". the kitchenette has a coffee maker, small microwave, and all the things you need to have a snack in the room. There's a separate entrance from outside through the second bedroom so you can come and go as you please without worrying about disturbing us. The rooms are located downstairs from the main house, you'll have a quiet and private area all to yourselves, or come on up to join us and share our hospitality. Weather permitting, there's plenty of outdoor living space if you are so inclined and want to accommodate more people outdoor sleeping arrangements can be made. There's a queen sized bed on the outdoor deck if you'd like to sleep under the stars, the night sky is quite spectacular up here.

We want you to feel welcome, this isn't a chain hotel after all. Part of the fun of airbnb'g is meeting new friends! Bring your favorite beverage(s), the outdoor bar area is a great place to spend summer evenings, getting to know new friends and sharing ideas about what to do next. We're natives here and happy to share our insights based on your desires.

For convenience there's a great market with a wonderful selection of prepared gourmet foods to go, a great butcher counter, and local wines only 2 miles away. Speaking of wines there are several great boutique wineries located within just a few miles including Burrell School, Loma Prieta, Silver Mountain, David Bruce, MJA and several more.

While only 20 minutes to downtown Los Gatos at the Southwestern end of the Santa Clara (aka: Silicon) Valley the Loma Prieta area is rural with towering Redwoods and open spaces. To get to the beaches in the Santa Cruz area; simply release your parking brake and you are on the way, its all downhill from here. We are approximately 13 miles from Capitola Beach and you only need to turn left out of our driveway to get there as the road we live off of goes directly to Capitola. Capitola is a funky little beach town that borders Santa Cruz to the south with excellent dinning, shopping, nightlife and surfing. Capitola Beach itself is an excellent place to take the family for a day of fun in the sun as it is well protected and Capitola Village is steps away. Turning right out of our driveway takes you towards the Silicon Valley and all it has to offer. 12 miles from our home and you are in Downtown Los Gatos, the best little town in Silicon valley with great dinning, shopping and nightlife. If you have business to attend to during your stay, the heart of Silicon Valley's technology industry is approx. 30 minutes away but of course you can be fully "connected" or disconnected here if you like

Both San Francisco and Big Sur are easy day trips. San Francisco is 70 miles to the north, Big Sur 90 miles south. Monterey and all it has to offer is about an hour's drive south on California's Hwy 1 with Big Sur another hour's drive south of Monterey. Don't miss the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. Hwy 1 south of Monterey is one of the most scenic drives in the world and the Big Sur area is magical. Nature lovers will appreciate Big Basin and Henry Cowell State Parks as well, both renowned for their old growth Redwood groves. If you have never been in an old growth Redwood grove, it’s a truly spiritual experience. While we have lots of beautiful Redwoods on the property they are mere pups in comparison even at over 100 ft. tall.

If you're a golfer, besides Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, and Spyglass in the Monterey area, close by is one of the best courses anywhere; Pasatiempo Golf Club and the DeLaVeaga Golf course is just down the road, which incidentally also boasts one of the best Frisbee golf courses to be found. For family fun there's The Santa Cruz Boardwalk with a great wooden roller coaster plus many other rides and attractions. Roaring Camp Railroad with trains and a zip line tour of the Redwood forest's canopy. "The Mystery Spot" is always a hit with the kids. World-class surfing, sailing, fishing and whale watching are all within a half-hour's drive. If you’re a Mountain Biker, there’s world-class single tracks in near-by Soquel Demonstration forest. Of course if all you want to do is relax and decompress just hang out here by the pond and let the sounds of flowing water wash your stress away. Surfers, great breaks like Pleasure Point, The Hook, and Steamer's Lane are all close by.

Car lovers and gear heads this is heaven! Laguna Seca Race Track is less than an hour away. This is a perfect base to take in the Monterey Historics, Concours Italiano and the Pebble Beach Concours D'élégance. Soquel/San Jose Rd. is a great drive/ride, with beautiful scenery and wonderful twisties for those of us who enjoy a well executed apex. Motorcyclists will love the ride on Soquel/San Jose Rd. and many others we can suggest. Bonus, they just (July 2012) repaved Soquel/San Jose Rd., its like butter! A finer set of corners would be hard to find.

The weather in the Santa Cruz Mountains is about as perfect as you can find. Summer brings cool foggy early mornings followed by warm sunny days and cool evenings. It almost never rains in the summer here so no worries there, make your plans. Winter, the temps are moderate, with frost only occasionally, but it can rain very hard at times. Spring and Fall are glorious, our favorite times of the year. Lots of fall color in the yard and surrounding area. Spring brings a profusion of green and blossoms. No matter what time of year, it’s always a good idea to have a sweater or light jacket handy as the evenings can cool off quickly because of the costal influence (or as I like to say "our life giving fog"). Redwoods only thrive where there's regular fog. It is not unusual to see temps in the 80 - 90 range during the day and 60's in the evenings.

If you are flying, the San Jose Airport is 30 minutes away and SFO is about an hour's drive but renting a car is a must as there is no public transportation that services our area.

We can also arrange for a couples massage on the deck if you're so inclined. My wife and I can whip up a family style dinner, an evening BBQ or we can have a guest chef to prepare a wonderful candlelight dinner served under the stars. I'll bar tend, fixing up tasty cocktails to enjoy the sunset with. Want Breakfast? A lunch packed to go? Dinner? Whatever it is you would like to have or do while you are here let us know and we'll try to make it happen. We look forward to meeting you.

Guest Access

You enter though the front door to the house. Guests are free to use the kitchen (there's an extra refrigerator in the garage too), and the entire yard including The Shark Bite (bar area, BYOB) and Sunset deck. We also encourage our guests to slow down and enjoy the yard, have your coffee out by the Koi pond or enjoy a glass of wine on the Sunset deck in the evening.

Interaction with Guests

We love to play host and share experiences with our guests. Usually we end up having evening drinks and enjoying appetizers (email hidden) with our guests, getting to know new people is the reason we do this.

The Neighborhood

What we love about our neighborhood is that we don't live in a neighborhood. Our house sits on a sunny hill top surrounded by the Redwood forest with the closest neighbor's house a couple hundred yards away. While we live in a rural area, Silicon Valley is 15 minutes to the north and the Monterey Bay is 15 minutes to the south, great for business and pleasure,

Getting around

There is no public transit available in the area, so if you are coming from afar, plan on renting a car.

Other Things to Note

Our little road i(1/4 mile) is one-lane but has very little traffic so we toot our horn to warn others as we go up the road. If you do encounter another car there are places to pull off for to pass. Usually the car going downhill must back-up to yield right-of-way but sometimes that's not practical so be courteous. We've lived here 18 years and I've encountered another car going to other way maybe a dozen times so no worries, just be aware and drive slowly.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $850 /week
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check Out: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Our journey to Santa Cruz lead us to Mark and Hope's beautiful retreat. Their place offers an exclusive, mountainous escape with majestic views while maintaining the convenience of a short drive to Santa Cruz or San Jose. The outdoor patio offers amazing sunsets and The Sharkbite Bar is one of a kind (their outdoor patio bar)! Great people, great hosts...we enjoyed their company over wine and hors d'oeuvres!

    May 2014
  • Mark and Hope were very welcoming to my family for the weekend we were in Santa Cruz for a graduation. Their home is a peaceful hideaway with beautiful views from their large deck. Highly recommended.

    June 2013
  • We were on our way between San Francisco and Monterey and wanted a stop in the Santa Cruz area. We were a little unsure about what we had gotten into with the drive to their house, but it was paradise when we arrived. Mark and Hope are awesome hosts and make you feel like part of the family. On their encouragement, we shopped for beef to put on the barbeque and Mark even cooked it (perfectly) for us. Watching the sunset over the Santa Cruz mountains was pure joy, as was the fire in the garden to warm us up. Mustn't forget to mention all the other little treats like homemade biscotti (we also got a care package for the road) and the special breakfast treats. Really loved our special Californian experience.

    May 2013
  • We were so lucky to be able to snag this beautiful find! Mark and Hope's home helped make our trip up the coast one of the most comfortable and memorable road trips of all time.

    They take your room seriously, meticulous care and attention to detail with all sorts of luxuries and creature comforts in your room.

    It's worth the trip. Mark is so knowledgeable about the area and will help you plan the perfect trip to suit your interests (including suggestions for some of the best tacos the coast has to offer). Let yourself be pampered and plan on staying for a couple days to take in sights of star gazing on the outdoor bed, dreaming by the koi pond, and meandering through the forest with their ever-charming guide pooch.

    We're definitely coming back for a romantic getaway.

    September 2012
  • Went up to Santa Cruz area for a wedding and couldn't find a decent hotel for the right price so I went on airbnb for the first time and found Mark and Hope's mountain retreat. They were quick to get back to me and it couldn't have been a better fit. The house is fantastic and setting is really wonderful. I slept in one of the bunk beds downstairs which was comfortable. My bother and his girlfriend took the main bed which they thought was full size and too small for them... they are not small people. Access to downstairs apartment is through the house and no problem at all but soon the outside deck will be finished with separate entrance. Mark and Hope were great hosts and before we left Hope invited us to an amazing jalapeno and heirloom tomato quiche that she had made that morning. I wish we had more time to stay and enjoy the paradise they have carefully crafted, like the outdoor bar and bed under the stars. Great place, great people!

    August 2012
  • Mark and Hope were truly exceptional hosts. We were visiting from the UK and from the time of booking, Mark provided us with invaluable advice about our whole Californian trip, not just their property. The accommodation is self contained, beautifully decorated and very comfortable.

    Mark and Hope were happy to share their house and wonderful garden with us. They couldn't have done any more to make our stay more enjoyable.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending this property for a family, couples or business travellers. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have spent a week with Mark and Hope.

    August 2012
  • We had a wonderful stay at Mark and Hope's place.

    Unfortunately we were just there for one night only, but the whole experience was delightful.

    The place is great: our room was large and very clean, with a private bathroom, and we also took advantage of the outside bed, in which we saw a beautiful meteor shower.

    As for Mark and Hope, they were true to the meaning of "host". Our chat during the meteor shower, or the wonderful breakfast they cooked us in the morning definetely helped to make this stay unforgettable.

    August 2012
  • When deciding a place to stay in Southern Bay area we needed something that was a getaway, but not too far off the beaten track. We found this to be the ideal location, relatively close to Los Gatos city, while being nestled in the midst of Redwoods, with great mountain views and easy access to Santa Cruz beaches. During our prolonged summer vacation in Northern California we stayed at several rented homes, but the experience we had at Mark and Hope's place was by far the best. Not only were we struck by the pristine beauty of the place but awed by the love and care with which the couple had modeled their retreat. The warmth shown by Mark and Hope made us feel at home! They welcomed us into their home, to share their kitchen, patio, outdoor bar and everything else that we needed. We barbeque'd together and our daughter even got a chance to bake her own cupcakes, thanks to Hope! They took care of the smallest detail and genuinely like to host guests. We would highly recommend this place to anyone that needs a cozy accommodation in a mountain retreat that is so close to Silicon Valley. Lots of other activities to do nearby, including wineries, hikes, Capitola beach and so on. Mark and Hope are a great couple and we look forward to continuing our friendship.

    Anupam and Seema

    August 2012
  • Mark and Hope were incredibly gracious and welcoming! They offered great hiking advice, opened their refrigerator and deck to us and were happy to help make our vacation as perfect as possible. If you are looking for a relaxing escape in the mountains, within a short drive to the beach or great hiking, this is the perfect spot!

    July 2012
  • First, in the name of our two-year old, we have to say thank you for sharing your train sets, books and most of all Kona! All of us had a wonderful stay and we're looking forward to coming back.

    The place that we rented was perfect for our brief get-away. It was obvious that Mark and Hope placed a lot of effort to make the space comfortable and well suited for a wide range of visitors. Everything was clean and in good condition. The road to the house may be a little tricky to identify, but it is present on GPS maps, and Mark provided us detailed directions to it as well. Both Mark and Hope lived for a long time in the area, raised their sons here and can easily point you towards whatever you desire: romantic settings, hiking, wine tasting, family fun, etc. In our case this helped a lot, since we didn't really plan our trip from the start. They have a lovely dog (Kona) that our son fell in love with and a couple of cats, all friendly and eager for attention.

    We all had a great time, and I will definitely recommend this place to our friends. Thanks again Mark and Hope!

    July 2012
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Favorite quote: "Good looks, wealth and education are often wasted on the slow. Everything in moderation and moderation is the first to go." Husband, father, avid downhill skier, frustrated landscape artist and builder/craftsman, I enjoy creating things and the company of others. Empty twisty back roads, a firm suspension, well bolstered seats, manual transmissions, and a good apex makes my motor rev. Uncrowded steeps covered in feet of fluffy powder, blue sky, and mountain vistas are my favorite things. Hanging out with friends at our outdoor bar, drinking, eating, talking, laughing, enjoying the evening, reveling in the beauty that surrounds us. We offer a private guest suite (1 or 2 rooms), in a quite, beautiful setting. A romantic get-away, relaxing weekend, a (email hidden) after a day of mountain biking, a family vacation adventure or whatever you choose, we'll do our best to accommodate your needs and style. Join us for a marguerita while watching a spectacular sunset on the deck, or enjoy a bottle of the superb local wines with your lover while watching the sun set in your window. Get to know us, share your experiences and find out what you might want to try while you're the area or have a private evening, just let us know what you desire.
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