About this listing
Summer in the Cruz, steps from the beach, the rollercoaster and the chaos that is Santa Cruz in the SUMMER! NOT a tranquil bunglow but a cute, old beach house right in the mix!
Summer Rental Only...
1905 Beach House adjacent to all things Santa Cruz! The Beach Boardwalk is a stone's throw away as is the Mike Fox Skate Park, The BMX course, Boardwalk Bowling, Arcades, Laser Tag and the Big Dipper!
We are a ten minute walk from Pacific Avenue and more adult pursuits or jump on your bike and cruise the river and the ride is 3 minutes! Power walk up East Sea Cliff Drive to Betty's Burgers or the Seabright Brewery. Walk in a different direction and in a half mile you will get to my favorite lunch/breakfast destination, THE BUTTERY. UCSC has a local bus that cruises past the house if you are headed that way or take your car and see the local sights from the Roaring Camp Railroad to ziplining through the Redwood Forest.
Our house has wood floors so a little sand following you home from the beach is not a problem. We have an outside surf shower to clean off the wetsuit before peeling it off. Lock your board and bikes in the basement next to the driveway that parks 3 cars, no need to pay for parking.
She's a 3 bedroom, one bathroom house. There are four full-size beds and one Queen and a twin.(kid sized). They are all dressed with 100% cotton sheets so you can sleep well, following long days at the beach! The kitchen has service for 8 and includes all basic kitchen ammenties and tools, blender, microwave and a gas range with five burners. This is not the house for fancy dinner parties but the house to bring your family and friends and enjoy all that Santa Cruz has to offer!
We have Comcast Wi-Fi and one centrally located TV/DVD player with a selection of family friendly movies but between the free Friday night concerts at the beach or live music downtown, it's hard to imagine watching it?
This is a summer rental only and summer 2014 looks to be starting around June 20th and wrapping up around the middle of September. Otherwise our house is home to UCSC students.
The $10 surcharge after four people is simply to cover water usuage. As with most of California, Santa Cruz rations water. We wash our linens, beach towels and bath towels onsite and the $10 covers the difference between what we use at a regular rate and what we use at a higher rate because we are over our allotment. If your party number changes, simply leave the difference on the dining room table, it has worked well for us on the honor system.
***NEW FOR SUMMER 2014***If you are hosting a family re-union, party, in town for a wedding I would encourage you to try and also book the rear apartment, Called the SURF SHACK. It not only gives you an extra bedroom(queen) 2 cots for kids or spry 20 somethings but the coveted EXTRA bathroom and two additional parking spaces.-if you let me know you are interested in booking both when you put your reservation request in I will give you a deal on the SURF SHACK.
SUMMER of 2015:The City of Santa Cruz levies a 11% tax for the privilege of occupying a room or rooms or other living space in a hotel, inn, tourist home or house, motel or other lodging wherein living accommodations for periods less than thirty days are customarily offered for hire. The tax is paid by the occupant and collected by the operator. The operator then remits the tax to the city. You will be given a receipt for this tax at the time of your stay. It will add approximately $15.95 a night to your stay, to offset this my prices will not increase from their 2014.
In addition to the house: Locked storage for bikes and surfboards, washer and dryer. High speed internet/wifi/TV/DVD player and BBQ.
Interaction with Guests
I don't live in Santa Cruz but closer to SF. Most of our transactions are done electronically. I will be in town the day of your arrival and probably your departure as well. I have missed some guests because they arrive late and depart early but we have a system that allows you to check in anytime after 4pm and depart anytime before noon. You also have a cell number for me which is on and with me 24/7 during the summer. I like my guests to enjoy all Santa Cruz has to offer and will leave you suggestions in addition to my electronic guidebook.
We are in Beach flats and two blocks from one of the last Boardwalk Amusement parks that I think is ranked #1 in the country? The summer is bustling with people, there is a lot to do within a few blocks of the house! Surfing at Cowell's Beach, riding the roller coaster, splashing in the surf, bowling, laser tag, skateboard park, walk ten minutes in the other direction and there is downtown and Pacific avenue, full of places to eat, shop or catch a movie!
The bus to UC is across the street. It is a ten minute walk to the main bus termil in Santa Cruz that runs buses from all over the Bay Area and to SJ Intl. Airport.
No Smoking in the house. If your furry friend travels with you please keep them off the furniture and bring a kennel or bed for them to sleep in, we expect our pet owners to clean up after their pet. We ask you to lock the basement and yard as it's shared with our permanent tenants onsite. We want you to have fun, but we don't expect to see our house in a Girls Gone Wild Video?
we met Sydney upon our arrival. she was very gracious and welcoming. she had even printed a sheet of helpful hints in French as she knew we were french :)
the location is great to every family that does want to enjoy the beach and the boardwalk as you don't have to take your car and pay for parking anywhere. you can walk from the house to the beach and boardwalk. perfect when you have kids and cool and body boards!
the listing was better than the pictures. super nice
Sydney provides a comfortable, clean, and all-around awesome house. I was taken back by how close it really is to the Boardwalk, and the beach. It made the stay in SC all the more convenient. You know what they say, "location, location, location."
I love how you have access to a smorgasbord of beach objects -- beach cruisers, beach chairs, umbrella, etc. My friends and I utilized the beach cruisers every single day. The beds are also comfortable, clean, and lavished with pillows. I like the layout of the house, especially the over-sized dining table. There's plenty of parking, too.
Sydney was an excellent host, always answered any questions I had within minutes! This is the 2nd year in a row we have rented the house and we LOVE it. Love, love, love the location as it is walking distance to everything and I love the "vibe" of the house. Best value ever :).
Sydney's house was just as advertised. We loved the location--perfectly situated to beach/boardwalk. Only wished we could have stayed longer.
Nice spot close to the beach. There is a lot of traffic in the weekends outside the house, but the house does still have a nice atmosphere inside. If you like crowded places and American boardwalks this is the perfect spot
This beach house is fantastic! Within 2 min walking you are at the beach & Boardwalk ( great for kids!!) . California's surf mekka is just 5 min walking away. We were a family of 5 and enjoyed the great space in the house. We could use the bikes ( beach cruisers) and beach chairs , etc.... A wonderful place to stay!!
Sydney make check in very easy and we were able to park at the house before we checked in.
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About the Host, Sydney
I was lucky enough to have lived in France for a few years and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Many of my adventures were with three small children in tow so I'm fairly well versed in all things children and how to vacation with kids successfully. I still have two boys underfoot(12&14) so while we were putting our beach home together I was trying to make it comfortable and functional. I spent many summers in a lakeside cabin in Michigan and never once worried about whether I had sand on my feet as I traipsed through the house. We have a slew of furry friends and while WE DON'T TAKE them to Santa Cruz, not a dog friendly town, we do travel with them. Therefore, I understand folks who schelp their four-legged friends along. To that end most things in my house are washable and we simply ask you to keep your furry friends off the furniture and beds. My idea of a perfect vacation is to be able to walk everywhere, life as a mom requires far too much driving! Our girl in Santa Cruz allows me to stroll to Pacific Avenue(groceries, restaurants and movies) as well as a one block mosey to the sand. In my opinion if I can avoid getting in my car, it's a WIN!
I'm outnumbered and live with all guys so my movie habits seem to involve a lot of exploding robots or superheroes. I'm also more apt to be found at the pizza place with the Samurai wielding pizza thrower than I am at the "new place." My youngest is an avid hamburger fan so currently we are eating our way through the Burger Joints. Betty's Burgers is the top ranked in Santa Cruz to date. (one location up the hill and one on Pacific Avenue) Their happy hour pitcher of mojitos is not bad either. Keep in mind the food critic is a 12yo boy-he will agree that the Buttery on Soquel Ave. (with their outside picnic tables) is still our top ranked destination to eat breakfast or lunch in the Cruz.