Beautiful house on 1/3 acre including large gardens 5 blocks from ocean.Newly added 22'labyrinth,chickens, aviary,pond & rural- near beach.Home made coffee cake ,very friendly host , former highway patrolman who bakes & shares stories.
Art filled bedroom with shared bathroom in 100-year-old house on 1/3 of an acre.Newly added 22' labyrinth,Seasonal flowers from the gardens,water in room when you arrive. 2 bikes available for your use with head lamps,helmets and locks. Refundable $40 deposit and required signed release waiver for host and AirBNB. Reserve when booking.Heater on bed so you can get into a toasty bed at night. Electric heater in the room for extra comfort in winter. Black and white tiled bathroom with tub, shower and pedestal sink recently remodeled . Beautiful kitchen with custom hand made Calla Lily tiles ,10 foot glass pantry, art and Wedgewood stove. Guests can use living and dining room. Pond, aviary, chicken coop, 8 Chickens roaming on grounds in winter months. Large flower gardens, including glorious dahlias in summer. Fire Pit . Safe neighborhood with kitchen and front entrance Easy access to downtown Santa Cruz with excellent restaurants and great shopping via bus or 7 minute drive. 3 minutes from 41st and Pleasure Point with great restaurants like Pleasure Pizza, Verve Coffee and mouth watering Penny Creamery. We e mail a list of our favorite restaurants by price and type upon booking for you to keep on your phone. Hard copy as you check in. World known surfing, plus O’Neill's. Walk to 17th Avenue beach and Sunny Cove where you can safely climb down to beach from carved steps in the cliff . Use of microwave .Petite breakfast you can eat on patio if requested with great coffee/tea and home baked applesauce coffee cake- each morning. NY Times arrives daily each morning, Gluten or nut free available if you request a week in advance.Gas barbecue and large brick patio with patio heater. Easy short drive to Mystery Spot and Henry Cowell State Park with 3000 yr old redwoods. Two minutes from beach ( Sunny Cove)and folding beach chairs available . Hammock in secluded part of the garden.Wireless throughout house and property. Antique filled living room. Parking in driveway. 5 blocks from Pacific Ocean . Well behaved dogs on leash accepted.Neighbor on one side has lot sized huge open lawn.Neighbor on other side has a lot sized garden. Both have high (website hidden) we are a quiet oasis near the ocean/bay. 3 night bookings required on Labor Day andJuly 4th. Two night booking on Memorial Day.We are a shoeless and going green house. gray water for yard and biodegradable detergents .
2 free guest tickets to Monterey Bay Aquarium 2 day booking
2 free tickets to Seymour Marine Discovery Center 1 night booking
I phone chargers
Gluten or nut free coffee cake if requested. LET US KNOW ahead
Shampoo, conditioner and toiletries hairdryer
Flannel bedding and towels provided
private first floor room- hosts on second floor
2 bikes for your use the entire stay.
Please see our other listing Tranquility For the Night to the bottom right.
2 free guest tickets to Monterey Bay Aquarium must be used during your 2 day stay.
4 bikes with helmets locks, required refundable deposit on damage- Must reserve when book or others may be using.
Petit breakfast if requested ahead
Walkable Labyrinth solar lighted at night
Fire pit and marshmellos to toast
Interaction with Guests
Pete is a very friendly guy who loves to talk and help with directions. Your privacy protected. We live in a separate area upstairs but use kitchen downstairs
Rural but 5 blocks from ocean and was biggest chicken area in California till zoned out in 50's and chickens went to Petaluma. As a result we have chickens and 1/3 of an acre and can hear ocean and seals at night and get there by bike in a few minutes.
Yes bus 1 short block and goes everywhere. Can take bikes on bus. Santa Cruz smallest county in CA so getting around by bike easy and we have 4 for guests. Shared parking in driveway in front of house.
Other Things to Note
Santa Cruz Events Calendar (website hidden)
Long’s Marine Center Discovery Museum _ Great Place to see as you are visiting Monterey – we have free passes
Two free guest tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium if here 2 days,please return (website hidden) available check it out here if you want our tickets.
4 bikes with helmets to ride all over Santa Cruz to beach downtown restaurants, redwoods (website hidden)_id=546 , UCSC campus, at your own risk (website hidden) , Santa Cruz boardwalk (website hidden) and more (website hidden) .
Arana Gulch just opened and this urban open space is a fabulous bike ride 5 minutes from our house by the ocean, harbor, with cows grazing staggering views http://(email hidden)/
Santa Cruz State Parks (website hidden)_id=22070
Santa Cruz Art and History Museum (website hidden) Great place with all sorts of events check the site out
Tannery Arts Center- Local live-in complex for artists with loft and studios . Great art complex with lots of activities First Saturday tours of studios. Check out calendar .(website hidden)
First Friday Art Tour Through Downtown Business and Restaurants- Really fun (website hidden)
Walking the Labyrinth on our property (website hidden)
House- Please leave your shoes at the door- Bring slippers in winter. Thanks so much .
We happily allow well behaved dogs. However,you must keep them on a leash and take them with you when you go out so they do not bother other guests with barking or whining in missing you.They cannot get on the bed. We also require a $15.00 cleaning fee because of the dog hair and extra cleaning after you leave.If you are bringing a dog we will send you a good list of dog friendly restaurants and dog parks. We have one right down the street
Chickens- 8 hens in chicken yard
New canary pair in aviary- DO NOT Open Door please
Please bring earphones if you want to listen to music
Key to front door on shelf in the bedroom bookshelf in room with maps of Santa Cruz PLEASE GIVE TO US BEFORE YOU LEAVE or will be have to have add to your review. Please leave light on at entrance when you come in at night.
BED HEATERS ON BOTH SIDES OF HEADBOARD. THEY ARE REVERSED. TURN UP TO 12 WHEN YOU LEAVE FOR DINNER AND DOWN TO LOW (L) AND YOU WILL COME HOME TO A NICE TOASTY WARM BED TO SLEEP IN.
WIFI Ask for when you arrive
Bikes-4 bikes available for your use. Ignore this if you have no interest. We have head lamps for dark ( ride bikes at your own risk)." We now ask you to give us a $40.00 fully refundable deposit for the bikes against any damage or replacement of helmets locks or parts of the bike. We will give this back to you. when you leave. After 3 years of doing airbnb with bike damage – we must do this We will also have an agreement for you to sign
Bikes are in garage with bike locks, helmets. (website hidden) has bike app and we have maps for you to ride everywhere, Use (website hidden) maps, find Santa Cruz, has bike routes. Take head lamp with you in evening. In hall closet hanging on left. ,water bottle to fill in basket. Take helmets at all times. Ask us for headlamps if you plan to be out after dark. Use (website hidden) bike app (website hidden)
Grandfather clock in living room
If chimes bother you let us know and will turn off chimes
We have a petit breakfast if you request before you arrive. It will be coffee cake, banana bread or something sweet. If you request it, we have it is available until 9:30 (website hidden) is in kitchen and cream will be on the kitchen table plus the New York Times. Tea in pantry.
Full breakfast see restaurant list. We have many breakfast places nearby that we list on the restaurant page we send that have full breakfasts. I make coffee at 5:00 AM if you are an early bird. Enjoy
Will be on breakfast table
Go outside and get in AM in we are not here
If we are not there:
Coffee cake and breakfast bread in freezer on 2nd shelf from top
Coffee beans in Ceramic container next to coffee pot. Coffee Maker above dishwasher
Grind beans and make your own coffee
Tea in very large Glass pantry in the kitchen on left on shelf. Large blue teapot in front
Dining Room- Keep door to kitchen closed at all times to keep out cats .
Please keep glass French Door to hallway and dutch door to dining room closed at all times to keep out our cats. Feel free to use dining and living room it if you want to bring wine or a beverage of choice and sit in what is a beautiful space. Please do not put your up feet or spill anything on the white couch.
Please bring a toiletry bag and put back in your room after showering as bathroom shared. Thanks so much.
Water conservation:We are on a 20% water restriction due to the severe drought . We have a water wise shower head that I will show you and 5 minutes timer from the water board. We use Grey water to water plants and all biodegradable cleaning supplies, soaps etc.
Hot and Cold faucets are backwards- use as marked
Fresh towels in small built in bureau in bedroom closet- green USE THESE ---NOT TOWELS in BATHROOM
Please leave dirty towels in bag in your room in closet for towels – NOT in bathroom as shared bathroom
Dirty towels-. We will replace every day if you ask and are out. Many in bedrooms
Basket with toiletries in corner shelf of bathroom ,in case you forgot yours.
Labyrinth- We put in labyrinth to replace a large lawn in the back garden because of the severe drought in California and stringent water restrictions. We have gained a beautiful space to walk, mediate or just view. It is lit at night by 30 small solar lights that surround it so you can walk it at night if you wish or just make a fire in the firepit and watch the labyrinth and the stars and hear the Ocean when it gets quiet as we are near . Here is more about a labyrinth if you have any interest. (website hidden)
Feel free to sit in the sun or shade in any part of the yard, have a barbeque, drink wine and get take out and have dinner outside. There is a heat lamp.
Fire Pit in middle yard
You can use if you ask and follow safety directions/. If we are away it cannot be used.
Food Storage and Preparation:
If we are not here , which is infrequent .
1.Tea in large glass pantry by blue teapot
(website hidden) and pastry served in AM half and half in refrig
(website hidden) grinder, above dishwasher. Coffee Beans next to grinder in ceramic pot or in the glass cabinet in 5 pound black bag.
4.Apple coffee/muffins in cake plate with dome or in Baggies in freezer on second shelf If we are not here. If so, just microwave on a plate.
Use of Dishwasher: To follow water restrictions, and not wake guests up in the morning I do not run the dishwasher unless it is FULL after 9:30 PM
RECYCLE AND TRASH
Garbage food in the white bucket under sink next to dishwasher. We feed to chickens and compost
Recycle- in two trash cans in pantry,
Trash –under sink attached to door
Have a great time in Santa Cruz
Please leave key when you leave
Airbnb Reviews If you are happy here review us on airbnb.
Staying at the "Garden Labyrinth" house was the best choice for us, it's as relaxing as it looks. Sitting in the yard with a book, listening to wind chimes & birds was magical. And it's true what everyone writes about the baked goods... there's always something going in the kitchen.
Easy to find, central to shops or boardwalk, our hosts were welcoming and helpful (there's a great list of local restaurants with details like veg/GF options). Wonderful place to stay.
The house and the room I stayed in are quiet, clean, and pretty. Pete and Cathy are friendly, helpful hosts. I recommend this place.
Pete has a very peaceful and clean place. Close to a nice coffee shop and a great taqueria! We enjoyed our stay and really liked the backyard!
Pete and his wife Cathy were awesome! We stayed one night for the Santa Cruz Half Marathon. Pete made sure we had coffee ready bright and early in the morning and banana crumb cake. The house is cozy and has great character.
Pete and Kathy's home is what AirBnB promises but often doesn't deliver (through no fault of their own). The promise is a place that welcomes you and whose hosts have thought hard about how to make your stay special. It is not about competing with the Ritz Carlton for thread count, but about a place where you can sink into being comfortable. It is airy, clean and somehow eccentric, all at the same time. Kathy and Pete are devoted bakers and not only do they make lovely homemade treats for breakfast but it is laid out in the dining room, along with that day's New York Times and delicious coffee. In the very cool backyard besides a labyrinth, there are chickens and canaries. Think going home from college knowing that you can just breathe and everything will be as you want it.
Pete was an incredibly gracious host and very friendly. He made my friend and I feel welcomed and at-home. He has a beautiful home with a large backyard.
I definitely enjoyed my stay!
I had a great time at pete and cathy's house. I did a puzzle with my dad that was 100 pieces in the fun back yard. there is a labyrinth you can walk on. and there are 8 chickens too. pete and cathy were really nice. they told us where to get ice cream.
Eva, age 6.5, Oakland
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Former California Highway Patrolman and grandfather to ten grandchildren including 2-year-old twins who live in LA. Love the ocean, gardening, biking,walking in beautiful Santa Cruz, especially in Pleasure Point on new cliff walkway. After leaving the highway patrol, I went from CHiPS to chocolate chips as I am also the former VP of Sales and Marketing for the Pacific Cookie Company here in Santa Cruz. Author and Founder of DriversYoga (website hidden) a mental technique to keep you in the moment while driving. along with being a very genial host.