About this listing
Environ aware/fragrance free 1/Bdrm hm w/lovely outside spaces. Attn to the details, high quality bed & linens, 2-sided fireplace, chef's ktchn, wifi/42"fltsrn, privt garden, quiet neighborhd nr everything you want..beach, rstrnt,bwlk,hbr.
Come for a unique and restful getaway, 5 minute walk to the beach, boardwalk, restaurants, in beautiful Santa Cruz... Modern Beach House is on a shared property w/ the owners' home, enclosed gardens and outside spaces. It is a small lot and the owners sometimes stay in a small detached cottage behind the house. Property is small with well separated spaces for guests privacy.
We will provide you with a "starter" breakfast of hearty, homemade bread, of freshly ground spelt flour, or sourdough crumpets, coffee, tea, and often farmer's market strawberries or some other seasonal fruit to start your first day. If you need the extra bedroom which is in a separate small building behind house, there is an additional fee. Please let us know in advance if you will need the extra space.
This home has been a home-away-from-home for family and friends, and now provides the same quiet comfort to AirBnB guests! Please note that our second bedroom is detached from the main house and is only suitable for teenagers or adults. Our home is nestled in a great Seabright neighborhood and is a clean and contemporary place. It is unique and most of the things in it are one of a kind that we either crafted ourselves, up cycled, recycled or found on the side of the road and made into something. Everything else that we have to buy new we choose only the highest quality products that are built to last. There are hardwood golden maple floors throughout the house. The vaulted ceiling in the front room makes the 600 sq. foot house feel more spacious. The bedroom is a deluxe room with double sided gas fire place from the living room to bedroom to keep you warm and cozy when needed. The room is north facing and has dark shades to make the room really dark for sleeping any time. The bed frame we made ourselves from wood that landed on our beach after a big storm. The QUEEN bed mattress is an organic latex highest quality mattress from Monterey Mattress Company covered with sateen sheets and down comforter covered with a Coyuchi organic duvet cover. We do have another room which is about 10 ft behind the main house with high quality beds as well should you need an extra sleeping space - a little rustic but quite cozy for an additional charge. The ideal time for our bunkhouse use is summer unless you are the hearty type. Our yard and house are surrounded by fence and locked on both ends of the property for security. There is a large flatscreen with net flicks, pandora, apple TV & Radio, etc. in the main house bedroom.
If you enjoy cooking then you'll love our chef's kitchen. You'll find everything you need to make whatever suits your fancy. We have top-notch appliances, Wolf stove, Miele dishwasher, Subzero refrigerator and marble countertops. We have a beautiful grain grinder which you can grind your own flours and/or flatten your own oats for your breakfast.
If we are around when you come we would be happy to provide for you some real food for a nominal fee since that is our passion and profession. We even make our own flours and make incredible fresh breads. Inquire more if interested in eating real food while you are visiting us...it just could be the only place you'll get it ;)
We have a pleasant separation btwn the living spaces to assure complete privacy and comfort. We are in another building behind the house you would be in on the property and are sometimes around should you need anything. You will have the entire house to yourself.
Even though we are in the city we feel like we have an oasis here. We live very ecologically & conscious and our home is chemical & fragrance free. We have a whole house water filtration system so you will not smell chlorine when you shower and bath. And, you'll often find the sheets for the beds hanging on the line drying.
We offer off-street parking in our driveway in front of our house.
Our great location makes it easy to walk almost anywhere. Restaurants, the harbor, coffee shops, breakfast spot and the boardwalk are nearby & a short 5 minute walk and to get into town walking by the river takes about 20 minutes. It's an ideal spot for hanging out in The Cruz without having to drive. The beach is only a 5-10 minute walk -- a short 4 blocks. Beach chairs, cooler and towels also available. Hiking trails, more beaches, Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk, coffee shops, shopping, Pacific Garden Mall, great restaurants and farmers markets, famous surf spots and bus lines are within walking/biking distance as well.
Come visit Santa Cruz and take a drive down the magical coast to Big Sur and/or drive north towards Half Moon bay and stop by the local farms to pick the best tasting strawberries you'll ever eat and then take a picnic to one of the many possible beaches.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a no-smoking property. Both inside and outside the grounds. Take this into account if you decide to stay with us.
IMPORTANT; Please e-mail us a bit about yourself when you first inquire about the accommodations... either before or at the time you book. Although our home is very private, we like to know who will be sharing our space, so we ask guests to share a little bit about themselves before they make a reservation. Thank you. :)
One more thing: although we love them, we cannot have animals on the property and we cannot make exceptions. Please, don't break our heart because we will have to say no.
Also, the city of Santa Cruz requires us to collect 11% occupancy tax, which you may pay by cash or check after you arrive.
Please contact us with any of your questions, we love to help in any way we can. We are looking forward to sharing our place with you.
You will have the entire house to yourselves two patios (one private on side of house, one semi-private), The back deck and patio is shared space.
Interaction with Guests
You will have an open line of communication with Terry, throughout your stay. If we are around when you visit we would like to meet you but your privacy will be respected throughout your stay.
We love our quiet and peaceful neighborhood. And we can walk or ride bikes all over town since we are centrally located. Beach, harbor, river, boardwalk, surfing spots, town, neighborhood favorite restaurants like La Posta, Tramonti, Engfer's Wood Fired Pizza, Verve tea and coffee are all within a short walk - anywhere from 5 to 15 minute walk.
Just a few blocks from public transportation. We have bikes to loan if you like or stay on foot to get around since everything is close in Santa Cruz. From the Airport we are a short 30 minute over the mountain depending on what time of day and year you come could be as long as an hour. There is a bus that comes over the hill and bus service around town. Best to come with a car and park it for the weekend and get around by foot and bike. We have a driveway for our guests.
Other Things to Note
My husband and I know all the fun things to do in Santa Cruz and are happy to provide you with any information to assist you during your stay. See our guidebook for more on what to do in Santa Cruz. If coming from a distance and you need help with transportation we may be able to help with this if requested upon your reservation.
Inquire about requests for special cakes or breads upon arrival. I am a professional baker and cook with local, organic, real food and know how to prepare foods to maximize nutrition that are bodies can get the most out of. If you plan to arrive a little late the first night I can have a meal ready for you or if you want to have a candlelight dinner for you and your sweetheart I would be happy to make that happen!
ALSO, Check out OUR GUIDEBOOK where we have put all our favorite places up and down the coast; since we are foodies & outdoor enthusiasts we know the great food spots including farm stands & farmer's markets and places for being in nature and off the beaten track!
*No smoking please!
* 11% Occupancy Taxes collected upon arrival by cash or check unless you'd like to pay for in advance we can also add this on to your reservation.
* Summertime guests must park in our driveway because our neighborhood is permit parking on the street. We do have an extra pass for one additional car to park on street. Please read house manual for more info. Please inquire if there will be more than 2 cars coming.
*Shoes off policy please in the house, so bring your socks or slippers if you like.
*Like most of California, Santa Cruz is currently experiencing a drought. Please help us do our part to conserve water by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, shave, scrub dishes and soap-up in the shower.
*Please make sure all lights and fireplace are turned off when you leave for the day.
Please... no cologne, or scented oils.
* We live in a tranquil residential neighborhood. We ask that guests please be mindful of noise out of respect to neighbors. Quiet hours from 9pm-9am.
*Compensation for damages will be collected at the owner's discretion.
when we are not hosting guests or occasionally when invited in to cook for guests, Terry enjoys spreading out in the fully equipped kitchen to do her magic.
Perfect setting for a perfect Santa Cruz weekend. A delightful mix of beach-side calm, smart design and attention to detail. The kitchen is a cook's fantasy -- and we planned our stay around visiting farmer's markets and whipping up meals withTerry's fabulous stove and collection of tools and herbs (she has one drawer just for salts!) Terry and Clint live on the property and are available for questions about the neighborhood and house and advice on what to do. Meeting them was one of the high points of our weekend.
I had a great couple of days staying here. Terry and Clint are very welcoming hosts. I was looking for a quiet few days at the beach and got just that. Perfect location: walking distance to Seabright beach, the beach boardwalk and restaurants. The home is super cute, quiet and clean with a great kitchen to cook in. I especially liked the outdoor room. I'd definitely go back.
Terry and Clint were absolutely wonderful hosts. Extremely accommodating, welcoming, and helpful. The beach house was everything we hoped it would be. So quaint, amazing kitchen, and peaceful. We had such a wonderful stay and will be coming back!
Excellent experience in all ways. Hosts were very gracious and quick in answering questions and ensuring the visitor had a special experience. They were also very generous, sharing their personal and very much appreciated kayak vouchers, use of their bikes, beach equipment, beach towels, and notes that welcomed the guest to help themselves to their abundantly stocked kitchen.
Photos very accurate. Space carefully and attractively planned with comfort and special experience accomplished. The side and back patios are lovely, and provide choice of sun or shade. Although the weather was excellent, in the case of rain, this would be a lovely place to be holed up in front of the fireplace.
Hosts have made the house feel like the guest's home by including wide array of kitchen devices for an experienced baker, frig stocked with fresh eggs, fruit, cream, special jams and condiments, fresh coffee and choice of makers, and even home made bread for the guests' use, welcoming information sheets and well marked notes to explain how to use everything, an array of tourist materials and books, and all the bathroom supplies and abundant fresh towels any traveler could need. Could live in house without need for anything for long time.
Neighborhood well located close to beaches and excellent sunset views, boardwalk and especially good for a biker with access one block away to bike paths that lead to boardwalk and pier, or to west cliffs, or to downtown.
I enjoyed the stay and recommend the Modern Beach House to others.
Awesome little house. The house is in a perfect location. 2 minutes from the boardwalk, a few minutes from cafes... yet in a cozy, quiet neighborhood. The best of everything.
The house itself is nicely appointed throughout, with recent and tasteful decoration and fully functional.
The hosts Terry and Clint are very nice and helpful.
Recommended without hesitation.
This was a perfect place to stay for a mom and two teenage girls on a mini-vacation and annual trip to Santa Cruz. The girls especially loved the separate mini-room in the back of the patio with two beds. I loved the quiet neighborhood and the easy walks to the beach, to the boardwalk, and to dinner at la Posta and breakfast at the Seabright Cafe. Space is as described -- very thoughtfully decorated -- and both the outdoor space and the gorgeous kitchen seemed larger than pictured. Telecommuting was easy from the lovely covered patio which also serves as a living room type space. Terry provided lovely first day snacks, homemade bread, and fruit and access to regular kitchen items: butter, coffee, tea, etc. Bikes, beach towels, and chairs were all available for our use. Owners were very responsive to a few questions about the house. Hoping we can stay again next year. Thank you Terry and Clint.
The place was awesome! 4 of us booked for 3 nights, including the back area, and there was plenty of space to stretch out and relax. I don't think the pictures do it justice, very peaceful area but easy walk to local restaurants, the harbour and the board-walk. The house has a ton of character and everything you can think you might need. Terry and Clint were very warm and welcoming. Gave a few recommendations on places to visit and local eateries. They even had a freshly baked loaf of bread waiting for us on arrival! Highly recommend when visiting Santa Cruz.
About the Host, Terry & Clint
We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth where we have been privileged to live for the last 20 years. Clint grew up in Half Moon Bay, CA and loves to play tennis. Terry grew up in CT and has lived in Boulder, Manhattan & SF. We are school teachers at a private school here. As well, Terry has spent much of her working life as a food enthusiast and caterer (with the help of Clint) and she enjoys cooking fresh, healthy food from our farmer's markets. We are passionate about the environment and do what we can to be living a green and sustainable life all around. We love Santa Cruz and love to share it with people traveling through. We welcome guests from around the globe and we look forward to meeting new friends from different places. We love traveling and getting lost in new cities and discovering their food specialties. We also enjoy being in nature & by water, walking, music and life!
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