Love watching the fog burn off early in the morning.Morning, pre-sunrise.  Caffeine for me, sugar water for the hummingbirds.
Private room
2 Guests
1 Bed
Per Night
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About this listing

If you like the mountains, views, gardens, sunrises, sunsets, bocce, privacy, birds, and the like, you are found! Zen paradise that makes you feel like you are on another planet, yet you are very close to beaches, parks, restaurants, and culture.

Love watching the fog burn off early in the morning.

Love watching the fog burn off early in the morning.

The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $25
Security Deposit: $350
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

TOT Registered: #CO00022

Please check out the photos on my other listing of the same house (in my profile called "heaven on earth"). The pictures on this room need updating, as we have done some work on the house and yard to make it a bit more spectacular! If you are looking for a beautiful setting, peace, redwoods, and relaxation, you've found it!

Top reasons people stay here (and come back):

1.) Best view of Santa Cruz Mountains ever. With two decks that are bigger then most apartments, you can choose to sit on our front deck and float high above the valley with views downtown Felton. OR you can chill on the back beck with a fire-pit table and the most stunning outline of distant mountain ranges, as hundred foot trees dance as the breeze blows.
2.) My obsession with birds has lead to many feeders, and lots of finches, turkeys, hummingbirds, and even a hawks nest.
3.) My hot tub is so relaxing. Best place in the WORLD to float among the tree limbs (like a bird). Sunrise central.
4.) Santa Cruz hotels are incredibly run down, expensive, laden with unending traffic, and in poor areas of town. My house is private, light and airy. It will make you feel relaxed.
5.) We just installed a huge bocce court in the back yard, we have a nice pool table, and on not windy days summer days, we have a ping pong table out. Cool to relax at home.
6.) There is a million things to do within a few miles. Beaches, zip lines in the redwoods at Mount Hermon, many parks with hiking, restaurants, Loch Lomond, wine tasting, horseback riding, and much more. Born and raised here, I can give you guidance of cool stuff to see and do- Santa Cruz is so much more then a Boardwalk!
7.) There is about 10 places to sit and read a book or magazines, undisturbed to the sound of the forrest. We are so fortunate to enjoy the solitude on the hill.

The rooms we host in are the ones with the pinball machine, and the one with the pots on a shelf on the wall.

15 minutes from UCSC. 20 minutes from Beach. 10 minutes from Henry Coewell State Park. Feel like your a thousand miles from anyone. This house is situated high on a hill, no neighbors to see. Yet just 5 minutes off highway 9. Outside of the Santa Cruz "fog belt," sunny most months of the year. Join us for Open Studios in October!

Panoramic views of mountains, Scotts Valley, and Felton. 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2600 sf. 20+ acres. Gated driveway, house has state-of-the-art alarm, for further ease of mind. Two huge decks for sunning, both with jaw dropping views of the mountains. Features full kitchen with nice appliances, two outdoor eating areas, two indoor dining areas, pool table with plasma tv, TV with satellite in room, wireless internet. Sprawling lawns, various roses, heirloom tomatoes, even fresh organic eggs from my chickens. Parking is off street, and gated. Yoga room. Laundry. Pick up some take-out, and sit outside on the decks and enjoy the the outdoor speakers on both decks and all living areas. Seasonally decorated (love goofy holiday decor!).

Huge and awesome Cal-King bed (an incredibly comfortable, new, and sleep inducing bed wrapped in high-thread count, white sheets). Beautiful views. Private and clean. Next to large and clean red bathroom. Dresser to place your things. 50" LED TV with Dish Hopper service, view of woods, overlaying mountain ranges, birds, bocce, and veggie garden. Normally I only have one extra room rented, meaning you would have exclusive use of the bath. However, I sometimes have friends or an addtional airbnb guest, and in those times the bathroom would be shared.

We do have video surveillance all over the property- of course it is not in your room or bathroom.

Guest Access

Please don't go in our bedroom, office or garage. We keep our clutter there! Also, be kind and respect our neighbors if you walk around the property.

The Neighborhood

This is a wonderful neighborhood, filled with nice families who mostly commute to SF or SJ. Crazy, but living here is worth it! Regarding services and businesses have one of everything, and each is excellent.

Getting Around

You need a car.

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House Rules
No parties or events

Enjoy yourself! This is a nice place to unwind, and nothing makes us happier then uplifted people who feel at ease!

We require a release of liability signature upon arrival.

We request no smoking at all, including outside.

We are trying to keep our newly finished floors in good condition, and kindly suggest you wear socks (no shoes) inside.

Please do not go in master bedroom, office, or garage (these are my clutter dens).

We do not eat red meat (beef or pork) and would prefer it not cooked in the kitchen/outdoor BBQ.

If you cook a meal, please be clean and use common sense. Please don't use my copper pots or crystal. No knives in the dishwasher.

We are on a well for water. Please be aware of saving wherever you can. Preform a rain dance when you arrive. We would appreciate you taking showers during your stay! Lol.

Toilets in the mountains are VERY different from the city. We are on a septic that requires very costly maintenance when mistreated. Please throw away wipes, girly things, excess toilet paper, paper towels, etc. Only light toilet paper can do down our drains.

If you visit the chickens, make sure the door is shut and locked when you leave them.

Make sure the gates to the gardens are closed so the deer don't get in!

Our hot tub is new and so relaxing! Help us keep it clean (I won't explain everything I'd prefer you not to do, but you get the picture, LOL!) Please, no glass in the tub (we have plastic glasses.) Take a quick rinse in the shower before a dip (again, we like it clean and so will you). Close it when you are done- there is a child lock, do not force the cover closed or you will break it! Please turn off jets when done. If in doubt about how to operate, please ask.

Check-out time is strict, mostly because we have full-time jobs, and have to get everything clean ourselves and it takes a while.

Please don't bother the neighboring homes. They are not close to our house, and the people who live there are like us- we like privacy and to feel secluded! Respect their spaces please.

We do require a two night stay for Friday/Saturday check-ins. Also, the major holidays require a three night stay (4th of July, Labor Day, thanksgiving, Christmas and Memorial Day). If an instant book occurs for one night on a Friday or Saturday, we will deduct the amount of the second night from the deposit.

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On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Morning, pre-sunrise.  Caffeine for me, sugar water for the hummingbirds.

Morning, pre-sunrise. Caffeine for me, sugar water for the hummingbirds.

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Ben Lomond, California, United States · Member since August 2011

Good day! My partner Jaye and our pups Teak & Sam (Smith) look forward to meeting you. We grew up in Ben Lomond and Santa Cruz, and can point out a thousand things to do on your visit. We get along with everyone. Hobbies are house projects, running, food (local produce and heirloom vegetables), computers/electronics, hiking, restaurants, real estate, art appreciation, p90x (need to do more of this), happy hours/wine bars, campy holiday decorations, chicken watching (WAY cooler then a fish tank and you get eggs), museums, and meeting good people.

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