Mountain Views near Santa Cruz

House - Private room · Hihn Rd, Ben Lomond, CA 95005, United States
Your host, Justin
16 Reviews
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The Space

Hello! Please check out the photos on my other listing of the same house (in my profile). 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.
2.) My obsession with birds has lead to many feeders, and lots of finches, turkeys, hummingbirds, and even a hawks nest.
3.) Santa Cruz hotels are pretty nasty and expensive and in poor areas of town. My house is private and has a great vibe about it.
4.) 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.
5.) 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!
6.) 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. Ten 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. Beautiful views. Private and clean. Next to large and clean red bathroom. Dresser to place your things. 42" 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.

TOT included in price (county tax).
We do require a two night stay for a Friday or Saturday check in.

Guest Access

Everything but my garage, office and master bedroom.

Interaction with Guests

Up to you! Mostly I work, so I won't bug you.

Getting around

You will need a car, SUV, truck or a helicopter. Leave your boat at the harbor. Horses work too, just don't let them eat my garden please.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Security Deposit: $350
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • First time using airbnb, and It was amazing. The house is out of this world, justin is a great host, and the dog is nice too. Great place to go relax in nature, but be close to the city if you want. Highly recommend it.

    July 2014
  • Justin and Jaye are amazing hosts. They have a beautiful home! You can tell the love their home by how they uniquely designed it. They have a bocce court, the maintain a beautiful garden (they even grow their own vegetables), and they also have chickens! The house has a spectacular view too! We stayed there for Fourth of July and we can see the fireworks from their driveway. It was perfect.

    Justin is so great! He grew up in the area so he takes the time to recommend restaurants, wineries, and hiking spots for you. He really does makes sure that you enjoy your stay.

    This is the first AirBnB experience where I stayed with the owner in the house and it has been so far the best AirBnB experience. You get to meet great people! On this trip I met Justin & Jaye (of course), the other couple staying in the other room, and Justin's friends came to watch the fireworks too. I have already recommended my friends to stay here!

    This town is really great! It's not too far from my home in San Jose, it's a great mini escape from the city and just relax. The price is perfect. You get to stay in a beautiful house instead of paying the same price for a motel.

    Thanks Justin and Jaye for being wonderful hosts! I'll definitely come back again!

    July 2014
  • Beautiful location with two garden areas to lounge in, a bocce ball court, a cute chicken coop, and tons of busy hummingbirds. The room was very clean, the bed was huge, and Justin was a great host. The road leading to the house on top of the hill was also a fun adventure.

    June 2014
  • Justin has a wonderful house with beautiful grounds and great views, and he is a personable and accommodating host.

    June 2014
  • This place was amazing!!! I loved staying with Justin and Jaye they are very personable and we would have loved to see them more :) we were in paradise everything was meticulous but not in the weird too sterile way. The area is gorgeous and we were in the best house in town. Loved it!!

    March 2014
  • Justin and Jayce are super nice. There house is amazing!! It is so comfortable and welcoming. Justin and Jayce are so flexible and relaxed. If you are in this area you definitely have to stay with them. Best airbnb experience!!

    August 2013
  • Justin is an exemplary host! He is quick to respond, friendly, and very accommodating. Everything was in perfect shape for my arrival (on a holiday for that matter) and Justin answered all my questions before I even knew I had any. Perfection!

    July 2013
  • This was my first time using airbnb and I could not have asked for a better experience! Justin and Jay were amazing hosts. They went above and beyond in all aspects. Their place is beautiful! It's quiet, comfortable and super clean. This place is a hidden gem.

    Justin had a long list of things to do in the area. He's a great resource and always helpful

    It will be hard to top this experience and I highly recommend Justin's house to anyone looking for a wondeful place to stay in Ben Lomond.

    May 2013
    Response from Justin:

    Thanks Andy! Guess who is hooked on Superfood Plus? It was our pleasure :) Take care!

    May 2013
  • Beautiful home, in a beautiful location. Exactly the relaxing get away we were looking for. Justin was a great host and we had a great time talking with him. We will go back!

    May 2013
  • I was an early AirBnB host, and have rented my entire apartment in SF out numerous times - but this was my first guest experience! I needed a place last minute and all the hotels at a reasonable price in Santa Cruz were booked due to the half-marathon. I bit the bullet and decided to plunge into the world of showing up at a stranger's residence and sleeping in a stranger's bed -- big move for someone of my somewhat-antisocial/anxious temperament! I can highly recommend Justin as a host and his home as a unique spot to spend a few nights in the Santa Cruz mountains.

    Justin's place was BEAUTIFUL. He and Jaye were great hosts and made my few hours there a real joy. I was beat from a full days worth of hiking but had some food and drink with them before retiring in the clean, extremely comfortable bedroom. I am a very sensitive, light sleeper, and usually wake up early due to this-or-that, but slept in until 9am!

    Justin and Jaye will love to tell you all about Santa Cruz and their experiences growing up in the area, and direct you towards recreational and other activities. Their home is perched up top a hill and has beautiful views at night of three of the surrounding mountain cities below. The house has plenty of amenities and it's very homey. I look forward to returning someday.

    April 2013
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Good day! My partner Jaye and our pup Teak 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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