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.
Hello! 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. 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 (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. 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. Memorial Day and Labor Day require a three night stay.
Everything but my garage, office and master bedroom.
Up to our guests. We can kind of sense when people want to be left alone. Mostly I work, so I won't bug you.
Its the best! We are rural yet residential. (aka you won't feel like you are driving to scary-ville). Close to couple great stores and restaurants. Safe and chill.
You will need a car, SUV, truck or a helicopter. Leave your boat at the harbor and a segway won't make it up the driveway. Horses work too, just don't let them eat my garden please.
We love to have people! We
Enjoy your time here! It is a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy life.
We do require a two night stay for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday check-in.
We require people sign a waiver as soon as they arrive. (It's paradise, but its still America)
Please, no smoking permitted on the mountain- Middle of a forest and not worth the fire risk.
Please do not go in master bedroom, office, or garage. Mostly becuase I have to keep the clutter somewhere :)
Please don't wear shoes in the house- we recently had our floors refinished.
We don't eat beef or pork, and kindly request it not cooked in the kitchen or BBQ.
My dog Teak (the big black lab) is convinced she is the queen of the earth, and does not allow me to allow other four legged friends on the hill.
Please be smart about water use. Of course you may shower, and in fact, we would appreciate that you do this. Lol. But we are in the worst drought on record, have no municipal water, and need to conserve wherever we can. Thank you in advance for cooperating on this!
When you use the hot tub- help us keep it clean for you. Take a quick shower first (I won't explain the need for this!) Please use plastic cups (never glass). Close it when your done (turn off jets and lights) and release the lid lock. Never force the cover closed- if its difficult at all, the safety bar has not been released. If you cannot close it, or it feels like it is taking any level of force, please ask for assistance, we don't mind at all!
Lastly, we have a wonderful house keeper who comes on the last day you are here. She comes between 11 and 12, so we must be strict with our check out time. Occasionally, we have had guests not notice the check out hour, and our poor housekeeper waits to get started. Since it e
One of my favorite Airbnb experiences so far. The location and the landscaping were both gorgeous (loved the front deck), Justin was a very friendly & accommodating host, and my wife and I had SO much fun playing fetch with the dog Sam. We'd love to come back again.
Wow, what a beautiful place. This is one of the most amazing houses I have ever been to. The house is set on a hill and feels very remote, as it is surrounded by forest. However it is only a few minutes drive from a sweet little village and 25 minutes drive to Santa Cruz. They have a gorgeous dog and wild deer on the property.
Justin and Jay are really lovely people and were very warm and made us feel at home. I would definitely recommend this place!
This location in the Santa Cruz Mountains is ideal. I came here to explore the area on my motorcycle. The redwoods, the beach and the twisty roads were a siren call but Justin's home on the top of this hill with such fantastic views was pure icing on the cake. The home is very nice and the gardens serene with every bird you could imagine. Bocce was fun and the hot tub soothing, Teak the dog was awesome and the chickens funny as heck. The views are what you will come away with as nothing short of awesome.
Justin and Jaye made us feel extremely welcome. Their home is immaculate, beautifully designed and tastefully decorated. The hot tub is brand new and sitting there under the stars high on a hill was a great way to end a day. It was more like visiting old friends at their lovely mountain home rather than renting a room from strangers - we were welcome in most of the house and all of the terraces and sensational gardens. The king size bed was a good as earlier reviews described. Would love to stay there again very soon. Wish I could give the review more than 5 stars!
My fiancee and I were looking for a relaxing place to spend the labor day weekend and we got it. Justin's home is so amazing. Everything was super clean and organized. The bed was the best!
The house is unbelievable. It is located on the top of a hill and it's very well decorated, every little detail has been thought - they take really good care of it, you can see how much they love the place. There is so much outdoor space with breathtaking views of the mountains - great spot to sip your evening wine or morning coffee. There are fire pits, comfy chairs, tables and an awesome hot tub. Watch the sunset from the hot tub is a blast!
Justin and Jaye are awesome hosts, they are very welcoming and open if you want to chat; but they'll also give you some space if you prefer. Perfect! Not to mention that they are very fun, positive and open minded - great people to be arround. Their dog Teak is a sweetheart! We'd definitely stay there again when we need a retreat. It was a great stay, thank you Justin and Jaye!
My husband and I had an amazing weekend celebrating our 25th, we were blown away with the most amazing views, the privacy, and all of the amenities. Justin and Jaye made us feel so welcome and they were such great hosts. The entire home and surroundings was truly peaceful, quiet & tranquil with beautiful gardens, so much better than staying at a 5 star hotel. I truly recommend this hide away:) Thank you Justin & Jaye for sharing your home.
My boyfriend and I greatly enjoyed our stay with Justin. His home is incredible - situated atop a secluded mountain in Ben Lomand, it has well maintained gardens and a super-friendly black lab named Teek. We wish we had more time to enjoy their hospitality and everything their home has to offer (which includes a bocce ball court). The bed was extremely comfortable and was a delight to fall into after a long day. I'd highly recommend staying at Justin's place. It's cheerful, well decorated, immaculately clean, and conveniently located.
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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.