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.
TOT Registered: #CO00022
Hello! We would love to host you over Labor Day weekend. However, we do have a three night minimum if you stay between September 3-8. Please do not do an instant reservation during those times for less then three nights. Thank you for understanding!
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 have video surveillance all over the property- of course it is not in your room or bathroom.
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.
You need a car.
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!
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.
For the big weekends, Labor Day and Memorial Day and thanksgiving and Independence Day, we do have a three night minimum. If you book via instabook for two nights on those weekends, we will charge for three via the deposit. I apologize for that procedure but airbnb does not have an ability for hosts to set up these perimeters.
My husband and I were in town for a family birthday and always enjoy finding new places on Air B&B. Justin was a great host and their home really is just like the photos except for one big difference. The grounds are even more beautiful! You get to wake up each morning in a redwood forest with pheasants running through the garden and if you wake up early enough, the occasional deer. We enjoyed meeting the other couple who stayed that weekend and exchanged activity suggestions over a cup of coffee in the kitchen. After wine tasting, family parties, and hiking, we ended our evenings in the Jacuzzi overlooking the forest and town. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and we had a blissful nights rest. Overall, a great place to unplug and recharge the batteries.
Where do I begin.... This was, hands down, one of my favorite and most relaxing stays with AirBnB. It was also my first time renting an individual room and they couldn't have made me feel any more welcome... I came into town a few days before a big interview with the hopes of relaxing and I did just that.. Justin was awesome with communication throughout the whole process and especially in relation to me arriving very late on my arrival date (due to multiple delays on my flight to the west). I can't thank you guys enough for an awesome stay and hope to make another visit in the near future :)
What a relaxing stay. Justin and his partner were great hosts. We had not been to the area before and he was very knowledgable about pointing us to several amazing local destinations. We would not hesitate to stay there again.
This was my best experience with Airbnb so far. Justin is the friendliest person and made us feel so comfortable in his home. It was better than we could have ever expected. His home is beautiful and super clean with great decor. The gardens are picturesque and his dogs are so sweet. I wish I could move in.
Justin and his partner are truly fantastic hosts. The house is on an incredibly beautiful property and is really well-decorated. I've never had a host make me feel as comfortable in their home before - these guys really go out of their way to make sure people who stay with them feel welcomed.
Definitely highly recommended!
Justin and Jay are , hands down, the best hosts on airbnb. Extremely friendly and accommodating. We could not have had a more perfect visit to their beautiful property!
This has been my favorite Airbnb experience to date. Justin and Jay were very welcoming and their house is absolutely beautiful. Our favorite part about our stay was spending time in their garden, it is stunning. They have an amazing view, surrounded by redwoods; we were able to watch the sunset on their patio next to the fire pit, it was a perfect evening. The bed was also extremely comfortable. I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a relaxing weekend away.
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About the Host, Justin
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.