About this listing
Location! My arty house/garden/mini-orchard lies in the heart of town. It's equi-distant to the Pacific and to State St., 2-8 blocks away from the best of SB: gorgeous beaches, taquerias, cafes, toniest restaurants, great supermarket and farmers' markets, wine and beer making and tasting places, art galleries, theaters, museums, shops, bike and watersport rentals, and more.
This bright home is a comfy house (not a guest cottage) with ample rooms, and front, side and back yards. The large bedroom has a European-style, queen platform bed. The spacious, dine-in kitchen is well-equipped. Art and antiques fill the living room and dining room.
There are two WCs: One mosaic-tiled bathroom offers a shower; a second bathroom has a washer and dryer. Guests love the curtained outdoor shower surrounded by fragrant vines.
Located on a cul-de-sac in a friendly family neighborhood called Laguna, the house sits on a deep lot, ringed with trees and hedges, and filled with Mediterranean landscaping.
Parking is easy: 4 cars fit in the long driveway, and there's free street parking.
So much to do without leaving the premises! Check out the beach palms from the kitchen window, mountain views from the front porch, or the hummingbirds and sea gulls from the alfresco shower. In the backyard, you can grill fresh fish on the brick asado (under the grape arbor) or on my hibachi. Pick oranges, grapefruit and rosemary year round. Dining niches and lounge chairs are hidden throughout the dense gardens.
Use the boogie boards, wifi, washer and dryer, gas range, microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle, French press, lots of cookware, fresh sheets, fluffy bath towels, and beach towels.
While here, you'll have the whole place to yourselves. After I, or a caretaker, greet you, I'll be off at a family house minutes away, or traveling.
I'm happy to divulge Santa Barbara's secret places: rock pools along hiking trails, hidden beach access, our local Italian restaurant with bocce courts, etc. Grateful to live in SB, I'm delighted to share it with visiting artists, writers, profs, swimmers, hikers, bikers, cooks, or adventurers of any stripe.
Ask me about special rates for stays of two to four weeks.
Please feel free to call any time at all if you have any questions about anything---mechanical, touristic, culinary... I'd like to help make your stay smooth and fun as possible.
--To keep the house allergy-friendly, we ask that you not smoke or bring pets.
--It's a really sandy town. Please keep shoes outside to keep from re-sanding the hardwood floors. (There's an outdoor shower, for post-beach rinsing.)
--By tradition, the neighborhood is quiet by 10 PM. The rare weekend parties are usually family affairs--showers and birthdays--that end by 11PM. It's a very respectful street where I know 20+ of my nearest neighbors, all very different, but always harmonious.
--For cooking, please use any condiments you like, and just replace bigger things, like frozen foods and canned goods, before you leave.
The large bedroom glows with afternoon light. This is the southern half of the bedroom.
About the Host, Barbara
Seriously, Santa Barbara is my favorite place in the world. That's why I moved here four years ago. Where else can you bike to the beach to swim a mile or two of pristine open ocean, then bike into the mountains to rinse off under a waterfall? Okay, usually I choose one--fresh or salt water--per day, but you get the idea. I food shop--fish monger to farmers' market--on a pink Vespa. But mainly I grow my own produce--citrus to artichokes--in my gardens. When not on the road, I'm a working artist and product designer writing books on design.
I speak French and plan to speak better Spanish and Italian...soon.