About this listing
Kim and Claudia welcome you to their home in rural Aptos. You will stay in a large bedroom at one end of the house which adjoins one of our two bathrooms. We are located 5 minutes from stores; and 5 minutes from the beach and (in the opposite direction) 5 minutes from the Forest of Nisene Marks. We are located 10 miles south from downtown Santa Cruz.
~ Full size bed for two
~ Four large windows, and a shade for each window
~ Adjoining semi-private bathroom
~ Use of our kitchen
~ Iron and ironing board
~ Your own parking place
~ Our one-acre property that adjoins a large open space area
~ Our road is on a bus route that takes you to Aptos Village, Cabrillo College and Santa Cruz
We are both long-time local residents who can provide you with directions, fun ideas and a multitude of Monterey Bay Area information. We love to travel ourselves and enjoy meeting other travelers. We enjoy music, art, yoga, gardening and outdoor activities, including trail running, mt. biking, backpacking and kayaking.
ABOUT THE AREA
The Santa Cruz area is known for its fine waves & beaches, redwood forests in the mountains and arts and music. That may be why you are traveling here. But what about Aptos? Read our guidebook focused on cool places in and near Aptos.
Guests have access to our kitchen, our front deck off the kitchen, our 22-ft. X 24-ft. deck in the rear yard, much of the 55-acre open space behind our property and WiFi internet as well as the guest bedroom and adjoining bathroom.
Interaction with Guests
We love to talk to our guests, get to know them and their travels. But we also respect our guests privacy. We have full lives and assume our guest do as well.
We live in a rural area that is 3/4 mile from Hwy. 1 and 5--6 minutes by car to stores and the beach.
Our road is on the local bus route and a bus stop is located about 100 yards from our house.
~ No smoking in the house.
~ Prefer no street shoes worn in the house
~ Please clean up after yourself when using the kitchen.
~ Please open the bathroom window slightly when taking a shower.
~ No pets allowed
Claudia and Kim are very welcoming. They even took my grandchildren to see the chickens and collect eggs.The room is just as beautiful as it looks. the house is charming with intricate and lovely botanical paintings made by Claudia. She even arranges little bouquets of wildflowers throughout the house. The property itself is rural and delightful. The hosts love to travel and are very interested in their guests.
Sunny bedroom was a home away from home, just my style. The room is very large with a high ceiling and lots of natural light. It was a great place to recharge after long days. The room was so nice I didn't check out the rest of the house. I will next time.
A beautiful home! My fiance and I simply needed a place to stay overnight for a wedding, but due to circumstances, we needed to bring an additional person last minute. Kim was very accommodating with adjusting last minute and was very pleasant to talk to. Everything was great!
This is a beautiful room in a nice house, accurately represented on the website. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful. The garden in back of the house is beautiful. The location in Aptos is really handy. I'll go back.
The house was so cute and their garden was absolutely beautiful. There was ample room for 2 and Kim could not have been nicer or more helpful. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to meet Claudia but we did get to see her artwork which was lovely. The location was a little bit outside the city but it was very easy and inexpensive to get around via bus. Overall a great experience; Thanks Kim and Claudia!
Claudia & Kim were very kind. The description of the room and house is very accurate. Really enjoyed my stay here. The drive to and from Santa Cruz can be a bit congested. I was expecting it to be a bit closer.
My stay with Kim and Claudia was delightful. They were both hospitable and welcoming. The room/space was VAST and lovely as described, with a bathroom to myself and availability of a terrific kitchen as well.
About the Host, Kim And Claudia
Claudia and Kim are lovers of nature, art, music and travel. We have traveled most extensively in North America and Latin America, but our favorite destination, to date, is the Cinqua Terra coast & villages in Italy. Kim speaks Spanish. We have both studied Spanish abroad. Claudia just obtained her dual citizenship--USA & Italy. Professionally, Claudia is an accomplished artist, specializing in botanical painting. Kim is an environmental planner and owns his own consulting business. He also occasionally teaches English-as-a-Second-Language classes. Nature is our "spiritual guide". Kim is an avid long-distance runner and mt. biker. Claudia is an avid gardener. We love hiking, backpacking, kayaking and back-country telemark skiing. But we also enjoy World music, art and a relaxing walk on a nearby beach.