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Brian's house is perfect for social group gatherings or large families! The sleeping options here are endless and my family of seven were very comfortable. The beach is literally a five minute walk alongside a little river and there are lots of little shops and a handful of grocery stores all within a ten minute drive of the house. The backyard was very nice to have with our two dogs, but the patio umbrella toppled every time the wind blew which wasn't a big deal but is good to know about.
Clean spacious place. Really easy and comfortable for the group of 5 of us who stayed there. Also the short walk to the beach made it convenient to run and enjoy the weather. Highly recommended!
The house was exactly what my friends and I were looking for. The dining room table fit us all, allowing us to dine together every meal. The house was less than a 5 minute walk to the beach. We were able to drive into Santa Cruz within 15 minutes. The VHS collection was the best!! Definitely a highlight of the trip. Coordinating check in and check out was super easy. Would definitely recommend staying here. Thanks brian!!
Brian's house was fantastic. It had everything we needed for our large group. It was close to the beach (a short walk) and everything was clean. Thanks for a great stay!
The house was great, clean and accurately portrayed. In fact, it was larger than I anticipated. All the arrangements were clear, easy, and it all worked out perfectly. Brian--Thank you so much. We stayed at the house because we had a wedding nearby. I was able to comfortably host 12 people for drinks and appetizers and then we walked to Cafe Rio and sat outside. I was grateful for lots of towels after the cousins (ages 20-25) went to the beach. Again, thank you for a great place.
Prior to the stay, Brian was good about returning my calls. Unfortunately, once my sisters were in the home, they discovered that the oven didn't work (the appliances are very old.) I called to inform Brian and he didn't call back. Otherwise, it was a pretty good location, 3 blocks from the beach. It's on a one way street with open space across from it, so very quiet.
This a great little beach house. It is sparse, and the back yard it just dirt with some rocks- so you wouldn't want to spend any time there, but it is 5 minutes walk to the beach. The house is basic but clean- with a cute drop down shower and the general living area is much bigger than the pictures show. 2 real bedrooms and bathrooms. Getting in and out was very easy and the neighbors were nice and friendly.
This vacation home has a great location, an easy walk to Rio Del Mar beach, coffee, and some beachside eatin. Also very short drive to other good restaurants & groceries nearby, and a great home base for exploring from Santa Cruz to Monterey.
The home's as described -even the sheets were the same :) A nice funky "beach cottage" on a relaxed street, more than enough room for the 4 of us and our cat -pet friendly was a definite plus.
Bonus 1: a massive collection of VHS tapes! (& of course a dvd player too)
Bonus 2: sunken shower with dual showerheads!
It -is- a vacation rental, so clean and functional, but falls short of "charming".
Kitchen on the sparse side if you are planning to do alot of cooking.
Brian's vacation home is in a great location in Rio Del Mar. The beach, Rio del Mar beach is really close by, about a 5 minute walk from the house. There's also a coffee shop, and a quaint local bar down the street as well. As for the house itself was incredibly comfortable, we BBQ'd and had a great time there. We ended up having more than 7 people but we comfortably fit everyone. Would rent this place again, and recommend it to anyone else looking for a good place to stay around Santa Cruz, but not downtown. Thanks!
Considering I only live a short distance from the rental and was using it as a get away from the construction zone, it worked perfect! Dog friendly, even the one on the other side of the fence; close to the beach and plenty of room. Could use some new bedding/trowels but honestly it's billet proof features helped to relax. Would definatly recommend.