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Property Details

Updated: Mar 27, 2015
Studio, 1 Bath (Sleeps 3)

A classy hideaway in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara's entertainment district. The apartment is one block from State St., 2 blocks from the 'Funk Zone' and four blocks up from the beach. The house is in the heart of the entertainment district with shopping, music, dance and excellent restaurants just steps away. This artist designed studio apartment is small but beautiful. The apartment has exclusive use of the front porch of a lovely craftsman style house on a charmingly landscaped, fully enclosed private property in the center of the entertainment district . The elegantly designed corner bed couch is unusual. A drawer pulls out to convert it to a really comfortable queen size bed with tempurpedic topper. We can add an extra single bed if needed. There is HDTV, WIFI, washer/dryer and gated private off street parking. BBQ on your porch, eat fresh fruit from the fruit trees and use the free bicycles for car free, stress free enjoyment. Relax and fell pampered in this thoughtfully re-designed and well loved home. This is a 'quiet' property as it is one of three apartments in an old home so please understand that this is not a good choice for loud late night partying.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I have been a professional artist all of my life and I grew up in this house. Turning it into vacation rentals was a labor of love. It is a family run business: Gramma Shirley moved out of her home in order to convert the house to vacation rentals. Cousin Laura is the Property Manager and Concierge. Nephew Jon sometimes handles reservations (I do too) We all enjoy and appreciate our very special guests.

PS -- we don't really speak 19 languages but we can google translate like crazy.

Inga Frick (owner)

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Speaks:: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish, mandarin
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2015

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a great place! It's a block from State St. 4 blocks to the wharf. I walked to everything, no need for a car. I stayed in the studio. Perfect for a business traveler, or a couple on a budget. I live in hotels. I'm on the road 52 weeks/year. The moment I opened the door, it was like being home. VERY comfortable homey apartment with laundry facilities and a private porch. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in Santa Barbara,

here's your answer. I LOVED THE PLACE.
May 2009
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22 Reviews

based on 22 traveler reviews

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BABY DUX: Hip Hideaway in the Heart of the Fun
+1 -202 302-7998
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Location and charm in Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5
This luxuriously decorated, impeccably clean, and thoroughly comfortable studio was a perfect place to spend five days back in Santa Barbara, my home for 30 years, until I moved away six years ago. Located just one block from State Street, with its convenient electric trolley service, shops, restaurants and just five blocks from the beach and Stearn's Wharf, this apartment is great for enjoying all that SB has to offer. Off-street parking, a very pleasant and surprisingly private porch, and bicycles are welcome amenities. Laura emailed me to let me know that the city planned an electic service outage one night and offered an extra flashlight or whatever else I felt I needed. It was not an inconvenience at all since I slept through the outage! She checked the next morning to be sure that all was well. I highly recommend this studio, especially as an alternative to similarly priced hotel rooms! Great location, thoughtful service, excellent value. Five stars!
  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
BABY DUX: Hip Hideaway in the Heart of the Fun
+1 -202 302-7998
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Great location

  • 5 of 5
This was the perfect location for our get away. We walked and biked everywhere - to coffee, well-reviewed restaurants, and museums. The cruiser bikes included on the property for use were so fun for beach cruising. Additionally the place was cozy and clean. Would definitely stay here again.
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
BABY DUX: Hip Hideaway in the Heart of the Fun
+1 -202 302-7998
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Another great visit at the Dux!

  • 5 of 5
This was our second stay at the Dux. This time, the Baby Dux, which, for two people, was perfect! Once again the location was unbeatable, the unit was clean, well organized, and Laura was on-the-spot responsive! The Dux is our home-away-from-home in Santa Barbara!
  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Amy,
We are thrilled to be your home away from home. We will get to see that little guy grow more and more each time you come, it happens so fast! There is nothing like being grandparents.
See you soon, 😊
Laura and Inga
BABY DUX: Hip Hideaway in the Heart of the Fun
+1 -202 302-7998
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

A great find!

  • 5 of 5
I cannot begin to tell you how absolutely perfect our stay was!!! We were all talking this morning about how much we loved the house because of the feeling of togetherness we got to have! Everyone felt at home and all together! We are so happy we decided to stay here instead of a hotel! It contributed to the whole feeling of our wedding and we could not be more appreciative for the amazing house you so kindly let others stay in! I could rave on and on but I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christa,
We are thrilled you and your family were able to enjoy the entire house for your very special event. We hope you will have a wonderful life together and come back from time to time to walk down memory lane.
Kindest regards,
Inga and Laura
BABY DUX: Hip Hideaway in the Heart of the Fun
+1 -202 302-7998
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5
I stayed at Baby Dux while I was in Santa Barbara for a friend's wedding. I could not be happier with my experience! The location is perfect! Walking distance to State St. and a short walk to the beach. Grab a coffee from Santa Barbara Roasting Company and breakfast from Backyard Bowls and you can enjoy your morning at the beach! Laura greeted me when I arrived and I felt like I was staying with a close friend, rather than at a hotel or rental. Baby Dux is very cute, cozy, and clean. I loved the colorful decor and the couch/bed was very comfortable and just right for me. I did not notice any street noise. I traveled alone and felt completely safe. The parking was convenient (and free!) I enthusiastically recommend Baby Dux and hope I can return in the future!
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jessamy,
Of course Inga and I are thrilled you enjoyed your visit so thoroughly. Thank you for the glowing review. Do come see us again.
Very best,
Laura and Inga
BABY DUX: Hip Hideaway in the Heart of the Fun
+1 -202 302-7998
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Charming and complete studio in great location

  • 4 of 5
This studio was very clean and nicely done up. The location is unbelievable - 2 blocks to the happening center of town and a short bike ride (on cruiser bikes provided with property!) or trolley to the beach. This was our first visit to Santa Barbara and we had no idea where anything was, but didn't want to have a car. Biking to State Street to eat or a movie, or to the beach was so pleasant and easy. Info provided by our hosts helped a lot. Our concierge, Laura, was very accommodating and made sure we could get in to the studio and the bikes when she was unavailable. Lovely stay!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ingrid,
We appreciate the lovely review from your stay here with us in Santa Barbara. We hope that you will return again to explore more of our beautiful city.
My best to you and your husband,


From the Owner

Our family were renters in the house for 40 years before we were able to buy it in 1993. My grandmother and grandfather ran a washing machine repair business in the house. Both Jon and I grew up (at least partly) in the house. Our grandfather was 'Papa Duck' to all the children in the family. Thus The 3 DUX!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : SBA at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : at 0.1 Miles Nearest Golf : at 1 Miles Nearest Train : at 0.1 Miles Nearest Motorway : at 0.1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 0.1 Miles Nearest Beach : at 0.1 Miles

Top things to do in Santa Barbara

* Santa Barbara Bowl

* Walk in the hills above the city (ask for directions)

Wine tasting in the Funk Zone

Top things to do on a budget

* Visit Super Rica on Milpas, order #16

* Sharkeez Taco Tuesday, margarita and fantastic taco under $10

Top things to do with a family

* santa barbara zoo

* skate board park

Tuesdays and Saturdays farmers market

Sundays arts and craft show along Cabrillo blvd.


From $144 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
May 22 2015 - Sep 10 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
FALL '15
Sep 11 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
WINTER '15/'16
Nov 1 2015 - Feb 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
May 22 2016 - Sep 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $50
  • Cleaning fee $50
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

Homeaway(VRBO) calculations are inaccurate for stays of 5 or 6 days or 21 days or more. (You should never pay more than the weekly rate for stays of less than a week or more than the monthly rate for stays of less than a month). Contact us for an accurate quote for stays of these lengths. There is no tax on stays of 31 days or longer.
Payment by cash, check or echeck much appreciated.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Mar 27, 2015


From the Owner

A beautiful home in a convenient location run by good people.

Property Type

  • studio


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Downtown


  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 500 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower


  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1


  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

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