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Property Details

Updated: May 26, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Atop the Mesa, this newly redecorated and refurnished home is accented with original art by the homeowner, a 50 year resident of Santa Barbara. It is centrally located, close to the 101 freeway, local neighborhood shopping and restaurants, five minutes to downtown,

beaches and parks. It has a peek-a-boo view of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. Choose from three patios for your morning coffee, tanning in the afternoon, quiet relaxation, or meals. Solid oak floors

flow through the entry, living room and hallway. The family room and bedrooms have new carpet. The living room has a gas fireplace. A large dining table easily seats six. A comfortable family room is perfect for

TV and movies.The master bedroom is romantic and relaxing, with it's own bathroom. The second bedroom has a double bed with a nautical theme.

The third bedroom has surfer decor and trundle style twin beds. A second bathroom is off of the hall. The quiet and secluded backyard has a table for six, a wood burning fireplace, BBQ,and restaurant style grill. This is a no-smoking property and we do not accept pets.

Three private patios

Indoor and outdoor fireplaces

Comfortable furnishings

Complete kitchen with new stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher, gas stove top, and microwave

Full size washer and dryer

Stereo CD player

Cable TV with DVD player and VCR

Videos, games, puzzles, books and magazines

Wireless internet

Free local and long distance phone calls within the continental U.S.

Linens, towels and beach towels, and plenty of blankets and pillows

Also included are many discount coupons for restaurants, fast food, museums & attractions, movies, wine tours, and more.

The Mesa neighborhood shopping area is very convenient and has 2 grocery stores, two drug stores, Starbucks, great restaurants, fast food, hair and nail salons, and many other services.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

The original owners of this property raised their children in this home, and lived here during other retirement years. The home serves as a gallery for many of the family art pieces.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We felt right at home and had a wonderful time! We loved the central location of the home. We also loved having breakfast on the patio, very relaxing! Walter and Shannon, Chatsworth., CA
Jun 2009
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8 Reviews

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Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Bigger than it appears

  • 4 of 5
Casa Ray worked out fine for my family of four adults over a Thanksgiving week. The space was roomy enough without leaving us on top of each other. Good outdoor space as well. Close enough to walk to the beach, though coming back up the hill could be a trek for some. Also the driveway feeds onto a more major road than I expected. Not palatial by any means, but certainly adequate for someone wanting to see the area.
  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

wonderful weekend in santa barbara

  • 5 of 5
This is a great place to stay. I went with 5 of my friends - we had more than enough room for all of us to stay comfortably. the place has a nice outdoor area

it was close enough to walk to breakfast and a cheap cab drive to wineries
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers
Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Simi Valley, CA, USA

Rave Review for Casa Ray

  • 5 of 5
This is the perfect place for a small group getaway. The home was extremely clean and had plenty of space for the 6 of us. The owners are extremely nice and very easy to work with. Food and shopping is within walking distance and extremely easy access to the freeway.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Simi Valley, Ca

Weekend Family Wedding

  • 4 of 5
We attended a large family wedding/reunion and needed a place to stay for the weekend. This home fit the bill nicely. it was clean, comfortable and close to downtown Santa Barbara. There is plenty of parking in the driveway but backing out into traffic was a little tricky. For the price, we would definitely stay here again.
  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Large space & Great backyard

Large space & Great backyard
  • 4 of 5
This place is large and spaceous with a great backyard for hanging out, playing cards and bbq-ing. It was also very clean and neat. It is not situated in the downtown area, but it was fairly easy to take a cab or drive anywhere we needed to go. While we never met the owners in person, they were extremly helpful in answering our questions and made renting the place very easy. They were also flexible with our arrival time which was much appreciated. Their suggestions for breakfast was also very great. We had a wonderful breakfast on the beach that was only about 1 mile away with no waiting for a party of 6! That was definitly one of the perks about not being right in the downtown area!
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Casa Ray, Artist's Retreat, Only 5 Minutes to the Beach
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

A Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5
It's hard to express how much we enjoyed staying here. My wife, daughters, and son-in-law loved it and heralded me for finding such a nice place--spacious, close to the ocean and to Santa Barbara's other attractions. It's also tastefully decorated--much more so than one expects in a vacation rental. And best of all, we had great weather, even in late December. The owners were accommodating and easy to work with. Book this place and the good times will follow.
  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway


From the Owner

Casa Ray is a great place for a family vacation or a girls getaway. Enjoy dinner by the fire on the quiet covered patio or curl up with a book by the fireplace inside.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : 15 minutes to the Santa Barbara airport at 14 Miles Nearest Barpub : Several bars and restaurants in the Mesa Center at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : 9 minutes to golf at 4.5 Miles Nearest Train : 7 minutes to the Amtrak Station at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : 2 minutes to the 101 Highway at Carrillo Blvd. at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 1 minute to the nearest restaurant at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : 5 minutes to the beach at 2 Miles Car: recommended

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, daily

Santa Barbara County Farmers Markets, weekly, Tues. - Sun.

Alternative Film Festival, July - Aug.

International Film Festival, February

French Festival, July

Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Aug.

Check the Santa Barbara, CA website for many other events and attractions.

Mission Santa Barbara and rose gardens

Sight seeing with many historical sites and museums

Art museum and botanic garden

Horse shows, the Orchid Show and many other events at the Santa Barbara

County Fairgrounds

Ocean and beach, water sports, jet ski and boat rentals, and fishing

Stearn's Wharf, the Yacht Harbor and Breakwater

Restaurants and shopping

Day tours and cruises

Santa Barbara Trolley

Golf nearby

Hiking, biking and rock climbing

Horseback riding

Hang gliding and hot air balloons

Theater, concerts and movies

Close to the San Marcus Pass, Lake Cachuma and Solvang

Wineries and wine tasting

Carousel and skate park

Bike and surrey rentals


From $275 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 15 - Sep 13
2 night minimum stay
Nov 25 2015 - Nov 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2015 - Dec 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 31 2015 - Jan 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $350.00
  • Cleaning Fee $165.00

Holidays are the same rate as summer. Fri. or Sun.
will be included in weekend rates if it falls on Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. Weekdays, Sun.-Sat.,will be at the Summer/Holiday weekend rate. Two night minimum stay. A deposit of $200.00/each week or less, is required to hold a reservation. Check with us for discounts on stays of 7 days or more.

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From the Owner

This is your comfortable home-away-from-home. Our home is close to downtown and the beach. It is easy to get to any event in the Santa Barbara area and the perfect place to come to relax after a busy day. A map in the family room leads to many of our favorite places in Santa Barbara.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1600 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, tub, shower
  • Master Bathroom - toilet, shower, Grab bars in shower and bathroom. One low step into shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double, 2nd bedroom has a double bed w/a nautical theme.
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen, Master bedroom is romantic & relaxing, with its own bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single, 3rd bedroom has surfer decor & trundle style twin beds.


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

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