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Property Details

Updated: Feb 28, 2015
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Welcome to our bright & sunny 1 king bedroom & 1 full bathroom Affordable Beach Penthouse.

There are over 100 1BR/1BA vacation rentals in the 'Santa Barbara Area' and of these, 77 are supposed to be in 'Santa Barbara'. So how do you chose - location, location, location! And then compare our quality and price.

We are not in Carpentaria, Goleta, Summerland or Montecito. We are also not in the suburbs of Santa Barbara such as San Roque, Mission Canyon, Los Positas etc.

We are in the coveted Historic West Beach area, in a high end residential area, steps from the beach, Las Banos Public Pool, Stearns Wharf, Harbor, world-class dining, and downtown shops, including our own local farmers market. We are not next to the railroad tracks, highway or on a commercial thoroughfare.

Leave your car and associated traffic/parking worries behind. We even offer RARE off street reserved parking.

The Beach Penthouse resides in a historical turn of the century building and retains the charm of the day’s bygone. It has been lovingly restored to reflect Santa Barbara's style including 10 feet vaulted ceilings and whitewashed wood floors through out giving it both a romantic and European feeling.

Within blocks are a European deli and market, bakery and sandwich shop, three wineries and a grocery store leaving little need to leave the neighborhood. In addition there are bike rentals, Segway rentals, peddle surrey rentals, a skate park, the Chase Palm Park with a merry-go-round and the site of a craft fair each Sunday that lines the beach boardwalk. The Santa Barbara Zoo and the Bird Sanctuary are an easy mile and half walk. If you are traveling to Santa Barbara by train the Affordable Penthouse is two blocks from the train station and there is a car rental agency two blocks away in case you want to explore the Santa Ynez Valley wine country. If you are tired of walking, all of these attractions can be reached by a local 25 cents-a-ride shuttle bus that runs up State Street and along the ocean front from the harbor to the zoo.

Our Affordable Beach Penthouse offers 800 square feet, is newly remodeld and offers a fully equipped kitchen done in high quality construction that includes carrera marble countertops and custom cabinets along with all appliances: stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, coffee machine, blender, toaster, to name a few.

The romantic bedroom offers an orthopedic king bed with a glass door that leads to a private veranda with bistro set, beach chairs and barbeque grill.

The bathroom has a shower tub combination of carrera marble and is brand new and sparking clean.

The living room offers a 42' high definition TV and DVD and adjoins the dining area and fully equipped kitchend, including a desk with complimentary wireless internet access and bright windows with City skyline views.

The Getaway also has its own washer and dryer and very rare at the beach, private reserved parking.

When you book with us, you are booking with the owners, which means you are not dealing with a management company, or a 3rd party call center, or a computerized mobile application. Often times the 3rd party does not live in town or even know the property. We know our properties intimately, as we both own and manage them, and have a 15 year track record. Our reviews speak for themselves, including our cleanliness.

Upon booking, directions are emailed along with our contact information, Restaurant Recommendations, Winery and Activities Recommendations and Welcome Notes providing detailed information about the Affordable Penthouse are also provided. In this way, you can drive right to the Affordable Penthouse, which has a lock box where you’ll use your unique code to enter. There is no need to set up an appointment. Inside, you'll enjoy premium amenities: shampoo, soaps, paper & cleaning products and 5 star quality towels, linens and cleanliness.

And we offer complimentary champagne upon your arrival.

We welcome a comparison to the 100+ vacation rentals and Hotels as we are unmatched in location, quality and price!

Our pictures, location, amenities, reviews and price tell it all!

Keywords: Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 blocks to beach and downtown

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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
+1 -714 394 5667
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Gem!

  • 5 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely condo. This was our first time to use VRBO as we usually stay in hotels when in SB. Room rates were through the roof this time so we to a look at VRBO. We were so fortunate to have found this place. It had been remodeled and was very comfortable. Lots of windows which made the home feel even larger than it was and added so much wonderful sunshine! We also were able to open all of the windows and let in the cool, ocean air -another plus. It was so convenient to everything that we only used our car once. I wouldn't recommend this home for more than two people or anyone who has trouble with lots of stairs though. After all of the great food and wine we considered the stairs a good workout! Others might not agree:) Todd and Melanie were great to work with and it seems they have lots of properties to choose from.
  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
+1 -714 394 5667
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Owners Came Through in a Pinch!

  • 5 of 5
We arrived in Santa Barbara, and had a vacation home we booked turn out to be a fraud. VRBO was my first stop after that happened.

Melanie, the property manager, was in Europe when I called regarding booking this place in my emergency. She answered my call. From Europe. In the middle of the night. She worked with me through a dying phone, a spent laptop battery, and all the time zones.

To top that off? PayPal was being stupid processing payments, but she let us into the property, and was awesome enough to let us resolve the payment issues while staying there. She totally went above and beyond.

For that reason alone, I'll re-book here if I ever end up in Santa Barbara again.

The rental itself was also amazing. The balcony and the courtyard were perfect. Off-street parking couldn't have been better. The nearness to the beach was great. (The stacked washer and dryer was a special bonus for taking care of clothes one wore to the beach. Didn't have to waste any vacation at a laundromat, which was a wonderful surprise, because we weren't even looking for that feature when booking.)

But the living space with a kitchen and dishwasher, along with writing desk and HDTV served to be the perfect venue for beginning to edit our upcoming novel, "China, My Love," with our guest author, who flew out from Japan to meet us. The entire setup proved to be not just vacation-friendly, and crisis-friendly, but also business-friendly. Our author was also impressed at what we had managed to book, and because of Melanie, we made a spectacular impression that got him to sign a book deal and let us begin our editing work.

I don't think we could praise Melanie enough for what she's offering here. Service was second-to-none, and facility was flawless.

Thank you SO much!

Sarah Price Moor, Publisher
Eric Taylor, Executive Editor
Two Letter Press
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
+1 -714 394 5667
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Manitoba, Canada

Couldn't Ask For Much More

Couldn't Ask For Much More
  • 5 of 5
The property is at an excellent location - 2 blocks from the beach and right between the harbor and Stearns Wharf. You can get to state street within 5-10 mins walk. There's reserved parking in the back and a grocery store in about 5 minutes walk. You also have a short drive to the freeway for easy access in out. I don't really know how you could get any better. The property was clean and well appointed - everything you'll need for cooking the fresh seafood bought from the harbor and relaxing with the nice bottle you brought back from the vineyard. Owners were great to deal with, provided some excellent suggestions for things to do and let us know they were there should we need anything. Top Marks!
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
+1 -714 394 5667
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County


  • 5 of 5
What a fantastic find! It was so lovely to open the door on arrival and find an apartment so clean and immaculately decorated to such a high standard. There really was everything we could possibly need within the apartment. Fantastic location, only 5 minutes walk from the beach and the main street. The balcony was a real haven after a hard day at the beach. An unlimited supply of towels and a really comfy bed just topped off what was already a wonderful stay.
  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
+1 -714 394 5667
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
San Francisco

A delightful stay

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I stayed here over the holidays, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Climbing the stairs with our luggage, we had misgivings, which melted away as soon as we opened the door, and discovered our own private nook on the top of the building, with views of the mountains and the activity on the street below. Bicycling is a way of life in this quiet neighborhood.
The bed was comfortable, the decor delightful, the Wi-Fi fast, and the pace of living just as slow as we needed it to be. We made good use of the kitchen, but the local restaurants saw plenty of us, as well. We're undoubtedly coming back.
  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
+1 -714 394 5667
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Great Romantic Getaway Condo! (avoid it if you don't like climbing stairs, we liked the exercise!)

Great Romantic Getaway Condo! (avoid it if you don't like climbing stairs, we liked the exercise!)
  • 5 of 5
When we stayed at "Affordable Beach Penthouse" we loved our trip! Descriptions were accurate, and property was clean and well-maintained. The location is awesome, just between the beach and downtown. We parked the car in the nice parking lot provided and rode our bikes everywhere. There was a bike rack there in the parking lot and the bikes were safe there. The condo space itself is beautiful and had great amenities, but it felt very "staged" (looked just like the photos) in that we had to rearrange furniture/relocate numerous throw pillows and tchotzkes simply to be comfy in there for a week... there were knick knacks on every horizontal surface that we wanted to put our belongings down on. There are three other items the owners should consider addressing, and these are not deal breakers: the door of the laundry closet is at odds with the dryer's door and it is difficult to open the dryer- the dryer door should be installed on the left side instead, which appears to be an option. Also there is a large glass window on the door connecting the small bedroom to the patio, and there is no window covering on it. For the sake of a feeling of privacy and for light blocking we had to rig a dark sheet up over the door. (All windows in a vacation rental should be covered, especially bedroom windows in a rental well-suited to be a romantic getaway for two.) Finally and most importantly, the sofa desperately needs to be replaced. Unlike everything else nice in the space, the Victorian sofa is apparently an actual antique, which is not an issue except it smelled terribly musty ALL OVER to the point where we had to cover it to sit on it. Also the seat cushion was worn out and it did not comfortably seat two lounging people due to its very small size and its armrests. Kinda disappointing since we really liked the huge flatscreen TV. I lay on the tile floor to watch it while my husband was on the couch (no snuggling in front of this TV...). Regardless of this we would definitely stay here again but hope the owners address these issues. We left the place clean and in good shape and our deposit was refunded. We had the opportunity to walk through another rental in the same building (same owners) after meeting some other travelers. Their place featured casual, comfortable interior furnishings and would have been more comfy than our place, which was decked out upscale/oceana/shabby chic. If we go back we will be sure to look closer at the other rentals from the same owners.
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are thankful for yet another 5 star review and this review is no exception. With regard to the recommendation for curtains in the bedroom, we completely agree and every window has new blinds installed throughout. As this is a new property, our custom blinds had not yet arrived for this guests stay. With regard to the couch, it is a very expensive Chippendale antique that was specifcally selected to match the ambiance of the Penthouse. However, I have now put it in our personal home where it is very much appreciated and added a new couch to the Affordable Penthouse that is larger. Finally, please look at the positive comments provided by this guest, which are consistent with every other 5 star review provided. We encourage all of our potential guests to look at our competition, our reviews, pictures and pricing, to confirm that we are unmatched in location, quality and price.


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara Airport at 10 Miles Car: not necessary

There are 700+ vacation rentals in the 'Santa Barbara Area'. Vacation rentals pricing follow the same trend as real estate pricing - location, location. The farther out you go out of Santa Barbara, the less expensive the real estate and the better the vacation rental pricing.

We are located in the best area of Santa Barbara - the Historic West Beach Area - 2 blocks to the Beach and downtown Santa Barbara, yet not on a commercial thoroughfare, not next to the railroad tracks or not adjacent a highway.

In addition to location, look at our property and compare amenities and pricing. We are unmatched.


From $175 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Break
Mar 1 2015 - Apr 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
High Season & Key Holidays
May 22 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $99
  • TBID Tax Per Day $2
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

Standard method of payment is checks and direct deposits at any Bank of America Branch.

Credit card payment via PayPal and bank wire transfers are also accepted but in these cases the 4% PayPal fee & $25/wire transfer is applied.

Cancellation policy - the amount of deposit received is subject to loss, excluding the damage security deposit, unless re-rented for that time period.

Higher rates apply for Holidays and Graduation weeks.

Inquire for monthly rates which depend on length of stay and season.

Maximum occupancy up to 3.

50% of the rent, tax, cleaning fee & damage security deposit are required to confirm a reservation with the remaining 50% due 30 days before check-in.

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Updated: Feb 28, 2015


Property Type

  • condo


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beachfront


  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 800 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • White carrera marble shower/tub combination.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1)


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

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