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Ablitt House - Art Meets Architecture in Downtown Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara

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Ablitt House - Art Meets Architecture in Downtown Santa Barbara

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The Ablitt House is a wacky, wonderful, work of art!

With a sense of humor and adventure, this one-of-a-kind home is the creative collaboration of architect Jeff Shelton and contractor Dan Upton. Both had complete design control over the entire project, and the result is a spectacular example of 'less is more'!

The award winning interior consists of intricate custom tile, original art, and stone carvings representing the work of six local artists. Each and every room in the home boasts panoramic views of the city lights, coastline, and Santa Ynez Mountains. Strong Mediterranean and Moroccan themes play out with colorful exotic tiles, white stucco walls, custom shaped key-hole windows, hand sculpted surfaces, and custom iron work. The signature hand carved black walnut hand rail is 108 feet long and winds up 77 marble steps that ascend the 5 floors of the tower.

Located down a private alley, this whimsical residence sits on a 20 by 20 foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara, where the sights and sounds of city dwelling are palpable. Overlooking local eateries, night clubs and an eclectic mix of retail businesses, the location invites guests to park their car and explore the city on foot. Local beaches, Stearns Wharf and the Harbor are just a quick 10 minute walk, with something for everyone to see along the way.

Enter the home on the ground floor where a cozy garage offers laundry facilities and convenient parking for 1 compact car. An additional outside parking spot is designated for a second vehicle. Take a moment to read the plaque that dedicates this home to the people of Santa Barbara for their support of this unique project.

On the second floor, the nautical feeling of the Master Bedroom is like that of the Captain's Quarters on a yacht. Tall windows offer plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Storage is smart and compact with drawers under the queen-size bed. Two 'reach-in' closets with hanging space and drawers flank the Bathroom entry.

The Master Bathroom features a walk-in shower and contemporary ceramic sink set in honed marble.

The hand rail now leads up to the third floor where the Kitchen is bright and fun with a variety of colors and textures. Professional style appliances make meal preparation effortless, and custom glass lighting over the rustic wood dining table echoes the whimsy found in the rest of the home. Views through tall windows reach beyond the red tile roofs of the city to the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains beyond.

Up the stairs to the fourth floor, the Living Room features a custom queen-size sofa sleeper. Imagine the expertise of clever installers to get this special piece up 4 flights of stairs! Once seated in the black leather chair and looking out the wall of key-hole windows, the city below seems to disappear, offering the illusion of vast open space between the viewer and the mountain landscape. A convenient half Bath is located on this floor.

Well worth the vertical efforts of the uphill climb, the ultimate views will be from the roof top Terrace. 360 degrees of spectacular panorama offer a bird's eye view of the entire city, stretching south to the ocean and sweeping around to the mountain vistas in the distance. An outdoor Kitchen area features a gas grill with side burner, prep sink and refrigerator. From sunrise to sunset, this perch is spectacular.

The Ablitt House is one of the most unique vacation homes in the Paradise Retreats collection, offering guests the fantastic opportunity to experience the remarkable blending of art and architecture. Bring your imagination, a camera to capture every design detail, and comfortable shoes!

(Note: Due to the location of this unique home, noise and activity associated with retail businesses, night clubs with live music, and restaurants should be expected. The home is located on a public shared alley behind these types of establishments as well as a Holiday Inn Express.)

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • 5 story house
    • floor area 699 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • downtown
  • Theme
    • tourist attractions
  • General
    • parking off street
    • parking on street
    • garage
    • wireless internet
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • washing machine
    • clothes dryer
    • sofa bed
    • linens provided
    • activities guide
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • paper towels
    • shampoo
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • free long distance
    • telephone
  • Kitchen
    • dishwasher
    • refrigerator
    • freezer
    • oven
    • microwave
    • cooking utensils
    • kitchen
    • blender
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • dishes & utensils
  • Dining
    • dining room
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom 1 half Bath
    • bathroom 1: toilet, shower
    • bathroom 2: toilet
      • 2nd floor Master Bathroom w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet 4th floor enclosed toilet with common sink area
  • Bedrooms
    • 1 bedroom, sleeps 4
    • bedroom 1: 1 queen
      • Master Bedroom with queen-size bed Living Room w/full-size sofa sleeper
  • Entertainment
    • television
  • Outside
    • outdoor grill gas
    • outdoor furniture
    • patio
  • Suitability
    • pets not allowed
  • Notes
    • Award winning 5-story Artisan home, Roof top terrace with 360 degree views, Outdoor Kitchen, In-town location just off State Street, No elevator, Viking 4 burner range with single oven, Sub-Zero Refrigerator/Freezer drawers, Miele Dishwasher, Microwave, Toaster, Blender, Coffee maker, Cooking utensils 3rd floor Kitchen area with dining table seats 6, Roof top terrace bistro table seats 2, 4th floor Living Room w/sofa sleeper, Miele Front-loading Compact Washer / Dryer, Flat screen TV, Compact Stereo (Living Room)m Flat screen TV (Master Bedroom), Outdoor Kitchen w/gas grill, side burner, refrigerator, sink, Parking in garage for 1 compact car, Designated alley parking for 1 car, Street parking available, High speed Internet (wireless), Telephone (free national long distance), Half block off State Street with access to Santa Barbara's shopping, theater, and restaurant corridor. Due to nature of this home, no infant/toddler supplies provided

activities and attractions in Santa Barbara Central Coast

  • Attractions
    • botanical garden
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • library
    • marina
    • museums
    • live theater
    • restaurants
    • festivals
    • winery tours
    • zoo
  • Leisure Activities
    • antiquing
    • walking
    • scenic drives
    • sight seeing
    • whale watching
    • beachcombing
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • hiking
    • sailing
    • cycling
    • golf
    • wind-surfing
    • roller blading
    • surfing
    • swimming
    • tennis

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vacation rental rates


Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
USD

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
Summer
May 15 2014 - Sep 15 2014
$425
$2,400
$8,600
3 nights
 
 
Fall
Sep 16 2014 - Oct 31 2014
$375
$2,100
$6,300
3 nights
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
$300
$1,700
$5,100
3 nights
 
 
Spring
Apr 1 2015 - May 14 2015
$375
$2,100
$6,300
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Booking Fee $75
Cleaning $225
Stays of less than 30 nights are subject to a 12% Lodging Tax
$225 cleaning fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees)
$2,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout. Deposit is reduced to $500 with purchase of Damage Waiver.
30+ night stays require extra security deposit, and do not qualify for the damage waiver program.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change
Prices in US Dollars
Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks.
3 night minimum - 1 week minimum for Thanksgiving week and Christmas Weeks
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Guest Comment entered by owner

Patio on Roof is Spectacular

Review submitted: May 7, 2014   Date of arrival: April 21, 2014

(Transcribed from guestbook at the property)

We came to this lovely home for our son's graduation from Brooks. The art and style of the Ablitt house fit right in with our guests and celebration. So peaceful and breezy with the windows open. Best sleep ever. Thanks to my sister and her husband for joining me and sharing this special occasion. The seagulls, the patio on the roof at night is spectacular!

We love love love this place. It was so special. Everywhere we looked a new surprise. Best place to celebrate our Brookie and his success!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 
Guest Comment entered by owner

Marvelous

Review submitted: April 21, 2014   Date of arrival: April 13, 2014

(Transcribed from guestbook at the property)

What an amazing structure! We smiled all the way through! - A house of joy! - I want to move in! Marvelous.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 
Guest Comment entered by owner

Soaring Creativity

Review submitted: April 21, 2014   Date of arrival: April 7, 2014

(Transcribed from guestbook at the property)

As an artist being surrounded by creativity is an everyday adventure. But being inside all these creative minds was the best ever. Thank you for allowing creativity to soar.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 

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