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Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town in Santa Barbara

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vacation rental description

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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Last modified on 08-19-2014 at 10:20 AM.

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Melanie Cava (805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)

condo rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • 1 story condo
    • floor area 800 sq. ft.
    • floor 3
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • beachfront
      • We are located 2 blocks to the Beach.
  • Theme
    • adventure
    • romantic
    • family
    • historic
    • budget
    • tourist attractions
  • General
    • internet
      • Complimentary Wireless Broadband Internet
    • towels provided
      • Beach towels also provided.
    • fitness room / equipment
      • The Santa Barbara Athletic Club is a 5 minute walk away and provides temporary memberships.
    • parking
      • Private Reserved Parking
    • wireless internet
      • Local and long distance calls are available via Skype.
    • heating
    • iron & board
    • hair dryer
    • parking off street
      • Private reserved parking on the property
    • living room
    • washing machine
    • clothes dryer
    • linens provided
  • Kitchen
    • pantry items
      • Spices
    • kitchen
    • dishes & utensils
      • Fully equipped kitchen with all paper and cleaning products
    • ice maker
    • cooking utensils
    • coffee maker
      • Coffer maker and grinder
    • toaster
    • dishwasher
    • refrigerator
    • freezer
    • stove
    • microwave
  • Dining
    • dining
    • dining area
    • child's highchair
  • Pool / Spa
    • communal pool
      • The Santa Barbara Public Pool called Las Banos is located 2 blocks down on West Beach - but not on site. There is an Olympic size pool and also kiddy pool.
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1:
      • White carrera marble shower/tub combination.
  • Bedrooms
    • 1 bedroom, sleeps 2, beds for 2
    • bedroom 1:
      • King size beds (1)
  • Entertainment
    • dvd player
    • television
      • 42' HDTV
    • satellite / cable
  • Outside
    • balcony
    • deck / patio
    • lawn / garden
    • outdoor grill
  • Suitability
    • long-term renters welcome
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only
    • wheelchair inaccessible
    • pets not allowed
  • Notes
    • We are unmatched in location, quality and price.

activities and attractions in Santa Barbara Central Coast

  • Attractions
    • museums
    • theme parks
    • botanical garden
    • marina
    • playground
    • winery tours
    • zoo
    • health/beauty spa
    • live theater
    • restaurants
    • arboretum
    • cinemas
  • Leisure Activities
    • horseback riding
    • miniature golf
    • shopping
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • gambling casinos
    • outlet shopping
    • scenic drives
    • walking
    • whale watching
    • antiquing
    • sight seeing
    • boating
    • wildlife viewing
    • shelling
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • tennis
    • cycling
    • jet skiing
    • racquetball
    • snorkeling/diving
    • surfing
    • rock climbing
    • golf
    • rafting
    • fishing
    • wind-surfing
    • swimming
    • water skiing
    • deepsea fishing
    • equestrian events
    • mountain climbing
    • paragliding
    • pier fishing
    • roller blading
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • snorkeling
    • kayaking
    • mountain biking
    • hot air ballooning
    • basketball court
    • sailing
    • parasailing
    • hiking

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  • owner Melanie Cava
  • phone (805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
  • 2nd phone (714) 394-5667 Ask for Todd (California, USA)

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Summer High Season
Jun 19 2014 - Sep 13 2014
5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $99
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.
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Melanie Cava (805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)

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traveler reviews for this santa barbara condo rental

Owners Came Through in a Pinch!

Review submitted: August 19, 2014   Date of arrival: June 28, 2014

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

Recommended for: adventure seekers, pet-friendly, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Couldn't Ask For Much More

Review submitted: September 22, 2013   Date of arrival: September 15, 2013

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!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 4 / 8



Review submitted: August 28, 2013   Date of arrival: August 13, 2013

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.

Recommended for: age 55+, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


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Melanie Cava (805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)

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This vacation rental has been listed since 11/7/2005.