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180 Degree Ocean Views-2 Suites Plus Loft- Monthly Rental ONLY

Bedrooms 2
Space 157 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

2 Bed, 2 Bath + Loft (Sleeps 6)

Fantastic 180 degrees of unobstructed ocean views, island views and whale watching await your stay at the Santa Barbara Beach Front Retreat. As you step through the clock vine lined front gate of this remarkable cliff side home, the sea is your backyard and the 40 acre nature preserve is your neighbor.

The Retreat has two suites (master suite and mini suite, each with it’s own bath) and a loft with two twin beds for additional guests, making this home perfect for multiple couples and families. The spectacular two-story living room has floor to ceiling windows facing the ocean, which makes this Don Petersen designed home truly unique.

Enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sun rise and have breakfast on the patio while the boats set sail and schools of dolphins pass by. While sunbathing or barbecuing you will have the company of pelicans who drift by at eye level as they ride the ocean thermals. Take a walk in the neighboring nature preserve and/or nap on the private ocean front patio. Looking down the coastline you will see the Santa Barbara Channel Islands spread across the horizon. Looking up the coast you will see the UCSB campus and it’s iconic Stork tower landmark approximately 10 miles in the distance. Sunsets are simply breathtaking, and as you sip a glass of wine and watch the sun dip below the horizon you will feel a renewed sense of calm. After a night out at one of the many nearby restaurants or enjoying an evening downtown on State Street you can return to your private Jacuzzi and relax while you watch the sparkling stars. Retire to your bedroom and blissfully fall asleep to the sound of the waves breaking on the beach below.

Located in Santa Barbara’s Mesa neighborhood, The Retreat has beach access and is just a five minute walk to the Mesa beach steps- and yet it is just a two minute drive (or an easy walk) to Mesa shops and restaurants, including multiple grocery stores and Starbucks.

Downtown is a quick eight minute drive where you will enjoy State Street, wine tasting, the pier, shopping, restaurants, the Zoo and the famous Santa Barbara Mission. The Santa Barbara Retreat is the ideal place to take advantage of the best that Santa Barbara has to offer.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Tamara

We are a retired University Professor couple who were both raised and married over 51 years ago in Santa Barbara.

Tamara purchased this house in 1997

Why Tamara chose Santa Barbara

Junie was raised in the home next door, and the property was built as a second family home. We have spent many holidays and family gatherings in this home and it holds a special place in our hearts.

What makes this house unique

The unobstructed ocean views and unique leaning tree make the view from the Retreat something that we cherish. We hope you choose to spend some time in our home and leave loving it as much as we do.


West Mesa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 157 m²
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Mini Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master bath is en-suite. Mini suite bath has two entrances- one from the en-suite via the mini suite, and one from the hallway.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite Bedroom - 1 king
    Mini Suite Bedroom - 1 queen
    Loft area - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Pack and Play provided for use
  • Master Suite Bedroom has a unique layout with a King bed and 8 stairs to the 3 side by side closets in the upper area. Multiple dressers are on the lower level along with a flat screen wall mounted TV, cable box and DVD player. Mini Suite Bedroom has a Queen bed with a flat screen wall mounted TV, cable box and DVD player. A large closet with shelving inside provides plenty of storage space. Loft area has two twin beds and an amazing view with a private bistro table sitting area. A closet and desk area provide additional uses for this space as a secondary living area or play space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We hope you will love the Retreat as much as we do! Please contact us for specific requests, additional photos, and past guest referrals/testimonials. Cheers!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

fort lauderdale

Beautiful spot on the Mesa

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our dog stayed at this beautiful property for 3 months. We loved being right next to the Douglas Preserve where we walked several times a day. We saw dolphin and whales quite often from the patio overlooking the ocean. The house was well equipped with everything we needed and Tamra was very responsive whenever an issue came up. I would recommend this property to anyone who loves the ocean and did I mention the gorgeous gardens surrounding the property too!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful spot

  • 5 of 5

As if the sound and sight of the Pacific Ocean weren't enough, the house is lovely and beautifully stocked. We loved the area too and had a terrific vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our three day stay that we booked through iTravex/VRBO. Especially liked the morning walks through the adjacent park. Also, a must stop for breakfast is the Boathouse beachside restaurant.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was, for us, the perfect combination of location and property! The view can't be beaten, the home is comfortable, and the proximity to beach, harbor, and Douglas Preserve is major icing on the cake. While it would work for anyone who doesn't need a larger place, it's truly special for anyone who enjoys walking and/or has dogs who would love romping with other dogs in the nearby preserve. If you're also fortunate enough to visit during the late Fall to early Spring months, you may be treated to the unsurpassed view of whales breaching in the channel!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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California Dream...

  • 5 of 5

This house was simply amazing! One step inside the front door and you are greeted by one of the best ocean views you will find on the west coast. Right outside the front door you have a great 2km running/walking trail that follows the shoreline and has great views throughout. It is also an off-leash dog park with lots of friendly dogs. We ate every meal outside on the patio and enjoyed stunning sunsets. The house itself was clean and just as described in the listing. The landlord was friendly and more than willing to help with anything we inquired about. You will not regret staying here!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Redwood City, CA

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week at the house with our dog Charlie. I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this house and the surrounding area are! The house itself is absolutely beautiful and exactly as advertised. The bed in the master was especially comfortable. The kitchen was fully stocked with very nice appliances. The view is incredible and the outdoor space lovely. We ate every meal outside overlooking the ocean. It is the perfect location, close to downtown Santa Barbara, close to great grocery shops, directly adjacent to an off-leach dog preserve and a short jaunt to a gorgeous off-leash dog beach. Tamara was wonderful throughout the process! We are absolutely planning on staying again next summer.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500

*if booking is made less than 60 days from check in, 100% of balance is due within 24 hours of booking
**minimum stay is 30 nights, monthly rates listed are for 30 nights
***SB Film Festival dates each year (dates vary year to year) in addition to holiday weekends and events ARE SUBJECT TO AN EVENT/HOLIDAY RATE
**** alternative forms of payment accepted are cashiers checks and wire transfers. ALL FORMS OF PAYMENT OFFERED BY VRBO/HOMEAWAY CHARGE US (AND YOU) A FEE, AND IF INCURRED, YOU WILL BE CHARGED IN FULL FOR INCURRED FEES out of your security deposit.
~~disclaimer: homeaway is making changes that force us to allow online booking- we prefer to work directly with our clients and if "book it now" is utilized vs "contact owner" we will immediately decline and attempt to contact you immediately. We want your business, but we DO NOT think that the changes being made by homeaway (now Expedia) are ethical (charging clients AND owners additional fees). Any "quote" provided by the VRBO/homeaway system is subject to change (many glitches in their system of setting up rates and minimum stays) and contracts sent to you with rates are the only correct reflection of any requested stay.

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