Classic oceanfront beach home with gorgeous views and vintage atmosphere
With the charm of a 1950s beach-side retreat and updated amenities that include WiFi and a large screen HDTV, this Santa Cruz vacation rental offers a spectacular getaway right on Sunny Cove Beach!
Built in 1957, this charming and historic home is right across the street from the ocean and beach! You'll enjoy spectacular views of the waves right from the living room windows! The beach house is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, so it's ideal for a peaceful getaway - but when you want to head to downtown Santa Cruz or the historic Beach Boardwalk, it's just a couple of miles west.
A tribute to mid-century Americana, the spacious living room features comfortable furniture, wood beam ceilings, and classic wood paneling. Settle into one of the sofas for an evening in front of the wood-burning fireplace or watch a Blu-ray disc on the large screen HDTV with surround sound (there's also satellite service and easy hook-up for MP3 players).
In the large kitchen, you'll have everything you need for delicious vacation meals, including major appliances, a wooden butcher block island, and plenty of counterspace for kitchen helpers to chop vegetables or grate cheese. And outside, you'll have a gas firepit for enjoying the ocean air and sounds and a gas grill for barbecues.
At night, four bedrooms provide spots for up to 10 guests and three full bathrooms assure that no one has to wait in line to get ready in the morning. One room has a large king-size bed and two twin beds, as well as its own private bathroom, while another bedroom has a queen-size bed and a bathroom as well. There are also two bedrooms with a set of bunk beds each - perfect for younger guests! All rooms have cozy quilts, and extras like writing desks, bedside tables, couches, and sitting areas.
Extras include a basketball hoop, a full-size pool table (which can also double as a dining room table!), board games, a Ping-Pong table, and toys - kids will love it here! And you don't have to worry about keeping your clothes clean while out playing on the beach, because you'll even have a laundry room with a washer and dryer.
When you want to dig your toes into the sand, it's just a quick walk across a quiet street and you'll be right at Sunny Cove Beach! Also just a few blocks away is the Windmill Cafe for morning lattes and bagels, as well as Twin Lakes State Beach, and the Crow's Nest restaurant for dinner with a view.
The popular Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is under three miles away, as are a number of other restaurants, bars, and shops. From your Sunny Cove Retreat, the University of California Santa Cruz is a short five mile drive, and day trips to Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley can usually be made within an hour.
This Central California Coast vacation rental offers amazing ocean views and updated amenities! Perfect for family vacations or group retreats, when you plan a stay at this Sunny Cover Retreat, you'll have an amazing time walking along the shoreline, making s'mores after dinner, and exploring the picturesque beach town of Santa Cruz!
*Note: Please be aware this home is located in a noise-sensitive residential neighborhood, and any kind of party or nighttime disturbance will not be tolerated by neighbors or the Santa Cruz police department. Upon booking, an additional contract agreeing to neighborhood regulations will be required to secure your reservation.
*Please note that the pool table double as the dining table and requires set up - Vacasa can set the table up for you with prior notice. More instrucitons are provided in your Trip Portal.*
Basketball court : Private
Pool table : Private
Washer/dryer : Private
Propane/gas home : Gas
Internet : Comcast
Gas grill : Private
The location of this home is unbelievable. Sunny Cove is a beautiful locale that was a huge plus for my family. As for the home itself, while it has an abundance of character, the age of the home and the furniture/doors/beds kept us minding our 'P's and Q's' throughout our stay. All things considered, a great place if you have mature persons staying in the home. Not ideal for young children or adolescences who might not be respectful of a vintage home environment.
We were celebrating my daughter's birthday so had a large group . The house is spacious enough to accommodate everyone. The location and view are excellent. Enjoyed having our morning coffee on the front porch watching the surfers. As stated in other reviews there is no dining room table but having the pool table more than made up for that. Our children and adult grandchildren really enjoyed playing pool. Also, there is a large picnic table and benches on the patio that works for dinners and if you really want a dining table there is plexiglas in the garage that can go on top of the pool table. The kitchen has enough utensils and cookware to accommodate a large group. Did not have enough coffee cups/mugs. Had to bring our own. Also, there is a lack of TV channels so couldn't watch the Masters or the Giants. But overall we were very happy.
We have purchased another set of coffee mugs. We appreciate having this brought to our attention. Thanks!
location is perfect, the breeze in the morning from the sea is so refreshing.
the house is clean & the size is so appropriate for our group...even the kids said they want to go back to santa cruz 😉
We were stuck because we made our plans at the last minute. The house was ridiculously expensive. Nice view and location, and the kitchen was fairly well outfitted (we baked cookies). Lack of dining table is insane. Pool table was fun to have. Probably better that we didn't have cable TV, but I do think most guests will expect it. Nice that it has a washer and dryer. Large rooms nice for groups. I would call the decor and furniture "tired" (or maybe even exhausted). The house was advertised as having a hot tub, but it was non-functional.
Large family home... with a spectacular view. Loved the feel and space but that's about it. Broken item list: windows in bathroom unable to close, tv/WiFi not working (security issues in neighborhood... never get on unsecured wifi), garbage disposal not working, hot tub not hot, broken toilet seats, necessary cleaning items....too many at this point. I would say property management is poor. Would never go through this site again ... stay with Airbnb.
We are very sorry to read this review as we were able to address every problem listed in this review in a timely fashion. We apologize they were present to begin with; they are no longer problems at this time.
The house has incredible views and is wonderfully located. Good, open area for guests to hang out together. The only dining table is outside on the porch (there is a eat-at counter in kitchen), so bring sleeves for cool morning or evening weather. It is not a sleek, shiny home...more of a comfortable, homey feeling like a "Grandparent's house". Great for kids as is right across the street from the beach.
We received an early, unsolicited, check in which was very nice. Our issue was that everything wasn't quite in order, possibly as a result. After a phone call and two emails, the issues were quickly resolved.
The location of this home was great. Beach access is across the street. The house is rustic to be sure, so if you are expecting a very modern/updated home setting, this is probably not the place for you. The kitchen had a robust selection of tools., cooking utensils, and spices. The beds are a bit utilitarian but they do the trick. Overall a fun stay.
This is right on the cove.
We had a wonderful weekend here. It was a dream. The location is beautiful and the views of the ocean are so marvelous. You are right on the beach! There are so many details in this house that make it funky, kitschy-special - even the toilet seats!!
This old 60's style house is funky and fun right on the beach! Bring everyone as it sleeps 16! You can cook, relax, play pool, sit in the hot tub, hit Sunny Cove on the surf board or ride East Cliff Drive on the beach cruiser bike! Build a fire and watch the sunset, sit on the front porch swing, sip wine and listen to the ocean waves crash in your ears. It's perfect for retreats, family reunions or work getaways.
The house was a great location for a group of friends to come stay in Santa Cruz! There was a hot tub, outdoor covered barbecue and plenty of bedrooms! It was a great trip! However, the neighbors that are nearby are very sensitive to noise and so I wouldn't recommend staying here if you plan on being noisy outside of the house / hot tub past the hour of 10 pm! For our trip it wasn't a problem and we had a great time!
Broken dishwasher - it would run (rinse) for 5 minutes and stop. All plates and silverware needed to be washed before using, most likely they were rinsed only and the grease on them was not noticed
Wood frames of cots in the closet were broken.- mattresses could be used on the floor.
Lampshade in front bed room was balanced on light, but broken
Front porch swing has center brace pulled off boards, so very dangerous
Grill was dirty on arrival, with no brush to clean it (one was supplied the next day)
No lighters for gas grill/table pit upon arrival (one was supplied the next day)
Shower head holder in back bathroom was broken
My sister's bare feet were black on the bottom (and she hadn't gone outside)
Toddler smears on large front windows
Outside Windows very dirty
Called in for repairs Friday morning. No repairs or replacements done for our stay through Sunday. Grill brush and lighter were provided on Friday.
Loved the location, love the "era" of the house, loved the friendly people in the neighborhood.
This home has a new Property Manager that has been working on several items at this home. The microwave has been replaced, the dishwasher has been fixed, and the owner is taking care of all other complaints found in this review. Thank you!
We stayed here during the first weekend of August '16 and had a wonderful time. The house had plenty of sleeping spaces and lots of amenities (boogie board, wet suit, BBQ grill-propane, washer/dryer, etc.). It was a great stay!
Great old beach house. Lot's of room, pool table, beach stuff, fire table, super location!
This is a great house in an absolutely perfect location. It advertises that it sleeps 16, but it really just sleeps 10 with enough couches for additional people (couches are not pull-out and not the most comfortable). It is old, the propane tanks were empty so we couldn't use the grill or fire-pit (I feel for as much as it cost per night, the propane should be filled), the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen were pretty old and didn't work well. Also, there is no place for a large group to sit for eating meals. And, there were no beach towels (but not sure if that is something we should provide, but we were travelling from Texas and only had so much room). The house had everything we needed as far as bath towels, linens, kitchen utensils, beach stuff (chairs, toys, etc.). The laundry facilities were nice as well. The view in the living room is amazing and we even saw whales and dolphins, and the beach was really nice and so close. The location was really great for morning/evening walks as well. Also, there is quite a bit of parking. Not sure I would stay here with a group larger than 10 unless you're young and don't care about sleeping on couches with decorative pillows for your pillow.
We apologize for the inconveniences and confusions experienced by this guest. The grill for this home is directly hooked up to a gas line at the house so there is no need for propane tanks; there are instructions in the home on how to use this feature for guests that are unfamiliar with it. The pool table in the home can double as a dining table if guests choose to have it set up that way - we are happy to assist with this if guests need it. The extra sleeping spaces in this home can be found in the closets where guests can pull out extra cots and futons, and there is even a waterbed for use in an extra room by the garage.
The house locations is perfect but this is a really old house. Additionally, linens were not clean rather were dusty. Furniture is really old..felt like bought from thrift store. Utensils were not clean and we have wash it again to use.
There are some good positives of property like Jacuzzi, Pool table but house needs serious repairs
We are sorry to see that cleanliness was lacking and will be sure to get it addressed.
The stay was very pleasant, and we had everything we needed.
Had a blast close enough to everywhere without the traffic the most beautiful scene
This house was perfect for our group getaway. The kitchen is big and there are four ovens! Do bring your own baking pans as there aren't many. The hot tub got hot, the views were grand, and we had a delightful stay!
We truly loved the location! Even though we stayed during a weekend of a storm, it was breathtaking. We loved waking up each morning to the fresh ocean smells and a cup of coffee. If you're looking for an updated home, this is not the home for you! The price is too high for not having been updated, but it is a great home to entertain in! The beds need new mattresses and the couches and furnishings are old. They leave a musty, old smell, yuck!. The pool table was fantastic!
The location was incredible - beautiful views of Sunny Cove and the Monterey Bay, easy access to Santa Cruz and Aptos, and quiet street. That being said, we might not be willing to stay here again as the house was in need of a deep cleaning and a refresh of the kitchen utensils and cooking tools with many missing or partially ineffective.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are sorry to see that the home was not as clean as it should have been. The Property Manager will work with housekeeping on meeting our standards and will work on restocking the kitchen supplies. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed the location and view!
Our women's group stayed here for the weekend and they loved it. Don't underestimate the beach in the fall. It was November and warm during the day and chilly at night. It was perfect. The off season is just as enjoyable. Especially that hot tub.
We arrived at the Retreat at Sunny Cove only to find there were not enough beds for our party. We needed to take mattresses and floor pads our the closets and place them on the floor in order to accommodate the 15 in our party. The house advertised sleeping accommodations for 18! This was very disappointing. Some of the mattresses were stained and not at all appealing. The following are other concerns:
* There was not a dining table---only a pool table.
*With the exception of one frying pan, the others were scratched teflon and unusable. There were good quality pots however.
*There was not an adequate amount of towels
*The sliding shower door in the bathtub in the master bedroom was full of mold.
*The outside of the refrigerator had streaks and streaks of rust. It did function adequately.
*The home is very dated and definitely needs to be upgraded.
'The view was spectacular
*Access to the Cove was just across the street from the house, but required a steep decent to the beach.
*The hot tub was a bonus and functioned well
*The fire pit structure on the patio served as a gathering place for evening get togethers -- very enjoyable
*The weather was pleasant
*The cutting board island was very serviceable and obviously the only new addition to the dated kitchen.
*The locks of some of the outside doors need maintenance
*There were many, many dishes and glasses of every type. Adequate sized coffee mugs were scarce.
In spite of the disappointing condition of the Retreat at Sunny Cove, we enjoyed being with each other and made the most of this disappointing experience. I WOULD NOT rent this home again. It was over-
priced and poor quality-
We appreciate you taking the time to share your review and want to apologize that your stay was so far from perfect. The home is advertised as comfortably sleeping 12, but we can accept up to 16 people in the house (no more than 10 adults please!). We will advise the Property Manager of your concerns so we can work on improvements as we are able. We are happy to see that you still made wonderful memories as that is what we want all of our guests to be able to do while staying with us. Thank you for choosing Vacasa; we hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience in the Sunny Cove retreat. What a great location, the nice beach next door is a huge plus. The boardwalk is 10 minutes away, and the ocean view is worth the price. Loved it expect us to return.
Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to send us this feedback. We are so pleased to know that you loved this property and we look forward to you visiting us again!