Escape to the American Riviera in our Charming 3 bedroom Santa Barbara Cottage
Our quintessential craftsman beach bungalow is ideally located close enough to downtown State Street in Santa Barbara to take in all it has to offer, but far enough removed to enjoy the local flavor of the "American Riviera" without all the tourist trappings that tend to go along with it.
Originally built in 1930, the property maintains its old world charm with its white picket fence and quaint, single story appearance, but was updated in 2013 with a modern kitchen, refinished oak hardwood floors and beautiful double pane windows throughout. The home has been decorated to compliment the look and feel of the home and area. The neutral shades work well with our natural and vintage beach decor. Each piece was carefully selected to make this home cozy and comfortable so guests could enjoy their vacation in a tranquil setting.
The family room is open and comfortable with a new Sofa-U-Love sofa sleeper and 46" HD flat screen TV with a whole house media serving up hundreds of movies and TV shows. The kitchen is completely remodeled and updated with all new stainless steel appliances and is fully stocked with everything you need to prepare your meals. Great natural lighting and counter with bar stools allow family and friends to gather where the action is. Spacious dining room with service for six is just off the kitchen. The two bathrooms were completely remodeled in 2013 with all new, modern fixtures. The master has plenty of closet space with a new Cal King cushion topped Serta mattress and the other 2 bedrooms have the same brand new bed in a queen size. Those 2 rooms also have access to back porch/yard from the bedroom through french doors. All bedrooms are flat panel TV equipped with access to the whole house media server.
The backyard was landscaped in June 2013 with a new 400 square foot flagstone patio, lush palms and Santa Barbara native foliage. An 8'x10' pergola provides ample shade for our patio table that comfortably seats six. A second patio table with market umbrella seats another four guests who can challenge one another to a friendly game of ping pong with provided paddles and balls. A new grilling 'station', complete with overhead market umbrella and four burner gas grill with side burner lets you BBQ in style. The setting is completed with a propane space heater (for those cool Santa Barbara evenings), a couple of comfortable lounge chairs, bistro table, Bluetooth enabled sound system and a cascading water fountain.
The detached garage has been converted into a game room straight from your youth (if you're a child of the '80's, that is) with over a half dozen original, full size classic arcade games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Centipede (no quarters necessary!) A front loading washer/dryer is also available to clean up after your jaunts to the beach. If you'd like to use our Electra cruisers to get around town they are available for rent. The front porch is a great place to hang out and if you prefer more privacy, the back yard is very private and peaceful.
Downtown Santa Barbara is an easy 4-5 blocks away. State Street is know for it's shopping and dining so you have everything you need. The Daily Grind is just around the corner so you don't have to go far for your espresso coffee. During the day, drive 5 minutes up to the historic Mission, or 5 minutes down to the beach. Or even better, just bike straight down 2 miles to the ocean. The Santa Barbara Bowl, within walking distance, is a beautiful place to enjoy concerts under the stars. Parks for the kids and all the best Santa Barbara has to offer is within easy reach of the property. For an excursion, enjoy a 30 minute drive to the Santa Ynez wine country or venture further to the lovely towns of Solvang, Pismo Beach, or San Luis Obisbo.
Please be our guest at our Santa Barbara Escape!
Fully stocked and open kitchen remodeled in 2013 with all stainless appliances
Open living room with refinished oak hardwood floors, new sofa sleeper, 46" 1080p flat screen TV and lots of natural light
Master bedroom with new Serta Cal King bed and lots of closet space
2 additional bedrooms each with new Serta queen bed and direct access to back porch/yard
2013 remodeled full bathroom with tub and shower
2013 remodeled half bathroom
Newly landscaped backyard with 400 sq ft flagstone patio, pergola shaded patio table that seats 6, 4 burner gas grill with market umbrella, lounge chairs and bistro table, and cascading water fountain
Side yard equipped with a second patio table with market umbrella overlooking a full size, Kettler ping pon table
Detached garage converted into classic game room with 8 full size, classic arcade games and full laundry facilities
Boogie boards, surf boards, beach chairs & umbrellas provided for your enjoyment
Classic beach cruisers available as well
1 mile downtown neighborhood walk to action on State Street
2 mile flat, bike ride to Santa Barbara pier and beach (or walk to State Street and pick up $.50 trolley)
1 mile walk to world famous Santa Barbara Mission
1 block walk to local favorites Daily Grind (espresso, sandwiches & salads), McConnell's Ice Cream (world class creamery), Derf's Cafe (sports pub with local flair), and Cajun Kitchen (one of the best breakfast's you will have in SB)
2 short blocks to 101 freeway and quick access to Santa Barbara Zoo (4 miles), Montecito (6 miles), Santa Barbara Airport (9 miles), UC Santa Barbara (10 miles), Santa Ynez Valley Wineries (25 miles), Pismo Beach (80 miles), San Luis Obisbo (90 miles), and Paso Robles (120 miles)
"Santa Barbara Cottage. Our first trip to the USA from the UK and we made the right choice in staying in this lovely home in Santa Barbara. It had everything we needed and we especially appreciated the personal touches which made it so comfortable and homely. Bedrooms were all a good size with the most comfortable beds! A well laid out kitchen, dining and lounge area and a very sunny, back patio where we enjoyed the table tennis and the great sound system. A relaxing spot out on the front lawn too. A great location where we could easily get to the beach, harbour, shops, bars and restaurants as well as many places to drive to, to explore and experience. We joined the local YMCA which was great for us for swimming, soccer and fitness classes. For a family with two older teenagers this house, and the nearby facilities and attractions, made it a perfect holiday for us all. We would recommend this house as great home from home and an efficient and friendly service from Drew. We would love to return one day!"