Our home is a charming Victorian 3 bedroom / 3 bath house in downtown Santa Barbara. This recently remodeled home has one large double bedroom upstairs with a heavy curtain divider, nice views and a balcony, a bathroom and an open office area. When the curtain is closed it's two separate bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other a twin, each with its own door. Great for families. A twin foam mattress, queen air bed and fold-up cot are also available for placement on the floor to accommodate more than 7 guests.
Downstairs is an open layout living/dining/kitchen with bath, the master bedroom with full Jacuzzi tub bath and the parlor / front room with a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed which can be closed off from the rest of the downstairs to serve as a 3rd (or 4th) bedroom. Hundred year old hardwood floors, beamed ceilings and bay windows, remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Fully furnished, wireless internet, cable TV and utilities included. Use of bikes and surfboards also included. Lovely enclosed shared backyard with pond, patio, barbecue, grapevine arbor for shade and corner bench under the avocado tree. Pets could be OK -- need to discuss and make a special offer to include $25/night pet fee.
Guests have access to bikes, surfboards, boogie boards, backyard and barbecue.
We love to interact with our guests, as much or as little as they prefer.
If you run out of eggs or need more cream for your coffee the neighborhood market is just across the street. There are two beautiful parks, one with the fantastic "Kid's World" playground, within 5 blocks.
It’s a 5 minute walk to the Arlington Theater and the downtown State St. shops and restaurants (Sushi, Greek, italian, California Nouveau cuisine), a 15 minute ride to the Old Mission, beach, harbor or pier by bike or to UCSB by express bus. Bus stops just around the corner. Off-street parking is available for 1 car. The driveway is shared with the renters in the other house on our property. Please park far enough forward along the left side so that there's room for another car to park on the right. For short periods (loading and unloading) you can use the whole driveway (space for 3 cars). Parking is allowed on the street right in from of the house and there's usually no problem finding a spot.
Recycling - we do have a separate container for these items. It's a white woven basket next to the back door.
Please, no smoking anywhere on the premises.
We're located in a quiet residential neighborhood, so note that this is not the place for wild parties -- no excessive alcohol consumption or dance volume music after 11 pm, please.
We would appreciate your taking off your shoes in the house to preserve the floor -- it scratches easily, especially from beach sand.
The master bath is primarily for bathing and its wooden floor is not waterproof! If you use the hand shower please be careful and make sure to dry the floor. For showering please use the other bathrooms.
We loved this beautiful Santa Barbara retreat. Just what we needed! The space was more than sufficient for the 5 of us. We especially enjoyed the kitchen that opened up onto a spacious patio. Everything was just as described & pictured. Great location -- walking distance to everything we need! Leo was very helpful with the reservation & check in process. Also, having our own washer/dryer in the house was clutch. Would definitely recommend this spot!
This place is awesome. It is exactly as described in the photos and text descriptions. The house is big and cozy with a comfy backyard. Leo is a very kind and friendly. He showed up personally during the day to grab a power strip upon my request the day before. He was also very helpful in answering my questions regarding life in Santa Barbara. Great house and great host!
We are very-very happy to stay at Leo's home. He was welcoming us at the door like part of his family. Leo showed and explained everything very kindly and thoughtfully, and was readily available to answer any questions on the phone. The house is very clean and cozy. It has everything we need for the whole family. Kids were super happy to have their room and toys, and the special highlight was the trampoline!!!
The house appeared exactly like advertised and felt like home after we settled.
The only "negative" part was that we couldn't stay longer.
Leo we're looking forward to come back.
Thank you very much!
Both Leo and his wife, Daniela, are wonderful hosts. Daniela was in the house when we arrived and was very welcoming. The house is great! Nicely decorated and comfortable and cozy. There are three bedrooms with good beds. Plenty of linens and blankets. The kitchen is beautifully equipped with a great refrigerator and stove. There is a microwave, toaster oven, ice maker, coffee maker.
There are three bathrooms - one with a Jacuzzi bath.
It is three blocks to State Street - the main drag - and it is easy to walk to restaurants and shops. There is parking in the driveway for one car and easy street parking for more. If we come back to visit Santa Barbara again we will certainly try to stay here again! No complaints!
This was the perfect place for our group of 10 girls. Leo was very accommodating and easy to get ahold of when needed. The outdoor patio was so pretty and relaxing we didn't want to leave. The neighborhood was very safe plus you are only a few blocks away from State Street so it's easy to walk everywhere. State street is super charming with lots cute shops and delicious food (Finch & Fork is yummy). The kitchen is very spacious and easy to cook in. There is a Trader Joe's and a Whole foods a few miles away which was a huge bonus. I would highly recommend this place to a family and/or large group looking for a nice place to stay with easy access to getting around. Thanks again Leo for having us, we really enjoyed our stay.
This house was fantastic. Two adults and two kids stayed comfortably for three weeks. The location is perfect - close to state street, restaurants, etc. Leo was a great host, making sure we had everything we needed and suggesting places to eat, visit, etc. If we come back, we'll definitely stay here again!
Home was exactly as shown in the pictures. Very beautifully appointed and the location is outstanding...walking distance or a very short drive to downtown. Leo was very welcoming and always available for any questions. We had a great time and would definitely stay here again.
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A native of Santa Barbara, after getting a degree from UCSB in ECE, I worked as an engineer in the Silicon Valley for a number of years before moving to Germany, where I lived for 8 years before returning to Santa Barbara. I met my wife, Daniela, in Germany and our daughter was born there. I currently teach ESL at Santa Barbara City College and my wife teaches German at Westmont College. Our daughter is now starting high school and we also have a son going into 5th grade. We love to travel to experience other cultures and the wonders of nature. Some of our most memorable recent trips were 3 weeks backpacking through the Yucatan Peninsula and another 4 weeks taking our VW camper up to Yellowstone and back.