Charming 1-bedroom, 2-story cottage overlooking Santa Barbara and ocean/island. Downstairs' living room is heated by a wood-burning stove. Cottage has audiovisual system, including 2 TVs (1 flat screen HD downstairs and a large TV in upstairs bedroom), and cable and movie channels (plus divo). DSL wireless network available. Cottage equipped with all appliances, including washer and dryer. Numerous books (sorry, all in English) and CDs available (plus some DVDs--sorry, none auf Deutsch). There is also a land-line telephone in the cottage. Use of my Vespa is negotiable. Use of my Porche Boxster is not.
Cottage is at end of Mission Canyon Road. Downtown Santa Barbara and ocean are about a 5-minute drive by car, 10-15 minute downhill bike ride, and <1 hour walk. Santa Barbara's "historic" Mission and its Botanical Gardens are located along the road to downtown/beach. In fact, the Botanical Gardens, where public bus service ends, are located <0.2 km. from my cottage. There are ocean and island (Santa Cruz Island) views from the cottage and property. Hiking trails to "Seven Falls" and "Inspiration Point," from which there are even more spectacular views of the city, ocean, and Channel Islands, are located even closer. The cottage is in a very quiet "neighborhood". Neighbors are all very friendly, especially the 2 dogs owned by my closest neighbor. Noise, if any, is caused by occasional coyote howling or birds squawking/chirping. There is much to see and do in this area, from sailing, windsurfing and surfing to wine tasting in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley on the other side of the mountain where I live. Los Angeles is a 90 minute drive south or 2-hour train ride. Incomparable Big Sur is a 3 hour drive north, San Francisco/Napa Valley a 4-5 hour drive north, and Yosemite a 4-hour drive northeast.
This property is ideal for 1 person, or a couple, looking to relax in a beautiful lower mountainside setting overlooking the city of Santa Barbara--probably the nicest small city in California, if not the entire U.S. (which is why so many creative and wealthy people seem to gravitate here, and why real property is so insanely expensive here.) I live by myself, after raising 3 children. (My son is a lawyer in Washington DC; his wife is a medical student at Georgetown University. My oldest daughter graduated from Princeton a few years ago and is now working on her PhD. My youngest daughter will be a senior at USC this fall.) I live in the cottage because of its relative seclusion and quietude, and its scenic loveliness. I practice law from my office downtown and understandably need a home both that is close to my office (I detest commuting more than 5 minutes in a car or scooter) and that calms my sometimes busy, stressed out "soul. ("BTW, don't forget to visit our courthouse: it too is quite special.) In any event, I just returned from a trip to Berlin (3rd time), Prague (2nd), Budapest (1st) and Vienna (1st), and am desirous of learning much more about Vienna, as well as to learn German and more about German/Austrian culture. Hence, my preference is to exchange my cottage for a least 1 month or longer, though I am happy to exchange for less (2 weeks is my minimum).