"Green" Westside House

"Green" Westside House




Oct 2018

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms

About our home

We have been Airbnb and Homeaway hosts for over 3 years, and have hosted over 315 guests. Our reviews are 5 stars and we have been "Superhosts" on Airbnb for the last 18 months. We've posted some photos confirming this info - scroll to the bottom of the photo list. Point is, we have experience hosting! This is a full home, with a full kitchen and full driveway in a great, central location. Our charming, solar-powered house has many tech comforts and environmentally-conscious features. We are on the West Side and near everything: Boardwalk, UCSC, downtown, famous surf spots, Wilder Ranch... You can walk/bike to so many interesting places - enjoy Surf City. Park in our big driveway. Brand new deck and outdoor shower.
This is not an apartment/studio/cottage, it's an actual house with a yard!

NOTE: Landscaping is now a couple years old, so the plants are grown in and prettier than the pics show. Pergola, sitting walls, big patio, garden. It's gorgeous. Check out the photos!

Cozy, light, airy home blocks from west cliff with Queen bed and full+single bunkbeds. A place for families, couples and mellow getaways. Modern home set up with SONOS sound system (master bedroom, living room, and deck). Living room has flatscreen with APPLE 4K TV. Second bedroom has flatscreen with AMAZON TV, and powerful desktop computer. Bathroom recently remodeled. Green features: 28 Solar panels, 1300 gallons of rain barrels, compost, electric car charger, ultra low-flow toilet, drought resistant yard. tankless water heater, LED bulbs throughout, energy-efficient appliances.

Our home has nice light, fully equipped kitchen, gas oven and heat, washer/dryer, wireless internet, big flat screen TV. Brand new Tuft & Needle (Queen) bed in master bedroom. SleepMaster Memory Foam Therapeutic mattresses in guest room. All beds have the Sleep Defense System. Sunny backyard with gas BBQ. If you drive an electric car, charger in driveway. All that you would expect to be in a home is available for you to use (hair dryer, etc, etc).

Quiet family friendly street, but only a block from Mission street, downtown, beach, Kelly's bakery, Surf City Vintners (10+ wine tasting rooms in one complex), great restaurants, CVS, natural foods store, Safeway, CVS and more. University is just up the hill. Take the bus: it stops only 100 yards away. Steamer Lane and Cowells are close by.

This is a home for mature guests and not the place for partying college students. If you have little ones, we can provide a brand new Pack&Play and High Chair. Pet and allergy free.


Absolutely NO SMOKING inside.

HOT TUB is OFF LIMITS for liability reasons.

About your host - we have been teachers in the area for over 14 years.

We have a wonderful tenant who lives in the studio out back. It's a separate residence and should have zero affect on you. She's a school teacher like us, and is super nice. Most likely, you'll never meet her.


More about us

  1. We've been married over 3 years now. :-) We've been Airbnb and Homeaway hosts the entire time, hosting over 300 guests. We'll try and include some of our reviews (they are glowing) to show that we have much experience as hosts, despite our recently joining Love Home Swap. Please ask any questions you may have. Thank you.

  2. We are both middle school teachers. Jared teaches mathematics, and Nelly teaches all subjects.

  3. Our home has many "green" features, as we are trying to reduce our footprint. There is more in the works, but we're pleased with our efforts thus far. Jared is very interested in the history of the world's various cultures and regions. Nelly is particularly interested in the foods of the world.

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Where is it?


We are on the West Side and near everything: The Boardwalk, UCSC, downtown, multiple famous surf spots, Natural Bridges, Wilder Ranch... We live in a quite residential neighborhood, but you can walk/bike to so many interesting places - enjoy Surf City. Uber, Lyft, and Jump (partially electric) bikes can take you wherever you need to go. All amenities are within walking distance, even Urgent Care (God forbid): groceries, pharmacy, etc. The ocean is a beautiful 15 minute walk. Downtown, Natural Bridges, and UCSC are roughly the same distance.

Buzzy restaurants
Sabieng, Ristorante Avanti, Bantam,
Cool bars
West End Tap and Kitchen, Parish Publick House, Humble Sea Brewery, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Cozy cafés
Kellys French Bakery, Coffeetopia, Richard Donnelly Chocolates, Starbucks
Retail therapy
Capitola Mall, Downtown Santa Cruz on Pacific Ave.
Bit of culture
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Shakespeare in the Park Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College Theater
Walks in the park
West Cliff Drive, Neary Lagoon Park, Natural Bridges State Park, Henry Cowell State Park, Wilder Ranch
Spot of exercise
Toadal Fitness, 24-Hour Fitness, Pogonip Park
Day tripping
San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, San Jose

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