The Space2 private rooms and a spa bathroom with private deck and entrance occupying the lower level of our home. A ridgetop retreat, peaceful, private, home in the Loma Prieta area of the Santa Cruz Mts. An ideal location for business and pleasure. You can have your toes in the sand on the Monterey Bay or be in Silicon Valley in 20 minutes.
We offer a Guest Suite that is the entire downstairs area of the house, 2 private bedrooms and a big spa-like bathroom. The main bedroom has a queen sized bed, sitting area, private porch, and a TV. The smaller bedroom has a set of bunk beds, a desk and a big deck off of it. For your comfort and convenience there's a small microwave oven, coffee maker, utensils, plates, glasses, cups, and a filtered water pitcher, everything you need to prepare a quick breakfast or snack. Satelite TV and WiFi connectivity are also available. Cell phone reception here is good also (AT&T & Verizon).
Our home is situated on a sunny ridge top with views of the surrounding hills, Redwood forests with incredible sunsets and a huge deck to take it all in. Plus lots of outdoor living space including a spectacular bar area and outdoor living room, or sit out by the Koi pond and be lulled by the sound of falling water. The beautiful garden is featured in the community's annual spring garden tour. Check out some of my works on "Ridgetop Studio" on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN).
Your room has a comfy queen bed, sitting area, and small private deck with forest views. The second room, separated by a hallway and bathroom, has a set of bunk beds and a desk. Your private deck is off this smaller bedroom. The large bathroom has double sinks, water closet and shower. Off the hallway there's an alcove with a small "kitchenette". the kitchenette has a coffee maker, small microwave, and all the things you need to have a snack in the room. There's a separate entrance from outside through the second bedroom so you can come and go as you please without worrying about disturbing us. The rooms are located downstairs from the main house, you'll have a quiet and private area all to yourselves, or come on up to join us and share our hospitality. Weather permitting, there's plenty of outdoor living space if you are so inclined and want to accommodate more people outdoor sleeping arrangements can be made. There's a queen sized bed on the outdoor deck if you'd like to sleep under the stars, the night sky is quite spectacular up here.
We want you to feel welcome, this isn't a chain hotel after all. Part of the fun of airbnb'g is meeting new friends! Bring your favorite beverage(s), the outdoor bar area is a great place to spend summer evenings, getting to know new friends and sharing ideas about what to do next. We're natives here and happy to share our insights based on your desires.
For convenience there's a great market with a wonderful selection of prepared gourmet foods to go, a great butcher counter, and local wines only 2 miles away. Speaking of wines there are several great boutique wineries located within just a few miles including Burrell School, Loma Prieta, Silver Mountain, David Bruce, MJA and several more.
While only 20 minutes to downtown Los Gatos at the Southwestern end of the Santa Clara (aka: Silicon) Valley the Loma Prieta area is rural with towering Redwoods and open spaces. To get to the beaches in the Santa Cruz area; simply release your parking brake and you are on the way, its all downhill from here. We are approximately 13 miles from Capitola Beach and you only need to turn left out of our driveway to get there as the road we live off of goes directly to Capitola. Capitola is a funky little beach town that borders Santa Cruz to the south with excellent dinning, shopping, nightlife and surfing. Capitola Beach itself is an excellent place to take the family for a day of fun in the sun as it is well protected and Capitola Village is steps away. Turning right out of our driveway takes you towards the Silicon Valley and all it has to offer. 12 miles from our home and you are in Downtown Los Gatos, the best little town in Silicon valley with great dinning, shopping and nightlife. If you have business to attend to during your stay, the heart of Silicon Valley's technology industry is approx. 30 minutes away but of course you can be fully "connected" or disconnected here if you like
Both San Francisco and Big Sur are easy day trips. San Francisco is 70 miles to the north, Big Sur 90 miles south. Monterey and all it has to offer is about an hour's drive south on California's Hwy 1 with Big Sur another 45 minutes drive south of Monterey. Don't miss the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. Hwy 1 south of Monterey is one of the most scenic drives in the world and the Big Sur area is magical. Nature lovers will appreciate Big Basin and Henry Cowell State Parks as well, both renowned for their old growth Redwood groves. If you have never been in an old growth Redwood grove, it’s a truly spiritual experience. While we have lots of beautiful Redwoods on the property they are mere pups in comparison even at over 100 ft. tall.
If you're a golfer, besides Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, and Spyglass in the Monterey area, close by is one of the best courses anywhere; Pasatiempo Golf Club and the DeLaVeaga Golf course is just down the road, which incidentally also boasts one of the best Frisbee golf courses to be found. For family fun there's The Santa Cruz Boardwalk with a great wooden roller coaster plus many other rides and attractions. Roaring Camp Railroad with trains and a zip line tour of the Redwood forest's canopy. "The Mystery Spot" is always a hit with the kids. World-class surfing, sailing, fishing and whale watching are all within a half-hour's drive. If you’re a Mountain Biker, there’s world-class single tracks in near-by Soquel Demonstration forest. Of course if all you want to do is relax and decompress just hang out here by the pond and let the sounds of flowing water wash your stress away. Surfers, great breaks like Pleasure Point, The Hook, and Steamer's Lane are all close by.
Car lovers and gear heads this is heaven! Laguna Seca Race Track is less than an hour away. This is a perfect base to take in the Monterey Historics, Concours Italiano and the Pebble Beach Concours D'élégance. The way down to the Monterey Bay from our house is Soquel/San Jose Rd. S/SJ Rd. is great drive/ride, with beautiful scenery and wonderful twisties for those of us who enjoy a well executed apex. Motorcyclists will love the ride on Soquel/San Jose Rd. and many others we can suggest.
The weather in the Santa Cruz Mountains is about as perfect as you can find. Summer brings cool foggy early mornings followed by warm sunny days and cool evenings. It almost never rains in the summer here so no worries there, make your plans. Winter, the temps are moderate, with frost only occasionally, but it can rain very hard at times. Spring and Fall are glorious, our favorite times of the year. Lots of fall color in the yard and surrounding area. Spring brings a profusion of green and blossoms. No matter what time of year, it’s always a good idea to have a sweater or light jacket handy as the evenings can cool off quickly because of the costal influence (or as I like to say "our life giving fog"). Redwoods only thrive where there's regular fog. It is not unusual to see temps in the 80 - 90 range during the day and 60's in the evenings.
We can also arrange for a couples massage on the deck if you're so inclined. My wife and I can whip up a family style dinner, an evening BBQ or we can have a guest chef prepare a wonderful candlelight dinner served under the stars. I'll bar tend, fixing up tasty cocktails to enjoy the sunset with. Want Breakfast? A lunch packed to go? Dinner? Whatever it is you would like to have or do while you are here let us know and we'll try to make it happen. We look forward to meeting you. Guest AccessGuests initially enter via our home's front door but there is a separate private entrance to the guest suite so you are free to come and go as you please. Guests are free to use the kitchen (there's an extra refrigerator in the garage too), and the entire yard including The Shark Bite (bar area, BYOB) and Sunset deck. We also encourage our guests to slow down and enjoy the yard, have your coffee out by the Koi pond or enjoy their favorite libation on the Sunset deck in the evening. Interaction with GuestsWe love to play host and share experiences with our guests. Usually we end up having evening drinks and enjoying appetizers with our guests, getting to know new people is the reason we do this. We can also help you with advice and directions like only locals can. We're happy to help you enjoy the area with where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and what to avoid. The NeighborhoodWhat we love about our neighborhood is that we don't live in a neighborhood. Our house sits on a sunny hill top surrounded by the Redwood forest with the closest neighbor's house a couple hundred yards away. While we live in a rural area, Silicon Valley is 15-20 minutes to the north and the Monterey Bay is 15 minutes to the south, great for business and pleasure. Levi Stadium is 40 minutes away. Getting AroundThere is no public transit available in the area, so if you are coming from afar, plan on renting a car. San Jose Airport - 40 minutes, SFO and Oakland airports - about an hour away (all times dependent on traffic conditions in Silicon Valley). Other Things to NoteOur little road (a meandoring 1/4 mile) is one-lane but has very little traffic so we toot our horn to warn others as we go up the road. If you do encounter another car there are places to pull off to pass. Usually the car going downhill must back-up to yield right-of-way but sometimes that's not practical so be courteous. We've lived here 19 years and I've encountered another car going to other way maybe a dozen times so no worries, just be aware and drive slowly and be courteous to our neighbors.
There are no restaurants in the immediate area but Summit Center Store is near by and they have everything you may need from prepared meals, great deli sandwiches, an excellent butcher counter and a wonderful selection of our local wines.