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105/The Aquarius *BEACH FRONT/ HOT TUB* (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)

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The Aquarius is a two-story home sitting right on the beach with a beautifully landscaped back yard/patio facing the ocean. This home features two decks that face the ocean, one deck with a hot tub, right off the kitchen with the second right off the living room with patio table, chairs and umbrella. This deck has access to the yard/patio with chiminea fire pit, great for cozy fires in the evening, Adirondack chairs, and Hammock under the pergola. Home is equipped with a CD player, two TV's (Living Room TV is High Def. Wide Screen), VCR player (downstairs), Blu-ray DVD player (Upstairs), IMac Computer with printer, Internet and WiFi with computer in kitchen. Extra large kitchen fully equipped. Second/Third bedrooms are a large GREAT room with pocket type doors to separate down the spiral stairs from living room. For your convenience, there is an outside Hot/Cold shower, washer and dryer, and a charcoal BBQ. Driveway parking for 4 cars. NO SMOKING OR PETS ALLOWED!

MAY/SEPT 4 NIGHTS $2359.55

Location: Santa Cruz

Square Footage: 1800

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Occupants, max: 8

Adults, max: 8

View: Ocean View

Neighborhood: Live Oak

Home Type: Homes


 Status colors:   Reserved     Available     Current Day     Potential Reservation   
Beautiful home on one of the best beaches in Santa Cruz - right on the sand!!!
We actually live about 6 miles from this house with our own beautiful Ocean View but we rented Aquarius for our Daughter's Sweet 16 and we couldn't have been happier! The home is located right on the sand near Santa Moes Beach. The views from the Living Room, upper deck (with awesome hot tub!), and lower level Patio are to die for! The lower level Flagstone Patio is set up very nicely with a fire pit, Weber BBQ, lots of comfy chairs, tables, hammock, and an outdoor shower. The Owners seem like very cool, down to earth, funny people that truly want their guests to have a memorable time at their beach house. We loved all the great local art/framed posters from local events such as the Begonia Festival, Wharf to Wharf, etc. Summer at Kendall & Potter was fantastic to work with from start to finish. I spoke to at least 8 other Vacation Property Managers before we rented this home. Summer was the most personable and professional by a long shot!! The entire process was easy and seamless. Being local, I had the advantage of being able to drive around to my favorite spots in Santa Cruz which is how I found the Aquarius. If you are looking for a fantastic Vacation Rental on the Beach. look no further than Summer at Kendall & Potter and the Aquarius.
It was great to watch waves hit the beach from this property. You could see the waves from the living room, kitchen, and hot tub on the outside deck. The house was just right size for all 8 of us. The only complaint I have, is that beach access his hard because lagoon by house is getting larger and filling with more water. All in all, good time for my family.
Great location!
Our family stayed here for a week and loved it. The location is the best part with a full view. It is right on the beach, easy assess to the beach, constant amazing views from inside the house and on both decks as well as the patio. We enjoyed the clean hot tub under the stars, had fires in the patio fire pit, walked on the beach and used the well equipped kitchen.
The master bed was too soft for us, but that's a preference thing. Downstairs worked out fine for my son, his wife and two little ones. The two bathrooms and whole house were clean.
Bring binoculars, you'll want to identify what that was in the ocean. I tried to get some from the rental managers, but that couldn't happen.
They could use a better banister outside for younger hands, almost fell a couple of times.
It's not fancy inside for the high price, but comfy. We loved it and were grateful to stay here.
Awesome location and kitchen is nice! Loved using the hot tub. Will book again!
Beach front old style comfort
Perfect for informal family gatherings. Awesome kitchen. Wonderful patio. Feels like home in a sensational setting.
Great location!
Once again we very much enjoyed our time at the Aquarius House. The updates made our stay even better. Love the new deck furniture!
Awesome weekend...
The place was perfect in every way...
Great location and views
Location, view and the patios are the highlights of this rental. Living room furniture was comfortable, as were the beds. The bathrooms were clean. The chairs on the upstairs patio are very uncomfortable; it would be great if they were replaced. The kitchen needs some serious cleaning out of duplicate pans/ dishes, and just old, non-usable ones, as well as organization. We had to pull everything out of the pantry and organize it just to make room on a few shelves for our own food and to be able to find the dishes we needed when cooking. The kitchen could use a good cleaning, cupboards and handles of them were dirty and sticky. Also, the dishwasher doesn't work well at all; all of the dishes were left with a cracked on soap film. The kitchen table chairs are old and dirty, new ones would really make a difference. The hot tub is old, had sand in bottom and jets only worked on high; it would be great if replaced with a new model. Cleaning out some of the old, out dated furnishings would really create space and brighten up the place.

Response from Owner:
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the beach, and thank you for your useful comments. We are planning several improvements, and it's nice to know where to spend our efforts. Before the spring, we will cover most of your concerns with a new dishwasher and some new furnishings. We have been reluctant to replace the hot tub because no one makes an equivalent deep model like this anymore, but I guess its time has passed.
Pros & cons
Pros: We really loved the location of this house. The view from the house was amazing! We saw dolphins and seals(or sea lions?) right up close and we really enjoyed seeing the water from the large front room window! There are tide pools close by too, so the kids thought that was cool. The hot tub was a nice touch, although it's an older tub and I didn't feel that it was super clean. We really loved being right on the beach though and had a fantastic vacation because of this location! Our family of 5 stayed here and we were all very comfortable. The house was well-equipped and had all that we needed (except laundry soap, which was no big deal!) The two main beds were pretty comfy, but the kids bunk, not so much. Great pillows and a well-equipped kitchen with a nice stove. Lots of room to spread out with the two levels for sure and I loved the winding staircase. We were able to walk to the small farmers market on Sunday, so that was fun and there is a Hawaiian restaurant we walked to also (food was just ok though). There is a tattoo, pilates parlor within waling distance as well as a small market/liquor store, a dollar store and a few other places within walking, so that was all convenient. We did jog each morning on the beach and throughout the neighborhood and everything felt pretty safe. It is a very cute beach community. The Santa Cruz boardwalk is too far to walk, but a short drive. We also drove to the Monterey Bay aquarium, fishermans wharf, Cannary Row one day too, which took about an hour. We spent most our time on the beach though and enjoyed the house. (loved the hammock outside too!)

Cons: I did feel that the house was a little over-priced for what we got. It was worth it due to the view/location, but I found the actual house lacking a bit. The fridge & dishwasher definitely need to be replaced. I was worried that our food was not staying cold enough in the fridge and it took 3 days for my frozen drinks to freeze, so that was frustrating. The dishwasher/soap does not get anything clean and there is a film on all the dishes. The house could use a little updating and a fresh new look/feel I think too! It just felt run down to me. Examples: the outside fireplace has a hole in it, the beach toys are all broken, the deck/tables outside are old wood and just not comfy to sit on. Also for the love of Pete invest in some decent boogey boards!!! The ones here should ALL be thrown out. Add a few beach chairs, a kids bucket/shovel and a surfboard and this would have made our trip! There were two old bikes chained to the tree that I think went to the house, but no info. on how to unlock. Would have loved to use those. I felt this rental was lacking the personal touches I usually see from VRBO rentals and that may be because it's run by the rental agency. Although the agency was close and picking up the key was quick and easy, I still prefer just going right to the home upon check-in/out.
Also this is a public beach and the house is literally right next to the entrance, so there was some noise there and a lot of people coming and going. You also have to walk right by the beach garbage cans which were a little messy/smelly. There were fires/parties each night on the beach, but it wasn't too loud and did not disturb us at all. The kids room is downstairs though, so their door is right next to the gate door (which does lock), but with the entrance right there also, I felt a little nervous about the kids downstairs and us upstairs. There are also a lot of dogs at this beach.

Overall it was a nice place, but I think I would try a different place next time.

Response from Owner:
Thanks for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, and we appreciate your suggestions. We have replaced the refrigerator, and will soon replace the dishwasher too. We are also planning some renovations to the decks and hot tub. We replace the chiminea every year, sorry it was already starting to crumble during your visit.
We love this house
We can't decide what is best.... the view, the easy beach access, the semi-private beach, the hot tub after the cold ocean... We really enjoy our time here. Thank you!
Room Details
Master BedroomKingShower, Full Bath1 CA King with Jack-and-Jill Master Bathroom
Downstairs Bedroom with Pocket DoorsFull, QueenTV1 Queen and 1 queen futon. Tv with VCR
Downstairs Great RoomFull, TwinsShower, Tub, Full Bath1 Bunk (Full on Bottom & Twin on Top) with Downstairs Full Bath
Living RoomTVHigh Def Tv with Blu-ray player

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