About this listing
Fantastic, big family home in the redwoods. Retired San Francisco designer/artist couple fled the city to build our family retreat in paradise. This is a great spot for a few families to share. The house is usually occupied by our 5 children aged 4-teens, a big lab, chickens and 4 cats- it is artistic and comfortable. If you are looking for perfection, this is not it. Our land is on the creek with a private beach & swimming hole. Zip down the hill to Capitola Beach and all the services.
The house itself is a retreat space with vaulted ceilings, beautiful wood, stone, fireplace and skylights. A wrap around back deck is the perfect place for your morning coffee under the canopy of redwoods and the sound and sites of a flowing creek. Our huge kitchen is a chef's dream with a Wolfe stove and oven, Bosch dishwasher, microwave and deep farmer's sink. Dining room overlooking creek with piano. Two of the in house bedrooms available are our children's, so the decor will be rocket ships and animals with one queen and one single in the boys room and one queen and twin in the girls room. Their is an additional harry potter/princess small room not included in the room count, but will rock a child's world. The living room and family room are both huge with big over sized comfortable couches for sleeping and socializing. The family room is a large former master bedroom with a giant play pin couch and private bath with sliders onto the deck. We will leave 2 additional air mattresses if needed. We have cable, Netflix and Amazon available as well as a Wii, Xbox 360 and karaoke machine. There is also a separate cottage with a queen bed and a smaller room with a single bed and extra twin air mattress if needed. The house is amazing 2400 square feet designer home filled with local and international arts/crafts, but the property is what will keep you coming back for more! Fall asleep to the sounds of the creek and the smells of the forest, listen to the owls and at night light a fire in the outdoor fireplace, hang out, look up and you'll see stars for days. Sleep outside under the stairs. Have the kids perform a talent show on our full outdoor stage with power. We have a play structure, trampoline, hot tub, private beach, redwood grove, garden, chicken coop and 4 kitties (no need to care for the animals, we have a neighbor doing that). Relax on the canopy swing down by the creek, hang out on the front patio and roast marshmallows in the outside 6' hearth hand built fireplace. Meditate in the redwood grove, enjoy the hot tub under the stars, watch your children swing and slide and climb. Play with our chickens and kitties. You can easily never leave the property with so much to enjoy, but when you want to we're an easy drive back into the hustle and bustle of the world. This is a hang out house - our friends come and often never want to leave. The chickens will give you 4-10 fresh, organic eggs daily. Feel free to visit with them - they've all been hand raised. Depending on the time of year - our 35 young fruit trees may be bearing fruit for you.
The entire house, minus one room, is yours to access as well as the entire outdoor property. There is a small separate Aupair quarters which will be vacant during your stay, but also locked. Our kitchen is fully stocked with everything you'd need to cook and eat. Our personal housekeeper can be available at any point during your visit for $150. Chef recommendations also available upon requests. Our 3 bathrooms all have shampoo, conditioner, soap and towels. We have a washer and dryer you can use - although please don't judge the clutter of the laundry room - lol. Our outside property has an outdoor fireplace, hot tub, private interior road for bike, skates and scooter use (we have our kid's bikes, scooters and three wheels around that you are free to use). We'll also leave behind boogie boards, beach towels and a kids kayak down at the creek. Think of this less as a air bnb and more as your taking over your best friends house, for your vacation, and its always been your favorite house to hang out at. We are just up the road from the best organic farm in town - a "trust farm". Teach your kids about the goodness of strangers trusting you, while choosing your veggies and the best strawberries you'll ever eat and then have them leave the unattended money for the store keeper in the trust $ box.
Interaction with guests
Your space is private and independent. For any inconvenience a pet sitter will be by daily to feed the chickens and check in on you if needed. we will leave you with a local contact number and we will be available by cell.
Housekeeper and chef available upon request. Dinner parties and gatherings are fine as long as you are respectful in regards to noise. Noise can bounce off the nearby granite hillside and carry in these mountains. Please no loud parties. Parking for 12 vehicles.
Other things to note
The 4 friendly mostly outdoor kitties will use the house, but you are not responsible for them. Feel free to play and love them if you'd like!
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
We want to explain the cancellations on our account!
We had another air bnb property that we had just finished developing. Lara is a retired residential/commercial real estate designer and wanted a fun local project, by the beach, that she could manage with 5 kids in tow.
All went well - until the well went nearly dry and the pressure to the showers was a dribble. We are now in the process of major construction to get the property off the well, decommission the well and hooking up to city water. These beautiful units are planned to be up and running for Fall. We will offer any cancelled guests a free night.
This current property listed is our family home. We wanted to make the property we love year around available to travelers when were away. No reason to waste all this beauty during the most beautiful time of year.
Feel free to call us for more info - we are a friendly family who welcomes communication!
In Peace -
Lara & Emkay Forest
and the whole crew of chickens, dogs, cats and 5 kids