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PAPA DUX: Romantic Luxury In the Heart of the Fun......

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

1 bedroom apartment + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-5)

Experience expansive luxury in this riviera view apartment in the heart of the entertainment district, 2 blocks for the 'Funk Zone' and four blocks up from the beach. The house is in the heart of the entertainment district with shopping, music, dance and excellent restaurants just steps away. French doors open to a large private deck with views of the mountains, Riviera and city. The deck is equipped with an outdoor fireplace and BBQ. A 'loft' style great room with cathedral ceiling includes the kitchen, dining and living areas. The fully enclosed property is a peaceful refuge in easy walking distance of everything. There is gated off-street parking. Pick fresh fruit from the orange, plum and guava trees and ride provided bicycles for a beautiful relaxing holiday. A perfect romantic getaway. Maid service, and airport pick up available on request.

This is one of three apartments in an old home so please understand that this is not a good choice for loud late night partying. If you would like to check out the other two apartments, they are Mama Dux (one bedroom) and Baby Dux (studio).

More Details

Laura Wildman
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2017

About Laura Wildman

I take care of The 3 DUX and our guests for my cousin Inga Frick. She grew up in the house with her grandparents and mother. Her grandfather was "Papa Duck" to all of the kids of the extended family. He was much beloved by all the family and The DUX are named in honor of him.

Laura Wildman purchased this condo in 1993

Why Laura Wildman chose Santa Barbara

Inga: Our family were renters in the house for 40 years before we were able to buy it in 1993. My grandfather ran a washing machine repair business in the house for many years.

What makes this condo unique

A beautiful home in a convenient location run by good people.

Guestbook comments from the owner

thank you! what a beautiful home and so well stocked! i've stayed in bigger places with far fewer thoughtful touches. this was absolutely perfect. i wish i could have had the time to enjoy bike rides and more daylight but i couldn't have had a nicer place for evenings of decompressing and studying i'd love to give your info to a friend who will come twice next year for school if you're comfortable with that. thanks for the receipt, i received it and am thrilled with the price. thanks again, your home is so inviting and just what i needed. warmly, sarah
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Lower State in Santa Barbara

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet
  • Large tiled shower with double glass doors
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The couch sleeps one adult or two kids comfortably. We lay down a duvet-covered tempurpedic mattress. We can also bring in a twin, bed-height blowup mattress for very comfy sleeping. We also lay a tempurpedic mattress on top.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 7 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(68 traveller reviews)

PAPA DUX: Romantic Luxury In the Heart of the Fun......
average rating of 4.8088236 based on 69 reviews

A lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

Papa Dux is a terrific VRBO, 1-bedroom apartment, in a downtown location. Easy walk to State St and the "Funk Zone". The kitchen is a good size, with appropriate utensils for those who want to cook at home. The bed is comfortable, good shower, off-street parking is a plus. There is a nice washer and dryer (full size) for your personal use. There is a long staircase to get up into the apartment, which was fine for us,, but could be an issue for some. Laura, the manager, lives in SB and is very responsive to any questions or issues. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you as our guests. It's a sweet spot and we appreciate your listing some of the beneficial amenities. Hopefully we'll see you again. Smiles, Laura and Inga
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Quaint apartment in downtown SB

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming apartment with everything you need right in town. Off street parking is great as well as a beautiful view of the hills. Walk to everything safely. Laura is terrific. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so thrilled it all went well for you in the Papa Dux. It's a romantic little hideaway but still so close to everything. Glad I could be of help. Come again for sure! Warmly, Laura
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Comfortable Accomodations in a Fabulous Location!

  • 5 of 5

Papa Dux was all that we could hope for and more. Inga and Laura were extremely responsive from first contact about our stay. All information was detailed for us from directions on how to get there (definitely follow their directions) and how to turn on appliances, lights and fire pit. From the moment we found the 'secret garden' parking, we felt immediately at home. Although only one block away from restaurants and shops we truly felt that we were away from things. So relaxing sitting inside or out and the bed was super comfy. Laura started us with coffee, fruit and chocolate. The photos are spot on of the place. So easy to walk to Stearns Wharf or Funk Zone and there were great restaurants nearby (no need to take car- just walk!). We cannot wait to stay again at our new home away from home! Thanks again to Inga and Laura!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Santa Barbara Get-A-Way

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I frequently visit Santa Barbara for our special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). We've stayed at several different hotels over the years. The Papa Dux apartment will now be our regular place to stay. It was extremely cozy and comfortable. We brought food in for breakfasts and enjoyed lounging on the couch in the morning while drinking our coffee. The location of the apartment couldn't be more perfect. We walked everywhere as State Street was only one block away and the beach/pier was about a 10 minute stroll. Restaurants, shopping, pubs are all within walking distance. The apartment even has a washer and dryer which came in handy. We are all ready planning our next visit and hope we are able to book Papa Dux. Thank you Laura and Inga for maintaining such a lovely, cozy and inviting place for us to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We couldn't be happier to have you back for all your future celebrations! Thank you for the sweet review. We are so pleased you found everything so cozy and inviting. We look forward to your next visit. Warmly, Laura and Inga
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Papa Dux for our honeymoon. It could not have been better. The place is super cute just like the photos, and has everything you need. The location is amazing and within walking distance of everything. The hostess even went the extra mile and left us a bottle of champagne in the fridge to celebrate. We enjoyed our stay and plan to return for an anniversary in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope this will be your special, romantic getaway for years to come as a reminder of your honeymoon. We're so happy you enjoyed the Papa Dux! Please be sure to mention you're a return guest as there's a discount of 10% and of course another bottle of the bubbly to celebrate. Warmly, Laura and Inga
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Papa Dux redux

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Papa Dux and our ten days ended today so these impressions are fresh! We love this property for its character and the fact that the owner has thought of every possible convenience for her guests. We chose it last year because it looked charming. We chose it this year because we know it is. The deck overlooking the mountains is a major highlight and we spent plenty of time out there enjoying the view. The neighborhood has character, too -- and while it's nothing like its elegant neighbor Montecito, we prefer the feel of a "real" and lively 'hood. It is mixed use, meaning residential mixed with small business, so it is lively throughout the day (when we are usually at the beach or shopping!) and quiet at night. The unit is located a block off of State Street -- the main drag in SB -- which offers everything from Saks and Nordstrom to tattoo parlors -- and countless wonderful restaurants scattered between. We walked to the local movie theatre (there are three on State Street) and Starbucks (also three) and on at least one occasion took a slightly longer walk to the large downtown grocery store (we drove on subsequent visits simply because it was easier to transport the groceries.) Last year I commented on the sloped ceilings throughout the unit -- which I discovered by using my head, literally. This year I was more cautious and didn't have a problem (but first-timers should be aware!) Techies will love the a/v set-up and even the bedroom boasts a large wall-mounted television. WiFi is high speed and didn't go down one time in the ten days we were there. An added plus is the warm welcome by the manager and her sincere offer to do anything and everything possible to make our visit enjoyable. We now consider Papa Dux our Santa Barbara home and I am only reluctant to post this review because I'm afraid it will be more difficult for us to book the dates we want next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you're home safe and sound. Really enjoyed having you for the Papa Dux redux and hoping you'll redux again. It's a pleasure to have you visit our cozy space. I actually got up at 5, got my coffee and read one of the stories in your book. See you next year, maybe? :)
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
State St.
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
US Route 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
State St.
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
West Beach

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA (4 blocks to beach)

Other Activities: racquetball, shopping, wildlife viewing, basketball court, boating, health/beauty spa, shuffleboard, hot air ballooning, horseshoes


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Lower State, Santa Barbara County

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
Summer '17
22 May 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
Fall '17
11 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter '17/18
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £80
Pet Fee £48
Tax Rate 12.0%

Contact us for adjusted prices on stays of 5 or 6 nights or 21 nights or longer.
Payment by cash, check or echeck is much appreciated (but not required).
There is no tax on stays of 31 nights of longer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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