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Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Kitchen, Deck, Sleeps 4-5

Ask for 20% discount on January rentals.

Experience enveloping luxury in this designer apartment in a classic craftsman house one block from the center of town, two blocks from the 'Funk Zone' and five walking blocks to the beach. The house is in the heart of the entertainment district with shopping, music, dance and excellent restaurants just steps away. The house is on a fully enclosed, landscaped property with fruit trees, flowers fountains and gated off street parking. Pick fresh fruit (oranges,plums and pineapple kiwi) and ride the free bicycles for a healthy, relaxing stay in the heart of Santa Barbara. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, patio with fountain, patio furniture, BBQ, 3D HD Smart TV.

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 Baby Dux (studio) and Papa Dux (one bedroom).

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

About Laura Wildman

Laura: I take care of The 3DUX and our guests on behalf of my cousin, Inga Frick. Inga grew up in the house with her mother and grandparents. Her grandfather was know to the extended family as Papa Duck. The DUX are named in his honor.

Laura Wildman purchased this house 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. Our grandfather was 'Papa Duck' to all the children in the family. Thus The 3 DUX!

What makes this house unique

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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(57 traveller reviews)

average rating of 4.7719297 based on 57 reviews

Papa Dux Heart of the City

  • 5 of 5

Papa Dux combines an ideal location and great facilities with a beautiful mountain backdrop. We stayed for 3 weeks and enjoyed being able to walk everywhere. It is just 2 blocks to the shops and restaurants of State Street or a 3 block walk to the Wharf or the bars, wine tasting rooms and art galleries of the Funk Zone. The deck is perfect for early coffee or later cocktails but the joy is to watch the constant play of the sun and clouds on the mountain backdrop. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to make our Papa Dux the perfect getaway for all. It's is the best possible place for a car-free, stress-free vacation. It was such a pleasure to host Chris and Zebby! They were the perfect guests and it was fun to get to know them a bit. Come again, that is, if you don't end up living here. Smiles, Laura
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Beautiful, unique and a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are in our 60's, so were a little worried by one October review of Mama Dux. While this may not be the place for a wheelchair, I've had knee surgery and am far from agile, but I had no problems whatsoever with getting around this gorgeous open place. The steps are few and gentle, I love the walk-in shower, and the seating was easy and luxurious. I'm a poor sleeper and am pretty fussy about beds, but I slept like a log in that wonderful bed. There were others staying while we were there (we saw their car in the evenings), but we never heard them, even at night when I'm most likely to hear even the quietest of sounds. And because it's so close to everything, we strolled to all kinds of shops, restaurants and even the beach. Laura called us as soon as we arrived and was very attentive, but honestly, the place had everything we needed. so we didn't have to call her. All in all, a uniquely beautiful place and a wonderful experience. We'll definitely be back--as soon as we can.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property, perfect for vacation

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for a home away from home. Much more space and amenities than a hotel. Great location. We walked eveywhere. Nice kitchen with all the items needed to prepare and cook a meal. We watched 3 seasons of Sherlock, at night on the wonderfule TV in the bedroom and in the day on the living space TV. Very nice setup.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Super location, very comfortable and quiet. No problems at all! Would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're just as happy as can be that you loved the Mama Dux. When you do come again, be sure to mention you've been before for our returning guest discount. Warmly, Laura and Inga
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Somewhat Disappointed

  • 3 of 5

This is a very difficult review to write. We've stayed in many VRBO properties over the years with wonderful experiences. We selected this particular property because of its location and the many positive reviews on the website. The pictures looked fantastic. Our apartment was one of three in this craftsman home. It describes the apartment as "classy and luxurious" and could be. The apartment description states that it is accessible to the elderly/infirmed. Not the case. I use a cane to get around. There were a few steep stairs leading up to the entrance. For anyone in a wheelchair, it would be very difficult. The large seating in the living room made it difficult getting around and are not comfortable for adults. However, I believe the biggest problem was the uneven floor in the kitchen (wood and tile). There is at least a 1 inch drop between them. We needed to be constantly aware of this difference in elevation as we walked around the kitchen or to access back restroom. You need to negotiate via a 2 ft path in front of refrigerator to pass through. I tripped twice. We found the lighting throughout inadequate. The king bed is about 1-1/2 feet from the floor, thus it was difficult getting on/off the bed. The mattress was uncomfortable and should be replaced with a better one or a different bed altogether. The other renters (or renter) were noisey. On our first night they didn't stop until after 1 AM. The walls here are very thin and we could hear their conversations. The description stated that "consciege service was onsite" but we saw no evidence of this. Although there was minimum information available online, it would have been appreciated if there was more information in the apartment. Lastly, we recognize that owners/managers provide different services, but there was no welcoming note, nor snacks upon arriving. The last place we stayed provided fresh croisssants, homemade jam, yogurt, coffee, and eggs for three days. Yes, a little over the top, and we know that not everyone does that. However, we usually receive some form of hospitality, other than water/coffee. Usually a Journal is available for us to write about our experience. None provided here. We made the best of our time because we make our own fun, and it is always nice to visit Santa Barbara and discover new and wonderful restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take huge delight in happy guests and try hard to make every experience perfect. Unfortunately, there will be inevitable exceptions. This property is nowhere advertised as handicapped accessible or particularly suited to the elderly (though we have had many comfortable elderly guests). The stairs leading to the apartment are gentle as can be seen in the picture of the entry. They are certainly not steep. There is concierge service but it is not onsite. A phone call is necessary. The bed is of the highest quality and extremely comfortable. It is simply impossible to hear conversations between the apartments. They are very well insulated. We provide coffee and kitchen basics but not fresh croisssants, homemade jam, yogurt and eggs. Not all reviews are accurate and this one is not. Please compare this one with our many other reviews..
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Cozy, unique and very usable.

  • 5 of 5

Cozy, very usable. Everything you would need for your stay from one night to two weeks.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Phantom, glad we could make your stay cozy. When we're away, that's what we want to be! Smiles, Laura and Inga
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Designer apartment in a classic craftsman home one block from the center of town and five (walking)blocks to the beach. The house is in the heart of the entertainment district with shopping, music, dance and excellent restaurants just steps away. It is in a fully enclosed, landscaped compound with fruit trees, flowers fountains and gated off street parking. Pick fresh fruit (oranges and plums) and enjoy free use of the bicycles for a healthy relaxing stay in the heart of Santa Barbara. WIFI, Washer/dryer, dishwasher, patio with fountain, patio furniture and BBQ, HD/3D/TV, stereo with MP hook-up. Maid service and massage available on request.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £160
Tax Rate 12.0%

We have been lucky to have wonderful guests and happily anticipate adding you to that family.

Once you are booked we will send a detailed confirmation email that you should look over carefully. Your reply constitutes our agreement. There are only two major things that I ask: That you understand that you are renting one of three apartments in a house and that this is a poor choice for loud partying. Reasonable consideration keeps it a peaceful refuge for everyone. The other rule is a strong one: absolutely no smoking in the house! Smoking outside is fine as long as it’s considerate of other guests who might be annoyed by the smoke and if nearby windows or doors (where smoke might drift into the interior) are shut. There is a $1000 charge for detectable cigarette smoke.

Cancellation policy: If cancellation should become necessary we do extra advertising and work on filling the reservation until the reservation dates are past and every effort has been made at recovery. We will refund whatever we are able to recover. We make every effort and so charge $50, whatever the outcome. The earlier you let us know, of course, the better the chances are of making full recovery.

Dogs are considered on a case by case basis. You should communicate with me regarding your dog. After a couple of disasters we are no longer taking large or shaggy dogs (however lovable or well behaved) and we are particularly careful in the shedding season (spring and summer) Sorry!

Mutual consideration works!

THANK YOU ! :) Inga and Laura (and the rest of the family)

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lower State in Santa Barbara County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • 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
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , daybed sleeps two
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 7 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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

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