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Rare Gated Estate on 1/2 Acre with Heated Pool in Downtown Santa Barbara

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday home in Upper East - 115 East Islay Street

6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 4000 sqf, gardens, fruit trees, quite street, sidewalks

Craftsman style gated estate on 1/2 acre with heated pool in downtown Santa Barbara. Very rare. Built in 1894 and remodeled in 1998. The house is 4,000 sqf. Walk to dinner, movies or just around the block. There are 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, large living room, dining room, family room, stocked library, balcony, decks, outdoor barbecue, heated pool and a large backyard with rose garden and fruit trees.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed

Maria & Robert
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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Why Maria & Robert chose Santa Barbara

We own 2 homes on this block because the Upper Eastside is the best place to be in Santa Barbara. Period. There are other nice areas, but we appreciate the elegant homes and the sidewalks. We spend many afternoons just walking around the neighborhood. For the most part each home in this area is old, large, well maintained and architecturally distinct. Each block provides a pleasant visual experience each time you walk by. And, the central part of the city is just a few blocks away and the Mission is a few blocks the other way. It is location, location, location.

What makes this house unique

115 East Islay was built in 1894 by the Edwards family who owned the whole block. The house was built with old growth redwood which was rolled off the ships, pushed ashore, milled into lumber down by the beach, and driven up State Street in horse drawn wagons. It survived the 1925 earthquake and everything else that nature and people have thrown at it for over 120 years. It is an honor to be inside the house with all of its hidden stories.

The house sits on a 1/2 acre lot, with the house situated in the middle of the lot. You get a country feel while being in the city. And Islay Street is not a busy street, like Santa Barbara and Anacapa streets.


based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

Rare Gated Estate on 1/2 Acre with Heated Pool in Downtown Santa Barbara
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Charming Old Home in Downtown Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family. We started out a little rocky but the owner was quick to fix the problems. We would most definitely stay here again if we were ever in Santa Barbara for vacation. We loved how spacious everything was. There was plenty of room for everything. Thank you for a great vacation home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this wonderful home that's in a quiet neighborhood but within walking distance of everything on State Street. We were in SB for the wedding of our son and this charming house worked very well for a dozen family members. Lots or room, well-maintained, and responsibly managed (thanks Rusty). Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

There were 10 of us ranging from tween to senior and none of us can imagine a better place for our family reunion. It felt much more like a home than a rental, with plenty of nooks for quiet time a great kitchen and dining room where the whole gang could gather. We could walk to downtown (or take the little electric bus part of the way on a lazy day). we were within easy reach of the beach, hiking trails, the Botanic Garden, the Mission,... We picked peaches in the tiny orchard out back, watched a bunny nibble on rose petals, swam in the pool, played cards in the den, chilled on the patio,... Rusty had his office next door and was so very helpful, providing information, directions, recommendations, etc. All in all, it was the perfect setting for a fun family reunion!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property, excellent hosts!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our stay here! Gorgeous property, well-appointed, quiet, tons of space and light, just a great place to relax with the family. As a plus, the hosts were accessible and friendly. I highly recommend. Many thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home that met the needs of grandparents,parents, and grandchildren!

  • 4 of 5

We attended my nephews wedding in downtown Santa Barbara and the location of this home was perfect for keeping all within walking distance of restaurants,shopping,parks, playgrounds etc. Visitors remarked how cramped they were in the expensive rooms they rented and wished they had thought of this option for their visit. The spaciousness of the house and the layout of the rooms allowed for everyone to enjoy gathering and privacy when needed. The grounds were lovely and provided tasty options as well as beauty! The heated pool was enjoyed by all and a real plus for the grandchildren!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Home for large group!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home that has great character. The owners (Rusty and Maria) are close by and very helpful and accommodating. We had a family reunion with young and old and it was perfect. We would love to come back to this home. Thank you Rusty and Maria.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
SantaBarbara Airport
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrack Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
East Beach
Car: not necessary

The house is exceptionally located to enjoy Santa Barbara. You can walk on sidewalks to museums, restaurants, bars, movies and shopping. The beach is only 5 minutes away by car or a 15 minute walk. Walk to the beach and take the electric bus home up State Street. The Mission of Santa Barbara is five blocks away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Upper East, Santa Barbara County

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £819
Property Damage Protection £48
Cleaning £164
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Upper East in Santa Barbara County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Suite Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This is a Cal King
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , You can put them together and make a king bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , This one might be a twin or a full bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed , This is the smallest bedroom. It has a big closet
    Suite Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Cal king
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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