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

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's2
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool


About the property

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.

Maria & Robert
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 May, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Upper East in Santa Barbara

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
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
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
The house is located downtown Santa Barbara in a residential area and in the middle of a block. We ask our guests to keep noise low, specially at night time. We ask to keep any gathering indoors after 10 pm as voices and noise can be heard by all neighbors around. Parties are not allowed, please contact owner if you are planning any special gathering.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Rare Gated Estate on 1/2 Acre with Heated Pool in Downtown Santa Barbara
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews

2+ stars and a mouse...

  • 2 of 5

I wish this was a glowing review! There is so much character in this old house to go with the PERFECT downtown location in Santa Barbara. I just can't figure out if the positives outweigh the negatives or vice versa! ? ! So I am torn between a 2 or 3 star review.

The owners were so easy and gracious to deal with that I would give THEM a 5 star rating. However, perhaps it is their easy going nature that allows some details in the home to be lacking? As we rented this home for a family gathering and housed all 14 of us...that was perfect. The spaciousness of this old Victorian is charming with so much original woodwork and the like with a huge kitchen that must have been remodeled to current cooking standards around fifteen or so years ago. Bathrooms are pretty original so if you're looking for modern showers don't plan on it. As I'm a tub person, an original claw footed tub was terrific!

BUT as I'm a neat freak --things that didn't meet my standards were: stained kitchen and bath towels, grimy and disorganized cupboards inside and out, spiderwebs and dust in light fixtures and shelves, and the potential of a gorgeous landscape but just not well maintained. (Weeds, spoiled fruit on the ground, mud spots where grass should grow..). Things I apparently take for granted: wash clothes, travel soap and shampoo, working wifi, gas grill... This is my lack of VRBO experience most likely, as we typically stay at hotels. But they are the little things that glam up a place.

Everything in this house seemed to be extremely well used! (Worn?). Kitchen cupboards were filled with haphazzard utensils, cook wear and the odd and end ingredients ...almost like everything you would take to the Goodwill after your garbage sale. As I own several vacation properties, the untidiness of this and general grime was disturbing but we only booked three nights so I didn't fret much....until the last day when I discovered A MOUSE had been on the kitchen counter and eaten through a bag of chips!! UGHHH That was the final straw for me. With that event I can't give this a great recommendation. Just not hygienic enough for me. But THERE IS SO MUCH POTENTIAL AT THIS PLACE!! The owners have it up for sale and I hope they find the perfect buyer that is ready to restore this amazing place to its glory days! The space was superb for a large group of family!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice property in a great location

  • 4 of 5

Overall, our group of 3 generations of extended family had a very good time. The bedrooms were all very nice, with comfortable mattresses and nice linens. The bathrooms were also very clean. The pool was well-maintained and we are very glad we decided to ask that it be heated for our stay. However, we had to hose down the patio area and outdoor furniture before we could sit on chairs or use table tops. Our other observation is that the age and condition of the seating in the living room and kitchen could use an upgrade. We were glad we chose this property. The location is great and there was plenty of elbow room for our group of 11.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay! There were 10 women and the house had more than enough rooms and bathrooms for all of us. We loved sitting outside and making fresh orange juice from the trees. It's is also a great location to walk around SB. I would absolutely come back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Property in Downtown Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous property, well maintained Victorian located in Downtown Santa Barbara. Walking distance to the Mission. Owners live nearby and are very responsive to any request you have. We were a group of 10 ladies who have an annual reunion in destinations around California. We slept 10 very comfortably. Spacious, well appointed. I would recommend this location to all.

The only comments (remember this is a group of 10 ladies) that I received from the group are as follows:

The kitchen is spacious and well appointed. If you want to do any serious cooking, bring your own knives.

The pool can be heated, but is not kept heated. In fairness to the owners, we did not request that the heat be turned on. Though listening to the swimmers in the group make that "epping" noise was entertaining.

The kitchen does not have an American style toaster. They do have a pannini machine that can make toast, but if you have American style toast buffs, bring your own toaster. One of the upstairs bathrooms doesn't sport adequate curtains for the more modest guest. Not a deterrent, just drape one of the more than adequate towels over the window to preserve your modesty.

Again, lovely lovely property. All of us would stay there again. Thank you to the owners for an awesome getaway weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer rate
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £154.61
Refundable Damage Deposit £773.03
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Special Offers

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