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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


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:
27 March, 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
  • smoking allowed ...
  • children welcome
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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Rare Gated Estate on 1/2 Acre with Heated Pool in Downtown Santa Barbara
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

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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  • 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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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:
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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 £159
Refundable Damage Deposit £795
Property Damage Protection £47
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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