Just steps away from a short path that leads you to a beautiful beach is a single level bohemian home complete with private backyard and cabana. It’s one of the many gorgeous, top of the line beach houses managed by Kendall & Potter Property Management in Santa Cruz County. This house happens to be a short walk from Seacliff State Beach in Aptos California, just a few miles south of Santa Cruz. Bring a glass of wine out to the garden on a warm evening and listen to the breaking waves in the not so far off distance. The curtained cabana overs a colorful, cozy space and the backyard landscaping compliments the spa-like retreat with bamboo plantings, unique garden sculptures, fire pit and hot tub. Just steps from the front gate is the famous Beach Gate Path where you can take a leisurely walk to nearby Seacliff Beach.

Kendall & Potter was established as a real estate company in 1969. In 1972 the company expanded their services to include property management and relocation. Rita Law took over in 1993 and has been on site ever since. As a long time property management professional and resident of Santa Cruz, her and her team know the area well and are happy to offer local event and activity recommendations and proactive and personalized customer service. They strive to meet the needs of all of their guests from large families to small groups, to corporate retreats to intimate getaways. They have a huge inventory of over 50 deluxe homes, cottages and condos with some of the area’s most spectacular views.

One of their 4 bedroom homes in La Selva Beach is perched on a cliff just steps to the beach at Sand Dollar. This beach is one of the most pristine in Santa Cruz County providing miles of walking on the open sand. The house was recently renovated too with a beautifully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances that you can see the ocean from while cooking! Bring your dinner out to the deck, it’s the perfect place to sit any enjoy the sunset.

Kendall & Potter have many home options in the quiet town of La Selva Beach. Their inventory also includes this wonderful tri-level townhouse with ocean views from every room! One of the bedrooms even has a large bay window that faces the ocean, perfect for reading in the sun.

Or if you are looking for a smaller, more intimate home, the two bedroom Seacliff home might be for you. This cozy cottage has ocean views, a fireplace in the living room and HBO to curl up and watch a movie. Kendall & Potter also has a lot of dog friendly options too, including this sunny cottage. Just a two-minute walk to the Santa Cruz Harbors dining such as Crow’s Nest and El Paloma and overlooking the dog friendly Twin Lakes Beach.

Farther south in Santa Cruz is the Coastal Paradise home, a beautiful two-story bright and open home overlooking the ocean. There is a chimenia on the patio off of the dining room for outdoor fires on chilly nights. If you are looking to stay more towards the Santa Cruz Harbor, the Harbor Retreat offers a fun nautical interior with extensive fine woodworking, custom brass fittings and marble finishes. The master bedroom is complete with a open beamed ceiling, gas fireplace, wet bar and sunset views over the Harbor. If you are looking for a vacation rental for a large family gathering or group, check out the Pebble at Sunny Cove, with 4 bedrooms it makes for a spacious place for the whole gang. Its light, spacious and has a game room with a pool table, and ping-pong table. It’s also just a block walk to the marvelous large and sandy Sunny Cove beach and just two blocks to the fantastic local farmers market that happens every Sunday morning. Go for the fresh baked Beckmann’s Bread and Lulu Carpenter’s coffee cart.

Near all of these vacation homes in Santa Cruz , Aptos and La Selva are a number of fun activities to do! Hiking and biking through the nearby forests such as Nisene Marks State Park and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton is a real treat and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. If you are feeling more adventurous there is also horseback riding in the redwoods, surfing, sailing, yachting, fishing, volleyball, walking along the ocean cliffs, and even berry picking during season by the ocean at Swanton Berry Farms! If you are into golf, there are several local golf courses. Tee off in the redwoods, take in the views of the Monterey Bay, or lush gardens all while you golf. The famous Pebble Beach Golf and Country Club is just a short drive away. Don’t forget about whale watching too! April through November, Monterey Bay becomes a feeding ground for multiple whale and dolphin species. Humpback whales and more can be sighted off the coast of Santa Cruz along with dolphins, porpoises, sea otters and sea birds.

If you are looking for food there are a lot of great restaurants and bars in the area too! In Aptos try the Hideout for the Petrale Sole Piccatta, and if you are looking for amazing BBQ and great local beer, Aptos St. BBQ is the place to go.Manuel’s has great Mexican food and Cafe Sparrow, delicious French food with a quaint atmosphere. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the area and it’s always fun to explore the opportunities!