Victorian Townhouses of Santa Barbara - Downtown

We live in this 150 year old cottage. Looking down the driveway, see the tower?The DuplexLiving Room w/Fireplace & Window SeatLiving Room Breakfast Bar & KitchenMaster BedroomTwin Bedroom
“ Excellent ”
6 Reviews
1515 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 6
Type: Townhouse
Per night: $350
Per week: $1,100
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Santa Barbara vacation townhouse rental
You will love staying in one of the townhouses in this charming Queen Anne Victorian duplex. We built the duplex in 2001 behind our darling Queen Anne Victorian cottage. Cliff designed the duplex with a tower, complete with “witches cap”. The tub in the master bath in the “A” unit is tidily fitted in the tower. It overlooks the neighborhood from it’s 3rd floor perch. And, beneath that the “B” Unit’s covered deck has a vintage 50's wrought iron table and chairs - a perfect place for breakfast, a bridge game, or quiet candle-lit dinner. Both units boast hand-inlaid wood floors, and a fireplace. The “A” Unit offers mountain views and a large outdoor deck for sunbathing or entertaining; while the “B” unit offers a more private retreat for morning coffee, a luncheon bridge game, an intimate candlelit dinner, or a nightcap.

Rates vary by season. The official rates schedule is on our site. Please click the link to check the rates that will apply to the dates you need.

While we have a no smoking policy inside, you are welcome to smoke on the deck -- ashtray will be provided. Please, no cigars on the property.

We are also dog friendly.
Area Information
There are lots of places to go and sites to see in Santa Barbara. Here are a few, most within walking distance:
-- El Presdio de Santa Barbara
-- The Santa Barbara Mission
-- The Art Museum
-- Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
-- The Maritime Museum
-- The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
-- Santa Barbara Beaches
-- Guide to Wine Country
-- Santa Barbara Old Town
-- Santa Barbara Public Library

Walking distance to downtown and the beach:
-- 2 block to State Street, Arlington Theatre, restaurants, shops
-- 1.5 miles to Stearns Wharf, East and West Beach, Maritime Museum, oceanside restaurants

We are town that loves parades:
-- Sparkle
-- Memorial Day Parade
-- Solstice Parade
-- Old Spanish Days/Fiesta (3 parades that week!)
-- Santa Barbara News-Press Calendar
-- Big Dog Parade

Driving distances:
-- ~30 scenic miles along Rte 154 through the hills of the Los Padres National Forest, past Lake Cachuma to the Danish village of Solvang; and on a few more miles to Buellton for Andersen's famous pea soup and other good food
-- ~30 scenic miles south on Rte 101 along the ocean to Ventura/Oxnard
-- ~120 scenic miles north on Rte 101 through wine country to Hearst Castle
-- ~90 miles (some scenic, some not so) south on Rte 101 to the San Fernando Valley/LA area

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2016 Mar 31 2016 $350 $350 $1,100 $4,000 -
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.
Lodging tax: 12% (TOT) + $2.00/night (TBID)
Deposits: Damage Deposit: For weekly rental damage deposit - $500; Monthly rental - $1500; 3-night & 4-night Getaways - 1/2 the rent. Property Damage Protection $49.00 (Optional instead of a damage deposit). Pet deposit: $250/pet (limit 2 small to medium dogs; or, one larger dog up to 75 lbs.)
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Cleaning fee: $125 to prepare the unit for the next guest(s) City Tax 12% of the rent, only.* TBID Tax: $2.00/night.* * Tax dos not apply if the rental is for at least 30 consecutive nights


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • 2 Cribs
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Beach Chairs
  • Garage
  • Hot Tub
  • Pet Friendly
  • Deck
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • Porch
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Fax Machine
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Computer
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Boating
    (2 miles)
  • Hiking
    (3 miles)
  • Bowling
    (7 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Canoeing
    (2 miles)
  • Parasailing
    (3 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (10 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (<1 mile)
  • Children's Pool
    (2 miles)
  • Surfing
    (3 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (15 miles)
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (2 miles)
  • Racquetball
    (4 miles)
  • Windsurfing
    (17 miles)
  • Playground
    (<1 mile)
  • Fishing
    (2 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
    (4 miles)
  • Casino
    (25 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Ocean
    (2 miles)
  • Tennis
    (4 miles)
  • Ice Skating
    (25 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Pool
    (2 miles)
  • Winery
    (4 miles)
  • Lake
    (25 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (2 miles)
  • Zoo
    (4 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (25 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (1 mile)
  • Whale Watching
    (2 miles)
  • Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Water Skiing
    (25 miles)
  • Beach
    (2 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (3 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Everything "downtown Santa Barbara" is walking distance, including parks, restaurants, shops, theaters, museums, and the beach. There's a carousel on Cabrillo Blvd across from East Beach. Music abounds in Santa Barbara, as well as plays, and live orchestra and band music, ballroom and line dancing, and much more.

Reviews for this vacation townhouse rental in Santa Barbara, California

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Shane Martin

Shane Martin


The Best Place to Stay to Explore Santa Barbara

February 11, 2015

Staying here was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. My friends and I had come to Santa Barbara on a student exchange program to UCSB and we were so lucky to find this place. Cliff and Karen are the nicest people, and everyone on the property made us feel right at home all throughout our stay. They always gave us the best tips on places to eat and things to do around the area. Our stay itself was amazing. The beautiful apartment truly feels like home. A fully stocked kitchen made it easy for us to whip up our own meals. It was such a joy coming back home every day. Wifi and TV made sure connectivity and entertainment on stay-in nights were taken care of! The beds were comfortable, and there was a washer and dryer for all our laundry needs right on the property. One of the best things about staying here though is the location. Being just two blocks off State street means that it is super convenient to take a short walk and explore downtown Santa Barbara. Even Fisherman's Wharf is a comfortable and scenic 20min walk away. The Transit Center is also very close by, making travel around Santa Barbara really convenient. You won't find a better location to explore the area than this. I could go on and on about what an amazing experience I had staying here. Karen and Cliff truly gave us the opportunity to have the best time. If you are thinking about visiting Santa Barbara there really isn't a better place you could stay at than with these lovely people. You will have an amazing experience, guaranteed! Thank you Cliff and Karen for truly making us feel and home with your warm hospitality and all that you did for us!

Cliff & Karen Kearsley

Owner's reply:

Thank you Shane! for this delightful review. Whenever you come to the States from Singapore, do look us up. It would be our pleasure to host your next visit. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your 2 house-mates. It was great learning about Singapore from you.
Warm Regards,

gavin mills

gavin mills

Maidenhead, uk

townhouse retreat

January 3, 2015

perfect get away within easy walking of shops. Even the beach is walkable or catch the bus. The house had all you need to either cook or eat out. Parking for a car, or just chill.

Cliff & Karen Kearsley

Owner's reply:

We thoroughly enjoyed hosting Gavin and family. So glad they chose our property for their Santa Barbara vacation!!

Peter Kim

Peter Kim

Los Angeles, CA

Excellent Property and Owner!

September 4, 2013

The townhouse worked out perfectly for my family's trip to Santa Barbara! The townhouse was spacious and clean. We felt very welcome when the owner - Karen - met with us and she was more than willing to answer any questions regarding our stay.

Christopher Zamore

Christopher Zamore

Washington, D.C.

Excellent stay.

December 28, 2011

The owners did an excellent job designing and setting up their town house rental and the kitchen contained all the gear you would need for cooking a regular set of meals. 2.5 baths made it easy for everyone to shower and clean up, and there is a very nice porch and grill. They also accommodate dogs which helped us enormously. If you want a centrally located Santa Barbara stay that is also very quiet, it's hard to imagine a better spot. We did not have a car for most of our stay and could easily walk to the grocery, Christmas shopping, the mission, art museum, and two beaches, one of which allows dogs off leash. We researched over fifty properties in LA, San Diego, and SB; this was our careful choice; and after a very pleasant week, we recommend it highly.

Saurabh Gupta

Saurabh Gupta


Weekend getaway.

August 16, 2011

location is is clean...good for a getaway rental!

Shari Berger

Shari Berger

Red Wing, MN

Exceptional, welcoming visit

October 6, 2010

Greetings, I would highly recommend this beautiful townhome, walking distance to all the great shopping on State street. My partner, son and I slept well on the very comfortable beds, enjoyed the hot tub/jacuzi and the well equipped kitchen. Overall, we felt as if we were part of the community and welcomed by the owners in a very gracious fashion. I could not have asked for a more comfortable, lovely location! We will definitely want to go back to see Karen and Cliff!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

See our testimonials page on our site.

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How far is it to the beach?
A: It's an easy 1.5 mile walk down State Street, past all the theaters, restaurants, and shops. Or, you can catch the Downtown-Waterfront & Seaside Shuttle for $.50 per adult; $.25 for seniors, Medicare card and disabled); and Free for children under 45 inches tall. And, a stroller is free, too.
Q: Is parking available near the Townhouse?
A: We have onsite garage parking for one vehicle. You can get a pass from the City for 24/7 on-street parking.
Q: How far is it to UCSB?
A: You can get to UCSB in 10 minutes by car. At the top of our block, you can catch an Express Bus to UCSB, which will get you there in approx. 1/2 hour. And, you can put your bike on the bike rack on the front of the bus.

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Cliff & Karen Kearsley

Cliff & Karen Kearsley


More about the owner
  • School:

    University of Louisville
  • Work:

    Cliff is an architect and licensed general contractor. He restored the cottage and designed and built the duplex
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