Unique Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara’s one-of-a-kind vacation rentals boast the kind of charm that, simply put, can’t be found anywhere else. From the avant-garde design of the Pistachio House to the whimsical architecture of El Zapato and the historic grandeur of Ravenscroft, each property tells a story as distinct as The American Riviera® itself. Immerse yourself in luxury, adventure and tranquility with a stay at one of these unique Santa Barbara vacation rentals, all amidst the city’s breathtaking beauty.

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Pistachio House | Paradise Retreats

Experience the Pistachio House, a stunning urban retreat managed by Paradise Retreats and designed by acclaimed local architect Jeff Shelton. This vibrant sanctuary seamlessly blends modern art deco and classic Spanish style, boasting three spacious bedrooms with adjoining baths. Step onto one of seven outdoor terraces with fire pits and immerse yourself in the heart of Santa Barbara, just steps away from top-tier dining, trendy bars and sun-drenched beaches.

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Ravenscroft | Santa Barbara Luxury Beach Getaways

Ravenscroft, an enchanting two-acre, seven-bedroom George Washington Smith estate located in the heart of Montecito and managed by Santa Barbara Luxury Beach Getaways, blends 1920s aristocratic living with contemporary flair. With sweeping lawns, intimate terraces and idyllic gardens surrounding a sparkling pool and spa, Ravenscroft provides a secluded oasis perfect for relaxation. The main residence, with hand-tooled gates, a private movie theater, an expansive and luminous kitchen and a concealed cellar accessed only through a secret door, exudes exclusivity and sophistication in every room. For cat-lovers: During your stay, try to count how many cat figurines and paintings you can find throughout the property!

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El Zapato

El Zapato, designed by local architect Jeff Shelton in the shape of a whimsical shoe, offers three levels of unique accommodation. The colorful “Lobster Studios” on the first floor overlook an inviting courtyard, while the Green Cabana on the second floor features a one-bedroom apartment with a gourmet kitchen and outdoor deck. The luxurious Turquoise Penthouse on the third floor boasts panoramic views, multiple baths and secure off-street parking. While these three floors can be rented separately, consider booking out the entire property for full access to this unique property. Conveniently located near State Street, the beach and the Saturday Farmers Market, El Zapato promises a memorable Santa Barbara stay.

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Sea Ranch | Paradise Retreats

Discover Sea Ranch, a historic four-acre Montecito property managed by Paradise Retreats. Originally constructed in 1903 and thoughtfully updated over the years, this private mini-resort offers a captivating setting perfect for large gatherings with loved ones or an intimate getaway for two. Conveniently located near Hammond’s Beach and Coast Village Road, Sea Ranch provides both accessibility and privacy. With a four-bedroom carriage house, including three primary suites and a three-story tower, a stay at Sea Ranch is certainly worth writing home about.

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Modern Sea Escape | Haller Coastal Homes

Relish in the epitome of modern luxury at this Santa Barbara vacation rental, managed by Haller Coastal Homes and located conveniently in the Mesa neighborhood. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom oasis offers sleek interiors and cutting-edge amenities, including stunning ocean views from the top floor master suite. Enjoy the contemporary comforts indoors, then step into the spacious backyard for relaxation and fun. Bask in the sun, play bocce ball, cozy up by the fire pit or unwind in the hot tub—this coastal retreat offers it all for an unforgettable getaway experience.

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Glass House | Airbnb

Step into the enchanting Glass House, a serene three-acre retreat designed for those seeking a soulful connection with nature (available to book on Airbnb). Nestled amidst majestic sycamores and native oaks, this unique sanctuary offers a playful ambiance with its artsy glass (yes, you read that right!) cottage, outdoor lounge kitchen and a redwood shower and bath house. During your stay, relax in the pool, hot tub or hammock or pick fresh eggs from the property’s resident chickens. Just 10 minutes from Santa Barbara’s beaches, trails and downtown, this tranquil “off-the-grid” oasis offers year-round beauty and renewal.

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