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Laura Wildman

Member since: 2009
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PAPA DUX: Romantic Luxury In the Heart of the Fun......

64 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Lower State holiday condo

1 bedroom apartment + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-5)

Experience expansive luxury in this riviera view apartment in the heart of the entertainment district, 2 blocks for the 'Funk Zone' and four blocks up from the beach. The house is in the heart of the entertainment district with shopping, music, dance and excellent restaurants just steps away. French doors open to a large private deck with views of the mountains, Riviera and city. The deck is equipped with an outdoor fireplace and BBQ. A 'loft' style great room with cathedral ceiling includes the kitchen, dining and living areas. The fully enclosed property is a peaceful refuge in easy walking distance of everything. There is gated off-street parking. Pick fresh fruit from the orange, plum and guava trees and ride provided bicycles for a beautiful relaxing holiday. A perfect romantic getaway. Maid service, in house massage and airport pick up available on request.

This is one of three apartments in an old home so please understand that this is not a good choice for loud late night partying. If you would like to check out the other two apartments, they are Mama Dux (one bedroom) and Baby Dux (studio).

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laura Wildman (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks english

About Laura Wildman

I take care of The 3 DUX and our guests for my cousin Inga Frick. She grew up in the house with her grandparents and mother. Her grandfather was "Papa Duck" to all of the kids of the extended family. He was much beloved by all the and The DUX are named in honor of him.

Laura Wildman purchased this condo in 1993

Why Laura Wildman chose Santa Barbara

Inga: Our family were renters in the house for 40 years before we were able to buy it in 1993. My grandfather ran a washing machine repair business in the house for many years.

What makes this condo unique

A beautiful home in a convenient location run by good people.

Guestbook comments from the owner

thank you! what a beautiful home and so well stocked! i've stayed in bigger places with far fewer thoughtful touches. this was absolutely perfect. i wish i could have had the time to enjoy bike rides and more daylight but i couldn't have had a nicer place for evenings of decompressing and studying i'd love to give your info to a friend who will come twice next year for school if you're comfortable with that. thanks for the receipt, i received it and am thrilled with the price. thanks again, your home is so inviting and just what i needed. warmly, sarah
Mar 2010
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based on 64 traveller reviews

PAPA DUX: Romantic Luxury In the Heart of the Fun......
average rating of 4.796875 based on 65 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Papa Dux for our honeymoon. It could not have been better. The place is super cute just like the photos, and has everything you need. The location is amazing and within walking distance of everything. The hostess even went the extra mile and left us a bottle of champagne in the fridge to celebrate. We enjoyed our stay and plan to return for an anniversary in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope this will be your special, romantic getaway for years to come as a reminder of your honeymoon. We're so happy you enjoyed the Papa Dux! Please be sure to mention you're a return guest as there's a discount of 10% and of course another bottle of the bubbly to celebrate. Warmly, Laura and Inga
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Papa Dux redux

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Papa Dux and our ten days ended today so these impressions are fresh! We love this property for its character and the fact that the owner has thought of every possible convenience for her guests. We chose it last year because it looked charming. We chose it this year because we know it is. The deck overlooking the mountains is a major highlight and we spent plenty of time out there enjoying the view. The neighborhood has character, too -- and while it's nothing like its elegant neighbor Montecito, we prefer the feel of a "real" and lively 'hood. It is mixed use, meaning residential mixed with small business, so it is lively throughout the day (when we are usually at the beach or shopping!) and quiet at night. The unit is located a block off of State Street -- the main drag in SB -- which offers everything from Saks and Nordstrom to tattoo parlors -- and countless wonderful restaurants scattered between. We walked to the local movie theatre (there are three on State Street) and Starbucks (also three) and on at least one occasion took a slightly longer walk to the large downtown grocery store (we drove on subsequent visits simply because it was easier to transport the groceries.) Last year I commented on the sloped ceilings throughout the unit -- which I discovered by using my head, literally. This year I was more cautious and didn't have a problem (but first-timers should be aware!) Techies will love the a/v set-up and even the bedroom boasts a large wall-mounted television. WiFi is high speed and didn't go down one time in the ten days we were there. An added plus is the warm welcome by the manager and her sincere offer to do anything and everything possible to make our visit enjoyable. We now consider Papa Dux our Santa Barbara home and I am only reluctant to post this review because I'm afraid it will be more difficult for us to book the dates we want next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you're home safe and sound. Really enjoyed having you for the Papa Dux redux and hoping you'll redux again. It's a pleasure to have you visit our cozy space. I actually got up at 5, got my coffee and read one of the stories in your book. See you next year, maybe? :)
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Lovely little place. Great location. Had a wonderful time.

  • 5 of 5

Neat, clean and well taken care of by the owner

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved staying here and will return! So charming!

  • 5 of 5

So charming and quaint!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were pleased to host you and your friend and so glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope you'll come again with, a discount of course. Kindest greetings, laura an Inga
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super cute and very convenient.

  • 5 of 5

highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Looking forward to another visit

  • 5 of 5

Papa Dux was as delightful as described on the VRBO website. Excellent apartment, fantastic location and friendly and helpful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
State St.
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
US Route 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
State St.
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
West Beach

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA (4 blocks to beach)

Other Activities: racquetball, shopping, wildlife viewing, basketball court, boating, health/beauty spa, shuffleboard, hot air ballooning, horseshoes


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday condo in Lower State, California

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
11 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
WINTER ''16/'17
1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
1 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Summer '17
22 May 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$78
Cleaning A$131
Tax Rate 12.0%

Contact us for adjusted prices on stays of 5 or 6 nights or 21 nights or longer.
Payment by cash, check or echeck is much appreciated (but not required).
There is no tax on stays of 31 nights of longer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in Lower State, California

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • City Centre
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , + convertible bed
  • The couch sleeps one adult or two kids comfortably. We lay down a duvet-covered tempurpedic mattress. We can also bring in a twin, bed-height blowup mattress for very comfy sleeping. We also lay a tempurpedic mattress on top.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 6 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing