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La Sirena - Downtown Convenience and Designer Style

Bedrooms 2
Space 620 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

La Sirena - Downtown Convenience and Designer Style


The Mermaid's song has long been a mystical sound beckoning humans to the sea. Equally irresistible is “La Sirena” (The Mermaid) in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Newly restored with careful attention to detail, this 1920's classic California bungalow will surely draw guests to this beautiful coastal town. Framed magazine covers from the 1920's highlighting watery images of mermaids help carry the theme, along with other art and sculptural pieces. The love of the sea and desire for a tranquil environment are the focal point of the décor.

Do not be fooled by its compact size! There is a smart place for the many amenities provided, and the ideal urban location speaks for itself. Sit on the covered front porch or dining patio to enjoy the downtown neighborhood scene. Ready for a walk after a delicious meal? Pop out the white picket gate and explore all there is to see on foot. Shopping and plenty of nightlife are nearby, and easily within walking distance.

Relax in the Living Room with flat screen TV, or simply curl up in the corner of the sectional sofa to read or nap. A library of books has been provided if guests wish to escape into a good literary adventure.

For a great night's sleep, both Bedrooms are outfitted with Sleep Number beds, black-out blinds, and ceiling fans. The Master Bedroom has a queen-size bed, MP3 speaker, and features a door to the enclosed deck with barbecue and bistro table. This is a cozy place to enjoy a morning cup of green tea or quiet conversation. The washer and dryer are a practical addition, and are housed in an outside closet on the deck. Beach chairs, beach umbrellas and other recreational items can be found in the box next to the Laundry closet,

The second Bedroom features a queen-size bed and corner windows, making this room bright and sunny. A Jack and Jill style Bathroom is nestled between the two Bedrooms. Splashes of color dot each room with whimsical flair.

The owners of La Sirena love to cook, and have outfitted the Kitchen with essentials to prepare wonderful meals at home. A breakfast bar that seats two is provided for informal dining.

With its convenient location, shopping for unique and delicious ingredients is made simple with a plethora of local purveyors nearby. The new Santa Barbara Public Market is creating quite a buzz, where locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy hand crafted, regionally sourced and sustainably delicious food and wine. There is even a full service gourmet grocery here, or venture out to weekly local Farmer's Markets in varying locations around town.

There is no better location to be close to local festivities. Annual events like “The Santa Barbara International Film Festival”, “Summer Solstice” and “Old Spanish Days Fiesta” draw visitors to Santa Barbara each year. Concerts at the Santa Barbara County Bowl are a great way to spend a warm summer night and just a 10 minute stroll. La Sirena is the ideal home base from which to enjoy the festivities and feel like a local!

Whether for a months stay, or a longer escape from the winter chill back east, this sweet and charming cottage is sure to become a beloved “home away from home” in the heart of the city. Surrender to the welcoming song of La Sirena.

(Please note there is no off-street parking available. Timed and untimed street parking is available around the neighborhood.)


Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks.

Minimum Nights

-30-Night minimum stay.

$225 Cleaning Fee (after 14 nights bi-weekly cleaning is required at an extra fee), Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.

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Property Manager
Paradise Retreats
Speaks english
Manager indicates their response time is
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Paradise Retreats

Paradise Retreats

World Class Vacation Rentals, LLC

16 E. Arrellaga Street

Santa Barbara, CA. 93101

+1 (805) 275-1851

Guestbook comments from the manager

(Transcribed from guest comments)

Super cute, clean, cozy house. Small at 620 sq. feet, but very well stocked with everything you could need including beach gear. Safe neighborhood where you can walk to shops and restaurants. Our 10-year-old daughter loved Alameda Park which is just blocks away. We will be back, for sure!
Mar 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Downtown, California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 620 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom #1 - toilet , bath with shower , Jack and Jill Bathroom w/shower tub combination, sink,
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Master Bedroom w/queen-size Sleep Number Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Bedroom #2 w/queen-size Sleep Number Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(15 traveller reviews)

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La Sirena - Downtown Convenience and Designer Style
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews

Perfecta casa en Santa Barbara

  • 4 of 5

La casa y la ubicación perfecta. Estuvimos alli 5 meses y la recomiendo. No nos gusto que la empresa que a su vez le arrienda a VRBO que es Paradise Retreats no nos devolvió el depósito completo argumentando que las toallas y sabanas estaban con algunos sucios , lo que es normal en 5 meses de uso.... Adicionalmente pagamos un precio bastante alto teniendo en cuenta el tamaño de la casa.

  • Review Submitted: 11/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location, but ...

  • 3 of 5

This is a cute little house (especially from the outside, as the plantings and decks are lovely) in a very good location for strolling and exploring Santa Barbara. And the property is generally comfortable, but definitely not designer or luxe in any way. The negatives for your consideration follow: 1.) there is no parking, and parking on all streets around the property is restricted. Therefore, if you have a car, you must move it around constantly to comply with the regulations posted on the signs. This is totally a pain, and required us to be careful about our plans in order to assure that our car wasn't where it wasn't supposed to be. 2.) Location is VERY noisy (meaning, you may have problems sleeping at night). The road is an arterial heading to and from downtown to the high school and the bowl, amongst other destinations. Bus stop is right outside the house. Broken glass and weird people most of the time. 3.) House is very damp. In spite of turning on the heat, all our clothes, towels, and bedding (even under the duvet) stayed cold and clammy. 3.) Nice to have a washer and dryer! But they are locked in an exterior cupboard on a narrow walkway, with a combination lock located up over your head. 4.) Cable TV and internet were constantly a problem. Property management was unable to help. Cable lineup is so basic, "normal" channels unavailable. Netflix and Hulu apps would come up on black screens and so had to be constantly reinstalled. TV finally "lost" it's internet connection (it was hardwired!) and our WiFi went as well. Resolved this problem by looking on the router for its "name" and wirelessly connecting the TV using a password we saw scratched out in the rental's instructions.

  • Review Submitted: 16/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage.

  • 5 of 5

A very cozy and comfortable cottage superbly situated just east of central State Street. Easy to walk to great shopping and restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: 24/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved this little two bedroom cottage just four blocks east of State Street. The convenience to everything in the mid-State Street part of Santa Barbara was excellent.

The cottage is completely and fulsomely furnished, very comfortable, quiet. Would be ideal for a couple with a child or children.

We look forward to staying here again.

  • Review Submitted: 17/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean and efficient. Beds were comfortable. Would stay there again. Management company had their act together and could not have been more helpful..5 stars to them.

  • Review Submitted: 07/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lot bigger than it looks!

  • 5 of 5

This property was both absolutely beautiful and had the perfect location. I stayed here because my friend was getting married at the Riviera Mansion (which happened to be down the street) which was so convenient. The house was impeccably clean, the beds were very comfortable, and the kitchen was well stocked with plenty of glassware for wine drinkers. I would definitely recommend this to a small family (parents, two kids) or a small and quiet group of close friends. It's still small-ish but it's a lot bigger than it looks in pictures. They provide a parking pass for one car and street parking isn't as frustrating as it looks either! I didn't move my car once the entire time we were there. State Street was in walking distance, as was a bunch of great restaurants. I would definitely stay here again :)

Thanks for the wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: 29/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.7 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Golf
2.8 Miles
Santa Barbara Golf Club
Nearest Train
1.4 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
East Beach
Car: recommended


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