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“Gaudi in Santa Barbara”

Review of Ablitt House

Centrally located in the heart of downtown
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Centrally located in the heart of downtown
2nd Floor - Master Bedroom 2nd Floor - Master Bathroom
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9 reviews
Centrally located in the heart of downtown
2nd Floor - Master Bedroom
2nd Floor - Master Bathroom
Upscale appliances and gourmet style
Living Room has sofa sleeper
Common sink area on 3rd floor
Imagine the fun and energy of the city below
Views reach all the way to the ocean
108 ft railing leads to the roof top terrace
Over 10,000 tiles!
Ablitt House - Art Meets Architecture in Downtown Santa Barbara
Park your car and walk everywhere
Even the garage is a very special place!
Even the garage is a very special place!
The glow of the mountains over the city
Full kitchen and great views
Birds eye view of the city lights
Bell Tower on terrace
Custom tile... personal touches
Whimsical iron work by local artisans
Welcome to a one-of-a-kind experience!
Stroll Downtown
Close to Sterns Wharf
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Holiday Rental House -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Santa Barbara, California

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sfdann
Salt Lake City, Utah
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640 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“Gaudi in Santa Barbara”
Reviewed January 7, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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To say that this is a very special property would be the ultimate understatement. If you are passionate about architecture or design, this will be a visit that you will never forget.
The flag of Spain once flew over Santa Barbara and if you have ever visited Barcelona or Seville, you will recognize so much of the architecture and style of those cities in Santa Barbara. And if you love the architect Gaudi, the stay at the Ablitt House will thrill you to no end. It is like stepping into a magical painting.
There is one full bedroom with a full bath (the shower is weak) and upstairs there is a sofa that converts to a very comfortable bed (but there is only a ½ bath there). The rooftop is magical and I think a BBQ there would be fantastic.Blair, with Paradise Retreats, did a fantastic job orienting us to the home. Safety and security was an issue for us, as this part of Downtown Santa Barbara is currently very overrun with the homeless and this home’s location is in the middle of it. I felt very good being able to put my car in a locked garage every night. There is an additional space for a car outside the home. The other issue is noise. There are a lot of restaurants and bars that stay open until 2 AM directly around the property. For me, this was part of the appeal. But for anyone seeking a quiet getaway, this property will not provide that opportunity. I cannot wait to re-book when the time is right.

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S9772RXpa...
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a cool place to stay”
Reviewed August 21, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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My husband and I stayed at Ablitt House for our anniversary and it was so cozy and very romantic. The kitchen and rooftop patio with BBQ was great! We had many meals up there.
Bring binoculars, because there is a lot to see. The tile work is incredible. We have stayed at another Jeff Shelton designed property in Santa Barbara and they are so unique. Can be a little busy in the alley on weekends, but with windows closed, no problem. Lot of stairs!

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HighValue...
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
“The location, style, and quality of this house are all fantastic"”
Reviewed April 5, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Easy choice if you want a unique and special Santa Barbara experience. It really is in the heart of downtown, and if you don't like the hustle, bustle and noise of a city, then it may not be for you. But if you like energy, convenience, and style, then this is a great place for you.

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“Wow it's absolutely magical.....”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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I rented this for a month last year and much longer this year as I absolutely fell in love with the architecture, the owners, the amazing convenient location and most of all living in an absolute jewel that continues to be visually assaulting every where you look even after being there a long time. The rooftop deck where you can see forever is the best view in Santa Barbara - what a place to barbecue and sip wine! And each floor is a unique and magical living experience.
The only thing I would tell you is because of its convenient downtown location, it's sometimes noisy on weekends. It is certainly worth the priceless experience however and the noise never bothered me in my cosy tower.

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Pambugirl
Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Unique Experience in Funky House Downtown Santa Barbara”
Reviewed July 8, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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Funky doesn't begin to describe this 5 story, architectural masterpiece in downtown Santa Barbara. Beautiful tiles, windows on every floor open to the beautiful ocean breeze and outside music. The kitchen was an adventure all in itself. 1 block away, the most amazing Farmer's Market appears. After selecting the freshest fruits, veggies and even meat, I returned to this kitchen to wash, chop and prepare lovely salsas and refreshments for our stay. The view from the kitchen is wonderful. I made osso bucco for the first time and had the patience to follow through while jamming my music, drinking local wines and enjoying the view--and the Viking stove. The wine cooler also got my Chardonnay chilled in record time. OK, so their are 4 flights of amazing stairways, all an adventure and all leading to the glorious rooftop. An incredible panoramic view from the top of this building. The ocean and ships in one direction, mountains in another, unique downtown architecture in another. Romantic dinner on the rooftop complete with wine, view and music was priceless. Please note: This is not the place for small children or anyone who cannot tackle the many stairways. But, if you're in decent shape, want to burn off calories (staying at home) want to be close to beach, shops, wineries
and restaurants and don't mind lots of activity this is the place.

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Liked best: The library selections, the beauty of the home, the view and location
Liked least: Noisy at wee hours of the morning when homeless people are rummaging thru trashcans
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Alberta, Canada
Reviewed March 7, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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