Pleasant but a few unpleasant surprises
We spent a pleasant week at this Carpenteria condo. The property is part of a complex built in the early 70's, but the grounds are well maintained and condo is comfortable, airy and bright. It is 10-15 minute walk to the beaches of Carpenteria and some good shoreline hiking, and a few blocks away from the center of the town which is small but cute. The area does not have the sophistication of Santa Barbara, but the down-to-earth "blue collar" feel is part of the charm, especially for families with kids. Some negatives: - Although no pets are allowed in the condo the neighbors have dogs, including ones that bark and yap at inappropriate hours. - The condo could use some maintenance, including a shower with a minor plumbing problem and shower doors that are in need of replacement, and a very sticky patio sliding door. - The cleaning service, which costs double what it should for a moderate-sized condo, is no bargain for sure. When we arrived the beds were not made and the set of sheets for one bed had not been washed. Following check-out, we were charged an extra fee because we did not strip the beds and left some breakfast dishes in the sink. This is the first time in 20 years of renting that we have been charged extra, and on top of a high fee for sub-standard service. Factor these costs in before deciding on this rental.
Townhome Behind State Park, Easy Walk to Beach