Rural home and garden next to the redwood trees, Santa Cruz mountains, California


United States

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  • Description


    We are a family (mother, father, 2 boys born 2013 and 2016) who moved into our small energy efficient home January 2017 and have started a small garden, orchard, and made a short trail to redwood fairy rings. We built a passively heated and cooled, wood-framed, strawbale house with earth plaster finish. We live in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains, near Scotts Valley, in a small valley meadow surrounded by redwood and oak forest, a 20 minute ride down to the ocean and city of Santa Cruz, to small mountain towns and the river, or 45 minutes over the mountains to San Jose and access to the rest of the San Francisco bay area. Samantha works from home in the mornings. Garrick works in San Jose or Santa Cruz in the afternoons and can take you there to explore or connect to transit.
    We can have one person in our loft, but can accept up to 4 people to camp in our woods. The campsite includes water and electricity, an outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen set-up, and use of our toilet through backdoor. If you camp, you will need a car so that you can go buy food and fuel as needed.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn about gardening, forest management, children, energy efficient building design. Cultural exchange around language, cooking and foods. Experience California coastal community in Santa Cruz (surfing, yoga, meditation, music), and also Silicon Valley if you care to drive or take a bus "over the hill".

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    Option 1: possible starting June if no shelter-in-place orders
    Tent camping for 1 or 2 adults, kids welcome. Dates are more flexible.
    8 hours per week per person
    gardening, trail maintenance, cleaning, household chores, and language teaching (we especially value playing games or songs in Spanish, Japanese, or Mandarin)
    Option 2 - occupied through spring 2021
    For one person: live in our attic room (with openable window and skylight) and join us for meals.
    15-20 hours per week
    After dinner clean-up around 7-8pm is required. Additional help as interested with gardening, trail maintenance, cleaning, household chores, and language teaching (we especially value playing games or songs in Spanish, Japanese, or Mandarin).

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, limited Japanese

  • Accommodation


    Camping in forest. We can provide tent and all equipment including a camping-style outdoor kitchen area, outdoor heated shower, water, electricity, and use of the house toilet room. You buy and prepare your own food.

    Attic room with use of half-bath cabinet on ground floor, across main room. Attic room is 5 feet tall at edges and 7 feet tall in middle. The stairs are very steep, more like a ladder, with handrails. The younger child sometimes is noisy at 5am or 6am, so it helps if you can wear earplugs.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are willing to give rides to Santa Cruz and San Jose when we are going (weekdays around noon).

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    8 hours/week to camp, 15-18 hours/week if stay in loft and share food,

Bottom of the hill - 5 minute walk from the house.

Host ref number: 569896668296