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March 19, 2015

Fan Photo of the Week

This week's Fan Photo features the newly opened Rio Vista Luxury Suites, a boutique hotel in the Beach Hill neighborhood of Santa Cruz. This unique shot was captured by Instagram fan, @dartulo, and we are just loving that adorable window & ocean view! @dartulo More info on Rio Vista Luxury Suites: This historic property – designated as such by the Museum of Art & History’s Blue Plaque Landmark Award Program – was originally built in 1890. Designed by local architect LeBaron Olive and owned by Margaret Barfield, a wealthy widow, the 3,250-square-foot home is in the Stick-Eastlake style from the late 19th-Century. Now completely redone, a $3 million renovation has restored the mansion property to its previous splendor. An original curved wooden grand staircase, redwood entry way, eight stained glass windows and a servants’ stairway are married with flat-screen televisions in each room, multi-head shower/saunas, whirlpool tubs, wifi and a fingerprint room key. Vacant for 70 years prior to its restoration, artifacts found during the project are on display in the lobby, including a commemorative plate from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.

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