Santa Cruz mansion to be transformed in to boutique hotel

US: Hotelier Dilip Patel is planning to turn an 1890 mansion in Santa Cruz, California into a 12-room boutique hotel.

City planners have granted Patel a historic alteration permit for the property at 611 Third St.

A public hearing tomorrow will be the first step in determining whether he also receives the special use, design and coastal permits he needs, along with other planning considerations.

Designed by LeBaron Olive and owned by Margaret Barfield, a wealthy widow, the 3,250-square-foot, four-bedroom home is in the Stick-Eastlake style. It features impressive stained glass windows and an attic so large the owner reportedly let her grandchildren ride bicycles there in bad weather.

Before the economy crashed, the city approved several hotel projects, which have been stalled by lack of financing. Since then, accommodations have rebounded.

Patel, who is president of the Santa Cruz Lodging Association, bought  the property for $1 million in November. He proposes a renovation which will include new paint, replacement of the roof, windows, walkways and landscaping, and installation of four new roof windows and an emergency exit. The stained glass windows would be repaired and reset.

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