Our group of 8 recently stayed in Maryanne's rental home for a week. The home is perfect for a large group. Everything is exactly as described and the location is perfect. We were able to plan activities up & down the I-5 corridor from Hollywood to San Diego. The walk to the beach is a breeze and Maryanne has plenty of beach/water toys to take with you. While our group wasn't in to cooking, the kitchen is very well equipped with several supermarkets nearby to get your supplies. Carlsbad is very nice with the downtown area feeling like any small beach town, but plenty of bigger city amenities nearby. For those who like to just sit on the balcony and watch waves or people, this house is perfect for it. We even saw several pods of dolphins as we were packing up to go home (just like Maryanne promised we would). I would recommend this home for large families or groups of friends and it's appropriate for all ages.