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SCs favorite beach house is BACK! Families, handicap, elderly, pets welcomed

France and Steve Helfer

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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France and Steve Helfer

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Calendar last updated:
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SCs favorite beach house is BACK! Families, handicap, elderly, pets welcomed

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


San Clemente House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath; Canyon & Ocean View, huge yard and patio; free Wifi & cable

Our beach house will make your family and friends feel at home in comfort and luxury! We've renovated and remodeled an original 68 year old San Clemente custom home, but kept some of the old charm incuding original dark wood open beam ceiling with 3 beautiful fan lights. With air conditioning, an elevator to the garage and street level, and electric skylights, it's newly updated and upgraded. There are two master suites, one with a gorgeous ocean view and large sitting area with a queen sized futon, and the other with a quiet garden view. With 2 additional large bedrooms, your vacation home will sleep 8-10 VERY comfortably. Beautiful walk-in built out closets and built in Brazilian redwood cabinets assure plenty of storage space. 3 marble and granite bathrooms, one with a new jacuzzi tub and separate shower, 1 with dual shower heads and bench (and handicap ready to accommodate a wheelchair), all with massaging shower heads will help you relax after active vacation days. Your beach house has 2 living and family rooms, and 2 dining rooms so the house is ideal for 2 families sharing a vacation house, or for kids separate from adults. For fun at home, we have 3 large screen TV's, free Wifi and cable, a DVD library and players, lots of games and a great outdoor Ping Pong table! A fully equipped kitchen and family area includes a large kitchen table and seating for 8, and a dining room with seating for another 6-8. French doors open to a gorgeous patio and extra-large green lawn, with a top brand BBQ, 2 dining tables and outdoor seating for large groups and parties. An original gas and wood burning fireplace has been newly resurfaced with sandstone tiles, and is wonderful for cozy evenings. Don't pack for the beach except your sunscreen and suits! We have boogie boards, surfboards and water toys available for your use. You'll find coolers, beach chairs, beach towels, and everything you need for day trip convenience. Bedrooms and bathrooms are tastefully decorated, with upgraded linens and towels, but family friendly always. Thick towels, beautiful linens, and comfortable beds assure your comfort. A portacrib 'Pack and Play' is available onsite for baby or toddler. Bring grandma and grandpa or handicapped guests with you. Our beach house is handicap accessible with an easy to operate elevator, wide doorways, a roll-in shower, and comfort to accommodate everyone in the family. For a modest additional fee, bring your family dogs* who will have their own large play space with our fenced-in area complete with dog friendly trees and plants. T Street Beach has a 4 mile walking and hiking trail that is bike and dog friendly too. Of course the house has all appliances including a washer and dryer, refrigerator/freezer and ice maker, dishwasher and so on. As a gift to our guests who don't want to always eat out and prefer dining at home, we stock the kitchen with lots of goodies to make cooking a simple BBQ or a gourmet meal easy and cheap. No need to buy condiments or spices, they are stocked, along with all kitchen necessities and niceties. We even have specially ordered cookbooks on site with easy and delicious meal options. There is a large laundry room with washer and dryer, iron and board, and loads of space and extra cleaning supplies for your convenience.

We live nearby and are available to make sure you have everything you need to assure the best vacation ever, and so that you return often! We PRIDE ourselves on the large number of return guests. There is plenty of free parking in the driveway and on the street in front of the house. This is the renowned Southwest San Clemente beach neighborhood, with million dollar custom homes and wonderful friendly people. You will fall in love with your San Clemente Beach House and all that Southern California has to offer. (*The backyard has a fenced in doggy play area, and for additional fees, one or two well behaved and friendly dogs are welcome to share your family vacation.) WELCOME HOME!

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
France and Steve Helfer (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2015

About France and Steve Helfer

This is us, France and Steve! We live in the house right behind the rental house, and the rental house is where we will grow old(er) together. It is our beautiful retirement home. When Steve was a little boy, his parents bought the property and built the original house as a tiny weekend beach cottage. He has fond memories of a long ago San Clemente, and we both love this city a lot. We grew up in Southern California and consider ourselves pretty much like the 'Brady Bunch'. We've been married over 25 years and raised 4 children in San Clemente! Steve was a San Clemente lifeguard for many years during college and even after graduating from UCSB. He served in the US Peace Corps in Brazil for 2 years. Now retired, he was an Oceanside paramedic-fireman for most his career. France was women and young people in business. We are grandparents, and on many weekends, we spend time with our wonderful families and grandkids, who love our beach house. We absolutely love being around loads of friends and family. France's mom Viviane, is over 90, and lives with us too! We've been known to 'babysit' for some of our rental family kids so the parents could enjoy evenings out or to attend local weddings, and that is fun too!

France and Steve Helfer purchased this house in 2008

Why France and Steve Helfer chose San Clemente

We LOVE renting this house and making new friends! We've had such a great experience as owners of this beach house. When Steve was a little guy, Ole Hansen's dream of the 'Spanish Village by the Sea' known as San Clemente, was just getting started. Steve's mom bought 3 lots, and our rental home was the original family beach cottage. We have many photos of the original San Clemente when there was nothing! When Steve's parents passed away, we couldn't bear to sell the house, so we bought it from the family, added a lot of square footage, and remodeled it! We are also minutes away from every type of shopping you could want, from grocery stores and Wal Mart, to high end department stores. In Summer 2015, a 70 store and restaurant outlet center is opening off Pico, less than 2 miles away, as well as some other great retailers including TJ Maxx, SteinMart and Sports Exchange. Sunday mornings are for our weekly Farmer's Market with fresh produce and flowers on the main street, Del Mar St. This home will leave every guest with new wonderful memories for a lifetime too. We customize the contents of your beach home to suit your vacation needs! No matter WHERE you go visit while on your southern California vacation, one thing for sure; when you get back to your Beach House, you will be very happy to be 'home'. Thank you for choosing us.

What makes this house unique

This San Clemente Beach House is a couple minutes walk to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The climate is perfect, and spending time outside is a way of life. We love spending evenings outdoors, walking to the pier to meet friends for 'Happy Hour' or dinner, and walking the beach trail towards the State Beach Park. Having dinner on the patio is a very regular Summer evening event. We have NO mosquitos, and actually very few flying insects (a pleasant surprise to a lot of our out of state guests!) San Clemente was made famous when Pres Richard Nixon bought a beautiful estate just south of us, for his Western White House. Many diplomats including Henry Kissinger and Ronald Reagan spent time in San Clemente. Seeing and playing in the Pacific Ocean, hearing the waves, watching the palm trees, and the very romantic sunsets, make San Clemente a uniquely special place which you will fall in love with. We are half way to Los Angeles and half way to San Diego. For family vacationers, this is a PERFECT mid point to stay.

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Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 23 traveler reviews

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SCs favorite beach house is BACK! Families, handicap, elderly, pets welcomed
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Even better the 2nd time!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks again France and Steve for renting us such a great vacation property. This is our 2nd year in a row and we truly feel like it is our home away from home. Do not hesitate to rent this property as it is exactly as it is stated and even better! France and Steve are always available to answer questions, make suggestions about restaurants or things to do, and fix something if needed. The house is super clean and very well equipped. Great location! Close to everything, great beaches, shopping and restaurants (and the I-5 if you need it) Great space for our dog Frazier too! Thanks again to both of you and hope to see you next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kim and Tom, Where did the summer go? We barely saw your beautiful family at all, and didn't get to show Frazier much love. He's a sweetie. Thank you again for choosing our home for your special vacation. Have a wonderful year and winter-until we meet again. Best wishes, France and Steve

Great home for a large family gathering!!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is located so conveniently to the beach, shopping & activities! We rented the house to celebrate a high school grad, birthdays & a family reunion. Three generations fit comfortably and didn't seem crowded (our grown kids & their children, ranging in age from 22 to 11). There are 2 separate living/dining areas and the backyard patio is another great gathering place. Lovely & peaceful ocean views from the upstairs bedroom, main dining room, patio & backyard areas. Even the 11-yr olds enjoyed sitting on the backyard viewing bench & gazing at the ocean! Lots of room in backyard for badminton and croquet, as well as a ping pong table set on the back patio. Steve & France were delightful hosts & have provided the home with so many amenities, plus plenty of beach equipment & towels. Lots of dishes & cooking implements too, even a variety of spices!- which really helped to feed the troops! Close enough that we were able to enjoy a trip to Santa Catalina Island from the Dana Point harbor, several days at Disneyland, beach days & easy access to pick up family members at Orange County (John Wayne) airport. We all voted this one of our best-ever family vacations & will definitely plan on going back again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kathy and Don, Your family was so great, and we are thrilled that all the generations enjoyed their SoCal beach vacation. We've loved having the beach house rental because we meet amazing people. Frankly, we're always said when happy families have to leave. Until next time, stay well. With our regards, France and Steve
Buckeye, AZ

best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

This was the best vacation in an amazing beach home with every comfort! Walking distance to the beach, plenty of space for a large family or two, our puppy loved the fenced in backyard area. Bathrooms are so luxurious with double shower spouts, the master has a jacuzzi tub and a beautiful view of the ocean. So much space and comfort and decorated beautifully. Information and pictures about everything in the area including restraunts and shopping. This was the perfect rental property if you want an amazing private beach resort experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments! We are glad you all had a great summer getaway. We look forward to welcoming you back to San Clemente next time you get a chance. Have a great summer. France and Steve Helfer

5 star+!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a fabulous family vacation in San Clemente! The owners of this home, Steve and France, truly went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. They were so kind and welcoming throughout the process, from beginning to end. The house is immaculately maintained with top quality furnishings and is located in a lovely neighborhood overlooking the sea. A short walk around the corner and down the hill brings you to an impressive beach where you can swim, walk to the pier and village, fish, or just watch the incredible surfers catching waves. We enjoyed the Farmer's Market on Sunday and Happy Hour at the Fisherman's Restaurant. We walked the beach trail everyday, rode bikes, kayaked at Dana Point, and watched the little ones try their best to boogie board. The backyard of the house is perfect for the family to gather at the end of the day. We BBQ'd most nights and loved the cool evenings sitting outside. We brought our dog and didn't need to worry as there is a fenced in area. Having the owners right there as neighbors was most helpful, and the next door neighbors were just as friendly.

I rent a home for our family vacation every summer. This was the best experience we've had, and that's saying a lot. I hope to return soon. Cheers and many thanks to our charming hosts, France and Steve!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda, Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We LOVE hearing happy stories from great families, and yours truly seemed to enjoy being on vacation in San Clemente. You sure have a lot of energy and seemed to always be on the go! We loved Rebel; he was a sweetheart. Until our paths cross again, our thanks for choosing little San Clemente and our beach house! With our best wishes, France and Steve
las vegas

Clean and Fun

  • 5 of 5

We loved our extended weekend stay at this well furnishede and maintained beach house. The owners were so friendly and accomodating. We would definitely book this place again.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeff, Thank you so much for this review. Remember return guests (and we are getting quite a few!) get discounted stays. Your family was precious and hearing them out back laughing and having fun is why we rent the beach house! Come back soon and have a good summer. Fall in San Clemente is spectacular! Best wishes, France and Steve

Amazing stay in San Clemente

  • 5 of 5

We were in San Clemente for a wedding. My daughter came from NY and my in laws came from South Dakota. The accomodations were perfect for our group. Everyone had there privacy with pleanty of bathroom space. The home was very clean and the kitched was well stocked. One thing we like about staying in VRBO locations is the ability to cook breakfast at the location. The kitchen had all the pots, pans and utensils you could possibly want as well as every spice and condiment necessary. On Sunday, a few relatives from my side came over and we had a bar-b-que in the beautiful backyard. I did not even have to purchase papergoods. There were enough plates and silverware to accomodate our large group. The barbeque itself was wonderful and there were plenty of chairs and tables so that we could all sit outside and enjoy the lovely view and weather. The beds were so comfortable and the remodeled bathrooms were spectacular. The hospitality that Steve and France extended was beyond anything I have ever experienced when staying at a VRBO location. You must stay here!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Denise, We are humbled by your kindness! I am SO happy that our beach house worked for you and your family! We love staying at VRBO homes too, and I like to think ahead of what guests will need to make their stay perfect! Regarding cleanliness, I am such a stickler on making sure everything is spotless, that we clean side by side with the cleaning crew so they see how serious we are. We wash ALL the bedding-including comforters, mattress pads etc, between guests, and you may have noticed, Steve irons the sheets! :) PLEASE come back so we can have a glass of wine together. Sincerely Yours, France and Steve


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
John Wayne (Orange County), LAX, San Diego
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Goodys, Red Fox, Molly Bloom's, OC Tavern, Cellar
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Newport to Balboa Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
San Clemente Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Metrolink (at pier)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
BeachFire, Nick's, Sonny's, Mongkut Thai, Avila's
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
T Street Beach & SC pier
Car: recommended

Enjoy gorgeous San Clemente, the California coastal Riviera, with beaches famous for surfing, swimming and boogie boarding with beach snacks, bathrooms. Hike the Beach Trail to San Clemente Beach Park, walk to the pier for dining al fresco. Summers feature free beach concerts, Ocean Festival, Fiesta, Island Nights. Downtown is known for antiquing, fine and casual dining of all ethnicities, wine bars, cheese shops, boutiques, surf shops. The Community Center has daily events, special events. Huge new sports park and pool, 3 golf courses, one is 5 minute drive. 10 minute drive to Dana Point harbor offers stand up paddling, jet ski's, kayaks, whale watching, an aquarium and learning center, evening sunset tours, all water sports, casual and fine dining. Laguna Beach is 15 minutes away with beaches, dining, artist studios, 'Pageant of the Master's', Art Affaire, Sawdust Festival, live theaters. Day trips to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, San Diego Zoo, Wildlife Park, La Jolla, Del Mar races, Angels, Dodgers, Padres Baseball, LA Lakers and Clippers, Temecula Wine Country, Casino's. Enjoy concerts at Honda Center, OC Performing Arts, Irvine Meadows. LA is less than one hour away, with theater, Hollywood, Universal Studies, much more. 10 minutes away is Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the first settled CA missions, and famous for Swallow's Day, antiquing, old train depot, shops, restaurants. Drive PCH up to coast to Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach with dozens of beach city stops. 1/2 hour south is large outlet shopping mall. 1 hour south are Gambling Casino's and wine country.


Rates & Availability

From $450 Per night

San Clemente House Rental Rates

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Early Spring
Mar 14 2015 - May 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25.00
Non Refundable Cleaning $200.00
Notes Contact us if you are attending special events such as a wedding, rehearsal dinner, or reunion. We can help with transportation or planning! Well trained dogs are welcome at a rate of $25 per night per dog!
For each full week rented, the 7th night is FREE; $3000 for 7 nights!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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San Clemente House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Marble bathroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Double shower head! Marble bathroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Huge walk in shower, built in marble bench. Handicap access
  • 3 upgraded beautiful marble bathrooms. One with Jacuzzi tub, and separate shower stall and double heads. One with (wheelchair) roll in large shower with double separate shower heads and marble bench. One with separate marble shower. All with deluxe shower heads.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Twins convertible to standard King Bed on request of guests
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen , Queen futon in giant master suite available.
  • Master bedroom suite sleeps 4-1 king & 1 queen futon. Second master sleeps 2-1 queen. Third bedroom sleeps 2-2 twin's, BUT we have converters and bedding to turn the twins into a big king bed for couples on request. Fourth bedroom sleeps 2-1 queen. We have a new queen sized airbed onsite too. Pack and play for infant or toddler is onsite.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
San Clemente is the diamond of the Southern California coast. We provide our guests with an exhaustive list of FUN things to do in a NOTEBOOK complete with Coupons and Menus. Be as relaxed or active as you choose. Anything you need, we can take care of. Whale watching (Blue Whales!), boat rides, day excursions galore.

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