Ultimate SoCal Vacation Homes' Garden Retreat is more than 2550 sq. ft. of comfort, relaxation and fun located in a quiet community right in the heart of beautiful Orange County. This home away from home is loaded with amenities and sprawls across an enormous 11,000 sq. ft. lot at the very end of a long elbow shaped cul-de-sac. Garden Retreat's features include billiards, shuffleboard, ping-pong, air hockey, electronic dartboard, theater room with 47' HD TV, two 32' HD TVs, and much more. The spacious backyard is fully fenced and features a heated swimming pool with automatic safety cover, 7 seat/43 jet hot tub, outdoor kitchen with 100,000 BTU grill, multiple outdoor eating areas, two grass areas, beautiful flowers, and it backs up to a multi-purpose athletic field with running track. Whether you are a single family or multi families traveling together the Garden Retreat offers ultimate comfort, ultimate convenience, and ultimate fun!
Some Helpful Suggestions for Your SoCal Trip: We know how to have fun while maximizing your time. Here are a few pointers:
- Do Disneyland on a weekday. This seems like a no-brainer, but there really is a huge difference in the amount of people on a weekend which means longer lines!
- Plan at least one half day hanging out at the house. Swim, play games, watch movies, do whatever, together. You are choosing to stay in a vacation home for comfort, convenience and fun! Some of your best memories will be made just enjoying time together at 'home,' (the games help a lot!)
- Even though check-in usually is around 3pm, get to Anaheim a couple hours early and do your shopping. Go to Target, Costco, the grocery store and wherever else you need to get situated. Or ask about ordering your groceries online and having them delivered. This way, once when you check in you can start having fun right away!
- Plan out what your group wants to do BEFORE you get to the house, even if it's just Monday is Disneyland, Tuesday the beach, Wednesday Hollywood, etc.
What Michael Loves about the Garden Retreat: When I first walked into this house I fell in love with the layout. It's a totally killer 1966 tri-level at the end of a street that nobody has to drive down unless they live on. Totally secluded. Plus, it backs up to the back side of an athletic field for a school. Cannon balls off the diving board are awesome! Lots of birds, there are two doves that nest in the cypress (balled up) trees, and there is a really awesome blue bird that comes by. We bought this home in 2008, spent some time upgrading and remodeling, then set it up with everything necessary to have an awesome vacation. Theater room? Yea. I got to go on a Best Buy rampage for HD TV's and audio equipment, got a great deal on a new air hockey and ping pong table, set up the garage, put in the hot tub and outdoor kitchen.... next thing we knew this house was dialed in! We've put a lot of thought, consideration and care into setting this home up for your maximum enjoyment, we're sure you'll love it!
The Smith family owns and manages three vacation homes in Anahiem, CA while raising their children in a small town outside of Austin, TX. Born and raised in Southern California, they enjoy the opportunity to return for visits with family and friends. With so much to offer, SoCal is their ideal family vacation destination. While staying in the homes they can't help but be looking for ways to improve the quality of their guests' experience.
The Smiths Love the opportunities vacation home ownership gives them to serve their guests. They also Love that managing a vacation home business gives Angela the ability to stay home with their four children.
Angela manages the day to day operation of the homes including coordinating 2 property managers, cleaning crews, handymen, a grounds crew and a pool service technician. High quality guest experiences are a team effort!
The Smiths also enjoy the opportunities they've been given from time to time to collaborate with the HomeAway team headquartered in Austin, TX. They even got to host the Griswold's Family Truckster for a couple days (see listing photo) as part of HomeAway's Truckie's Tour media campaign. Michael currently writes a blog for the HomeAway Owner Community site.
This is our second vacation home. We chose Anaheim a second time because we Love how centrally located it is and it's proximity to Disneyland.
Our first vacation home, also in Anaheim, was actually our family home for 4 years before moving to Texas. When we moved to Texas we didn't want to part with our home that we had just remodeled and absolutely Loved! So the idea of turning it into a vacation home made sense, and it's been great!
In 2011 we added a third home to our offering and it is located directly next door to the Garden Retreat. So, if you are looking to accommodate a large group, please let us know!