We chose to stay inland from the beach because rentals near the beach are usually smaller, but still more expensive. We had two families of four each... and we had plenty of room in this home. There is a Super Target under 10 minutes away for groceries. The pool is a blast. Both of our families have pools at our homes but still had a lot of fun with this pool. The property owner was always quick to respond to any questions we had. Easy commute into San Diego, Oceanside Beach, and any tourist spots in the southern or eastern sections of the LA area. But FYI... it can be a 2+ hour drive, one way, if you're trying to see anything in downtown LA, or further west or north of downtown LA (Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Park, etc.).
If any of our future trips take us to this part of California again, we will check to see if this property is available!