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Beautiful La Jolla 1940's Beach Area Cottage & Gardens

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

The La Jolla Garden Cottage is a perfect retreat for discriminating travelers. Charming and stylishly updated 1940's La Jolla beach cottage with beautiful interiors, lush private gardens, trickling waterfalls, and flagstone patio. No detail is overlooked. Perfect for couples looking for a romantic retreat that is close to beach and village. Located in a quiet beach residential neighborhood, the cottage is sunny, bright and cheerful.

The 1,100 sq. ft. cottage is ideally located just a 3 1/2 block walk to semi-private Marine Street beach, or continue further down to world famous Windansea beach. For evenings, enjoy the 6 block stroll into La Jolla Village where you can visit the many restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and parks. On Sunday morning don't miss San Diego's best Farmer's Market, located just 4 blocks away.

Although you'll want to enjoy the weather BBQing and relaxing outside on the sunny deck and taking in the gardens, the interior of the cottage is tastefully furnished and decorated with original artwork and modern day luxuries: 50' Plasma HDTV in living room, 32' LCD in master bedroom, cable, Wi-Fi internet, and DVD. The recently remodeled kitchen is fully stocked with all the quality appliances and utensils a gourmet chef would expect. The home is bathed in sunshine with skylights in four of the rooms.

The luxurious beds are furnished with 400 thread count linens and down pillows/duvets. The master bedroom has a king size bed with views out French windows to the back garden and small waterfall, and the second bedroom has a queen size bed. This property is best suited and available for guests age 14+.

Additional amenities: BBQ, beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, boogie board, washer/dryer facilities, iron/ironing board, hair dryer.

Enjoy your stay, but no parties or excessive noise. This is a perfect vacation cottage for those who want to enjoy the best of La Jolla at an exceptional rate.

For booking, please click on "send email" or "contact owner".

Keywords: Cottage, House, Beach, Garden, Yard

More Details

Bruce Craig
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Bruce Craig

I've owned the La Jolla Garden Cottage since 1998 and I've enjoyed opening it up to those who are looking for a peaceful and beautiful retreat. I am an avid traveler, so I know the importance of a destination being as perfect as possible upon arrival, and you can expect that to be the case when you visit the cottage.

My goal is to exceed your expectations and make the entire booking process easy. That includes professional service such as prompt communication, a timely rental agreement, confirmation of deposit checks, easy access to the property, a complete guest guide, and recommendations for activities and restaurants that suit your specific needs and interests.

Bruce Craig purchased this cottage in 1998


La Jolla Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful La Jolla 1940's Beach Area Cottage & Gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

We defy you to find a more beautiful, comfortable and welcoming place to stay in LaJolla

  • 5 of 5

Our 20 day experience at La Jolla Garden Cottage (LJGC) FAR EXCEEDED our expectations. I am conflicted in writing such a deserving RAVE review because I don’t want to shut myself out on future availability. But, in the interest of fairness, let me say that LJGC is one of the finest, well-maintained and charming places available in La Jolla. It is FIRST RATE. Well appointed, beautiful garden, fine street just blocks from one of the most compelling beaches I have ever seen. Sunset at the beach is priceless. More importantly, the owner takes great pride in providing an extraordinary venue for guests. Wonderful beds, music available throughout and TV/Cable access. I consider myself to be a somewhat “fussy”, A-type New Yorker…..and fully capable of being critical when necessary. There is NOTHING negative here! WE WILL BE BACK!!! Kudos and our sincerest thanks to the property owner…..and our new BFF!!!

Take every piece of praise from prior reviews, add ours…….and together they won’t adequately describe what you will experience. Nuff said!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The pictures and description of this property cannot capture the beauty of this cottage--must be seen! Perfectly maintained and pristine in every detail, you will not want to leave. The owner, Bruce Craig, can set the standard for a great host, responsive even when away in Spain. If you like to cook, you will go crazy for the gourmet kitchen--equipped so that two chefs could work at the professional stove. The garden is just as pictured and the house is surrounded by flowering bushes and plants. When I was there, the jasmine bower was in full bloom and the scent was enchanting. One note of caution: La Jolla is going crazy with construction. It is supposed to be banned once the high summer season begins but I was told sometimes it continues. Just ask.

Have a fabulous stay and say hello to Bruce!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: At the time of this review there were indeed two homes up the street that were being remodeled, so you could hear some hammering with the living room windows open. All finished now, so everything is back to being peaceful and quiet.
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Beginner's Luck!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first VRBO rental and we can only hope all of our future VRBO experiences are as phenomenal as this!

Bruce was the perfect host, shared his knowledge of the area - places to go, places to eat (you have to try the burgers at the Public House!)

His home is warm and comfortable with an outstanding kitchen - was able to make my smoothies every morning - and a great deck & garden for relaxing with a different type of beverage after a busy day.

It's the perfect location to explore the San Diego area - short walk into town or to the ocean. We rented a car but barely used it. We brought our bicycles and spent most days exploring the area - rode to Old Town, Gaslamp Quarter, around Mission Bay - outstanding bike paths & lanes - very courteous drivers - felt very safe.

We'll definitely be back

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place - Don't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

I thought I struck gold when I found Bruce's cottage on VRBO, but realized quickly it was really more like DIAMONDS. Everything about the description is 100% accurate - you have to pinch yourself when you get here. La Jolla is awesome and the cottage is in the perfect part of town, on the quieter side but an easy walk to the village. We kayaked, snorkeled, hiked Torrey Pines, bet on the races at Del Mar and chilled. Class AAAA Vacay.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of our best vacations ever!

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's first vacation in several years and expectations were high. We were not disappointed! The cottage is absolutely beautiful... Even more so than the pictures, if you can believe it. It is wonderfully maintained and the garden is amazing. Bruce is a pleasure to work with and he truly wants all of his guests to enjoy their time in La Jolla. He provided some excellent tips for us, including several delicious restaurant recommendations. The proximity to both the village and the beach is ideal. We hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Two-bedroom Gem!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a winter retreat and we hit the jackpot with Garden Cottage. Cozy, clean and comfortable, tastefully appointed, lovingly landscaped and private, the cottage answered all of our needs. The area offers so much: La Jolla with its shops, restaurants and beaches would be enough, but there is also the draw of San Diego and its many points of interest, such as the Zoo and Balboa Park, the Aquarium and Sea World. We hope to return to the Cottage and would enthusiastically recommend it to friends. Bruce was a great host and even emailed to remind us of the weekly Sunday farmer's market within walking distance, another must-do. What did we love most about the Cottage? Its backyard garden oasis, with two fountains and soft night lighting.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So, glad you enjoyed Jean and thank you for the nice note you left on the counter for me: "Dear Bruce, The only problem with staying at the Garden Cottage is that you never want to leave, but leave we did, to see everything we could in San Diego. How happy we were to come back each late afternoon to this welcoming oasis. Enjoy it, this beautiful home you have created, the lovely climate, and the beauty of La Jolla and beyond. We'll miss it and hope to return. Our very best, Jean and Mike."
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Echeck or personal check are the primary payment options and are free of charge. If paying by credit card, there is an additional 3% charge to cover the transaction cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.