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Luxury Home with Amazing Ocean Views! Walk to Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10-11)

Cardiff Jewel: Indulge yourself by waking up to the sight and sound of the ocean. Step out from your private patio or deck and take in the beach life. Fall in love with Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a casual, romantic village with wonderful, unique beaches for swimming,surfing, walking, or running. Excellent restaurants, markets and local joints are all within walking distance. Enjoy magical sunsets, and see why this paradise is one of the most desired vacation areas of the world.

This stunningly decorated, remodeled 3,000 SF, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath home sits on a rare and spacious ¼ acre lot in the heart of the famous Cardiff Composer District, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Located only a few blocks away, we are TRULY walking distance to the beach. It takes just minutes to walk down to Cardiff State Beach or the famous Swami’s and Pipes beaches that are also well known surf spots. It is also an easy walk to the well known Seaside Market, beachside restaurants, boutiques and shops. Less than a mile from Moonlight Beach and the revitalized downtown Encinitas.

Pedestrian underpass to the beach at the end of our block at Santa Fe to Swamis beach access. Less than half a mile. Walk to beach in 5 minutes without crossing over the train tracks.

Cardiff by the Sea is a local beach town which is part of the city of Encinitas, located at the Southern end of the City of Encinitas. The City of Solana Beach is just 3 miles South of Cardiff, filled with more great restaurants, the Cedros Design District, exciting nightlife, and a convenient Amtrak train station.

This classic and tastefully decorated home features a dramatic 16 ft wall of windows overlooking the ocean. The spacious gourmet kitchen has beautiful granite and lots of counter space. An open floor plan allows the main living areas to blend together comfortably, providing expansive ocean views from the many windows. The dining room has beautiful open beam ceilings, a dining table that seats up to 10, an elegant baby grand piano. The kitchen table and counter top bar seat up to 7 more for casual dining. The family room has a very large and cozy couch, a second couch and a love seat, providing plenty of seating space for the whole family. There is a brand new 55 inch high definition flat screen smart TV (11/2015), with Bose surround sound. Enjoy premium movie channels, DVR, Netflix, or watch your favorite DVD or BlueRay. Children and adults have fun together with the Wii gaming console. The large outdoor deck has a gas BBQ grill, and a large L shaped couch with plenty of seating. It is great for soaking in the sun or enjoying the cool evenings. The master bedroom has a beautiful California King size bed, a high definition flat screen TV and double French doors that open to a private patio with an ocean view. The master bath also has an ocean view from the oversized Jacuzzi tub, a separate shower with dual shower heads, and double vanity sinks. The second and third bedrooms have Queen size beds. The fourth bedroom is extra large and can sleep 4 with a comfortable Queen bed, and two single twin beds, double French doors that open to a private patio with an ocean view. There are hardwood floors throughout the main living areas, hardwood floors in two of the bedrooms and plush carpeting in the master and downstairs bedrooms. The second bathroom also has a Sauna. The laundry room is located just off the master bedroom.

We have added a Queen size sofa sleeper in the living room area to create a couple extra sleeping spots if needed. There are parking spaces on the property for up to 3 cars. Off street parking is also available.

Legoland, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are all great, well known attractions, wonderful for children, but equally enjoyed by adults. The quaint village of Del Mar, its famous beaches and the Fairgrounds are just 10 minutes away. Historic Balboa Park and Museums are fantastic. Stephen Birch Aquarium, Seaport Village downtown, San Diego Gaslamp District, La Jolla and Old Town are great! Carlsbad Outlet Shopping Center and the Flower Fields are just 10 minutes away. Also nearby, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim - 1 ½ hours away.

Amenities: Baby Grand Piano, Jacuzzi tub, Sauna, 3 Flat Screen High Definition TV's , Cable with premium channels, DVD, High-speed wireless internet, Fully furnished kitchen with Granite countertops, Microwave, Stove, Oven, Subzero Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Cooking Utensils and linens provided. Gas Grill(BBQ), Outdoor fireplace, games and books. Laundry room with Washer and Dryer. Parking. No smoking. Some pets allowed.

There are several local beachfront restaurants for fine dining and quaint coffee houses for reading and relaxing. Shopping is everywhere… local boutiques, outlet and outdoor malls. Amazing health and beauty spas surround you including the newly remodeled La Costa Resort. Plenty of great Yoga centers are also in the neighborhood. You can also enjoy live theater, cinemas, Padres and Charger games, Concerts, or the energized nightlife of the downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. The nearby Encinitas Coaster station conveniently runs back and forth from Oceanside to downtown San Diego, often shuttling Padres fans to Petco Park or sightseers to downtown … a hassle free way to travel.

This is the perfect place for a great vacation!

You will find everything you need in this area to enjoy a fabulous vacation. And when the weather is cool, sit in front of a crackling outdoor fireplace enjoying the peace and solitude of a quiet evening. Night time brings wonderful, relaxing sleep with the sound of the waves and the scent of the ocean. Whether your vacation is adventure and action packed or filled with relaxing days and evenings, you will leave Cardiff-by-the-Sea refreshed and renewed.

Maximum # of people 10 to 13

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(No weddings, receptions or parties are allowed to be hosted at our home)

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More Details

Sarah Goncalves
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2017

About Sarah Goncalves

My boys and I have always been drawn to the ocean. San Diego natives, my father was a commercial fisherman in San Diego. We love the outdoors,riding bikes, playing sports and entertaining. We love looking at the ocean and the daily changes it takes on. The view is never the same. We purchased this home as our primary residence, but the boys are grown and away at college so we decided to share our gem with other people who might share our appreciation. We have always dreamed of being walking distance from the beach and seeing the ocean daily.

Sarah Goncalves purchased this house in 2006

Why Sarah Goncalves chose San Diego County

We purchased this home as our primary residence. But the big boys are grown and on their own, so we have decided to share it with other families by renting it. Since then our family grew again and we now have a 5 year old. We live in the private loft space above the garage when we are not away traveling, which is more often since he has started school. We really appreciate being so close to the beach an 8 minute walk. We can hear and smell the ocean.

What makes this house unique

We like to walk to 'downtown' Cardiff or 'downtown' Encinitas.The beaches are uncrowded and private, just an 8 minute walk. Everything you need is walking distance. We are situated right between two great beaches which are also well known surf spots (Swamis and Pipes)There are great restaurants and cafes. Many great spas, yoga, and shops. But mostly we enjoy just chilling at home, taking in the view.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our guest book 9/7/14

We sincerely thank you for having us at your beautiful home. It was the perfect "home away from home" We will never forget the memories we made celebrating my mother-in-laws birthday.
Sep 2014
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Cardiff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 13
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Master Bath - Very Large - Also has entrance from Bedrm #2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Dry Sauna in this bathroom
  • Our sauna is located in Bathroom #2 Each of the bathrooms is situated between two bedrooms. The master bathroom is quite spacious with and entrance from Bedroom 2 a lockable door from each side. Works great for multi-generation family gatherings.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - Master - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 2 adults + child: CalKing + twin bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 4 - Oversize room with Queen + 2 Twin
    Living Room Sofa Sleeper - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 2: Queen Sofa Sleeper - Main Living Room
  • King size beds (1) California King, Queen size Beds (3) Twin or Single Beds (2) Twin child bed (1), Queen Sofa Sleeper in Living Room (1) Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

Luxury Home with Amazing Ocean Views! Walk to Beach!
average rating of 4.851852 based on 62 reviews

Great House in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented this house with two couples and all of our kids. It was great. The house had plenty of space so that we didn't feel like we were on top of each other. The huge lawn was great to give us some space for the kids to play. It was an easy walk to the beach or to town for coffee or a beer.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good house. Convenient location. Would definitely rent it again

  • 5 of 5

House was as advertised -- no surprises. Very clean; thoroughly and thoughtfully appointed with kitchen tools/equipment, etc. even down to extra night lights. Location is extremely convenient for beach, highway, and downtown access. Outside sitting and entertainment areas are excellent and fenced backyard is wonderful for small children. Owner was very attentive. All told, an excellent choice.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most amazing home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had such a wonderful time.The home is spacious, clean and very well maintained. The ocean views are incredible. The kitchen is huge and the floorplan is open and spacious for multiple families. The pictures do not do this place justice. The owners have made quite a few upgrades and we really enjoyed our time. The huge grassy fenced in yard was a plus for the kids!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing and just what we needed. Our family needed a getaway after a really hard year and this location and home was the perfect ticket for us. Thank you for providing such a wonderful respite for those of us blessed to experience it.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for large family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for a week right after Christmas. Our group consisted of four adult siblings, their respective kids and partners, and our mother. We had a marvelous time! The house has space for everyone to come together, whether to sit in the living room to chat, open presents, or go out on the patio/deck to watch sunset, work in the kitchen on a big family meal, and eat together at a common table. There was also room to spread out: to bedrooms for privacy and quiet, to the various large tables in the common rooms where kids could color, join the adults in doing puzzles or playing board games, to comfy couches for reading and napping. It's a delightful space.

Swami's Beach is nearby-- within walking distance but also a topographical challenge. The more able-bodied among us went several times. The less able were daunted by the stairs and hills.

We loved having the grand piano, as all of the kids and most of the adults play. And we were delighted to find and be given permission to use the back yard composter for our many kitchen scraps. (For those who don't care for composting, or who might be concerned about the aesthetics, the composter itself is completely unobtrusive: a lockable plastic container, holding a well-maintained pile which has no smell, and is tucked away out of sight. We came upon it by chance, fetching a ball while playing in the ample back yard.)

Thank you, Sarah, for making this home available to us. We had a very merry Christmas-- by far, the best experience since starting "destination" Christmases years ago. Should we have another occasion to gather the whole family in San Diego County again, we will seek out this property right away!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very pleasant!

  • 5 of 5

I spent a wonderful thanksgiving week with my family in your house. Everything was working perfectly. All of us loved the balcony that had a beautiful view of the sea. The house is conveniently situated close to restaurants and shopping, and of course close to the beaches. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

Irma jayaweera

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
San Diego (or Carlsbad - 10 miles)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Union Station - Encinitas
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Encinitas Ranch
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrack - Solana Beach
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Cardiff
Nearest Point of Interest
Pipes Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
Swamis Beach and Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Encinitas
Nearest Point of Interest
Grocery,Pharmacy, Fitness
Nearest Point of Interest
Park/Tennis Courts/Basketball Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Moonlight Beach
Car: recommended

Legoland, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are all great, well known attractions, wonderful for children, but equally enjoyed by adults. We personally have annual memberships to Sea World and the Zoo/Wild Animal Park because we enjoy visiting them often, year round. Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, Balboa Park and Museums, Stephen Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Seaport Village downtown, San Diego Gaslamp District, La Jolla and Del Mar Villages, Old Town, Carlsbad Outlet Shopping Center and Flower Fields. Also nearby, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim - 1 ½ hours away.


Rates & Availability

Cardiff House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Special 2017 II
Mar 17 2017 - Apr 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Spring Special 2017
Apr 17 2017 - May 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Week
May 25 2017 - Jun 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer Special
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
September Special
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Special
Nov 5 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
6 night minimum stay
Winter Special
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300
Pet Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

90 DAY CANCELLATION POLICY - Payment 100% refundable if cancelled 90 days prior to arrival. Non refundable if within 90 days of arrival. If you have any questions about our rates or policies, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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