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Beach Cottage Nestled in a Secret Garden of North Coast Village

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Stroll down to the seawall at sunset with your bottle of wine or champagne- a couple of plastic glasses - and your binoculars. If it is winter - you will likely get a good view of some whales passing by enroute to their winter homes in Mexico - If it is summer you will be dazzled by the array of boogie borders and surfers dotting the surfline in our world famous short board beach. Any time of year you will be calmed by the pounding of the surf at the base of our seawall and the fantastic almost spiritual sunsets we enjoy nearly every day.

If you are with your kids - perhaps it is the end of a special day at one of the area amusement parks and you're all ready for a hot tub or swim in our heated pools. If this is an adult vacation .. perhaps you can end your day with a workout in our gym and a few minutes in our saunas - or try your hand at our putting green, or in the ping pong centers. You can bbq outside all year long at the professional bbq center next to the main pool.

In todays world most everyone travels with their tablet, phablet, Iphone, Android, Kindle or other hand held device that streams content. To facilitate the way we all travel these days we have just switched (Aug 2015) to ATT Uverse - with 18mbps speeds which are triple the PRO DSL speeds I was formerly getting. With this improvement we dropped our outdated landline. We pay more for this service but it is highly dependable - dedicated to our condo only - and you don't share the airwaves so download time is reliable. Each of you can utilize our WiFi to access your individual device content in the comfort of your own bedroom, the living room together or on the patio areas. If you don't travel with your own hotspot - you can access wifi at the pool or beach from the ECCO system for a daily rate just like you would at a hotel. That is a separate service avail to all guests in NCV - and you can link up to it rather easily by looking for the ECCO - SSID on your device - and follow the prompts. Speeds vary - according to amount of traffic.

We have titled our 2 bdrm cottage style condo the Secret Garden bungalow because our location within the complex is in an amazing little jungle of tropical trees and foliage - not unlike what you see in Hawaii Our deck literally overhangs a waterfall and With huge tropical trees and plenty of shade from summer sun. Since CA is in a drought our waterfall may not be operating year round. However the trees and foliage are healthy and dense. Look at our balcony pictures. Our unit is not an ocean view - it is on the East boundary of our complex. We are closer to the railroad tracks than the waterfront units - and you will get more train rumble here, but generally no tooting as our complex is not adjacent to any rr crossing. We have priced our bungalow similar to what a 1 bdrm unit rents for - but you get so much more for your money!

We are an upstairs end unit with no one above us and we have no other condo on 3 sides. That means extra windows - including skylights - and very little 'neighbor' noise to bother you day or night. Our garden location is private and quiet (except for train rumble) - the outside balcony is completely enclosed by thick green foliage and full grown banana leaf trees - a cool respite after a hot summer day. Our pricing reflects our location within the complex - not the quality of our condo.

In our budget bungalow - everyone will have space to stretch out and find some privacy. There is 1050 sq feet of living space all on one floor with 2 full bedrooms and 2 full baths on one side and a full kitchen, dining, living room -plus an outside balcony deck with a custom dining counter on the other side. A doorway shuts off the bedroom side which gives even more privacy and peace if someone needs a nap! We have a large walk in kitchen with a small table for your toddlers or preschoolers. We also have a dining room table and bar counter too.

Our Master Bedroom has a Cal King bed - mission style furniture - (a portable crib stored either by the nightstand or in the guest bdrm closet) - a convertible chair bed from IKEA - and a brand new wall mounted HD SMART flatscreen TV with dual BlueRay/DVD player - and a console with an HDMI pigtail for your personal attachments. - The master bedroom has a private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet and a couple of closets. This room has a portable AC unit set up between May and October - available by special permit from the HOA. It lets you close the new double pane high efficiency windows - and cool off your primary sleeping area quickly. Our 2nd bedroom has a new Spring Air queen bed - wicker dresser -large closet stocked with baby equipment like booster seats Portable crib, kids toys etc. - another brand new wall (2016) HD Flat Screen TV with dual BlueRay/DVD player and a wall mounted console with an HDMI pigtail for your personal attachments (xbox) . Our 2nd bathroom is just outside in the common hallway between the two bedrooms it has a full tub, shower sink and toilet. We keep a potty ring and a step stool for toddlers under ONE of the bathroom sinks.

Our Living room area had new furniture in 2013 - plus new carpeting - We have warm colors in Cinnamon and Navy blue - with cool grey carpet. In the LR we offer a twin sofa sleeper (Macy's 54" wide). We keep 2 large tri fold futon mats stacked behind the Macy's sleeper couch - to provide flexible sleeping options. If you intend to use this option - please pack your own sleeping bags - as we only provide 2 sets of twin sheets and comforters per rental.

In addition to both bedrooms we also installed a brand new 2016 flat screen HD smart tv in our living room. There is both a dual blueray/dvd player and an old DVD VCR combo player - plus hdmi outlet for guest appliances. Our video library has over 30 titles in DVD format, plus a large number of VCR tapes .. keep in mind the salt air will destroy our vcr player eventually - so we don't guarantee it will still be working when you arrive. Please note our pictures show the old tvs... I promise new pictures coming asap!

One of the best aspects of renting a condo is being able to cook your meals rather than dining out. Sure it's nice to have a couple of meals out - especially if you have a very busy day. We can recommend budget minded restaurants close by the condo even within walking distance- or close to some of the main local attractions to help you stay within your vacation budget. There is a SOUP Plantation with good food and cheap prices for kids 5 miles away - a Panda Express up on MIssion Blvd near the High School and freeway onramp - Denny's a mile away - Ruby's on the end of the pier - etc.

Our kitchen is fully equipped. We have a full size range, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, george foreman grill, blender, tea kettle, tea pot, coffee maker, two sizes of pizza pans - 14" and 16" - and all the dishes, cups and glasses and enough support items to cook a full thanksgiving dinner (if you want to).

New to the area is a WalMart Neighborhood Market - and right next door to that is a 99cent Store - WOW - that is so handy! It is located at the same shopping center with Panda Express. For the fastest route to get there - take Surfrider East - cross over Coast Highway and go up about 6 blocks - then turn right on Ditmar and you will run right into the market on your left before the Light for Mission Blvd. It has EVERYTHING - you need.

They say we have the best weather in the entire world in San Diego County .. not too dry - not too wet, not too cold, and a mild range of temperatures that bring world travelers to our area all year long. It's so easy to get here too. We have 5 major airports all within a 2 hour drive including San Diego International (SAN), Santa Ana John Wayne (SNA) Ontario International (ONT) Palomar Airport (8 miles away) BUR 1:45 away and LAX 1:45 away. You are bound to find a flight and a fare that matches your needs. Almost all of the airports - connect in some way to the rail way stations although the further away the more tedious a transfer might become. The easiest routes are SNA and SAN - both offer transfers to the Amtrak and Metrolink stations.

When you are considering your travel needs .. and costs and the chaos that generally comes with traveling with kids ..or the chaos of traveling in our emotionally mixed up world today ... you are going to be very pleasantly surprised at the ultimate cost of your vacation in our condo. Your wallet will be pleased, your nerves will be soothed, and hey it's safe to drink the water too! Please read our guest reviews and leave one too!

Keywords: beach cottage, condo, apartment, bungalow,

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Cindy Bashford
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Cindy Bashford

Here I am with our two boys Oct 16, 2010 - at North Coast Village near the koi pond - Dad's taking the picture - and we're excited to be here for my niece's wedding which was held on the seawall with the reception in our party room.

Cindy Bashford purchased this condo in 2003

Why Cindy Bashford chose Oceanside

We live in Tahoe in a small ski town near Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. Our winters are long - and snowy. Yes, we are avid skiers. We love the snow - but we also love the incredibly nice weather of San Diego County where my sister and her family live. So back in 1987 we bought into our first beachfront condo - we needed to rent it to make our payments and so a business was born. When the internet came into being - our business grew and we now have a total of 5 beachfront condos available for rent all year long.

As a flight attendant for 38 years now - I feel we have a good handle on what it takes to provide a comfortable vacation place. We have certainly stayed in all kinds all over the world. As parents of small children - we know what families need to feel right at home (booster seats, potty rings, some toys, perfect sized futons for toddlers, portable cribs and umbrella strollers for those quick trips to the pool- and we know what everyone wants with regard to their money: good value.

Since we are much older parents than most - we understand that to make it we need year round revenue. Our winter season brings seniors from cold weather places - and we certainly can relate to that. We offer senior pricing - special multi month tiered rates and reliable quality year after year for our retired winter guests

What makes this condo unique

We are currently in love with LEGOLAND - and our kids haven't outgrown it at all at ages 7 and 10 . It is only 5 minutes away and we can spend a few hours there every day without feeling like we ran a marathon or depleted our college fund. Since they added a waterpark and aquarium park - we now have 2 more reasons to head to LEGOLAND and we continue to buy our annual Merlin Passes every April (best prices of the year). We also love the Wild Animal Park - a part of the San Diego Zoo which is just 15 minutes away - and perfect for our family.

We also spend time at the beach playground .. it's just about 15 minutes walk from the condo along the Strand (beach) - and it is enough of a walk added to their play to end a perfect day. We keep sand toys in all of our units - an umbrella stroller and plenty of beach gear.

For other guests - don't forget that Disneyland is 45 minutes away - Temecula is the new Southern California Wine Country - we have over 30 golf courses close by - some world famous - others just notably nice. There are things for everyone to do - and you can either drive there - or in many cases take to the rails as our transportation center offers Amtrak, Metrolink, The Coaster, buses and taxis too.

We have some seniors who stay with us who come by train - walk everywhere they need or want to go- and return home by train - they don't need a car to enjoy the beach. You can order grocery delivery .. so if you are not driving - it's not the end of the world. That's a big plus as you remain active and start into your golden years - because renting a car gets more difficult after age 75. I have friends who are on a budget and come down by air- take the train from the airport - and do the same thing .. so they can avoid the extra expenses of a car. This is really a unique and wonderful place with so much to offer every age group and every budget.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just returned from our vacation in Oceanside where we stayed in the 2 bedroom Condo and it was absolutely fabulous. For a family of 5 it was so spacious and nice and less than a 5 minute walk to the beach. The grounds and pool of the condo are spectacular and we spent a lot of time at the pool when we weren't at the beach. We also did all the San Diego Attractions from the Zoo to Sea World and the Wild Animal Park and the condo was 30 mins or less from each, very convienent. We even drove to LA to see a Dodger game and it was only 1 hour and 30 mins. We definitely will be returning next summer. Thanks Cindy! The Baltazar Family
Jun 2010
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Townsite Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath is private to Master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , Child bed is a toddler sized futon
    Convertible bed(s) - Living room has Twin Sofa Sleeper and two twin futon mats
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Beach Cottage Nestled in a Secret Garden of North Coast Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

It's a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

It was well stocked with all that we needed! We love north coast village!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

The unit was exactly as described on VRBO. The owners were very responsive from the minute we booked through the end of our stay. The unit is one of the few in the complex with air conditioning, which is a real bonus if its a hot summer! Thanks for the hospitality!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! its all about meeting your expectation. We priced our unit to be attractive to families, but keep the quality of the offering inside as high as possible. We do have one of the only approved by HOA AC installations in the complex. It means you can close your windows and get a cool nights rest. Rest is what vacations are about. We are inexpensive compared to most 2 bedroom units on the beach, but our quality isn't compromised. Thanks for staying with us and posting your review.
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Beautiful & Pristinely Maintained

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful location and an extremely well maintained unit and community-super comfortable beds! We enjoyed the pool and hot tub and our daughter loved feeding the koi fish daily! It was an easy five minute walk through the town house community right to the shore. Cindy and Gregg had everything you needed to enjoy a day at the beach (soft cooler, wheeled cart, chairs, beach towels, etc.). There are good restaurants within walking distance (most less than a half mile and some other nice choices within two miles toward the center of town) and we even walked to the Amtrak station and took this rail to the San Diego Zoo one day. The beach has great waves for surfing and you can also enjoy a morning jog along the beach to the Pier. On the way back you can grab a water and a good cup of coffee at this cute cafe (Pier View). If you are staying on a Thursday-there is a great farmer's market in the a.m. (you have to try the crepes-delicious!) and another street market in the evening; both have great food and some interesting vendors/wares. Like other folks have commented, there are train tracks across the street-though honestly-it did not bother us at all.

If we stayed longer, we probably would have even enjoyed the community recreation room and played some ping pongl-just ran out of time!

We would definitely return-thank you Cindy and Gregg:-)

The Olivers

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh what a wonderful review! When I read it to my husband he said " I want to go on vacation with them!" - you did all the fun things that we never seem to find time to squeeze in. Granted - when we come down - we have 2-3 days mandatory at LEGOLAND with our boys - and we always find things that need replacing or upgrading or just plain restocking. But - truly - just to get to do exactly what you did while staying in our condo would be a real treat for us too. We did just spend 3 nights in the same unit July 6-9, 2016. It was a very comfortable stay - and I was pleased to see that it needed very little. We did remove a broken vertical blind - bought new drapes for the Dining and Kitchen windows - and restocked our supplies, but there wasn't too much work- so we all enjoyed our stay. The weather was great! Thank you for your great review!
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Gilbert, Arizona (suburb of Phoenix)

The property is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

OMG! this complex is amazing! it is so lush and tropical feeling with the water features and vegetation, all the decks and the coy pond! There is so much to do and see just within the boundaries of the complex! The ocean is so close, and the views are incredible! Walking distance to the Oceanside pier, the marina to the north has many dining options, we will definitely be going there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I get so giggly when our guests see what we are trying to convey in our description. This place is amazing.... And have only seen it once! Come again for winter after they put up the Christmas is simply stunning!!! Every month there is a reason to come and enjoy the beach. But off season you get the added bonus of low rates. It's such an easy drive from the desert...plan your next trip now.
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Two-bedroom Well-stocked Condo

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the condo--very roomy, very comfortable! It was great having two bedrooms, and the beds were so comfortable--a King and a Queen!. The kitchen was so well stocked we didn't need to bring anything more from home, and there were tons of beach equipment available for families. Cindy was immediately responsive to any questions and was always so helpful. The grounds are beautifully maintained, with a pool and a gym, covered parking, laundry room, etc. We loved walking through on our way to the beach each morning. The beach is clean and the pier is only about half a mile away. We walked to it many mornings. Oceanside is a great town, where life is centered around its pier and harbor--and the weather is cool! We loved every moment of our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy our month long guests had such a great experience in our condo. They really had a full chance to experience beach life in our condo, complex and community. We are fanatics about comfortable sleeping...I'm a flight attendant and have spent a large amount of my life in motels...good beds are a must have item. Then I require a home like atmosphere we provide more than the usual conveniences. We hope all our guests feel this way...even when they don't take the time to write. So thank you for your most gracious comments. Hope to see you here next year!
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Great place for kids

  • 5 of 5

Large space to relax in. Much has been put into making it function well for families with young kids. Playpen, toddler bed, games, beach toys even a life jacket. Beds are very comfy, and wifi helps keep you connected. Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the Kudos on being kid friendly. We have kids ...know how tough it is for traveling we try to think of everything that's going to make your stay easier! We also only buy great beds. There's nothing worse than a bad nights rest. Come again! We would love to have you back.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Diego International
Nearest Barpub
Rockin Baja Lobster
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Oceanside Municipal Golf
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Oceanside Transit - Amtrak - Metrolink - Coaster
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
Rockin Baja Lobster
Nearest Beach
BreakWater Beach
Car: not necessary

Oceanside - a historic beach town popular all over the world for it's short board surfing competitions - and life guard training events. Boogie boarding is also very popular here. We host a couple of Triathalons per year - and Volleyball competitions. There is truly something for everyone. Our beach is protected by a jetty on one side and the longest municipal pier on the West Coast on the other side. We have a great marina - just steps away - and so much to do within a 45 minute drive. We are far enough away from San Diego to avoid the crowds - yet central enough to enjoy all of the major attractions. Legoland - is just 5 miles away - Safari Land - 15 minutes - The San Diego Zoo is 35 and Disneyland - Knotts Berry Farm just 45 minutes away. Don't forget Universal Studios a bit further up the I-5. We are walking distance to a large transit district - you can take buses or trains to anywhere in Southern California. Use UBER if you want a ride to the train station. World class health care abounds - and an active Seniors Community too.


Rates & Availability

Townsite Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Early summer2017
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
TH-Xmas 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Waiver up to $500 $59
Refundable damage deposit $200
HOA Registration $25
Housekeeping, Laundry $200
Tax Rate 11.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed by owner. A discounted rate for Senior WINTER guests is available upon request to rentals of 90 nights or longer and for a max of 2 full time guests. There is NO tax on rentals of 30 nights or longer, and tax will be removed prior to accepting our reservation. There are NO refunds for cancelled reservations. Maximum of 6 persons, no smoking or pets allowed. For our WINTER Seniors more than 2 guests will be charged a per night fee, as our Winter rate is based on 2 persons. Damage waiver coverage is not refunded, but $200.00 incidental damage deposit is refundable within 14 days of departure if there are no fines or cable fees. Winter Guests must pay by Electronic Check to obtain our lowest winter rates. 30 day winter rentals are by the calendar month only.
Winter guests are responsible for all electric usage in excess of $75 monthly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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