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Private Peaceful Luxurious Ocean View Resort Home

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Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Estate, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-22)

In the rolling hills of Elfin Forest, this breathtaking 5 acre totally private luxury resort nestled among horse ranches just 40 minutes North of San Diego is perfect for a family getaway, reunion or corporate retreat, although ABOVE THE CLOUDS DOES NOT HOST WEDDINGS OR RECEPTIONS.

You won't want to leave 'Above The Clouds', a serene gated 7000 sq. ft. resort with panoramic views from every vaulted ceiling room from the Native American Medicine Wheel in the courtyard to the library to the gourmet kitchen and master suite overlooking the infinity pool and waterfalls.

Enjoy the beautiful open living space with custom Mexican luxurious furnishings, 3 fireplaces, music system throughout and radiant heated stone floors.

The sound proof, state of the art Blu-ray theater is equipped with leather recliners, seating for 12, a kitchen, dvd and music library, Wii and computer Internet access.

The beautiful, serene library with hundreds of books, meditation garden, and a fully equipped gym with wet and dry sauna are just the beginning of the amenities.

The pocket doors melt into the walls, opening 3 sides of the house to merge the gourmet kitchen and dining room with the outdoor BBQ kitchen and lanai with a fireplace. You cannot tell where the indoors ends and the outdoor begins with point-to-point glass meeting the vaulted continuous roof line. The gourmet kitchen comes fully equipped with spices, oils, condiments, bar ware, linens and all the basics.

The roofed lanai with comfortable seating and dining areas overlooks a 60,000 gallon saline pool - your own private water park with grotto, 40' luge slide, 15 person jacuzzi with river, waterfalls and beach entry. Enjoy a drink at the swim up bar or at the fire pit while hot air balloons drift over the clear, clean sky at sunset.

This resort home uniquely feels cozy with just 2 to 4 people or comfortably accommodates a group of 24.

Private chef, full gourmet catering, limo service, massage, yoga and meditation can be made available to you for your stay at Above The Clouds.

We have access to a full array of premium resources and services to further enhance your Above The Clouds retreat experience.

The main master suite has a romantic fireplace, sitting area, and private access to the outdoor jacuzzi and pool. The marble master bath with towel warmer, jetted tub, and walk in closet has a stunning indoor/outdoor shower. The master suite level is complete with a fully equipped gym with free weights, elliptical, weight resistance training equipment, flat screen DVD/TV and sound system - all the bells, balls, whistles and barbells you could want to stay in shape plus a beautiful dry or wet sauna that comfortable seats 10-12.

Above The Clouds is uniquely open and spacious, yet cozy and private.

There is a 2nd master suite downstairs on the theater level with 2 additional beautiful, luxurious comfortable bedrooms with full baths and private entrances. There are 2 more bedrooms with one bath on a third level.

How does it get even better than this?

If you find it possible to leave, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding right from the property. Horse and bike rentals are nearby.

You'll be just minutes from Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, LegoLand, the Del Mar Horse Racing Track, Downtown San Diego, PetCo Park, The San Diego Convention Center, Gas Lamp Jazz District, Temecula wine tasting, museums, live theater, Scripts Aquarium, paragliding off the ocean cliffs and an endless list of entertainment and fine dining. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, sky diving and the ferry to Catalina with it's new zip line are all about an hour away.

Some of the best surfing in the world is just 15 minutes from the house with beautiful beaches for beach combing, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, boogie and paddle boarding. There is para-sailing, hot air ballooning golf, tennis, lakes, rock climbing and some of the best shopping in the world. The possibilities are infinite.

We provide the resources to access all of this and more, Above The Clouds also comes equipped with surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs and coolers to chill your wine and beer to head for the beach!

Above The Clouds is an amazing experience for everyone who visits. There is a peaceful magic in the comfortable luxury of this magnificent resort home once experienced will be remembered for a lifetime.

We bought the land in 2000 as newly weds and custom built this dream home with the intention that it enhance the lives of every person who visits. We would love to share our very special resort home with you.

Above The Clouds easily accommodates a luxury vacation for 1-4 couples or families, a 12-24 person girlfriend getaway, family reunion or corporate retreat.

There are 2 master suites with walk in closets and full baths, 2 additional bedrooms with queen size beds and queen size sofa sleepers in each bedroom and full baths. There are also 2 additional rooms available with 2 queens, a bunk with a single and a double, and 2 additional single beds. The bedrooms comfortably sleep 16 plus an additional 5 people can be accommodated if you fill every bed. Plus there are 2 Queen airbeds and a pack and play for an infant or toddler.

We have more information about the area and what you can experience here in North San Diego County. Just ask!

Please give us a call to discuss your vacation or retreat and if Above The Clouds is not the perfect fit, we would love to help you explore the area.

Keywords: luxury estate, resort, San Diego vacation, Rancho Santa Fe, Elfin Forest, vacation rental by owner, vacation home rental, getaway, view, private, horseback riding, hiking, villa, retreat, saline pool, sleeps 24, gourmet kitchen, island home,

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Deb Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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October 12, 2016
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About Deb Smith

Randy Smith is a local custom home builder and Deb is an entrepreneur who loves to cook, write and entertain. We have 3 wonderful kids, a great dog and are blessed with a life filled with love, great health, wonderful friends, family and extended family. We love to scuba dive, ski and explore the world when we are not at home in Elfin Forest.

Deb Smith purchased this estate in 2000

Why Deb Smith chose San Diego County

We love Elfin Forest and the magic of the privacy and beauty of Above The Clouds.

We found the land one magical day exploring North San Diego County in 2000 and immediately bought it.

We'll never forget standing on the land that day, feeling the energy, looking down at the wild sage at our feet and the incredible view of mountains, horse ranches and ocean. We looked into each others eyes and said simultaneously 'This is it'.

Our talented architect incorporated every amenity we could think of and designed a resort home that fits into the land like it grew out of the mountain.

Randy is a custom home builder and over four years we developed the land bringing in the water, utilities and road. Deb designed the door, chose all the stone, fixtures and interior design and conducted Native American ceremonies to further bless the land.

Above The Clouds earned it's name over time with too many experiences of serene, magical mornings watching the rivers of morning ocean fog drift into the canyon, reaching just to the base of the house, but never further. The fog always burns off to the perfect mild sunny San Diego weather. The hawks soar overhead as the humming birds dip their beaks in the waterfalls and we feel like we are truly above it all, even the clouds.

Above The Clouds is the perfect retreat resort home where you can escape your earthly bounds. We love to share it with family, friends and VRBO guests.

We have another home in Elfin Forest and love being available to meet our guests and make sure their stay is perfect.

What makes this estate unique

Meditate or read in the big leather chair in the library with panoramic views.

Relax over a sunset toast watching hot air balloons drift over the breathtaking view. Drink deep the clean fresh air.

Relax in front of the living room fireplace while someone plays the baby grand piano... hand your friends one of the instruments you'll find in the library closet and make music! There’s chess in the game closet and comfortable leather chairs awaiting the masters among you.

Push back the beautiful custom Mexican furnishings, put your favorites on the whole house music system and dance on the stone warm floors. Summer? Turn on the poolside speakers and dance under the stars, while guest enjoy the swim up bar, fire pit, 40' slide & jacuzzi.

Head for the theater, select a movie from the great dvd collection, pull the wine from the rack, or beer from the frig, pop the popcorn and recline in the leather chairs for a full immersion entertainment experience.

Step outside the master suite to the jacuzzi overlooking the incredible view and 60,000 gallon pool/playground.... romantic for 2 or 24.

Have a pizza making party on the huge granite island in the gourmet kitchen. There's plenty of room for the finished masterpieces in the double Dacor ovens.

Open the pocket doors on three sides of the house, throw your favorites on the grill, light the outdoor fireplace, turn up the whole house music system and kick back under the stars - no city lights, noise or immediate neighbors!

Cleanse in the hot sauna, rinse off in the outdoor stone shower, then wrap yourself in a towel from the towel warmer....sheer luxury.

Hike, horseback ride or bike from Above The Clouds' private gate. Explore Dry Creek Reserve and Conservancy, Harmony Grove Spiritual Retreat, the local nurseries, farmers markets, lavender and flower fields.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so very much for the wonderful welcome you gave our family on July 29. We all enjoyed the lovely fresh flowers and the many "goodies" in the basket.

From our first sighting of "Above the Clouds" nestled against the hillside and winding our way up to the front courtyard, we knew we were going to have a week set apart from the noise and busyness of our daily lives. All of our family loved the beautiful, peaceful, quiet setting with the wonderful colorful landscaping and the breath-taking panoramic view of the valleys around it.

The gorgeous pool and spa got lots of use. It's at the top of the kid's favorite spots. We were awed by the quality of the workmanship throughout the house and the many special amenities available. There were many memories and lots of pictures made. The kitchen is always a gathering place for our family and we loved having such a wonderful open space to enjoy with easy access to the patio and grill area. Thank you for having the ice cream maker. It works well.

All of our expectations were fulfilled and we will each have smiles whenever we think about our stay at Above the Clouds.
Jul 2013
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Private Peaceful Luxurious Ocean View Resort Home
average rating of 4.962963 based on 28 reviews
Lee, Ma

Annual Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This summer was our fifth annual family vacation spent in San Diego. We have rented many beautiful homes but this home beats all! Each room is well appointed , warm and cozy. Deb's personal touches are seen throughout the house. The gourmet kitchen did not fail us in any way. It is very well equipped and opens to the outdoors. The setting and views are spectacular. We didn't want to leave.

Deb and Randy were terrific to work with. They addressed any concerns we had promptly and efficiently.

I want to emphasize that this property is phenomenal!! Everyone in our party had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Clara CA USA

Family Vacation- Patti

  • 5 of 5

This was a trip in the making for a year. We were having a family vacation that consisted of 22 people. We were all so excited. The wonderful magical house did not fail us! What a wonderful place to spend time with the open doors to the pool and Lanai. The wonderful gourmet kitchen. We had dinners planned every nite! We all had our own space and never felt crowded. The small critters in the early morning greeted us! Some of us heard an Owl and eagle! What a treat!!! Highly recommend this gorgeous house to anyone wants a retreat!!

Deb was so wonderful to work with and so accommodating to our special needs! Thank you Deb and Randy for offering your house to others to enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Romeo, Michigan

In Memory of Mom

  • 5 of 5

This was a trip to celebrate/honor our late Mom & her influence on all our lives. The group consisted of six brothers & their wives. From the moment we arrived- the front doors were open wide, the sounds of a waterfall, soft piano music playing throughout the whole house & the breeze blowing from the open wall of windows out by the pool, we knew that we had chosen well for our week together. Deb greeted us & showed us the ropes of enjoying all that this home has to offer. Everyone else is spot on with their reviews, because no one wanted to leave and do anything but enjoy our surroundings-we all did one afternoon excursion to downtown San Diego, but couldn't wait to get back. We did have a few questions/issues during the week, and Deb & Randy were very quick to get back with us and take care of these quickly-great service! So nice to wake up every morning, grab a cup of coffee, soak up those gorgeous panoramic views, and spend time sharing with each other-great way to reconnect!

Thanks Deb & Randy for allowing us to share in your special place- it truly is "Above the Clouds"

Gary (& Wendy)-Jerry (& Satu)-Larry (& Cathy)-Kerry (& Rachel)-Barry (& Linda)-Terry (& Rhea)

The Allen Gang

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Retirement/Anniversary Family vacation - 2016

  • 5 of 5

Our Family of 17 (8 adults, 9 kids 11 yrs. to 1 yr.) spent the week of June 4th, 2016 in this fantastic vacation home to celebrate our 45th Anniversary & my retirement. All the kids were in 7th heaven when they saw the pool! Couldn't keep them out, unless it was to get into the hot tub. Infinity pool, 360 degree views, Movie theatre, made it the best, most fun, relaxing vacation ever. Take Deb's advice don't plan too many excursions. Only problem: when are we coming back Grandpa?

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, California

Incredibly Fine

  • 5 of 5

Our family has five star standards and this home exceeded all expectation. View, pool, quiet, weight room and sauna, library, theatre, fully stocked kitchen, dining space for our full family, immaculate throughout and a gracious host. Hiking or horse riding trails nearby and 15 minutes to one of the best beaches in Southern California. Bob and Sue Garmston

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I booked this wonderful retreat back in the fall of 2015. First, we couldn't believe the pictures we observed online. Second, we could believe it was so 'effortlessly easy' to get through the process of securing the rental. Third, we were overwhelmed at the gorgeous scenery driving towards the residence. Lastly, once we got there in June of this year. THE PICTURES ONLINE DOESN'T DO THE RESIDENCE JUSTICE AND WE REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE!!!!

My family of 3 generations and the core family haven't been together in almost 14 years, this family reunion was a GREAT SUCCESS, and everyone just loved the accommodations. From the awesome view, to the amenities in the house, to the pool. This was simply an outstanding experience. I personally enjoyed it so much, that i didn't even consider going to the beach at all.

One last thing, after experiencing such a great week, it would be terribly inexcusable of me not to mention Deborah and Randy. They were soooo gracious and very caring. From the first contact of setting up the rental, to the gift basket ,and the ever 'so attentive' customer care. This was truly a "Vacation in the Clouds".

Randy & Deborah, thank you both for a truly wonderful & outstanding experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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SeaWorld San Diego
"I love SeaWorld - Great animal life and fun water rides. I am not a big rollercoaster fan an..."
San Diego Zoo
"If you love the zoo, San Diego's is one of the best!"
Balboa Park
"Just about 40 minutes from Above The Clouds, Balboa Park is wonderful day or night - Museums..."
La Jolla Shores
"Beauty and Fun! Exploring La Jolla is a must! Just 30 minutes from Above The Clouds! "
Ocean Beach
Downtown San Diego
"We love San Diego! Drive to Old Towne and catch the trolley to downtown!"
Petco Park
"The Trolley is a great way to get to the park - Go Padres!"
Gaslamp Quarter
"If you are a jazz fan, don't miss The Gaslamp Quarter - all kinds of great food and music!"
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds
"International Horse Racing "
Callaway Vineyard and Winery
"Temecula Wineries"
A Balloon Adventure by California Dreamin
Mega Arte Horseback Riding
"Horseback riding right from the estate gate with Meg, our local Elfin Forest Horseback Ridin..."
Old Town
USS Midway Museum
Seaport Village
Little Italy District
San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge
Star of India
Little Italy Farmer's Market
San Diego Natural History Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
"Wine Country! Lots of wonderful wineries to explore!"
Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
"We have enjoyed so many wonderful concerts at Humphrey's! Are you a jazz lover? "
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Barpub
2.4 Miles
San Elijo- Epoch Wine Bar, Ignite- Carlsbad
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
La Costa Resort
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Oceanside Station
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Epoch or Stoked! Bistro, San Elijo
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Carlsbad State Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Dry Creek Conservancy & Nature Reserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Great Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Del Mar Race Track
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego
Nearest Point of Interest
Palomar Mountain Observatory
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Wild Animal Park
Nearest Point of Interest
La Jolla Kayaking
Nearest Point of Interest
Lagoon Water Skiing & Jet Skiing
Nearest Point of Interest
Palomar Airport Helicopters Sightseeing
Nearest Point of Interest
Hot Air Ballooning
Nearest Point of Interest
Horseback Riding & Mountain Biking
Car: necessary

Wine Tasting & Winery Summer Jazz Program and Palomar Observatory are just 20 minutes away, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and sky diving are about an hour away and Sea World, Lego Land, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, museums, live theater and San Diego sites and events are all within 35 minutes. 20 Minutes to Palomar Airport private charters, helicopters and small commercial jets. Long Beach Ferry to Catalina and their new zip line is a little over an hour away.


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Escondido Estate Rental Rates

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Jun 3 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $400
Property Damage Protection $99

Please inquire for rates for more than 12 Guests. Cleaning Fee is $400.

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Escondido Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • King size beds (2) Master Suite has King Bed with luxurious bedding. Additional King bedroom with a futon on Theater level., Queen size Beds (7) 2nd Master Suite Queen, plus 1 Queen Bedroom with a Queen sofa sleeper, and 2 additional Queen Bedrooms, 2 Queen Airbeds for setup in the library and theatre., Double Beds (1) 1 Double on bottom bunk, Twin or Single Beds (2) Total of 3 twins, Child Beds (1) 1 Pack & Play with child's mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 1 Queen sofa sleeper in bedroom with a queen bed. 1 double futon in King bedroom. 2 Queen airbeds., Bunk Beds (1) 1 bunk bed with a twin on top and a double lower.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Entertaining dream with beautiful fully equipped gourmet Dacor kitchen with pocket doors fully opening to indoor/outdoor entertainment lanai with BBQ, Fireplace, Fire pit, 60,000 Gallon Saline Water Park with Grotto, Swim-up Bar, 12-15 person jacuzzi, river, 40' luge slide, infinity edge overlooking incredible mountain and ocean views, beach entry, waterfalls, pool shower, whole house music system with satellite radio or your IPOD, sound proof state of the art Blu-Ray theater with kitchen, seating for 12 with 8 fully reclining leather chairs with sound shakers, dvd and music library, meditation garden, library, full gym with wet and dry sauna, master suite with indoor/outdoor marble/stone shower, jetted tub, towel warmer, stunning 180 degree views from every room for spectacular sunrises & sunsets, 5 acre gated with courtyard, dark sky, no city lights or city noise yet only 35 minutes from downtown San Diego & Sea World or the Airport.

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