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'Walls of Glass on the Sand' Malibu oceanfront beach house

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath oceantfront unit


55 LINEAL FEET OF OCEANFRONT (a most significant asset)

23 LINEAL FEET OF OCEAN FACING GLASS ('Walls of Glass on the Sand')

BIG ROCK BEACH (malibu's most beautiful and picturesque beach)

50' OF CONTINUOUS BALCONY AND DECK (total outdoor dining and recreation)

'KEYLESS' PERSONAL CODE, KEY PAD ENTRY ('self' entry/secure stay)

attached, private beach access staircase with outdoor, hot water shower (warm rinse off).

night time surf lights for 100 yard surf light up at night (vacationer favorite)

reserved parking spot (absolute essential)

tile kitchen counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, Amelia Earhart ceiling fans, 55' HDTV's living room and bedrooms, WIFI, premium TV package






fully functional kitchen

two indoor dining and/or computer areas

outdoor dining area

king size bed

linens, towels and everything you need for your vacation (just bring your computer and cell phone)


CLOSE IN LOCATION just 10 minutes from Los Angeles.

AREA'S BEST SWIMMING AND BODY SURFING BEACH directly in front of the property.

ABOUT THE SAND AND THE EVER CHANGING BEACH: In the spring, the tide begins to carry sand in from the ocean and deposit it on the beach. The sand on the beach becomes deeper each week and by late summer can be several feet deep. During the winter, the process is reversed. The tide carries the sand back out to the ocean. At times, there can be no sand on the beach exposing cobble (football sized rocks ordinarily covered by sand) which can be difficult to walk on.

3 miles from Malibu City Center

beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards provided

bicycle and kayak rental nearby

shopping, supermarkets, restaurants, coffee houses in close proximity

More Details

Don Tollefson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Don Tollefson

I started out as a high school teacher in 1968. After 4 years I stopped that nonsense (it was a great job for which I wasn't suited) and went to law school. I passed the bar in 1979 and became an attorney (another great job for which I wasn't suited). That same year started a construction company. All along the way I bought property (back in the beginning property was cheap). In 2008 I added the vacation rental business. I still don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up. My insight? 'Youth is wasted on the young!'

Don Tollefson purchased this townhome in 1987

Why Don Tollefson chose Malibu

As a young man I never had much money (still don't). So even though property was cheap, I could only afford distress property and/or property in downtrodden areas. I mostly bought property in a nearby slum area called Venice (where I live to this day). I bought this particular Malibu vacation rental property as a distress property. It was in the Big Rock Mesa slide area. The slide area was a quarter mile section along the coast that was sliding aggressively toward Catalina Island. I gambled and it all worked out. Because the County stabilized the slide and everyone knows what happened in Venice. People tell me I was smart. But, I wasn't smart. I was lucky. My insight? If you have a choice between lucky and smart, pick lucky.

What makes this townhome unique

I'm 'unfamiliar places' and 'new things challenged.' Being thus 'challenged,' I'm aware of the frustrations that can accompany a vacation. So, I set things up so vacationers can 'hit the ground running.' My photos are unembellished. My video is unembellished. My booking process is dunce level simple. My follow up is compulsive every step of the way. I'm always accessible by phone, text or email. I provide a comprehensive printout for arrival. I've labeled light switches, fans, heaters and remote controls. I oversee cleaning. I oversee every turnover. I make certain everything is re-stocked, fully equipped and working. I refund security deposits promptly and make certain they clear. And I offer a 'repeat offender' discount for returning vacationers. My insight? It must be working because 25% of my vacationers are 'repeat offenders.'


Eastern Malibu Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , lav
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1) California king
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

'Walls of Glass on the Sand' Malibu oceanfront beach house
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Absolutely Fantastic!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Was looking for a reasonably priced place for my friends and I to stay while we went to see my son in Malibu and found this place. Although the interior could use some updating, it did not diminish our joy in staying here. I believe this is what made it affordable enough for us to stay here. The location is incredible. We spent all of our time on the deck. We saw dolphins, whales, seals and pelicans almost daily. The sunsets were the most amazing I have ever seen. Obviously, beyond the owner's control, the only drawback is trying to pull out onto the very busy Pacific Coast Highway. Detailed information about our stay was supplied to us by Don. I will absolutely be returning here. Hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sights, Sounds and Ocean Breeze Spectacular

  • 5 of 5

If your expectations require absolute luxury, this is not the place....go stay in an expensive 5-star hotel. IF, however, you want clean and comfortable, right on the beach, with EVERYTHING you need to homestead for a week, then this rental is ideal for up to 4. You can even pack lighter because of the convenience of in house washers and dryers (2 of each).

Spectacular ocean views, dolphin pods, seals (even a friendly, resident seagull), fresh seaside air, plenty of sunshine and inspiring sunsets....Walls of Glass on the Sand has it ALL. And, owner Don is exceptionally friendly, supportive and informative. Beginning with your initial reservation his communications are thorough and he even provides an "arrival" packet for each guest. PLUS, he returns the security deposit promptly.

Only the Pacific Coast Highway traffic and some needed, minor cosmetic maintenance prevent this from being absolutely "perfect."

We highly recommend a stay and hope to return sometime soon ourselves.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jerry, yours was perhaps the most exceptionally candid, informative and accurate review that "Walls of Glass on the Sand" has received. I always try to present accurate descriptions, photos and videos. Likewise, I want to do the same with guest reviews. Your review is excellent for someone seeking an objective evaluation for a possible vacation destination. I particularly appreciated that you highlighted some of the unique and outstanding features of this vacation rental. Please become a "repeat offender." Don
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Breathtaking, it stays with me.....

  • 5 of 5

I picked Don's property for a week, a Christmas stay. I traveled from the West Coast to meet my 20+ yr. old sons to have a memorable, unforgettable experience, and it was! Since the moment you open the Pacific Highway door, until you leave, you are reminded of the majesty, beauty of this amazing property and the ocean.

Thank you Don for giving us the opportunity to web incredible memories & to experience the best Christmas ever.

Everything needed was there for us, your kindness is appreciated. We will be back, God willing.... Thank you

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for an insightful, heartfelt review. I love that you found that initial view onto the deck so outstanding. You're the first to point that out in a guest comment. You will be back. It's called "dumb luck." Everyone who stays here has it. You will have it too and it will bring you back to vacation here again and again for no particular reason. That's why it's called "dumb luck." Don
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Wonderful beachfront location

  • 5 of 5

Great location and facilities. Direct beach access and outstanding sunset views. We'll be coming back!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a perfect venue to relax.

  • 4 of 5

My family and I throughly enjoyed our stay. Having direct beach access and meals / sundowners on the deck definitely added to our whole experience during our visit. We spent hours on the beach with our 4 year old granddaughter and enjoyed the daily sightings of resident seals and occasional pods if Dolphins from the deck and through the walls of glass.

Owner, Don was extremely responsive from time of booking to check out. The unit itself served our needs well and accommodates up to

4 comfortably. Don has shared some future renovation / upgrade plans for the unit which should improve the overall functionality. We look forward to our next stay.

Sarah and Andrew / Brisbane Australia.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew, it was indeed a pleasure have a vacationer come from far away Brisbane. I felt fortunate to have met you and Sarah and enjoyed the pictures of your fabulous home. I got some great ideas from the photographs and intend to incorporate some of them into "Walls of Glass on the Sand in the near future. Don
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Thompson family - Solihull, England..

  • 5 of 5

What a great time we all had, Don's Wall of Glass on the sand did not disappoint, the accommodation had everything required for a Ocean front rental.

Waking up to pods of Dolphins swimming by and cheeky hello's from the Seals was a perfect start to a perfect holiday day. One morning a Whale even gave us a visit.

This accommodation is a perfect base for exploring all California has to offer.

My family (2 teenagers) loved the beach and its privacy. Reading on the sand or on the deck with a cold beer or glass of wine at the end of the day ticked all the boxes.

With Supermarkets, restaurants all close and Malibu and Santa Monica 5 minutes away made for a hassle free holiday.

Don was great and easy to communicate with. We will be back as we all had the best of times and will return to this special place.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Paul, for a great positive guest review. I agree, the location is amazing. I like people to think that years ago when I purchased the property it was due to my uncanny vision into the future value of its location. But, the truth is, it was just "dumb luck." The property was substantially discounted due to a myriad of problems and it was the only property I could afford. I won't tell if you won't! Come back soon and ask for my special "European Repeat Offender" discount. Don
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Beach
Big Rock Beach
Car: necessary

Located between Malibu and Santa Monica. 3 Miles from Malibu city center. 8 miles from Santa Monica.


Rates & Availability

Eastern Malibu Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
March, April, May
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
November, December
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
January February
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
6 night minimum stay
March, April, May
Mar 1 2018 - May 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $175
Pet Fee $175
Tax Rate 12.0%

Return visitors ("repeat offenders") get a 5% discount. Rates are subject to change until reservation is accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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