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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights

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3 - 30 nights


San Clemente House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath; Canyon & Ocean View, huge yard and patio; wireless & cable

Welcome Home! We pride ourselves on having so many return guests! Our sprawling single level beach house will make your family and friends feel at home in comfort and luxury! We've renovated and remodeled an original 68 year old San Clemente custom home, but kept some of the old charm incuding original dark wood open beam ceiling with 3 beautiful fan lights. With air conditioning, an elevator to the garage and street level, and electric skylights, it's newly updated and upgraded. There are two master suites, one with a gorgeous ocean view and large sitting area with a queen sized futon, and the other with a quiet garden view. With 2 additional large bedrooms, your vacation home will sleep 8-10 VERY comfortably. Beautiful walk-in built out closets and built in Brazilian redwood cabinets assure plenty of storage space. 3 marble and granite bathrooms, one with a new jacuzzi tub and separate shower, 1 with dual shower heads and bench (and handicap ready to accommodate a wheelchair), all with massaging shower heads will help you relax after active vacation days. Your beach house has 2 living and family rooms, and 2 dining rooms so the house is ideal for 2 families sharing a vacation house, or for kids separate from adults. For fun at home, we have 3 large screen TV's, free Wifi and cable, a DVD library and players, lots of games and a great outdoor Ping Pong table! A fully equipped kitchen and family area includes a large kitchen table and seating for 8, and a dining room with seating for another 6-8. French doors open to a gorgeous patio and extra-large green lawn, with a top brand BBQ, 2 dining tables and outdoor seating for large groups and parties. An original gas and wood burning fireplace has been newly resurfaced with sandstone tiles, and is wonderful for cozy evenings. Don't pack for the beach except your sunscreen and suits! We have boogie boards, surfboards and water toys available for your use. You'll find coolers, beach chairs, beach towels, and everything you need for day trip convenience. Bedrooms and bathrooms are tastefully decorated, with upgraded linens and towels, but family friendly always. Thick towels, beautiful linens, and comfortable beds assure your comfort. A portacrib 'Pack and Play' is available onsite for baby or toddler. Bring grandma and grandpa or handicapped guests with you. Our beach house is handicap accessible with an easy to operate elevator, wide doorways, a roll-in shower, and comfort to accommodate everyone in the family. For a modest additional fee, bring your family dogs* who will have their own large play space with our fenced-in area complete with dog friendly trees and plants. T Street Beach has a 4 mile walking and hiking trail that is bike and dog friendly too. Of course the house has all appliances including a washer and dryer, refrigerator/freezer and ice maker, dishwasher and so on. As a gift to our guests who don't want to always eat out and prefer dining at home, we stock the kitchen with lots of goodies to make cooking a simple BBQ or a gourmet meal easy and cheap. No need to buy condiments or spices, they are stocked, along with all kitchen necessities and niceties. We even have specially ordered cookbooks on site with easy and delicious meal options. There is a large laundry room with washer and dryer, iron and board, and loads of space and extra cleaning supplies for your convenience.

We live nearby and are available to make sure you have everything you need to assure the best vacation ever, and so that you return often! We PRIDE ourselves on the large number of return guests. There is plenty of free parking in the driveway and on the street in front of the house. This is the renowned Southwest San Clemente beach neighborhood, with million dollar custom homes and wonderful friendly people. You will fall in love with your San Clemente Beach House and all that Southern California has to offer. (*The backyard has a fenced in doggy play area, and for additional fees, one or two well behaved and friendly dogs are welcome to share your family vacation.) WELCOME HOME!

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

France and Steve Helfer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 31, 2016

About France and Steve Helfer

This is us, France and Steve! We live in the house right behind the rental house, and the rental house is where we will grow old(er) together. It is our beautiful retirement home! When Steve was a little boy, his parents bought the property and built the original house as a tiny weekend beach cottage. He has fond memories of a long ago San Clemente, and we both love this city a lot. We grew up in Southern California and consider ourselves pretty much like the 'Brady Bunch'. We've been married over 25 years and raised 4 children in San Clemente! Steve was a San Clemente lifeguard for many years during college and even after graduating from UCSB. He served in the US Peace Corps in Brazil for 2 years. Now retired, he was an Oceanside paramedic-fireman for most his career. France was a senior executive in the Healthcare world, and mentors women and young people in business. We are grandparents, and on many weekends, we spend time with our wonderful families and grandkids, who love our beach house. We absolutely love being around loads of friends and family. France's mom Viviane, is over 90, and lives with us too! We've been known to 'babysit' for some of our rental family kids so the parents could enjoy evenings out or to attend local weddings, and that is fun too!

France and Steve Helfer purchased this house in 2008

Why France and Steve Helfer chose Orange County

We LOVE renting this house out and making new friends! We've had such great experiences as owners of this beach house! When Steve was a little guy, Ole Hansen's dream of the 'Spanish Village by the Sea' known as San Clemente, was just getting started. Steve's mom bought 3 lots, and our rental home was the original family beach cottage. We have many photos of the original San Clemente when there was nothing! When Steve's parents passed away, we couldn't bear to sell the house, so we bought it from the family, added a lot of square footage, and remodeled it! We are also minutes away from every type of shopping you could want, from grocery stores and Wal Mart, to high end department stores. In Summer 2015, a 70 store and restaurant outlet center opened off Pico, less than 2 miles away, as well as other great retailers including TJ Maxx, SteinMart and Sprout's Foods. Sunday mornings are for our weekly Farmer's Market with fresh produce and flowers on the main street, Del Mar St. This home will leave every guest with new wonderful memories for a lifetime too. We customize the contents of your beach home to suit your vacation needs! No matter WHERE you go visit while on your southern California vacation, one thing for sure; when you get back to your Beach House, you will be very happy to be 'home'. We love hearing our guests out back enjoying meals, playing ping pong, having a great time on vacation. Thank you for choosing us.

What makes this house unique

This San Clemente Beach House is under 10 minutes walk to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The climate is perfect, and spending time outside is a way of life. We love spending evenings outdoors, walking to the pier to meet friends for 'Happy Hour' or dinner, and walking the beach trail towards the State Beach Park. Having dinner on the patio is a very regular Summer evening event. We have NO mosquitos, and actually very few flying insects (a pleasant surprise to a lot of our out of state guests!) San Clemente was made famous when Pres Richard Nixon bought a beautiful estate just south of us, for his Western White House. Many diplomats including Henry Kissinger and Ronald Reagan spent time in San Clemente. Seeing and playing in the Pacific Ocean, hearing the waves, watching the palm trees, and the very romantic sunsets, make San Clemente a uniquely special place which you will fall in love with. We are half way to Los Angeles and half way to San Diego. For family vacationers, this is a PERFECT mid point to stay.


based on 35 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews

Very comfortable and nice

  • 4 of 5

We came in for a wedding. There were 7 of us. The owners were very helpful and great to work with. I was so nice tone able to relax and feed a large group of people. The kitchen was well stocked with all the equipment we needed. We would be happy to stay again

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, well kept home a short distance from a great beach.

  • 5 of 5

Steve and France went out of their way to make our stay comfortable despite the hot weather we were having. They were attentive to our needs. The home was clean and well kept. It was also well stocked with beach activities and cool drinks for our stay. Plenty of room for our party of eight.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brian for your family's great care for our home. It has a long family history, and we are looking forward to living our quiet years there! Your family was so easy and had so few requests. Take care of your selves.
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5+ Stars; Beautiful home; Spacious; Close to the beach; Wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time using VRBO and I am thankful that I did. My family and friends - 10 of us in all - shared this home for a week and it was worth every penny!

It's a beautiful home in a great neighborhood that is close to the beach. We walked down the street/hill with our kids (ages 3 - 10) and they did just fine. It took us only 10-15 minutes and we were pretty slow.

The home is very spacious and we all had plenty of room to be very comfortable. The owners have gone out of their way to make this feel like your own home instead of a hotel feel. It was stocked with everything we could possibly need and they even had the kitchen stocked with items that made it nice for some homemade meals and drinks for the adults ;). We didn't use them much, but there were tv's throughout the house equipped with satellite which was nice. They have a nice deck in the backyard with tables and chairs and a big bbq grill that we used. The beds were comfy and the bathrooms had everything we needed - new soap, hairdryers and plenty of towels.

We split our vacation between Disneyland and Legoland and it was equal distance between the two - about a 25 minute drive to either. There is a Ralph's grocery store just up the road and there were several local restaurants just minutes away.

I would DEFINITELY recommend this home to anyone interested in visiting Southern California!! The owners were very accommodating and great to deal with! We're checking the schedule to see when the home is available again!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael! We also use VRBO when we travel, and the most important thing to us is that the house we rent is CLEAN, and well stocked! There is no reason to buy spices, salt and pepper for a week, right?! We hope your lovely family is able to come back to San Clemente, and that your vacation has left you with good memories. Warmly, France and Steve
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Beautiful big house. Very well equipped. Great garden and outdoor area. Perfect for larger family.

  • 5 of 5

Our house was just beautiful. Wonderful for our large family. Big garden and great patio/barbecue area. Ideal location, less than 10 min walk to the beach. Highly recommend it and would definitely go back there again. Thank you France & Steve

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have a beautiful family, and it made us happy knowing you were having a great time in San Clemente! Thank you for the kind words AND for the absolutely delicious chocolates. :)
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Awesome beach house, awesome owners!

  • 5 of 5

We had 2 families, 10 people total sleep comfortably in this great home. During our stay the hot water heater went down, we notified the owner and they were great. They allowed all of us to shower in their home for 2 days while they replaced the heater. They were more than friendly and even offered to let us stay 2 extra days for the inconvenience, which we gladly accepted. Thanks Steve and France for the fantastic vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Courtney and family, What a WONDERFUL family you all are. Great adults, darling kids! We could NOT believe the water heater went out on the weekend (of course, right?!) and you were SO kind and understanding about it! We LOVED hearing you guys outside laughing and having fun, and of course we hope we can welcome you back again. PLENTY of hot water now! :) Best wishes, France and Steve Helfer
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Excellent family feel home

  • 5 of 5

We all had such a great time on vacation and truly felt at home and like family. The rooms are beautiful and everything you could need. A gorgeous view and a family vacation of a lifetime

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to have you stay again. It was great to spend some time with all of you! Thank you for staying at our beach house!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
John Wayne (Orange County), LAX, San Diego
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Goodys, Red Fox, Molly Bloom's, OC Tavern, Cellar
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Newport to Balboa Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
San Clemente Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Metrolink (at pier)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
BeachFire, Nick's, Fisherman's, Sonny's, Avila
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
T Street Beach & SC pier
Car: recommended

Enjoy gorgeous San Clemente, the California coastal Riviera, with beaches famous for surfing, swimming and boogie boarding with beach snacks, bathrooms. Hike the Beach Trail to San Clemente Beach Park, walk to the pier for dining al fresco. Summers feature free beach concerts, Ocean Festival, Fiesta, Island Nights. Downtown is known for antiquing, fine and casual dining of all ethnicities, wine bars, cheese shops, boutiques, surf shops. The Community Center has daily events, special events. Huge new sports park and pool, 3 golf courses, one is 5 minute drive. 10 minute drive to Dana Point harbor offers stand up paddling, jet ski's, kayaks, whale watching, an aquarium and learning center, evening sunset tours, all water sports, casual and fine dining. Laguna Beach is 15 minutes away with beaches, dining, artist studios, 'Pageant of the Master's', Art Affaire, Sawdust Festival, live theaters. Day trips to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, San Diego Zoo, Wildlife Park, La Jolla, Del Mar races, Angels, Dodgers, Padres Baseball, LA Lakers and Clippers, Temecula Wine Country, Casino's. Enjoy concerts at Honda Center, OC Performing Arts, Irvine Meadows. LA is less than one hour away, with theater, Hollywood, Universal Studies, much more. 10 minutes away is Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the first settled CA missions, and famous for Swallow's Day, antiquing, old train depot, shops, restaurants. Drive PCH up to coast to Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach with dozens of beach city stops. 1/2 hour south is large outlet shopping mall. 1 hour south are Gambling Casino's and wine country.


Rates & Availability

San Clemente House Rental Rates

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Oct 1 2016 - Oct 1 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Non Refundable Cleaning $200
Additional guests over 8 $100
Property Damage Protection $59

Contact us if you are attending special events such as a wedding, rehearsal dinner, or reunion. We can help with transportation or planning! Well trained dogs are welcome at a rate of $25 per night per dog!
For each full week rented, the 7th night is FREE; $3000 for 7 nights!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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San Clemente House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Marble bathroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Double shower head! Marble bathroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Huge walk in shower, built in marble bench. Handicap access
  • 3 upgraded beautiful marble bathrooms. One with Jacuzzi tub, and separate shower stall and double heads. One with (wheelchair) roll in large shower with double separate shower heads and marble bench. One with separate marble shower. All with deluxe shower heads.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Twins convertible to standard King Bed on request of guests
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 queen , 2 queen futons in giant master suite for total 6 guests
  • Master bedroom suite sleeps 6-1 king platform, & 2 queen futons. Second bedroom sleeps 2 in queen bed with attached bathroom. Third bedroom sleeps 2-2 twin's, and we have converters and bedding to turn the twins into a king bed for couples on request. Fourth bedroom sleeps 2- one queen bed. We have a new queen sized airbed onsite too. Pack and play for infant or toddler is onsite.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
San Clemente is the diamond of the Southern California coast. We provide our guests with an exhaustive list of FUN things to do in a NOTEBOOK complete with Coupons and Menus. Be as relaxed or active as you choose. Anything you need, we can take care of. Whale watching (Blue Whales!), boat rides, day excursions galore.

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