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'Jewel Box' of the Village of Corona Del Mar

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Corona Del Mar Villa Rental Photos and Description

French Style Chateau at the beach

As you enter this French style home, you walk into the Great Room full of color and style, which can be used as an office, an artist studio, entertaining, or just relaxing. The room expands out through French doors to the patio. There is a wet bar and powder room, located on the first floor of the great room. The second floor is the main living area of the house with the living room, fireplace, dining room with a balcony for enjoying cocktails or morning coffee while looking towards the ocean, the kitchen, pantry, Guest Room and adjoining Bathroom. The third floor is the Master Suite with two balconies, one with an ocean view, the other nestled in the trees for reading or meditation. The spa bathroom features granite counters, luxurious appointments in the shower includes body sprays as well as a rain shower, and a hand held shower. For an authentic spa experience, choose between the multi-function systems that invite relaxation, or invigoration along with the steam shower. The suite is complete with surround sound and HDTV on 46” screen for watching your favorite movies or TV shows.

One must experience the enchanting moods this very unique property presents depending on which time of the day you share it. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are exceptional. Style, high-quality, sophistication and, the most important word in real estate...'location, location, location' all rolled into one. Life in this home is like being on vacation everyday!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jay Rifkin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Jay Rifkin

I fell in love with Corona del Mar after spending summers enjoying the beautiful beaches and activities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach and I couldn't wait to live here. I did so for 20 years and personally built this home.

Jay Rifkin purchased this villa in 2005

Why Jay Rifkin chose Orange County

This home is so unique, it is called the Jewel Box, the Melon House, or the French Chateau of the Village. It is just one block from the ocean and because it is on a corner lot facing the ocean, it is one of the most photographed houses in Corona del Mar.

This custom home is one-of-a-kind, a 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath residence located in the highly coveted heart of this famous seaside community. This property features hardwood floors, top quality construction, Venetian plastering in every room and bathroom, and the most up-to-date and superior quality amenities all the way through. State-of-the-art architecture, fabulous furnishings from all over the world, complete with marble and granite counter tops including brands: SubZero, Bosch, Miele and Jade. This property is in a class of its own! Luxury urban-beach lifestyle at its best!

This property is less than one block from the beach, yet you can hear the ocean sounds at night from the balcony or patio or just lying in bed with the windows open. Unusual curved beams showcases the living room with matching curved window and fireplace hearth of travetine are just a few of the features that elevate this home above the rest.

What makes this villa unique

Beautifully designed and furnished, this home is a total turn-key and only requires your suitcase and toiletries. As listed, the property features stained glass throughout, unique mosaic entry and TWO bedrooms—each with its own bathroom. The master bedroom, you’ll find a queen size bed made up with the finest linens, with two patios, one facing the ocean, and the other a secluded retreat with an ocean view. The master bath also has a built in steam shower, rain shower and body spray for the true spa experience. The other bedroom and bath on the main floor is uniquely different featuring a full size bed and travetine bath with etched glass on the shower walls and hand painted sink.

The kitchen and dining room open up to a patio ideal for your afternoon cocktail, reading a book or watching the sunset. The dining room seats six and the eat-in kitchen is casual seating for two. The home is equipped with 46' LCD HD smart TV with surround sound in the master, ShowTime, stereo speakers throughout the house, the front patio and garage as well as TV's throughout the house. Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and cable TV and phone are available, as well as a security system. Two car garage with laundry facility (washer/dryer, ironing board) are available for your additional convenience.

This is the perfect spot for up an executive, a couple, and family of 3-4 in transition looking for a relaxing beach vacation. The home is ideally situated for exploring all the wonderful sights that southern California has to offer, a yet a world far away from the hustle and bustle of urban traffic and congestion, but just 10 minutes to John Wayne Airport.


based on 13 traveler reviews

'Jewel Box' of the Village of Corona Del Mar
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed there for a few weeks and it was just wonderful. The property has been taken care of to perfection and just looks and feels amazing. Will be returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fort lauderdale

Our Best Orange County Experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and son stayed at the Jewel Box for eight nights. We visit Orange County several times a year. It was easily our best experience so far. The house is simply beautiful. Jay was very attentive and everything was as indicated. We loved being able to walk the beach, the stores, the gym and the restaurants. We even met some of Jay's wonderful neighbors. We look forward to returning. Thanks Jay!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Jay for a wonderful Mothers Day weekend. We had a blast and enjoyed your home. We were very comfortable and will return ASAP. It was a perfect layout for us.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely home. Every detail has been well though out. The owner is wonderful and takes great pride in his property. The location is perfect. I will most definitely return in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boulder Co

The crown of Corona Del Mar

  • 5 of 5

As usual we are back we love this place The owner is a very gracious host and the house is beautiful we will be back next year Marcy

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always, it is such a pleasure to host you and Bob to our home. It seems that you have become more of friends than guests as we welcome you back to Corona del Mar. I am glad you had a wonderful time and I look forward to hosting you again next year! All the best, Jay
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Frenchtown, NJ

Christmas Jewel

  • 5 of 5

We spent Christmas and New Year's in this beautiful home. It was absolutely amazing, this home is beautiful and well taken care of both inside and out. The views of the beach are beautiful And the beach is within walking distance. The neighborhood is so safe and a scenic walk if you want to take a stroll. The house is so beautiful and comfortable that you will want to take time to enjoy it. The owner, Jay, is definitely accommodating and a very gracious host when you arrive. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful home you will definitely enjoy this jewel.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7.5 Miles
John Wayne International Airport (Orange County)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Bandera's Restaurant and The Quiet Woman
Nearest Ferry
2.4 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pelican Hills and Rancho San Joaquin Golf Courses
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrack / MetroLink
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Bandera's Restaurant and The Quiet Woman
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Big Bear Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
One block (Corona del Mar State Beach)
Car: recommended

For those interested in Theme Parks, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios in Hollywood are within a short drive from Corona del Mar. A beautiful day trip or overnight to Catalina Island is in reach by ferry from Balboa Island just minutes away, but you will feel like you are on a unique island as there are no cars allowed. If you are into history or art, don't miss the beautiful Mission at San Juan Capistrano, The Richard Nixon Presidential Library, or plan a day to visit the world renowned Getty museum in Los Angeles, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, or the Huntington Museum and Gardens in Pasadena.


Rates & Availability

Corona Del Mar Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall - 2016
Sep 7 2016 - Nov 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving week - 2015
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Winter - 2016
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 16 2016
5 night minimum stay
Holiday Rate - 2016/2017
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring - 2017
Jan 3 2017 - May 20 2017
5 night minimum stay
Memorial Week - 2017
May 22 2017 - May 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer - 2017
May 30 2017 - Sep 5 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,100
Cleaning Fee $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Corona Del Mar Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Powder Room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjoins Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Master shower spa with rain shower, body sprays and steam
  • 2 1/2 Bathrooms. Each bathroom is extremely unique, from the powder room with it's granite sink and basin, to the guest bath featuring the hand painted tulip sink, marble counters, and etched glass shower, to the master bath spa bathroom featuring granite counters, luxurious appointments in the shower includes body sprays as well as a rain shower, and a hand held shower. For an authentic spa experience, choose multi-function systems that invite relaxation, or invigoration with the steam shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , This bed is ideal for a couple, but not 2 older children
  • The villa/chateau - home has two beautiful bedrooms, both with flat screen TV's, adjoining bathrooms, and amenities that you find in the best hotels. Bedroom 1 is in a sea foam green Venetian plaster color and all the accents are green and white. The mattress is brand new with 500 thread count linens and comforter sets with matching shams and pillows. Extra linens and pillows included. Bedroom 2 is in Periwinkle Blue color Venetian plaster with white/cream accents. The queen bed has two side tables with leather base side lamps and suede lamp shades. The mattress is also brand new and is featured with 500 threads count linens and comforter sets with matching shams and pillows. Extra linens, comforters and pillows included. The master has a leather bench at the foot of the bed for sitting while putting on shoes or placing clothes while dressing.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Book NOW! Enjoy the summer Jazz Concert Series with phenomenal guests at the Hyatt Newporter just 4 miles away: from June - September 2016 If you like the water, you can take a boat ride to see the California Gray Whales as it makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and back again along the Orange County coast during the months of December-April. As you can see CDM is truly unique - with world class shopping close by within minutes, 5-star dining, walking, hiking, entertainment and close to Laguna Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs and Hollywood & LA.

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