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Laura Colban

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, danish, norwegian, For Spanish, text me. My daughter will call back.

La Jolla San Diego Luxury Solar Home w/ Pool & View, Great Location

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Solar Home w/ Pool & View, Great Location

WE GIVE A 3% DISCOUNT TO THOSE WHO PAY BY CHECK OR WIRE TRANSFER. WE GIVE A 1% DISCOUNT FOR PAYMENT THROUGH PAYPAL. If you want to do this, please send an "inquiry/message", rather than using "book it now."

We purchased this La Jolla custom craftsman (“arts and crafts” style) home in May 2013, because we loved its unique character, serene feel, and unobstructed eastern view. We have furnished it with top quality pieces and every amenity, paying close attention to details. In March 2015, we added solar PV to the roof and we are covering over 90% of our electric usage. A solar thermal system on the hill heats the pool.

Outdoor Area

The outdoor space features a solar heated pool and a large jacuzzi with amazingly powerful jets. There is a custom, built-in gas BBQ with a granite counter. We have a huge dining table with seating for 10, plus additional seating in a love seat, comfy chairs, lounge chairs, and hammock. The outside gas fire pit is perfect for smores. On the side of the yard are various fruit trees, including lemon, guava, clementine and kumquat. The unobstructed view stretches past the Cuyamaca Mountains to the desert.

Indoor Living Spaces

This property is unique in that it offers many living spaces, including two living/family rooms, a game room, a bedroom/living room, and seating at the kitchen island. All living spaces are tastefully decorated with solid wood, hand crafted 'arts and crafts' style pieces. All rooms (including bedrooms) have fabulous lighting, with dimmers so that you can adjust the light for the perfect atmosphere. The abundance of living spaces is a wonderful feature for extended family vacations, as the entire family will be able to spend time together, yet can also break into smaller groups in different spaces.

There are two separate living rooms, each with its own stone fireplace. One living room (the “Great Room”) has wood flooring, a high vaulted ceiling, a great leather U-shaped sectional, Noguchi glass coffee table, huge flat screen TV, solid cherry dining table with seating for 12 and caucasian rug. The other living room is smaller, with new carpeting, a microfiber couch, two leather chairs, and wood coffee table. The game room has a tournament sized (9’) pool table and a foosball table. The fifth bedroom is set up with a flat screen TV and a day bed that converts to a king bed, such that this room can be used as a bedroom and/or a living space. The large kitchen is equipped for a chef and is perfect for entertaining. It has custom cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The stove includes not only four gas burners but also an indoor grill. Your chef will appreciate the Cuisinart food processor, Kitchen Aid mixer, real knives, pot filler, second bar area with sink, etc. To accommodate our family’s habit of spending time in the kitchen, we have comfortable leather counter-height chairs positioned on the bar side of the huge kitchen island.


This is a five bedroom home, with beds for 13 plus two air mattresses and a playard. We want our guests to sleep well, and do our best provide the ideal sleep environment. We have both light weight summer duvets and warm hungarian goose down duvets. We have over three dozen pillows in the house, from soft to firm, including goose down pillows. We even have a full body pillow.

Three of the bedrooms are upstairs; two are downstairs. The upstairs bedrooms have high vaulted ceilings and huge windows on two or three walls. This ensures tremendous natural lighting and a fabulous cross breeze.

The master bedroom is huge, 27’ long, with a view over the pool, past the mountains and to the desert. It features a king sized bed, full sized futon, flatscreen TV, and two seating areas, one with a Corbusier pony lounge chair, the other with Wassily black leather chairs and a gorgeous thick glass coffee table. The master bedroom has its own private bath, with jacuzzi tub, granite counters and two sinks, and separate toilet area. The walk-in closet is big enough for a bed, and has two air mattresses.

One of the upstairs bedrooms is furnished as a children’s room, with a twin over full bunk bed and small red sofa. There is no TV in the children’s room. The children's bedroom has a view to the front of the house, overlooking the water feature in the front yard. The other upstairs bedroom has a queen bed, a flatscreen TV, and a unobstructed easterly view over the pool.

Downstairs, there are two bedrooms. The front bedroom has built-in cabinets, and a cozy window window seat with fabulous cushions and pillows. Behind the queen bed, there is a custom designed, hand made head board that is nearly 8’ high. This front bedroom has a view of the water feature in the front of the house. The second downstairs bedroom backs onto the pool area, and has french doors that open onto the pool area. For a cross breeze, it also has a large window to the right of the bed. It has a daybed that converts to a king and a flatscreen TV.


The house has a variety of amenities, incl. solar heated pool, jacuzzi, outdoor gas BBQ, gas fire pit, two cascading water features, decent sized backyard, outdoor seating for 18, hammock chair, pool table, foosball table, many flatscreen TVs with cable and wifi, free wifi, tons of books (children’s books, cook books, novels, biographies, etc.), board games, children’s toys, doll’s crib and blanket, and beach toys (surf board, boogie boards, sand toys, etc.) We hope to have everything that you may want in a vacation home.

Location, Location, Location!!!!!

This property is convenient to everything. It is not in downtown La Jolla, where there is only one road, in and out, with lots of traffic.

Safety / Supervision of Children

I have had many guests with small children stay at this property. Having said this, you should ONLY rent this property if you are prepared to supervise your children closely at all times. There is no fence between the house and the pool. Behind the yard and the pool is a steep hill, and there is only a small stone wall, with an opening, blocking access to the hill. The fire pit and BBQ should not be touched by children. Similarly, inside the home are a variety of items, including a glass coffee table, kitchen garbage, electrical cords, and many, many other items that could be dangerous to small children. So, please, if you have small children, be prepared to supervise them very closely both inside and outside the home.

Things to do w/in biking distance:

- Beaches, including: La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, Children’s Beach, Torrey Pines Beach, Mission Bay, etc. (The house is equipped with sand toys, surf board, boogie board, children’s and adult’s mask/snorkel.)

- Watch the sea lions at Children’s Beach (Sea lions live here year round, giving birth in the late winter.)

- Kayaking and paddle boarding at La Jolla Shores (kayak in the caves beneath La Jolla, see the beautiful bright garibaldi, leopard sharks, sea lions, etc.)

- La Jolla Village (art galleries, shopping, restaurants)

- Torrey Pines Golf (world’s best municipal golf course)

- La Jolla Playhouse

- Free summer concerts at La Jolla Cove, as well as throughout San Diego

- La Jolla Symphony and Chorus at UCSD

- La Jolla Athenaeum Chamber Concerts

- Scripps Birch Aquarium

- Old Town

- Mission Bay (sailing, waterskiing, rowing, sculling, paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing, outrigger canoeing, and many other water sports on the calm bay)

- Mission Beach amusement park and roller coaster

- Torrey Pines glider port (paragliding)

- Torrey Pines Beach (hike the pink/orange cliffs)

- Ice Skating at UTC Mall

- Rock Climbing

With 10-20 mins drive:

San Diego Zoo

Balboa Park (15 major museums, 9 performing arts venues, gorgeous gardens, etc.)

Old Town

Quail Botanical Gardens

Downtown San Diego (performing arts, restaurants, etc.)

Children’s Museum (Paint the car!!)

Del Mar Racetrack

Del Mar Fair

Within 30 mins:


Niki de St. Phalle sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park

Wild Animal Safari Park

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Laura Colban (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, danish, norwegian, For Spanish, text me. My daughter will call back.

About Laura Colban

We purchased this home in May 2013. We have three children, including a high school senior honors student who works part-time at a day care facility and babysits.

Laura Colban purchased this house in 2013

Why Laura Colban chose San Diego

I find serenity at this home. When it is vacant, it is my refuge. After a hectic day (if we have no guests), I go over and sit by the pool and listen to the waterfall. It helps me find peace.

What makes this house unique

This is a gorgeous home with incredible character. American Craftsman (aka, 'arts and crafts') home, with stained glass windows, period lighting, etc. The house has a very serene, peaceful feel to it. Built in 1972, but renovated over the last few years. We have tremendous pride of ownership, and it shows in the designer furniture .

Environmentally Friendly Home

We are concerned about our environmental footprint, and we do our best to enable our guests to minimize their energy and water use. The pool is heated with a solar thermal system on the hill, and the house has solar PV on the roof. The solar PV covers about 90% of your electric usage. You can bring this up to 100%, by doing two simple things after you use the jacuzzi: (1) put the cover back on when you get out, and (2) turn the temperature down. Guests that do this routinely rarely use additional energy above what is provided by the solar PV system. We provide a 96 gallon recycling bin, which is the largest available in La Jolla. It is picked up every other Sunday, so please limit your recycling waste by drinking filtered water from the fridge rather than bottled water, and by bringing your own bags to Costco (there is seldom room in the recycling bin for multiple empty Costco boxes.). La Jolla has a mild coastal climate and most homes, including ours, do not have air conditioning. If you are concerned, google "weather la jolla" and determine whether our property is suitable for you. We provide at least one fan for every room. In compliance with San Diego's mandatory water restrictions, which prohibit the use of ornamental fountains, we have turned off the water falls by the pool and in the front of the house. We hope to receive rain this coming winter so that the drought ends and city water restrictions will be lifted.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Laura, Thanks so much for everything. We have rented homes nine times through VRBO and your house was the best so far!! The pool area was key!! Between the fire pit, jacuzzi, pool, BBQ and games, all three generations were happy and together. Really appreciated your activity recommendations and groupon links. My 92 year old mother had a blast paddleboarding with the little ones!! Thanks so much for everything.
May 2013
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La Jolla San Diego Luxury Solar Home w/ Pool & View, Great Location
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 37 reviews

Excellent place to stay/vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Property is in great location to easily access all of San Diego's finest attractions. It is spacious, comfortable, and extremely relaxing. We stayed with our high school varsity boys basketball team and the property helped create a most memorable experience for all of us. Staying here is a great way to enhance any vacation to the San Diego area.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect property for a getaway!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay here with a large group of 14. The house was waiting for us in great condition. The backyard is beautiful and the pool was a perfect place for us the spend the day.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This lovely property is the perfect vacation home for anyone going to the San Diego/La Jolla area! We were a group of 10 adults-family and friends ages 20 something to 60 something and we all felt we couldn't have asked for a better place to gather together for the opening of our son's play. This is truly a home away from home! Our 10-day stay was the perfect vacation.

The house itself is large, inviting, comfortable, and set up perfectly for groups, in that there are beautiful areas both inside and out to gather for meals, coffee, drinks and yet everyone has their private space. The kitchen is well-stocked and lovely with a sliding door opening to the backyard and pool. There is a huge living room/dining room with table and chairs large enough for the group and a couch that accommodated everyone! The bedrooms are all extremely comfortable, and the master bedroom and bathroom are particularly impressive in their size and design.

The outside area-backyard-is fantastic! There is a pool and a large hot tub. There is a large bar-b-que and fire pit. The outdoor furniture is plentiful, comfortable and creates a number of different places to gather to eat outside, read books, or just sit, talk and enjoy the weather and view.

The location was great-easily accessible to San Diego downtown, beaches, restaurants and shopping.

Laura, the owner, was helpful, considerate, and a lovely person. She responded to any issues promptly and couldn't have been nicer.

All 10 of us were extremely satisfied and pleased staying at this home. We all felt we truly couldn't have asked for more. We will highly recommend it to all family and friends traveling to this area!

Ellen and Marshall from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Stayed: May 11-21st 2016

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great house, great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this home for a brief business trip. Unfortunately we couldn't spend more time at the house. Laura was very accommodating around our early arrival by allowing us to hang around in the backyard and enjoy the pool, hot tub and view until the cleaning staff had finished.

We often travel to San Diego for business and a combination of location, quality and overall experience will have us coming back to this rental.

Thanks Laura!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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The home was perfect for our family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The home is located on a quiet street yet in a perfect location to get to the beach, freeway, park or wherever you would like to be. We also enjoyed the pool, hot tub and the game room. It was very comfortable and spacious for all guests. The home was clean and the kitchen was well stocked. We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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San Diego spring break

  • 5 of 5

Our family (6 adults, 4 children) spent a week in San Diego during this year's spring break. The home accommodated us very well in both sleeping and general living space requirements. It was very well located for the area activities we were interested in visiting. The home was clean and all essential appliances and food preparation requirements were available. The game room, pool and foos all tables, were very popular. The solar heated pool was generally warm enough, even though sunshine was a bit spotty during our stay, and the traffic noise from I-5 located in the valley behind the house was a non issue. The only areas noted for improvement were exterior yard service (spring growth needed attention) and eventual exterior painting.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
6 La Jolla beaches w/in 2-3 miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

La Jolla House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Discounted summer days
Jul 9 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late summer 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Beginning Winter Break
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas / New Years 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Spring Break 2017
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Late Spring Break
Apr 3 2017 - Apr 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
June 2017
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 15 2017 - Aug 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Website booking fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $300
Tax Rate 11.05%

There is a 3% discount to guests who pay by check without going through VRBO.

W/in a rate period, there is variation. Rates are lower if you are renting back to back with another renter. Rates are higher when there is a small mid-week gap between renters. Most holidays are charged at a higher rate, regardless of whether or not they are specifically listed (i.e., President's weekend, July 4, Labor Day weekend). It is not possible to list rates for every scenario.

There is very little left during summer, not a single whole week left. Because I have odd days here and there (look at the calendar), I have lowered the rate. I am willing to rent out for shorter periods that I usually do. If you have a flexible schedule, this is an excellent discount.

Cleaning fees vary from $300 to $450, depending on maid availability, etc.

50% is due w/ booking; remainder due 60 days prior to arrival.

VRBO/Homeaway has started charging a 4-9% service fee for online bookings. This fee is in addition to the 3-4.5% fee that is already charged to owners for guests who use a credit card. This fee is also in violation of their agreement with homeowners, many of whom pay over $2000 per year to list their homes. If you want to avoid one or both of these fees, send me (and all owners) a message/inquiry rather than a reservation request or a BookIt now request. Once you have put a credit card in, it is difficult to remove those fees. Most owners will accept payment through PayPal (which also charges owners for credit card payments), or by check or wire transfer, which avoids the fees entirely. Most owners will provide a discount to renters who pay by check or wire transfer.

Cancellation Policy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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San Diego House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 3 full bathrooms, all have a tub/shower. All have travertine and granite. The master has a deep jacuzzi tub.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Amazing view for miles. 13'x13'
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Downstairs bedroom in front of house. 13'x13'
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Downstairs w/ access to pool. Day bed / king. 13'x13'
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Huge 27'x17'. Sitting area w/ great view. Playard, not crib.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Twin over full bunk bed, and futon/sofa. Sleeps 5 in beds.
  • Master is 27'x17', all other bedrooms are 13'x13'. The master has a king bed, a full size futon (West Elm), and, in the walk-in closet, a Graco pack and play (not a crib). Bedrooms 2 and 4 have queen beds. Bedroom 3 is ideal for up to 5 kids, but can be used for a couple with up to 3 kids. It has a twin over full bunkbed and a full futon/sofa. Bedroom 5 has a day bed that converts to a king (two twins side by side.) The house has beds for 15, plus 2 air mattresses. The master, bedroom 2 and bedroom 3 are upstairs. Bedrooms 4 and 5 are downstairs. We cannot guarantee that the condition of the pack 'n play. If a previous renter has broken it, we may not know. Please check it thoroughly, and let us know if it is not in proper condition.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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