|Minimum Stay||2 - 5 nights|
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.
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 (converted garage) 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.)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
My wife and I planned a small intimate 20 person wedding in San Diego. With both families flying in from the east coast we wanted to provide a comfortable home for our guests. This property was perfect for what we wanted. Laura met us the night we checked in to show us the property and make sure everything was proper. The location was close enough for friends to experience the local attractions in PB and La Jolla while allowing us with a spacious yard with pool, hot tub and fire pit to entertain and mingle. Everyone raved about the sun rise views too! This was my first time using vrbo and I would definitely recommend this property as the owner was very easy to work with.
House was nice, large enough to accommodate our 15 guests.
traveled from CT for our daughters wedding,called Laura when we arrived and met with her the next day,
we had a great stay, the house is very nice,clean, no problems,we cooked most meals at the house,it has most everything you need, it was a bit chilly so we did not use the pool much but we did use the hot tub and the fire pit, the house is very close to everything in San Diego, airport, beaches down town, all in all we had a great stay and would come back again
This was our first time renting a vacation home so we were initially leery; after paying the deposit; we were definitely impressed with the responsiveness of the owner to our ongoing list of questions, this put our minds at ease.
Upon arrival, the first unsettling thing we noticed was the non-working water fountain with a dead bird in the front yard. Not okay, especially when the pic showcasing the front of the house reflects a beautiful fountain.
The bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and den pretty much rerflected the pics. The game room is basically the garage, so it's not a separate area. The foos ball and pool table are close together so be mindful; but both kids and adults enjoyed the games.
We rented in June, so it was a bit warm; but thankfully LaJolla is close to the water b/c the house has NO AC!!! Of course we were shocked b/c there was a unit and air was blowing; but it wasn't AC! Thankfully there was a cross wind when we opened multiple windows.
The waterfall that is highlighted in the pool was not on...and in the "book of rules" it indicated that we can't turn it on due to the California drought! When the owner was asked she said we "could" turn it on but it wouldn't keep the pool warm. Speaking of the "heated" pool, it wasn't really heated! But we were told it was a solar heater. It never got as warm as we would like; but again the kids enjoyed the pool.
Our biggest pet peeve about the property is the fact that although the owner was attentive it went a bit overboard when we returned from the fair and the owner was in the home! That is NOT OKAY! She did not call and say she was coming, we walked in and there she was! Then the next day, she called to say people were coming to power wash the house...WHAT! AbSolutely Not! There's no AC, so now we have to close all windows...no! She did eventually notify them to leave. So needless to say in our 5 days and four nights, we were visited 3-4 times.
Overall, we had a good time in a nice house considering the inconveniences with the visits and pictures not completing reflecting accuracy. My recommendation to the owner is to continue to be attentive, but do not over step and show up during vactioners time...it's an imposition.
This beautiful five bedroom house worked perfectly for our family! We enjoyed the big kitchen when cooking in house.
The pool was enjoyed most days and the evenings were nice around the fire pit! Don't forget the S'more ingredients:) Nice washer and dryer, too! Centrally located for all beaches and SD attractions!
Property was perfect and had all the things we needed. Everyone who slept there had a great nights rest. Backyard and garage were great places for entertaining and enjoying each others company. Laura was a very kind host and made sure everything was perfect. Thank you Laura!
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Website booking fee||$200|
There is a 3% discount to guests who pay by check without going through VRBO.
RATES ARE APPROXIMATE.
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.