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Vintage Bungalow - 1 Block to Beach Acesss

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

This charming beach bungalow was built in 1942 and it resides in a soulful tropical yard in the best neighborhood of Encinitas. The yard and home speak of relaxation but the ocean beckons. The living and dining areas are open and accommodate a family gathering comfortably. Each bedroom has a queen sized bed with closet and plenty of storage. There is also a third bdrm. with a comfy queen sleeper sofa.

The remodeled galley kitchen is a chef's dream with granite counters, stainless appliances, six burner gas stove and complete drawer of spices for gourmets. The dining area seats 8 comfortably and a trifold door opens onto the deck overlooking a large tropical yard which is incorporated into the living area. There is a BBQ and outdoor shower on the side patio, and parking is on the street. The property is shared with the constant gardener and hubby who live in the cottage at the back of the large yard, they are very friendly and helpful if needed.

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Encinitas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Short walk to 'Stone Steps' the local beach access, Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels provided. Boogie boards, coolers and Tote bags, too !! A high chair, stroller and pak n play are provided for those traveling with small children.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews

Sunshine Life

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfect! Roomy, wonderful yard, well-stocked kitchen and walking distance to everything. We had a great time - it is quiet and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lisa, Happy Valentines Day! Thank you for the positive review, we want all who stay here to enjoy the area and the relaxation of house and yard. That is what a vacation is all about! Please come back, there's always more to see and do. Wendy
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East northport New York

Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in the beautiful Mermaid Serenity for the first time!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with our entire family, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience!

Wendy & Paul’s home is warm and comfortable, just like being at home!

The best vacation rental EVER!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Denise, Thanks for the great review, can't top "best vacation rental ever"!! We're happy you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving week. Please come back . Wendy
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It's a Winner !

  • 5 of 5

Myself and two buddies came for the Breeders Cup at Del Mar and spent 4 nights at Wendy and Paul's wonderful home , great choice over the price-gouging hotels in the area. The home was very convenient and close to many fine bars/restaurants and the track was only 6 miles away. The house itself is very clean and comfortable, the kitchen has modern appliances and fixtures , easy to operate , plenty of glasses , plates , pots and pans , kitchen tools, everything.

Beds were clean and COMFORTABLE , bathrooms clean and in fine working order.Since it was early November we didn't spend any time in the spectacular yard but anyone renting in the summer would not be disappointed in the outdoor living it presents.

Wendy was also there to greet my first arriving friend and showed him around the house and was able to get him familiar with everything , great hostess.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Michael, Hope all your horses came in and aren't still running! So glad all of you had a good time. Hope to meet you on a return adventure.. Wendy
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So Glad we Found the Mermaid Serenity Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Wendy and Paul's vacation home was such a treat! Their lovely home and beautiful relaxing grounds were such a delight to spend time at. Everything is well thought out to accommodate just about any need, so don't bring it, they probably have it. The home was very clean, well maintained and comfy; it was like a home away from home. This was a great place to experience California beach living; walking distance to just about anywhere in the beach community of Encinitas. Wendy and Paul are great hosts; very warm and welcoming. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Craig and Drucilla, It was great to meet you and get in a few conversations, you're so interesting. You got the better weather, it's been cloudy. Please come back we would love to see you. Wendy
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We Are Already Planning on Going Back to this Lovely Place!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house! We have no complaints, only compliments! The space was elegantly homey and comfortable. We had everything we needed, plus! Wendy and Paul are gracious hosts who gave us just the right amount of attention. We enjoyed Encinitas, Moonlight Beach, and the neighborhood in general. We cooked a big breakfast every morning (great kitchen!!), spent the days at the beach, went out to some of the many great restaurants (The Taco Stand! Jakes!), played games, and finished up the evenings with ice cream at Handel's. We look forward to going back to this lovely place! Thanks for sharing your place, Wendy and Paul!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the warm southern review! We hope to see again. Wendy
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A vacation paradise in Encinitas, CA

  • 5 of 5

Our time spent in the Mermaid bungalow was spectacular. The house is beautifully decorated with beachy touches which meld with the ocean air constantly reminding you that you are only one block from the beach, in a beautiful neighborhood, and having the best vacation ever. The cottage is equipped with all the pots, pans, utensils, seasonings, etc., as well as games, beach towels and toys that anyone could ever want. Wendy and Paul, who turned out to be the nicest neighbors ever, are close by and willing to answer whatever questions you may have about the area including wonderful recommendations as to delicious restaurants within walking distance. This beautiful home so exceeded our expectations that we can hardly wait until we have an opportunity to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rita and Greg, Thank you for the favorable review. We are pleased you had a relaxing stay, it is our intent that vacationers have a memorable time with all needs met. Glad the purse episode went so smooth. Please do return if the opportunity arises. Wendy
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Wendy Peterson or Paul Peterson
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Wendy Peterson or Paul Peterson

Three generations have grown up and prospered here, all are water enthusiasts. We all have enjoyed many a fine meal, celebrations, yard games, cards, and countless casual get-togethers, this is a gathering spot.

We are retired and enjoy a bit of travel, touring this great nation via camper. When not on the road, we reside in the small cottage on the back of this property making sure the gardens and rental are maintained.

It is our pleasure to share this home with vacationers seeking relaxation and a memorable experience.

Wendy Peterson or Paul Peterson purchased this house in 1956


Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Palomar Airport, Carlsbad
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Encinitas Ranch
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Encinitas Coaster/ Solana Beach Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
Pacific Coast Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Stone Steps
Car: necessary

It's all about the beautiful ocean here but for variety you can take an early morn walk to the Pannikin for a cup of coffee and danish,then take the train north to Disneyland or south to the Del Mar race track and downtown San Diego. If you don't want to cook, a short walk to Vigiluccis fine Italian is nice or go downtown Encinitas for a wide variety of restaurants, night life, shopping and you can take in a movie at the classic La Paloma theater. Encinitas has an awesome botanical garden and the zoo, wild animal park, Sea World, Balboa Park and museums are all great day trips.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Reservations confirmed upon receipt of confirmation by owner which is provided after payment of total fees.
Cancellation Policy: 100 % refund if cancellation notification received 60 days prior to occupancy !!!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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