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Vintage Bungalow - 1 Block to Beach Acesss

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


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.

More Details

Wendy Peterson or Paul Peterson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

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


Encinitas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Vintage Bungalow - 1 Block to Beach Acesss
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Magnificent. This place is a gem and so are the owners!

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted to find this gem of a place and two gems of people, Wendy and Paul, as a landing pad with support team for our relocation from Japan to Encinitas for our two young boys, my wife and I. It was just perfect! The house is just lovely---it has an amazing kitchen, very comfortable living room and three nice bathrooms. In a very quiet location and with a big grass lawn for our boys to run around. Paul and Wendy were unobtrusive, but at the same time warm, friendly and responsive to our every need. The beach is just steps away and it`s a short drive for groceries, to restaurants and to get anything else you might need. This review is very embarrassingly late---we`re finally getting all the ends tied down for living in wonderful Encinitas. A strong recommendation for this house and a big thank you to Wendy and Paul!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well Hi There Jan and Family, Great to know all is well with you. Thank you for the glowing review, it was a pleasure meeting you and knowing we could be the springboard into the best little beach town in So. Cal. Hope to see you around. Wendy
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Houston, TX


  • 5 of 5

We had our four year old and one year old with us and the house was perfect for us. Plenty of room for everyone and it had everything we needed. The owners are incredibly nice and accommodating. The beach was convenient and there was plenty nearby to walk to (restaurants/coffee/yoga/etc). Quick drive to Legoland and not too far from the safari park either. But our kids loved the yard at the house and my husband and I loved the deck. Overall a wonderful rental property that we hope to visit again. Thanks Paul and Wendy!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emily and Jonathan, So glad your vacation was lovely and needs were met, especially for the little one's, if the're not happy, no ones happy, right? We hope you enjoyed Encinitas enough to return. Happy Holidays to you all. Wendy
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Lovely place with everything you need and right by beach

  • 5 of 5

I can't rate Mermaid Cottage highly enough; here's a few reasons why we loved it here. Extremely welcoming owners Wendy and Paul who are on site for all your needs. Lovely place to hang out for the whole family. Access to garden which is great for the kids. Nice deck and huge sliding doors mean you have tons of flexibility for dining. House was equipped with everything you can think of in the kitchen and elsewhere including beach gear (chairs, umbrellas, toys, boogie boards). And it is in a quiet spot but only a short stroll to the beach. Lots of good dining options nearby that Wendy will walk you through. Definitely one of my favorite ever holiday rentals.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ben and Family, So special to have you. It's a long trip and we hope the climate and location will tempt you're return. All the best to you and your's. Wendy and Paul
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Lake Oswego, OR

Excellent Stay at Mermaid Serenity Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

We've rented many homes through vrbo and this was the best. The home was clean and well stocked with everything we needed and more. The decor is great with comfortable beds and seating plus beautiful art work throughout. The grounds are beautiful and the beach is nearby as well as restaurants and shopping in walking distance. Paul and Wendy were very friendly and made us feel right at home. We highly recommend this lovely bungalow and plan to return soon.

Dave and Sylvia

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Encinitas Experience at it's best!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at this beautiful home. Great location to the beach and local Encinitas restaurants. Our favorite room was the dining area that had folding doors that opened to a outdoor patio overlooking a beautiful zen like yard. We loved the close access to the beach for morning walks and famous stone steps. The neighborhood was lovely and enjoyed looking at all the beautiful properties. Loved having the property owners close for any questions about the area. They were helpful and so accommodating to our every need. Perfect hosts! The house was stocked with everything you could ever want and also provided beach towels/chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards! Loved it! We highly recommend this for the ultimate Encinitas experience and we plan on coming back for sure! Thanks Wendy & Paul for one of the best vacations ever!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Mary Ann and Al, Such fun, loved your energy, Thank you for a beautiful review, we are thrilled you had a great time here and we hope to see you again. All the best, Wendy
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Just like being at home but with a beach

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful beach cottage. The home is filled with every amenity you could want or need. Wendy and Paul make you feel real comfortable. We have been spending summer vacations in Encinitas for the last four years and this is definitely the best house we have stayed in. The dining area that opens up to the deck was great for entertaining the guests we had over for dinner BBQ's. The only thing we can stay that we didn't have here was more time to spend.

Rick & Mary Anne Moses

8/17 - 8/31/2016

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rick and Mary Ann, Thank you for a beautiful review! It was a pleasure to meet you and we would love to see you back for a future vacation and personal reunion. All the best, Wendy and Paul
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Rates & Availability

Encinitas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter / Spring
Jan 1 2017 - May 18 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 19 2017 - Sep 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
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.
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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.


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