This 3BR/2BA comfortable family retreat is equipped with almost everything you could possibly need during your stay. The beach home with its beautiful bay views is located on 1012 West Briarfield just feet from the white sand. No streets to cross to the reach sand & water. The bayside tends to be more peaceful than the beachside of Mission Beach. If you prefer to play in the surf on the Pacific Ocean-side of Mission Beach at a large public beach with lifeguards, it is only three blocks or 4-5 minutes walk.
This 6,000 square foot property with its 1,750 sq. ft. living space features the following sleeping arrangements: king bed in Master..., queen bed in second bedroom, 2 twin beds with 3rd proper single mattress on pull-out trundle in third bedroom. The family room opens to a large private fenced backyard including grass area(s) and large patio. The living room features beautiful bay views. All rooms are nicely decorated and have a spacious light and comfortable feel.
The yard features a hot/cold outdoor shower & changing area for washing the salt & sand off. On the property, separate from house, is a garage(for bikes and beach gear only, no cars) plus one covered carport for SUV’s or smaller (More free street parking is on the front side of the house).
Air conditioning/heat, Entertainment on 42” plasma flat screen TV with Satellite TV(Direct TV & TIVO), Indoor/Outdoor Speakers, Wireless Broadband Internet, DVD player, Stereo, IPOD port, Fully-equip kitchen; All Bedding, Hair dryers, Beach & Bath towels, Washer & Dryer, Iron & Ironing board, Plenty of beach chairs, A beach umbrella, Beach cooler, Horseshoes, Sand toys, Boogie boards, Board games, Puzzles, A "take one-leave one" library of books, DVD library. You'll also find a gas barbeque outside, Chaise lounges, Outdoor Table & 8 seating, high chair, booster seat, bike with Copilot, beach cruiser bikes, children bikes, single stroller, surfboards, paddle board, kite, snorkel and masks.
Miles of beautiful walks, jogs, & bike rides around the bay & beach boardwalk, Volleyball, Hiking, Golf, Sunbathing, Amusement Parks, Fishing off the pier, Wildlife Viewing, Shopping, Restaurants, Musuems, Sightseeing, Swimming, Snorkeling & Diving, Kayaking, Big paddle-wheel boats cruise, Boating, Sailing, Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Bogey Boarding, Body-surfing, Shelling, Water Skiing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Windsurfing, Kite flying, 15 minutes from San Diego Zoo/ Wildlife Park, 5 minutes from Sea World.
La Jolla, Historic Gas Lamp District, Old Town, Little Italy, Village of old Pt. Loma, Balboa Park, San Diego Harbor and Embarcadero area with it's floating museums, Sea Port Village & hundreds of restaurants, World class golf courses, Rentals are available on Mission Bay/beach; sailboats, catamarans, jet-skis, canoes, bicycle rentals, surfboards & skates/rollerblades, Belmont Park is just a few blocks away & features amusement park rides, Sunset Cliffs Nature Park, Horse Racing at Del Mar Racetrack, Go see a Padres game at Petco Field or a Chargers game Qualcomm stadium, shopping at Fashion Valley,
A bit farther away are Lego Land, Anza Borrego Desert, Julian (Gold Rush town), the flower fields of Carlsbad, and the wineries of North County.
Additional amenities include: beach chairs, movie/video library, beach towels, king bed (1), boogie boards, dishwasher/laundry soaps, queen bed (1), steps to the bay (80 feet), plenty of beach equipment for all ages, adult and children bikes, pack n play, covered parking-1 car, surfboards, walkway to water, short walk to the ocean (5 minutes), highchair, iron & iron board, cd player, $500 refundable damage deposit, family games and books, activities guide, only a short walk to the ocean (3-5 min. max), twin beds (3), restaurant guide, outside shower, min. stay in summer - 7 nights, sat to sat, holiday rates apply, hair dryer, fans, toilet paper, outdoor furniture, stroller, finest location for all kinds of beach activities and water sports, beach toys, washer/dryer, min.stay during off season - 4 nights, big screen HDTV, hand soap, crib, bikes.
Left on 04/09/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | SRT1971
We stayed there during Christmas 2013 and I must say what a wonderful vacation home. One of the best we have stayed at so far. Both the exterior and interior of this home are impressive.
Extremely family friendly home. This home has smallest of the details well thought out for a vacationer, right from pots and pans to books, toys, bikes etc. The home is very cozy, well decorated, very clean. The utensils in kitchen were in very good condition.
And one couldn't ask for a more convenient location - right on Mission bay, just five minutes from Pacific beach. Trader Joe's and grocery stores within 5 min driving distance.
The staff too was very friendly and easy to work with.
What can I say, I am all praises for this wonderful vacation home. We will be coming here again and again!
Left on 04/07/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Tammie M
My family rents homes whenever we travel and this was hands down one of the best equipped and most comfortable homes for us. We have two young sons (1 & 4) and it was great to have the fenced yard to play in as well as all the toys that were available for their use. The entire home was clean and inviting and had more than enough space for all of us. The location was perfect - literally steps to the sand on the bay and only a couple of blocks to the ocean. We made good use of the bikes, surrey bike, and beach wagon as we explored. We even discovered the Pacific Beach Farmers Market where we were able to pick up some fresh local foods for dinner one night. I highly recommend this property to anyone traveling to San Diego. Nicole was a pleasure to work with. I can't say enough good things and we would definitely stay again if we had the chance!
Great setup - in Every Way!
Left on 02/24/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Vern
We stayed 6 nights in February and were very pleased with this property. It's a minute from Mission Bay (sandy shores, boardwalk) and about 5 minutes from the Pacific Ocean (surf, sand, pier, shops). The home is very clean and has every amenity - from kids toys, to paddle surf boards, and then a 4 wheeled surrey for the boardwalk. Minutes from Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, and Coronado Island. Had a wonderful experience here!
Mom of 3
Great house for young families
Left on 01/31/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | Mom of 3
We spent a week there with our three young children (2 toddlers and a baby). The house was simply perfect. It felt like home. Everything was clean and well maintained. The kitchen was fully equipped, the beds were comfortable, and the garage was full of toys/bikes.
They are not kidding when they say the house is kid friendly! They had everything: a real crib, plastic cups/plates, high chair, plug covers, a baby monitor, small bikes with training wheels, toys, kid dvds/books, etc.
We usually parked in the back, but there almost always was room on the street right in front of the house.
The house is on a quiet dead-end street in a really nice neighborhood, right by the water. Location is perfect, only a minute from the bay and a few minute walk from the ocean. It's only a few minute drive to the highway (to the airport, La Jolla, Disney, etc). You can find everything you need closeby (restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacy, coffee shops, etc)
We would certainly rent this house again if we travelled back to San Diego!
Just keeps getting better
Left on 10/21/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | Mimi
We recently spent two weeks at "our" beach house. This was our fourth stay at the Briarfield property, and the grandchildren think we own the place. (Ha - we wish!) The listing photos and description listed are accurate. A quiet location steps for Mission Bay and two blocks from the ocean.
It makes sense that the property managers need to keep tabs on the number of people using the house. The neighborhood is very quiet with permanent residents on either side. Our family with 4 to 6 year old children enjoyed the fenced backyard once again and made happy kiddo noises. I don't think we bothered the neighbors and we were quiet by 7 or 8 pm. If you want a party house you should look for a different property, perhaps on the bayfront or ocean side. This house is better for a family group or quieter adults.
I do have to agree that the beds are quite firm. This took some getting used to, but was fine for our family. Lots of new linens and upgraded furniture have kept the well occupied house in great shape.
I have to mention the garage full of wonderful toys for every age. Bike to Ralph's for groceries about 4 blocks away. Or take the beach wagon with surfboard, chairs, umbrellas, etc over to the bay.
There is room to park two cars - one in the carport and a small car behind the garage door. This can be very important on busy beach days!
San Diego never disappoints and this trip we enjoyed the beach (of course), the Zoo, bike ride to LaJolla, touring the Maritime Museum ships, the Birch aquarium in LaJolla, and dining at the Pier Cafe in Seaport Village and the Olive for breakfast near Mission Bay.
Great House, No Guests allowed
Left on 10/07/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | J
This is a great rental property, and we enjoyed our stay except for one thing: the property owner was absolutely inflexible on allowing guests. No one was permitted on the property. We attempted to negotiate the guest policy since we have friends and family in the area, but were told it was not possible. The house was clean, spacious, and well-decorated. We especially enjoyed the play room and backyard. The garage has all the toys you'd want for the bay or beach. I would like to stay here again, but probably would not because of the guest policy. Read more
Response from Pacific Sands Vacations, Inc. - 10/24/2013
Nice to hear that you enjoyed the house so much. In regards to our guest policy: We do allow visitors but it has to be within reason. In your specific case you already reached the max. occupancy limit and we therefore could not agree to having more people over (especially not an unlimited amount of friends/extended family). It's very important to us that our guests can enjoy their vacation to the fullest but at the same time it is our job to protect the owner's investment and keep the neighborhood in peace. Our vacation homes are very nice properties that we keep to highest standards (in all regards). In order to maintain this standard we have to limit the number of individuals to a certain maximum.
Australian visiting the USA
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Great holiday in San Diego
Left on 09/18/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | Australian visiting the USA
The house, and particularly its inclusions, exceeded our expectations. We'd hope to stay there again at some time in the future. The location was great and we couldn't have asked for more!
Left on 06/19/2013 for a stay in June 2012 | Michelle
Every year I rent a beach home. This was by far the best. The home was immaculate and well stocked. The bikes and toys in the garage were the best. I will be back.
The rental company was perfect. They answered any questions I had immediately. My deposit was refunded within 4 days of departure.
The location was perfect. I thought at first I would actually prefer to be closer to the beach side, but I actually liked the bay side much better. It was peaceful. If you have children make sure you ride your bikes down to Fanuel Park.
So much fun.
A few yet-unmentioned details
Left on 05/21/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | Karen H.
My family stayed here for a week in april 2013: 6 adults, (1) 19-month old very active boy. We fully appreciated the single story (2 steps down from kitchen into TV living space), the many kid-friendly toys/books, only a few decor items that weren't as kid-proofed (probably just my child!), protected outlets on every outlet, and the enclosed patio/outside area. The "den" must refer to the 2nd living space (the pictures show a white modern low-back couch...there is a different couch, regular back, comfy one); so there are two living/sitting rooms. We spent most of the time in the "den" as there was adequate seating for all of us. The queen bedroom (not the "master") has the adjoining bathroom. We were able to fit our graco pack n play in this bathroom for my son's nighttime sleeping (he is way too restless and light of a sleeper to sleep in the same room as us). There are two coffee makers: a traditional coffee pot maker (basket style, liners were in cupboard) and a Tassimo pod-style. The local Ralph's only had "large" pods, which make a larger cup than fits the coffee mugs (i.e. major spillage!), until we finally used the coffee pitcher. Just a note of caution! Our only complaint is that the beds were very firm and polyester pillows. My dad ended up on the couch, and the rest of us had a little less than perfect sleep (and we don't normally sleep on really soft beds either). They also did not have a paddleboard, as mentioned in either the description or another review-we were hoping to do this activity on the bay side, saving $$ on rental fees. Nevertheless, the location, price, and "family-friendliness" of the place probably can't be beat! We would stay here again, just maybe bring our own pillows and maybe even a mattress topper.
The Perfect Family Holiday Rental
Left on 05/20/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Woc
We are from australia, and met our English family here in San Diego - a perfect halfway point. The house as amazing, and perfect for our three small kids (6mo, 18mo and 3.5yr). Toys for all ages and even a dress up box made the holiday for the older kids. High chair, cots and all normal inclusions meant we could relax immediately, and then explore the safe and beautiful neighbourhood on the bikes, skateboards and scooters that the house had for us to use, whenever we liked! The grocery store and ocean beach are just 5 minutes walk away, and Mission Bay is right next door with still water and soft sand. Again, the house had a million beach toys for kids of all ages to enjoy, and 100 metres down the beach is a watersport rental place. I couldn't recommend this house, and the rental company, more highly. It was absolutely perfectly located and perfectly set up for a magic family holiday. Oh, and at only 5 minutes by car from Seaworld, and 20 from the city we took in all the fun San Diego had to offer.
Left on 05/09/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | Nonni
My husband and I, along with our son and daughter-in-law and 4 grandchildren stayed in this lovely home for 8 days. We felt it was the perfect location...close to the beach, Sea World, the zoo, restaurants, and grocery stores including a Trader Joe's. The house was set up with everything we needed and we all loved the garage full of bikes and the surrey. We would definitely stay here again for our next San Diego vacation
eau claire, wisconsin
outstanding home when traveling with kids
Left on 04/29/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | patty
if you are traveling with kids, this is the house to rent. it has Evertyhing you need (our kids are from age 15 to 5) exceptionally clean, well organized, terrific walking location, garage filled with all kinds of toys (for big and little). a perfect rental vacation home. i can't believe how lucky we were to find this place. we are coming back!
Great Family Home-Away-FromHome
Left on 01/14/2013 for a stay in December 2012 | PoppyCecil
Great beach home for families with kids steps away from Mission Beach (less than 1/2 city block). Property was clean, well maintained and fenced backyard was well manicured. Tons of kids toys included in the house and garage. High-speed internet was fast and Directv was a plus. Can't wait to go back. Would highly recommend to any family.
Perfect property and location
Left on 11/18/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | RP
We loved our week here. We looked at so many homes/condos and feel like we could not have made a better decision. the location was perfect (close to everything, but not a beach house on the beach side... which had a different vibe for sure). Every night we would walk for dinner and/or drinks.
The house is also perfect. Lots of toys for the kids and a nice backyard to enjoy.
Rental management company was great to work with.
We look forward to future stays!
Left on 10/01/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | willow123
We stayed at this wonderful beach house for 4 days and we loved it! Our 2 year old daughter enjoyed all the toys and the private backyard. The house was very clean and spacious. Being within walking distance to the beach and restaurants was great. The rental company was extremely helpful and professional. I would recommend this house to anyone, but especially families with children.
New Brighton, Minnesota, USA
A wonderful place to relax with and enjoy family
Left on 08/07/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Ellen
Our family - mom (celebrating her 75th birthday), two sons and their wives, and a grand-daughter - enjoyed a week of wonderful weather, daily outings to the beach (about a minute's walk) where we enjoyed beach chairs, paddle board, building sand critters, collecting shells, and swimming in the calm and sort-of warm water of Mission Bay. The only time we used a car was to go to Sea World (10 minutes - go early in the day to avoid the large crowds) and to Old Town for dinner one night. We walked to restaurants, the open-ocean beaches, grocery and drug stores, and shops. The lawn chairs in the back yard were comfortable, the grill was easy to use, the outside shower provided an easy way to clean up after time in the sand. We would be delighted to go again and/or recommend the property to friends wanting a relaxing home away from home.
Unbelieveable home with lots of fun accessories!
Left on 06/20/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Kristin
I have a 10 month old daughter and loved the fact that there was a full crib, jogging stroller, high chair, co-pilot for bicycle, and even rocking chair...it made it so much easier to travel "light"!
The home itself is beautiful, well-kept, and stocked with games and books, and has a wonderful one-story lay-out. Location is prime, right on Mission Bay and only a couple blocks from the Mission Beach boardwalk. We loved our stay and would definitely recommend/do it again!
Kath and Dan
Home away from home, can't wait to return...
Left on 04/07/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | Kath and Dan
We are a family of five, with three young boys (from australia). We arrived at the house after dark and the check in process was simple. We were amazed at the property, the beach house theme was a nice touch and the facilities were more than one could ever want for on a holiday. The garage was full of equipment, bikes and toys, it was great. They even had the batteries on charge for the electric car. It's the little things that make a difference. There is so much in this house, that we were still discovering new toys, games or the dress up box days after we arrived. The location is great, the bay is only seconds away from the front door and restaurants and grocery stores are a short distance away. Everything was very convenient. The agent was a pleasure to deal and communication was always quick. The security deposit was refunded promptly. I would recommend this house to any family large or small, we even had a friend and her six year old stay with us for a few nights and never felt crowded. This is the first time we have used Vrbo and had been putting it off for more than a year, (always stayed in hotels etc) simply because we weren't sure how easy it would be from the other side of the world. It was simple and will probably never stay in a hotel again. This is definitely the way to holiday.
Nancy & Michael
Left on 04/05/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | Nancy & Michael
This is a great rental property, especially for families with kids. Lots of toys, dress up clothes, small powered pink mustang, movies, puzzles, books, etc. There were plenty of bikes for us all to go on family bike rides. It was one of the cleanest well stocked rentals we've ever stayed in. Perfect proximity to ocean / bay walks, restaurants, shopping, Sea World, whale watching, and more. I would definitely recommend this rental.
Our Return Trip
Left on 02/03/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | Mimi
This property was even better the second time around. It was great to return and find everything still in place. The fact that the house is all on one level (except 2 steps down to the family room) makes it great for our whole family from the grandparents to the 2 year old.
The fenced yard is very secure and provides a great place for the kids to play with all the wonderful toys from the 2 car garage. Those toys are in good condition and provide hours of fun for children and adults.
The bikes with baskets and kid carriers were our favorite items, but it is hard to beat the kids scooters, bikes, pink car, red wagon, beach sand toys, stroller, beach chairs and umbrella, surf boards, wet suits, etc. Save a bundle of money and time on rentals if you are an active family like our.
The kitchen is well stocked and Ralph's is about 1/2 mile
away and is a full grocery store. Enjoy the BBQ and sip a drink in the lovely quiet back yard. Or stroll 50 yards to Mission Bay beach for sand play and calm, sailboat water. About 3 blocks to the west is Mission Beach with lovely sunsets, boardwalk action and big surf waves. Try The Green Flash restaurant for yummy fish and seaside
This trip we especially enjoyed Pt. Loma, USS Midway and Harbor cruise, Legoland and beach play. There is so much to do in San Diego.
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