We purchased this craftsman (“arts and crafts” style) home in May 2013, because we loved its unique character, serene feel, and unobstructed eastern view. We are constantly improving it, fixing up the landscaping, installing solar, and purchasing art. We have furnished it with top quality pieces and every amenity, paying close attention to details. The outdoor space features a solar heated pool with a cascading water feature and large jacuzzi. There is a gas BBQ with a granite counter, a gas fire pit for smores, and huge dining table with seating for 10, plus additional seating in a love seat, comfy chairs, lounge chairs, and hammock. 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 SpacesThis 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 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 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. The game room has a tournament sized (9') pool table and 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. 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 chairs positioned on the bar side of the huge kitchen island.BedroomsThis is a five bedroom home. We want our guests to sleep well, and do our best provide the ideal sleep environment. We have both light weight summer 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. There is tremendous natural lighting and fabulous cross breezes.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 with custom headboard, a full sized West Elm 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 overlooks 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 seat with fabulous cushions and pillows. Behind the queen bed, there is a custom designed, hand made head board, nearly 8' high. This front bedroom has a view of the water feature in the front of the house. The second downstairs bedroom has french doors that open onto the pool area. It has a daybed that converts to a king and a flatscreen TV.In total, there are beds for 13, plus 2 air mattresses.AmenitiesThe house has a variety of amenities, incl. solar heated pool, jacuzzi, outdoor gas BBQ, gas fire pit, two water features, small grassy area, outdoor seating for 18, hammock chair, pool table, foosball table, many flatscreen TVs, free wifi, books (children's books, cookbooks, novels, biographies, etc.), board games, children's toys, 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/out, w/ traffic.Safety / Supervision of ChildrenI 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. There is a fire pit and BBQ, and a dangerous situation could arise if children were to play with these. Similarly, inside the home are a variety of items, including a glass coffee table, electrical cords that are not protected for small children, and even the kitchen garbage. So, please, if you have small children, please be prepared to supervise them very closely both inside and outside the home.TripAdvisor property ID 2299989...Read more
Great location!! Quiet neighborhood at the top of Mount Soledad, La Jolla. It is not in downtown La Jolla, which offers a few huge advantages, and a few disadvantages:
1. Our property is located at the top of Mount Soledad, so it is much more convenient than most areas of La Jolla. A couple mins drive and you are on I-5, which takes you anywhere. Beaches, shops, restaurants are within 2-3 miles. 10 mins in your car will get you to the San Diego zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park with tons of museums, downtown San Diego, the airport, Old Towne, Little Italy, the Convention Center, etc. This is a huge advantage over most areas of La Jolla, particularly the downtown and surrounding areas. There is only one road in/out of downtown La Jolla, and it gets tons of traffic. During rush hour and at any time during the summer, it can take over an hour to get from any highway to/from downtown La Jolla.
2. Unlimited parking. 4 small cars can fit in the driveway, and there is unlimited parking on the street. Even in the winter, it is difficult to find parking in most areas of La Jolla.
3. While you cannot walk to any restaurants or shops, you will be able to sleep soundly without any noise from bars or similar.
4. Nice quiet family neighborhood. Very safe for young children.
5. There is very limited public transportation. But this is true of most of the west coast. You will need a car.
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the [owner/manager]’s discretion.
Damage Deposit | $1,000 per stay
Tax rate | 11.05% of rent | tax rate
Cleaning fee | $300 per stay
Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
These rates are approximate and subject to change at any time. If you are booking six months or more out, the rates may not be current. If you provide incorrect information regarding your number of guests, I reserve the right to increase the rate. Thus, if you book for 2 people, and then 10+ show up, you will be expected to pay significantly more.
Left on 06/16/2014 for a stay in June 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 16, 2014Stayed Jun 2014
This property is situated in a nice quiet neighborhood in La Jolla, on a ridge, with great city views. The home has everything you need to have a great stay. We had 11 adults and 1 child in our group, and fit very comfortably here. The property is well maintained and clean. There are plenty of entertainment options in the home. It has a nice heated pool, hot-tub, bbq grill, fire pit, free wifi, game room with foosball and pool table, and multiple flat panel TV's with Netflix. The main living area has a large leather sectional, big screen tv, and a huge table that seats at least 12 people. The home also has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The bedding in all the bedrooms was nice quality. The kitchen is well supplied with dishes and cookware. The property also has good parking. Two or 3 cars can fit in the driveway, and there is plenty of room on the street out front. (Our group had two full size trucks, a SUV, and two mid size cars). Area attractions were only a few minutes drive from the house, including many great beaches and eateries!
If you are going to stay in the San Diego / La Jolla area, this is a nice place to stay. Laura, the owner, is very nice, and responsive.
Thanks so much for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Left on 12/26/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 26, 2013Stayed Sep 2013
Great view, Great house, Great owners. The owner's daughter babysat for my 6 months, 2, and 5 year old. The kids loved her. If I ever come back to La Jolla I will be staying here again.
Thank you Laura!
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