Feedback

VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

Ocean View North Laguna Beach Luxury Villa with Private Patios & Organic Garden

You sent a message to this owner.

The Writer's Retreat - Laguna Beach. An ocean view escape that will inspire you.

Calendar

Last updated: 09/19/2014
Check availability
23 Available
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Special offer: Save up to $1500 in October Rent in Luxurious Laguna Beach Details

Laguna Beach house description

The Writer's Retreat offers an exquisite 'green' quintessential Laguna Beach experience, an excellent location, ocean views, and private patios and outdoor spaces for lounging or sunbathing. You can easily walk to some of Laguna's finest beaches (5 minutes even for slow walkers!), feel the ocean breezes or walk into town. You are close enough to Pacific Coast Highway to be accessible, but far enough not to be disturbed by the traffic. Fragrant jasmine and lavender flowers fill the yard, and there is room for a family or it can be configured as the ultimate executive retreat. Come play our piano, write your novel, or just relax. This home is not your typical rental, but instead, a fully stocked home with Italian linens, original art, a remodeled gourmet kitchen, an organic garden and light filled spacious bedrooms with custom French Doors and original hard wood floors. There is a California King, a Queen bed, a Full bed (Murphy bed for extra guests) and a twin bed as well. The home sleeps 6 or 7 easily, but can be configured for 8 by using the library as the 4th bedroom with a fold out twin.. We are flexible and willing to meet your needs for bedroom or sleeping configuration. One bathroom has a tub and a separate shower, and the other a remodeled standalone shower. The owner has traveled extensively all over the world, and the house reflects these personal stylistic touches throughout. It is the perfect getaway and is by no means a junky beach rental, but a professionally decorated, eclectic elegant beach house. The health and wellness oriented theme throughout the house includes an organic garden which you can use during your stay. There are no toxic chemicals as our cleaning crew uses organic products, and there is no smoking allowed on the property. The space is a perfect retreat for health and wellness and is next door to a gym, a massage spot, a salon/spa and provides an ideal location to getaway, especially if you are looking for inspiration for writing, art or business. If desired, we have a trusted cleaning crew, babysitters, and massage therapists for an extra fee. We also offer personal concierge services to help plan your ultimate vacation. Join us at The Writer's Retreat this Summer or for a long term rental in the Fall starting in September.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Optional
      • Car Available
      • Chauffeur
      • Concierge
      • Massage
      • Private Chef
      • Staff

      Suitability

      • Children Welcome
      • Non Smoking Only
      • Wheelchair Inaccessible
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Events Allowed

      Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

      • Bedroom 3 Guest: 1 queen

        Many bright windows look out onto the courtyard garden....moreless

      • Bedroom 1 Master: 1 king

        French Doors lead to a garden....moreless

      • Bedroom 2 with In Suite Bath: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

        This room has a Murphy bed and a twin bed....moreless

      • Library/Den: 1 twin/ single

        Library/Den has a door with a fold out twin bed....moreless

      • 3 Large Bedrooms plus a library/den which can be configured as a 4th bedroom. One with California King, One with Full Murphy Bed and Twin, One with Queen....moreless

      Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

      • Hallway: toilet, tub, shower, outdoor shower

        ...moreless

      • In Suite Bath: toilet, shower

        ...moreless

      • 2 full bathrooms, one with a tub and separate stand alone shower, and another in suite bathroom with a remodeled white subway tiled shower....moreless

      Other Amenities

          • Please note that we have convenient parking. There is one spot in our driveway, and an additional car can block our driveway, so there are always at least 2 spaces, even on the busiest days of summer!...moreless

          Entertainment

          • Television
          • Satellite / Cable
          • DVD Player
          • Video Library
          • Video Games
          • Stereo
          • Music Library
          • Games
          • Books
          • Toys
          • Game Room

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Spa
          • Tourist Attractions

          Attractions

          • Arboretum
          • Botanical Garden
          • Caves
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Coin Laundry
          • Duty Free Shops
          • Festivals
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Pond
          • Recreation Center
          • Reefs
          • Restaurants
          • Synagogues
          • Winery Tours
          • Zoo

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Paddle Boating
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Whale Watching

          local services and businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services
          • Babysitter

          Location Type

          • Ocean View:

            Very short walk (1 block) to gorgeous North Laguna Beaches. Several beaches accessible by foot. Very close to Emerald Bay, Crystal Cove. Ocean view from kitchen, dining, living room, front yard....moreless

          • Downtown:

            Laguna Beach has a small downtown village that is accessible by public transportation or walking. There are shops, restaurants, spas, and Main Beach....moreless

          • Village:

            Property is well located in prestigious North Laguna Beach, near the water and easily accessible to Laguna Beach Village. Walk to town, festivals, shopping, cafes and restaurants and bars....moreless

          • Resort:

            Laguna Beach is a luxury resort community and this home is in close proximity to Emerald Bay, Irvine Cove, Newport Coast Pelican Hill Resort Golf Course/Spa as well as famous hiking and bike trails....moreless

          sports and adventure activities

          • Basketball Court
          • Cycling
          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Fishing
          • Golf
          • Hiking
          • Ice Skating
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountaineering
          • Pier Fishing
          • Roller Blading
          • Sailing
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Snorkeling
          • Surfing
          • Swimming
          • Tennis
          • Wind-Surfing

          breakfast meal type

              • Booking Possible

              catering options

                  • Catering Available

                  Dining

                  • Dining Room
                  • Dining:

                    Ocean View from Dining Area. Open area that was a closed off room now open area and leads to great room....moreless

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  dinner meal type

                      • Booking Possible

                      General

                      • Linens Provided:

                        High quality cotton linens, down comforters, pillows....moreless

                      • Towels Provided:

                        High quality cotton towels....moreless

                      • Washing Machine:

                        LG Large Capacity...moreless

                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        LG Large Capacity...moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Driveway parking available and ample street parking....moreless

                      • Living Room:

                        Ocean View, comfy white down filled couches....moreless

                      • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                        Equipment for use, yoga mats, rubberbands, weights, ...moreless

                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Iron & Board

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional

                          Kitchen

                          • Pantry Items:

                            Pantry Items stocked like salt/pepper/sugar/some spices, etc....moreless

                          • Kitchen:

                            Completely remodeled, custom cabinetry, marble counters and floors, adjustable lighting, large pantry and spacious. Gourmet kitchen has high ceilings with ocean views....moreless

                          • Refrigerator
                          • Dishwasher:

                            Bosch Extra Quiet Dishwasher...moreless

                          • Coffee Maker:

                            Espresso and American Coffee Makers...moreless

                          • Toaster
                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            Service for 12, Platters, Ample pans, utensils for the gourmet cook....moreless

                          lunch meal type

                              • Booking Possible

                              Outside

                              • Outdoor Grill
                              • Lanai / Gazebo
                              • Balcony
                              • Lawn / Garden
                              • Golf
                              • Water Sports Gear
                              • Deck / Patio:

                                There are outdoor couches, a fountain, an organic garden and beach chairs/umbrella....moreless

                               

                              Reviews

                              Write a review 5
                              from 1 traveler reviews
                              Loading...
                               

                              Special offer: Save up to $1500 in October Rent in Luxurious Laguna Beach

                              The weather is fine and the living is easy! Book the entire month of October and save $1500 off the regular monthly rental rate of $8500. Book 2 weeks and save $500! Book 1 week and save $250.

                              Offer for: Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014 View calendar

                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Winter/Holiday Escape
                              Nov 15 - Jan 4, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $500
                              $3,000 $10,000
                              High Season
                              Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $550
                              $3,500 $12,000

                              Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                              My Standard Rate
                              2 night min stay
                              $450 $500
                              Fri, Sat
                              $2,750 $8,500

                              Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees and Rental Conditions:

                              • Cleaning Fee $125
                              • Property Damage Protection $89
                              • Taxes Not included

                              Notes:

                              Deposits are non refundable. Once the reservation is fully paid, there are no refunds of rental fee. However, in the case of an emergency, we will do everything possible to work to find alternate dates. Owner is a California Licensed Real Estate Broker. If you are a return guest, please note this in your inquiry for a special offer. Thank you for being our guest.


                              Cancellation policy:

                              Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


                              Please wait... Book with confidence

                              Paying through this free service protects your payment up to $10,000 against listing fraud. If you are not paying through HomeAway Payments always call the owner at the number listed on our website and never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.


                              Don't forget your vacation protection! Get protected now

                              Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.

                              Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
                              Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
                              Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.
                               

                              Calendar

                              Last updated: 09/19/2014
                              Check availability
                              23 Available
                              21 Unavailable
                              22 Today
                              23 Selected dates
                               

                              Location

                              12 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              John Wayne Airport (Orange County Airport)
                              12 Miles
                              Nearest Ferry
                              Balboa Island
                              11 Miles
                              Nearest Train
                              Amtrak Station Irvine
                              8 Miles
                              Nearest Motorway
                              405/5
                              Laguna Beach
                              Nearest Beach
                              Laguna Beach
                              Laguna Beach
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Gina's Pizza
                              60 Miles
                              Nearest Ski
                              Mt. Baldy
                              6 Miles
                              Nearest Golf
                              Pelican Hills Resort & Spa
                              Laguna Beach
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              Umami Burger

                              Car: Recommended

                              Our property is situated in an ideal spot in North Laguna, walking distance to beaches, town, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, and the Sawdust Festival. For active visitors, there is a huge selection of outdoor hiking, stand up paddling (SUP), surfing, golf, tennis, snorkeling and scuba diving mostly walking distance from the house with rentals available for gear. There are fantastic restaurants in very close proximity. Jean Paul's Goodies famous coffee bar is one street over, a Pavillion's market, Gina's Pizza, Starbuck's, Umami Burger are in the same center. Husky Boy Hamburgers is at the end of our street and we are a couple miles from both a Trader Joe's and a Whole Foods. Main beach is a short walk, there are walking trails along Heisler Park above the ocean coves and also near picturesque Crescent Bay which is ideal for picnicking. Dartmoor trail offers incredible ocean view vistas with challenging hiking. Crystal Cove is a gorgeous day outing, with a restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and spectacular beach walking. The property is conveniently located near UCI as well as Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, the Great Park. There are over 10 parks in Laguna Beach, one at the top of our street, Riddle Field. We are 15 miles to John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport (30), and LAX is less than an hour depending on traffic. There is world famous skinboarding at Aliso Creek, and surfing at many breaks along the coast. We are near Balboa Island, Fashion Island for shopping and restaurants, and there is a local cinema for movie buffs. There is a free trolley that runs all summer with access at the bottom of our street to all of town's festivals and restaurants. The Montage Resort is a lovely place for a sunset drink in their piano bar or dine in one of their two restaurants that specialize in local organic produce, or visit their spa for the day. Go early and stay late for your treatment and luxuriate in the outdoor private spa pool, or lounge in the spa and read while the waterfall cascades into the Jacuzzi. They also have cold plunge pools, a steam room and talented therapists. All in all, our property is extremely well located to enjoy town, but get in and out of town to access surrounding activities and pleasures as well. Smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles and San Diego, you can explore all of Southern California from our Villa.

                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2003

                              About the owner: I am a person of varied interests and my house reflects that. I have lived in California my whole life except a brief time I lived in Europe where I took art, cooking and Italian classes. I have collected many objects and art from my travels all over the world. I am an expert in real estate finance, and also a writer. I have my real estate license, my contractor's license and my father was a builder, so I spent a lot of time planning the remodel. There is an Italian fresco in one room and a giant kitchen sink made out of one piece of white Carrera Marble that I sketched and had made to my specifications. There is a fireplace from Italy, original hardwood floors and custom cherry cabinets in the remodeled kitchen. The professional stove compliments the ocean view and you can see the water while stirring a pot. The improvements all added value and enjoyment to the use of the great bones that were already here and built in the 1940s. My house reflects my passion for family, friends and fresh local cooking as well as beautiful things. I like nature and enjoy looking out my windows to see the ocean and the lush landscaping, and enjoy the scent of the colorful flowers blooming in the garden. Nothing is better than picking a ripe tomato from your garden and drizzling some olive oil over it with some sea salt and sharing that with family, friends or neighbors. This house is often the place where friends run to when they need a break from life, to soak in a tub, lounge on the outdoor couch with a view, eat well, rejuvenate, read a book, write a song or sleep in. I strive to expand my mind by learning new things, taking different types of classes and always trying to improve myself. I speak a few languages, and wish I spoke more. I have a wide variety of friends who span many countries, religions and types of occupations. I love people and I enjoy sharing my retreat with people who appreciate nice things.

                              Why the Owner Chose Laguna Beach:
                              For the same reason I bought it, it makes the perfect retreat. I grew up in Orange County, but left for University and work. After living in Europe, Laguna Beach seemed the most 'European' of the Orange County coastal towns and I worked here and did loans for several years before finding this jewel. I literally looked at hundreds of homes for work each week before I found this property, formerly owned by an artist. I spent a substantial amount of money remodeling most of the house to make it even better. The Writer's Retreat has the best of all worlds - privacy, space, views, proximity, 3 large bedrooms (for Laguna) and a library, new kitchen, fresh natural light and ocean breezes. At night, you can hear the sea lions chat with each other on the rocks.

                              The Unique Benefits at this House:
                              Laguna Beach is situated in a way that it's easy to be downtown near shops or restaurants, or in South Laguna near beaches, or see the ocean from way up above at Top of the World, but it's very rare to find a rental in North Laguna (with easy in and out of town access), see the ocean, walk to the ocean, have restaurants and galleries one street over, be close enough to downtown to walk, and have a 3 or 4 bedroom one story home that has large enough bedrooms you can fit a king size bed and still walk around. The location is ideal, but the house, the garden, and the location together make it the perfect retreat for couple, a family or an executive. Many extra features like the art, Italian bed linens, fully stocked remodeled kitchen, the organic garden, the outdoor couches, the private courtyard, the French doors, water fountain, the piano, the convenient parking just don't exist all in one property elsewhere in Laguna. It's the perfect Writer's Retreat!


                              Contact us

                              Speaks: french, italian, english

                              Guestbook comments from the owner

                              Loading...
                              1 of 4
                               

                              Photos

                              • The Writer's Retreat - Laguna Beach. An ocean view escape that will inspire you.

                                The Writer's Retreat - Laguna Beach. An ocean view escape that will inspire you.

                              • Comfortable, large Living Room has sit down ocean views and ocean breezes.

                                Comfortable, large Living Room has sit down ocean views and ocean breezes.

                              • Remodeled Gourmet Food Lover's Kitchen

                                Remodeled Gourmet Food Lover's Kitchen

                              • Breakfast in bed is waiting in the Master Suite with French Doors to Garden

                                Breakfast in bed is waiting in the Master Suite with French Doors to Garden

                              • Master as seen from the private courtyard in rear of property.

                                Master as seen from the private courtyard in rear of property.

                              • Light bathroom with window, separate bathtub and stand alone shower.

                                Light bathroom with window, separate bathtub and stand alone shower.

                              • Guest Bedroom #2 with custom storage, antique armoire, frescoed ceiling.

                                Guest Bedroom #2 with custom storage, antique armoire, frescoed ceiling.

                              • Catalina and ocean views from the house.

                                Catalina and ocean views from the house.

                              • Organic vegetable and herb garden - yours during your stay.

                                Organic vegetable and herb garden - yours during your stay.

                              • Daytime ocean views from front of house.

                                Daytime ocean views from front of house.

                              • Ocean View Garden Seating in Front of The Writer's Retreat

                                Ocean View Garden Seating in Front of The Writer's Retreat

                              • Sunset Views of Catalina from the Living Room

                                Sunset Views of Catalina from the Living Room

                              • Spacious Great Room - Large Living Room and Dining Room with Ocean Views

                                Spacious Great Room - Large Living Room and Dining Room with Ocean Views

                              • Dining Room with Ocean Views

                                Dining Room with Ocean Views

                              • Master with chandelier and custom French Doors leading to the private courtyard.

                                Master with chandelier and custom French Doors leading to the private courtyard.

                              • Guest Bedroom with New Luxury Queen Mattress

                                Guest Bedroom with New Luxury Queen Mattress

                              • En suite bathroom with new remodeled white subway tiled shower.

                                En suite bathroom with new remodeled white subway tiled shower.

                              • Guest Bedroom #2 Murphy Bed & Twin has Private Bathroom ample built in storage

                                Guest Bedroom #2 Murphy Bed & Twin has Private Bathroom ample built in storage

                              • Art Gallery

                                Art Gallery

                              • Hillside view from the front of the house.

                                Hillside view from the front of the house.

                              • Cauliflower from the Organic Garden

                                Cauliflower from the Organic Garden

                              • Outdoor bed with ocean views makes a perfect sunset picnic spot or reading perch

                                Outdoor bed with ocean views makes a perfect sunset picnic spot or reading perch

                              • Private Courtyard Garden BBQ, Outdoor Seating, and Lounge Area

                                Private Courtyard Garden BBQ, Outdoor Seating, and Lounge Area

                              $450 - $550 per night (USD)
                              1

                              4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 8

                              View calendar: Updated 09/19/14
                              Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
                              Dates are unavailable
                              Please stay a bit longer. A stay of nights or more is required for these dates.
                              This listing requires that rentals start on a .
                              Book It

                              Detailed Price

                              Owner
                              Email owner

                              +1 7144230989

                              Speaks: french, italian, english
                              Please wait... Book with confidence Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees Learn more
                              Add vacation protection services to your booking

                              Three services to protect your trip:

                              Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.

                              Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.

                              Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


                              Get it now

                              Share this property via Email

                              Ocean View North Laguna Beach Luxury Villa With Private Patios & Organic Garden

                              Laguna Beach #3768726ha

                              4 BR  2 BA  Sleeps 8

                              You must be signed in to share this property by e-mail

                              Share this property via Email

                                Please correct the following errors and resend:
                              • Enter one or more valid email addresses separated by commas.
                              • Oops! You have exceeded the limit of 10 email addresses.
                              • Your message may not contain markup. Please remove the markup and try again.