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Luxury Surfview House 100' from Beach--a truly special home

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedroom, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

This captivating beach house has it all: whitewater views, nearby accesses to the State Beach, in a peaceful residential neighborhood west of the coast highway. Carlsbad Village is a about a half mile away.

The home has been extensively remodeled throughout with high end finishes and has a charming blend of contemporary and antique furnishings. The gourmet kitchen, which features granite counters and stainless steel appliances, is equipped for serious cooks.

The spacious floor plan features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room AND a family room, a dining room, and breakfast room. Outdoor 'living areas' include an oceanview deck, several patios, and a fenced back yard.

Most of our guests spend their time either relaxing in the house, watching the doplphins frolic in the ocean and the pelicans floating by, or enjoying the very special beach. In addition to the sandy beach suitable for all ages, Terramar has tidepools teeming with sealife and the premier offshore surf break in Carlsbad.

Should you tire of salt air and the sound of breaking waves, Carlsbad offers a world of recreational opportunities, including free weekly summer jazz concerts, water and jet skiing, sportsfishing, golf, tennis and cycling. Legoland, Carlsbad Village, the flower fields and the Company Stores (an outlet mall with high-end stores) are all 5 minutes away. The world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, and Sea World are about 1/2 hour away. Del Mar, with its thoroughbred racetrack is 15 minutes south. Day trips to LA and Orange County (Disneyland, etc.) are also possible. However, you may never want to leave the beach house!

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Dana Whitson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Dana Whitson

Our family (Kent,Dana and Amelia Whitson)lived in this house for over 20 years and we still use it occasionally as our second home. Dana, a retired City Manager, does the bookings and (to Kent's dismay) usually has a remodeling or redecorating project going on while we stay at the beach. Amelia, who grew up in the Terramar Beach House and now works in San Francisco as a scientist with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Kent is a retired transportation engineer/ planner who enjoys golfing, and is a senior PBA bowler. We are fortunate to have Carlsbad residents Karen and John Witmer, our wonderful friends, to be our onsite managers. Karen does the weekly inspections and coordinates the cleaning. John is incredibly handy and can fix just about anything. It is very much a family operation!

Dana Whitson purchased this house in 1975

Why Dana Whitson chose Terramar

This beach house is a cared-for home, not a cookie cutter rental property. We have remodeled it extensively over the years and it is very comfortable for extended families celebrating vacation time together or special occasions.

Moreover, we try to keep the house in the kind of condition we would want for ourselves from a rental property. For example, the dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, washer and dryer have all been replaced within the last couple of years. Last year we tore out all the wall to wall carpet and put in new oak floors upstairs and refinished all of the oak floors downstairs. This year we are renovating the back yard with tropical vegetation. We also repainted inside and out.

What makes this house unique

This is a one-of a kind custom beach house with a combination of ocean views, privacy, and comfortable living spaces that you are unlikely to find in other rental properties.

Our blog contains additional pictures and information that will help you to appreciate the special qualities of this beach house. Be sure to call us or email if you have any questions!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are beginning our last day at your beach house and want to say we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Your home is lovely and very unique. We spent mornings on the side patio after our beach walk, afternoons reading and visiting in the living and family rooms and we found it quite amazing that all of us could be in the kitchen at the same time (cooking is one of our main vacation pastimes and your generously appointed kitchen is terrific for the creation of great meals). The usual after dinner evening routine was for Donna and Sanita to watch the sunset from the upstairs balcony while the rest of us enjoyed a long evening beach walk.

We have had many beach vacations all up and down the southern coast of California going at least once a year for the past 32 years. Your home was absolutely one of the best experiences.
Jun 2011
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Terramar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Rose Marble Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Adjoins retreat bedroom.
    Peach Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , This bathroom has doors to both the Blue Bedroom and Library
    Sea Mist Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Huge luxury bathroom with separate vanity, dual sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • The Blue Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Great for a couple or kids. Port-a-crib available.
    The Surfview Suite - 1 queen , This bedroom has whitewater views and lux bath
    The Retreat - 1 queen , Large bedroom with antiques, garden view, & TV
    The Library - 2 twin/ single , Day Bed converts to two twin beds.
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The Living Room has a Queen sofa bed.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), (1) Queen sofa bed- sleeps two
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This charming beach house is located about 100 feet (one house)from the water's edge. The entire second floor master suite and family room has dramatic views of the breaking waves. Guests are lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf (and occasionally barking seals!). There are nearby accesses to the State beach within walking distance both to the north and the south. Long beach walks, shell gathering and watching the pelicans and dolphins is also a popular pastime.


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Luxury Surfview House 100' from Beach--a truly special home
average rating of 4.5238094 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved this vacation home. Our family, 5 adults and 2 small children, had a birthday party, family reunion and anniversary. The two dining spaces and well-equipped kitchen accommodated all these celebrations easily. The kids loved the outdoor spaces and when adults needed quiet, the upstairs balcony has an incredible view of the ocean. Literally 5 min. to Legoland and an easy walk to the beach made the location just perfect for us. Plenty of beach toys, bicycles, kites....we really had fun. The house was very clean and beds super comfortable. A wonderful experience all around.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Only 3 stars because of location 2 stars for the condition of the house and promised amenities .

  • 3 of 5

A quaint beach house in need of a good scrubbing. There were four garbage receptacles all full but one (and it wasn't completely empty) so we were infested with flies the entire stay .Also was awakened by heavy construction noise 6 days a week.Let's just say that's the beginning of a long list .

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ

Fantastic House for a Large Family

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation at Terramar. The house is large and accommodated our party of five adults and four kids very well. The house is well-designed, so that even with a large group, one can find space for peace and quiet.

The front yard and backyard are beautifully landscaped--absolutely gorgeous. There is space for two vehicles--garage and parking in front of it.

The downstairs contains two eating areas near the kitchen for family dinners, plus there are tables outside in the backyard. The large kitchen is well-supplied for all that one could want to cook a gourmet meal. There are two bathrooms downstairs, two bedrooms (one with a Pack 'n Play in the closet that can be set up for little ones), and an area with a daybed with trundle. The upstairs consists of a second living room area with TV, deck overlooking the ocean, and beautiful bedroom with a large master suite bathroom.

There are plenty of toys, buckets, and boogie boards in the garage. The garage also contains a washer and dryer.

We spent most of our time at the beach but appreciated this beautiful beach home as our retreat.

In terms of beach access, the stairs leading down to a spot near Carlsbad tide-pools were a 5-7 minute walk from the house. We spent most of our beach time, however, at spots near the lifeguard towers (either 30 or 32) that were between 0.5 and 0.75 miles from the house. We had kids ages 22 months to 10 years with us and liked that we could find beach areas that had lifeguards nearby.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

The house was great. The beach access was hard to get to unless you drove to the beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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this house has everything you need, and more for a great vacation in carlsbad

  • 5 of 5

This was a bigger house than my husband and I needed but we had friends come one weekend to celebrate a birthday and all 3 couples were happy with the privacy and separate bathrooms. The ocean view from the upstairs suite is incredible and we spent relaxing mornings drinking coffee and looking for whale spouts. ( we saw quite a few and many Dolphins as well.). Also watched the surfers and construction on what I am sure is a new7 million or more house being built in front of us! Grocery shopping is an easy 2/5 minute drive depending on your preference for Vons or Ralph's. Everything you could need is within a short drive. we also daytripped Oceanside, Encinitas, la Jolla and Coronado as well. Eateries are too numerous to mention and I think part of the fun is finding them yourself anyway! We did particularly enjoy one Saturday morning when we took the short drive to the Oceanside harbour and walked the perimeter and absorbed the boating culture as well as the seal culture!! I don't remember it's name but the popular spot for breakfast there is great. We didn't eat out a lot because we had such a great kitchen to cook in. This kitchen is equipped! Anything you need and an outdoor grill. We particularly enjoyed grilling the fresh Mexican shrimp available at pellys (a seafood market in the Ralphs plaza) Tip Top market can provide anything meat oriented you could ever dream of and everything we got there was top quality. We went to the farmers market on Wednesday and though our visit was in late January and February the produce was still above average. Our most relaxing days were spent with beach chairs on one of the beaches north of the house . Carlsbad has been my favorite beach town for some time now. We are from the upper south/ Midwest and can get to beaches in Florida much easier but they don't have the Cali vibe! Through the years, We have spent a month vacationing in Coronado, spent 2 weeks in la Jolla, a week in Solana, even tried downtown last year. Nothing compares to Carlsbad for ease of services (Costco and trader joes are close) and charm. ( a walk around the village for shopping and lunch). If you walk for exercise you will love this house. A few short steps puts you on Carlsbad Blvd where you can walk safely all the way into town with the ocean as your companion ( and a lot of people and dogs too!). Highly recommend for a family vacation. great house to be together as the dining tables inside and out both seat 8.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terramar Beach Home

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 spent a week in this delightfully unique home to welcome the New Year 2017. We had a magical stay that was beyond my expectations! This is a large home that can accommodate an extended family. There are 3 large bedrooms and a library with a day bed making it possible for everyone to have privacy and quiet sleeping quarters. There are 3 full baths allowing everyone the room they need to prepare for the day. We love to cook, and the gourmet kitchen is huge and functional. There are two sitting areas off of the kitchen with tables and chairs for dining. Our favorite parts of the home were the lovely landscaping, private backyard patio, and the upstairs master suite with family room. Every night we watched the sunset over the ocean as we gathered on the second floor balcony. The views were stunning and you could hear the waves all night long. We watched surfers and dolphins while having our morning coffee on the balcony. We also built a fire in the fireplace a couple of nights, playing games and watching the New Year festivities on television.

We all fell in love with this charming home, including our little dog, Winnie. She loved walking down to the dog beach, playing in the surf, and hopping along the tide pool rocks. The people we met in the neighborhood were so kind and friendly. And the location of this home is perfect! We were steps away from the beach and the large walking sidewalk that takes you all the way to Carlsbad while watching the waves roll to shore. Also, the information we received from Dana, the owner, and Kathy the property manager, was so helpful before and throughout our stay. Both women were personable, responsive and clear in their communication with us.

I had a hard time saying goodbye to this beautiful place when our stay had come to an end. We experienced one of those unforgettable moments in time when everything comes together with perfection. My family and I will continue to cherish our time together here and look forward to returning again in the future.

Suzanne Farrell

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Palomar Airport (San Diego Airport is 30 miles)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
West Bistro (a 9 minute walk)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Aviara and The Crossings
Nearest Train
1 Miles
To San Diego and Los Angeles and parts in between
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
West Bistro
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Water skiing in Agua Hedionda Lagoon
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Terramar Beach, Carlsbad State Beach
Car: recommended

We are 5 minutes from Legoland, the Carlsbad Flower Fields, the Carlsbad Village and the Carlsbad outlet stores. Del Mar is 15 minutes away and San Diego is 45 minutes. We have a supply of sporting equipment, including surfboards, boogie boards, bicycles, tennis rackets, golf clubs, croquet set, etc. available for your use.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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