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Luxury Cardiff Home with Amazing Ocean Views! Walk to Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10-11 adults)

Cardiff Jewel:

** Outdoor Living: Huge backyard with 4000 sq feet of lawn. Ocean view deck off the main living area with plenty of seating for the whole family. Additional lower patio area with expansive lounge area and spa/hot tub. (Most homes in Cardiff are very limited on outdoor space. Be sure to give yourself the outdoor space to enjoy our wonderful climate.)

**Open Floor Plan: Kitchen, Dining Room, Family Room & Deck are on the same level and open with ocean views for family and friends to get the most out of your time together.

**Comfortable beds with quality linens

** Well stocked kitchen

Indulge yourself by waking up to the sight and sound of the ocean. Step out from your private patio or deck and take in the beach life. Fall in love with Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a casual, romantic village with wonderful, unique beaches for swimming,surfing, walking, or running. Excellent restaurants, markets and local joints are all within walking distance. Enjoy magical sunsets, and see why this paradise is one of the most desired vacation areas of the world.

This stunningly decorated, 3,000 SF, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath home sits on a rare and spacious ¼ acre lot in the heart of the famous Cardiff Composer District, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Located only a few blocks away, we are TRULY walking distance to the beach. It takes just minutes to walk down to Cardiff State Beach or the famous Swami’s and Pipes beaches that are also well known surf spots. It is also an easy walk to the well known Seaside Market, beach side restaurants, boutiques and shops. Less than a mile from Moonlight Beach and the revitalized downtown Encinitas.

There is a pedestrian underpass to the beach at the end of our block at Santa Fe to Swamis beach access. Less than half a mile. Walk to beach in about 8 minutes without crossing over the train tracks.

Our home features dramatic 16 ft windows overlooking the ocean. The spacious gourmet kitchen has beautiful granite and lots of counter space. An open floor plan allows the main living areas to blend together comfortably, providing expansive ocean views from the many windows. The dining room has beautiful open beam ceilings, a dining table that seats up to 10, an elegant baby grand piano. The kitchen table and counter top bar seat up to 8 more for casual dining. The family room has a very large and cozy couch, a second couch and a love seat, providing plenty of seating space for the whole family. A 55 inch HD smart TV, with Bose surround sound. Enjoy premium movie channels, DVR, Netflix, or watch your favorite DVD or Blu-Ray. The large outdoor deck has a BBQ grill, and a large L shaped couch with plenty of seating. It is great for soaking in the sun or enjoying the cool evenings. The master bedroom has a beautiful King size bed, a HD smart TV and double French doors that open to a private patio with an ocean view and spa. The master bath also has an ocean view from the over sized Jacuzzi tub, a separate shower and double vanity sinks. The second and third bedrooms have Queen size beds. The fourth bedroom is extra large and can sleep 4 with a comfortable Queen bed, and two single twin beds, French doors that open to a patio with an ocean view and the spa. There are hardwood floors throughout. The second bathroom also has a Sauna. The laundry room is located just off the master bedroom.

A Queen size sofa sleeper in the living room creates a couple of extra sleeping spots if needed. There are parking spaces on the property for up to 3 cars. Off street parking is also available.

Cardiff by the Sea is a local beach town which is part of the city of Encinitas, located at the Southern end of the City of Encinitas. The City of Solana Beach is just 3 miles South of Cardiff, filled with more great restaurants, the Cedros Design District, exciting nightlife, and a convenient Amtrak train station.

Legoland, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are all great, well known attractions, wonderful for children, but equally enjoyed by adults. The quaint village of Del Mar, its famous beaches and the Fairgrounds are just 10 minutes away. Historic Balboa Park and Museums are fantastic. Stephen Birch Aquarium, Seaport Village downtown, San Diego Gaslamp District, La Jolla and Old Town are great! Carlsbad Outlet Shopping Center and the Flower Fields are just 10 minutes away. Also nearby, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim - 1 ½ hours away.

There are several local beachfront restaurants for fine dining and quaint coffee houses for reading and relaxing. Shopping is everywhere… local boutiques, outlet and outdoor malls. Amazing health and beauty spas surround you including the newly remodeled La Costa Resort. Plenty of great Yoga centers are also in the neighborhood. You can also enjoy live theater, cinemas, concerts or Padres baseball games. The nearby Encinitas Coaster station conveniently runs back and forth from Oceanside to downtown San Diego, often shuttling Padres fans to Petco Park or sightseers to downtown … a hassle free way to travel.

This is the perfect place for a great vacation!

You will find everything you need in this area to enjoy a fabulous vacation. And when the weather is cool, sit in front of a crackling outdoor fireplace enjoying the peace and solitude of a quiet evening. Night time brings wonderful, relaxing sleep with the sound of the waves and the scent of the ocean. Whether your vacation is adventure and action packed or filled with relaxing days and evenings, you will leave Cardiff-by-the-Sea refreshed and renewed.

Please feel free to call or email with any questions. We enjoy speaking with our future guests. If for some reason our number does not display, please send us an email and we will be happy to respond to your questions personally.

Maximum # of people 11 adults

(No weddings, receptions or parties are allowed to be hosted at our home)

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Amenities: Baby Grand Piano, Jacuzzi tub, Sauna, spa, hot tub, 3 Flat Screen High Definition TV's , Cable with premium channels, DVD, High-speed wireless internet, Fully furnished kitchen with Granite counter tops, Microwave, Stove, Oven, Subzero Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Cooking Utensils and linens provided. Gas Grill(BBQ), Outdoor fireplace, games and books. Laundry room with Washer and Dryer. Parking. No smoking. Some pets allowed.

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More Details

Sarah Goncalves
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Sarah Goncalves

My boys and I have always been drawn to the ocean. San Diego natives, my father was a commercial fisherman in San Diego. We love the outdoors,riding bikes, playing sports and entertaining. We love looking at the ocean and the daily changes it takes on. The view is never the same. We purchased this home as our primary residence, but the boys are grown so we decided to share our gem with other people who might share our appreciation. We have always dreamed of being walking distance from the beach and seeing the ocean daily.

Sarah Goncalves purchased this house in 2006

Why Sarah Goncalves chose Cardiff

We purchased this home as our primary residence. But the big boys are grown and on their own, so we have decided to share it with other families by renting it. Since then our family grew again and we now have a 7 year old. We live in the private loft space above the garage when we are not away traveling, which is less often since he has started school. We really appreciate being so close to the beach an 8 minute walk. We can hear and smell the ocean.

What makes this house unique

We like to walk to 'downtown' Cardiff or 'downtown' Encinitas.The beaches are uncrowded and private, just an 8 minute walk. Everything you need is walking distance. We are situated right between two great beaches which are also well known surf spots (Swamis and Pipes)There are great restaurants and cafes. Many great spas, yoga, and shops. But mostly we enjoy just chilling at home, taking in the view.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our guest book 9/7/14

We sincerely thank you for having us at your beautiful home. It was the perfect "home away from home" We will never forget the memories we made celebrating my mother-in-laws birthday.
Sep 2014
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Cardiff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Master Bath - Very Large - Also has entrance from Bedrm #2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Dry Sauna in this bathroom
  • Our sauna is located in Bathroom #2 Each of the bathrooms is situated between two bedrooms. The master bathroom is quite spacious with and entrance from Bedroom 2 a lockable door from each side. Works great for multi-generation family gatherings.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - Master - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 2 adults + child: CalKing + twin bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 4 - Oversize room with Queen + 2 Twin
    Living Room Sofa Sleeper - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 2: Queen Sofa Sleeper - Main Living Room
  • King size beds (1) California King, Queen size Beds (3) Twin or Single Beds (2) Twin child bed (1), Queen Sofa Sleeper in Living Room (1) Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Luxury Cardiff Home with Amazing Ocean Views! Walk to Beach!
average rating of 4.83871 based on 70 reviews

Perfect Family Vaca Home!

  • 4 of 5

We traveled to this beautiful home to stay for a week following a family wedding in the area. Sarah was very attentive and responsive right form the start of my first inquiry. Our family of 6 adults and 3 children fit very comfortably. The view from the dining room, kitchen and deck was amazing. The fenced in yard was great for the kids and a nice surprise was the beautiful fruit trees where we could help ourselves to lemons and limes. We visited the San Diego Zoo, Sea World very close, only about a 30 minute drive (with no traffic). After our long days and when the kids were in bed we got to relax in the new hot tub! The house was in walking distance of downtown Encinitas, lots of shops and restaurants. We dined at The Lumberyard Tavern, The Bier Garden and the Union Kitchen and Tap. All a great atmosphere and good food. Great beer at the Culture Brewery and great ice cream at JoJo's Creamery. Also there is an amazing 3 mile running loop from the house all along the pacific coast highway. I would definite recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alhambra, CA

Beautiful Spacious Home

  • 5 of 5

This property is gorgeous. You can tell Sarah and her family really take care of it! Everything was exactly as pictured and described.

We had 4 couples stay here for an extended weekend and we had more than enough room inside and out. Our favorite aspects of the house were the ocean view from the living room deck and the outdoor grassy area. The home is located within walking distance of many restaurants, attractions, and the beach.

Parking can be a bit tricky with more than 3 vehicles but there are nearby street spots. Rambunctious groups may want to avoid this property as the neighbors are nearby and very quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Boston, MA

Perfect base for exploring the area

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Cardiff by the Sea! It's the perfect base for exploring the area- close to beautiful beaches and more centra than staying downtown. We did the zoo, safari park, hikes at Torrey Pines, and beaches of La Jolla, Del Mar and Encinitas and never had a drive that felt long. The house was clean, spacious, well-appointed and comfortable and the views were amazing. We would love to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Las Vegas, NV

Close to everything

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Sarah's beautiful home. Location is great, close to beaches and restaurants, although with kids and grandparents not really walkable for our group to beach or restaurants. But easy 5 minute drive to a wonderful beach called Moonlight beach which has clean bathrooms and concession stand, lifeguards on duty seemed very vigilant, laid back family friendly vibe. Easy drop off area to unload beach chairs and gear.

Great restaurants nearby include Pacific Coast Grill for an upscale night out, and Besta Wan for yummy breakfast, great pizza, and "best ranch ever"! Besta Wan is very dog friendly too. Cardiff seaside market is amazing for fresh fish, produce, and desserts. We enjoyed Sarah's large dining table for family meals. House does not have A/C, which is not unusual for SoCal beach homes due to amazing ocean breeze, but the front bedrooms did get a little warm at times. Kitchen is well stocked. We had a little trouble with family room TV and WiFi at first but Sarah was on top of it and very responsive to our needs. Would definitely return, thank you Sarah!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Everything was just right

  • 5 of 5

Great house and great location would definitely come back again

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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5 stars across the board

  • 5 of 5

This property is the perfect blend of being on vacation yet still feeling as if you have everything to feel at home. Whether enjoying the sunset on the deck, gathering with friends and family in the spacious kitchen/dining area or relaxing throughout the many rooms in the house, this home is ideal. Easy navigation to the surrounding San Diego hot spots. The owners go above & beyond with their care of the property which was appreciated by our family.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
San Diego (or Carlsbad - 10 miles)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Union Station - Encinitas
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Encinitas Ranch
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrack - Solana Beach
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Cardiff
Nearest Point of Interest
Pipes Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
Swamis Beach and Surf Spot
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Encinitas
Nearest Point of Interest
Grocery,Pharmacy, Fitness
Nearest Point of Interest
Park/Tennis Courts/Basketball Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Moonlight Beach
Car: recommended

Legoland, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are all great, well known attractions, wonderful for children, but equally enjoyed by adults. We personally have annual memberships to Sea World and the Zoo/Wild Animal Park because we enjoy visiting them often, year round. Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, Balboa Park and Museums, Stephen Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Seaport Village downtown, San Diego Gaslamp District, La Jolla and Del Mar Villages, Old Town, Carlsbad Outlet Shopping Center and Flower Fields. Also nearby, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim - 1 ½ hours away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300
Pet Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

90 DAY CANCELLATION POLICY - Payment 100% refundable if cancelled 90 days prior to arrival. Non refundable if within 90 days of arrival. If you have any questions about our rates or policies, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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