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Del Mar Artistic Vision, Ocean Views, Private Pool & Spa

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Architectural House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, bed in study, loft, sleeps 9-13, pool

This 2800-square-foot, five-level architectural house has a timeless design inspired by the artist who commissioned it for her own home in the 1970s. The views of ocean, pool and gardens are rivaled by its interior views -- of high open-beam ceilings, wide passageways, and big, open rooms bathed in natural light from many windows and skylights. Decorated with a mix of the traditional and the whimsical, the property invites you to breathe, rest, dream, laugh and play.

The two full suites are upstairs, each with ocean views, a full bath and a large dressing room. The master suite has a king bed, full sofa-bed, lots room for air-mattresses and private balcony; the guest suite has a queen bed and twin Murphy bed. A smaller bedroom downstairs offers has one queen bed, and French doors to its own private patio. A ladder loft at the top of the house, with four twin beds, serves as a fourth play/sleeping room for kids.

Indoors, you can splash and feast in the big kitchen, equipped with a six-burner, two-oven Wolf commercial-style range, large prep island, and a wood-burning fireplace for toasted desserts. The kitchen table can seat 8, and the island has 5 stools on two sides. Entertain in the big living room, equipped with its own grown-up sized, ocean-view swing, which passes through the (open!) double French doors to the pool deck. Or retreat upstairs to one of the very private suites.

Outdoors, there's grilling and French style dining table in the kitchen garden, lounging on the sundeck, gathering for stories and s'mores round the fire-pit, splashing and lap-swimming in the pool, and soaking in the spa. You can eat by the pool on a Balinese teak dining table, … and if you ever decide to venture off the property, Del Mar's best beaches, parks, shopping, race track, fair grounds and dining are all down the hill.

Although near the beach, this is generally a very quiet neighborhood, and guests must act in ways that will not disturb neighbors; hence when outside, no raised voices, shouting, screaming, or music... but splashing and laughing are fine.

Keywords: house, 2 suites, pool, spa, ocean view, trees

More Details

David Tytler
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About David Tytler

I am a scientist and long time world traveler who first used VRBO as a renter in the early 2000s. Since I have lived in Scotland, London, Munich, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, Los Angeles and New York I tend to see things with a mixture of European, American and Asian values. My passions these days are electronic dance music, yoga and camping in the desert.

David Tytler purchased this house in 2014

Why David Tytler chose San Diego

Before this house, I lived in an elegant 1914 Victorian/Craftsman house, and I moved to find something more open, spacious and architecturally adventurous. Former owners included artists, and Todd and Marna Temple sold this house to me in February 2014. It is they who began renting this house in 2009 and they kindly took the time to introduce Polina and me to the process. The house is complicated – children cannot stop from running around exploring the different levels, and adults are often lost on the first day. It has many private spaces, making it hard to find people in the house. The house opens up towards the ocean, with a variety of views from different rooms. Some rooms have very high ceiling, but others were designed to be cozy. And the location is unrivaled. In front the hill is steep straight down to the ocean, but it is flatter in the back. Immediately south is the best ocean view in the county and a popular beach. To the north, winding old streets full of overgrown trees, leading to the quaintest town in the county and excellent restaurants. And the house is the ideal distance from the freeway.

What makes this house unique

The house is architecturally unique with many places to play or rest making it fun for both children and adults, as the reviews attest. Since I bought the property in 2014 I have been making changes, bit by bit, moving towards an elegant (marble floor, silver nickel bath) beach style (high beam ceilings, swing in living room) with antique details (5 chandeliers, 9 glass pendant lights, art on walls). Most rooms have been redecorated and photos updated. There are new extra-large quiet washer and dryer units. The furniture is mostly but not entirely new since Todd and Marna kindly sold me some items: the adult sized indoor swing, the convertible bed in the master, all 5 twin beds, the kitchen table (now repainted), the chest by the front door, 2 white tables (now in garage), 6 dining chairs, 8 outdoor chairs, the gas BBQ, outdoor fire-pit, the pool and beach and indoor toys, board games, pots and pans in kitchen. I have added 3 new tables (French wood outside kitchen, long antique Mahogany dining table, poolside Balinese teak table), one additional queen bed (two twins formerly in the small bedroom are now in the loft and study), many new top-rated air mattresses and various chairs and a Stickley couch and reading chair. And the two tortoises that used to live near the kitchen sink are now visiting a local school.


Del Mar Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Rules, conditions of rental and responsibilities are given in the rental agreement that you need to read and sign before booking.
  • Quiet all times when outside; no radios, music, or late night noise. Security deposit will not be returned if any neighbor complains about anything.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Little Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , room for several of the air-mattresses
    Guest Suite - 1 queen , 1 murphy bed , On its own floor. Murphy bed folds down from wall.
    Small Bedroom - 1 queen , Downstairs on E side of house, is isolated and private
    Study - 1 twin/ single , The study is a large room near pool, with ocean view
    Loft - 4 twin/ single , loft top of 4 foot ladder, low ceiling, for kids to play
  • Master Suite. 1 king bed + 1 fold out small twin + space for air mattresses. Guest Suite: 1 queen + one fold down twin + 1 wooden crib Small bedroom: 1 queen Study: 1 twin + space for air mattresses Low ceiling loft: 4 twin mattresses on floor 1 portable pack-n-play/crib stored under stairs 7 Air mattresses: 3 queen, one king (or 2 twins), 2 other twins. Stored under bed in study. Please put back after use, or leave out if they need a clean. Up to 3 camping pads (if I am not using them) in study or garage.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
weekly pool service (text owner if any issues)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Del Mar Artistic Vision, Ocean Views, Private Pool & Spa
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
San Francisco, California

wonderful spot.

  • 5 of 5

great house, great host. had a family reunion here. just booked for a second time.

swimming, ocean, BBQ.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great escape!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 spent a week here over Spring Break. What a great place to be! Our four children, ages 8-15, all enjoyed this home, especially its unique lay-out, and its pool. David was very upfront about a few home improvements that were still in the works, but nothing that we couldn't easily work around. Between the loft, the assorted staircases to the many rooms, and of course the swing in the living room, it was a true departure from our routine. The kitchen was well-equipped and very large.

Though it is a very hilly neighborhood, we were able to run down to the beach--usually opting for a ride back up! The convenience of stores and restaurants and of course, hiking trails near-by was also a plus. Thank you David for a very relaxing escape.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Unique house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

I spent the weekend at this house with 7-8 friends and we loved it! The house is huge and has a really unique layout, making it fun to explore - definitely feels like a vacation getaway. We had plenty of room, loved the huge kitchen area, and the back yard + pool were great for relaxing. David was easy to reach and made sure we were in good shape. Would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Monica

Awesome Vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing! David met up with us when we first arrived and showed us around. He had a few things to point out to us which were all standard (how to use the stove / opening windows). The house is well equipped for us with everything, including beach towels, pool toys, linens, a grill, etc! We BBQ'ed and jacuzzied every night! It's even dog friendly as long as they stay outdoors and are well behaved!

Fair warning, the house does not have AC, as most beach houses do not. We slept with the windows up, but the loft area was a still a little too hot to sleep in.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bakersfield, CA


  • 5 of 5

This house is so great that we rented again this year! With a multi-generational family of twelve, it's hard to find a place big enough, reasonably priced, let alone a place that will accept two labradors. We'd rent it again even without the dog accommodations. The owners just do everything they can to make your stay wonderful. Our security deposit was promptly returned. The pictures tell the story of what a fun place it is to be. There is plenty of room to spread out and the pool and spa are icing on the cake. Everything was clean and well supplied and there was a washer and dryer to use also. The kitchen easily accommodated our many "chefs" with room to eat inside or out. Del Mar has so many attractions of it own and San Diego's fun is just an easy drive away. Thanks again Todd and Marna!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Tiffany Hubbell

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had our wedding in Del Mar and chose to stay in this house with our wedding party. Absolutely amazing experience. Todd is the best. He went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed for the week and was a pleasure to work with throughout the process. There was plenty of space for everyone and the pool/jacuzzi was definitely a plus - we hung out there every night with our family and friends. We loved the house so much that we made sure we had professional photos taken at the house on the wedding day ... so many memories and good times at this house. We will never forget it.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Diego International Lindberg Field
Nearest Golf
3.7 Miles
Torrey Pines Golf Course (ocean view - reserve!)
Nearest Train
3.5 Miles
Solana Beach Hwy101 at Lomas Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
0.6 Miles
Interstate 5, 1 exit North of 805 merge
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many on Camino Del Mar (olde del mar)
Nearest Beach
1.1 Miles
Torrey Pines State Beach
Car: recommended

Excellent location for numerous venues adored by children and adults: beaches, Del Mar race track, olde Del Mar ocean view restaurants, Polo, Legoland, Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, Seaworld. Ideal distance from I-5 freeway 0.8 miles, 2 minutes in a car.


Rates & Availability

Del Mar Heights House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 12 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
july 3 4
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 3 2017
1 night minimum stay
Jul 4 2017 - Jul 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jul 7 2017 - Jul 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jul 23 2017 - Jul 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jul 25 2017 - Aug 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
sep4 15
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
sept14 17
Sep 10 2017 - Sep 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
sept 18 19
Sep 18 2017 - Oct 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 22 2017
1 night minimum stay
Nov20 28 thanks
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
dec 8 23
Dec 8 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
dec 24 26
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
dec 26 29
Dec 26 2017 - Dec 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
dec 30 31
Dec 29 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2 2016
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 22 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Minimal light cleaning $295 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 10.5%

Renters will receive a copy of the rental agreement via Docusign that they must read and sign before making a booking.
A general copy of the agreement is available on this site, but the one to sign must be prepared by the owner.
Rates are subject to change until the rental agreement is signed by renters and the reservation is paid and confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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