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Spanish Style Villa, Pool, Walk to Beach, Romance & Charm!

Lower Hermosa, San Diego, CA, USA
  • House4407 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay4 - 5 nights

House, 4 large sunny bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite.


Beautiful architectural design and decor combine with a fabulous location for an ideal holiday with family and friends. There is nothing more romantic than strolling down to the beach to watch the sunset, and returning to enjoy drinks by the pool. The large rooms, garden, pool, and location near beach and village - make this the ideal holiday retreat.

Casasol is located near south Windansea Beach in an exclusive neighborhood. Unlike some La Jolla homes in the hills where there are no sidewalks and it is difficult to walk, the homes in this area are perfect for walking, jogging, or riding our bikes through the neighborhood to the beach or restaurants and coffee houses nearby.

Casasol is a designated historic property. Today it is restored and modernized, but filled with the same charm and character that the architect gave La Jolla's famous La Valencia Hotel: carved stone benches, leaded glass windows, hand-crafted tiles; high beamed ceilings; carved walnut paneled dining room, tile and wood floors throughout. (Click on the link below to see large scale images.)

Enjoy the romance and charm of the house, during dinners alongside the pool or in the large dining room with a table which seats up to 12, for a quiet dinner party. The modern kitchen with breakfast nook is designed for cooking together. The house is equipped with everything you need to play, picnic, and enjoy the beaches, from folding chairs, coolers, to toys and bikes. The family room with flat screen has an adjacent cabana bath for changing for the pool. Exquisitely furnished, with the best linens, a gourmet eat-in kitchen with travertine floors, granite and Corian surfaces, Casasol will provide a holiday in style and comfort. A wood burning fireplace is equipped with a gas starter, and a pile of firewood is available. We provide two additional folding beds, and a Graco crib for additional sleeping arrangements.


House Layout:

The 4000 sq ft. home includes three large sun-filled bedrooms upstairs, each with their own bathrooms, and a bedroom/study downstairs with its own bathroom, and a family room (sofa couch) with its own bathroom.

Bed configuration:

Upstairs Beds:

Master Bedroom 1: California King -- sleeps 2

Master Bedroom 2: Cal King -- sleeps 2

Adjacent Study/Sleeping Porch: Folding Bed can be placed here. – sleeps 1

Twin or King Bedroom: Twin beds can be Joined for 2

All of the upstairs bedrooms are very large, and are furnished with down comforters in the winter, and excellent quality linens.


Bedroom/Study with double/full bed and an adjacent bathroom. -- sleeps 2

8 adults maximum, with 10 occupants maximum.

Quiet neighborhood, quiet get-togethers, only.


Private Backyard:

Surrounded by a wall and 60’ tall trees and a garden, the pool is about 50 feet in length and is 9 feet deep at the deep end.


Kid friendly beaches: Within a few minutes walk is a beach for wonderful tide pooling and exploration. A few minutes into the village, and any day you can watch the seals play at the Children’s Pool.

No smoking is permitted in the house.

Keywords: Charm, Romantic, Luxurious, Historic, Beach, Pool


Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski

Member Since 1998
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This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
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english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski

Your hosts are an art historian and a retired airline captain. They are international travelers. The home is a designated historic property. The home and garden were featured in the 2002 La Jolla Historical Society's Home and Garden Tour.

Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski purchased this House in 1993

Why Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski chose Lower Hermosa

If you enjoy expansive, sunny, and the relaxing feel of a beautifully designed home - this is the place for you. The feeling is romantic early California-Spanish, with colorful Bougainvillea spilling over the walls, tiles, stone and leaded windows. Bring out lunch and drinks and enjoy them by the large pool; or pack up snacks and drinks and head a few minutes down to watch the ocean at the beach. We are minutes into the village and fine restaurants of La Jolla - and the bars and hot spots of Pacific Beach.

What makes this House unique

The home has been restored to its former beauty, and furnished with antiques and furniture that maximize comfort and enjoyment. You have a kitchen equipped for the gourmet cook. The kitchen is a cook's delight, with cozy table for eating across from a new LED flat screen... Picnic and beach gear for outings...Complete wireless WiFi access.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • (1) Master Suite - California King - upstairs
        1 king
      • (2) West Master Suite - California King - upstairs
        1 king
      • (3) King or Twin Bedroom - Upstairs
        2 twin/ single, Twins can be pushed into King
      • (4) Full/Double Bedroom Downstairs
        1 double
      • (5) Sun Porch Upstairs Off West Bedroom
        4 child bed, 1 baby crib, Can accommodate child's bed +crib
      • There are four beds that can be placed into the large bedrooms to accommodate children.


      • 5 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1 - Master en suite - Toto washlett/shower/sink
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2nd en suite - toilet , tub and shower
        toilet, combination tub/shower, shower
      • Bathroom 3 en suite - sink - toilet , combination tub/shower
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub
      • Bathroom 5 - Downstairs for bedroom & kitchen toilet , tub
        toilet, tub
      • Bathroom 4 - Cabana/Family Rm downstairs toilet/sink/shower
        toilet, shower, This Bathroom/Shower can be entered directly from pool/patio

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
            Minutes walk to Windansea Beach. Unlike homes up in the hills, that might have views, here you walk through a beautiful multimillion dollar homes to the beach.
          • Resort
          • Village
            We are a few minutes drive into the heart of the La Jolla village for all shopping; and minutes walk to the small hamlet called Bird Rock for restaurants.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                        Hi Speed with three boosters
                      • Air Conditioning
                        New air conditioning system on zones.
                      • Fireplace
                        Wood burning with gas, starter bar. Wood is provided.
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        Bikes for local use are available.
                      • Free Long Distance
                        For United States and Europe
                      • Garage
                        Please inquire about parking in the garage.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Linens and beach towels provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        One car in garage, and on street parking.
                      • Telephone
                        You can call the U.S. and Europe and Canada at no cost with the house phone.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Beach and bathroom towels.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Samsung New washer & dryer
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Everything you could possibly need
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Gourmet Kitchen
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Waffle maker, blender, slow cooker, Cuisinart mixer
                          • Oven
                            Double oven and microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                            Flour, sugar, oils, vinegars
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Gas Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Antique dining table seats up to 10 people when expanded. The dining room walls are carved cherry wood.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 12 people


                                  • Books
                                    Children's and adult books.
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                    In downstairs family room. DVDs for adults and children are available.
                                  • Games
                                    Games, art materials, outdoor games, pool toys and floats
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Time Warner Cable: Sports channels; HBO; Smart TVS with access to Amazon and Netflix
                                  • Stereo
                                    Stereo can sink with IPhone
                                  • Television
                                    Large Samsung Smart TVs in family room, kitchen, and upstairs bedroom.
                                  • Toys
                                    Several Boogie boards, beach and pool toys, games
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Bicycles
                                        two adult and two children's bikes
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Enclosed back patio behind kitchen. Large flagstone patio surrounds pool.
                                      • Golf
                                        Nearby at Mission Valley or Torrey Pines Municipal Courses.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Kayak services are available all along the nearby La Jolla coast. Try to do it - great experience!
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Tennis
                                        Tennis courts are available in the village at no fee.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Boogie boards, Beach Toys, Chairs


                                          • limited accessibility
                                            First floor, bedroom, kitchen, living room
                                          • smoking allowed
                                            Only in outdoor gardens

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Heated Pool
                                              • Private Pool
                                                Pool is 25 yards long. It has a 9.5 deep end and 3' shallow end. There are stairs leading down to shallow end. Solar blanket generally suffices for summer; added gas heating available with surcharge.

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Concierge
                                                  • Private Chef


                                                      • museums
                                                      • botanical garden
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • library
                                                      • marina
                                                      • churches
                                                      • playground
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • synagogues
                                                      • theme parks
                                                      • zoo

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • boating
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • photography
                                                          • beachcombing
                                                          • shelling
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • shuffleboard
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • laundromat
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • jet skiing
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • paragliding
                                                                  • parasailing
                                                                  • pier fishing
                                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                                  • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                  • snorkeling
                                                                  • snorkeling/diving
                                                                  • surfing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • wind-surfing


                                                                      • Casasol is a historically designated home, built in 1929-30.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        43 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Fantastic large home with pool and close to Windansea beach

                                                                        Jill V.

                                                                        Shona and Barry have set up their lovey home so well for guests. I have never seen hosts go to such lengths to make sure the guests are comfortable, happy, and have everything they need. They even left activity books for our children upon arrival - so generous! The pool area is wonderful - great place to relax. We enjoyed the location of the home too - so nice to be able to take a stroll or a bike ride down to Windansea beach. We also appreciated all of the recommendations they made for restaurants in the area. Thank you, Shona and Barry.

                                                                        Familial bliss with exceptional hospitality

                                                                        Kanishka P.

                                                                        Shona and Barry redefine hosting.

                                                                        They're incredibly thoughtful (cribs, beds for kids, toys, follow up calls, easily accessible) and warm.

                                                                        The house was so lovely and in a terrific area of La Jolla with plenty of nearby places of interest without the hustle of the daily crowd or tourists.

                                                                        We will return!


                                                                        K and R

                                                                        Lovely home with pool and walk to beach.

                                                                        Sharon B.

                                                                        Nice old style California home. Very well equipped. In upscale neighborhood with walks to beach and ocean overlooks.

                                                                        A wonderful vacation!

                                                                        Keri V.

                                                                        We absolutely loved our stay at this beautiful home. We are a family of five with three kids, two of them toddlers. The pool was so much fun for them and the outside space is great. We loved the covered patio area - a nice place to relax and watch the kids in the pool.

                                                                        The house itself is so well equipped. Everything you could want in the kitchen. The eat in kitchen area is convenient, with a grill right outside. The bedrooms are large and comfortable. The family room has a large TV with enough seating for everyone.

                                                                        If you are looking for a comfortable, spacious, well equipped rental home in La Jolla for your family, look no further!

                                                                        Fun, family vacation with children and grandchildren.

                                                                        Lucinda M V.

                                                                        Shona and Barry's home worked perfectly for our two daughters, sons-in-law, and their two infants and one toddler. The bedrooms (each with it's own bath) were spacious and fully stocked. The kitchen had everything we could have wanted as we cooked in about half the time and ate outdoors. The outdoor space was the best part of the property for us as the 2.5 year old loved the pool. We also enjoyed walking through the lovely neighborhood to the beach and Bird Rock for coffee and the juice bar. There were plenty of nice eateries close by and other activities for the men to enjoy. A great time at a great property.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you Cindy for your wonderful comments. Best wishes for your dear family.


                                                                        Beautifull house, great location!

                                                                        Mark M.

                                                                        My brother and me stayed with our families in this house. The place couldn't be better. The house is beautifull, full of character and has everything you need for a great stay. The kids loved the pool and TV room, we loved sitting on the patio and the kitchen and diningroom were amazing. Great location in charming La Jolla.


                                                                        Lower Hermosa, San Diego, CA, USA

                                                                        San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, all nearby.

                                                                        Rates & Availability

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                                                                        Chose "eCheck payment", and receive a $100 discount in your rental cost. Or, pay by credit card. SUMMER RENTALS: TWO WEEK DISCOUNT IN SUMMER, Please call us for rate. TIMING - Saturday to Saturday rentals preferred. POOL is heated by a solar blanket; surcharge if gas heater is used (varies from $200 summer to $400 winter). Please communicate directly with us at casasol.lj@gmail.com, or 858-922-5162, to confirm pricing and details.

                                                                        43 Reviews
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