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Spanish Colonial Villa, Pool, Walk to Beach, a Dream Vacation!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

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 in a beautiful neighborhood of Lower Hermosa, minutes from the village of La Jolla and Bird Rock, with a lovely walk to famous WindanSea beach. You must be careful when you rent in La Jolla to ask if the home is a walkable neighborhood. The homes in the hills might have a view, but often have no sidewalks, and require driving to get to the beach or into the village.

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. 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 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

Double Size Sofa Bed in Family Room – sleeps 2


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

More Details

Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

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 San Diego County

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Spanish Colonial Villa, Pool, Walk to Beach, a Dream Vacation!
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

We fell in love with Casasol!

  • 5 of 5

This place is absolutely amazing! The owners Barry & Shona were wonderful and we could not have been happier with our stay. The house is perfectly located in La Jolla with simple access to the beach. Our kids enjoyed riding the bikes around the neighborhood and down to Windansea. This house has everything you could want or need while on vacation. I just can't say enough about the beauty of the home, and the kindness of the owners. You will miss this place the minute you leave it.

Jason & Virginia Manlove

Houston, TX

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Four generation vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Casasol!!!! Our family vacation with 7 of us ranging in age from 2 to 94 could not have been

better thanks to this wonderful property!!! Shona and Barry have thought of everything you could possibly want or

need for your stay! We enjoyed the pool everyday, went to the beaches nearby, ate at some of their recommended

restaurants, saw the fireworks at the cove, and easily navigated the nearby area! This property is a gem! We have

stayed at a number of VRBO's and would rank this one at the top of our list! Highly recommend and would definitely

stay here again! Many thanks Shona and Barry!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wonderful and comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

It's been a year and we came back to this wonderful oasis! My family of 10 had a very comfortable stay as always. Shona and Barry are gracious hosts that think of everything to make our stay amazing. From the amenities to the thoughtful little gifts for our children, we couldn't ask for more. The house is really a gem. The pool was perfectly heated and the weather during our stay was fabulous. We will be back. Thank you thank you... Jorge & Lisa

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Casasol for our family was truly a "home away from home"

  • 5 of 5

The property has a great patio area for dining outside and enjoying the California weather. The pool is a plus and the owners provided special touches for the children to enjoy a swim. The bedrooms are spacious as well as the other rooms and plenty of room to stretch out and relax. The kitchen had everything we needed and we have great memories of sharing morning coffee and catching up with family. Casasol is one of La Jolla'so little jewels to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A beautiful, fully updated, Spanish Colonial Villa a short walk from a beautiful beach.

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival we were given a "tour" of the home and its' inner workings by the owners. We were immediately struck by not only the beautiful "old" home, but also by the amazing furnishings and accessories within the home. Everything has been updated, including the highest quality appliances and bathroom fixtures. The pool is large, surrounded by a beautiful and large patio and garden. Being on a corner lot creates a large outdoor area in spite of the large home.

The beach is only a short 10 minute walk and the owners supplied all sorts of beach essentials as well as pool essentials. The beach is beautiful and the shops and food offerings in the area are first class.

The owners were wonderful people and a pleasure to get to know. We would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Fab house in La Jolla California

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house. The walled garden was fab it enclosed 4 small children. The pool was lovely so pleased we organised the extra heating. Everything was well organised in the house it had wonderful washing & drying facilities. The kitchen was well equipped. The bedrooms were lovely the beds comfortable & the sheets were especially nice. Very close to restaurants & La Jolla itself.

Overall I would highly recommend this house.

Diana Roads. UK

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Diego (SAN)
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Car: not necessary

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


Rates & Availability

La Jolla House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter Holiday
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 4 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Peak Summer $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.5%

SUMMER RENTALS: Deposits for summer rentals are 50% down; 50% - 60 days prior to the rental. TWO WEEK DISCOUNT IN SUMMER = Save $400 per week if you rent two weeks or more. Summer Cleaning is $300. 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, or 858-922-5162, to confirm pricing and details.

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La Jolla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Resort
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , This Bathroom/Shower can be entered directly from pool/patio
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 double , Downstairs bedroom off kitchen.
    Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , Large room can fit crib and/ or folding bed
    Upstairs Second Master Bedroom - 1 king , Lg room; also, adjacent office can fit 1 folding bed or crib
    Other (See Description) - 4 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep sofa is in family room.
    Upstairs - Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds can push together to be 1 King size bed
  • King size bed (2), Twin size beds (2) both upstairs, Full Size bed in downstairs study; 4 Portable folding beds for guests up to 18 years. One can fit in the upstairs porch or inside the large bedrooms. Also: 1 Baby Crib Graco Travel Crib; Sleep Sofa in Family Room. We comfortably sleep 7 adults in beds, 8-9 if you want to work with the sofa bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Casasol is a historically designated home, built in 1929-30.

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