Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
Our family has owned property in Catalina for over 30 years. Catalina has always been a very special place for us.
Why Linda chose Avalon
Just 26 miles away from both LA and Orange County you feel like you are a world away. A trip to the island serves to revitalize the mind and nourish the soul.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
What a great house!!
This was our family's first trip to Avalon, and we loved it. A critical part of our wonderful experience was staying at this house. SO highly recommended! The house is incredibly charming (built in 1924, with many original features) home looking over the harbor and the iconic Avalon casino. It is very spacious and comfortable. We were 9 adults, and had plenty of room to be together while also having privacy in the bedrooms. The kitchen and dining room and living room flow together very easily. The views are AMAZING.
Location: The house could not have a better location, right above the harbor yet very private, and only 1/2 mile from the Avalon Casino. In between is the very special town that is Avalon, with shops and restaurants, ice cream and bakeries, and a feeling of stepping back in time to a gentler place. Everything is easy walking distance from the house.
The House: The view from three sides of the house is spectacular, day and night. It was wonderful to wake up and watch the harbor come alive sitting in the living room with a cup of coffee and to enjoy the twinkling lights in Avalon in the evening. The kitchen is fully stocked, clean, and everything works well. The five bedrooms are all VERY comfortable. The three bathrooms had no issues with our large group, and the owner thoughtfully included soaps and extra toilet paper.
The stairs: This is really not an issue. I was worried before booking, given past reviews and that my husband and I are nearing 60. Do not worry about these stairs, they are not challenging at all.
Finally, the cost per night may seem daunting (it was to me), but it is actually a bargain. I did a lot of research into the options for hotels and B&Bs for our family trip. This house was economical in comparison, sight unseen. Now that we have been there, I can only say this: Lucky you if you have the opportunity to rent this house, as the experience is priceless.
This is our second time renting this house and its perfect for our group. The house is beautiful and the view is amazing once you climb the 60+ stairs to get to the house....but well worth it!! The owner is awesome to work with. We will be back!
Aries Birthday Getaway
A group of 9 friends and I stayed at this beautiful house for our joint birthday weekend getaway and had an amazing trip to remember. The house was just as the pictures displayed. YES-the 60 stairs to the property are more than accurate and a good reason to skip the gym post trip BUT the view was breathtaking and an absolute joy to wake up to daily. We had more than enough room for the 10 of us-the bedrooms weren't huge but were cozy. Took a while to find the master bathroom because it was hiding behind the bedroom door but it was a relief to have a 3rd with our sized group. Make sure you space out showers cause the older plumbing will drain the hot water fast.
The house was a short 5 minute walk to/from the ferry and only a few blocks from the bars, restaurants and club. The Galleon & Chi CHi club are about it for nightlife pre-season but we had a blast regardless. We pre-apologized to the permanent residents below for the pending noise of our late night celebrating but did try to keep it down once it really got late. They were understanding and said they'd get used to it.
The restaurants recommended by the owner; Pancake Cottage for breakfast and Bluewater Grill were a delicious hit. Thanks Linda!
So prepare for a great butt and thigh workout but an incredible stay on this beautiful island house. We did!
This place offers an amazing value, awesome views, and comfortable clean setting. Linda is incredibly easy to work with. I am already looking forward to the marathon next year and would definitely stay hear again.
Wonderful Family Retreat
This past summer was our third year in a row staying in this wonderful huge home-away-from home right in the heart of Avalon. Just like the previous years, our family thoroughly enjoyed it! The house has great views; it is roomy, clean, nicely furnished, and just a short walk to anything and everything you might wish to do or see while in Avalon. We will be staying in this house many more times. Linda is always responsive and willing to accommodate!
Amazing views, horrible experience
Worked with Linda, booked and fully paid for a two day dream Catalina vacation. Ended up leaving a day early for fear of fire hazard. Arrived in the morning to the mess left by the previous guests, which was not cleaned up till around 5pm. Spent a few hours of our first night helping Linda and her husband trouble shoot electrical system and fuses in the house with no success. No TV or entertainment for the kids. Tried using the showers which leaked into the bottom floor. Plumbers came and told us shower has leak and shower floor not sealed properly. Concerned we looked around the house and found not a single working smoke detector in the house. Many were painted over, one left open with no batteries inside. So we called Linda and told her that we are leaving early due to fear of electrical fire hazard with no protection. Linda offered refund, which never materialized.
The views from the house are amazing, but the service and quality simply does not match expectations. Playing the role of handy-man and waiting around for house keepers, plumbers and electricians to show up are simply not high on the list of activities we had planned for our dream vacation.
We take great pride in our home and try our best to insure that everyone has an incredible experience. Some times our best is just not good enough.
1. Check in time is 3:00 giving our our cleaners 3 hours to clean up after the previous guest. As a convenience we have a lobby space for arriving guests to put their bags while the house is being cleaned so new arrivals can start to enjoy Catalina as soon as possible. The guest insisted in putting his bags in the room at 10:00 am and complained that the place was not cleaned.
2. We got a call Tuesday at 10:00 pm that the TV outlet had been blown as it was working fine for the previous guest. We tried some remote trouble shooting to no avail. We suggested they use an extension cord (provided) until the electrician can get over on the first boat in the morning which he did.
3. It is true our bathroom floors are not water proof and if the shower curtain is not inside the tub while taking a shower water will leak onto the floor and down to the lower bathroom. We immediately sent a plumber over on the noon boat to find out the plumbing was fine except for the wash cloth flushed down the toilet and the water damage inside the drywall. (repair cost $1750.00).
We sent 5 professionals over from the mainland to repair the damage before new guests arrived the next weekend.
The guest reported that the damage was caused by his young children
who had no idea that the floor was not water proof. We agreed to not charge him for the damage and even agreed to refund a night's stay but he has rejected our offer......