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SPACIOUS Duplex - Perfect for Family Reunions / Gatherings; 47 five-star reviews

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Duplex home, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)


Imagine a romantic vacation getaway to a quiet, relaxing and scenic village on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, with charming shops and excellent restaurants. Sound good?

This vacation home is:

- Member of the 'Good Neighbor' program (translation: not a "party" house).

- located in the charming Del Mar Beach Colony section

- in a low-traffic neighborhood with genuine, friendly neighbors

- just steps to the sand and on the same street as the 25th St. Lifeguard Tower

- ideal for reunion groups or families with older kids

- a family beach vacation home remodeled (2010 and 2014) with all new kitchen counters, sink, fridge, furniture, bathrooms, beds and flatscreen TVs in each bedroom and newly-installed zoned Air Conditioning (2015)!

Beach House recommended for families with older children

(there are stairs and cabinets are not child-proofed)


Del Mar is one of the most beautiful, romantic resort beach towns in the world. Here you'll find world class restaurants, activities, including the exciting Del Mar Racetrack and San Diego County Fair, as well as beach and ocean water sports, and nearby San Diego, La Jolla and North County attractions (see listed activities).

Disneyland is just under two hours away, Sea World, the Zoo and Legoland all are within a 30-minute drive without traffic. And Torrey Pines' famous state park for scenic hiking is a ten-minute drive, too.

Del Mar has a colorful history filled with excitement, pleasure and even has a song recorded by Bing Crosby. Bing, Pat O'Brien and their friends, such as Jimmy Durante, turned the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club into one of the most beautiful and prestigious organizations in the entire racing world.

Del Mar is two square miles along the Northern San Diego County coast, best known for its beaches, fairgrounds and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 'Where the turf meets the surf.'

With beautiful sandstone canyons interspersed with hillsides of custom homes, and astonishing sunsets, the romantic village of Del Mar is a global destination point for visitors, vacationers and residents alike.

Keywords: Duplex, Beach House, Home, Del Mar Beach Colony, Coastal Rental, Romantic get away, Couples retreat, Steps to beach, walk to track

More Details

Bruce McDermott
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Bruce McDermott

We are the McDermott kids.

Our earliest memories are at Del Mar beach running along the shore, and dodging the incoming waves like the sandpipers in the early '60s.

We would drag our inflatable canvas surf mats with rubberized ends into the waves to ride them. This was before surfboards made their appearance in the numbers we see now, yet it was how we learned to read the waves, know where to take off and get the best rides.

The lifeguards seem to have always been there – the red trucks slowly cruising the shore, the towers at 17th & 25th streets, providing a sense of security and safety to us young waterdogs.

This is also where we first tried surfing at 15th Street. It is a passion a few of us have to this day. We've surfed, bodysurfed, fished, skin- and scuba-dived, sailed, and Zodiaked through the surf. My brother and I even waterskied on surfboards behind our Zodiak in the slough west of the highway by the racetrack. We basically grew up in the waters of Del Mar.

Bruce McDermott purchased this house in 1972

Why Bruce McDermott chose San Diego County

Our parents, Bill and Phyllis, started coming to Del Mar in the '50s from a Los Angeles suburb because their own landlords owned a couple of duplexes - one on 28th and the other on 24th streets. They'd visit for a week each summer. They were hooked! (And so were we!)

Their first purchase was a small house on 23rd Street in 1962 and then another a few years later, then this duplex on 25th Street in 1972. My brother and I added on two bedrooms, a bath and 900 square feet as students in 1976 (all through Del Mar's Design Review Board, permit hell, etc.)

After our Mom passed in 2010, we again updated everything: roof, windows, flooring, carpeting, kitchen, furnishings and paint to make it the home away from home that it is.

What makes this house unique

The beach, a few minutes from the property, is a romantic place for couples to stroll at sunset or in the morning with their coffee from Starbuck’s or a nice oceanfront lunch or dinner at the Poseidon. It is also ideal for vigorous jogging or running, and for many beach sports like volleyball, Frisbee, paddleball, surf-fishing, skim boarding, swimming, body surfing, Boogie boarding, SUP and boardsurfing.

Many of these activities are limited to certain hours or locations based on the season and crowds, but you can almost always find something fun or relaxing to do here.

Finally, it is an excellent place to drag a chair, bring a good book (or Kindle), plug in your iPod (iPhone/iPad, etc!) and enjoy the calming effects of the Pacific waves against the white sands of the beach.


Del Mar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly remodeled in November 2013
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly remodeled November 2013
  • Both bathrooms fully remodeled in November 2013. One located on each level and features bath/shower, basin and toilet. Both are in common areas of the house and you do not need to enter a bedroom to access a bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Second floor, spacious, fan, AC, deck access, flatscreen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , Second floor, spacious, fan, AC, deck access, flatscreen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ground floor, smaller room, flatscreen tv
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ground floor, ceiling fan, lg closet, Flatscreen
  • House is divided with two smaller bedrooms downstairs on ground floor; two large, spacious rooms upstairs with deck access from both upstairs rooms; newly-installed (Oct. 2015), zone-based AC for two upstairs bedrooms. Flatscreen TVs in each room of various sizes. See photos for support.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

SPACIOUS Duplex - Perfect for Family Reunions / Gatherings; 47 five-star reviews
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We had an enjoyable week at this great VRBO. We were a party of 5 adults and 2 small children (3 & 5) and this house and locations worked out grand. We could walk easily to the beach and about 10 minutes along the beach (or street) to restaurants and coffee. We made most of our meals and the kitchen was well equipped. Eating in or out was relaxing. So glad we booked this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal Location for Family Celebration

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this beach house to celebrate my parents' 50th anniversary. It was the perfect place to create some lasting family memories. There were 9 people and three generations (children are 6 and 9) and the beach house was perfect for all of us. We stay in a lot of vacation rentals and this was the best layout we've ever seen. There was plenty of room for everyone to both be together or get some alone time, if needed. The shared space and upstairs rooms were very spacious and all rooms were well-decorated and comfortable. Even the smaller rooms downstairs had enough space for all of our stuff to fit comfortably. The outside patio was beautiful and comfortable, with plenty of room for all of us and some visitors we had for an afternoon. Everything was in working order, very clean and very well-stocked, including lots of towels, a well-stocked kitchen, games and a great TV room with a huge couch which we all fit in to watch family videos. The kitchen wasn't just well-stocked but had enough for all of us and more, plus the "starter spices" were much more than just starter and they were fresh, unlike those we have seen in some places-just an indication of the care that they put into the whole house. They provided everything we needed for the trip and more! Of course the highlight was the beach. It was just blocks easy walk for even my Uncle, who uses a walker. They provided chairs, shade, boogie boards, sand toys, a cart to carry it all and the softest beach towels ever. We really felt like Bruce and Tracy did everything they could to make sure our stay was comfortable. Having Tracy on-site was great as she could help us with whatever we needed. She was very helpful in finding a restaurant, showing us how everything worked in the house and even giving tips on where the best place on the beach. She was friendly and knowledgable. One thing to note is that they are very serious about the noise restrictions and no parties. This is a residential neighborhood. The McDermotts are very open with their family photos and memories...this was their home...and it was a privilege to be allowed to share it for a little while. Definitely a place that was hard to leave...hopefully we can return someday.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in Del Mar

  • 5 of 5

Our group of women fell in love with this property a block from the ocean in Del Mar. It was clean, well equipped, well manicured and decorated perfectly, in great beach style. The owner provided great customer service at all times while the manager on site was helpful and friendly. There was plenty of room for all 10 quests, including indoor/outdoor sitting as well as beach chairs and umbrellas for the sand. The cottage is close to many walkable restaurants (Poseidon, Sbicca), close to the Del Mar Race Track and shopping on Cedros in Solana Beach.

I would recommend this little piece of perfection to anyone wanting to experience a bit of heaven by the ocean.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is an amazing family spot with everything you can imagine. We had a blast ❤️

  • 5 of 5

A fully equipped home close to the beach restaurants and amenities. By far the beat place we have rented in Del Mar. Even the neighbors were fun. Thx for the memories McDermotts

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a nice family stay. Look forward to seeing you in Del Mar again. Thank you.
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Second amazing year in this property!!! It's the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the beach!!

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful and well maintained. Every amenity is provided and then some! The owners go above and beyond to make sure that all my needs are taken care of and I always hate to leave! It is like checking into a luxury property/hotel that never disappoints!! Can't wait to be back next year and years after that!!! Thank you Bruce and family , and of course sweet Tracy for another special few weeks!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect beach house.

  • 5 of 5

Can't wait to go back. Thank you Bruce and Tracy.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
San Diego International - Lindburgh Field
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Brigantine - .8 miles; walking distance
Nearest Golf
5.1 Miles
Torrey Pines Golf Club
Nearest Train
1.7 Miles
Amtrak Station - Solana Beach
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Poseidon Restaurant - On the beach .6 mile
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
10 houses
Nearest Point of Interest
Del Mar Racetrack
Nearest Point of Interest
Solana Beach Train Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Cedros Design District
Nearest Point of Interest
Beachfront Restaurants
Nearest Point of Interest
Del Mar Plaza


Rates & Availability

Del Mar House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Dec 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2017 - Mar 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning fee $200

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. A refundable $1,500 security deposit is required with the return of a completed agreement or BOOK IT NOW feature. Reservation is NOT confirmed until both are received. Non-refundable $200 cleaning fee will be added to the rental fee. The entire $200 is paid to the cleaning team.

Rates are based on $2975 per week (current date - July 8, 2017); $4550 per week (July 8, 2017 - September 2, 2017).

Part of the GOOD NEIGHBOR program. Highlights: Not a "party" house; respect for neighbors and quiet times between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.; no PROM-like groups; Number of onsite and overnight guests limited to contracted number (not to exceed 10 capacity). See full agreement terms for details.

Security Deposit (assuming no damage or missing items) will be refunded within 7-9 business days (by mail) or 5-7 business days if paid via HomeAway Payment System (credit card).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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