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SPACIOUS Duplex - Perfect for Family Reunions / Gatherings; 53 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:
December 14, 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 Del Mar

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • House is reserved for up to 10 registered guests only. Not a hub for visitors or daytime guests of tenants.
  • 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


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SPACIOUS Duplex - Perfect for Family Reunions / Gatherings; 53 five-star reviews
average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews

Breeders Cup weekend with family

  • 5 of 5

The house is great, the location is perfect, easy commute to all attractions. The owners were accessible and easy to deal with. This is terrific property for a family , lacks nothing. Thank You Bruce McDermott our family loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this home justice! Our party of 10 had a wonderful week here. The home is perfectly laid out for enough room for everyone to relax. The location to the beach is ideal and the owners and property manager were wonderful to work with! I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, spotless, super stocked and spectacularly decorated

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved our stay and Had everything we needed for a beach day and home cooked meals. Loved all the artwork! Tracy was delightful to meet as was Bruce.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Fabulous home for family get together!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Bruce for such a wonderful summer get away. Your home was perfect for our family. It is supplied with plenty of everything -- chairs, beach equipment, towels, 2 living areas, a wonderful patio area complete with fire pit. Everyone from ages 4-70 had a great time. We will have wonderful memories of our week in Del Mar. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Well-maintained, family- friendly, well-stocked home 1 1/2 blocks from gorgeous beach- perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic home, phenomenal location- well- suited to family or group stay- allows privacy but also many areas to hang out together. The kitchen is VERY well stocked, and the owner was very flexible and attentive. There is everything you could possibly want for the beach- towels, chairs, umbrellas- and a lovely patio area to sit and/or grill in. Walkable to town. We would go back again and again.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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EXCELLENT beach house!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house gets 5 star reviews for many reasons. We arrived very late- after 1am. Tracy had the lights on, the house ready, and even texted me (at that late hour) to make sure we made it safely. A nice welcome. She came by the next day to make sure we were settled and had a good feel for the house and ameniities. The house itself is great- everything you need and more. Plenty of towells, beach gear, coffee, toiletries, laundry supplies, napkins, paper towels- I could go on. Oh, and a bottle of wine. Nice touch. The house is updated and has excellent outdoor living space as well- including a nice fire pit and water feature. Beds are comfortable, bathrooms updated. SO close to the beach- excellent area with great restaurants. A fantastic home that we will surely visit again.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.