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Private Peaceful Luxurious Ocean View Resort Home SPECIAL 20% OFF AUGUST 2018!!!

Bedrooms 6
Space 7,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Estate, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 16)

In the rolling hills of Elfin Forest, this breathtaking 5 acre totally private luxury resort nestled among horse ranches just 40 minutes North of San Diego is perfect for a family getaway, reunion or corporate retreat, although NO WEDDINGS OR RECEPTIONS.

You won't want to leave 'Above The Clouds', a serene gated 7000 sq. ft. resort with panoramic views from every vaulted ceiling room from the Native American Medicine Wheel in the courtyard to the library to the gourmet kitchen and master suite overlooking the infinity pool and waterfalls.

Enjoy the beautiful open living space with custom Mexican luxurious furnishings, 3 fireplaces, music system throughout and radiant heated stone floors.

The soundproof, state of the art Blu-ray theater is equipped with leather recliners, seating for 12, a kitchen, DVD and music library, Wii and computer Internet access.

The beautiful, serene library with hundreds of books, meditation garden, and a fully equipped gym with wet and dry sauna are just the beginning of the amenities.

The pocket doors melt into the walls, opening 3 sides of the house to merge the gourmet kitchen and dining room with the outdoor BBQ kitchen and lanai with a fireplace. You cannot tell where the indoors ends and the outdoor begins with point-to-point glass meeting the vaulted continuous roof line. The gourmet kitchen comes fully equipped with spices, oils, condiments, barware, linens and all the basics.

The roofed lanai with comfortable seating and dining areas overlooks a 60,000-gallon saline pool - your own private water park with grotto, 40' luge slide, 15 person jacuzzi with river, waterfalls and beach entry. Enjoy a drink at the swim up bar or at the fire pit while hot air balloons drift over the clear, clean sky at sunset.

This resort home uniquely feels cozy with just 2 to 4 people or comfortably accommodates a group of 24.

Private chef, full gourmet catering, limo service, massage, yoga and meditation can be made available to you for your stay at Above The Clouds.

We have access to a full array of premium resources and services to further enhance your Above The Clouds retreat experience.

The main master suite has a romantic fireplace, sitting area, and private access to the outdoor jacuzzi and pool. The marble master bath, jetted tub, and walk-in closet has a stunning indoor/outdoor shower. The master suite level is complete with a fully equipped gym with free weights, elliptical, weight resistance training equipment, flat screen DVD/TV and sound system - all the bells, whistles and barbells you could want to stay in shape plus a beautiful dry or wet sauna that comfortable seats 10-12.

Above The Clouds is uniquely open and spacious, yet cozy and private.

There is a 2nd master suite downstairs on the theater level with 2 additional beautiful, luxurious comfortable bedrooms with full baths and private entrances. There are 2 more bedrooms with one bath on a third level.

How does it get even better than this?

If you find it possible to leave, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding right from the property. Horse and bike rentals are nearby.

You'll be just minutes from Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Legoland, the Del Mar Horse Racing Track, Downtown San Diego, PetCo Park, The San Diego Convention Center, Gas Lamp Jazz District, Temecula wine tasting, museums, live theater, Scripts Aquarium, paragliding off the ocean cliffs and an endless list of entertainment and fine dining. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, skydiving and the ferry to Catalina with its new zip line are all about an hour away.

Some of the best surfing in the world is just 15 minutes from the house with beautiful beaches for beachcombing, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, boogie and paddle boarding. There is para-sailing, hot air ballooning golf, tennis, lakes, rock climbing and some of the best shopping in the world. The possibilities are infinite.

We provide the resources to access all of this and more, Above The Clouds also comes equipped with boogie boards, beach chairs and coolers to chill your wine and beer to head for the beach!

Above The Clouds is an amazing experience for everyone who visits. There is a peaceful magic in the comfortable luxury of this magnificent resort home once experienced will be remembered for a lifetime.

We bought the land in 2000 as newlyweds and custom built this dream home with the intention that it enhance the lives of every person who visits. We would love to share our very special resort home with you.

Above The Clouds easily accommodates a luxury vacation for 1-4 couples or families, a 12-24 person girlfriend getaway, family reunion or corporate retreat.

There are 2 master suites with walk-in closets and full baths, 2 additional bedrooms with queen size beds and queen size sofa sleepers in each bedroom and full baths. There are also 2 additional rooms available with 2 queens, a bunk with a single and a double, and 2 additional single beds. The bedrooms comfortably sleep 16 plus an additional 5 people can be accommodated if you fill every bed. Plus there are 2 Queen airbeds and a pack and play for an infant or toddler.

We have more information about the area and what you can experience here in North San Diego County. Just ask!

Please give us a call to discuss your vacation or retreat and if Above The Clouds is not the perfect fit, we would love to help you explore the area.

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More Details

Deb Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Deb Smith

Randy Smith is a local custom home builder and Deb is an entrepreneur who loves to cook, write and entertain. We have 3 wonderful kids, a great dog and are blessed with a life filled with love, great health, wonderful friends, family and extended family. We love to scuba dive, ski and explore the world when we are not at home in Elfin Forest.

Deb Smith purchased this estate in 2000

Why Deb Smith chose Escondido

We love Elfin Forest and the magic of the privacy and beauty of Above The Clouds.

We found the land one magical day exploring North San Diego County in 2000 and immediately bought it.

We'll never forget standing on the land that day, feeling the energy, looking down at the wild sage at our feet and the incredible view of mountains, horse ranches and ocean. We looked into each others eyes and said simultaneously 'This is it'.

Our talented architect incorporated every amenity we could think of and designed a resort home that fits into the land like it grew out of the mountain.

Randy is a custom home builder and over four years we developed the land bringing in the water, utilities and road. Deb designed the door, chose all the stone, fixtures and interior design and conducted Native American ceremonies to further bless the land.

Above The Clouds earned it's name over time with too many experiences of serene, magical mornings watching the rivers of morning ocean fog drift into the canyon, reaching just to the base of the house, but never further. The fog always burns off to the perfect mild sunny San Diego weather. The hawks soar overhead as the humming birds dip their beaks in the waterfalls and we feel like we are truly above it all, even the clouds.

Above The Clouds is the perfect retreat resort home where you can escape your earthly bounds. We love to share it with family, friends and VRBO guests.

We have another home in Elfin Forest and love being available to meet our guests and make sure their stay is perfect.

What makes this estate unique

Meditate or read in the big leather chair in the library with panoramic views.

Relax over a sunset toast watching hot air balloons drift over the breathtaking view. Drink deep the clean fresh air.

Relax in front of the living room fireplace while someone plays the baby grand piano... hand your friends one of the instruments you'll find in the library closet and make music! There’s chess in the game closet and comfortable leather chairs awaiting the masters among you.

Push back the beautiful custom Mexican furnishings, put your favorites on the whole house music system and dance on the stone warm floors. Summer? Turn on the poolside speakers and dance under the stars, while guest enjoy the swim up bar, fire pit, 40' slide & jacuzzi.

Head for the theater, select a movie from the great dvd collection, pull the wine from the rack, or beer from the frig, pop the popcorn and recline in the leather chairs for a full immersion entertainment experience.

Step outside the master suite to the jacuzzi overlooking the incredible view and 60,000 gallon pool/playground.... romantic for 2 or 24.

Have a pizza making party on the huge granite island in the gourmet kitchen. There's plenty of room for the finished masterpieces in the double Dacor ovens.

Open the pocket doors on three sides of the house, throw your favorites on the grill, light the outdoor fireplace, turn up the whole house music system and kick back under the stars - no city lights, noise or immediate neighbors!

Cleanse in the hot sauna, rinse off in the outdoor stone shower, then wrap yourself in a towel from the towel warmer....sheer luxury.

Hike, horseback ride or bike from Above The Clouds' private gate. Explore Dry Creek Reserve and Conservancy, Harmony Grove Spiritual Retreat, the local nurseries, farmers markets, lavender and flower fields.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so very much for the wonderful welcome you gave our family on July 29. We all enjoyed the lovely fresh flowers and the many "goodies" in the basket.

From our first sighting of "Above the Clouds" nestled against the hillside and winding our way up to the front courtyard, we knew we were going to have a week set apart from the noise and busyness of our daily lives. All of our family loved the beautiful, peaceful, quiet setting with the wonderful colorful landscaping and the breath-taking panoramic view of the valleys around it.

The gorgeous pool and spa got lots of use. It's at the top of the kid's favorite spots. We were awed by the quality of the workmanship throughout the house and the many special amenities available. There were many memories and lots of pictures made. The kitchen is always a gathering place for our family and we loved having such a wonderful open space to enjoy with easy access to the patio and grill area. Thank you for having the ice cream maker. It works well.

All of our expectations were fulfilled and we will each have smiles whenever we think about our stay at Above the Clouds.
Jul 2013
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Escondido Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • 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 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • King size beds (2) Master Suite has King Bed with luxurious bedding. Additional King bedroom with a futon on Theater level., Queen size Beds (7) 2nd Master Suite Queen, plus 1 Queen Bedroom with a Queen sofa sleeper, and 2 additional Queen Bedrooms, 2 Queen Airbeds for setup in the library and theatre., Double Beds (1) 1 Double on bottom bunk, Twin or Single Beds (2) Total of 3 twins, Child Beds (1) 1 Pack & Play with child's mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 1 Queen sofa sleeper in bedroom with a queen bed. 1 double futon in King bedroom. 2 Queen airbeds., Bunk Beds (1) 1 bunk bed with a twin on top and a double lower.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Entertaining dream with beautiful fully equipped gourmet Dacor kitchen with pocket doors fully opening to indoor/outdoor entertainment lanai with BBQ, Fireplace, Fire pit, 60,000 Gallon Saline Water Park with Grotto, Swim-up Bar, 12-15 person jacuzzi, river, 40' luge slide, infinity edge overlooking incredible mountain and ocean views, beach entry, waterfalls, pool shower, whole house music system with satellite radio or your IPOD, sound proof state of the art Blu-Ray theater with kitchen, seating for 12 with 8 fully reclining leather chairs with sound shakers, dvd and music library, meditation garden, library, full gym with wet and dry sauna, master suite with indoor/outdoor marble/stone shower, jetted tub, towel warmer, stunning 180 degree views from every room for spectacular sunrises & sunsets, 5 acre gated with courtyard, dark sky, no city lights or city noise yet only 35 minutes from downtown San Diego & Sea World or the Airport.


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Private Peaceful Luxurious Ocean View Resort Home SPECIAL 20% OFF AUGUST 2018!!!
average rating of 4.969697 based on 34 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My family (18) had a wonderful time celebrating our Mom’s 80th birthday. We loved the layout of the beautiful home, which was well decorated and furnished to include the awesome kitchen which was fully stocked with all we needed. The pictures of the home just didn’t do it justice! We also enjoyed the spectacular views . Most of us stayed in the pool while others enjoyed the peaceful surroundings by just relaxing and reading or talking with one another.

Deb and Randy were gracious hosts and welcomed us with a gift basket and a tour of the house. Anything we needed; any questions we had, they were accessible by phone. We also enjoyed the restaurants and shopping in San Elijo Hills and Encinitas.

We made many wonderful memories at the “Above the Clouds”. The weather was beautiful! Our Mom and Dad loved just sitting on lanai watching their children and grandchildren. It was a time we all truly needed and cherished!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Deidra! It was a pleasure meeting your family and we are so pleased you had a special experience at Above The Clouds! Come back and see us! Deb
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house, was perfect for family reunion. Well equipped house, and helpful gracious host.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bellevue, WA

Perfect family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous house and pool, plenty of space for 14 of us. Loved it! Thanks Deb!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Above the Clouds is Exceptional!

  • 5 of 5

We can't share enough positive comments about our experience at Above the Clouds. The owners, Deb and Randy, have created a beautiful and tranquil home with numerous amenities that made our stay very enjoyable, luxurious and comfortable. They were absolutely terrific from start to finish! The lanai/pool area is spectacular and the views breathtaking. Even though there were 16 of us there to celebrate our parents 60th anniversary, we never felt crowded and had plenty of room to roam throughout the very spacious indoor and outdoor areas. The home is incredibly well-stocked with everything and much more than you would expect from a rental. We made memories that will last a lifetime and are grateful to have had the opportunity to experience life, if only for a week, above the clouds. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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El Dorado Hills, CA

Fantastic Home for Celebration

  • 5 of 5

This house was phenomenal! There was room for six families to celebrate our grandsons' graduation from high school and my 75th birthday. The dining table was big enough for all of us. The kitchen was fully stocked and huge and the outdoor pool and bar was to die for. We had a fabulous time.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Clara CA USA

Absolutely magnificent!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation which consisted of 22 people including 2 elderly parents.

We never had to worry about any amenities! It was fully loaded. And with our group we were never without!

We enjoyed the beautiful pool, scenery and the lanai which was our favorite hangout. We cooked every night in the gourmet kitchen except when we hired a private chef for our last nite. What a treat!

Our host, Deb Smith, was wonderful to work with, very thorough, always available throughout our planning!

This was a huge endeavor for all of us! So this trip was the most memorable vacation ever! Thank you Deb.

Highly! Highly! Recommend this peaceful resort!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Barpub
2.4 Miles
San Elijo- Epoch Wine Bar, Ignite- Carlsbad
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
La Costa Resort
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Oceanside Station
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Epoch or Stoked! Bistro, San Elijo
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Carlsbad State Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Dry Creek Conservancy & Nature Reserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Great Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Del Mar Race Track
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego
Nearest Point of Interest
Palomar Mountain Observatory
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Wild Animal Park
Nearest Point of Interest
La Jolla Kayaking
Nearest Point of Interest
Lagoon Water Skiing & Jet Skiing
Nearest Point of Interest
Palomar Airport Helicopters Sightseeing
Nearest Point of Interest
Hot Air Ballooning
Nearest Point of Interest
Horseback Riding & Mountain Biking
Car: necessary

Wine Tasting & Winery Summer Jazz Program and Palomar Observatory are just 20 minutes away, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and sky diving are about an hour away and Sea World, Lego Land, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, museums, live theater and San Diego sites and events are all within 35 minutes. 20 Minutes to Palomar Airport private charters, helicopters and small commercial jets. Long Beach Ferry to Catalina and their new zip line is a little over an hour away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $400
Property Damage Protection $99

Please inquire for rates for more than 12 Guests. Cleaning Fee is $400.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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