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'Walls of Glass on the Sand' Malibu oceanfront beach house

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath oceantfront unit

LOWER LEVEL, OCEANFRONT BEACH HOUSE

55 LINEAL FEET OF OCEANFRONT (a most significant asset)

23 LINEAL FEET OF OCEAN FACING GLASS ('Walls of Glass on the Sand')

BIG ROCK BEACH (malibu's most beautiful and picturesque beach)

50' OF CONTINUOUS BALCONY AND DECK (total outdoor dining and recreation)

'KEYLESS' PERSONAL CODE, KEY PAD ENTRY ('self' entry/secure stay)

attached, private beach access staircase with outdoor, hot water shower (warm rinse off).

night time surf lights for 100 yard surf light up at night (vacationer favorite)

reserved parking spot (absolute essential)

tile kitchen counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, Amelia Earhart ceiling fans, 55' HDTV's living room and bedrooms, WIFI, premium TV package

AMENITIES:

2 WASHERS AND DRYERS

WIRELESS INTERNET

FIBEROPTIC T.V., PREMIUM PACKAGE

56' FLAT SCREEN T.V. IN LIVING ROOM/BDRM

fully functional kitchen

two indoor dining and/or computer areas

outdoor dining area

king size bed

linens, towels and everything you need for your vacation (just bring your computer and cell phone)

LOCATION AND ACTIVITIES:

CLOSE IN LOCATION just 10 minutes from Los Angeles.

AREA'S BEST SWIMMING AND BODY SURFING BEACH directly in front of the property.

ABOUT THE SAND AND THE EVER CHANGING BEACH: In the spring, the tide begins to carry sand in from the ocean and deposit it on the beach. The sand on the beach becomes deeper each week and by late summer can be several feet deep. During the winter, the process is reversed. The tide carries the sand back out to the ocean. At times, there can be no sand on the beach exposing cobble (football sized rocks ordinarily covered by sand) which can be difficult to walk on.

3 miles from Malibu City Center

beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards provided

bicycle and kayak rental nearby

shopping, supermarkets, restaurants, coffee houses in close proximity

More Details

Owner
Don Tollefson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Don Tollefson

I started out as a high school teacher in 1968. After 4 years I stopped that nonsense (it was a great job for which I wasn't suited) and went to law school. I passed the bar in 1979 and became an attorney (another great job for which I wasn't suited). That same year started a construction company. All along the way I bought property (back in the beginning property was cheap). In 2008 I added the vacation rental business. I still don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up. My insight? 'Youth is wasted on the young!'

Don Tollefson purchased this townhome in 1987

Why Don Tollefson chose Malibu

As a young man I never had much money (still don't). So even though property was cheap, I could only afford distress property and/or property in downtrodden areas. I mostly bought property in a nearby slum area called Venice (where I live to this day). I bought this particular Malibu vacation rental property as a distress property. It was in the Big Rock Mesa slide area. The slide area was a quarter mile section along the coast that was sliding aggressively toward Catalina Island. I gambled and it all worked out. Because the County stabilized the slide and everyone knows what happened in Venice. People tell me I was smart. But, I wasn't smart. I was lucky. My insight? If you have a choice between lucky and smart, pick lucky.

What makes this townhome unique

I'm 'unfamiliar places' and 'new things challenged.' Being thus 'challenged,' I'm aware of the frustrations that can accompany a vacation. So, I set things up so vacationers can 'hit the ground running.' My photos are unembellished. My video is unembellished. My booking process is dunce level simple. My follow up is compulsive every step of the way. I'm always accessible by phone, text or email. I provide a comprehensive printout for arrival. I've labeled light switches, fans, heaters and remote controls. I oversee cleaning. I oversee every turnover. I make certain everything is re-stocked, fully equipped and working. I refund security deposits promptly and make certain they clear. And I offer a 'repeat offender' discount for returning vacationers. My insight? It must be working because 25% of my vacationers are 'repeat offenders.'

Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
LAX
Nearest Motorway
Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Beach
Big Rock Beach
Car: necessary

Located between Malibu and Santa Monica. 3 Miles from Malibu city center. 8 miles from Santa Monica.

Amenities

Eastern Malibu Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , lav
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1) California king
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

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'Walls of Glass on the Sand' Malibu oceanfront beach house
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews
5

Beachfront heaven

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in Malibu 3 times already and have decided to make this our annual trip. We've done all beachfront and this was our first time at WOG. There's no better place for a relaxing vacation than being "on the beach". We stayed in the bottom unit and while the place itself is a little outdated, the amenities and location make up for it. Our girls stayed in the 2nd bedroom and it was a little stuffy, however, they got the updated new 2nd bathroom. We got to see seals, dolphins and meet Fred. One of the things I look for in a beachfront property is 1) the private beach and 2) how much sand there is. Although I know the tide determines a lot of that, there are some properties that are beachfront but they are not walkable due to the large rocks. This was not that. We throughly enjoyed our daily beach walks. If you are coming for the beach, you're going to love keeping the doors open to the bedroom to feel the breeze, hear the waves at night and wake up to amazing view. Don was extremely prompt in answering my questions and obtaining my security deposit. We also loved the hot water outdoor shower and TWO washer and dryers. Coming home with clean clothes was a bonus. We are planning next years trip already so we will be back. Hopefully we can make it a 2 week stay! If you are looking for a comfortable, decent place with a 5 star view, you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Stephanie for a candid and detailed guest review. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and yes indeed, "Walls of Glass on the Sand" is a little outdated. It was built on pilings in 1946. I update and remodel every chance I get. But, at 97% occupancy (25% of whom are "repeat offenders") I'll probably have to do a "forced shut down" lol! Thanks for your review and come back soon. Don
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5

The most fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible place. Walls of Glass did absolutely not disappoint.

From the time of booking Don was very helpful and we always got a promt answer to our questions.

We really felt welcome from the very first – provided with a packet of fresh fruit, water, icecubes etc. was amazing and a list with detailed information worth knowing for the stay.

The house is fantastic, the location is perfect - right on the beach and close to Malibu and Santa Monica.

It was fantastic falling asleep and waking up to the sound and the view of the ocean. We loved staying on the beach and the privacy there – actually only a few people came by during the week. There were lots of dolphins playing in the water. In the evening we spent the time on the deck watching the sunset. It is absolutely a perfect place for total relxation.

We had the most fantastic holiday and LOVED this awesome place– we hope to be back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Marianne, I really appreciate your "over the top" enthusiasm. To me it's a more a funky, original beach house with a fabulous location. In particular, thanks for mentioning that I'm always available by phone or text. I used to travel a lot and wow, I thought I was James Bond. But, I had to sacrifice traveling to be available for my vacationers in case they had questions or problems. So, when someone mentions that I'm available and responsive, I really appreciate it. Thanks again, Don (AKA James Bond)
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Crestwood, KY
5

Perfect, my daughters and I loved it. Don is awesome!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the views do not do this place justice. My daughters and I loved it here and will return. Dolphins and seals swam by everyday, and just down the beach were rocks we climbed on in the mornings when the tide was out. Don runs a first class operation and makes everything flawless from check in to check out. We felt at home, and it was even better than anticipated. It is perfect for 4 people, I took my 3 daughters on a daddy daughter trip, and we didn't want to leave. I plan on returning soon with just my wife and I so we can enjoy the sounds of the ocean and the breeze. I highly recommend this house, or any other house Don oversees. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Scott, when I get a guest response like this (doling such high praise on this vacation rental) I don't believe it myself. That said, I'm glad you and your 3 daughters had a great time. I'm looking forward to your return with your wife to see how well your wife enjoys the property. Don
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Montour Falls
5

20044 Downstairs--as described and very private

  • 5 of 5

The downstairs unit is comfortable, private, one flight of steps from the sand and quiet (except for the relaxing sound of the surf). The king size bed and bedding--also comfortable. The supply of clean towels---generous. Two full baths a bonus. The knives are sharp and the wi-fi signal is strong. Indoor laundry and easy access to recycling and trash kept simple things simple. Don is a very responsive host. We had no issues but we think he would have moved mountains to make our stay just right.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeffrey, what a terrific review. You mentioned things not ordinarily covered by most vacationers when they submit reviews. It almost wants to make me book my own vacation rental for my next vacation lol! Don
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5

Absolutely Fantastic!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Was looking for a reasonably priced place for my friends and I to stay while we went to see my son in Malibu and found this place. Although the interior could use some updating, it did not diminish our joy in staying here. I believe this is what made it affordable enough for us to stay here. The location is incredible. We spent all of our time on the deck. We saw dolphins, whales, seals and pelicans almost daily. The sunsets were the most amazing I have ever seen. Obviously, beyond the owner's control, the only drawback is trying to pull out onto the very busy Pacific Coast Highway. Detailed information about our stay was supplied to us by Don. I will absolutely be returning here. Hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Sights, Sounds and Ocean Breeze Spectacular

  • 5 of 5

If your expectations require absolute luxury, this is not the place....go stay in an expensive 5-star hotel. IF, however, you want clean and comfortable, right on the beach, with EVERYTHING you need to homestead for a week, then this rental is ideal for up to 4. You can even pack lighter because of the convenience of in house washers and dryers (2 of each).

Spectacular ocean views, dolphin pods, seals (even a friendly, resident seagull), fresh seaside air, plenty of sunshine and inspiring sunsets....Walls of Glass on the Sand has it ALL. And, owner Don is exceptionally friendly, supportive and informative. Beginning with your initial reservation his communications are thorough and he even provides an "arrival" packet for each guest. PLUS, he returns the security deposit promptly.

Only the Pacific Coast Highway traffic and some needed, minor cosmetic maintenance prevent this from being absolutely "perfect."

We highly recommend a stay and hope to return sometime soon ourselves.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jerry, yours was perhaps the most exceptionally candid, informative and accurate review that "Walls of Glass on the Sand" has received. I always try to present accurate descriptions, photos and videos. Likewise, I want to do the same with guest reviews. Your review is excellent for someone seeking an objective evaluation for a possible vacation destination. I particularly appreciated that you highlighted some of the unique and outstanding features of this vacation rental. Please become a "repeat offender." Don
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Return visitors ("repeat offenders") get a 5% discount. Rates are subject to change until reservation is accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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