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Gorgeous Cardiff by the Sea Beach Paradise Vacation Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

This classic Californian beach bungalow exudes immense warmth and charm. The 3 bedroom 2 bath home (sleeps 7) sits on a fully enclosed 1/4 acre lot over-looking the Pacific in the Walking District of Cardiff by the Sea. It is the epitome of Southern California indoor/outdoor lifestyle and there is truly nothing comparable in the area.

This home was designed for beach living and coastal enjoyment! There is a massive glassed-in ocean view deck (above the entire detached garage) with multiple seating areas for dining and sharing a bottle of wine as the sun sets over the Pacific. Watch the boats go by as you catch some sun on the chaise lounges or BBQ up some steaks on the gas grill up on the deck; it is an oasis of serenity.

Afterward, relax in the jacuzzi amongst the fruit trees or roast some smores in the firepit in the downstairs conversation area. Mix up a batch of drinks in the Buddha Bar and enjoy the evening!

The kitchen was renovated and has beautiful maple cabinetry, granite countertops, slate floors, and all new stainless steel appliances (including a convection oven) and everything you could need to create a delicious meal. The dining room that flows into the original red oak floored living room is tastefully appointed but, most likely, you'll probably end up eating on the deck enjoying the sunset or the starry skies. The living room includes a slate fireplace, Plantation shutters, 56 inch plasma TV, Blue Ray and DVD player and a large skylight providing a bright, sunny atmosphere. There are also skylights in the kitchen and both bathrooms continuing the happy flow of the home. In both bathrooms there's a shower and in the main bathroom there is a bathtub (important for the kiddies!).

There are three bedrooms (with a queen bed in each room plus a twin futon bed added), two of which have some ocean view and open to the tropical backyard awash with hummingbirds and fruit trees. Typical to classic bungalows, the bedrooms are not large but offer all that a vacationer would need to enjoy and have very attractive decor. There is a washer and dryer for those sandy towels and dirty vacation clothes! What you will experience is a comfortable, tranquil, inviting feeling throughout the entire home.

The house is a short walk down to the beach, restaurants, bars, and Seaside Market (approx 5-7 minute walk). Go for a swim, surf, day at the beach or grab a bite & drink with the family for a full day of fun and sun. As a pet lover myself, polite (non-destructive, reasonably quiet) dogs are whole-heartedly welcome upon owner approval; there is a nice grassy backyard accessible through a doggy door. Sandy feet from the beach are welcome as there is an outdoor shower and hardwood/slate flooring throughout. This house was absolutely made for BBQing, lounging, jacuzzing, pool-playing, cocktails on the deck, and kids playing in the yard type of fun! However, if you are looking for late-night boisterous college-type partying, I'm sorry but this is not the venue for you as it is a quiet residential area. Couples and families are absolutely encouraged and we want you to have the vacation of your dreams!

Please contact me with any questions. I wish you all the best on your vacation and hope you have an amazing time no matter where you choose! Darlene :)

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Darlene

Hi and thank you so much for considering my lovely 1957 beach bungalow. I've greatly enjoyed living in this sunny house for 13 years and would like to offer it to you, your family and friends to have the So Cal vacation of a lifetime. I've spent years creating a happy and inviting atmosphere in my home; it is a sanctuary that soothes the soul. If you've never visited Cardiff by the Sea, you are in for a wonderful treat -it's truly special and offers everything someone could want for an extraordinary vacation with memories for life. I live in an adjacent but completely separate apartment and do not share any living spaces. I am just the nice neighbor always available to help if needed but give complete privacy to guests. Cheers! Darlene

Darlene purchased this house in 2003

Why Darlene chose San Diego County

Cardiff by the Sea is perfect for vacationers who truly want a taste of So Cal beach living. This is a small surf town amidst a big city (only 25 minutes from downtown) where people say hello, are truly friendly and community-oriented, while at the same time welcoming to the visitor without the congestion rife in other beach areas in San Diego. Everything you could want for an amazing vacation is here but it is also optimally located to travel throughout San Diego.


Cardiff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Three Queen size Beds plus one futon bed
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving


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Gorgeous Cardiff by the Sea Beach Paradise Vacation Home
average rating of 4.72 based on 50 reviews

Very cute beach house.

  • 5 of 5

There were 5 in our party. The house had plenty of room for all of us. It was fully stocked with everything we could possibly need. It was walking distance to the beach to the store to nice restaurants. We had a great time. Darlene was very accommodating and helpful in every way. We had a great vacation. Our dogs loved the yard!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Nice Location, Darlene is very very nice and polite. Patio and garden is the best part of this home.

  • 3 of 5

Overall we enjoyed our stay, one suggested improvement would be to replace the beds, they are very noisy.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, Relaxing Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying here. The house was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to make our meals at home, and we loved eating dinner on the rooftop deck. The owner was very responsive, and we felt very well taken care of.

The beach is not too far away, but there is a steep uphill climb to get back. We ended up driving most days, but parking was not an issue, even on 4th of July weekend. The beach wasn't too crowded, and very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute little house with a great view of the ocean

  • 4 of 5

Cute place but could use a little upgrade on mattresses and furniture it living room. Hard to get up and down from the couch and chair. Nice place though. Couldn't be much closer to the beach!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cardiff by the sea beach house

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay this Memorial Day weekend!

The layout of the home was perfect for my family. The upstairs deck was definitely our favorite spot to be!

Darlene was more than accommodating. We will be back.

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

  • 5 of 5

After traveling several weeks this was the end of our vacation to spend time with family and friends. This location was great and the house was very roomy and plenty of great amenities!

The Jacuzzi, the pool table, the fire pit and the upstairs with barbeque and great ocean view were very enjoyable for our family. We will definitely come back and stay again!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Located in charming Cardiff by the Sea, a true surfer's paradise and beach lover's dream. Simply one of the best authentic classic surf town's in California located in North County San Diego. Only 5 minutes from Legoland, San Diego Botanical Gardens, Del Mar Racetrack and San Diego Fair, Carlsbad Outlet Mall and Torrey Pines Reserve. This area is ideal for the beach lover as well as the outdoorsman. Rent surfboards or grab boogie boards and walk down to Cardiff State Beach for a day of sun and fun.Take a hike around San Elijo Lagoon or along the vast gorgeous beaches under sandstone cliffs. Visit the Self-Realization Center to enjoy the Koi ponds, beautiful succulent gardens, and to watch the surfers below at the legendary Swami's break; it's simply nirvana on a sunny afternoon. There are multiple upscale and casual restaurants within walking distance from Pipe's Cafe to Zenbu (sushi), Rimel's, local fave Bull Taco, kids and dog-friendly Bestawan, newly opened Pacific Coast Grill and more. Or simply walk down to Seaside Market and pick up their amazing Burgandy Tri Tip to BBQ up at home atop the oceanview deck. The options are limitless...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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