We purchased this La Jolla custom craftsman (“arts and crafts” style) home in 2013, because we loved its unique character, serene feel, and unobstructed eastern view. We have furnished it with top quality pieces and every amenity, paying close attention to details. In 2015, we added solar PV to the roof and we are covering over 90% of our electric usage. A solar thermal system on the hill heats the pool. In late 2017, we added A/C; for sustainability reasons, we restrict usage to 78 degrees.
The outdoor space features a solar heated pool and a large jetted jacuzzi. There is a custom, built-in gas BBQ with a granite counter. We have a large dining table with seating for 10, plus additional seating in a love seat, comfy chairs, lounge chairs, and hammock. The outside gas fire pit is perfect for s'mores. On the side of the yard are various fruit trees, including lemon, guava, clementine and kumquat. The unobstructed view stretches past the Cuyamaca Mountains to the desert.
Indoor Living Spaces
This property is unique in that it offers many living spaces, including two living/family rooms, a game room, a bedroom/living room, and seating at the kitchen island. All living spaces are tastefully decorated with solid wood, hand crafted 'arts and crafts' style pieces. All rooms (including bedrooms) have fabulous lighting, with dimmers so that you can adjust the light for the perfect atmosphere. The abundance of living spaces is a wonderful feature for extended family vacations, as the entire family will be able to spend time together, yet can also break into smaller groups in different spaces.
There are two separate living rooms, each with its own stone fireplace. One living room (the “Great Room”) has wood flooring, a high vaulted ceiling, a great leather U-shaped sectional, Noguchi glass coffee table, huge flat screen TV, solid cherry dining table with seating for 12 and caucasian rug. The other living room is smaller, with new carpeting, a microfiber couch, two leather chairs, and wood coffee table. The game room (converted garage) has a tournament sized (9’) pool table and a foosball table. The fifth bedroom is set up with a flat screen TV and a day bed that converts to a king bed, such that this room can be used as a bedroom and/or a living space. The large kitchen is equipped for a chef and is perfect for entertaining. It has custom cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The stove includes not only four gas burners but also an indoor grill. Your chef will appreciate the Cuisinart food processor, Kitchen Aid mixer, real knives, pot filler, second bar area with sink, etc. To accommodate our family’s habit of spending time in the kitchen, we have comfortable leather counter-height chairs positioned on the bar side of the huge kitchen island.
This is a five bedroom home, with beds for 15 plus two air mattresses and a playard. We want our guests to sleep well, and do our best provide the ideal sleep environment. We have both light weight summer duvets and warm hungarian goose down duvets. We have over three dozen pillows in the house, from soft to firm, including goose down pillows. We even have a full body pillow.
Three of the bedrooms are upstairs; two are downstairs. The upstairs bedrooms have high vaulted ceilings and huge windows on two or three walls. This ensures tremendous natural lighting and a fabulous cross breeze.
The master bedroom is huge, 27’ long, with a view over the pool, past the mountains and to the desert. It features a king sized bed, full sized futon, flatscreen TV, and two seating areas, one with a Corbusier pony lounge chair, the other with Wassily black leather chairs and a gorgeous thick glass coffee table. The master bedroom has its own private bath, with jacuzzi tub, granite counters and two sinks, and separate toilet area. The walk-in closet is big enough for a bed, and has two air mattresses.
One of the upstairs bedrooms is furnished as a children’s room, with a twin over full bunk bed and small red sofa. There is no TV in the children’s room. The children's bedroom has a view to the front of the house, overlooking the water feature in the front yard. The other upstairs bedroom has a queen bed, a flatscreen TV, and a unobstructed easterly view over the pool.
Downstairs, there are two bedrooms. The front bedroom has built-in cabinets, and a cozy window window seat with fabulous cushions and pillows. Behind the queen bed, there is a custom designed, hand made head board that is nearly 8’ high. This front bedroom has a view of the water feature in the front of the house. The second downstairs bedroom backs onto the pool area, and has french doors that open onto the pool area. For a cross breeze, it also has a large window to the right of the bed. It has a daybed that converts to a king and a flatscreen TV.
The house has a variety of amenities, incl. solar heated pool, jacuzzi, outdoor gas BBQ, gas fire pit, two cascading water features, decent sized backyard, outdoor seating for 16, hammock chair, pool table, foosball table, many flatscreen TVs with cable and wifi, free wifi, tons of books (children’s books, cook books, novels, biographies, etc.), board games, children’s toys, doll’s crib and blanket, and beach toys (surf board, boogie boards, sand toys, etc.) We hope to have everything that you may want in a vacation home.
Location, Location, Location!!!!!
This property is convenient to everything. It is not in downtown La Jolla, where there is only one road, in and out, with lots of traffic.
Safety / Supervision of Children
I have had many guests with small children stay at this property. Having said this, you should ONLY rent this property if you are prepared to supervise your children closely at all times. There is no fence between the house and the pool. Behind the yard and the pool is a steep hill, and there is only a small stone wall, with an opening, blocking access to the hill. The fire pit and BBQ should not be touched by children. Similarly, inside the home are a variety of items, including a glass coffee table, kitchen garbage, electrical cords, and many, many other items that could be dangerous to small children. So, please, if you have small children, be prepared to supervise them very closely both inside and outside the home.
Treat my property with respect, as you would your parent's home. Turn off lights, fans, etc., when you leave a room. Don't leave the firepit, stove, BBQ, etc. on when you are not nearby. (I've had guests vacate the house entirely when these things were on, and it is simply too dangerous.) Don't move furniture around. No smoking. Keep wet clothing/towels off furniture and off the carpet. If you may have any size event/party, let me know upfront, and provide all the details so that I can determine whether or not this is an appropriate house for you and whether there will be a rate increase. This is a quiet residential community. If the neighbors call the police for with a noise or other complaint, you will be immediately evicted. If something breaks, let me know so that I can fix it. If anything is missing, let me know and I'll replace it.
Things to do w/in biking distance:
- Beaches, including: La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, Children’s Beach, Torrey Pines Beach, Mission Bay, etc. (The house is equipped with sand toys, surf board, boogie board, children’s and adult’s mask/snorkel.)
- Watch the sea lions at Children’s Beach (Sea lions live here year round, giving birth in the late winter.)
- Kayaking and paddle boarding at La Jolla Shores (kayak in the caves beneath La Jolla, see the beautiful bright garibaldi, leopard sharks, sea lions, etc.)
- La Jolla Village (art galleries, shopping, restaurants)
- Torrey Pines Golf (world’s best municipal golf course)
- La Jolla Playhouse
- Free summer concerts at La Jolla Cove, as well as throughout San Diego
- La Jolla Symphony and Chorus at UCSD
- La Jolla Athenaeum Chamber Concerts
- Scripps Birch Aquarium
- Old Town
- Mission Bay (sailing, waterskiing, rowing, sculling, paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing, outrigger canoeing, and many other water sports on the calm bay)
- Mission Beach amusement park and roller coaster
- Torrey Pines glider port (paragliding)
- Torrey Pines Beach (hike the pink/orange cliffs)
- Ice Skating at UTC Mall
- Rock Climbing
With 10-20 mins drive:
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park (15 major museums, 9 performing arts venues, gorgeous gardens, etc.)
Quail Botanical Gardens
Downtown San Diego (performing arts, restaurants, etc.)
Children’s Museum (Paint the car!!)
Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar Fair
Within 30 mins:
Niki de St. Phalle sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park
Wild Animal Safari Park