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La Jolla San Diego Luxury Solar Home w/ Pool & View, Great Location

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Solar Home w/ Pool & View, Great Location

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.

Outdoor Area

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.)

Old Town

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

More Details

Laura Colban
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, danish, norwegian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Laura Colban

We purchased this home in May 2013. We have three children, including a high school senior honors student who tutors and coaches basketball, and, every now and then, babysits.

Laura Colban purchased this house in 2013

Why Laura Colban chose Soledad South

I find serenity at this home. When it is vacant, it is my refuge. After a hectic day (if we have no guests), I go over and sit by the pool and listen to the waterfall. It helps me find peace.

What makes this house unique

This is a gorgeous home with incredible character. American Craftsman (aka, 'arts and crafts') home, with stained glass windows, period lighting, etc. The house has a very serene, peaceful feel to it. Built in 1972, but renovated over the last few years. We have tremendous pride of ownership, and it shows in the designer furniture.

Environmentally Friendly Home

We are concerned about our environmental footprint, and we do our best to enable our guests to minimize their energy and water use. The pool is heated with a solar thermal system on the hill, and the house has solar PV on the roof. The solar PV covers about 90% of your electric usage. You can bring this up to 100%, by doing two simple things after you use the jacuzzi: (1) put the cover back on when you get out, and (2) turn the temperature down. Guests that do this routinely rarely use additional energy above what is provided by the solar PV system. We provide a 96 gallon recycling bin, which is the largest available in La Jolla. It is picked up every other Sunday, so please limit your recycling waste by drinking filtered water from the fridge rather than bottled water, and by bringing your own bags to Costco (there is seldom room in the recycling bin for multiple empty Costco boxes.). La Jolla has a mild coastal climate and most homes, including ours, do not have air conditioning. If you are concerned, google "weather la jolla" and determine whether our property is suitable for you. We provide at least one fan for every room. In compliance with San Diego's mandatory water restrictions, which prohibit the use of ornamental fountains, we have turned off the water falls by the pool and in the front of the house. We hope to receive rain this coming winter so that the drought ends and city water restrictions will be lifted.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Laura, Thanks so much for everything. We have rented homes nine times through VRBO and your house was the best so far!! The pool area was key!! Between the fire pit, jacuzzi, pool, BBQ and games, all three generations were happy and together. Really appreciated your activity recommendations and groupon links. My 92 year old mother had a blast paddleboarding with the little ones!! Thanks so much for everything.
May 2013
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Soledad South House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 3 full bathrooms, all have a tub/shower. All have travertine and granite. The master has a deep jacuzzi tub.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Amazing view for miles. 13'x13'
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Downstairs bedroom in front of house. 13'x13'
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Downstairs w/ access to pool. Day bed / king. 13'x13'
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Huge 27'x17'. Sitting area w/ great view. Playard, not crib.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Twin over full bunk bed, and futon/sofa. Sleeps 5 in beds.
  • Master is 27'x17', all other bedrooms are 13'x13'. The master has a king bed, a full size futon (West Elm), and, in the walk-in closet, a Graco pack and play (not a crib). Bedrooms 2 and 4 have queen beds. Bedroom 3 is ideal for up to 5 kids, but can be used for a couple with up to 3 kids. It has a twin over full bunkbed and a full futon/sofa. Bedroom 5 has a day bed that converts to a king (two twins side by side.) The house has beds for 15, plus 2 air mattresses. The master, bedroom 2 and bedroom 3 are upstairs. Bedrooms 4 and 5 are downstairs. We cannot guarantee that the condition of the pack 'n play. If a previous renter has broken it, we may not know. Please check it thoroughly, and let us know if it is not in proper condition.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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La Jolla San Diego Luxury Solar Home w/ Pool & View, Great Location
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 53 reviews

Great House with Great Features!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay when visiting San Diego. First things first, the house itself is perfect for a San Diego getaway with family or friends. Our group of 12 slept comfortably, with plenty of beds and bathrooms for everyone. Also there are plenty of "gathering" areas with the family room and outside patio being especially accommodating. We had a great time in the pool during the days, and sitting beside the firepit & hot tub in the evenings. Truly a great, clean, and updated house.

Beyond that, the pool table and foosball table were great for entertaining, as was the outdoor grill. Laura and her husband were very helpful in ensuring the pool was kept clean and even came over to help us start the fountain in the pool.

If I'm ever planning to come back to San Diego, I would certainly book the property again. Perfect for all kinds of groups.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House and property were Beautiful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great location close to everything!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland Ohio

Beautifully kept home with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We had a family vacation in January and a memorial for my brother who died in Sept. He had so looked forward to this quality time together. We could not have been happier with our choice. Laura met us the morning after we arrived and was amazing in answering any questions we had. My son lives in San Diego and knew of many things to do in the area. The weather was perfect for January. We used the hot tub and fire pit often and also the grill. Had planned on using the pool table but there was just too many other things to do. We plan on having yearly vacations as a family and if we come back to this area would definitely rent this lovely home. I could not get over the amazing views! Loved this home and our quality time together.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family retreat

  • 4 of 5

This house worked out very well for our extended family gathering with plenty of space for all 12 of us. The kitchen was stocked with an ample supply of large pots and pans and serving bowls, making it easy to cook for a large group. The game room, hot tub, pool, large living/dining room etc. provided opportunities for our range of ages (14-88) and interests to enjoy our time together. The beds were very comfortable and linens and towels were well stocked. Laura was a great host, friendly and accommodating to our needs. The only down sides were the freeway noise audible from the back, (we tried to imagine it was ocean waves), and the pool was colder than we had expected, but it was a cool November week. If you are visiting with someone who is significantly mobility impaired, the steep driveway can be a bit challenging, but my 88 year old father managed pretty well after all. All in all, this was a great place for our family to spend time together. Thanks Laura

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the lousy weather, La Jolla usually has perfect sunny weather. You came during an unusually cool and overcast week. The solar thermal pool heater is dependent on sunshine. With little sun, the pool eventually cools down. I'm also sorry about the noise from the freeway. The highway is 1000' below the house, but the noise is slightly audible when people are outside by the pool and the jacuzzi is off. Some people don't notice it at all, others notice it but aren't bothered by it, and a few people are bothered by it. I'm sorry it impacted your stay. I am glad that everything else worked out and that you enjoyed the house.
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Long Island , New York

La Jolla Dreamin’

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family of 8. No one got in anyone’s way, the bedrooms were spacious, bathrooms nice but in need of grab bars. The kitchen was well equiped. The great room made for family mealtimes together. And the grandkids loved the pool. And so much to do here. And Vons supermarkets all over the place. So it was a good choice to stay in . I always wanted to live in La Jolla and I got my wish- for 4 days .

Spengler, Batzer and Jaffee familie

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to host you again.
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Home on a hill with a pool

  • 4 of 5

Clean plenty of towels and beach supplies to use. Location was convenient, as it was between Legoland and San Diego Zoo. Costco was also nearby. Owner was responsive and helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
6 La Jolla beaches w/in 2-3 miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300
Website booking fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.5%

W/in a rate period, there is variation. Rates are lower if you are renting back to back with another renter. Rates are higher when there is a small mid-week gap between renters. Most holidays are charged at a higher rate, regardless of whether or not they are specifically listed (i.e., President's weekend, July 4, Labor Day weekend). It is not possible to list rates for every scenario.

There is very little left during summer, not a single whole week left. Because I have odd days here and there (look at the calendar), I have lowered the rate. I am willing to rent out for shorter periods that I usually do. If you have a flexible schedule, this is an excellent discount.

Cleaning fees vary from $300 to $450, depending on maid availability, etc.

50% is due w/ booking; remainder due 60 days prior to arrival.

VRBO/Homeaway has started charging a 4-9% service fee for online bookings. This fee is in addition to the 3-4.5% fee that is already charged to owners for guests who use a credit card. This fee is also in violation of their agreement with homeowners, many of whom pay over $2000 per year to list their homes. If you want to avoid one or both of these fees, send me (and all owners) a message/inquiry rather than a reservation request or a BookIt now request. Once you have put a credit card in, it is difficult to remove those fees. Most owners will accept payment through PayPal (which also charges owners for credit card payments), or by check or wire transfer, which avoids the fees entirely. Most owners will provide a discount to renters who pay by check or wire transfer.

Cancellation Policy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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