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Quaint Beach House Minutes From Famed Cardiff Reef. Family Friendly.

Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Cardiff House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Hi and welcome to our charming beach house in Cardiff by the Sea. Located in the middle of Cardiff's walking district, and super close to the Pacific Ocean. We are centrally located in San Diego. Our home is 25 minutes from Downtown San Diego, The Zoo, Sea World and the San Diego Airport. Legoland and Palomar Airport are 15 minutes away.

Our home has easy direct access to world class surfing and beaches, the Seaside Market, Starbucks, VG Donuts, shopping, and great restaurants and bars.

Restaurant Row on the Pacific Coast highway is within minutes from our house.

Enjoy also the nightlife of our area and nearby downtown Encinitas.

Our Beach House is artsy and colorful. We have three bedrooms and two baths, and sleep 5-6. We have a front and back deck that look onto the Cardiff Estuary (which has a field station and open walkways). Our front yard is a gem.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Susan Olson, owner
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2016
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About Susan Olson, owner

Before my husband and I retired we owned a local Pizza Restaurant for twenty years. We have been married for 40 years and have two sons, two daughter in laws and four grandchildren. With one more on the way. We want to travel more:)

Susan Olson, owner purchased this house in 1978

Why Susan Olson, owner chose San Diego County

We bought this property because we love the beach. It's a piece of land my whole family hopes stays in the family for generations.

What makes this house unique

I fell in love with my home the minute I saw the estuary from the front deck. One of our favorite things to still do is walk down and swim or surf. I love the proximity to the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thank you so much for the kind words. You were great guests. If you ever need a recommendation please do not hesitate to ask.

Glad you liked the area, Cardiff is a wonderful place.

Take care and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay.

Dec 2013
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Quaint Beach House Minutes From Famed Cardiff Reef. Family Friendly.
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 25 reviews

Wonderful on many levels!

  • 5 of 5

This was more than a beach place. It was an oasis.

It is clear the owners have put heart and soul into

creating a welcoming home.

The tropical landscape, the bird feeders (complete with birdseed for

your stay!), the pool and the many choices of sitting areas made for a

magical stay.

The house itself was warm, spacious and welcoming with lovely sitting spaces

especially the kitchen area surrounded by windows.

The location was great. You can walk to the beach, restaurants, stores

lagoon. And if you like rocks this is the place!!!(I'm a rock lover!)

Joni who lived upstairs was great.

We would stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review. Great review. You saw what we hope people will when they stay in our hoe. You are welcome back anytime. Susan and David
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The owners obviously tried to think of everything a visitor might need.

  • 5 of 5

Four of us all enjoyed our stay so much. It is such a welcoming place, and there must be a thousand amazing, beautiful plants. I think we vacationed in the Garden of Eden. It seems that the owners must be extremely thoughtful people. The pictures do not do justice to the convenience and comfort of the property. We would love to return here.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. You are welcome back anytime....the house looked great. Susan and David
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Nice Vacation Home

  • 3 of 5

The home is quaint as described and definitely artsy and colorful, an enjoyable place to explore. The beds and furniture are comfortable and the kitchen serviceable. The baths are dated but clean (if a tub is needed for small children it really doesn't work for them). The outdoor shower is great for rinsing off after the beach and hiking. The TV is great along with its channel selections and numerous movies. The toys for the kiddos and books for all are nice pluses. The pool is good for cooling off (not heated; not sure we would have used it much if the weather had been cooler). The view of the Estuary is limited. My husband and I were able to walk to the beach, the Estuary, restaurants and a small market but our daughter and her 2 children (a preschooler and kindergartner) didn't feel comfortable walking in the narrow streets without sidewalks. Parking at the beach is a challenge so walking is recommended. The tenant is friendly but unlike other reviewers, we did notice she was there (can hear walking above in the master bedroom as well as talking, music, TV coming from the open windows and doors). The biggest negative: the house does not get any cross breeze and there is only one small fan in the master bedroom. The house was stuffy and hot our entire stay (we realize our stay was in July and told by locals that it was unusually hot and muggy, however, a few fans would have helped a great deal - we knew the house was not air conditioned before our arrival but expected cross ventilation for cooling). One other issue - lack of storage for our personal belongings. We utilize vacation rentals quite frequently (we've rented 9 places in the past 5 years) and this is the first time we have had most of the closets and drawers filled with the owners belongings. This made us feel a little uncomfortable. Overall, our stay was fine and the location worked for a day trips to Balboa Park, LEGOLAND, Coronado, the Safari Park and other places. I would recommend the house but probably won't consider renting it again for our family (although we travel to San Diego about once a year).

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dee thank you for your input , we really appreciate your time and thoughtfulness . We have purchased more fans and locked our closet . Thanks for the feedback. Susan and David
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Lovely vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this precious home. The grounds were just beautiful and i loved sitting outside in the morning watching the birds come to the bird feeder. The rooms were comfy and there was such a huge selection of DVDs that we always had something to watch at night. There was a nice park 2 blocks away and the beach was within waking distance. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This house was PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your home for four nights in July. We absolutely loved all of the artsy touches around the houses along with the beautiful gardens. There were plenty of communal areas to gather, we loved the view, and the house definitely felt warm and cozy like a "home" should be. We will definitely try to rent this house again!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lindsey! You are welcome back anytime :) Susan and David
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London, UK

10 out of 10

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place, location and host! Could not have asked for better had an amazing time at Susan's, only regret is we did not stay longer.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
11.3 Miles
Palomar Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Shanty Cocktail Lounge
Nearest Golf
3.2 Miles
Lomas Sante Fe Country Club
Nearest Train
2.6 Miles
Encinitas Coaster
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Fwy 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Nearest Ski
135 Miles
Big Bear Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cardiff Reef

We are extremely close to the beach, and are at the south end of Cardiff's flat walking district. We are also close to many restaurants, bars, gym, yoga, Spa, new Library, cleaners, and Starbucks. Four of the top surfing beaches are 5 minute away in both directions. Legoland is 15 minutes from our home. The San Diego Zoo and Sea World and the Downtown Gas Lamp District are about 25 minutes from us. One of the Beach gems of our area, Moonlight Beach, is a 10 minute drive. Moonlight has a brand new kids playing area, Sand Beach courts for volleyball and a new very cool concession stand. Plus to the right is another great surf spot. Glenn park is 0.2 miles from our home.

The Del Mar Race track is 4.7 miles....a 10 minute drive along a beautiful coast.

Valley View Casino is 50 minutes away. Fun place.

Tenant on premises.


Rates & Availability

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4 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $150

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Cardiff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Tiled bathroom with a side door.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tiled
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • Both bathrooms are tiled and very cool. The outside shower is private with running hot or cold water. A great way to rinse off after the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The Master bedroom is spacious and has a king size bed with memory foam. There is a master bathroom. The queen size bedroom has a flat screen television. The futon/double bedroom is roomy and has a shelf with kids toys. The second bathroom is close to both these rooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This beach house is in a quiet neighborhood in walking distances to many amenities. The three minute walk to the top of the bluff has a 180 degree ocean view. Unobstructed...beautiful. Sunset with a glass of wine is a must.

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