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Charming Beach Cottage, Downtown-Walking Distance To Pier, Shops, Nightlife

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, private yard, in the heart of downtown, close to beach

This recently renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage is a part of Oceanside's history. Built in 1925, the house has a retro feel with mid-century decor and unique charm. There is not another house like it!

Enjoy all the comforts of home, including a stocked kitchen and private backyard with a deck, barbeque, fire pit, and private, enclosed space to bring the family pet! The backyard provides a great space for entertaining and hanging out. This property is ideal for groups or families looking to enjoy local sights and activities with a comfortable home to relax in after long days in the sun.

The downstairs master bedroom includes a queen size bed, mounted television and DVD player, desk, and private full bathroom. The second bedroom is located on the second story with a full bed, vanity, and dresser. The third bedroom is ideal for kids, with two twin trundle beds, so it sleeps up to four people (trundle can be raised to make a full size bed, if desired). The third bedroom also includes dresser, vanity, and small balcony with view of the ocean. The second full bathroom is located on the second story. It was added to the home last year, so it includes new floors, fixtures, and plumbing. Living room couch pulls out easily into a full bed. House sleeps up to ten people.

The location is ideal for those traveling without a car. The house is centrally located in the heart of downtown, with shopping, movies, restaurants, bike trails, parks, beaches, pier, harbor, library, cafes, bars, clubs, etc, all within blocks. Oceanside is a small, lively city with great local events like the weekly Sunset Market, farmer's markets, concerts, monthly Art Walk, parades, and triathlons. It is also centrally located for quick access to Legoland, Disneyland, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, etc.

We vacation here often with our own family, and it definitely has a little something for everything.

More Details

Rachel Witt
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, I also speak enough Spanish to get by.
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Rachel Witt

Jerry Witt purchased the house with his son, Jason Witt, for his own personal use when he comes from Northern California to visit his children and grandchildren who live in the area. While he's away, Jason and his wife Rachel manage the property as a vacation rental. Jason and Rachel travel a lot, but when they are in town they live in the studio next door. The Witts love Oceanside, particularly for its character and history. They love to go on hikes nearby with their dogs, walk the pier at night, go to the beach, sift through antique shops on the 101 highway, or enjoy craft beer at one of many local breweries.

Rachel Witt purchased this house in 2013

Why Rachel Witt chose Townsite

The house has unique character that gives travelers the feeling of vacation, of getting away. At the same time, because we live here part time, we've equipped it with all the comforts of home, including all the necessary kitchen items and spices, beach toys and towels, barbeque, etc. We get to enjoy the privacy of our yard with our pets, surrounded by beautiful foliage, but with the city right outside the door. You could live here and never need a car! In researching the house, we discovered that the original structure was built in 1925 by the Richardson Brothers. It was their first home before they went on to build some of Oceanside's iconic structures, including the local Star Theater and First National Bank. The house is truly unique, and we tried to preserve its original charm in decorating it. Of all the properties in Oceanside, there is nothing quite like this house. It is one-of-a-kind.

What makes this house unique

We've lived in Oceanside for five years, and we share all of our favorite places and spaces with travelers in our guest book--from the best happy hours, to the best Taco Tuesday specials, we've got the inside scoop! This house provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy everything that southern California has to offer. If you wanted to, you could pack your days with going to the beach, eating out, grabbing drinks, seeing movies, going shopping, perusing street fairs, catching concerts--and all without getting in a car. Want to stay in? The living couch pulls out into a bed with the tug of a handle. Load up the couch, pop in a movie, and you've got a comfy spot to waste the day. The backyard is also unique, because it's like a little oasis completely enclosed from the rest of the city. Throw on your suit, blend up a Mai Tai, and let the vacation begin.


Townsite House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master bathroom first floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Attached bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , Two twin trundle beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Charming Beach Cottage, Downtown-Walking Distance To Pier, Shops, Nightlife
average rating of 4.576923 based on 26 reviews

Great location

  • 3 of 5

This house is in a great location for everything Oceanside. The home itself is quaint and big enough for a large family. The problem is it was just dirty. Spider webs and spiders everywhere. Dusty, dirty walls and windowsills.

Random products everywhere in all the cupboards. The floors were especially dirty. Really was disappointed that I had to clean a house on my vacation

If the owners had the place professionally cleaned it would be a gem.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San jose, CA

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Great location. It's not a fancy place it's a beach house with a nice size backyard good for pets or a BBQ . Rachel is super nice and accommodating!! Thanks Rachel

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Fantastic property at a great location

  • 5 of 5

Loved every minute of our trip! The property is just as advertised, but not enough good said about its location. In a quiet neighborhood, right in the heart of the area where one can enjoy the great activities to do in oceanside. Thursday afternoon open air market was really fun and just two blocks from the front door. When we got the there, Rachel (the home owner) realized the one bike was in rough shape and as promised, she delivered two new bikes for us to enjoy. A great place to toodle around on the bikes! The back yard was fantastic with plenty of seating, and a fire pit to enjoy. We played all of our board games outside and had a a monopoly tournament that will be talked about for years😃! I just cant say enough good about this place. If you are looking for a great vacation spot at a very reasonable rate comparatively speaking then look no further. Just dont plan on the middle of July, cause thats where you will find us!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the convenient location--close to the pier and beach! The house was perfect for our group of 5 adults and 1 dog. We were also able to add one more adult on our last night of the stay and still be comfortable. We hung out in the yard and had a fire one night. Mostly it served as a great home base. We took two "field trips"; one to San Diego for a day and one to the Stone Brewery World Bistro--well worth the trip! Oceanside itself is a fun vacation spot too-we loved the Thursday markets and ate both breakfast and dinner there. Yummy food and good vibe!

We were there the week between Christmas and New Years and thought even in high season, this was a very reasonably priced place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cozy and cute!

  • 4 of 5

The place was a little more cozy than I expected but it was still the perfectly cute place. We had 10 people total which was just enough room for everyone. However, the trundle beds we're a bit rough on the back. Perhaps fine for a child but not necessarily a grown adult, but we made due! The back yard was so freaking cute and we had purchased a bunch of firewood and just hung out there most of the nights. The house is a bit old so everything isn't in perfect shape, but We still all had a great time. Thank you so much letting us stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Avondale, AZ

Perfect walking distance to restaurants and beach

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at the cottage in Oceanside. It was a 10 min walk (slow walk w kids in tow, so adults could go even faster) to the beach and pier. The cottage had plenty of boogie boards and sand toys for the kids, which was really nice. We liked being close to the restaurants and library, lots of theater productions and movie theatre. The cottage is "cozy", but we actually didn't feel cramped with 2 adults and 6 kids, and everyone was comfortable. The outdoor space was awesome as well, much better than the condos closer to the beach (and less expensive). We grilled dinners and roasted marshmallows and kids ate and played games in the private backyard. Also it was a short drive to legoland. Overall, a great place to stay for families or couples and we hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.15 Miles
Tremont St Grill/Cabo Grill/Stone Brewery/etc...
Nearest Ferry
0.75 Miles
Oceanside Harbor
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Center City Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
Oceanside Transit Center
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
That Boy Good/Marys/Robertos/Sunset Market/etc...
Nearest Ski
105 Miles
Big Bear Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Oceanside Pier
Car: not necessary

This property is walking distance to virtually anything you need on vacation, including the beach, pier, beach parks, boardwalk, harbor, downtown restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, shopping, (including clothing, thrift stores, tourist shops, antiques) art galleries, tattoo parlors, bars, clubs, Oceanside transit system (coaster/sprinter/buses), library, markets, museums, weekly farmer's market, weekly sunset market, and craft breweries. See our 'Favorite Places and Spaces' for all of our recommendations.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 11.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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