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Serenity by the Sea~So. SD~"Imperial Beach Chic"~Lux Oceanfront 3Bd Condo w/Pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

On The Beach in Imperial Beach. 20-30 minute drive to most San Diego Attractions

🏖Your Private South San Diego Getaway🐬

I just updated my photos 2/15/18 to spotlight my newly remodeled kitchen, baths and patio. If you want to see what it looked like before I remodeled check out my Video Tab. Tell me what you think!!

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Welcome to Serenity by the Sea. Located on the tranquil Southern California coastline, this delightfully decorated 'Mermaid's House' condo will transport you to a world of warmth and relaxation. Experience the roar of the crashing waves while sitting on your private veranda overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Watch the pelicans swoop down into the water and the dolphins play in the surf. Drag your toes through the warm and soothing sand.

Less than a 30-minute drive from the San Diego airport, Serenity by the Sea combines the magic of a remote getaway with the convenience of a nearby city. San Diego's temperate year-round weather is a favorite destination for snowbirds longing for warmth in winter and Arizonans escaping the heat of summer. Visitors from near and far have found their way to the 'Mermaid's House' in Imperial Beach to relax, rejuvenate and restore their body and soul.

Downtown San Diego beckons with all the wonders of a world class city. The delightfully upscale Coronado Island enclave with its legendary Hotel Del is just a 10-minute drive up the scenic Silver Strand Hwy. The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, museums galore, Mexico and restaurants for every palate are nearby---if you can pull yourself away from the soothing sounds of the waves and the magical sunsets long enough to go sightseeing.

Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, a romantic getaway, or simply want to experience a natural wonder with your family, you will find what you are looking for at Serenity by the Sea. Stroll along the uncrowded shoreline for miles or lounge on the beach or by the courtyard pool and jacuzzi.

Serenity by the Sea awaits your arrival....

This 3 bedroom 2 bath privately owned oceanfront luxury condo is a favorite for travelers seeking a beautiful, romantic destination or an upscale cozy retreat for the family. The 'Mermaid's House' and it's charming 'beach chic' decor is located on the first floor of a 45 unit three story complex.This ground floor unit is elevated from the sand by the building's seawall and has a large private veranda with a dining table and chairs and several chaise lounges and adirondack chairs with ottomans overlooking the ocean with a stunning view of the Imperial Beach Pier. The interior courtyard features a large heated swimming pool and spa, gas barbecues, a weight room, outdoor shower and lush landscape. The street-front shops include The Surf Hut (sales and rentals of surfing gear)and Barrels, a Sports bar themed casual restaurant perfect for when you don't want to cook.There is Aroma Thai right across the street and a coffee house next door. The IB Forum is 1/4 mile down the block with grill your own steaks and affordable grilled fish and shrimp tacos and burgers of all types. The Marriott's new Pier South Boutique Resort is next door with happy hour at their ocean front bar from 2:30-5 and 6-10pm daily. The. Brigantine just opened a nice new place just across from the Pier. Happy Hour 3-6 daily and all day Monday! The Coronado Brewery has a restaurant down the street and Filippis Italian Restaurant has a family friendly branch around the corner. One of my old favs is El Tapatio on Palm. It has a nice new outdoor patio. I can't resist the rolled tacos and guacamole.

Private Luxury Vacation Rental by Owner

'...your beach home away from home.'

Non-Smoking ~ Pet Free

Ocean-Front Unit w/Stunning

View of Imperial Beach Pier

Entirely Smoke-Free Unit-Building and Beach

Free Wifi

3 Flat Screen TV's w/Uverse

Sony Blu-Ray Players

Cd Player

Phone (3 extensions)

260 sq ft Ocean Front Private Patio

Outdoor Dining Table/Chairs

Umbrellas & 4 Chaise Lounges

Fully Equipped Kitchen


Pancake Griddle-Waffle Iron

Coffee Pot/Grinder

Crock Pot:Waffle Maker-Pancake Griddle



Inside Dining for 6

Outside Dining for 6+

Binoculars for Dolphin Watching

Heating/Air Conditioning

Washer/Dryer in Unit

Sand Toys

Pack and Play

Beautifully Landscaped Courtyard

Community Gas BBQs (3)

Swimming Pool/Spa

Outdoor Heated Shower In Courtyard

Elevator from parking garage

Two Gated Parking Spaces

Security Building

Your Comfort Is In The Details

3b/2bth Luxury Ocean-Front Condo

High Thread Count Linens/Towels

Comfortable Pillowtop Mattresses

Sleeps 7 - No Sleeper Sofa

Master Bedroom/Queen/Ocean View

2nd Bedroom - Queen

3rd Bedroom-Bunk Bed w/Full-Twin

Living Room/Kitchen Ocean View

Fireplace (presto type logs only)

Custom 'Beach-Chic' Decor

Beach Themed Artwork Throughout

Plenty of Books and Magazines


Beach Towels/Kids Beach Toys

Terry Robes

Bed Tray for Breakfast in Bed

Right Outside Your Door

Miles of Sand & Surf

Surfing/Body Boarding

Surf Board Rental ShopDownstairs

Pier with Fishing/Restaurant/Shops

Barrels - Sports Bar

Aroma Thai Restaurant

Italian/Pizza Take Out

Subway Sandwiches

Katy's Coffee House

Ye Olde Plank - Beach Bar

Imperial Beach (IB) Forum. Steaks Hambugers Grilled Chicken/Fish/Shrimp Tacos

El Tapatio Mexican

Brigantine Oyster Bar-Happy Hours 3-6 daily and Monday all day

Coronado Brewery

Fillipi's Italian

Corner Market

Marriott's Pier South Resort's Sea 180 Happy Hour 2:30-5 and 6-10p Oceanfront dining right next door

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Mermaid
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Nancy

Some of my long time guest's children have dubbed me 'Fancy Nancy' because they love all the beachy, decorative touches I've made there. They even bought me a 'Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid' children's book for the condo. I j was even gifted a personalized "Fancy Nancy" tshirt.

My daughter and grandchildren love coming to Nanny's Beach House and I hope you will too.

Nancy purchased this condo in 1991

Why Nancy chose Imperial Beach

I know that you have many choices when it comes to beach rental properties and I appreciate you checking out my page . I will not be the cheapest rental on the beach or in my complex, but you will be hard pressed to find a better place for your precious family vacation. Whether it is a yearly event or a once in a lifetime splurge, your time at 'Serenity by the Sea-The Mermaids House', will become a treasured memory. The creation of my vacation home and Guest Get-Away was put in place with your comfort in mind. I walked the complex in the construction stage and was led to this unit which was, I thought, beyond my means. The year round sunset view, huge all day sunny and wind buffered furnished patio, 3 bedrooms, prime southwest corner facing the incoming waves, southern view of the IB Pier, oceanfront master bedroom with patio access, tucked away from the pool noises and no foot traffic passes the ocean view windows made this unit my beach house dream come true. The 'beach chic' décor will charm all the girls in your family, no matter their age. The men have commented that their wive's have never been happier with their vacation choice. I have AT&T Uverse with high speed wifi and On Demand. Smart Blu Ray players will get you to Netflix and Hulu etc. Eclectically decorated with a fair share of sparkle, seashells and mermaids, Serenity never becomes too 'frilly' for the man of the Sand Castle. From ultra high thread count sheets and a plethora of pillow types, to binoculars for watching the dolphins play in the surf from your private furnished patio, you will feel pampered. There are spices in the cabinets and condiments in the fridge. Mundane things like toilet paper, paper towels and laundry/dish soap are there waiting for you. I tell people it is like visiting a friend but they aren't home. From the moment you walk in the front door you will feel as though you have ' come home'. I have done my very best to make my cherished second home be perfect for you.

What makes this condo unique

Please check out my wonderful guest reviews. I hope to see yours posted here soon. I also have a handwritten guestbook on the winerack that is full of wonderful vacation stories. Reading it is the first thing I do when I go for a own personal Hallmark card!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nancy is a dynamic woman, with an enthusiastic and warm personality. She's also a gracious host! Her beach condo is RIGHT on the SAND with an open air patio that faces the breaking waves. I loved leaving the patio for the short walk to the surf, and later, sipping a glass of wine while enjoying front row seating to the most amazing sunsets! Nancy's meticulous decor reflects her organized, detail-oriented style. Nancy loves living well, and is an experienced traveler. This gives her great insight in how to make her guests feel at home, away from home. She has a spirited adventurer's soul, and also loves the finer things in life. Nice towels, comfy chairs inside and outside, facing the ocean. We all had so much fun with her (my sister, mother and myself) on our women's holiday! Highly recommend staying in Nancy's spacious, beautiful, ocean dream house and feel confidant in letting her handle the vacay details!
Feb 2016
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Imperial Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The hall bath has a tub/shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Double sinks
  • Both bathrooms were totally remodeled in 2016
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Second bedroom - 1 queen
    Oceanfront Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Kid's Bunkbed Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This room has a full bottom bunk and a twin top bunk.
  • There is a pack and play in the closet for my tiny visitors.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Serenity by the Sea~So. SD~"Imperial Beach Chic"~Lux Oceanfront 3Bd Condo w/Pool
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 96 reviews


  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place that's spotless clean and steps away from the sand look no further! Nancy was so sweet and helpful as I was looking to book a place last minute. The view is phenomenal and the condo is so pretty with all the mermaid decorations. we had such a great weekend and Nancy was available for any questions I had. It was also great to have a place with a garage for parking! We will definitely be going back for a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! I really strive to have guests feel just like you. Please do come again. I have a discount for repeat guests. Fancy Nancy🧜‍♀️
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Perfect Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time in this beautiful beach condo. I was happy to see that the condo is even nicer than the pictures. The updated kitchen and bathrooms are beautiful. We had everything we needed! My kids loved playing in the sand with all the sand toys. My two girls loved the mermaids throughout the condo and the toy mermaids they could play with. My husband and I loved the huge deck were we could spend the early mornings and late nights while the kids where sleeping. The hot tub was nice to warm up in after a day at the beach, it was cold when we went but that didn't stop my kids from jumping and playing in the ocean. It would of been nice to have the pool warmer. We spent a day at the Zoo and SeaWorld and it was a quick easy drive from the condo. The private parking was really nice to have. Lots of fun eating places nearby. Imperial beach is clean and it was fun to watch the early morning surfers. We are so thankful that Nancy would share her home with us! Nancy was so easy to work with. We are already talking about when we can book our next trip!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay at the Mermaid condo. The patio was a great place to enjoy the ocean waves.

  • 5 of 5

The sunsets were stunning. The condo was very clean and filled with luxurious amenities. We enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, pool, hot tub and walking the beach. We highly recommend this property. It's owner was very prompt with replies and very pleasant to work with. You won't be disappointed with this treasure on the ocean!!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you so much for taking the time to share about your pleasant experience at Serenity by the Sea. Please come again! 🧜🏻‍♀️
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Great time was had by all.

  • 5 of 5

It was a great time. Just what we were looking. Nancy was the best to work with. She was very responsive to any question or concern I had. The condo has been renovated, and was beautiful. It more than met our needs. She has everything and anything we could possibly need. We will definitely consider staying there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My goal it happy guests. Mission Accomplished!!!
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Cozy little condo, with beautiful view of the Ocean

  • 5 of 5

The owner very easy to work with & condo was well supplied - would definitely book again.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please do come again! Thanks
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

This condo has the perfect view of the ocean from your own spacious private patio. Inside you have everything you need including multiple TV's and wifi. The kitchen and bathrooms are all brand new. There are multiple restaurants within walking distance. There is also underground gated parking which was very convenient. We really enjoyed our stay here. Thank you Nancy for being a gracious host.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure!
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Ye Olde Plank Inn
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Coronado Island
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
Barrels Grill Downstairs in Complex
Nearest Beach
Imperial Beach
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Deposit of $500 is due upon booking. Balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.