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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🐬

If you have questions I can answer please do not call the customer service 800# number listed as they do not know anything about my specific unit. Click the button marked "MESSAGE" to send an email and I am speedy at getting back to you right away! Since this site just started blocking our personal emails and phone numbers we will need to chat through their dashboard emails. I am very prompt to respond.

*****In 2016 I did a complete remodel of the kitchen, guest bath, master bath and patio. . It was definitely a labor of LOVE! The Mermaids House became my canvass and the end result is pretty spectacular. I posted pics, hope you love it too!!****

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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 daily. The Coronado Brewery has a new restaurant down the street and Filippis Italian Restaurant has a family friendly branch around the corner. One of my favs is El Tapatio on Palm. It has a beautiful 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

High Speed 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

Beautifully Landscaped Courtyard

Community Gas BBQs

Swimming Pool/Spa

Outdoor Shower In Courtyard

Elevator from parking garage

Two Gated Parking Spaces

Your Comfort Is In The Details

3b/2bth Luxury Ocean-Front Condo

High Thread Count Linens/Towels

Comfortable 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

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:
September 23, 2017

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 just was gifted a personalized "Fancy Nancy" tshirt.

Nancy purchased this condo in 1991

Why Nancy chose San Diego County

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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San Diego Zoo
Old Town
Balboa Park
Seaport Village
USS Midway Museum
Reuben H Fleet Science Center & Space Theater
San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge
San Diego Harbor Excursion
Coronado Ferry Landing
Westfield Horton Plaza
Old Town Mexican Cafe
Night & Day Cafe
Aroma Thai
SEA 180 Coastal Tavern
SeaWorld San Diego
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Gaslamp Quarter
Star of India -- CLOSED
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


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 ...
  • 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
  • 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 4.9534883 based on 88 reviews
Irvine, CA

Beautiful on the inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

First off you can't beat the view. Even my 2 year old stopped and just stared for a solid half hour when we first arrived! The beach is awesome. Super soft sand, not too many big waves though enough for surfers to put on a bit of a show, and a fun pier closeby to walk on. The patio was easily the area we spent the most time in because it had a great breeze and nice shade from the large umbrella.

The condo is great, very near the elevator and easy access to the beach or street. It is SO nicely upgraded on the inside. Very nice furnishings and plenty of room. The owner really goes out of her way to make sure you have EVERYTHING you might need during your stay. Beach chairs, umbrellas, mats, sand toys, boogie boards, tons of beach towels, every imaginable cooking pan/utensil, etc. The beds were great - very good mattresses and my older kids loved the bunk beds!

10/10 Would stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You had me with the 2 year old staring at the ocean. ❤️
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Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience with VRBO. I really appreciated all the attention to detail around things that make a stay more comfortable. We love smoothies in the morning and Nancy had a nutri-bullet that worked so well we bought one when we got home. Great views of the ocean and loved the front was a perfect place for our little guy to run around and enjoy the ocean breezes.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had such a great vacation! I have so many things in the cupboards for my guest's convenience it is nice to know you found what you needed.
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Perfect, relaxing beachfront retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I travelled from Northern California and rented this wonderful condo for a quiet visit with our daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter, who live in San Diego. As a fellow owner of a beach rental property, I appreciate all that goes into managing and maintaining a vacation rental property. The owner is great to work with and very responsive. She has given careful thought to every last detail of the property, inside and out. The large ocean-front patio was our favorite place to relax and enjoy watching and hearing the ocean waves crashing and beautiful sunsets. Cooking meals was easy in the well-equipped kitchen. Every possible comfort and amenity was included in the condo, and we enjoyed a wonderful visit together with our kids.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love having great families stay at my special beach home. Thanhs fit for your much appreciated review
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Absolutely Great

  • 5 of 5

The PRIME spot in Imperial Beach is this condo. The condo is decorated to the highest standard possible. Every possible thing you need is there. The Owner was great to work with and has really created a special place to relax and enjoy the beach. I looked in Newport Beach and San Diego Beach and then found this GEM. We will be back for sure......................

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the amazing review! Jeff was a wonderful guest. I so love sharing my treasured beach home with such really lovely guests.
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Beautiful Oceanfront Condo

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at several condos in this area, the Mermaid House beat out all of the competition! It has all the comforts of home, with a brand new kitchen and everything you need to cook at home. The beds were comfy and the bathrooms have been refurbished. Most importantly, you have a great view of the ocean and the pier from your back patio. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! I'm so glad you had s great time. Please come again.
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San Diego Summer Serenity Vacation

  • 5 of 5

In one word our stay at Serenity by the Sea was PRICELESS! The place was impeccable. The morning walks on the beach were rejuvinating. The evening skies, breeze and ocean sounds soothing. The local establishments were great. We loved our stay there that we actually requested an extension. We had a busy schedule sightseeing San Diego and traveling into Anaheim but what was by far the best part of the trip was knowing we had a relaxing place to get back to for relaxation and a good night sleep. This location and fantastic accommodations are top-notch and highly recommended. Nancy was great to work with and her place had everything you need for your stay as if you were in your own home. We will definitely return to Serenity by the Sea!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy your family had an amazing time. Please do come again soon!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

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.

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