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Walk to Beach from Ocean View Craftsman Beach Cottage in the Village

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,726 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Two Story, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Beach Home With Amazing Views of Pacific Ocean

The J Frank Cullen House was the first home built in Cardiff by the Sea in 1911 by J Frank Cullen the original developer of the town. The home has a wonderful pedigree with an original stone fireplace, Craftsman charm, a large garden and yet has recently been 'refreshed' so it is comfortable and consistent with modern living.

Downstairs there is a Sitting Room, Living Room (with Cable TV), Bedroom (with Cable TV and a Queen Bed), Bathroom, Kitchen (well stocked with china, flatware and pots & pans), Laundry Room (Washer & Dryer) and large Ocean View Porch (deck chairs).

Upstairs is the ocean view Master Bedroom (Queen Bed), Bedroom Three (two twin beds), Bedroom Four (one twin bed), and the second Bathroom.

The exterior gardens west and north of the house are lush and landscaped, a perfect place for some downtime after days at the beach.

Speaking of the Beach, the Cardiff Reef and San Elijo Lagoon are just blocks away. Close enough to walk but far enough away to get away from the summer crowds. If you don't know, the Cardiff Reef is a famous surf break and its proximity to the San Elijo Lagoon means that you can swim, kayak, paddle, etc. in the waves of the Pacific Ocean or the tranquil waters of the lagoon. It is a perfect mixture for families, especially if the little ones may not be ready for the ocean swells just yet.

More Details

Perry Herst
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Perry Herst

Transplanted Angeleno and 15 year Cardiff Resident.

Perry Herst purchased this house in 2013

Why Perry Herst chose Cardiff

I chose this property for its unique mix of history, charm and ocean views / ocean proximity. It is a perfect place to 'get away' from your hectic 9-5 life.

Though up on the hill and benefitting from cooling breezes, the surf can be heard and seen from the home. We have even spotted whales and dolphins from the porch. The garden is also very tranquil.

That being said, the action in Cardiff is only a few blocks away and accessible by foot. With a car you can easily and quickly reach Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar (the Del Mar Track), Carlsbad (Legoland) and all of San Diego.

What makes this house unique

The J Frank Cullen House is the original Cardiff Beach Cottage, situated on the best lot in town, as chosen by the developer himself. No other home in town has the same good energy and old charm. Just sitting on the porch and watching the sunset is a superlative treat.


Cardiff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1726 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • USE: Parking for 2 cars in the drive. Guest is to put trash container in the street at curb early on Fridays AM. Guest to avoid clogging disposal.
  • SMOKING/FIRE: No Smoking. No burning anything (incense / candles) even on or in fireplace. Fire only in kitchen oven or responsibly in the BBQ grill.
  • NOISE: Tenant agrees not to allow any noise / activity that disturbs the peace of neighbors. Violation means immediate eviction & loss of deposit.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs & white modern decor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This upstairs bathroom has spa-like cedar plank wall.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master has a King bed, hardwood floors, walk-in closet.
    Downstairs Bed Room - 1 queen , This room has TV, built in cabinets and a large closet.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This room has hardwood floors and a closet.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , This large room has a queen bed (and a twin) w/ hardwoods
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The J Frank Cullen House is a unique way to experience stress-free, beach-living in Cardiff, as it was, in the old days.


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Walk to Beach from Ocean View Craftsman Beach Cottage in the Village
average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews

Great Ocean View and Easy walk into Town

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in the J Cullen house for a long weekend and had a lovely time. The beds were comfortable and the living room had space for everyone to sit. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals. There was a Weber grill outside for grilling. The weather was a bit chilly so we did not get to take advantage of the outdoor balcony as much as we would have liked. There was a lovely view of the ocean from the balcony and you can hear the waves all day. Town was just few blocks away if you like to try local restaurants or cafes. Overall we had a great stay. The only drawback was that there was not a table to seat 8 people inside the home even though there is room for a table. We managed to work around this issue.

We would definitely rent this home again should we find ourselves in Cardiff sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house in a perfect location. The pictures and description are accurate, and there is a lot of space in the house. The location is perfect for a quick walk to the beach or restaurants, and the view is one of the best in town from the balcony and inside through the expansive windows. The house was clean and well-kept, and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

Great home and location

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pure Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at this house. The view is spectacular - sitting on the balcony at night after dark is Heaven! The sound of the ocean is so relaxing! And the house is big and comfortable - we've stayed here several times and plan to keep coming back. The owner and the property manager always do everything to make our stay problem-free. We will keep coming back!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views, great community, fantastic management

  • 4 of 5

Thanks so much! Our family enjoyed the home and it was the perfect location and accommodations to suite our trip to Kaboo (more than we needed actually, very spacious). The rental process was the smoothest I have ever experienced and Perry and Sandra were both great to deal with.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy cabin feel with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Great location with amazing views. Plenty of space for the entire family. Quiet neighborhood. Loved that we could walk to surf, restaurants, and shopping. Very attentive owner and property manager. Hope to be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25.3 Miles
San Diego, 3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
The Shanty 126 Chesterfield Dr, Cardiff, Ca.
Nearest Train
2.4 Miles
Amtrak SOL, 105 N Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.6 Miles
Interstate 5 & Birmingham Drive
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Trattoria Positano 2171 San Elijo Ave Cardiff, Ca
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
San Elijo State Bch, 2500 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff
Car: recommended

Cardiff by the Sea is a unique, hip ocean front surf town that has some of the best surfing, swimming and beach combing in Southern California. All of San Diego, California is freeway close, but the best part is parking the car and just walking in town to eat at restaurants, drink at ocean front bars, shop, and relax.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Housekeeping Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.5%

Their is a Housekeeping Fee (weekly & per stay). Please note that the property is not held for you until the signed rental agreement is received by Landlord AND signed by Landlord and returned to Tenant AND all payments are made.

No Pets Allowed, No Smoking / Burning Allowed, No Excessive Noise that disturbs the peace & quiet of the neighbors, 10 People Max on site at once, Age 26 and above.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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