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Charming Laguna Beach Cottage, Steps From The Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 31 nights

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Minimum Stay
31 nights

About the property

Historic Gem In S Laguna, Includes 1200 Sq Ft And 450 Sq Ft Deck With Ocean View

This 1200 sq ft suite in a true historic gem across the street from the beach. Huge great room features wood burning fireplace with 8 ft french doors out to a 450 sq. ft. deck with amazing ocean view. There are 2 upstairs bedrooms with queen size beds, 1 bathroom and a private den area with a day bed. Newly renovated French country kitchen features a 6 burner Julia Child's gourmet gas range with great living space attached for entertaining. The home sits on a 7000 sq ft lot that consist of gardens and more private patio areas. Satellite TV and wireless internet included. Lots of street parking is available in front of the property makes this a truly special house, as parking in Laguna can be a challenge. For nightly request please check with owner.

Vivian Lank and Ray Back
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Vivian Lank and Ray Back

I have lived in Vancouver BC most of our lives where we ran a VRBO rental in the heart of the city since 2008. We have done extensive traveling throughout the world and have always dreamt of owning a home in Laguna Beach.

Vivian Lank and Ray Back purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Vivian Lank and Ray Back chose Laguna Beach

I now spend my summers in Vancouver and our Winters at Laguna in a small suite on the propert . Golfing sailing and the famous art community attracts me to Laguna Beach. It is the perfect place.

What makes this cottage unique

Laguna Beach is hosts the famous Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters and the Sawdust Festival. Laguna is a walking town, especially in the summer when traffic and parking can be problematic! In the summer there's a free trolley service to move you all over Laguna which stops 3 houses away from our house, or you can choose to take a 30 min walk all the way to Main Beach downtown Laguna. It may take you a bit longer if you choose to linger through lots of Art galleries and unique shops or stop for a bit at one of the many restaurants on the way. Albertsons and Vons Grocery stores are a 5 min trip on the trolly.

This location is half a block walk to the very private and romantic Moss Point Beach.

Location really is everything in Laguna and this spot not only allows walking distance to the best spots. Very easy access routes to outside locations like Dana Point Marina, Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, Disneyland, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, LA... SNA Airport is only 15 minutes away.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Charming Laguna Beach Cottage, Steps From The Beach
average rating of 4.352941 based on 17 reviews

Charming Home!

  • 4 of 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful time on our vacation. Vivian and Ray's home has everything you need for your vacation. The view from the deck is gorgeous. The trolley stop is nearby. Gorgeous, spacious kitchen for your cooking needs. Beds were comfortable and the living room/dining room was spacious as well.

Chairs, umbrellas were also there for your beach needs. Would definitely come back again. I didn't get a chance to talk to Ray but Vivian was very friendly and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carming cottage with fantastic view

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. We didn't want to leave. Perfect for couples and families. The house was well stocked close to beaches and trolly perfect and beautiful... I was presently surprised with Vivian and Ray's hospitality and care. We can't wait to visit again! I miss Laguna and this house already!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Renters BEWARE - NOT WHAT IT SEEMS (DOUBLE Post as not all fit in one!)

  • 1 of 5

My husband, myself and one year old son were excited when we booked this “beach house” for three months this winter. We read the great reviews and thought it would be perfect. BOY WERE WE WRONG! This cottage was anything but acceptable and we hope no other renters will have to experience what we did and be scammed out of thousands of dollars the way we were by the owners of this property.

We are not picky people and spend a lot of time traveling and staying in many different rentals. However upon our arrival it was quickly apparent that this was not what we signed up for and in fact we feel very mislead into what we were actually getting. We notified the owner immediately about our concerns and asked for our money back. Although we received some of it, she would not refund us the whole amount and essentially we feel frauded. Below the issues with the rental are outlined.

1) No where on the rental does it mention that the owner lives downstairs. Upon arrival we found out that they do. We found this to be very misleading and uncomfortable. This is not a stand-alone home but rather a top floor of a two-story house. The separation between the two units is minimal with lots of noise travelling back and fourth. For example you can hear their phone ring, footsteps, doors opening and closing.

2) The listing notes that there is opportunity to walk to the beach and town however that is not the case as it is not a safe walk especially with a baby. The rental is located right on the coast highway. You walk down a bunch of steps onto a small driveway and the highway. There is no crosswalk, sidewalk or anyway to leave the property safely especially with a child or baby. There is a small narrow path on the side of the highway with cars flying by. Essentially we would have been stranded at your property, as we do not drive. This was very misleading and inappropriate not to mention the inability to leave the property safely on foot with our baby.

3) The place was incredibly dirty when we arrived. We booked this in November and expected that when we arrived at the end of January the place would be in top shape for us. When we arrived there is an unbelievable amount of dust and dirt everywhere — so much so that my I had a reaction to it and our son starting coughing as soon as he arrived. To expose anyone to this is unacceptable especially a child. The bathroom noted as “new renovated” was a construction zone when my husband arrived.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Parvez and Carly arrived 2 days late and own a business in LA so they had plenty of time to view the property and ask any questions they may have concerns about. I understand there disappointment with regards to not having total control of our property however it is documented on our website that we (the owners) occupy the property part of the year. This is a short term rental and we have neighbours that we have to be considerate of. That being said we occupy the lower suite some of the time and when we are not here we have a property manager present. I hire gardeners once a week and a cleaning company to do the cleaning. None of our guest have ever complained about our home being dirty in the past and we have been renting our home for 2 years in Laguna. We are more than happy to have our guests view the property prior to confirming a booking.
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great stay for our 2016 Spring Break trip. Vivian & Ray were great hosts and were helpful in making our stay very enjoyable. The views of the Pacific Ocean and the sunset from our outside deck were gorgeous. We would highly recommend this house to future renters.

Thank you again for a very memorable trip to Laguna Beach!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely 2BR home just a short walk to the most beautiful beaches in America

  • 4 of 5

This beautiful property is a good location and has all the amenities of home. Vivian and Ray are gracious hosts. The only two cons are the slightly uncomfortable mattresses and pillows and the unfortunate road noise when lounging on the cozy deck with ocean view. We had a fantastic vacation in Cali and enjoyed our Laguna home base.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice deck with view, nice kitchen

  • 3 of 5

The highlight of the property is the deck with the view. The kitchen is also very nice. The place comfortably slept our family of 4, which includes 2 small girls. The parking space was a plus. The property had all of the amenities we needed, including beach toys and chairs. I would have rated the property higher if the bedding would have been a little higher end (similar to a nice hotel), and if the decor would have been more neutral. It is decorated with antiques, and a lot of floral art which fits a specific taste. The area is noisy with a lot of traffic, but this seems to be everywhere in Laguna. Vivian was very responsive and accommodating to our requests. There are nice beaches near by.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
John Wayne Santa Anna, Orange County
Nearest Barpub
0.22 Miles
Salanne's Tavern 1464 South Coast Hwy
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Balboa Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Aliso Creek Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Metrolink San Juan Capistrano
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Mozambique Restaurant 1740 S Coast Hwy
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Moss Point Beach
Car: not necessary

Minutes from bus. We are located on the famous Art Walk that happens every 1st Thursday of each month. Enjoy lots of free treats and wine. A must do.


Rates & Availability

Woods Cove Cottage Rental Rates

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Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
31 night minimum stay
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31 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
cleaning fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $300

Please email for nightly availability and rates.
Rates posted are approximate Monthly rates.

Each person over 5 people will be charged $50.00 each per night. 60 days notice for cancelation. All charges are US funds.

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.
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Woods Cove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • 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 ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , newly renovated
  • newly renovated bathroom with easy access
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Sunroom - 1 twin/ single , sunroom off great room area
  • 2 bedrooms with queen beds and sunroom off great room with daybed. Sleps 5 comfortably.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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