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Bedrooms 4
Space 10 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)



You can throw a stone into the water from our spacious 65 FOOT WIDE wrap around deck with SPECTACULAR, sweeping views across the harbor, the town, the beach and the ocean. This is the ideal place for dining, drinks, entertaining, sunbathing, playing cards or simply watching the world go by. You'll never want to leave!

We are superbly located just steps away from the beaches, shopping, restaurants, bars and all the recreational activities like swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, parasailing, basketball, volleyball and the many great sightseeing tours which are available. We are also a very short, 2 minute level walk from the boat dock.

Durng the day, we are right in the middle of all the activity Avalon has to offer; full of hustle and bustle. And nearly everyone who takes the ferry walks right past our property, so if you enjoy people watching, you'll be in heaven. At night however, after the 'day trippers' go home and the businesses below us close, it is pretty calm and quiet.

Our beloved home is 105 years old, but it is well cared for, comfortable and cozy - a classic beach house where couples and families will make lasting memories. Our superior location and wonderful and spectacular view decks is what attracts guests to us year after year. Several of our regulars have been coming for more than 20 years. THERE IS NO FINER SPOT FOR A FAMILY VACATION OR A COUPLES GETAWAY.

This unit is located on the middle floor of a 3 story property. On the ground floor are 2 clothing/gift shops, a jet ski rental, an ocean rafting company and a psychic. The top floor contains our separate 1 bedroom vacation rental. Our Middle Floor Unit (14 steps up - No elevator) sleeps 8. It consists of:

- Bedroom with Queen bed, TV & private 3/4 bath

- Bedroom with Double (full) bed & private 3/4 bath

- Bedroom with Queen bed and great harbor view

- Bedroom with Queen bed & TV

- There is a 3rd Full Bathroom off the living room

- 3 TV's, Stereo, DVD Player

- Wireless Internet Access

- Gas BBQ

- Updated Kitchen

- Wall Furnace


WHY STAY ANYWHERE ELSE? Our property offers you the BEST location; the BEST beachfront viewing decks in town; and the BEST vacation rental value for your money. We get repeat guests year after year; you'll see why!

This property is best suited for 2 families; 1 large extended family or 3-4 couples. NOTE: Our Top (3rd) floor rental unit is a 1 bedroom 1 bath that sleeps 3 and has decks with great 270 degree views. See vrbo #66587 . These units can be rented together or separately. There is no air conditioning, although it's not needed very often at the beach. We do have portable fans. Lastly, we do NOT have a golf cart.

Sorry, but this is our family vacation home and it is not our policy to rent out to groups such as bachelor/bachlorette parties; fraternity/sorority parties, 21st birthdays, college spring break, etc. ALSO, if you are part of an even larger group or family reunion, we have restrictions on the number of visitors you are allowed. Minimum age limits apply and young adults renting on their own must be 24 years of age. 2 NIGHT MINIMUM at all times and 3 Night Minimum in High Summer Season. Higher rates apply around special events and major holidays.

**BOOKING IN ADVANCE** We have many regulars that come year after year and we always give them first opportunity to re-book for the following year. Therefore we do NOT book more than about 11 months in advance.**

keywords: beach house, waterfront beach house, oceanfront property

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

I absolutely loved it and all the throngs of activities. This has been probably the best vacation ever. I had such an amazing time. Sad to leave but very much hope to make this a regular family trip. For once, I'm simply not ready to return to New York.
Sep 2012
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Avalon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • It is NOT our policy to rent to groups such as bachelor/bachelorette; fraternity/sorority; 21st B-days, etc.
  • AGE RESTRICTIONS: Single adults on their own must be 25 years of age.
  • In consideration of any guests in the top unit, you must reduce all TV, music and conversations to quiet levels between 10:00 PM - 8:00 AM.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 bathrooms total: There is a full bath off the living room, plus 2 bedrooms each have a private 3/4 bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1: Queen bed with private 3/4 bath. Bedroom 2: Double bed with private 3/4 bath. Bedroom 3: Queen bed. Bedroom 4: Queen bed with harbor view.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.918919 based on 59 reviews

Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

This house has a lot of character. Old school charm with modern updates! The deck is the perfect spot to take in the beauty of Catalina!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denali National Park

good location...old dated house

  • 3 of 5

Has a great view of the water and city, however the house is very old and dated. To command the price paid i would expect better linens, furnishings etc. There is one heater in the main room only (so the house was cold) and a note stating there would be electric heaters in the rooms which there were not. I would stay elsewhere if returning.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it here and will definitely be back. The patio and view are even better than they look in the photos! The inside had everything we could’ve needed.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buena Park

Best Christmas Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

Randy's place is all amazing. Close to everything and such a great patio. We had wonderful BBQ's and great views. Loved the outside speakers and lights. Bed were very comfortable and with plenty of room. Bathrooms had nice water pressure (although we were careful to take short showers due to the water shortage). Only small complaint was the slow WIFI although I think this is a problem with Catalina in general and not Randy's house. No restaurants offered WIFI and we had slow connections on our phones most of the trip. I guess I shouldn't have been working on vacation anyway.

Can't say enough great things about this place and I highly recommend this property. We may visit every Christmas.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Golden Valley

Grisham home was PERFECT for us!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Avalon and staying at the Grisham House as it was right on the water and near everything. I especially liked the layout as it was homey and accommodated our large family. The boys stayed in the bedroom by the main bathroom, the girls stayed in the waterfront bedroom, Cody and his girlfriend stayed in the small bedroom with its own bathroom and Mike and I stayed in the back bedroom with master bathroom. We also rented the upstairs property from Randy where Grandma and Grandpa chose to stay so they could have their privacy. It was truly perfect. We really loved Avalon with its umpteen things to do and places to eat. Next time we will bring a volleyball and, most likely, skip the body boards. Our wet suits and snorkeling gear came in handy as we snorkeled by the casino and at Lover's cove. I loved the Casino tour. We ate out plenty (loved the Lobster Shack) and we also made burgers on the grill one night and spaghetti another. The kitchen was great. Randy was wonderful and we really appreciated his "things to do in Avalon" list as it was helpful for finding hikes and places to eat and other things to do.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another wonderful stay at the Grisham House!

  • 5 of 5

Some things you never grow tired of, and staying in Catalina at the Grisham House is one of them! This was our 8th year and we can't wait to come back next year.

We had some friends staying in another rental house a couple blocks away and they were stunned at our location, views, decks and pricing.

Thanks for allowing us to create lasting family memories year after year.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Higher rates apply over major holidays. Minimum 2 nights at all times and 3 nights in high summer season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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