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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 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.

We are Avalon's #1 Vacation Rental home and we get numerous repeat guests and sell out every year. Our superior location and wonderful, relaxing 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


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:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

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
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • 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 4.96875 based on 54 reviews

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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Incredible views, ideal location!

  • 5 of 5

I looked at several places and this was the best of the bunch! Ideal for big families. Incredible views, ideal location, well maintained and fully loaded for those who prefer to cook your meals. We had 6 14 yr old kids and 2 adults , but I was relaxed and comfortable. No hotel could have provided that and none of the other homes had this many bedrooms/ bathrooms in such a great location. I have already recommended it my friends. We will be returning.Thank you Randy for the great accommodations!

Davis Family

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

After looking at most everything the Island had to offer (as far as houses to rent go), my daughters found this gem, The Grisham House, for us! I took my 5 daughters and 3 of my littlest grandchildren to Avalon to spend some much needed time together. After spending time on the Island, this home to come home to was our centerpiece that pulled all of our magical moments together. The energy there is great. We had all types of weather while we were there and the house was able to meet all of our needs. The view is amazing, the beds comfortable!, the games fun, the bathrooms beautiful, TV if you want it, able to work if you need to (WIFI), all kitchen amenities and much more than I can list here. Everything you would need outside the house is within walking distance but being in the house, spending time together and making memories was the best blessing I could've asked for. We will stay there again and again...

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corona del Mar, Califonria

Best location in Avalon!

  • 5 of 5

My three daughters and I enjoyed five days at the Grisham House. It was perfectly located between town and the mainland ferry docks. Its four bedrooms were comfortable, and the whole place was spotless! The deck was a delightful location for viewing the Casino and the harbor, and the stars at night. The kitchen had all the amenities for cooking and serving, and the bathrooms had all the necessaries. We found Grisham House so lovable that we are trying to figure out how to get my 8 granddaughters and grand-in-laws organized for a girls get-away next year! Fortunately, there's another unit upstairs to accommodate a bigger group!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place! Great Time!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed to celebrate my oldest son's graduation from UCLA. My two son's 22 and 21, myself and my husband's sister (unfortunately my husband could only stay for the graduation). That gives me a perfect excuse to come back with my husband! Location, location, location! There is not a house with a better location. You can easily walk every where. We rented golf carts one afternoon just to see more of the island. It was really fun. Now to the house. It is exactly as promoted. It's old and well loved. It was like staying at a friend's beach house. Not a rental property. The bedrooms were all comfortable and the bathrooms seemed somewhat updated. We were caught a little off guard that the door into the house leads into a bedroom but had no problem with that. We did not take advantage of the kitchen (too many good restaurants to try) but it had everything you need. Spent a lot of time on the deck, people watching and playing games. The deck was my favorite part of the house. There were people staying in the apartment above and did not even notice they were there. No problem with privacy if that is a concern. Huntington Beach has been my favorite beach to visit in Southern California not anymore. Wish we would have visited Avalon and the Grisham House sooner. This was our middle stop on our southern California vacation and everyone's favorite. It was a perfect way to spend great time with my son before he moves to India for the next step in his life. Thank you Randy! We'll be back

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I rented both of the owner's properties for my family from 5/16 through 5/19. We had 9 adults & 2 toddlers. I cannot say enough great things about these rentals. Both were very clean & very comfortable, and stocked very well. So close to the Catalina Express & a short walk to restaurants & shops. We spent almost all of our time on the fabulous deck - the views are awesome! I can't imagine staying anywhere else & everyone wanted to make sure the had the information so they could rent in the future. Randy, the owner was very easy to deal with. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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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