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RAVE reviews and Memorable experience! Artist built unique home in the Del Mar💕

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath- Sleeps 6- Ask about small intimate WEDDINGS & Receptions!!

Magical experience for everyone! Along with all of our rave reviews we are proud to say that this is a home that is not something that you would normally find on Airbnb, this is a very unique property that offers a very unique experience. Unique meaning memorable, loving and happens to bring family and friends together. It's just a piece of magic that James Hubbell was able to Place in a piece of art that is a comfortable hom and very special made for a peaceful experience. This secluded retreat designed and built by renowned architect and artist James Hubbell, known for his organic buildings in 1980's, paintings, stained class, wrought iron, wood work and decorative objects; all are in full display here! This homes is very unique and extreme as shown on HGTV. The domes (no square walls) are separate yet close for privacy, the upstairs bedroom is entered by the outside stair case and the bathroom is downstairs. The one acre lot offer lots of parking and the old carport holds one car. Master Suite has a comfortable King bed with memory foam mattress, bedroom #2 has a new with memory foam Queen Bed (sleep 2) and a twin trundle that (sleeps 2) bathroom with shower is downstairs.

The unique architecture of this intimate home is accented with lush landscaping and hillsides, and you will be constantly discovering the hidden artistic details and hidden gems as you explore the home and the grounds. When you arrive at The Rustic Emerald Retreat, you will feel as if you have been transported to a gentler, more peaceful world. The residence itself is defined by two sculptural domes along with other connected square rooms. The main dome houses the living room, dining room, full kitchen, bath rom with a shower and upstairs bedroom, that sleeps 4. The upstairs bedroom is private/separated and is reached by the outdoor tile stairway. The other dome houses the master bedroom and en suite bath. Emerald Retreat is reminiscent of a spa retreat and provides a canvas for relaxation at every level. The property is designed to take advantage of San Diego’s incredible year `round climate by featuring multiple outdoor living spaces where you can let the sunny days and cool evenings take your cares away. You'll even find outdoor speaker rocks that blend into the scenery. Located in coastal San Diego county, Rustic Emerald Retreat is a secluded retreat, yet lies only a few minutes to Interstate 5, and 10 minutes to Del Mar and the sandy beaches on the pacific ocean. Scenic Torrey Pines State Nature Preserve with ocean view hiking trails is only 15 minutes from the home and the San Diego International Airport is just 25 minutes away.

San Diego, Ca.,Carmel Valley just east of Del Mar 92130 zip code. Best location!

NOTE: While this property has all of the amenities of home, it is a unique and rustic property with quirks and idiosyncrasies. Please call to discuss the home, location and layout and make sure it is suitable for your group.

I Karen the owner want to thank everyone for returning the Summer! I really appreciate you coming back!! I can't wait to see you next year!

Sleeping Accommodations:

Bedroom 1 - Master Suite: (1) King Bed - Sleeps 2

Bedroom 2 - (1) Queen Bed & Twin w/ twin trundle - Sleeps 4

Additional sleeping for 2 with a inflatable mattress

1st Floor Layout: Covered parking for one vehicle and several in driveway

Living room


Outdoor dining

3 outdoor sitting areas

1 outdoor fireplace

Bedroom 1/Master with fireplace

Master bath with open shower

Master Patio with Chaise and chiminea

Full Bath with shower

Laundry room

2nd Floor Layout:Bedroom 2 (no bathroom on second level, stair case is entered from the out side)

Patio with seating



Linens Provided

Covered older carport parks one car and drive parking

Off Street Parking


3 wood burning Fireplaces

Tiled flooring throughout

Outdoor Dining

2 HDTV`s



Iron and board

Hair dryer

Bath and beach towels

Outdoor shower


Cooking Utensils Provided

Professional gas range Oven






Plates, Bowls, Utensils

Basic cooking Utensils

Measuring Cups

Can Opener


BBQ w/ utensils


Dish Soap (starter kit)

Hand Soap (starter kit)

Dishwashing Detergent (starter kit)

Outdoor Features:Ground Floor Patio

Gas BBQ Grill

Outdoor shower

Out door dinning room and sitting area in front of the fire place!!

Pets considered – Breed restrictions apply – Call for details

Smoking Permitted outside only with doors closed

Guests must love the outdoors and nature! Yes, it's fun and unique, not fancy.

ASK ABOUT THE NEW PATIO FOR SAMLL INTIMATE WEDDINGS/ RECECTIONS...Water fountain and sweeping stair case 'every brides dream', Master suite to get ready for you special day! Ask owner Karen for event pictures and pricing.

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Kendra

Hi there I'm Karen Kelly, I grew up in San Diego and love it here. I own a local business caring for the elderly so I'm very sensitive to peoples needs and having time away is important and needs to be nice, relaxing and have the commences of home...I love the attention to details when I I make my home lovely and it has all the things you need to be comfortable and FEEL AT HOME. I love life and don't like complicated, uptight people. So if your high maintenance pep's you may want to vacation else where, I'm recovering from cancer and just want to invite apprecative people in my life and home. Enjoy each day... San Diego has a lot to offer EVERYONE at ALL ages!!

Kendra purchased this house in 1995

Why Kendra chose Torrey Preserve

This home is quite unique, enchanting, piece of art, super cool, "way better than expected" (no square walls), cozy and rustic. The home was build in 1987 by James Hubbell, a local artist...check out is work at The home is surrounded by mature tea trees, that whimicaly light up at night! The Jacuzzi is a new addition and will be hot when you arrive, sit under the stars at night and enjoy. The home really caught my eye and "I had to Have it"! The home sits on a acre, neighbor is a landscape grower, horses, lovely quiet rural area...that most San Diego people don't even know about!! But it's close to the 5 freeway, 20 from SAN airport, down town, La Jolla just 10 minutes away (depending on traffic) If you like unique, you'll LOVE the Rustic Emerald Retreat ..Also featured on HGTV "extreme and unique" homes and Sunset Magazine

What makes this house unique

I love the rural area, privacy, quiet....but 5 minute drive to the beach, Torrey Pines", out of hecticness....The uniqueness of my home makes it so cozy and FUN. Also featured on HGTV "extreme and unique" homes and Sunset Magazine...Memories mater anyone can stay in a house...this is a home! I've added a lovely area for weddings with a sweeping staircase coming down to a area where there is a water fountain, Call me for the details. I hosted a 30 person reception, we have plenty of parking and a lovely enchanting VIBE!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is my second time to the Emerald Retreat it's a magic place! Thanks for everything Karen, great job on the new stuff!
Oct 2016
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Torrey Preserve House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Separate access between shower/sink and toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master bath en suite
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Twin w/ twin trundle
  • The second bedroom is upstairs (sleeps four) has a nice veranda. The stairs are outdoors (see in pictures) and the bathroom and shower are down stairs. Not normal, but nothing about this home is square walls!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There is a lot to do in San Diego!! Come and ENJOY LIFE!! Karen


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RAVE reviews and Memorable experience! Artist built unique home in the Del Mar💕
average rating of 4.4 based on 7 reviews
Phoenix, AZ

Felt private and secluded

  • 4 of 5

Although this older property could use some TLC, particularly the aging and dirty carport which is the first thing you see upon arrival, our overall stay was very satisfying and we would stay here again. The outside living space is wonderful, relaxing and surrounded by trees. The kitchen functioned well and the bedrooms were very comfortable. We entertained one evening and the atmosphere was very conducive to relaxing out of doors with guests. There is a patio off of every room and so many different areas to take a book or glass of wine. We were ten minutes from the beach and Del Mar race track, but the tree-lined setting and unique character of the home, made us feel relaxed and secluded.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frisco, TX

Unique home in need of TLC

  • 3 of 5

This home is truly a unique gem. We loved the interesting spaces and setting. We were disappointed in the overall state of disrepair for this architectural beauty. I understand that proximity to beach and renting a home adds significant wear and tear. However I found myself wishing I could buy it just to restore it. Also did not enjoying looking at the carport stuffed with garbage/furniture/etc every time we returned home. Read the fine print, and know that there will be flies & some mosquitoes and you'll be using fans if it's hot (no A/c). Also, there are no window shades and laundry room is shared with property manager (male). Although I never saw him, I felt like we had no privacy because he might walk through. We enjoyed ourselves and really appreciated this unique home. The pictures online show the beauty, but you don't see the broken, missing or poorly repaired things. (E.g., the king mattress rests on a queen size platform)

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Artistic Marvel

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with eight people from ages 10-84 when we were in town for a soccer tournament in Del Mar.

The listing was spot on and the unique and artistic architecture was even more breathtaking than we imagined!

The property was clean and well maintained with fresh clean towels.

We really enjoyed the outdoor showers, hot tub and dining under the beautiful lights and skies of San Diego. We felt like we were so remote and private yet within walking distance to the beaches!

Karen was very hospitable and met us at the property when we checked in and stayed in communication with us during our entire stay and afterwards to make sure we enjoyed ourselves!

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Oasis near Del Mar!

  • 5 of 5

Delightful stay in a very unique home. As I love to barbecue and cook, I found the kitchen to be very well equipped. One of the most wonderful beds we have slept in on any vacation!

We rated the property as a four out of five because when we arrived and parked in a rather dilapidated garage, we encountered awful smells coming from an overflowing garbage can located next to our car. I asked the gardeners to remove the can, which he did. Also, we had an ant problem in the kitchen. I recommend the management firm provide a can of Raid or something similar as well as having a pest control company service the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

Magic in Del Mar

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to take my mom away for Mother's Day to a place we wouldn't want to leave...and we found that at this amazing Hubbell retreat. We've both been to LaJolla, so we didn't feel the need to explore very far. We literally needed to just get away and unwind. This property was just the ticket. It's minutes from the 5 freeway, but feels lifetimes away. The architecture and details are so cool - it's like a real-life hobbit house. We loved reading about J. Hubbell. It gives you indoor-outdoor living at its best. There are outdoor relaxation areas all around the large property - not to mention the hot tub. It was very clean, and incredibly comfortable. Easy wi-fi, satellite tv, and the beds - the beds are divine! I admit, I'm a bed snob. Both beds have cushy memory foam toppers and luxury linens. There are quirky things about the property, which for us, only added to its charm. But as the listing states, if you have any questions (mobility issues, etc.), just talk to the owner, Karen. Speaking of Karen - she answered all of my (many) questions - both before and during our stay. She was wonderful. Del Mar is quaint and beautiful. The house is very convenient to many dining/shopping options, if you desire. We 100% will be back. The fairy lights beckon.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
San Harbor
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Del Mar, Torrey Pines, Encinitas Ranch, Morgan Run
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Thai, Mexian,
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Torrey Pines State Beach
Car: necessary

Enjoy San Diego by going to Sea World, Zoo, beaches, La Jolla to see sea lions and go kayaking at the La Jolla Shores, Pet Co Park for a Padre game, Del Mar Horse Races, golf is everywhere...sunsets are awesome, dog beach is in Del Mar exit Via De La Valle and go WEST!

5 star restraints are everywhere!! Grocery stores are close, Vons, Wells Fargo, Baskin Robbins, Coffee, Yoga! You name it!! Karen




Additional information about rental rates

Convenience fee CC $65
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning fee $180 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

No refunds..this home is unique and built is 1986, the piece of art offers vacationers a lovley charming yet rustic expericace with all the upgraded appliances we're well equipted for most anything! This is a rural area..not fancy. Event fee will be charged, Contact Karen for wedding and parties. Karen, 858-922-3102

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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