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BeachFront Oceanfront Luxury Private Home Directly On Moonlight Beach Encinitas

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bed 2 Bath Luxury Private Home On Moonlight Beach, Patios, Deck, Restaurants

This one-of-a-kind luxurious beach and ocean-front property is NOT on a cliff. Perfect for family or romantic getaways (or for finishing that book!), this 2 bedroom 2 bath oasis lets you refresh your spirit and invigorate your soul with its lovely ocean views and walk-out access to a family-friendly beach. Comfortable patios and balconies complete this home filled with travertine and lovely decor. For stays for less or more than a week, please check with owner.

Life is a beach adventure at the Beach Retreat.  The Beach Retreat is located in the trendy and chic seaside village of Encinitas, California. Looking for something unusual?  Looking to stay in an authentic seaside home?  Built in the 1950s, The Beach Retreat was one of the original homes overlooking Moonlight Beach. This California-style beach bungalow was originally designed as a five bedroom home on two levels. Years ago, the beach level was remodeled and converted into "The Beach Retreat" and now, for the first time, both the Upper and Lower levels are available for rent! The Beach Retreat - Upper offers guests the pleasure of two bedrooms and two baths in a single level home that has been turn key furnished with a variety of comfortable furnishings. After a sun filled day, refresh yourself on the ocean view patio deck, grill your dinner on the outdoor BBQ and relax on the comfortable patio furniture.  Be prepared to enjoy the balmy breezes and spectacular coastal sunsets! For updated photos please speak with Property Owner.

The Beach Retreat is a perfect place for:

- Honeymoons, Vow Renewals, Weddings

- Family Vacations 

- Romantic Getaways

- Friend & Family Reunions

- Small Business Retreats

A gift basket and bottle of wine await every guest's arrival. There is a fully supplied kitchen newly redone with stainless appliances, 3 dining areas with table and chairs including patio dining area, living room dining table, and a kitchen table for three.  There is also a fully equipped laundry area for those longer stays that might require it.  Something for everyone! Beaches, street bazaars, flowers, peace and love await you in the trendy seaside town of Encinitas.  Encinitas is a place where diversity rules and is celebrated daily. There is an established district with beaches and shady, tree-lined streets located on Historic 101. Locals welcome guests and give the impression of a happy, old-fashioned place where businesses such as Encinitas Surfboards have plied their craft since 1975. With an average annual temperature of 72 degrees and sunshine nearly every day, life is pleasant, no matter what you do in Encinitas. Enjoy one of the many fine restaurants, including sidewalk cafes on the main street of Encinitas or take a walk to the romantic overlook above Moonlight Beach and you will soon realize that life is better when spent on the beaches of Encinitas.

If you want to hit the waves, Swamis is a popular spot. It is located at the southern end of Encinitas and offers world-class surfing. If you want to put on your swim suit and soak up rays, The Boneyard at 4th and D Streets is a spot where you can do that. Activities for visitors include shopping, eating, sunbathing, swimming, surfing, museums and galleries, meditation and enlightenment and flower power. Once recognized as "the flower capital of the world," and spot where the renowned Ecke poinsettia was introduced in 1923, drop by one of the commercial nurseries open to the public and purchase a traditional poinsettia that grow rapidly in southern California. The Quail Botanical Garden claims it has the largest bamboo collection in the US. It is considered one of the best gardens in San Diego County and it is well worth the small admission fee charged.

When you have enjoyed all that Encinitas has to offer, don't forget that La Jolla and downtown San Diego are just a short drive away, along with Sea World, Seaport Village, Legoland, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, the Birch Aquarium, the island of Coronado and much more that San Diego has to offer. For an adventure across the border, bring your passport and the colorful musical coastal cities of Mexico await you, less than an hour's drive away.

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Encinitas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Jacuzzi tub / grotto like decor and space
    Bathroom 2 - Guest - toilet , shower , Lovely Italian travertine bathroom with satin fabrics.
  • Grotto-like bathroom with tub jacuzzi with shower. 2nd bathroom has new travertine tile bathroom with full shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 Master - 1 queen , Walk out patio overlooking Moonlight Beach.
    Bedroom 2 Guest - 1 king , King or two twin beds - trundle bed.
  • Master Bedroom overlooks the ocean with a 270 degree view with huge walk-out outside patio for romantic evenings under the stars. One-of-a kind view of Moonlight Beach and ocean from this property with is NOT on a cliff. First home home to the left (south) of Moonlight Beach.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Electric car will be available in the future and can be recharged at nearby electric car charging station two blocks away.


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BeachFront Oceanfront Luxury Private Home Directly On Moonlight Beach Encinitas
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Absolutely beautiful! A retreat by the sea!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here and were so impressed with the house, the view and beautifully kept courtyard. Every room has it's story. Guaranteed that once you visit you will want to return. The Master bedroom has an amazing view of Moonlight Beach. We had such an amazing 4 day stay. Every morning we enjoyed our breakfast watching the ocean waves and every evening we sat out in the balcony and enjoyed the ocean breeze and watched amazing Sunsets. We cooked in the gourmet kitchen and enjoyed barbecued steaks in the evening out in the patio. The owner is an amazing woman with so much history to share about the place. I really enjoyed speaking with her only I wish we had more time. It shows that the takes pride in her retreat cottage by the sea and has put much love in the decorating and upkeep of her cottage. I will definitely make it a place to return to year after year. This little jewel was worth every cent we paid.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unforgettable Stay - Peaceful, Pristine, Gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

It is rare to find a private luxury property right on the beach that is available for rent. This squeaky clean, bright, cheerful home directly on Moonlight Beach was thrilling to be in. Each room has a singular personality from the spiffy green marble kitchen to the cozy dark wood TV room to the amazing bedroom overlooking a huge sunset-filled sky and tumbling waves - a dream come true! A swimmer and beach-lover's paradise, can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Donna Miano
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

About Donna Miano

My name is Donna, I was raised in San Marino California and come from a warm and hard-working Italian/English/German family. My immigrant parents worked as educators, health practitioners, and law enforcement. I have spent my life as a middle school teacher of world civilizations and have nurtured thousands of students in the course of a busy lifetime. At one point in my life, it was time for me to find my Place of Peace, which I did. It is here, at my Beach Retreat, which I share with others so that, like myself, they may experience the soul-soothing qualities of life by the Ocean. There is something very special about being able to wake and doze to the distant sounds of the sea, be soothed by the fragrance of salt, and be invigorated by the brush of an ocean breeze as we gaze at myriad stars twinkling above. Everyone -- everyone -- told me that I could not afford this home on a teacher's salary, but I have made it a priority and invite you to join me in enjoying this special sliver of heaven. By staying here and becoming a trusted guest and client who will hopefully return year after year, together we can achieve this dream together: cultivating our souls by surrounding ourselves with peace, tranquility and beauty, so that we may bring peace to others. Did you know that 97% of our earth's water is in the Ocean and yet less than 1% of oceans are protected by law as ocean sanctuaries? Hopefully a stay here at the Beach Retreat will rekindle your love of nature and help you get all your priorities straight - like it has done for me - I hope you join us for special moments like writing a book, rekindling a marriage, having a wedding or family reunion, or enjoying a sports retreat full of yoga, ocean swimming and beach walking. California is a world capital of health and with our mild climate it is the perfect place to be and stay healthy in harmony with the planet!

Donna Miano purchased this house in 1995

Why Donna Miano chose Encinitas

If you are a world traveller and stay here you will quickly notice that the Beach Retreat is unlike anywhere you have been before. This unique beach and oceanfront property is quiet - there are no sounds from loud streets, we do not hear trains, and it is possible to put your suit on and walk straight out to the beach. In the other direction, it is just a couple of blocks from a myriad of restaurants including Italian, Peruvian, Continental, American, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, cafés, boutiques, local museums, and more. If you have children, San Diego offers LegoLand (just a short drive away), San Diego Zoo, Sea World, SeaPort Village, Old Town, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Cave and Children's Cove, local hiking trails and so much more. We have held many weddings at this property because of its proximity to the ocean and special Outlook promontory covered with grass for ceremonies above the sea. If you plan to bring together a larger group, both levels of this home are available to rent - the Beach level below, as well as the Upper level. You will be comfortable surrounded by the travertine counters in the kitchen and bathroom, a special grotto style bathroom in the master bedroom, a jacuzzi tub and wrap-around bedroom window with 270 degree view of the ocean, a huge walk-out bedroom patio where you can sunbathe or stargaze depending on the time of day -- there is a glass table that seats four, outdoor couches as well as lounge chairs, a sparkling kitchen full of luxury stainless appliances including gas stove and range, and a special open air patio adjacent to the kitchen that has not only a table for 8 but other seating areas around an authentic bronze statue fountain imported from Italy. The charms of this home are so many: at the end of the day relax in the wood paneled inner family room as you take in a movie or watch some TV. The relaxing space is all yours to call home for the time you are with us.

What makes this house unique

This home is the perfect place for a healthy and spiritually fulfilling getaway. Leave your cares behind, unplug, rejuvenate and celebrate life on your own, with friends, or loved ones. Or, for the worker bee, stay plugged in and work from paradise from your computer as you gaze over an expansive ocean instead of a cubicle or office wall. With all the benefits of an island retreat including toes-in-the-sand therapy, excellent food, meals under the parasol, and sunset soirées, the Beach Retreat is also only 30 mins from an international airport, walking distance from a train and coaster station, and ideal for professional meetings with film producers, real estate magnates, or solar energy production gurus. I fell in love with this property because I have spent my life in the fast lane professionally speaking and it was time to get back in touch with the me behind the round-the-clock educator me. By mixing so much beauty into a life that is still busy, I have achieved a certain amount of balance that was lacking in my life before. By sharing this property with others and making all our lives more abundant as a result, it nourishes my own spirit and I become a more complete person. I look forward to making a 100% electric vehicle available for your use in September 2015, it can be recharged just two blocks away, and is a no-emissions renewable clean energy vehicle that will be part of our making our world a more harmonious place when we all do our part to live in a sustainable manner by reducing waste and pollution. I will be honored to have you as my guest and hope you respect and protect my special property as much as I do. Once you are here, you will want to share it with your friends and family and I hope you do! I have had visitors from all four corners of the globe and many become return visitors, building a special relationship with this little slice of paradise where seagulls, sandpipers, and pelicans fly in unison above whales, dolphins, and sea lions.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Diego Lindberg Field (SAN)
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Encinitas Ranch, Torrey Pines & 70 golf courses
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Encinitas Coaster Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
25 restaurants within a few blocks
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
Moonlight State Beach
Car: recommended

This one-of-a-kind exquisite property is one of the few in San Diego County that has walk-out access to the beach within walking distance of chic boutiques and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Damage Deposit $500

For fewer or more than 7 nights, please check directly with property owner. Weekly reservations are on a First Come First Served basis. This is a unique one-of-a-kind beachfront home that is NOT on the cliffs. It is the very first home directly to the left (south) of Moonlight Beach (when looking towards the horizon). It is a lovely corner of the world to experience!

Cleaning: (15 hours)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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