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A hilltop retreat with fireplace, outside firestone, seasonal pool

Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
  • House700 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

2 Br/1bath, Pool Fireplace ,hilltop, nr LA, malibu, SB Universal Studio

Immerse yourself in the sanctuary that is Casa Susalito's! Located on top of a hill with a view of the Conejo Valley, plan on a restful, beautiful house to return to after a day of adventure. In Thousand Oaks, Midway between the glitter of LA county, with its many attractions including Universal Studios, the beaches of highway one, including Malibu and Zuma, and the laid back vibe of Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara, you will be able to return at the end of your day cozy up to the fireplace, or go outside and bask in the warmth of the outside firestone and twinkling stars. during the summer. kick back, feel the sun on your face, lounge in the seasonal pool, or sit by the fire pit in the evening and enjoy some s'mores and stars. Casa Susalito's is set up to encourage outdoor living, with a seasonal pool, lounge chairs, picnic table, BBQ, firepit and plantings that attract birds,bunnies, and butterflies, and yet also has a cozy fireplace for when the weather is inclement. Cook on a real reconditioned Merritt O'Keefe stove, with that pancake griddle you remember from your grandmother's house. And each bedroom is themed...The Impressionism room, and the Hawaiian room, so you have the feeling of truly getting away from it all. Birders alert: Are Condors on your list????? Nearby drive to Santa Barbara area may tick this off your list! Please be aware, during the summer, Casa Susalitos does not have air conditioning. We have lots of fans. This keeps our price point low. But if you NEED air conditioning, you should by all means check out another property as I want all guests to be satisfied! Also this is Not a stand alone home, it was a 5 bedroom ranch that was converted to a mother in law in the back. The first of its kind back in the eighties. So our concierge is in the front, and guests stay in the very large two bedroom house part In the back overlooking the conejo valley, which is very private from the front part of the property. I take great care to make this an inviting place with charm and utility, as well as fun quality pool floats, the Firestone for smore's, and just generally promoting a relaxing chill vibe.


Susan Groff

Member Since 2015
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Susan Groff

I am Susan Of Casa Susalitos. I am a registered nurse, and my husband and I travel all over the world. As such, we know what we like and dont like about places we stay in....a must, a good comfy bed, lots of pillows, neat environment, QUIET!!!!!! PRIVACY!!!!!!!. Coffee in the morning outside, and butterflies and birds! I want to relax. During the winter, you will have forced heat, as well as a fireplace for cozy evenings. the outside firepit gets you going to have smores and watch the starts! Our house never had air conditioning. And it still does not. When we stay during the summer, we enjoy the al fresco life, with fans, jumping in the pool...this keeps our prices reasonable.

Susan Groff purchased this House in 1969

Why Susan Groff chose Thousand Oaks

Casa Susalitos is the house I grew up in. It was made into the first divided mother in law in Thousand Oaks, so it is not like other places. The area you will be is in the back of the property with a lush lawn, landscaping to please, the pool, a giant avocado tree, birds, alfresco picnic area, sunning area, and a view of the whole Conejo valley. After growing up here, I can tell you there were many a day we would go to the beach, and it would be fogged in BUMMER MAN! But at 16 years old, we would jump back in the mustang and trundle right back to poolside where it was always hot. And you can do the same. The Pacific ocean might not be under control, however, the pool is always there as backup!.

What makes this House unique

The firestone is so neat. Turn it on in the morning and bring your morning cuppa out at the crack of dawn....or come out at night, gather those smore ingredients, and enjoy the stars and the fire. The pool is lighted, so many a hot night, we kids were in the pool till late at night. It was great.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, with trundle
      • KBedroom #1 is the larger bedroom, themed as the "Impressionism Room" . Bedroom # 2 is the Hawaiian Room, with high ceilings, four poster bed with trundle, and Hawaiana decor. the fifth real bed is the loveseat in the living room which pulls out to a twin bed.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • There is no bathtub in this unit. Shower only.


        • Adventure
        • Away From It All
        • Budget
        • Family
        • Romantic
        • Tourist Attractions


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Air Conditioning
                  PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO AIR CONDITIONING at Casa Susalitos. We have a gazillion fans. I never have a problem. Read the reviews for peoples experience. We open the windows and catch the breezes.
                • Fireplace
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  There is central heating, and a fireplace
                • Internet
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Linens Provided
                  All bedding and towels
                • Living Room
                  Fireplace both gas and wood. Beautiful comfortable designer furniture and decorations from the owners travels.
                • Parking
                • Towels Provided
                  Not only are linens supplied, but pool towels are available, and robes for onsite use.
                • Washing Machine
                  We don't provide washing soap however


                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Settings for 4
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      There is a Mexican inspired corner in the kitchen with all the implements to make a great mexican dinner. There is also and Aisian themed area with rice cooker and wok! We even have house recipes!
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      This and that is always around, Check what's in the house before buying
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove
                      Cook on a fully reconditioned Merritt O'Keefe Stove, complete with pancake griddle and "grillovator" like your grandmother used to use.
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 4 people


                            • Books
                              A take one add one library is available. Lots of cool books
                            • Satellite / Cable
                            • Television
                              with cable, HBO. Note No free rentals of movies


                                • Deck / Patio
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  A beautiful large garden, landscaped into seperate areas for al fresco dining under a tree, sun lounging, and a large rock firepit that is gas powered and useful for s'mores and hot dogs!
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Charcoal grill


                                    • wheelchair accessible

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Private Pool
                                          Boogie boards and other assorted pool toys are available. The pool is seasonal unless you are a polar bear. We have lots of great lounger floats

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge


                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • theme parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing


                                                                • This property is literally 27 minutes from Malibu, 50 minutes from Universal Studios and 1 hour from Santa Barbara!. There is no reason to stay in the city when you can relax on a lovely hilltop, with a wealth of restaurants and shopping options within minutes from the house. Our house book outlines nearby attractions, menus of restaurants, suggestions for day trips. Please note there is no air conditioning. this keeps our price point reasonable. There are lots of fans.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: Flexible

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  18 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  We loved the back yard and suite private and very homey.

                                                                  Andrea C.near Vancouver Canada

                                                                  Loved back yard: view exceptional of valley and reminded us of Italy; private; peaceful even with background traffic; chaise lounges very relaxing. Living area made us feel very much at home. Only issue w’re some bites from unknown source- possibly spider. Susan was very accessible when Jonathan unavailable. We have wonderful memories, particularly of the back yard.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks to Dave and Andrea for being great guests! There are always things people love about any VRBO place, but we owners don't always get feedback that helps us improve the place. Dave was one of those great people. I don't exactly know how he found that the bathroom sink was leaking way in the back, but he let us know, saving us damage to the wall. The cable wasn't working and we all tried to troubleshoot it....well Dave, it took a Millennial! Our next client walked in, plugged the cable box in, (that was the problem), and said there are no batteries in the cable changer! (Another question that, where did they go?)..Popped in a few batteries and it's up and running! We are not sure about the spider thing, as there are of course no cobwebs allowed at Casa Susalitos! But southern California has periodic problems with ants and spiders in our dryer regions of which Thousand Oaks is one. That sunny California weather encourages them! As a nurse I also don't engage in "bug bombing" as I don't think it is good for people's health. Therefore we traveled 400 miles from where we live. Well we never found the "spider" but we sure did vacuum alot! And I kept in touch with the clients to make sure the bites they were concerned about resolved. Our current and past clients have not reported any bites. Best again to Dave and Andrea, they were great to have.

                                                                  PERFECTLY located for Channel Islands and Santa Monica Mountain Hiking - very, very quiet

                                                                  JILL T.Cincinnati OH

                                                                  We just returned from our California hiking trip and LOVED the location of this very quiet apartment/house. We were 30 minutes from the Channel Islands in one direction and 30 minutes from most of the Santa Monica Mountain hiking. Thousand Oaks is a lovely - non LA - location. We did not utilize the pool, but the two bedrooms/1 bath were all clean, cozy, quiet and comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed. The apartment is small, but was a perfect alternative to a hotel room for the two of us. Susan was the friendliest and most informative host, we have ever had. We recommend this highly. Don't miss the Alma Sol wine-tasting room, down in Thousand Oaks.

                                                                  Great property, great owner!

                                                                  Joel M.

                                                                  My parents and (new) in-laws stayed at Susan's during our wedding in Thousand Oaks, and thoroughly enjoyed their stay! They were very comfortable in the house and on the beautiful property. The location felt safe and was perfectly central to our needs.

                                                                  Susan was excellent with correspondence, and provided all the details we could ever need to ensure they had a relaxing, stress-free stay.

                                                                  Her local contact, Jonathan, was available to provide extra towels, and assist them in finding everything, as well as to keep an eye on the pool - which was clean and refreshing!

                                                                  We highly recommend checking out Casa Susalito's for adventures in Ventura County and beyond!


                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much Joel! I am glad they had a good time, and as always, as a fellow traveler, I am glad that everything they could need was right there for them! Jonathan is great! No, actually awesome! Safe and happy traveling to you all, Susan of Casa susalitos

                                                                  Peaceful, quiet and close to shops and malls

                                                                  Kate V.Florida

                                                                  We had a great stay thank you!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Kate, I am glad you all had a good stay! Hope the resident bunnies visited you as well.

                                                                  Susan of Casa Susalitos

                                                                  Best hosts ever!

                                                                  Cody J.

                                                                  This house is exactly as described by the owner. We were there during a particularly warm weekend, so the house did get a little warm in the middle of the day, but was perfectly nice in the morning and to sleep at night. The pool was an excellent option for cooling down during the day. We had a lovely evening lounging in the backyard after the kids went to bed; we enjoyed the cool air, the quiet garden, and the view. There are lots of conveniences nearby, making it easy to find groceries for breakfast and restaurants for dinner.

                                                                  Most notably, Susan is the best host I've ever rented from. She described the home thoroughly, gave us ample information in a timely manner, and was just plain friendly and helpful. The onsite host was also very friendly and available, but no more present/around than a typical neighbor would be.

                                                                  We would absolutely stay here again.

                                                                  Exactly what they advertised

                                                                  MICHAEL G.

                                                                  Quiet simi secluded and just a couple of minutes from shopping & restaurants. It was in the high 80's while we where there and did not feel like it from the wonderful breeze atop of the hill. Loved it!!!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks! You guys were great to work with and i of course left you a good review for your upcoming travels! Come back any time. Susan


                                                                  Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Your deposit will be refunded if cancelled 45 days before arrival. We reserve the right to charge up to 100% of the deposit if cancelled less than 45 days before arrival. If a reservation is cancelled, we make every effort to re rent the property and are happy to refund what money we can. However be aware that this is dependent on what we can re rent. All items and decorations in the rental are placed there for the enjoyment of the guests and are not to be taken. Any missing items will be charged to the security deposit. Pets are not allowed at this time. In addition, we take great care to make our onsite pool safe for all guests, with emergency equipment and posted directions. However there is no lifeguard. All guests must sign a notification acknowledging that there is a pool on the property, that it is accessible to both adults and children from the rental house, and all guests retain their own personal liability for its use, and parents retain personal liability for their children's use of the pool. Check users are welcomed however they must be able to conform to the timing requirements so that Casa Susalito's can confirm clearance of checks.

                                                                  18 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.4/5
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                                                                  Property # 761691