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Book 3 nights, get 4th FREE in April~HEATED Pool~Canyon View~Mins to Beach/Trail

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

4BR/3ba Renovated 3000 Sq Ft Home On 1/2 Acre Secluded Lot; incredible Views

Breezes, sunsets, panoramic canyon and distant ocean views~ heated pool, spa, 2 fireplaces; lawn & garden side yards ~ all w/ serene privacy ~ makes this Del Mar home ideal for a relaxing get-away or as a base station for action packed adventures. This is a tastefully designed home which is always immaculate.

Heated pool/ spa YEAR ROUND!!

Park trails in Crest Canyon are 1 block from the front door

4BR/3BA fully stocked with everything for 10; newly renovated decor tasteful, practical & fun!

All tech so can be as wired as you need /want to be.

HDTVs and black-out window coverings in all bedrooms.

Easy dining & seating for 13+ inside +12+ poolside. All dishes, glassware & serving pieces for oh-so casual or truly lovely meals together.

If you want to cook, concierge grocery delivery easy to arrange (or Vons is two minutes 'over the hill' ). We refer to amazing chefs if you prefer to create a more special occasion.

Minutes to world famous beach / golf/ spas/ restaurants/

More Details

Mary Mills
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, a bit of suboptimal Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Mary Mills

The word "recuerdo" means "memory" in Spanish. When we purchased this home so many years ago, we had no idea HOW many wonderful memories would evolve from life at this very special site. Thus, as we considered a name for our brand new VRBO listing, "Los Recuerdos" was an easy and natural fit.

We have always loved this 3/4 acre lot ~ with its' breezes, views, away from the street, close to nature, quiet and so private!

Over the years we have re-done hardscape, landscape, added square footage, re-roofed, re-painted, re-plastered the house & pool and remodeled just about everything at least once! And still, the key to the charm of staying at Recuerdo is the location ~ THAT is the heart of this house!

We JUST completed our most recent extensive renovation, so all is immaculate! The furnishings are new, the feel is fun ~ Our artist daughter has been a wonderful colleague with her creativity! Our son handled the "tech" equipment decisions and installation; thus the wireless WiFi throughout the property and new TVs w/ ROKU.

Our family of four has lived at 14116 Recuerdo for long intervals; litters of puppies were born there, birthday pool parties, and sport team celebrations. At other times it has been a "rented" home to other families for years at a time.

So it is our hope that you and yours will feel the care and affection we have invested in this very special home and that you, too, will enjoy "Los Recuerdos" of your stay!

Mary Mills purchased this house in 1978

Why Mary Mills chose Del Mar Heights

We were newlyweds (married in the Village of Del Mar) when we were fortunate enough to to purchase this home.

Its' easy, quick access to the freeway was perfect for work or city access, while it is notable that we felt as content at the home then as we do today.

What makes this house unique

We've decided that vacationers, especially from the more chilly regions, certainly don't want to come to San Diego to LOOK at a pool, so we've decided to heat it year round! The jacuzzi heats in a matter of 30 minutes and we keep the pool at 82 degrees, minimum.

For the modest square footage of the house ( ~3000 sq ft) it has so many distinct spaces - most with access to the pool / patio, lawn or garden area. With the new decor, it has an easy blend of cozy and fun. There's always enough space to get together with everyone or find your own 'get-away'.

And there are several reknown beaches within a 5 minute drive from the home (which, by the way, is stocked with all you need to enjoy a day in the water or on the sand.)

There is patio all around the pool ~ spaces to BBQ, visit, entertain, lounge or pool play.

There's a green grassy side yard and an enclosed, quiet, mosaic tiled patio garden space with a huge tree and a charming trellis for the other side yard.

Breezes come up from the ocean through Crest Canyon so the air is always fresh.

Being situated right on the park boundary, it feels like we have a 500 acre backyard!

The beautiful trails of the park are a few minute walk from the front door - right around the corner. These walks are a wonderful part of any day!

So, it's the perfection of location that we most appreciate about our Recuerdo home. We're SO close by vehicle or foot to everything but, once in the home, are so secluded from the noise of the world and surrounded by soothing nature.


Del Mar Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 28 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master: tub/ shower, 2 sinks, separate makeup area with canyon view
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master: walk in closet; pool/ spa view; bathroom en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , opens to enclosed, trellised garden patio
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , opens to enclosed, trellised garden patio
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , memory foam sleeper sofa
  • All bedrooms have blackout window coverings and WiFi. Bedrooms 1,2,3 HDTV+ROKU Queen memory foam sleeper in Family Room where there is 65" HDTV Aerobed (Queen) w/ all linen
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Keyless entry lock system for ease of entry; Security system; your option to utilize this feature.


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Book 3 nights, get 4th FREE in April~HEATED Pool~Canyon View~Mins to Beach/Trail
average rating of 4.979592 based on 49 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 had a really wonderful stay at this ideally located and situated home. Mary is the consummate host, as the home is fully stocked with everything that you can think of for the beach, pool, and stay-at-home play with 4 kids (ages 7 to 3 years old). We thoroughly enjoyed our week exploring SD and lounging about the house. I would highly recommend this home to any of my friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria, VA

A place to remember!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented homes from Maine to Florida, west to California, and in between. Mary, the owner and hands-on manager of this outstanding home, is the most generous and kind person we have dealt with in the past 10 years, Her recommendations for restaurants and sightseeing destinations are "spot-on," and her enthusiasm for wanting her guests to have a good time is contagious.

Beautiful flowers and a treat basket awaited us upon arrival as well as huge plush Easter animals for our granddaughter. The pantry was stocked with coffee, loads of paper goods, and condiments from spices to syrup. Laundry and dish washing supplies are abundant as well as linens and toys for beach/pool. Even a well stocked first aid basket was available for scrapes (inevitable with children in attendance). We felt like we were in our own home, and Mary wanted us to treat it as such! It is no wonder this home received five stars in its many reviews. Mary gives a good name to HomeAway and you will not be sorry if you rent from her.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The property is beautiful and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Two families with young children ranging between 2 and 7 stayed and the experience was really wonderful. The owner had thought of everything. There were toys in the home and for the pool as well as toys for the beach. The house is set up in such a way that neither family ever felt the other was “under foot”. The location is really great with all of the sightseeing we wanted to do being relatively close (as long as you don’t get stuck in rush hour). The pool and yard towards the canyon are not fenced so you do have to be very mindful of any small children but we never let any of them go outside without an adult. The owner has installed sliding locks at the top of both doors leading outside so families need to do their due diligence if they have small children and make sure those locks are used. Although the pool is heated we were there in March and we found it a little too cold for swimming but the hot tub got a lot of use! The view in the yard is stunning and we spent most nights outside relaxing and chatting as the sun set. I’ve been to San Diego many times and this was by far the nicest, most relaxing trip simply because the property and yard were so wonderful and because the owner was so kind, friendly and thoughtful. We would love to come back and stay again!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really loved having you all, Paula, and appreciate how kind you were to pick up and sort the million blocks , balls and other toy pieces! We heat that pool to 83 but it cools quickly when the ambient air temp and breezes work against us. Glad the attached spa was fun for kids of all ages. We would love to have you back!!
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in San Diego with our 3 teen kids for winter break and we couldn't have asked for a better home base! Mary's house is spacious, well appointed and has a fantastic layout for a large family.

Even though the weather was unseasonably cool that week, the kids spent time in the pool and hot tub every day. The pool area overlooks a beautiful canyon, where we took a very nice walk one day as well. It is a quiet and peaceful location and we enjoyed watching the sunset from the patio in the evenings. We had a BBQ one day, which thankfully was a bit warmer, and Mary had everything we needed to put together a nice meal, including tips on where to buy great meats and seafood!

All in all it was a memorable trip and we were all very happy with the house.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Couldn’t do much to help with cooler weather except get pool /spa warm! You’re a great family and so glad you had a great time! Mary
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  • 5 of 5

We had a blast and it was the best house we have ever rented

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that both your tournament and our peaceful place were great!
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Ontario, Canada

Private oasis!

  • 5 of 5

An amazing quiet, private refuge, but close to whatever you would like to do! We stayed for a week in January as a refuge from the Canadian winter, and wish it had been longer. The house overlooks a canyon, which provides privacy and an amazing view. We walked the canyon most days, birdwatched from the backyard, hiked the region, went for wonderful meals in Del Mar, had a surfing lesson on Del Mar

Beach ....

The house is wonderfully appointed, and lots of space for four adults each to hang out separately.

We will be back - this place is too good to miss!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your appreciation and care of our sweet hideaway home is our fuel for this VRBO adventure, Wendy. We would absolutely LOVE to see you again! With thanks, Mary
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Del Mar Plaza
Powerhouse Park
San Diego Fair
Cafe Belle
Arterra Restaurant and Lounge
American Restaurant
Tio Leo's Mexican Restaurant San Diego (Del Mar)
Mexican Restaurant
Marketplace Grille
Royal India-Delmar
Indian Restaurant
Jamba Juice Vons / San Diego-Valley Centre
Juice Shop
Gami Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
Villa Capri
Italian Restaurant
Nico's Taco Shop
Mexican Restaurant
Souplantation- Del Mar
Buffet Restaurant
Spices Thai Cafe
Thai Restaurant
Cedar Cafe & Gelato
Mediterranean Restaurant
Del Mar North Beach
Del Mar Horse Park
Torrey Pines State Reserve
California Dreamin' Balloon Adventures
Fletcher Cove Beach Park
Torrey Pines Golf Course
La Jolla Playhouse
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Shake Smart
Health Food Restaurant
Elixir Espresso Bar
Espresso Bar
Noodles and Company
Royal India Express
Indian Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Tender Greens UTC-La Jolla
American Restaurant
Ruby Thai Kitchen
Kebab Grill
Kebab Shop
Craft Pizza Company
Pizza Restaurant
Sarku Japan
Japanese Restaurant
Bibigo Fresh Korean Kitchen
Korean Restaurant
San Diego Botanic Garden
Moonlight State Beach
Cuvier Park
Mount Soledad
Beacon's Beach
Stagecoach Community Park
Aviara Golf Club
Bird Rock
Kate Sessions Park
Tourmaline Beach
Carmel Mountain Plaza
Tea Gallerie
Tea House
0 Zone Billiard Cafe
Nearest Airport
19 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Golf
4.7 Miles
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.2 Miles
Solana Beach Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Over 20 GREAT restaurants within 5 miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Del Mar Beach
Car: necessary

This home has all it takes to be perfectly happy with your family/ friends - pool, spa, canyon trails to hike right from the front door, plenty of seating for home entertaining; a quiet, serene 'get away' to share good times and make memories.

And, if you want to explore Southern CA, this home is a perfect base station for adventures of all types.

*Hiking, biking, golfing and beach walking activities are southern Californian basics. We never tire of being outside in our remarkably sunny San Diego weather

*Farmer's markets are local treasures in Del Mar, Solana Beach. Encinitas and La Jolla. These beach cities are all neighbors, tucked beside each other on the California coastline.

*Walking down the main streets of one or more of the unique beach towns of north San Diego county is a personal favorite past time. I always stumble upon a charming restaurant that before I never knew was there, or find a wonderful shop run by an interesting local neighbor.

*Enjoy surf or kayak lessons at local beaches; body boards & beach equipment are at the house for your play in the waves.

*We love the music / theater opportunities - from fun at the local 'Belly Up' tavern's live musical events to summer concerts "on the green" in area parks - to theaters in La Jolla or the Old Globe or Civic Theater downtown.

*World renown Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and Legoland are tempting family "musts" when in San Diego. Disneyland is about an hour drive from the house - a long and exciting day, especially for children!

*The popularity of San Diego's local micro breweries is booming! There are tours and great restaurants for sampling a-plenty. Many have become famous far beyond the San Diego area for good reason.

*The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts Horse Racing seasons both in the summer (July 15 - September 5th) and winter, November 10th - December 4th. Opening Day is quite the event!!

*The theme for 2016's Del Mar Fair is the MadHatter with "Mad About the Fair". Running June 3rd through July 4th, the Fair has great nighttime concerts and shows /exhibits for everyone!

*Petco Park downtown hosts the Padres' baseball (April - October); it's fun to take the Coaster (train) downtown to San Diego then jump on a trolley to the park. The park is right at the base of the GasLamp so infinite 'fun agendas' can be created!

*Chargers' Football season is September through December; games are always a spirited event!

* The Carlsbad Flower Fields are splendid March, April and May.

*There are 5 favorite Street Fairs scattered through the calendar from April to August. Each is as different as the city it showcases; all are a lot of fun!

*Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, just miles from the house, offers wonderful hikes and the pacific views are worth the workout! Beautiful!

* Museums certainly are not "stuffy" in San Diego! There are beautiful exhibits in each of Balboa Park's Museums - of Art, of Man, of Natural History, of Photographic Arts and of Air & Space.

Then, the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla (just down the coast from our house) is world class.

The USS Midway Museum is famous for captivating all who visit.

*The local restaurants and cuisines are as varied as the diversity of the San Diego area. We have prepared a book for your to enjoy at our Recuerdo house which has hundreds of menus from our favorite dining spots. If dining is a favorite past time, you will certainly savor your stay!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Pool heat $150
Cleaning, non-refundable $275
Tax Rate 10.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.