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Laguna Beach Gem

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,265 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

This unique Laguna home is set on a beautiful half acre that backs up to a gorgeous pristine canyon. The house, built behind high walls, has a gated entry that opens into a quiet, secluded garden.

The kitchen, with it's granite island and six burner gas range, is a cook's paradise. We've outfitted our kitchen with the finest knives, cookware and dishes. A french door refrigerator with ice maker is located in the pantry next to a large wine cooler with separate storage for white and red. The bar on one side of the granite island is the perfect place to sip morning coffee while watching the news on the flat screen TV at the end of the kitchen.

Both the master bedroom and first guest room have king sized beds. The third bedroom is a queen. All the bedrooms have flat screen televisions with DVD players.

We stock beach equipment for our tenants, chairs, beach bags, towels, umbrellas and children's toys.

The house is light filled and airy with beautiful views in every direction. Look to the canyon and down to the sea or turn back to gaze at the flower filled garden courtyard with its bird bath and giant birds of paradise.

Alta Laguna Park is just up the hill from the house. There are six public tennis courts, biking and hiking trails, a baseball park, basketball courts and a terrific children's playground.

Our home offers the peace of a retreat but is only minutes away from downtown Laguna and the beaches.

More Details

Wendy Gildea
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Wendy Gildea

I grew up in Laguna. My family has been in Laguna for over a hundred years. This was my mother's beloved home, designed and built by my architect brother in 1974. We live in Oregon most of the year where my husband has a practice.

Wendy Gildea purchased this house in 2005

Why Wendy Gildea chose Laguna Beach

When we inherited this property it seemed wise to sell but first we needed to remove the thirty year old green shag carpet, the green pebbled vinyl flooring, the flocked wallpaper and 25 shell collages adorning the walls. Once this was done an incredibly beautiful house emerged. Our next goal was to regain the view. We negotiated with our neighbor to trim his trees and removed the inner courtyard jungle, planting grass with flower boarders to create a quiet garden for our guests. And we fell in love with the house and couldn't part with it even though we're not able to visit very often.


Laguna Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2265 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Both the master bedroom and first guest room have amazing views of the pristine canyon and the ocean. Both have king sized beds. The master has a huge walk in closet, 2 beautiful desks, a large flat screen TV and seating area. The first guest bedroom has a sliding glass door that opens onto the deck.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Amenities include high speed internet, cable television with local and premium channels, a printer, copy, fax machine and the services of a once a week housekeeper. There are two sets of stacking washer/dryers in the garage.


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Laguna Beach Gem
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Absolutely Delighted With Everything

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our recent stay at this beautiful and well-maintained home in Laguna Beach. It is located in a quiet location and is spacious, clean, and comfortable. The location is ideal -- close to the beach, shopping, a nice park, and good restaurants. The owners are absolutely wonderful. We can't thank them enough for opening their beautiful home to us. The home is serene, beautifully decorated, and the furnishings are well-maintained and comfortable. The kitchen is a chef's dream. We were impressed with how generously stocked this home was - with everything we needed for our home away from home--from coffeemaker, dishes, glassware, cutlery, pots and pans, storage containers, to cleaning supplies and paper goods. The view of the ocean is beautiful, and the yard for the home is spacious -- both front and back. We enjoyed the lush front courtyard just as much as we enjoyed the beautiful deck in the back and the tiered yard. This home is one of the best vacation rentals we have had in Southern California. We already booked for next June and can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nance. Thank you for the lovely review. It was great having you in the house. I count ourselves very lucky to have you and your husband as renters. You are much appreciated! Until next year👍 All the best,, Wendy
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Palm Desert, CA

Our second visit to the Laguna Beach Gem

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented this delightful home for the second time in August 2013 and we enjoyed a wonderful month in Laguna Beach. We love the private courtyard, the ocean views from every major room, the superbly equipped kitchen and the comfortable furnishings. We just can't say enough about this beautiful property and the very accommodating owners... except that we've already reserved another visit!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, Arizona


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this home. The walking/biking trails are very close and the scenery is beautiful. The home is extremely comfortable and the owners are so very accommodating. We definitely will be returning. And, it is amazing to come back on Monday morning to a clean home, clean bedding and all the rest. Wonderful!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poulsbo, WA

Wonderful vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this property. The location is great with wonderful views of the ocean and the canyon. We saw red tail hawks and hummingbirds each day and even a coyote one morning. The house itself is so well equipped with everything you could possibly ask for. The beds are super comfy and the kitchen is very well stocked. The gardens and the courtyard are absolutely beautiful and look like they are lovingly cared for. My family felt very much at home here and it made for a wonderful vacation experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dawn: Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in our home. Please come back someday. All the best, Wendy
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Palm Desert, CA

This really is a Laguna Beach Gem

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I discovered this wonderful property while vacationing in the area last year and immediately booked it for August 2011. Perched almost at "Top of the World" it proved to be even better than we had remembered. Photos don't do justice to the magnificent canyon and ocean views from almost every room and can't convey the serenity you feel when you enter the house through the gated garden (which our wire fox terrier quickly claimed as hers). The house has a great floor plan which easily accomodated our daughter and her family who joined us for two weeks, it was very comfortably furnished and superbly equipped. We called Wendy, the delightful owner, who had to awaken the Maytag repairman to fix one of the two, yes two, washers. When we spoke, she asked if either the hanging flower baskets in the courtyard or the live orchids in the house needed to be replaced. We've rented through VRBO many times and never been asked if it's time to replace the orchids. This really is a Laguna Beach Gem.

Frank & Rosemary, August 2011

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Henderson, NV

Our time at Wendy and Lar...

  • 5 of 5

Our time at Wendy and Larry’s home made for the best summer ever. The house, the furnishings, the views, etc. etc. can’t be beat. If you like to cook you will LOVE the kitchen. We spent most of our time in there just hanging out (and eating and drinking ;-). Our two Scottish Terriers had a back yard to run and chase all the critters. The courtyard was very serene and we enjoyed all the potted herbs and vegetables that were there just for us! You won’t find another rental like it!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna Art Museum
Soka University of America
Heisler Park
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Divers Cove
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Crescent Bay Point Park
El Niguel Country Club
Crystal Cove State Park
Thousand Steps Beach
Mastro's Ocean Club
Fine Dining Restaurant
Bear Flag Fish Company- Crystal Cove
Seafood Restaurant
Organic Restaurant
Pizza Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen
Italian Restaurant
Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana: Newport
Pizza Restaurant
Marche Moderne
French Restaurant
Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
Mexican Restaurant
Ruby's Shake Shack
Hamburger Restaurant
The Beachcomber Cafe
Laguna Woods Golf Club
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center
The Shops at Mission Viejo
Laguna Hills Mall
Sea Canyon Park
Coliseum Pool & Grill
Bar & Grill
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club?
Mustard Cafe
Mission Viejo Country Club
Shady Canyon Golf Club
Mission San Juan Capistran
Dana Cove Park
Harbor Point Park
Ocean Institute
Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center
Gallo's Italian Deli Corona Del Mar
Nagisa Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Five Crowns
Fine Dining Restaurant
Damasq Cafe
Mediterranean Restaurant
Dana Point Harbor
Rendez Vous
Zinc Cafe & Market
Paul Martin's American Grill
American Restaurant
CUCINA enoteca Irvine
Italian Restaurant
Tender Greens Irvine Spectrum
American Restaurant
Pirozzi Corona Del Mar
Italian Restaurant
Car: recommended

Laguna Beach is a beautiful ocean village located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Laguna has a huge community of artists and is home to the word famous Festival of Arts. Main Beach, in the center of town, has a wide stretch of sand, public bathrooms, volleyball and basketball courts and a charming Sunday crafts market. The hills are crisscrossed with hiking and biking trails and the park at the 'Top of the World', which can be reached by Temple Hills Dr. or Park Avenue features six wonderful tennis courts, a children's park and baseball diamond.

Other Activities: Festival of Arts, boating


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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