Ivory Coast condo, 3 Bedrooms + 2 Patios - 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6),
We purchased our condo for our family to enjoy as a vacation home. At the time we lived in Omaha Nebraska. Our two children lived in this area; we loved to come to the beach and visit them.. The first several years we allowed only our friends and relatives to use our condo when it was available. At first we could only come out at certain times of the year as we were both still working. During the time we were in Omaha, we had so many requests from others who wanted to rent it for their vacation too that we slowly started doing it full time. We have had guests from all over the world now that we advertise on VRBO. Each year we have many return guests because Dana Point is a paradise. Once they come here they want to return after their first visit for two reasons: the beauty and the weather. It cannot be beat anywhere in the US. We love it.. (picture Betha, Bill and new grand baby) Beth & Bill Everett
Beth purchased this Condo in 2002
Why Beth chose Monarch Beach
Our two children had homes in Orange County, so while visiting them we found Orange County to be totally beautiful and naturally we wanted to be near them. The area of Dana Point stole our hearts and we knew we would only be satisfied to find a condo in Dana Point. We looked for two years before finding our first condo. It took a long time but we were patient. We only wanted one by the ocean. Soon a three bedroom by the ocean came on the market. We purchased it from Nebraska sight unseen. It was one of the best decisions we have made in our lifetime. It is like living in Paradise. we now live one mile from this condo, so we are always close for our guests as the condo is so popular. It has been a delightful and positive experience meeting these professional families that come to Dana Point on their vacation. This has been the perfect job for me since I have retired from teaching school.
What makes this Condo unique
We always spent the summers in our condo when we first purchased it. I loved hearing the fog horns blow each morning and the seals barking on the beach. It was such fun to awake in the morning to crashing waves when the surf was up. The salt air and the cool nights in the summer time was another dream come true. The weather was perfect, no matter what season it was, the weather is amazing, nearly perfect year round. Dana Point has the most desirable weather in the US. It is a perfect place to live and a perfect place to visit. Beth & Bill Everett
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:24
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
We Love The Harbor House!
We had the pleasure of staying at The Harbor House for the month December and we just absolutely loved it. Betha was a wonderful and gracious host. She did everything to make our holiday very special, and she succeeded. The location is perfect! Every morning we would walk down on the beach and every evening watch a spectacular sunset. We were able do this because the beach is just steps away. The kitchen has every amenity necessary and my wife was able to not only make delicious meals, but dozens of Christmas cookies as well. There are multiple grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants within minutes from the condo. The living room was so comfortable and we loved playing games by the fireplace in the comfortable love seats. The den was so comfortable that my daughter slept in it every night...that couch! Speaking of comfortable sleeping, the bed in the master bedroom is sooo comfy! Lots of closet space so you can "move in" too. Lastly, when there was a minor issue and we brought it to Betha's attention, she was immediately responsive and it was fixed in no time. I highly recommend staying at the Harbor House. Betha is a great host, wonderful location and a comfortable environment. Thank you, Betha!
A Wonderful Stay
Our family went down for my daughter's wedding. We loved staying at The Ivory Coast. It was decorated so nicely and Betha was so accommodating. Everything we could possibly need was there. The location was excellent. Our stay and the place couldn't have been better for our group. I would highly recommend staying at this property.
How thoughtful of you, Carol, to write that positive review of Ivory Coast. I am so delighted that you and your family enjoyed the condo. Please come back anytime. It was my pleasure having you and your family as our guests in Ivory Coast. Thanks so much. Betha
Immaculate Beach Condo with all the trimmings!
Perfect location! Immaculately clean! The condo was well stocked, dust free, and beautiful! The ocean air flows right through - and you can light a fire if it gets a little chilly. Steps to a beautiful beach, bluff top nature trails, explorable sea caves, and so much more. Betha goes the extra mile for her guests, making sure happiness and relaxation is all you feel. Awesome places to eat in town, fun shops, a beautiful harbor. So convenient! We were even greeted by an apple pie and an Easter basket for the kids when we arrived!
Thank you for that lovely review. I am thrilled that you and your family enjoyed Ivory Coast and our beautiful beach here in Dana Point. Also, thank you for sharing with me your vacation pictures of your family. . It sure looked like everyone was having a blast . .they were special pictures and the girls were adorable.
Those vacation memories will always be with them I know.. .. It thrills me to know you and your family had a great vacation, and I welcome you back any time.
We had a fantastic week in the Ivory Coast apartment. It is in a fantastic location right accross from the beach. Betha has fully stocked the apartment which is fantastic, the Ralphs supermarket card, detergents, beach towels, shampoos lots of loo paper - all the things that make the difference to your stay. The pool was great and we all enjoyed it and the locals were very friendly. Betha checked on us a couple of times to make sure we had everything we needed.
Dana Point is such a great place with the Marina, the magnificent coast and all the amenities.
We would love to return when the boardwalk opens, it will be spectacular.
What a delightful family you have JoAnn, you guys know how to have a good time, you were constantly enjoying Orange County and all its beauty. your girls are the perfect age for this experience too.. Thanks for the very kind note and I know it won't be long until the Boardwalk opens. (The city has promised) Cheers. Beth
We had a fabulous time here; the Condo was extremely well equipped and very clean and comfortable. The work on the pool (see earlier review) has been completed and the pool is open daily between 8am and 10pm, we managed quiet swims at the beginning and end of the day and despite it being the height of the season we also found there was ample room in the pool and sufficient loungers during the day. The Strand Development (again see earlier review) is still not quite finished but the landscaping is completed, the new steps to the beach are open, the funicular is in place and I would imagine all will be finished very soon it will be a fantastic asset once it is completed. We didn't particularly notice any building noise...certainly the predominant noise at 8am was the sound of the Pacific Ocean!
We have stayed in numerous holiday rentals in UK, Europe and the States over the past 20 years and this Condo is the best equipped we have EVER had. The internet access made planning trips so easy and also had the advantage of allowing our two teenagers to stay in touch with friends back in the UK also having all the beach equipment provided; including towels was a major advantage for us long haul travellers!
Just as important however were the little things; the bathrooms were fully supplied with toiletries, shampoo, shower gels and soaps, the kitchen was supplied with a full range of everyday cleaning products, all laundry products were supplied, there was sufficient toilet tissue, kitchen paper and bin bags to last us for our two week stay and to cap it all there was a well stocked larder cupboard with all the basics including herbs and spices.
Betha made a point of visiting us during our stay to check everything was OK and couldn't be more willing to help with anything if required; our deposit was credited back to the UK before we arrived back home!!
We used the Condo as a base to explore Socal, this being our first trip to CA we did the usual, a trip to San Diego and Zoo, trips to LA for Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Universal, but we also explored the local area, San Juan Capistrano has a very pretty historic mission as well as an attractive town centre and Temecula is worth a visit for reminders of the 'Wild West'. There are some fabulous beaches in the area, Crystal Cove is well worth a visit, we visited the local beach every day and even at weekends it was not over crowded.
We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and have already recommended it.
Thank you for your beautiful and kind review. It was so nice having you and your lovely family as our guests. You left our condos so nice my maids wanted to thow kisses to you for being so neat and thoughtful.. Your girls were adorable and having a family like yours make sharing our condo such a joy. . Thank you again and someday I do hope you can return again. Betha
No pool and not
We were surprised that the steps across the street were not open and that the closest steps to the beach are about a half mile from the condo. We could have easily overlooked this had we not then found out that the pool which is so heavily advertised throughout the ads for Niguel Beach Terrace condos was also closed (pool was still drained as of 3/28/2009). We have two children and a swimming pool is one of the main components we look for when deciding where to stay. The owner had our phone number and email address and yet never once told us the pool was closed. When we called her (while at the condo), she told us we could go to a local YMCA and pay to swim or drive 10 min to their unheated pool at their personal condo. Another family w/a different owner had the same problem...other owners are not disclosing the lack of a swimming pool. Since the review guidelines forbid mentioning the actual rates paid, I can only say that we paid what most people would consider an expensive rate and didn't have what many families w/children would consider a most important (and advertised) amenity. Also--travelers should be aware that construction work begins before 8am and is directly across the street (for people who like to sleep in when on vacation).
Very cute decor/beautiful and comfortable bedding, but owners should be forthcoming about lack of pool before guests arrive/pay.
Stacey & Will:
In our HOA March newsletter, all the owners in our condo complex were told that our new pool, that had been under construction, would be ready March 1st, 2009. Unfortunately, that was not ture. When you arrived March 21st the pool was still under construction. As we both know, construction projects are not always on target as planned. That has been our expernce. I knew you wanted a heated pool so I suggested The South Coast YMCA Pool because it was the only pool that I knew that was heated and close to the condos.
The signature of Dana Point is the "Dana Point Headlands" that is just across the street. It was just voted "The Greatest Natural Wonder in Orange County". It includes, a million dollar funicular shipped from Switzerland (similar to a Ski Lift). This will be the only one that will be in Orange County that will take everyone that want to ride down to the beach and back up. It has a basket that has room for eight passengers.. We feel pretty lucky to have access to this special treat.
This wonderful project will also have: Four Miles of Trails all along the ocean, Look out Points, Picnic Tables, A Veterans Park, plus Four New Public Beach Access Paths, three of which will be just across the steet that will take everyone quickly to "The Stand Beach" or "Salt Creek Beach", two of the most beauitful sandy beaches in Southern Californa.
Again, Stacey the Headlands was in the process of installing that Funicular across the street when you were here, if they awoke you I am sorry. They were also buiilding new steps to the beach across the street when you were here.. .
Yes, that Switchback Trail was too long I agree..
I hope someday you can return and enjoy these new amentias, and be our guests again. Beth
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)-+60 miles away
Orange County Jhn Wayne Airport (SNA) 20 miles away
Long Beach Airport (LGB) 42 miles away
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Ontario International Airport (ONT) 60 miles away
San Juan Capistrano Amtrack and Metrolink Train Station-5 miles away