House, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
I will require a cancellation on the traveler side if you plan to have a wedding event or any parties with more than the max travelers of 10 people.
Owner reserves the right, in the event of a dispute about damage, cleaning or violations of house rules, to have the final say.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Ocean Front Birthday celebration
We rented this beautiful home overlooking the San Clemente pier and Dana Point, for my birthday celebration with family. Plenty of room for all of us and we really enjoyed the pool, views, and ambiance of the indoor fire pit in the expansive living room. Kitchen was well equipped and we also made use of the washer and dryer available. Walking distance to town and also to beach (down a steep set of stairs). Beautiful Sunsets as well. Thank you for sharing your home.
The house was just as advertised, we had a wonderful time. The Pacific Ocean view is phenomenal! The owner and caretaker were both very helpful and responded promptly to any queries.
I'll start with the positives: House is large, has 5 bedrooms, plenty of space for large family gatherings. Great location with spectacular views of the beach and ocean. Great windows and outdoor space for watching the waves crash in and the sunset. Very nice pool, enjoyed by the whole family. Walkable to lovely, low-key local beaches.
But wait, here are the negatives:
1. House was not clean, even though owner charged us a significant cleaning fee upfront. Many areas of the house were dusty. Kitchen floor felt grimy. We had a problem with ants in the kitchen. The outdoor grill was not clean enough to be usable. We communicated all this to the owner and property manager, but there wasn't much that could be done about it once we had begun our stay. We expected better, not just given the explicit cleaning fee, but also given how much we were paying overall (the price range here is not "cheap dive" type of place).
2. As others have noted, this place could use some maintenance and updating. In our case, the dishwasher malfunctioned during our trip, creating a pool of water on the floor and causing us to delay our plans one morning as we dealt with it, and then requiring us to hand wash all dishes the rest of the week. To add insult to injury, owner blamed us for the problem (claiming that we had put a broken wine glass in the dishwasher that ended up blocking the filter -- which was absolutely 100% incorrect!), and charged us for the dishwasher repair! He did this, even though he told us another guest had experienced the exact the same problem earlier in the summer.
3. Heating the pool costs extra, and while this information was buried in the rental agreement, it doesn't seem to appear in the VRBO profile, nor did the owner mention it when he asked if we wanted it heated. A mere annoyance compared to the above two issues.
We are experienced travelers and users of VRBO and similar services. We do not expect perfection and have had great experiences in a wide range of different places across price ranges and quality levels. Also, we are not complainers and are not inclined to leave negative comments if we think we've been treated fairly. While we were still able to have a fun vacation overall, the cleanliness of the place left much to be desired, and the owner's decision to charge us for his malfunctioning dishwasher (for which, if anything, he might have offered us some type of credit!) was inexplicable.
Hello Sam, I am happy you enjoyed our home but were disappointed with the broken wine glass dishwasher issue and the pool heat charge. I can only say that we always ask the renters if they want the optional pool heat as not everyone wants it and it is clearly stated in the agreement. A broken glass stoppage in the dishwasher has happened only once before as I indicated to you. I am sorry about the dust issue and the only thing I can say is that, being on the ocean, people like to have all the windows open and it only takes one day for a dust film to form. I am really surprised that you rated us a two star as you emailed me that you really enjoying our home and were having a great time.
Totally enjoyed our stay!
Annual Family Beach Vacation
Great home, great location!!! We had a very enjoyable time ... the views are spectacular. We enjoyed the pool and the fire pit in the living room!!! Would rent again !!
Anniversary celebration- Family vacation
This home is as beautiful in person as it is in the pictures. We celebrated our 40th anniversary with our children, their spouses, and two grandchildren. The house was perfect for us. The home is spacious which allowed for private space for everyone. The family room and living room are spacious and great gathering areas with spectacular views. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their stay here. I highly recommend this property.
Catalina Island express, bike and running beach trail, Dana Pt Harbor, Lego Land, San Clemente Pier, John Wayne Airport 25 minutes North, surf and lifeguard schools, paddle boarding, beach access 3 min walk, Disneyland one hour North Knotts Berry Farm 45min. North, San Diego Zoo 45 min South, Sea World 50 min South