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Jerry Quinlan

Member since: 1998
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The 'Top of the World' Surfview Penthouse! 3brms or sleeping areas /2BA

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday condo in San Clemente

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

Address of 'Top of the World': 426 Monterey Lane, San Clemente, CA. 92672 [for Mapquest]

This unit is well known locally as 'Top of the World!' It is regarded as one of the world's greatest surf-view decks. Newly remodeled, this Penthouse unit features a spectacular, all glass, insulated view room with two trundle beds for heavenly whitewater sleeping.

The walk is two short blocks down to the beach and pier. Seals can be heard and observed from the deck telescope daily. The best surfing on the west coast of California is just down the stairs and close-by.

Also, you will experience the 'world's greatest scenic, 4-burner, built-in barbecue'

Also Look at VRBO.com/722590

Keywords: 2Bedrooms+1 extra sleeping area,Penthouse Unit

  • pets considered
Jerry Quinlan (Owner)
Member since: 1998
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Jerry Quinlan

The Surfview Top of the World owner is a past San Clemente Veteran of Foreign Wars commander and current Service Officer. He is an active volunteer in the community as a certified EMT, Neighborhood watchperson, Senior Center volunteer, and former Boy Scouts of America adult leader. He is a member of the San Clemente Downtown Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, and the San Clemente Men's golf association.

Jerry Quinlan is not an expert surfer, though, he can be found kayaking regularly around Seal Rock, to the south, or, every so often, swimmming around the pier.

He can be recognized on photo #16, with his daughter, Elizabeth, on the top deck at the 'TOP OF THE WORLD' SURFVIEW PENTHOUSE.

Jerry Quinlan purchased this condo in 1997

Why Jerry Quinlan chose Orange County

'Top of the World' is like a pressbox in a sports stadium; looking from a most exceptonal and unique view down over the pier, beach, harbor, and Islands on the horizon. A short two hundred twenty yard walk down to the sand.

The location is equally between Disneyland, Newport, Hollywood; and, San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Legoland.

What makes this condo unique

Overlooking EVERYTHING! - harbor, beach, waves, surfers, pier, and Islands.

Three block walk into downtown Del Mar street in San Clemente; and, 220 yard walk down to the sand, waves, pier, and restaurants on the pier.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I couldn't make it work with these folks way too many people ...they wanted 3 completely separate bedrooms and they were noisy and, sorry to say, Less pleasant to have than so many others.
Jul 2016
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based on 28 holidaymaker reviews

The 'Top of the World' Surfview Penthouse! 3brms or sleeping areas /2BA
average rating of 4.107143 based on 43 reviews

2 bedroom/2 bath with one queen sized bed - DON'T RENT THIS PLACE

  • 1 of 5

This was not a fun place to stay...at all!

We had 3 couples that rented this "3 bedroom/2 bath penthouse" IT WAS 2 BEDROOMS, ONE WITH TWO SETS OF BUNK BED!!! The photos on the web site are not of the current rooms. The sheets on my bed were old and thin with little balls of cotton.

The floors were so filthy, our feet were immediately black (we all wore flip flops from there on out.)

None of our computers could find their servers, we tried all three wifis. Several of us fell behind on our work that was due while spending 3 long nights in this place.

The dishes were dirty - 3-dimensional food was dried on them.

There were not enough teaspoons or coffee mugs...the kitchen is a miss-match of odds and ends. The appliances all worked well.

The surveillance cameras down in the carport where all guests enter picked out a friend from Jamaica who has brown skin. The owner appeared and interrogated her - What is your business here? who are you visiting?, etc.

The building has 4 apartments and the laundry was always full with someone's laundry

Okay - there is a nice view from the balcony with fake grass flooring but we were not able to enjoy it as a little dog from the adjoining apartment kept coming over and peeing and pooping under the chairs we sat on. There was no way to get the pee out of the fake grass. There was also pee smell in the sun room where one couple had to sleep (it was in a group area). One couple got a hotel room down the road...thank god there was a room available!


  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning views and just steps to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Home is in a fabulous location. We loved the sun deck and enclosed sun room. Views from every direction.

Ample place for our family to hang around and the owner, Jerry, was always there if we needed anything. Make sure you check out the surf shack. This place is loaded with everything one might need for a day on the beach.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved the location and the layout of our penthouse

  • 5 of 5

Clean and had lots of beach play toys

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love happy campers and have been very fortunate in that regard we are here to help vacationers refine their great memories
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Not the same as described in overview

  • 1 of 5

Location is good. However, the property condition is not good.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous View

  • 4 of 5

This property was a little run down but the deck area made up for the small imperfections. Jerry was very friendly and accomadating. Very roomy and had all the amenities you could want. Would definitely stay here again and recommend this booking to friends and family!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Getaway in Sunny San Clemente

  • 3 of 5

Best: Amazing unobstructed view of Pacific with warm sunshine and cool breezes of San Clemente. 3 min walk to beach, pier, and train to anywhere along the coast. 10 min walk to main drag with plenty of restaurants an bars. 10 min walk to San Clemente Gym and Starbucks. OK: Interior higher end with great kitchen. Two bedroom (master and kids room with 2 bunk beds). Two bath. Sun room with day bed (kids favorite place to relax). Bad: Has seen significant use (microwave door bent, stove dents, dishwasher leaks / has missing bottom panel, old filter in refrigerator, no remote / cable on master bedroom TV, bar stool sinks to lowest setting, not all burners on gas grill work, some blinds don't work, tub doesn't drain very fast, hot/cold faucets backwards on sink, etc.). Not enough towels / washcloths to last the week. Washing machine in garage is great, but good luck on finding a time when it's not being used by someone else. Overall: Loved our stay, but overpriced for all the grief. Owner doesn't want the penthouse to be used as party place, which is understandable. But what wasn't, is the owner called me a few days before our stay and said the Penthouse was "rat infested." This was to scare us off / double booked? My wife called, after I pulled her from the ceiling, and once the owner realized we are just on a family vacation and not there to party... the "rats" miraculously where never there. Definitely something we didn't want to go through just before our trip. So, lost 2 stars... 1 for the wear & tear and 1 for the "rats."

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in San Clemente, Orange County

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jun 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mild season
10 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Holiday
20 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £154
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change especially during the holiday season. For a detailed quote, please call for assistance. We also offer discounts and specials; call for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in San Clemente in California

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Sunroom - Trundle Bed-Sleeps two
  • Stereo
  • pets considered
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Cable Plasma TV, VCR/DVD, Gas BBQ, Walk to Beach & Pier, Surf, Kayaks, Bugibords, 2 Baiks, Beach Gear included

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