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Spanish Style Villa, Pool, Walk to Beach, Romance & Charm!

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,407 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 large sunny bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite.


Beautiful architectural design and decor combine with a fabulous location for an ideal holiday with family and friends. There is nothing more romantic than strolling down to the beach to watch the sunset, and returning to enjoy drinks by the pool. The large rooms, garden, pool, and location near beach and village - make this the ideal holiday retreat.

Casasol is located near south Windansea Beach in an exclusive neighborhood. Unlike some La Jolla homes in the hills where there are no sidewalks and it is difficult to walk, the homes in this area are perfect for walking, jogging, or riding our bikes through the neighborhood to the beach or restaurants and coffee houses nearby.

Casasol is a designated historic property. Today it is restored and modernized, but filled with the same charm and character that the architect gave La Jolla's famous La Valencia Hotel: carved stone benches, leaded glass windows, hand-crafted tiles; high beamed ceilings; carved walnut paneled dining room, tile and wood floors throughout. (Click on the link below to see large scale images.)

Enjoy the romance and charm of the house, during dinners alongside the pool or in the large dining room with a table which seats up to 12, for a quiet dinner party. The modern kitchen with breakfast nook is designed for cooking together. The house is equipped with everything you need to play, picnic, and enjoy the beaches, from folding chairs, coolers, to toys and bikes. The family room with flat screen has an adjacent cabana bath for changing for the pool. Exquisitely furnished, with the best linens, a gourmet eat-in kitchen with travertine floors, granite and Corian surfaces, Casasol will provide a holiday in style and comfort. A wood burning fireplace is equipped with a gas starter, and a pile of firewood is available. We provide two additional folding beds, and a Graco crib for additional sleeping arrangements.


House Layout:

The 4000 sq ft. home includes three large sun-filled bedrooms upstairs, each with their own bathrooms, and a bedroom/study downstairs with its own bathroom, and a family room (sofa couch) with its own bathroom.

Bed configuration:

Upstairs Beds:

Master Bedroom 1: California King -- sleeps 2

Master Bedroom 2: Cal King -- sleeps 2

Adjacent Study/Sleeping Porch: Folding Bed can be placed here. – sleeps 1

Twin or King Bedroom: Twin beds can be Joined for 2

All of the upstairs bedrooms are very large, and are furnished with down comforters in the winter, and excellent quality linens.


Bedroom/Study with double/full bed and an adjacent bathroom. -- sleeps 2

8 adults maximum, with 10 occupants maximum.

Quiet neighborhood, quiet get-togethers, only.


Private Backyard:

Surrounded by a wall and 60’ tall trees and a garden, the pool is about 50 feet in length and is 9 feet deep at the deep end.


Kid friendly beaches: Within a few minutes walk is a beach for wonderful tide pooling and exploration. A few minutes into the village, and any day you can watch the seals play at the Children’s Pool.

No smoking is permitted in the house.

Keywords: Charm, Romantic, Luxurious, Historic, Beach, Pool

More Details

Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski
Member since: 1998
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2018

About Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski

Your hosts are an art historian and a retired airline captain. They are international travelers. The home is a designated historic property. The home and garden were featured in the 2002 La Jolla Historical Society's Home and Garden Tour.

Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski purchased this house in 1993

Why Shona McArthur - Barry Bielinski chose Lower Hermosa

If you enjoy expansive, sunny, and the relaxing feel of a beautifully designed home - this is the place for you. The feeling is romantic early California-Spanish, with colorful Bougainvillea spilling over the walls, tiles, stone and leaded windows. Bring out lunch and drinks and enjoy them by the large pool; or pack up snacks and drinks and head a few minutes down to watch the ocean at the beach. We are minutes into the village and fine restaurants of La Jolla - and the bars and hot spots of Pacific Beach.

What makes this house unique

The home has been restored to its former beauty, and furnished with antiques and furniture that maximize comfort and enjoyment. You have a kitchen equipped for the gourmet cook. The kitchen is a cook's delight, with cozy table for eating across from a new LED flat screen... Picnic and beach gear for outings...Complete wireless WiFi access.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lower Hermosa in La Jolla

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4407 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Ouiet Hours - 10pm to 9:00am. This is a quiet neighborhood. (Outdoor patios - particularly around pool)
  • SPECIAL RESIDENCE: It's our pleasure to share a romantic, charming home that has taken much care to create. Thank you for treating it with care.
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • resort
  • village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This Bathroom/Shower can be entered directly from pool/patio
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • (1) Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    (2) West Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    (3) King or Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Twins can be pushed into King
    (4) Downstairs - 1 Double Bed
    (5) Sun Porch - 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Sun Porch off West bedroom can accommodate child's bed +crib
  • There are four beds that can be placed into the large bedrooms to accommodate children.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Casasol is a historically designated home, built in 1929-30.


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Spanish Style Villa, Pool, Walk to Beach, Romance & Charm!
average rating of 4.97561 based on 41 reviews

Fun, family vacation with children and grandchildren.

  • 5 of 5

Shona and Barry's home worked perfectly for our two daughters, sons-in-law, and their two infants and one toddler. The bedrooms (each with it's own bath) were spacious and fully stocked. The kitchen had everything we could have wanted as we cooked in about half the time and ate outdoors. The outdoor space was the best part of the property for us as the 2.5 year old loved the pool. We also enjoyed walking through the lovely neighborhood to the beach and Bird Rock for coffee and the juice bar. There were plenty of nice eateries close by and other activities for the men to enjoy. A great time at a great property.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cindy for your wonderful comments. Best wishes for your dear family. Shona
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Lovely home with pool and walk to beach.

  • 4 of 5

Nice old style California home. Very well equipped. In upscale neighborhood with walks to beach and ocean overlooks.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this beautiful home. We are a family of five with three kids, two of them toddlers. The pool was so much fun for them and the outside space is great. We loved the covered patio area - a nice place to relax and watch the kids in the pool.

The house itself is so well equipped. Everything you could want in the kitchen. The eat in kitchen area is convenient, with a grill right outside. The bedrooms are large and comfortable. The family room has a large TV with enough seating for everyone.

If you are looking for a comfortable, spacious, well equipped rental home in La Jolla for your family, look no further!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifull house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

My brother and me stayed with our families in this house. The place couldn't be better. The house is beautifull, full of character and has everything you need for a great stay. The kids loved the pool and TV room, we loved sitting on the patio and the kitchen and diningroom were amazing. Great location in charming La Jolla.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Walnut Creek, CA

Historic oasis on the calm side of La Jolla

  • 5 of 5

This 1920's vintage mission style house has all the modern amenities anyone could wish for. Updated kitchen is fully stocked with spices, pots and pans, and dishes for any meal you would care to cook. Sub Zero refrigerator and Thermador ovens make cooking a breeze. The separate family room with a TV is off the pool and has its own full bath and has access to the pool. The formal dining room is wood paneled and evokes old world sensibilities. The spacious, vaulted ceiling living room opens on to the deck where a covered outdoor seating area is a gathering place late night conversations. The swimming pool is more than 50 feet long and slopes to a depth of over eight feet. There are four bedrooms. The downstairs doubles as a den with is a detached bathroom adjacent to the laundry room, which has a washer and dryer. Upstairs there are two master suites with bathrooms and a bedroom with two twins also has its own bathroom. The house is very quiet with the master bedrooms located in different wings upstairs.

The back yard is very spacious with lots of areas to hang out in when you are not in the pool.

While the house is situated off of La Jolla Blvd., the traffic noise is significantly blocked by the landscaping. Nighttime in La Jolla is pretty quiet. The neighborhood is quiet and beautiful and upscale and the beach is about four blocks or ten minutes walk.

We were seven people staying in the house for 9 days. We could all eat breakfast in the kitchen. For dinner we had as many as 12 people in the dining room without being crowded.

This house is a wonderful place to stay if you want to escape the crowds in Pacific Beach or La Jolla. Convenient to shopping and downtown La Jolla. We were all sad when we had to leave for home.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like staying in a luxury hotel with all the conveniences of a beautiful home.

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly located in a quiet neighborhood, close to downtown and to walks along the seawall. Spacious home with every amenity for comfortable living and entertaining.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Diego (SAN)
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Torrey Pines Golf Course - Public
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Car: not necessary

San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, all nearby.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lower Hermosa, San Diego County

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Memorial Day holiday
26 May 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
December Holidays
26 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £214.83 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £42.25
Refundable Damage Deposit £214.83
Tax Rate 10.5%

Chose "eCheck payment", and receive a $50 discount. Or, pay by credit card.
TIMING - Saturday to Saturday rentals preferred.
POOL is heated by a solar blanket; surcharge if gas heater is used (varies from $200 summer to $400 winter).
Please communicate directly with us at casasol.lj@gmail.com, or 858-922-5162, to confirm pricing and details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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