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Brown Beach House 500' to the Waves

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

2 story, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a loft with 4 mats for kids to sleep on.

Visit our other 2 Cottages on the same property. VRBO # 716668 VRBO # 716711

Great for Weddings/ Family Reunions/

Take a step back in time with one of these 3 newly restored cottages in the heart of Laguna Beach. Built as a seaside retreat in the 1930’s, our cottages have endured as a magical escape to the bygone time of California’s “Surf and Sand” fun. Freshly restored in 2015 with our unique vision of the 1930s to 1950s beach ambiance. Located only 1⁄2 block from Coast Highway you will have easy access to the beach and all of the great restaurants, and "outdoor fun” that Laguna has to offer. Bring your guitar, favorite books, and festive party spirits, as there are no televisions or telephones to distract you. Large front yard for relaxing with views of the ocean. Easy parking. (2 cars per cottage). Internet, laundry, fully stocked kitchens, & queen sized beds in each cottage.

255, 255 1/2, & 265 St. Ann's Drive; Laguna Beach, CA 94119

• 3 Charming 1931 Cottages in Center of Laguna Beach

- Front Unit 2bd/1ba (Sleeps 4)

- Middle Unit 2bd/1ba (Sleeps 4)

- Rear Unit 2bd/2ba + Loft (Sleeps 6)

• 1/2 block north of Coast Highway

• 1935 "Surf Shack" Motif

• On a Large 10,000 Sq. Ft. Parcel

Three charming 1935-1955 cottages only one block from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by the best places to recreate and that Laguna Beach has to offer.

The property is on a large 10,000 sq ft parcel, in the very heart of the city. Take a trip back in time to stay in California’s last surviving intact beach community.

Check-In is anytime after 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and Check-Out is anytime prior to 11:00 am. The minimum consecutive stay is seven (7) nights. Whether you’re visiting us for a week or an entire month, our staff is committed to making your time at LagunaCottage.Rentals unforgettable.

Large front yard for relaxing with views of the ocean.

Easy parking for 2 cars per cottage. Internet, laundry, fully stocked kitchens, queen beds in each cottage.

Sycamore tree - beautifully lit at night.

See what others are saying about the cottages:

The cottage was beautiful, just what we were looking for for our few days by the ocean. The beds were really comfortable and rooms were really spacious. The cottage also offered nice spaces to chill out after a tough day on the beach. Location was excellent. Lots of good restaurants and cafes within walking distance and beach was one block away. I'll be back!


Beautiful cottage. So much better than staying at a hotel. Everything was taken care of and every potential need thought of and provided for. We so loved our stay, and hope to be back int the future. Thank you so much for your hospitality!


Neil was great to deal with-- very communicative and easy going. The cottage is exactly as advertised and very close to the downtown restaurants and beach. I highly recommend going to Tacos Locos at some point-- the food is incredible. I would definitely stay here again and recommend to any friends looking to stay in Laguna Beach!


We really enjoyed our stay at Neil's place. It's in a great location and the cottage is extremely cute with some of the most comfortable beds! We will definitely be going back.


The cottage was everything you see and more. Attention to detail around every corner. Fully stocked kitchen allowed us to enjoy freshly ground coffee, and all the cooking tools to fix appetizers throughout the day. Beds were comfy, and shower had all the typical toiletries found at a hotel. Very nice place!


This place could not be more cozy & magical! Loved every minute of our (unfortunately short) stay. But def plan to come back soon hopefully!


Perfect location in Laguna Beach very close to the main beach.. Just off of Coast Highway so very little street noise. Plenty of parking. Cottage has been completely renovated. It is like new. It has a very nice kitchen that is fully equipped. Neil is a tremendous host. I would absolutely stay here again.


Very nice place, close to the beach & off the crowded tourist center. Enjoyed our stay a lot!


We had an amazing stay in Laguna with my wife and two small children. The entire process was "laid back"... and we loved it that way. This is a beautiful and roomy surf shack that is very well appointed and comfortable. Within minutes walking distance to great beaches, restaurants/bars/coffee/grocery, and all kinds of shops. We wish we could have stayed longer and will be back in the future! Were unable to connect to the Wi-Fi with any device, and couldn't seem to get that resolved (only posting this in case you need Wi-Fi for work, kids etc.). Still worth a 5-star review -- this place is... shall I say "RAD"!!


So to much say… The cottage is truly the quintessential beach house! Clean, minimal, "beachy," style, with an open floor plan, plenty of sun, comfortable beds, 2 blocks from the beach, free parking, AND a with a front yard with an Ocean View!!! The location is perfect; far enough away from the main beach for calm and quiet, with access to all the tiny, lesser-traveled coves; yet, close enough to walk down and take in all of the action. Turn south instead of north, walk ten minutes to K'ya's rooftop bar and watch the sunset. Devine. We will be back, probably several times. Lastly, Neil's responds promptly, and it could not have been easier! Great place, great host!


What a great cottage! The home was recently remodeled and decorated very nicely. It was equipped with all the comforts of home and perfect for a family of four. The location was amazing. Only one block to the beach. Neil was welcoming and great to work with!


Neil's place was 50 seconds from the beach just as he said. It is recently remodeled and very welcoming. He made the entire process very easy. He was attentive to all our questions and was onsite to give us our keys. He even offered to show us around, which I thought was a lovely touch. He had everything we could have needed. Towels, bath supplies...even laundry supplies in case we needed to wash our clothes before packing up. We would love to go back for a longer stay the next time. His place is in a great location-walking distance to the beach and downtown Laguna.


This place is an excellent location as described and I would highly recommend. Clean and new, thank you Neil.


We were the first guests to stay at this adorable beach cottage over Spring Break. It is eveything described and more! It is immaculately decorated with every convenience that you'd need for a vacation in Laguna. It is ideally located a short walk to the beach and cafes. We had the best time! Neil is one of the nicest guys and had the best suggestions where to have breakfast and where to skimboard. I highly recommend to anyone who wants a breezy and relaxing stay in Laguna, stay here at Neil's cottage. Can't wait to come back. Thanks again Neil!! Carly


More Details

Property Manager
Neil Baker
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Neil Baker

I'm a Laguna Beach local who loves this town! I will be readily available to help you with anything during your stay. If you have any questions or want any suggestions while here in laguna, just ask!

Neil Baker purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Neil Baker chose Laguna Beach

You will see. It's like going back in time to Laguna's roaring 1930s-1950s past.

What makes this cottage unique

It's very close to everything Laguna has to offer. Easy walking distances.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Laguna Beach in Orange County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Pull out couch
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Loft pull out couch
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(14 traveller reviews)

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  • 4 of 5

Nice property, great location. Great communication with Neil.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don't Be Fooled

  • 1 of 5

These cottages are NOT as advertised. First, the parking is not as represented as the owners do not bother to check how many vehicles each set of guests have so when the owners fully book the cottages if the guests have extra cars (which is highly likely since each cottage sleeps up to 6 or more ppl) there is insufficient parking so you are likely to end up NOT having a parking stall or worst yet your car will get blocked in a stall for hours or even all day long (which is exactly what happened to us during our stay). There is also a busy Mexican restaurant right next door whose customers frequently park in the spaces that are supposedly for the cottages (which also happened to us during our short 4 day stay and here again this means you either will have to find alternative parking (which is nearly non existent in this busy area), or you will get blocked in the parking spaces and you won't be able to leave. Second and even more of a concern is this area has frequent break-ins according to several neighbors and with no security bars (or even screens on the windows) you need to be prepared to sleep with all your windows closed, which presents a serious problem especially on a warm night as these cottages have metal roofs with little to no insulation and absolutely no AC. As a result, it feels like a sauna and there is no breeze. Although the owner's rep. Neal is nice and represents he will "talk to the owners" to take care of these and other problems or to make some kind of accommodation, the owners never get back to you and they clearly do not care about resolving these issues or the quality of their guests' stay. For these reasons and more, I wouldn't recommend these cottages to anyone. Its not safe and although the owners' rep. or manger represents he'll take care of the problem or make some kind of accommodation, the owners don't follow up or do what the rep. recommends. Obviously, the owners don't give a damn about their guests or the problems they encounter during their stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest was difficult to work with. While I respect their opinion on many of the issues they encountered, some just are not true. First, both Laguna Beach and the area the cottages are located are very safe and none of our cottages have had any security issues in the two years we have been operating. Second, the guest stayed during a particularly hot week in the summer and while that is unfortunate, we don't normally have a problem with temperature problems. We have never had a problem with parking, as each cottage is allowed for two cars but the parking lot can hold much more than that. I work hard to keep all guests happy and I'm shocked by this review.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a very special 80th birthday celebration! It was wonderful!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay!!! The house fit our needs and Neil was a great host! Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great stay at this beach cottage over the holidays. Neil was fantastic to work with and very responsive and accommodating. We are a family of 4, with a 3 year old and a 4 month old. Worked out perfect and you can't beat this location. I would highly recommend this cottage or any of Neil's other properties, they are immaculate, well decorated, and comfortable. Thanks for the hospitality Neil.


  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish this was the perfect experience. Booking was short notice and the response was without delay. There were only two of us and we stayed in the brown cottage ... plenty of room for more guests. The décor was beach cottage epitomized and had every modern day accommodation. Clean, cute and the location could not have been better for walking. For three days we never used our vehicle. I would recommend without hesitation!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Orange County Airport (SNA
Nearest Train
10 Miles
San Juan de Capistrano
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Laguna Beach Mexican Food
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Laguna Beach


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £117.66
Pet Fee £19.61
Property Damage Insurance £46.28
Refundable Damage Deposit £235.32

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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