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A hilltop alfresco retreat with pool, outside firestone, nr Malibu, LA, SB

Bedrooms 2
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Br/1bath, Pool Fireplace ,hilltop, nr LA, malibu, SB Universal Studio

Immerse yourself in the sanctuary that is Casa Susalito's! Located on top of a hill with a view of the Conejo Valley, plan on a restful, beautiful house to return to after a day of adventure. In Thousand Oaks, Midway between the glitter of LA county, with its many attractions including Universal Studios, the beaches of highway one, including Malibu and Zuma, and the laid back vibe of Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara, you will be able to return at the end of your day and kick back, feel the sun on your face, lounge in the seasonal pool, or sit by the fire pit in the evening and enjoy some s'mores and stars. Casa Susalito's is set up to encourage outdoor living, with a seasonal pool, lounge chairs, picnic table, BBQ, firepit and plantings that attract birds and butterflies, and yet also has a cozy fireplace for when the weather is inclement. Cook on a real reconditioned Merritt O'Keefe stove, with that pancake griddle you remember from your grandmother's house. And each bedroom is themed...The Impressionism room, and the Hawaiian room, so you have the feeling of truly getting away from it all. Birders alert: Are Condors on your list????? Nearby drive to Santa Barabara area may tick this off your list! Please be aware, Casa Susalitos does not have air conditioning. We have lots of fans. This keeps our price point low. But if you NEED air conditioning, you should by all means check out another property as I want all guests to be satisfied! Also this is Not a stand alone home, it was a 5 bedroom ranch that was converted to a mother in law in the back. The first of its kind back in the eighties. So our concierge is in the front, and guests stay in the very large two bedroom house part In the back overlooking the conejo valley, which is very private from the front part of the property. I take great care to make this an inviting place with charm and utility, as well as fun quality pool floats, the Firestone for smore's, and just generally promoting a relaxing chill vibe.

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Susan Groff
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2017

About Susan Groff

I am Susan Of Casa Susalitos. I am a registered nurse, and my husband and I travel all over the world. As such, we know what we like and dont like about places we stay in....a must, a good comfy bed, lots of pillows, neat environment, QUIET!!!!!! PRIVACY!!!!!!!. Coffee in the morning outside, and butterflies and birds! I want to relax. Our house never had air conditioning. And it still does not. When we stay, we enjoy the al fresco life, with fans, jumping in the pool...this keeps our prices reasonable.

Susan Groff purchased this house in 1969

Why Susan Groff chose California

Casa Susalitos is the house I grew up in. It was made into the first divided mother in law in Thousand Oaks, so it is not like other places. The area you will be is in the back of the property with a lush lawn, landscaping to please, the pool, a giant avocado tree, birds, alfresco picnic area, sunning area, and a view of the whole Conejo valley. After growing up here, I can tell you there were many a day we would go to the beach, and it would be fogged in BUMMER MAN! But at 16 years old, we would jump back in the mustang and trundle right back to poolside where it was always hot. And you can do the same. The Pacific ocean might not be under control, however, the pool is always there as backup!.

What makes this house unique

The firestone is so neat. Turn it on in the morning and bring your morning cuppa out at the crack of dawn....or come out at night, gather those smore ingredients, and enjoy the stars and the fire. The pool is lighted, so many a hot night, we kids were in the pool till late at night. It was great.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Thousand Oaks in Ventura County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is no bathtub in this unit. Shower only.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , with trundle
  • KBedroom #1 is the larger bedroom, themed as the "Impressionism Room" . Bedroom # 2 is the Hawaiian Room, with high ceilings, four poster bed with trundle, and Hawaiana decor. the fifth real bed is the loveseat in the living room which pulls out to a twin bed.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
This property is literally 27 minutes from Malibu, 50 minutes from Universal Studios and 1 hour from Santa Barbara!. There is no reason to stay in the city when you can relax on a lovely hilltop, with a wealth of restaurants and shopping options within minutes from the house. Our house book outlines nearby attractions, menus of restaurants, suggestions for day trips. Please note there is no air conditioning. this keeps our price point reasonable. There are lots of fans.


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A hilltop alfresco retreat with pool, outside firestone, nr Malibu, LA, SB
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews

Great property, great owner!

  • 5 of 5

My parents and (new) in-laws stayed at Susan's during our wedding in Thousand Oaks, and thoroughly enjoyed their stay! They were very comfortable in the house and on the beautiful property. The location felt safe and was perfectly central to our needs.

Susan was excellent with correspondence, and provided all the details we could ever need to ensure they had a relaxing, stress-free stay.

Her local contact, Jonathan, was available to provide extra towels, and assist them in finding everything, as well as to keep an eye on the pool - which was clean and refreshing!

We highly recommend checking out Casa Susalito's for adventures in Ventura County and beyond!


  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Joel! I am glad they had a good time, and as always, as a fellow traveler, I am glad that everything they could need was right there for them! Jonathan is great! No, actually awesome! Safe and happy traveling to you all, Susan of Casa susalitos
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Peaceful, quiet and close to shops and malls

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kate, I am glad you all had a good stay! Hope the resident bunnies visited you as well. Susan of Casa Susalitos
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Best hosts ever!

  • 5 of 5

This house is exactly as described by the owner. We were there during a particularly warm weekend, so the house did get a little warm in the middle of the day, but was perfectly nice in the morning and to sleep at night. The pool was an excellent option for cooling down during the day. We had a lovely evening lounging in the backyard after the kids went to bed; we enjoyed the cool air, the quiet garden, and the view. There are lots of conveniences nearby, making it easy to find groceries for breakfast and restaurants for dinner.

Most notably, Susan is the best host I've ever rented from. She described the home thoroughly, gave us ample information in a timely manner, and was just plain friendly and helpful. The onsite host was also very friendly and available, but no more present/around than a typical neighbor would be.

We would absolutely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly what they advertised

  • 5 of 5

Quiet simi secluded and just a couple of minutes from shopping & restaurants. It was in the high 80's while we where there and did not feel like it from the wonderful breeze atop of the hill. Loved it!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! You guys were great to work with and i of course left you a good review for your upcoming travels! Come back any time. Susan
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Beautiful home and amazing views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this beautiful rental for 13 weeks. My husband is a Traveling Nurse and worked at Los Robles Hospital which is less than a 5 minute drive from our rental. The owner (Susan) is very easy to contact and always willing to help out with any questions. This is a Mother-in-law suite and has a caretaker of the rental living in the front part of the house. He is always available 24/7 if you have any concerns, problems or questions a very nice young man. We loved our stay here in Thousand Oaks. You can drive or walk to the store within minutes. 13 miles to the beach and 1 hr. to LA. We are used to country living, and we felt right at home when we would see several rabbits in the yard. When the weather is warmer we seen hummingbirds and large, beautiful butterflies. We could not have asked for a more pleasant stay since this was our first trip to California. If you are looking for a relaxing stay, this is the place. The rental is perfect for Travel Nurses. Great furniture, comfortable beds and lots of kitchen utensils. I must brag on the outside amenities as well. In ground swimming pool out your back door, a firestone to make smores, two comfortable reclining chairs with cushions, outside table with chairs and patio. If we visit Thousand Oaks again, we will definitely stay at this great retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna and Chris were the best of the best guests. I would recommend them highly to any host/hostess. They were easy to work with, timely in all payments, respected the property, and just plain friendly people. I would welcome them back at any time!
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Nice property

  • 4 of 5

We've stayed in this little house for 6 nights. The pool is great and you have a wonderful view over the valley.

Every morning, we had the visit of 2 rabbits in the backyard, butterflies in the flowers and even hummingbirds!

The situation of the property is perfect if you want to visit LA, Malibu, Santa Barbara, the outlets in Camarillo and the great Ronal Reagan presidential library just a few minutes away...

It's the perfect size for 4 persons, no more.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Thousand Oaks, USA

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fall special
21 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £189.55
Cleaning Fee £98.57 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £151.64
Tax Rate 6.0%

Your deposit will be refunded if cancelled 45 days before arrival. We reserve the right to charge up to 100% of the deposit if cancelled less than 45 days before arrival. If a reservation is cancelled, we make every effort to re rent the property and are happy to refund what money we can. However be aware that this is dependent on what we can re rent. All items and decorations in the rental are placed there for the enjoyment of the guests and are not to be taken. Any missing items will be charged to the security deposit. Pets are not allowed at this time. In addition, we take great care to make our onsite pool safe for all guests, with emergency equipment and posted directions. However there is no lifeguard. All guests must sign a notification acknowledging that there is a pool on the property, that it is accessible to both adults and children from the rental house, and all guests retain their own personal liability for its use, and parents retain personal liability for their children's use of the pool. Check users are welcomed however they must be able to conform to the timing requirements so that Casa Susalito's can confirm clearance of checks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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