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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 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • 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.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

A hilltop alfresco retreat with pool, outside firestone, nr Malibu, LA, SB
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 13 reviews

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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Thousand Oaks Duplex

  • 3 of 5

Our stay went well but the listing was misleading, this is absolutely a duplex and that was never made clear in the listing or any of the messages. Also, it is not in Westlake Village.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry you were displeased. It is clear from the address that the house is in Thousand Oaks not Westlake. I have never known it to be posted on the VRBO website as being in Westlake, although Westlake is next door to Thousand Oaks. I send out very long letters describing the house way prior to peopl's arrival, and many people ask me specifically about this. It is clear in the letters that it was a large ranch style home which was converted into a mother in law in the back. A very large one I might add. I find however that despite encouraging people to read the information I send some do not, and so don't get the gist of the place. Should anybody not OK with the setup prior to arrival I would of course refund their money as my goal is for anybody coming to Casa Susalitos to have a good time, and comfortable surroundings that they like. That said, as many people have so nicely said, the view is great, hummingbirds and bunnies visit, and the pool is fun.
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Beautiful and comfortable home located near beaches and LA

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our stay. The place was setup with all the amenities needed to feel at home. The owner, Susan, is very friendly and helpful. I would stay here again if taking a trip to the LA area.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A truly lovely retreat in Thousand Oaks

  • 5 of 5

Our entire experience was flawless- from booking to house instructions from Susan and through our stay at Casa Susalito's. What a lovely home in the Conejo Valley, overlooking the hills. The backyard was a real retreat from the city streets, so peaceful and quiet- only the chittering of hummingbirds. The pool was so clean and inviting. The home had everything we needed and in good condition. We would definitely stay here again when in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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
26 Jun 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £100.86
Refundable Damage Deposit £155.17
Pet Fee £193.97
Tax Rate 6.0%

Your deposit will be refunded if cancelled 30 days before arrival. We reserve the right to charge up to 100% of the deposit if cancelled less than 30 days before arrival. 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. Credit card users are charged 2.5% extra for the use of this venue. Check users are welcomed and will not be charged this extra fee, 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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