About This Listing
Laguna Beach--no better place to be. Beautiful beaches. World class art festivals. Great restaurants. Live music. And then there is Bluebird Canyon, a little woodsy enclave--it's like you are in the country but you are near it all.
Laguna Beach is a coastal town surrounded by hills and wilderness preserves. Bluebird Canyon is a little gem tucked away in the middle of it all, a woodsy, quiet canyon, with its own little ecosystem of vegetation, birds and wildlife. If it is cloudy at the beach, it is probably sunny here. Our street is a one lane road and we are at the end of it, so it is very private. If guests are not accustomed to narrow roads in hilly areas, we suggest they arrive in daylight to see how it is laid out. We are almost exactly 1 mile to the beach and town. The house is on 4 separate levels, built into the hillside – enter at the top level and it goes down from there. (NB: A house on a hillside will have stairs.)
This listing is the 1st of two rooms I am offering -- with views into the back garden and little canyon. Ordinary rooms, I'd say, but in an extraordinary spot. Basic, affordable accommodations, nothing fancy – so you can do whatever it is that you came to Laguna to do. The rooms are on the lowest level of the house, mostly separate from the rest of the house, with a separate entrance to that level. One has a queen size bed, the other a double. They share a bath.
Guests are provided towels and washcloths. The bathroom is stocked with all the basic necessary supplies.
A third room has been converted into a common AirBnB "breakfast area" with a small fridge, microwave, coffeemaker and a table and chairs.
After checking in, guests are welcome to come and go as they please.
Also sharing the premises, in addition to myself, are two greyhounds, regal, docile and friendly beings, and a cat, the real boss. My kids are grown but live nearby, and they might show up.
Included is offstreet parking, wi-fi, and the common area for coffee in the morning, with small fridge and microwave.
What I have in the way of beach chairs, umbrellas, and Boogie boards are available to guests.
Guests are welcome to go into the lower gardens and patio where there are tables and chairs available. During the next few months we will be doing some replanting and other work will be going on from time to time.
Guests must park in their designated parking spots; it is important that access to the road is not blocked at any time, nor the neighbors inconvenienced. It is a hillside road and some consider it challenging.
I do welcome guests into the upper part of the house if I am home. One of my favorite parts about hosting is meeting people and hearing about what they do or where they have been. But that is entirely up to the guest. Guest privacy is very important. Kitchen privileges are not provided. Laguna has just about every kind of restaurant imaginable, and a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market among others.
Since I work at home, any of my papers, files, computers are strictly off limits. The master bedroom is a strictly private area and off limits. Other guests' bedrooms are off limits.
Interaction with Guests
I am an attorney, trying to be retired, but not succeeding very well at the retiring part. So I am still working quite a bit. I have an office in town, and work mostly from home. I will be available to guests, although I am in and out most of the time. I am happy to get to know you, hear about your travels, where you are from, what you do. Or if you are not so inclined that is fine too. I have lived here for more than 30 years. I will be happy to give recommendations on where to go, where to eat, how to get around, where to park, when is the best time for this and that, and can add a little history along with it, if you want.
Most people think of Laguna for the great beaches, the 3 art festivals in the summer, and the Pageant of the Masters spectacular. It is also a destination for excellent restaurants, and a growing culture of live music. For the water sports minded, in town there is access to surfing, diving, standup paddling, kayaking, and of course, just hanging out at the beach. Nearby there are harbors for sailing and other boating activities and where one can catch a boat to Catalina Island. The nearby wilderness preserves provide hiking trails. Crystal Cove will take you back to the 30's and 40's. Golfers have access to some really world class courses nearby, but I love our little 9 hole course here at Aliso Creek, which is actually quite challenging, and where the deer come out to greet you in the late afternoons.
If you must -- we are striking distance to the “biggies,” Disneyland, Sea World, Hollywood, Universal Studios -- Los Angeles and San Diego. A quick trip south of the border is an hour and a half away. But you might prefer to stay around town for music in the park on Sunday evenings on various dates, jazz every other Wednesday, chamber music at the Museum on 2nd Thursdays, the farmer's market on Saturday morning, or just to be. Just be.
Orange County is behind the rest of the world when it comes to public transportation. But that is not entirely true of Laguna Beach. There is a city bus that makes an hourly route around the various neighborhoods, on a limited time schedule, and in the summer we have a free open air trolley service that goes up and down Pacific Coast Highway to all the important spots and out to the art festivals. The trolley is fun, and also eliminates the need for parking ($). UberCar (like an AirBnB for taxis) has made it much more friendly to fill the gaps of the public offerings. I, myself, don't mind walking to the beach, but coming back is not so fun. If you are carrying beach chairs, etc., neither way is that fun to walk. If I am going into town, I don't mind giving a ride, or picking up if I'm on my way back. If you are coming by air, Orange County/Santa Ana Airport is the closest. Long Beach is not bad. Use LAX only if there is no other way. If you are not renting a car, a shuttle service, like SuperShuttle or Primetime Shuttle, or UberCar, is the best option for transportation from the airport. There is parking for 2 cars -- one per room. Because of the hillside location, please be aware that the surface is not entirely level and can be challenging for some. For this reason I suggest people arrive in daylight. Depending on your situation, there may be other options; feel free to ask.
Other Things to Note
I have used AirBnB as a guest but this is the first time I have been on the other side. I am looking forward to it. I have had lots of guests over the years, exchange students, college interns, visiting soccer teams, etc., but this will be different, and I will appreciate suggestions.
A note about the AirBnB experience: AirBnB is a unique experience. It is appreciated by those who want something less ordinary, and who in general are a little more adventurous and flexible. It is not for everyone.
Note on "monthly rate." The monthly rate September -May it is $1300. The AirBnB website does not provide for a way to show a different rate for certain periods, i.e. summer. The monthly rate for June, July and August is $1800.
I do not like to have lots of rules, other than to be courteous and considerate. Come and go as you please. It's a house, not a hotel. There is no daily maid service. It is not soundproofed as a hotel would be. Keep your belongings in your room. The bath is shared; leave it clean for the next person. Rinse off and shake out any sand before coming inside. Keep the sound down after hours and be tolerant of normal sound levels. There is no smoking in the house. Absolutely, let me know if anything is not right or if there is anything you need or anything I can do. And the gates must close AND latch each time because the greyhounds can run far and fast if they get out -- and you will be the one to chase them!
I couldn't of picked a better place to stay! Joslyn has gone out of her way to help me with everything she can, and I don't know if I can ever thank her enough. She is truly interested in getting to know everyone and wants to help in any way she can. The room, bathroom and everything else she offers is more than I expected. She is also a lot closer to the beach than I thought. If you get a chance to stay with Joslyn I wouldn't turn it down, it will be one of the best decisions you will make in planning your trip:)
Everything was perfect from the beginning of our stay to the end, rooms are clean comfy and overall have a homely feel. Joslyn was extremely helpful and went over and beyond to make us feel comfortable but yet our stay was very private. Highly recommend! Great to know we had somewhere awesome to stay, as I'm a local.
We had an amazing stay, Joslyn went out of her way to help us with anything we wanted, from information on where to eat and what to do while in Laguna. She definitely went above what was expected even offering us a ride in to town to save on the taxi fare.
Much appreciated. We will stay again if we return to Laguna.
Joslyn is a perfect host - she welcomed us warmly, like dear friends and took great care of us overall with tons of advice on where to go and where to eat! Her house is a magical place hidden in the green hills! We stayed here on our "Ocean retreat", me being 8 months pregnant. The house is beautiful, the room is cozy with a comfortable bed (!) and the view from the window is to die for! Wish we had more time to spend in that "secret garden". Shared bathroom was no inconvenience at all and felt like we had it to ourselves as we did not even get to meet the other guest. We did meet the dogs - perfectly friendly and well behaved girls! They don't even go to the guests' part of the house. Also, there is a separate entrance to the guest's rooms, if you prefer privacy to interaction. Bottom line: If you are into nature, hidden jewels for retreat and good people - you will love it here as much as we did!
My stay was extremely comfortable and relaxing with Joslyn. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a place to stay in Laguna to stay here.
We had a great stay with Joslyn in Laguna Beach! The space is as described, sunny, and clean. She was great with communication before and during our stay. The location is ideal - quiet and beautiful but a quick drive downtown. We even walked the 1.5 miles to the beach twice and enjoyed the beautiful views. Highly recommend. Thanks for a great stay!
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About the Host, Joslyn
I am an attorney and live in Laguna Beach, CA. I have 3 grown kids. Whenever I can, I travel with my buddies -- who are the most interesting people you would ever want to meet. Hosting on AirBnB has been such an adventure, and a privilege, meeting the greatest people from all over.