Steps from sand of Wind-n-Sea beach

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Playa Del Sur, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States
Your host, Julie
29 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a day

The Space

The Space:
Spacious one-bedroom apartment steps away from Wind-n-Sea beach in La Jolla.

Enter a special place in the world and escape from it all. This first-floor apartment is in a quiet complex and has its own tropical yard in the back, complete with a hammock. With the ocean steps away, the sound of crashing waves is ever-present and the ocean can be seen from nearly every room. The apartment is complete with kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and private outdoor space. The bathroom with its calming decor has a large counter top, tub, and shower. The bedroom has a California King sized bed and a reading chair with sliding glass door access to the tropical backyard and hammock. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and a freshly provided supply of wood and kindling. Orchids fill each room and every effort has been made to create a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and serenity.

The Place:
Wind-n-Sea beach complete with tide pools, sandy beaches, rock formations, and gorgeous waves

Welcome to one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S. A unique feature of this great beach is that it is always changing. Depending on the tide, weather, and time of year, you might find a wide sandy beach or lots of rock formations covered in green moss and little hidden beaches tucked away in between. Known by the locals as one of the great surf spots in San Diego (for experienced surfers only). When the tide is low, tide pools emerge at either end of the beach and sea life like starfish, crabs, and sea anemone can be spotted. Locals gather at the beach each evening to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and it is not uncommon to see seals or dolphins in the ocean.

The Area:
Known for being one of the most beautiful spots in the world with gorgeous beaches and wonderful weather.

The climate is mild, with an average daily temperature of 70.5 °F (21.4 °C). Being right on the beach you can expect a morning "marine layer" on most days that keeps things cooler until the sun burns it off around 11am. (No guarantees on weather of course ;-)) The area of La Jolla is broken up into a few neighborhoods: Wind-n-Sea beach (where the apartment is located), Bird Rock, The Cove, The Village, and The Shores.

Each neighborhood has something special and all are within walking distance if you are up for a healthy hike (except maybe The Shores - although some would argue even this is walking distance). The Village is filled with restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. The Cove has a park, steps to sea caves (via the Sunny Jim Cave Store), and Seal Beach (also called La Jolla Children's pool as it used to be open for public use and its protected beach made it perfect for families - now it is the home of seals year-round). The Shores offers great access to kayaking the La Jolla sea caves.

A little further north (driving distance) you'll find scenic hiking at Torrey Pines Reserve and a great view from the top of Mount Soledad. From an Arts perspective, check out the La Jolla Playhouse and the La Jolla Athenaeum. Lastly, there is a farmer's market at the La Jolla Elementary School on Sunday mornings.

The Amenities:
- Free unlimited wi-fi internet
- Community patio with BBQ
- Lots of books to borrow... and return :-)
- Washer & dryer (quarters needed)
- "Locals View" concierge list of local coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, and favorite local hangouts

Note: The apartment is designed to be a real escape from the world so there is no TV, microwave or landline phone (however, since the wi-fi is unlimited you can watch TV or movies on your own laptop, tablet or smartphone via Hulu or Amazon Prime or any other service you have access to). There are several nearby theaters for great movie excursions.

Also a note on parking: There is free, unrestricted street parking right by the complex. There is also one space on the property for guests, but it is first come first served and really is only a few feet closer than the street parking.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Security Deposit: $250
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • While the host was cheerful, the accommodations were much less than expected. Her advertisement indicated sounds of the ocean which were only audible when the doors and windows were opened which would have been fine except there were NO screens. The private seating area was dusty and the cushions too dirty to use. There was little refrigerator space for her guests. She stated that she lived here full time and only vacated for guests. The most serious complaint was the open wires in the bathroom ceiling fixture with no cover to keep steam and sprays of water from the area. That was made worse by the fact that there was no shower curtain. Also, there was no switch plate cover near the sink in the bathroom. Her response later with regard to the open area was "they were quite far from the shower and were NOT a safety issue". The bicycles she talks about were unusable due to rust and dirt. The furniture was soiled and there were no eating places in the kitchen. We left after only one night to seek other accommodations. If I could leave 0 stars, I would do it!

    June 2014
  • Beautiful place to stay for the weekend-so peaceful to hear the waves crashing at night. Great location for sunset and surf viewing. The bed is really comfortable! Down town La Jolla is only about a mile walk. Construction during the week can be a little disruptive if you are looking to sleep in. All and all very tranquil place filled with beauty.

    April 2014
  • The place was fun and functional and close to everything!

    April 2014
  • Julie's place is clean, comfortable, and steps away from Wind n Sea.

    There was some construction going on in the front of the house, which brought it's ups and downs. The upside, is we were even closer to the sounds and sands of the ocean. There was an amazing view that could be seen from also every room in the house. The downside, is if we were wanting to sleep in, we would of needed to wear the ear plugs Julie provided for us.

    Julie was warm and inviting. Highly recommend staying here. For the price, this place is ideal! Thank you Julie.

    April 2014
  • Julie's place was just as advertised! Even though she wasn't there when we arrived, she left tons of instructions and we had no problems at all. The place was clean and definitely steps from the Wind-n-Sea beach which is just beautiful. Loved that you can literally hear the surf from every room in the house. We enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the waves in the very comfy bed. Only downside was the construction was still going on across the street, but we were up and at 'em early enough to get started on our California adventures. So sleeping in would have been an issue, though she did leave earplugs for us. She also left a bottle of wine which was an added bonus! Would recommend this place for a getaway to CA!

    March 2014
  • Simply put, enchanting place in beautiful La Jolla. Julie made the entire process easy by being responsive and clear. When I arrived, I was surprised to find out that the beach was just steps away. The location made for wonderful wave splashing sounds in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, there was construction going on across the street that would wake me up in the morning and ruin the ocean sounds during the day. Aside from that, the place was beautifully furnished and comfortable. I would definitely stay here again.

    March 2014
  • Excellent location, just steps from the beach. Julie was great and made sure we had everything we needed to have a wonderful stay. The apartment is cozy and has its' own charm. I recommend it and would definitely come back in the future.

    February 2014
  • We spent four days staying at Julie's place and it was amazing! We left the windows open so we could hear the ocean from all of the rooms as well as the sliding glass door while we were sleeping which was very relaxing. We were even able to walk up the road to the Busy Bee's Bakery every morning (it was our favorite and recommended by Julie). Communication with Julie was very easy and she is very thoughtful to leave recommendations of places to eat and go see especially since it was our first time to San Diego. We definitely recommend staying here.

    January 2014
  • We spent four fabulous days in La Jolla. Great weather, next to the ocean, listening to the waves and surf when waking up each morning. Julie's apartment is two houses away from the boardwalk in a very quiet neighborhood. We walked to a restaurant each night, and really enjoyed walking back home along the ocean. Parking is on the street, and we did not experience any problems finding a spot each day after we finished touring. We found the accommodations very clean, and comfortable. She has lovely soaps and lotions in the bathroom for guests. We would definitely recommend this space to anyone who wants to experience La Jolla like a resident.

    January 2014
  • Lovely, cozy, comfortable little place, and Julie is a wonderful host. She was responsive, and very conscientious about providing us everything we needed while not disrupting our privacy. The beach is indeed half a block away, and the ocean views are as advertised. Some mornings, we would walk out to the ocean in pajamas, tea mugs in hand. Wind-n-sea beach is truly lovely, and the sunsets are stunning. You can hear the sound of the ocean waves from the apartment all day. The only slight downside has nothing to do with the place or the host: the noise from the next-door construction project that begins every weekday (starting at 7 am) is not pleasant, but Julie went out of her way to ask them about the schedule for us, and even offered to provide us earplugs! A wonderful experience, and kudos to the hostess.

    December 2013
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