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Windnsea Beach Studio Spanish Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, studio granny flat conversion, 1 Bath. sleeps 2 to 4. inquire.

Enjoy NEW $3000 Temperpedic Queen mattress! in our Historic Conversion of an r2 garage to demanded granny flats in years past for La Jolla Playhouse. for the beach houses walking distance to beach were houses owned for summer by the wealthier residents on top of the hill in the Muirlands LJ. We were close to the La jolla playhouse and they asked the original owners in 1956 to covert the garage to a studio cottage/granny flat. Since then its historic original property date with the house and cottage combination original structure built in 1926 and later owned by Famous La Jolla light writers of local newspaper. Liza and Mike bought this in 1996 and in 2000 upgraded the cottage studio here that had had work done several time over the decade to the cute funky beach art deco historic cottage it is now. The main attractor of this cottage is LOCATION and ease of walking to all. It is not large and is an efficient unit and not luxury but more a beach feeling with lots of spanish flair and color with newer furnishings the owner bought over the last few years to make it homey and continue to rent it as a vacant rental since 2001. It is Blue Adobe Spanish Stand Alone Guest House or 4th bedroom to house. converted garage before 1956 with its own Fenced and private

tropical yard patio lot- Studio Cottage. Most studios do not have

their own stand alone house, this does! cottage has skylight

and french door and windows allowing you to look out into the garden

and or dine and bbq outside, One side of the property has a four foot adobe wall next to my other larger vacation rental property, its on a double r 2 lot, separated and farther away from my second house than neighors are to each other. It is a courtyard entrance with lots of plants entering from a shared access driveway. The east side of the courtyard has some bamboo and plants now drought resistant. Close to the beach in the beach but is not fenced in except on two sides. The village space is at a premium yet this cottage is quiet for being two blocks to the top ten beach in the US, Parking is out street front at the end of a triple long driveway so you are set back a ways from main street and the second house is street front. Any pets must be registered paid for and accepted by owner with approval confirmation of pet polices and conditions. There are owner occupied neighors with dogs so it must be compatible to neighborhood conditions to be accepted. We are pet animal lovers and bring out two yorkies when we vacation here in our own home, but we do not leave inside unattended for hours and there is no yard, if you want a yard rent my house next door,. Barking is not permitted in close beach patio owner occupied homes are around you amongst also several vacation rentals on each side. Therefore please meet other great travelers and can enjoy a similar atmosphere yet the privacy and peace of a family neighborhood at large please be kind to our professional neighbors.. Ammenities: Wood stove fireplace, Kitchennette with granite counter, multiple cabinets, 2 burner stove top, microwave, appliances, blender, coffee maker, hot pot,toaster oven, nu wave cooktop with pots and pans designed for it..

Outdoor beach table.

Quiet although two blocks, 1500 feet to famous wind n sea beach.

Shower, and bath with double sinks, living room area has IKEA bed sleeper mattress couch.

As this home is historice it has been lovingly refurbished and at any given time we may be adding new items each month, and have remodeled but as a historic home its a continual upkeep in progress. IT is charming but may have some nuances that any home or particularly and older home built in 1926 would have. We have replaced all fixtures and the cottage has been remodeled in 1956 and 2001 as well as we paint inside often and add art and new furnishings every 3-5 years to keep it updated. Stucco Spanish building period of Baja California. Wood stove only 10 years old installed that keeps it warm in winter along with room large heaters that keep it more than toasty but no central heat, however its not needed with the heat we have and can get even too hot with the fireplace in the wood stove going. Summers are hotter every year and summers were once 70 to 75 are not 85 and we have an AC for the one window in the bathroom that is ten feet from the bed to cool you or big fans and a front door that you can close the screen from the inside and run fans across, Of course it is cooler than most places but in summer it can be humid so if you come from dry it can seem warm due to moisture at the beach. SAme with winter, we have no mold but it can be a baggy effect in winter if we get fog and rain and clouds on occasion one week and the next week like summer. For that the wood stove drys out any moisture. If you have arthritis or sensitive to older homes that can be musty if closed up for a day or two but air out immediately but you have sensitivity to dampness it might not be right for you from Xmas to March , as it does get damp cold and one has to run the wood stove to make it dry and not cooler, as we have marble floors , however they are clean and great for keeping things cool in summer and in winter they are great if you do heat with the woods stove and we have some throw rugs here and there. It really is a beautiful floor for a cottage, and its a stand alone unit, you step outside, no condo upstairs and its own unit which is rare for 99 to 199 a night peak times, and unheard of low price in low times as one room motels that are 100years old down the street and are not pretty are 100 a night, so overall the cottage is extra fairly priced and we stay booked all year due to low pricing for low seasons and low pricing for summer for the area, If you can afford the starter purchase rates at the beach of 1.5 to 1.7 million to buy these homes, that are original beach bungalow size the next best thing is to rent one for a trip and pay no fees of homowners costs. Due to the historicness of keeping the structure but adding upgrades there may be some slow hot water in the tub or say an older Spanish look outside but its unique and charming but not a track new home. So please no nit picking over the age or size or artistry, and if a bug happens to come in as we are at ground level and do have pest control with choice of chemicals or bug essential oils from a certified company but we don't over spray due to pets and kids that may be crawling around outside in the courtyard. Also sand can be tracked in if you don't take shoes off outside and stick to your feet but we provide brooms for a beautiful floor that can be cleaned easily compared to an old floor. We have had very gracious guests and occasionally if someone is very concerned about perfection they might not like older homes so we suggest your realize that before coming and be okay with it. WE don't give refunds if a bug shows up and we have to have a second treatment or the last person forgot to take the outside trash bin to the curbe so there might be a bag of trash in the outside container not on your courtyard but in the driveway, we ask our renters to put out trash Monday by 7am but sometimes they forget . WE do provide trash bags starter packs and indoor trash cans, dish soap, and cotton hand towels and sponge. Bring your own shampoos and soaps as everyone is scent sitive in their own ways and being real estate we have more moving parts than a motel, so we do our best. A bbq is included outside and needs small green propane tanks that run 2 for 15 or $5 as wal mart and there is usualy one on the grill but if it runs out tenants are to pick up at the grocery store one mile away as we cannot control the grill at all times fyi. Please clean grills as you would the stove also or maids charge extra on deposits. If its not clean let us know so we can charge the previous tenants and please do your best and we will work to improve every week but on occasion when things aren't perfect go easy on as this is a one star price for a four star rental and we are home owners with basic staff of maid and gardner and contractors but no on site staff 24/7 so some things we can only attend to if you see them and notify us but they are not reason for refunds for weather, hot or cold and bug or mouse on rare rare occasion but can happened being at ground level and no mold complaints as its not moldy we have cleaned it but if it has an area that needs to be cleaned let us know and we will take care of it. It might smell musty if it is a damp day and closed up for a few days before arrival but it doesn not have bad mold and everyone is southern calfifornia beach properties has to fight wet shower curtains building up in one day so realize the ennvironement, , keep it clean while there and appreciate the price of a beach vacation that is affordable but not buyable for the price, we love to entertain as a rental but are not on hotel concierge levels. We can stop by on Monday, Thursday or Saturday for basics if you need anything unless its urgent we call our handyman. We live two hour round trip away so you have your privacy but call or email questions or concerns.

Internet is on site and should be posted in your hospitality section of VRBO homeaway, text me if you cant find it. WE have dish cable tv with HBO as well as all basic 50 channels and pay 100 a month for a big package but not the largest at 150. Its pretty good and no complaints if you have to have a certain station let us know and we can see the pricing for you before you are here. There is no laundry machines for this small guest house. Machines are owned by our maid management.

Hope this helps with your decision and charm and nuances of the beach barber tract historic homes , some refurbished here on this block and some all new re done but most reantals are not the brand new ones, However it is amazing area, come on down !

More Details

Liza Szabo
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2018

About Liza Szabo

We bought this property to be in the Jewel of La Jolla, wind n sea beach barber tract homes so my husband could walk barefoot to the beach with surfboard in hand.

We vacation rental it so we can enjoy it. WE are professional Retreat Teachers in

the Healing Arts, owning 6 peaceful retreat rentals at spots we love. Liza's private practice is in psychology couseling and Naturopathic nutrition and am also a Dental Hygienist. Mike is A world class Yoga teacher. Our passion is nature and homes, design and architecture. We love to make our homes available for others to enjoy and take very good care of them, with caretakers available to meet the needs of our

homes, as well as being hands one ourselves, at getting new furnishings, planting

tropicals and overseeing the cleanliness, bookings and helping our vacationers with

their reservations. Come see us at our VRBO in La Jolla, CA, Hawaii and Yosemite.

Liza and Mike

Liza Szabo purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Liza Szabo chose Beach Barber Tract

La Jolla was where we both wanted to live our whole lives. I had post cards in my office in

colorado when I was 22, promising that one day I would live there. When first married we saved

up enough money to buy a home by our most loved beach, Wind N Sea also voted top ten beaches in

the world and walk to it by foot along with the village atmosphere of dining, shops, parks, scenic trails and perfect weather. We now can return again and again to our property while still

enjoying our other beach home, hawaii or yosemite. Our dream come true to have beach, moutains and tropical areas. We hope to retire in the village, wind n sea beach home and in the meantime

get joy out of sharing it with other vacationers. come see the beauty of walking to all at the JEWEL our La Jolla Wind n Sea Beach home and cottage. Rent one or both together, separated double r2 lot.

What makes this cottage unique

Everthing you can can want on vacation and never need a car. Walk to Top Ten beaches in the world wind n Sea, as well as shops

and restaurants, spa and gym 11 houses away, but be in a quite tropical neighborhood with a yard

where they are hard to come by. Walk 3 houses to La Jolla scenic trail and park, the beach 1500 feet from our door is enjoyable walkable. Or head north 10 minutes walk to the downtown entertainment of fine restaurants, art galleries and the world famous cove. The olympic community is only 5 houses away and our year round temperature average is 66 to 72 degrees, warming up in summer to the mid 70s. maybe peaking at low 80's. Enjoy all that the JEWEL of La Jolla has to offer being in the heart of the village at our Wind N Sea Beach house and Optional

cottage next door.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a nicely converted former garage in a beautiful and very quiet residential neighborhood - no traffic noise at all, but walk to shops and restaurants. One block to bike path. There is a lovely patio with a big round table and umbrella outside, and a table and chairs for 6 inside. There is an efficiency kitchen - lots of storage, big (sometimes noisy) fridge, NU Wave stove burner, electric grille, BBQ outdoors, and small microwave, but you could serve 6 for dinner if you had friends in SD you wanted to impress. There is a washer/dryer shared with the main house. The bed was large and comfortable. We had no problem with the electronics (Dish TV and wifi). On the downside, there is no shade on the skylight which is above the bed. It didn't bother us as early risers, but we thought the eyeshades provided would not work for some visitors. Also, the only cross ventilation available required leaving the front door open because the only operable window was in the bathroom. (The north facing front is all glass, but those windows don't open). This was only an issue on a couple of particularly warm days. Note that there are 3 Bonairs (Place, Street and Way) in La Jolla and Bonair Street is the middle one The street number is hidden behind a palm tree, but this is the 2nd house west of Draper on the south side of the street. In the picture the yellow door leads to the washer and dryer, the multipane glass with yellow trim is the front of the unit and the patio is beyond the gate in the garden wall.
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Beach Barber Tract, California

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower tub combination, two sinks, vanity and commode nicer size bathroom for a cottage. Long and more space than a small bathroom might be.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen bed, Queen Ikea Futon sleeper mattress very comfy, and upon request a 5th person can sleep on a fold out floor futon of 6 inch high density foam but cottage is best suited to 2 or 4 can be workable if 2 sleep in each queen bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
stand alone smaller but private and quite set back cottage converted granny flat from historic home built in 1926 remodeled to a granny flat in 1956, remodeled in 60s by La jolla light owners and re done in 2000. Its funky artsy crafts adobe mix of original structure and some new areas like recessed lights, granite counters and marble floors and fairly nice bathroom for a cottage, bigger and vanity sinks for 2, shower tub combination, has a courtyard and lots of plants.


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Windnsea Beach Studio Spanish Cottage
average rating of 4.172414 based on 46 reviews

Adorable cottage just a short walk from the beach

  • 5 of 5

I spent 5 days in this cute cottage. It is nestled into a residential area with many coffee shops, restaurants and a grocery store nearby. I stayed here with two other people. It had everything we needed as we mostly used it as a home base for our excursions to the the Windansea Beach, Temecula Wineries, downtown San Diego and neighboring beach towns.

  • Submitted: 7-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute beach cottage

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Colorfully decorated typical beach cottage garage conversion. Directions need update. It is "second" not "first" house on the left. NO "white picket fence " or house numbers. Really hard to find in the dark.

  • Submitted: 6-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: House number right in front on the house by the entrance to cottage. Not everyone comes in the dark. We are a Quiet Private secluded foliage Guest house cottage that belongs to our other larger Spanish house on a double lot, with a VRBO number 89917, 3 bedroom 2 bath house if you want to rent both or one or the other. We are yes 2 houses from the corner of Draper on Bonair, (never posted 1?) and are 11 houses to shops restaurants, and 26 houses to the main entrance to wind n sea beach. not sure where it says one house. As stated earlier we set back on a double lot so the cottage is peaceful and quiet away from street noise or parking noise and not far, a double driveway back. We had a white picket removable fence and have now grown big bamboo in pots in transition to fill the property with plants for a gate and it has many now, in fact he could not see it because of the plants, as he stated from the street, but the address is clearly out front on the house in big letters so as soon as you see the house you can see the blue cottage in the rear. Unfortunately being this close to beach and houses being up to 2million for a house cottage double lot are just not affordable anymore but we keep ours the lowest and stay busy and share our home as low as 99 a night and up to 199 night in summers where as the roach motel down the street just one bed and trashy is 100. It is cute and yes its converted by the La Jolla light newspaper editors owned this in the past and many in the neighborhood were asked to convert their homes to have a granny flat for traveler from all over the world back in the 50s, a gem the Wind ns sea beach and La Jolla village visited from all over the world due to its beauty and Italy like feeling. You might expect some noise in summer but we have a yard so rare at the beach and it cuts things way back an makes it magical and peaceful with all the plants and space compared to the other stacked housing walking to the beach with several stories of apartments and no lot houses. We have cottage courtyard with space and not a condo and we have a yard next to you we own as a vacation home we enjoy when we can and lived here ourselves originally and know it inside and out and chose to keep th original structure vs tear it down and make it a beast, one day we will but right now it has all the charm and nuances of a historic adorable home. Please respect that and what it takes, we respect you. Many kind regards. the owners. Liza and Mike
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Perfect Location for Our Week Long Stay

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was the perfect size for a couple exploring the San Diego area. It's centrally located (we were never more than a half hour drive from any of our destinations- as far south as The Gaslamp Quarter and as far north as Bressi Ranch) as well as a 5 minute walk to the beach. The check-in and check-out process was straightforward and easy. The sunny private patio was perfect for outdoor meals. The entire place was extremely clean and appliances worked well. Liza was responsive and respectful, as well as incredibly kind. The neighborhood was safe, quiet, and friendly. Parking on the street was never an issue. A great 5-star visit that we will remember forever!

  • Submitted: 1-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet spot, great location but cottage needs to be freshened up a bit.

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is in a great location to access the beaches, La Jolla Village and the whole coastal area around San Diego. We loved the proximity to everything. We found the cottage to be dark and a bit musty. It definitely needs some work to freshen it up a bit on the outside and inside. The hot water took a very long time to become just warm, especially in the kitchen, which made it difficult to do a good job of washing the dishes. There were two vehicles parked in the driveway right in front of the cottage, which left very little room to walk by out to the street, given the trash bins etc in the driveway also. It was quiet, as the cottage is set back from the street. The neighbourhood is lovely and we walked a lot. Good restaurants in the area. Has great potential!

  • Submitted: 5-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Free Parking! Yes, Spring Re Fresh. The cottage is light as previous reviews the skylight is bright so we had a guest wanting a cover over it, which we placed. We have windows across the whole front of cottage and blinds, and drapes both. I decided after much deliberation, people posted it was too light and bright and if we put a shade on the skylight we get posts it is too dark. I removed it and leave the eye pads for late sleepers. This is a historic La Jolla neighborhood built in 1926 we have a Spanish Adobe historic home. We have pipes narrow from 1936 built out underground so the hot water is only slow at kitchen sink. We have an instant hot water tank and if you put the tub on hot and pull it out fully the hot water comes as normal as anywhere, but it does have the nuance of sitting in the quite party of the double lot in back with lots of plants so it is a bit farther from main street large pipe. Many homes are restored and ours is a granny flat conversion of which La jolla playhouse in the 50s asked owners to convert their homes to granny flats for vacation visitors and it has been remodeled in 2001. Granite counters and marble floors, foe art finish walls. We do have some of the original fixtures and its charming but not a new track home.We do spruce it up and we are by the damp winter beach and have a wood stove to drive out any dampness if folks use it-there is no damp. We have 500 sq feet, its a guest house good for 2 and a private double lot, so it has plants and an adobe wall between the two and is very quiet being in a city at the beach in the village you can hear not much at all , barely a pin drop so a fridge can be a sound in a studio but it doesnt bother me or most folks and it can be unplugged at night, as things wont get hot overnight if the door is closed it stays cold, but I find no need. Its adorable and the price is les than a lower level motel and is La jolla, the 2 million dollar double lots with beach houses that were for the rich a mile up the hill in the 30s to 50s is now very expensive and hard to buy-in at all. You will find it artsy, colorful of the spanish style it was built in and very comfortable and quiet walk to the beach and all the little shops yet lots of greenery that after winter we are clearing like everyone the old and putting in the new plants, folks expect san diego to not have any winter, or brown or dark but the beach is cold in the winter, as low as 45 damp but nothing like any other state!
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Romantic beach cottage for two

  • 5 of 5

Perfect in every way. That includes the cottage, the neighborhood, daily walks to the sea and shopping, the warm sunny weather, and our host, Liza, who couldn't have been more accommodating.

  • Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

We had a great girls get away trip to lajolla. This cottage was so cute and close to everything we were able to walk everywhere we needed to go. Liza was wonderful and would respond to my text right away. I would stay here again!

  • Submitted: 4-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
san diego airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
su casa 11 houses walk
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
la jolla country club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
11 houses mandarin chinese house
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
wind n sea top ten in US


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Beach Barber Tract, California

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Rate
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Summer Full
Jun 25 2018 - Jul 8 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Jul 9 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Sep 4 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Oct 1 2018 - Nov 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Nov 22 2018 - Nov 26 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Dec 20 2018 - Jan 2 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$389.19
Post check out maid C$162.16
Pet Fee C$129.73


Owner's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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