Stroll down to the seawall at sunset with your bottle of wine or champagne- a couple of plastic glasses - and your binoculars. If it is winter - you will likely get a good view of some whales passing by enroute to their winter homes in Mexico - If it is summer you will be dazzled by the array of boogie borders and surfers dotting the surfline in our world famous short board beach. Any time of year you will be calmed by the pounding of the surf at the base of our seawall and the fantastic almost spiritual sunsets we enjoy nearly every day.
If you are with your kids - perhaps it is the end of a special day at one of the area amusement parks and you're all ready for a hot tub or swim in our heated pools. If this is an adult vacation .. perhaps you can end your day with a workout in our gym and a few minutes in our saunas - or try your hand at our putting green, or in the ping pong centers. You can bbq outside all year long at the professional bbq center next to the main pool.
In todays world most everyone travels with their tablet, phablet, Iphone, Android, Kindle or other hand held device that streams content. To facilitate the way we all travel these days we have just switched (Aug 2015) to ATT Uverse - with 18mbps speeds which are triple the PRO DSL speeds I was formerly getting. With this improvement we dropped our outdated landline. We pay more for this service but it is highly dependable - dedicated to our condo only - and you don't share the airwaves so download time is reliable. Each of you can utilize our WiFi to access your individual device content in the comfort of your own bedroom, the living room together or on the patio areas. If you don't travel with your own hotspot - you can access wifi at the pool or beach from the ECCO system for a daily rate just like you would at a hotel. That is a separate service avail to all guests in NCV - and you can link up to it rather easily by looking for the ECCO - SSID on your device - and follow the prompts. Speeds vary - according to amount of traffic.
We have titled our 2 bdrm cottage style condo the Secret Garden bungalow because our location within the complex is in an amazing little jungle of tropical trees and foliage - not unlike what you see in Hawaii Our deck literally overhangs a waterfall and With huge tropical trees and plenty of shade from summer sun. Since CA is in a drought our waterfall may not be operating year round. However the trees and foliage are healthy and dense. Look at our balcony pictures. Our unit is not an ocean view - it is on the East boundary of our complex. We are closer to the railroad tracks than the waterfront units - and you will get more train rumble here, but generally no tooting as our complex is not adjacent to any rr crossing. We have priced our bungalow similar to what a 1 bdrm unit rents for - but you get so much more for your money!
We are an upstairs end unit with no one above us and we have no other condo on 3 sides. That means extra windows - including skylights - and very little 'neighbor' noise to bother you day or night. Our garden location is private and quiet (except for train rumble) - the outside balcony is completely enclosed by thick green foliage and full grown banana leaf trees - a cool respite after a hot summer day. Our pricing reflects our location within the complex - not the quality of our condo.
In our budget bungalow - everyone will have space to stretch out and find some privacy. There is 1050 sq feet of living space all on one floor with 2 full bedrooms and 2 full baths on one side and a full kitchen, dining, living room -plus an outside balcony deck with a custom dining counter on the other side. A doorway shuts off the bedroom side which gives even more privacy and peace if someone needs a nap! We have a large walk in kitchen with a small table for your toddlers or preschoolers. We also have a dining room table and bar counter too.
Our Master Bedroom has a Cal King bed - mission style furniture - (a portable crib stored either by the nightstand or in the guest bdrm closet) - a convertible chair bed from IKEA - and a brand new wall mounted HD SMART flatscreen TV with dual BlueRay/DVD player - and a console with an HDMI pigtail for your personal attachments. - The master bedroom has a private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet and a couple of closets. This room has a portable AC unit set up between May and October - available by special permit from the HOA. It lets you close the new double pane high efficiency windows - and cool off your primary sleeping area quickly. Our 2nd bedroom has a new Spring Air queen bed - wicker dresser -large closet stocked with baby equipment like booster seats Portable crib, kids toys etc. - another brand new wall (2016) HD Flat Screen TV with dual BlueRay/DVD player and a wall mounted console with an HDMI pigtail for your personal attachments (xbox) . Our 2nd bathroom is just outside in the common hallway between the two bedrooms it has a full tub, shower sink and toilet. We keep a potty ring and a step stool for toddlers under ONE of the bathroom sinks.
Our Living room area had new furniture in 2013 - plus new carpeting - We have warm colors in Cinnamon and Navy blue - with cool grey carpet. In the LR we offer a twin sofa sleeper (Macy's 54" wide). We keep 2 large tri fold futon mats stacked behind the Macy's sleeper couch - to provide flexible sleeping options. If you intend to use this option - please pack your own sleeping bags - as we only provide 2 sets of twin sheets and comforters per rental.
In addition to both bedrooms we also installed a brand new 2016 flat screen HD smart tv in our living room. There is both a dual blueray/dvd player and an old DVD VCR combo player - plus hdmi outlet for guest appliances. Our video library has over 30 titles in DVD format, plus a large number of VCR tapes .. keep in mind the salt air will destroy our vcr player eventually - so we don't guarantee it will still be working when you arrive. Please note our pictures show the old tvs... I promise new pictures coming asap!
One of the best aspects of renting a condo is being able to cook your meals rather than dining out. Sure it's nice to have a couple of meals out - especially if you have a very busy day. We can recommend budget minded restaurants close by the condo even within walking distance- or close to some of the main local attractions to help you stay within your vacation budget. There is a SOUP Plantation with good food and cheap prices for kids 5 miles away - a Panda Express up on MIssion Blvd near the High School and freeway onramp - Denny's a mile away - Ruby's on the end of the pier - etc.
Our kitchen is fully equipped. We have a full size range, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, george foreman grill, blender, tea kettle, tea pot, coffee maker, two sizes of pizza pans - 14" and 16" - and all the dishes, cups and glasses and enough support items to cook a full thanksgiving dinner (if you want to).
New to the area is a WalMart Neighborhood Market - and right next door to that is a 99cent Store - WOW - that is so handy! It is located at the same shopping center with Panda Express. For the fastest route to get there - take Surfrider East - cross over Coast Highway and go up about 6 blocks - then turn right on Ditmar and you will run right into the market on your left before the Light for Mission Blvd. It has EVERYTHING - you need.
They say we have the best weather in the entire world in San Diego County .. not too dry - not too wet, not too cold, and a mild range of temperatures that bring world travelers to our area all year long. It's so easy to get here too. We have 5 major airports all within a 2 hour drive including San Diego International (SAN), Santa Ana John Wayne (SNA) Ontario International (ONT) Palomar Airport (8 miles away) BUR 1:45 away and LAX 1:45 away. You are bound to find a flight and a fare that matches your needs. Almost all of the airports - connect in some way to the rail way stations although the further away the more tedious a transfer might become. The easiest routes are SNA and SAN - both offer transfers to the Amtrak and Metrolink stations.
When you are considering your travel needs .. and costs and the chaos that generally comes with traveling with kids ..or the chaos of traveling in our emotionally mixed up world today ... you are going to be very pleasantly surprised at the ultimate cost of your vacation in our condo. Your wallet will be pleased, your nerves will be soothed, and hey it's safe to drink the water too! Please read our guest reviews and leave one too!