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Unique Hillside Retreat. Unobstructed views of North San Diego Surf

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

Ultimate privacy.and security on 1 acre eagle's nest surrounded by nature..

Our home is located on a hill above a beautiful nature preserve (San Elijo Lagoon), it's very secluded and is at the end of a dirt driveway. Since the weather in San Diego is lovely year-round, we frequently take walks down into the reserve to enjoy the beautiful views.

Because the home is perched on its own hill above the reserve, it is very private and hase no direct neighbors. The home was built from solid cedar in 1980 much as a Lindal log cabin. As you can see from the photos, the focal point of the house consists of the 8 massive picture windows that allow you to enjoy views of the breaking surf. There is a telescope to study the surfers prior to heading to the beach.

Although the house is 3 levels, the most used rooms are located on a single level -- the second level above the subterranean basement and garage. Upon entering, you walk into the great room, with a full kitchen and dining area off the the left. The master suite is located on one side of the house and two additional bedrooms are located with the laundry facilities on the opposite -- as 2 wings. The third level is a loft area used as a family television room and includes a futon fold up bed.

Summary of bedrooms:

Master Suite: Queen Bed

Bedroom 1: Queen Bed

Bedroom 2: Pull out Full Bed

Loft: Futon full Bed

Basement/Office: Bull out full Bed

Summary of Bathrooms:

Master Suite: Full bath with shower, separate bath tub, toilet and bidet

Additional Bath next to the bedrooms: Two sinks, shower/bath combo, toilet

Powder Room at Entry: toilet

We have plenty of beach chairs, towels, boogie boards, etc to take with you to enjoy the shore. For avid surfers we have both long boards and short boards for use as well.

Please be aware that the deck cantilevers over a canyon with railing designed to maximize the panorama. Unmatched, expansive view for adults but a possible risk for children. So we have to limit guests to adults, or those with adolescent children.

More Details

Ian Hirschsohn
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
4 June, 2017

About Ian Hirschsohn

I am a retired engineer. My kids, Ava and Ryan, are grown and live far from home. I graduated in Mechanical then Aerospace. I grew up in South Africa. Where houses are built of brick and stone. Where 2x4 framing covered in drywall and stucco is unknown.

So when I built my house, in 1976, I wanted an abode that would last. I found a company in Tacoma, WA that offered solid cedar tongue-in-groove (no nails). All walls 4" thick. A house that would be around longer than me. Practical yet naturally beautiful. Timeless. One that fits its unusual natural environment. That is my house. I love it, never ceased loving it. Never tired of it. Nor has my family. Everyone who has visited or stayed in it has been awed. I believe you will love it too.

But I am an engineer. I was taught to focus on safety and practicality above aesthetics. And that is what you will find. The entire house rests on two 16" x 7" steel "I" beams 60 ft long used for bridges and skyscrapers. Unheard of in residential construction. You will feel how the house and cantilevered decks have no "give," no squeaks. As if they were built on concrete slab.

Likewise, I engineered and installed the wiring and plumbing with my family's safety in mind. Separate branch circuits for lights and outlets (most on GFCI). So when the kids tripped a breaker not only would they be safe, but the lights don't alarming go out.

There was only one house that survived the 1964 Anchorage, AK 9.0 earthquake. A Justus house like mine.

Ian Hirschsohn purchased this house in 1976

Why Ian Hirschsohn chose Solana Beach

Ultimate privacy. Surrounded by nature. Some of best views in So. Calif. Yet in walking distance from shops, malls,and beaches. Enclosed within In a quiet upscale neighborhood.

What makes this house unique

House takes maximum advantage of its dynamic location. Imagine sunset dining on the deck overlooking the lagoon and beautiful San Diego coastline. Enjoy your own private paradise!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Solana Beach in San Diego County

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Master bathroom with surf view. Tile floor with mats.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 2 lavatories. Huge mirrors over basins. Supplies storage.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Old fashioned pull-chain toilet. Vaulted ceiling.
  • All bathrooms SOLID cedar. Floors tile with mats.. Bathroom 2 has commercial wall-hung toilet for ease of cleaning under. Under-sink cabinets for supplies, accessories. (I don't believe in fancy porcelain lavs. with nowhere to store anything.) Practical, practical describes this house. Bathroom layouts and amenities recommended by Cornell School of Architecture. Never regretted it in almost 50 yrs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Master bedroom in separate west wing.. 2 additional bedrooms in separate east wing, (one bed foldout -- but room has surf view to compensate). All bedrooms have 14' vaulted ceilings. All have SOLID cedar walls. All have ample closets. All have views. NONE viewable by neighbors. TV in master bedroom. All carpeted.
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
Solana Beach is an active little town with numerous restaurants, craft brewery, Whole Foods store, farmers' market among others. It is a bit up market with no nationwide fast food downtown. It has wide sidewalks. SB has its Cedros Designer District within a couple miles pleasant walk through a quiet neighborhood. The DD has an assortment of elite boutique eclectic shops that are fun. Also the famed Belly Up tavern where many famed bands premiered. North is Encinitas, appealing to a younger crowd. South is Del Mar with its upscale shops and race-track (dormant after 4 Sept). Further afield is famed La Jolla. Worth a visit, but bit of a parking nightmare. And Carlsbad, a wonderful village to visit and stroll its ocean walk. Sandy beaches extend uninterrupted from La Jolla 40 mi north to Oceanside. Take your pick. Parking is usual criterion. The mile of beaches seen from the house are best bet. And have plenty of parking.


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Tony's Jacal
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Chief's Burger & Brew
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
Nearest Train
1.2 Miles
Solana Beach Station
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
I-5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Claire's on Cedros
Nearest Ski
130 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Fletcher Cove
Car: recommended

Adjacent San Elijo Lagoon Nature Preserve, a state sanctuary for birds, flora and fauna. If you enjoy nature trails this is for you.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Solana Beach, California

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14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £74.74
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,509.8

House is unique and enchanting to anyone who has resided. It has survived 2 teens and almost 50 years. And I am sure you will delight in it as all its occupants have.

The surrounding slopes and deck can be hazardous to young children. That is why I have to exclude them.

Please don't try to sneak in pets or allow visitors to bring them.

All this said, I am sure you will enjoy your stay as I and my family have for almost five decades.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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