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Perhaps Our San Diego Home is the Perfect Place for Your Family’s Next Trip/Reunion

Hello, and welcome! So glad you found your way to our little corner of the universe.

Bringing Your Family to Our Home is MUCH MORE than Just “renting a vacation home”

It is an opportunity to be together, all together under one roof, with everything a family could need to make memories…while also having plenty of space and luxury. Sure there are so many cool things to do within an hour and a half of the house (the beach, Harbors, Disneyland, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, The Zoo/Safari Park…just to name a few) but many families (including ours) opt to stay on the property and hang out together. Watching movies, playing games, talking, cooking, swimming…together but with autonomy. Something that’s nice when you have generations all gathered together.

The owner of this incredible home is also the designer and builder who lives with his wife and family in the home when it’s not rented.  This provides a vacation rental home that is always cared for and extremely well maintained.

As you’re about to see, the home he built for his family is unique and quite spectacular. It is unique because it is specifically built for family connection, something that so many families over the last few years have experienced for themselves. The energy of joy, gratitude, love and family togetherness is felt by everyone who enters those front doors. It’s spectacular because it has it all. Huge private quarters, game room, movie theater, amazing pool and waterslide, and perhaps best of all…a massive great room, open kitchen/eating area (that’s decked out with everything a cook could need), where families congregate to enjoy quality time together. Without being on top of one another…even if there’s four generations and 24 people!

When You Walk Through Those Front Doors You’ll Immediately See the Views, The Breathtaking Architecture – but It’s the Spiritual Energy of Love and Family that makes the Biggest Impression

For ten years the owner and his family have been inviting other families to come and experience the home built in love for families. This home, El Refugio, as we’ve dubbed it –  means The Refuge – and is exactly that. It is a place where families gather together to spend time in community and relish quality family time, in an exquisite environment. It is the culmination of the owner’s family dreams, each room having been designed after years of dreaming, specifically to make sure all who stay there live as peacefully and happily as possible. From the views to the amenities, to the sheer space and combination of privacy and family oriented areas…it is literally the perfect place to gather together as a family.

 

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Our Guests Experiences Mean Everything To Us

Hearing the stories of how other families enjoyed our home bring us so much joy

  • More than expected…

    We stayed in this house with our girls basketball team and parents while playing in a tournament in San Diego. When everyone saw the house (even though we had all seen the pictures on VRBO) for the first time, we were simply blown away. The place is amazing, the location is gorgeous (although a small haul from SD), and it has everything you need or would want for a stay in a large home. I could go on forever about all the things that this house provides (pool, water slide, movie theater, whole home audio system, and game room) but I will just say that most days you just will not want to leave. I hope we get the chance to stay here again, because the view alone makes it worth the price.
    Coach R.L.
  • Perfect Place for a Family Reunion!

    Our 13 family members (ages 4 – 69) were all sleeping more than comfortably, cooking every meal at home, soaking in the SoCal sunshine & enjoying a breathtaking sunset over the infinity pool + mountains every night; so much so that none of us wanted to leave! We watched movies in the home theater every day, played records in the state-of-the-art audio system, ran tournaments of pool & ping-pong, and watched the little ones laugh endlessly as they slid down the amazing waterslide … With an organic local farmers market literally across the street, Temecula wine country just a few miles down the road, and lots of great beaches + amusement parks a short drive away – I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to spend our family reunion this summer & am already looking forward to next year!
    Omar C.
  • Made So Many Fun Memories

    Dear Herr Family —

    Wow…how do we even begin to thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! We absolutely loved our time here! It was so nice to be able to eat together in the big open kitchen area. Everyone’s bedrooms were perfect and of course the pool was just awesome!!

    We made so many fun memories while we were here. We’ve already decided that we will be doing it again when the little ones are a bit older. We tried hard to treat your home with respect. Even our two little two year olds would talk about not doing something to “Steve’s house”!! Thank you again for everything.

    The Wrights, Hadley’s, Leishman’s & Powells (Ogden, Utah)
  • El Refugio….Truly is a refuge…peace!!

    Our family (13 of us) had the most wonderful time at “El Refugio”. We are in complete agreement with every comment made above. When we first arrived, we we awestruck at the views, the unique beauty of the place and the massive rooms. Every accomodation for cooking and eating together was provided, what a joy!! There is something about this house that is “home”. The welcoming warmth, peace, comfort and provision for wholesome “togetherness” just radiates in every space. Our every need was at our fingertips!! We all hated to leave and hope we get to return. Our whole family thanks you, Steve, for building and sharing El Refugio!!
    Weezy (Hudson Falls, NY)
  • We filled our hearts and our souls here…

    To the Herr Family —

    I would like to take this moment to say how much we truly appreciate you trusting our family to watch over your house for the past two weeks. The view was divine and the accommodations filled with evidence of a warm hearted and life-loving kindness.

    We traveled to many placed and done many things but El Refugio was and is a pure sanctuary for our family. There is a place that can only be felt when entering a sanctuary of joy and complete fulfillment, which was enjoyed by our families here in your house. We filled our hearts and our souls here and thy will be prosperous and flourish.

    “Whatever is planted deeply is not easily uprooted”

    The world is truly a better place because you and your family are in it.

    (July 2010)

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The Energy of This Home is Very Special

Refugio is a place where people experience a very special energy of love, peace, tolerance and family. The owners and their family were convicted to use this incredible space (blessing/creation) to bring the love of family they treasure so much, to as many other people as is intended through our vacation home rental. They were led to this decision and have been confirmed a million times over from the relationships built, stories witnessed, and opportunities to watch other families come together in love and joy in this space.

Bringing Multiple Generations Together is Something Sacred – We Love Families of 15+

The pool was designed with absolutely phenomenal views in mind, and a FUN environment inclusive of the water slide.

The movie theatre is a great space for relaxing and enjoying so much amazing content.

The Great Room was designed with divine inspiration. It has held so many gatherings filled with laughter, conversation and love…it’s sheer size, open design and insane 40 ft ceilings make it easy for everyone to hang together without being on top of one another. The kitchen is every cook’s dream. And it’s smack dab in the center of the action, as this design allows the cooks to hang with everyone else.

They’ll Be No Fighting Over Bedrooms – With These Choices Everyone Will Be Thrilled

Testimonials

What Our Guests Experienced

  • We filled our hearts and our souls here…

    To the Herr Family —

    I would like to take this moment to say how much we truly appreciate you trusting our family to watch over your house for the past two weeks. The view was divine and the accommodations filled with evidence of a warm hearted and life-loving kindness.

    We traveled to many placed and done many things but El Refugio was and is a pure sanctuary for our family. There is a place that can only be felt when entering a sanctuary of joy and complete fulfillment, which was enjoyed by our families here in your house. We filled our hearts and our souls here and thy will be prosperous and flourish.

    “Whatever is planted deeply is not easily uprooted”

    The world is truly a better place because you and your family are in it.

    (July 2010)
  • A Place We Could Enjoy Being Together

    Dear Herr Family —

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! We were looking for a place our whole family could gather for our parents 80th birthday celebration. We wanted a place we could enjoy being together without having to leave the home. This was it!

    The kids, and adults LOVED the slide. We thought we would never get them out of the pool. The pool and views were stunning and relaxing, just what the adults needed. The house was designed great so if needed you could retreat to a quiet corner and read. We felt like to weeks flew by.

    The Wong Family (June 2012)
  • To be surrounded by our Father’s vast creation

    Thank you, Herr Family!

    We are so grateful for your amazing generosity! We were overwhelmed by the breathtaking views of God’s creation. The coffee machine was wonderful, as well as the hot tub, slide and surround sound TV/radio. Most of all, we were very excited about getting together as a team and just doing life together. Some of our pre-planning work days were VERY productive! It was great to be surrounded by our Father’s vast creation and to be still enough to listen.

    We will never forget this time at your home! Thank you immensely.

    The Jobe Family (June 2011)

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Even Though It May Be Hard To Leave The House, There Are a Variety of World Class Attractions All Around You

Southern California offers spectacular things to do as a family. From theme parks, to the outdoors, to historic things everyone will remember. The owner's family favorites include Disneyland, the Zoo, kayaking, swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, rollerblading - and SoCal couldn't be more perfect for all of those activities. There are historical things to do (like Old Town San Diego), museums (like the Natural History Museum, or the Space Museum at Balboa Park) and live theater either in San Diego, or Los Angeles (a 2 1/2 hour drive if you time it right). Whatever your family decides to do, you will be well located. Here are just a few fun recommendations based on our preferences, but please feel free to let your mind swim with possibilities that suit your family's particular interests.

San Diego Attractions

(awesome stuff to do as a family)

We Love Our Guests

(over half of our availability is booked by return families, that's saying something)

  • We filled our hearts and our souls here…

    To the Herr Family —

    I would like to take this moment to say how much we truly appreciate you trusting our family to watch over your house for the past two weeks. The view was divine and the accommodations filled with evidence of a warm hearted and life-loving kindness.

    We traveled to many placed and done many things but El Refugio was and is a pure sanctuary for our family. There is a place that can only be felt when entering a sanctuary of joy and complete fulfillment, which was enjoyed by our families here in your house. We filled our hearts and our souls here and thy will be prosperous and flourish.

    “Whatever is planted deeply is not easily uprooted”

    The world is truly a better place because you and your family are in it.

    (July 2010)
  • To be surrounded by our Father’s vast creation

    Thank you, Herr Family!

    We are so grateful for your amazing generosity! We were overwhelmed by the breathtaking views of God’s creation. The coffee machine was wonderful, as well as the hot tub, slide and surround sound TV/radio. Most of all, we were very excited about getting together as a team and just doing life together. Some of our pre-planning work days were VERY productive! It was great to be surrounded by our Father’s vast creation and to be still enough to listen.

    We will never forget this time at your home! Thank you immensely.

    The Jobe Family (June 2011)
  • Great for our Family Reunion!

    Wow!! This place was simply fantastic and easily accommodates all ages. We had 20 family members stay in this beautiful home, and each of us had plenty of space. The home felt like a vacation by itself, but we also enjoyed the home’s proximity to Temecula, Oceanside, San Diego, Lake Arrowhead, and Los Angeles. The views and the area are simply stunning! The pool, slide, and hot tub were amazing hits and well enjoyed by everyone. The kitchen is well stocked and easily accommodates preparing and serving food for a large group. The media room was loved by all, but especially the teenagers. The pictures don’t even do the home justice; it is even more magnificent than they show! The owner is very gracious and hospitable. He takes great pride in his property, and it shows. He takes care of every detail.
    Steve L.
  • El Refugio….Truly is a refuge…peace!!

    Our family (13 of us) had the most wonderful time at “El Refugio”. We are in complete agreement with every comment made above. When we first arrived, we we awestruck at the views, the unique beauty of the place and the massive rooms. Every accomodation for cooking and eating together was provided, what a joy!! There is something about this house that is “home”. The welcoming warmth, peace, comfort and provision for wholesome “togetherness” just radiates in every space. Our every need was at our fingertips!! We all hated to leave and hope we get to return. Our whole family thanks you, Steve, for building and sharing El Refugio!!
    Weezy (Hudson Falls, NY)
  • More than expected…

    We stayed in this house with our girls basketball team and parents while playing in a tournament in San Diego. When everyone saw the house (even though we had all seen the pictures on VRBO) for the first time, we were simply blown away. The place is amazing, the location is gorgeous (although a small haul from SD), and it has everything you need or would want for a stay in a large home. I could go on forever about all the things that this house provides (pool, water slide, movie theater, whole home audio system, and game room) but I will just say that most days you just will not want to leave. I hope we get the chance to stay here again, because the view alone makes it worth the price.
    Coach R.L.

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