Monday, February 21, 2011

Best Beach House Ever!

What's your favorite place to visit in the whole world?

My two favorites are Yosemite and this place.

It's called St. Malo, and it's in Southern California.

Here's the view from across the street.

And here's the house itself, as seen from the shore.

There are about 40 beach cottages in St. Malo.

(I use the term "cottage" loosely.)

Some of these places are pretty big.

The private beach doubles as a side yard...

complete with lifeguard station

and (in the summer) a cute lifeguard.
not that I notice stuff like that

Oh, and don't forget the volleyball court!

This is the backyard fence as seen from the inside.

And this is the view from the patio.

Yep, that blue stuff is indeed the ocean.

This funny old tree really adds to the charm.

As does this seascape right outside the front window.

The back patio is not too shabby either.

I'm fond of the little brick pathways around the yard.

Ready to go in? Welcome to my friend's cool cottage.

(She'd be my friend without the cottage, too.)

But it's a really good perk.
this is the cabana

Look behind you after you walk in.

Or to the side and through this little window on the sea.

(I look ahead and thank my lucky stars to be here.)

How's about a warm fire on a cold, beachy day?

Check out all the windows. Waves on every side.

You can hear them crashing...

even with the windows closed.

But I like to open them best.

Isn't the tile work on this fireplace cool?

(Yet another window I love to cast my dreamy eyes upon.)

See what I mean?
the pictures don't do it justice

This is the best blogging table.

Don't you love the tiled hutch?

And yet another angle on the ocean?

I think I told you I see porpoises here every day.
you don't have to look for long

From this window.

Or this one.
there's plenty to go around

Getting hungry yet? The kitchen awaits you.

And the cook really knows what she's doing in there!

Hubby likes to read with the sunset behind him.

When he's not standing in front of it, that is.

I wish we never had to leave!
but we do, today

Thanks, guys. As always, we had the best time ever!



Jocelyn Christensen said...

Oh now you're just being cruel!!! :)

CB said...

I am sitting here drooling...just wait while I get a paper towel to clean up..awww there we go.
OK now I can properly comment and say - BEAUTIFUL!!! You are one lucky duck!

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely gorgeous place! All the pictures are wonderful. Hugs

Jenny said...

Oh man, oh man. Does anyone rent out their houses in that enclave?

And could I even afford it if they did?

Love these pictures.

What a wonderful vacation! Lucky you!

Lynn said...

Very beautiful place indeed!!


karen said...

How very very lovely. Is there anything nicer than falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves? What a beautiful little guest house - you certainly know how to pick your friends! That must have been the most relaxing weekend ever.

Katie said...

WOW! Beautiful! WIsh I had a friend with a cottage like that ;-) I think I've seen it before. I'm going back to PR in a few weeks for a month and can't wait!

Amy said...

Wow. Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Oh how I long for a visit to the beach!!!

Heather said...

a very cool place... but I am glad your leaving so you can come see us ;)

Lisalulu said...

wow, I'm at a loss for words! wow

yaya said...

Well, I feel like I've had a small seaside vacation..even if we're in the middle of a humdinger of snow storm right outside my computer room crashing waves..just the silence of snow secretly driving me crazy....thanks for helping me keep a bit of sanity..beautiful cottage!

Darlene said...

It's so sad that you couldn't stay longer. That is one beautiful place. We were really intrigued with it when we visited there one day. It is so nice though that you and your friends can get together for a fun holiday.

Too bad for Heather and Matt that your plans had to change,but we are truly looking forward to seeing you tonight and at least you will be able to get back to see them on Wednesday.

Beautiful beauatiful pictures. Sue. You are getting to be almost as good as Heather!!

anitamombanita said...

Oh, I could get used to that! very nice!

Grandma Honey said...

Talk about a getaway! Whoa.
Even though we live 2 hours from the ocean, I can't imagine sleeping so utterly close to those crashing waves.

Jess said...

So pretty- what a great vacation.

lesa said...

What a happy, happy place!

Unknown said...

Sue. Your posts are ALWAYS making me jealous.

Stef said...

What was that? You said the person who owns this heavenly home wants to deed it to me and needs my address??? Just direct them to my blog and I can corrospond with them that way. Wink.
Looks like heaven...really.

Corine Moore said...

Oh my gosh, what a totally romantic setting! I can see why it is your favorite place. ...glad you got to go there. :)

Donna said...

Oh just slap me back to reality! I felt warm breezes for a few minutes there! Anyplace by the sea is wonderful but this "cabin" is just too beautiful and all the views are stunning! Especially love the sunset'd never move each day. Sad things could happen to you (last two blogs I just read and my life lately...) and you could forget it all by being lost in that amazing view! Enjoy!

Caroline said...

Oh. My. Word. It is just gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. And it has a very Hemingway feel to it, I'd say.
I know you are having a great time. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures.
p.s. It snowed again here last night! I can't wait for Spring and will be dreaming of a beach vacation until then!

Em said...

Ok, I didn't know I wanted to go there, but now I do.

Terra said...

Can you see the green monster on my shoulder? WOW!

Tonya said...

WOW! This is how I picture heaven!!! What a DREAM!!!!

Emmy said...

Okay yea, that is awesome. Would love staying in the "cottage"

Splendid Little Stars said...

aahh, that looks quite wonderful!
My husband love Yosemite. (I do like it, too!) Zion is so beautiful--every inch.
And for beaches, I love St. Maarten.