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FAQ's for the Coronado Beach Vacation House -- Part I

The Coronado Beach Vacation House - FAQ's


1. What is the best thing about the house?
2. What is the worse thing about the house?
3. What senarios work best at the house?
4. What does not work at the house?
5. What type of people are unhappy at the house?
6. How do I reserve a booking?
7. How could I find out if the dates that I am interested in, are available?
8. If I send a check, how will I know that the check has been received and that my booking is confirmed?
9. Is there a rental agreement?
10. Do you allow pet(s)?
11. Are dogs allowed on Coronado Beach?
12. This one is not a question... it is a statement made on my "feed back" handout I give all our guests.
13. Do you have to crawl over the Seawall to get to the beach?
14. You told me that Coronado Beach was rated as 'one of the ten best beaches in the US.' What is your reference for that statement?
15. What is your concellation policy?
16. Is there a fenced in yard in which children can play?
17. Do you ever accept less than the posted rental rate?
18. Is smoking allowed?
19. What is the weather like in San Diego during the month of __________ ?
20. Is the house one story or two stories?
21. Is Coronado Beach a public or private beach?
22. Is the house in the beach sand?
23. Does your house have parking available for two cars?
24. When we finally arrive in Coronado, how will we meet you so that we can get keys and pay the balance of the rent?
25. Is there high speed internet at the house?
26. Are dogs allowed on Coronado Beach?
27. How about a list of amenities?

1. What is the best thing about the house?

With out a doubt, the best thing about the house is the view of the Pacific Ocean. The house is OK, the yard is nice, the 8 ft SPA is fun for the kids, but the thing that sets the house apart is the view.

2. What is the worse thing about the house?

Sometimes, the airplanes can be very annoying. It depends a bit upon how may carriers are in port at North Island Naval Airbase, but trying to listen to the TV news, while a squadron is landing can be quite annoying.

3. What senarios work best at the house?

Family renunions and variations on that theme. Three and four generations...

4. What does not work at the house?

Noise... does not work. The house can take it, but the neighborhood will not. It is a residential neighborhood, and my neighbors deserve peace and quiet. If you want to have a wild party, you are better off in Mission Beach or Pacific Beach (no one there will notice). Furthermore, there is a "noise ordinance" in the City of Coronado. My neighbors have only called me once since we started renting the house, telling me that "Something is going on, that you should know about." When I arrived at the house, it seemed like there were over 150 people on the property. The people were spilling out the doors, down the stairs, out the walk, and on to the sidewalk. It was impossible to walk past the house on the sidewalk. Screaming children (was anyone watching their kids?) ... It was very, very embarrassing for me. I had to apologize to my neighbors, face to face. I promised that this would not happen again.

5. What type of people are unhappy at the house?

DINKs (Duel Income, No kids) do not do well at the house. Any couple that routinely upgrades their accommodations at the Hyatt to the “concierge” level probably will not be happy at our house. It is a beach house, not the Taj Mahal

6. How do I reserve a booking?

After we have made contact and you are sure the dates you are interested in are available (and you know the rate), we will ask you to send a 50% deposit, via regular US mail, payable to "Tom Moran", to Tom Moran, 150 Alder Street, Coronado, CA 92118, USA. Sorry, we can not take credit cards. In the letter please include this info: the first and last name the booking was made under, your mailing address, your email address (if you have one), your phone number, and your arrival date.

7. How could I find out if the dates that I am interested in, are available?

The best way: email me with the dates you are interested in. I will email you back within 24 hours (usually within 8 hours). You could call 1-619-435-4857 (but sometimes the resulting "phone tag" is tedious.)

Email:

tommoran@coronadobeachhouse.com

8. If I send a check, how will I know that the check has been received and that my booking is confirmed?

I will notify you within 24 hours by email of receiving the check. I will reference the check number and the amount. You may also re-check on your booking anytime by clicking on the below button...
(Note: you will be asked for your username and password, which I will supply in response to your intial reservation email.)

9. Is there a rental agreement?

There is a rental agreement. There are many kinds of agreements. Some are in writting and some are verbal. Everyone has their own comfort zone. Some of our best clients (frequent renters, have rented for the longest number of years, gentlest to the house, etc.) feel more comfortable with a written agreement. It can be accessed by clicking on the link below; then click on the print button on your browser. Print the document, make the appropriate additions and mail it off to the 150 Alder Street address. I will sign it, copy it and mail it back to you!

Rental Agreement

10. Do you allow pet(s)?

Your pet(s)... are welcome at our house as long as the pet(s) and you met certain basic requirements...
1.) The dog/pet does not destroy property. A dog/pet that chews up furniture when he/she gets nervous would not be a good pet to bring.
2.) If the dog/pet "shed" then you should take appropriate steps to prevent the hair from getting on the furniture or on the bed spreads (or keep them off the furniture and the beds). Fur balls on the floor are OK
3.) We ask that you pick up the "poop" in the back yard the morning just prior to your departure.
4.) We ask that you vacate the premises at 9:00 AM on the Saturday of departure, so we can "spray" the baseboards prior to the cleaning crew getting started (actually 9:00 AM is our usual check out time, but we usually do not get spastic about it. We do enter the house to strip the beds, etc. But if humans are still in the house, we can not spray the baseboards).
5. REGARDING THE ISSUE OF LEAVING YOU DOG ALONE IN THE HOUSE: You must give me your word that the dog(s) will not be a big disturbance to my neighbors
The best way to insure this is to not leave your dog at our house alone (i.e. one of the group stay home with the dog). When dogs are left in a strange place with strange noises, they become frightened and bark and bark. It is one thing if you are at home and can comfort and reassure your dog. It is a whole other ball game if you leave your dog unattended for 5 hours and the dog becomes frightened out of its mind. My neighbors have complained and I understand their point of view. It is not fair to the dogs, and it is not fair to my neighbors.
Another alterntive: there is a "doggy daycare" at the Veterinary Hospital (Coronado Veterinary Hospital, Phone: 619-435-6281, 150 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118).
There is "Camp Diggity Dogs" just across the bridge, (Phone: 619-702-4090, 1835 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA 92102) (www.CampDiggityDogs.com: "Daycare Hours 7:30-6:30, Early Pick-ups and Late Drop-offs available").
One guests used a mild sedative on her dog (prescribed by her vet).
If one of my neighbors has to call me up to inform me that there is a dog at my house who is barking "out-of-her-mind" and I have (or one of my family has) to go over to the house to quiet this poor dog, I will be very disappointed in you

11. Are dogs allowed on Coronado Beach?

There is a "Dog Beach" on the "North" end of Coronado Beach. The dog beach stars about 250 yards "north" of our beach house. To get there you corss the alley, walk past the "white castel house" (301 Ocean Blvd.) cross the street to the beach and wlalk toward the naval bases. "Dog Beach" starts here (but you stll have to "pick up the poop")... so bring some grocry plasttic bags to d the job (thre are plenty of trash cans).

12. This one is not a question.... it is a statement made on my "feedback" handout I give all our guests

"Suggestion: The cell phone service is bad in the area. May I suggest that you warn your renters and suggest they bring phone cards." Editor's note: for years I have believed that the cell phone receoption is awful here in Coronado. I alwasys blame the Navy (although this may have been a business decision that Cingular/ATT, Nextel and Sprint made in therms of providing coverage). Anyway the cell phone service depending on your carrier and the quality of your cell phone is generally poor. If you bring a phone card, this will insure that if you need a clear, uninterrupted long distance phone call... that you can get it.

13. Do you have to crawl over that Seawall to get to the beach?

No. The rocks end one house away. so, direct access to the beach is only a few steps away (without crawling over the rocks).

14. You told me that Coronado Beach was rated as 'one of the ten best beaches in the United States.' What is your reference for that statement?

There are a couple of independent "references" for statements like that. The most commonly quoted is "The Travel Channel." The Travel Channel has done a series of specials... mostly "The 10 Best..." or The 10 Most..." For example they have done "The 10 Most romantic places in the world" and "100 things you must do before you die"... and stuff like that. They did a special on "The Ten Best Beaches in the United States" and Coronado was ranked number 6. They also did a special on "The 10 Best Beaches in Southern California" and Coronado was ranked #1. On August 1, 2003 The travel Channel did a special on "The 10 Best Get Away Beaches" and Coronado was ranked number 4.

In 2002, The Travel Channel name Coronado "The Best Family Beach in America."

Also National Geographic published a special edition magazine on Beaches of the World. There were many catagories. Coronado Beach was listed as one of the four ( in no particular order) best "Walking Beaches" in the World. I am not exactly sure what criteria they used. For that matter, Iam not sure what criteria "The TravelChannel" used for their raking either.

15. What is your concellation policy?

You can cancel with a full refund up until 60 days prior to the first day of the "tenancy." The cancellation policy is listed as "Item #12" in the Rental Agreement

"(12) This agreement and the tenancy hereby granted may be terminated at any time by either party hereto by giving to the other party not less than 60 days notice in writing, prior to the first day of tenancy (as noted above). Deposit is non-refundable after passing the 60 day limit, but time may be sublet or changed with Tom and Rosann Moran's written agreement. Any moneys beyond what the original agreed upon rent, shall be refunded to the lessee."

16. Is there a fenced in yard in which children can play?

There is a six foot brick privacy fence that encloses the yard and the SPA. Children and anyone else can play within the yard.

17. Do you ever accept less than the posted rental rate?

Absolutely. When I get within two weeks of a vacancy, I start to sweat.... make me as offer.... I will probably accept it.

It is easy to know when the next available vacancy is.... if you have stayed with us before, use your username and password on the button immediately below...

If you have not stayed with us before nor have a current reservation, please use the below button and we will email you, within 24 hours (probably much sooner than that) an up-to-date list of our availability with rates (which will include the next available at the top of the list).

"18. Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is not allowed in the house.

19. What is the weather like in San Diego during the month of __________ ?

It does not matter what month you chose. San Diego has be best climate of any where in the United States...maybe even in the Nothern Hemisphere. And to prove that I have "borrowed" a few .gif graphs and statistics from the United States Weather Bureau's web site: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/climatedata.html [10K]

I have compared the (1995's) average month's Maximum Temperatures and Minimum Temperatures for San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, New York and Little Rock. I also compare the monthly precipitation data for the same cities (for 1989). Even I was surprised to find out that San Diego has less rain than Phoenix, Arizona (at least in 1989). The reason I chose 1995 for the maximum and minimum temperature data, was because it was the most resent information where complete data was available for all the involved cities. I chose 1989 for the precipitation data, for the same reason.

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San Diego vs. Phoenix

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San Diego vs. Seattle

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