This was our family's second stay at the Big Kahuna. Our first stay was two summers ago, so we were excited to return.
A few items of furniture had been updated since our last stay--namely the plastic patio furniture has been replaced with a nice wrought iron with cushions set, and the leather sofa in the living room was a new one. (The old one was actually inside the one car garage when we arrived, but was promptly removed with a phone call to the management company.)
We were able to fit a Honda Odyssey minivan and a larger Hyundai sedan in the double car bay, and a Toyota Camry in the single car bay. We did have to keep the garage doors open, however, to fit them in.
The house is still nicely decorated. The beds, while not the most comfortable, are clean and there are plenty of them. We put the 4 kids in the "double" bedroom on the third floor with the half wall, and that worked out well.
The beach equipment kept at the house is much appreciated, and we loved having access to the washer and dryer in the garage during our stay. The location is excellent--about at lifeguard station 20 on the beach. There's a nice ocean view from the bedroom on the third floor.
The main issue we had with our stay was the dishwasher was not cleaning the dishes. So the dishes in the cupboard that were "washed" by the previous tenants were actually dirty. The management company promptly set up a service call, which we appreciated. The repair person tried to repair the machine but was not successful. The machine is simply too old to work properly. Hand washing dishes wasn't a lot of fun on vacation, but it's a minor complaint.
The only other issue we had with this trip was that the management company held on to the deposit for 14 business days as a matter of policy. This seems a bit excessive, especially since there were no issues with us leaving the property in an unclean state.
We will definitely return as this is one of the few more affordable options in Mission/Pacific Beach that offer enough living and parking space for 10 people.
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