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“NCV D29 Great Location but Older Unit”

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North Coast Village
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Reviewed November 8, 2010

NCV is a great place to stay if you can find a good condo. We stayed in D29 which is a water front and a lower level end unit. The location was nice because the kids could walk straight from the beach (over the rocks) to the outside showers to clean off the sand and right back to the condo. Other than the location this unit doesn’t have much going for it. The furnishings are very out dated and look like they came from a thrift store. The bathroom had only one light working. The sheets and blankets are old and paper thin and you could feel the wires in the mattress. The screen door comes off constantly, even with an adults opening it carefully. There are little to no beach toys for kids and the ones that were there are old and broken. The kitchen furnishings were old and some of the pans were rusting. The TV was about twenty five inches big. This is not horrible but almost every other unit has a big screen. The couches felt old and dirty.
With a few upgrades this could be a nice place, but it feels like the owner is trying to put as little money as she can into the upkeep of this unit.
Tips for NCV first timers:
1.This is not a hotel and there is little you can do to fix things after you get to your unit so do your homework. Only stay in units that have been recommended by others. If you have kids some units come with tons of toys while others have none. Look for units that are open and plain and resemble a hotel room. Some units have tons of little stuff everywhere that are magnets for kids to break and you don’t want to be looking at someone else’s family photos for a week. Leather couches are best because it’s very humid and cloth couches get a dirty feel after a while. A big screen TV is a must. If you’re not staying next to the beach stay on a top floor unit so you don’t hear the people above you. Make sure there are fans in the unit because there is no air conditioning. Do not trust pictures. Avoid carpet if you can. Sand gets into the carpet and feels grimmy.
2.NCV is the best ocean front condo place in Oceanside but it’s ALWAYS under construction. If you get the right condo you won’t even see it though. A leasing agent will not tell you where the construction is because they want to lease out their condo. Call the NCV security and ask them where the construction is and get a unit on the other side of the complex.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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warrscott, Manager at North Coast Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

In the Fall of 2012 the unit was repainted and new living room furniture purchased. 2011 the bedding has change to new King and Queen/Twin in the second bedroom.

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Reviewed October 26, 2010

The location is lovely, steps from the sand, but if you're coming here to relax and enjoy the sound of the ocean, forget about it! There's constant construction noise. This place may look nice at first glance but it must be falling apart because they're always doing something to it and making a terrible racket in the process. We chatted with other guests who have stayed here twice before. They said this has become the status quo at NCV and they won't be coming back. The unit we rented was wonderfully close to the beach, but for some idiotic reason, there's a fountain right by our patio that drowned out the sound of the ocean! Then there's the groundkeeping staff - out at the crack of dawn with gas-powered garden tools that could wake the dead! As much money as they charge here, you'd think they could afford to switch to cordless electric tools and give us guests some peace! Most importantly, DON'T BELIEVE IT IF YOU SEE THIS PLACE ADVERTISED AS "HANDICAP FRIENDLY"!!! There are many, many units that you can NOT get to in a wheelchair. You can't even get to the office in a wheelchair! And if you have a service animal, prepare to be treated like a liar and a criminal. The patrol guards and office staff will harrass you mercilessly! Paradise by the Sea? NOT!!! This was probably our worst vacation EVER.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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4  Thank Moneylenny12
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

The management gave us a parking permit but failed to tell us that it wasn't valid during the day (lotta good that does) which cost us $55 parking ticket. When we approached the management they said so what..we don't care! Carpet was so dirty that we had to wear shoes indoors at all times. The garbage disposal didn't work when we got there and it took them a week to fix it. No working fan in the kitchen to take out the smell of rotting food that was already in the disposal. The noise level at night from hotrods cruising up and down outside our window was awful. Never again!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank Whitewater54
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

We stayed two entire weeks at the North Coast Village - B208.

EVERYTHING was perfect,

While the description of the website on paradisebythesea.com was not very appealing, we had a very good surprise when we arrived the the actual appartment, delighted by its size and cleanliness.

It was our third summer in Oceanside and we had always avoided it before thinking it would be too crowded. Eventually, even in the middle of the summer, the pool was not full, and neither was the huge SPA.

For us, North Coast village was a perfect place with kids, as you can easily mix pool and beach activities.

My too children were also delighted by the numerous beach toys and all the games inside the appartment.


We will certainly come back next year.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank RaphaelCreteil
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cleancondos, Manager at North Coast Village, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2011

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, I am sorry that the website didn't portray this wonderful condo, as you saw it in person, but always nice to get a GOOD SURPRISE instead of a bad one, yes? I always try to get them as true to the pictures as possible, but sometimes, pictures just don't show it all. I have since turned it back to the owners for them to use and will miss this cute little economy unit and all that is has to offer those who want to enjoy the beach at North Coast Village.

Thanks again,
Pamela
Paradise by the Sea

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Reviewed September 22, 2010

I have used parts of another's review in this review from another person who stayed in a different condo because it matched my experience so closely. I will change differences: The condo looks like something out of the 70's. I doubt whether there have been any improvements made to this unit since it was built. The furniture in the living/dining room is worn and dirty. There were even uneaten potato chips on a table when we arrived. There were piles and piles of papers and brochures that have not been cleared out in years. The carpet is worn and dirty. There were dirty dishes in the cupboards, probably because you have to have the dishwasher emptied before you leave and so I am sure other guests put their last minute used dishes back in the cupboards. The bed linens were very nice but the comforter had crusted food (or something) on it. We had a wonderful view from the master to the ocean but we couldn't see it because the windows had not been washed for a very long time. There is more but I'll refrain. We received most of our deposit back (minus $75). I'm not sure for what and it was not a big deal and I am not mad about it so that is not why I write this review.. I would suggest getting a reference from a previous renter before booking a condo at NCV. Even though we were not the top floor, there were creepy people walking around the areas they were not suppose to be at night and made me uncomforable about keeping the window open - they even looked right in on us when we were watching TV in bed! The owners are very nice, but I think their friends wrote the reviews on their Homeaway.com website.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank cskaren
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Reviewed September 16, 2010

We are a younger couple with a 3 year old and we are on somewhat of a budget so we were thrilled to find somewhere cheaper than a hotel that we could also make our own meals and have plenty of space for our 3 year old. We chose a 1 bedroom unit at North Coast Village after A LOT of researching. I came to find out that every unit is privately owned and your experience will depend on which unit you rent. Some are kept up well, while others are pretty run down. This resort is older, but it is right on the beach. I was a little concerned about the tiny road visible in the pictures, but we can count on one hand how many cars we saw driving by, it was no bother at all. We were able to walk right on to the beach and everyone was very nice. We were near the freeway so getting to San Diego was no problem, took a little less than an hour.

We stayed from 9/4 - 9/11 in unit A-305. Building A is separate from the main complex, but we liked it better that way. We finally ended up walking the grounds of the main complex on the last day so we could say we did! The pool was very quiet (even during the labor day holiday) and although the hot tub was slightly busier, many times we enjoyed being the only ones in the swimming/hot tub area. Loved the BBQ area (also located in building A complex), we used it many nights. Security patrols constantly even though we felt like we were in a safe area. We walked the beach at night with our 3 year old every night. The beach was SLIGHTLY busy on Labor Day and the weekend, but empty on all other days. The beach was beautiful and quiet! We saw dolphins playing in the waves, and Sea Lions off of the pier.

Unit A-305 was perfect! We were pleasantly surprised. The view was one of the best in the complex. It had everything we needed... plenty of linens, beach chairs (adults and kids), beach towels, 2 beach umbrellas, boogey boards, etc. I left beach toys as well, for future little visitors :) The furniture was nice, big flat screen TV, and fold out was comfortable. We couldn't get the fireplace to work, but we didn't spend much time on that project. Yes, the screen door is a little bit off track, but who cares! The bedroom was huge, and we fell asleep and woke up to the waves every morning :) The bathroom and closet area were also large, which was nice. Nothing special about the tub, but the water pressure is fantastic! Kitchen was well stocked and seemed to have everything we needed. Everything worked well, and nothing seemed to be broken.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

The condo looks like something out of the 70's. I doubt whether there have been any improvements made to this unit since it was built. The furniture in the living/dining room is worn and dirty. The pull-out couch could not be used at all (there is a piece of plywood supporting the cushions). The carpet is worn and dirty. The kitchenette and bath floor tiles are worn and sticky. The bed linens, blankets, pillows etc. are worn and old. There are folding doors placed in the corner of the bedroom (not attached to the wall). There is 1 very old/rusty beach chair. The unit is definitely not worth the price and the photos must have been taken years ago as they do not represent the condition of the unit. There are units priced similarily that have been remodeled and updated. I would suggest getting a reference from a previous renter before booking a condo at NCV.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 999 N Pacific Street, Oceanside, CA 92054-2005
Location: United States > California > Oceanside
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Oceanside
Price Range: $161 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — North Coast Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 550
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vacation rental condominiums located at North Coast Village in Oceanside, California. Choose from 1, 2 or 3 bedroom condos in a 24 hour secured, exclusive beachfront complex with direct access to wide, white, sandy beaches. Enjoy fully furnished beach condo rentals with reserved parking, 2 pools/Jacuzzis, conveniently located between San Diego and Newport Beach, close to Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Disneyland and Mexico. ... more   less 
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