My latest "home away from home" in Corona del Mar is - far and away - the nicest, best-located vacation rental I've ever had the pleasure of staying in. The condo is stylishly decorated with an eye for comfort and attention to detail. Unlike most vacation rentals, this one made me feel like I could actually live in it for an extended period. It is impeccably clean: I even did exercises on the shag rug in the livingroom and got up without a speck of lint on my navy blue shirt! The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, dishes, nice stainless flatware, plenty of glassware, refrigerator storage containers, appliances, and cleaning supplies. In addition, the onsite laundry room was convenient for me as a single guest, so I'm sure it would be even more highly valued by a family. The patio is nicer than the photos show: there's a huge pine tree that provides all-day shade, making it an inviting place to dine or read or just watch the world walk by. Which brings me to the neighborhood: the location is incomparable! Although impressively quiet at night, the sidewalks are active with people walking their dogs, jogging, and pushing their children in strollers throughout the day. And unlike other places in the LA area where people don't ever make eye contact, everyone here seemed to be quick with a friendly greeting. I've been coming to this beach since I was in college in the 70s, but even so, I underestimated what a great walking neighborhood it would turn out to be. In additon to the beautiful ocean-front park areas and the sandy beach, the neighborhood itself is an architectural feast! You could walk a mile in all directions from the condo everyday and still not see all the homes. From the most modest to the poshest, the properties are beautifully landscaped and maintained, making every walk a visual pleasure. For more intrepid walkers, a walk along Pacific Coast Highway in one direction brings you to Crystal Cove Beach and in the other direction up the hill to the very nice Fashion Island Mall. (The latter walk is a great way to rationalize a slice of Snickers cheesecake with whipped cream at the Cheesecake Factory!) All told, I loved everything about this place - I hope to be back again and again. Special thanks to Jilinda, Betty, and Brad for their very gracious and professional management of the condo - it was a great experience!