Guest Reviews


We had a terrific time in Catalina.

We had a terrific time in Catalina. Thank you for making your home feel like our own. It was all what we'd expected and MORE. Plenty of room, very clean, all amenities you could possibly need and most of all it was very comfortable, felt like our own home!

by Lisa Sevilla from Ventura, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

The condo is spacious and comfortable

My husband and I go to Catalina for our anniversary. I stumbled onto Mark's website regarding his condo on Catalina Island. I found the condo to be spacious and comfortable. The condo is location where it is walking distance to everything. We are planning to go back for our next anniversary and we are definitely going to rent the condo again!!!

by Martha Maldonado (Citrus Heights, CA) Submitted Date of Stay:

it is sooo hard to leave.

just returned from a great trip to Catalina. As Mark warned me that he was putting new furniture in his home near or during the time of my stay, I was a little apprehensive before leaving. I was going stir crazy at home in Nebraska, so I decided to go for it. Great decision. Not only was the new furniture and BBQ a plus (the BBQ grill is AWESOME), but the gorgeous weather was just what I needed. The only problem with your place, Mark, is that it is sooo hard to leave.

by Kathryn Seek (Omaha, NE) Submitted Date of Stay:

Everything about this place is perfect

I was afraid to write a review about Mark's house, where we have stayed each of the last four years for a week, fearing someone would find this gem and book my favorite week! Silent no more, let me just tell you - Eureka (You've found it!) Everything about this place is perfect, including the owner. Who ever heard of having a real back yard in Avalon?? My wife's mother grew up on Catalina and I've been coming since I was 10 years old, and let me tell you, I feel like I've found the golden nugget of the island. Enjoy!

by Robert Draves Submitted Date of Stay:

The house is within walking distance to everything on the island

The owner of this home is a very down-to-earth kind person and very ethical and honest. The house is within walking distance to everything on the island. It's affordable, nice and I love the tile sink in the bathroom, it's gorgeous! The neighbor with the coveted key was very nice and had a nice rapport with the owner. A really nice experience, and I will definately take my son sometime soon as it's also great for kids. Thanks Floyd and especially Mark (who truly is a thoughtful human-being.) I highly recommend that you stay here if planning a trip to Catalina.

by Marcella Submitted Date of Stay:

Our family yearly tradition

We've been renting Mark's condo for quite a few years now and it has become our family yearly tradition. It is an absolutely wonderful place to say for a week, getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is definately worth every penny. We love it!

by Juliet Kinikin Submitted Date of Stay:

Conveniently located and quiet

The home was perfect for my sister and I and our 3 young kids. They were able to run in around in the backyard, which most rental homes do not have. Conveniently located and quiet. The home had everything we needed except the groceries!! We will be back

by Lora Submitted Date of Stay:

We were so blessed to have found a home like this on

We were so blessed to have found a home like this one. The back yard was great to have our B.B.Q. and enjoy. Our children were able to visit it worked out perfect. My wife and I are Ministers and this was the perfect place to go and relax. I would recommend this house to everyone. We are planning on returning next year if the Lord permits. Thanks again.

by John & Yolie Quinonez Submitted Date of Stay:

I would definitely recommend the place to anyone

This was our first time on Catalina Island, and being able to use the condo made the experience even more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend the place to anyone planning a vacation on the island.

by Dmitry Farberov Submitted Date of Stay:

Had a great time and didn't have to break the bank!

Had a great time and didn't have to break the bank! It was my son's 15th birthday, and he very much wanted to take a few friends to Catalina, but my concern was the cost. Because Mark doesn't charge a small fortune, my son got his wish. The location was great (nice and quiet) and the townhouse had everything we needed. Much thanks!

by Catherine Bauer Submitted Date of Stay:

Everything mentioned in the reviews below is 100% accurate,

Thanks to all previous reviewers. Everything mentioned in the reviews below is 100% accurate, and this home is a great place to enjoy for a few days or a few weeks. My wife and kids (1 and 3) spent a full week at the property, and my kids keep asking when we can go back. The backyard is perfect for the kids and a great place to bask in the sunshine and BBQ up your favorite goodies. The property is 3 blocks from the downtown/ferry and 2-3 blocks from the Von's grocery store. Thank you Mark!

by Fales Family Submitted Date of Stay:

It was perfect for our needs

My friends and I are graduate students at UCLA. As a reward for months of studying, we decided to go over to Catalina for the weekend and found Mark's home. It was perfect for our needs. It even had a yard which was perfect for a BBQ with our friends. After a day of biking the hills and sunbathing, this house wa the perfect place to come back and relax. Thanks, Mark, for sharing your home with us.

by Michelle Submitted Date of Stay:

Avalon Hideaway is a wonderful little home

Avalon Hideaway is a wonderful little home with a cozy, inviting environment. The price is also very reasonable, especially if you have a family. I would recommend staying here to anyone who is looking for a getaway on this beautiful island.

by James Stoker Submitted Date of Stay:

Anniversary Get A Way

I went on my anniversary to Mark's home on Catalina. We loved the place. It was close to everything; quiet and very romantic. As I have a couple of great kids waiting back home, I'm hoping that Mark will find time for us to come back with the whole family this summer.

by Ramona Submitted Date of Stay:

I cant wait to go back!!

This place is awesome!!! Not only is it comfy with great beds and everything you could ever want in a Island getaway but it has fruit trees and hibiscus blooming in the back yard.Mark, the owner, went out of his way to send my boyfriend contact information on romantic restaurants so we ended up having an incredible Valentine's. I cant wait to go back!!

by sara Submitted Date of Stay:

would recommend it to anyone vacationing in Avalon.

withhled@requestofclient.com We came to Catalina Island to get married May 19th. We rented Mark's house on Clemente for a week and another condo at Hamilton Cove where the wedding was taking place. Of the two rentals, Mark's home felt like home. It was central to everything, very comfortable, and kid friendly. The house is nicely decorated, fully equipped, the queen beds very cozy, and the backyard perfectly suited for relaxation. Although the single chair bed in the living room was broken and could only be used as a chair, we were still most happy with the house :) Mark was very easy to work with and we received our deposit back before we even remembered about it! We had a wonderful time and would stay at Mark's home again and would recommend it to anyone vacationing in Avalon. Thanks again, Mark Axelrod & Maile Amundson-Axelrod

by Maile Amundson-Axelrod Submitted Date of Stay:

A wonderful time

My family and I had a wonderful time. Everything was great, we loved the backyard and BBQ. Your home was just perfect and we will return. Hopefully very soon & for 2 weeks. Thank you very much for everything. Karen

by Karen Submitted Date of Stay:

We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again

Your place worked out really well for our family. With three young children, the location was perfect...just a short stroll to the beach, store, ice cream shop etc. It was nicely decorated and clean. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Some minor tips- your kitchen could use a few items to make cooking hassle free: a large skillet, sharp knives plus a sharpener, collander, and a washable, white plastic cutting board.

by Renette Crone from Pasadena, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

I want to stay there again.

My boyfriend and I felt so at home in this house. We wish we could have stayed another week! I liked the proximity to the shops and beaches. My boyfriend liked grilling in the back yard. Very nice; I want to stay there again.

by Alice Berman Submitted Date of Stay:

All went well

All went well. Nice clean and comfortable home.

by Marse Submitted Date of Stay:

Excellent rental unit, good locatio

Excellent rental unit, good location, everything within walking distance. Could use new BBQ and sleeper sofa. Sofa kept trying to eat us when we napped on it. Our 7 month old daughter enjoyed spacious living room wonce we moved coffee table out of the way.

by Tom from Long Beach, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

was perfect and within walking distance to ALL of Catalina's fun attractions

We visited this April 2006 and had a blast!! We have two small children(1 and 3), the house was perfect and within walking distance to ALL of Catalina's fun attractions, even with two kids!

by Robin & Michael Munoz Submitted Date of Stay:

The house was perfect, it is so cute

We hadn't been to Catalina for many years. We went for Thanksgiving 2010, not sure if Avalon would be a ghost town out of the summer season. Au contraire, lots of people & activities. The house was perfect, it is so cute, well-located, well-maintained, and well-stocked. We absolutely loved it, the whole weekend was a true delight. A bit too chilly to use the great backyard but enjoyed looking out at it. Thanks, Mark. And thanks, Megan!

by Donna & Troy Submitted Date of Stay:

We just returned from another great stay.

We just returned from another great stay. This was our second time in this home. It was great to open the front door to famliar surroundings. We are making arrangements for 2009. We rent a house every other year and stay for a shorter period in the Pavillion Lodge on the "off" years.(A girls only outing) The home is great..I am afraid that we will outgrow it after 2009 with the addition of another grandchild.

by Patti Patricia Submitted Date of Stay:

Thanks again to Mark for sharing such a wonderful property.

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniv. (belated) in this wonderful house. Everything Mark says is true! Our only suggestion would be to have more info. in house about "how to", especially if you are a first-time visitor to the Island, as we were. We notice that all the reviews have given a "10" .. so, if that is not enough for you, probably you should go elsewhere ! We used the yard a lot, as we love birds, and BBQ-ing (gotta get your own briquets, etc.), unless some kind person has left you some (we did).Maybe having a golf cart available at the house, would have allowed us to spread our wings more - of course, there are always the rentals, altho a bit pricey. Thanks again to Mark for sharing such a wonderful property.

by Bud and Sally Submitted Date of Stay:

Very nice accommodations

Very nice accommodations, close to walk everywhere. Would rent again.

by Pam Eggleston Submitted Date of Stay:

Your house is so beautiful!

My girlfriends and I went to Catalina to celebrate my 30th birthday. Your house is so beautiful! We LOVE the fact that it has a backyard. We had an amazing weekend. Thank you so very much!!! We can't wait to come back!

by Mandi Sutton Submitted Date of Stay:

A wonderful place to stay in Catalina, especially for a family

A wonderful place to stay in Catalina, especially for a family. We appreciate the hominess and convenience of the quiet house and neighborhood. We're making it an annual tradition to stay in Catalina at Mark's place.

by Emmett and Barbara Roach Submitted Date of Stay:

It is within walking distance to everything in town

Dear Mark, Our family enjoyed our stay in your lovely home this past weekend. Our daughter ran in the 1/2 marathon and we decided to make a weekend of it to support her. Even though it rained off and on on Saturday, we had a delightful time on the island. The previous reviews were a big plus in choosing your home. It is within walking distance to everything in town. We were not disappointed and hope to make a return trip sometime in the future.

by Craig and Jen Submitted Date of Stay:

a close walk to everything in Avalon

My wife and I were looking for a place to get away for a week, and given that we have an 8-month-old, our options were limited. Above all, we were looking to relax and Catalina fills the bill as a great place to get away from the worries of life. The home is ideally situated, a close walk to everything in Avalon, but with enough distance to keep you away from whatever commotion there might be. (And in Avalon, commotion is limited to pretty much to cruise ship tourists and the occasional local fisherman who tips back one too many). The home is nicely furnished and the bedrooms have beautiful linens. We wpent a week here and ate the majority of our meals at home, saving some money. (Again, with an 8-month old, your excursion times are somewhat limited.) The home is reasonably priced compared to other rentals, and from what I saw, compares quite favorably in every respect. I would rent again.

by Glenn W. from Long Beach, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

This is a great house in a super location

This is a great house in a super location, easy walking distance to the important places, golf, beach and Vons. It is a perfect beach house, not too fancy, quite livable. It is equipped with everything that you need, down to the interesting books and beach chairs. Having a washer and dryer was a real plus for our active family. There are plenty of sleeping places for teenagers, both bedrooms are nice and the closets are very large, great for the child that needs extra privacy. The backyard is a treat to have, with room to barbeque and plenty of room to let the scuba gear dry off. The neighbors/manager are great, kind and helpful.

by Lily Bultema from Monument, CO. Submitted Date of Stay:

was one of the best, most relaxing vacations we have ever experienced

Mr. Rhodes Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your house during our vacation. It was one of the best, most relaxing vacations we have ever experienced. The house was a bit warm during the day time, but after opening all windows it cooled off to a comfortable temp. In observation and in case you are not aware, the front house foliage seems to need more watering. We greatly enjoyed the fresh tomatoes each evening along with our barbeque meals. We hope you will consider allowing us this opportunity for the future. Thank you again and God bless your life.

by Rachel and Elier Garcia Submitted Date of Stay:

Amazing pad! Relaxing, private, quie

Amazing pad! Relaxing, private, quiet. Perfect for a getaway. Thanks!

by Amy Ware from Los Angeles, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

definitely one of the best and most convenient vacation homes I ever stayed in.

My boyfriend and I stayed at this condo for a week in early October. It was very comfy and we were able to save some money by shopping at a local grocer and cooking a few of our own meals. There were thoughtful little notes all over the condo letting us know all kinds of things about the island from where to eat to what kinds of food to what to do and where. this was definitely one of the best and most convenient vacation homes I ever stayed in.

by Ginger Gaskill from Albuquerque, NM. Submitted Date of Stay:

It is truly our place of happy memories

Our family has such a strong connection to this island. It is truly our place of happy memories. We stayed the last two weeks of July 2007 (reservations made by my sister Laurie Henry). and the house and yard were perfect. Very quiet and clean. Our parents spent thier honey moon on the island. My sister and I have been coming here since 1960 and this is the best place we have stayed. Can't wait to come back next year. My nephew will be getting married on the island next May 3rd so we are hoping to rent the house for a few days then. Thanks Mark!!!!

by Diane Wilkins Submitted Date of Stay:

Our Catalina home every year

We attend the Catalina Jazz Festival every year and now rent Mark's home as "our" Catalina home every year. We will be there next week and CANNOT wait to "go home."

by Ellie Ramos & Louis Williams Submitted Date of Stay:

ROOM TO SPREAD OUT AND RELAX

JUST RETURN FROM THE ISLAND AND THIS HOME AWAY FROM HOME--REALLY ENJOYED OUR WEEK THIS EXTENDED FAMILY--ROOM TO SPREAD OUT AND RELAX WAS GREAT--GOOD WEATHER AND GREAT WATER-- THANKS--AUGUST 2011

by PAM CLUDY Submitted Date of Stay:

Truly enjoyed this lovely home.

We were married on the island Nov 6 and held a small reception for family and friends. We loved our time there and truly enjoyed this lovely home. The atmosphere was great! It was lovely and peaceful and we fully enjoyed just staying in. Everything was close and we felt so at home! Looking forward to returning!!

by David & Rita Elliott Submitted Date of Stay:

Wonderful home for a vacation

Wonderful home for a vacation. Perfect location and has everything you need to enjoy your stay. Catalina Island is a jewel. Thank you for letting us stay in your home.

by cheryl Submitted Date of Stay:

All the comforts of home on a beautiful island retreat

All the comforts of home on a beautiful island retreat. The location is perfect. We had planned to rent a golf cart to do our running around, but the house was so close to everything we didn't need it. We slept in late and had breakfast at home a few days. One evening we stayed in and had a barbecue in the back yard. It was so nice to have a home to come back to after our daily activities. Catalina is beautiful. We golfed, shopped, went kayaking, one day we rented a little powerboat and had a picnic in a little cover half way to Two Harbors. The weather was perfect, the night life was great, the whole trip was just fantastic. We are planning to make this an annual event. Many thanks to Mark for sharing his home.

by David Bradford from San Jose, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

We were thrilled to see the house for the first time

We were thrilled to see the house for the first time over the Wed-Sun Thanksgiving 06 holiday. It may be the start of a tradition. The house had EVERYTHING, including--lots of room, and of course---the yard! Very nice. R&M

by Richard &Marie Reichelt Submitted Date of Stay:

Great place for company retreat

Our small company was looking for a chance to get away and retool. We have tried conference centers and retreats in the past but decided to see if doing a small focus seminar in a private home would work. After reading the reviews on Mark's site, which proved to be accurate, we booked his home for our recent corporate retreat. It worked great. Not only was it quiet, clean and centrally located but, when we weren't working, Catalina was a nice change to relax.

by James Submitted Date of Stay:

I am planning to stay at Mark's home again, the next time I visit Catalina.

I visited Catalina for the first time this last March, and I was very pleased with the overall experience. Mark and his assistant were very helpful; they were able to answer every question I had about how to get to the island, and even what to do while I was there. The house is very cozy and it is close to all of the restaurants and shops. It truly was well worth the amount that I paid, which is a bargain, especially when you compare it to the price of a hotel room. I definitely plan to come back every year, because Catalina is a great place for a vacation. In fact, I am planning to stay at Mark's home again, the next time I visit Catalina.

by Melanie Roybal from Phoenix, AZ. Submitted Date of Stay:

This condo was perfect for our needs,

We have a big family, 2 adults and 5 kids. We also have stayed at other rentals in the past. This condo was perfect for our needs, ample sleeping arrangements, bbq, backyard, washer & dryer, kitchen, TV, VCR and a great location. In comparison to the cost of other rentals, this unit was the best. We would definitely stay there again.

by Bob Sabado from Simi Valley, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

We had such a great time on our first trip to Avalon

We had such a great time on our first trip to Avalon. We loved the home, it was so comfortable. We made last second arrangements for our 25th anniversary, and Becky was so very helpful (Thanks Becky). It's a great location, within easy walking distance to everything, but then that's the charm of Avalon. We plan on making the trip many more times, and hopefully stay in Mark's home.

by Dennis & Debbie Williams from Tracy, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

The house was excellent!

The house was excellent! It has a large backyard which is great to BBQ and relax in. The house is clean and centrally located to all of Avalon. A five minute walk to the golf course, the boardwalk, etc. I will recommend this place to everyone.

by Trent Anderson from Long Beach, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

the house is clean, spacious and well-equipped—a definite must-stay for all!

some friends and i visited the beautiful island of catalina over the holidays, and what a perfect way to ring in the new year! though we have stayed on catalina a few different times and share plenty fond of memories in which we love to revel, these accommodations rank among the very top. from the moment we discovered this house over the internet to the day my deposit was returned to me, i was impressed with the superior level of care, detail and professionalism presented in all communications. the house itself is tucked away on the quiet street of clemente, and is just a few minutes' walk from the ferry dock. (for those who have never been to catalina, the town of avalon is only one square mile, so most everything, including a host of entertainment venues [restaurants, bars, etc], sporting activities and historic landmarks, is accessible by foot.) the house is clean, spacious and well-equipped—a definite must-stay for all!

by rayna Submitted Date of Stay:

The house is so cozy

Our group had a wonderful time at your home last weekend for my girlfriend's 30th birthday. The house is so cozy and the perfect setting for an island beach getaway. Mr. Rhodes was very responsive, accommodating and flexible ensuring we felt comfortable. It is a perfect place to have a chill afternoon bbq in the backyard and take sun soaked naps in the living room.

by Joel C Submitted Date of Stay:

We can't wait to return again next summer

What fun we had during our week vacation. The house was centrally located to everything we wanted to do. The rooms were very comfortable, and we enjoyed barbecuing in the backyard. We can't wait to return again next summer. Thank you for a great place to stay.

by Stephanie Muret Submitted Date of Stay:

Avalon is truly a magical place

Thanks Mark for helping to make our 25th anniversary something special. As former residents of Avalon (early 70s) we were delighted to return to the island, Avalon is truly a magical place, the house was a very easy place to stay, no stress, great location it was easy to feel at home there. I would and in fact have already recommended it to our friends and we will certainly return.

by David Griffin from Tulare, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

What a great place!!!

This was our first trip to Catalina Island and a memorable one it was. What a great place!!! We saw Mark's house on the Internet and took a chance on it and we are very glad we did. Very charming home, quite comfortable and close to town, within walking distance of all the shops and beach. The only thing I would change would be the hideabed downstairs. It was a little uncomfortable for adults, but would probably be ok for children. Thanks for sharing your home Mark. We left you a thank you gift on your kitchen shelf. A lobster plate, handmade by Linda Martin, co-owner of Art and Soul Ceramic Shop in Grants Pass, Oregon.

by Katy Knapp from Grants Pass, OR. Submitted Date of Stay:

My six year old son who said he had the time of life

On our first trip to Avalon the three of us had the pleasure of spending five nights in this lovely home. This home away from home was well equiped including everything from linens and and towels to boardgames and movies. The home was quite spacious and was located in a friendly neighborhood. Everything is within walking distance. My six year old son who said he had the time of life was reluctant to leave for home. Thank you again and we look forward to staying again soon.

by Rosa Duncan Submitted Date of Stay:

The unit is very clean, well equipped and bright

My wife, son and I recently stayed at this unit for 4 nights. We had a great time in beautiful and peaceful Avalon. The unit is very clean, well equipped and bright. It is an easy walk to everything in Avalon. High recommended.

by Page Kaufman from Atlanta, GA. Submitted Date of Stay:

we would have no hesitation to stay here again!

We had a fabulous time on Catalina in October, 2000. The house is very close to the main shopping/restaurant boulevard, an easy walk of maybe 5 minutes. We had 2 adults and 2 children, and there was more than enough space. The kitchen was very well-equipped (I think they took some earlier suggestions!) and clean. My only criticism was that the carpets were in need of a good cleaning (even though they were vacuumed well). I think this was because we came at the end of the summer season, after numerous other guests. Everything else was great and we would have no hesitation to stay here again! Thanks.

by J. Burandt from Temecula, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

I would not hesitate to send anyone to this property.

As a broker on Catalina Island, I have been involved with several vacation rentals. Even though I do not represent this property and I am not getting an endorsement for saying this, I would not hesitate to send anyone to this property. Mark has thought of every detail to make your Catalina stay enjoyable. Good Job Mark! Earl Schrader

by Earl Schrader from Avalon, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

It was the perfect place to relax

As a wedding gift to my niece and new nephew we rented your lovely house in Avalon. The house was cozy and inviting and had everything we needed including towels and linens, which made the trip most enjoyable. The back yard and herb garden was an added bonus. It was the perfect place to relax, after a day of exploring and adventure on the island. The special added touches of a small library, movie videos and the framed antique postcards from Catalina make this more than a vacation rental, but truly a home away from home.

by Andreah Submitted Date of Stay:

extremely pleased

We stayed in Mark's home on Catalina for 3 nights in March of 2002 and were extremely pleased. It is far, far more comfortable and spacious than a hotel room. Everything that one needs (and more) is provided. It was a great way to visit Catalina and I highly recommend it.

by Lonnie Laughlin from San Diego, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

We had such a great, relaxing time

I and 3 of my friends stayed at the condo between Christmas and New Years Eve. We had such a great, relaxing time. We played golf 2 days, went kayaking, sightseeing, shopping, it was wonderful. the best was having a home to cook our own dinner on NYE, then go out to some of the local bars, then celebrate at midnight on the casino walkway where we watched the fireworks show. Having the condo to relax in was the best, and you can walk to everything. Thanks Mark and Becky, we really needed that type of vacation and we can't wait to do it again.

by Alan Lucas from San Jose, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

the best deal in Catalina.

Our rental of this condo was the best deal in Catalina. Clean, all the amenities provided, well-stocked kitchen, private back yard, immaculately clean, conveniently close to town, all events & activities. Well worth the price.

by Rosie Mason from Chula Vista, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

You walk less than 5 minutes to the beach

My husband and three year old son just returned from Catalina. We really liked the house, the layout was perfect. You have two bedrooms, one with a bonus room including a sofa bed: perfect for our son to cuddle in. My bed was super comfortable and I appreciated the down comforter. Downstairs, we enjoyed the open kitchen to the living room and loved the backyard. The neighborhood was very nice and central. You walk less than 5 minutes to the beach and all the shopping/eating in Avalon is very nearby. The office staff for this property was very professional, nice and swift. I had misplaced my papers and received new ones right away. VERY friendly contact with Floyd and Mark. Thank you again for making a nice stay possible for us. Sincerely, Claudia & family

by Claudia from San Diego, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

This is a VERY comfortable, quiet and homey home

This is a VERY comfortable, quiet and homey home. Just about 4 blocks from everything. It has everything you would want if you were to live there. I am looking forward to returning. The pictures are very accurate and the neighborhood is quiet. Thank you Mark for your hospitality.

by Karen M from Ontario, CA. Submitted Date of Stay: