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Charming Mission Hills home, stunning views, perfect location, hot tub

Mary Quinn

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Charming Mission Hills home, stunning views, perfect location, hot tub

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Mission Hills House Rental Photos and Description

2000 sq ft home, 2 lg bedrooms, 2 baths, 'great room', large deck, stunning view

Pine Street Retreat is a lovely, private home found on perhaps the most exclusive cul de sac in the historic and affluent neighborhood of Mission Hills. The home is well-known for its breathtaking gardens that have year-round lush foliage, flowers, fruit trees, and more. The home's large wrap-around deck and floor-to-ceiling picture windows offer stunning canyon and ocean views. The corner location gives occupants complete privacy and peace. Easy, safe on-street parking is always available in the quiet residential neighborhood. This charming retreat is within walking distance to the Mission Hills village coffee houses, restaurants, shops, Pioneer Park, Presidio Park, and the historic Old Town district with its many attractions and central trolley station. Casual strolling or energetic jogging through the Mission Hills historic neighborhood is exciting in itself with its 19th Century mansions, classic Spanish haciendas, and early 1900 California bungalows. It is a paradise for the architecture or history buff as well as anyone who loves heritage houses. The home is an escape in itself when you return from the many possible San Diego excursions. The safe, friendly neighborhood makes you feel secure and at home. The Retreat offers your best option for location, amenities, relaxation, and privacy.

Pine Street Retreat has a large 'great room' perfect for families to enjoy cooking, casual dining, and relaxing together as well as a more formal living room and dining room. All of these spaces have stunning garden and canyon views. Every room of the Retreat is completely furnished with all the details of an inviting, cozy family getaway with many “European B&B” touches. The two large bedrooms, one with a king bed and one with a Queen bed, have pillow top mattresses, lovely decor pillows and spreads, cozy comforters, and high quality linens. An additional combination Aero bed is available for rental parties of five or six, which can be used as two singles or as a King when the singles are zipped together. The two nice bathrooms have either a tiled walk-in stall shower or a full bathtub/shower combo. For families with a baby or toddler, the home has a Pac’n Play, Bumbo, high chair, booster seat, double jogging stroller, umbrella stroller, various toys and beach play items, and lots of play space.

The home's colorful, happy kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, dining, and entertaining with lovely dishes, table ware, bar ware, and linens. Even the gourmet cook will find the necessary appliances, cookware, bake ware, and utensils for any special meal or recipe. The kitchen is fully stocked with spices, herbs, oils, sugar, floor, baking basics, coffee, tea, and much more for the rental guest to enjoy. A gas barbeque is just outside the 'great room' on the large private view deck so families can enjoy cooking, dining, and relaxing in the beautiful communal space either indoors or out. The large laundry room has a washer and dryer complete with supplies as well as a storage room with a “beach kit” of picnic ware, beach chairs/towels/umbrellas, various sizes of coolers, Boogie Boards, a Frisbee, and sand toys.

Pine Street Retreat has one large, private deck with barbeque, dining table, and seating, and another shared deck with a large hot tub, cozy towels, and its own dining table. Both have spectacular views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma, and the surroundings canyons. Visitors often view soaring hawks and many other bird species from the decks' private “tree house” location. Kids enjoy using the hot tub as a pool for playtime while adults savor sitting in the hot tub with a glass of wine or cup of tea to relax and rejuvenate. Enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner on either deck as you watch the sun set over the ocean -- a total escape in itself. After dark, owls can be heard softly calling to one another from the nearby canyon’s Eucalyptus trees. The solitude is delicious. To add some romance and celebration, for much of the year rental guests can view the distant sky filled with Sea World fireworks, all from a cozy deck chair or the hot tub.

Gardening is our passion and hobby, and our large gardens, a Certified Wildlife Habitat, are well-known to the neighborhood. Enchanting the visitor with many secret “rooms” to explore and delight, the garden has whimsical pieces of “exterior art” as well as numerous spots to sit with a morning cup of coffee to watch the many hummingbirds, finches, and butterflies that inhabit the lush landscape. The tranquil surroundings include year round herb, vegetable, and salad gardens as well as numerous fruit and citrus trees. Many varieties of roses and other flowers bloom during all seasons. We enjoy sharing our garden’s vegetable and floral bounty with our rental guests.

Other amenities of this inviting retreat include family games, a library of adult and children’s books, magazines, movies, music, flat screened TV, DVD, an Ipod dock, wireless broadband internet, and maps and information for the San Diego visitor. We are life-long San Diego natives who enjoy helping our rental guests make the most of their visit, offering many ideas that create an experience beyond the usual. We pride ourselves in our hospitality, our respect for your complete privacy, and the pristine condition of this lovely home. You will feel very well taken care of as Retreat rental guests.

Located just above Old Town and Presidio Park, the Retreat is only five to ten minutes from the airport, Little Italy, Downtown and the Gaslamp District, the famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World, Petco Park, the harbor, Fashion and Mission Valley shopping centers and golf course, and many beaches. It is just two minutes from freeways 5 and 8 for quick jaunts to La Jolla, Del Mar Racetrack, Torrey Pines golf course, Legoland, Wild Animal Park, and other north county locations. The border crossing into Mexico is only twenty minutes away. As already mentioned, many places of interest are within easy walking distance. The location could not be more perfect.

We welcome children and families in this non-smoking environment (smoking outside is permitted). Email (best option) or call us with any questions so we can help you begin planning your wonderful Pine Street Retreat getaway. We also invite you to check out our other remarkable vacation properties: Quinn Cottage Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, which is at #55482 at vrbo or #55482vb at homeaway, and Quinn Cottage San Diego, which is 335603 at vrbo or 365058 at homeaway.

Keywords: Quiet,Romantic,Views,English Garden,Privacy,Hot Tub, Children,Zoo,Beaches,Sea World

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mary Quinn (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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About Mary Quinn

We are life-long residents of San Diego who love our city and sharing it with others. We have been active in the business, entertainment, and museum communities of San Diego, so have lots of good advice about how to create a truly unique visitor experience here. We are passionate gardeners, creating beautiful and delightful surroundings for our visitors. Our pride in Pine Street Retreat is obvious, so come and see it for yourself. We know you will love what you find!

Mary Quinn purchased this house in 2004

Why Mary Quinn chose Mission Hills

We moved our growing family to Mission Hills in 1983 and have raised our five children in this amazing neighborhood. We chose it for its 'small town' qualities: everyone knows one another, neighbors take care of each other as well as meet up for coffee, the community is vibrant, eclectic, and safe. Everyone walks here -- to work if possible, to shops and restaurants, to the park, and just for pleasure. After 30 years we still enjoy looking at the many, many beautiful homes on our streets. Mission Hills residents are helpful, friendly, and inviting. They are proud of their community and welcome visitors to it. Come and get the best of both worlds -- a village in the middle of urban San Diego. We also have the best weather in San Diego -- high enough to avoid the fog but the perfect elevation to catch the ocean breezes all year long. Living or visiting here is a pretty magical experience.

What makes this house unique

Pine Street Retreat is more wonderful than the website photos can possibly show. Every room is charming, cozy, and relaxing. Most rooms have stunning canyon, ocean, and bay views. The surrounding gardens are striking. Watching a beautiful sunset over the ocean every evening from the view windows or outside on the deck is the perfect end to the day. While San Diego has many, many special tourist attractions, our rental guests look forward with pleasure to returning to this serene home after their excursions. Pine Street Retreat is not just a place to stay -- it is a vacation in itself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Quoted from the Pine Street Retreat guest book:

This was such a perfect getaway for our anniversary. We thought we would dine out, but the fabulous kitchen and sunset views from the huge windows made it hard to leave. We had coffee in a different area of the garden every morning. The hummingbirds even chattered at us! Thank you for this organized, clean, beautiful place. Retreat is a perfect name for this home. We will bring some friends with us another time to enjoy this again.
Jan 2013
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Charming Mission Hills home, stunning views, perfect location, hot tub
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Relaxing getaway, Amazing views

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect location for a 2 week getaway from our Canadain winter. We loved the family room with the great views of San Diego and the amazing sunsets. Every morning....sunshine, birds singing, flowers blooming. The home is close to everything we wanted to see, and strolling through the neighbourhood was very relaxing. Mary and Jeff are perfect hosts, and provided everything to make our stay enjoyable. We found their suggestions very helpful in planning our daily activities. Wish we could have stayed longer...and will definitely stay here again if we get back to this amazing city.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed 4th of July week at the home. The views were stunningly beautiful and the weather was perfect. Location was perfect. We did walk to Old Town on 4th and take Trolley to city...this is very easy to do and agents are eager to help you. Our only regret is that we didn't relax more. We watched nightly fireworks from the deck which was wonderful. The house itself is in a beautiful neighborhood.

We meant the lady that takes care of gardens and wow does she do a good job. The house was clean but I'm more clean then most people and would buy new small appliances. Also not crazy about the fact they leave open condiments in the refrigerator for you to use..who knows when the olives were opened. I just pushed everything to the back but wanted to throw out! Bathrooms were spotless... no mold just older. Master bed was very comfortable. Living room was hot during day. I'm not sure we knew how to work windows but kept shades down maybe floor fan for living room would be good.

It was a wonderful stay with fabulous view. We are very happy with our choice.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that these lovely guests had such a great time at our wonderful Pine Street Retreat -- the beauty of the home and neighborhood, the views, and the perfect location. We are sad that they did not contact us to learn more about the cooling system for the living room. They must have overlooked our instructions in the home manual. But it sounds like they had an experience that we hope for -- delighted in this special place. We so enjoy sharing it with people who love it as we do!

Serene, quiet, and charming!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted our girls (ages 7 to 2 years old,) to see the ocean for the first time, and we were so lucky to have found this amazing VRBO. From the start, the owners were incredible. They offered tips on everything for our visit from where to eat, touring the zoo, and the best beaches. We loved having extremely comfortable beds, relaxing in the hot tub under the stars on the gorgeous deck, and smelling the fantastic flowers from Mary's garden. (The word garden would be an understatement. What Mary has created is truly beautiful and serene. My daughters believed that they were in another world!) Thank you for the amazing hospitality and charm.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

My experience was spectacular!

The view off the balcony had the most tremendous view! The house was very cozy, and the beds were extremely soft. You have a very nice living room, dining room, and kitchen combination. The location was perfect!Every night I saw fireworks! The front porch had the most amazing flowers you have ever seen! And I also LOVE the workspace and sitting space!

Thank You Quinn family

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

A wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

Our short stay at your beautiful home was truly a magnificent experience. The home is clean, nice location ,and very well equiped with everything one could imagine to make for a wonderful holiday...spices, games. beach towels, flowers, cozy beds. I can't think of anything that was missing. The garden is spectacular, beautiful and peaceful. We enjoyed our time there with our family and would love to return in the future. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us. You are truly are perfect hosts.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
AB, Canada


  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Pine Street Restreat. The owners really went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and accomodated our needs. We have an 11 month old son and they had all the necessary supplies (eg. Highchair, playpen, toys, etc) out and ready for us to use upon our arrival. Their house is very clean and the kitchen is well stocked with basic food and a surplus of dishes and cookware. There is an amazing view which we especially enjoyed while relaxing in the hot tub! We felt very safe in the neighbourhood and enjoyed many walks through the steets admiring all the houses and the nearby parks....great location! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us Mary and Jeff. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
San Diego International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mission Hills Village - numerous options
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
River Run Golf Course in Mission Valley
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Old Town Transit Center for trolley and train
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 5 and Interstate 8
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mission Hills Village - numerous choices
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Misson Bay and Beach
Car: recommended

Mission Hills is an elegant, upscale, historic neighborhood with its own village of coffee houses, restaurants, bars, and shops. Almost all of San Diego's most famous visitor attractions are within a five to ten minute drive away: numerous beaches, Mission Bay, Sea World, Balboa Park with its many museums, San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp District, Downtown, Little Italy, the Convention Center, Petco Park, golf courses, numerous shopping centers, Historic Old Town, San Diego Harbor and waterfront, and the airport. It is a perfect central location with easy access to all freeways. The neighborhood itself is great for easy walking and biking, and other villages are close by with antique stores, thrift shops, eateries, music venues, wine bars, and more. From The Retreat it is an easy walk to two different lovely, safe parks for picnics and play as well as free family concerts during summer weeks. Mission Hills residents are friendly and inclusive, happy to share their incredible neighborhood with visitors. No location will feel safer, friendlier, more convenient, or more beautiful than this special area. The Retreat itself is in an especially exclusive and lovely Mission Hills cul 'd sac, directly across the street from a stunning historic Spanish mansion and just one of numerous gorgeous homes.


Rates & Availability

From $300 Per night

Mission Hills House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 20 2015 - Nov 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $110 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.05%
Notes For rental parties of only 1-2 rental guests, ask owners about a special discounted rental rate.
Half of the rental charges plus the security deposit is due at reservation. The balance is due 30 days before the rental period begins.
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Mission Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , This pretty bathroom has a large stall shower and 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is a large, sunny, colorful bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
  • The large master bedroom is beautiful and serene with lots of space for relaxing on the lounge or doing stretches on the floor. It has a King bed with pillow top mattress and high quality linens. The en suite bathroom has a large tiled stall shower and a lovely vintage vanity with double sinks. The large guest bedroom is quaint and restful. Its queen bed has a pillow top mattress and high quality linens. It has a large window with a beautiful view of canyons and distant hillsides.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Email us to request quotes from our guest book as well as check out online reviews. Everyone loves this beautiful home, striking views, elegant neighborhood, and stunning gardens. You will, too.

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