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Bay Haven - Fully Equipped, Renovated Beach Cottage Steps to the Sand

Jennifer Dariani

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Jennifer Dariani

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2015
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Bay Haven - Fully Equipped, Renovated Beach Cottage Steps to the Sand

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Mission Beach House Rental Photos and Description

2 BR, 1 BA Cottage 2 houses from the Bay Beach & Bayside Walk

Bay Haven Cottage is perfectly situated to provide you with the best of the Mission Beach lifestyle!

Watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee on your exclusive use front porch. Pop over to the Bay, just two houses away, for a quick morning jog or a dip in the water, then head inside to enjoy a family breakfast at your own pace in the fully equipped kitchen, or walk to one of the local restaurants featuring dishes like lemon french toast and pulled pork 'n eggs. Your dining table seats up to eight guests, and there is also an eat-in table in the kitchen for smaller meals.

After breakfast, its time to figure out how to spend your day. The hallway closets and walk-in outside storage room hold everything you need to enjoy a day at one of the two beaches within walking distance – towels, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, beach toys, and even body boards (enough beach supplies for up to 7 guests.) Or maybe today is a day to get out and explore San Diego – your beach house is just a 10-15 minute drive from most major attractions in San Diego, and a 5 minute drive from Sea World.

In the afternoon, after the day’s adventures, it’s a good time to relax on the large sectional on your exclusive use outdoor patio and make dinner plans. Walk to one of the several delicious restaurants & pubs in the area (offering everything from sushi to gastro-pub fare), or pick up supplies at the local grocery store to cook a feast in your kitchen or outdoor patio grilling & dining area.

An evening trip to Belmont Amusement Park, just a few blocks away, is a great way to top off the evening – ride the historic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, try your luck at the boardwalk games, or just stroll around and treat yourself to some cotton candy or ice cream. A walk along the beach or bay at night is also always relaxing.

The patio sectional is a favorite spot for late-evening relaxation. Share a bottle of wine, whip up a pitcher of sangria, or open a few beers and just relax listening to the sound of the waves and the peace and quiet of this unusually residential and non-partying pedestrian court. Just be sure to pop over to the Bay for an unobstructed view of the Sea World Fireworks around 8:50 PM each night (weekends only during the off season.)

In the unlikely case of rain, there is of course a comfy indoor living room with a full array of cable and premium TV channels, as well as an array of board games for family fun. And when you fall asleep at night there are ceiling fans to keep you cool and the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep.



(for guests new to renting a private vacation home)

This is our own lovingly maintained beach house that we open up to others when our family is not using it. In most cases we will meet you at the property at check-in to give you the keys and go over important details about your stay. In some cases, when we need to be out of town or when you are arriving late, we will leave the property on lockbox for you. The property is cleaned thoroughly by a professional housekeeping service in between guests, but there is no daily housekeeping service. While we are very happy to assist you in your stay and in making sure you have what you need, please understand that this is not a hotel and there is not a 24-hour concierge available to deliver toothpaste at 3 AM. However, everything you need to enjoy a turnkey experience (as if this were your own 2nd home) will be in the rental - including freshly laundered linens, towels, toilet paper, etc. Please treat the place with kindness as in many cases our relatives may be staying in it after you!



Mission Beach is San Diego’s premier vacation spot and a must-see for visitors to our sunny city! Nestled on a narrow strip between the bay and the ocean, you’re never more than a few blocks from the water and only a few minutes driving distance from the city. Visitors love the long walkways along the beach and bay, the relaxed beach atmosphere and lifestyle, and the festivity of Belmont Park and the surrounding recreational areas. Bay Haven Cottage is located in the heart of all that Mission Beach has to offer, yet is on a calm residential court (pedestrian walkway) away from the bustle of tourists and distant from the 'frat party' atmosphere of some blocks in the area.




Granite countertops, subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances (microwave, stove, dishwasher & refrigerator). Equipment includes cooking utensils, pots, dishes & glasses & silverware, serving dishes, mixing bowls, assorted pans & cookie sheets for the oven, knives, cutting boards, small appliances (mixer, toaster, coffeemaker, food processor, blender), and spices. This house is used by family when not rented out and the kitchen is equipped to make large and complicated family meals. Includes a 42” eat-in table with four chairs.


Round pedestal table is set up for 4 guests but can accommodate up to 8 (take chairs from kitchen table.) Original built-in glassfront cabinets are great for storing pantry items, and the window seat is a favorite hideaway for many of the children who stay here.


Features a sofa and two armchairs, plus a large coffee table and three side tables. For added lounge seating, two folding butterfly chairs are stored in the closet in the 2nd bedroom. The TV has premium cable channels and also an Apple TV to play your own videos via Airplay. A ceiling fan provides comforting breezes on hot days. A whole-house furnace provides heat on the chilliest days of the year (of which there are very few!)


Has a queen bed and an electric fireplace for chilly nights. There is a closet and a small dresser unit inside the closet. Luggage may be stored under the bed or in the armoire in the hallway. The mattress is a good quality and on the firm side to accommodate guests with back problems.


Features a full size bed and a lofted twin bunk bed accessed via a cool ‘pipe ladder’. The bunk bed is really best for a child – it’s a bit of a tight fit for an adult or teen! This bedroom features a TV for keeping the kiddos occupied. There is a large closet that includes a small dresser unit.


Slate floor, tiled tub/shower combo, spacious. There are caddies under the sink for storing makeup and toiletries. Counter space is at a premium in the bathroom when there are multiple guests, so we suggest storing toiletries in the caddies to make extra space! The shower also has a toiletries caddy.


There is an exclusive use front porch with two Adirondack chairs and a side table. There is also an exclusive use patio running the entire width of the property, it includes a large lounging sectional, dining table, and grill. This area is not private, however – it is separated from the residential court by a low wall, so folks passing by may engage you in conversation (it is a friendly neighborhood and everyone seems to really like the new look of the place!)


There are several additional beds available. We have two folding memory foam twin beds that can be placed in the living room (or one would fit in the 2nd bedroom). There is also a pack n’ play for younger guests and a youth-sized airbed mattress. Extra pillows, sheets, and blankets are located in the closets in the cottage.

There is one off-street garage parking space for this cottage. It fits everything up to a pickup truck or mid-sized SUV, though the larger the car is the more difficult/annoying it is to park in the spot. However, we have parked our long bed pickup truck in the spot several times so it can be done – but smaller cars are better. (Since we have all beach equipment here, there shouldn’t be a need for all that packing!) Backing in is by far the easiest way to park in the garage due to the small turning radius of the alley that the garage is located on.

There is a washer-dryer on the property. It is shared with two other vacation rental units but there have not been any issues with clothes disappearing or the machines not being available when guests need them. At worst guests have just needed to move someone’s wash to the dryer in order to start their first load.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jennifer Dariani (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2015

About Jennifer Dariani

We are a husband-and-wife team who have been running vacation rentals in the San Diego area since 2007. We love meeting all the different people who come through and helping them get the most out of their stay in our beautiful city!

Why Jennifer Dariani chose Mission Beach

We fell in love with its cute 1920's exterior and how well preserved the interior was. The location could not be better, so close to the bay and to Belmont Park but still not in a loud or 'party' oriented neighborhood. We just finished up a major renovation of the property and are excited to have people enjoy the great new space!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great location. Cottage just as advertised. Jennifer was a great communicator both before and during out stay. Our family had a wonderful time. Thank you for your help and parking advice when we arrived slightly earlier than scheduled :) We would definitely stay here again.
Jul 2014
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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Bay Haven - Fully Equipped, Renovated Beach Cottage Steps to the Sand
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful cottage, fantastic location, but very noisy attached unit

  • 3 of 5

I would had given the location 5 stars if it weren't for the other two attached units to it behind the cottage. The walls are extremely thin as the house has been divided into multiple units- we stayed in the cottage 2 weeks, and during this time 3-4 different groups stayed in the other attached units. You could overhear the majority of normal-volume conversations every day, and at night most of the other guests were up partying until 2-3 AM and we heard everything.... very clear, and very loud. Needlessly to say we slept horribly for most of our 2 week stay. The description on VRBO doesn't clearly state that there are attached units ("shared a washer/dryer & exclusive patio" are the only hints), and the property pictures are taken at angles that don't elude to this.

With that said, the unit was in good shape, the location can't be beat, and Jennifer was very helpful and responsive during our stay. The kitchen was great, patio spacious, and living room relaxing. The neighbors on the courts were very nice and generally quiet, with the exception of one huge house party a few doors down that went until 4 am.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

The cottage was great, clean and well maintained, and the owner was very responsive. Mission Beach was awesome!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Woodland, CA

Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Bay Haven is a cute and perfectly located cottage near the bay in Mission beach. We ususally stay on the ocean side but decided to try the bay side this year and are we glad we did! It is so much more peaceful on the bay side and closer to the bike/walking trails on the bay side that are much less crowded than the boardwalk on the ocean side. The bed was comfy, the living/dining room was perfect for movie viewing or game play and the kitchen was amazing! Everything you could need is here at Bay Haven!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Relaxing & Fun Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Bay Haven certainly lived up to it's description and met all our expectations & more! It has a great location right in the heart of Mission Beach area. You're just a short walk to either the bay or beach! We rented bikes & found ourselves biking around both the bay & beach areas as there are plenty of bike/walking paths around! We barely used our car the entire time we were there as everything is within walking or biking distance (restaurants/shops, etc). The size of the cottage was perfect for the three of us. And the property was very clean and had all the amenities you could want/need including all your beach stuff. Jennifer was very pleasant to deal with & gave us great instructions & recommendations. It was a very relaxing & fun stay & we look forward to coming back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Adorable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this cottage. It is decorated nicely for the beach and had everything we needed. It was the perfect place for our family vacation. The location is ideal!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Phoeniz, AZ

Cheerful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We chose this listing because we thought it looked so cheery and beachy and different from what we are used to in Mission Beach, and because it was advertised as having all the equipment we could need. I have to say it stood up to that. There were beach chairs, towels, games, toys, extra sheets, extra beds and air beds, and a real kitchen too that we didn't feel gross cooking in. (We have not had the best luck with vacation rentals in Mission Beach.) The only negatives were that there are no dressers in the bedrooms and the parking was tight for our big SUV. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Debbie, you're welcome back any time! We got feedback from a couple guests that it would be great to have some drawers to store smaller items of clothing (socks, underwear, etc.) in the bedrooms - it seemed like a useful thing for our family to have as well, and so we've now installed dresser drawer units in both closets!


Nearest Airport
3 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
350 Metres
Coaster Saloon
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Amtrak - Old Town Station
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Starkey's BBQ
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Mission Bay Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

From $179 Per night

Mission Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Early Summer 2015
May 24 2015 - May 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 7 2015
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fall Special Rate!
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 23 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
Winter Special Rate!
Jan 3 2016 - Feb 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $300
Housekeeping $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.05%
Notes Refundable Security Deposit is returned within 48 hours of check-out.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mission Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Living Room - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Two twin folding beds, child size air bed, pack'n'play.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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