PRIVATE, QUIET, BRIGHT 1BR NEAR GASLAMP, ZOO, PETCO PARK, & CONVENTION CENTER

Owner/Property Manager

Advertiser since 2011
Speaks english, russian, Fluent Hebrew, minor Ukrainian
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Owner/Property Manager

Advertiser since 2011
Speaks english, russian, Fluent Hebrew, minor Ukrainian
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PRIVATE, QUIET, BRIGHT 1BR NEAR GASLAMP, ZOO, PETCO PARK, & CONVENTION CENTER

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

Overview

San Diego Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-5)

Located in a private and secure gated complex in beautiful and quiet Golden Hill near South Park. Ranked #2 in the nation out of twenty best towns of the future by Sunset magazine.

- 1 Full bath

- Full-sized, fully equipped kitchen

- Large flat-panel LCD high-def. TV with FREE Netflix, Crackle, and Pandora

- FREE high-speed Wi-Fi

- FREE private garage

- FREE Initial supply of soap, shampoo, etc.

- FREE drinking water

- Dishwasher, disposer, large microwave/vented hood

- Hardwood type & tile floors

- Lots of built-in cabinetry

- 502 sq. ft.

- Abundance of natural light (see pictures)

- Pets accepted (Upon approval. Fees apply)

- All linens and towels included

- All dishes and kitchenware

- Iron & ironing board

- Hair dryer

- Portable baby playpen/crib

- FREE bottle of the best Charles Shaw wine money can buy.

Gated Community Features:

- Small complex - only 4 total units

- On-site coin laundry

- Video intercom controlled access

- Large enclosed, landscaped yard and patios with seating areas, BBQ, picnic tables, and fire pit.

Neighborhood Features:

- Very close to the convention center, Petco Ball Park, and the famous Gas lamp district, Balboa Park, and the word-famous San Diego Zoo.

- Walk to everything: locally-owned restaurants, groceries, convenience, bakeries, tavern, cafes, community garden and park.

- Immediate access to 94, 163 and 5 freeways.

Sleeping options:

- 1 Queen bed

- 1 Queen air mattress

- 1 Non-foldout couch

(all bedding provided)

Recommended for 2-3 people, but can take up to 5 if you want to save $ and don’t mind being cozy.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner/Property Manager (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2011
Speaks english, russian, Fluent Hebrew, minor Ukrainian

About Owner/Property Manager

Hi. My name is Vitali, or Alik for short.

I am 49 years old and was born in Siberia, but also lived in Israel 7 years.

I've live in California of last 30+ years.

I renovated, furnished, and decorated this unit with my own hands and deigned the landscaping and the other units.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Owner/Property Manager chose San Diego

Golden Hill is the heart of San Diego. Quiet and pleasant, it is nevertheless right in the center and close to everything.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Good guests. no problems. Would recommend.
Feb 2012
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

3.7
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Private, Quiet, Bright 1BR near Gaslamp, Zoo, Petco Park, & Convention Center
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 24 reviews
business
Private, Quiet, Bright 1BR near Gaslamp, Zoo, Petco Park, & Convention Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p976250
San Diego San Diego County
4

Very Nice 1BR

  • 4 of 5
Nice apartment, pretty much as described. Very clean and all appliances worked (did not use dishwasher). Very comfortable bed. Adequate closet/cabinet space, but would have been helpful to have some clothing hooks. Nice to have your own secure garage space. Friendly corner grocery met basic food needs, 7-11 and pretty good pizza place at other end of the block. Easy access to freeway and the rest of San Diego. If you're from out-of-state or unfamiliar with SD, get/use GPS to get around, we did and had a great time. Alik, the owner, responded to our initial call, letting him know we had arrived, and again when we checked out. He is friendly and efficient. Would recommend for a couple or small (3-4) family. One minor CON: firehouse is around the corner and if active, sirens will be heard-not bad, but be aware. Overall, a very nice place, we would definitely pick it again.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks. please come back.
business
Private, Quiet, Bright 1BR near Gaslamp, Zoo, Petco Park, & Convention Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p976250
San Diego San Diego County
4

good location to enjoy San Diego

  • 4 of 5
Clean and in a good location for getting to Balboa Park and downtown....
Good space to relax when there, but we were out and about much of the time. There was no bottle of wine as listed though...

In walking distance is the park, a great morning breakfast spot and Counterpoint restaurant right in Golden Hill Neighborhood...
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and the stay.
Sorry the wine wasn't there. Not many people actually drink it not realizing it's free and the cleaning crew sometimes forgets to check and replace.
Wish you'd told me. I would have gotten one to you.
business
Private, Quiet, Bright 1BR near Gaslamp, Zoo, Petco Park, & Convention Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p976250
San Diego San Diego County
Seattle, WA
1

Loud and dirty

  • 1 of 5
I arrived the 1st night of what was suppose to be a 5 day stay and the place had never been cleaned up after the last guest. The bedding appeared to have been slept in, a paper lamp in the living room was lying on its side sad and broken, there was no wine like mentioned in the listing or FAQ and there were several dirty dishes in the kitchen. The floor was also so dirty that walking around for 15 minutes in my bare feet, my feet turned black on the soles. But that wasn't even the worst part.

The worst part was that although it was specifically called out as "quiet" it was actually quite noisy with a loud water heater. Having no other place to go with my one year old son and husband we decided to make the best of things and stay the night. MISTAKE. Around 3AM we were woken up by a loud squealing sound coming from the general direction of the water heater that came and went randomly for the rest of our stay there.

When I contacted the owner I explained we would were leaving as soon as possible and asked that he please issue us a refund. He reluctantly issued us a refund for the nights we did not stay there but refused to issue us a refund for the 1st night even after I sent him video proof of the loud squealing noise. His only response was, "I've spent the last 24 hrs in the unit, taking multiple hot showers and otherwise running and not running the hot water and have not been available to reproduce even a squeak. Are you sure it was coming form the water heater and not something else? Also never had anyone report it before."

When I responded that I didn't know exactly where it was coming from, he simply stopped responding. AVOID this place. And if you don't make sure you pay with a credit card so you can get your money back if things don't work out. Ugh, so unprofessional.
  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was traveling across the country to deliver emergency supplies to the hurricane Sandy victims when this person asked to book the place last minute and checked in, handling all my business form a moving car. As a result I did get confused and screw up thinking the place had been cleaned when I t has not. That much is true.
The rest is unwarranted and false.

For starters, all the things she list as “wrong’ are just the details of a place that was not cleaned by mistake, which she already knows.
Upon finding out and confirming this I immediately dispatched the cleaning crew to go out there AND offered to refund the cleaning fee regardless.
She said she preferred to check out and get a refund for the “remainder of the stay” (her own words) and even though that’s not normally an option, under the circumstance I apologized and immediately agreed (there was no “reluctant” whatsoever) and even told her I’ll still also refund the cleaning fee, even though she didn’t ask for that. (I can only assume she really left as she knew I wasn’t there to check).

She agreed and said that would be fine.
Then, AFTER getting the refund, suddenly demanded an additional refund for the time she did stay, threatening to complain otherwise.

She also made claims of a water heater making a whistling noise and smelling gas. But when I told her the whole gas system was literally just upgraded, tested, and inspected by the city AND the utility company, she suddenly dropped the claim (I believe she read if from previous review before the upgrade and decided to use it).
I also spend a full day in the unit, even spending the night, waiting for the claimed heater noise, but there wasn’t a peep-squeak, whether or not I used the hot water.
There have also been no such complaints from anyone ever before or after.
She emailed me a phone video of the water heater doing nothing with some kind of noise in the background that could be coming from anywhere including something in her hand which suspiciously does not change as she get closer or farther form the water heater.

I now believe this is a con artist trying to get a free stay and retaliating for not pulling it off all the way.

Don’t believe it? Read all my other reviews, including the other units - all on the same property.
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Private, Quiet, Bright 1BR near Gaslamp, Zoo, Petco Park, & Convention Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p976250
San Diego San Diego County
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a week here, and we completely loved it. It was cozy, and made us feel right at home. We were close enough to many of the things we had wanted to see while in San Diego. I really enjoyed my stay here, and plan and visiting again!
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. Good guests. Would definitely welcome again.
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Private, Quiet, Bright 1BR near Gaslamp, Zoo, Petco Park, & Convention Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p976250
San Diego San Diego County
Phoenix, AZ United States
4

Best Location!

  • 4 of 5
This place had a lot of pros, and just a few cons, as mentioned by previous reviewers. Starting with the pros:
1. Location - near the most amazing little restaurants, and the grocery store/Mexican bakery was convenient. The walk to Balboa Park is nice, and was perfect for us and our two dogs.
2. Dogs - Alik was great about our dogs, esp considering one of them is a Great Dane pup. For us, the folks next door with the two big dogs was also a pro, because those dogs are friendly, and made for great playmates. But they are big and slobbery and cuddly, so if you are not a dog person, go inside. 3. The shared yard was nice.
4. Amenities - as described, down to complimentary bottle of wine. We made use of the kitchen, but if you are a culinary genius, you may want better knives and pots. But, all were sufficient for our purposes. There was plenty of towel/sheet/blanket stuff for 2 people.
5. Space - perfect for a weekend away with two people and two dogs. I wouldn't try to fit more folks/pets.
6. Instructions - Alik provided perfect instructions on keys/garage door opener, etc, as well as where everything was in the townhome.
7. Garage - It was great to have one! But if you drive a giant truck, it may not fit. Our Tacoma fit tightly with the side view mirrors folded.
8. Flexibility - Alik is one of the few VRBO folks in San Diego that does not have a rigorous rule for length of stay.

Cons
1. No AC. This should not matter any other time of the year than two weeks in August. We were there during that period of time. And we're from Phoenix! What was perplexing was that it was hotter inside than outside. This made for fitful sleeping because the place never cooled down. Advice - close the kitchen, because that is the hottest room and the fridge radiates heat. Once we figured that out, it became bearable, although still uncomfortable. Also, bring a fan. The fan in the unit is terrible.
2. Natural gas smell. We emailed Alik promptly when we arrived bc we smelled gas, and he responded very promptly. Apparently there is a small leak somewhere, but they don't know where. Well, its gotta be the oven, because if you open it, it reeks. When you close off the kitchen, the entire kitchen smells strongly. The closet in the bedroom that shares a wall with the kitchen also smells of gas. We did not use the oven, but did use the stove on top with no problem.

But, overall, a lovely stay, only marred by the difficulty we had sleeping due to heat and smell.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing
business
Private, Quiet, Bright 1BR near Gaslamp, Zoo, Petco Park, & Convention Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p976250
San Diego San Diego County
Regina, Saskatchewan
4

Small, but cozy and well appointed.

  • 4 of 5
All in all our stay was quite pleasant in Alik's cozy cottage. It is a quite small one bedroom with a small kitchen and eating area. It was about right for the two of us, but it would get crowded quick with more. Alik was very helpful in setting up the stay and keeping us informed. The location, while not ideal, was a less than $10 cab ride from the heart of San Diego night life. Most of the time we walked down (about a 40 minute leisurely walk), and cabbed back.

The neighborhood feels a little run down, but never at any time did we feel unsafe. Everything we wanted was close, the grocery store around the corner was a very handy for getting the minimal supplies we needed. The Mexican Bakery a couple of doors down from the grocery was amazing. The pizza place a couple of blocks up makes an outstanding Calzone.

There were some minor downsides. The cottage definitely has a musty smell which I assume is because it is closed up so much, there is no air conditioning, which might have been a problem if we had been around during the day, but San Diego cools off most nights so it wasn't a problem for sleeping. The unit could use a few care and feeding repairs. It is not run down, but clearly some little wear and tear issues should be tidied up. The lady in the next unit has a couple of large dogs which she sometimes lets loose in the shared yard. They seem friendly enough, but can be quite a shock if you are not expecting it.

Would I stay here again! Yes! The value for the location is outstanding. Just be aware of the limitations.
  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 26 2014 - Nov 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
$115
$725
$2,342
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas/NY
Dec 24 2014 - Jan 1 2015
5 night minimum stay
$115
From
$120
Fri,Sat
$780
$2,654
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer Non-Peak
May 22 2015 - Jun 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
$115
From
$120
Fri,Sat
$780
$2,654
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Comic Con 2015
Jul 7 2015 - Jul 12 2015
6 night minimum stay
$1,950
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$99
From
$104
Fri,Sat
$675
$2,295
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $40
Pet Fee $25
Property Damage Protection $49
Notes 1) Automatically calculated rate assumes up to 3 people.
There is an additional $20/person/night charge after that.
2) You will also need to provide a credit card to cover any potential loses and a damages not covered by the insurance.
3) There is no fee to book and pay online if paying by bank account. There is a 2.5% fee if paying by credit card.
4) Pet fee is per night/pet & subject to approval

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

San Diego Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 502 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Initial supplies of toiletries included (hand and body soaps, shampoo, toilet paper)
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , all bedding provided, the queen is an inflatable mattress
  • Additional guests found to be staying in unit without notice will be charged $50/guest/night.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 14 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Free Netflix (movies), Hulu (TV & movies)), and Pandora (music) piped directly into your HD TV through the blu-ray player.
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