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Charming Spanish Casita

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

2 BR plus bonus room, 1.75 BA, Sleeps 6

This gorgeous, two-bedroom (bonus room is an optional third), 1.75 BA home boasts a newly remodeled interior and exterior, and is alive with character and charm. Conveniently located in an older San Diego neighborhood that borders on hip and trendy Hillcrest and Kensington, just minutes from the beach and downtown.

The house is elevated above the street which lends to the feeling of retreating into a serene and cozy atmosphere after a day of fun in the sun. Comfortable couches make you feel at home. A TV, DVD/VCR, and stereo are provided for your entertainment. Internet hook-up & Laundry. In addition there is A/C.

Delightful backyard with covered patio, fountain & gas BBQ is accessed through French doors from both bedrooms.

The dining room has an arched entrance into the kitchen, which has brand-new stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher, microwave), custom concrete countertops, and new cabinets. Dishes, pot and pans, cooking utensils, silverware, glasses, coffee mugs and a coffee machine are provided. Just outside the back door is a pathway that leads you into a serene and tranquil backyard setting with fountain, complete with patio furniture and BBQ. The two bedrooms have French doors leading onto the back patio.

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Michael Fitzgerald
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2017

Why Michael Fitzgerald chose San Diego County

This Spanish charmer is a comfortable clean home well situated for beaches, , Zoo, Balboa Park, Wild Animal Park, Legoland and Downtown. Located in a quiet neighborhood with easy street parking. You will love the serenity this home offers. Kick back on the cool , shaded patio and listen to the fountain.

Ideal Lovers' retreat!

What makes this house unique

House is 2 blocks from good coffee shops and restaurants and 3 blocks to a Kids' park.

On Sundays there is a wonderful Farmers' Market on Normal Street.from 9.30 till 2 pm.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Geraldina. Just loved the convenient location, close to so many fun things.

The house is super cute and the backyard is such a relaxing spot.

We are looking forward to another stay in the Spring 2011
May 2010
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Charming Spanish Casita
average rating of 4.85 based on 41 reviews
Portland, OR

Great Location - Some Modern Touches

  • 4 of 5

The best part about this Casita was the location, just minutes away from Balboa Park. Then again, San Diego isn't very big and most of the major sights don't take long to reach there. Other amenities like grocery stores and restaurants were also 5 minutes away.

The house was charming and just the right size for me, my wife and two toddlers. The second bathroom was a definite plus and something we required for our stay. The house had modern updates to the kitchen, dining area and master bathroom.

The living room furniture was modern, albeit well-used. The couches could use a steam-clean.

The bedroom furniture could use an upgrade. The mattresses and pillows could use some replacement and lighter solid-colored sheets will give us a better idea of how clean the sleeping areas are. The house is on a very quiet street, so loud noises were not an issue.

The dining area had a small circular table that was just right for our family.

We had an opportunity to grill outside, and that was nice. It was too cold to dine outdoors. The outdoor furniture definitely needs to be replaces. The cushions are torn and there is no place to sit.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay. The house met our needs for our vacation in San Diego. We recommend this house to others.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just as advertised!

  • 5 of 5

The home was perfect for our stay and the location was superb. We're looking forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Charming. Perfect for our needs!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this home for Thanksgiving week. It was perfect. We loved it. It was so much nicer, comfy, and private than a motel room. The room sizes were perfect for the two of us. I would think that if we had another couple with us, it would have been just as comfy. There were two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which were very nice. Both bedrooms had a door to the super cute back patio area. The patio has a grill and several chairs. It was so pretty with all the plants and an awesome orange tree. The location was great, there is a coffee breakfast cafe down the street and not a bad walk to Park Ave where there are plenty of restaurants and corner stores. We rented a car during our stay. I was nervous about street parking, but did not have to be. There was plenty of street parking during the day and only one night we had to park around the corner, which wasn't bad at all. There is a driveway with the house, but it was very steep and a tight fit for the type of vehicle we rented. I personally would prefer the street parking. The neighbors are very friendly and the neighborhood was so nice. I felt very safe, not a worry at all. The owner is very nice and a great help. There was a basket with lots of brochures and leaflets to look at for things to do around town. I would highly recommend this house. My husband and I are already trying to figure out when we can come back to San Diego and we will definitely love to rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay, beautiful home, with everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

I had an amazing experience staying at this beautiful home! I have no complaints. I stayed here with a few other colleagues for a work trip. There was a nice kitchen with everything we needed for our stay. The neighborhood was adorable with great restaurants, we went to El Zarape which was fabulous. The beds were comfortable and the outdoor patio was beautiful and peaceful. Mike was very responsive to emails when I needed to get in touch. I'd love to come back and stay again at this home!!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Carissa you made my day. Come back again.
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Cute convenient casa

  • 4 of 5

We (four adults) spent five nights in this lovely home. It was the perfect size for us and very quiet and comfortable. The house has so much character, the arched windows and doorways, french doors, etc. We appreciated the landscape, the exterior, and interior decor. We were so busy we did not get to fully enjoy the back yard/patio but were excited to see oranges on the tree. The location was very convenient to Balboa Park and other sights. We had a fabulous dinner at Et Voila in the Adams District but recommend not driving. Parking was impossible on Saturday night. We also walked a few short blocks to Park Blvd and had a good dinner at ParkHouse Eatery.

Parking at the casa also became an issue on the weekend, when more people parked on the street and didn't move. We had two vehicles, and the house has only a short narrow driveway available for parking. Because of retaining walls on either side of the driveway you need to be sure your car is narrow enough that you can still open your doors to exit after parking. One of our vehicles was a van and too large for the driveway, the other, a Nissan Sentra, just barely fit. Despite this we definitely recommend this property and if we return will strongly consider staying. again.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Casita for a Beautiful Weekend in Sunny San Diego!

  • 5 of 5

A cute house with vintage details, we very much enjoyed our stay at the Spanish Casita! Excellent location (close to downtown, Balboa Park, and freeways) and lots of cute little places in the neighborhood. The two bedrooms are very nice, both with french doors to the relaxing patio. Check out was a breeze, and the owners were very accommodating! Definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego Zoo
Car: recommended

This home is about ten minutes away from the beach, downtown, Petco Park, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Fashion Valley, Qualcomm stadium, Sea Port Village, Old Town, and Balboa Park. There is easy access to the freeway leading you north, to the Wild Animal Park and Legoland, or south, to Mexico. Minutes away is the 8 freeway, which can take you either West to the beaches, or East, to the mountains.

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating


Rates & Availability

University Heights House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.5%

There is a $300.00 REFUNDABLE deposit to secure the dates and book the reservation. The deposit also serves as damage protection for the property. The rental amount is due 30 days before move-in. The $300.00 is refunded to after your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The main bathroom has a tub and shower, the second bathroom has a shower and stackable washer/dryer. There is street parking right outside and the neighborhood is quiet and safe.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Office - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Both bedrooms have French doors which open onto a tranquil backyard patio area with gas BBQ & fountain. Queen size beds in each bedroom, the beds are comfortable and linen is provided. With prior arrangement the bonus room/office can be used as additional sleeping space, a bed or crib can be placed in the room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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