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Charming Spanish Casita

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
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.

More Details

Michael Fitzgerald
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 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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University Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • 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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Charming Spanish Casita
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 46 reviews
San Jose, CA

A True San Diego Casita

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved out stay! Michael and Susan were able to accommodate us last minute and the home was perfect for our trip. Centrally located to everything San Diego has to offer and perfect for a family. The house was clean, had all the amenities needed and is located in a very safe neighborhood with great restaurants within walking distance. We would highly recommend this beautiful home! We kept saying it felt like home during our stay. The only downside to the neighborhood is the street can be busy, people drive a little too fast and parking can be difficult after 8pm but we were able to fit in the driveway when needed. Thank you Michael and Susan! We look forward to our next trip to San Diego!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Convenient and charming

  • 3 of 5

3.5/5 We enjoyed the casita. Location and neighborhood were great, as were all the amenities. There was plenty of room for two couples. The back patio and grill were perfect! The beds could have been a little more comfortable but there were plenty of blankets to compensate. Parking was a bit challenging in the small driveway if you have a big car/SUV, but just fine if you find a space on the street. Mick was very responsive when we had a housekeeping issue. Overall we liked the property.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 4 of 5

The house was as advertised. It is close to many restaurants, bars and Balboa Park, and we walked to several neighborhood restaurants and bars. The neighborhood was nice and we felt comfortable walking there at night. Parking was not a problem as we were able to park our rental Jeep Patriot in the driveway when necessary. We spend a lot of time in the outdoor area as it was nice; although the garden needed some tending. The beds were comfortable, but some of the pillows need replacing. Occasionally, the refrigerator was noisy. Overall, we would recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sedro-Woolley, WA

Quaint home in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

This house has lots of charm and character with modern amenities and is in an excellent location. The weather did not cooperate during our stay, and we wished we could have enjoyed the wonderful back yard. There were four adults in our party and we had all the space we needed. Michael was responsive and a great host. I would highly recommend this VRBO to others traveling in the San Diego area.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Upstate New York

San Diego Spanish Casita

  • 4 of 5

Overall, the property was how described on the Home Away Site. It has nice architectural features. The only complaint I would have is that the patio area could have been more presentable. All of the cushions were tired and need replacement and the garden could have been neater. The days we were there were chillier than expected so we were not able to spend much time out there. It was shady and did not benefit from the warmth of the sun. Everything else was nice. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked. The refrigerator fan started to make some noise while we were there but that was minor. Parking for more than one car was a little issue, at night, but we were able to park around the corner. There is one driveway spot for average sized cars. The location was convenient to all access roads. There are grocery stores and restaurants nearby. A car is best for this area. I would recommend this property to friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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

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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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