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Spacious 5 room suite at gated Tropical Oasis

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Double occupancy/sleeps 2)

A Couple's garden Hideaway just steps from Balboa Park -- offering 900 sq ft interior with private resort-like terrace for lounging and dining. Among its 5 rooms a comfortable Lounge w/ oversized windows, Modern kitchen with gas range, DW, & stacked washer/dryer, 2 bedrooms each w/ queen bed, and 1 bathroom w/tub-shower. Located on nearly an acre of lush tropical gardens this renovated 1920's Craftsman Compound is set among single family homes in one of San Diego's prized Uptown neighborhoods -- a garden Oasis in the heart of the City.

Keywords: 1920's Craftsman Compound offering 2 large Luxury Apartments

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Kent

I discovered this unique property 20 years ago while visiting from out of town, am the second owner since 1926. It took many years to restore and renovate its 16 rooms and multiple levels. The garden areas were essentially a blank canvas in need of a thoughtful plan and hundreds of suitable shrubs & trees. Ripe for a major Make Over -- this was an exciting project requiring the skills of many craftsmen. Today, in tune with tropically themed Balboa Park & its San Diego Zoo -- mature King Palms, Ginger, & Trumpet Vines flourish under the San Diego sun.

Kent purchased this villa in 1998

What makes this villa unique

If you are a traveling couple or individual seeking a well appointed, comfortable accommodation in a quiet residential neighborhood without the noise & congestion of Downtown or the beach communities... you might find this property ideal. Located between lively Hillcrest and trendy North Park, this Park adjacent community has charming bungalows, beautiful gardens, with easy access to major freeways and the International Airport.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted to thank you again for your hospitality this past week. We had a great time -- very relaxing! The weather was perfect for us -- we were loathe to come back to 105 + degrees. Your home is beautiful -- and I am in love with the back yard! Thank you again, Lyndsay
Jul 2009
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North Park Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • This historic home with 2 large Apartment-suites is a "Quiet Enjoyment property" welcoming low courteous sound volume in conversation & TV
  • Guests are encouraged to remove street shoes at the front door for the cleanliness of interior living spaces.
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 2 bedrooms - 2 queen
  • Both bedrooms have a queen bed. Sorry, maximum occupancy is two guests per suite. This Villa property offers two vacation suites.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Now with Central Air Conditioning


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(37 traveler reviews)

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Spacious 5 room suite at gated Tropical Oasis
average rating of 4.972973 based on 42 reviews

Wonderful Place - Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I had the pleasure to stay at Kent’s place in June 2017 and we can confirm all the wonderful things that have been said in the previous reviews.

The apartment is just wonderful. We felt like we had stepped into our home away from home. When we saw the beautiful and lush garden, we thought we were in the middle of Bali in a tropical hideaway.

All that one would need for a great vacation in San Diego is right there, from the onsite parking spot to all the nice kitchenware, plenty of towels, strong WIFI signal, the propane grill, washer and dryer inside the unit and screens throughout the entire apartment (we slept with the windows open all the time).

The apartment was very clean and beautifully furnished. We often had our breakfast outside on the nice patio area surrounded by the lush gardens below or a glass of wine while watching the sun go down.

Kent the owner lives on the property as well and is always available if need be but never intrusive. He is a very gracious and accommodating host and you can tell that he takes great pride in his property.

The location is really great. We very much enjoyed being able to walk to Balboa Park or to all the great restaurants in Hillcrest.

We will most definitely stay here again when we come back to San Diego. Thank you Kent for sharing your beautiful place with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the excellent review! It was a pleasure accommodating you and I'm very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Sending best regards and hope to welcome you back one day.
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Could Not Have Asked For More

  • 5 of 5

We found this to be the perfect place to stay on our recent 8 day trip to San Diego. It was tastefully furnished, comfortable, and immaculate. The location which is very close to Balboa Park made it easy to get around in San Diego. Off street parking was a plus. Street parking is also available. We had a lovely private patio which we enjoyed in the evenings after sight seeing. Kent, the owner, has created a beautiful tropical oasis on the lower level. It was hard to believe this tropical paradise was located in the city. It was such a lush and peaceful place. Each time we stepped outside, we heard the fountain below us What a treat!

Working with Kent as great from the time we made our reservation until we left. He was the perfect host, knowledgeable and willing to offer suggestions or answer questions, but also respectful of his guests' privacy, if so desired.

Thank you, Kent, for providing such a wonderful rental property!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the complimentary review. It was a pleasure meeting you and having you at the property! Hope to see you again, Kent
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Beautiful home and property in a nice location!

  • 5 of 5

This property is beautifully maintained! A true gem! The terrace suite overlooked a jaw-dropping botanical paradise below. Kent takes great pride in his property, is easily reached, and is a fabulous host. We looked forward to early morning walks from the property to Balboa Park (basically across the street), fun days spent at San Diego attractions, and nice dinners on the terrace deck overlooking the beauty below. We felt very much at home here. Both the zoo and the San Diego airport are very close by. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the terrific review! It was a pleasure chatting with both of you, and it's always gratifying when guests enjoy the property and their time in San Diego. Hope to welcome you back one day.
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Just an all-around perfect fit!

  • 5 of 5

The location: 20 to 30 minutes from the airport, close to Balboa Park, Petco Park and The Convention Center. Old Town, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter and Coronado are a very short drive from the unit. Best of all you will find restaurants of all price ranges within a few blocks.

Take a 25 minute ride up route 5 to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for a short or long hike with wonderful views, and if you visit in the summer there's a great beach there too.

The accommodations: clean, comfortable, well equipped and the garden and terrace are just spectacular!

Kent the owner lives on the property and is available or not depending on your needs and wants. Service before and during our stay was A+.

Hope to come back to San Diego in the future, and would definitely rent from Kent again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edmond, Oklahoma

Secluded Getaway in the City

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property close to the Zoo, Balboa Park and minutes from everything else in San Diego. Rental had everything we needed to cook meals and plenty of great restaurants nearby for those days you don't feel like cooking. Relaxing atmosphere, nice patio to enjoy an evening outdoors. Owner was great, very responsive and easy to work with. We would definately stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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relaxing stay in san diego

  • 5 of 5

Excellent apartment with an efficient and easygoing owner and an outstanding garden. Great location: quiet, and spending time outside is positively tranquil. The apartment is spacious and comfortable and very well set up - you could easily live here permanently. It really does feel like a tropical hideaway, and we lived 25 years in Hawaii and know what this means. We want to return when I'm not in an orthopedic boot so we can explore the area more.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

1200 acre Balboa Park -- one of our nation's most beautiful city parks -- is just two houses away.... You can stroll its world famous Zoo, visit a dozen fine museums, attend award winning theaters, including the Old Globe, catch Imax feature films at the Planetarium, listen to outdoor concerts from the Spreckles Organ Pavilion featuring the largest outdoor organ in the world, and enjoy acres of specialty gardens, the Prado Restaurant, arboretum, and much more....




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning charge $60
Tax Rate 10.5%

Stays of a month or longer are exempt from the Transient Occupancy Tax. For shorter stays -- City charges 10.5% Tax which we are required to collect.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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