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Spacious tree top Suite at Balboa Park villa

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

Upper floor Craftsman Suite (900 sq ft and Central AC)

A gated tropical Oasis just steps from Balboa Park -- this restored 1926 Craftsman Compound offers two 900 sq ft vacation suites, each designed for a visiting couple or individual. The upper level Bungalow Suite has been restored to its original Arts & Crafts style with classic moldings, refinished oak floors, oversized wood windows, and charming walk out veranda, plus central air conditioning. A private gate opens to its tropical courtyard w/ fountain and vine covered pergola, a private stairway leading up to its front covered porch. The large Living Room has comfortable chenille sofa and leather recliner, fine antiques, and large flat screen TV with Hi Def cable programming. Beyond lies a fully remodeled & appointed Kitchen w/stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. Down the hall a spacious Master -- with premier quality king bed, dresser, writing desk, and TV. All rooms have large picture windows overlooking the gardens below. The bathroom has been remodeled w/glazed Italian tiles, and features its original soaking tub plus tiled stall Shower. Featured in San Diego's Save Our Heritage Organization's Tour of historic homes and surrounded by nearly an acre of tropical gardens -- this unique Craftsman style Compound offers visiting couples a tranquil Oasis in the middle of the city. Located just five minutes from Downtown's Gaslamp District, popular Hillcrest, or trendy North Park and with Coronado's famous beaches just 2 freeway exits away -- its location can't be beat.

Keywords: Luxurious Upper Floor Apartment in 1920's Residential Duplex

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Kent

I purchased this property 18 years ago and spent two years restoring the 3 level structure and planting the gardens. I was honored to have it featured in the 2007 Historic Tour of San Diego homes... I am also a Realtor and home design & garden Consultant. Began home remodeling homes 35 years ago. Am happy to offer insider tips on great places to visit/best local restaurants, have shown real estate and sold several homes to visiting guests, as well. Dozens have become annual guests, reserving weeks or months here annually, becoming close personal friends.

Kent purchased this house in 1998

Why Kent chose San Diego County

Covering 3 residential lots -- the mature gardens offer a sense of peaceful seclusion rarely found this close to Downtown San Diego.

What makes this house unique

The expansive gardens and our central location are among its special features. The unexpected scale of the property, well disguised from the street, startles most visitors. A special treat are the visiting wildlife - whether roosting in trees or drinking from the fountains... hawks, owls, parrots, squirrels, hummingbirds, even an occasional fox.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Each time my wife & I return to this perfectly appointed and warm Craftsman home in the perfect location (minutes to Balboa Park, Coronado, Hillcrest, Downtown, shopping -- everything!) we feel like second-home owners ourselves, as we sip our coffee in our private hummingbird- and fountain-filled garden. Seriously, we dream about this place when we're not there! And the bed is so perfect, we're getting a duplicate for our own home. Robert & Linda, Bozeman Montana
May 2011
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North Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Stall shower plus original soaking tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed (1) 600 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private Gated Entry, Secured Compound, and a variety of private outdoor areas for dining, reading, sunbathing, and lounging.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Spacious tree top Suite at Balboa Park villa
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 37 reviews
Dallas, TX

Peaceful and Quiet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent five lovely nights at the tree top suite. It is very well equipped, spotless (inside and out) and has the perfect location. Parking is easy and convenient. The home is beautifully restored and the grounds are gorgeous. I loved to sit on the terrace and listen to the fountain. The whole place is filled with the smell of jasmine and the lush plantings definitely create a tropical oasis. We felt very comfortable and safe. Kent was waiting for us when we arrived, gave us a great tour of the property, is extremely responsive and made some great suggestions for activities. We will return.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chevy Chase, MD

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay here and we couldn't be happier. Not only does the suite look exactly like the pictures but it is comfortable, in a quiet neighborhood and spacious. It is very close to Balboa Park. Kent is a wonderful host and always helpful when you have questions, but never intrusive. You will be wowed by the outdoor space as well. We have recommended the treetop suite to friends, who will be staying here in February.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome tropical paradise one block from Morley Field

  • 5 of 5

Delightfully comfortable and private hideaway one block from the park and within walking distance of restaurants. we have a history with this apartment - parents lived here for 18 years and the new owner has made incredible improvements. We cannot wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rosenberg, TX

Beautiful and Private Compound

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant surprise! Everything was perfect for our week stay. VERY comfortable bed and living area. We enjoyed cooking our own breakfast most days and were within walking distance to great breakfast places, also. The location was central to all we wanted to see and do. No matter where we were, we could be "home" in 15 min. The suite was clean and everything we needed was provided, even access to washer/dryer. Loved the neighborhood and the 'compound" is as beautiful and private as you will find anywhere. Kent, thanks for sharing!!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yes, it's as perfect as it looks

  • 5 of 5

This time for Comic Con I needed to get out of the Gaslamp, and this was the perfect retreat. While I was initially concerned about transportation, I found Uber to be swift with pick-ups, and about a $10-12, 5-10 minute ride to the convention center. I did also get a rental car, and had plenty of parking available to me. I was a quick ride away from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and Ralph's, and a host of dining locations. The area is safe and secure, and right off beautiful Balboa Park. A great place for a stroll!

The courtyard is inviting and spacious, cool in the mornings and evenings, and the balcony overlooking it is a perfect place for morning coffee as well as a night cap. You can listen to the bubbling fountain as you chillax, and even as you sleep, if you leave the windows comfortably open.

I really enjoyed the fine Craftsman detailing in this place, it has stood the test of time, and I felt like I was coming to a real home every night, and pretty chauffed about it. The place is as large as it looks, the AC works well, the breezes are nice, the host is generous, and the wifi solid. A great stay, can't wait to stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We found our host, space, location, and weather to be perfect. We enjoyed making breakfast and eating it on the deck overlooking our personal garden. After a fun day of exploring it was great to come back to our "home" and relax in the large, but cozy living room. Everything we wanted to see and do was so convenient. We are already making plans to return to San Diego and stay here. After all, there is no place like "home."

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Walk to Alexander's, voted one of City's 25 Best!
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Coronado Island
Car: recommended

Historic Craftsman compound adjacent 1200 acre Balboa Park and just 5 minutes from Downtown, 10 minutes from Coronado beaches. An ideal central Location!


Rates & Availability

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

one time cleaning fee per visit $50
Tax Rate 10.5%

One page rental agreement to be reviewed and signed by prospective guests. Stays of a Month or longer are exempt from Transient Occupancy Tax. City tax of 10.5% does apply to shorter term stays. Landlords are required to collect it.

50% Deposit (by personal check) with balance due in cash or traveler's checks at time of arrival.

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