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This is "America’s Finest City!" Studio with pool and spectacular views!

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom Studio with full bathroom, Sleeps max of 2, No smoking.

Beautiful Studio with lap pool & spectacular views!! This cozy Studio is a 15 min. drive from all of San Diego’s attractions. We are located 12 miles east of San Diego within 1/4 mile from major freeways. The airport, beaches, Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, downtown are all near by. This is truly America’s finest city! This one Bedroom studio with full bath is within the wooded area of Mt. Helix. The bedroom has a comfortable queen bed with a seating area and a large walk in closet. This property is very private with quiet surroundings, lots of places to sit and enjoy the garden or the early morning wildlife. Walk out onto the porch which over looks the pool and amazing views of the hillsides of Mt. Helix. This one acre property & studio is adjacent to my private home. Property is shared with myself & I'm usually on the property most of the time. You have your own private entrance & parking space. Studio has limited kitchenette with frig/frez, coffee maker a microwave & crock-pot for cooking. Small sink with plenty of kitchen supplies. If you plan on doing a lot of cooking this Kitchenette might not work for you. No laundry facilities but there is a laundry matt a few blocks down the street. When you visit San Diego you will appreciate why it’s called “Americas Finest City” but cost also comes with that. When you come to sunny La Mesa you’ll enjoy the savings on your accommodations & see sunshine everyday!

Be sure to visit the top of Mt. Helix for a 360 degree view of San Diego.

Visit La Mesa's quaint little village! Enjoy downtown La Mesa which is known as the 'Jewel of the Hills.' A near perfect climate, tree-lined streets, with a quaint downtown village. Visit the Farmers' Market; which is a tradition on Friday afternoons.

House rules:

This is a no shoes, no smoking home.

Non smokers only!

Check in is from 3pm - 8pm. A $25 charge for check in after 8pm. All check ins must be before midnight.

Check out is 10am.

Only booked guest are permitted on this private property.

I have a quite time from 9pm - 7am.

I have a small cat that hangs around the property during the day & sleeps in the garage at night. I prefer guest who don't mind cats.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2017

Why Owner chose San Diego

Mt. Helix/La Mesa is a very beautiful area! Most homes were built between 1940’s – 1956 so they have a lot of charm & old character.

The small shopping strip & restaurants in downtown La Mesa is a great way to spend an afternoon or a stop at the winery. Weather is always fabulous!

What makes this studio unique

I feel in love with this beautiful property from the first time I found it. I'm sure you will love it as much as I do!! The views are wonderful!! Open your door & fall a sleep with the stillness & the sound of the pond, it is very relaxing!


Mount Helix Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is enough paper goods to get guest started for a few days. Tank-less water heater. You will not run out of hot water however we do have water restriction here in San Diego. Please limit showers to under 10 minutes.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom has comfortable queen bed, with walk in closet. Wireless Internet. Not too many guest come to San Diego to watch TV but just in case, there is No local cable on TV. A 32 in flat screen with a DVD player and Amazon Fire TV with unlimited HULU & SHOWTIME There are two Red Box DVD rentals nearby. Please keep in mind this property is in a very quiet, serene area of Mt. Helix. To keep peace with the neighbors we do have a quite time after 9pm! No smoking anywhere on this property! Studio is a no shoe's home. Summer - Central Air runs from 10am - 7pm. Average temps in summer evenings are between 62 - 69. Air does not run through the night. Fans only. Studio is adjacent to main house.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Grocery stores & restaurants less then 1/4 miles. Property is in a very quiet, serene area of Mt. Helix. To keep the peace with the neighbors we do have a quite time after 9pm! Only registered guest have permission to be on this private property. No smoking anywhere on this property! Studio is a no shoe's home. No pets.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

This is "America’s Finest City!" Studio with pool and spectacular views!
average rating of 4.730769 based on 26 reviews

The property was very nice and well kept.

  • 2 of 5

There were good and bad points to renting this property. Good points were its private and property was nice. Bad points were to many rules to follow. Location of house was ok but at the bottom of the hill the neighborhood was not. At times I did not feel safe when existing the property. The owner had a business meeting by the pool on one of the days of our stay. She suggested we go out for dinner at the time the meeting was taking place because she needed the parking for her meeting. I didn't think that was right since we had paid for our stay. Once we checked out I received an email from the trip insurance company that I had purchased. The owner had filed a claim against us for a pool float in the amount of $45.00. We were only in the pool one time during our stay and did not break her float. The float in question was older and wouldn't hold air when we tried to use it. My suggestion would be to anyone who rents this property to take before pictures of everything. For this reason I would never rent property from her again because I would be concerned I would be falsely accused of breaking something.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I go beyond the usual in making sure my guest have everything they need for having a great visit! As for your complaint on parking, I explained on the day of your arrival that the driveway in front of the electric gate where you would be parking is my only access of getting onto the property in the back yard. I explained that I would be meeting with some of my workers on the property & I would need access for a few hours around dinner time. This should not have been a problem for you as there is plenty of parking! As for the pool raft, as I explained in an email to you that you were nice guest and I'm sure you did not notice the damage. Accidents happen & damages do add up, that's why we have insurance to give everyone peace of mind. Insurance coverage is added to all bookings at time of booking. If a claim is submitted for damages there is no additional cost to our guest! Mt. Helix is a very beautiful safe area of San Diego! (Google it) I'm not sure what area you were in that you felt unsafe? I've been managing properties for 16 years & I also manage 3 of my own. Its unusual to get a review like yours, however I do welcome them to be able to correct any misunderstandings!
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Serene Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. The property was very clean and beautiful. The pool was amazing and the back yard with all the nice sitting areas made our stay very cozy. The fact that it was on Mount Helix gave us a retreat, away from traffic and lots of people, very peaceful and quiet. Perfect place to "get away from the hustle and bustle." The property was still close enough to all the major towns and attractions. Much better than a hotel. Would recommend it to anyone who likes nature, and serenity.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice words, I so appreciate it! I love this property and it's nice when others take in the BEAUTY & enjoy it! I look forward to seeing you again!
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GREAT spot

  • 5 of 5

This was so nice. Not only is it in an adorable area, it''s also 20 minutes from everything. You have the best of both worlds. The quiet, small town feel - while being able to head into the "city" for that "hustle & bustle" The property is very nice all around. The "apartment" had everything you need. It was perfect for two people or just one wanting to get some alone time (like me). The owner is on property, which was awesome - and she's great!! She gives you a thorough tour and explains all that you need to know. I don't think I can say anything bad about the place - at all!!! You won't regret it if you stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANKS so much for the very NICE compliment! I LOVE this beautiful property and feel so BLESSED to share it with others! PLEASE come visit again!
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Well-Maintained Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Julie is a great hostess and property is absolutely lovely. The little studio is pristine and comfortable. The bed is on the firm side. Julie does clearly spell out the rules and expects people to abide by them. I am very good with that - some may not be. The price for this property is a real deal. As with most Homeaway rentals there is a check out list. If you are not physically able or prefer not to do any clean up then I would suggest a hotel. If you want an absolutely lovely property complete with orange trees and pool without paying resort prices or dealing with the crowd then I would hands down recommend this beautiful property. The decor includes some Kokopellis which as a Christian I do not prefer but is probably a non-issue to most. The color scheme and furnishings are rich and comfortable. We would stay again. Thanks, Julie, for offering this part of your great home!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful nice, kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed the property!
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  • 5 of 5

My stay at Julie's home was just fabulous!!! The description and place is exactly as the owner describes it. Julie's place is a complete oasis!! She has made the pool area and grounds so serene and peaceful that you truly feel as if you've escaped your busy life and slipped away to a piece of heaven on earth. Julie was very friendly and offered to get me any information I needed. The oranges picked right from the tree during February were an added lovely bonus!! I will definitely stay at Julie's again and will recommend her lovely home to others, although I hate to do that as I want to keep the lovely place to myself! :) Thanks for a wonderful stay, Julie!! :)

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is a very wonderful heartfelt review! I LOVE this property too and feel the same way about it! This is why I LOVE sharing it with fabulous people as yourself who see the beauty all around. Thank you, and YES please visit again!
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I thoroughly enjoyed the serenity and beauty of area.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter works close by this property and I needed a place that was convenient for her to come and visit with me. This worked out very well. The unit was very nice and comfortable and suited me just fine. It is very clean and well maintained. I loved sitting out on the patio and enjoying the early mornings with coffee or a glass of wine in the afternoon. The soothing sounds of the water fountains added to the serenity of the area. I had no trouble getting around to the stores as needed. I would definitely consider a return visit!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your nice review! You & your daughter are welcome anytime! Look forward to seeing you again in the future! Julie Aragon
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
San Diego Lindbergh Field
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Brigantine Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Steel Canyon Golf Course
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Highway 94
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Downtown La Mesa
Nearest Ski
165 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Downtown San Diego Harbor
Car: recommended

Mt. Helix is recognized as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks being called “The Crown Jewel”. People come for the spectacular 360 degree, or to enjoy the amphitheater, the cross memorial, family picnics, or simply relaxing in the quiet beauty of the area. Come check out this magnificent view!


Rates & Availability

Mount Helix Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

All fees $65
Property Damage Protection $59

This property is available to non smokers only!
$95/night (3 night min, 2 guest max)
Holidays/Special Events & Prime have slightly higher rates.
We use CSA damage insurance ($59/covers up to $1500)
(read about it here on website)
A deposit may be excepted in lieu of damage insurance under 7 nights
Check in 3-8pm. A $25 charge for check in after 8pm, no check ins after midnight.
Check out no later than 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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