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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

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

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

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!


based on 23 traveler reviews

This is "America’s Finest City!" Studio with pool and spectacular views!
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

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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"Amazing Stay"

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival at the property I was swept away. So close to down town yet- just far enough away to enjoy the bright stars and the incredible moon rise! Very peaceful setting. The pool was sparkling clean. Very well maintained property.

The landscaping was breathtaking. Very comfy bed and room was clean. I highly recommend staying here and look forward to my next visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate your nice comments!! This is my private property that I live on & love being able to share it with wonderful guest! I always want to be sure my guest enjoy themselves & have everything they need! Look forward to your next visit!! Julie Aragon
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A Peaceful Retreat In The City

  • 5 of 5

First let me begin by saying, I would definitely recommend this property to absolutely anyone. The homeowner goes above and beyond to provide a great experience. She was always available to answer questions and really goes that extra mile to make sure your stay is the best it can be. The property was exceptionally maintained well as the interior of the home. The pool was so great to have access to and the pond provided a magical background noise; very quiet property. One great thing I enjoyed was that it's centrally located to everything: Downtown La Mesa, Downtown San Diego, etc. Thanks for allowing me to stay! I will definitely be choosing this property again on my next vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How very grateful I am to be able to share my beautiful property & home with those that appreciate it! It is always my plan to make sure when I share my property with others that they have everything they need! Nice to hear you did!! Love to see you again SOON! Julie Aragon
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Nice enough, but has problems

  • 3 of 5

My wife and I spent a week at this studio vacation rental and found it to be similar to spending a few days with old friends, but with a difference. When you stay with old friends, you want to show your appreciation for their hospitality and leave everything as you find it and perfect. However, in this case the landlady (Julie) is not an old friend and you are paying full market rent for a vacation rental, but she expects you to leave it as you find it including maid service! The studio is nice, but nothing special and Julie is nice, but not able to resolve our concerns about lack of air conditioning from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. every day (turned off by the electricity provider to save money for the owner) or the lack of consistent hot water during showers (due to inadequate tankless water heater performance). Julie’s requirements for her customers are not appealing to us (must be barefoot when in the unit, must not be barefoot outside the unit, must wash all dishes used before leaving, must vacuum the carpets before leaving, must take out all trash from the unit before leaving, must strip bed and put sheets and bath linens in basket before leaving, must scrub kitchen and bathroom fixtures before leaving). And this is a vacation rental! I think we will look elsewhere next time. Sorry this is harsh, but it is true.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have never had a complaint about anything on this property! I do have new carpet in the studio & to help keep it that way we advertise on all websites that this is a no - shoes home, it is also posted in your rental agreement. If anyone should have a problem with this, at least they know before they book. As for cleaning... with the state & website charging fees we find it helpful to not charge a cleaning fee. We don't expect anyone to hire a maid but we do ask that you take out your own trash, clean up after yourself & not leave a mess behind for us to clean up! It's a studio, not to hard to do. Not sure what problem you had with the water, our tank-less water heater is new & works very well! La Mesa temps cool down in the evenings & the air conditioner turns off when inside temps drop below 73. When a guest returns back after 11pm or midnight & everything closed up & the air has turned off, Studio may feel warm. When all windows are opened & the fans turned on it cools down quickly. I love sharing this beautiful property with others & I always make sure all guest are comfortable so that they have a nice visit. Sorry you felt this way...had we talked I'm sure I could have resolved your concerns. 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

La Mesa Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 20 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

All fees $65
Property Damage Protection $59

This property is available to non smokers only!
$113/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

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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San Diego Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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