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Oliver's Place: CASITA with Abundant Charm and Comfort …OPEN DATE SPECIALS!

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Casita, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

LAST MINUTE SPECIAL! Send inquiry for available dates within 4 weeks or less and receive an 'OPEN DATE SPECIAL' 10% off price.

This casita is lovely, newly remodeled, nicely furnished and conveniently located in a building by itself with complete privacy. We are giving the surroundings special care and love this spring!

People have told us they love it because it is cute, comfortable, convenient, oh so clean and QUIET (but yet only steps away from our La Mesa Village commercial area where there is great coffee, breakfast, happy hour, dinner - whatever your heart desires!) and easy access to all freeways, making getting anywhere in San Diego a breeze!

Oliver's Place was completely remodeled in 2010, with upgrades added each year since. It seems more spacious than the average studio because of the vaulted, open beam ceiling. Many say the pictures do not do the space justice. Unexpected are the lovely open, unobstructed views out the spacious windows in 3 directions - to the hills of Mexico, Mission Valley and then to the highest peak in San Diego - Cowles Mountain. A new deck was added in June 2011 as well as a laundry room. Both add to the enjoyment and convenience of guests. 2012 brought more creature comforts: a new Ortho mattress, GE AC that works wonderfully in the hottest of weather, and finally, a new 42'' flat screen TV.

We are conscientious about protecting the environment. We use clean solar electric power and provide opportunity to recycle. Our gardens are lush and water is managed with a drip system. There is a wonderful deck for sunset relaxation and a ZEN-like Garden with swing for reading or just relaxing.

Hummingbirds and wrens and mocking birds visit the yard. There are hawks in the open sky and you can hear the clatter of large flocks of green parrots that visit the Eucalyptus and Jacaranda trees year round.

There is safe and lighted off street parking.

Just steps from the front door of this studio is the heart of the Village of La Mesa, an historic location known as the 'Jewel of The Hills' (click on the link below for La Mesa history and information). There are excellent restaurants, coffee shops, antique and specialty shops. Evenings are often filled with the sound of music from the local venues. The Friday Farmers Market bustles with activity year round. There is sunshine (the coast can be foggy), sunsets, hilly vistas and ocean breezes.

But you may be coming to San Diego for the famous attractions - the beaches, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Coronado Island, San Diego Bay and events at Qualcomm Stadium. All those places are 10 plus or minus miles away from La Mesa (check out the map) and the freeways that take you there are just a half mile away from the studio. The trolley is handy and provides easy access to downtown San Diego (see link for the Trolley service) and everything between! Visiting San Diego State University? The trolley is the best way to get there because it drops you right on campus!

Whether you are here to visit family or friends who live here or just to vacation on your own we hope you will make our vacation rental a part of your plans.

Keywords: Casita

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Kathryn Boe
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Kathryn Boe

Long time La Mesa residents! Love to travel and love to use VRBO when we do travel. We are semi-retired - Geologist and Nurse Practitioner/Medical Anthroplogist.

Kathryn Boe purchased this studio in 1996

Why Kathryn Boe chose San Diego County

La Mesa is (almost) always sunny! We find we like that quality as opposed to the fog that can be ever present right on the coast. So, living inland is our choice.

What makes this studio unique

A personal space, made more so with owner's travel momentos, rotating art from the main house, pottery, antiques handed down in the family.

Guestbook comments from the owner

There is hardly a thing that speaks more loudly for the value of our VRBO than to have our guests return, in many cases, again and again! Thank you all for your continued support and for your friendship. We have been enriched by your presence in our lives.
May 2015
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La Mesa Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, no bath tub.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Fantastic sunset views year round.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Oliver's Place: CASITA with Abundant Charm and Comfort …OPEN DATE SPECIALS!
average rating of 4.96 based on 54 reviews
Laurens, SC

Quiet and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was perfect for our Christmas trip to San Diego. We arrived late, so Kathryn had the place ready for us, including having coffee for the morning. The off street parking was a real plus, we did not have to go hunting for a parking spot.

The place was very comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed for our short stay. San Diego had one of their winter storms during our visit, but the Casita was cozy, dry, and the heater worked very fast to keep it warm and toasty.

We would definitely recommend the Casita.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We will provide comfort and convenience as much as we can! Let us know if you have a late arrival time and we will leave the lights on for you inside and the coffee + (if that is your pleasure) ready to start in the morning! Oliver Lane is a quiet cul-de-sac street. No worries about arriving after dark!
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Great home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed a few weeks at the Casita and absolutely everything is true in the reviews. It is a quiet neighborhood. Great kitchen, wi-fi, laundry, air conditioning, close by shopping, and restaurants within walking distance. I took the trolley which is only 3 blocks away to and from the airport. So, yes, you could stay here without having a car. I noticed after a few days that I slept really well in the bed, so I asked the owner what type of bed it was so I could get one for myself at home. They have lime and orange trees and you can eat the fruit if you are there at the right time. This is a wonderful little vacation place. You will not be disappointed if you book your stay here. I already have my next stay booked.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always such a nice feeling to get great feed-back about our VRBO. Thank you Janet! We look forward to having you back next summer.
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Greater Philadelphia Area

First Time Guest

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time ever using HomeAway, and I was so lucky to find Oliver's place to be my first rental. The property is in a quiet and safe neighborhood, and was fast and easy to get to all the San Diego attractions. The house had everything you could possibly think of needing while you're away from home. In fact, I felt right at home. I am a very difficult person to impress, and I was extremely happy and content with my choice. In addition, I used to live in San Diego so I know that this was a great area to stay in. The rental was spacious, clean, and accommodated all my needs! Kathryn and her husband were fantastic to deal with, and were very respectful and considerate of my privacy. They were right there when I had any questions, and made sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed. I highly recommend this rental to anyone (Even though I would like to keep this my best kept secret). I'm excited for my return and I will certainly be staying here again, and again, and again!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you as a guest in our VRBO! Please do come back. Thank you for your very nice review!
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Great little place.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Oliver's Place for the past 2 years for our annual summer trip to San Diego. It's a great little studio perfect for a couple and one child. The location is close to all main freeways and gives easy access to everywhere you want to go. Having your own washer/dryer as well as a parking spot is really great and very hard to come by in a VRBO and makes regular beach-goers like us much more comfortable. The space is clean, comfortable and the owners are helpful and present when needed but give you your privacy. I hesitate to give this good review only because I would like to keep this place our little secret!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! So glad you include us in your annual summer trip to San Diego! I know you love the beach and go almost every day so this is very helpful to others who may have the beach as their main destination while here.
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Staying at the casita was a very pleasant experience

  • 5 of 5

It was my first visit to Oliver Place and I was quite impressed and thoroughly enjoyed my stay.. It was clean and comfortable and nicely decorated. I especially liked that the place had a washer and dryer. It is also within walking distance of downtown LaMesa (a couple of blocks) where there are quite a few restaurants and other shops to browse through. I am most definitely planning to return next summer if the casita is available.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windham, Maine

Delightful Studio Apartment with Full Amenities

  • 5 of 5

Oliver's Place is the best of all worlds for us: very close to family, walking distance to La Mesa Blvd. with several very good restaurants, walking distance to Sprouts Market, and located with 15-20 minutes of the Zoo, Balboa Park museums, and the coast. The sunsets from the deck are spectacular. The apartment has everything we could want for our winter stay and for shorter trips to see our grandchildren. The kitchen is fully equipped and spacious, the queen-size bed is very comfortable, and the apartment itself is bigger than the photos suggest. For a couple or even three people, this is a great place to spend time in the San Diego area. We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

La Mesa Studio Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
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Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
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Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
8 or 94
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
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Nearest Beach
15 Miles
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Car: recommended

Our landscape is hilly with twinkling night lights and great sun set views. You can see the lights of Tijuana to the south, some 30 miles away. Inland locations like La Mesa offer more sunshine during the cool months than do the coastal communities.


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