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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

More Details

Kathryn Boe
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

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 La Mesa

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:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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.


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Oliver's Place: CASITA with Abundant Charm and Comfort …OPEN DATE SPECIALS!
average rating of 4.9661016 based on 63 reviews
New Mexico


  • 5 of 5

This is a great location within easy walking distance to La Mesa's downtown shopping and restaurants, as well as a local bookstore that any reader would enjoy visiting. The bookstore includes a great selection of children's books as well as a great selection of sometimes hard to find literature. The casita is very comfortable with an outside patio and many amenities. The hosts are very helpful and friendly. We have stayed in many VRBO locations and we highly recommend this one to any one staying in the San Diego area. Ken and Kathie Powell

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love hearing back from our guests! Thank you for staying with us and thank you for pointing out some of the reasons you liked it! 🌺�
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Incredible comfort with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned for our third winter extended stay aat Oliver's Place.

La Mesa is a welcoming place for visitors. We have managed without

a car at times and find so much within walking distance (bus, tram,

great restauramts. Friday market, library, etc.). It feels like home away

from our London home as we make our annual trek to visit grandchildren.

You can't find a better area in San Diego (and the deck helps with the

required sunbathing in an area which is usually a couple of degrees

warmer than on the San Diego coast).

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect La Mesa cottage

  • 5 of 5

A pretty, eclectically decorated cottage perfect for two. The kitchen is one of the most well-stocked of any cottage we've ever stayed at -- anything you could want or need. We cooked almost all our meals in and always had what we needed. Bed is comfy, bathroom clean with a nice shower. The patio is lovely for watching sunsets and eating meals outside. The owners are on site and super helpful. The setting is private and walkable to town (to restaurants, Von's and other helpful stores). We loved using the bikes. Totally recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! We are glad the bikes worked for your little neighborhood forays.
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Nice place to stay. La Mesa is a nice city and a good place to stay out of the city to explore San Diego.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Oliver's Place is a great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The studio is great! It is decorated to feel comfortable and homey! We really enjoyed sitting on the deck each evening in the beautiful gardens.

La Mesa was also wonderful. The town has a relaxing feel and some of the best food we ate on our trip. The local restaurants are within walking distance and very welcoming.

Even though it is a little outside of San Diego, you don't really notice the distance. Major highways are close by and easily accessible.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Great Stay !

  • 5 of 5

We love the studio ! The deck is wonderful, great views of the sunset. Great communication with Kathryn ! The gardens and lemon trees are beautiful ! All the comforts of home !

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Lindberg Field
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Johnny Bs
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
8 or 94
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Bo-beau Kitchen and Garden
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Ocean Beach
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.