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Charming 1 Bedroom Cottage with Tropical Garden Near Gaslamp

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Casita Encanto (Spanish for enchanted little house) is located in San Diego, California, near the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego. Casita Encanto is a charming, luxury, one bedroom, fully furnished cottaget, just 7 miles from downtown San Diego in a unique, eclectic, semi-rural neighborhood. We are zoned agricultural with a 1/2 acre minimum lot requirement. Because of the zoning laws, there are no apartment buildings - just one house on each 1/2 acre. As a result, you feel like you are in the country, even though we're just a few miles away from the city. It is very quiet and peaceful here. You will not find any trendy restaurants in this neighborhood, but there are countless of them just a few miles away. We have been in this neighborhood for 24 years and absolutely love it. It is the best kept secret in all of San Diego - as far as I'm concerned.

When you step off the porch of the Casita, you are in the most beautiful, fragrant shade garden. Relax on your private redwood deck and enjoy the pleasure of watching hummingbirds and butterflies play. Smell the extraordinary perfume of the trumpet trees and night blooming jasmine. You can catch the morning sun on the upper deck or the middle deck. Sit and relax in the blue alcove and you will feel like you've been transported to some tropical jungle. Wander into the back yard or down into the fruit orchard and pick some ripe, organically grown fruit. Because we are located in a subtropical environment, our gardens and plants are beautiful year round. We also have great nighttime views. Imagine how wonderful it would be to get away from the cold and snow and spend some time here in warm, sunny San Diego. Have a romantic getaway or bring the kids. We can accommodate up to 4 people. Come stay for a few days, a week or a month.

Downtown San Diego is a vibrant, energetic area with many fine restaurants, live music venues and broadway theater. We are very close to Coronado Island and the Silver Strand Beach, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Petco Park, the Convention Center, Seaport Village, San Diego Harbor, the Embarcadero, Old Town, Mission Hills, and much more.

Keywords: Charming one bedroom cottage near the Gaslamp area of San Diego; great night time views; sleeps up to 6; 125 nt/$700 week/$2500 month.

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Deborah Giraud
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Deborah Giraud

My husband Jerry and I bought our house in 1992. We built a granny flat for my mother-in-law. She lived there until just recently when we moved her into a board and care at the age of 96. We have remodeled the granny flat and it is now Casita Encanto. We have a beautiful, unique piece of property close to downtown San Diego and thought that we would like to share this wonderful place with people from all over the world.

Deborah Giraud purchased this cottage in 1992

What makes this cottage unique

Casita Encanto is extremely comfortable. The furniture is comfortable. The beds are comfortable. The towels are absorbant and soft. The colors are soothing. The entertainment system is state-of-the-art. The best part is the beauty of the gardens, the quiet of the neighborhood, and the feeling that you have been transported into a tropical hideaway. We are less than 10 minutes away from the Gaslamp District which has countless 4 and 5 star restaurants, live theater and great music venues. We are also close to Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Petco Park, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Island, to name just a few of great San Diego tourist areas.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I wanted to recommend an enjoyable vacation stay at Casita Encanto which is a small cottage fully contained and fully equipped that is located in the hills about 7 miles east from downtown San Diego near Fwy 94. The bed is wonderful and it gave me great slumber and the grounds are lush and tropical. I recommend Casita Encanto highly to those who love to try new adventures and who love life. The host and hostess are tremendous people and very cordial. Sure beats a motel or hotel.

Jim Chester

Jan 2011
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Charming 1 Bedroom Cottage with Tropical Garden Near Gaslamp
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 37 reviews

Place and location great.

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable place with beautiful grounds. Located in a nice quiet area. Just a hop away from MLK highway going into San Diego. Deborah was helpful and informative. Really nice getaway for a couple visiting San Diego to see the Red Sox beat the Padres. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Casita with Beautiful Gardens

  • 5 of 5

What a perfectly located cottage! My husband and our small dog really enjoyed this property that was clean, quiet and stocked with everything needed. It is 15 minutes away from Coronado and all the sights and attractions of San Diego. Deborah and Jerry were wonderful hosts as well as their pet dogs, Osso and Moe who greeted us and interacted well with our dog. We will definitely be back and recommend this lovely Casita.

Thank you for an unforgettable vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful wedding retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I checked out many different places for our stay in San Diego from the 1st of July to the 6th of July. We were coming down to get married which we did on the 4th. I interviewed many different homeowners and looked at what seemed 100s of properties until I came across this gem.

The gardens the deck adequate living space seemed perfect and I was right. The property owners while right next door seemed like they weren't there at all and it was extremely private and wonderful.

The kitchen was well-stocked and we even had my entire wedding party over for a barbecue and a fire out on the deck. I can't say enough about the beautiful garden that is absolutely what sold me on the property from the very beginning and I wasn't disappointed. Waking up in the mornings to the beautiful birds singing and all of that Lush plant life was like being in a tropical garden. You won't be disappointed. I even left my wedding bouquet in the refrigerator when I left and Deborah was kind enough to box it up and send it to me.

I really liked her, she had a no-nonsense attitude and was very nice and accommodating. The entire place was clean comfortable and absolutely perfect. :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What can one say about the beautiful Casita Encanta - it has beautiful gardens, well equipped house which was spotlessly clean. A barbq to cook on when u have finished for the day and you just want to chill. A two very pleasant dogs. The owners are extremely helpful & are always on hand to answer any questions you have or to draw u a map if you want to go somewhere different.

Definitely to be recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laura R.

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I - and our two little dogs - spent the month of February at Deborah and Jerry's lovely guest house and felt very comfortable and welcome. The casita sits in the middle of a beautiful, peaceful garden. It was a very relaxing place to return to after the hustle and bustle of sightseeing in San Diego. The casita is modest, but was the right size for us. We did a lot of cooking, mainly just eating lunches out. The kitchen is modest, but with the gas cook top, toaster oven and gas grill on the deck, we had all we needed to prepare meals. Jerry and Deborah were great hosts, always ready to offer whatever we needed to enjoy our stay. Their dogs Osso and Moe were great hosts as well. There is so much to see and do in San Diego, but at times we were tempted to just sit on the deck and enjoy the lovely, fragrant flowers and plants surrounding us.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

Being a tourist can be exhausting but not so when you have a cozy, comfortable, oasis to come "home" to. Here it is easy to recharge. The cottage is well stocked with everything you need. The peaceful energies welcome you as you first enter the gate. My husband and I spent 4 nights here - enjoyed the beautiful garden (even though January is probably not the best time for a garden), the hot tub, the many quaint areas to enjoy your morning coffee. Deborah and Jerry are welcoming and helpful - provide stuff you need for the beach and thank goodness they love dogs. We have stayed in a lot of VRBOs and this one is special.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Lindberg Field
Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Coronado Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Silver Strand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Lindbergh Field
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Town
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Petco Park
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Optimum Health Institute
Nearest Point of Interest
Gaslamp District
Nearest Point of Interest
Knotts Berry Farm Soak City
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $60
Tax Rate 10.5%

Dogs are accepted without additional fees. We do ask that all dogs be treated for fleas, that you cover the furniture and that they be friendly to other dogs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Encanto Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • No tub, only a shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in the bedroom with a 2" visco elastic foam topper, Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) portable crib and playpen, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Ethan Allen sleeper sofa with easily inflatable air mattress and 1" visco elastic foam topper
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Fabulous environment with beautiful, fragrant garden and seating areas. Country-like setting, minutes from downtown. Furniture is luxurious and comfortable. Three inch memory foam topper on queen bed.

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