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Charming 1 Bedroom Cottage with Tropical Garden Near Gaslamp

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
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.

More Details

Deborah Giraud
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 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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Encanto Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming 1 Bedroom Cottage with Tropical Garden Near Gaslamp
average rating of 4.875 based on 41 reviews

Quiet, peaceful location, very kind and accommodating hosts

  • 5 of 5

As a first experience in a VRBO we were very pleased and would do it again. The location is perfect to go in any direction. It was our home away from home. Thank-you Deborah and Jerry.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Eloise and Dennis: Thank you for your very nice review. We did so enjoy your visit. Hope to see you again. Deborah and Jerry
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  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do his place justice. Really feels like a tropical paradise.

Has everything you need including beach gear.

Our boys had a blast.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy, vintage urban California

  • 3 of 5

Our stay was pleasant. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Extensive gardens with multiple areas for hanging out. The area is very unpretentious residential and includes steep hills. Nothing within walking distance but relatively easy driving access to many services and attractions - about 15 minute drive to fantastic Balboa Park.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Regina, SK

Casita Enchanto - San Diego, CA Lemon Grove area

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Casita Enchanto, Deborah & Jerry were excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome. The casita is attached to their home but completely separated by a divider wall. It has a lovely deck area and the yard will be amazing when spring/summer arrives.

We visited in mid January and hit the week of rain that deluged San Diego for about 6 days. Deborah supplied us with a couple of umbrellas, not usually required in San Diego is what everyone told us. We were confined to the casita for 3 of our days because of heavy rains and flash floods, but managed to watch some TV which has many channels to choose from. We also used their hot tub on several of the evenings and it is first class. The yard has several separate areas to enjoy the outdoors when weather permits and all are surrounded by plentiful plants and flowers. The whole back yard has shaded areas for those days you want to get out of the sun, or bright sunny areas when you want to enjoy the usual sunny weather. The deck is completely covered so you can sit out in either rain or shine.

Our only negative comment would be that the bed is in need of replacement as the mattress was not good for either myself or my wife. The bedroom itself is small but has a vanity and closet that allows for your clothes to be hung or placed away during your stay.

The kitchen has a stove, fridge, and all utensils you require to cook a complete meal. You also have a BBQ on one of the decks that you can use.

The private label honey she supplied was excellent and a very nice touch. We arrived without any coffee for the next morning and Deborah kindly supplied us enough to get us through the evening and morning coffee requirements.

All in all a very nice place and we will definitely rebook when we come to San Diego. The casita is well maintained and quite central to many of the areas you will want to visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dave and Regina: Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I'm very sorry to hear about the bed not being comfortable. I will make sure I change the mattress immediately. I'm sorry you didn't mention it to me while you were here, as I would have taken care of it right away. Sincerely deborah and jerry
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18 palmer road,,

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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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

Encanto Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

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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