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“Spectacular Tropical View Home, 4 Bedroom with Large Pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 10-11)

Welcome! We invite you to bring your family to our beautiful San Diego home for an enjoyable stay! It is a unique, spacious, comfortable house located minutes from all that San Diego has to offer. From the moment you walk through the front door into the large open Living Room, you will feel instantly relaxed. Picture windows overlooking a beautiful view with twinkling lights, majestic mountain views and a tropical paradise below, with a large pool and palapa bar for entertaining. The Living room has a wood burning fireplace as well as a large LED flat screen TV, You will feel right at home! There is a dining area overlooking the view, with more seating near an open concept, kitchen supplied with all the cooking utensils you will need, including a microwave. There is a large deck where you may sit and relax with your morning coffee or tea. You will also enjoy the large family room which includes a Queen size fold out sofa, backgammon table, wine bar and refrigerator, Here you and your family can enjoy playing games or watching movies on another HD TV. We have two king size beds, a full bed and a room with two twins, so there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy your own privacy. The pool area is a beautiful paradise with a variety of Palms, a babbling waterfall, and a large pool deck. Take advantage of the backyard to play Bocce ball and croquet! There is private parking for 3-4 cars or ample room for a small boat or RV.

Keywords: estate, view, pool, family room, fireplace, large, large yard, deck, barbeque, golf, zoo, sea world, family, kids, bar, entertaining, palapa, parking, open kitchen, wine refrigerator, 2 king beds, two twin beds, queen convertable, full bed, 31/2 bath

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Kathryn Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Kathryn Smith

I have lived in this home and raised my kids here for the past 34 years. I know first hand what a great place this is to enjoy. I can't tell you how many family reunions, Christmas parties, Barbeques, etc. this house has witnessed. A family with 6 children lived here before I bought the home. I am an artist and have enjoyed making this a comfortable relaxing place to rest and enjoy between trips to the zoo, Sea World, Scripps , Balboa Park and it's museums, beaches, golf courses...oh my the list goes on and on. I paint murals for a living so I see the beauty in most things. I hope you enjoy the beautiful home I have created for your stay in our amazing city.

Kathryn Smith purchased this house in 1977

Why Kathryn Smith chose San Diego

Sun, Sun and more sun. When the beach areas are gloomy and overcast we have beautiful, bright, blue skies almost year round. We are 10 to 15 minutes from almost everything in San Diego...from downtown,to the mountains, to the beaches, and even Mexico...there is something to do in every direction. This property is a vacation in itself. You could never leave and have a great time swimming in the large pool, have a Bar-b-que and drink frosty margaritas blended to perfection in the Palapa bar.

What makes this house unique

Start the day with a warm cup of coffee sitting on the deck at sunrise and end it each evening with a glass of wine overlooking beautiful twinkeling lights. We are so convenient ,10-15 minutes to:

three local beaches




5- 10 minutes to:

two major shopping Centers

Singing Hills and Steele Canyon Golf Courses

Lakes for fishing

horse back riding

hiking trails

mountain climbing


Playgrounds and much more!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a perfect home for a family reunion! We had lots of space for the 10 of us, everything we could need to make great meals, and a perfect set up at the pool for the kids and adults alike. Thanks!
Apr 2012
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Mount Helix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 3.5+
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Large family room with bar, Palapa Bar in pool area, large pool deck


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

“Spectacular Tropical View Home, 4 Bedroom with Large Pool
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 54 reviews


  • 5 of 5

beautiful views, everything we needed for a wonderful thanksgiving.

I would definitely recommend it and return

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sad I wasn't able to meet all of you! Stacy is terrific! I hope you all had a great birthday celebration and wonderful Thanksgiving. Next time I hope I get to see you all!!!
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The property is outstanding. A mini tropical oasis, restful, peaceful, beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

We were in San Diego for our son's wedding.There were 7 adults staying in the house which was perfect for us: large, spacious, plenty of seating areas and importantly for us a large dining table that would seat 8. The view from the dining room and deck is amazing. We were especially pleased that the 4th bedroom was equipped with adult twin beds and not bunk or juvenile beds.The kitchen was well equipped and there were two additional tables for eating. The house was perfect for entertaining out of town friends and family. The two weeks was wonderful for all of us. The location is great, easily accessible to shopping, points of interest, down town, the airport etc.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice meeting all of you!!! The house looked fabulous when you left. I gave you all a 5 star guest review. :-) Thank you so much! I hope you are able to come back soon! Kathy
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Los Angeles

Perfect House for Family/Friends Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the house especially the pool. The rooms were perfect for a party of 9. There were towels in every room plus extra beach towels for the pool/beach. There were 2 BBQ grills, 1 at the upstairs balcony and another poolside! The kitchen had everything you need to make a feast. The view from the house was amazing. It was nice to sit on the balcony overlooking the city lights at night. Kathryn was very accommodating and great with communications. We had a minor issue during the first night but she was responsive and fixed it immediately. This house I would definitely recommend to friends and come back to for future vacations.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, just wow... is all I have to say! When I came in the door I had a big smile on my face!!! Thank you so much for leaving the house in such good order. You all were the perfect guests!!! I enjoyed meeting all of you and your extended family. Your Grandma is adorable!!!! I hope to see you all again very soon.
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Tacoma, WA

Great house and vacation for our big family!

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a very nice location on the top of a mountain/hill, but also has nice privacy. The week we were there it was really hot and without central air, the house can get hot. Kathryn was great though in providing fans and AC units for the house so we were able to get through the heat. The house is plenty big for our group and the rooms, beds, etc. were nice and comfortable. The Internet cut out at times, but honestly we spent most of our time at the pool. The pool is definitely the highlight of our stay here as it was a great pool with a shallow section and deep section. The "cabana" was also great as we could hook up the iPod and play music from her surround sound, etc. Really, no major issues with the home or location; there a a few minor things that needed to be fixed or looked at, but you can tell Kathryn puts in a lot of time and effort to make sure her guests enjoy their time and alert her if anything is wrong. Only a 20 minute drive to downtown San Diego and pretty central to the baseball tournament my son was playing in. Awesome time and highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our experience at Kathryn's home was wonderful! Gorgeous home, pool & grounds, breathtaking view!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked through the door of this lovely home, it captured our hearts! It is beautifully designed, well-maintained, & Kathryn's gracious touch makes it comfortable & enjoyable. We loved it that she met us at her home, was thorough & friendly, & her Notebook about her property was complete in answering any question that came up, including how to navigate the electronics! There were 8 in our family & this home provided a great amount of space for any activity. Our mornings & evenings were spent sitting on her spacious deck, overlooking the valley & mountains for panoramic views. The 3 children loved the pool & the abundance of fun games, raft etc. Kathryn's pool & grounds are fantastic, the pool is large enough for swimming laps. Her kitchen is wonderfully equipped for large meal preparation, every size pot/pan/container, available, & the double ovens & large outdoor bar-b-ques were great. There are several living/dining areas for eating, playing games, privacy for those wanting to sleep-in & our early risers, or just spreading out! The location of Kathryn's home is amazing; shopping, restaurants, & the always fave Trader's Joes, just minutes away. Even when visiting the terrific beaches, zoo, or museums etc. we were never more than 30 minutes away. We had a couple of questions during our stay for Kathryn, & she was always accessible & gracious, & knew exactly what we needed to know! I would recommend to anyone with a small group or large, there couldn't be a more perfect destination than San Diego, staying at Kathryn's fabulous home!

I have a comment that isn't about our stay, but addressing what appears to be a change in the way VRBO is now handling the reservation process in booking a property. It used to be so simple to communicate all details through the Home Owner, however currently it appears VRBO is not including the Homeowner's phone number/email address. The sole reason we have booked many trips through VRBO, is that we love dealing with the person who knows everything about the property, the homeowner, & we haven't found it as convenient or professional to deal with a 3rd party company exclusively, leaving out much of the personal touch that the consumer is looking for & prefers. We hope this feedback will help VRBO provide the perfect experience for vacationers.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have to say, you all are one of my favorite groups. I enjoyed meeting you all so much and hope I get to see you again some day. Thank you so much for leaving the house in such perfect order. I know, you know, how much I appreciate that!!! I know if you lived in town we would be friends. Have a great year and hope to see you soon.
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

The property we rented from Kathryn was really nice. The house was roomy, the pool was big, the pool area was very nice. Everyone in our party had a good time and Kathryn was accomodating and availabile when called upon.

Tim Baca

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Tim. I really enjoyed meeting you and your family. Your parents are adorable!! Hope to see you all again soon.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
5 minutes to a quaint, local area with bar
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Ferry service between San Diego and Coronado
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
there are three golf courses within 10 minutes
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Trolley service to all areas of San Diego
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
We are 5 minues to the 8, 125 and 94 freeways
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
There is a great resturant within walking distance
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Big Ber Ski rsort is 11/2 - 2 hrs away
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mount Helix House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225
Refundable damage deposit $500

When using a charge card, full payment is required as the deposit and an additional service charge of 2.5% is added to the total.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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