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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, 3.5+ Baths,

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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Mount Helix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(63 traveler reviews)

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“Spectacular Tropical View Home, 4 Bedroom with Large Pool
average rating of 4.888889 based on 66 reviews

Great time had by all

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome.Our family enjoyed the peacefulness and well appointed home for a week.It is very well maintained and Kathryn was able to accommodate us with a couple cribs for our grand children. We cooked our own meals and every utensil was there to do so. The grounds are so private you think you have the neighborhood to yourself. The home was very spacious which was nice when the weather didn't cooperate we needed to stay inside. A Great time was had by all

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gary, I so enjoyed meeting your family. Next time, I am hopeful, I'll get to meet you! :-) Thank you so much for leaving the house in such great order!!! I always appreciate that so much! Until next time, have a great summer, Kathy
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Perfect in more ways than one

  • 5 of 5

We rented Kathryn's Mount Helix home for our family get together over Christmas holidays. It was perfect in more ways than one. With it's hill top location, it has great views of the valley day or night. The kitchen and living room followed by the pool and tropical gardens are what makes this home special. The deck off the living room overlooks the valley and the pool. The kitchen is better stocked than our kitchen back home. There are plenty of seating areas for casual and formal dining.

Kathy is a wonderful host. She provided us with great overview at check in and was always quick to respond to our questions. Two upstairs bedrooms do share one bathroom, but it worked out ok for our family.

I would highly recommend this house to anyone who wants to explore San Diego area for the location and value it provides.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

First time with booking VRBO and was so pleasantly surprised with the beauty of our rental of Helix Estate. So enjoyed the beauty of the area, and the 1950's home, which held so many treasures. Our family vacation over Thanksgiving was perfect, weather included topping the 90's that made the pool more enticing for the grandchildren. A little disappointed it was so dirty when we arrived and we needed to clean before the kids could swim. It was cold (no heater), but that didn't stop them once we got it sparkling clean. A perfect place for entertaining....lots of room to spread out and enjoy the beauty. Would definitely stay here again....thank you Kathyrn for sharing your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful. The owner was very accommodating to make our stay enjoyable. We enjoyed downtown and the beach. There was so much more to see we will be making another trip and staying here.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed meeting you all so much! Can't wait for you to come back! Kathy
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Has real potential but ...................

  • 2 of 5

We had a super week, the location is great, we had a lovely welcome and it has so much potential but for the money we paid I have to say I was expecting a lot more. The home could be fantastic and I am sure at one time it was, but now it is very run down in places and needs a lot of tlc. The main problem was the back patio doors on to the deck, which do not lock, the lock is broken and the previous occupant had left a note to this effect, but it had not been sorted by the time we arrived. As there is also no safe, this meant every time we went out we had to carry our passports etc with us. Also none of the windows shut properly which added to the security issues. The 'babbling brook' leaks and does not work, the outside lights are hit and miss, the pool cover is broken, the pool was also quite dirty with algae growing on the sides. The bar area outside was very dirty, as was under the sink in the kitchen which smelt awful and the cutlery trays in the drawers. The dishwasher falls out at you, the ignition on the hob does not work properly and generally the overall cleanliness was not great either. We also had issues with lamps not working, smoke alarms beeping at us, garden over grown and no lawn area. Also the outside furniture on the deck was mainly broken underneath the seat pads, so they were very uncomfortable to sit on. Sorry, I wish I could be more positive, but I am telling it as it is, until these things are sorted I would not recommend it as for the money these issues should not be there.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was very surprised and dismayed having read your review. I am so sorry I was unable to greet you upon your arrival. I think we could have cleared up many of your issues, had we talked. If you look at all of my reviews I have a very high rating. Yours is the only 2 star. There IS a lock on the deck sliding glass door. The main lock had been broken quite a few times by previous guests, so I installed one at the bottom of the door. There are also alarms you are able to set on each exterior door. I do have a safe and multiple cabinets that have a lock and key had you asked while you were here. All of the windows lock. What interior lights were not working? I am sorry about the smoke alarm and came right over to change the battery when you let me know about it. The previous guests had torn the pool cover and I had a new one on order. Why do you think the waterfall was leaking?... or did not work? I had it turned off because people would run it all day and it would tend to evaporate and start to suck air, so to avoid a burned out pump, I turned it off and ran it between quests. I had put in a new septic system and had not had a chance to re-sod the back yard. Most people enjoy the lush tropical pool area and comment on it rather favorably. I am sorry you consider it overgrown. I have had a large branch cut off the fig tree that grows over the pool to help with the balls and leaves that fall into the pool this time of year. I wish you had said something about the algae. I have a pool service that comes once a week, so that should never happen. I would have had them come over right away had I known. Renting back to back makes it hard to do major repairs and any spring cleaning. I usually have a few weeks in October to catch up with the spring cleaning and paint touch ups etc. I have NEVER had anyone tell me my house is dirty! In fact I have had multiple people comment on how clean it is. You mentioned it wasn't worth the cost. You rented a house that sleeps 10 people. My house is very reasonable if you check out larger houses like mine. I am very sorry you weren't happy. Anyone who knows me knows I bend over backwards to make people happy and comfortable in my home. I wish you had brought these things to my attention so you would have been able to enjoy your vacation at it's best.
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Great vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This property is absolutely stunning! Each item in the house is placed very thoughtfully! This is a beautiful home. You can tell that this home has been taken care of and she take pride in the up keep. My family was glad to stay there and will stay again. Kathryn is a gracious host and is quick to resolve any issues that may arise. The view at night is stunning! Its cool at night so we opened the windows. The pool was great!, 10 ft with a diving board! Loved it all!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You all were such a joy to have in my home. I hope to see you all again soon!! Enjoy the rest of your summer!! Kathryn
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Kathryn Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

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 Mount Helix

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

I tried to go on VRBO to give you a review( I thought I had already done it) and they won't let me. it's says my time frame has expired. I was just going to call them and get them to extend it but can't find a phone #. Wow why do people make it so difficult to do anything. I pulled up your house as if I was going to rent it thinking I could just add my review but NO WAY. Can you contact them and have them reset the time allowed for me to respond, then let me know so I can give you a review.

We were more than satisfied with your house and I want to make sure people know how great you are to work with.


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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.