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A bright, clean, updated cottage; a smart location where friends meet!

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Uptown Hillcrest; ALL NEW Amenities for the modern traveler

PLEASE NOTE: Monthly rates are not offered.

For couples & individuals who are FUN LOVING and appreciate & respect cleanliness. Suitable for adults who enjoy liveliness and convenience in the heart of Uptown Hillcrest, San Diego.

Bedroom: Queen Size Serta Posturepedic plush pillow-top bed.

Non-negotiable fees = Property Damage Protection + Cleaning + Tax Rate

1250 Essex St. bw Vermont & Richmond. A smart location where friends meet.

PARKING: Plenty of non designated street parking. Enjoy strolling the neighborhood. Located EXACTLY 1 block WALK from UNIVERSITY Ave. Between Vermont & Richmond - where friends meet.

ONLY 1 block walk to Wells fargo, CorePower Yoga, Trader Joe's, Ralph’s, Starbucks, Panera & Night clubs. Another few blocks you will find Whole Foods, and numerous boutique businesses, restaurants and metropolitan bars.

Sundays, 2 blocks walk to Farmer’s Market on Normal St. from 10 am – 2 pm.

Just 3 blocks of neighborhood Walk to Balboa Park to visit its many sights including the San Diego Zoo, museums, Japanese gardens, arboretum, and events.

A 4 minute walk to Ride the newly installed Solar self service bikes or take an easy bus ride to the airport, Little Italy, Old Town, the Gaslamp District, Petco Stadium, the convention center, the marina, Seaport Village, Liberty Station and the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma.

Drive across the bridge to Coronado Island to visit the historic Hotel Del Coronado or visit the Ferry Landing. Go north to visit Sea World. Conveniently drive to beautiful La Jolla and be sure to visit the seal in the cove. La Jolla Shores has expansive beaches, kayaking, and snorkeling.

The unit got remodeled in 2014 and it includes an impressive gas fireplace, new hardwood floors, double pane windows, new doors, lighting, new furniture, as well as a fully remodeled kitchen with brand new appliances, bathroom, and new laundry room.

The kitchen has quartz countertops and high quality cabinetry. It is fully stocked with dishes, new pots, pans, cutlery, utensils, K-cup single serve coffee maker, blender, and toaster. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances including a french-door refrigerator with built in ice-maker, dishwasher, over-the-counter convection/microwave oven, and electric countertop cooktop. The sink has filtered drinking water.

The laundry room is equipped with a brand new single stacked washer and dryer for your convenience.

The newly remolded bathroom is spa-like and well lit. It features Kohler fixtures, glass and ceramic wall tiles, pebble tile flooring. Luxurious plush towels, hair dryer, shampoo, and conditioner are provided.

Your bedroom is ready for you to snuggle into the comfort of the new queen size Serta Posturepedic plush top bed. The comforter and pillows are hypo-allergenic down alternative. Enjoy your favorite cable shows on both of the 48' HD Samsung Smart TVs.

If you are driving or have a car, there is only street parking available on a first-come-first serve basis. There are many bus stops and prompt services such as Uber and similar providers.

Uptown Hillcrest VRBO is your vacation home in San Diego!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John P
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, No-Bargainian
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Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2016
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About John P

I am a marketing professional and have lived in San Diego since 2004, I enjoy reading, movies and discovering new places to dine all throughout the San Diego area.

John P purchased this cottage in 2006

Why John P chose San Diego County

I chose to buy this property because of the amazing convenience to all the amenities one could want: Grocery stores, restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping, entertainment, salons, parks, and the list goes on!


based on 32 traveler reviews

A bright, clean, updated cottage; a smart location where friends meet!
average rating of 4.6875 based on 32 reviews

A Charming, Clean, Well Appointed, Hideaway...

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I booked this vacation home over the New Year Eve holidays. It is in walking distance to all things Hillcrest , including Balboa Park and the Zoo. The cottage is located one block off University Ave, in a quiet neighborhood, hidden behind the main residence. It is safely secure with individually coded locks on gates and all doors. It is cozy and quiet. The interior of the cottage is new and sparkling clean. All new appliances, beds, furniture, linens, flooring, washer / dryer and technology that includes HD TV's ( 2 ), high speed internet, excellent cell reception, and a gas fireplace. There is even an air conditioner and privacy blinds. The kitchen is stocked with dishes, silverware, glasses, utensils, and excellent pots, pans, and sharp high quality knives. There is a K-Cup, Icoffee maker and John provided coffee and creamers. There is a toaster, blender, and microwave along with a new dishwasher, oven and stove. The rooms are bright and cheery, and the bathroom well designed and brand new and includes shampoo and conditioner, there was even a sewing kit !. The overall decor is modern and there is even a dining room that doubled as a small office for us. John even gifted us a New Years bottle of Champagne to welcome us. This is a small, well designed home perfect for two people. This VRBO owner totally gets it !! We hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Quiet and Clean

  • 5 of 5

This a well decorated and clean cottage filled with all the amenities you will need. We stayed one week and really appreciated the kitchen stocked with kitchen tools, a full size refrigerator, clothes washer/dryer, and dishwasher. We absolutely LOVED the bed and sheets. It was walking distance to everything in the Hillcrest neighborhood and you really wouldn't need a car... grocery, restaurants, clubs, all within walking distance. Plus it was furnished with very smart and was very clean. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great quiet cottage close to fun locations

  • 5 of 5

This little house was perfect for our anniversary trip. It was quiet and secluded in the backyard of another property. The furnishings are tasteful and in great condition. The bed is super comfortable and we found the bathroom charming, though a bit cramped. Although we had trouble connecting to the wifi, our host was prompt at responding and resolving our problem. I liked the light sensors that lit up the walkway when we returned back after dark although there was a small dead mouse that remained on the sidewalk our entire stay. Great place! We would definitely recommend it and stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with this charming cottage tucked behind garden walls - a private refuge walking distance from all the restaurants and shops along University Ave in Hillcrest. It was immaculate and well stocked in the kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and desk drawers. There is even a laundry room which came in handy when we needed to iron clothes wrinkled in our suitcases and wash a dress which had been stained. Extra bedding was stored in the living room couch which comfortably made for another bed. This cottage is better than the photos and we will definitely try to rent it again if we return to San Diego.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful little cottage is the best equipped vacation property I've ever stayed in. The bed and linens were just lovely, very clean and fresh feel to the place. Had a quiet peaceful feel to it. Everything you could need was provided. It was literally just steps from multiple markets and restaurants, and it was very easy to get downtown and out to Coronado Island in just a few minutes.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, safe and cozy. Close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

The location has lots of parking on the street (we went down during the weekend and during Comic-Con and didn't have any issues) the home is super clean, cozy and very secure and safe, two codes to enter and video surveillance.

Coffee was provided in the form of k cups and the kitchen was ready to cook in. It's walking distance to many grocery stores, restaurants and bars. It's also about a 5$ uber from anything.

I had issues the first day with the WiFi and John immediately fixed it, he was quick with emails back and really cared about making our stay great.

The bed was very comfortable, sheets soft and there was a TV in the bedroom as well as the living room.

We will definitely book again if we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Balboa Park
"There is so much to see in Balboa Park - from the museums, to the gardens (especially the Ja..."
Gaslamp Quarter
"The Gaslamp Quarter is a very popular nightlife destination. I have to confess that I try to..."
Old Town
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"You'll have to get here early to get seated quickly. As the morning wanes on, the lines gro..."
Coronado Ferry Landing
"This is a great place to just walk around and enjoy the shops, restaurants and the incredibl..."
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Many to choose from within walking distance
Nearest Ferry
3.8 Miles
Broadway Ferry Landing in Downtown San Diego
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Old Town Train Station
Nearest Motorway
Highway 163 (2 blocks away)
Nearest Restaurant
Many to choose from within walking distance
Nearest Beach
7.7 Miles
Coronado Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Hillcrest Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.5%

By booking this property you agree to the terms in the system regarding no smoking, no pets, no children and that as a guest you agree to hold the property owner and property intendant free and clear of all and any damages or injury to self or property as a result of accidents or any reason during your stay. Property owner and property intendant will not be held responsible for any loss as a result of rain, flood, negligence, fire, theft or any other cause.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Hillcrest Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
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  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Serta pillow top mattress with down-alternative bedding
  • Airy, Bright, Clean Serta Posturepedic plush pillowtop bed, flatscreen TV.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
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  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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