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Walk Everywhere! Zoo, Balboa Park, Dining & Fun.

111 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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North Park Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2), whirlpool tub

We love our cottage but of course our opinion is biased. Please click on 'Reviews' for unbiased opinions.

That said... if you want to walk to the Zoo, museums, dozens of local restaurants and bars, we have the place for you. We also have a DecoBike kiosk 1/2 block away and San Diego's downtown historic Gas Lamp district and Coronado beaches are just a 15 minute drive away. For sports enthusiasts will find golf, disc golf, tennis, swimming, hiking and running trails all within walking distance.

Built in 1911, our 105 year old stable has been converted to a comfortable 1 bedroom cottage complete with all the amenities of home.

Here are just a few:

Full kitchen with all the utensils needed to prepare a gourmet meal. Heated tile floors in the bathroom and a whirlpool tub, hair dryer, quality shampoo and body wash, plenty of towels. Queen-size bed with memory foam mattress top (you will this see mentioned in our guest reviews.) Walk-in closet (almost bedroom size) with a laundry room with front load washer and dryer. Broadband internet access with WIFI and a printer/scanner. HD Cable TV, Blu-ray player, Netflix, Pandora web browser & more. Private fenced patio with stainless steel 3-burner BBQ.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Mike Bythewood
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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October 24, 2016
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About Mike Bythewood

We love Craftsman style homes! Sharon is a Realtor and Michael is a General Contractor. Our passion is making our homes comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Mike Bythewood purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Mike Bythewood chose San Diego County

Location, location, location! Centrally located North Park offers easy access to the most popular attractions San Diego has to offer. Great year-round weather and no bugs are a plus too! (We're both originally from southern states) Since moving to San Diego in 1983 we have resided in Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and Downtown San Diego but North Park is by far our favorite place to live.

What makes this cottage unique

Our home is on a quiet, 1-block long section of Spruce. North Park is a centrally located San Diego neighborhood and an easy drive to Sea World, Coronado, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, the downtown bayfront and dozens of other attractions.


based on 111 traveler reviews

Walk Everywhere! Zoo, Balboa Park, Dining & Fun.
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 111 reviews
Princeton, MA

Perfectly wonderful stay in an absolutely delightful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Words & pictures cannot begin to describe this picture perfect cottage! Immaculate and so tastefully decorated right down to the smallest details. The location is perfect, just a short drive to anything yet tucked away in a small corner of a delightful neighborhood. Great pizza place around the corner. The bubbling sounds of the outside water fountain were so relaxing, we felt as if we were in our own private oasis. Mike & Sharon were available if needed. We look forward to returning as a stop on our way to Maui.

Thank you for everything, we LOVED San Diego!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Absolutely delightful!

  • 5 of 5

Quiet. Beautiful, cozy, very well appointed. The previous reviews say it all. A wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Perfect accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, we had a wonderful time. Everything was just as advertised.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Sheffield, SYK

A fantastic stay in a lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

I can only reiterate what others say on here. This is a lovely place, very private with good facilities and in a great location.

Mike met us on arrival and was extremely pleasant and helpful and was each time we saw him during our stay. His dogs are lovely as well! The accommodation is very pretty and quaint and was absolutely spotless. Has all the facilities you need and the courtyard is a lovely place to have breakfast or wind down after a day out. The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable.

The location is ideal, a few minutes walk to North Park's plentiful bars and restaurants and close to excellent bus links to downtown and the Gaslamp district, it allowed us to do things without the car for a few days. Parking was never a problem on the street.

We have travelled extensively in the US and stayed at many VRBO's - all have been very good but I would put this place in the top 3 places we have stayed for the value, convenience and that 'home away from home' feeling. A perfect couples retreat. San Diego was a joy to visit and we will certainly be back and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Thanks a lot

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Casa Grande, AZ

Comfortable home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our three night stay in San Diego at the cottage. It had everything we needed and then some. Mike was so kind and helpful pointing out local dining options. We loved the proximity to the zoo and even down town was an easy distance away. My little personal pleasure was getting up early and watching the hummingbirds bath in the small courtyard fountain as I sipped my coffee. The cottage is small but very comfortable for two people and we would go back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Charlotte, North Carolina

Cozy, comfortable and clean cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for an extended weekend. It was our first time ever to San Diego and we didn't really know what to expect. As it turned out, this cottage was perfectly located relative to everything we wanted to see/do. We were never more than 25-30 minutes drive from any of the area's top attractions. The cottage was fitted with everything we needed and was very comfortable. The bed was quite comfortable, too - and that is VERY important to us. We've stayed at other vrbo places where the bed just about ruined our weekend. Mike and Sharon have done a fantastic job of making this cottage as comfortable as possible. We will definitely be staying here again when we return to San Diego.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
San Diego International (SAN)
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Modern Times Brewery Tasting Room
Nearest Ferry
4.3 Miles
Coronade Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Balboa Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Smokin' Goat
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Mountain High / Big Bear
Nearest Beach
6.9 Miles
Coronado Island
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego Zoo
Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Public Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Ray Street Art District
Nearest Point of Interest
Mosaic Wine Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
The Smoking Goat
Nearest Point of Interest
Bird Park Summer Concerts
Nearest Point of Interest
Station Tavern
Nearest Point of Interest
Switzer Canyon Hiking Trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Stone Brewing Outlet Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Park Museums
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Gaslamp Quarter
Nearest Point of Interest
Waterfront Bar & Grill
Nearest Point of Interest
Alexander's on 30th
Nearest Point of Interest
Sea Rocket Bistro
Nearest Point of Interest
Zensi Sushi
Nearest Point of Interest
Cardamom Cafe & Bakery
Nearest Point of Interest
Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria
Nearest Point of Interest
Vagabond Kitchen of the World
Nearest Point of Interest
Urban Solace
Nearest Point of Interest
The Linkery
Nearest Point of Interest
Heaven Sent Desserts
Nearest Point of Interest
The BIG Kitchen
Car: not necessary

Our cottage is walking distance from Balboa park and the world famous San Diego Zoo.


Rates & Availability

North Park Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Weekly cleaning $95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates: Please note we have a 3 night minimum and 14 night maximum
$125.00 nightly
$784.00 per week
$95.00 cleaning each week + cleaning after departure
Pets considered with additional deposit
10.50% lodging tax (TOT) + .55% Tourism marketing tax (TMD)


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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North Park Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bath with whirlpool tub, shower and heated stone floors.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen bed with memory foam mattress topper
  • Queen Bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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