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Mike Bythewood

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

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

105 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 (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 105 traveler reviews

Walk Everywhere! Zoo, Balboa Park, Dining & Fun.
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 105 reviews

True home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at Mike and Sharon's guest cottage was nothing short of perfect! From the comfortable bed to crash in at the end of a busy touring day, to the "Welcome" sign on the fence that greeted us each day, to the wonderful lemon tree in the yard, the convenient location to downtown in a quiet neighborhood, the well thought out decor, this "casita" felt like our home away from home! Mike and Sharon thought of so many little details that made our stay so comfortable, but some include coffee and tea bags, full assortment of cookware (even a crock pot!), boogie boards and cooler for a day or two at the beach, even an ironing board and iron (with distilled water I might add) if you care to do laundry on vacation! The soothing sound of the waterfall from their koi pond made the stay relaxing. If I could change one little thing, it might be more BTUs for the window air conditioner in the bedroom that cools the entire cottage on hotter days - remember to close the curtains before leaving for the day to keep the unit cooler. You will be so happy that you chose this cottage to enjoy all that the beautiful city of San Diego has to offer :)

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Donna & Bob! It's a lot of work keeping our 105 year old cottage comfortable and inviting for our guests so we really appreciate your glowing review and input. We look forward to having you stay with us again and to make the stay even better we are taking your suggestion and adding another 12,000 BTU's of A/C today!
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Cute Little Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The place is in a quiet neighborhood. It was a clean, cozy, and comfy place with everything you need in it. There is a binder with local eateries and menus, which is a nice touch. Mike is also a great host!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was lovely!

  • 5 of 5

It was like being home only better. Thank you Sharon and mike for sharing your great little space!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Of the many various vacation rentals and bed-breakfasts my husband and I have experienced, this one's in the top 3. There is no such thing as "making do" here since everything is provided. It's a cottage so it's of course on the small side but not at all cramped. Excellent use of space and decor. There's a back room where we kept our suitcases out of the way and hung all our clothes. I am not a believer in packing light yet there was plenty of space for me to hang ALL my stuff and that's saying a lot! If you must do laundry -- something I will NOT do on vaca, thus the tendency to overpack :) -- there's a full size new-looking washer/dryer, detergent, fabric softener, ironing board, iron. See what I mean? Everything is provided and that's just the laundry room! The bathroom--- like a high priced resort spa--- is complete with magnifying make-up mirror, luxury shampoo, cream rinse, shower gel... and the towels-- I've gotta mention the towels. Soooo soft but somehow also absorbent (how do they do that?). The big rainhead shower made me want to stay in there for hours. There's also a jetted tub but the shower was so nice, never tried the bath. The bedroom has a chest of drawers, nightstands-- plenty of space for things. The bed is so comfortable! The kitchen has all the dishes, silverware, pots, pans to either enjoy a sit down meal of restaurant carry out food, or cook an entire meal. The weather was so perfect, we didn't need a/c-- the open windows provided a perfect cross-breeze. We were out and about much of the time but managed a few hours each day to just lounge. I found the coffee table books such as "San Diego-Past & Present" to be an interesting, quick read. There are sharp-picture flat screen tv's where we were able to watch the Wisconsin Badgers take down LSU! The outdoor patio is private-- perfect for sunning, and with plenty of shade if that's preferred. There's also a big gas grill out there. The decor inside and out is just as it should be--- a pretty beach cottage. It's cozy, comfortable, clean and new looking throughout. The area is great. Close to restaurants, grocery, park, golf, beaches. We walked the neighborhood every morning. Peaceful, charming. As for the owners, Mike & Sharon--- couldn't ask for nicer, friendlier people. They made us feel welcome. Never intrusive. I wish we could've spent more time with them and their CUTE 2 dogs! This cottage is perfect. We will return.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cottage!!!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! The condo was everything that we had hoped it would be. Very quiet and conveniently located neighborhood. If we are ever fortunate enough to run away to San Diego without our kiddos we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly Located Next to Balboa Park

  • 5 of 5

For our trip to San Diego we wanted to spend time in Balboa Park and play disc golf, go see a Padres game downtown, experience the Gaslamp District and then head out to the beach in Torrey Pines. This little cottage is a perfect place to stay for all of that. You can easily walk around the block to play disc golf on the east side of Balboa Park. The drive down Pershing to the center of the Park is very convenient, same as driving over to Petco Park and driving up the interstate to Torrey Pines. Short access to restaurants within blocks for dining. There's many to choose from, but the ones we dined at and recommend are the Station Tavern and Burgers and the Cardamom Bakery for breakfast. The cottage is very clean, well taken care of. In fact it looked as though the place had just recently been renovated. My guess is that Mike and Sharon constantly keep the place in tip-top shape. It is easy to see that they take a lot of pride in the place, and care personally that everyone that stays there loves their stay and wants to come back. We are planning on going back!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Refunding the fee
The owner does not have the ability to discount or waive the service fee amount. The only time the service fee can be refunded is when an owner uses the Cancellation Refund feature from their dashboard and the cancellation is requested within the terms of the owner/manager's cancellation policy. However, if the reservation is not canceled and all payments fully refunded to the traveler, the service fee will not be refunded.

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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