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Rick Spear

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

1928 Craftsman Cottage in North Park w relaxing outdoor living space

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

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Charming Cottage, Large 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2) with Dining & outdoor rooms

This 1928 Craftsman Cottage is located in the Morley Field area of North Park, San Diego's most vibrant neighborhood. Perfectly located on Texas St. 2 blocks from Balboa Park and central to all. Walking distance to Balboa Park, world famous San Diego Zoo, Albertsons market and North Park Theater, shops, cafes, bars & restaurants.

This 1928 Cottage is charming with original features such as Fireplace. Gum wood built-ins and hardwood floors. Swanky up scale bath remodel boasts Hansgrohe fixtures and heated towel rack. Interior is fully furnished and decorated. Large rooms include 1 Bedroom, extra large bathroom, Dining room, Kitchen, Living room, enclosed Sun porch. approx. 1068 sf . Private yard with flagstone patio. grassy area, Gas BBQ grill and plenty of seating.

This is a 2 on 1 property. two houses on one lot. book both cottages for a great way to vacation together. Check out the sister listing at;

VRBO Listing #486773

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rick Spear (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Rick Spear

Fun loving active guy enjoying my Southern California lifestyle. I surf in the summers and snowboard in the winter. Taking in the local culture and all that this city has to offer. Ask me for my favorites. I live 2 blocks from the cottage.

Rick Spear purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Rick Spear chose San Diego County

Location Location Location. Minutes to everything yet comfortable relaxed setting to call home. Walk to Balboa Park & San Diego Zoo. Downtown night life, Hillcrest eateries, North Park Art scene and so much more.

What makes this cottage unique

Original gum-wood trim throughout the home and outdoor living spaces make this the perfect vacation home.


based on 36 traveler reviews

1928 Craftsman Cottage in North Park w relaxing outdoor living space
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews

Adorable cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this adorable Craftsman cottage. The house is lovingly maintained and the bathroom is terrific. The location is great: quiet neighborhood with plenty of parking and easy access to the freeways or walking to restaurants. We did have a bit of trouble with the top deadbolt lock. It was extremely difficult to turn the key to lick or unlock the door. Other than that everything was great!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting,property has beautiful flower gardens all around the cottage.Nice comfortable seating area in the front,also out the bedroom.

Very clean cottage,pleanty of room,decorated nicely,like being home.

Very close to everything,the park,zoo,restaurants,very easy to get downtown.

Enjoyed my stay there.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing retreat- I wish I could give this 5+ stars!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our experience at Rick's craftsman cottage. This was one of the nicest places we have stayed using VRBO, in terms of host responsiveness and property quality.

The cottage is accurately described and has a lot of personal touches which make it very charming. It is very spacious and welcoming. Tons of natural light. Kitchen is great size, there is large dining room, and laundry! Also the bathroom IS AMAZING- super modern, and has huge tub and a heater that keeps you toasty when drying off! Bed is also super comfortable!

Above all else, the crown jewel of this property is Rick's garden. It is absolutely beautiful and is a real retreat. There are fragrant roses, bamboo trees and a great sitting area to take it all in. Additionally location is great, Balboa park is down the block, close proximity to great coffee shops and restaurants of North Park and about 20 min drive to La Jolla and Corondo. Area is quiet and safe with plenty of street parking. Wifi is extremely strong and reliable !

We had the opportunity to meet Rick and he is a fantastic host. He is very responsive to text message and phone calls. Rick used to live on this property and his passion for maintaining it and creating a relaxing getaway for his guests is apparent. Rick was also extremely accommodating with our check in and check out.

We will truly miss our time here, especially hanging out in the garden area! Thank you for a great stay, Rick and for creating an amazing getaway! Hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

We were in San Diego for a week to attend the Holiday Bowl (Go Badgers!) and over the New Year. The house was perfect for the two of us and the neighborhood was quiet. All the people we saw around the area were very nice also. The property is really close to Balboa Park and the zoo. The bed was super comfortable and the shower was great! If we would have had more time and the weather would have been a bit warmer, we would have loved to spend some time outdoors relaxing. The patio area is very lovely and the landscaping is perfect. The deck off the bedroom is small but would be wonderful for enjoying coffee (or tea) in the morning! Everything was clean and well taken care of. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking.

We ate at the Olympic Café one morning and the food was very good. Also ate breakfast in Old Town which was good as well and very busy! Lots of brochures and information were available at the house so it helped us decide on some of the locations we visited. We ate down by the harbor a few times at different restaurants. New Year's Eve was spent at Island Prime and was worth the price. If you like Italian, Bencotto's in Little Italy is fantastic. Fresh, homemade pasta made for great food!! Wineries in the area are well worth the visit as well, would have liked to get to more of them. The USS Midway was fantastic, a MUST SEE if you are in the area. Other than the traffic and trying to park downtown, it was a great visit.

We would definitely recommend this house to everyone! Rick was very helpful whenever we had a question or needed to call about something and we had all the information we needed when we arrived. He's done some really great work in the home. And the little Christmas tree was a very nice touch. There was always readily available parking in front of the property as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage was a lovely accommodation for us in North Park. All the conveniences of home and very close to our son and his family. Balboa is a 5" trip by car and the restaurants nearby are superior. We have been to San Diego many times over the last years with an assortment of hotels, condos and B&Bs but this was the best. Rick was highly responsive to any inquiries .

The rose bushes are exquisite. Oh, yes, and plenty of street parking.....which is highly uncommon in this area. We will definitely return to this spot!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation accommodation in San Diego

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a 2 week vacation in San Diego and this cottage was perfect for us. It is centrally located to Balboa park & downtown and near University avenue which is a very diverse area with all the stores & shops one would need. The owner was very helpful and readily available to answer our questions. A definite recommend from us.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
West Coast Tavern
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Coronado Ferry Landing
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.6 Miles
Amtrak Station - SAN
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles
Highway 163 - University Ave exit
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Smoking Goat
Nearest Ski
148 Miles
Snow Summit, Big Bear, CA
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Coronado Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Coronado, CA
Car: recommended

Cottage is located 2 blocks from San Diego's crown jewel Balboa Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo. Museums, Old Globe Theater, Botanical gardens, athletics and much much more. San Diego's waterfront, Downtown, Gas Lamp District plus 12 Beaches and 2 Bays are all with in a short drive.


Rates & Availability

North Park Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
summer 2015
Jul 5 2016 - Sep 5 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $75
Tax Rate 11.05%

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $25 per pet
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) 10.5%
Tourism Marketing District Tax (TMD) .55%
*Rates, fees and Taxes are subject to change without notice prior to booking confirmation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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San Diego County Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1038 sq. ft.
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Swanky remodel includes Multiple shower heads and body jets.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom
  • High quality mattress and linens.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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