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Richard Dodd

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

1 Block from beach! Family friendly with central AC!

66 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Ocean Beach House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 block to beach, short walk to town center, private yard

This modernized, air conditioned, non-smoking, family friendly beach cottage location, which is part of a well maintained duplex, is located in the prime, centrally located town of Ocean Beach, San Diego.

The property is well managed and maintained by the owners who occupy the adjacent duplex unit, so you can rest assured you are the sole guest allowing for rest, relaxation, and fun.


We are close enough to the ocean (1 block) such that you can hear the surf and sea lions at night. Stroll down in the morning with your coffee to check the surf and be in the water shortly thereafter.

This location is ideal for those seeking either a high walk-ability factor or as convenient launch point to day and night adventures allowing for a rich Southern California experience. You can see and hear the Sea World fireworks from outside the door!

Ocean Beach offers a unique blend of energy, diversity, and soul. As the saying goes, 'Ocean Beach: its an attitude not a place'. From hacky sacking, hula hooping, and people watching by the grass flat near the pier, to the weekly Farmers Market with Live Music, Llamas, shopping, and awesome fresh fare, to the vast offering of dining ranging from fish tacos to romantic fine dining there's something for everyone here and you'll be but minutes by foot to take it in at this rental.

Our rental unit is ideal for those vacationers and families seeking a place to retreat for evening and rest and relax. We encourage all potential guests to consider what it is they want out of their precious vacation time and make sure that this quieter, non-partying location is a good fit.

Our unit features 2 comfortable queen sized beds, central AC/heat, plenty of private yard space, a high end kitchen, two flat screen TV's with cable, free NetFlix streaming, Roku3, Bluray/DVD player, and high speed (15Mbps) internet. Tank-less water heaters allow for relaxing post ocean swim showers, followed up with relaxation in a comfortable living room.

You'll have off street alley parking that allows for one full sized car, mid sized SUV, minivan, or mid sized Truck which is very desirable in this area. However if you chose, the property is but a $20 cab ride from the airport, so if you're looking to stay local, a rental car may not be needed. With cabs, bikes, and the trolley, a reasonably energetic person will fare very well! Our beach towns are extremely bike friendly.

We have boogie boards and surf boards, several bicycles, some fishing and snorkeling gear, beach chairs, and an umbrella for your use. There is a shared washer and dryer for your use on the property. You will have a Weber gas grill as well as a Weber charcoal with a coal starter, charcoal, lighter, and flavor chips provided. Fire it up and and you're good to go.

This is a comfortable rental unit for 4 people. Pictures and description are only so rich. To fully experience Ocean Beach San Diego, come stay at our property!

CHECK IN TIME: 3:00 pm Pacific Time, Day of Arrival

CHECK OUT TIME: 10:00 am Pacific Time, Day of Departure

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about our holiday rates or stay duration's.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Richard Dodd (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Richard Dodd

We live on the property in the front unit of the duplex. Ocean Beach is our home and we love it. We have extensive knowledge on what to do, who to talk to, and what to see during the day or night in Ocean Beach as well as the city.

On our off days we rarely get in our car to leave these few square miles we call home unless absolutely necessary; it has just about everything we need.

One of us is from the North East, one of us grew up in San Diego, and both of us are here to stay.

Richard Dodd purchased this house in 2010

Why Richard Dodd chose San Diego County

We have lived in Ocean Beach since 1998.

When this property became available, it fell into our laps and we think it was meant to be as it is a perfect fit for us.

We knew there was potential and have been upgrading ever since our move in. We are proud of our little slice of OB and are fortunate to have such a great community close by and friendly, long term neighbors.

As such, we've been renovating the property to create a space that we are comfortable in.

We're confident you will be comfortable and enjoy your stay as well.

What makes this house unique

We love hearing the waves and even the seals and sea lions on still nights.

While we will not advert a view, the sea world fireworks are something we like to view with a peak out from the side yard. The bedroom #1 window of rental allows for viewing the fireworks over the palms. We also enjoy seeing the tops of the 4th of July, PB, and Downtown fireworks when the weather permits.

While our property is a typical full lot in beach communities, we are fortunate to have a 'larger' backyard so close to the beach. Being 1 block from the beach allows you to retreat to a calmer, restful space in a matter of minutes. Coming home for lunch or an afternoon drink takes but a few minutes.

The beaches here are vast and you can always find a nice plot of sand to call your own for the day. Throw a line in the inlet for a little fishing if you choose or jump in to a volleyball pickup at the sand courts at the end of the block .

The West Coast is not particularly known for it's larger sandy beaches which makes us fortunate here in OB. With a little effort there are more secluded beaches very close by that will remove you from the manageable crowds here and make you feel as though you're away from the city , and we can happily provide the tips and tricks to get you there!


based on 66 traveler reviews

1 Block from beach! Family friendly with central AC!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 66 reviews
Whittier, CA

Great property!

  • 5 of 5

This is my second time to stay at this property. We had a wonderful time again. The Dodd's provide everything we needed. The location is ideal! Very close to dog beach, restaurants, And shops. The offstreet parking is wonderful. Thank you for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW! What a pleasant surprise!

  • 5 of 5

This is the place to stay in Ocean Beach. The listing description was spot on. The duplex was so clean you wanted to take your shoes off before you walked into the place. The kitchen was very well stocked and the ice maker was a plus, too. The bedrooms were spacious with plenty of room in closets and dressers for your clothes. The shower head in the bathroom-oo la la! Bicycles, beach chairs, beach umbrella, boogie boards......yes, all available for us to use as well as a grill. The owners were prompt in answering our questions and made sure we were enjoying our stay. They gave us great info about what was happening in the area. Cannot say enough good things about the owners. Many restaurants within walking distance and all were good. The beach, a block away, was a daily destination, sometimes twice a day so we could catch the sunset. The back yard is a comfortable place to relax after a long day. We looked forward to the nightly fireworks show from SeaWorld that we could see from the back steps. Would love to make this place a yearly destination.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great accommodations, great location.

  • 5 of 5

My family just returned from a great 5 nights at this rental unit. It was clean and comfortable with updated appliances and so many other things to make our stay great--barbecue, beach equipment, bikes, etc. Our two little ones liked to run around in the little yard. It's in a great location just a block from the beach and a few minute walk to a ton of eateries and other shops. Rich and Adrienne were attentive to our needs. We'll stay here again next time we're in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Clara, CA

Peaceful and spotless vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our 5 nights in Ocean Beach. Not only was it easy to walk to restaurants close by, but Ocean Beach is also central to much of the San Diego area so, with a car, it was easy to get either downtown or up the Coast. The house is comfortable, nicely updated and exceptionally clean. Parking in Ocean Beach is at a premium so having our own parking spot just outside our private backyard was a great relief. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milwaukee, WI

Good location and amenities!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at this location to visit our daughter who lives nearby. We like the location a block and a half from the beach and close to restaurants and pubs. The property has all the amenities we wants - a grill, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, boogy boards, and towels. They also have four bikes to use. Inside the kitchen is well stacked with appliances, and they have cable and roku services should you have an evening in. I believe the place was updated a few years ago. It is a comfortable stay for a week!

Another nice plus is the fact that the owner lives in the other side of this bungelow. We had a problem with the lock to the basement, which he promptly fixed, so we had access to the amenities mentioned above. With many of these absentee landlords, you might have to wait for these kinds of problems.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, wonderful beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying at this cute beach house!

The location is great for walking to the beach. We have children and it was perfect walking distance. The toys and chairs that were provided for the beach were really nice and in great condition.

The unit was very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The extra touches of coffee, creamer and beverage of your choice upon check-in was very thoughtful. Rich and Adrienne were wonderful hosts and super responsive to anything we needed or had questions about. The unit is private and has a great courtyard for grilling and hanging out.

Highly recommend this unit that is so convenient to everything you may want to do in San Diego!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
San Diego International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Coronado Ferry
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Old town Trolley
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Highway 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Big Bear/Snow Summit
Nearest Beach
0.15 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: recommended

Ocean Beach is centrally located and a short walk, bike or cab ride away from many attractions. Above and beyond the beautiful beach, Sunset Cliffs, and numerous diversified activities to suit all tastes, additional attractions within an hour of this location are gambling at the Barona Casino, excellent mountain biking and hiking in the Laguna Mountains, Knotts Soak City Waterpark, Duty Free Shopping, and for the adventurous Tijuana, Rosarito, and Tecate. Disneyland is a 1.5 hour drive and Los Angeles as well as Anzo Borrego State Park are a 2 hour drive making for reasonable day trips.


Rates & Availability

Ocean Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 7 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Non refundable cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

Deviations from event periods are based on availability, so please ask.

Additional $50/dog cleaning fee and $150 refundable damage deposit applies to Guests with dogs.

Please allow 21 days to receive your security deposit via USPS in check form.

Please contact us with any questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Ocean Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
  • Bathroom was renovated recently and has a marble counter-top. You will love the shower head as it is a common rave among those who stay here. There is an outdoor, cool water shower available for after the beach rinse offs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom #1 is equipped with a flat screen tv on the wall, basic cable, free netflix account, and a Roku3. Plenty of content. The beds are new and comfortable. There is plenty of closet space outfitted with wooden hangers and a dresser within. There is ample cabinet space above the closets. Ceiling fan will keep you cool during the summer. During the season at night the Sea World fireworks can be seen out of the bedroom window. Bedroom #2 is similar to bedroom #1, though there is no Television. There is built-in shelving which will act as a dresser and there is plenty of closet and cabinet space within the room. Ceiling fan to keep you cool on the rare hot night. Full sized Aerobed available upon request.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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