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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, spanish

University Heights Classic Craftsman Home

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights

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University Heights House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bed 1 Bath Home In Heart Of San Diego And Short Walk To Thriving Park Blvd.

The home is a charming early Twentieth century Craftsman (circa 1915) that has a usable front porch with seating and and spacious back yard area complete with a gas grill, shaded patio seating and herb garden (Mint, Chives, Basil,Thyme, Savory). Part of the joy of not staying in a hotel is doing your own cooking (for some people at least). An amazing Sunday farmers' market 4 blocks away in Hillcrest, grocery shopping (Trader Joe's, Ralph's, Sprouts market) are all within walking or biking distance. But when you are not interested in cooking, there are several great restaurants just 2 blocks away!

Each of the two bedrooms has its own queen bed. There is a pull out couch/ futon in the living room as well as an available portable single bed if necessary.

A gas assisted fireplace in the living room provides a little extra warmth and coziness for when the temperatures drop in San Diego (Yes, the temps do drop here on occasion) . An AC unit and a whole house fan allows guests to keep cool when the weather heats up.

We also have the home outfitted with a flat screen LCD TV with cable TV programming as well as Netflix, MLB (provides all MLB games for baseball fans) and many other Roku channels in addition to an included WiFi network for internet access for our guests.

When you are ready to fire up the gas grill, it will be ready and waiting.

For any tiny vacationers, we have a pac-n-play, infant tub, highchair and toys.

We are proud to feature original art throughout the house from a local artist.

You can be assured that we will strive to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Thanks for looking.


More Details
David (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, spanish

About David

Our family purchased the home as an investment in 2009. We recently decided to remodel the home and turn it into a vacation rental. The location is perfect for out-of-towners in love with (or ready to fall in love with) San Diego. We certainly have enjoyed living in SD both when we were young and single, then as a dating couple, and now raising our kids here.

David purchased this house in 2009

Why David chose San Diego County

University Heights is full of unique restaurants and cafes and is close to Hillcrest, the downtown/Gaslamp district, Little Italy and Balboa Park.

Our guests can take advantage of a great walking neighborhood where going out for a meal or coffee does not require getting into a car.

For families with kids, Trolley Barn Park is an easy walk from the home. World renowned San Diego Zoo is less than 5 minutes by car.

Our guests can also take advantage of the free summer concert's in the Trolley Barn park, Padres baseball at Petco park and beaches within a 15 minute drive from the home. The US/ Mexico border is approximately a 30 minute drive from the home for those wanting to explore our neighbor to the South.

What makes this house unique

- Amenities for babies/ toddlers

-An Herb Garden for those interested in cooking

- Gas BBQ for grilling

- Walking distance to local restaurants and Trolley Barn Park

-very close to Hillcrest and its commercial district (Trader Joes, Ralphs, Whole Foods,etc)

- The home has alot of unique charm and character and is situated in a terrific neighborhood


based on 40 traveler reviews

University Heights Classic Craftsman Home
average rating of 4.85 based on 40 reviews

This property is very nice and clean.

  • 4 of 5

The house is very clean and centrally located. The only issue I have with the house it that there are no screens in the windows. Only two windows have screens, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. The house would have been cooler if I could have been able to open the windows. For the most part the house was very nice and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, adorable home!

  • 4 of 5

This home was adorable and David does a great job of providing amenities and detailed instructions to his guests. We had everything we needed including a parking spot. House gets a little stuffy and hot with high temps outside but that is expected in August. We still slept comfortably and had cooling unit and fans to help. The location was perfect to be near downtown, zoo/balboa park and all major freeways. We would rent this house again!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful and well cared for, and the back patio was amazing at night! The house was centrally located, we were close to everything....including the beach!! Definitely would stay there again. 😊

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a great time in San Diego

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in San Diego, and very much enjoyed our stay in the house. The house was very nice and had all we needed. It was very charming and well equipt. The front and back terrace was just perfect.

The owner, David provided lots of very useful and relevant information about the house and the area.

The area was very nice... Coffeeshops and restaurants within walking distance... And the food was good and reasonable priced.

Would for sure recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded exspectations.Great property, location and friendly area.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect San Diego stay!

  • 5 of 5

This house is an absolutely perfect place to stay for a walkable, easy, and comfortable San Diego vaycay. We loved the house itself -- so clean, spacious and well set-up! We grilled in the backyard then walked to fun spots just 2 blocks away. The neighborhood is great, and well-situated. Easy to get everywhere! We love this house!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Small Bar
Nearest Golf
2.2 Miles
Balboa Park Golf Course
Nearest Train
2.2 Miles
Old Town transit center
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Highway 163
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Parkhouse eatery
Nearest Beach
7.5 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: not necessary

University Heights is a neighborhood located in Central San Diego. It is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Hillcrest and North Park. There are a number of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and other eclectic businesses within walking distance of our home. University Heights is centrally located and allows visitors to explore the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park to the immediate South. The larger commercial district of Mission Valley sits in the valley below University Heights and the beaches (Ocean and Mission) are a short 15 minute jaunt to the west. Downtown San Diego and all it has to offer, is a short ten minute drive to the Southwest.


Rates & Availability

University Heights House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
OFF SEASON 2016 & 2017
Sep 10 2016 - Feb 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Feb 28 2017 - May 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $90
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.05%

LESS THAN 3 NIGHT STAYS- We may (depending on the state of our calendar) offer the home to some guests for less than the minimum 3 night stay (i.e a 2 night stay).

FOR ANY PROPOSED STAY OF 30 NIGHTS OR GREATER- The management of listing #481506 may require both a credit and background check. In addition, a non refundable $40.00 (forty dollars) fee may apply to facilitate those screening checks.

CANCELLATION. Should you need to cancel your reservation more than 30 days prior to check in date, all monies (minus a $75.00 processing fee) will be returned. Should you need to cancel your reservation 30 days or less prior to check in date, all monies will be returned provided the property can be re-booked for the reserved dates on the same terms.

GROUPS GREATER THAN 5 PERSONS- may be subject to an nightly additional fee for any additional guest above the 5 person threshold.

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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University Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Subway Tiled shower, shower / tub combo
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing

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