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Mary Orem

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach

60 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Ocean Beach House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This Historic 1924 beach bungalow was the home of Belle Jennings Benchley (August 8, 1882 – December 17, 1972), known as “The Zoo Lady,” and was the director of the San Diego Zoo from 1927 to 1953, guiding its expansion from a small collection of animals to an innovative world-class zoo.

The home has been remodeled with new kitchen and bathrooms, refinished white oak floors and comfortable beds. The house is located on the beachfront known as 'Dog Beach' your pet will be in heaven on this leash-free dog-friendly beach. Just a short walk to the West and you are on the people-only beach with surfing, boogey boarding, swimming, body surfing, and all the usual beach activities.

Walking distance to the famous OB pier (the longest concrete pier on the West Coast) and the main business district of Ocean Beach – Newport Avenue. On Newport you will find restaurants (ask about our favorites), antique stores, coffee houses, bars, bike and surf shops. On Wednesday evenings Newport Avenue features a Farmer’s Market where you can find local fruits, vegetables and flowers, street performances and food vendors.

The bicycle path just in the back of the house takes you up and down the coast - bicycles are located on the property for your use, as are games and beach toys.

If you are looking for activities on your vacation, Ocean Beach is Conveniently located within 15 minutes of major attractions including the World Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Museums, Old Town, Sea World, Kayaking, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, La Jolla Cove, hiking, surfing,golfing, boating and miles of sandy beaches. PETS: There is an additional fee for pets, with maximum of 2. For more information ask owner. Do not bring pets without prior permission and payment of pet fee!


More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mary Orem (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 60 traveler reviews

Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach
average rating of 4.8166666 based on 60 reviews
Mission Hills, CA


  • 5 of 5

The house was block from beach, very accessible to local restaurants, shops and dog beach. The view from balcony was very beautiful, watching sunsets and sailboats go by, very peaceful. Rooms were very modern and the appliances were new. The owner was reachable all times, for any questions and super sweet! The price was right, the location was perfect and the vacation was memorable for the whole family. I would highly recommend this house as a vacation rental in San Diego, so close to everything.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, AZ

Great As Ever!!

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful week at Ocean Beach in a great beach house has come and gone. This house is attractive, clean, well-furnished and well-stocked with necessities. We rarely drive once we park the car in the driveway as there are plenty of places to eat and be entertained within walking or cruising distance. The beach is only a few blocks away and the path to dog beach and people beach is right outside the back gate. We love this place and will return again next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flagstaff, AZ

30th Anniversary Haven

  • 5 of 5

This home is so beautiful and comfortable! The back deck and yard were so nice, larger than I expected. We were a little taken aback by the air traffic, but we adjusted. We very much enjoyed our week here. Thanks much!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Beach House Ever!

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the best beach rental property we have ever stayed in. I really felt that Roy and Mary went out of their way to take care of every detail a guest could thing of--even including a shopper's card for the Ralph's supermarket so that we could take advantage of the sale prices for club members and fresh flowers on the kitchen counter when we arrived. Any contact I had with Mary generated a quick and pleasant response and the rental was spotless and well maintained. The floor plan of the home was perfect for our family of two adults and 4 teenage boys. The master bedroom was separate from the boys' rooms so we had our own kid-free area. The wifi was excellent and we were able to catch all our of our favorite Olympic events on the expanded cable. What was even more awesome was that there were 6 bikes with locks in the garage so all of us were able to ride to local restaurants and attractions(like the Lighthouse Ice Cream shop on Newport) without taking the car. We brought our dog with us and loved how we could easily access the trail to the dog beach right from the back gate. Most nights we enjoyed watching the Sea World Fireworks from the rooftop deck. It was also a great spot to catch the sunset. There was even a comfy dog bed for him to sleep on. All appliances were of high-quality and I really loved cooking dinner each night on the Bertazzoni range. We actually ate more meals at the house than out because the kitchen was so well-equipped and the dining table fit all six of us comfortably. I'm already trying to figure out what week we can return next summer so we can do it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it.

  • 4 of 5

This home is beautiful, comfortable and has everything you need and more. Within walking distance to the beach and parking at the end of the block if you have to drive (to carry all of your gear - which is ALL provided...blankets, chairs, towels, boogie boards, more sand toys than you can even take in one trip...). There are FOUR patios! We enjoyed the one on the roof and the one in the back yard. The three bedrooms were perfect for our family of 4 but you could be comfortable with up to 6, I think. Top of the line appliances, comfortable furniture, clean, quality wifi and entertainment systems, safe location, beautiful view...the house was one of our favorite parts of our entire vacation. Seriously, we have no complaints.

Ocean Beach is a nice place to visit. The beach is great and there are plenty of restaurant choices and shopping. Very close to Sea World and Belmont Park.

Mary even went to the house to open some windows and turn on some lights since we were arriving late. And, for those of you worried about not having AC - don't. You don't need it. It was wonderful having the windows open all the time, at least for us, since we have 100 degree, 90% humidity over here in Illinois this time of year.

You won't be disappointed with this home.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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All the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

This was such an easy and comfortable vacation rental. Clean, fully equipped! We needed to bring nothing more than our toothbrush and clothes!

Mary has thought of everything you could need or want, and she is just across the street unless you need anything!

Excellent experience, thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Biking (4 adult beach bicycles available) Golf, There is a bird sanctuary adjacent to the property for birdwatchers.


Rates & Availability

Ocean Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Holiday - Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Christmas
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Holiday - Valentines
Feb 13 2017 - Feb 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Holiday - Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Holiday - Christmas
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning fee $185
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.05%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Ocean Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1339 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • 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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