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Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,339 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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

Mary Orem
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017


Ocean Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1339 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach
average rating of 4.8641977 based on 81 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

Wonderful Vacation House

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat visitors to this OB beach house, and once again, we were completely satisfied. The house is very close to Dog Beach and Ocean Beach--not much more than a 5 minute walk. There are many great places to eat within walking and biking distance. The ocean views and sunset views from local eateries are amazing. The beach house has a deck that also makes viewing the ocean and sunset quite easy. The house is clean, well-stocked, roomy, and very comfortable. It is attractive, inside and out, and decorated appropriate to the beach locale. The garage contains boogie boards, beach chairs, yoga mats, bicycles, etc.--all for our use. The owners, Mary and Roy, are very accessible and responsive to any needs we may have. We hope to return next summer, of course!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family location with easy beach access.

  • 5 of 5

Great price for a very accommodating home and location:

- Beach access is easy.

- Road bikes to Mission Beach Boardwalk.

- Ob downtown access easy walking distance.

- Peoples market easy walking distance.

- Didn't have to drive anywhere because it was all available w/i walking distance.

- Visited the beach 3-4 times a day just to relax alone, with the kids and with friends at sunset.

- Everything is available at the home that you might need including bbq, laundry, rooftop deck, towels, beach stuff for all ages, bikes, games and on and on.

- Nice to have the parking in the driveway as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful little beach house

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable! We used all the beach stuff in the garage-- chairs, pop up shade tent, beach mats, boogie boards. We would definitely rent this place again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great business/vacation getaway...

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the beach cottage for 5 nights and had a wonderful experience. I had a conference at the convention center and my family was able to join and be comfortable without having to stay confined to a hotel. The location was great, it is on the sand and backs up to the bay as well as perpendicular to Ocean Beach - you really couldn't ask for a better spot. As the other reviews indicate, there is a large back deck with a little grass area but also a roof top perch that makes the evenings quite special.

The house was very well equipped in the kitchen (unusual for rentals) and well stocked with towels and linens. Bedrooms were good sized considering the Sf of the house so no challenges there and having 2 bathrooms was key. The kitchen/den was perfect (light and bright) and that's where we spent most of our time when we weren't at the beach. The front entry sitting room could use some freshening of the furniture but with the house being pet friendly, there has to be a balance I suppose.

Spoke to Mary one time just to introduce myself and she was great, they are close by and would probably take care of anything if you needed it but I don't believe you will.

Great stay - we look forward to our next visit!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved this home. It was extremely comfortable and in a great location. The house had everything we needed from a full kitchen to all the beach toys/chairs you need. Could not have been more impressed with our stay and Mary is extremely easy to get a hold of. Hope to come back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $185
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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