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Mary Orem

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach

54 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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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
Speaks: english


based on 54 traveler reviews

Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach
average rating of 4.814815 based on 54 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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Perfect vacation home!!

  • 5 of 5

This Ocean Beach property was amazing. Right on Dog Beach, which has a shallow channel that was nice to paddle board in. Very clean, very cozy and well stocked. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Money Well Spent

  • 5 of 5

This house was beautiful, inside and out. Very well maintained and clean. We traveled with two young kids and my in-laws and there was more than adequate room to accommodate all 6 of us. Our vacation was very relaxful without any worries about the property. The beach is just steps away from the house and the neighborhood definitely has its wonderful Southern Californian charm. While not at the beach, we enjoyed the beautiful backyard and the upstairs patio. I will be recommending this house to all my friends and family and we will be renting out this house on any of our future travels to San Diego. Thank you Mary and Roy!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home, lovely location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two adult children spent a week in this lovely home in Ocean Beach. Our first act upon entering, after dropping our suitcases, was to walk through the home onto the back deck and up the stairs to the roof level deck to take in the view of the San Diego River and the ocean. Ahhh.

My son and daughter took the Jack and Jill rooms (bathroom in the middle) and my husband and I took the master bedroom with adjoining bathroom on the opposite side of the living room. Perfect set up for everyone to have some privacy. The beds were comfortable, plenty of towels, good showers.

The kitchen is fully stocked, plenty of everything. It was great that some basics were there - saran wrap, coffee, tea, etc. On our second day there, we hosted a brunch for my kids' friends who were visiting in the area. We made steak on the grill, and all sat on the upper deck and had wine and appetizers. Trader Joes (which stocks liquor) as well as plenty of other supermarkets, are within a short drive.

As we knew there was a washer and dryer on the premises, we were able to all take carry-ons rather than lug bigger suitcases.

We took several walks starting from the gate behind the house which opens onto a hiking/biking trail. There were many water birds, including an osprey family along the river. In the morning, I sat outside and watched the birds in the backyard. Really relaxing!

It was easy to get everywhere from this location. We were checking out the area for my daughter's impending move to San Diego, so visited lots of surrounding neighborhoods. Many good restaurants nearby.

As an added bonus, we discovered an aikido studio just blocks away, and my husband was able to fit 3 aikido classes in during our visit. I had to dissuade him from making an offer on the house then and there! Everyone we met in the area was friendly. And we split our sunset watching spots between the upper deck and the parking areas at the end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

We were able to use wifi for the computers, but not for the phones, not sure why. This was a minor inconvenience. There are quite a few planes flying overhead during the day, but we got used to that pretty quickly. The airport is right in the city, so don't know where you'd have to go to avoid them. The fifteen minute trip to the airport was the upside to that. We did experience a bit of the "May gray" but a short ride to Coronado Beach put us back in the sunshine.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, spacious, great character and location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in this great rental house. It had everything we needed, plenty of space for us. The kitchen was fully stocked, with even Tupperware for all the great food leftovers we had. The house is super cute, clean and has nice quality furnishings. All updated even tho it retains its past character. Cute backyard too. Would definitely stay here next time we are in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stillwater, OK.

Great House on Dog Beach

  • 5 of 5

Great house on dog beach! Excellent location to explore San Diego. We are a family of 5 and this is a much nicer option than renting two overpriced hotel rooms. Loved the remodeled kitchen and having a washer and dryer. There is a nice path out the backyard that is a short walk to the beach. The owner is very helpful and responsive. Would love to stay again!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 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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San Diego County 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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