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Enchanting guest house nestled in a canyon!

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath guest house with spectacular garden and canyon views

This charming guest house offers a unique experience in one of San Diego's finest historic, neighborhood of Mission Hills which is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Our enchanting garden guest house is found at the end of a cul de sac and sits on one of Mission Hills' gorgeous canyons. It is attached to the main house yet is completely private and separate. There is a private entrance on the side of the main house, and there is always plenty of on-street parking. This retreat offers a unique garden that promises to enchant and make you feel as though you are on a tranquil oasis. Here you can enjoy a gorgeous pool and jacuzzi surrounded by a lush garden. The wildlife is vibrant and you will be accompanied by hummingbirds buzzing about, mocking birds, finches, red-tail hawks flying overhead, and our beloved resident great horned owls! The living room and master bedroom open up to a lovely private patio where you can enjoy the gorgeous canyon that the house sits on.

Mission Hills is a wonderful neighborhood to go for a walk or a jog. If you are an architecture enthusiast you will enjoy various genres. Architectural styles from 1908 through World War II are represented in this district including: Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Mission Revival, Dutch Colonial, Greek Revival, Prairie Style, English Tudor and others. Several Master Architects also built in this area, including: Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, David Owen Dryden, Richard Requa, William Hebbard and others. You will be within walking distance to Mission Hills restaurants, coffee shops, and retail shops. It is also within walking distance to the famous Old Town area where the trolley is also located, Presidio park where there is a replica of one of the 21 California Missions, and Pioneer Park where you can enjoy a great playground and huge grassy area if you have children or not! Other San Diego attractions are all with 10-15 minutes with it’s easy freeway access and no traffic ever within Mission Hills. (Without a doubt one of the pluses to being in this neighborhood.) The interstate 5 and 8 are 5 minutes away. The airport, Littly Italy, Downtown & Gaslamp District, World famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World, Petco Park, the Harbor, Seaport Village, Coronado, Mission Bay and other beaches, Fashion and Mission Valley shopping centers, and golf courses are ALL within 15 minutes. La Jolla, North County, Torrey Pines golf course, Del Mar Racetrack, Legoland, and Safari Park are about 20-30 minutes away. If you are interested in heading south the border crossing is only 15 minutes away. As mentioned before regardless of your agenda everything is perfectly accessible from this location.

This quaint guest house is fully furnished and equipped to make your stay comfortable and cozy as if you were in your own home. It has a fully equipped kitchen that includes a double induction stove top, microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, and the basic cooking materials such as flour, olive oil, spices, sugar, coffee, & tea. The crown jewel of this home is the master bedroom of this guest house. It is enveloped in glass windows which gives you the sensation you are in a tree house. It overlooks the vegetable garden and out into the canyon. There are high quality linens for both the bed and sofa-bed.

The colorful living room is ample yet cozy and comes fully stocked with all the necessary amenitites: large flat screen TV, wireless broadband internet, DVD player and movies, books, magazines, stereo, and a pull-out sofa bed. It is inviting for get togethers, movie nights, or curling up to read a good book. There is a large library where you will find an array from which to choose from.

This home is designed to showcase the garden which is shared with the main house and it offers an array of activities. It is our pride and joy so you will be sure to enjoy all it has to offer. The jacuzzi is perfect for that evening glass of wine after enjoying a romantic dinner. There is wonderful BBQ area that has a bar where you can sit and sip a margarita, a dinning table with chairs to enjoy a delicious meal, a fire pit to sit around on those unusual chilly nights. You may want to get some exercise in and do a few laps in the pool or just float and soak in the serenity of this oasis. If you are a meditator or feel inspired to try it there is just the spot for you under the ficus tree in this specially designed meditation nook with its own buddha looking over you. Pull up a lounge chair with a good book, or go for a walk in the fruit tree orchard and see what’s in bloom! Regardless of what time of year you want to come, maybe you are a snowbird seeking some vitamin D, or just want a different setting other than a dull hotel room on your business trip, or want to explore San Diego We promise to treat you well, as this home is our sanctuary. You may find that you want to just retreat into this serene environment or explore the many places that San Diego has to offer. Either way we are sure you will want to make this a yearly pilgrimage!

We are native to San Diego and take pride in hosting so please call on us to help you design the perfect experience in the country’s finest city! This is a non-smoking environment. Email is the best form of contact or call us with requests for additional photos and any questions so we can help you begin planning your wonderful San Diego getaway.

More Details

Maria Helene Kraul
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Maria Helene Kraul

My name is Maria Helene, I grew up in this house, went to school in this neighborhood, and currently live here. I am an avid gardener and lover of nature!

Maria Helene Kraul purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Maria Helene Kraul chose Old Town

This is a beautiful ranch-style home nestled in one of Mission Hills' canyons. It overlooks part of Presidio Park and one of the San Diego Missions. I am a long-time resident of Mission Hills. I love my neighborhood and the city of San Diego. I feel privileged to open my home with guests and feel eager to share what I consider to be an oasis of peace within my small natural preserve!

What makes this cottage unique

This guest house is attached to the main house yet it is completely private. It sits at the end of a cul de sac therefore it is very private and quiet. The jewel and asset of this property is the garden. Here you can walk amongst fruit trees, sit under a large ficus and watch hummingbirds bath, watch red-tail hawks fly above, if your lucky you may spot great horned owls as they fly out over the canyon at dusk.


Old Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom overlooks the canyon and opens up to a patio which sits on the canyon.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Just a few extra things to consider... 1. There is only one car allowed per reservation 2. Only the amount of people requested per reservation are permitted to stay, NO EXTRA GUESTS. There will be a deduction from security deposit if not honored. 3. No parties or gatherings are allowed 4.CHECK OUT IS AT 9:00AM AND CHECK IN IS AT 3:00PM. We can be flexible with this, but If there are guests checking out the same day as guest checking in, the check-in is at 4:30pm and there are no exceptions made.


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Enchanting guest house nestled in a canyon!
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay at the guest house. Two years ago my husband and I stayed for a long weekend. We enjoyed touring San Diego but enjoyed the house just as much! As soon as I heard I would be coming back to San Diego for work conference I checked the vrbo site for guest house availability!! This work trip my sister and I stayed for two nights. Absolutely love this location, the gardens, pool and hot tub. It is a true sanctuary. Comfortable, quiet and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Middleton, WI

Great location, beautiful property and very private

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! We like urban hiking and enjoyed walking the hills, particularly down Pine to Ft Stockton to Hillcrest and Balboa Park.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful get-away spot!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night getaway in Marie Helene’s guest house. The grounds and garden were exquisite and the guest house also features its own private patio for dining and relaxing. The guesthouse is fully equipped and beautifully furnished. Our visit was too short to completely enjoy all the benefits of this special get-away, and it far exceeded our expectations. I heartily recommend it!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location on beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

This is a splendid property in the sought after and centrally located Mission Hills area of San Diego. The floor to ceiling windows in the bedroom overlooking the jungle landscaping of the property and adjacent canyon are second to none. The homeowner was also very helpful and friendly. We'd recommend this place all day long!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Safe neighborhood, just enough space.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable. Very clean. Lovely outdoor spaces. Will stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, AL

Our favorite place to stay in San Diego!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently enjoyed our second stay at the Casita in June, 2017.

We love staying here! The accommodations consist of a lovely living room with large screen TV and sound system, bedroom with expansive windows and a private patio. There is a small dining area and kitchenette that is well stocked with items needed for simple cooking. We did not cook preferring to dine out at SD's varied restaurants.The casita is very comfortable, nicely decorated and well maintained. The bed linens and bath linens are of good quality. The entrance to the guest casita is separate from the main house providing a private feel. Street parking is easy.

The most delightful feature of the guesthouse is that there is access to an absolutely lovely pool area and large, beautiful garden. These outdoor features are priceless.

The home is perfectly situated in Mission hills adjacent to the Presidio in a very central part of the city. The famous SD Zoo, Balboa Park and Old Town are an easy drive or ride share away. There are many fine restaurants in Mission Hills and nearby Hillcrest. The location near the harbor ensures comfortable temperatures on all but the hottest days. The accommodations do not include AC but we noticed space heaters, which we did not use.

Maria Helene is very pleasant to work with. If you are lucky you will meet her mother, Rosalba, who is the gracious owner of the home and the master gardener.

We often stay at places we find on Home Away. The casita is our favorite find.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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San Diego Zoo
By far the best zoo!!
Old Town
Great place to have some mexican food and margaritas! Walk around, listen to live mariachis!
Balboa Park
Gaslamp Quarter
Nearest Airport
4.8 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Casa de Reyes
Nearest Ferry
5.6 Miles
Coronado Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
River Run Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak, San Diego
Nearest Motorway
1.6 Miles
Interstate 8 and 5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Casa de Reyes
Nearest Beach
5.5 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: necessary

Mission Hills is a charming residential neighborhood. Great place to take long walks or runs. It is within walking distance to Old town, other local eateries, and shops!

ALSO: Follow this link for information about Monarch butterflies in Presido Park!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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