Charming 1 Bedroom Cottage with Tropical Garden Near Gaslamp
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Golden Hill guest house description
Casita Encanto (Spanish for enchanted little house) is located in San Diego, California, near the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego. Casita Encanto is a charming, luxury, one bedroom, fully furnished cottaget, just 7 miles from downton San Diego in a unique, eclectic, semi-rural neighborhood. We are zoned agricultural with a 1/2 acre minimum lot requirement. Because of the zoning laws, there are no apartment buildings - just one house on each 1/2 acre. As a result, you feel like you are in the country, even though we're just a few miles away from the city. It is very quiet and peaceful here. You will not find any trendy restaurants in this neighborhood, but there are countless of them just a few miles away. We have been in this neighborhood for 19 years and absolutely love it. It is the best kept secret in all of San Diego - as far as I'm concerned.
When you step off the porch of the Casita, you are in the most beautiful, fragrant shade garden. Relax on your private redwood deck and enjoy the pleasure of watching hummingbirds and butterflies play. Smell the extraordinary perfume of the trumpet trees and night blooming jasmine. You can catch the morning sun on the upper deck or the middle deck. Sit and relax in the blue alcove and you will feel like you've been transported to some tropical jungle. Wander into the back yard or down into the fruit orchard and pick some ripe, organically grown fruit. If you are a bird lover, visit the aviary where we have cockateils and budgies. Because we are located in a subtropical environment, our gardens and plants are beautiful year round. We also have great nightime views. Imagine how wonderful it would be to get away from the cold and snow and spend some time here in warm, sunny San Diego. Have a romantic getaway or bring the kids. We can accomodate up to 6 people. Come stay for a few days, a week or a month.
Downtown San Diego is a vibrant, energetic area with many fine restaurants, live music venues and broadway theater. We are very close to Coronao Island and the Silver Strand Beach, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Petco Park, the Convention Center, Seaport Village, San Diego Harbor, the Embarcadero, Old Town, Mission Hills, and much more.
Keywords: Charming one bedroom cottage near the Gaslamp area of San Diego; great nightime views; sleeps up to 6; 125 nt/$700 week/$2500 month.
- 550 sq. ft.
- Guest House
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Considered:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Parking Off Street
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Hot Tub:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Porch / Veranda
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Wood Deck
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Roller Blading
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Rock Climbing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Botanical Garden
- Recreation Center
- Water Parks
- Theme Parks
- Live Theater
- Gambling Casinos
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Whale Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
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The Capt. and his Lady
The Capt. and his Lady
What can we add to the very favorable reviews listed above. Having lived in San Diego County for 50 years, the Encanto experience was delightful. The access to the major freeways made this a most desirable location for our visits to old friends. The surroundings enabled us to entertain friends. We were impressed with the gardens and the cleanliness of the Casita. We were used to "June Gloom" but the Casita's location was excellent for June weather. We can not say enough for the courtesy of the owners (and their guardian dogs). Having off-street parking was certainly a plus. When we return to the Mainland, we always pick a new place to stay. We would, without hesitation, recommend the Casita.
- Guest CINC (Kaikua-Kona, HI)
- Date of stay 06/05/13
- Review Submitted 06/26/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Very peaceful and convenient
Very peaceful and convenient
A fantastic property. The unit was clean and well supplied when we arrived and the owners are a joy to meet. The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen among the best equipped we've ever encountered. The whole unit is very comfortable and the deck was a fantastic place to relax in the evenings or have a spot of breakfast before heading out for the day. The location of the unit makes having a car a necessity, but being so equipped, you will find it to be very close to almost anything you may want to see in the area. The freeway is very close and it seemed we were able to get to almost all of our destinations within 10 minutes. Very convenient, and a small price to pay for absolute quiet and solitude in the evenings. Far better for travelers with small children who might appreciate a locale away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown. All said, we had a lovely time. The pictures don't lie; this is a very nice place to spend a few days, or preferably more! The garden is stunningly pretty and the dogs make great company (Hi, Oso & Mo!). Great value. If we're in the area, we'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
- Guest CanadianGuy (Canada)
- Date of stay 04/23/13
- Review Submitted 04/29/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
I've lived in San Diego for 30 years, so I know the area well (and adore it! beautiful, so much to see and do, and great weather.) I needed a place to hole up with my two sweet kitties for three days while my home was being tented. I wanted someplace fully-equipped so I didn't have to leave my kitties alone, easy to get to, yet secluded and very quiet -- a tall order for a tourist town like this. The Casita was perfect. It's charming, very comfortable, immaculate, and any noise came from birds singing happily in the beautiful gardens. I spent much of my time on my computer, and was pleased to find the internet service reliable and very high-speed. And, of course, one couldn't ask for nicer, more considerate hosts than Deborah and Jerry.
- Guest Sunny S.
- Date of stay 11/26/12
- Review Submitted 04/07/13
This little cottage is a delight. The property is so beautiful you may be tempted to lie in the hammock surrounded by flowers instead of going to the beach. It's very private, and the owners are friendly and helpful.
- Guest Becky (Tucson, AZ)
- Date of stay 08/01/12
- Review Submitted 08/13/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
My husband, our 22-month-old son and I stayed in Casita Encanto for two nights. We loved this apartment and its grounds. The lush gardens and outdoor spaces make this spot extra charming and tranquil. The space was absolutely perfect for our needs. Deborah had a Pack N Play ready for our son; the kitchen was fully stocked with essentials -- including a loaf of bread and milk in the fridge; the towels were plentiful in the bathroom; and the bedroom's linens were soft and comfortable. When our son went to sleep, my husband and I enjoyed a glass (or two) of wine of the porch of the casita. The porch is spacious and lined with white lights, and was a welcome escape from our not-so-tranquil lifestyle in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. We traveled to Coronado in less than 15 minutes; Petco Park in 10 minutes; and the Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla in about 20 minutes. This property if located conveniently from all that San Diego has to offer. Our son took a liking to Oso, Deborah's dog, and keeps asking me about "Oso's house." We are thrilled we chose the casita for our family getaway to San Diego and we hope to return again.
- Guest Amy F.
- Date of stay 08/07/12
- Review Submitted 08/12/12
We stayed at Deborah and Jerry's "enchanted casita" for a week. They were nice enough to accommodate our two little dogs. Boris, our 11-lbs Bichon became fast friend with Oso, the resident puppy who is at least five times his size. Deborah was so kind to let the dogs played in her front courtyard. They had a ball, literally and figuratively! We enjoyed the beautiful beaches and sights in San Diego with its wonderful weather and friendly people. It was so nice to be able to come back to a place where we could call "home" and relax after a long day of sight-seeing and running around. It beats staying in a hotel room anytime! If you are looking for a clean, comfortable, peaceful place to relax on your vacation, this is the place for you. And if you are a garden enthusiast, you will find yourself basking in heaven. And above all, Deborah and Jerry are such gracious hosts who did their best to make our stay most comfortable while staying in the background. Thanks for a lovely stay!
- Guest Katherine M. (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
- Date of stay 07/20/12
- Review Submitted 08/07/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Casita Encanto - Home Away from Home
Casita Encanto - Home Away from Home
We stayed at Casita Encanto for a week in July. There were three of us, including our 18 month old son. This was the first "real" vacation we've taken as a family and so were somewhat nervous about spending a full week away from home. Casita Encanto couldn't have been a better fit for us. Deborah and Jerry were wonderful hosts and super helpful with suggestions as to good places to visit, eat, etc. The cottage itself is adorable and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. My husband and I each enjoyed a few afternoon naps in the hammock hanging in the gardens when we needed a break from sight-seeing :) Our son loved exploring everything and especially loved bonding with Oso, Deborah and Jerry's dog. You can't beat the location either - we went to Coronado, La Jolla, Sea World, the SD Zoo & Safari Park and were never more than a 1/2 hour from Casita Encanto. In fact, many attractions, including downtown San Diego and the harbor, are only a quick 15 minute drive away. Many thanks to Deborah and Jerry for helping us create wonderful memories of our first family vacation.
- Guest Andrew, Claire & Liam (Minneapolis, MN)
- Date of stay 07/14/12
- Review Submitted 08/01/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
My wife and I, and are little dog, stayed at casita encanto for 6 nights. This is like a small a botanical garden with flowers, plants, and fruit trees. It is simply gorgeous. I loved waking up early in the morning, sitting on the poarch drinking coffee and watching the humming birds and butterflies "doing their thing." It is like an oasis, tucked away, and out of sight from others. Deborah, the owner and hostess was very accommodating. Oso, her dog, stole my heart. I'm grateful that we found this place. I would love to come and stay here again. Hans
- Guest Hans O. (Chandler, Arizona)
- Date of stay 07/08/12
- Review Submitted 07/18/12
Like the botanical gardens!
Like the botanical gardens!
This is the most fabulous of the vacation rentals we have stayed at. (We've stayed in Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples, Italy) Deborah and her husband were most gracious hosts who were concerned about our comfort. The gardens were fabulous. It was like staying in the professional botanical gardens. The boys (ages 12 and 15)loved the hot tub and the dog, who was VERY friendly. :-)
- Guest Rhonda S. (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
- Date of stay 05/24/12
- Review Submitted 06/09/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Our stay at Casita Encanto was very relaxing. The garden area is so beautiful. Everything was provided and very clean. Our host was very considerate and provided items to make are stay enjoyable. I would recommend this lovely cottage to our family and friends.
- Guest judy (grass valley Ca)
- Date of stay 05/28/12
- Review Submitted 06/03/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway.
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Nov 19 - Jun 30, 2014
2 night min stay
Jul 1 - Aug 31
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
- Tax Rate 11.05%
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- Nearest Airport: Lindberg Field at 10 Miles
Year Purchased: 1992
About the owner: My husband Jerry and I bought our house in 1992. We built a granny flat for my mother-in-law. She lived there until just recently when we moved her into a board and care at the age of 96. We have remodeled the granny flat and it is now Casita Encanto. We have a beautiful, unique piece of property close to downtown San Diego and thought that we would like to share this wonderful place with people from all over the world.
The Unique Benefits at this Guest House:
Casita Encanto is extremely comfortable. The furniture is comfortable. The beds are comfortable. The towels are absorbant and soft. The colors are soothing. The entertainment system is state-of-the-art. The best part is the beauty of the gardens, the quiet of the neighborhood, and the feeling that you have been transported into a tropical hideaway. We are less than 10 minutes away from the Gaslamp District which has countless 4 and 5 star restaurants, live theater and great music venues. We are also close to Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Petco Park, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Island, to name just a few of great San Diego tourist areas.
- Primary: 619-263-5203
- Secondary: 619 813-0644
pathway leading to Casita Encanto
view from the Casita's deck
Kitchen looking out of french doors onto private deck
bedroom with a 2" foam topper - very comfortable
The most comfortable chair in the world!
6 person chemical-free hot tub
sun deck overlooking our neighborhood
my dog Oso in backyard of the Casita
Backyard shade garden
Kitchen has plenty of counter space, convection toaster oven, microwave, etc.
living room - its not really this dark. Just hard to get a good picture.
staircase leading to upper level with gazebo, table and chairs and fire pit
Our tropical back garden
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