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The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat Welcomes Children and Pets!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-8)

Enjoy this beautiful mountain home located in a quiet, wooded neighborhood two miles east of Julian's historic township. Our architecturally-designed vacation home sits high in a family of oaks just steps away from panoramic desert views. Experience a sense of living in the trees while you relax to the sounds of gentle mountain breezes!

The home's knotty-pine interior includes a dramatic vaulted ceiling and attractive lighting that reflect the ambience of Julian's art community. Artwork lines a stairway that leads to a guest sleeping loft. Our home is pleasingly furnished with many new, comfortable pieces that include a queen-size bed, a double-size bed, and two full-size sleeping futons in the livingroom. We provide the firewood for the wood-burning stove. The home has central heating, central air conditioning, ceiling fans, and many windows for natural air circulation. There is plenty of private parking on this spacious property.

High speed DSL Internet sevice is now available for your personal computer.

Free phone service is available throughout the U.S.A.

Well-mannered pet dogs are welcome with the owner's prior approval. Our property now has a large, fenced (six feet high) area in back of the house where guests can exercise their dogs in an enclosed environment. Dogs may also stay inside the house with their owners. Dogs should be current on their immunizations.

You can use the front deck for outside dining and bird-watching. You may also be visited by our local wildlife families of turkeys, deer, raccoons, bobcats, and foxes. Bring your cameras!

Located at an elevation of 4,450 feet above sea level, the historic gold mining town of Julian is located one hour east of coastal San Diego. San Diegans and out-of-town visitors enjoy its unique proximity to state, national and county parks with plentiful hiking and riding trails. The picturesque Anza Borrego Desert is situated just to the east of us. Beautiful Lake Cuyamaca, available for fishing enthusiasts, lies twenty minutes south. You can use your Julian location to take day trips to these nearby attractions throughout the year.

Situated within areas of apple orchards, Julian is well-known for its delicious apple pies, wine-tasting, sense of history, romantic surroundings, and old goldmine. The township has maintained its historic buildings, that now house good restaurants, boutiques, and old-time melodrama entertainment.

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Nada Grigsby
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Nada Grigsby

I am a San Diego County native who has recently retired from a career as a community college counselor. I have also enjoyed careers in secondary school teaching and social work with the County of San Diego. My family and I enjoy staying at this beautiful vacation home, where we celebrate special family occasions and holidays. We love the beautiful Julian area, and the unique historic quality of Julian's old gold-mining town.

Nada Grigsby purchased this house in 2005

Why Nada Grigsby chose San Diego County

I fell in love with this property when it was on the market early in the 2000s. I had accompanied a close friend who was looking to purchase this home for retirement. The wooded neighborhood, proximity to town, and beautiful house interior left a great impression on me! When the home became available for purchase in 2005, I bought the house and the vacant, adjacent 1/3 acre in back of the house.

What makes this house unique

The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat has a unique, beautiful interior. The tongue-in grove pine paneling, vaulted living room ceiling, and open beam kitchen ceiling give this home a one-of-a- kind elegance. Although we have neighbors, the home is quite private. The home is situated on a hillside, and looks out into the surrounding trees. My rental guests and my visiting relatives enjoy watching wildlife from the front deck of the house. We love to watch the many migrating birds, turkeys, and deer.

As an owner, I have continued to upgrade this home's quality and comfort. I had a circular drive added several years ago, and added a new parking area. The home was recently painted, and has had a new furnace installed. Our central air conditioning is a great asset on warmer days.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a great time during our stay in Julian. The town is wonderful, and we really enjoyed your cabin (I love knotty pine!!!). Thank you so much for letting us stay here! We will definitely come back here next time we stay in the area."
Jul 2009
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Julian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen-size bed is in the bedroom., Double Beds (1) Double-size bed is in the sleeping loft., Sleep Sofa or Futons There is a queen size sofa sleeper in the living room, and a full size sleeping futon in the living room
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
Free long distance phone service throughout the U.S.A. High Speed DSL Internet Serv ice Available. Weekly housekeeping service for stays of over one week. Hardwood Floors; Many windows; Warm Brick Hearth; Artistic interior design.


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The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat Welcomes Children and Pets!
average rating of 4.7636366 based on 61 reviews
Lakewood CA

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time at this very nice house.

Its nice and close to town. We will stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting your review! We invite you to stay again at our beautiful vacation home during the year 2008, with a 10% discount for a weekend stay, and a 15% discount off the weekly rate. Best Wishes for a great new year!
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Wonderful visit! Quiet, spacious, with plenty of things to do.

  • 5 of 5

Property was just as described. Wonderful, quiet neighborhood with lots of outdoor exploring opportunities for our two children. House itself was stocked with all the little things to make our stay perfect (wood & matches for the fireplace, pans for cooking, plenty of blankets, etc.). We had a great time and can't wait to comeback!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Lovely Julian Mountain Retreat provides a great place to stay. Our home is very clean, comfortable, and close to the historic gold-mining town of Julian. The Julian area is a wonderful place to explore. It is surrounded by national, state, and country parks that have beautiful hiking and riding trails. Many visitors enjoy our precious wildlife, such as wild turkeys, migrating birds, and deer. We have wine vineyards and apple orchards, along with wine tasting and delicious apple pies. Thank your for your review. You have been great guests!
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Clean all utilities included quite nice

  • 5 of 5

The owner makes it so comfortable to stay in have Lil ones and they loved it. I came 10 years ago then 2 years after that and I love that it hasn't changed and they make our stay so easy.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angie, You are consistent in being a wonderful guest! I look forward to the possibility of your repeat stay. Nada Cathleen, owner
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Imperial beach

So cozy and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

i booked this trip back in September for a birthday get away in December with my boyfriend and my fur kids. I don't like to travel much because I have a hard time leaving my dogs with someone, and I really appreciated the fact that nada allowed my dogs to stay in her home. Just a little over a week before our stay, a pipe burst in our kitchen and flooded our home. this trip was especially needed to get out of the house while repairs were being made. Nada was so understanding she let us extend our stay!

We stayed at the tail end of fall and it's really starting to get cold in Julian. The house does hold the heat in pretty well. We lit fires, and kept a tea kettle on top of the burning stove to keep it warm. we really didn't need the central heat on because of the fact that it stays pretty cozy inside.

We walked our dogs several times a day and got to know some of the friendly neighbors in the neighborhood. Also, the house isn't far from town at all; we got to explore the Main Street and ate at some of the restaurants during our stay. However; the house has almost everything you need to cook if you wanted to make something at home.

Nada provides toiletries and fresh towels. The house is fully stocked with blankets sheets and pillows. I brought my own detergent and softener but nada also provides that for your laundry.

I'm looking forward to staying again! Nada is such a sweet lady and her home is so beautiful. I had the pleasure of personally meeting her on my stay there. She wanted to make sure we were fully stocked and that the drive way was secure and safe after a huge windstorm knocked a tree out of her driveway.

If I had one thing I would change...and really this is so minimal, on my next trip, my boyfriend and I discussed bringing a tv. Although we explored a lot, we still love our movie watching. The tv at the house is a little small. A big plus to it though is that there is wifi!! So if you have a smart device it does hook up to the tv she provides. My Apple TV worked perfectly. We had Netflix, Hulu and we streamed movies from my iPad.

We had a great time there I hope to make it back in february! This place really did feel like home.

Thank you nada for such a beautiful experience, we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your beautiful, detailed review. I have decided to install a larger T.V. screen in the living room. Best Wishes, Nada Grigsby, owner
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Great house and loft. Loved the desert view at the end of the street. Nada is a great host !

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I had a blast! We loved the house and the neighborhood was quiet and relaxing. Great loft! The beautiful view of the desert was just a short walk to the end of the street. Nada was a great host and allowed us our privacy as well. There are plenty of towels, blankets and the kitchen was fully stocked. The pots and pans could use some updating and would have enjoyed a larger TV but all in all a fantastic getaway. Terri & Wally

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such great guests! I look forward to the possibility of your return stay in the future. Nada Grigsby, owner
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Clean and Comfortable - Top Marks!

  • 5 of 5

This retreat is just that...the perfect getaway down a quiet, tree-lined street right outside the quaint town of Julian with great food and trails nearby. The cabin is VERY clean - better than any we've stayed in by far - and the accomodations are excellent. It's great to have the choice between central air/heat and the fireplace. Nada Cathleen is gracious host, very responsive and considerate. We plan to return soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your guest review, which is a great help to future rental guests. You have been very considerate guests. I look forward to your return in the future!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
two miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Wine-tasting; Gold-Mine tours; Carriage Rides; Live Old West Dramas; Cuyamaca Lake Fishing and Paddle Boats; Unique proximity to forest and desert park lands and wilderness preserves provides many hiking trails and areas for exploration. Wildlife viewing. Visit our Julian Wolf Preserve!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Standard Cleaning $60
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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