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Beautiful Craftsman*Perfect for Couples, Family & Groups*Central to All SD Sites

Kensington, San Diego, CA, USA
  • House1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights

5 large rooms, 2 bedrooms+, 1.25 baths, walkable community, near restaurants etc

Close to all San Diego fun! Very central location. Walkable neighbourhood with lots of restaurants, coffee shops and breweries.

Recently refurbished, but maintaining the charming Craftsman quality, this 2 bedroom bungalow sleeps 8+, with plenty of room for additional air mattresses & sleeping bags. The master bedroom, with its own powder room, has double french doors leading out to a secluded red brick patio. It also offers a dedicated work/office space with wifi available.

The second bedroom is set for a group, with beds for 4 plus a "kid's hideaway" complete with toys and a toddler bed. It also has a separate entrance from the patio with a table and chairs to enjoy the beautiful San Diego weather. Bring a wrap for cooler mornings and evenings.

The entertainment room has a comfy daybed, suitable for lounging during the day and ready to clear as a third sleeping space. There is a 42" t.v. and a game table with oodles of board games & jigsaw puzzles.

The newly replaced double paned windows throughout allow lots of glorious light and natural ventilation.

The kitchen has maintained its quaint charm with original cabinets and "penny tile" counters. However, it has all the modern conveniences, including gas stove, microwave, coffeemaker, blender, etc. It is a large kitchen with a long white wooden table to seat 10 people. Perfect for family/group meals.

The gracious front room features an original Batchelder tile fireplace (non-operable) - a true art treasure. There is wall to wall built-in wooden bookcases, filled with books for your reading pleasure. Please feel free to take a paperback home.

Beautiful renewable bamboo floors flow throughout.

There is a long concrete slanted driveway, but only street parking is allowed, so all tenants have easy access to the back patio. The property has 3 units, so the patio & driveway are communal spaces. Do not park in the driveway. There is available street parking.

The house is located in the historic community of Kensington, established in 1920. It is walking distance to dozens of bars & restaurants, including Ponce's, which was established in 1946 and is still run by the original family, offering delicious, authentic Mexican food. It's a 3 block stroll to the farmer's market style grocery store, a Starbuck's and just a little further the historic Ken Cinema, still showing movie classics.

It is literally minutes from Highway 15 and Interstate 8, making it less than ten minutes to Balboa Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo. 15 minutes to downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter for a busy nightlife scene, 20 minutes to amazing southern beaches and 40 minutes to the mountains. Lots of theatre and art.

Speaking of art, the walls of this 1400 square foot house are hung with original art by award-winning California artists. Interested in purchasing something? Just inquire!

There is no alley access, which contributes to the quiet, peaceful nature of this lovely, gracious space. Following an afternoon of relaxing on the patio, guests can enjoy walking dinner in any of the multitude restaurants, only moments away. Also nearby are a library and park with a playground. You may never want to go home!


Susan Mae

Member Since 2017
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Susan Mae

Susan Mae, a fourth-generation native San Diegan, holds an associate of arts degree in fine arts, with honours in painting. She established Ladybug Art Studio in 1974, providing custom art to businesses, corporations, colleges and the general public. Hull taught art for various organizations and continues to offer beginning-level private instruction in most mediums. She is an award-winning artist and photographer, a teacher, lecturer, author and master calligraphist. She recently published her first book, ADVENTURE with Barney. Hull wrote, lettered and illustrated the book which features the youngest of her four grandchildren. She transformed her retail gallery into an Airbnb in the spring of 2017, allowing enjoy life more while pursuing her passion for art and writing


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed, Bunk bed with double on bottom and single on top
      • Master Bedroom
        Beautiful, airy bedroom with comfortable king sized bed. New double french doors open up to a shared brick patio with a BBQ and seating. Bunkhouse Bedroom: Bunk bed with double on bottom and single on top. Second single platform bed in the room. Small room off to the side with play area, toys and toddler bed. Huge room with space for an air mattress to sleep even more. This room has its own entrance and a lovely patio set right outside to enjoy the amazing San Diego weather. A ceiling fan, bookshelf with plenty to read and a chest of drawers.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, Power room off master bedroom. Sink and toilet.
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Spa-like quality with new tile
      • New fixtures.


        • Family
        • Historic
        • Romantic
        • Sports & Activities
        • Tourist Attractions


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                • Internet
                • Fireplace
                  Vintage but not practical. Enjoy the beautiful candles.
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                  Big open room with comfortable seating, including a rocking chair. The couch can be used to sleep another person.
                • Parking
                  Street parking. Do not park in the driveway. It is shared space with the other units on the property.
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine


                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Kitchen
                      Vintage kitchen with modern appliances. 1920 plumbing does not allow for a dishwasher. Please leave the kitchen clean.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                      With freezer.
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          A Large table in eat in kitchen. Perfect for family/group meals
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 10 people


                            • Books
                              Lots of books throughout the house. Feel free to take a paperback home!
                            • Games
                              Tons of board games and puzzles in the entertainment room.
                            • Television
                              New 42" smart TV
                            • Toys
                              In the mini-playroom. Toddler bed in this space as well.


                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Two seating areas for your enjoyment
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  Unique garden in front of house.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  New BBQ.
                                • Water Sports Gear
                                  Boogy boards and surf board available. Beach chairs and umbrella too. Please request prior to arrival.


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                        • museums
                                        • arboretum
                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • festivals
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • library
                                        • live theater
                                        • marina
                                        • botanical garden
                                        • playground
                                        • recreation center
                                        • restaurants
                                        • synagogues
                                        • theme parks
                                        • water parks
                                        • winery tours
                                        • zoo

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • outlet shopping
                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • gambling casinos
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • miniature golf
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • paddle boating
                                            • photography
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking
                                            • whale watching

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • Babysitter
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • deepsea fishing
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • golf privileges optional
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hot air ballooning
                                                    • ice skating
                                                    • jet skiing
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • paragliding
                                                    • parasailing
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • racquetball
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • roller blading
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                    • snorkeling
                                                    • snorkeling/diving
                                                    • sound/bay fishing
                                                    • surf fishing
                                                    • surfing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water skiing
                                                    • wind-surfing


                                                        • There is an entertainment room with a daybed suitable for lounging during the day and providing additional sleeping quarters at night. San Diego is a cultural hub. Tons of things to do! Many brochures available onsite. If you need any suggestions or help planning your trip, please ask! Let us know your interests and we can make specific suggestions and give advice to get the most out of your vacation. Be sure to check out the Top 10 Things to do in San Diego on Trip Advisor.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          5 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Great location, adorable house

                                                          Megan I.

                                                          This is a great home in a really cute neighborhood. You can walk to get foo, coffee or beer and wine. This home is also centrally located. We will definitely stay here again.

                                                          Perfect location

                                                          Kelly M.

                                                          We discovered Susan's house as we were looking for a downtown San Diego vacation. We have a large family and needed beds for each of our kids and another room for some separation between parents and kids. Susan's home was very comfortable and even had a small room with a toddler size bed for my 3 year old, complete with toys for her as well. Communication was excellent and this was one of our best experiences with VRBO to date. She was even understanding of my crazy kids who broke her coffee pot and was more concerned about whether we could find a coffee shop than her broken pot! Highly recommended!

                                                          Awesome house and location.

                                                          Marisa S.

                                                          Susan and Lyle were very responsive to our requests! Thanks so much🙂

                                                          Beautiful and welcoming home in charming Kensington neighborhood.

                                                          Travis F.Austin, TX

                                                          Susan's home is absolutely charming and had everything we needed for a pleasant stay while there. We were greeted with a charming note and plenty of water and snacks. My only request for the future would be curtains or blinds for the French doors and window in the master bedroom, however this was an easy fix with all the curtains around the home. Will definitely rent from Susan again in the future.

                                                          Artistic and beautiful

                                                          Tu P.

                                                          An extremely welcoming home in a very artistic neighborhood. The owner is an artist so you will see paintings everywhere around house. We had a very pleasant stay and would definitely come by again.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          we are very glad that you enjoyed your time in Kensington.

                                                          we love our space & are happy for the opportunity to share it.

                                                          best regards,



                                                          Kensington, San Diego, CA, USA

                                                          Centrally located to just about anything you could want to do on a vacation. Literally 5 minutes to highway 15 and interstate 8, your lifeline to San Diego's myriad of attractions. Everything one needs is nearby, including a UPS store, a "farm-fresh grocery", a community park with playground, and medical clinic. If you want more adventure... we are only 15 minutes from Balboa Park (lots of museums) and the World Famous San Diego Zoo, 20 minutes from beautiful, world-class beaches and 30 minutes from the back country hills. Downtown nightlife and the historic Hotel del Coronado (where Frank Baum was inspired to write The Wizard of Oz) offer unique entertainment. Stroll the historic Kensington district where you can dine at Ponce's, family run since 1946, offering authentic Mexican food & a great Cantina. The neighborhood is crammed with modern restaurants & bars, coffee shops, and the vintage Ken Cinema- still showing classic movies. Nearby is Old Town, where California began, with great shopping and Mexican dining. San Diego is a treasure trove of history. Consider exploring the Presidio. Also within driving distance are two internationally acclaimed theatres, The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, often playing Broadway-bound productions! Literally minutes from highway 15 and interstate 8, this enchanting craftsman bungalow is truly centrally located. And then, there is the wonderful weather. Don't forget to bring a wrap for the evenings! For more things to do in San Diego visit this website: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60750-Activities-San_Diego_California.html

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