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Spacious 5 room suite at gated Tropical Oasis

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Double occupancy/sleeps 2)

A Couple's garden Hideaway just steps from Balboa Park -- offering 900 sq ft interior with private resort-like terrace for lounging and dining. Among its 5 rooms a comfortable Lounge w/ oversized windows, Modern kitchen with gas range, DW, & stacked washer/dryer, 2 bedrooms each w/ queen bed, and 1 bathroom w/tub-shower. Located on nearly an acre of lush tropical gardens this renovated 1920's Craftsman Compound is set among single family homes in one of San Diego's prized Uptown neighborhoods -- a garden Oasis in the heart of the City.

Keywords: 1920's Craftsman Compound offering 2 large Luxury Apartments

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Kent

I discovered this unique property 20 years ago while visiting from out of town, am the second owner since 1926. It took many years to restore and renovate its 16 rooms and multiple levels. The garden areas were essentially a blank canvas in need of a thoughtful plan and hundreds of suitable shrubs & trees. Ripe for a major Make Over -- this was an exciting project requiring the skills of many craftsmen. Today, in tune with tropically themed Balboa Park & its San Diego Zoo -- mature King Palms, Ginger, & Trumpet Vines flourish under the San Diego sun.

Kent purchased this villa in 1998

What makes this villa unique

If you are a traveling couple or individual seeking a well appointed, comfortable accommodation in a quiet residential neighborhood without the noise & congestion of Downtown or the beach communities... you might find this property ideal. Located between lively Hillcrest and trendy North Park, this Park adjacent community has charming bungalows, beautiful gardens, with easy access to major freeways and the International Airport.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted to thank you again for your hospitality this past week. We had a great time -- very relaxing! The weather was perfect for us -- we were loathe to come back to 105 + degrees. Your home is beautiful -- and I am in love with the back yard! Thank you again, Lyndsay
Jul 2009
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Car: recommended

1200 acre Balboa Park -- one of our nation's most beautiful city parks -- is just two houses away.... You can stroll its world famous Zoo, visit a dozen fine museums, attend award winning theaters, including the Old Globe, catch Imax feature films at the Planetarium, listen to outdoor concerts from the Spreckles Organ Pavilion featuring the largest outdoor organ in the world, and enjoy acres of specialty gardens, the Prado Restaurant, arboretum, and much more....


North Park Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 2 bedrooms - 2 queen
  • Both bedrooms have a queen bed. Sorry, maximum occupancy is two guests per suite. This Villa property offers two vacation suites.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Now with Central Air Conditioning


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Spacious 5 room suite at gated Tropical Oasis
average rating of 4.970588 based on 39 reviews

Just an all-around perfect fit!

  • 5 of 5

The location: 20 to 30 minutes from the airport, close to Balboa Park, Petco Park and The Convention Center. Old Town, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter and Coronado are a very short drive from the unit. Best of all you will find restaurants of all price ranges within a few blocks.

Take a 25 minute ride up route 5 to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for a short or long hike with wonderful views, and if you visit in the summer there's a great beach there too.

The accommodations: clean, comfortable, well equipped and the garden and terrace are just spectacular!

Kent the owner lives on the property and is available or not depending on your needs and wants. Service before and during our stay was A+.

Hope to come back to San Diego in the future, and would definitely rent from Kent again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edmond, Oklahoma

Secluded Getaway in the City

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property close to the Zoo, Balboa Park and minutes from everything else in San Diego. Rental had everything we needed to cook meals and plenty of great restaurants nearby for those days you don't feel like cooking. Relaxing atmosphere, nice patio to enjoy an evening outdoors. Owner was great, very responsive and easy to work with. We would definately stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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relaxing stay in san diego

  • 5 of 5

Excellent apartment with an efficient and easygoing owner and an outstanding garden. Great location: quiet, and spending time outside is positively tranquil. The apartment is spacious and comfortable and very well set up - you could easily live here permanently. It really does feel like a tropical hideaway, and we lived 25 years in Hawaii and know what this means. We want to return when I'm not in an orthopedic boot so we can explore the area more.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tropical Oasis!

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I just stayed at this vacation rental and we were just THRILLED with the home!!!!!!!! Kent was so friendly and made us feel completely comfortable and welcome!! The location was just outstanding and we felt like everything we wanted to see was within 10-15 minutes by car. The tropical garden that he has created made this rental a tropical garden oasis!!! The rental felt so safe, was very clean, and we just loved the veranda where we enjoyed our breakfasts and late afternoon drinks! We will definitely be telling our family and friends (well, maybe not since we want the place available for us ;~)) about this place and absolutely want to return. Thank you, Kent, for sharing this delightful property with us!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buffalo, NY

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time that I have stayed at one of Kent's properties. Each time I love it more and more. It feels like home. This past time we stayed in the lower unit and my son stayed in the upper unit. We love both properties. The grounds are beautiful and you can see that he takes pride in his grounds. The location is great. You are close to HillCrest and Northpark, the Zoo, Balboa and my favorite beach, Coronado Beach. We love coming back to his property. You feel safe and the neighborhood is very nice. You can park right in front of your unit, and it is steps to the locked gate. The furnishings are beautiful, and if I could of taken the mattress back to Buffalo, I would of. In fact, I looked to see what kind it was!!!! Having the washer and dryer in the unit is great, less to pack. We look forward to returning again, Kent is a wonderful host, and we love going to his properties. Once you stay with him, you will NEVER go to a hotel.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New look for an old friend...

  • 5 of 5

I've been staying at Kent's property for more than six years. On a recent visit I was delighted to find that he'd completely updated the Terrace unit: fresh light-colored paint, new wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs, a wonderfully cushy sofa, and a new entrance gate with vine-covered arbor. The sunlight and garden views are as glorious as ever, and Kent remains the best of hosts!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Stays of a month or longer are exempt from the Transient Occupancy Tax. For shorter stays -- City charges 10.5% Tax which we are required to collect.

50% Deposit by personal check then balance due in cash, bank check, or traveler's checks at time of arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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