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Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7)

The former home of a writer and educator, this 1920's bungalow has been completely restored to provide a very comfortable stay at America's finest beach. Just steps from the boardwalk and beach (three houses from the boardwalk) and near Belmont Park and the Roller Coaster, the house comes equipped with all you will need for the perfect vacation. Boogie board,kayak, beach chairs, sand toys, garage parking and an extra outdoor shower.

The master bedroom has a queen bed and flat screen TV. The second bedroom has bunk beds with a single and double. The comfortable futon in the living room makes into a double, where there is another flat screen TV and IPod/CD music player. We also have a Pack N Play for your toddler.

The shelves are lined with over 300 quality books of all varieties. I keep the prices very affordable compared to any other stand alone house in Mission Beach, so it books out very well. Many people really like this historic-style cottage feel rather than 'all-the-same' condos that line much of the beach, and for good reason. The hard-wood floors and Dutch-door in the front provide a nostalgic step back in time, while enjoying the upgrades to the cottage over the years.

When our kids are grown we're moving back in!! So come enjoy the Mission Beach Cottage while you can. :)

World famous Sea World is five minutes away and the San Diego Zoo is ten minutes. World class dining can be enjoyed in downtown's Gaslamp Quarter, a ten minute drive. Mission Beach offers nightly sunsets, biking, sailing, rollerblading, surfing, boating, a roller coaster and the country's most entertaining people-watching.

Book now, for the vacation you deserve.

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David Simmonds
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About David Simmonds

I first moved to San Diego to go to San Diego State University and landed in Mission Beach, thinking 'why would I ever want to leave here'. Eventually, I was able to buy this house where my wife and I lived for ten years before starting a family. Now we have been vacation renting it for 14 years with plans to move back in when the kids are off to college.

David Simmonds purchased this house in 1990

Why David Simmonds chose Mission Beach

One thing that attracted me to buy this house is its location so close to the beach and boardwalk. And it is a single family home with no attached homes, on its own lot. We also loved the historic value in an era when so many others are building new condos.

What makes this house unique

Having a single-family house on its own lot is a huge benefit. There are no common walls and you aren't sharing the yard with anyone. The proximity to the boardwalk and sand is a big plus, too, for a fraction of the price of the oceanfront properties which have very little privacy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay at this restored vintage cottage was perfect for my husband and I and our two girls. I am the GM at a very popular hotel in SoCal and my standards are very high. Dave's Beach Cottage is just what we needed for a quick trip by the sea. We loved the authentic feel and original touches, and the open-air feel of the Dutch door leading to the front patio. The house is filled with great books and the boogie boards and kayak got a lot of use. This was so much better than staying in one of the cookie cutter condos that you find all over the beach. We will definitely return! 5 Stars!!
Aug 2017
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Mission Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pack N Play, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon in living room makes into a double, Bunk Beds (1) Double on bottom, single on top
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beach chairs, Kayak, Boogie boards, Patio furniture, sand toys, beach umbrella


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(66 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.4545455 based on 67 reviews

Charming house in the heart of Mission Beach

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. A quick walk to Belmont Park to entertain the kids on days that were too cloudy for the beach. The ocean is just a few feet away. The owner was incredibly responsive and accommodating. We read comments about ants and prepared by refrigerating most items and we never encountered any problems. We would highly recommend this adorable house to anyone looking for a true San Diego beach house. We'd love to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tanks, Hilary. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope we see you again in the future.
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Darling cottage! Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

House was much closer to the beach than we were expecting which was a nice surprise- short walking distance to Belmont Park, shops, and food. Our family of five slept comfortably. It was nice to have a washer and dryer available- be sure to bring your own detergent. You can't beat the price for this location!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great spot

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Cool little house. Second time we have stayed and we will do it again.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for family, close to beach and Belmont amusement park

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place. Not fancy, but charming. Perfect for our family.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was pretty much exactly the way he explained it in the description.

  • 4 of 5

It was a quaint cozy lottle beach home very vintage and gives you that feel. Any issues that we had were addressed and responded to immediately. Overall we very much enjoyed our stay! My family of 5 had a great tine on mission beach.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Killer location, cozy spot to hang.

  • 5 of 5

Great stay. Stones throw from the beach and walking distance to tons of great nightlife (Beachcomber, Sara's). Good access in and out of the area as well. I actually wish I had more time to spend just hanging out in the house reading books in the nook but that's not what this mini-vacation was about.

Cheers and enjoy!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
San Diego Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mission Bay
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

5 minutes to Sea World, ten minutes to San Diego Zoo, ten minutes Downtown Gaslamp Quarter, 10 minutes to La Jolla, 5 minutes to many bars and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
cleaning fee $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

Add 11.05% tax and $70 cleaning fee. One week minimum Saturday to Saturday in summer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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