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Spacious Tree top Suite at Balboa Park villa

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


About the property

Upper floor Craftsman Suite (900 sq ft and Central AC)

A gated tropical Oasis just steps from Balboa Park -- this restored 1926 Craftsman Compound offers two 900 sq ft vacation suites, each designed for a visiting couple or individual. The upper level Bungalow Suite has been restored to its original Arts & Crafts style with wood moldings, refinished oak floors, oversized wood windows, charming veranda, plus central air conditioning. A private gate opens to its tropical courtyard w/ fountain & vine covered pergola with stairway leading up to its front covered porch. The large Living Room has comfortable chenille sofa and leather recliner, fine antiques, and large flat screen TV with Hi Def cable programming. Beyond lies a fully remodeled & appointed Kitchen w/stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. Down the hall a spacious Master -- with premier quality king bed, dresser, & writing desk. All rooms have large picture windows overlooking the gardens below. The bathroom has been remodeled w/glazed Italian tiles, and features its original soaking tub plus tiled stall Shower. Featured in San Diego's Save Our Heritage Organization's Tour of historic homes and surrounded by nearly an acre of tropical gardens -- this unique Craftsman style Compound offers visiting couples a tranquil Oasis in the middle of the city. Located just five minutes from Downtown's Gaslamp District, popular Hillcrest, or trendy North Park with Coronado's famous beaches just 2 freeway exits away -- its location can't be beat.

Keywords: Luxurious Upper Floor Apartment in 1920's Residential Duplex

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Kent

I purchased this property 18 years ago and spent two years restoring the 3 level structure and planting the gardens. I was honored to have it featured in the 2007 Historic Tour of San Diego homes... I am also a Realtor and home design & garden Consultant. Began home remodeling homes 35 years ago. Am happy to offer insider tips on great places to visit/best local restaurants, have shown real estate and sold several homes to visiting guests, as well. Dozens have become annual guests, reserving weeks or months here annually, becoming close personal friends.

Kent purchased this house in 1998

Why Kent chose North Park

Covering 3 residential lots -- the mature gardens offer a sense of peaceful seclusion rarely found this close to Downtown San Diego.

What makes this house unique

The expansive gardens and our central location are among its special features. The unexpected scale of the property, well disguised from the street, startles most visitors. A special treat are the visiting wildlife - whether roosting in trees or drinking from the fountains... hawks, owls, parrots, squirrels, hummingbirds, even an occasional fox.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Each time my wife & I return to this perfectly appointed and warm Craftsman home in the perfect location (minutes to Balboa Park, Coronado, Hillcrest, Downtown, shopping -- everything!) we feel like second-home owners ourselves, as we sip our coffee in our private hummingbird- and fountain-filled garden. Seriously, we dream about this place when we're not there! And the bed is so perfect, we're getting a duplicate for our own home. Robert & Linda, Bozeman Montana
May 2011
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North Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • This is a "Quiet enjoyment" property so best suited for couples or individuals seeking a tranquil residential setting. Property is for guests only.
  • Please remove street shoes at the doorstep. This sensible custom as practiced in Canada, Japan, & Hawaii is taking root in California.
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Stall shower plus original cast iron soaking tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed (1) 600 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private Gated Entry, Secured Compound, and a variety of private outdoor areas for dining, reading, sunbathing, and lounging.


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Spacious Tree top Suite at Balboa Park villa
average rating of 4.976744 based on 44 reviews
Burlington, Vermont, USA

A Gem in the Heart of San Diego

  • 5 of 5

This lovely property is spacious, comfortable and quiet; the perfect home away for our three-week stay in San Diego. The suite is spotless and well maintained and the presence of an on-sight owner/manager was a bonus. Kent was on hand to welcome us and always available if we had questions. We found the posting photos and property description wholly accurate – and, if anything, understated. Appliances are quality, furniture substantial and everything is in perfect operating order.

To our great surprise and delight, we found the house surrounded by a mature landscaped garden that rewarded us with beautiful garden views from every window. Even at night its presence is apparent, with spotlights accenting various garden features. So nice! We also loved the fountain in our private courtyard that lulled us to sleep each night and in the morning drew hummingbirds. We could watch them bathe while sipping coffee on the balcony just a few feet above. I mean, this place is special!

And all of this is but a few minutes’ drive to Balboa Park, museums, restaurants, supermarket, downtown and Old Town and the interstate that connects to everything. So conveniently located! Timken Museum in Balboa Park is a jewel; free admission and an app that narrates its small but stellar collection makes for a nice morning.

We found THE best tacos on the planet at The Taco Stand in La Jolla. Once you eat there, you’ll understand why there’s an almost ever-present line. It moves quickly, so don’t give up. I liked the chicken taco with cilantro and chipotle sauce. Another great lunch stop is Oscar’s Mexican Seafood just down from Ralph’s supermarket on University. The Fisherman’s Torta is their #1 item and enough for two. Don’t miss it! Look for house made sauces in the beverage cooler.

Bottom line, this is a great place to call home, both inside and out. Lucky are the guests who can secure a booking here.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A tropical paradise. Quiet and private.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. The access to this property in North Park neighborhood was initially appeared to us rather confusing because this area of San Diego is full of small gullies and dead-end road. We quickly figured out our way around to various cites in the city. It has a direct access to University St. and Hillcrest neighborhood full of stores and restaurants, and once our landlord Kent shows us a short cut to 6th St, the major NS street, anywhere we had to go in the city was 10-15 minutes away. Every room in our second floor unit, even the bathroom, had a view of the garden densely planted with tropical plants. We had our own private courtyard and a balcony looking over a beautiful stone fountain with the perpetually bubbling water where humming birds came to bath. Our Craftsman style interior was spacious: a large living room with comfortable seatings, a bedroom with ample space around a king-side bed furnished with a writing table, a chest of drawers and armouir. The kitchen was off the living room; a dining table with two chairs, a small utility island in the center and appliances against two walls. Every thing was fully functional. Because the weather was cooler than we had expected we had to turn on the central heater, which provided the warmth especially in the bedroom and bathroom. It was an ideal accommodation for our six day stay in the city. We hope to return to San Diego again and, we would enjoy staying here.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Home by Balboa Park

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at this remarkable tropical property. Kent gave us a valuable orientation of his 1900's Mission style home and area. This home is central to all parts of San Diego. You're very close to the world famous Zoo, Sea World, Gastown, Old San Diego, Midway and the beaches. The home is very comfortable with all amenities including washer and dryer. Thanks, Kent, for sharing your tropical oasis with us. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for your recent stay and the excellent review. Much appreciated!!
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Great location, spacious, and private.

  • 5 of 5

One of the best stays that we've ever had! Only a short walk to the zoo, Balboa park, and local sites. Easy parking. The suite was well-kept, easy to get to, and centrally located. Kent, the owner was extremely accessible and very nice. We would highly recommend this location to couples wanting to visit San Diego.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review. It was a pleasure meeting you, and having you here at the property!
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

The property is really nice, well furnished and well taken care of. The area was perfect for us, close to Balboa Park, the Zoo and within walking distance to quite a few places to eat and get a drink. The big plus for us was a pair of bicycles available for our use. We are avid bicyclists so we peddled to most of our destinations. We rode downtown, explored the park and lots of the surrounding areas. Our week went by way too quickly and if we visit San Diego again one of Kent's properties in this little compound will be our first choice.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stay here while in San Diego!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked this unit fairly late so I was surprised it was even available - especially given all of the previous 'excellent' reviews. And it did not disappoint! Kent met us at the door and showed us around the property which was absolutely stunning. Attention to every detail, our spacious top floor apartment had everything we needed. The in-unit laundry was handy to have as was the spacious parking. A quiet oasis not far from the Park, we found it to be centrally located to everything we wanted to do. University Street had numerous bars and restaurants. Lots of options. Great farmer's market on Thursday evening for fresh produce and other goodies. Would recommend a car if you want to sight see, but the buses seemed to be easy to navigate. Definitely spend a day at the San Diego Zoo and touring the many museums of Balboa Park. Old Town was entertaining for an afternoon. There really wasn't a park of San Diego we didn't like. When we return we hope to be able to stay here again. Thanks Kent for sharing your beautiful property with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Walk to Alexander's, voted one of City's 25 Best!
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Coronado Island
Car: recommended

Historic Craftsman compound adjacent 1200 acre Balboa Park and just 5 minutes from Downtown, 10 minutes from Coronado beaches. An ideal central Location!




Additional information about rental rates

one time cleaning fee per visit $60
Tax Rate 10.5%

One page rental agreement to be reviewed and signed by prospective guests. Stays of a Month or longer are exempt from Transient Occupancy Tax. City tax of 10.5% does apply to shorter term stays. Landlords are required to collect it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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