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This is "America’s Finest City!" Studio with pool and spectacular views!

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom Guest House with detached bathroom, Sleeps one Adult only.

Cozy Guest house with lap swimming pool & spectacular views right outside your door!

This COZY SPACE is a 15 min. drive from all of San Diego’s attractions, so it is easy to get around using a Lyft/Uber if you do not want to rent a car. We are located 12 miles east of San Diego within 1/4 mile from major freeways. The airport, beaches, Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, downtown are all near by. This GUEST HOUSE is within the wooded area of Mt. Helix.

The bathroom is not attached to the guest house, it was originally designed for the pool area so the shower is outdoors open to the sky. It has a wall around it & shower curtain with open view of the moon & stars. We have no street lights in most areas of Mt. Helix (yes, we like it that way) so evening time brings all of NATURE more to you!

This guest house has a twin bed with a seating area & closet. This property is very private with quiet surroundings all around. Property is on 1 acre & is intended for an Individual to be able to relax or get away with no outside distractions. Perfect for soul-searching. There is no TV & WiFi is limited inside guest house but there are lots of places to sit and enjoy the garden or the early morning wildlife. Sit by the pond & listen to the beauty all around while watching the wildlife. Walk out your door which over looks the pool and the amazing views of the hillsides of Mt. Helix.

You have your own entrance. This room has limited cooking space. It does have an apartment size frig/frez, coffee maker, toaster oven, steamer for cooking & large BBQ with side burning right outside your door. No sink area other then in the bathroom. There are paper supplies & other kitchen supplies.

If you LOVE the OUTDOORS and NATURE this place is PERFECT!

No laundry facilities but there is a laundry matt a few blocks down the street. When you visit San Diego you will appreciate why it’s called “Americas Finest City” but cost comes with that. When you come to sunny La Mesa you’ll enjoy the savings on your accommodations & see sunshine everyday!

Be sure to visit the top of Mt. Helix for a 360 degree view of all of San Diego.

Visit La Mesa's quaint little village or enjoy all of downtown La Mesa which is known as the 'Jewel of the Hills.' A near perfect climate, tree-lined streets, Visit the Farmers' Market; which is a tradition on Friday afternoons.

House rules:

Non smokers only!

Check in is from 3pm - 9pm. A $25 charge for check in after 9pm. All check ins must be before midnight.

Check out is 10am.

Because we keep this property private only booked guest are permitted on this private property.

There is a quite time on property from 9pm - 7am.

Owner has a small cat that hangs around the property during the day & sleeps inside at night. Property is prefer for guest who don't mind cats.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

Why Owner chose Mount Helix

Why Mt. Helix/La Mesa because it is a very beautiful area! Most homes were built between 1940’s – 1956 so they have a lot of charm & old character.

The small shopping strip & restaurants in downtown La Mesa is a great way to spend an afternoon or a stop at the winery. Weather is always fabulous here!

What makes this guest house unique

Owners comment about property:

I fell in love with this beautiful property from the first time I found it. It was ALL DIRT when I moved in, so I have a lot of appreciation for what I have created, & love sharing it! I'm sure you will love it as much as I do!! The views are wonderful!! Open your door & fall a sleep with the stillness all around and the soothing sound of the pond!

Kick back & ENJOY!


Mount Helix Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 1
  • Max. adults: 1
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower is open to the sky.
  • There is enough paper goods to get guest started for a few days. Tank-less water heater for shower. You should not run out of hot water in the outdoor shower, however we do have water restriction here in San Diego so please limit showers to under 10 minutes.
  • Studio, Sleeps 1
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom has comfortable twin bed, with large closet & loveseat. Not too many guest come to San Diego to watch TV but just in case, there is No TV and limited WiFi inside guest house. This property is in a very quiet serene area of Mt. Helix. To keep peace with the neighbors we do have a quite time after 9pm! No smoking anywhere on this property!
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Grocery stores & restaurants are less then 1/4 miles. The pond area is FABULOUS TO ENJOY NATURE ALL AROUND. Sorry only registered guest have permission to be on this private property, guest book to have the privacy that is provided on this property. No smoking anywhere on this property!


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This is "America’s Finest City!" Studio with pool and spectacular views!
average rating of 4.730769 based on 26 reviews

The property was very nice and well kept.

  • 2 of 5

There were good and bad points to renting this property. Good points were its private and property was nice. Bad points were to many rules to follow. Location of house was ok but at the bottom of the hill the neighborhood was not. At times I did not feel safe when existing the property. The owner had a business meeting by the pool on one of the days of our stay. She suggested we go out for dinner at the time the meeting was taking place because she needed the parking for her meeting. I didn't think that was right since we had paid for our stay. Once we checked out I received an email from the trip insurance company that I had purchased. The owner had filed a claim against us for a pool float in the amount of $45.00. We were only in the pool one time during our stay and did not break her float. The float in question was older and wouldn't hold air when we tried to use it. My suggestion would be to anyone who rents this property to take before pictures of everything. For this reason I would never rent property from her again because I would be concerned I would be falsely accused of breaking something.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I go beyond the usual in making sure my guest have everything they need for having a great visit! As for your complaint on parking, I explained on the day of your arrival that the driveway in front of the electric gate where you would be parking is my only access of getting onto the property in the back yard. I explained that I would be meeting with some of my workers on the property & I would need access for a few hours around dinner time. This should not have been a problem for you as there is plenty of parking! As for the pool raft, as I explained in an email to you that you were nice guest and I'm sure you did not notice the damage. Accidents happen & damages do add up, that's why we have insurance to give everyone peace of mind. Insurance coverage is added to all bookings at time of booking. If a claim is submitted for damages there is no additional cost to our guest! Mt. Helix is a very beautiful safe area of San Diego! (Google it) I'm not sure what area you were in that you felt unsafe? I've been managing properties for 16 years & I also manage 3 of my own. Its unusual to get a review like yours, however I do welcome them to be able to correct any misunderstandings!
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Serene Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. The property was very clean and beautiful. The pool was amazing and the back yard with all the nice sitting areas made our stay very cozy. The fact that it was on Mount Helix gave us a retreat, away from traffic and lots of people, very peaceful and quiet. Perfect place to "get away from the hustle and bustle." The property was still close enough to all the major towns and attractions. Much better than a hotel. Would recommend it to anyone who likes nature, and serenity.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice words, I so appreciate it! I love this property and it's nice when others take in the BEAUTY & enjoy it! I look forward to seeing you again!
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GREAT spot

  • 5 of 5

This was so nice. Not only is it in an adorable area, it''s also 20 minutes from everything. You have the best of both worlds. The quiet, small town feel - while being able to head into the "city" for that "hustle & bustle" The property is very nice all around. The "apartment" had everything you need. It was perfect for two people or just one wanting to get some alone time (like me). The owner is on property, which was awesome - and she's great!! She gives you a thorough tour and explains all that you need to know. I don't think I can say anything bad about the place - at all!!! You won't regret it if you stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANKS so much for the very NICE compliment! I LOVE this beautiful property and feel so BLESSED to share it with others! PLEASE come visit again!
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Well-Maintained Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Julie is a great hostess and property is absolutely lovely. The little studio is pristine and comfortable. The bed is on the firm side. Julie does clearly spell out the rules and expects people to abide by them. I am very good with that - some may not be. The price for this property is a real deal. As with most Homeaway rentals there is a check out list. If you are not physically able or prefer not to do any clean up then I would suggest a hotel. If you want an absolutely lovely property complete with orange trees and pool without paying resort prices or dealing with the crowd then I would hands down recommend this beautiful property. The decor includes some Kokopellis which as a Christian I do not prefer but is probably a non-issue to most. The color scheme and furnishings are rich and comfortable. We would stay again. Thanks, Julie, for offering this part of your great home!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful nice, kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed the property!
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  • 5 of 5

My stay at Julie's home was just fabulous!!! The description and place is exactly as the owner describes it. Julie's place is a complete oasis!! She has made the pool area and grounds so serene and peaceful that you truly feel as if you've escaped your busy life and slipped away to a piece of heaven on earth. Julie was very friendly and offered to get me any information I needed. The oranges picked right from the tree during February were an added lovely bonus!! I will definitely stay at Julie's again and will recommend her lovely home to others, although I hate to do that as I want to keep the lovely place to myself! :) Thanks for a wonderful stay, Julie!! :)

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is a very wonderful heartfelt review! I LOVE this property too and feel the same way about it! This is why I LOVE sharing it with fabulous people as yourself who see the beauty all around. Thank you, and YES please visit again!
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I thoroughly enjoyed the serenity and beauty of area.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter works close by this property and I needed a place that was convenient for her to come and visit with me. This worked out very well. The unit was very nice and comfortable and suited me just fine. It is very clean and well maintained. I loved sitting out on the patio and enjoying the early mornings with coffee or a glass of wine in the afternoon. The soothing sounds of the water fountains added to the serenity of the area. I had no trouble getting around to the stores as needed. I would definitely consider a return visit!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your nice review! You & your daughter are welcome anytime! Look forward to seeing you again in the future! Julie Aragon
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
San Diego Lindbergh Field
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Brigantine Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Steel Canyon Golf Course
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Downtown San Diego
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Highway 94
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Downtown La Mesa
Nearest Ski
165 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Downtown San Diego Harbor
Car: recommended

Mt. Helix is recognized as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks being called “The Crown Jewel”. People come for the spectacular 360 degree, or to enjoy the amphitheater, the cross memorial, family picnics, or simply relaxing in the quiet beauty of the area. Come check out this magnificent view!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
All fees $65

This property is available to non smokers only!
$57/night (3 night min, 1 guest max)
Holidays/Special Events & Prime have slightly higher rates.
We use CSA damage insurance ($59/covers up to $1500)
(read about it here on website)
A deposit of $500 may be excepted in lieu of damage insurance if booked under 5 nights
Check in is from 3-9pm. A $25 charge for check in after 9pm, no check ins after midnight.
Check out no later than 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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