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$129/Night, Tropical Ambience, 3 Min to Downtown, Sleeps 2-4, unit 3

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + sofa bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Surrounded by tropical ambiance this cozy and charming bungalow is the perfect place to get away. Located in the heart of the old, unique and beautiful neighborhood of Golden Hill, this is a prime location for a visit to San Diego. Located on a side street there is ample, safe and free parking.

Within just a few blocks you have the choice of delicious local eateries. Cook your own steak at the legendary Turf Club, enjoy Humberto’s famous carne asada fries, or have a stone oven pizza while enjoying the outdoor patio of Luigis.

Just 4 minutes away you can visit the baby panda’s at the zoo or take in a museum and a walk through beautiful Balboa Park. Head about 1 milesstraight down Broadway into the lively downtown, Gaslamp or Little Italy, extremely convenient for Convention Center visits. If you are too tuckered after a busy day downtown, grab a bus as it drops you off just 1/2 block from the bungalow. Want to see a spectacular view of the San Diego bay? Hop on the ferry and cross the bay to Coronado for a day on the island. Golden Hill has easy access to all the major San Diego highways, making a trip to most San Diego beaches just 10-20 minutes away.

The bungalow is the perfect home away from home to return to after a funfilled day in San Diego. With granite countertops and stainless steal appliances, the kitchen provides all the amnemities needed to cook your own fish tacos! Pots, pans, cooking utensils, dishes are all provided. Sit under the avocado tree, and enjoy the dual BBQ and charcoal grill on the patio/lounge area while relaxing in our comfy lounge chairs. Beware of falling avocados! Grab them for some homemade guacamole!

Sit back on the couch and enjoy the flat screen tv with HDTV or hop on the internet with our free WiFi. Did your clothes get sandy at the beach? We have on site FREE laundry with complimentary soap

Each room is decorated with the comforts of home in mind. Sheets, towels and blankets are all provided as well as dish soap, toilet paper and paper towels.

Have pets? We are a pet friendly property and the yard provides a great romp and play area for your dog.

Your safety and peace are our priority and we provide 24hour video survellience for the extra layer of security.

More Details

Ron & Susan Oleson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Ron & Susan Oleson

Retired professor. We travel internationally & have two Bichon's. Love to walk on the waterfront and eat the best fresh fish at Mitch's Seafood which is located at the Sport fishing landing. Balboa Park & the Zoo are favorites; Park has the Prado Restaurant which has great happy hour drinks & food; Zoo has Albert's Tree Restaurant which many do not know about; it is breezy & has an African motif.

Ron & Susan Oleson purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Ron & Susan Oleson chose San Diego

We have a vacation home rental & realized our geographic apartment location would be great for its accessibility to all that San Diego offers. We have a century home in front of the apartments & really enjoy San Diego's great sites like our Ball Park, just 3 minutes away & the Gaslamp.

What makes this apartment unique

Accessibility is key and the airport is so convenient due to our travels that we know those coming to San Diego can benefit from this travel ease.


Golden Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Newly remodeled bathroom, rain shower head & bathtub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds, sleeps 2; Sleeper Sofa sleeps 2 Additional pull out cot, pack n play and high chair
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • 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
Gated with large tropical yard & patio. Closen to airport is an advantage. Close to a golf course, Balboa Park, Zoo, and Museums. New Children's museum is close to Gaslamp-downtown.


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$129/Night, Tropical Ambience, 3 Min to Downtown, Sleeps 2-4, unit 3
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 33 reviews
Winnipeg, Canada

San Diego is lovely but disappointed with rental

  • 3 of 5

First: I already reviewed this property fairly. The review was sent back to me saying it had to be redone because I had included the address of the rental. I did not. The EXACT description (location etc.) from the rental ad had been placed at the top of the review before it was returned to me.

Second: Any attempt to resubmit a review in the last 2 weeks has been blocked by a (505 ERROR Oh No) while we are still being hounded to submit a review.

Third: With the information the owner supplied along with the pictures, it takes about 5 mins. with Google Maps to find the exact house, number, street, etc.

This is exactly what I wrote the first time.

Many positive things have been mentioned about this property that don't need repeating. However, the #3 Unit is 430 square feet not 700. All the rooms are rather small. The unit is old and has been patched and repainted many times. The tropical ambience is nice but in the colder months the sun does not penetrate the jungle. The photos for this unit show a sofa but instead there was an uncomfortable futon and one other straight backed chair in the "Living Room". The heaters were very noisy. The unit was not immaculately cleaned (ie. dust and dirt on the window sills and baseboards). In the picture of the bathroom WE missed the fact that there is no counter space and we found it quite awkward. My wife and I have rented different VRBO sites (although mostly in Arizona) but were disappointed with this unit.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

Great little apartment in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Great little apartment in the perfect location! About 10 minutes by car to everything, Balboa park, the Zoo, Downtown and North Park. We spent 5 days here, and it was the perfect amount of space for two people and a dog. The kitchen is a good size and we were able to cook, which was a great way to save some money. As other reviews have stated the garage is small, however we were able to fit my Nissan Rogue without too much trouble. You will need to have everyone on the passenger side exit, before pulling in. Though, having a garage is a huge perk, we loved not having to worry about parking. It was raining during our visit, and our one critique is that the stairs are a bit steep and very slippery when wet. Overall, a cute & quiet apartment in a great location. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Four Days In San Diego

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment in a good central location to visit the city. About 10 minutes by car to all venues. Good internet. Very nice space for two people. I read the reviews that the garage is small so I got a smaller car and it was fine. Very nice to have secure parking. The stairs are a little steep, but not a real issue. Very good value for Money.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Our overall experience was excellent. We planned a trip to San Diego before school started and the house was able to accommodate two adults and 3 kids. It is literally located on downtown San Diego 5-10 min away from the zoo and balboa park. Everything you need is withing walking distance (restaurants, store). The kids loves the experience and it was definitely better than a hotel. The only thing that I would have to complain about is the size of the garage but we have a Chevy traverse and made it fit but it was tough.. other than that the experience was amazing.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eaton, Colorado

A tropical oasis in downtown San Diego!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this property 4 times now, and will keep coming back. The apartments are spotlessly clean, beautifully outfitted with most everything you might need, and so convenient to all the places you want to see in San Diego. There are many great places to eat within walking distance- don't miss Pizzeria Luigi's, Panchita's Bakery and Humberto's! The units are quiet and peaceful because they are set back from the street, surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden of towering palms and trees. There are three grill/patio areas and other areas to just sit outside and relax in, which we did often. The property owner, Terry Portwood, is on the premises, and his daughter Susan manages the units very well. We feel like we're welcomed back as old friends when we come! Love this place!

John and Linda Urban


  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay for a long weekend

  • 4 of 5

My husband, dog, and I stayed here for a long weekend in San Diego. The location and price (no dog fee or deposit!) is fantastic! Close to major attractions, restaurants, a grocery store, and downtown (short uber ride away). However, the bed and pillows were very uncomfortable. Also, I thought a 4pm check in was a little late.

Other than those two negatives, we enjoyed our stay. I would stay here again, and I will be recommending this rental to others. Thank you again for the hospitality! :)

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Lindbergh Field
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
To Coronado
Nearest Train
1 Miles
On Broadway & Kettner
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Mission Beach
Car: not necessary

The property is located in the heart of Golden Hill, a neighborhood of the original San Diego and has the charm of a historic and old neighborhood.  There are several local eateries that you can walk to including a cook your own steaks (Turf Club), Luigi's pizza, stone wood fired pizza, Humbertos, legendary Mexican Food, a couple coffee/sandwhich smoothie shops, Counter Point Wine Bar to name a few.  Golden Hill park is down the street with trails that lead to the trails of Balboa Park, which is 4 minutes away as well as the zoo.  Golden Hill is about 1 mile up the hill from downtown and makes for a great walk.  If you are too tired to walk back, the bus come within a couple blocks of the unit and goes straight there from downtown, the bay and gaslamp.   Access to all major San Diego freeways are just a few blocks away.  


Rates & Availability

Golden Hill Apartment Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $90
Pet Fee $25

25% of total rental amount which ever is greater. the remainder of the amount is 15 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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