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“Spectacular Tropical View Home, 4 Bedroom with Large Pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5+ Baths,

Welcome! We invite you to bring your family to our beautiful San Diego home for an enjoyable stay! It is a unique, spacious, comfortable house located minutes from all that San Diego has to offer. From the moment you walk through the front door into the large open Living Room, you will feel instantly relaxed. Picture windows overlooking a beautiful view with twinkling lights, majestic mountain views and a tropical paradise below, with a large pool and palapa bar for entertaining. The Living room has a wood burning fireplace as well as a large LED flat screen TV, You will feel right at home! There is a dining area overlooking the view, with more seating near an open concept, kitchen supplied with all the cooking utensils you will need, including a microwave. There is a large deck where you may sit and relax with your morning coffee or tea. You will also enjoy the large family room which includes a Queen size fold out sofa, backgammon table, wine bar and refrigerator, Here you and your family can enjoy playing games or watching movies on another HD TV. We have two king size beds, a full bed and a room with two twins, so there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy your own privacy. The pool area is a beautiful paradise with a variety of Palms, a babbling waterfall, and a large pool deck. Take advantage of the backyard to play Bocce ball and croquet! There is private parking for 3-4 cars or ample room for a small boat or RV.

Keywords: estate, view, pool, family room, fireplace, large, large yard, deck, barbeque, golf, zoo, sea world, family, kids, bar, entertaining, palapa, parking, open kitchen, wine refrigerator, 2 king beds, two twin beds, queen convertable, full bed, 31/2 bath

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Kathryn Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Kathryn Smith

I have lived in this home and raised my kids here for the past 34 years. I know first hand what a great place this is to enjoy. I can't tell you how many family reunions, Christmas parties, Barbeques, etc. this house has witnessed. A family with 6 children lived here before I bought the home. I am an artist and have enjoyed making this a comfortable relaxing place to rest and enjoy between trips to the zoo, Sea World, Scripps , Balboa Park and it's museums, beaches, golf courses...oh my the list goes on and on. I paint murals for a living so I see the beauty in most things. I hope you enjoy the beautiful home I have created for your stay in our amazing city.

Kathryn Smith purchased this house in 1977

Why Kathryn Smith chose Mount Helix

Sun, Sun and more sun. When the beach areas are gloomy and overcast we have beautiful, bright, blue skies almost year round. We are 10 to 15 minutes from almost everything in San Diego...from downtown,to the mountains, to the beaches, and even Mexico...there is something to do in every direction. This property is a vacation in itself. You could never leave and have a great time swimming in the large pool, have a Bar-b-que and drink frosty margaritas blended to perfection in the Palapa bar.

What makes this house unique

Start the day with a warm cup of coffee sitting on the deck at sunrise and end it each evening with a glass of wine overlooking beautiful twinkeling lights. We are so convenient ,10-15 minutes to:

three local beaches




5- 10 minutes to:

two major shopping Centers

Singing Hills and Steele Canyon Golf Courses

Lakes for fishing

horse back riding

hiking trails

mountain climbing


Playgrounds and much more!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I tried to go on VRBO to give you a review( I thought I had already done it) and they won't let me. it's says my time frame has expired. I was just going to call them and get them to extend it but can't find a phone #. Wow why do people make it so difficult to do anything. I pulled up your house as if I was going to rent it thinking I could just add my review but NO WAY. Can you contact them and have them reset the time allowed for me to respond, then let me know so I can give you a review.

We were more than satisfied with your house and I want to make sure people know how great you are to work with.


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Mount Helix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 3.5+
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Large family room with bar, Palapa Bar in pool area, large pool deck


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“Spectacular Tropical View Home, 4 Bedroom with Large Pool
average rating of 4.876923 based on 68 reviews

Great time had by all

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome.Our family enjoyed the peacefulness and well appointed home for a week.It is very well maintained and Kathryn was able to accommodate us with a couple cribs for our grand children. We cooked our own meals and every utensil was there to do so. The grounds are so private you think you have the neighborhood to yourself. The home was very spacious which was nice when the weather didn't cooperate we needed to stay inside. A Great time was had by all

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gary, I so enjoyed meeting your family. Next time, I am hopeful, I'll get to meet you! :-) Thank you so much for leaving the house in such great order!!! I always appreciate that so much! Until next time, have a great summer, Kathy
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

You walk in the front door and are greeted by a stunning view view of La Mesa. The house is large and well laid out, plenty of room for 10 or so. Compared to most VRBOs we've rented this one was fully stocked with kitchen utensils, towels, etc. It's truly a home away from home. The owner is great, really easy to work with and doesn't have a million rules to follow in her house. Can't recommend this house enough.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Retreat

  • 4 of 5

A sanctuary in the traffic madness of San Diego. We really enjoyed our stay. A little cluttered and difficult to spread out your possessions. But the house, pool and view was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry you felt like it was "cluttered". That says mess to me. What could I have done to reduce the clutter for you?. I hope you all had a terrific time. It was so great meeting all of you! Hope to see you again some time soon, Kathryn
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Perfect in more ways than one

  • 5 of 5

We rented Kathryn's Mount Helix home for our family get together over Christmas holidays. It was perfect in more ways than one. With it's hill top location, it has great views of the valley day or night. The kitchen and living room followed by the pool and tropical gardens are what makes this home special. The deck off the living room overlooks the valley and the pool. The kitchen is better stocked than our kitchen back home. There are plenty of seating areas for casual and formal dining.

Kathy is a wonderful host. She provided us with great overview at check in and was always quick to respond to our questions. Two upstairs bedrooms do share one bathroom, but it worked out ok for our family.

I would highly recommend this house to anyone who wants to explore San Diego area for the location and value it provides.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

First time with booking VRBO and was so pleasantly surprised with the beauty of our rental of Helix Estate. So enjoyed the beauty of the area, and the 1950's home, which held so many treasures. Our family vacation over Thanksgiving was perfect, weather included topping the 90's that made the pool more enticing for the grandchildren. A little disappointed it was so dirty when we arrived and we needed to clean before the kids could swim. It was cold (no heater), but that didn't stop them once we got it sparkling clean. A perfect place for entertaining....lots of room to spread out and enjoy the beauty. Would definitely stay here again....thank you Kathyrn for sharing your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful. The owner was very accommodating to make our stay enjoyable. We enjoyed downtown and the beach. There was so much more to see we will be making another trip and staying here.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed meeting you all so much! Can't wait for you to come back! Kathy
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
5 minutes to a quaint, local area with bar
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Ferry service between San Diego and Coronado
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
there are three golf courses within 10 minutes
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Trolley service to all areas of San Diego
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
We are 5 minues to the 8, 125 and 94 freeways
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
There is a great resturant within walking distance
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Big Ber Ski rsort is 11/2 - 2 hrs away
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Additional Guest Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

When using a charge card, full payment is required as the deposit and an additional service charge of 2.5% is added to the total.

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.