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Retreat To The Center Of San Diego And Be Just Minutes From All!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

Recently Renovated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1600 Sq Ft Home with A/C & A New Cool Roof

Welcome to sunny San Diego! Our home is located in Kensington, a historic and sought out neighborhood in the central part of San Diego. We are 6 blocks from the local village that has several fabulous restaurants including Award Winning Restaurants, Casual Dining, and Wine/Beer and Full Bars.

We are freeway close and centrally located - approximately 15 minutes to the Gaslamp, Sea World, Beaches and La Jolla - and just a little further to the local Mountains & Deserts or to the Temecula Wine Country.

Our family owns the home next door, so we are here to assist if you need, or let you enjoy the serenity of all our home has to offer on your own.

As San Diego locals for over 35 years - we know about our Finest City - and are happy to help make any arrangements or make suggestions about some of our favorites and hopefully soon to be yours.

We have ample parking, including space for an RV or trailer. We have hosted many events at the home and can assist you if you are doing the same.

The single story layout of the home and ramp in the back yard make it very accessible for most guests - we are happy to discuss with you any of your specific needs. Our goal is your enjoyment of our wonderful location!

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Samantha (Sam) Marcrum
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Samantha (Sam) Marcrum

Hello! We are a three generation family that enjoys traveling together.

Kensington has been our home for over 30 years and we wouldn't live anywhere else!

Betsy & Samantha live at the property next door - both have a background in Hospitality & Event Planning and love sharing their knowledge of San Diego. We are happy to give you the inside scoop and help you get the most out of your visit!

Samantha (Sam) Marcrum purchased this house in 1990

Why Samantha (Sam) Marcrum chose San Diego

With a single story floor plan, and generous family & living room, plus an expansive back yard - this has been our entertainment location for years!

Come stay, meet the family, relax, enjoy your time - we are here to help!

New cities can be fun & thrilling or intimidating - we want you to enjoy what San Diego & our property has to offer, so we are happy to be as involved in your travel as you want - need everything planned - no problem - want Do Not Disturb on every door - we can do that too!

This is to be an adventure for all of us and hope that is becomes a place you retreat to annually -

We look forward to welcoming you!

What makes this house unique

We love this house for entertaining and that everyone has a space to retreat to. Secluded and private, there is a gate and long driveway that separates the homes to allow privacy and space.

Also we as a family have a background in major event planning and contacts through out San Diego for any of your personal, event, or presentation needs. Most equipment needs most likely will already be available in our storage or we'll know where to find it for you!

We also have a full office next door with copier, color laser printer and administrative & notary services available.

Knowing you have support if you need while traveling is always a bonus, as well as an inn keeper that understands this is your vacation. We look forward to welcoming you to our rental!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Retreat To The Center Of San Diego And Be Just Minutes From All!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Excellent home and owners

  • 5 of 5

This home was very comfortable and well supplied. The owners, Samantha and Betsy were exceptionally nice and helpful. It was a perfect place for our family to gather for Thanksgiving. The beds were comfortable and the home had plenty of room. We love the neighborhood and the location was easily accessible to the freeway. The only thing we would have liked better was if there had been a sitting chair in the master bedroom to sit for a moment away from the group, but that was a want and not a need. The touches for the holiday were an added bonus as was the wine and chocolates. Thank you for making our stay comfortable and memorable for welcoming our first grandson!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family place to stay w/the doggies too!

  • 5 of 5

Sammy was a great hostess! Loved the the place w/a complete kitchen. Lucy and Tali loved the backyard. Walking distance to restaurants, store and ice cream parlor. Bed where awesome! We would most defiantly stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to your next stay!
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We, a family of 5, enjoyed our stay!

  • 5 of 5

Travelling with 3 boys is usually a challenge which is why we usually rent homes. This home in Kennsington was imaculate, homey, and was in a great location. The owners were very attentive and anything we needed they ensured we had what we needed. We enjoyed playing poker with our sons out in the back yard. We also had a small dinner gathering with friends from the area and they were amazed by the home as well. In addition, they had chairs and boogie boards for beach fun. Our 3 sons enjoyed the pacific ocean for the first time riding the waves on a boogie board. Thank you for a wonderful stay...Lillian, Jen and family...from Miami Florida

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This property is so much more than what can be seen online. Very clean and cared for property!!!

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to take my family on a little getaway to San Diego to visit Sea World and have them run through the ocean's waves. My youngest granddaughter is 2-1/2 years old and believes that everyone's day should start at 5 a.m. ): I wasn't comfortable booking hotel rooms for all of us which would have confined this precious baby girl in a very small space. Decided to check into renting a home in the San Diego area. The owner "Sam" timely responded to my questions and I found the home to be more than what we bargained for. Games, books, air mattresses, beach towels for the ocean, washer/dryer and a wonderful, fenced-in backyard where my grandchildren could run and play for hours on end. The home is very comfortable and, to me, presents better than what is shown online. Grocery store and Rite Aid are about a mile away which was so convenient. I was VERY pleased with this property and, trust me, this Type A personality likes everything in order. Book your stay here. You won't be disappointed!!! Cathy Benson

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words Cathy! Sorry about the Wii batteries - we would have brought some over for you! We look forward to your next stay!
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A great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice residence and excellent quiet neighborhood. Well kept clean interior made things very comfortable. Easy access driveway and nice touches like light strands on bushes and steps. Roomy and AC worked great. Helpful notebook on logistics. Made a few suggestions like master bed needs new mattress. Back yard grass needs water in places. But these were minor. Very much enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying Scott - we appreciate the feedback!
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Beautiful neighborhood, perfect group getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 8 college students was incredibly happy with our stay in Kensington...the house was very open, roomy, and well stocked with everything needed to have a great San Diego vacation--board and video games, netflix, towels, blankets, beach toys, cooking essentials, etc. The backyard was great for lounging (we even put up a hammock!) and BBQing, with plenty of grass space to lay out or do yoga. Samantha and Betsy were very responsive and since they live right next door, we knew we could reach them easily in case of any problems with the house. The area is very quiet and seems very safe, and several of us enjoyed looking at the beautiful houses on our morning runs. Very easy access from the freeway, too. Hope we get a chance to come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying! We look forward to your next visit!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Lindberg Field
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Burger Lounge
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Mission Bay
Car: necessary

Come walk with us - and enjoy the Historic Spanish homes and well kept yards that make our neighborhood one of San Diego's favorite areas to wander.

Less than a mile to Adams Avenue - with both Starbucks & Local Coffee Shops, Wine Bars, Award Winning French and American Cuisine, as well as Casual Mexican & Burgers - Kensington has it all right here.

Need to take a break? We have a local Library, Gym, several beauty salons, independent movie theater and if interested in staying a bit longer, a few Realtors as well.

Further down Adams are more restaurants, bars, coffee houses & great local shopping.

With easy freeway access you can get almost anywhere you need to go in less than 20 minutes during low traffic times.

Small town America feel, with Big City Thrills just a few miles away.


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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 10.5%

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Kensington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , EnSuite in the Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , EnSuite Full Bath - 2 Large Closets
    Queen Bedroom - 1 queen
    Twin Room - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1) In the master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) in the second bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 in the twin room
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Come stay, meet the family, relax, enjoy your time - we are here to help! New cities can be fun & thrilling or intimidating - we want you to enjoy what San Diego & our property has to offer, so we are happy to be as involved in your travel as you want - need everything planned - no problem - want Do Not Disturb on every door - we can do that too! This is to be an adventure for all of us and hope that is becomes a place you retreat to annually - We look forward to welcoming you!

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