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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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!

More Details

Samantha (Sam) Marcrum
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

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 Kensington

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!


Kensington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • House is in a quiet neighborhood. No loud noise on the patios before 9 AM. Outside activity must be over by 10PM Week nites &11 Fri & Sat Nites.
  • All parties must be approved by owner
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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • 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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Retreat To The Center Of San Diego And Be Just Minutes From All!
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews
San Diego

The perfect house for our perfect weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful house in an amazing location. Plenty of room to sleep the whole family and lots of indoor and outdoor space for everyone to be able to enjoy themselves together or apart. The best weekend ever, can’t wait to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words! We were so happy to have you stay with us!!!
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  • 5 of 5

A perfect spot - lovely home, super clean, extremely well stocked. Great hosts - very helpful. We hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We look forward to welcoming you again! Sam & Betsy
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Our new annual home away from home. Stop looking, book this home now.

  • 5 of 5

First it is important to say we actually found this place 2 weeks out from our trip due to an issue with another rental we booked and paid for. The owner of the other one had triple booked it and canceled us, so we were in a hurry to find something. We would have normally never looked at this home because it was a bit out of our price range, but 2 weeks out from our vacation the options were limited and this place was open and checked all the boxes ( enough bedrooms, a/c and parking were are must haves ). During the time leading up to our stay Betsy & Sam were great about communicating and answering any questions we had. When we arrived... we pulled into the driveway and we were amazed, enough parking for the 3 cars we had and then some!... As we head to the door we noticed the sweetest little outdoor entrance nook (the pictures do not show how cute this place is) When we entered I gasped... because nearly everything down to a few of the lamps, some of the art and several pieces of furniture were identical to my dear late Granny's home. For me, at that moment this house was a win and surely fate that we found it. But I don't give it 5 stars from nostalgia or parking. I give it 5 stars because this place was like coming home. Nearly everything you could want was there. We rented it for a family gathering with people coming from 2 different states to celebrate our daughters 3rd birthday. The home was well equipped and comfy. It is not so nice you are overly worried about living in it and not so sparse or un-home like that you felt you could not settle in. And anything we needed was a text away, including 3 kids of glue when we broke our sunglasses. A simple text to Sam and viola'..3 options at the front door. The neighborhood is quiet...the backyard was great. We BBQ'd and relaxed. Grocery,. food and coffee are all under 3 miles away making it so easy if you didn't know your place around. We will be looking to rent this home every year (at least once) if not more because it was just perfect. We really can't say enough how perfect this place was. If it's out of your price range by a little, give it a second look, it worth it. The only 2 downsides for us was we had hoped to be less freeway driving to the zoo, but it was still under 16 minutes.. and the master bedroom ceiling fan only is high or off, which made sleeping a little uncomfortable, but a minor price to pay for everything else being so great. We can't thank Sam or Betsy enough!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words! Next time, I'll map out the short cut to the zoo from the house (Adams to Park :) ) & we'll take a look at the fan. We greatly appreciate the kind words and look forward to your return visit! Thanks again! Sam & Betsy
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Fabulous home and perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely Beautiful property and immaculately kept. The host were wonderful and answered all our questions.The house was stocked with many amenities such as boogie boards and beach chairs and beach Towels. Location was perfect and beautiful neighborhood with plenty of restaurants and grocery store nearby

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying - we're always pleased when a guest enjoys the property! See you next time - Thanks!
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Elk Grove, CA

A relaxing hideaway

  • 4 of 5

We love this property! The only thing I would recommend is that the skylights would be cleaned monthly, and that a shade would be placed on the bathroom window in the master bath. Also a light bulb needed placed in the porch light. Overall, this was a lovely property! Also, the hosts waived the $150 cleaning fee for my senior, disabled mother. We truly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anna - we'll take those notes under advisement! Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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June Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We chose the property because of its close proximity to our family that we were visiting in Kensington. To our delight we found the property to be exactly what we needed to accommodate six adults comfortably. The property is very spacious and we found it to be very clean upon our arrival. The property was equipped with almost anything we could need or want, and within walking distance of downtown Kensington. The patio at the rear of the property is very large and relaxing and had ample tables and seating for our entire family. The owner was very flexible with the check-in and check-out times to accommodate our flight schedule. I would highly recommend this property and we intend to use it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego Zoo
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 10.5%

Please contact us for seasonal specials & extended stay rates!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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