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San Diego - Mt. Helix Private Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Private vacation oasis on 1/2 Acre

*Extensive year-long whole - house remodel now complete!*

Folks LOVED the place even BEFORE the remodel, and NOW it's even better! *Brand new Kitchen with State of the Art Black Stainless steel Appliances that Look Stunning! *Floor plan of house changed to a more open/modern design. *All three Bathrooms completely brand new with gleaming new tilework, sinks, toilets, showers - Everything!

It's a Beautiful upscale Home on Mount Helix, which is up in the hills of Centrally located La Mesa (15-20 minutes from the Ocean, Downtown, Sea world, convention center the Zoo or the airport). Sitting on a fully landscaped private half acre with an Amazing backyard and a view out to the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. Sunsets viewed from the backyard spectacular. Over-sized decks with Gas BBQ, a Basketball court, Putting green and soothing waterfall feature make the backyard a private oasis unto itself. Enjoy your morning coffee (A coffee maker AND free coffee are provided) and take in the views out on the decks).

The house is over 2,300 Square Feet, has 4 Bedrooms with 3 queen beds, 2 single beds, a Double/Full size Futon, and 3 full bathrooms. A Cozy gas fireplace in Living room. Brand new Ultra High Definition 4K Smart TV With Dolby Theater surround sound + complimentary Netflix included. Wireless internet streams throughout entire house too.

A putting Green has been installed as part of a whole-house upgrade project (Updated photos coming soon). Other fun things to enjoy.........

A couple of Remote Control cars are available to play with on a dedicated off-road course, and in the game room there is a ping-pong table and authentic Las Vegas slot machine (play with the house's money)!

You will be renting the ENTIRE HOME/PROPERTY and NOT be having to share it with either the owner, or other guests. The entire house/grounds will be your private oasis!

More Details

Mike Murphy
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Mike Murphy

I am very proud of this home and it's well kept grounds and enjoy the compliments that I always receive from guests. I'm only a phone call / text away if you have any questions.

Mike Murphy purchased this house in 2010

Why Mike Murphy chose Mount Helix

VALUE!....Sure, you can find many other properties for less than our rate, but when you add up the generous size of both the house and grounds AND take into account all of the unique amenities we have to offer, it equates to a lot of vacation rental for the money :)

What makes this house unique

Not many properties can match the entertainment options that our home offers.....A Basketball court, putting green, Offroad R/C track, Slot machine, Ping-pong table and an Ultra Hi-Def 4K TV with Dolby Surround sound are just some of the reasons we have had guests from literally all over the world stay!


Mount Helix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bedroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 2 single beds and a Crib (crib can be moved to any room)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Private door to bathroom Makes this feel like a 2nd Master
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master has it's own bathroom, walk iin closet and HDTV
    Bonus Room - 2 twin/ single , A day/trundle bed resides in the bonus room (ping pong room)
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
A list of house instructions will be on the dining room table when you arrive. Check in time is 3 pm, check out is 11 am although exceptions can be made if the calender allows. The Garage is NOT included in the rental, and is locked. We may on occasion need to gain access to the garage, but can do so without needing to go through the house. In the event we do need to access the garage, we will give you a heads-up notice beforehand. **Please note: There can be no noise in the backyard after 10 pm because of extremely sensitive neighbors.


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San Diego - Mt. Helix Private Retreat
average rating of 4.806452 based on 31 reviews
St. Charles, MO/USA

Perfect home near San Diego attractions

  • 5 of 5

What you see is what you get, with the bonus of a wonderful owner to work with!

We (3 generations) were visiting family in El Cajon after Christmas and the house was perfect for all of us. It was spacious, clean and well stocked. We enjoyed the beautiful views from the patio, and the children enjoyed the basketball court and the ping pong table. My only suggestion would be to add a card table and chairs, the extra seating would be handy.

Mike Murphy was so easy to work with that this will be our "home" base every time we visit Southern California. I highly recommend this home to anyone visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home

  • 4 of 5

This was an absolutely beautiful home and it really helped make memories on our vacation to San Diego. The backyard is one that you can only make up in a dream. A large deck overlooks a large grass backyard where our kids enjoyed playing baseball and lawn darts. To the right is a basketball court that our boys spent a lot of time on. The only downfall to this home was out of the hands of the owner. We visited during an unseasonably warm time and the air-conditioner couldn't keep up with the home and it was very hot and uncomfortable, but the ceiling fans in all of the rooms helped a little bit. Mike, the owner, stayed in touch and was very accommodating throughout our stay. If this home is available, we will definitely be staying again on our next trip to San Diego

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time and thanks for all the kinds words. Yes, you folks happened to stay during a record-breaking heat wave. I think the A/C would have been up to the task, but would have required all the windows/doors to have remained closed. Odds are that next time SD won't be tortured with another record-breaker!
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A beautiful home, just like the pics!

  • 5 of 5

Mike was a fantastic and available host. Always answering my questions in a tmely maner. This house was perfect for two families visiting from out of state. The kitchen was sparsley stocked however, missing a tea kettle etc., but we made due. I would not hesistate to rent this place again. It was perfect for our youngest (age 3.5) and any family that needs a San Diego retreat. Located in a very nice neighborhood and the amenties are fantastic! Older kids would really have fun in this house. I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying Kim. Would love to have you back any time, and thanks for the heads-up on the kitchen inventory needing some re-stocking. Over time things tend to get broken and a large group such as yours certainly needs plenty of dishes/glasses to go around :)
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Spacious, Relaxing, and most of all- Affordable

  • 5 of 5

The place was spacious and enjoyable. It can get hot in August, but we enjoyed the nice yard with its garden and fountains. Since the place is on a mountain, the drive to local attractions is a little further, but if you want a relaxing, quiet neighborhood, this is perfect. I thought for the price it's a good deal for sleeping 8 people comfortably. I would recommend it over the more expensive places on VRBO for bringing a large family to San Diego.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed at this property twice now. It is a great place with plenty of room. The views are amazing during the day and at night. The owner is great to work with and we will definitely be back to stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Matt, thanks for the repeat business and always look forward to having you stay again....See you next year! :)
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San Diego in July

  • 5 of 5

I usually stay with my parents in La Mesa when it's just me and my wife, but this trip we had our two kids, there spouses and our 4 year old grandson. The house was about perfect. Nice large deck and great views. We had fun with the ping pong table, slot machine and even had a fire one night. The location worked well for us regardless what we chose to do. We would definitely stay here again if I can get my kids all together again. Had a great time. Thanks

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
8, 94 and 125
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: necessary

Mt. Helix is one of the most desirable, picturesque and unique communities in East San Diego County. There are no cookie-cutter, tract homes here. Each property is unique and all are situated on large 1/2 acre lots, so people come here for privacy and to feel like they have escaped the city below. A variety of urban shopping centers are only about a 2 mile scenic drive away however, so you get the best of both worlds!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $95
Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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