About the property
- House1339 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
This Historic 1924 beach bungalow was the home of Belle Jennings Benchley (August 8, 1882 – December 17, 1972), known as “The Zoo Lady,” and was the director of the San Diego Zoo from 1927 to 1953, guiding its expansion from a small collection of animals to an innovative world-class zoo.
The home has been remodeled with new kitchen and bathrooms, refinished white oak floors and comfortable beds. The house is located on the beachfront known as 'Dog Beach' your pet will be in heaven on this leash-free dog-friendly beach. Just a short walk to the West and you are on the people-only beach with surfing, boogey boarding, swimming, body surfing, and all the usual beach activities.
Walking distance to the famous OB pier (the longest concrete pier on the West Coast) and the main business district of Ocean Beach – Newport Avenue. On Newport you will find restaurants (ask about our favorites), antique stores, coffee houses, bars, bike and surf shops. On Wednesday evenings Newport Avenue features a Farmer’s Market where you can find local fruits, vegetables and flowers, street performances and food vendors.
The bicycle path just in the back of the house takes you up and down the coast - bicycles are located on the property for your use, as are games and beach toys.
If you are looking for activities on your vacation, Ocean Beach is Conveniently located within 15 minutes of major attractions including the World Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Museums, Old Town, Sea World, Kayaking, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, La Jolla Cove, hiking, surfing,golfing, boating and miles of sandy beaches. PETS: There is an additional fee for pets, with maximum of 2. For more information ask owner. Do not bring pets without prior permission and payment of pet fee!
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- Apr 13, 2018
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Excellent location for our family winter break
We were very pleased with the house for the six of us. It was very clean, beautiful flowers in the yard, and an excellent location to take in the sights of San Diego.
Great house for a vacation with family
We stayed for spring break with myself, my husband, my brother and three kids. This house was close to everything we wanted to do, including a short walk to the beach. There was plenty of room for everyone, and we had a place for the adults after putting the kids to bed. There was everything we needed there including bikes and beach items. The kids loved having their dog on vacation and taking him to the beach too! Great place!
Weeks later, all 6 of us catch ourselves saying: the perfect house!
After much searching, we found the perfect house for our family to celebrate our 50th anniversary for a week together.! There were 2 plus a dog coming from NYC , two plus 1 dog from Santa Cruz, and 2 from Grass Valley. The space is ideal , providing a way for each couple to have privacy, yet a glorious kitchen, family room that invited us to share much time together.
Simply by going out the gate [nicely enclosed yard], we were on Dog Beach. What a find! Our 2 dogs benefited, as did we, since all the dogs can be off leash and all the owners very conscientious.
Next, Mary, our landlady: she had already thought of everything we might need, but she was also available if we needed anything more. This was help cheerfully given. In the house were an array of board games, tourist booklets, 6 bikes for our use, great pots and pans, dishwasher, unlimited towels, washer and dryer. There was absolutely nothing we felt we were missing from our well-equipped homes and I'm confident that if there had been, Mary would have provided it within the hour!
Truly a great week we spent here and we hope to repeat it every 2 years!
We stayed here for 4 days-4 adults and two young children. Very clean, welcoming, great location, walkable, amazing beach access, well stocked in the kitchen, as well as towels, and beach items. We will be back!
A perfect beach getaway
Our stay at the house was absolutely perfect! The house was clean and well stocked with everything we needed for our stay in Ocean Beach. We brought our 1.5 year old with us, and the house was set up for little ones.
It’s a 5 minute walk to the beach, which is perfect for the whole family. The neighborhood is quiet and convenient, and offers a true feel of the California beach life. We look forward to returning!
Not a complaint - rather a good-to-know for someone who is sensitive to noise - the airplane flight path is right above the house, so there is a decent amount of sound from airplanes taking off.
Beautiful home close to everything
We enjoyed our long weekend here and had fun exploring the beaches and other sights near by. The house was impeccably clean and was really comfortable with lots of space and great light.
Biking (4 adult beach bicycles available) Golf, There is a bird sanctuary adjacent to the property for birdwatchers.