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Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,339 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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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Ocean Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1339 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(92 traveler reviews)

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Beachfront ~ Ocean Beach ~ San Diego ~ Dog Beach
average rating of 4.880435 based on 92 reviews
Mission Hills, CA


  • 5 of 5

The house was block from beach, very accessible to local restaurants, shops and dog beach. The view from balcony was very beautiful, watching sunsets and sailboats go by, very peaceful. Rooms were very modern and the appliances were new. The owner was reachable all times, for any questions and super sweet! The price was right, the location was perfect and the vacation was memorable for the whole family. I would highly recommend this house as a vacation rental in San Diego, so close to everything.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a lovely vacation rental! Everything was top notch

  • 5 of 5

The house was in a great location. It was close to the ocean and to local attractions. We walked to restaurants and along the oceanside walkway. We loved watching people walk their dogs on the walkway, too

The house itself was perfect for our group of 5 adults! We were two couples and a single. One of our group really enjoyed sitting in the front sitting room so he could use the natural light from the window to read and also to watch the NFL playoff games in peace and quiet.

The front sitting room got the morning sun and was just delightful. There is another sitting room just off the kitchen and it is on the west side of the house so had natural light in the afternoon. We all sat on the lovely sectional sofa and at the kitchen table to eat and snack.

We have rented many beach houses through the years, all on Eastern Beaches as we live in Virginia. Never have we had one that comes close to this one for amenities and considerate touches. The house was absolutely immaculately clean and maintained like a model home. Fresh paint, nice landscaping, curtains and shades that actually let light in or kept is out. Great patio with BBQ and plenty of seating. Rooftop sitting area to watch the sunset and have cocktails.

The linen closet was unbelievable! Dozens of towels and cloths in maybe 6 or so different colors so we could all identify our own and cut down on washing! Good pillows and comfortable mattresses. New washer and dryer and washer tabs and dryer sheets provided!

Saved the best for last. The kitchen is absolutely top drawer. Small and compact, but has just about everything we have in our kitchen at home. New and excellent appliances, an array of dinner ware, water and wine glasses. They even stocked paper towels for us! We have had rentals that did not even stock dish towels or hot pads (we had to bring our own from home), but they were in abundance at this house. Every kitchen utensil imaginable was available. Even some basics like salt, pepper, a can of coffee and some tea bags. Mary left us a Ralph's reward card so we could get their discounts.

The houses are close together, but very quiet all through the day and night.

This was truly a relaxing time for all of us. We were all of one family and really enjoyed being together here to celebrate a major birthday. We entertained other family members on two different nights. Everyone loved the place.

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Holiday Week!

  • 5 of 5

There couldn't have been a more perfect setting for a family Christmas week! I had spent almost two weeks researching the best option for our needs- 6 adults and a golden retriever, all from outside California.

Mary was always responsive to my queries, and although we didn't meet her during our stay I knew if anything came up she was nearby to help.

The home has been beautifully restored to maintain all its historic features and charm but with new appliances, multiple TVs, wifi, etc, seamlessly incorporated. The kitchen is equipped with anything needed for preparing meals "at home", and stores and myriad restaurants are all walking distance.

Dog Beach is literally outside the back gate, as is the running/bike path. The garage is full of beach equipment, from 6 beach cruisers to chairs and mats.

Another special feature is the upper roof patio, perfect for watching the sunset.

Everything was very clean and well- maintained.

Because the home was so perfect for our needs it was one of the most relaxing family vacations we've had!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet, comfortable, clean home by the beach! Perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

The house is super cute and conveniently located. It had all the amenities we needed, was close to great food and shops and the beach. There were beach toys we borrowed for our two boys (ages 2 and 4) which they loved when we went to the beach to watch the surfers. Great view from the top deck. Kitchen was modern and easy to use. Nice owners. I would definitely rent this place again.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Our second Thanksgiving Holiday in the home! It's wonderful.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay. Great location and house. Hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mary Orem
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018


Biking (4 adult beach bicycles available) Golf, There is a bird sanctuary adjacent to the property for birdwatchers.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $185
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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