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Gated Compound with Pool & Spa, Tennis Court, & Beautiful View!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 5,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Sleeps 12 Max - 5 Bedrooms - 6 Baths

Beautifully situated on 1.25 Acres with Views to the North East! This home was built for entertaining and enjoyment! The Guest Wing features 3 bedrooms, each with flat screen televisions, ceiling fans, attached bathrooms (one large Jack & Jill with a tub/shower combo & two separate toilet rooms & sinks, one with a fully private bath). The 'Pool Room' features a bay window & slider that look onto the pool area & surrounding views. All are comfortable and attractive!

The pool and tennis court are just off the guest room end of the house. The pool isn't heated, but with dark bottom, is enjoyable throughout the summer. The setting is pleasant and relaxing ... a truly enjoyable place to unwind and relax after your day of playing tourist or attending meetings or other events in town!

When the house is rented a caretaker or myself will stay in the attached flat to be available for questions or any issues that might come up (that area is not pictured or included in the bedroom and bath count). There are a lot of moving parts to running the pool & spa, landscaping and other equipment for such a large property and we want your time to be as enjoyable as reasonably possible, so will make ourselves available for questions and assistance as needed.

The total home size is 5800 square feet with 5+ Bedrooms (including the bunk bed room which has 2 twin & 2 double beds), 6 baths, and ample parking on site within the gates. Please contact us for additional information and quotes for your particular situation.

This home is really nice, very comfortable, clean, and feels much like a beautiful resort with palm trees, ample windows & sliders to the outdoors. It can accommodate larger groups, however being in the middle of a quiet residential area, isn't suitable for large parties or loud outdoor music. Consideration of the neighbors and respectful use of the home is expected and greatly appreciated!

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Mount Helix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - Connected to Pool View Bedroom #1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sink, Private Toilet, Shared Shower/Tub w/ Bathroom 3.
    Bathroom 2 - Private - Connected to Patio View Bedroom #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - Connected to Guestroom #3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private Toilet Room, Sink, Shared Shower/Tub w/ Bathroom #1.
    Bathroom 4 - Powder Room - toilet , Off the Living Room, at the Entry to Guest Wing & Included.
    Bathroom 6 - Pool Bathroom - toilet , shower , Connected to house & accessible from outside thru pool gate.
    Bathroom 5 - Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 1 - Pool View Bedroom - 1 king , Connected w/ Bedroom 3 through the Jack & Jill Bathroom.
    3 - Guest Room - 1 queen , Connected to Pool View Bedroom thru the Jack & Jill Bathroom
    2 - Patio View Bedroom - 1 queen , This room has direct access to the patio, full bath & closet
    5 - Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom is huge, but doesn't include the closet.
    4 - Bunkbed Room - Built-In. - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , This bedroom has built-in bunk beds, 2 single & 2 full beds.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Gated Compound with Pool & Spa, Tennis Court, & Beautiful View!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Impressive, comfortable, wonderful for multiple generations.

  • 5 of 5

Best equipped kitchen imaginable. Long house, with separate areas allows privacy, but areas are all plenty big for gathering. Nice pool and spa. Pool toys galore, and a slide. Great, well-furnished patio. TVs galore. Pool table provided hours of fun. Grand piano. Bunk room sleeps four. Under an hour to all attractions we wanted to see, even in rush hour. Usually closer to half hour or less. Nice neighbourhood. Gated property. Property manager in a totally separate accommodation, nearly invisible, but very helpful if needed. Only slight downside ... no washer and dryer. A minor inconvenience worth ignoring. We all loved the place.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We Love having guests exactly like you, so the feeling is mutual! Very glad that you enjoyed your stay. You're welcome back anytime you're headed back to San Diego! Thanks so very much!! Lori
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Quiet and enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

Very nice accommodations - 12 of us enjoyed all you had to offer.

We hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing House

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for a family reunion. We had amazing time and the house was more than big enough. Overall a very pleasant stay and I will definitely recommend and will book it again for my next event.


-amazing views

-very private

-huge living room space

-amazing garden

-comfortable beds

-close to shopping, downtown, etc

-Lori is great to deal with

-the house is very accessible for senior citizens


-no laundry (there is one less than 2miles away if you have a car)

-dining room table is a bit small. seats about 6 comfortably, but our party was 10. There are enough chairs so we made it work

-living room TVs are a bit old, but they work

Really loved the place. Thank you Lori for the amazing stay

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and private oasis

  • 5 of 5

This estate-like home is much better than the pictures. It is very nice for a group and can accommodate 12 people comfortably. The large master bedroom is set off to one side of the home, with the bunk bed room close by. The bunk bed room would serve best for the youngsters of the group. The other three bedrooms are in a separate wing with their own bathrooms. Extremely comfortable home. You almost don't want to leave. The backyard is very peaceful and a nice place to relax after a long day of sight seeing.

The location of the home is in the upper middle class area of Mt Helix/La Mesa, which is in east San Diego county with about a 5 minute access to the 94 and 8 freeways which get you to almost anywhere in the county in 15-25 minutes. It is not in the middle of all the action, but it is close enough to explore the different sights.

The property manager Lori is a pleasure to work with. She made herself readily available for any questions or issues. She stays onsite in a granny flat, which was a concern to me at first, but she does her best to stay out of the way, but is easily there if you need her. :)

The kitchen is stocked with all of the necessary pantry items, pots, pans and dishware and the grocery store being only 5 minutes away, made it easy to cook a full breakfast before going out for the day.

The biggest downside - no access to laundry facilities, which was fine for a 1 week stay. But something to consider compared to other vacation rentals.

Would recommend this home for anyone looking for a place to stay for a group or big family, at a reasonable rate, and out of the hustle and bustle of the touristy San Diego areas.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic House, Tranquil Setting, Great Views with Lovely Pool and Garden

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived we were all really taken by the house. The photos simply didn't do it justice. The Interior was very clean, tidy and spacious. All the bedrooms were a good size with ample bathrooms and toilets for a large family such as ours The large living area was a great place to relax with comfy seating, pool table and large TV. The walk through kitchen was a good size, well equipped and had everything we needed and the second living room with another large TV was a very useful addition as we could let our boys watch their programs and play their games without disturbing the adults in the main living room.

The living areas and kitchen felt very open and airy as they all flowed through nicely and there were many sliding doors that could be opened up to really link the beautiful outside garden area to the actual house.

We regularly made use of the barbecue area which again was well kept and tidy and had a large shaded area with ample seating, one large table and one smaller table, ideal for alfresco dining with a fabulous view of the mountains as a backdrop.

The garden, pool and hot tub area were also all well maintained and in excellent condition. We made good use of the pool during the day and it really was a good place to spend time, all again with those great views and tranquil setting.

Communication with the lady who managed the property was always easy and she made sure that we knew all we needed to know to make our stay as good as it could be.

Only a short drive away, 3 minutes, you can find a Vons supermarket and a few other smaller shops and a couple of restaurants.

El Cajon centre is also only a few minutes away and there are a number of restaurants but to be honest the house had such a lovely setting we ate on the patio most nights and enjoyed the surroundings.

Most mornings we set off into San Diego and the surrounding area to explore. We visited the museum aircraft carrier USS Midway, San Diego Zoo, Birch Aquarium and went whale watching all of which I would recommend thoroughly and all were only twenty minutes drive away.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the house to friends and would certainly be looking to stay again when we are in the San Diego

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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United States

Family fun at it's best!!!

  • 5 of 5

"WOW! This is amazing!!!" summarizes the comments of our entire group, ages 4 1/2 - 70 years, as we arrived....during our stay and again as we left a week later. Lori was very thorough in providing needed information before our arrival. The tour and information provided upon arrival was thorough covering everything we needed to know for proper use of the pool, appliances/amenities, A/C and water conservation (respectful common sense). In between outings the kiddos literally lived in the pool...enjoying every minute! Words are inadequate to describe all that makes this home a wonderful retreat for family gatherings. My only advice: If planning to see the sites in the San Diego area, be sure to allow some free time at the house to enjoy and make the most of the pool, pool table, tennis courts and simply relaxing in the beautifully landscaped back yard!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lori Staehling
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Lori Staehling

I'm a Realtor and have been for 35+ years. When the house isn't rented, I live in the main house and manage the vacation rental for Larry & Cyndi Vaughan, the owners. It started out to be a very temporary arrangement, but the setting is so enjoyable, we've extended the arrangement!

Why Lori Staehling chose Mount Helix

The biggest appeal to me for this home is how great it's set up for entertaining, including a very spacious Great Room and separate family room, a covered brick patio with built in barbecue, pool & spa, great landscaping, and, of course, the View which really has me spoiled! The kitchen shouldn't be overlooked. It's great for cooking, has a very long island counter with 8 stools, and is the heart of the home, as it should be! And the master bedroom is huge, very private, and has one of the best views from the home! Other than how big it is for one person and her little dog, there's not much to not like about this home!!


Nearest Airport
16.7 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Brigantine Seafood & full bar
Nearest Ferry
15.2 Miles
Downtown to Coronado
Nearest Golf
5.2 Miles
Nearest Train
15.9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
1-8 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Manana's Mexican
Nearest Ski
151 Miles
Snow Summit @ Big Bear
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Mission Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Damage Insurance $79
Damage Deposit $1,000

Please understand that we may issue quotes to more than one party for the same or overlapping time periods. Reservations are not held until the rental agreement is acknowledged and initial payment is received.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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