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Welcome - and Happy New Year! My family and I have lived in Southern California for 20+ years and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our beautiful coastal and desert cities with family, friends and guests who travel from near and far. Since 2013, we've welcomed 1,267 guests from 10 countries. Thank you for helping us build a world where we all belong, one guest at a time. Our motto: "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." Whether you enjoy the ease and independence of a Vacation Rental where you simply pick your spot and push a button, or you prefer a Vacation Rental where you can interact with the owner in one-on-one discussions before booking - through post departure, you deserve the very best experience. We appreciate and offer good, old fashioned customer service - and aim to delight our guests. Lost your way in unfamiliar surroundings? Call us. Unsure about local romantic or family-friendly restaurants? Text use. Forgot your anniversary and need something special right away? Email use, we are here to help. We look forward to your stay at our charming Sunset and/or Garden Beach Cottages in San Diego's laid-back and loving-life beachfront neighborhood of Ocean Beach, or our historic Palm Springs Modern Classic, located in the groovy mid-century modern neighborhood of Twin Palms (listing #449481). Happy Travels! Rodney | FunStayGo
Rodney purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Rodney chose Ocean Beach
Welcome to Ocean Beach, where the sun sets on San Diego! I absolutely adore OB. Interstate-8 ends at OB, making it a destination, not a flow-through. As you enter the OB community, you will find a low-key beach community filled with flair and personality, and one of the last truly-authentic surfing communities remaining in Southern California. The cottage is conveniently located close to restaurants, shopping, and all the sites and attractions San Diego is known for - a genuine wonderland to spend entire days with family and friends - all within a short walk or drive to: 1. Sea World 2. San Diego Zoo and Animal Safari Park 3. Lego Land 4. Concert / Theater Venues 5. Balboa Park - one of the oldest urban cultural parks - with over 15 museums, 15 gardens, and 10 attractions and venues... including the World Famous San Diego Zoo 6. Local Universities include USD, UCSD, San Diego State, and Point Loma Nazarene 7. Downtown / Convention Center and Gas Lamp District 8. Coronado Island / Military Facilities 9. Our gorgeous beaches - 70 miles of pristine coastline... 10. ... and year-round sunshine and mild temperatures so you can enjoy the surf and sand almost any day of the year. Welcome to San Diego!
What makes this Cottage unique
The Garden Cottage sits in the residential neighborhood of Ocean Beach (OB) - between Sunset Cliffs and the OB business district. The cottage is close enough to stay connected to the local scene (walk to the public beach, restaurants, dining and shopping) but far enough away to enjoy quite relaxation, sounds of splashing waves, and the ease of on-street parking - often right in front of the cottage. OB is a low key beach community filled with flair and personality. Said differently, OB offers the pitch perfect throw-back groovy vibe of a vintage Southern California beach town, coupled with friendly locals, great dining, and a vibrant beach and surf scene. The Garden Cottage sits two blocks from the coastline and secluded beaches, and is a short 5-20 min stroll to shops, restaurants, entertainment, and the public beach - offering lifeguard-supervised swimming and surfing areas, restrooms, and showers. The Garden Cottage is also centrally located and a short 5-15 min drive to most area Universities, Sea World, Downtown/Convention Center, and Balboa Park - the nation's largest urban cultural park. Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo. The Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting. Enjoy your visit!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very comfortable little cottage, perfect for a small family with young kids. Beautifully landscaped, the back yard was a wonderful place to relax and have some wine while kiddos napped :) Rodney rocks as a VRBO host!
Fantastic cottage, location & host.
We lived in the Ocean Beach Garden Cottage for a month. The cottage is exactly as pictured, very clean and well appointed with kitchen appliances, cookware, dishes and pantry basics (spices, oil, coffee/tea, food wrap, etc). The in suite washer/dryer includes soap and a small drying rack. A broom, mop, vacuum and cleaning supplies were a plus for this clean nut, as well as the mid-stay housekeeping by the staff. The backyard patio with chairs, fire pit and hammock was very private and a great extension of the house. The wifi at the cottage was strong enough for my husband to continue to work remotely. We used the wagon to make a few trips to the grocery store. If you bring a bicycle, there is an excellent pump in the storage area!
The bedrooms are average size with ample storage and have very comfortable beds with extra linens. There are plenty of towels, and although the bathroom is small, it was clean. Our two adult daughters visited for five days, and we managed!
Ocean Beach is a great fun neighbourhood and we managed to walk everywhere (restaurants, groceries, beaches, sunsets, etc). For our first ten days, we used "ride sharing" and no tourist destination was further than a $10-15 ride away. We had a rental car for the remainder of our stay, and always got a parking spot out front. The airport is a 15 minute drive away and the takeoffs do start at 6:30AM; but the noise was not disturbing to us.
Rodney is a fabulous host, meeting us on our first day with amazing cookies. He was very easy to communicate with and had many tips on things to do. Even when a family emergency took him out of town, he had resources in OB to make sure we were taken care of.
Many thanks Rodney for a wonderful month away from the snow and cold!!
Wonderful garden. Perfect location.
Nice and clean cottage. The garden is fantastic - lots of flowers and trees, and a cosy fireplace for the chilly evenings. The cottage is located in a quiet neighborhood (except for the noise from the airplanes), it is close to the beach, shops and restaurants. Rodney was a good host and always quick to answer any question. We would definitely like to come back.
It was the perfect home away from home stay for our week long vacation. The Cottage was near shopping, groceries, the beach and a short drive to Downtown Convention Center. I was Very impressed with the cleanliness of the home for it being a rental. We enjoyed relaxing outside in the evening and the fire pit was the perfect touch to the outdoor patio area. Although it was unseasonably warm, the open air cottage allowed for a breeze to flow throughout the home. Overall, our stay was pleasant and Rodney was very helpful in suggesting things to do in the area, and would reply to my text immediately when i had questions. We made it a point to make our way to the beach to watch the sun sets, which added that special touch to our already enjoyable vacation.
Cottage cute & clean, location not conducive to relaxation
The cottage was set up beautifully with all the amenities of home, yet the area was not conducive to a relaxing beach vacation. There was major construction on new homes and very noisy very early with banging and annoying constant beeping .The cottage is also located directly in the flight path of San Diego airport so it is very loud and noisy with aircraft starting early morning. The cottage is in walking distance from an overview of the ocean but not from an actual beach. That was kind of a bummer ... we had to drive to the beach. Overall, the cottage was great, but it did effect our vacation.
It was a pleasure hosting you and your lovely family, Leeat.
I’m happy to hear the home met with your expectations, but sorry to hear your first visit to San Diego was less than perfect.
I appreciate your feedback on the new-home construction up the hill and difficulty finding the nearby family beach. I will monitor construction and update our upcoming guests of the build-out phase. The Ocean Beach beaches offer a variety of styles depending on what you are looking for. The beach scene includes several secluded beaches, a surfing-only beach, a swimming-only beach and a dog beach. My favorite locals beach is two streets over - where Santa Cruz meets the shoreline. It has a lovely trail to the longest concrete pier on the west coast and offers life guards as well.
I value your feedback - and hope your next visit to the area is truly spectacular. Happy travels.
Just as wonderful as we hoped it would be
We totally enjoyed our 4-night stay at the cottage. Everything was just as pictured, and it was so clean and comfortable. All of the rooms (except for the bathroom) were more spacious than what I expected. The gardens in front were beautiful, and were only rivaled by the serene backyard. My son and I loved watching the resident hummingbird (at least he seemed to live there with how frequently we saw it.) Rodney was wonderful to work with throughout the process. Although we didn’t get to meet him, he did leave us some delicious cookies. Thanks for letting us enjoy your cottage!
Thank you for the kind review - and for taking great care of our home during your stay in San Diego.
The thing is, OB and the OB Cottage offer a cozy, fun, safe, and clean respite for all to enjoy, but there is even more to offer in the surrounding area. If you're not from San Diego or have not visited before, indulge for a moment in things all San Diegans appreciate:
1. Nothing brightens a day more than the sunbathing seals in La Jolla.
2. Except maybe doing some sunbathing yourself.
3. Mexican food isn't a cuisine. It's a lifestyle.
4. To be clear, the grungiest-looking places are always the most delicious.
5. When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, the best beach hike ever is at Torrey Pines State Park.
6. And sometimes you just need to get naked outdoors. That's where skinny dipping at Black's Beach comes in.
7. San Diego farmers markets are to die for. And they're open year-round. Don't miss OB's market on Newport Ave every Wednesday starting at 4:00 PM.
8. Because, seasons? What are seasons?
9. The Self-Realization Fellowship gardens are free and wonderful.
10. Though Balboa Park is pretty hard to top.
11. San Diego has been deemed America's craft beer capital.
12. If you don't surf, skate or practice yoga, you should or will after your visit.
13. For the record: 'Beach bum' is not a derogatory term.
14. Nothing beats a San Diego sunset on the beach (especially in OB).
15. Except maybe a San Diego sunset seen from a hot air balloon. We have a lot of hot air balloons.
16. And last but not least, San Diegans know how to keep it classy.
Enjoy your visit!
Getting around is easy!
A car is a "nice to have" but not necessary:
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
* Car = 4.1 miles / 15 min drive
* Taxi Fare & Uber estimator (online apps):
... Taxi = ~$27.50
... UberX = $15-$18
- Old Town Neighborhood / Transit Center (Bus, Trolley & Train)
... Bus = ~37 min ride; Bus #35; $2.25
Note: Bus #35 boarding @ Orchard Ave & Ebers St; ~3 min walk from cottage
- Sea World Animal Theme Park - 500 Sea World Drive
... Walk = 2.8 mi / ~45-60 min
... Bus = ~60 min ride; Bus #35 transfer to Bus #9 towards Pacific Beach; 4.50; with ~10 walk to entrance gate
... Car = ~14 min drive (3.8 mi)
... UberX = $8 - $11
- Bermuda Ave. Beach Cove = 0.3 miles / 10 min walk
- Santa Cruz Ave. Beach = 0.3 miles / 10 min walk
- Public Beach (pier, life guards, restrooms & showers) = 0.9 miles / 15-20 min walk
- Newport Avenue / OB Business District (shopping, dinning, entertainment, and weekly Farmer's Market on Wednesday at 4:00 PM) = 0.6 miles / 15 min walk
- Sunset Cliffs (scenic ocean views, surfing, cliff-jumping) = 0.3 - 2.0 miles / an enjoyable walk, run or bike ride
- Grocery Store:
1 - The Olive Tree Market (4.6 stars) is ~8-min walk (0.4 mi)
2 - Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market (4.6 stars) is ~20-min walk (1.0 mi)
3 - Abbott Market (3.0 stars) is ~24-min walk (1.1 mi)
1 - Baron's Market, Point Loma - 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd.
... Walk = ~44 min walk (2.1 mi)
... Bus #35 = ~19 min ride; $2.25
... Car = ~8 min ride
... UberX = $7 - $9
2 - Vons - 3645 Midway Drive
... Bus #35 = ~21 min ride; $2.25
... Car = ~9 min drive (2.7 mi)
... UberX = $8 - $10
2 - Ralphs - 3345 Sports Arena Blvd
... Bus #35 = ~28 min ride; $2.25; with an ~5 min walk
... Car = ~13 min drive (3.1 mi)
... UberX = $8 - $11
3 - Sprouts Farmers Market - 3315 Rosecrans Street
... Bus #35 = ~32 min ride; $2.25; with an ~4 min walk
... Car = ~11 min drive (3.3 mi)
... UberX = $9 - $11
4 - Trader Joes - 2401 Truxton Rd
... Bus #923 = ~43 min ride; with ~16 min walk
... Car = ~11 min drive (3.0 mi)
... UberX = $8 - $10
- Public Gym / Pool
1 - Peninsula Family YMCA, 4390 Valeta Street, 619-226-8888 (2 FREE visits for first-time visitors + every Friday in December is FREE and does not count against first 2 free visits; $20 day-pass after that.)
... Walk = ~34-min (1.6 mi)
... Bus #35 = ~19-min ride; with an ~6-min walk; $2.25
... Car = ~8 min ride
... UberX = ~8-min ride; $6 - $8
Enjoy your visit!
San Diego City Permit Number: 610541 (Feb'17)