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Free WiFi, Free Parking, 10% Off 7+ Nights, Close to Zoo Balboa Park, Harbor

Mission Hills, San Diego, CA, USA
  • House1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

Private Lovely Gardens Outdoor Dining, Walking Distance Neibghborhood Amenities

First, a nice goodie basket will great weary, hungry travelers. Relax and refuel as you plan your activities. Don't miss the For Starters section below, for a more complete list of provisions.

The Neighborhood: Walk-able, residential neighborhood, blocks to fun local eateries, Cafés, shops, grocers and and more. Yet only 10 minutes to San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Waterfront Park, Little Italy, The Gas Lamp. 30 minutes to del Mar race track, Fair and La Jolla shopping and beaches.

Getting Around: Don't want to rent a car? Uber, Lyft, City bus and trolley may be the ticket.

Please note, there is a minimum age requirement of 21 years of age for all guests staying at The Little Garden.

Check in is 4PM. Check out is 11AM.

The Home: This lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1921 Craftsman home sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms and offers old-fashioned comfort with vintage and modern amenities in 1500 sq. ft. Central heating and air conditioning keep temperatures comfortable.

The Master Bedroom: Features a king bed, bedside table and lamp on each side, mirrored closets doors and private garden view and outdoor seating, ample closet and drawer space, en suite bathroom with shower/tub and bidet. The sunny, east-facing Master Bedroom also features top-down, bottom-up shades, sheers and blackout drapes so you can sleep in!

The Guest bedroom: Features queen bed, a bedside table and lamp on each side, mirrored closets doors, shears, top-down, bottom-up shades and cozy reading chair, with reading lamp and plenty of closet space. Full bath with tub/shower and a dresser across the hall.

Open Concept Kitchen/Dining Room/Deck: Roomy vintage kitchen offers dishwasher, wall oven, old-fashioned gas range/stove, side-by-side fridge/freezer, 2-person kitchen table. Dining room table seats 6 and features French doors opening to the sunny south-facing deck with 4-person patio table and umbrella. Next to the deck is our old picnic table and little charcoal BBQ.

For Starters: The Little Garden is a self-catered vacation rental but to get you off to a good start we supply starter quantities of coffee, tea, creamer pots, spices and condiments and plenty of cookware. The bathrooms include toothpaste and toothbrushes, soaps, shampoo, hair dryers and bath tissue. We also provide iron and ironing board stored in one or the other of the bedroom closets.

The Grounds: Small, Private and tranquil gardens for you to enjoy surround the home, in a peaceful, cul-de-sac neighborhood. Depending upon the time of year, there may be fruits or vegetables fruiting in the gardens and you are welcome to them. Look for tangelos near the side gate in front, Pomegranates in the small bush just inside the front gate while you're there, snip some arugula for your salad; Meyer lemons on the sidewalk lawn, hot red peppers in pots across from the birdbath garden (handle those with your hands in plastic because they are very hot), blueberries in the island garden next to the back patio.

The Little Garden is within about a 30 minute drive to great San Diego Beaches. We offer beach our vintage beach towels (hallway dresser) and a styrofoam cooler (top of kitchen hutch) and freezer packs in freezer door.

(Note - We cannot accommodate pre-arrival or departure luggage storage. San Diego Airport Luggage Storage is an option to consider if need a place to set down your bags until check-in or departure time. Phone: (619) 495-2059. Address: 1516 W Redwood St #112, San Diego, CA 92101.)

To avoid confusion and double inquiries/cancellations and repeated, automatically-generated requests for booking or payments from VRBO, please continue using the original inquiry thread from start to finish. Thank you and Happy Travels!

Please note, for stays longer than 28 nights, additional cleaning and damage deposit fees apply.


sandra corey

Member Since 2015
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Calendar last updated:
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About sandra corey

Native San Diegan. Reclusive artist, gardener. I enjoy time with family and friends. As a young girl, with my family, I lived in Switzerland and traveled Europe for nearly 3 years. We also spent many fun summers and weekends at our our family cabin in Mexico.

sandra corey purchased this House in 1998

Why sandra corey chose Mission Hills

The charm of the older and historic neighborhoods of Mission Hills. After living in La Jolla and del Mar, when I was ready to buy a home of my own, this was the neighborhood that appealed most to me. The house is conveniently located to many amenities. Within walking distance there are fun eateries, shops, Summer Cinema Under the Stars, Pioneer Park (free summer concerts) and tennis courts. It is within minutes of some of San Diego's finest attractions, including San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, Gas Lamp, Embarcadero, Coronado and many of our fine beaches. You are 2 blocks from the City bus, 10 minute drive from the airport, train station, trolley, Comic-Con, 10 block walk to City DecoBike rent-a-bike station at Dove and Washington St. Garage is not offered but there is ample street parking and an entry gate on both streets of this corner lot.

What makes this House unique

Essentials Cox Cable TV in the living room (plus bonus older, mini tv in the kitchen) Central Air Conditioning and Heating Free fast Cox Wireless Internet sufficient for multiple devices. Washer/Dryer Dishwasher Gas stove Electric wall oven Sink top Eternity water filter (Removes *99.75% of the EPA's priority pollutants found in many of our country's water supplies. Does not remove fluoride) Hair Dryer in each bathroom Iron and ironing board Dome, white noise machine in each bedroom to help you settle into new neighborhood sounds. Depending upon the time of year, there may be fruits or vegetable fruiting in the gardens and you are welcome to them. Look for tangelos near the side gate, Meyer lemons on the sidewalk lawn, arugula near the front gate (just snip off the tops for tasty salads) hot red peppers in pots across from the birdbath garden (handle those with your hands in plastic bags because they are very hot), blueberries in the island garden next to the back patio; potted bell peppers in the back garden.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1-Master Suite
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2-Guest bedroom
        1 queen
      • Master suite features king bed, ambient wall sconces, large mirrored closet, top-down, bottom-up shades and sheers, 2 bedside tables and lamps, French doors to private back garden with small table and chairs for morning coffee or tea. Guestroom features queen bed, swivel rocker with reading lamp, top-down, bottom up shades and sheers, 2 bedside tables and lamps. View to deck.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, bidet, Master Bathroom
      • Guest Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, Guest bathroom-Door latches and locks with hasp on inside.
      • Master bathroom suite features rustic marble counter top, antique sink, bathtub/shower and bidet, towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer. Cheerfully painted guest bathroom with its old but roomy bathtub/shower. Tub is etched, but clean, towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer.


        • Guests provide their own meals


            • Linens Provided
              Each bedroom closet has an extra set of bedding.
            • Air Conditioning
            • Hair Dryer
            • Heating
            • Internet
              Free WiFi, Cox super-fast panoramic WiFi for all your devices, all at the same time.
            • Iron & Board
            • Clothes Dryer
              Front-loading Whirlpool in stacked set. Also retractable clothesline in back yard attached to white beam. Simply pull across to second beam, secure to first, and hook in place.
            • Living Room
              Cozy seating, 39" LG TV.
            • Parking
              Ample street Parking. Enter at one of two gates on both streets of the corner lot.
            • Towels Provided
              Each bathroom has a supply of towels. A few vintage beach towels are kept in the dresser in the hallway between the bedrooms. A styrofoam cooler (top of kitchen hutch) and freezer packs for picnics
            • Washing Machine
              Front-loading Whirlpool, stacking set. Includes laundry soaps and stain removers in overhead cupboard.
            • Free Wifi


                • Coffee Maker
                • Dishes & Utensils
                  Everyday dishes provided and you may also use my great grandmother's dishes in the large hutch. (please do not clean them in the dishwasher) Flatware for 6, many pots, pans, utensils and more.
                • Dishwasher
                • Kitchen
                  Washer/dryer, dishwasher, gas stove, electric wall oven, large side-by-side fridge (through-the-door ice & water), Sink top Eternity water filter (Removes *99.75% of the EPA's priority pollutants)
                • Microwave
                • Oven
                  Electric wall oven and old fashioned oven/gas range
                • Pantry Items
                  Spices, assorted starter foods (soup, pasta, canned goods) condiments, seasonings, tea, coffee, creamer.
                • Refrigerator
                  GE monogram side-by-side.
                • Stove
                  Old fashioned gas range.
                • Toaster


                    • Dining
                      With view and French doors to private deck.
                    • Dining Room
                    • comfy seating for 6 people


                        • Books
                          Odds and ends.
                        • Games
                          Just a couple decks of cards.
                        • Music Library
                          Classical, opera, classic pop, jazz LPs. Please return music to its proper sleeve and spot in the library.
                        • Satellite / Cable
                          Cox Expanded Cable. No movie channels included.
                        • Stereo
                          Includes CDs, LPs, radio. Please enjoy our music just please be careful with it and return each to its proper sleeve and cover to its proper location in the music library.
                        • Television
                          39" LG TV located in the living room. Small counter TV in kitchen.


                            • Deck / Patio
                              With table and chairs, bench seat and umbrella. It's right off the dining room so on warm days and evenings, enjoy indoor/outdoor dining.
                            • Lawn / Garden
                              Enjoy the Little Gardens all around the house. Enjoy picking fruits and herbs in season. Blueberries, rosemary, peppers, arugula, tangelos, pomegranates. Fully fenced property.
                            • Outdoor Grill
                              Does not include charcoal or lighter fluid. It's next to the deck. BBQ tools under lid.
                            • Tennis
                              Pioneer Park is a public tennis facility located at 1540 Washington Pl, San Diego, CA 92103, just blocks from The Little Garden.


                                • not suitable for children
                                • wheelchair inaccessible


                                    • live theater
                                    • botanical garden
                                    • cinemas
                                    • festivals
                                    • health/beauty spa
                                    • library
                                    • churches
                                    • marina
                                    • museums
                                    • playground
                                    • restaurants
                                    • zoo

                                      Leisure Activities

                                        • antiquing
                                        • beachcombing
                                        • boating
                                        • paddle boating
                                        • scenic drives
                                        • shopping
                                        • sight seeing
                                        • walking
                                        • whale watching

                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                            • ATM/bank
                                            • fitness center
                                            • groceries
                                            • hospital
                                            • laundromat
                                            • massage therapist
                                            • medical services

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • roller blading
                                                • basketball court
                                                • fishing
                                                • jet skiing
                                                • parasailing
                                                • cycling
                                                • sailing
                                                • snorkeling
                                                • swimming
                                                • tennis
                                                • wind-surfing

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                  18 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  . . . and the garden!

                                                  Janet G.Durham, NC

                                                  Just returned from a 4-night stay in this absolutely lovely, comfortable, immaculately clean home. Sandra knows how to deliver 5-star hospitality. For business travelers, the house is less than a 10-minute ride from the airport, and from just about anything else in the area - 5 minutes from downtown. The wi-fi is super easy and super fast. The house is completely charming and every bit as nice as it appears in the photos - even nicer. There is a very calm, relaxed atmosphere throughout the house, like someone has studied your every need and already addressed it for you. The neighborhood has a very safe, friendly vibe with sidewalks for an after dinner stroll. But, and here's where I am going to reveal one of my secrets, I always look for guests comments about how they were so relaxed and happy in their guest quarters, they were tempted to just stay-in. This definitely applies to Sandra's home in San Diego. We hope to be able to return soon! Thank you!

                                                  Beautiful, comfortable and well-equipped

                                                  Gary K.

                                                  Sandra was an excellent host. The house is very attractive and easy to live in. It is particularly well set up for someone who likes to cook and spend time around the house and in the pretty grounds. The location is quietly suburban and yet walking distance to shopping and good transit (we don't use a car when visiting San Diego) as well as several excellent restaurants. This was the best of the four places we have stayed in over the last eight winters. We will be visiting again.

                                                  It’s perfect!

                                                  Alaska travelersIdaho

                                                  Wonderful, charming home!!

                                                  Sandra’s goal was a 5 star visit...achieved.

                                                  Beautiful quiet neighborhood, home is supplied with everything you will need.

                                                  We had an “oops” our first day, it was resolved immediately.

                                                  If you’re looking for a rental in the San Diego area don’t miss this one.

                                                  Charming and well thought out

                                                  Denise H.

                                                  When I walked in I was immediately reminded of my Grandmother's craftsman bungalow in long ago Los Angles. The house is full of charm--books and antiques, but everything was functional and of modern design when it was appropriate. It was sparkling clean and perfectly equipped, as would be a second home. It is in a great walking location both to restaurants and shops and around a beautiful neighborhood. We would definitely stay here again.

                                                  Charming property!

                                                  kristi c.

                                                  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely home. Sandra couldn't have been faster responding both before and during our stay. The cheese and crackers she had waiting upon our arrival were wonderful. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was completely equipped for cooking meals in. We will definitely be staying here next time we visit San Diego.

                                                  Full of Soul home

                                                  Neoma F.

                                                  A friend and I stayed for a week at the 'little garden, i.e. Orange door" home. The reviews were

                                                  so good that our expectations were high. From the moment we walked in seeing the dappled

                                                  shades of color coming thru the front shutters to the view of the back garden from the hallway

                                                  to the French doors with the garden beyond, we were hooked.

                                                  This full of soul home is a mix of the practical and the mystical. There is a creative force that lies hidden, and inspired us to slow down and savor what "it" was feeding us.

                                                  We enjoyed our meals outside and chose the back garden for tea/coffee when the sun was at

                                                  its warmest in the afternoon.

                                                  Not everyone will react this way but will be looking for a good kitchen/bed/access to airport

                                                  /freeways/landmarks/owner for questions ; This property rates 5 stars in all of the above.

                                                  But what would bring us back is the character of the home itself ; It is what we hold dear.


                                                  Mission Hills, San Diego, CA, USA

                                                  Just up the hill from historic Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California, where the first Europeans settled. You are 2 blocks from the city bus, 10 minute drive from the airport, train station, trolley, and Comic-Con. 10 blocks walk to city DecBike rent-a-bike station. Mission Hills in one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods in San Diego. Within walking distance there are many great restaurants, shops, summer Cinema Under the Stars, Pioneer Park and tennis courts. It is within minutes of some of San Diego's finest attractions, including San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, Gas Lamp, Embarcadero, Comic-Con, Coronado and many of our fine beaches.

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