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La Mesita: Your home away from home in the Jewel of the Hills!

Bedrooms Studio
Space 720 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Fully remodeled studio apartment

Our rental is a 720 sf. studio apartment beneath our house; my husband and I live upstairs. The studio was designed to accommodate two adults and is not suitable for small children.

Features of La Mesita include a full kitchen with:

*Granite countertops

*Breakfast bar

*Electric cooktop


*Full-size refrigerator

*Independent UV water filtration system, offering clean and fresh drinking water dispensed from both the refrigerator and sink



*Coffee maker and coffee

*Hot water kettle and assorted teas


*Panini maker

*Kitchen and glassware

*Assorted spices for cooking

Private laundry room with:

*Full size washer & dryer with soap, bleach and dryer sheets

*Utility sink

*Iron + ironing board

Living space with:

*French doors opening to furnished patio w/BBQ

*Queen size pillow top bed

*Private bathroom with step-in shower

*Hair dryer & curling iron

*Two love seats (one is a small IKEA sofa sleeper)

*42” flat-screen smart TV with:

*Free DirectTV

*DVD/VHS player + DVDs

*A/C and heat

*Free WiFi

*Computer for accessing the web (iMac)

*Books, magazines & games

*Electrical outlets include USB ports for charging phones, tablets, etc.


*Cleaning supplies

August 2017: at the end of November 2016, adjacent neighbors started new construction, and the project is expected to last for approx. another 6-9 months. There will be construction noise--framing, and the like, depending on work being done--between the hours of est. 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This construction may not be an issue for you, depending on your plans and tolerances, but we want to be completely transparent and let you know what you might expect when staying at our vacation rental.

We appreciate your interest in La Mesita. If you choose to book with us, thank you! If you prefer to seek other accommodations in light of this information, we totally understand.

More Details

Bonnie Baranoff
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Bonnie Baranoff

Hello, and thank you for checking out La Mesita! My name is Bonnie, and I'm a native San Diegan who loves La Mesa, so much so that I plan on living here for the rest of my life. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with ideas about things to see and do, or to simply leave you be to relax and enjoy your time in San Diego.

Bonnie Baranoff purchased this studio in 2013

Why Bonnie Baranoff chose La Mesa

Growing up, I always loved the charm of La Mesa's Village and of the homes in the area, so when I was able and decided to buy a house, the Village was definitely where I wanted to be. Why? Because I can walk to most things I either need to do (groceries, ATM, hair styling, dry cleaning) or want to do (wine tasting, variety of restaurants, manicures, spa, library, post office, antiquing, and more). If I need to go further and I choose to drive, freeways are very close. And if I don't want to drive to say, go downtown or Little Italy for a festival, I only have to walk about 5 blocks to hop on the San Diego Trolley's Orange line, which takes me west to many locations. La Mesa is a fabulous central San Diego neighborhood with a small town feel in big San Diego.

What makes this studio unique

We love the views of sunsets, morning sun colors, proximity to things we need, and the neighborhood around us.


La Mesa Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming


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La Mesita: Your home away from home in the Jewel of the Hills!
average rating of 5.0 based on 62 reviews
Jupiter, Florida, USA

Paradise in La Mesa

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate, well-equipped, probably more comfortable than your own home. Quiet neighborhood with a view overlooking a beautiful canyon and convenient to the charming center of La Mesa - a beautiful town away from the traffic and noise of San Diego, but still convenient to everything you might want or need. Bonnie and Jason have thought of everything to make your visit as pleasant and effortless as possible. You won't find more generous and considerate hosts. This was our second visit, and we hope to come again.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a generous review! We enjoy having you as guests, and look forward to your next visit.
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Great week!

  • 5 of 5

This studio was a wonderful retreat for our week in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, modern, comfortable boutique studio with an abundance of space

  • 5 of 5

The view was amazing. You feel as though you're tucked away in the quiet hillside, though your minutes from the highway and rail station. La Mesa is 20 minutes or less from all the highlights of San Diego.

Bonnie's personal touches and hospitality was incomparable to any other stay. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We enjoyed having you here, and look forward to welcoming you back. :)
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Jupiter, Florida, USA

our fourth stay - gets better every time

  • 5 of 5

Bonnie and Jason have paid remarkable attention to every detail, making this beautiful location everything you could possibly ask for in a short-term stay. We'll be back as our travels take us through San Diego in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We always enjoy seeing you, and look forward to enjoying some bubbly with you on your next visit. :)
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Better then a hotel any day!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at La Mesita. Fully equipped for a long stay or short stay. Centrally located and easy access to nearby freeways. Very well lit for night time use. Bonnie was very accommodating and quick to respond. One thing to be aware of is that stairs are the only means to get to the area so if you have a hard time with stairs this may be an issue. Other than that this place is great. Thanks again Bonnie for allowing us to stay at your home!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We enjoyed meeting and chatting with you. :)
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Everything yoour heart may need

  • 5 of 5

This was our first VRBO and we will come back here again and again,. This unit was stocked with everything from codiments in the refrigerator, coffee, laundry detergent and a great grat view.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We look forward to your next visit. :)
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Johnny B's
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Coronado Ferry Landing
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
San Diego Trolley, La Mesa Blvd. Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
BO-Beau kitchen + garden
Nearest Beach
16 Miles
Pacific Beach
Car: recommended

Do you want to discover San Diego and uncover the true essence of our city while enjoying the comforts of home? Are you visiting friends or family and want to stay on your own? Do you prefer to stay away from high-priced hotels in loud city centers? If you appreciate value and convenience, La Mesita is for you!

La Mesa, the “Jewel of the Hills,” is a delightful, centrally located San Diego neighborhood approx. 10 miles east of downtown San Diego. La Mesita is located in the quaint and quiet Village of La Mesa, featuring hillside views of both La Mesa and Cowles Mountain, as well as southerly views to Mexico and westerly views to Mission Valley and beyond.

It’s easy to get to all major San Diego attractions from La Mesa: beaches, the World Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Old Town, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, Coronado and the Hotel Del, Mexico, the Gaslamp District, Petco Park, San Diego State University (Aztec basketball and concerts), Indian gaming/casinos, and so much more! If you’re driving, La Mesita is freeway close (I-8 and State Routes 125 and 94) to anywhere in San Diego and if you’re taking advantage of public transportation, the San Diego Trolley (Orange Line) and bus stops (Route 7) are only a few blocks away. Best of all, La Mesita is located only steps from La Mesa’s Downtown Village, boasting a bevy of new and mainstay restaurants, urban wineries and local craft breweries, boutiques, and antique stores. Local weekly and annual events include:

*Farmer’s Market every Friday afternoon

*La Mesa Boulevard Stroll

*Flag Day Parade (usually late May/early June)

*Classic Car Show on La Mesa Boulevard (in the summer on Thursdays evenings)

*Oktoberfest (first weekend in October)

*Christmas in the Village (one weekend in December)

Are you seeking a workout outside of the gym? Discover La Mesa’s “Secret Stairs,” public stairways in the nearby hilly Mt. Nebo and Windsor Hills areas. If you’re seeking a more challenging workout, why not try a 1,593 ft. hike up Cowles Mountain and discover breathtaking views of San Diego from San Diego’s highest peak? Do you like to swim? Check out La Mesa’s Municipal Pool if you want to enjoy a cool dip (usually open February thru late November).

La Mesita was fully remodeled in late 2015. We welcome you to San Diego and look forward to your stay! La Mesita will be an outstanding home base for your week-end, week-long or longer term stay in San Diego.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Cancellation policy: 100% refund of deposit, less service fee, if cancelled within 30 days.

You need to walk downstairs to get to the apartment. Not wheelchair accessible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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