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Tired Of Hotels? Try Our Charming North Park Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Centrally Located In Desirable North Park Newly Remodeled 1 Bedroom,1 Bath

Newly remodeled charming cottage in quiet residential neighborhood remodeled to reflect our love of the ocean. Rear house on property with private entrance. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, beautiful all new kitchen, living and dining area. Secluded Front patio has garden and outside dining table and BBQ. 1 block to neighborhood park, Bicycles available to pedal to the fun night life in downtown North Park, 5 blocks to the Grocery market, Santos coffee house, Thorn Street Brewery and Grand Ole BBQ all on Thorn Street. Centrally located in San Diego you can go any direction and find everything you might want to do in 10-15 minutes. House is all one level, while not completely ADA compliant house is friendly to people with limited ability. Level floors, grab rails in bathroom and large shower.

Karen and John Gibbins
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:
April 24, 2018

About Karen and John Gibbins

John and Karen are 3rd generation San Diegans.

We know and love this city! North Park is our home and we have been active in its community for 32 years. John is fluent in Spanish and we travel to Mexico frequently.

Karen and John Gibbins purchased this cottage in 1984

Why Karen and John Gibbins chose North Park

We purchased this home in1984. Our cottage has just undergone a complete remodel. It's style reflects the easy going lifestyle of local San Diegans and our love of the ocean, its a part of our life and the cottage has many of our treasures we have discovered over the years. North Park is centrally located in San Diego, you can go any direction and find everything you might want to do in 15 minutes.

What makes this cottage unique

Within a short drive you can be on one of our wonderful beaches, there are so many to choose from... golf courses, or visit the Incredible Balboa Park which includes the Old Globe Theater, the San Diego Zoo, World class museums and the must see Arboretum. Mission Valley has shopping Malls, Movie theaters and Restaurants. San Diego weather is amenable to so many wonderful outdoor activities and North Park is central to them all!


North Park Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • HUGE tiled shower, no bathub. Fresh laundered towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • New bedroom set, High quality linens for a great night sleep! Walk-in closet with plenty of storage!
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Tired Of Hotels? Try Our Charming North Park Cottage
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 11 reviews

Comfy Cottage - Centally located

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, clean, comfortable and well appointed. We really enjoyed our stay in this sweet cottage to call home for a week. It is close to all the best San Diego has to offer. Cleanliness is our top priority when staying in VRBOs and this one met our expectations.

Thank you to our hosts, the Gibbons!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My parents visited me from Germany and stayed in the cottage for about two weeks. They absolutely loved it! It was very clean and the decoration was beautiful. The location is great as they could walk to the restaurants and bars that are close by. They will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This place was clean, comfortable and very conveniently located. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Felt like home - if my home were better decorated

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful space, in a wonderful neighborhood. The cottage is immaculate, inviting, and well-appointed; Karen and John have gone the extra mile to provide a welcoming space for their guests. Their care and attention is much appreciated.

We recommend this without hesitation for anyone visiting San Diego; we will certainly be returning. Our stay here was one of the high points of a fantastic vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place

  • 5 of 5

Karen and John were very helpful.

Everything in the kitchen was clean and worked well.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the place to be to cool off and escape the crazy hot days in San Diego!

  • 3 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our trip to San Diego. We were in town for Comic Con, so there was no better way to escape the craziness of our days at Comic Con other than Karen and John's quiet and peaceful rental in North Park. The location couldn't have been any better as we were close enough to downtown San Diego and other places (like Coronado Beach, Mission Beach and La Jolla Beach) to enjoy what San Diego has to offer, but far enough so that we didn't have to worry about too much noise. We definitely appreciated the nautical decor too as it brought to mind the ocean and how cool and calm the ocean is, so this helped relieve our minds of how hot it was during each day. The full kitchen helped us enjoy our stay as well, including the ability to make ice and have a hydro flask full of ice each day! We didn't need them but the description said that there are bicycles available, however, we didn't see them...I'm sure if we wanted to use them, we could have easily contacted Karen and John about them. They were very quick about responding to any questions we had prior to our trip.

With all that said, we were pretty exhausted after spending each day and all day at Comic Con so we didn't go out at night. Though it clearly states in the description that there is no cable/satellite TV, we would have preferred to have it to help us unwind. The description also states that there are connection cables to hook up a tablet to the TV, however, when we looked around, we couldn't find anything that could connect our iPad to the TV. We then attempted to stream TV from our cable provider on our iPad to watch in bed, however, the wifi was choppy, so we couldn't even do this. Being able to watch TV and have a strong wifi connection definitely could have made this review 4-stars or even possibly 5-stars.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Balboa Park
San Diego Bay
The Old Globe
Hillcrest Farmers Market
Urban Solace
Sushi Deli 2 Restaurant
Extraordinary Desserts
Casa Guadalajara
Botanical Building and Lily Pond
Mission Brewery
Old Town Mexican Cafe
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Extraordinary Desserts
San Diego Natural History Museum
Little Italy Farmer's Market
Star of India -- CLOSED
Downtown San Diego
Coronado Beach
San Diego Padres
Little Italy District
Gaslamp Quarter
Old Town
San Diego Zoo
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
San Diego International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Balboa Park Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak downtown
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Coronado beach

Less than 15 minutes to Lindbergh Airport, and SeaWorld! 10 minutes to downtown, Petco Park, Gaslamp and the San Diego convention center, 5 minutes Balboa park and the World famous San Diego Zoo.

Many beautiful beaches all just a quick 10-15 minute drive.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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