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*Stunning Waterfall & Glittering Pool**Spacious Home**Perfect 4 Family Reunions*

La Mesa, CA, USA
  • House4100 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay30 nights

Perfect Home for Family Reunions~Sleeps 14~Sparkling Pool & Cascading Waterfall

**The calming, tropical aura of San Diego is found in this spacious four-bedroom, four bath fully furnished Corporate Rental and Vacation Home. Enjoying a half-acre of land in a quiet neighborhood, it has the feel of a resort with a multitude of activities for clients young and old.

The Navy and the outstanding medical industry may lead San Diego’s economy, but that’s just the start. Other heavyweights include Qualcomm, Sempra Energy, PriceSmart, Illumina, Sharp-Grossmont Hospital and Rehab Center, DJO Finance, General Dynamics NASSCO, Kaiser Permanente, Kyocera Communications, Merchants Building Maintenance, Naval Medical Center Palomar, Pomerado Health Rehab, Rady Children's Hospital, Scripps, SeaWorld, Sony, Tyco Health Care, and UTC Aerospace Systems. The economy is truly diversified here and this home in the eastern suburb of El Cajon puts you close to the action.

The home is also perfect for Family Reunions. There is plenty of room for adults and children alike, as well as activities for every age group!

Birds of paradise, palms, tropical flora, and a bubbling terra cotta fountain frame your approach to the grand double door main entry below a arched transom window. A grand staircase to the upper floors elegantly greets you, as the traditionally decorated sitting room tempts you. Musicians will enjoy the baby grand piano, cello, and guitar, or simply the classical ambiance. The great room beyond combines TV room, kitchen dining, and game room into a spacious whole surrounded by natural light from the patio and ample windows. A massive leather sectional sofa puts you comfortably in front of a fireplace and massive LCD TV with karaoke player.

The tiled kitchen, stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher, and double sink partner with a gas range and substantial counter space to give the budding chef everything they need. Dig in at the massive dining table with lazy susan, seating up to fourteen, or at the bar counter stools. Digest your meal over a game of pool, while children are provided for with a well-stocked collection of toys and games. If bringing a baby, there is a pack-n-play, high chair, bouncy chair, bumbo seat, and baby swing.

The huge, tropical art deco inspired master bedroom includes a king-size bed, sitting area, fireplace, ceiling fan, and balcony overlooking the pool and waterfall. The master bath has a double shower and even a spa tub! A second bedroom has a king-size Tempurpedic mattress, ceiling fan, walk-in closet, and en-suite bathroom. Two other bedrooms share a bathroom; one with a king bed, and the other a bunk bed with 2 full-size mattresses, plus a pull out full mattress.

The 13-foot deep pool and waterfall is an inspiration. Dive in from the rock wall, or lounge and enjoy the tropical plant life all around. Stroll over to a small orchard where you can pick your own grapefruit, oranges, or tangerines if in season. Other highlights include a sunken, ground level trampoline for the kids to expend all their pent-up energy, an outside kitchen and BBQ area to showcase your culinary talents.

Located in the eastern suburb of El Cajon, this home is close to local colleges, the library, shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theaters. It is a short twenty-five minute drive to the world famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park and many popular beaches.


John & Karissa

Member Since 2016
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Mar 29, 2018
About John & Karissa

My husband and I met at BYU and have been happily married 38 yrs. We have 8 children and 8 grandchildren. I teach an early morning Seminary class to teenagers every school morning and assist in my husband's Holistic Metabolic Center. I love music, to read, swim, design allergy-free meals for our family, dejunk, organize and to play with my grandchildren. John loves caring for his patients, hiking with our kids, and fixing & creating beautiful things. In 1991, he began an addition to our house, which almost doubled the size of our home. He enjoyed that so much, that in 2001, he began building our gorgeous pool and tropical landscaping.

John & Karissa purchased this House in 1987

Why John & Karissa chose La Mesa

We decided to buy a home in East County, because we wanted a house with a bit of property on it so that there would be plenty of room for a large family. My husband told me when he asked me to marry him that he wanted a dozen kids, and I was crazy enough to say yes! :} (Stopping with 8 was ok, though) He went to 4 different High Schools when he was growing up, so he wanted to buy a home where our children could stay until they graduated. This home was perfect for our growing family! The addition and the pool have made it the center for many of our children's friends and activities. They loved to invite their friends over to play pool, BBQ, jump on the trampoline, swim, or watch movies on our big screen TV Now, almost all of our children are married or have gone to college, and we find that we are rattling around this big house and that our dining table has too many empty chairs. We began listing with "airbnb" a little while ago, and really enjoyed meeting so many truly wonderful people! We are excited to offer our house now on VRBO.

What makes this House unique

Our beautiful, tropical, resort-like back yard is the crowning glory of our property. My husband truly designed a paradise! There are so many different ways to enjoy yourself: picking fresh grapefruit, tangerines, apricots, or avocados when in season from our small orchard, jumping on the trampoline, reading a book or gazing down at the pool from our swing under a palapa, diving into the pool from our 13 foot waterfall, cooking dinner on the BBQ, tanning on the lounges, and swimming laps or just splashing with your kids in the pool. We have even had guests bring their computers out to the picnic table to finish a big work project, for the wi-fi is really strong there. One family with 5 kids would be out in the pool by 7:00 am every morning! They adored swimming in our 80*F pool (the temperature of the pool is usually 80* by mid-June). 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 we will make ourselves available for questions and assistance as needed. 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!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Seating area, Fireplace, Ceiling Fan, Desk, TV*DVD, & Balcon
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, Private bath, walk-in closet, TV*DVD player, ceiling fan
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king, Closet w/mirror, TV*DVD player, shares bathroom w/bedroom 4
      • Bedroom 4
        1 baby crib, 1 bunk bed, Room has 3 double mattresses, shares bathroom w/ bedroom 3
      • All bedrooms sleep 2, except for Bedroom 4, which sleeps 6. We have a crib and a pac-n-play for a baby, as well as a lot of other baby equipment, plus, the house is pretty child-proof. We also have a 2 blow up twin mattresse and 6 tri-fold camping mats if you have 1 or 2 extra people. The Master room is huge, so you can move the crib, the mattress under the bunk beds, or the inflatable mattresses into the seating area.


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, shower, Marble floor, double sinks, walk-in shower w/2 shower heads
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Huge bathtub, private bathroom for Bedroom 2
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Between Room 3 & 4, two parts: shower, toilet / sink, mirror
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower, Downstairs, available to everyone, but also with a shower
      • Bathroom 5
        outdoor shower, Outside shower for use before and after swimming

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            We are approximately 20 miles/minutes from downtown San Diego, unless you are traveling during morning and evening "Rush Hour"
          • Lakefront
            Well, we have nick-named our pool "The Lake", so you just walk through our French Doors onto our patio, and you can dive into our Lake. :}
          • Resort
            This place is our Tropical Paradise Resort....we hope you have a wonderful vacation at our retreat!
          • Village
            We are about 8 miles away from the quaint La Mesa Village, where you can browse through antique and handicraft shops, art galleries, re-sale shops, or eat al fresco in an outside cafe'
          • Water View
            Our beautiful, cascading waterfall can be seen from the Master Bedroom, the balcony, and Bedroom #2. Just walk out those French Doors!


              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Electricity is super expensive, sometimes over $1000/mo, we hope you will only use it when at home & when it is hot! We have many fans throughout the house & breezes cool the house in the am/pm!!
                      • Fireplace
                        In the master bedroom, but has never actually been used. It is beautiful though :}
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        We can heat our whole house with the Wood Stove, sometimes using space heaters.
                      • Internet
                        There are two Wi-Fi's, since the house is so large. Will share passwords upon arrival: Krages Wi-Fi Network // john's Network // Different rooms access different networks
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Gas dryer, I will provide anti-static sheets. There is also a dryer outside for beach towels. PLEASE do not leave wet towels on carpeting or furniture, as it ruins them.
                      • Linens Provided
                        Fresh bed linens, blankets will all be provided. Please bring your own sheets or blankets if you plan on taking them to the beach.
                      • Living Room
                        Grand Piano, Cello, two violins. Feel free to play the instruments for your pleasure. We rarely use this room
                      • Parking
                        Driveway with parking space for 3 or 4 cars. There is a basketball hoop. Owner will always park one car in the drive-way.
                      • Towels Provided
                        We have lovely, brand new bath towels, and plenty of towels for the kitchen. PLEASE bring your own beach towels!!!
                      • Washing Machine
                        Front loading, I will provide the soap. The Caretaker will do all laundry if desired at no charge. 24 hour turn-around time, although may be quicker. Please inquire.
                      • Wood Stove
                        You will need to purchase your own wood.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            On the counter. We have plenty of filters and guests have left lots of varieties in our freezer, which you are welcome to use.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            We have a huge variety...glass as well as plastic for the kids.
                          • Dishwasher
                            Stainless steele. You have to dry out the receptical for the soap before you add the little packet, or it will stick and not dissolve. Please only turn on when it is completely full.
                          • Kitchen
                            We have a stainless steel stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. There are two pantries and you are welcome to use our spices, pans, various equipment, vitamix, etc. A counter has seating for 5.
                          • Microwave
                            Original with the house, but it still heats things up. :} There is a "trick" to open it :}
                          • Oven
                            Cooks regular and with convection
                          • Pantry Items
                            You may use our spices and anything I leave in the pantries. I have a recycling bin in there too.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Stainless steel. I will leave a spray to clean it, it shows every fingerprint :}.
                          • Stove
                            Gas stove with 5 burners.
                          • Toaster
                            The 4 slots are big enough for bagels.


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Beautiful wood dining table! Please use place mats and don't allow water glasses to sit on the table directly. There is a huge lazy susan in the center. Please do not hang wet towels over chairs.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 12 people


                                  • Books
                                    Tons of children's books, classics, I organized them into boxes during a de-junking spree, but if you have a favorite author, I could search or request the book from our fabulous local library
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Plays Blu-Ray Discs as well. If we don't have the movie you want, there is a Red Box Rental at the bottom of our street.
                                  • Game Room
                                    Pool Table, cupboards full of games and toys, doll cupboard with doll furniture.
                                  • Games
                                    Monopoly, Clue, Apples to Apples, Dominos, various card games, puzzles, etc.
                                  • Music Library
                                    Hundreds of CDs. You can also connect your iPhone to our speakers to enjoy music outside. (Neighborhood Curfew is 10:00pm-8:00am).
                                  • Pool Table
                                    Rack 'em up!
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    AT&T Cable
                                  • Television
                                    Large, flat-screen TV in family room. We have Apple TV attached, as well as Netflix, Hulu, etc. Cable is through AT&T. 3 TVs and attached DVD players in the upstairs bedrooms
                                  • Toys
                                    Legos, Duplos, plastic animals, small cars, wooden train table with trains. Pretend food with bananas that even peel! Doll house, furniture and dollies upon promises to care well for them. :}
                                  • Video Library
                                    400 or more....maybe as many as 600. I'm working on a list right now. Family movies, adventure, drama & chick-flicks. Also have Apple TV, and many movies on a hard drive.


                                      • Balcony
                                        Outside of Master Bedroom, seating, overlooking pool. It is FORBIDDEN to jump or dive from Balcony rail into pool. PLEASE dive ONLY from the top of the Waterfall, it is thrilling all by itself :}
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Many amenities! Lounge chairs for tanning, deck chairs for visiting, picnic table w/ shady umbrella for alfresco dining, gas fire pit (please no roasting marshmallows!), hammock for relaxing.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Small Kayak for kids. Holds 150 pounds.
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        Above the pool there is a small deck with a Palapa and a covered swing. Beautiful view of the pool!!
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Propane, very large, gas burner to the side.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        There are a few pool floats, one boogie & 2 skimmimg boards. The caretaker has some scuba gear and has been known to let you try it out in our pool. :)


                                          • limited accessibility
                                            This is a two-story home with all the bedrooms on the second floor. There is one step up to get to the front door, one step down into the living room, and two steps down into the dining area and pool table.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                                Comfortably holds 12 adults, but you can always squish a few more :}. Flows into the pool.
                                              • Private Pool
                                                Gorgeous, free-form pool! 75' long, (perfect for laps), 100,000 gallons, 13' deep, 1.5' Baha area for toddlers. Waterfall is a 14' drop. Synchronized multi-colored lighting is romantic at night.


                                                  • marina
                                                  • arboretum
                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • botanical garden
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • synagogues
                                                  • theme parks
                                                  • water parks
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shelling
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • whale watching
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • racquetball
                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • deepsea fishing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • paragliding
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • roller blading
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                                              • surfing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • wind-surfing

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

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

                                                                20 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews


                                                                barb f.

                                                                We had a family gathering for one week. There were 12 of us from different parts of the country. Weather was great. It was a fantastic vacation ... all of us being together in such a beautiful setting. The house is located in a beautiful gated community. There is plenty of sight seeing to do in the area. Or you can do like we did ... for the most part we stayed on the property. With the large house, the pool, the hot tub, the waterfalls, trampoline and more we didn't find it necessary to go anywhere for our entertainment. We went to the beach one day (about 30 mins from the house) and to the USS Midway Museum. The rest of the time we stayed home and enjoyed each other's company and the beautiful setting that we were in. Can't wait till we can go back again! Thank you John and Michelle!

                                                                Family Vacation

                                                                Jim J.

                                                                Beautiful home, with plenty of room space to accommodate our big family we had all the amenities that were needed at our disposal, the pool and spa were at a perfect temperature upon our arrival the owners of the property were very accommodating.we were never bothered by the owners even though they were close by, they sat back and let us enjoy there home We all enjoyed going to the beach and coming home to a little paradise it was like

                                                                a beach of our own with out the sand I would highly recommend this vacation home and hope to return some day.

                                                                Great pool and yard

                                                                Sarah E.

                                                                Our party of 13 extended family vacation was quite comfortable in this spacious home. We swam daily and loved the pool and pool grounds. The pool really is as good as it looks. We loved jumping off the cliff and the waterfall. It was clean and beautiful.

                                                                The a/c went out making it quite warm upstairs at night but we made do. The owners were friendly and acquainted us to everything we needed in the house. Despite being outside of San Diego proper, we found the commute to attractions reasonable and easy.

                                                                Fantastic Family Vacation Rental

                                                                Jason K.Des Moines, Iowa

                                                                Pictures tell the story of this property. House is spacious and very comfortable for small or larger groups. Kitchen is well stocked and having towels provided for backyard pool or trips to beach was very convenient. This was actually our family's first vacation using VRBO or any other rental site as we typically stayed in resorts. We could not have had a better first experience than staying at this Tropical Paradise. The pool, hot tub, trampoline and general landscaping were amazing and provided our family a lot of great memories. Overall though it is Michelle and John that make this a must rent. They are very attentive to needs of their guests and really get satisfaction by allowing other family's to enjoy the paradise they have built.

                                                                Perfect choice for us!

                                                                Sheri A.

                                                                I took a group of 4 adults and 4 children ranging from 18 months to 8 years to San Diego for mid winter break. We're from Washington state and it has done nothing but rain for eons it seems. The house was a perfect fit with the four bedrooms and three baths upstairs and one bath downstairs. The kiddos absolutely loved their time in the pool, it couldn't have been a more perfect fit for us as far as location too. It was about 45 minutes or so to all the places we went. Mission San Luis Rey, Seaward, Legoland, Wildlife Safari, and the San Diego Zoo.

                                                                The house is warm, inviting and comfortable. John and Michelle were more than delightful in every aspect. They are gracious, welcoming and were easy to talk with about how to manage the house and make sure the pool and spa were ready to use whenever we wanted them.

                                                                I would recommend their house to any family group that wants a central location, a place to fix some meals, have laundry facilities available (means less clothing to pack), and really just want to relax and enjoy themselves.

                                                                Thank you John and Michelle for helping us have a wonderful vacation.

                                                                Great stay

                                                                Jon M.

                                                                We had 4 adults & 4 children ages 6 mo.- 10yrs. We all had plenty of room and were well taken care of by John & Michelle. The home is large with plenty of bathrooms & space to stretch out. The house is in a great neighborhood with short drives to everything we were there to see. By far, the best part of the home is their pool area. Our kids couldn't spend enough time in the pool/hot tub. We cooked, hung out, and enjoyed the sunny weather and Michelle made sure all our needs were met, and then some. For those of you curious about the owners being on the property don't worry they couldn't be nicer & you never know their around unless you need something. Overall a great trip and a great property to stay in. Thanks again to John & Michelle for opening their home to us, we had a great time.


                                                                La Mesa, CA, USA


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Check-in Time: 4:00 pm Check-out time: 10:00 am Pool - The pool is NOT heated. The pool can be heated for $80 per 24 hrs if needed. You will need to call and arrange with the owner if you want to heat the pool. It takes approximately 2 days to heat the pool to 78 degrees in the winter. As the year gets warmer, it will obviously take less and less time to heat the pool, so we just keep track of the hours spent heating the pool to your comfort level. Pool temperatures without heating vary throughout the year. Typical temperatures are in the high 50's November - February , Low 70's March - May and September and October, High 70's June, and low 80's through August. Heating for the pool can be added anytime. You may want to check into the house and decide if the pool is warm enough for you or if you need it heated. You are never charged to heat the spa, it is included in the price.

                                                                20 Reviews
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