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Cozy Bungalow nestled in the heart of North Park close to everything

North Park, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Bungalow250 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Private 1-bedroom, bath & kitchen bungalow in a serene family compound

A well appointed, newly remodeled 4-room stand alone unit with a separate entry way into a bedroom, with separate bath, kitchen and laundry rooms nestled in the serene Secret Garden. The fenced family compound, with secure on site parking, solar hybrid power, soft water and reverse osmosis drinking water, rain water catchment and landscape fountains, organic gardens of flora, herbs and leafy vegetables, features four furnished patios for dining and relaxation. Our space is an efficient, cozy and peaceful option inspired by "Tiny House" sensibility. For those who value privacy, we are centrally situated in a walking neighborhood with multiple opportunities for dining, nightlife and recreation.

There are three units on our family occupied compound. Main house (owner residence), back gated cottage (family residence) and private guest bungalow. The common area nestled between the three units features an umbrella covered deck with swing, table, chairs and propane BBQ for grilling and dining as well as a hammock and fountain for relaxation. In the garden, there is a private sun shaded patio with cafe seating and lounge chairs. In the front of the compound is a covered porch with cushioned seating for reading and a conversation patio with propane fire pit and umbrellaed settees for four.



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Calendar last updated:
Mar 19, 2018
About Terri

This property has been in the family for four generations. I grew up in the front house moving on as a young adult. I returned as the principal caretaker for the last 20 years. Over those years I have dreamed of creating a magical space and with the support of family and friends, my daughter Kelley and her wife Debbie we have manifested that dream by transforming the family home into a retreat.

Terri purchased this Bungalow in 1936

Why Terri chose North Park

The Secret Garden is a gated family compound of three units, all self contained, separate entrances, with off street parking, very private and peaceful affording autonomy. You will be quite comfortable in the heart of North Park's thriving village. We are far enough from the commercial district to enjoy the quiet of the neighborhood in our tranquil haven, and close enough for leisurely strolls (.2 to .5 miles) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, that yummy dessert or groceries, entertainment (The Observatory .5 miles), (Coin-Op Arcade .8 miles), book stores, boutiques and galleries.

What makes this Bungalow unique

Although centrally located, the property is completely surrounded by fencing and hedges. Once you walk or drive through the gates you will experience an immediate transition to retreat from the city. We have created an environment like none other for the simple pleasure of a life well lived. Come join us and share in the experience.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Private, quiet, 10 x 11 nicely appointed bedroom with full size bed, side table, bistro table and stools, desk, WIFI, Roku streaming HDTV, AC/Heat, great cross ventilation of two windows and a privacy frosted glass door. All bedding provided. (Portable Ottoman foldout single bed with memory foam mattress available on request, $50).


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Sink vanity with two deep drawers for storage.
      • 6 x 7 bathroom with full size porcelain tile shower with bench, 2-drawer sink vanity, water closet, frosted glass privacy doors.Thank you for conserving water.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Gaslamp Quarter for dining and entertainment. Horton Plaza for shopping and free parking with purchase validation.
        • Near The Ocean
          6.4 miles to Mission Bay 7.1 miles to Ocean Beach 7.4 miles to Coronado Beach 7.5 miles to Mission Beach
        • Village
          North Park is for those who like to eat, drink and play with an abundance of breweries, wine bars, restaurants, boutiques and galleries. A .2 or .5 mile stroll will land you in two HUBS of options.


            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Internet
                      WIFI = TVwired2 PW = 0243EMOH
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Senville remote control mini-split for optimum comfort, and remote control ceiling fan.
                    • Fireplace
                      Outdoor propane fire pit with conversation seating
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Senville remote control mini-split for optimum comfort.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Premium 100% cotton sheets, down comforter and quilted spread.
                    • Parking
                      Secured on our gated compound
                    • Towels Provided
                      Charisma 100% cotton luxury towels.
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker with and additional electric Tea Pot.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes, glasses, mugs wine glasses, travel mugs, pots, pans, juicer, prep and cooking utensils, silverware and Osterizer blender.
                        • Kitchen
                          5 x 10 separate convenient well stocked for in-homecooking kitchen area with Breville convection-toaster oven, microwave, double hot plate, refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker & blender.
                        • Microwave
                          Oster 900 watts 9 cubic foot with user's manual.
                        • Oven
                          Breville Smart Oven, convection/toaster with toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, and cookie functions, is large enough to roast a full size chicken. User's manual provided.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee, tea, salt and pepper. dish towels and dishwashing supplies. Thank you for conserving water.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Avanti double wide counter height refrigerator freezer.
                        • Stove
                          Waring professional counter top double burner.
                        • Toaster
                          Breville Smart Oven


                            • Dining
                              Bistro bar and stools conveniently located in the room as well as two patio cafe tables and chairs on the outdoor BBQ deck and on the garden patio.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 2 people


                                • Books
                                • Games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Roku TV
                                • Television
                                  LG 31" High Definition, remote control, wall mount TV with Roku LT Streaming including Netflix and Pandora.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The sun shade covered garden patio with two umbrellaed settees, cafe table and chairs provided for our guests.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Just inside our front gate is the perfectly shaded area under the Gazebo we feature a comfortable hammock for those wishing contemplative relaxing moments.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The path into the Secret garden is nicely appointed with flora and organic produce we are happy to share.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Our umbrella covered deck with grill, swing, table and chairs nestled between the three units is shared with guests for grilling and dining.


                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Outdoor designated smoking area
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


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

                                              Leisure Activities

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

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • golf
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • A wonderful day trip within one hour might include. To the west: Ocean views from the sunset cliffs of Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and the "jewel by the sea," La Jolla village and beach known for it's class A shopping, breath taking views of the cliffs, dining experiences and its picturesque coves. Beach gear provided includes towels, sun shade, cooler, picnic supplies, beach chairs and boogie board. To the north: Enjoy beautiful Del Mar, for a stroll through a quaint village or visit to the famous Del Mar Racetrack. Visit Encinitas, Solana and Leucadia Beaches and Carlsbad home of Lego Land. A scenic drive east to Historic Julian a mountain gateway in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains or venture south of the border to Tijuana, Mexico known for it's street merchants, authentic street tacos and tequila tastings. (passport required)

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 6:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              29 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Lovely and spotlessly clean.

                                                              Tamara G.

                                                              My husband and I will stay at Terri's again. It is so comfortable and there are so many extras. Terri not only provides bathrobes, but has cleverly provided so much organizational storage with hooks and baskets. It truly is a lovely garden retreat and is a very quiet spot while being located so close to shops and restaurants. Terri responded immediately to our wants and desires, but also respected our privacy. Highly recommended!

                                                              North Park stay

                                                              Helen P.

                                                              It is a lovely, comfortable place to stay. We didn't cook while there but could see that it was nicely set up to do that. It's quiet and easy to find and they provide lovely bath towels; an indulgence.

                                                              Adorable and comfortable room

                                                              Josie J.

                                                              This room was so much more than I was expecting and even better than the pictures. It was very cozy and clean and even had some toiletries already stocked for those just in case moments which came in handy for me and my allergies. Terri was very hospitable and kind and even offered some suggestions for my stay. North park was absolutely beautiful with lots of great places to eat and walk around. I absolutely loved it.

                                                              this is a wonderful little place to stay.

                                                              Sally A.

                                                              Great place, clean and modern. I liked it because it was so close to my son's house.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Sally, it was a pleasure to meet you and your son and host your stay at The Secret Garden!

                                                              Perfectly charming.

                                                              Stacey L.Gilbertville

                                                              The Secret Garden was as cozy as I imagined, hosts accommodating and the North Park area has a great vibe. Local coffee shop and grocery/liquor/good eats all within walking distance. Felt safe, welcome and the breeze through the open windows at night was just perfect!

                                                              Wonderful oasis in a great location in San Diego

                                                              Leigh J.

                                                              We needed a relaxing time away from the busy pace of life to celebrate 27 years of marriage. We arrived and found an oasis for our weekend. Terri has created this place by paying attention to small details. Thoughtful design makes for a great place to sit & relax outside or prep a meal & enjoy time inside. We will definitely come back to enjoy future weekends in San Diego.


                                                              North Park, San Diego, CA, USA

                                                              Proximity to Balboa Park and surrounding area (1.3 to 1.7 miles) afford the opportunity for more ambitious walks through Morley Field, Florida and Switzer Canyons, and the Bud Kearns pool (.8 miles), Balboa Park Golf Course (1.4 miles) or Balboa Tennis Club (1.3 miles) for more athletic leisure. A 7-minute drive over the Coronado Bridge reveals the best of a day at the beach. The Gaslamp Quarter (2.9 miles) for all that is nightlife . . . dining, dancing, theater. In addition, Petco Park (3 miles), San Diego Convention Center (3.3 miles) home of Comic Con, and Qualcom Stadium (5.4 miles) are minutes away.

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