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Gated 2-acre playground with heated pool, hot tub, firepit, and 5+ bedrooms

Mount Helix, La Mesa, CA, USA
  • Estate4375 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Located just 15-20 minutes from downtown San Diego, local beaches, the San Diego Zoo and just minutes to great shopping, our home is nestled high atop Mt. Helix, on a 2+ acre gated estate. You will have security and unobstructed 225 degree panoramic views from Mexico to the North Coast. This custom, single story home encompasses over 4,300 square feet of comfort with 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, a bonus room/office (can be used as a private 6th bedroom), and views from every room.

Truly a unique property with so much to do! Relax in the private courtyard while playing croquet, lounge in a hammock next to the newly remodeled pool, roast s’mores around the outdoor fire pit, or challenge a rival to a game of foosball while watching the sunset.

Living Room Features:

• Comfortable, large sectional sofa

• Gas Fireplace

• 65” Flat Screen TV

• Ocean views

• Floor to ceiling windows, with double doors leading to private courtyard and west facing doors opening to panoramic ocean views.

Kitchen / Dining Room Features:

• 5-burner gas stove top, double oven, Bosch dishwasher

• Fully stocked to prepare any meal! We have your basics covered from spices and oils to pots and pans to glassware and dinnerware for up to 12 people.

Outdoor Features:

• Custom pool features a gently sloping beach entry ideal for kids, surrounded by grass, beautiful views and plenty of outdoor seating (additional fee to heat).

• Enjoy grilling on our large Traeger Pro Smoker

• Playground w/ swings, tether ball, monkey bars, and a 100 sf playhouse

• Outdoor gas firepit overlooking pool with ocean views

• Peaceful, gated grass courtyard with outdoor seating & dining table, accented at night by string globe lights

• Over 2 fenced acres to explore, roam and play.

Other Amenities:

• Sonos wireless sound system

• Full sized crib, pack n’ play, toddler car seat, stroller, and high chair available upon request

• Driveway Parking for up to 6 cars (no street parking)


• Our home is centrally located to ALL, in a quiet neighborhood with easy freeway access

• Beaches – Coronado (15 mi), Ocean Beach (16 mi), Mission Beach (17 mi)

• Sand Diego State University (6 mi) and Qualcomm Stadium (9 mi)

• Gaslamp Quarter / Petco Park / Airport (12 mi – 14mi)

• San Diego Zoo (14 mi)

• International Border (19 mi)

Please note before booking:

This is not a party house. Our home is tucked away in a quiet residential area, and is not suitable for parties, large gatherings or loud outdoor music. We kindly ask that you do not exceed the maximum guest occupancy, and respect our home and neighbors by adhering to designated quiet times (10:00pm – 8:00am).

* There is a pool heating fee if you elect to heat pool. Pool heating rates are subject to change.

November – March: $125 for the first day (the day you check-in), and $65 per day (or partial day).

April – October: $90 for the first day (the day you check-in), and $45 per day (or partial day) thereafter.

Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed and we receive full payment.

We have five chickens that reside on the property. During the day, we normally allow them to free range in fenced coral and at night we keep them locked securely in the coop. Each day the girls will lay 3-5 fresh eggs in the nesting box between the coop and shed. You are welcomed to collect eggs from the nesting box outside the coop. When we are not on the property, we keep the girls in the coop. If you do let them out during the day, please ensure that you put them back in the coop before 3pm for their protection. Thanks!

Feel free to call, email or text us with any questions or special requests.


Melinda & John Vaughn

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.
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
About Melinda & John Vaughn

My husband and I were both born and raised in San Diego, and have lived in La Mesa for over 15 years. We are particularly enamored by the Mt Helix area, and believe it is truly a hidden gem. Avid travelers, we only recently discovered the joys and benefits of vacation home rentals as an alternative to traditional hotel stays. When not working on, or playing in our home, you will find us enjoying family time outdoors or sneaking off for a weekend away. We are very proud of the home and property we have painstakingly remodeled over the past 4 years, and are so happy to be able to share our special home and the “experience” it offers to others.

Melinda & John Vaughn purchased this Estate in 2012

Why Melinda & John Vaughn chose Mount Helix

A great home for the whole family with plenty of indoor and outdoor shared 'activity' space (pool, fire pit, playground, courtyard, etc.) while still affording each guest some privacy with 5+ bedrooms and 5+ bathrooms on over 2 acres of land. A tremendous value for such a spacious home and property within close proximity to major San Diego attractions!

What makes this Estate unique

Simply put: Location, privacy, views, comfort, security and endless activities!


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


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Guest Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Guest Bedroom 2
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Full futon with Private bathroom
      • Guest Bedroom 3
        1 queen, French door to outdoor patio and private bathroom
      • Guest Bedroom 5
        2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, Private bathroom
      • Guest Bedroom 4 / Master Suite
        1 king, French doors to outdoor patio and private bathroom


        • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • Guest Bathroom 2
          toilet, tub, shower
        • Guest Bathroom 3
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Guest Bathroom 4
          toilet, shower
        • Guest Bathroom 5
          toilet, shower, Shared
        • Guest Bathroom 6
          toilet, Shared
        • Master Bathroom
          toilet, tub, shower

          Location Type

            • Mountain View
            • Ocean View


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


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Iron & Board
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Fireplace
                          One wood burning fireplace and one gas fireplace
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Steamer and clothes iron also provided.
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          Parking for up to 5 cars. Garage not included in rental.
                        • Towels Provided
                          Two bath towels and 1 pool towel provided for each guest.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Detergent pods provided (2 pods per day).


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Coffee maker will use ground and whole bean coffee. We provide coffee filters, regular and decaf organic ground coffee.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Kitchen stocked with all of the cooking basics, including pots, pans, and serving for 12 people.
                            • Dishwasher
                              Bosch dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Double oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Kitchen is stocked with a wide array of condiments, spices, coffee, oatmeal, kids snacks, and Smore's fixings.
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              5 burner gas range
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 10 people


                                    • Books
                                      Kids books in the music room, and adult books throughout home.
                                    • DVD Player
                                      DVD player in master bedroom and PS3 in Guest Room that plays DVD's with 30+ movie DVD's.
                                    • Foosball
                                    • Games
                                      Cards, puzzles and several board games.
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Dish cable and HBO on the Living Room TV only.
                                    • Stereo
                                      There are 2 Sonos speakers (in living room and dining room) that you can wirelessly control from your phone or computer. You will need to download the Sonos Controller App to access.
                                    • Television
                                      We have 4 TV's: LR - Cable, HBO, Netflix, Amazon Prime Office - Roku with Netflix, You Tube, and Amazon Prime Music Room (BR #4) - PS3 with Internet Master BR - Roku with Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
                                    • Toys
                                      Inside and outdoor toys available, including pool floats, and safety water vests.
                                    • Video Games
                                      PS3 Play Station with 20+ games


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Private courtyard with over 1,000sf of lawn
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Traeger Pro smoker and combo grill


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair accessible
                                              Pool area located on second level, and not easily accessible by wheelchair.

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Heated Pool
                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  Enjoy a soak in our above ground hot tub located adjacent to pool deck with great skyline views.
                                                • Private Pool
                                                  Custom pool with beach entry, lounge chairs, pool toys, and great views. We also have a pool heater. There is a pool heating fee if you choose to heat pool, and pricing varies by season.


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

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • racquetball
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • wind-surfing

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 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.

                                                                  32 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great Family Vacation Home

                                                                  Kara C.

                                                                  The property was exactly as pictured. Plenty of space for all 10 of us. Loved the pool, hot tub and fire pit -- used all of these amenities daily. So nice to have speakers outside, too. Hope to have the opportunity to return again on a future trip. Thank you, John and Melinda!

                                                                  Best family vacation at an amazing property

                                                                  Jen L.Traverse City, MI

                                                                  Our entire family - 9 in total - traveled to California for a family vacation and found a true gem in this property. Everything was exactly as pictured and described. The house is laid out fantastic for privacy, yet it has room for gathering for meals and entertainment. John and Melinda were gracious hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. They even supplied fixings for s'mores....what a treat. We will cherish our memories from this vacation and if given the chance would love to rent the property again. Thank you for having such a wonderful home.

                                                                  Golf Vacation

                                                                  Byron F.

                                                                  After reading all the 5-star reviews of this home, we rented this home hoping to find a great stay. We expected to find at least 1 thing wrong with the house. We found nothing wrong. By far the best house we have ever stayed in the 15+ years of golf vacations. Amazing place. If we ever go back to San Diego, this will be our only option.

                                                                  Comfortable, homey, clean, home perfect for families and groups

                                                                  Bradley L.

                                                                  I can’t count how many times all 11 of us at one point just sat down and said “wow.” This home was perfect for the group that we had. Our thought going into the trip was that we wanted a place that is not only large enough to accommodate 11 people but also private enough that we could spend a lot of time just being outside together. During our Sunday-Thursday stay we left the house to grab lunch in Oceanbeach and that was it. With the front courtyard, patio, fire pit, and pool area with lots of seating, we didn’t have a reason to leave. We were comfortable anywhere on the property and when the conversation moved inside at night we had plenty of space for that too. Even with the size of our group we were all able to eat our meals together at the large dining room table (which was covered with plates of food made on the Traeger out front.)

                                                                  Melinda and John, thank you for sharing that piece of paradise with us. I know we’ll be talking about the 7 massive palm trees and the incredible sunsets that we witnessed at Seven Palms in La Mesa for a long long time. If we find ourselves looking for a VRBO in SD area again your place will top the list.

                                                                  Great House with an Amazing View

                                                                  Monica G.

                                                                  We have stayed at many vacation rentals for our family holiday every year. This is the first time we really wanted to write a review. First is the view, the sunsets are breathtaking, the ocean is a few miles away, but you can see all of San Diego and the ocean. The location is great, close enough to the cool things in San Diego but up on this beautiful hill. But what stands out is how well the house is stocked for guests, even to the smallest details (water bottles by the side of each bed). We even enjoyed fresh eggs from the chickens on the property. Melinda and John were excellent hosts, they helped us out a couple of times, gave us great recommendations and replied almost immediately when we had a question. We hope to come back to this house in the future. I would happily recommend this one.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks so much for taking the time to write the review...We truly appreciate the kind words and great feedback! It was a pleasure meeting you and we look forward to your return. Take Care!

                                                                  Great get-away home with all the comforts of home.

                                                                  Loretta L.

                                                                  Excellent in terms of comfort, space, and location.


                                                                  Mount Helix, La Mesa, CA, USA

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Rates are based on a maximum occupancy of 10 people. Pool Heating: There is a pool heating fee if you elect to heat the pool. Fees vary by season, as it is much more expensive to heat the pool during colder months. Please let us know in advance if you’d like heating as it can take up to 24 hours to heat up to 80+ degrees. You may pay the pool heating fee separately by check or cash upon arrival. * November – March: A pool heating fee of $120 for the first day (the day you check-in), and $60 per day (or partial day) thereafter will be assessed. * April – October: A pool heating fee of $90 for the first day (the day you check-in), and $45 per day thereafter will be assessed. This is not a party house. Our home is tucked away in a quiet residential area, and is not suitable for parties or loud outdoor music. We kindly ask that you do not exceed the maximum guest occupancy of 10 persons (unless prior permission has been obtained), and respect our home and neighbors by adhering to designated quiet times (10:00pm – 8:00am). Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed and we receive full payment. Please note that we are only booking one year in advance. We do (tastefully) decorate our home during the holidays!

                                                                  32 Reviews
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