About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Your vacation home-from-home is this delightful early 1930s detached, compact cottage in North Park -- one of the most popular renaissance areas in and around San Diego.
North Park has been listed # 13 on Forbes' list of the 'hippest' neighborhoods in the US, the area is a vibrant, diverse urban village with a life of its own.
Your North Park cottage has two bedrooms, one with a Queen bed, and the small bedroom with bunk beds. Living room sofa converts, with one swift tug, into a Full Size bed. Your compact cottage was recently remodeled inside, with full kitchen, nicely equipped and a few ‘extras’!! TV with all the channels you’ll need: ESPN, Live EPL soccer, Disney Channel, Local, Netflix, etc. WiFi. Plenty of DVDs for the kids, games, and books for all.
Sunny deck with Sunbrella and BBQ for the warm summer, spring, and fall evenings (or nearly every day of the year in SD). You will instantly feel part of the neighbourhood.
Just one mile from Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and a pleasant drive to downtown San Diego or Coronado Island, this location cannot be beat. As today’s neighborhoods often demand, this is a very walkable area, with Mexican carry-outs, restaurants pizza joints, and healthy sandwich shops. Supermarket at end of street. The library is just another four blocks away. One of the oldest piano restaurants in SD is two blocks down the street, lovely steaks and seafood, and in later hours, singing.
A 15 minute walk in either direction will give you the choice of 50 or more restaurants to choose from, including the Hillcrest area and North Park's growing artsy, restaurant and brewpub hub. Only two blocks away, the Lafayette Hotel (houses the Red Fox) also has a $20 full-day charge for us locals to use their pool and hotel facilities, great for the kids. If none of this works, buses run from two blocks either side of your home to Downtown, or if you prefer Uber and Lyft, always no more than 2 minutes away, and you can be downtown in 10 minutes.
Just one area of Downtown offers you the wonderful Gaslamp Quarter which occupies 16 square blocks where Victorian buildings meet modern skyscrapers. This area houses the city’s finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and retail shops, as well as offices, condos and residential lofts. This part of San Diego also has rich cultural offerings that include theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums – not forgetting Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team.
Back closer to home there are huge shopping Malls: Mission Valley and Fashion Valley, both with major anchor stores such as Nordstroms, Target, Macy's, Bed, Bath & Beyond etc, and both have multiplex cinemas. Just a 5-10-minute drive.
Regular close bus routes run to Downtown, Balboa Park, The Zoo, Mission Valley and Fashion Valley.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
About Ron Choularton
Originally from Manchester, England. After some time working on a cruise ship years ago, and marrying an American lady we spent a few more years back in the UK. On moving permanently to the US we bought a VW poptop in which we lived, and travelled for a year before settling down in this wonderful city of San Diego, and making a family. I bought this property in North Park in 1991.
Ron Choularton purchased this Cottage in 1991
Why Ron Choularton chose University Heights
I was lured to North Park as it was barely beginning the renaissance it has been going through for 25+ years. I have never regretted my move as the area has become one of the most desired neighbourhoods to live in San Diego. I particularly like the very appropriate description 'walkable neighbourhood'.
What makes this Cottage unique
I know many, depending on their needs, consider their home to be perfectly placed, but a quick look at a map will illustrate that your home here is just that -- equi-distant from Highways 805 and 163 to the east and west, Highway 94 to the south. Highway 8 is just a few miles to the north and if you follow it west you will be led to the beautiful Mission Bay. There you will find grassy shores to picnic, little beaches and shallow water for the little ones. Lots of water sport, walking, biking, roller blading etc. Also via Hwy 8 is Old Town, the original San Diego 'downtown' with it's Mexican influence and history. Wonderful variety of Mexican restaurants and sightseeing, even a theatre. Downtown, can be achieved in 10 minutes, or a 'green-light' drive (I've done it many times). Airport 15-20 minutes. Park, pool, tennis courts, cycling velodrome (currently under renovation), disc golf just a 10-minute walk down your street. Balboa Park and all it's wonders: Museums, Theatres, plants, Ruben H Fleet Space Center, Arts Centre, and childrens' attractions. Restaurants, supermarkets, retails shops in all directions. In less than 45 minutes heading east on Hwy 8 you can be in the Cleveland National Forest: camping boating, and sightseeing at one of California's old settlements of Julian. Only three blocks away from your home you have access to one of 180 DecObike stations, a solar powered credit card operated bike rental network from as far south as Barrio Logan/Coronado Bridge, and reaching north to Pacific Beach (taking in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and the beautiful Mission Bay!! Just a few things to look forward to on your arrival.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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.
Ron is a fantastic host!
Ron and his cottage were great! The home was in perfect condition. Clean and inviting. The location was very central. Just a couple minutes from the zoo, and 15 minutes to Downtown and the beach. I would recommend this home to anyone looking! Thanks Ron!
Come back soon, you guys are a pleasure to know!!! Hope your trip back went smoothly with the little gem!!
San Diego Cottage
We had a great stay at Ron's cottage! Worked great for our family ( 2 adults, 1 infant). The house was very clean and had everything we needed. We did have some trouble parking, but I think that is to be expected anywhere in SD. Thanks Ron!
Thanks Matthew, It was great chatting with you guys, and meeting your beautiful little daughter. I hope to see you all again soon!!
Location, Location, Location!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Ron's cottage. We brought our three grandchildren down to San Diego to visit our son and his fiancé who live less than two blocks away from the cottage. We spent a lot of time on the outdoor deck barbecuing, playing board games and enjoying the cool nights. Ron's cottage is centrally located and close to freeway assess which was perfect for our day trips to Sea World and Lego Land. Ron was a very gracious host and and made it clear he was available should we need his assistance. We would definitely stay at the cottage during future visits to San Diego.
DiAnne, you and your family, and other guests I met were a pleasure to host. I am happy that you were happy, and that's my goal always. I'll look forward to hosting you all again!!
Friendly owner with quirky home in great location
My husband and friend stayed here during SD Comic Con. The cottage is located in a nice neighborhood (University Heights I think) just south of El Cajon. There were plenty of staples in the kitchen which made breakfast easy. There's also several restaurants in short walking distance (we tried Mama's (mediterranean) and Hope 46 for brunch at the Lafayette Hotel)
There were a few small downsides that I think are important to mention.
I'm usually good about filtering for A/C, but b/c it was SDCC, there were few affordable options. This cottage has no air conditioning. In July, this was very tough, especially after waiting in the heat for hours to get into panels... you just want to come home, relax, and cool off. It took several hours for the house to cool down after night fall. Sleeping hot and sticky is no fun. However, there were fans that helped -- a stand up fan in the living room, a ceiling fan in the master bedroom, and only one small fan in the bunk bed room (that could only be directed to the top bunk).
The other major issue (that we were aware of before we rented) was that the bunk beds are located in large closet that is only accessible by walking through the master bedroom and then the bathroom. Basically, the floor plan from the front door is to walk through the living room, then through the master bedroom, in order to reach the bathroom. There's another door in the bathroom that leads to the the bunk bed closet. The kitchen is on the right side of the cottage (opposite the master bedroom). This setup is probably okay for parents and their kids, but we were a couple and a third adult which made for interesting navigation at night (my husband and i wanted to retire early and my friend was still in the living room -- he had to walk through our room to go to bed).
I don't include these things to deter you, but I think it's best to be fully informed. Ron was a lovely host and made our stay very easy. The location is great, but you should be aware of the quirks of the house.
Small with nice atmosphere
This is perfect for a family stay. We found it nice and centrally located. But be warned-it is small. The outside patio was a hit among friends.
Thanks Anthony, you and your friends were a pleasure to have as guests. A great party weekend for you all for sure! Thanks again.
Great host, central location, fantastic local restaurants
We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage. We had breakfast every morning on the patio, enjoying the weather! Neighborhood was quiet. Ron was a great host, and recommended several fantastic local restaurants for dinner, all within walking distance. Location was central to all the places we wanted to go (zoo/Balboa park, Coronado, downtown, La Jolla and Torrey Pines). Beds were comfortable, even the bottom bunk for this 30-something mom! Ron was very responsive to questions before and after booking and was available if we needed anything during our stay. On street parking was a bit inconvenient, but we always found a parking spot without too much trouble within about a block. Kitchen was well stocked with everything you'd need.
Layout worked well for our family of 4, but as another reviewer noted it is small as you walk through one bedroom to get to the bathroom and second bedroom. Was not a problem for our family, but may not work for people that aren't "close". Overall I highly recommend!
Smashing meeting you and the whole family Melanie. It was always enjoyable chatting about your day out (before and after). I actually enjoyed being 'terrorised' by your son, we had a few laughs!! Tell your dad I'm still glued to Le Tour on telly!!! Best to you all.
Just one mile from Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and a pleasant drive to downtown San Diego or Coronado Island (via the magnificent bridge or ferry), this location can't be beat. As today’s neighbourhoods demand, this is a very walkable area, with Mexican carry-outs, a plethora of restaurants, pizza joints, healthy sandwich shops, and fast-food stops.. Supermarket at end of the street, and another 'healthy food'/produce supermarket three blocks in the other direction. The library is also close by. One of the oldest piano restaurants in SD is just two blocks away, lovely steaks and seafood, and later in the evenings the entertainment is totally free. A 15 minute walk will give you the choice of 70 or more restaurants to choose from, including the Hillcrest and University Heights areas, as well as North Park. The Lafayette Hotel (houses Red Fox) has a $20 full-day charge for us locals to use their pool and hotel facilities, great for the kids. Morley Field, a large park is less than a mile at the end of the street. There are close to 20 tennis courts, a velodrome, playgrounds, fitness circuit, disc golf, and a municipal outdoor swimming pool. If none of this works, buses run from two blocks either side of your home to Downtown and any other tourist spot you may wish to visit. Or, alternatively, Uber and Lyft are always no more than 2 minutes away, and you will be downtown in 10 minutes. One of the best parts of Downtown offers you the wonderful Gaslamp Quarter which occupies 16 square blocks where Victorian buildings meet modern skyscrapers. This area houses some of the city’s finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and retail shops, as well as offices, condos and residential lofts. This part of San Diego also has rich cultural offerings that include theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums – not forgetting Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team and concert venues. A day-trip to the beautiful Catalina island off our coast can be take from north of San Diego at Dana Point, Long Beach or San Pedro -- the hovercafts and boats all go directly to Avalon. And let's not forget, just a 20-minute drive south sees you in Mexico. The San Diego trolley also runs a line straight down to the border. Tijuana offers lots of cultural differences, arts, food and the friendly people of our border neighbours.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
If guest is booking more than ONE MONTH in advance, two instalment payments are accepted. Please ask for breakdown, thank you. Rates in table are representative and may vary based on number of occupants and specific dates requested. Rates and minimum stays during holidays and special events, such as Comic-Con, are typically higher. The City of San Diego requires that occupancy taxes be charged for stays of fewer than 31 nights (10.5%). Cleaning fee, insurance and refundable security deposit are additional. Rates are subject to change until reservation has been confirmed. For stays of one month or more, there is a charge for bi-weekly cleaning, in addition to a final cleaning fee. This will not be auto-generated via a reservation request – The quote will need be revised to include the biweekly cleanings. INSURANCE TO CONSIDER A frequently asked question: As an option I offer a third-party damage protection policy, which is a nonrefundable fee. The policy (a VRBO backed insurance) protects you and us. If you choose to purchase the policy it will allow me to lower the cash security deposit, present to cover minor damages (such as stained towels or linens or broken plates). The insurance policy covers more significant accidental damages (for example, to furniture, floors, appliances, counters, walls, mirrors, plumbing fixtures, lamps, window glass and coverings, other elements). The insurance also enables you to recover your security deposit in the event of a qualified incident. At time of writing it costs $39 to cover a vacation rental bill of $350 and that will cover you for $1,500. You can click on the link JUST BELOW to access policy info, well worth your consideration. ------- CHECK IN 4pm, CHECK OUT 11am -------