Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

2 bd w/ yard in heart of Old Town-- WE LOVE PETS!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Please refer to listing #479893 for neighboring 1 bedroom!

This adorable two-bedroom cottage has a delightful-- and very secure-- front yard for your four-legged companion(s) to feel right at home, as well as a roomy back area for al fresco dining or just relaxing amongst the foliage.

The cottage is in the heart of all the excitement, history, heritage, and charm of Old Town San Diego, just far enough removed to be a quiet, secluded retreat. Private and tropical, this darling cottage is located in the center of the birthplace of San Diego, walking distance from a plethora of delicious restaurants, quaint and eclectic shopping, Old Town State Historic Park, all in a fun and lively authentic Mexican atmosphere loaded with history.

Visit many FREE museums that explore some of the mysterious legends of early San Diego, offering tours of original historical sites, haunted tours, and more! In addition, you will discover Mariachi shows, music, dancers, live outdoor theatre performances and more surprises as you explore the streets of Old Town on foot.

Close proximity to beaches, Sea World, downtown, San Diego zoo, Coronado and more-- this property is central to all! The Old Town trolley offers a delightful tour of America's Finest City and departs just two blocks away.

San Diego has some of the best public transit in the country, and the public transit depot is less than a half mile away with access to city buses, light rail, Amtrak, and the Coaster, San Diego's own train commuter which travels north and south along the coast. With eight stations between downtown San Diego and Oceanside, it provides breathtaking scenery while allowing guests to explore North San Diego County. Renting a car during your vacation is entirely optional!

Cottage features two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a double bed. Wall-mounted TVs, full upgraded bath with oversized shower, queen-size foldout sofa in living room, completely upgraded kitchen with dishwasher, coffee station, and microwave. Well stocked with everything you need for cooking in if you choose!

Relax with a glass of wine and a book in your enclosed front yard surrounded by California's brilliant bougainvillea, or have a barbecue in the back with your Weber grill.

Also included are two OFF street parking spots! Parking in Old Town is at a premium and you will enjoy two spaces in your very own driveway. For folks traveling with small children, we can provide a high chair and a pack and play.

High speed residential WIFI is included, of course, as well as hundreds of cable channels.

PLEASE NOTE: As we do have a very welcoming pet policy, please advise us ahead of time of any allergies or sensitivities so that we are able to make sure you are comfortable. Cottages are meticulously cleaned after each stay; however, some severe allergies can still be affected by the past presence of animals, so we will do what we can to remove any allergen before your stay. Thanks!

More Details

Dove Kirby
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Dove Kirby

I have been a San Diego resident for close to 20 years now and absolutely LOVE my city. I would love the entire world to have the chance to experience the beautiful place I call home-- even better if they do so from our cottages! :)

I live & love the SoCal lifestyle; am into fitness, animals, and travel-- although no matter what amazing places in the world I may visit, I always love to come home. There is nothing like the San Diego sunshine!

My mother and I manage these cottages with joy; it is a pleasure working together with my mom on something we love so much!

I believe in leaving the world better than we found it, spreading joy and loving one another.

Dove Kirby purchased this house in 2014

Why Dove Kirby chose Old Town

I fell in love with these precious cottages on sight. Walking by them, we saw that they were for sale and knew that they would make for delightful vacation rentals. Old Town is one of the most visited destinations in San Diego and there isn't much in the way of a residential area, much less vacation rentals. What better location than the heart of one of the most vibrant, sought after hot spots in San Diego? The beautiful, lush property sits hidden amongst brilliant bougainvillea and tropical landscaping, and though you are steps away from all kinds of activities as well as some of the best Mexican food in San Diego, you're also tucked just enough away to feel a true sense of quiet & privacy.

What makes this house unique

One of few residences in central Old Town. You could take your entire vacation without getting in a car! Public transit depot is just down the street and there is so much to do within steps of your door.

I fell in love with these cottages on sight, knew they would make wonderful vacation rentals, being so close to so much and smack in the middle of San Diego's #1 tourist destination!


Old Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Newly remodeled bathroom with oversized shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Full bed with wall-mounted TV and closet
    Master - 1 queen , Queen bed with wall mounted TV for your entertainment!
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • walking


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
2 bd w/ yard in heart of Old Town-- WE LOVE PETS!
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Perfect cottage home away from home😊

  • 5 of 5

We were more than happy with our stay. Our cottage in Old Town San Diego was perfect for our first visit. The hospitality of our host was A+++. We were welcomed and shown around the cottage. When we shared our plans for a visit to the zoo she went above and beyond to help us save money. Our dog Milo also got a great welcome with dog treats, a dog bed and Food bowls all ready for him. We were no further than 20-25 minutes from everywhere we wanted to visit. Everyone in our group hated to leave. If we are blessed to visit again we would be thrilled to stay here. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a home away from home in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy! Wow, thanks so much for your thoughtful and glowing review! We just love to read this and know we've done our job. :) It was a pleasure to have you stay and we'd love to have you (and Milo!) back one day. Thanks again and all the best!!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Absolutely charming cottage and great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this old town cottage! Joan and Dove are fabulous hosts and have everything you need for your home away from home. Thanks for making our first San Diego trip a memorable one! We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect location and cute home !

  • 5 of 5

The experience staying in this clean, updated, well decorate, cute house was just perfect ! You walk outside and are in the heart of old town with shops and restaurants. You're 2 minutes from the train to take you anywhere in the SD area, and the little back yard is super cute. It was the perfect place to relax and kick back without the city intensity. To too it off, our host was just the sweetest person ever ! Made our stay feel very homey. Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Charleston, South Carolina, USA


  • 5 of 5

This is a great property. The pictures do not do it justice.

Everything one would need is here. It is all top quality. The cottage is in pristine condition, newly renovated, and sparkling clean. There is ample parking right on the property. Restaurants are easily accessible in old town by walking, or short drive. Beds and furniture are very comfortable, and all communication connections worked flawlessly. As a bonus, there are two beautiful gardens, and many windows offering great natural light and air. Our puppy, really felt at home here.

I would recommend this property to any party of four or less, and I will certainly stay here again if I may.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Cute & Cozy

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying in this cute and cozy home. It was clean, the beds were comfortable, it was quiet and the yard was enclosed and private. Everything in old town was within a very short walking distance, it was great! Our host was awesome, she was friendly and quick to respond. We will be renting this property again soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stephanie, Thanks so much for such a lovely review! We love to hear when guests have had such a good experience. Very happy you enjoyed your stay as much as you did. We do hope to see you again soon! Best, Dove & Joan
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Dallas, TX

Cozy spot with delightful garden, awesome location & great host!

  • 5 of 5

I love San Diego but had never experienced Old Town before, and so I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Dove & Joan's lovely home! Joan was so easy to communicate with and made our arrival incredibly easy and stress free. Me & my guests spent most of our time enjoying the patio & garden areas of the house, although the living area had a super comfortable couch we loved too! Also worth noting the shower was incredibly relaxing. The location was wonderful, there was a market just around the corner from the house all weekend and so many great restaurants and sights were right there in walking distance. Thanks for making our stay so wonderful Dove & Joan, hope to visit again sometime soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Zoë, Thank you so much for such wonderful feedback! We just love to hear when guests have had such a pleasant stay, especially when we hear about something new that they enjoyed (like the shower!) :) We are so happy you had such a positive experience, reading that is why we do what we do. Thanks again and we hope to see you again one day! All the best, Dove & Joan
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

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.

You might like these similar properties