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Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
Luxury Compound, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 2 Sleeps

Designed & outfitted for double cccupancy -- this spacious Apartment-Suite offers resort like Indoor/Outdoor Living at its best -- with French doors opening to a flower filled Terrace, ideal for morning coffee or evening glass of wine. Visitors feel transported to tropical Costa Rica, they say. The spacious & comfortable Living Room has oversized windows, leather recliner, down sofa, dining area, and flat screen TV. The fully appointed Kitchen provides dishwasher, microwave, gas range, cooking & serving ware, and washer/dryer. AC is also available for the occasional warm spells. The Master Bedroom has an extra deep queen sized bed with down comforter and TV while the auxiliary bedroom/den also has a queen bed. Set among towering palms, lush foliage, and visting birds, this gated enclave offers two vacation Apartment-suites, and numerous areas for quiet outdoor relaxation. It is located just blocks from fine museums, restaurants, award winning theaters, and the San Diego Zoo. Constructed in 1926 and restored in 2004 this duplex built residence was recently featured in San Diego's Save Our Heritage Organization's Tour of historic homes and gardens. While centrally located near popular Hillcrest and Downtown, this special Hideaway offers an Oasis of tranquility in the heart of San Diego.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom

Recent Review

About the Owner

I spent years restoring this sprawling 3 level Craftsman compound originally built in the 1920's. The lush wraparound gardens provide a resort like environment reminiscent of Hawaii or Bali. The property is walled and gated for added privacy. I have renovated custom homes for over 30 years, and this handsome villa with its two spacious vacation suites continues to delight dozens of repeat guests who reserve a stay here annually.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted to thank you again for your hospitality this past week. We had a great time -- very relaxing! The weather was perfect for us -- we were loathe to come back to 105 + degrees. Your home is beautiful -- and I am in love with the back yard! Thank you again, Lyndsay
Jul 2009
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31 Reviews

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Tropical Oasis at the Park
+1 -6192062274
San Diego San Diego County

Tropical Oasis!

  • 5 of 5
My sister and I just stayed at this vacation rental and we were just THRILLED with the home!!!!!!!! Kent was so friendly and made us feel completely comfortable and welcome!! The location was just outstanding and we felt like everything we wanted to see was within 10-15 minutes by car. The tropical garden that he has created made this rental a tropical garden oasis!!! The rental felt so safe, was very clean, and we just loved the veranda where we enjoyed our breakfasts and late afternoon drinks! We will definitely be telling our family and friends (well, maybe not since we want the place available for us ;~)) about this place and absolutely want to return. Thank you, Kent, for sharing this delightful property with us!!!
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Tropical Oasis at the Park
+1 -6192062274
San Diego San Diego County
Buffalo, NY

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5
This is the third time that I have stayed at one of Kent's properties. Each time I love it more and more. It feels like home. This past time we stayed in the lower unit and my son stayed in the upper unit. We love both properties. The grounds are beautiful and you can see that he takes pride in his grounds. The location is great. You are close to HillCrest and Northpark, the Zoo, Balboa and my favorite beach, Coronado Beach. We love coming back to his property. You feel safe and the neighborhood is very nice. You can park right in front of your unit, and it is steps to the locked gate. The furnishings are beautiful, and if I could of taken the mattress back to Buffalo, I would of. In fact, I looked to see what kind it was!!!! Having the washer and dryer in the unit is great, less to pack. We look forward to returning again, Kent is a wonderful host, and we love going to his properties. Once you stay with him, you will NEVER go to a hotel.
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car
Tropical Oasis at the Park
+1 -6192062274
San Diego San Diego County

New look for an old friend...

  • 5 of 5
I've been staying at Kent's property for more than six years. On a recent visit I was delighted to find that he'd completely updated the Terrace unit: fresh light-colored paint, new wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs, a wonderfully cushy sofa, and a new entrance gate with vine-covered arbor. The sunlight and garden views are as glorious as ever, and Kent remains the best of hosts!
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Tropical Oasis at the Park
+1 -6192062274
San Diego San Diego County
Denver, CO

Beautiful, peaceful, tropical retreat

  • 5 of 5
My partner and I loved our stay at the bungalow. Our spacious unit felt like being in a tree house amongst private tropical gardens with no site or sound of city life. The space is quiet and peaceful. The house is very comfortable and the kitchen felt like I was at home. We cooked, grilled and enjoyed the patio. Kent was very responsive to any needs and accommodating for check in and departure. We both enjoyed running throughout Balboa Park…a stones throw from the driveway and with unlimited activities. We also enjoyed being able to walk to restaurants in both Hillcrest and North Park and a quick drive to the beach. We highly recommend this little piece of paradise and are looking forward to a return ourselves.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Tropical Oasis at the Park
+1 -6192062274
San Diego San Diego County
Nevada City, CA

Good value and home base for exploring San Diego

  • 4 of 5
It is evident that, Kent, the live in owner, takes great pride in his jungle theme creation. This is a well cared for multi-unit complex and Kent is a gracious and very responsive owner/property manager. Upon our arrival, Kent pointed out a large unsightly crescent shaped stain in the living area carpet. The kitchen is adequately equipped for preparing meals and entertaining. The 'Terrace' unit feels somewhat dark and dated inside but evidently other reviewers feel that these design choices complement the retro jungle theme of this property. In this vein, despite the generous size windows in the living room, the interior shows darker than the photos Though very quiet during the day the faint noise of footsteps and a TV could be heard in the evening. The property is in a great location with proximity to down town districts, Balboa Park and the zoo.
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the candid comments. We are currently upgrading the interior with fresh light toned paint and new quality carpeting throughout. Thanks to all my loyal repeat Guests who visit yearly. I hope you enjoy the new Terrace Suite upgrades! Sincerely, Kent
Tropical Oasis at the Park
+1 -6192062274
San Diego San Diego County
Harrow, Ontario, Canada

Beyond all expectations

  • 5 of 5
This was the first time we did a VRBO and we're quite nervous despite having done my research in advance. From the minute we arrived Kent was welcoming, informative and gracious. The apartment was all the pictures portray it to be and we absolutely loved it and it's location. With off street parking we knew our rental car was safe and the oasis was only 5-15 minutes away from absolutely everything we wanted to do. If we ever return to San Diego, We absolutely won't stay anywhere else!
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the excellent review!


From the Owner

Ideal location in Uptown San Diego adjacent Balboa Park, and in a quiet residential neighborhood of charming bungalows and fine homes. This large Craftsman enclave has two vacation suites of nearly 1,000 sq ft each, triple sized parcel lot covering nearly an acre of gardens -- so affords great privacy and beauty in the middle of our city.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

1200 Acre Balboa Park-- San Diego's equivalent of NY's Central Park -- is within walking

distance. A dozen tennis courts, municipal golf course, fine museums, Planetarium, Old Globe

Theaters, the San Diego Zoo, the Prado restaurant, bike and running paths, and hundreds of acres of beautifully manicured gardens for strolling.

Just a mile west is the commercial district of Hillcrest -- home to hundreds

of unique eateries and ethnic restaurants, whole Foods, Trader Joe's, bakeries, coffee houses, boutiques, and entertainment. Recently voted one of America's Ten Best Neighborhoods

(along with San Francisco's North Beach) Hillcrest is noted for its historic character, personality, and lively energy.

Freeway close and only one exit south on I-5 -- Don't miss sensational

Coronado Island....

Home to magnificent beaches, the legendary Del Coronado Hotel (a Grand

Beach side Resort with something for Everyone!), and the charming laid

back pace of this idyllic and exclusive Island.


From $195 Per night

Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
Feb 13 2015 - Feb 29 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning fee $50.00
  • Tax Rate 11.0%

Pre-paid deposit of 50% by personal check secures the reservation. The balance is due in cash, traveler's checks, or cashier's check at arrival.

Nightly Rate: $185 - $185

Weekly Rate: $1000 - $1000

Monthly Rate: $3500 - $3500

$185 is Nightly rate (4 nights Minimum) plus $50 cleaning fee.
$1000 is discounted Weekly rate (7 nights) plus $50 cleaning fee.
Transient Occupancy Tax of 10.5% is added, and sent to City of San Diego.
Stays of a Month or longer are exempt from City's Transient Occupancy Tax. Please contact owner for Long Term Rate quotes.

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Updated: May 22, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Dining Area


  • pets not allowed


  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • 2 TVs, DVD player, complimentary Wifi access, fully appointed Custom Kitchen w/gas range, DW, microwave, fridge, and private laundry. Outdoor Terrace w/ dining table & chairs, Master Bedroom w/queen bed, one bathroom w/tub-shower, second Bedroom w/queen bed, dramatic garden views from all windows. Also provided: coffee maker, quality towels & linens, hair dryer, and other comforts. Located in an established single family home neighborhood, this is a quiet non smoking property. Sorry, no pets. Maid service during one's stay can be provided at extra charge. If this Suite is currently reserved, as there are many repeat guests who reserve 2 to 8 weeks yearly -- there is an additional on site accommodation -- a spacious one bedroom Suite w/ large luxurious Living Room, handsome eat in kitchen, and large Master Suite. See photos & descriptions of it at the VRBO site #260850 or contact me directly about price & availability. It's called the Courtyard Suite, has over 800 sq ft of interior living space and offers secluded patio-courtyard w/lush gardens & fountain.

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