Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage

Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage


Property Details

Updated: Oct 1, 2014
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Our Ocean Beach Cottage is located one block from the beach and two

blocks from the Ocean Beach Pier and the lively main street of Newport

Avenue. Sit on the deck and watch the blue ocean - cannot get better

than that! Fall asleep to the sound of the waves...

Lovingly restored cute and charming 1930's Beach Cottage was

completely renovated in 2008, offers all the comforts of a 'home away

from home'. Beautifully designed, true to the beach cottage style,

bright and airy, with hardwood and Mexican tile floors, fully equipped

kitchen, raised ceilings with fans, front and back private decks, & a

lush garden. An on-site laundry facility and a place to safely store your

surfboars are provided.

The Orca Cottage charmingly parades original double-hung windows and a

gorgeous claw foot tub.

Off-street reserved parking (a rare commodity in these parts) is provided.

Sorry, we do not accept pets. No exceptions.

The property offers an additional separte Studio Cottage (the Seahorse) that will sleep four guests. (3 adults and 1 child) Please call us for rates and availability for the Seahorse Studio.

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards

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Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage
+1 480-242-5466
Ocean Beach San Diego County
Twin Cities, MN

It was everything we were looking for and more

  • 5 of 5
We were originally looking at hotels for our trip to San Diego, but I randomly came across this property while checking other options....Our trip was so much better because of it! As soon as we walked in the door, we fell in love with the place. It was very clean and well kept, the kitchen was ready for all of our meal adventures (including some baking). Part of the fun of our trip was being able to make so many meals together...saved us a bunch of money, too. My wife really enjoyed the deck areas, great places to lounge around outside, and the neighborhood is quiet enough (except for the occasional plane overhead) that spending time outside isn't a problem.

The location is amazing! Not only is it close to a beautiful beach, but it's also really easy to get to the interstate. Easy access to everything else in San Diego. But no need to go too far because there's plenty to do just in the neighborhood. Be sure to eat at Hodad's (2 blocks away) during your stay.

The management is great, very easy to get a hold of and ready to answer any questions you might have. We highly recommend this place and hope it's available during our next visit.
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage
+1 480-242-5466
Ocean Beach San Diego County

Perfect Beach house and Location!

  • 5 of 5
This cute Beach house was perfect for our family! Clean clean clean- everything even with windows, I was impressed! Spacious and the owner has thought of just about everything even the beach toys! We enjoyed most days at the beach had fun watching the dogs at dog beach and brought food back to the house and ate dinner outside on the patio so we could enjoy the beautifully landscaped yard with all the native plants, the outdoor deck we used every night! We will definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage
+1 480-242-5466
Ocean Beach San Diego County

Worse than old Motel 6 cleanliness. :-(

  • 1 of 5
What would otherwise have been a nice stay at a quaint beach cottage was very much spoiled by the cleanliness of the cottage. Other than maybe the changing of sheets and towels, it's unlikely any other cleaning has been done here for quite a long time. The bathroom floor was dirty. We swept up enough hair from the bathroom floor to make a good sized hair ball. There was hair (long and short) on the floor and furniture all over the cottage. Inside doorknobs and drawer handles weren't clean - they were sticky and had debris on them. Sorry, that's disgusting. The shower curtain is moldy. The owner makes a big deal about keeping the cottage clean to the point of asking guests to remove their shoes to protect the wood floors, but the floors are of questionable cleanliness, so I wouldn't walk inside barefoot, and walking in socks just gets them dirty. If the cottage was actually clean it would be a nice home base while staying in San Diego.

A few idiosyncrasies:

Although the owner makes a big deal about being "green" (for example with an "on demand" water heater) the water heater is in the laundry shed outside. The flow from just the kitchen or bathroom sink isn't enough to get the water heater to turn on, but turning on the water in the tub is. So to get hot water in the kitchen or bathroom sink, you have to turn on the hot water in the tub and wait about two minutes for hot water in the tub, and then turn on the water in the bathroom or kitchen sink to get hot water at the sinks. We probably wasted more water than we used because of this -- that's far from being green. It's a little inconvenient, but this is a tolerable oddity.

I suggest washing the dishes and utensils you use before using them. The inconvenience of getting hot water to the kitchen probably had prior guests washing the dishes with cold water, so they're of questionable cleanliness.

If you're not familiar with Ocean Beach, you might be surprised by the frequency and volume of airport traffic overhead. Having previously spent many years in OB and San Diego, this wasn't an issue for us.

We left the cottage in cleaner condition than when we arrived, but blew off a day's rent and left a day early because we'd had enough of it. A quaint old beach cottage can be clean. Unfortunately this one isn't.
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to provide all our valued guests with the best possible cleanliness, comfort and services. When you feel that we have failed to meet your expectations, it’s important for us to know, right away! We have a team of housekeeping professionals that carry the VRHP seal (Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals). They all strive to offer quality services & professional standard of cleanliness as reflected in our many favorable reviews. We strive to take great care of you while you are in San Diego as our valued guest!
We regret any inconvenience or frustration that your experience has caused you and do hope to welcome you back! Our guests are generally “WOW”ed by the entire experience of staying at any of our vacation rentals.
To ensure that we are meeting our guests needs, our housekeeping staff conducts themselves in a manner which reflects the high regard that we have for our Guests and properties; we've notified housekeeping management of your complaint and we are taking action!
We can only wish that you have at least taken the time to inform us that conditions were less than satisfactory. We would have had the chance to address this issue immediately! Unfortunately, you have opted not contacted us throughout your stay and have not given us the opportunity to correct the situation.
We do take pride in striving to be as green as possible. We do not, however, claim to have a LEED certification. At least, not yet. Becoming green is a work in progress and we are continuously making improvements to all our rentals. As one can see from the numerous excellent reviews we have received in the past from very satisfied guests, this instance is an exception. We have not received the Vacation Rental of the Year 2012 for not taking care of our guests.
As to having to washing dishes with cold water, we will be addressing amount of time hot water takes to reach the kitchen sink from the on-demand water heater by installing a recirculating pump. There is a fully functional dishwasher in the cottage.
This is a wonderful home and we want to make sure your vacation experience is uninhibited. If you have any questions or conditions are not to your full satisfaction, please contact us and we will be happy to address your questions. We cannot assist if we are kept in the dark! Give us the opportunity to make your stay the best ever!
We look forward to welcoming you back!
Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage
+1 480-242-5466
Ocean Beach San Diego County
Bakersfield, CA

So close to beach! 2nd stay and we love it!

  • 4 of 5
This is our second time to stay at this location. What a lovely view of the surf and sunsets from the front deck. our family of 6 comfortably enjoy this cottage get away. Its easy walking distance to all Ocean Beach amenities. Coffee shops, fun and unique restaurants, antique shopping and much more. We love the OB pier and the pier café.
The owners are very easy to work with and communication is clear and prompt. The place is clean and well outfitted for a family vacation. Easy access to all San Diego locations from the Ocean Beach area.
We hope to stay here again in the future. Would highly recommend.
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage
+1 480-242-5466
Ocean Beach San Diego County

Walking to the Beach

  • 5 of 5
I loved the location, walking distance to everywhere, block from the beach, supermarket, bars, and restaurants. 10 mins from downtown and pacific beach. the whole area is very chill and everyone there is friendly, and also the neighbors. The house itself is very cozy, very modern, with wood floors, stand alone bath tub, all the cooking utensils to cook everything and anything. the patio space in front is quite chill with a view of the beach. I would recommend this location for small group or family, and i would want to return again.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thomas, thank you so much for the great review and we are happy we were able to make your stay enjoyable. Please let us know by email if there is anything that we can improve or add to the Orca Cottage. Cheers, Yasmin
Steps From the Beach - Fabulous Orca Cottage
+1 480-242-5466
Ocean Beach San Diego County
Mesa, AZ

Nice Place, Even Better Location

  • 4 of 5
This was a great place to stay; very close to the beach and stores all within walking distance. The major complaint i have, which is beyond the control of the owner, is that we were directly under the flight path of a major airport! As such, generally from the hours of 6am to 8am, there was nearly constant air noise - and its quite loud. The good news is that having to wake up early to the blast of airplanes allowed us to enjoy early morning walks on the beach.
The house sleeps 4-6, but keep in mind if you bring 6, two of you will be sharing a rather small futon, so be sure you like your bunkmate..alot.
The only other minor complaint i have is the laundry fee. Since you are given only 1 towel/person for a week, if you need to do laundry, its going to cost you. It could be cheaper to purchase cheap towels and throw them away rather than wash them. Its not expensive at about $6/load (wash and dry) but it feels a little like i was being nickle and dimed after paying so much for rental and cleaning. It would also be nice if there was an outdoor BBQ, and maybe some other beach toys for use. Other rentals in the area have more 'extra' amenities which are included in the rental fee.
Other than that, the house is very nicely furnished, and in a great location.
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Located only minutes from the best San Diego beaches and Sea World.

We are 5-10 minutes away from Old Town, Downtown & the Gaslamp

District, the Embarcadero, the Maritime and the USS Midway Aircraft

Carrier Museums, & Coronado is just a short drive across the San Diego

Bay Bridge.

One block from the beach and two blocks from the Ocean Beach Pier and

the lively main street of Newport Avenue. Sit on the deck and watch

the blue ocean - cannot get better than that! Fall asleep to the sound

of the waves...


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Updated: Oct 1, 2014

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Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
1 night minimum stay


  • Nightly Rate: $165 - $295

    Weekly Rate: $1155 - $2170

    Monthly Rate: $4620 - $8680

  • Early Summer - June 1 - June 30: $195/Night .. $1,365/Week .. $5,460/Month
    Summer - July 1 - August 31: $250/Night
    Winter - Sep 1 - May 31: $165/night .. $1,155/Week .. $4,620/Month

    Minimum Stay: 4 Nights

    Tax 11.05%, Housekeeping fee $150.
    $25 admin fee will be charged for all cancellations.


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Family


  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • The Orca Cottage (2-Bedroom): An extra comfortable queen-size bed with a Simmons Beautyrest mattress in the master bedroom will lull you to sleep, a full-size & a queen-size high-end futons with a Tempur-Pedic mattress in the second bedroom and living room will take care of 4 additional guests. A wide-screen LCD TV and a DVD player will keep you entertained. Relax indoors or enjoy the outdoors on the front or back decks in the lush tropical garden. Wireless Internet and an outdoor shower are also available. Sleeps: 6 Size: 800 square feet Photos can be seen in our Photo Gallery Amenities: Towels (1 set per guest) Linen (1 set per bed) Starter Supplies of Paper Products & Trash Bags, & Hand Soap Complimentary Hot Drinks (Coffee, Tea, Cocoa) Cable TV DVD player Coin-Operated Washer & Dryer On-Site Full-size kitchen Microwave Toaster oven Coffee Maker Plates & Bowls Mugs & Glasses Silverware Plastic-ware Suitable for Children Iron & Ironing Board Alarm Clock Radio
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