reviews for: listing #83921 - San Diego, California House rental

Two homes in one combined w/ a backyard tropical paradise
  • bedrooms  5
  • pool  no
  • type  House
  • baths 
  • hot tub  yes
  • community 
  • sleeps  14
  • pets allowed  no
  • rates (USD) $375 - $500 /nt
    $2,625 - $3,500 /wk
    $10,000 - $12,000 /mth

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great place

Review submitted: July 14, 2014   Date of arrival: June 28, 2014

Had an awesome time in san diego. The house was perfect for my large family.

Recommended for: families with young children

Owners response: Your family was wonderful and very respectful of this immaculate house and neighbors. I'm glad we could help you find and buy your vacation home while you were here. We look forward to helping manage your new home as well. See you soon!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Great place to vacay!

Review submitted: July 9, 2014   Date of arrival: June 6, 2014

We loved our vacation and mainly because of our accommodations! The house provided us with more than enough space for 12 persons and the kids enjoyed playing and sleeping in the kids room/play room. Overall great place to vacay!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Large Gathering Place

Review submitted: April 23, 2014   Date of arrival: April 4, 2014

My family and I live in Orange county so very close by but wanted a family get together somewhere. This was the perfect place. Its very large and spacious. We had a blast in San Diego Old Town, went to see the USS midway (zoo and seaworld was very close but we've been there before) had a very large family dinner that we cooked here and went out to several places for fine dining. We then gathered around the fire ring and had some laughs. A great trip overall and my aunts, uncles and cousins couldn't stop thanking me for finding such an awesome place to do it. Thanks for all the new memories!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing

Owners response: Thanks for staying with us. We are glad you enjoyed our home as much as we do. We hope to have you back again soon!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


As Good as Rentals Get!

Review submitted: December 5, 2013   Date of arrival: November 28, 2013

We take several trips each year and stay in vacation rentals whenever we can. This rental was exactly as described. Very clean and spacious. The home had every amenity you could imagine including bath robes, a welcome gift basket, toys and games for the kids, chocolates, and even discount tickets to some of the attractions the manager knew we were planning on visiting. The property manager also made some recommendations on where to get Thanksgiving dinner and some other great spots. Overall, this was the best experience we have had with a vacation rental and are planning on coming back again.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thanks so much for staying with us. It was a pleasure helping you guys out. We look forward seeing you again at one of our homes!!!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


The best rental we have ever stayed at!

Review submitted: October 23, 2013   Date of arrival: October 10, 2013

This house exceeded all of our expectations.Pictures do not do this home justice The house is gorgeous, well maintained, modern, and has every amenity you could ask for! You can tell whomever takes care of this house takes a lot of pride in it. The home was extremely well stocked with everything and more you would have in your own home.Two coffee makers stocked with a good selection of coffee, creamers, and the like was also available. Essential items needed for cooking were supplied including oils, spices, aluminum foil, etc. Greg the property manager, was very helpful in regards to recommendations on places to eat and things to do. He even arranged a murder mystery tour for us down the hill in Old Town. Almost forgot... The backyard.... What an incredible surprise...Imagine your own private little island resort / getaway. Who would have ever imagined that this could exist in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The BBQ was great, the fire pit was so nice for the cool San Diego evenings, the hot tub was perfect and relaxing after a long day and the entire home had been setup for music inside and outside of the home which just added to the entire experience. The home is close to everything... short distance to the bay, Sea World, restaurants, and convenience stores. Greg was great to work with and even had a gift basket for us with wine and basic items to make our trip great. We plan on making this an annual trip and will be staying here or at another of Greg's properties for years to come. This home and experience was nothing short of amazing!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thanks for the great comments. We love the house too and glad you appreciate it too. We look forward to having back in San Diego soon!

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Jan Clark's Birthday Vacation

Review submitted: October 8, 2013   Date of arrival: September 24, 2013

I felt that the house was great! We had a good view, it was private, close to everything. The house was clean and comfortable and I would recommend to others.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Great trip to San Diego

Review submitted: October 7, 2013   Date of arrival: September 24, 2013

very nice, outdoor space was great, located in a very nice area.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing

Owners response: Thanks so much. Were glad you enjoyed the home. Were looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Hickory House

Review submitted: October 5, 2013   Date of arrival: September 24, 2013

The Hickory House experience was nothing short of spectacular. Spacious and welcoming, it provided comfortable living during our five-day stay. We made good use of the fire pit and hot tub - both made our evenings relaxing. The house was clean, and with bedrooms separated from one another, it allowed for some members to stay up late without disturbing others who needed their sleep. The balconies were an added touch - nice to sit and drink our morning coffee or our evening glass of wine. The privacy of the patio with waterfall and foliage just made for a welcomed intimacy. It is centrally located. I would recommend to everyone. We couldn't have chosen a better place to spend our time in San Diego!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thanks so much for the nice comments. We work hard to give everyone a great and memorable experience at the house. We look forward to having you back soon!

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Nice house, not so nice service

Review submitted: September 25, 2013   Date of arrival: September 20, 2013

I stayed in this location for an extended weekend recently and left with mixed feelings. The house itself is nice, great location, nice size, wonderful accomodations. It was right by Old Town San Diego, with a nice path through the park so you can walk there safely. Old town has many shops and restaurants and also a trolly station that will take you directly down town. On the other hand, our entire group agreed that we had expected a bit more in terms of the ammenities specified in the vrbo description. For instance, the hot tub was cold upon arrivial, we were told it would take about 9 hours to heat up. 9 hours later it was still ice cold. I emailed, called and texted the property management company who responded 24 hours later (by that time it was the last day of our stay) and told me to pull the filter out. This worked, but I wish I had never seen how absolutely disgusting the filter was, and much of the debris washed back into the hot tub - gross! The fire pit was also broken, as were many of the outside chairs, and the stovetop in the main kitchen. Additionally, the property management agency was extremely hard to get a hold of throughout the reservation process and our stay. I had to leave numerous messages, emails, texts, etc. with the agency in order to arrange the reservation dates, entrance into the house, and payment, and have also been receiving a lot of spam from them since. I would have expected an agency to be much better equipped to provide for their customers. It was just not what I would have expected for the price I paid for the rental. I would recommend the house especially for large groups and families, but would caution future renters to be ready to have to harrass the company a bit to get in touch with them, and not expect too much from the ammentities.

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, tourists without a car

Owners response: Were sorry you had less than a wonderful experience at our property. We do try to ensure that each guest has a great experience in all our homes. We did respond within minutes about the hot tub and only asked you remove the filter so the tub would start heating up again. We never heard from you about the firepit or any other issues until this review. We would be happy make sure you are happy if you visit us again.

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Sprawling, spacious, lovely house

Review submitted: May 7, 2013   Date of arrival: April 13, 2013

Our two families (each with two adults, two toddlers and two preschoolers) stayed at the house. We all had different sleep patterns, but the house was big enough that one family could be awake playing, eating breakfast and puttering in one wing of the house without disturbing the other (sleeping) family. We wished we'd had more time to just relax on the little decks outside each master bedroom. All the rooms were spacious and clean. Backyard was gorgeous (the hot tub was great). Neighborhood is gorgeous, with very cool architecture, and the walk to Presidio Park was short enough for the toddlers to manage. We did scurry around child-proofing when we first got there, like lifting fragile items out of reach and stashing a wood-and-fabric screen before little hands could tip it over, but the house was otherwise pretty kid-friendly. Within 15 minutes of the airport, zoo and Sea World.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing

Owners response: Thanks for staying with us. We are glad you enjoyed the home as much as we have.

Helpful votes: 2 / 3


House is good, but......

Review submitted: April 20, 2013   Date of arrival: March 28, 2013

The house is fine and as described. If we were rating only that, our rating would be good or excellent. It is a lovely place in a nice neighborhood. There are nice flower arrangements and interesting art. (not a good place for rambunctious children!) (Thank goodness ours were well behaved!) It worked perfectly for us since it literally had 3 private spaces. (But bring earplugs especially for the top floor bedroom if you are a light sleeper -- there is, as in much of San Diego, highway and airplane noise). Our only complaint about the house itself -- relatively minor -- was that the bbq was too rusty and did not work. The disappointment and negative for us derived from the fact that it is not owner operated as it says on this website but is operated by Pacific Coast Vacation Properties who have some trouble communicating with renters. We were literally forced to buy deposit insurance (so be warned that it will be an additional cost) and heavily pressured to buy cancellation insurance. Emails about these issues were not answered promptly before arrival which led to unnecessary stress on our part. Our early check in at 1:30 PM, that had been confirmed in an email was not communicated to cleaning staff and we were only able to get in because they very kindly allowed us in, warning us that we might be charged an extra day (which we were not). Its really too bad that we experienced these unnecessarily unpleasant interactions because if we had not, we would recommend the place more enthusiastically. It certainly deserves a higher rating than we give it, if one considers only the accommodations.

Owners response: This is the email we sent to the guest after their review of our home.

I wanted an opportunity to address the concerns which led to your less than favorable review of our home and service. In your review, you mentioned you were ‘forced’ to buy damage insurance. I know my reservationist spent a great deal of time explaining why we require the $39 security deposit insurance. She sent you the details of the insurance both from our website and from our insurance carrier. You exchanged multiple emails with her as well. We were never able to satisfy your objection to the charges, which are standard for our company and all our guests, and yet you rented the home anyway. Personally, when I don’t agree with a company’s policies, I simply don’t use their product. I certainly don’t expect them to change their policies for me. You were under no obligation to reserve the home if you were dissatisfied with the policies we use to protect our owners and our guests.

In regards to an early check-in, yes, we did go above and beyond and issued you an early check-in even though we rarely do so. I do apologize that the cleaners were still there when you arrived, but they were doing extra cleaning for you because you had concerns about your allergies. At your request, we purchased and provided you with hypoallergenic pillows. This is something we normally don’t provide, but in our attempt to go above and beyond to make our clients (you) happy, we accommodated your request. Furthermore, we took all the linens offsite and washed them in machines with a steam setting to kill/destroy any allergens you might be allergic too. Both this additional cleaning and the pillows cost us quite a bit of extra time and money. If you had other concerns, we would have liked to have addressed them during your stay, but we weren’t made aware that you were dissatisfied until recently even though we contacted you while you were in the home.

Given the level of effort we put into making your stay a success, I feel your review of our performance was less than fair. We have only 5 star reviews on our site and work extremely hard to make sure each customer has a stellar experience with us. Consequently, our properties and company have been featured in news articles and on TV. The hospitality business is extremely challenging, given the variety of customers we service, and while we strive to do our very best to meet all their expectations, we know we will never make everyone happy.

Helpful votes: 18 / 19


AMAZING home!!!

Review submitted: April 15, 2013   Date of arrival: April 2, 2013

My family and I had a total of 11 people stay in this home for a week and it was great!! There was plenty of room for everyone to feel like they had enough of their own space. The location was fantastic. It was basically 15 minutes away from anything and everything we wanted to do. We visited The Zoo, Sea World, Coronado Island, the beach, Safari Land. It was literally the perfect location.

The company was great to deal with. They were a lot of help with anything and everything that came up. The property manager even stopped by personally to welcome us to the home and see if we had any issues or questions about the home.

Again, I can't say enough good things about this place. Can't wait til our next stay!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners response: We are so glad you loved our home! This is a beautiful, one of a kind property and we take a lot of pride in giving our guests an incredible experience. It was also just featured on 'Sweet Retreats', a reality show about vacation rentals. Thanks again for staying with us!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Marvelous Home and Great Location

Review submitted: October 29, 2012   Date of arrival: September 30, 2012

We celebrated our 50th anniversary with family and friends at the Hickory House location and had a lovely stay. The property manager and the owner, both, came to welcome us and that was very nice. The property is beautifully kept and very clean. We would not hesitate to recommend this wonderful home to anyone. Hopefully, we can return in the not too distant future. Best of luck on your continued success with this property.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway

Owners response: Thanks Kathy,

We work hard to make sure all of our guests have a wonderful experience at each of our properties. We look forward to having you back at one of our homes again soon!

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


Beautiful and Perfect!

Review submitted: June 1, 2012   Date of arrival: May 20, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hickory Home! We had a full house of 14 family members for the week and everything was perfect. The property was well-maintained, clean and fully equipped for a good time.

The home is located in a very nice neighborhood and just minutes away from all the local attractions (Zoo, Balboa Park, Old Towne, Gaslamp District, etc.) and of course the beaches. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a pleasant stay in SD.

Owners response: Thanks so much for the kind words. We work hard to provide all the comforts of home for all of our travelers.

Helpful votes: 6 / 6


Quite a surprise

Review submitted: October 18, 2011   Date of arrival: October 6, 2011

The first thing we noticed was the pictures do not do this house justice. It is simply beautiful. We had 12 in our party and everyone was very comfortable. The views from the upper deck are spectacular. We even had a wedding in the back yard. It was perfect. The neighborhood is very quiet. We found getting around to be quite easy. We had a great time. The next trip to San Diego will be booked thru Greg. We had a couple questions before booking and he called on the phone to help. Great service. Thank you again for the hospitality. David

Helpful votes: 29 / 29

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Amazing - Don't hesitate.. book this house

Review submitted: May 18, 2011   Date of arrival: May 13, 2011

We were the first people to stay at this house and were blown away. The drive up the hill was unbelievable with multi-million dollar homes and incredible views of the bay and skyline. The house was very spacious with hardwood floors and raised ceilings in almost every room. All the bedrooms were spacious and most had views of the bay and/or backyard. We spent most of our time in the gorgeous backyard which had a firepit, BBQ, a waterfall, and hot tub. Even though this house wasn't right on the beach, it was close to almost all of the popular SD attractions including Presidio PArk, Old Town, Sea World, Balboa Park, and the SD zoo. The owner was always quick to answer any questions and had lots of suggestions on things to do and see. Quiet, spacious, clean, and well equipped, you will not regret renting this home.

Helpful votes: 44 / 45


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