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Charming 1 Bedroom Cottage with Tropical Garden Near Gaslamp in San Diego

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vacation rental description

Casita Encanto (Spanish for enchanted little house) is located in San Diego, California, near the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego. Casita Encanto is a charming, luxury, one bedroom, fully furnished cottaget, just 7 miles from downton San Diego in a unique, eclectic, semi-rural neighborhood. We are zoned agricultural with a 1/2 acre minimum lot requirement. Because of the zoning laws, there are no apartment buildings - just one house on each 1/2 acre. As a result, you feel like you are in the country, even though we're just a few miles away from the city. It is very quiet and peaceful here. You will not find any trendy restaurants in this neighborhood, but there are countless of them just a few miles away. We have been in this neighborhood for 19 years and absolutely love it. It is the best kept secret in all of San Diego - as far as I'm concerned.

When you step off the porch of the Casita, you are in the most beautiful, fragrant shade garden. Relax on your private redwood deck and enjoy the pleasure of watching hummingbirds and butterflies play. Smell the extraordinary perfume of the trumpet trees and night blooming jasmine. You can catch the morning sun on the upper deck or the middle deck. Sit and relax in the blue alcove and you will feel like you've been transported to some tropical jungle. Wander into the back yard or down into the fruit orchard and pick some ripe, organically grown fruit. If you are a bird lover, visit the aviary where we have cockateils and budgies. Because we are located in a subtropical environment, our gardens and plants are beautiful year round. We also have great nightime views. Imagine how wonderful it would be to get away from the cold and snow and spend some time here in warm, sunny San Diego. Have a romantic getaway or bring the kids. We can accomodate up to 6 people. Come stay for a few days, a week or a month.

Downtown San Diego is a vibrant, energetic area with many fine restaurants, live music venues and broadway theater. We are very close to Coronao Island and the Silver Strand Beach, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Petco Park, the Convention Center, Seaport Village, San Diego Harbor, the Embarcadero, Old Town, Mission Hills, and much more.

Keywords: Charming one bedroom cottage near the Gaslamp area of San Diego; great nightime views; sleeps up to 6; 125 nt/$700 week/$2500 month.

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Last modified on 04-11-2014 at 9:33 AM.

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cottage rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • cottage
    • floor area 550 sq. ft.
  • Accommodation Type
    • guest house
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • rural
  • Theme
    • away from it all
    • budget
  • General
    • sofa bed
    • iron & board
    • parking
    • alarm clock
    • bottled water
    • ceiling fans
    • filtered water
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • shampoo
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • linens provided
    • clothes dryer
    • parking off street
    • washing machine
    • wireless internet
  • Kitchen
    • freezer
    • oven
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • blender
    • coffee grinder
    • pantry items
    • stove
    • grill
    • 4 ring stove
    • kitchenette
    • kitchen
      • with large capacity convection toaster oven
    • cooking utensils
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
  • Dining
    • dining area
  • Pool / Spa
    • outdoor hot tub
    • jacuzzi
    • whirlpool
    • hot tub
      • Also has an outside shower with complete privacy after dark - hot tub is chemical free
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1:
  • Bedrooms
    • 1 bedroom, sleeps 6, beds for 4-6
    • bedroom 1:
    • convertible bed(s):
      • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in the bedroom with a 2" visco elastic foam topper, Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) portable crib and playpen, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Ethan Allen sleeper sofa with easily inflatable air mattress and 1" visco elastic foam topper
  • Entertainment
    • television
    • radio
    • games for kids
    • dvd player
    • cd player
    • stereo
    • satellite / cable
      • HD
  • Outside
    • beach chairs
    • wood deck
    • outdoor grill gas
    • patio
    • porch / veranda
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • lawn / garden
    • outdoor grill
    • lanai / gazebo
      • This is one of the decks. French doors in the Casita open up to this lovely deck overlooking a hedge of beautiful flowers and plants.
    • deck / patio
      • We have three decks -- each with their own ambiance
    • gazebo
  • Suitability
    • pets considered
      • Dogs only and under certain circumstances agreed to by owner in advance. Sorry cat lovers - too many people are allergic.
    • non smoking only
    • children welcome
      • Kids love Casita Encanto. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore in a safe environment and my dog Oso absolutely loves kids - he is very gentle and kind.
    • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
    • wheelchair inaccessible
    • long-term renters welcome
  • Onsite Services
    • massage
  • Notes
    • Fabulous environment with beautiful, fragrant garden and seating areas. Country-like setting, minutes from downtown. Furniture is luxurious and comfortable. Three inch memory foam topper on queen bed.

activities and attractions in San Diego San Diego Area

  • Attractions
    • cinemas
    • museums
    • theme parks
    • restaurants
    • zoo
    • live theater
    • botanical garden
    • marina
    • recreation center
    • water parks
    • arboretum
  • Leisure Activities
    • sight seeing
    • boating
    • miniature golf
    • shelling
    • shopping
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • gambling casinos
    • outlet shopping
    • paddle boating
    • whale watching
    • walking
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • fishing
    • mountaineering
    • roller blading
    • tennis
    • pier fishing
    • snorkeling
    • water tubing
    • deepsea fishing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • swimming
    • sailing
    • cycling
    • wind-surfing
    • water skiing
    • mountain biking
    • surfing
    • snorkeling/diving
    • parasailing
    • rock climbing
    • hiking
    • jet skiing

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  • 2nd phone 619 813-0644

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Peak Season
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
2 nights
Comic Con
Jul 23 2014 - Jul 23 2014
Flat fee
1 night
Off Season
Sep 1 2014 - Jun 30 2015
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Dogs are accepted without additional fees. We do ask that all dogs be treated for fleas, that you cover the furniture and that they be friendly to other dogs.
Tax Rate 11.05%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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traveler reviews for this san diego cottage rental

Beautiful tropical getaway with every amenity imaginable!

Review submitted: February 1, 2014   Date of arrival: January 5, 2014

Wonderful place! The guest house and gardens are very well maintained - next time we will spend more time there. It is near everything you may need as far as groceries, restaurants, and tourist facilities. The bed is very comfortable, the living area more than adequate, and washer/dryer very nice addition. Everything you could need for cooking any meal is provided and the property is very clean and beautiful. The owners/hosts were fabulous! We will be back...cannot wait!

Recommended for: age 55+, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

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The Capt. and his Lady

Review submitted: June 26, 2013   Date of arrival: June 5, 2013

What can we add to the very favorable reviews listed above. Having lived in San Diego County for 50 years, the Encanto experience was delightful. The access to the major freeways made this a most desirable location for our visits to old friends. The surroundings enabled us to entertain friends. We were impressed with the gardens and the cleanliness of the Casita. We were used to "June Gloom" but the Casita's location was excellent for June weather. We can not say enough for the courtesy of the owners (and their guardian dogs). Having off-street parking was certainly a plus. When we return to the Mainland, we always pick a new place to stay. We would, without hesitation, recommend the Casita.

Recommended for: age 55+, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

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Very peaceful and convenient

Review submitted: April 29, 2013   Date of arrival: April 23, 2013

A fantastic property. The unit was clean and well supplied when we arrived and the owners are a joy to meet. The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen among the best equipped we've ever encountered. The whole unit is very comfortable and the deck was a fantastic place to relax in the evenings or have a spot of breakfast before heading out for the day.

The location of the unit makes having a car a necessity, but being so equipped, you will find it to be very close to almost anything you may want to see in the area. The freeway is very close and it seemed we were able to get to almost all of our destinations within 10 minutes. Very convenient, and a small price to pay for absolute quiet and solitude in the evenings. Far better for travelers with small children who might appreciate a locale away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown.

All said, we had a lovely time. The pictures don't lie; this is a very nice place to spend a few days, or preferably more! The garden is stunningly pretty and the dogs make great company (Hi, Oso & Mo!).

Great value. If we're in the area, we'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

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

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This vacation rental has been listed since 02/1/2011.