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Zen Retreat San Diego


Property Details

Updated: Aug 27, 2016
House, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 2 Sleeps

Enjoy the feeling of a cozy Zen Retreat on lovely Mt Helix in San Diego county.

Mt. Helix is a short 15 minutes from the San Diego downtown, airport, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.

This is a one bedroom, one bath, with a small kitchen with eating area and full size stainless steel appliances. Central heat and AC. Because the kitchen is small, and only has a small window, therefore can only be used for light cooking (stove top) during the summer heat months. We prefer you not use oven during high heat times, however, there is a toaster oven provided if you need to bake something.

Also note there is a low beam in the kitchen, so must be used with caution.

*Note: Please realize this unit will only occupy two people. (I have been getting a lot of requests for 3 or more people to occupy, there is only one full size bed, and it is not set up for small children. Due to the number of requests, I will not be able to reply to those requests.)

Please see amenity info below. Occupants must be at least 21 years of age, or child with parent. Rental contract is now part of this listing when paying through this site directly. By paying through this site constitutes an agreement to the rental contract terms and will be binding by the state of California. If you reserve through and pay through PayPal, the rental agreement will be emailed and must be signed and sent back within five days. Rental unit is not reserved until both payment and rental agreement are complete.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Speaks: english

14 Reviews

based on 14 traveler reviews

Cincinnati Ohio

Nice cozy place

  • 5 of 5

convenient to downtown, full kitchen, comfortable for a couple.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 5 nights, we had been on a long 3 week vacation,this was our last leg. Kris allowed us to use the washer and dryer, which made things much easier. This location for us was great we have grandchildren in Santee and was a short drive. We had no trouble locating it. It was private, quiet and fit our needs. Thank you for sharing your house with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope to hear from you again in the future. I also appreciate the care you took of my place. *Just an FYI for others reading the review, I would like to note that laundry facilities are not generally included in the rental, and are only made available for guests who stay two weeks or more, unless there is a special circumstance which will be discussed with me. Thank you.
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Cozy In-law Suite

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very communicative and this helped me select this location; I am glad that I did. I only had need a couple of times but they were very easy to get in-touch with and responded immediately. The property is only a few blocks from the interstate but is insulated well enough that there is no noise. There is plenty within walking distance. Within a few blocks there is a convenience store/gas-station and at least 3 restaurants. At just 1.2 miles away there is a shopping mall with everything you could want, including a movie theatre.

I happened to stay during an epic heat wave and the temperature was always cool and comfortable inside. I rarely heard anything even though the owners were upstairs; I did hear a dog bark once or twice but never in the evening and I never saw a dog.

The full kitchen had everything, much more than most would use. I especially appreciated the assortment of teas available to me since I don't drink coffee. The bed was comfy, plenty of pillows and extra blankets, but the sheets could be softer.

I will be sure to see if I can stay again on my text trip out and I will definitely recommend this to my friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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:+: Beautiful :+:

  • 4 of 5

It is a beautiful place to stay. The only things I didn't like were:

1) no cable even though it was listed with cable

2) no dvd player or any way to buy and use one with the tv

3) The owner lives upstairs so if you're a light sleeper, it's difficult to sleep with all the footsteps.

Overall, it's a great inexpensive place to stay. Beautiful and peaceful area with a mall nearby.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My elderly mother's room is above, sorry her foot steps woke you. You are the first person to ever mention that. There is cable TV, but it is just basic cable, so not 100's of channels, and no DVD play was listed in the bio. Hope you had a good time and were comfortable otherwise. Take care. ~Kris
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Relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my 2-night stay at the Zen Retreat. Kris is a gracious hostess and made me feel welcome. I loved being in a residential neighborhood instead of a commercial complex. The hike up to Mt. Helix from the unit was a fun way to spent part of the morning. I would definitely recommend this special retreat.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Jenifer, I didn't realize you walked up from the house, that was quite a trek. They are having a Mary Poppins live theater show up there until August 2nd right now, at the beautiful open air amphitheater. Thank you for taking such great care of my place. You will be welcomed back anytime.
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Comforts of Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to go back to our old stomping grounds for the 4th of July weekend so the search for accommodation began with hotels. I was horrified at the holiday weekend rates so I broadened my search and came across this little GEM!!

We arrived in our scheduled window and met with Kris who gave us a quick tour of the Retreat. As others mention, it is small, but very comfortable for 2 people.

Full sized bathroom with great water pressure (hard to find these days in CA, I bet). Fully equipped kitchen, albeit small. Anything you can think of to need for cooking, most likely, is stocked in this kitchen...even an ice cream maker!! =)

One thing that stood out for us was that Kris offered up fresh oranges from her trees growing in her back yard. There was a juicer in the kitchen, so fresh squeezed OJ was a delight!!

Another bonus for us was that it was walking distance to 2 amazing restaurants nearby. The Brigantine-La Mesa and La Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant. Give them a try!

We hope to make the Zen Retreat our regular accommodation on all our future visits back to SD.

Thanks Kris for a great stay!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah for the great review, and for taking such great care of my place. I am glad you had a wonderful time while here. You will be welcomed back any time.
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From the Owner

Safe & Quiet neighborhood. Close to freeway entrance.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : San Diego International Airport at 14 Miles Nearest Barpub : at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : at 20 Miles Nearest Golf : at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Trolly on Amaya Street at 1 Miles Nearest Motorway : 8, 125 less than at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : More than 10 different restaurants are less than at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : at 20 Miles Nearest Beach : Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and the Bay are all at 15 Miles Car: recommended

Several popular restaurants, and a convenience store, are located within walking distance. Trolley station a mile away. Within a fifteen minute drive you can reach San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park museums, Sea World, and Padre stadium in down town. The Charger stadium is only 10 minutes away. Los Angeles, Disney Land, and other theme parks are less than two hours drive. Three full casinos are within a 30 minute drive. Mission Trails Park for hiking, Cowels Mountain, and lake Murray are within ten minutes drive. Only five minutes to the top of Mt Helix allows you a 360 degree view around San Diego county. Sit and have a picnic or meditate in the open air stadium built in the early 1900s. The area has been felt as an energy vortex for those who are sensitive.

Visit us at www ZenRetreatSanDiego com


Rental rates

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New Years
Dec 31 2015 - Dec 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300

Nightly Rate: $75 - $119

Weekly Rate: $500 - $800

Monthly Rate: $1800-$2000

Three night minimum stay required to receive off peak prices or special deals, otherwise the maximum rate applies for one or two night stays. Rates are higher during peak season and certain holidays. (enquire with owner)
*Restrictions on Deals: Only one promotional deal can be applied per reservation. Free night's sta

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

Full size bed, loveseat, Cable TV, Wifi, towel warmer, foot massager, back massager, and scalp massager available for pampering. Fully outfitted with starter sundries. Central heat and AC is controlled by main house. You have exclusive use to a full kitchen with all the dishes, utensils, pot & pans, Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee maker, Espresso & cappuccino maker. Small patio sitting area . Fresh organic coffee beans and distilled water for coffee maker. For the beach; use of boogie board, beach umbrella, beach blanket, towels, and small ice chest. Pick fresh oranges from our organic orange trees when in season. Juicer available. It's the small details that sets us apart! Come and experience for yourself.

Property Type

  • house


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1
  • Large over-sized shower with double shower hears.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Standard hotel double bed, high thread count cotton sheets, extra pillows & blankets available. Dresser, 2 person love seat couch. Bathroom directly off bedroom.


  • Full size bed, loveseat, Cable TV, towel warmer, foot massager, back massager, and scalp massager available for pampering. Fully outfitted with starter sundries. You have exclusive use to a full kitchen with all the dishes, utensils, pot & pans, Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee maker, Espresso & cappuccino maker. Small patio with BBQ. Fresh organic coffee beans in the fridge, distilled water for coffee maker. For the beach; use of boogie board, beach umbrella, beach blanket, towels, and small ice chest. It's the small details that sets us apart! Come and experience for yourself.

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