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Victorian Luxury for a Vacation Home

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Hillcrest - Hardesty House

4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 bathrooms, unique house in ideal location

Experience living in a century old 2-story Victorian house with all the modern amenities, including three beautifully renovated full bathrooms (handmade tiles and Carrera marble), a new kitchen (not large but fully functional), four TVs with DVD, HDTV, internet access with computer terminal and printer, and wireless (WiFi) service for your personal device. All beds are Stearns and Foster with high-quality bed linens, down comforters (seasonal), all meticulously cared for and maintained by Susan. You won’t be disappointed. We are available to answer questions now or any time. (ALSO, please see our brand new property in Mission Hills -- equally as nice and a great location! "Craftsman on the Woods" #854083)

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mark and Susan Brandon
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 December, 2016
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About Mark and Susan Brandon

Native San Diegans. Together for 29 years, Susan and Mark are now your hosts for a vacation rental that has charm and comfortable elegance, with aspects of a B & B. Susan has worked as a chef at a local B & B and created sensational breakfasts for their guests. She has been trained locally and in France. Mark formerly used the house for a professional office, but retired last year. The House has been fully renovated to provide clean and tasteful accommodations.

Mark and Susan Brandon purchased this house in 1995

Why Mark and Susan Brandon chose San Diego County

San Diego is a favorite vacation spot and we are ideally located in an urban neighborhood that is walking distance to many fine restaurants. We are also close to Balboa Park, one of the nation's largest intra-city parks (larger than Central Park in New York). The Park itself is quite an attraction, but it also contains the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Other destinations are within 5 to 15 minutes away. To the West are the Bay and airport (3 miles) and the beaches (7 miles), to the South are Petco Park and the Gaslamp Quarter (4 miles), the Convention Center (3 miles), and Downtown (1-2 miles), and to the North are La Jolla (12 miles), the Del Mar Fair and Racetrack (seasonal)(20 miles). Legoland is North of the City, about 30 minutes away. Temecula wineries and the Safari Park are farther North, about 45 minutes away. In the South Bay, there is Aquatica Waterpark (formerly Soak City) about 25 minutes away. There are thousands of hotel rooms available, but there is only one Hardesty House, accessible to everything. When you stay here, it will be your home away from home. Enjoy true relaxation at home. You are free to set your own schedule, no common areas or parking attendants, park your car and go out whenever you wish.

What makes this house unique

Relax and enjoy gracious living in a one-of-a-kind house. If any special arrangements are desired, just let us know and we will be glad to help. With our optional B & B service, you will enjoy delicious breakfasts and other food items. We want to make your stay memorable and one you will want to repeat. We are here to help. If you prefer to book by telephone, or if you are just not sure and would like to ask questions, do not hesitate to call us at 619-295-9595 or send an email through this site.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Victorian Luxury for a Vacation Home
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Our vacation stay in San Diego was absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Susan for allowing my friends and I to stay in your lovely victorian house for the weekend. There was more than enough space for all of us to be comfortable. It was like home away from home feeling. Everyone loved each room of theirs and had only good words to say. The coffee cake you left us was great and we all enjoyed it to the very last day. We are planning another trip next year in San Diego so if your home is available we might just rent it again. Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing Vacation House!

  • 5 of 5

We were so fortunate to be able to experience our vacation at the Hardesty House. The owners Mark and Susan have made this house a perfect place to spend your vacation. When you walk through the door, you're in awe of how beautiful and meticulous the place is, but yet very comfortable. Susan, the owner, met us at the house when we arrived, and walked us through. The house is very quiet and the beds are extremely comfortable. Our group consisted of three couples. We loved waking up in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee, a piece of coffee cake that Susan had baked for us, and sitting on the front porch, enjoying the landscaping and watching the people walk by. The courtyard in back is great for evening barbecues. The off-street parking at the house is a bonus! So many restaurants to choose from and fun things to do. We had never stayed in the Hillcrest area before; what a great neighborhood! We walked to Little Italy to the Farmer's Market. We used Uber and took in a SF Giants v Padres game. Enjoyed some Uncle Biff's Killer Cookies, which was a short walk from the house. Great location! We would definitely stay there again. We loved everything about it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Having previously lived in San Diego, we knew that this would be the perfect location for our vacation back to visit friends and our old favorite restaurants and places. This house was perfect for our 3 generation family vacation! Very well kept, great layout, charming, and within walking distance to great restaurants. It's close to the zoo and centrally located for trips all around San Diego. Mark and Susan are a pleasure to work with -- very responsive and welcoming. We would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great house!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for my family! They loved the home and the outdoor space and the location and said the beds are very comfortable. They walked into hillcrest and to Balboa Park daily, between the events we had scheduled over the weekend. Could not have been better.

The homemade sour cream coffee cake was literally the icing on the cake. How delicious and fresh from the oven! Wow. We will certainly contact you for future visits. Thanks for everything!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great house! We stayed at the Brandon's lovely home over Spring Break. It was a perfect location to explore many great attractions for our kids. We visited Sea World, the Zoo, the Midway Museum, Coronado Beach and even Legoland. The house was centrally located to everything! And, the restaurants in walking distance were great! Hash House a Go Go and the Cafe were great! The Brandon's were excellent hosts and brought us a lovely bowl of fresh fruit and a delicious cake. Fabulous house and hosts. Thanks for a great Spring Break!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly one of the BEST Vacation Rentals we have had the pleasure of staying in!!!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough wonderful things about this property and the owners! We came to San Diego on short notice due to a family illness, and from my very first inquiry Mark and Susan were prompt, courteous, and extremely accommodating. The house itself is beautiful. Very spacious and very upscale, with extremely comfortable beds and huge bathrooms! The large dining table comfortably sat 8 of us with plenty of room to spare. We enjoyed a cookout on the back patio, and loved people watching while drinking our morning coffee on the front porch. The location of this property is one of the best in the city. EVERYTHING is 2 blocks away. Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops, Grocery Stores, Farmers Markets, you name it. It is in a very safe neighborhood, yet right in the heart of the everything. The beach was less then a 10 minutes drive as well, the famous La Jolla Cove only 20 minutes away. We have been staying in multiple vacation rentals per year, for the past 10 years, and this was by far one of the best. Much thanks again to Mark and Susan, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Santa Fe Depot
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 163
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Mission Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hillcrest, San Diego County

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
DEC (1-4 guests; see notes)
29 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Winter (1-4 guests; see notes)
9 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £118 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £393
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates subject to change. Rates discounted for stays of two weeks or more. Cleaning Fee of $150 per stay up to one week; additional fee may apply depending upon length of stay and number of guests. Christmas/New Year - inquire re holiday rates and length of stay. Special off-season $325 rate; $25 per night each additional guest after 4 guests. Please see Rental Agreement for details applicable to all rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hillcrest in California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • 3 bathrooms and 1 powder room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 4 Bedrooms, with 1 king and 3 queens. Tastefully and comfortably designed and appointed. Vaulted ceilings and Victorian design features in Master Bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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