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Victorian Style in the Heart of San Diego

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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)

More Details

Mark and Susan Brandon
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 March, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hillcrest in San Diego

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • 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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

Victorian Style in the Heart of San Diego
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Victorian charm and hospitality to match

  • 5 of 5

We really can't say enough good things about both the property and the owner. Susan was fantastic about communication and amazingly easy to work with. Not only did she take delivery of a rental crib for our 2 year old the morning before we arrived, but she brought us a few baby blankets on check in just in case we were lacking. She also had some great suggestions for family dinners and tourism options. Oh...and the coffee cake she left for us was AWESOME!

As for the house, it's a beautifully restored piece of history. VERY comfortable beds and a very useful floorplan for our family group (1 toddler, 2 parents and 2 grandparents). The "back" bedroom upstairs was very quiet for our little guy and the grandparents loved the privacy of the en suite bedroom/bathroom on the main floor. The neighborhood is very central for the Zoo, Balboa, La Jolla, Coronado, SeaWorld...pretty much everything. We never drove more than 20 minutes to get to something we wanted to do. We also took advantage of the many great restaurants that were walking distance.

The other reviews are correct that the kitchen is on the small side, but it in no way hampered our enjoyment. There was a full sized fridge and plenty of space for me to cook the few meals that we did in the house.

Overall, it was a great experience and we would gladly work with Susan again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classy, beautiful, cozy in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Centrally located and comfortable. Every room is decorated beautifully and elegantly. Shows pride of ownership.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. A beautiful and comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

The house was very accommodating for our size of party. Seven of us was there for a birthday celebration along with New Year's Eve. We had everything we needed to barbecue and to cook. The dining room was big enough to accommodate all of us for a sit down dinner on New Year's eve.

Susan and Brandon were very accommodating. They always returned a text or call in a very timely fashion. The house was well-maintained and very clean.

The only one suggestion that was made. Rather than having a television in the dining room, one in the third or fourth bedroom would be nice.

Thanks again for your hospitality. We hope to return.

Michael Whiteley

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying here! Susan was phenomenal, she greeted us when we arrived and even provided a coffee cake. The house was spacious, clean and cozy! Would 100% stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We spent Thanksgiving weekend at Mark and Susan's lovely San Diego home with our family. There were 8 of us and there was plenty of room for everyone. We enjoyed breakfasts out on the private patio and dinner in the spacious dining room. Susan was kind enough to loan us dishes and nice linens for our Thanksgiving dinner. Preparing it in the tiny kitchen was certainly a challenge, but we managed to do it. There wasn't much counter space and the oven is not full sized, but the refrigerator is, which made a huge difference. The house is clean and well maintained and the bathrooms are spacious and beautifully remodeled. Except for the size of the kitchen, I can't think of anything negative to say about the house. They even have an extensive DVD library, which we enjoyed. Shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance, as is Balboa Park. The SanDiego Zoo is a short drive, and Coronado Island and Point Loma are surprisingly close and easy to drive to. Susan was a joy to work with and she went out of her way to ensure we enjoyed our stay. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. We've done a lot of vacation rentals and this was one of the best.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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, California

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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £116.38 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £387.93
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. Last-minute bookings subject to payment in cash for first two nights.

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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