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Hillcrest House - on Serene Canyon 2 Block from San Diego Zoo

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

Quiet house in great Hillcrest neighborhood. Open floor plan and large deck overlooking serene bird filled canyon. Walk two blocks to Balboa Park, Museums, World Famous San Diego Zoo, Hillcrest restaurants and bars. Driveway parking and easy street parking too! Queen beds in large bedrooms. This is a great family neighborhood.

Come and enjoy a great vacation in a great neighborhood. Finish each night with a barbecue and a drink on the deck.

PLEASE NOTE - I keep the online calendar VERY accurate. When I receive a deposit, I immediately mark the days on the calendar. A marked day means that the house is rented for that evening. So if you reserved for 7/2-7/5 I would mark of 7/2,7/3 & 7/4, NOT 7/5 since you would be leaving that morning.

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More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017


I purchased this house as my residence. I've since purchased another house around the corner and I am living in it and restoring it. In the meantime, I am renting our my original house on VRBO. My VRBO property is my preferred place to live but for now I am renting it.

JAMES MCDERMOTT purchased this house in 1996

Why JAMES MCDERMOTT chose San Diego County

I've lived in San Diego since 1989 and have always lived in the neighborhood where I own 3 properties including the one I rent on VRBO.

What makes this house unique

The canyon, the canyon, the canyon! It is full of wildlife, it is very peaceful and in the summer the cool breezes that come up the canyon from San Diego Bay are so pleasant.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Convertible bed(s) - there is no Convertible bed. there is a sofa only
  • Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(73 traveller reviews)

Hillcrest House - on Serene Canyon 2 Block from San Diego Zoo
average rating of 4.7945204 based on 73 reviews

Perfect for our family of 4

  • 5 of 5

The home is cute, clean and had everything we needed. We were in San Diego for the first time and this location near the zoo worked out well for us. There are many restaurants, coffee shops and grocery within walking distance. We were traveling with our two kids, 7 and 5 and having a separate room for them was great. They had space to play when we weren't exploring the city. The kitchen was well set up. We would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My parents came to visit me and I rented the house for a month to stay with them and my dog. It was all perfect !!! We loved!!! James is super attentive and everything we needed he solved quickly, The house is cozy, clear, spacious and very well located.

It was everything we needed !!!

Would definitely rent again !!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: so glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope your folks come again for another visit!
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The Hillcrest Property (93833) was in good shape

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at the Hillcrest house. The location is excellent and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and balboa park. We are golfers so there were many golf courses to choose from within a few miles from the house. The home is spacious and great for entertaining a small group of friends. The home was equipped with all the necessary items that a vacationer would need. The driveway was a little too narrow for our car, however, we never had any problems parking on the street right in front of the house. I would recommend this very reasonable priced property to our friends. The owner was very accommodating with our needs.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House near San Diego Zoo

  • 3 of 5

The best thing about this property is location - 15 min walk from the Zoo, in a nice neighborhood, a short drive to grocery stores (e.g. Whole Foods) and restaurants. We stayed there for a week with our three kids (6, 2, 2 y.o.) - mainly to visit the Zoo. There was enough space there for all of us. The twins shared a bed and the older one slept on a spare twin mattress. The house is not a bad place to stay, but not what I'd call immaculately clean or well maintained. I don't mind silverfish in the silverware (I like silverfish), and I too have a hard time keeping ants out of my house, but there was a layer of dust on furniture, towel bar and curtain holders falling off walls, porch light out, a loose board hanging from the roof over the deck. AC in the living room is a floor unit and is "vented" through an open window (so not especially efficient). The doors kind of grimy. The place is adequate, but needs some care and a better cleaning service.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry you didn't enjoy your stay but as my Guestbook says "If you're not happy with anything, please contact me and we'll make it right" I was over at the place just prior to your stay so I do not agree with your comment about a layer of dust on everything. My cleaner does an amazing job. I try to keep my place affordable and I also don't go after renters for something like a curtain holder being pulled out of the wall. I simply repair it as I will this time. Bugs are not acceptable so we'll check it out but ants are a fact of life in San Diego unless you go super toxic. I don't go toxic. I simply spray a tiny amount when I see them and they disappear. again sorry your didn't enjoy your stay.
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Little GEM House!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful 9-days stay in this charming and comfortable little house. We particularly enjoyed its privacy without vis-à-vis, large living and dining room opening to a spacious deck that is overlooking trees. Its large closets offer ample storage space. The location at about 15 minutes walking distance to restaurants, Whole Food market and the beautiful Balboa Park is ideal. The quiet street with easy parking is an added convenience. We appreciated being provided with fans in each room, many towels and household products. We cannot wait to return to this little gem house for another perfect vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your great review. Visitors like your family are why I continue to do the vacation-rental thing. thanks again for choosing my place and Come Back Soon!!!
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Temporary Housing

  • 4 of 5

We needed temporary housing until construction on our new home was completed. The location is very conveniently and centrally located in the city and close to freeway access. We have a cat and appreciated that the owner allowed pets. The neighborhood is quiet and safe and parking for two cars on the street was never a problem. We originally planned to stay about a month and ended up staying almost three months. The house and furnishing are a bit worn which makes it feel and live like a beach house. The TV is newer with cable and there is a wireless network, although a bit slow at times. The owner, James, was very responsive to all inquires or requests and wanted to be sure we were comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
World Famous San Diego Zoo
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
San Diego Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hillcrest, California

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45.61
Cleaning fee £77.3
Pet Fee £57.98
Tax Rate 10.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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