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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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Member since: 2006
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018


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 Hillcrest

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 Amenities for this vacation house rental in Hillcrest, California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • 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
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
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 -
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Hillcrest House - on Serene Canyon 2 Block from San Diego Zoo
average rating of 4.772152 based on 79 reviews

Nice home for our family to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4, with two boys ages 10 and 7, enjoyed this home as we played tourists in SD. The location above Balboa Park was perfect for us to reach places quickly. Having a place to stay, larger than a hotel room, is so nice - especially with W/D for laundry and kitchen to cook. James was very attentive and responsive, even during a NYE (temp) power outage. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: 4-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Safe, cute neighborhood

  • 3 of 5

House needs some TLC, but location was perfect. We were able to walk to Balboa park and the zoo and museums. University Ave had great food, bars. Walking distance to grocery. Property manager was prompt and friendly.

  • Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and very like home

  • 5 of 5

4 of us came in for the marathon. We stayed and loved the place. We weee very comfortable. I planning on returning again

  • Submitted: 6-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Home Base!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home base for our San Diego adventure! Close to the Zoo and Balboa Park, and easy driving distance to everything else we wanted to do! Close proximity to a good grocery store for easy breakfast foods and a couple of dinners for those days we'd worn ourselves out and wanted to stay in.

Our family of five (2 adults and 3 teens) fit comfortably. The owner was great to work with. We'd stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for young family

  • 5 of 5

I, my husband, and our two year old really enjoyed our one week stay at this rental. The bedrooms are large and we appreciated that there was a pack and play provided. My husband and I enjoyed using the tiled shower and bathed our kid in the large kitchen sink. Comfy beds and furniture. James was very attentive and seemed to genuinely care that we were happy with our stay. Easy walk to the zoo, disc golf course, and Balboa Park. James provided the exact address a week before our arrival date. I was a bit anxious to know the address earlier for planning and for delivery of some rented equipment (i.e. stroller), but it was honestly totally fine as is and it all worked out.

  • Submitted: 6-May-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House is charming but in need of some updating. Bathroom has a very awkward shower.

  • 4 of 5

Love the SD area of Hillcrest. Everything is conveniently located. Owner of house was very friendly, he stopped by to introduce himself and asked if there was anything we might need.

Was surprised to learn we were the top floor with a one bedroom efficiency below. Therefore we were a bit most conscious of our noise level.

Overall our stay was great and we would rent this house again.

  • Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • 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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Hillcrest, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$74.93
Cleaning fee C$127
Pet Fee C$95.25
Tax Rate 10.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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