Max occupancy: 4
2 Queen Bed
1 dog max
(25 lb weight limit)
1285 Essex St, San Diego, CA 92103
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Charming, family-friendly cottage near Balboa Park, walk to downtown - dogs ok
Get ready for a memorable retreat at this charming cottage in San Diego. Offering dog-friendly accommodations and a very convenient location close to all the attractions of Hillcrest and Balboa Park, up to four guests are guaranteed to have a lovely time here!
Located mere blocks from downtown Hillcrest, you'll have many shops, restaurants, and bars within walking distance. Plus, with a location convenient to the freeways, the rest of town and San Diego's best beaches are just a short drive away!
The home itself has a luxurious atmosphere, with sleek, modern decor and furnishings. Grab a seat on the furniture in the living area to enjoy a book or a fun game with the kids. During downtime, you might appreciate watching a DVD on the flat screen cable TV, but a nap might sound just as good - this is vacation, after all.
Beside the living area is a cute dining table for four with a chandelier overhead, perfect for enjoying home-cooked meals. You'll find an open kitchen here as well, fully equipped for all your cooking needs. Not only are there new, stainless steel appliances, but you'll enjoy extras like a mixer, waffle iron, blender, coffeemaker, and dishwasher - feel free to get creative!
You might dine outside at the patio table under the shade of an umbrella, and cook up some tasty grub on the gas grill. Your small dog of 25 pounds or under will love roaming around the fenced yard, so don't worry about leaving him/her home for this trip (please note a one-dog limit and small, nightly pet fee).
Two bedrooms and two full baths allow this home to comfortably sleep four travelers. In both rooms, you'll find a queen bed and colorful artwork to appease your eyes. Each room has a full bath nearby for convenience, and a private washer/dryer allows for freshening any laundry you may have.
This home is perfect for a small family or a group of friends looking to explore the city while still having some peace and quiet and the ability to walk to nearby attractions. Fun day excursions might include paying a visit to the San Diego Zoo, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art, and San Diego Natural History Museum. Of course, you might enjoy just walking with your pup through the beautiful parks in this area, as well!
You'll find many places to eat in the surrounding neighborhoods, including Baja Betty's, Amarin Thai, Project Pie Hillcrest, as well as Ralph's, Trader Joe's, and Hillcrest Farmers Market for groceries. Fun at the beach is just a quick drive, so put on your swimsuit, pack a picnic, and spend the day on the golden sand soaking up rays for a healthy dose of vitamin D to keep you going long after vacation is over!
What are you waiting for? You deserve a trip to San Diego - book today!
*There are steps to enter this home and to get on the patio, inside it is step-free* A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation.
You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.
Washer/dryer : Private
Heating & cooling
Kitchen & dining
Internet : Cox
Cable : DirecTV
Gas grill : Private
Jim M.Jul 2020
the house is just the right size and very comfortable and in a great location. The backyard is the perfect size for a relaxing evening sitting around the fire pit. The location is wonderful affording easy and quick access to the beaches and downtown area. The neighborhood contains many eateries and grocery stores all within easy walking distance.
Judy K.Mar 2020
The Market Cottage is in a perfect location and comfortable with it's two bedroom/baths. It was equipped with everything you would need for an away holiday. Loved having the BBQ in the back and that the entire yard was fenced keeping my small dog happy to be outside yet contained. The location couldn't have been better, within walking distance to shops, stores and restaurants. I enjoyed the 20 minute walk to Balboa park through the neighborhood multiple times. I would definitely return...
Loretta J.Mar 2020
Perfect central location. Walking distance to restaurants, shopping and Balboa Park!
Elizabeth M.Feb 2020
The initial impact of The Market Cottage is of a charming craftsman-style accommodation – and this is exactly what this is - as close to ‘olde-worlde’ as you will find in San Diego.
The descriptions are accurate – 2-bed, 2 bath, kitchen, backyard and so on. Supermarket so close that it is hardly worth getting in the car, and the world-class Balboa park and Zoo 10 minutes’ drive.
Hillcrest is a vibrant community with its own Market on Sundays which is much less congested, but with many of the same stalls, than the Saturday version at Little Italy.
If I owned this property, I would be looking to refresh many of the fittings, and I would certainly change the solid iron light that hangs above the dining area table. Even though it looks fine, we all banged our heads on it at least twice when rising from our seats.
There is a range of beaches all within half and hour. Our ranking would be La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Coronado then Mission Beach – but everyone has their own opinion!
One remarkable feature of this great city is that the same drivers who are incredibly polite on the side roads become very different on the freeways where nerves of steel are essential, ideally in an indestructible vehicle. There are plenty of options for getting around without using freeways.
We enjoyed our two-week stay, and would recommend this property.
Stanley M.Dec 2019
Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood, close to restauarants, shops, Balboa Park, zoo. Neat and clean with fully equipped kitchen, dining area, bedrooms and baths.
Jamie C.Oct 2019
This cottage was absolutely wonderful to stay in. We stayed with our toddler and had a great time! The front and backyard were both great areas for him to play in and the house was very clean. The walking distance to the zoo and balboa park was amazing. Would definitely recommend and stay here again!
Kelly K.Sep 2019
Had a great weekend at this darling home. We loved the location, walking distance from everything, yet quiet. The cottage has everything you need, even a parking space (though small). Would definitely stay here again!
Donna K.Aug 2019
Cleanliness, location, amenities
Wayne T.Aug 2019
Comfortable and well appointed. Excellent location. Close to markets, restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment. Short drive to Balboa Park.
Daniel D.Aug 2019
The house was clean with great bedding, comfortable beds and nicely decorated. Great walkable neighborhood too. I wish they would stock some spices other than salt and pepper. A little sugar for coffee would have been nice also. We would definitely stay here again.
Martha L.Jun 2019
The location of this home is superb; walking distance to coffee and a variety of restaurants and easy freeway access. This vacation rental is pet friendly which is a big plus. There are two full baths, small in size but functional. Second bedroom is small and might be tight quarters for two adults for more than a few days. We had three adults for the two rooms and it was just perfect. Very good value.
Craig B.Jun 2019
Ideally located close to everything we needed to do. Whether meeting up w/ friends in Claremont, visiting the San Diego Zoo or attending an event at the Convention center the place was perfect. We were running the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon and meeting friends so we needed flexibility and ease of movement. Close to the I-163 and right on the race course. Would HIGHLY recommend this rental for the marathon or San Diego comic con.
Jeffrey A.Apr 2019
Nice house in a great location. Clean and well stocked.
Terry S.Mar 2019
Well designed and stocked, good location.
Tamara G.Mar 2019
Adorable cottage close to restaurants and shopping. Would definitely stay here again.
Pamela P.Feb 2019
—2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms
—Garbage cans in each room
—Hangers and space for hanging clothes
—Outlets/charging stations for charging
—Open concept kitchen/dining/living room
—Shutters/blinds for daytime light and night privacy
—Plenty of lighting indoors
—We used toaster, blender, iron, washer and dryer all in working order
—We enjoyed cooking: used gas stove, oven, microwave, larger skillets and pots, baking sheets—there was a good supply of cooking knives and utensils
—Plenty of plates, silverware, cups, glasses, bowls
—Big side by side freezer/fridge
—Customer Service:Quick response, let us check in early, fixed some minor things right away like lightbulbs under stove hood
-Would stay there again
Gary S.Feb 2019
We spent 28 days in this house. The parking spot is tiny. But the street is always short of parking. We were able to squeeze a Jeep Grand Cherokee in but NOTHING bigger would fit. The house has a nice kitchen, and nice windows and natural lighting. Lots of dining and bars one block North. Balboa park starts 2 blocks South and is a great place to take the dog for a walk.
The construction on the house next door was loud, and dirty but should be complete in March.
Donna M.Jan 2019
Well equipped kitchen. Very cute home. Accommodates two couples perfectly. We enjoyed having good restaurants walking distance from the house.
Linda R.Oct 2018
Great Location! Close to all.
Angela K.Oct 2018
It has everything we needed and was in an great location for exploring !!
Robin V.Aug 2018
Beds were super comfy and it was set up really well even though it was small. My dog was able to go out in the front and the back without a leash since it was fenced in. Great restaurants and groceries within walking distance. Great time!
Stephanie C.Aug 2018
Very cute and comfy!
Janet Z.Jul 2018
It was so well located- very easy access to freeway, downtown, Coronado and the general area- safe, walkable with lots of shops and food choices. The house has all amenities you need, there are some well worn areas that could use some work- like doors that look torn up, some walls that look like they were repaired diy, faucet handle. overall, I would recommend it as a good value for the area.
Adam A.Jul 2018
My family of four including a 9 month old rented this home over the 4th of July holiday and weekend.
The home looked just like the photos and was very clean. It was well decorated and cozy. The beds were comfortable and there was still enough room to set up a pack and play in the dining area. While the home isn’t child proof (and was not advertised as such) it was still very kid friendly.
The house is close to the neighborhood of North Park where we had most of our meals and less than ten minutes away from most sights and activities.
We would definitely stay there again.
Charles T.Jun 2018
Walk to Trader Joe and Ralph's. Many restaurants near. Parking at the house. Air conditioned. Very clean, everything was working.
Aleah R.Jun 2018
We absolutely loved our stay in this adorable house! It was clean and welcoming upon arrival with all the amenities in easy to find spots. We loved the open floor plan with small children and the location was perfect for all the activities we did.
Debbie K.May 2018
Loved the back yard. Beds were comfortable. House was neat and clean. Noisy neighborhood. Construction next door. Noisy outside at night. Weather was gray in dreary and we were not felling beachy.
Laurie B.May 2018
This cottage was well stocked with many thoughtful extras. We were very comfortable and appreciated the large kitchen area too. It was great to be so close to grocery stores. We would definitely return on our next visit to San Diego.
Teresa S.Apr 2018
We were in town to tour SDSU and the cottage was a quick Lyft ride from the airport and also a quick ride to the school. It's within an easy walking distance to grocery stores and many restaurants.
Per S.Apr 2018
We stayed 3 nights over Easter weekend and loved it. Close to main attractions in San Diego and also walking distance to everything you need.
Kerry W.Mar 2018
The house was clean with pretty much everything you need for cooking. Walkable to several grocery and specialty shops. Convenient access to highways. Beds were comfortable.
Lindsey N.Feb 2018
Great location central to all areas of San Diego that we wanted to visit. Cute place that has all you need
Bonnie F.Feb 2018
Great location to walk around and see the area. Fun little house with a great patio out back to hang out at home.
Ann T.Feb 2018
Had no idea where the house was located, but booked based on other reviews. Hillcrest is a happening area, safe, lots of great restaurants and some shopping. Uber to the water was typically under $10, walking distance to Balboa Park.
Comfy beds, nice rear patio, great little get away.
Mike K.Jan 2018
We did not stay at house very much. We did enjoy the extra space and the two bathrooms. We stayed in a suite on the first part of our trip which had two rooms and one bathroom. This property was much more comfortable.
Marita M.Dec 2017
We were needing a place to stay in the Hillcrest area and were very happy with this family-sized property, with its proximity to Balboa Park, many excellent restaurants, and yet also a quiet residential atmosphere.
Adam N.Dec 2017
Would recommend this place to anyone! Very much a quaint beautiful and affordable place to stay! We had so much fun!
Joffrey B.Dec 2017
We were extremely happy with this home.
Jacob Y.Nov 2017
Great location. Very convenient and close to many area highlights including Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Point Loma. Walkable area for restaurants, shopping, grocery store. We would definitely stay here again.
Margaret S.Nov 2017
This is a small compact house but had everything you need for a stay in San Diego. Not far from the airport and city, great location for restaurants, spas and shopping with a couple of big Malls a short drive away. Easy area to walk around, safe and everything you need within a short distance.
Keith G.Oct 2017
Fantastic home VERY well located in the Hillcrest district of San Diego with all services within 5 minute walking distance. The house is as advertised, very clean & well equipped. Basics were provided by the property (small containers of shampoo, soap in each bathroom, dish detergent & new sponge, dishwasher pods). All important & pertinant information concerning the home was released to us well in advance of our arrival date. GREAT PROPERTY & we will definitely recommend the property & would rent it again in a heartbeat!
Shirlene K.Oct 2017
My husband fell on Tuesday night and broke his leg. I called in on Wednesday but could not get a refund, even a partial refund. My brother in law and his wife went ahead with the trip and stayed in the house. This was a family reunion in San Diego. Because of the circumstances I feel that better customer service was warranted. I would never rent a place like this again, and pay in advance like I did, again. We are semi retired and $756 is a lot of money to us. I would never recommend this to anyone either. Shirlene Kenny
We sincerely apologize for the disappointment this guest experienced. Our cancellation policy is located under the FAQ section of our website, and all guests are given the opportunity to purchase Trip Protection in order to receive a refund once within 30 days of their reservation. We hope the home itself was satisfactory for the guests that were able to attend. Thank you!
Robert B.Sep 2017
This house is a beautiful property. It is stocked very well with good amenities Decorated wonderfully The area is very nice also with great restaurants and shopping Transportation is convenient I will definitely stay here on my next trip to San Diego
Kristine C.Aug 2017
We loved all the conveniences of this home. It was perfect for our family of 4. We were close to everything we wanted to do (zoo, beaches, downtown) and I loved being able to walk to Trader Joe's to stock the fridge. Having a driveway was great too as the street parking looking hard to come by.
Judith H.Aug 2017
This place is fantastic! It is extremely well-equipped and comfortably furnished. The location is great--it is very easy to get on-and-off the highway from here. Also close to the airport, but still a quiet neighborhood. Having a spot for one car in the driveway is a huge bonus! We will definitely rent this place again--it was perfect for our needs (2 adults) but you could easily have another adult guest or a couple of kids. Staff and service were outstanding.
Micole M.Jul 2017
We enjoyed our stay very much. The unit has pleanty of extras in the kitchen for cooking. Comfortable and well maintained. Loved the back yard. It is exactly as represented in the pics. We parked on the street which left the drive available for our visitors.
We will be back. Thank you!
Norma G.May 2017
Easy access to destinations and groceries
Larry B.Mar 2017
The cottage was as advertised. Beds comfortable, very clean and great location.
Patrick V.Feb 2017
Good location. Off street parking. Quiet street. Walking distance to restaurants and bars. Street parking is very tight so only bring one car.
William D.Feb 2017
The house is clean and in great condition. The location works well as you can walk to Balboa Park and the zoo as well as Whole Foods and various delicious restaurants. The backyard is great when the weather is good as you can grill and eat outside (not a lot of bugs!).
Christine H.Feb 2017
Had a great stay in San Diego at this cute cottage. Good location and nicely updated house! Close to all the attractions that around family would want to go to.
Robert C.Feb 2017
No complaints. Only thing we missed was having a broom and dust pan to clean up during our stay. Back door needs a bit of weather stripping.
Christine L.Jan 2017
Great location and perfect for two-four people.
Kathleen F.Dec 2016
We enjoyed this cute little cottage. The location was perfect for getting around town, and since all 4 of us love to cook, we really appreciated all the kitchen gizmos and accessories. Very well equipped!
We would definitely stay here again.
Lise B.Dec 2016
We stayed in this bungalow in December and were amazed by its proximity to many San Diego attractions. We never seemed more than 5-6 miles from anything we wanted to see (and were often a lot closer). There was also a great grocery store within walking distance.
The house is very tastefully furnished and was very clean. We did have one issue with the oven, but it was quickly and professionally fixed by the property management company. Highly recommended!
Shirley O.Nov 2016
We stayed at the Market Cottage for a week of R & R after helping our daughter pack up her house for a move. It allowed us a mini vacation with her and our son's family who live just blocks away from Essex St. We chose this rental home because the location was perfect for our extended family. But, we were pleasantly surprised by it's mix of old CA cottage charm and beautiful new furnishings.
James S.Oct 2016
My wife and i stayed here in between moving from Mission Bay to Solana Beach. I must say it was very cozy and comfortable. The spot is centrally located so if you want tobhit the beach or downtown your only 5 to 8 minutes away! Property management is there to help and they are responsive to requests within minutes if not seconds.
University Avenue is 1 block away and there are tons of places to eat and grab a drink or 3.