Dana & Becky
About Dana & Becky
Welcome to beautiful San Diego, we are Dana Horne Vacation Rentals! We hope to help you with all your vacation rental needs! Please contact us with any questions you may have. A little about us - Dana came to San Diego from the New England area over 30 years ago and immediately knew San Diego was where he wanted to establish himself. He earned his Real Estate License in 1979, his Broker's License in 1984 and founded Dana Horne Realty in 1987. In the year 2000, he purchased his first vacation rental property and a new aspect of his business was born . . . Vacation rental management! Becky, Dana's wife is our "Vacation Rental Manager". Together, along with the help of Jenelle, "Rental Agent" plus our small, but experienced staff, we pride ourselves on strong customer service and making ourselves available to our clients before, during, and after office hours, seven days a week. Let us help you make your stay in San Diego GREAT!
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:14 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
Great comfortable spot for San Diego vacation
Generally enjoyed out time in this space. The penthouse is much larger than the pictures make it appear to be, plenty of room for 4 couples and then some. The couches in the living room are super comfortable and provide a great view in the morning. It's about a 5 min walk to the end of Mission Beach, so great access to the beach as well! It should be noted that this is on the end of the beach so the primary view is of the entrance channel and Dog Beach, still a cool view, but not the ocean.
Some of the cons. The place could be cleaner. Most of the glasses and dishes that we used were dirty and had to be washed by hand. Much of the kitchen has a mildewy smell to it, especially the pantry. The fridge has a sign on it that instructs you not to put things in it that are not already cold. This place costs thousands of dollars to rent. Replace or repair the fridge.
All in all, a great place to stay and could be amazing with some minor fixes. really good value if you're having a large group stay!
Hello Dan. Thank you for taking the time to offer feedback on your stay at Ocean Vista Penthouse. We are happy to hear that overall you enjoyed your stay and were appreciative of the furnishings, the location, and the value. We believe that the photos accurately depict the panoramic views of the channel, dog beach and the ocean. On the channel which is directly in front of the unit, watercraft of all kinds come and go all day which to most is much more exciting to watch than just an ocean view, especially at night when you can see the lights on the boats, SeaWorld, and Ocean Beach just across the way. We do apologize about the dishes and cleanliness issues that you reported. We wish you would have contacted us during your stay so we could have had the cleaners come back and take care of what they missed. We have hired a different cleaning crew since your departure, and they are doing a great job! I’m not sure what the mildew small was, we have not had a complaint before or after your stay. Lastly, as far as the note on the fridge goes, we manage many properties and have learned that with larger groups it is common for guests to overload refrigerators with warm food. This causes the condenser to overwork; the lines freeze up and the condenser shuts down. That is why we suggest that guests put their cold food in first and add the warm beverages etc. over time. The fridge is not old or broken. We are simply trying to avoid having our guests’ food spoil when it could have been avoided. It is great to have reviews to help other potential guests know what to expect when deciding which home to rent, we just feel it is important to make sure that all aspects of the property are portrayed accurately. Thanks again and we would be happy to have you stay with us if you return to San Diego in the future.
Great place to stay for our vacation with our extended family. Beautiful views. We we're 11 people (5 are kids) and it was the perfect size for all of us. Wonderful vacation!
Myself and 8 other family members just returned from a 4 night stay. We did enjoy our time even though it rained almost every day. The house however was not what I was expecting. The pictures and description of the house are a bit deceiving. The location and view is great but in honesty this is not a luxury penthouse. It’s very old and is in need of a remodel. Floors are miss matched in every room and super dirty. (So bad that all of our socks were black) kitchen wasn’t the cleanest either and had a really weird layout. Their was a stackable washer and dryer right next to the refrigerator which made it almost impossible to use the freezer because the door would only open about a quarter of the way. Also we were never able to get the BBQ working. All the furniture is very old and bedrooms are in need of new mattresses the bathrooms are very old. In fact the sink in the bathroom didn’t drain. It took a few hours for water to go down after teeth brushing and hand washing. The owners were having the living room window worked on when we arrived. (They did email me letting me know that it was being worked on but assured me that they would be done around the time of our arrival) they were still there when we arrived and told me they needed to come back the next day from 11-noon to do a water leak test and remove the scaffolding. I was ok with it because the scaffolding was a an eye sore of the building and obstructed our view. They came back but still didn’t remove the scaffolding. The window guy left and never mentioned a thing about being back a 3rd time but then showed up at 7:30am the next day without a warning and woke us up. I own a few vacation rentals myself and understand that repairs do need to happen but I just felt showing up at 7:30am without a warning was unprofessional. To sum it up the vacation was still very much enjoyable but I won’t be renting this penthouse again.
We are very sorry that your experience was not what you expected, and that we failed to meet our usual high standards for your stay. We understand and share your disappointment, particularly with the vendor failing to properly inform you or us of his non-scheduled return to the property. As you can see from other reviews, most of the problems you experienced are not at all common and if given the opportunity, we would have been more than happy to send the cleaners and handyman to remedy the issues you were experiencing. We have attempted to contact you privately several times, but we have had no response. As for not being a luxury penthouse, we never describe it as such despite its beautiful views; we choose to welcome many families with children into this home, and while we keep our furniture clean and in good condition, we love for our guests and their children to relax and be comfortable rather than nervous about damaging overly-expensive furniture and decor. After receiving your feedback, we took a close look at the photos on VRBO and do not understand what you saw that you consider deceiving. We feel that the pictures are very accurate. We are glad to hear, that despite the rain, you were able to enjoy your stay!
Great Location- Incredible Views- Really 4.5 Stars
My family, consisting of 8 adults, spent a week in this condo for our annual Christmas vacation. The views are really exceptional. I want to give this property a 4.5 star rating, but since that is not possible I had to go with 4 stars, primarily due to fact that it could use refreshing in the bedrooms. The living room, dining room, kitchen and one bath have been updated and are nice. However the bathroom fixtures in the other bathrooms and bedroom furnishings are not 5 star. Having said that we would stay here again in a heart beat if we were in the San Diego area. The layout of the condo works very well. There was plenty of space for all of us to gather in the living room.
Here are my Pros/Cons:
Pros: Location- This is a great location. You simply turn right from the condo and walk a short distance and you reach the beach boardwalk. If you turn left you can walk to a nice park.
View- We watched dolphins and seals. It was also interesting to watch the boats leave each morning. My sister in law loved watching the dogs play on the beach across the water.
More on the Location- Close to everything!!! Yet located in a nice quiet neighborhood.
Kitchen- Well equipped with everything you need. Basic supplies- trash bags, some spices, cleaning supplies, etc. are also provided which was very nice.
Accessible: Two of our family members have limited mobility and the elevator was perfect for them to get from the garage to the condo.
Bedrooms- Two of the bedrooms have balconies that over look the water. While there is only one bedroom with an en suite bathroom, the bedroom in the back of the condo (no water view) has a door that closes the bedroom and a bathroom off from the rest of the condo. This bedroom also stays darker/cooler than the other bedrooms which was perfect for my husband who likes to sleep in.
Parking garage- This property has a covered and secure parking garage.
Parking Garage-This is only a slight con- the two parking spaces are smallish. We had one mid sized SUV and a van. To park both of them you had to be very careful as there was very little space between the doors.
Some reviewers have commented on the airport noise. We did not find the plane noise to be an issue. If you are sensitive to noise bring ear plugs.
Also we did not see any signs regarding rentals and the people we encountered on/around the property were very nice.
FANTASTIC FAMILY VACATION!!
We had an amazing time. Our family consisted of 7 adults, 1 teen ,2 children, and 2 medium size dogs. There was more than plenty of room for all. Penthouse had EVERYTHING we needed for cooking and the beach, lots of towels, and beds were very comfortable. We did rent surfboards, boogie boards, SUP's and wetsuits at local rent shop. I will tell you that during our 7 days and nights we only cooked 2 dinners and 3 breakfasts. SO many eateries in the area it was hard not to partake. Highly recommend Guava Beach for a casual fun dining area (up the beach a ways) and Saska's for fine dining, (also up the beach and pricey but delish). One night we did a bonfire at the beach and it was so fun. The views from this place are unbelievable. A newer "thing" in the area are the Limes and Birds! Motorized scooters that you rent with an app. SO fun and really made it easy to get around even for this 57 year old grandma!! Our men golfed at Torrey Pines and it is a must do for any avid golfers, but secure tee times way ahead of time as we did.. Belmont Park was so quaint and fun for all. Two good size parking spots in underground garage, fit 2 SUVS, MDX and Rogue. Overnight parking available for extra cars just down the road from house at beach which is viewable from house. Plus rental staff was so accomodating and available. Yes, planes start taking off from San Diego airport around 6:30 AM but GET UP! YOU DON'T WANT TO SLEEP ITS SD!! Our party is very active, surfing, boogie boarding, walking, taking runs along boardwalk, sightseeing (OLD TOWN, CORONADO, SAN DIEGO ZOO, SEAPORT VILLAGE, MARITIME MUSEUM, etc) we did it all plus played games at night and enjoyed our cocktails. First rate all around. Don't hesitate this place is awesome.
The Condo was very clean and had more amenities than we expected.
Loved the view. There was seven of us. We had more than enough space and we were very comfortable. Wish we could have stayed longer.
The boardwalk, officially known as Ocean Front Walk, is a pedestrian walkway that runs approximately 2.3 miles along the beach from the end of Law Street in the north down into Mission Beach, ending at the mouth of Mission Beach. Along this scenic route are a number of local shops, restaurants, bars, and Belmont Park — a fun-filled amusement park for people of all ages. The Ocean Front Walk is packed with pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and tourists most days of the week, in particular on weekends, but it is worth it to brave the crowds and come check out this hotspot.
To reach the trailhead, head toward the ocean once you reach Law Street and Mission Boulevard. Follow the clearly marked path to the left. You will be immediately greeted by views of the Pacific Ocean to the right, along with plenty of beach goers and slews of other people walking, biking, and rollerblading the same trail. To your left you will start to see a number of small beachside hotels. Approximately 0.5 miles into your walk you will see Crystal Pier, one of the top piers in the state due to the number of fish caught and the possibility of good-quality fish. If you want to add on some extra mileage, take a stop here and walk to the end of the pier where you can catch a spectacular sunset if you time your walk right or get a better view of the marine life and surfers below.
From Crystal Pier, continue forward on the trail towards the main lifeguard tower. At this point you will be passing by the most crowded stretch of the Ocean Front Walk due to the number of popular bars and restaurants nearby. This is also where most people set up camp for basking in the sun and frolicking in the cool waves. If you will be riding a bike, exercise caution in this area because it can get very crowded, especially on weekends. The next mile will continue to be crowded, however if you push through the masses you will suddenly find the crowd thins as you pass by the remaining bars, shops, and beachside hotels. Now you will start to see vacation rentals and apartments on your left — passing by the occasional bachelorette party or family weekend getaway in the beautiful properties to your left. To your right the Pacific Ocean will remain a constant site for the entirety of your walk.
At approximately 1.5 miles down the trail you will see Belmont Park in the distance, noticeable by the staggering roller coaster that soars above the amusement park. You’ll also come across more bars and restaurants — letting you know you’ve now crossed into Mission Beach. It is easy to get distracted at this point and want to let out your inner-kid, riding the roller coaster and maybe even stopping for a game of laser tag. If you are disciplined enough to stay on course, continue down Ocean Front Walk past more beachfront homes and condos, ending at the South Mission Beach parking lot where there are typically fewer crowds. Here is where you will turn back around and retrace your route back north to Law Street.
This is your adventure so if you get distracted stopping at Belmont Park, grabbing a sweet treat at one of the stands, opt to become a beach bum, or want to grab a cold beer on your way back, no one will judge you. After all, not every hike is this scenic and lively, might as well take full advantage of your surroundings.