The Happy Little Cottage in S. Mission Beach

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“ Excellent ”
27 Reviews


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Type: Home
Per night: $155 - $295
Per week: $995 - $1,675
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Mission Beach vacation home rental
Built in 1942, this two bedroom, one bath cottage is sunny, clean, and charmingly furnished. The cottage is three houses from the bay front - about 100 feet, and about 75 yards from the ocean.

Beautiful hard wood floors, brick fireplace, ceiling fans in both bedrooms. Cable tv, DVD player, wireless internet access. Full kitchen and bath; all bed & bath linens provided, as well as beachtowels and chairs, sand toys, boogie boards, and two full sized beach cruisers. Washer & dryer in attached garage; covered carport for parking.

Pretty front garden has a cute little bistro set; in the backyard patio is a big round table with umbrella, a large gas grill and outdoor shower.

The cottage will accommodate no more than four adults and one small child or infant (there is a portable crib, a Graco Pak 'n Play).

South Mission Beach is a great place to visit throughout the year, and the Happy Little Cottage is the perfect spot for families, couples, and business travelers alike..:-)
Area Information
South Mission Beach is situated at the tip of a long narrow peninsula surrounded by the pretty blue waters of both Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. South Mission Beach is separated from the rest of Mission Beach by several blocks (with a park in between); this, and the fact that it's not a through-way (it dead ends at the jetty), means we have less traffic and a more relaxed atmosphere than the rest of Mission Beach.
South Mission Beach is truly a special place!

The cottage is located in South Mission Beach, on Dover Court at Bayside Lane, San Diego CA 92109 - about 100 feet from the bay, and about 75 yards from the ocean.

Belmont Park (featuring the old Big Dipper roller coaster) is a 10 minute walk from the house.
Seaworld is a five minute drive.
The San Diego Zoo, La Jolla Cove, Balboa Park, and the downtown Gaslamp Quarter are all about a 15-20 minute drive. Legoland, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and Tijuana Mexico are about a 35 minutes drive; Disneyland is 90 minutes; Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios are about 2 hours away.
Less than 7 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN).

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Apr 01 2015 May 23 2015 $175 $175 $1,150 - 3 Nights
May 23 2015 Jun 26 2015 $250 $250 $1,575 - 4 Nights
Jun 27 2015 Sep 02 2015 $285 $295 $1,675 - 4 Nights
Sep 02 2015 Mar 31 2016 $155 $165 $995 - 3 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 11.5%
Deposits: $400 reservation/security deposit, fully refundable
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: $75 cleaning charge Please note that holiday rates are slightly higher; Christmas, Easter, and 4th of July holidays have a 1 week minimum stay.


  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Crib
  • Features

  • Beach Chairs
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Beach Towels
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Beachfront
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Patio
  • Bikes
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Blender
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Activities

  • Amusement Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (<1 mile)
  • Volleyball Court
    (<1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (3 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (<1 mile)
  • Ocean
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (3 miles)
  • Beach
    (<1 mile)
  • Parasailing
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Whale Watching
    (3 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Windsurfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Boating
    (<1 mile)
  • Playground
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (2 miles)
  • Aquarium
    (7 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (<1 mile)
  • Pool
    (<1 mile)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (3 miles)
  • Bowling
    (7 miles)
  • Children's Pool
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (3 miles)
  • Zoo
    (7 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (<1 mile)
  • Miniature Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Hiking
    (15 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Racquetball
    (3 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (15 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (<1 mile)
  • Surfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Scuba Diving
    (3 miles)
  • Casino
    (20 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Theme Park
    (<1 mile)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Bicycles, Boogie Boards, Portable Crib, Baby Stroller

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Mission Beach, California

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Janice Yuwiler

Janice Yuwiler

Northern California

Happy Time at the Happy Little Cottage

November 12, 2014

My college roommates and I got together for a long weekend in San Diego. The "Happy Little Cottage" was clean, comfortable and very conveniently located to the beach and the bay. There were beach towels, movies, beach chairs, even bikes and boogie boards, everything needed to get around and be comfortable on the beach or bay. And a wonderful outside patio for meals. We very much felt at home, had a wonderful time and already have plans to come back.

Clark & J-me Savage

Owner's reply:

Thank you, Janice! You and your friends were truly wonderful guests...looking forward to seeing you next time!

Claudia Jenkins Zier

Claudia Jenkins Zier

Aoache Junction, AZ

Beach Bums

August 7, 2014

We have done the tourist things on previous visits to San Diego, so this time we simply wanted to relax and be the biggest, laziest beach bums around. The Happy Little Cottage allowed us to do just that. An easy walk to the Ocean and a hop and a skip to the Bay side. We enjoyed having use of the bikes too, it was fun! The cottage offered everything you could ever imagine needing and it was clean, comfortable and just very enjoyable. J-me is such a kind, caring and personable hostess. We will certainly stay here again.

Caroline Lavoie

Caroline Lavoie

Montreal, Quebec CANADA

A little paradise

July 7, 2013

Perfect little cottage well furnished, quiet surroundings, great location with access to the ocean and the bay. Owner very welcoming. We would definitely go back.

Patricia Slone

Patricia Slone

Dayton Ohio

great place to vacation

May 3, 2013

a very nice and neat cottage. J-me and Clark are great people to rent from. they furnish every thing you need. we will rent from them again

Kirsten Barrett

Kirsten Barrett

Portland, OR USA

Barrett San Diego Summer Vacation

June 25, 2012

I stayed in the Happy Little Cottage with my husband and two teenage sons, after we picked up my oldest son from college at UCSB. The house was quaint, and roomy enough for the four of us. It was in a perfect location where we could go to the beach and the bay side. We were also within pretty close driving of many of San Diego's attractions. We went to the Zoo, Old Town, Point Loma, saw a Padres game. The parking space was a nice bonus so we didn't have to worry about parking on the street. When we weren't out it was nice to have a fully equipped kitchen to cook in. The yard was lovely and we would out there with coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. We had a great time, I would highly recommend this place and we will definately be back.

john beavers

john beavers

Seaford, Va.

Happy Little Cottage

January 9, 2012

we arrived at the cottage and were very pleasantly surprised at the size and condition of the home. It was very nicely decorated and had everything you could possibly need for a fun filled vacation at the beach. Located just steps from the Bay and the boardwalk on a walk street we could not ask for a nicer setting. The owners, who lived next door, were very accommodating and made us feel welcome. There was a slight plumbing problem that occurred but it was taken care of immediately with only a slight inconvenience. If we return to San Diego we will surely contract to rent this cottage again.

Mary Bond

Mary Bond

Marshalltown, IA USA

Happily Ever After Little Cottage

April 19, 2011

Fantastic and cozy little cottage. Close to the beach , stores, bars, and restraunts all within walking distance. Complete with everything needed. we travel alot and this is the first place we ever stayed that felt like home.

Esther Betts

Esther Betts

Marshalltown, IA USA

The Perfect little cottage

April 18, 2011

This cottage was perfect. 1 block from the bay and 1 block from the beach. We walked the beach daily, and all the stores, food places, bars, were within walking. This cottage had everything, from blankets, sheets, washer & dryer, towels, coolers, chairs for the beach, bikes, toys for kids and games, everything you could think of. Directions to grocery stores with special saving at the store. We ate our breakfast at the cottage, and sometime snacks, everything was great. This was a great place, I am sure glad we found this place, and I would most definitely stay there again. Thank You for the wonderful little cottage.

Nancy Medaglia

Nancy Medaglia

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Fabulous Vacation Home

February 23, 2011

This little cottage was a delightful find, close to the beach & ocean. The house was clean & cozy, complete with bicycles, bbqs, beach chairs, toys, puzzles, books, just about anything you need for a great vacation. The owner was welcoming and of great help in the renting process, answering any and all questions. Couldn't ask for a better hostess. Would definitely go back.

Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Perfect Little Home Away from Home

February 7, 2011

Our family was very comfortable at this cute little cottage set in the best location for beach goes. The owners were more than willing to assist and welcome us into their cottage. They have thought of all the needs a family would desire on their trip, from beach towels to sippy cups. Thank You J-Me and Clark for letting us soak up a bit of your beautiful surroundings.

Mary Beth Hegeman

Mary Beth Hegeman

Narberth, PA USA

Cozy comforts

January 3, 2011

The happy little cottage is just that...full of cozy comfort and everything needed to relax and feel at home. Great location between bay and ocean, near stores, quiet area, attentive and caring owners, amenities galore. Lovely home.

Bella Dinh-Zarr

Bella Dinh-Zarr

Washington, DC

Perfect - in ways big and small

November 22, 2010

Perfect- in ways big (location, washer/dryer, space, beds, hosts!) and small (extra towels, toys for kids and adults, sharp kitchen knives, etc!). Great, comfortable place and very nice hosts -- Thanks!

Mary Middleton

Mary Middleton

Scottsdale, AZ

Cute & cozy

July 26, 2010

We loved the happy little cottage! It was clean, convenient and cozy. It was fun to walk a few steps to the bay every evening and watch the fireworks across the bay at Sea World. Especially loved the fully furnished kitchen. The enclosed front and back yards with tables were perfect--they kept my 2 year old grandson safely confined while we enjoyed the cool sea breezes. We made good use of the sand toys and beach chairs in the garage. I timed our walk from the front door of the cottage to the beach--less than 3 minutes! South Mission Beach is much quieter, friendlier and laid back than North Mission Beach!

Greg Sosek

Greg Sosek

Phoenix, AZ

Private and relaxful

June 24, 2010

The cottage had everything we needed to just relax and enjoy our time together. The location was the best, located between the bay and the ocean, everything just steps away no car needed. The cottage was fully furnished to enjoy just hanging out there or sunbathing on the beach. Just a real pleasure and suited our needs perfectly.



Denver, Co

Like home away from home!

April 27, 2010

My brother and I really enjoyed your cottage! The location is close to everything beach, parks and the nightlife it was the excellent vacation spot. The cottage was well equipped for a comfortable stay in or time at the beach and park. Thank you J-me and Clark, we had a great time at your place!

Stephanie Owen-Lyons

Stephanie Owen-Lyons

Minneapolis, MN

Integrity and Kindness

January 3, 2010

If you like supporting businesses run by kind people who care about their clients, this is your place! When I expressed I was nervous about booking online and sending complete payment to a stranger, J-Me (the owner) sent all sorts of legal information to assuage my concerns with no defensiveness. I appreciated that. Once here, we loved walking 2 blocks to the right (with a coffee shop stop in between) to the ocean to watch the surfing and activity. Loved walking 15 steps to the left to soak in the sun peacefulness of the bay. This area of town is FUNKY. Lots of family owned businesses and down-to-earth people. The gas fireplace and Snuggie came in handy during the cool nights. (-;

Emy Serazio

Emy Serazio

Tucson, AZ

Great Beach Cottage!!

August 29, 2009

We loved the Happy Little Cottage! The location is perfect and it was the perfect vacation spot in the Mission Beach area-away from the noise on the beach side of Mission Blvd. The beach bikes, beach chairs and front patio were well used by our family. The beds were particularly comfortable and the cottage had a full kitchen with everything we needed. Thanks again J-me and Clark, we had a wonderful time at your beach cottage!

grace Melles

grace Melles

Chicago, Illinois

What a happy vacation home!

April 7, 2009

Our family of 4 really enjoyed our stay in this cozy little cottage. The on-site owners were very helpful and readily available. There were lots of little extras like coupons for site-seeing adventures, movies to rent, and sand toys for our children. Most importantly, it's close to the beach, even closer to the bay.



Berlin, Germany

Great Place

February 2, 2009

We so much enjoyed our stay as it was relaxing, sunny and we felt home 1,000 miles away from home. What more do you expect?

Heather Kiuttu

Heather Kiuttu

Los Gatos, CA

Cute, convenient cottage!

December 1, 2008

Super cute little cottage in a nifty little neighborhood. Walk to the beach across the street or the boardwalk. Close to all attractions and has the conveniences of home.

K Booth

K Booth

Asheville, NC

Perfect Spot

November 19, 2008

If your looking for an alternative to a hotel room and have a family this is it. Great walkway to beach or the bay. All the "stuff" you need for your stay. Easy access to La Jolla and dowtown and all points of interest. Front courtyard and back grilling area with table and pvt space. Off street parking and all around great palce. Owners great and very accomodating!

Natalie Cavaleri

Natalie Cavaleri

Phoenix, AZ USA

What a great place!

October 12, 2008

We loved the Happy Little Cottage! It is close to Mission Bay, Mission Beach and Belmont Park. The boogie boards and beach cruisers are great! We only needed to bring our clothes. J-me and Clark are very nice and helpful. My 8 year old son wanted to fish at the bay and Clark helped him catch live ghost shrimp for bait! This was truly a wonderfully relaxing vacation for our family. We will definitely be back.



Tooele, Utah

Perfect little house close to beach

October 2, 2008

This house was a perfect place for our family while on vacation. We used the back porch every morning and evening! You can walk West and be right at the ocean or walk East and you are right on the bay. My family really enjoyed the bikes for riding aroud, and the kids loved the boogie boards! The boardwalk has plenty of fun things to keep the kids entertained, and shopping for the women! My husband spent his time fishing at the bay catchintg plenty of fish!

Donavan Dehmlow

Donavan Dehmlow

Minneapolis, MN USA

We would stay again.

July 20, 2008

The cottage was everything and more that it was advertised to be. The location was perfect and so was the cottage. All of the extras (bikes, beach accessories, etc.) were nice touches and came in usefull. The front and back patios were gorgeous. The grill in on the back patio came in handy. We would have loved to spend a month there and felt right at home. We hope to make a trip again in the future and this is definitely the place that would be our number one choice if available.

Kings of Golf

Kings of Golf

Sicklerville, New Jersey

Great little place - can't be beat!!

May 28, 2008

My son and I enjoyed 5 nights at this cute little cottage during our recent golf trip to the San Diego area. The owners couldn't have been nicer if they tried. The cottage is clean and very cozy, and can easily accomodate a family of four. It's proximity to the bay and ocean is wonderful, and the area is nice and quiet. The excitement of Belmont Park is a short walk or bike ride away. 15 easy minutes by car to downtown San Diego. Sea World across the bay. We liked the place enough to ask if there were available nights so that we could extend our stay - no luck. If we are ever in southern California again, we will certainly be contacting these folks about another stay.



Bay City, MI USA

Comfy and Cozy

April 8, 2008

We loved coming home to the Happy Little Cottage after a long day of seeing the sights. It had everything we could possibly have wanted; grill, washer/dryer, bikes, a fully stocked kitchen, etc., as well as small things like a needle and thread to re-sew a button. And the beds were extremely comfortable. j-me and Clark were very friendly and accessible hosts. We will really miss this place!



Anchorage, Alaska USA

Happy little hideaway!

October 14, 2007

Just a stone's throw from the beach, the Happy Little Cottage is probably one of the best deals in So-Cal! We had a wonderful time. The splendid accommodations felt like a home away from home, and the location couldn't have been better. Great Mexican food and a cute little market just down the street. The house was spotless, and the kitchen allowed us the flexibility to enjoy our own cooking. Beautiful hardwood floors and tastefully decorated, we could have stayed comfortably for weeks on end! The neighborhood is safe and friendly, with a festive, yet relaxing atmosphere. We will definitely be staying at the Happy Little Cottage again. Thanks!

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Clark & J-me Savage

Clark & J-me Savage


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  • About:

    My husband was born and raised right here in South Mission Beach, and we are now the 3rd generation owners of this adorable cottage, which was built in 1942 and purchased by Clark's grandfather in 1943. We've been married for 22 amazing years, and have lived most of them right here in paradise! We...
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