One Bedroom Urban Oasis Walking Distance To Work, Play And Events
Our family has lived in Ramona since the 1960s, and works to refurbish homes in San Diego, hoping to breath new life into their communities. We worked together to transform this 1889 historic home into a contemporary playground for vacationers and a respite for business people. Rob is a green designer and builder who has innovated energy efficient homes in San Diego for 40 years. Deborah, his wife, has worked to design the landscape, raised bed gardens, and hard-scapes surrounding the house. I worked together with my parents to design the interiors, furnish the cottage, and make prints of my original paintings for the interiors. I have a masters degree in painting and lived in the bay area for the past ten years working with kids. We're a family of four generations of San Diego musicians, builders and artists who hope to host visitors and show them the best of what our home town has to offer. We love to travel, meet new people, and create. We hope the cottage feels like home to you.
Marie purchased this Cottage in 2001
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
We stayed in this cottage for 4 nights while we were in San Diego for a wedding. Although overall the description is fairly accurate, I do think it’s important to mention this is 1 block from a homeless services center. Panhandling is common and can be somewhat uncomfortable. Parking is also a huge hassle. We rented a car at the airport and in hindsight we would have just relied on Uber. Many places are walkable which is a definite plus. Pros and cons to this property but we would choose a better location next time
We are sorry to hear you had trouble with your stay! One thing that makes our cottage so great is that it is near downtown. It is central to anywhere you’d want to go, and like any city, particularly a beautiful city with nice weather like ours, it is going to have a large homeless population. It is a part of the culture here. They smile and wave at passing cars when they panhandle in true California fashion!
Parking isn’t an issue in our area typically unless there is a large event like comi-con happening, which was the case during this time. However, trouble with parking is not an accurate reflection of the general experience of staying at the cottage, a definite exception to the norm.
City living has its pros and cons for sure but we love our city and the cottage is in one of the most convenient and desirable areas of San Diego.
Fantastic place to stay - neighbours friendly and helpful, location fantastic, short walk to Little Italy and the beach then on to Gaslamp 👍
Love San Diego 💜
Highly recommend 😃
Nice but misleading
Owner was easy to work with. Over all we enjoyed the property. However, we found a couple of points in the advertisement to be a bit misleading. Firstly, it states the property is able to sleep 6 people. More accurately, it would maybe get 4 if people are happy to squish. You are also essentially staying in someone’s backyard (who are not particularly happy to have you.) Some of he photos are not what they seem. For example, the loft has a very low ceiling, which would only allow one person. Any more and you will be hitting your face! Also, the outdoor area belongs to the people next door. This is not a problem in itself, however, the ad encourages guests to enjoy the outdoor area and garden. Do not go out there unless you want to be yelled at by the upstairs neighbor! Over all, we did enjoy the property and location, but the owner should consider revising the ad to be more truthful and realistic, to avoid disappointment later on. Thank you
Thank you for your feedback Thad! I will certainly address the issue with the neighbors right away. The yard is shared for the property, however, the bbq, table and chairs are specifically for the cottage. As for the sleeping arraignments, there is a sleeper sofa in the living room for two people, queen bed in the master for two people, and the loft bed upstairs sleeps two easily if you sleep with your feet towards the pitched roof, or alternatively the mattress can be pulled away from the low point of the roof as well. It is a quirky little place adored by many!
Our family of five, with 3 kids ranging from 11-16 years enjoyed our stay. The cottage was clean and has a well stocked kitchen. The neighborhood noise did not bother us with windows closed. The bathroom sink stopper was broken so we couldn't really use it and had to use the kitchen sink to brush teeth etc. We thought we'd be able to use the bench in the loft as a sleeping space, but there was no mattress or pad to sleep on. Only one person can really sleep on the futon in the loft as the ceiling is too low.
This property is gorgeous....and directly under the flight path of the airport, right next to the exit ramp of the freeway, and borders next to a parking lot with floodlights that shine INTO the master window. I read some of these details, along w/ the notes about black-out shades & dual-paned windows for sound-proofing. As a pretty sound sleeper, I thought we'd be set. After contacting the owner at 8:30 p.m. about confusion locking the door (keyless entry that DOESN'T relock from the exterior when leaving, but from the interior?!) and getting no response, we were able to secure the door and go get some dinner after our travel. By 1:30 a.m. with car alarms going off on the street/nearby and worrying it was our rental car, because it's on-street parking, I was messaging the owner informing her that we'd need to check out and inquiring about some type of refund. She did respond that they'd like to help fix things if possible (not unless you can make the bed more comfortable or really have light-blocking/sound-proofing), but that was all we heard from her w/ the exception of confirming that she wouldn't refund a penny of our unstayed nights. If you do get lucky enough to stay here, use ear plugs @ minimum! Wish it had been a better experience in a city that we've loved in the past..I've NEVER had to leave a VRBO and NEVER given a bad review, but this was sour grapes for sure! :(
Enjoyed our stay and the house had everything we needed. Walking distance to Little Italy. Would definitely recommend and would stay there again.
This incredible contemporary cottage in the city is bordered on all sides by San Diego's most famous neighborhoods. A five-minute walk to the west takes visitors to the beautiful Little Italy area of downtown San Diego. Here you can stroll through coffee shops, boutiques, bars and some of the most unique specialty shops and restaurants San Diego has to offer. Have dinner and a cocktail at el Camino, or pick up hand made pasta and imported olives from Assenti’s and bring them back to the cottage’s fully stocked kitchen to have an italian dinner at home in the garden. Walk three blocks in the opposite direction to reach Balboa Park, the Old Globe Theatre, art museums and the famous Prado restaurant.
To the south, it is just minutes to the Convention Center, Gaslamp District, and Petco Park. To the north, visitors can get lost in the architecture along Banker’s Hill and in Hillcrest’s daytime boutiques and buzzing nightlife.
Stroll to the nearby waterfront, visit Sea World, San Diego Marina District, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Symphony Hall, the embarcadero, and of course, the famous San Diego Zoo. These are all accessible by bus, car, trolley, or on foot.