Spacious Modern Condo -2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathroom, 2 Large patios
Owner / Property Manager
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Fantastic! Park! Huge Space! Parking! Stay Here!!
What can I add that others haven’t already shared? Rich & his place are absolutely fabulous! My husband & I were there for a month to find housing as we are relocating to San Diego. A sentiment my husband and I both shared every day was, “why can’t we just live here?” The patio is amazing, I could live just out there. Lush landscaping surrounds the place and is frequented by hummingbirds, songbirds, squirrels, a hawk & 2 tiny fledglings hopped right up beside me & into my lap. There are multiple outdoor areas surrounding the unit to enjoy in both shade and sun. The entire area is so peaceful and quiet. No noisy neighbors or loud planes overhead, just peace & quiet. The location is the absolute best. You are on the corner of a road that will get you anywhere in the area quickly and a dead end street that backs up to Balboa park. We loved hiking through the park and taking in the scenery, it seemed we were a world away. The location is directly centered between Northpark and Hillcrest so you are close to everything. Rich is an amazing host and has left no detail untouched. Everything you need to know is in the binder in the condo, but if by some crazy chance it’s not Rich is just a text or call away. The kitchen is one of the most adequately stocked we’ve ever used, better than my kitchen at home. We cooked multiple meals in it and didn’t lack a thing. On nights you’re too exhausted to cook there’s ton of fantastic restaurants close by or just have Postmates deliver it to the front of your condo door. The shower in the master is absolutely fantastic! Amazing water pressure and hot water. The jacuzzi tub was also excellent especially after a day of apartment hunting. The master bed is also a high point. I am a VERY picky sleeper and have a Tempurpedic at home. I usually don’t sleep in VRBO’S or hotels ever but this bed was perfect. My husband & I both slept like babies. There is a ton of closet space to put all your stuff away in as well. The hall shower is a brand new walk in and my husband says it’s fantastic too. While we didn’t sleep in the 2nd bedroom nightly I did take a nap or two in there and that bed is great as well. It was great to have in unit washer and dryers too. We needed certain outfits more & were happy to have a place to wash clothes. The building is very secure & assigned garage parking is a huge bonus. We found by staying here that this was the area we wanted to live in permanently. I can’t recommend Rich & his condo enough!
I can’t say enough about Rich or his apartment. The pictures are beutiful but still don’t do it justice. Great location. The apartment is superbly appointed and Rich could not have been more responsive or accomodating. We were there for a month and that wasn’t long enough. When we come back next year this is the place we will stay without hesitation.
Luxurious condo practically inside Balboa Park
I recently stayed for a month at Rich’s condo in San Diego. I have been renting houses/condos for years with VRBO, and this was the nicest, most completely furnished place I have ever rented. The kitchen has everything you will need and then some. The beds and the living room are very comfortable. The patio is a beautiful place to eat, and hummingbirds are flying around in the bushes to top it off.
The condo is at the bottom of a cool canyon, directly on the north side of Balboa Park, where there are primitive hiking trails. The frequent #7 bus stops a couple of blocks away (one of those blocks is pretty steep), and we rode it to the sights of Balboa Park and downtown very often. A grocery store and the zoo are in walking distance from the condo.
Rich goes out of his way to make sure you are enjoying your stay. Thanks Rich for a wonderful time.
Great Long-Term Rental Across from Balboa Park
My family of four (me, my wife, and two daughters - age 9 and 10) stayed in this condo for five weeks. The brief summary is that we would stay here again. The photos represent the building and unit well and I agree with everything written by James B, except we did not spend as much time on the wraparound patio.
My wife spent the most time in the unit, as she worked "from home" while my daughters were at camps and I was traveling throughout California for work. She thought the location was great and the cross-breeze through the condo was perfect when the patio doors are open. We did find that the unit retains the heat generated throughout the day and made it warm at night. But don't worry -- this unit has air conditioning and we slept comfortably! The condo and complex was also secure, with electronic locks on all entry ways and automatic garage doors.
My daughters shared the front bedroom and enjoyed their space over the five weeks. They thought the bed was fantastic and slept well every night. The adjustable bed in the master is a benefit that my wife and I did not use, but I can see the value.
Aside from the amenities, the property owner, Rich, was very accommodating. For example, our flight was three hours late, which meant we did not get to the condo the first night until 2AM. We had an issue getting into the garage and Rich was available via phone the entire time to ensure we made it in safely and provide a different parking pass. He checked in every week and was very receptive to the positive and constructive feedback we provided.
I hope we have the opportunity to have a long-term stay in San Diego again and will be reaching out to Rich if we do.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and such a detailed one with kind words about your ~1.5 months.
It was a pleasure to have you and your family.
I appreciate that you take care of my place the way that you did and how smoothly everything went!
I found the apartment and location to be perfect. My only regret is I had to leave. I loved the proximity to the park and the location in general. It was very easy to communicate with the landlord leading up to and during the stay, and the apartment itself was ideal. It was very well-appointed but also very comfortable and felt like home. I also took good advantage of the outdoor patio. I couldn't recommend this place more highly.
Well-situated along the north side of Balboa Park
My wife & I stayed here with our small dog for the month of April. The owner was very accommodating to give us the dates we wanted. This was the first time we stayed in a VRBO rental where the owner actually lives there & vacates when it is rented out. We found that we don't prefer that - though lots of stuff was probably put away, there were still a lot of his belongings around. The unit was well stocked with dishes, cutlery, pots, pans, supplies & had great outdoor balcony space. But unfortunately for us, there was an unpleasant odor emanating from the master closet. We were never able to get rid of it all month long, no matter how we cleaned or sprayed it. We did not complain to the owner until just before we left because we thought it would be too difficult to move all of his clothing duffles out of the master closet during our stay. (He was very concerned about our discomfort & offered a few free extra nights stay.) Early in our stay we considered moving into the 2nd bedroom to avoid the smell at night, but the mattress in that room was way too soft. We would not stay here again.
I'm so sorry to hear about that you two were not extremely satisfied! If I would have only known about any issues early on, I would have contacted my on call handy man to assist. He could have removed the four Ikea Frakta Storage Bags that you believe were emanating a smell in the 12 ft wide custom closet and placed the ionizer in there. I am empathetic because I have a very sensitive nose myself. The only feedback I received was in the beginning about trouble with the garage door opener and that the unit is very lovely with great balcony space. If I had only known about this issue, my handy man could have removed the blue zippered ikea bags in five minutes and I would have even asked the property manager to switch mattress for you liked! I am sorry this stained your entire experience. I am empathize with you because I sensitive to smells myself.
As the owner, I would like to note a few things for anyone reading this review. I do live in this condo about 25% of the year (3 consecutive months in the last year) and as a result, there are bonuses to whoever else should stay here. There are many comforts and upgrades you would not find in another rental home. My condo is not a hotel, but a home rental. There are cabinets that are locked, but there are not personal pictures or or any clutter. Some perks that come along with renting my condo that you might find in most are the home stereo system with speakers in each room in the ceiling including the shower that can be used with your Bluetooth phone or iPad, a stereo unit in the dining are that can be used 1/8” jack, iHome stereo alarm clock for an iPhone and an adjustable bed in the master bedroom, dimmers in every room, a magic bullet blender, reverse osmosis water filter, access to two mountain bicycles, and more. I am assuming some or most of these items are not found in a house rental.
I am sad there were not highlights or nice features in the review about the condo being well kept, nice high ceilings, all conveniences, located steps from Balboa park and walking trails in the neighboring canyon, 1 block from a 25 tennis court facility, or just a few minutes from interstate 5.
I think both parties learned something. I believe it is best to communicate in the beginning of any relationship something that is turn off and a potential deal breaker rather communicating it at the end when it is too late. I wish this couple the best and I am sorry that your time was not up to your expectations in my home. Cheers!