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Kurt Friedmann

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Historic Downtown 1888 Bungalow - Winner of Obispo Beautiful Award

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Best Location in Downtown San Luis Obispo!

Perfectly situated, just two blocks from the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, this charming 1888 garden bungalow will immediately make you feel right at home. Winner of an Obispo Beautiful Award, the bungalow has three comfortable bedrooms with queen beds, a single bedroom / office with an additional daybed, and two bathrooms, providing comfortable accommodation for 7 people.*

Hardwood floors, tongue and groove ceilings, and many antiques adorn the house and give it a special old-world ambiance.

The kitchen has all modern, stainless-steel appliances and is the perfect setting for cooking and entertaining.

Awaiting you just outside is a garden paradise. Three separate wood and flagstone patios, koi ponds with spectacular waterfalls, a stone fire pit, and hundreds of tropical plants provide a romantic secret-garden setting. The many curved serpentine stone walls all are built at sitting height, making them perfect for sitting in the sun or under a shaded tree.

This is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind property centered in the most charming downtown in America.

* The Mission Orchard House is a legal HomeStay certified by the City of San Luis Obispo, certificate # 111989. As of 2/1/15, all short-term rental properties (less than 30 days rental) without a HomeStay TOT permit are illegal to rent. As required by the City of San Luis Obispo, I am the owner and primary resident of the Mission Orchard House and reside in a separate residence at the rear of the property while guests are onsite. I am immediately available to respond to the needs of renters and neighbors. All guests are required to comply with City Homestay ordinance regulations in regards to noise, parking, and number of guests.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kurt Friedmann (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Kurt Friedmann

A life-long resident of San Luis Obispo, I graduated from Cal Poly SLO, traveled worldwide for several years, and discovered that I already lived in paradise! So I never left.

It's great to live in a vacation :o)

Why Kurt Friedmann chose Central Coast California

I feel lucky and honored to have purchased this unique property from the family that originally owned it since 1888. So, in 125 years, I am the second owner, have lived here for 30 years, and intend to keep the property throughout my lifetime.

Rich in history, the house has a calming, old-world ambiance and presence that immediately made me feel at home.

As a student at Cal Poly, I rented this property (along with a host of roommates) while attending university. After graduating, I asked the owners if someday I could buy it from them. The answer always was, 'We want to keep it in the family.' Then one day, the daughter of the man who built the property came to me and said, 'we've decided that you are family.'

Upon purchasing the property, I made two promises to the owner, 1) make it beautiful so it will never be torn down and turned into condos and 2) always have lots of friends and family over because the house had forever been a place of many friends, laughs, and good times.

Keeping both promises, the house was beautifully remodeled in 1998 and continues to be a gathering place for fun with friends / family and weekly dinner parties.

So relax and're among family here at the Peach Street 1888 Bungalow!

Guestbook comments from the owner

House was perfect in every way. Incredible gardens, beautiful interior, amazing kitchen for preparing meals. Beyond expectations!
Jul 2012
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based on 28 traveler reviews

Historic Downtown 1888 Bungalow - Winner of Obispo Beautiful Award
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

An Enthusiastic 5 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this delightful SLO cottage for a week and could not have been happier. Kurt, the owner, welcomed us warmly, and shared some local knowledge about best beaches, restaurants, etc. If you're there on a Thursday, don't miss the amazing Farmer's Market from 6-9pm! The house is perfectly located, five minutes walk from the center of town, and amazingly well equipped. We cooked for six every evening; the kitchen had EVERYTHING we needed, including serving platters, high-quality cookware, every possible small appliance, copious glasses for wiine etc. etc. The backyard is delightful -- we had dinner outside a couple of nights as we hit the hottest weekend of the year. The bedrooms are very attractive, and the bathrooms include plenty of toiletries. There are loads of extra towels and linens as well. The only thing I feel I should mention in this review is the narrow spiral staircase up to the very large bedroom on the second floor. It is a little tricky to navigate with luggage!

We hope to return to this beautifully maintained home!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Propery

  • 5 of 5

Kurt was wonderful and responsive to our every need. The house and property had everything we could ask for. A beautiful back yard to relax in. Everything we needed in the kitchen for cooking. And just a few blocks walk to all of the SLO restaurants for when we didn't cook.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent SLO House!

  • 5 of 5

Kurt was the perfect host. He was a great communicator and left clear notes and instructions both ahead of time via email and and also at the house once we arrived. The entire house has all of the amenities a travel could need. The kitchen was particularly great. We spent tons of time on the back deck and loved getting to see the turtle and fish in the back pond. The house is mere blocks from downtown, but also just a minute or two off the freeway--the best of both worlds. Would definitely rent this spot again!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incline Village, NV

GREAT property for relaxation!!

  • 5 of 5

This hoouse was perfect for our family stay, well stocked and clean. We felt as if we were staying at a friend's house rather than a rental. Walking distance to everything downtown as well as hiking trails. Kurt is an awesome owner, attentive to your every need if anything arises. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darling property!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I are Cal Poly alumni so we were looking for a place where we could spend the weekend together. This was the perfect spot. The house is beautiful and the backyard is huge and perfectly landscaped. We were very comfortable as there were five available beds. The house is a super easy walk to the main streets downtown and all the great restaurants we wanted to visit. I would highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location, impeccable property

  • 5 of 5

Had the most amazing trip to SLO in the best VRBO I've rented. The big plus of the property is the location..walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants. The actual property is impeccable..everything updated and modern, each room is beautifully decorated, the beds are wonderfully comfortable, the backyard is gorgeous and perfect for outdoor dining and relaxing. The upstairs room is like it's own apartment..plenty of room if you needed more space..and a big screen TV upstairs that is perfect for an afternoon of movies and relaxing. We were able to rent movies using the Roku by accessing our Amazon account and it was simple. And Kurt was literally the perfect host..there when you needed him yet inconspicuous at the same time..Would have loved to spend more time with him actually! Thrilled to have found this place and will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Best location in San Luis Obispo. Just two blocks from the historic Old Mission in the center of downtown, the property is walking distance to anything downtown. The Mission Orchard House is a legal, certified HomeStay by the City of San Luis Obispo - Certificate # 111989


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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Central Coast California Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautiful Clawfoot Tub / Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master bathroom
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Maximum occupancy is for long term rentals of longer than 30 days. Short term rentals are subject to the City of San Luis Obispo's HomeStay ordinance, pursuant to code 3.04.060. The Mission Orchard Bungalow is a certified HomeStay as defined by the City of San Luis Obispo. Certificate #111989

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