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Scott Hamashige

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, serbo croatian

Central San Diego Quiet Retreat One Bedroom One Bath Apartment Close to All

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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We're located in a very quiet, centrally-located neighborhood close to beaches, bays, airport (SAN), downtown, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, La Jolla, Tijuana, Balboa Park, world-class shopping at Fashion Valley and Mission Valley Malls, and away from the congestion, noise, traffic, and difficult-to-impossible parking situations so common to other parts of San Diego. The house is a small and cozy 1 bedroom 1 bath, with front elevated 'veranda' with views to Mount Soledad in La Jolla, and sliver ocean views. Great for viewing Sea World fireworks. Bedroom is good sized with ample closet space. We bought a premium memory foam mattress for ourselves, and liked it so much, we bought one for this property. If you are used to memory foam, you should like this bed! Free and easy parking and wifi. FULL KITCHEN/WIFI/EASY PARKING.

The living room is quite large, with a very large couch and cozy chair with ottoman. The living room is open to the kitchen, and feels quite open and expansive. Kitchen is pretty big, with lots of room for chopping and dinner prep. Kitchen is fully equipped, and has blender, microwave, toaster, pots and pans, full size fridge, gas stove and oven, coffee maker, etc.

House is fairly quiet. Unlike Golden Hill, Downtown, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, UTC, University City, and parts of La Jolla, we have NO 'fly over' jet traffic. Nearest freeway is about 1/4-1/2 mile away, and we NEVER hear freeway traffic. We're located very close to Tecolote Canyon, which is a natural preserve (no roads). Street we're located on 'doubles back' to main roads just past the house (no 'thru' traffic). House is located a good twenty or so feet 'higher' than street, and set back a good ways from street. Neighborhood was constructed before WWII, before the current density set in; parking in front of the house is free, secure and never difficult.

Back yard is very large and quiet, with yard sloping down westward (great for viewing sunsets), with lots of fruit trees. Nice shaded redwood deck off of kitchen with chairs and benches, great for reading or enjoying a coffee or beer.

House has all hard surfaces; either hardwood floor, laminate, or faux wood- no carpet, so you can breathe easier. Bedroom has ceiling fan and lots of breeze from the west, so it's never hot. Living room is large and open, with sunset views from couch or bar, and views of mt soledad to the NW. There's a tiny ocean view from the front door. Dividing kitchen from living room is a small tiled bar, designed and created by legendary local artists Marcus Gutierrez and Fernando Apodaca (same artists that did Pearl Jam's 'Life Wasted' video). Bar has storage inside for bottles or pots and pans. Wifi access on property.

If you would prefer to visit lots of areas of san diego but would like to return to a quiet and safe neighborhood, easy parking, and a very tranquil apartment with a 'country type' feel to the backyard, you will probably like it here; if you're wanting to walk to nightlife and cafes and bars and breakfast joints, you might be disappointed. While we're very close to downtown, little italy, old town, sea world, san diego zoo and balboa park, we do recommend either renting a car or using uber or lyft to get around, as the city buses are pretty slow.

Other facts about the apartment-

1) We clean the apartment ourselves; we do not employ cleaning services that have no 'stake' in the guest experience.

2) The bed is a premium mattress, and both mattress and box spring are zipped into 'anti-bed-bug' covers. These covers are expensive (around $400 a set) and are woven so tightly bed bugs are unable to penetrate the fabric to live in either the mattress or box spring. These are not plastic, but fabric (you will not notice them on the bed- they do not make noise). Not something nice to think about, but if you're traveling to an unfamiliar apartment that has been used by's something you should think about.

3) You have cable tv and dvd player....about 75 channels on cable.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Scott Hamashige (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, serbo croatian

About Scott Hamashige

i (with the helmet) have a small mobile bicycle repair business in town. Bisera (the blonde) and i enjoy riding bicycles, rollerblading, going to the beach, and going to the swap meet on weekends. Bisera is from Serbia and enjoys cooking.

Scott Hamashige purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Scott Hamashige chose Mission Valley

House is elevated, and has great views of Mt Soledad to the west.

Also, this is the best area to live in San Diego, because we have the best climate in San Diego! We live close enough to the ocean and bays to get that cooling breeze; however, on a lot of days when the beach is foggy and freezing ('june gloom' 'may gray' etc), we're basking in the sunshine! In addition, this neighborhood is very quiet, with no bars (direct contrast to the beach, with a bar on every corner), no beach traffic, no noise, no congestion. This neighborhood was established in the 1940's and 1950's, when San Diego was not yet crowded; as a result, homes in this area have generous yards and space- we're not living 'nose to nose' like homes in the beach area. Free parking and wifi.

What makes this apartment unique

This could be the most affordable place to stay in San Diego- if you're not a millionaire, and don't want to spend two to five thousand dollars for a week at the beach, consider this property- it's quite a bit cheaper, with easy beach access, but away from the beach noise, congestion, and large numbers of drinking establishments located in all the beach neighborhoods. We are also extremely close to Balboa Park, North Park (San Diego Microbrewery capital), South Park, Downtown, Little Italy, Old Town, Mission San Diego, Petco Park, Qualcomm stadium, SDSU and UCSD. I love this place because it's so quiet. I lived at the beach for years, but the noise, traffic, congestion, the high rent, and the high concentration of bars and drinking establishments made me move. At the beach i'd wake up to leaf blowers, lawn mowers, honking horns, people coming out of bars at 2 am, surfers getting ready at 6am, and other distractions. If you love quiet and sunshine, this area is hard to beat. Also, living here, traffic is never a problem. We also have first rate Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese fare here in the neighborhood.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Central San Diego Quiet Retreat One Bedroom One Bath Apartment Close to All
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews

Great location and great owners.

  • 5 of 5

My niece and I traveled from Indiana to stay in San Diego. Scott's and his wife's rental description is very accurate and the rental was very clean! Be sure to rent a vehicle and their rental is close to everything in San Diego. Scott was very helpful in every far as with the rental or great local places to visit. We were gone during the days, but evenings at the rental were relaxing to sit outside on the deck. We'd both stay again at the rental in a heartbeat. Thanks Scott :)

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing little 1 BR in Linda Vista!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect retreat for myself while visiting a friend. (Serendipitously, I could view her building across the canyon when sitting on the front porch!) Very comfortable space and there would have easily been room for my hubby too! The bed was just right! Good supply of cooking pans in the kitchen! More than enough clean towels and extra blankets too! The small deck and chairs in the back were a lovely little surprise as were the orange trees where I was able to pick and squeeze fresh juice! YUM!! My friend and I enjoyed sitting out back a couple of evenings. It was a great spot to sit and sketch the beautiful places we had seen each day!

The only downside would be no AC. This was noted in the descripstion and for me was not a big deal, but there was a bit of a heatwave last week and the living space got toasty a couple of afternoons. With the windows open the sea breezes made things comfortable.

I would highly recommend this lovely spacee for a single person or couple looking for a quiet space to stay in San Diego!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This was our second time to stay with Scott, and we were happy to be there again. His place is convenient to everywhere in San Diego, and while it is not new, it is very comfortable and clean.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Solid Value

  • 4 of 5

This is a cozy, clean, quiet little place perfect for two during a long weekend stay. Nothing fancy, a little rough around a few edges but with a lot of heart and an artistic flair. Hosts were attentive to the one or two issues we raised. You'll be happiest if you have a car, and we were quite pleased with how easy it was to park and to travel to our many destinations.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Easy Drive to Every Point in SD

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at this large one bedroom and were able to get to all the major destination on our list in under 25 minutes by car. I don't know how it would have been without a car, but with one: I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Sonoma, CA

Comfortable Stay With All Necessities

  • 5 of 5

I had a great stay here and it was a significantly better choice than any hotel in the area. It has the suburban feel with a short drive to the heart of the city. Everything was clean and comfortable and had that "home" feel. Scott and Bisera are excellent hosts as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Lindbergh field
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Padre Gold
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Tecolote Canyon
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Old Town
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.25 Miles
Sab-e-Lee Thai Food
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Mission Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
summer 2
Jul 25 2016 - Sep 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mission Valley Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom has toilet, vanity/sink, and combination tub/shower with detachable shower head.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) queen bed in room. Memory foam mattress. Both box spring and mattress are zipped inside 'anti bed bug' cover. Mattress is 'memory foam'. Good sized closet.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Bisera and i live next door. We're very quiet and non-intrusive.

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