About the property
- Apartment575 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
Compact Home Away From Home
Recently rated America's friendliest city, San Luis Obispo is a small historic town nestled between world-class wineries and the Pacific Ocean. Four blocks from this unit, the downtown area features a well-known Farmers Market and walk-streets.
There are terrific trails for hiking and mountain biking amidst a beautiful agricultural area -- with all the benefits of being in the heart of town.
The apartment is equipped with a full bath and kitchen (dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, microwave) for complete flexibility close to town. You can park your car and walk during your entire stay, or come by train with the Amtrak station just 2 blocks away.
Your vacation apartment is part of a duplex located behind a historic home; it features a small balcony. There is a queen bed in the bedroom, a living room, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen.
This unit is on the 2nd story, so stairs are required to access the unit.
The building is shaded by mature palm trees in the back and a majestic oak in the front. We are also situated on a small creek. Winter rains fill the creek, providing the soundtrack of a babbling brook.
The full kitchen allows you to prepare and store food if you don't want to eat out every meal.
We have two identical units located across the landing from each other. If you have extended family or a larger party, you can rent both concurrently, depending on availability.
Bill Bartlett & Mary McNally
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- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
About Bill Bartlett & Mary McNally
We bought this property with the idea that we would like to retire in downtown SLO some day. The location of this property would allow us to zoom around in a battery-powered golf cart for all of our visiting, shopping and entertainment. We love dogs (and most other animals except gophers), hiking, motorcycling and we run a non-profit. The picture of was taken the week before our wedding at SeaWorld, behind the scenes with two Beluga whales; Fernando had SUCH a personality.
Bill Bartlett & Mary McNally purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Bill Bartlett & Mary McNally chose Old Town Historic District
The apartments are 575-sq. ft., one-bedroom units, with recently remodeled kitchens and bathrooms. It is fully and comfortably furnished and decorated throughout. We tried to anticipate your every need, providing all the necessities. We are in the historic Railroad District, two blocks from Railroad Square. We are minutes away from Cal Poly and the Performing Arts Center, a short walk to downtown SLO, and close to wonderful hiking trails. This is a good place for you if you want a place to hang your hat, feel comfortable, cook for yourself, and get out to enjoy the natural beauty and inviting culture here.
What makes this Apartment unique
No car is necessary unless you want to explore outside of town. A car does help to get to the beaches or for a cruise up Pacific Coast Highway. There are ten restaurants and delicatessens within a couple of blocks and many more with a quick walk to town. San Luis Obispo features almost 200 wineries. We are eight miles to Avila Beach and Sycamore Mineral Hot Springs; twelve miles to Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, and Montana de Oro State Park -- there are countless places to visit. Drive north up California's beautiful Pacific Coast Highway to Hearst Castle and the elephant seal viewing area; or drive another 60 miles up the PCH to breathtaking Big Sur. Santa Barbara is 1 1/2 hours south. There are great golf courses nearby and hiking trails galore!
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Simple little spot near everything in downtown SLO is excellent value
5 stars for value and owner response and communication. This is not a luxury accommodation, but if you are good with a very simple one bedroom, the owner is very reliable and kind and the location can't be beat.
Comfortable stay with my family and dog
Bill was a very responsive host and he has a modest, cozy unit in a quiet neighborhood in SLO. The unit has brand new floors in the living room and bedroom (no more carpet) and they look very nice. We loved that we could walk to the cute downtown in just about 15 minutes. The one bedroom was fine (with a large closet, if needed) and the bathroom was perfect. The kitchen has all the utensils and appliances that we needed for our stay. I would have preferred if there were a couple of "starter" items in the kitchen, such as cooking or olive oil (I find basic spices and oils to be a convenient for guests to have when staying in such units). It was peaceful to sit on the balcony under the large oak tree. The main thing I would recommend is the addition of some blackout curtains (these can be acquired cheaply from Target). We were mildly disturbed by the nearby outside lights. Overall, we would happily stay again in Bill's unit. :-)
If you go in with your eyes open, you will be satisfied. The location is terrific: near town, right next to the train station, and very quiet. It has all the essentials, and host Bill is a delight: responsive, helpful, and steady. You won't be disappointed working with Bill. All good.
That said, these are not luxurious digs. The couch noticeably sags. The lamps are pretty wobbly. The outside stairway, while sturdy, is dingy. On the positive side: the wifi is strong, the heater is good, there is small balcony (OK, a little dirty), and there is covered parking. The kitchen is well equipped.
This little apartment is extremely convenient. Whether you want to pay about twice what a cheap hotel costs is a legitimate question. I would personally rather stay here....
Place was clean, comfortable and in a convenient location walking distance to downtown SLO. Bill was quick to respond with any questions and a wonderful, friendly host full of any information/suggestions needed. Thank you.
Fantastic option when visiting your Cal Poly student!
I stayed 3 nights in September 2016 when I flew out from Texas to help my Cal Poly sophomore move into his first apartment in SLO, and what a find this place is! The terrific location was great for my morning runs, walking to breakfast and dinner, and just a few short minutes drive away from campus. The unit has everything you need for a home away from home, and it was great to have the full kitchen. Bill and Mary were easy to work with, very responsive, and have a great place here. Highly highly recommend!
We stayed here over Thanksgiving for the long weekend. This place was perfect- clean, comfy and you can't beat the location. We will definitely come back!
Recently rated America's happiest city, San Luis Obispo is a small historic town nestled between world-class wineries and the Pacific Ocean. The downtown area features a well-known Farmers Market and walk-streets. Cal Poly brings arts and lectures to the Performing Arts Center. Lake Lopez (1/2 hour south) and Nacimiento (45 min north) offer water skiing, wind surfing, jet skiing, and a marina. Water slides are located in Paso Robles (40 minutes north) and in Arroyo Grande at Lake Lopez. SLO is just minutes away from Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, and Grover Beach. Also near the Oceano Dunes SVRA, the only beach in California on which you can drive your car. There are terrific trails for hiking and mountain biking amidst a beautiful agricultural area -- with all the benefits of being in the heart of town. Another primary attraction is Hearst Castle in San Simeon, about 35 minutes north of SLO. Be sure to visit the elephant seals while you are there. San Luis Obispo is also a wonderful jumping-off point for road trips up California's Pacific Coast Highway. Lastly, our fully equipped vacation apartments are two blocks from the San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station. Ride the train into town, walk to your apartment, and enjoy San Luis by foot. We are Located in the historic Railroad District...just blocks from downtown SLO.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We charge a $150 Cleaning Deposit and charge ~$50 for cleaning, sending a Cleaning Deposit Refund by credit card or check within after your departure. Sample Rates after refund: Two-Night Visit: $340 Three-Night Visit: $490 One-Week Visit: $928