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Quiet comfort in popular Railroad District & 4 blocks from downtown

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Bedrooms 1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Old Town Historic District Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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. Our winter rains have filled 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.

There are two similarly-size 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.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Bill Bartlett & Mary McNally
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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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 volunteer with the local search and rescue team. The picture of was taken the week before our wedding at the San Diego Zoo, 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 San Luis Obispo

The vacation rentals are both 560-sq. ft., one-bedroom apartments. We have recently remodeled the kitchens and furnished and decorated the entire space. 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I really enjoyed my stay in your duplex unit. It's greatest asset is its location so close to the train station, the lovely park with an excellent playground, several good restaurants, a coffee shop, a deli, and a wine bar. And downtown SLO with all of its attractions is within comfortable walking distance. In terms of the unit itself, I particularly liked the updated kitchen, the Pergo floors, and the modern, comfortable furnishings. I was initially worried about being next to the folks at the International Hostel, but what good neighbors they are. Also, it was helpful to have access to a laundry room. The complementary wine, ground coffee, and water are very thoughtful touches, as are all of the pamphlets, maps, and books on the area's attractions. Thanks to you and Bill for being such attentive, caring hosts. I would certainly stay in the unit again.
May 2013
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Quiet comfort in popular Railroad District & 4 blocks from downtown
average rating of 4.78125 based on 33 reviews

Fantastic option when visiting your Cal Poly student!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Redondo Beach, CA

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Really Great Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay in one of our favorite places. Quiet neighborhood, walking distance to just about everything. The apartment itself was exactly what we were looking for - clean, comfortable - with a great kitchen for cooking with some of the best produce in the country.

The owners were both extremely responsive and very respectful of our time.

We can't wait to get back to SLO and we hope we will be able to stay here again.

Thank you!

Danny and Jaymee

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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nr Colorado Springs, Colorado

As advertised, clean, great location and will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for almost a week over 4th of July 2015. Perfect location for SLO and exploring the Central Coast. Walk to Higuera St for Music in the Park, tasty meals (try Bliss Cafe!), Farmers Market. Train station just around the corner (didn't eat at any of these this trip). Easy drive to wherever you need to go, Pismo, winerys, Morro, Avila.

The apartment was CLEAN. Offered off street parking. Kitchen was nicely equipped for meals in. Quiet location. Windows open to let the cool night air in. Perfect sleeping! Right sized for 4 (we were 2 adults, 2 teens). Owners did a great job. Provided tips too on where to catch the fireworks! (We went just north of Pismo, avoided the traffic). Looking forward to our next trip back to SLO!!! MUCH MUCH better than our previous hotel experience in Pismo. Recommend this accommodation -- just don't book it when I want it! :-)

Keep up the great job!!

Other suggestions: take some trainers, do the hike up Bishop's Peak! Bliss Cafe!! California Fresh has excellent fries! Kelsey See Vineyards.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Park City Utah

Great Location!! Woof Woof

  • 5 of 5

This place is Great!!!!!

My Dog and I stayed here for the month of May to get away from the snow. Bill was great to deal with. It is located close to town, but not to close. Pretty much everything is with in walking distance.

We will be back there next year.


Blue and Andrew

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Perfect apartment for an impromptu weekend in SLO

  • 5 of 5

I love this apartment. My girlfriend and I live in LA and like to get away for the weekend sometimes. This apartment had everything we needed. It's spacious, clean, well stocked, private and affordable. IMO the best part about this apartment is the location. We prefer to walk to restaurants in the evening so we can drink and have a good time without worrying about a car. This apartment is in a great location, easily within walking distance of downtown and obviously all the great spots in the railroad district. The next time I visit SLO I'll stay here without a doubt.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
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San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market
"This is a no-brainer. Come. Eat. Buy your local fruits and veggies. It happens every Thursda..."
Splash Cafe and Artisan Bakery
"Honestly, I'm partial to Splash in Pismo for Clam Chowder. They say it's the same, and I'm s..."
Old Mission San Luis Obispo
"I love history and think the Mission is cool. Those less interested in the history of the Ca..."
"Best Sushi in town."
Linnaea's Cafe
"Linnaea's is one of my favorite coffe shops anywhere. The coffee is good the waffles are the..."
Amtrak Station
"I am glad we have cars. I like cars. But one of the best ways to visit SLO is by train. Trai..."
Slo Donut Company
Louisa's Place Restaurant
Palm Theatre
"Every town should have a Palm Theatre. But not every town does. But here is the simple fact ..."
Natural Cafe
"This place has good-but-not-out-of-this-world food. It's decent. But not stellar. Just the s..."
Fremont Theater
"Unlike The Plam, the Freemont does not always show GREAT films. But it is a great theatre. I..."
"My fave in SLO. Get a seat by the creek in the early evening. Relax."
Eureka Burger
Sally Loo's Cafe
"Nearby, cool, and tasty food. Good for breakfast and lunch."
Madonna Inn Copper Cafe
"If you have the time, go and check out the waterfall urinal and pick up a banana cream pie. "
Franks Famous Hot Dogs
"A SLO Tradition. Decent turkey burger, too."
Jaffa Cafe
"The nicest people run this place. Food is good and you won't care because the family is so k..."
Yogurt Creations
"Good yogurt. Fresh toppings. Great customer service. It's fro-yo nirvana."
Bali's Self Serve Frozen Ygrt -- CLOSED
"Good yogurt. Not very clean. lots of great toppings but they are not all perfectly fresh. Go..."
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
San Luis Obispo County McChesney Field
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Avila Bch, Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo Cntry Club
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Cafe Roma
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay
Car: not necessary

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.


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Old Town Historic District Apartment Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

The City of San Luis Obispo charges a 10% Transient Occupancy Tax. We are registered with the city and include the tax in our rate.

We charge a $150 Cleaning Deposit and charge ~$40 for cleaning, sending a Cleaning Deposit Refund by credit card or check within a week of your departure.
Sample Rates after refund:
Two-Night Visit: $340
Three-Night Visit: $490
One-Week Visit: $928

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Old Town Historic District Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 560 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Spacious bathroom with lots of counter space and cabinets, shower and bath.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed, large walk-in closet, dresser, and lots of natural light
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Surrounded by almost 200 wineries; one block to one of the best restaurants in town; walking distance to downtown, the restaurants, activities, eateries and pubs; eight miles to Avila Beach and mineral hot springs; twelve miles to Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, and Montana de Oro State Park, there are endless places to visit. We're only 45 minutes to Hearst Castle and the elephant seal refuge; another hour to breathtaking Big Sur. One and a half hours south to Santa Barbara. Great golf courses nearby and trails and hikes galore!

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