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Quiet comfort in popular Railroad District & 4 blocks from downtown

Old Town Historic District, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
  • Apartment575 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • 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

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
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!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Queen size Bed, large walk-in closet, dresser, and lots of natural light


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Spacious, recently remodeled bathroom with lots of space on granite counter, storage in the cabinets. Attractive tile surround in shower and bath.

          Location Type

            • Downtown
              Our property is located 4 blocks from downtown, and a block from the historic Railroad Circle, so quite a bit of the downtown area is within walking distance.
            • Mountain View
              You get a peek-a-boo view of San Luis Mountain from the balcony.
            • Near The Ocean
              We are a short drive (or bike ride) from great beaches in Avila, Pismo, Oceano, Morro Bay, and Cayucos. We are also quite close to California's iconic Pacific Coast Highway.


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Coin-operated washer and dryer in utility room.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                          We provide complementary wireless Internet, but do not guarantee its operation. We have never had any trouble but will not make refunds based on Internet service.
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Covered Parking
                          One covered, off-street parking space.
                        • Living Room
                          Features a sliding glass door for light, and access to a small balcony
                        • Parking
                          Off-street, covered parking in a car port below the apartments.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          Coin-operated washer and dryer in utility room.
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • Microwave
                              Microwave above the stove for easy access and clear counter-tops
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Dishes for 8, so guests don't have to do dishes after every meal; just store them conveniently in the dishwasher, ready to wash when you have a full load
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Complete kitchen with full-size stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave, butcher block counter, and a beautiful tile backsplash accents the space
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              Full set of pots and pans, fry skillet and utensils; a set of storage containers for left-overs, just pop them in the fridge.
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Full kitchen and extra cabinets in the hallways for storage, food, or to get your luggage out of the way
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Basic cable TV is provided as a complementary service. We have never had any trouble but will not make refunds based on cable service.
                                    • Television
                                      32' flat-screen in the living room


                                        • Balcony
                                          Small balcony with views of San Luis Mountain.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          We make a small gas grill available for your use.


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • live theater
                                                • arboretum
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • 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

                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • 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!

                                                                  36 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Simple little spot near everything in downtown SLO is excellent value

                                                                  Vern C.

                                                                  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

                                                                  Jenn K.

                                                                  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. :-)


                                                                  P R.Ojai, CA

                                                                  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....

                                                                  Great stay

                                                                  Kim C.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Traci H.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Great getaway

                                                                  Jenny & KevinRedondo Beach, CA

                                                                  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!


                                                                  Old Town Historic District, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

                                                                  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

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee

                                                                  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

                                                                  36 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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