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Designer Studio In The Heart Of Little Italy/Downtown San Diego

38 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Bankers Hill Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, Studio, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 2), Cozy Luxury Studio

Urbana is the perfect get away, right in the middle of it all. It’s located in the heart of San Diego's most thriving cultural, business and leisure districts but when you step inside the gate, you leave it all behind. The house was built in 1889 and charms visitors with original architecture that’s been completely re-imagined and designed to accommodate guests with a taste for modern amenities and a contemporary aesthetic.

When you come to the flat from a day exploring the beaches, parks, and charming districts of San Diego, you step into an adult playground all your own. Use the gas BBQ and outdoor dining table while you enjoy the lush landscapes, raised bed gardens, bamboo fences and curving hard-scapes around you. Dine on the patio as you watch the sun set over downtown San Diego's skyline. Look down into the garden for a more secluded, peaceful view.

The kitchen offers everything you need with fully stocked cookware, new stainless steel appliances, BBQ tools, dish and glassware, silverware, a full set of chef’s cookware, graters, strainers, steamers and much more. The television and iPod doc are both there to entertain you while you whip up culinary creations as well.

The living space offers a flat screen and DVD player, Wifi board games and books to help you unwind and let your mind play.

Use it as a work, sleep or play space. It has a custom built Murphy bed with luxurious bedding to lounge on in the evening. During the day, the Murphy bed tucks away and a rolling designer cushioned bench pushes against it to serve as a sitting area. Custom designed and built floating shelves hold the Blu-ray player and IHome speaker/charger/alarm clock. Lounge and read a book or catch up on emails under the reading lamp in a designer nail rimmed sitting chair.

The bathroom has been completely remodeled with shower and fixtures. All linens, toilet paper and paper towels included.

Use the two person dining table at meals, and convert it to a work-desk when you need to. When the weather is nice (95% of the time in San Diego!) enjoy the outdoor sitting table and BBQ.

The studio has black out blinds, double paned windows that shut out the city sounds, high ceilings, hardwood floors, a ceiling fan, heater, and all new cabinetry, tile, and fixtures. We love staying here, and hope you will too!

The studio also has soundproofed double doors that can be opened up to a neighboring rental. If you're interested in a larger space, or in vacationing with another couple or with kids, this a great way to share lodging with the option of privacy. Please let us know if you're interested in a double studio stay!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Marie

Our family has lived in Ramona since the 1960s, and works to refurbish homes in San Diego, hoping to breath new life into their communities. We worked together to transform this 1889 historic home into a contemporary playground for vacationers and a respite for business people. Rob is a green designer and builder who has innovated energy efficient homes in San Diego for 40 years. Deborah, his wife, has worked to design the landscape, raised bed gardens, and hard-scapes surrounding the house. I worked together with my parents to design the interiors, furnish the cottage, and make prints of my original paintings for the interiors. I have a masters degree in painting and lived in the bay area for the past ten years working with kids.

We're a family of four generations of San Diego musicians, builders and artists who hope to host visitors and show them the best of what our home town has to offer. We love to travel, meet new people, and create. We hope that this flat feels like home to you.

Marie purchased this apartment in 2001

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you SO MUCH! This place was amazing! Wonderful memories! We'll be back. We love Urbana! xoxo
Jul 2013
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Designer Studio In The Heart Of Little Italy/Downtown San Diego
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect! Everything felt extremely comfortable and was very clean when I arrived. I love the idea of the guest book and. I will definitely try and book this place again the next time I visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great little place

  • 4 of 5

This apartment was great. It worked well for a solo traveler, it would be right with 2 but it would work. Easy access to the I-5, Little Italy and a 15 minute walk to the gaslamp district. It doesn't offer parking but there is free parking on the street (less than half a block away). I would 100% say here again. Perhaps if the owner could offer complimentary soap, shampoo and conditioner that would have been nice. I had been traveling for nearly two weeks and staying in hotels and has come to rely on those items to save space in my luggage.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was perfect! The size, the location, the atmosphere were just what we needed! All the amenities were provided, the smart phone app helped us through, and we can't wait to come back! We highly recommend staying here, especially if you are looking for a romantic space that feels like a home away from home!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Good compromise on space, value, location

  • 5 of 5

Space was a little smaller than we expected, for example no chest of drawers. So I would not want to stay longer than the 3 nights we stayed. Kitchen was very complete. Bath was small but complete; lacked surfaces to place toiletries but was otherwise very functional. Street parking was ample. Location is a 4-5 block walk to anything, which worked fine for us. Location had the potential to be noisy due to airport and highway, but we found the apartment to be well insulated for noise. Overall, was a very good value.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great amenities and perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

I visited San Diego for a conference at the convention centre. The Designer Studio was ideally located. A $6 Uber ride to the convention centre. A wonderful 15 minute walk to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Of course Little Italy close by for great food. The studio itself has everything you need. East access with pin codes makes it easy when arriving late. BBQ on the deck and a great view of downtown. I highly recommend whether for business or pleasure.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Perfect for our needs!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently enjoyed our second time staying at Urbana. The accommodations are excellent, very clean and close walking distance (we choose to travel by rent a bike ) to Little Italy and the Gas Lamp Quarters and even Seaport Village. Excellent restaurants are abundant and walking distance as well. The Saturday Farmers market in Little Italy is incredible. We will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Little Italy or Tin Can Ale House
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
San Diego Harbor
Nearest Golf
5.8 Miles
Coronado Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.9 Miles
San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Wet Stone Wine Bar and Cafe
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Water ski at San Diego Bay adventures
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Ocean Beach

This contemporary flat in the city is bordered on all sides by San Diego's most famous neighborhoods. A five-minute walk to the west takes visitors to the beautiful Little Italy area of downtown San Diego. Here you can stroll through coffee shops, boutiques, bars and some of the most unique specialty shops and restaurants San Diego has to offer. Have dinner and a cocktail at el Camino, or pick up hand made pasta and imported olives from assenti’s and bring them back to the cottage’s fully stocked kitchen to have an Italian dinner at home in the garden. Walk three blocks in the opposite direction to reach Balboa Park, the Old Globe theater, art museums and the famous Prado restaurant.

To the south, it is just minutes to the Convention Center, Gas Lamp District, and Petco Park. To the north, visitors can get lost in the architecture along Banker’s Hill and in Hillcrest daytime boutiques and buzzing nightlife.

Stroll to the nearby waterfront, visit Sea World, San Diego Marina District, Seaport Village, Horton plaza, Symphony Hall, the Embarcadero, and of course, the famous San Diego zoo. These are all accessible by bus, car, trolley, or on foot.


Rates & Availability

Bankers Hill Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Comic Con
Jul 19 2017 - Jul 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 11.05%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bankers Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • The studio is a living space that converts into a bedroom. The custom designed Murphy bed has a queen sized mattress and was built by a local artisan. Lower it, and the room transforms into a luxurious bedroom for lounging and rest. Enjoy the table as a work desk or for dining. Armchair, lamp, rug, shelves, closet, and original artwork combine to make this space feel comfortable for work or play.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
1889 Historic house that has been completely remodeled to cater to a contemporary aesthetic. The interior of the cottage is an architect's delight. It's a very playful, homey space that's been decorated with original artwork and everything we could think of to make your stay wonderful.

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