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

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

Owner
Marie
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017

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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Amenities

Bankers Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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Designer Studio In The Heart Of Little Italy/Downtown San Diego
average rating of 4.4333334 based on 62 reviews
Lloydminster, Alberta
3

Cute and Close to Attractions

  • 3 of 5

We had a good stay. Convenient and cute. Bed was comfy so we slept great, and space was sufficient. We found the neighborhood poorly lit, especially since we arrived after dark on our check in day. It is located close to a rescue mission so busy bus stop across the street. It was within walking distance to several areas, but we did drive as well. Only street parking at this location.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great space for what we needed. Cozy, cute, and convenient to everything San Diego could offer!

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing trip and couldn’t have picked a better location to stay. We could have stayed in little Italy the whole time and been pleasantly surprised, however ease of access to many of the other neighborhoods and beaches was great! We will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

Property was very well maintained and looked exactly like the pictures

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed while on vacation and the location is absolutely perfect for enjoying all that San Diego has to offer. Everything is pretty much within walking distance or a short uber/ lyft ride, but we actually rented a car and the drives to places are super short if you are driving. Be sure, if you are driving, to read the parking signs on the streets for sweeper days. Overall parking was not a huge hassle, 2 of the days (sweeper days) we did have to park a little further away but it wasn't too far of a walk back to the property. We loved that everything had a code instead of a key, gave us peace of mind of not keeping track of a key while out and about. Mrs. Marie and Mr. Max are absolutely fantastic about answering any questions you have. On check in day we took a super late flight out and by time we arrived it was midnight and the code to get in wasn't working. I called and they were super kind and friendly about me calling so late and giving me the correct code. The studio is well taken care of and had everything you need in the kitchen and bathroom, plus it was nice to be able to do some laundry. The pull down bed was super comfortable to my husband and I. I was a little afraid I wouldn't be able to get comfortable since I was 6 and a 1/2 month pregnant, but I slept super well and so did my husband. We actually never put the bed away and always left it down since it was just the 2 of us. Overall we defiantly stay again, perfect little spot for a couple getaway

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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4

Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 4 nights and it was very comfortable. The place is really adorable. It is small, but perfect for a couple spending a few days in the city. Walking distance to Balboa Park, but I wouldn’t make that walk at night. 1.5 miles from everything, including downtown and the waterfront. We used Lyft a lot and it was super easy to get around.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Quite nice, but noisy

  • 4 of 5

The studio is well-kept, well-located, and functional. Were it not for the neighbors in adjoining apartments who were quite noisy some nights, I would have given it a higher rating.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Very good

  • 4 of 5

It was very good but I think paying $100 for cleaning is a bit excesive if I have to take out the trash, change the sheets of the bed and leave the kitchen stuff clean.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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