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Beautiful Cottage w/ loft nestled between Little Italy/Downtown

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

One Bedroom Urban Oasis Walking Distance To Work, Play And Events

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 reimagined and designed to accomodate guests with a taste for modern amenities and a contemporary aesthetic.

When you come home to the cottage 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.

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. Its open layout lets you cook and chat with your guests sitting at the patio table, lounging in the loft or in the living room. The television and ipod doc are both there to entertain you while you whip up culinary creations as well.

The living space offers a marble countertop breakfast bar with leather bar chairs, a fold out contemporary queen sized sofa bed, coffee table and beautiful nail-rimmed armchair. Enjoy the large flat screen and DVD player, board games or books with your guests.

The master bedroom features a queen-sized bed with designer bedding, sitting alcove, handmade headboard, sitting chair and stool. Unpack and make yourself at home in the full sized closet. Let in the natural light with huge bay windows, or retreat and relax by closing the large french doors.

The loft is nothing but fun! Perfect for kids or a second couple or guest, it overlooks the cottage kitchen and living space. Use it as a work, sleep or play space. It has a pillowed sitting bench, queen sized mattress and bedding, and two poofs for lounging!

The cottage has black out blinds, double paned windows that shut out the city sounds, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, heaters, and all new cabinetry, tile, and fixtures. We love staying here, and hope you will too!

More Details


Bankers Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • 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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Beautiful Cottage w/ loft nestled between Little Italy/Downtown
average rating of 4.9215684 based on 51 reviews

Great place, nice location, clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time. Enjoyed the comfortable cottage with a great outdoor space. The cottage was clean, comfortable and had everything that we needed. The outdoor space is a shared space, but feels private and was wonderful. Walking distance to Balboa Park, Little Italy and a little further the Gaslamp Quarter. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moreno Valley California

We loved staying here! My 3 kids felt so at home and relaxed here. Glad we didn't stay in a hotel.

  • 5 of 5

We brought our 3 kids to San Diego for a mini vacation and we all felt so comfortable here in the cottage. It had everything we needed. The loft was really cute! Everything is modern which makes it really nice! Definitely going to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Cute cottage! Excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay! The cottage was exactly as described and very inviting. We really enjoyed walking to near-by Little Italy and Balboa Park. Although we needed street parking, we never found this to be a problem. If we are back in San Diego, we would definitely love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coquille, Oregon USA

Great location! Very convenient for family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Great property! Highly recommended for family vacations!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Cute condo in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Condo is so close to everything in downtown San Diego. We loved drinking coffee on the patio and noise was never a problem.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Beautiful little apartment in San Diego

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this little and very clean cottage in the center of San Diego. We have been staying there as a group of 5 people and even if the cottage is not very spacious it really worked out fine. We would definitely come back again! Parking directly in front of the house was not a problem, yet you are not allowed to park in the huge parking lot next to the cottage, since this is the parking lot of the nearby church. You have to be aware of street cleaning when you park curbside.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

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 the cottage feels like home to you.

Marie purchased this cottage in 2001


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 incredible contemporary cottage 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 Theatre, art museums and the famous Prado restaurant.

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110
Damage Deposit $500

$110 cleaning fee and a $500 refundable damage deposit.

For stays of two nights, if approved for special circumstances, rate will be $255 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.