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Designer Flat In The Heart Of It All

Bedrooms 1
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

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 smart TV, Wifi, Blu-ray player, board games and books to help you unwind and let your mind play.

Use it as a work, sleep or play space. It has full bed with luxurious bedding to lounge on during the day and sleep comfortably at the end of your day's adventures. A custom designed and built floating shelf holds 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 playfully buttoned designer 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, AC 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

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 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


Bankers Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Guests to provide their own toiletries(shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Rolling drawers for storage under the bed
  • The studio is a living space that converts into a bedroom. The bed is a full sized mattress decked with pillows for lounging as a day bed. Take off the pillows when you're ready for bed, relax into the your urban retreat 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
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • 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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(54 traveler reviews)

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Designer Flat In The Heart Of It All
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 54 reviews

Great little place if you just need somewhere to stay a short time

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed for 3 nights at this flat. It was small, like other reviews say, but it was perfect for what we needed. The bed was comfortable which is a big plus when you're 6 months pregnant! I did have to contact the owner to fix a light out and some dead batteries, he was available and courteous of our privacy. My husband's gripe was that the shower is very small, which it is, but we were still able to shower. Everything was clean and tidy it was a very cute place. I agree with another reviewer that it may not be for older people or people who have trouble with steps and stairs. Everything is pretty nearby, we took uber to get to where we wanted to go. The furthest we went was La Jolla and it was about 20-25 min north. Overall, we are glad we chose this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very cool place.

  • 4 of 5

Not a very safe neighborhood but fantastic central location. Clean and well maintained.

Kitchen and amenities were fantastic.

Would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place to crash for a few days

  • 5 of 5

I loved this place, it is small but it has everything you need for a long weekend. It is within walking distance of just about everything downtown, including the start and finish lines of the race I ran! The owner made sure everything was tidy and ready to go, check in was a snap, so was checkout. My damage deposit was refunded in a timely manner, overall a great place to stay, I would go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The place is small but perfect for a short stay in San Diego for the weekend. Little Italy offers so much for restaurants and night life all a short walk from the apartment.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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OK for two

  • 2 of 5

While the walk to little Italy was easy it was 'down hill' , It's a steep walk all the way back.

If you are under 50 and need the exercise the up hill walk back might be good for you.

It was not for my wife and I at eighty with a replaced hip.

This is a one person or two person at best. The two units upstairs #3 and #4 are small and tight, about 30 steps in total from the front gate 'UP'. The bed is pushed into a corner, so one side of the bed is against the wall, meaning that one person has to crawl into and out over the foot of the bed. (Night trips are a little more cumbersome).

You will hear the flights of airplanes as you are almost directly under the flight path and the freeway traffic that is very close by is 'NOISY' 24/7

The appliances were most satisfactory and the little appointments here and there added to good atmosphere that were tastefully chosen. cutlery and utensils were good quality and appreciated.

While it was stipulated that 'no smoking' in or on the property was not permitted, that did not deter those in unit #4 who smoked outside all hours (2 am) when their smoke wafted into our unit. Like so was the occupants on the lower unit who sat at the table smoking with the smell drifting up to our unit.

While I do not, as many would not, appreciate notes of do's and don'ts plastered on the walls etc. it would be of help to remind smokers with a note on the table, inside and outside tables, that no smoking in the units or on the property is allowed. As non-smokers it was very annoying, especially when we had to get up at 2AM to close the windows.

As Canadians, it worked out to $1,100.00 for 8 nights. pricey when we could have obtained beach accommodation for less.

Over all, we enjoyed our stay in San Diego.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry you didn't enjoy your experience. Certainly, if we were notified about of the smoking ,or any other issue you found problematic, we would have addressed it immediately as we do have a strict No Smoking policy on the property. We do post as many photos as possible to make sure that the space is not misrepresented in any way. I believe the square footage is listed in the details as well. I can't speak to the exchange rate, but it sounds like the $1,100 probably includes the $500 refundable security deposit as the rate during April is less than $100 per night.
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Lovely In Almost Every Way

  • 4 of 5

The studio flat is very tastefully decorated and a very pleasant set-up. Almost everything is as it should be. Exceptions: 1) *pillows on the bed need immediate replacing 2) we did not receive any service when, on arrival, we made it known that the television was not working. It was still not working when we checked out 4 days later. This put a negative note on what could have been a much better experience.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
0.1 Miles
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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