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Unique Victorian Charmer (Downtown San Diego)

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house

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Bankers Hill House Rental Photos and Description

FloorTwo: 2 BDR, 2 BA, Sleeps 5...FloorOne: 2 two-room suites, 2 BA, sleep 8

Sitting atop Banker's Hill, perhaps the most historic and romantic of San Diego's neighborhoods, is the Sherman Doig House (SD house). Built in 1887, this historic privately owned Victorian home is available for overnight stays and offers the intimacy of a bed and breakfast in the center of 'Americas Finest City'.

The rooms are charming and eclectic. The neighborhood is delightful and centrally located.

Choose from either FloorOne or FloorTwo each of which are perfect for a weekend getaway or short stay vacation. There is a private entrance and designated parking space for each floor, plus the following:

FloorOne includes a sitting area with flat screen TV, DirectTV, WiFi, dining area seats 3-4, a 'kitchenette' with wet bar, toaster oven, microwave, and coffee/tea maker. This floor has two 2-room suites with 4 Beds: 2 Queens and 2 Doubles. There is a Powder Room and bonus Spa Room with large jetted tub and separate shower.

FloorTwo includes a parlor room with flat screen TV, DirectTV, WiFi, dining table seats 5, fully equipped kitchen plus a Butler's pantry. This floor has 2 bedrooms with 3 total beds: 1 Cal King, 1 Queen, and 1 Twin. there is a full bath on this floor (shower, no tub)

Scroll down to link to our other vrbo listings for this property or visit our web site for more info:

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Cassandra Stroud
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2016

About Cassandra Stroud

As vrbo listers since 2007, we have had dozens of satisfied travelers stay in our original listing located nearby in Coronado. We purchased this magnificent historic Victorian home in 2013 and have completed some minor cosmetic modifications to accommodate those looking for a unique vacation rental.

Cassandra Stroud purchased this house in 2013

Why Cassandra Stroud chose San Diego

The home is currently under stewardship of the trustee for the Bertha Stroud Family Trust and was purchased not only to establish a legacy estate for the heirs of the trust, but to share this historic landmark with locals and visitors to San Diego.

This property was chosen because, just like the namesake of the trust, it is eclectic, whimsical, and possesses a unconventional character that can best be described as eccentrically unique.

What makes this house unique

For travelers looking for the charm of a bed and breakfast, but prefer the privacy of a vacation rental with the ability to make their own meals - this home is a perfect choice.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Unique Victorian Charmer (Downtown San Diego)
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful birthday weekend with the girls

  • 5 of 5

To celebrate my sisters 50th birthday with one of her best friends, we stayed at this wonderful Victorian home. My sister LOVES Victorian's and yellow is her favorite color, so how could this miss? We stayed for 3 nights and had a fabulous time. We cooked, hung out and visited, and just enjoyed the time together while enjoying this historic home. I would love to get a large group together and rent the entire place. I highly recommend staying here. The owner was very nice working with me on some specific time frames and I greatly appreciated that.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Linda and Sherry

  • 5 of 5

Having lived in San Diego many, many years ago, I was a bit apprehensive staying in the downtown area. Back then, no one would live or stay there. OMG, what a treat to find this hidden treasure. This house was not short on charm, was conveniently located and EXTREMELY quiet !! I have to say, I wanted to take the mattress home with me !!! I hope to return to San Diego in the future and would definitely rebook !!!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One-of-a-kind Rental

  • 5 of 5

We came down for a long weekend in San Diego and stumbled upon this great rental via It has quite a bit of character and charm while still having all your necessities. Cassandra was very communicative throughout the booking process and quite pleasant. The price was very affordable and we would absolutely stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very unique experience

  • 5 of 5

My Stay at this historic home was not only unique but a great place to stay! Very convenient to the downtown San Diego area, walking distance from Little Italy and the San Diego Harbor. The Victorian Home was full of very interesting antiques which gave it a sense of nostalgia yet it had all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Very spacious and private and the hospitality that Cassandra displayed was great! This place is so much better than your average hotel room. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, VA

Great for a girlfriends getaway

  • 4 of 5

The ground floor of the house had lots of stained glass windows and nice Victorian touches. We enjoyed walking to Balboa park and the zoo, down to the USS Midway or over to Gaslamp for dinner.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victorian vacation home in the center of downtown San Diego

  • 5 of 5

This 1887 built Victorian style home exudes unique characters and personal touch. We booked it at the last minute while all other hotel chains were fully booked over the weekend. Even Holiday Inn Express costed $270/night. It was very close to USS Midway and Sea World and right at the heart of San Diego downtown. Very convenient location to everywhere. We stayed at their first floor (two bedrooms and 2.5 baths). It suits our family of 6 perfectly and everyone agreed that it was much more comfy than staying at a hotel!! Loved the antique decoration and the warm ambiance sure made us feel like staying at home. The entire transaction and refund of deposit went smoothly and speedily. This made our very first vacation home experience unforgettable and enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Princess Pub & Grill
Nearest Ferry
0.8 Miles
San Diego Harbor
Nearest Golf
2.8 Miles
Coronado Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.7 Miles
Santa Fe Depot
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Mona Lisa
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Coronado Beach
Car: not necessary

Bankers Hill is one of San Diego's nicest upscale residential neighborhoods located west of Balboa Park and east of Little Italy. SDhouse is located in the long established neighborhood Park West, an area which also acquired the name 'Bankers Hill' because of its reputation as a home for the affluent.

Bankers Hill is an ideal place to go for an afternoon walk. The walk will offer you spectacular views of the city and the intrigue of some of San Diego's finest historic homes.

Some of the popular Bankers Hill restaurants include Bertrand at Mr. A's that has amazing views, Busalacci's, Cucina Urbana, The Hob Nob Cafe, and The Bankers Hill Restaurant. As a result of this idealistic location, the SDhouse is conveniently located to many attractions & amenities.

Bankers Hill is best known for some of the grandest homes in San Diego and the incredible hillside view that looks over downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. Banker's Hill has some of the best examples of high end residential architecture that dates back to the late 1800's. Examples of Victorian, Craftsman, Revival, and Emerging Modern homes can be seen throughout the Bankers Hill area. Many of the original mansions that were built here have been restored to their original beauty and some have been converted into professional buildings used by lawyers, doctors, dentists, and small companies.

With views of the Pacific Ocean and Balboa Park, Bankers Hill is home to young professionals who want to live in an urban pedestrian setting. As many homes are actually positioned up on a 'hill' overlooking Downtown, San Diego Bay, Coronado, and the airport, it is common to see people spending their time watching the airplanes landing and the sun setting across the water.


Rates & Availability

Bankers Hill House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
New Year's Eve
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.5%

Cleaning fee is $100 PER floor
Deposit is required to secure reservation & for damage protection
Unexpected guests FORFEITS 100% of deposit.

Cancellation only in writing 30 days prior to arrival
Reduction of deposit refund 5%/per day starting 30 days prior to arrival
NO REFUND if no show/cancellation within 10 days of arrival

Check in after 4pm
Check out by 12 noon
Full Payment due upon check-in

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bankers Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • FloorOne or FloorTwo - Bathroom - toilet , shower
    FloorOne - Powder Room - toilet
    FloorOne - Spa Room - shower , jetted tub
  • FloorOne and FloorTwo each have full bath with shower; FloorOne has extra Spa Room with large jetted tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • FloorTwo - Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , FloorOne - Suite 2 has Queen + Double
    FloorTwo - Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , FloorOne - Suite 1 has Queen + 1 Twin
  • Max number of guests for FloorTwo is 5. Max number of guests for FloorOne is 8, with 2 persons in each of the 2 Queens and the Doubles.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Floor One is available for up to 8 guests (guests share the Queens and both Doubles FloorTwo accommodates 5 guests (guests share the Queen(2) and Cal King(2) + 1 guest in Twin) For larger groups, additional floors are available (see our other vrbo sites). The whole house sleeps up to 26 with Carriage House. The SDhouse is available as a venue for events for an extra charge STARTING at $100/hr (4hr minimum). Events using outdoor facilities will also be charged an additional hourly fee for security personnel during use.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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