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In the heart of where it's at, easy walk to Little Italy, Balboa Park, Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 825 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spanish Bungalow With 2 Bedrooms With Attached Baths, Laundry, Patio W/bbq

Mere blocks to Little Italy, Balboa Park and downtown, separate bungalow with great light, bay breezes, Mexican theme design with modern updates, garage for compact car, automatic fireplace, air conditioning, direct tv, wifi, harbor view from front porch. There are two bedrooms with attached baths, one with a queen bed and bath with a shower and the other with a double bed with a tub and shower. There are ceiling fans in both bedrooms. It is furnished with a full kitchen, linens, towels, beach towels. It is close to airport, incoming planes are audible, airport is closed from 12-6. The home has triple pane windows and air conditioning.Free wi- fi.The home is comfy, casual, classy and convenient. Its within walking distance to the epicenter of the hottest, most popular restaurants and bars in all of San Diego.Or if you want to stay in and create your own elegant dining experience, there is fun china, hand blown margarita glasses and colorful cloth napkins along with any cooking utensil you could want. Turn on the automatic fireplace with a click, for warmth and ambience. Theres a propane bbq on the outdoor patio, with table and chairs and lovely fountain. Or sit on the front porch railing and watch the sunset over the San Diego bay. Its a great spot whether you plan to stay home a lot or go out and enjoy the sights because it is minutes to all of that.

Lucinda Scalco
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Lucinda Scalco

I am a native San Diegan. We purchased this property 9 years ago because we love the location. My husband and I plan to live there in 10 years. The neighborhood is now a Mecca for fine dining with lots of hip new restaurants, funky old restaurants, breweries and bars . I like to garden, go on bike rides, and have friends over for nice dinners. I am an interior designer and had a lot of fun putting the interior together. It's comfortable, cheerful, and romantic .

Lucinda Scalco purchased this bungalow in 2009

Why Lucinda Scalco chose Bankers Hill

To be honest, if I was coming to San Diego for beaches only, I'd rent a place right on the beach. However if you're here for some beach, but the zoo, downtown, Little Italy, Old Town, Balboa Park, Coronado, then this location is unsurpassed. Who wants to spend all your time in a car? Literally you can walk 4-8 blocks and get to great restaurants, the park, downtown and the harbor. If you want to stay in, the place is very comfy, nice bay breezes, good light. Most of my guests say the airplanes add an element of excitement, noticeable the first day and after that forgotten. Not to mention when you fly in, its less than a 10 minute ride to the house.

What makes this bungalow unique

I'd say the fact that it is a single family dwelling in mid city makes it more unique. Then add the Mexican flavor decor which puts you in the mood for San Diego's ethnic roots. The airplanes add to the excitement of travel. It is almost 100 years old but has the comfort of your favorite old shoes. Sometimes parking is more challenging but the garage guarantees you a spot each and every time.And you can have a successful car free visit to San Diego in this location as well. Uber rides to downtown are $5 and walking is 15 minutes.The city bus has a stop right across the street and the trolley and train are also walking distance away.


Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Lindbergh field
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Cherry bomb
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
San Diego / Coronado ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Balboa golf course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Santa Fe train depot
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Hob nob hill
Car: recommended

This house is centrally located to restaurants, museums, airport, park, marina, great restaurants, downtown. It is about 10-15 minutes to Coronado or mission beach. It is three blocks away from interstate 5. San Diego is a hard city to not have a car in but this location would offer a lot even without a car. No walk is very long except for the beach. The Gaslamp and ballpark are about a mile and a half away. The Horton plaza mall is about a mile away with movie theaters there. A walk through Balboa Park puts the zoo and the museums about a mile and a half away.The bay and embarcadero are less than a mile away. There is a city bike sharing program in which you can rent bikes with a credit card and drop them off at many convenient locations. The bike kiosk is just 3 blocks from the house at the corner of hawthorn and 4 th ave.


Bankers Hill Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 825 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No outdoor patio noise after 10pm or before 7am.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Fully tiled. Has one blow dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Queen bed is brand new memory foam mattress. It also has a/c and a ceiling fan. Double bed is brand new firm mattress. This room has a ceiling fan.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This house is under the flight path.


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In the heart of where it's at, easy walk to Little Italy, Balboa Park, Downtown
average rating of 4.911111 based on 45 reviews
Santa Rosa, Ca

Very enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

Four of us loved staying at Lucinda’s Casita. The cottage is very comfortable for four people, colorful and cheery, just like the photographs. Master bed very soft, which my husband and I enjoyed, second bed much firmer, per my cousin, who would have liked it a little softer, but not a problem. We enjoyed the planes going over, and with windows and doors shut you could barely hear them, just a quick whoosh and they were gone. Cottage very central, we did loads of walking, in all directions., hardly used our car. Lucinda extremely prompt in returning our deposit and in responding to all my emails. We would definitely stay there again if we return to San Diego. Thanks so much Lucinda.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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House is awesome, very cute and clean. Great location. Would definitely recommend staying here

  • 5 of 5

Great location, walking distance to Balboa Park, Little Italy and the waterfront. House had everything we needed. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wish I could give it 10 stars!! The most delightful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many home away rentals over the last ten years all over the country and this Casita was hands down the best! Impeccably decorated and fully stocked with attention to every thing you may need. The owner truly seems to focus on creating a wonderful experience for her guests. The location is perfect for exploring all areas of San Diego including Coronado with easy interstate access. Walking distance to essentials and quick bus trip to Gaslamp District or Uber to Old Town. We would return to San Diego JUST to stay in this adorable Casita again.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and convenient

  • 5 of 5

This nicely decorated home was clean, cozy and contained everything we needed. The beverages and snacks provided for us when we arrived were much appreciated. This home is in a great location. We were able to walk to Little Italy and Balboa Park. Many other attractions we visited were just a short drive away. I'm glad we rented a small vehicle (Kia Forte) as it just barely fit in the garage. Street parking is available, but finding a nearby parking space in the evening can be quite a challenge. The TV has basic access, so if you are interested in watching a sporting event, it will be necessary to go to a nearby sports bar. The flight noise is generally not a problem when inside, except for a couple jets that arrive early in the morning (around 4:30 - 5:00 am). We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Im glad you enjoyed your stay however Im sorry you experienced airplane noise so early in the morning. The airport has an agreement with nearby residents to not have landings or departures between 12pm and 6 am. If they do, which is infrequent, they pay the city a $300,000 fine.
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  • 5 of 5

Lucinda, your casa became our casa!! The cute bungalow was not only inviting, but comfortable and homey. We enjoyed breakfast on the patio, and relaxing after our busy day of seeing the sites in San Diego. The charm and all the color inside and out with flowers and tiles only adds to the character!! Thank you for an informative "Welcome Book" and broachers. The central location led us to walk many places, great exercise after great food! To tell you the truth, we even enjoyed the planes flying over! It was fun to see them so close, and the noise became unnoticeable!! Thank you again, and we will refer friends your way.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baltimore, MD

A Lovely, Comfortable Casita

  • 5 of 5

We really loved Lucinda's casita. It is colorful, comfortable, and welcoming. We appreciated the amenities and the small touches. Parking is limited but we were lucky that our rental, a Jeep Compass, just did fit in the garage although passengers have to get out first. Being under the flight path really takes some getting used to. It is a great central location, but not handicapped accessible. This place is great for small families or couples. It is very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

The garage is a very small single car space that will only accommodate a compact car. Anything larger will need to find street parking.

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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