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Creative Urban Adventurer Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Master Suite Bedrooms - 1 Bathroom- sleeps 6-8 people- living & dining space

This creative Euro style nest is elegant and comfortable while urban, mod, rustic and chic. Located in the heart of the upcoming art and design district- Maker's Quarter this apartment is within 5-10 minutes of Downtown, The Gaslamp and the Harbor. Perfect for the business executive who wants to be slightly off the beaten path with easy access to all. Also perfect for traveling friends and families who seek a very quiet and "Mayberry" type street that is adjacent to City College, Silo- Outdoor Event venue, The Monkey Paw - a very sought after craft brewery pub- FIX- a local bike shop owned by bikesmith Seamus, Fab Lab- the new high tech design lab- Discovery Elementary Charter School- Cafe Primo- the upscale bistro from Hollywood along with Albertson's and several other local services. A short 5-10 minute walk to all- and less than a $10 dollar fare via Uber. This apartment is quiet- simple- urban and elegant - featuring two complete Master Bedroom suites that both come with a living area that overlooks the street and a dining area and a bedroom. The two suites are connected by a hallway that houses the bath/shower. The South Suite has a front living/dining area that overlooks the street. The front room has a lovely queen size sleeper sofa that sleeps two very comfortably. It also has a dining table that seats six. The second sleeping quarter has a large very comfortable queen size bed along with a single bed which is separated by a large hand painted wooden screen. There is a large workstation with plenty of room for a computer and any work related activities. There is also a station that contains all room amenities such as a microwave, blowdryer, coffee maker and dishes. The North Suite- has a lovely very rich and warm decor with a Full sized sleeper sofa in the living area and a beautiful marble bar with barstools for your guests to watch movies or tv on the big screen over the bar or sit and work on laptops and projects or better yet... enjoy breakfast or lunch or a glass of wine together! The Queen sized bed is very comfortable and luxurious. The decor in the entire suite is warm and rich - grounding and uplifting at the same time! Both suites have the space to add a full or twin air mattress in order to house additional guests in your party. Both suites share the bathroom/shower. A hallway connects both suites and houses the Bath/Shower room. Breakfast can be provided upon request. Pet sitting can also be provided upon request.

Owner / Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2018

About Owner / Property Manager

Hi! Welcome! Thank you for considering allowing us to be your hosts! My name is Ellie and my husband is Mark- I am a native of New Orleans and grew up in the hospitality business. I managed several properties in the French Quarter- even was the resident manager of a small boutique hotel - Maison Dupuy. I owned several upscale cafes in the Quarter and in the Wharehouse District. Mark and I are both musicians. Mark is a Master drummer and percussionist and educator. He is on staff at several universities- San Diego State and Long Beach State - teaching World Music Percussion. Mark plays in several awesome bands in both San Diego and in Los Angeles. I have my own band- the Ellie Lamson Band and I am a singer songwriter. Mark and I are both passionate about music- food and travel. We have had a dream for many years to own a small motel or bnb ... so this opportunity through VRBO - is fulfilling and awesome! We love hosting! Please don't hesitate to share with us the purpose of your visit and anything that we can customize or do to make your stay simply amazing.

Owner / Property Manager purchased this apartment in 2002

Why Owner / Property Manager chose East Village

Our property is extremely unique... it is made up of two storefronts that have been converted to loft master suites... we have searched for the furnishings and made an effort to have both suites feel extremely clean- uplifting and comfortable. We are within walking distance to virtually all that the downtown area of San Diego has to offer... City College- Petco Park- East Village- The Gaslamp- The Convention Center- The Marina- All the major hotels.. Balboa Park- The San Diego Zoo. Museums etc. We are just a 10 minutes Uber ride or cab ride from Little Italy or Hillcrest or North Park. You absolutely cannot beat this location!!!

What makes this apartment unique

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in a retail storefront that has been converted into a loft? We have had so much fun taking our two storefronts and converting them into very fun and creative guests lofts for travelers and adventurers here to visit our beautiful city of San Diego! Our lofts were previously rented out as an Art Gallery- a Restaurant- a IPhone repair shop - an Eco Friendly arts and crafts shop and a recording and rehearsal space. We love our location. We are one block from City College and across the street from the famous craft beer featured Monkey Paw. We are right around the corner from the 10 Barrels Brewing Company that will be opening in Spring of 2017 and also right around the corner from a huge indoor outdoor entertainment and recreation venue. We are within a short walk to the Gaslmap District and the Convention Center and Petco Park. We are also within a super short uber ride to Balboa Park and the Zoo and to Little Italy and Downtown. If you are seeking a super unique experience getting to know this part of San Diego- let us host you and your family and guests!


East Village Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Welcome! The Creative Urban Adventurer Retreat Bath/shower is rather on the European scale! In other words.. .it is small... however, it is bright and cheery and will uplift you daily as you enter and see the "you are amazing" sign!!! There is no bathtub - just a shower. Note: The bath/shower is located in the hallway that connects the two Master suites.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , plus both twin and full sized air mattresses available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Welcome! The Creative Urban Adventurer Retreat loft has two Master Bedrooms- one per suite- in the South Suite- there is a queen bed in the "Living room"- it is the couch that converts into a very comfy sleeper sofa bed. The "Sleeping room" has a queen bed and a single twin bed. We also can provide a twin air mattress that will fit on the floor in that area. This loft sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. In the North Suite- there is a Queen Bed in the bedroom and a Full sized sleeper sofa that pulls out in the Living room. This suite sleeps up to 5 people comfortably. The ENTIRE RENTAL- sleeps up to 10-11 people comfortably. All of the beds are extremely comfortable. We go to great efforts to supply all cotton towels and sheets- during the colder months we provide flannel sheets. There is a creative desk station in the sleeping room. Dream- and make your dreams come true!
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(3 traveler reviews)

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Creative Urban Adventurer Retreat
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Hidden treasure!

  • 4 of 5

Ellie and Mark had a wonderfully accommodating place located right in the middle of down town. I rented both sides of the property, which they said would accommodate up to 10, but I feel it would have sleep more. I brought a party of nine and there was plenty of space, towels, beds, coffee and teas. It was great. they knew local places and had a list of directions to popular destinations you may need. The bathroom was a little small but we all managed. We also passed the building at first, but appreciated the fact that it was kind of incognito in the middle of the city.

Would recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amber and her group were amazing guests! They were so full of enthusiasm and joy of life! They respected all of our requests and house rules and brought a lot of joy and laughter to the lofts! We would recommend them to any VRBO hosts! Amber stayed in excellent communication and handled every single detail to a tee! Great group!
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Perfect Location, Perfect House

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for our group - since we were going all over San Diego, we never had a commute over 15mins. and could walk most places we were trying to go to. Has a great nightlife around the building, the neighborhood is safe and clean.

The house itself is adorable, we loved the store-front facade and the wrap around between the two units.

Ellie is such gracious host with a loving heart- really enjoyed meeting her!

Thank you again, would come back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elizabeth and her friends were absolutely amazing in every way! We would recommend her to any VRBO host. She was in constant communication and contact. She managed every detail and handled everything in perfect order. The entire group was a JOY!
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  • 5 of 5

Ellie and mark were fantastic hosts and accommodated with everything we needed. Property is part of a store front and is minutes from downtown and easy freeway access. The lot doesn't have parking isnt free and meters outside the property was 25 cents for 30 minutes up to 6pm where it's free. The property was clean and spacious and hosts provided delicious local coffee, Bananas and spring water. There is also a local brewery across the street which was a nice plus. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter and his friends were absolutely amazing guests! We could not have asked for a better group to stay in our lofts! Peter would be a super guest! He stayed in touch with us constantly and was the person who we were in contact with before - during and after the stay. If every group was like this one- life would be a complete joy! We highly recommend Peter to any VRBO hosts!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $79
cleaning $75

This is a very hip- stylish urban loft space that has all of the comforts of home! The space is a converted commercial loft storefront so it also comes with not having central air and heat. We provide space heaters that work wonderfully- we also provide state of the art - industrial strength portable room air conditioners for warmer seasonal needs. The beds are all extremely comfortable and we provide 100% COTTON bedding and linens. The room in the front that we call the "living/dining room" has an amazing queen sized sleeper sofa. It is extremely comfortable. The plumbing requires a sensitivity to older pipes. The water pressure is excellent and the hot and cold works perfect. This is an urban unit within walking distance to everything downtown - the Gaslamp - the Harbor and even Balboa Park and Little Italy. On occasion, there are loud vehicles sitting at the stop lights on the street. If you are ultra sensitive to sound- it is best to make sure you can stay in the second "sleeping room" behind the concrete wall divider. We live in the loft behind this unit- so we are on site and available to assist in any way needed. Please let us know if you have any further questions or details! In the meantime... dream big... get out and create adventures... live... laugh... love and savor this gift of LIFE!!! Thank you for considering us as your hosts!!!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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