Meditation Garden with fountain, bench and bistro tableMaster bedroom w/queen bed w/memory foam mattress
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Cute 1950's house with peaceful zen garden and meditation/fitness room available for 30 day or more rentals. Parking requirements set by the City of San Luis Obispo don't allow me to rent for less than 30 days.

The space

Excellent location is within easy walking distance to historic downtown San Luis Obispo (8 blocks), train station (4 blocks), restaurants (4 blocks), bike/running trail (4 blocks) and hiking trails (6 blocks). Plenty of additional hiking, biking, beautiful beaches and wine tasting opportunities are all within a 12 mile radius. For a video that captures a visit to our beautiful Central Coast perfectly, enter SecretsofSLO in the search field on YouTube.

The two-bedroom house is very homey with hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen is fully stocked with plenty of dishes and equipment for preparing home cooked meals and goodies. An R.O. unit provides filtered water for drinking and cooking. There is also a laundry room with a washer and dryer.

There are several fruit trees in the front yard that you can help yourself to if you happen to be here while the fruit is ripe. There are usually oranges year-round (think fresh-squeezed juice for breakfast). The plums and peaches are ready for picking in June/July and are delicious!

The backyard has a patio area with a table for outdoor dining in a private and peaceful setting next to a small pond. I normally have some tomato plants and assorted greens growing in raised bed throughout the summer that you are welcome to help yourself to. Then step through the arbor into a shady secret garden area with a meditation fountain, bench, lanterns and a small bistro table where it's heaven just to sit and have a glass of wine while you listen to the bubbling water.

Our resident cat, Lucy, comes with the house. She is a little shy at first, but she is a sweet, affectionate kitty once she warms up. She comes and goes through her cat doors.

The 10% transient occupancy tax collected by the City of San Luis Obispo has been added to the nightly rate, so the actual nightly rental rate is $(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) TOT = $150.00/night.

I want to add a few small disclaimers here so as not to mislead anyone:
1. While there are two bedrooms in the house, ideally the house accommodates a maximum of two because A.) there is only one smallish bathroom, and B.) there is only one "real" bed, which is a queen bed in the main bedroom. The second bedroom has a surprisingly comfortable queen air mattress that can be set up but that takes up pretty much all of the floor space in the room once it is inflated. The second bedroom also has a not-terribly-comfortable futon (approx. full size) if preferred.

2. There is and 24" HDTV and DVD player in the main bedroom for watching movies. There is currently no cable or satellite service although I do have a Roku box which is set up to receive streaming from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle, etc. I also get four local TV stations via an HD antenna. I have a few DVD movies in the house to choose from, and there are Redbox DVD rentals available at Albertsons, etc. I also have HDMI and DVI cables available so that you can connect your laptop to the HDTV in the main bedroom and watch streaming movies from any personal accounts you may subscribe to.

3. There is no dishwasher - other than you ;-)

4. The treadmill in the fitness room photos is on the fritz, so that is temporarily not one of the amenities of the house.

Guest access

Guests have full access to all rooms in the house as well as the front and back yards. The garage is full of my stuff and that's the only off-limits area.

Interaction with guests

I like to be at the house when guests arrive so that I can introduce them to Lucy and answer any questions. I normally won't return, unless it is to put the trash out on Thursday night. But I am available any time by phone, text, or email if questions come up.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people $20 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $120
Security Deposit $100
Weekly Discount: 25%
Weekend Price $220 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 air mattress

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

The vast majority of guests have been wonderful, and I consider myself lucky to have had only one guest that made me feel there was even a need to list the following rules.
1. No smoking on the premises. Sorry, but this includes the front and back yards as well as inside the house since I've learned that the smoke from outside can drift in through open doors and windows and a neighbor once complained (politely) about smoke drifting over the fence into their yard.
2. No pets on the premises, including the front and back yards. I love all animals, but Lucy is very afraid of dogs and even other cats.
3. No more than four guests in the house at any time. Or in other words, no parties, bachelor or otherwise. Because this is a quiet neighborhood it is only suitable for quieter groups. Please be sure you are comfortable with the idea of peace and quiet before making a reservation request.
4. No loud noise after 10:00 p.m. (music, TV, voices, etc.)

I hope you will stay in my house with the expectation of enjoying it's serene atmosphere. Thank you in advance for respecting the house and neighborhood as if they were your own.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

30 nights minimum stay

77 Reviews

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Anand User Profile
September 2017
It's a cosy, comfortable, laid back, tasteful and complete holiday place. Lia is not a super host without reason. She is sweet, communicative and she has made the place in a manner that no matter where you're from, you'll feel at home. The rooms are nice, outdoors are nicer, the location is perfect. Within 10 minutes of happening Higuera Street, 15 minutes of Cal Poly where we had our kid joining in. It was convenient from all aspects. The place is extremely well equipped, you couldn't ask for more, linen, utensils, appliances all top class. A word about the house pet, the ruler rather, Lucy. She is the best host one could have, she waits for you as you come back after your day long efforts at Cal Poly, welcomes at the door, walks you in and then waits in anticipation to hear a word of praise. An asset all the way.

Julie User Profile
August 2017
on a quiet street it a perfectly lovely town sits a house with fruit trees in the front yard and a cat named lucy that comes and goes as she pleases (no catbox). the owner of the house, lia ward, is about as good as they get. she is friendly and helpful while also mindful of your space. my wife and i airbnbed in her house for 2 months. while we were there lia gave us tips about the city we ultimately decided to move to and even helped us find a permanent place to live!! the house itself has every dish and appliance anyone would need. it even has a spacious work-out room (which my wife and i worked out in every day, NOT) :-) i could gush on and on but, you get the picture. rj

Kathryn User Profile
June 2017
Lovely, clean, and comfortable home. In a great SLO neighborhood. The lush green yard provided privacy. Everything and more than expected!

Kathy Kiser User Profile
October 2016
This was our second stay at Lia's lovely home. It won't be our last! It's the perfect home-away-from-home for our visits to our Cal Poly kid.

Lita User Profile
October 2016
We had a great time staying in this home in October: the fall weather of SLO was lovely and when it began to get hot we spent time in the lovely bamboo grove shady area in the back yard. The house is walkable to downtown slo (10 minutes) and I shared the home with a friend during a week-long yoga course. The kitchen was well equipped, and the home very comfortable! Lia was a great host and very responsive to any questions, going even above and beyond what other hosts have done.

Catherine User Profile
September 2016
The house was perfect. The location is ideal for exploring the area. Lia was a great host- she met us on arrival and the house is comfortable and stocked with everything you could need. Lucy was also a fun companion.

Kate User Profile
September 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our month at Lia's place! The location is ideal - walkable to downtown across the railroad bridge and in the 'banana belt' part of SLO (where it's a little warmer). The house itself is a lovely little retreat. We particularly enjoyed cooking in the cheery kitchen with a Wedgewood stove. But the highlight was probably spending time with Lucy, the feline welcoming committee!

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San Luis Obispo, California, United StatesJoined in July 2011
Lia User ProfileLia is a superhost.

I was born and raised here in San Luis Obispo, and while I moved away for a few years, I couldn't stay away and I have lived in this beautiful area most of my life. I love hiking, gardening, and nature in general. I worked for many years in the computer software industry, but now enjoy a slower pace doing consulting work for small businesses.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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