Sunny San Diego Home 5 Star Reviews

House - Entire home/apt · Curlew Street, San Diego, CA 92103, United States
Richard & Stella

Peaceful 2 bed/1 bath fully furnished, air conditioned home near Little Italy, Hillcrest and the Bay. Guests may book up to 60 days in advance. Please review house rules, arrival terms and provide details of your visit before sending your request.

Your host, Richard & Stella
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Peaceful 2 bed/1 bath fully furnished, air conditioned home near Little Italy, Hillcrest and the Bay. Guests may book up to 60 days in advance. Please review house rules, arrival terms and provide details of your visit before sending your request.

The Space

Located in a quiet San Diego canyon street near the bay, our home is nestled between Little Italy and Hillcrest. Our tastefully designed 2 bed/1 bath retreat is within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

Just a 10 minute drive to beaches, the San Diego Airport, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World & Balboa Park...and all of San Diego's best attractions!

Our non-smoking home features a Cal King bed in the master, and the second bedroom has a nice Queen bed, with a sitting chair and a desk. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, and amenities include free parking, free Wi-Fi and free cable TV.

You'll have your own patio, and outdoor table for dining alfresco, use of your own BBQ, lounge chairs and beach towels. We will provide you with maps, discounts and travel information to assist you while you're here.

We live on the property, and have our own separate entrance. Our two friendly cats live with us, but they are not permitted in your vacation home, so that we can keep it a "cat free" zone for guests with allergies.

Don't drive? The closest bus stop is a 5 minute walk down the street. If you need a rental car, we can make the reservation for you. We may be able to book dinner reservations and tours for you as well.

We know you will love our home, and we want to ensure your time with us is perfect. If you have any special requests, please let us know in advance, and we will do our best to take care of you.

Thank you for your interest in our home. We look forward to welcoming you to our property.

Warmest regards,
Stella & Richard

Guest Access

The entire 2 bed/1 bath home, all amenities to include the BBQ and private patio, the back yard and full access to the driveway for free parking. Your home has a washer/dryer, which we may access with advance notice.

Interaction with Guests

We give our guests full privacy, but we are on site if they need anything at all. We require that all guests have a cell phone, or some way for us to reach you during your stay. We generally do not use the washer/dryer when guests are home, and will let you know in advance if we need to use it while you're away.

The Neighborhood

The trees, quiet canyon and great neighbors. The location is (email hidden)ar everything, yet tucked away for privacy and relaxation. There are two grocery stores within walking distance (10 mins uphill) and these include the following: a pharmacy,deli, Starbucks, bakery, flower shop, fresh produce, a bank and restaurants and more. There are also nightclubs within the area of Hillcrest, and many more choices within a 15 min walk to Little Italy and the Bay.

Getting around

There is a bus stop within a 10 minute walk uphill or downhill which can take you many areas in San Diego. While it is possible to go to many places on public transport, to see all that San Diego has to offer, a car is recommended. Other private car services can be arranged with a bit of notice.

Other Things to Note

Our goal is to ensure you have a wonderful stay. Communication is essential for this to happen. We ask you to please read the house rules below, and let us know if you have questions in advance of your booking. We look forward to having you with us.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $300
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We cannot say enough about Richard and Stella. They are so wonderful and their place is amazing! We felt right at home. They even left us a bottle of wine and some breakfast treats. We brought our toddler and they were super accommodating. They recommended a great baby equipment rental company so we could rent a pack n play, high chair, and stroller; Richard even helped make arrangements to be around for the delivery and pick up. There was a very informative binder with all of kinds of useful info, restaurant recommendations, beach info. This was all very helpful. All of the little touches really made our vacation extra special. The location is literally only 10 minutes from everything. San Diego is an amazing place up visit. We can't wait to visit again and will definitely be staying with Richard and Stella.

    June 2014
  • Fantastic experience! Fantastic reception! Very nice place in a nice district.

    May 2014
  • Richard and Stella were great hosts for our family's vacation. They provided everything from fresh baked treats and some staples in the fridge upon arrival, to personalized recommendations on dining and activities. The recently installed air conditioning was much appreciated given the recent heat wave San Diego was experiencing! The location made it easy to get around for day trips, and the local neighborhood was fun to explore.

    May 2014
  • Awesome place to stay during your visit of San Diego! Richard&Stella are wonderful hosts. They do everything to make your stay as convenient as possible!

    Just amazing.

    Thanks a lot Richard&Stella.

    Greeting form Germany,

    May 2014
  • Stella and Richard are perfect hosts (email hidden)! It`s comfortable, cosy, nice location... Peace and quiet are guaranteed! The hosts were superfriendly and were eager to make our stay ideal, they provided us with valuable information about San Diego and surrounding places. It was an amazing experience and we`d recommend this place to all!

    April 2014
  • Richard and Stella's home was lovely and a perfect home away from home for our small family reunion. The home was clean and well prepared - including some treats present upon our arrival. Stella even offered to help drive me to the convention centre the next morning (as it was her day off), upon learning of my early presentations. All in all, a lovely stay. Thanks Richard & Stella!

    April 2014
  • Ditto to all the other lovely comments about Stella, Richard and the thoughtful goodies that were left in the fridge.
    I wanted to add a few different sorts of comments.
    The beds were super comfy, and it was so nice to wake up to birds singing in the garden. Although the house is really convenient to so much in San Diego (literally minutes from most things we wanted to get to) we felt like we were in a garden oasis. It is quiet and peaceful and absolutely no city noise. My daughter was thrilled to find a twin bed pull out sofa in the living room, complete with a memory foam topper.
    The kids loved playing ball in back yard, and my daughter took a great liking to the two cats who live on the property.
    Don't miss out on this spot. It's beautifully decorated, conveniently located and a nice peaceful spot to return to after a day of activities.

    March 2014
  • Our stay at Stella and Richard's place was perfect in every way. They were extremely gracious hosts, attending to every detail. The house itself is beautiful and perfectly maintained. We'll certainly be staying there again for any future trips to San Diego.

    March 2014
  • March 8-14 2013 (7 nights) What an absolute delight it has been for my wife and I to have an extended stay with Richard and Stella to allow us to explore San Diego on foot for 7 days. Upon an arrival a smiling Stella greeted us along with a plate of welcome cookies. Remembering back to my June Cleaver era upbringing the prospect of free carbohydrates was most appreciated--I felt like a 60 year old in an episode of Leave it to Beaver! I have never met a carbohydrate I didn't like. The kitchen in this incredibly well appointed and stocked home had added delights of orange juice, eggs, English Muffins in the well stocked fridge--incredibly thoughtful and attentive touches that contrast with the 5 year old $10 peanuts from the Cenozoic era on offer in your typical over priced sterile 200 square foot mainstream hotel room. Stella offers an astounding level of concierge level care, attentiveness and standards. Every single detail to leverage a successful Air BnB stay was in place every single day of our stay. An extensive very well researched and personalised binder of travel information shows much care and thought and helps travellers plan their days. As well, an assortment of magazines provides a homey feel reducing the need to turn the numerous TVs on. The location of the home and its tranquil garden is very strategic for San Diego travellers. Within a short walking distance one can be amid the Craftsman grandeur of gorgeous homes off of Sunset Boulevard in Mission Hills. As well, a few blocks away brings you to the epicentre of vibrant and diverse Hillside with its eclectic shops on University and 5th. By the end of the week we were considering renouncing our Canadian Citizenships and take up residence permanently after phenomenal dinners at Bread and Cie as well as the legendary Crest Cafe---both in Hillside. The home offers easy access to world famous Balboa Park, Little Italy and the Embarcadero. Stella embodies the essence of the Air BnB brand. Her incredibly high standards, just right concierge level of attentive care allow independent travellers to engage in the spirit of Air BnB travel on a very high level. In 45 years of travel--everything from wilderness backpacking to extensive self planned road cycling adventures in Western Europe utilising the French Gite system and the German-Austrian Ferienwohnung system our stay with Richard and Stella stands out as a highlight in a very fortunate life of diverse travel. It is clearly the best Air BnB we have stayed at in North America. The thought, care and attention to every detail of this property coupled with its strategic location in San Diego makes it an unparalleled Air BnB offering in the San Diego metro area. Both my wife and I are now in the early stages of PTW (Palm Tree Withdrawal) as we try to embrace our life in Calgary featuring gravel, dead plants with brown being the dominant daily colour. We want more of...

    March 2014
  • We had a great time in San Diego! Stella and Richard's home was so comfortable. It's very tastefully decorated and clean. There were goodies in the refrigerator (including wine!) and they've prepared a book of useful information that covers everything from grocery stores to restaurants to sightseeing. Very comprehensive. The house is in a pleasant quiet neighborhood and central to everything you want to see in San Diego, The last night of our stay we walked up the hill and had dinner at a little bistro. Wonderful experience and highly recommended.

    February 2014
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Blitz Recording Studios
Richard is the owner/operator of Blitz Recording Studios in San Diego. Most people know him as Richard "Blitz", a blazing guitarist and great performer; but he is also one of the best recording engineers in the business. An exceptional musician, engineer and music producer, he is well-known in the Southern California area, and has been in business for over 25 years. Stella earned her experience in hospitality with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as an Executive Assistant, and as an Outlet Manager for Intercontinental Hotels. With additional experience in Guest Services, Food & Beverage, Operations and as a Concierge, hospitality is her passion. She also worked in Broadcasting for several of San Diego's noted Radio & Television stations. Richard and Stella both love photography, graphics and visual arts. Stella has taken many of the photographs of Richard throughout his career and their travel together. Together, they are a perfect match to welcome you to their "Sunny" San Diego home.
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