Amazing, Enchanting Art Retreat

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Entire place hosted by Chuck

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the place to yourself.
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95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
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This home was designed by the famous artist James Hubbell. It is unique and marvelous. This home and the artist are featured in two books stocked in the living room.

The full charm of "The Shire" is absorbed over days and nights of individual's and couple's immersion, relaxation and awakening.

The space
There is no place on Earth quite like it. It is a great home in which to be engulfed in its organic form and ensemble of wood, brick, stained glass, ceramic tile, bronze and iron. There are no rectangles, only curves, arches, vaults and alcoves. Sit and read, listen to music, love your spouse, lover or self and behold art.

It has one queen-size bed up the steep stairs with railings to the loft bedroom, so it's only for 1-2 physically-fit adults with good balance and mobility. It features a comfortable, new Casper mattress. Enjoy looking out at the stars through the huge window doors, possibly open in fair weather.

It's not NY, LA, or any bustling downtown (though SD is just 30-40 min. away.) You'll also see and hear birds, lizards, squirrels and (in the winter and spring) the cascading flow of seasonal Alpine Creek on site.

In full disclosure, there is some background traffic noise outdoors, from the nearby Interstate 8 highway, though it is modest to most when indoors. Any music played at low volume will drown it out, and to date it has never interfered with a guest's sleep (even the nightly frogs are sometimes louder in winter, in a naturally-comforting manner.) Still, if one wants quiet when outdoors, this location may not be the best for them. Also, because of it's natural country country setting, on a 2/3 acre lot, there are some creatures about (hawks, owls, squirrels, field mice, etc.) Mice are reduced by pest control, but may possibly sneak inside. I keep the home very clean, but can't guarantee a mouse might enter an open window or door at night. (It has only happened 2% of the time.)

The entire 800 SF "art" house, including use of all appliances, dishware, utensils, cleaning supplies, furnishings, books, magazines and CD's. Upon request, a guest artist may access a separate studio on site.

I will only approve guests with whom I first communicate and trust to protect this home. I will be HAPPY to assist all approved guests with their comfortable stay at my home, in the Alpine community, indeed all of San Diego County, with helpful information and personal suggestions.

I will be present for the guest's arrival with keys and orientation. I love to travel and appreciate the arts, and enjoy other people who do as well! If you'd like, and time permitting, I'll show you to nearby restaurants, a great pub, a natural hiking park and/or discuss San Diego and environs, and the house itself. I want you to cherish and fondly remember your visit.

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What this place offers

Waterfront
Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable
Washer
Dryer
Air conditioning
Security cameras on property
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Alpine, California, United States

Alpine is an inland "town-like" community of the county, 30-35 miles from downtown San Diego, SAN airport, the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, dozens of museums and theaters, and hundreds of restaurants, and 35-45 minutes from Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Coronado and Julian. Yet this home is a semi-rural retreat on 2/3 of an acre we affectionately call The Shire.

Alpine has several restaurants and the world-class Alpine Beer Company. It is within 30 minutes of trail hiking in beautiful Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Mount Laguna in the Cleveland National Forest, and just four miles from hiking in a 400-acre natural open space in Alpine called Wright's Field. Numerous mountain biking trails are also near. Area attractions include the Sky Falconry and the Lions, Tigers & Bears animal rescue, often open for paying visitors with reservations and donations, respectively.

The back yard of the home includes Alpine Creek, which flows seasonally after rains, mostly in December-April. Then it has pleasing cascading water and delightful chorale frogs "singing" at night.

Hosted by Chuck

Joined in February 2013
  • 170 Reviews
  • Superhost
I am a world traveler, have enjoyed visiting 47 states and 34 countries so far, not just to land in, but walk and "feel" as much as possible. I've lived in nine states and two European countries, but settled in wonderful San Diego for most of my life. I especially love running, hiking, music, art, theater, friendships, and good people of all backgrounds.
I am a world traveler, have enjoyed visiting 47 states and 34 countries so far, not just to land in, but walk and "feel" as much as possible. I've lived in nine states and two Euro…

During your stay

I will warmly greet the guests and go over the operating instructions and convey helpful and requested info at check in. This usually takes 30-40 minutes. After that, I will not be on the premises. The guests have complete privacy, though I may be called and texted for any questions.
I will warmly greet the guests and go over the operating instructions and convey helpful and requested info at check in. This usually takes 30-40 minutes. After that, I will not…

Chuck is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Language: English
  • Response rate: 100%
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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 5:00 PM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
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Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $175

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