SPRING BREAK? Spanish Sty. Den Pvt.

House - Private room · Dumas St, San Diego, CA 92106, United States

Stay in a 1928 Spanish Style home. Den is downstairs with a beautiful new designed bathroom. Kitchen remodeled. Great location to travel from; see downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the beach, five minutes away!

The Space

Come visit San Diego in the poet's neighborhood of Point Loma! Excellent location to all areas, esp. Downtown, Coronado, Ocean Beach, La Jolla, and up the coast. Private downstairs den in a high-end, quaint neighborhood; backyard patio is out from the den's back door. You may choose to relax in the living room, dining room, and kitchen nook.

A car can be in front on street. ( Bicycle can stay on the patio. Three bike shops within one mile.)
Den is downstairs; bedrooms are upstairs, brand new (Spanish period perfect) spectacular bathroom for downstairs den! There is a sofa bed, here in the Den; a new mattress of Memory Foam bought: 10/09/2013; brand new!
Refrigerator available for your food. I will have tea, orange juice, and bagels available for you the first two days; and maybe other good food (like brownies)!
Five miles from downtown, the Convention Center; two miles from the airport. $15+tip taxi ride; (ask me and I can offer a $10. ride on most days) SeaWorld is 3 miles away. UCSD is 11 miles away.
Bus line is across the road, one block from my front door.
We are across the road from the newly developed Liberty Station! ((website hidden) it and you will have all of your maps to get here)
Great stores, restaurants, gyms, parks, and museums to entertain you there; a must-see.

If interested in staying for a longer time, weeks or months, this is an option worth asking about.
Late First Night Arrivals; if you arrive later than 9:00pm; there is a late fee. $10. If after
10pm; pls. consult with me beforehand. ( I would have to get up to orient you)

Note: The Den is available with new bathroom. TV with a DVD player. WiFi included in the whole house.

6 mi. door to door to the Convention Center via direct bus and trolley.

Extra: if you would like to bring a guest; guest rate is listed; let me know ahead of time is it might work out during your time frame here.

No pets are here. FYI

ComicCon Week: you are welcome here! Enjoy your week!
Fees: more than listed here; in July.

Guest Access

Guest access to the living room and TV; dining room to eat or read/use your computer; and kitchen nook w/ table and chairs.

Interaction with Guests

I can meet and greet you; once in a while; another fine airbnb guest might be upstairs.

The Neighborhood

This neighborhood is an expensive, high-end Point Loma area. Take a walk and see the varietal architecture style of homes; most are Spanish style with a beautiful large living room window. We are known as the "Poet's neighborhood".

Other Things to Note

I used to have a sweet cat here; she is no longer with us.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Pull-out Sofa
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $9 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $330 /week
Monthly Price: $855 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Some pets

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We found the location very convenient. As others have mentioned, it is on one of the airport flight paths, but I was aware of this and it didn't really bother me. The listing was reasonably priced compared to hotels near the same area. While our schedules did not coincide much, we found Melinda to be a pleasant host.

    March 2014
  • Melinda is the perfect host. I found my room clean and neat with light, internet hookup, plenty of plugs for all of my computer and phone needs. Private bath had beautiful mexican tile. Full kitchen, dining (both informal and formal), large living room and very centrally located. It was actually about 6 blocks from where I first moved to back in 1987. My trip from Tuesday evening to Saturday morning was filled as it was more of a work trip than pleasure. So, I did not spend much time there. When I left there were homemade peanut butter cookies that tasted yummy that I enjoyed with my coffee before I left.

    March 2014
  • My overall stay with Melinda was pleasant. I would stay with her again and I would recommend her place. But there are some things about which visitors need to be aware. The house is directly in a flight path. The planes begin at 6:31am and fly over even past midnight. Some of them fly so close the house trembles. Melinda has a lovely plus 15-year-old black cat named Tammy. Very friendly . When I came home one evening the cat was laying in the middle of the floor in my room . When she woke up she rubbed against my things. One night she even climbed into my bed and slept with me. I considered this pleasant but those with allergies need to be aware that while Melinda is fine with putting Tammy outside upon guest's request, Tammy's fur is still going to be all over the house. Guests should ask in advance what room they will be staying in at Melinda's house. The upstairs rooms have real beds. The downstairs room has a couch foldout bed. Guests who rent this downstairs room should bring their own airbed because the couch bed is not comfortable at all. I get cold easy and I really appreciated that Melinda was liberal with the heat. For guests who get hot easy this would not be a plus. Melinda's place is located in a tony neighborhood where visitors can feel safe walking about at any hour of the night. The house is walking distance from a Von's, a CVS, a 24 Hour Fitness, a Chase , a Bevmo, any past food joint you could want, and a Borders Bookstore . I was able to walk Old Town San Diego in 48 minutes. This allowed me to leave my vehicle in front of Melinda's house (her street does not have weekly street sweeping) and walk where I needed to go. Melinda does offer to drive guests into town for three dollars. Melinda also accommodates guests who arrive after 9:00pm but she does collect the ten dollar fee to which the AirBNB rules says she is entitled . The house is a 1920's Spanish style. Melinda employs a maid so the house is tidy. Melinda does keep multiple AirBNB guests so if security of property is an issue guests should be aware that during their stay various strangers may come and go. Melinda is friendly and gregarious. Guest are provided with food for a light continental breakfast and snacks. Melinda provides guests with nice towels and quality pillows. Plus the shower is stocked with perfumed body washes and shampoos. The downstairs room is next to a shower only bathroom. The upstairs bedrooms share a tub/shower combo bathroom. Guests need not worry about keys as Melinda employs a security code lock. I would have given five stars but planes even after twelve midnight, especially planes that make the house tremble , is just too disruptive to rest and there is nothing Melinda can do to remedy this....

    February 2014
    Response from Melinda:

    The above write-up proves to be interesting; some facts are in order. This house is part of flight path; not all planes go over my home. The airport closes at 11:08 p.m. for the last flight. She is the first person in three years of airbnb guests to bring up trembling; and she did not tell me about this.
    I have a very old, will not live too much longer, sweet cat. She stays outdoors. Only I bring her in to feed for 5-10 minutes and take her out again w/ her outdoor food/water. On Valentine's night, I was gone from 6:15 to 9:45 pm. Someone let her in, by accident, I'm sure. Upon my arrival, as I did not see her on my porch, I looked for her in the kitchen. Upon emptying the bathroom trash basket, I saw that Adreana's other door was open. It was dark; I assumed that A. was in there asleep; I did not disturb. I also guessed that my good cat could be there.
    The next morning I was up to feed Tammy quietly; I was quite surprised to see her indoor clean bowl with a teaspoon of kitty litter in it. Adreana was up; I asked her about it; she was surprised and apologized for giving litter to my cat. I'm happy to say that my blind cat was smart enough not to injest litter. Upon sweeping Adreana's room the day she left; there was no cat fur anywhere or on my new broom.
    Yes, I have a maid come to my home twice per week to keep it fresh.
    I do not think that it is wise of a guest to make unknown predictions as to how a house visit can possibly turn out for another guest. Does Ad. really know that I gave her another degree of heat, as she loved it? I did that for her. But it is not what I do for another. It is unfair of her to warn people about the house temperature ( and we do (email hidden) system). Is it fair to never tell me that the sofabed with the new memory foam is not right for her, ( I would have let her change rooms as no guests were here her first 3 nights); but then write it up as such? It has been only used by three people and the were thrilled to be the first and said that it is great. It is also odd to advise people to ask in advance as to which room that they booked and paid for. She had the Den; she knew it; and all of my guests know where they are going as well. I am glad that Adreana enjoyed the kitchen, snacks, and beverages; and the new Spanish style bathroom.

  • Melinda was a great host! I came from Massachusetts and she made me feel right at home from the first day. The room itself is pretty convenient as you have access to a bathroom and laundry right outside your door. You also have access to the backyard and patio. The planes that fly over head are not bad at all and only take about an hour to get used to. By my last night I actually enjoyed them. She just got a new memory foam mattress for the pull out couch in the den and it is VERY comfortable. This is also a great area which is close to all major attractions. I enjoyed my stay very much.

    November 2013
  • House is a bit rundown but clean. However, it is located _directly_ under the airport approach path, so you get to hear airplanes starting at 6am.

    The host is nice and the location is fine otherwise.

    September 2013
    Response from Melinda:

    Thanks Aleksei; the house was built in 1928, Spanish style; I need to paint the exterior. Airplanes fly over a 14 street span, my street being one of them; they start at 6:30 am (not sooner). Most new guests are fine with them; they are not constant at all.

  • Disclaimer: Everything i am saying below is a reflection of the location, not the host. Melinda was extremely gracious and helpful even though she was out of town during our stay. Melinda, you were great, but i must inform the future guests of a few things that weren't apparent when i booked this.

    Aside from some small plumbing problems (which Melinda was kind enough to provide us with a 10$ refund for), this was perfect for our needs on this trip. By the time anyone reads this i am sure the issues will be fully addressed if they haven't been already. We didn't need to be there much so it worked out. The sofa bed was painfully uncomfortable, but we thankfully had our air mattress with us. Consider bringing one if staying in this room.

    Be aware: planes fly DIRECTLY over the house at low altitudes. and there is no air conditioning so you HAVE to keep the window and/or side door open. This means that at 630am = you, awake. You will not sleep through it. I am a HEAVY sleeper and it woke me up all 3 days in a row.

    Other than that, everything was smooth as silk. Easy access to Liberty Station, the beach, sea world, and the zoo / balboa park. Location is this spot's greatest asset. Very convenient.

    Sorry this was a bittersweet review, but it was a bittersweet stay.


    August 2013
    Response from Melinda:

    Thanks for the disclaimer Fred; yes, I'm glad that you were able to come here to stay. The air conditioner was installed by the Airport Commission ten years ago (when they installed double paned windows ordered by the FAA for our quaint neighborhood), I didn't know that you needed it; you could have turned it on. If I had known that the sofabed was uncomfortable, I would have offered the bedroom upstairs for your 3rd night. I may order a new mattress there; some folks are still saying that they are fine on it, or they sleep w/o opening the bed, for a single person. I will consider a new mattress though.

  • Melinda is a vibrant and wonderful person and staying at her place was easy and relaxing. The room is spacious and comfortable and having the desk to set my computer up was really great. I loved the location of Melinda's house with everything you could need in walking distance and in such a pleasant neighborhood. I'd be happy to stay there again anytime.

    August 2013
  • good place to stay! quick answer, melinda was gone when we arrived so she gave us the door code. bed and wifi waiting for us inside!

    August 2013
  • Melinda was incredibly accommodating and friendly. Though our check in time was inconvenient, Melinda still managed to accommodate us.
    We had the den, with the sofa bed. Which for the two of us was adequate and had brand new sheets, straight from the packet! Overall the house was clean, and in a good location for the sights around San Diego. It is however in the flight path of San Diego International Airport, meaning if you're a light sleeper it may wake you up in the morning. But the planes stop at 11pm and ear plugs worked a treat!
    The beaches, downtown, Balboa Park and Zoo are all within a 10/15 min drive.
    Melinda was very helpful, gave good advice on where to go, even for our next stop in LA. She knows the area very well. Lovely and chatty but still leaves you enough space to do your own thing!
    Thanks Melinda!

    July 2013
  • Melinda was great! She was very communicative with us and very open with her house. When we got there she even had new sheets for us (still in the package). While we were there, there was another young man from France that had an extended stay in her upstairs room. The den we stayed in has all sorts of resources for San Diego. When we attend Comic-Con next year we would definitely be more than OK staying with her again. I would recommend her to anyone.

    July 2013
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Hello Future and Returning Friends! It is summer 2013 and Fall is coming up! I look forward to meeting you. Come on over to Point Loma, a beautiful ocean neighborhood in San Diego. I am an active athlete with a positive attitude. I am a runner and cyclist. I have a great Spanish style house. I am a friendly, smiling, professional educator. I'm an excellent tour guide, and very resourceful regarding San Diego to San Francisco! I have two great kids in college\work that may drop into town to meet you; ages 21 and 23. I enjoy meeting my new guests; this company has been quite fun. If you have any questions, contact me. If you have children travelling with you; let me know and ask me as they will be welcome here too. I work and have many days off. No pets are here; (my cat is no longer with us)
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