Art Studio Retreat/Rustic Cabin

Cabin - Private room · Commonwealth Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, United States

The Space

Nestled in South/North Park, a gentrified neighborhood, the Art Studio Retreat is on a quarter acre canyon lot which is lovingly maintained with lots of places to read and rest. It was designed for "Green conscious" travelers. Many guests have said that "the studio called to me". And it does! It was handmade with a lot of love and good vibes, to be a healing & creative space. It is cozy,romantic and serene. The rustic cabin is self-contained with all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay : kitchenette, induction heating burner w/pot and pan, cooking utensils, toaster oven, microwave, mini-frig, french press coffee maker, water heater, electric grill, clothesline, big art sink, soaps & toiletries, twinkly lights inside and out, a porch, a patio and a pool! A crackle-finish, full size wood bed with comforters, a 4" foam topper, big blankets, fresh sheets and towels and over-sized terry cloth robes to use after a shower in the hand-tiled shower, with a red cement floor. Or take an outside shower with colored light-head generated by the water ! It is a one of a kind place. , "It feels like I'm home," our guests tell us a lot.

The water from the cabin drains right onto the plants! The electricity runs off our solar house panels. The cabin has a small but fast electric hot water heater; basic composting toilet called "Loveable Loo" uses no water (see Youtube);
artist haven, WIFI, charming and powerful Electric Heater with faux flame and great heat, passive solar south facing windows, deck & patio, Outside rim cabin lights give you an evening of gentle glowing LED lights. Mexican Chiminea fireplace for romantic nighttime fires, tree-house effect in the city; and all with a friendly yoga teacher, Jean, who specializes in working with cancer patients and does cancer advocacy work. Yoga (website hidden). Chris, is a retired social worker, open-ocean swimmer, gardener, and photography buff. We enjoy our guests and are just friendly people. We seem to attract the best guests on the planet!!!

Our quaint city neighborhood is centrally located, 3miles to the Zoo and Balboa Park, and full of nightlife, local micro-breweries, wine tasting bars, colorful pubs, artist lofts, The Big Kitchen (split a meal), homemade ice cream, fresh scones by Rebecca, Clarity Soap Shoppe, Ginseng Yoga Studio, Alchemy Restaurant, 24 hr gas station, independent Gala grocers, weekly Farmer's Market on Thursdays, and a leash free dog park for Rover- all a mile's walk through Juniper canyon "dip" and small neighborhood with everything you need! Bus line #2 less than a mile away. All major freeways within 2 miles.

This one-of-a-kind place is for the adventurous, creative life-loving, soul seekers, artist type, nature-lover, and unique traveler!! Earth-lover, if that's you, you'll have a great vacation at the Art Studio Retreat and its garden!! We've had incredibly accomplished guests, artists and holistic practitioners, hikers, bicyclist, and writiers who have sent their friends & family. We appreciate their trust in us and are grateful for it. Europeans especially love our Art Studio Retreat! Campers think they've found Nirvana! We are listed under GLAMPERS (glamorous camping) on Airbnb. People who camp are very comfortable in small quarters and big nature.

******We are a recommended destination and work hard to maintain our rating.*******

If you like hotel chains & standard motels, you might look elsewhere; we want you to have a fabulous experience with us & Airbnb!!!

Thanks for your interest!! Safe travels!! Blessings!! Jean and Chris, and Faye the cat!

*****Please fill out your profile, we like to know about our guests, and help you have a super vacation - full profiles & pix, TY***********

Guest Access

Pool in summer and fall
Patio by Art Studio
Grill on the side yard
Night time fire (we supply some wood)

Interaction with Guests

We take the lead from our guests. When our side door is opened, please come in and say hello.
We are in and out all day long, so we are easy to get ahold of...we respect our guests and their needs.

The Neighborhood

We love our eclectic neighborhood, with a small town feel and all the funky locally owned places that wouldn't be found in suburan areas.

We think the Big Kitchen is a blast to the past! Our locally homemade family ice cream is the bomb! We have some incredible resturants within walking distance!

Getting around

If you enjoy a nice mile walk, you can be within the busline and right in the heart of our sweet little local neighborhood. There are canyons to explore and wildlife that surprises! You can rent bikes or get a "go car" or take the bus (with some planning).

Other Things to Note

There's no need to miss your exercise plan while here on vacation. We have any sport you can think of within the town, so if you want to check out something with a San Diego flavor - it's here!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Chris and Jean are lovely hosts. I arrived on my from trip to the US and they looked after me so well Im going back immediately!

    April 2014
  • I went into my first AirBnB experience with the expectation that I'd be attending a conference downtown, and that I'd enjoy a non-hotel experience in my off-time. I enjoyed the art studio and the surrounding area SO MUCH that I ended up spending 2 of my 5 days at "home" rather than at the conference. If you are coming from a stressful busy environment and need a serious good night's sleep, fresh air and a quiet porch to sit on during the day, this is where you should go. This is perfect if you have reading and writing to do. Very good food and coffee is nearby, or you can bring coffee grounds and use the press, like I did. There are lovely places all around this neighborhood where you can walk or even hike, and if you are the walking type, Balboa Park is right there. Plus, on top of the lovely digs, Chris and Jean are sweet as pie. They checked in, got me settled, stayed in communication, but they let lay around and read in the sunshine in my pjs peace and quiet. They provided terrific information for local activities and walkable places, and they went above and beyond to make sure I was comfy. I was so comfy that I sat on the porch for an entire day. Man, I really needed that retreat. Next time, I would probably invite friends over to sit in the nice back yard and have a fire or bbq, but this time, I just needed to recuperate, read, drink tea and stare at palm trees. I would love to come back for another break from Chicago.

    April 2014
  • We cannot say enough good things about this stay! Chris greeted us so pleasantly and Jean is such an angel! This was an incredible experience, not only getting to stay in an inspiring place, but to create a lasting bond with such wonderful people. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. We will certainly plan to reconnect with Chris and Jean when we come back to beautiful San Diego! Thank you both for everything!

    March 2014
  • Warm and welcoming, Chris and Jean are wonderful hosts. The Art Studio is a peaceful retreat from which to have adventures. We'd happily return, and are sure many others with enjoy it as well! Thanks Chris and Jean!

    March 2014
  • I was really looking forward to this trip and specially to staying at the Studio. Was I NOT disappointed!! Everyday was a special day! Hot morning coffee watching the hummingbirds, practicing yoga or doing tai chi with the morning sun rays, sleeping comfortably every night. Very very high end camping! The kindness and generosity of Chris and Jean making staying at the Studio very very special and memorable. Would I go again, absolutely! Would I recommand the Studio, definitely!

    March 2014
  • The Art Studio was exactly what I expected from the photos - cute, quaint, and small but very cozy. The location was perfect - 15 minutes from anywhere we ever wanted to be! The backyard was beautifully maintained and the side gate was a perfect entrance that felt safe to leave to/from at any hour of the day.

    Jean and Chris were gracious and friendly - they even left a bottle of wine in the fridge for us! Their personal touches on the Studio made me feel like I was staying amongst friends.The Studio was also amply stocked with everything you could think of needing (coffee supplies, bathrobes, toiletries, cutlery, books, etc). I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting the area!

    February 2014
  • The cabin was exactly as described..It was a treat for us to live in a small sustainable place since we have been considering doing that ourselves, building a small space that is. Chris and Jean were lovely and helpful hosts.. The outside gardens were beautiful and we enjoyed the quiet the property offered.

    February 2014
  • Jean and Chris are extraordinary hosts, knowing what a guest needs. The cabin is rustic but welcoming and restful. I felt at home instantly. The setting is perfect and allows you to feel connected but set apart and secluded. Lovely and refreshing time.

    The location is easy to find surrounded by friendly neighbors and a community feel. San Diego is easily navigated by GPS and full of sites and sounds.

    February 2014
  • Our stay at the sweet little art cabin was very comfortable. We came in at night through a magical well lit garden path to a warm, cozy cabin. In the morning we were able to take in all the greenery surrounding the space. Our hosts were wonderful, they were friendly and helpful and kind. We would definitely recommend staying here!

    February 2014
  • Chris and Jean are generous hosts and wonderful, inspiring people. I spent a week at their extremely peaceful, relaxing, and comfortable retreat during a stressful business transaction. The morning I was leaving, they stopped as I was packing up the car and invited me in for a lovely breakfast. I am very thankful to have found this haven which exudes hope, peace, and the joy of life. See for yourselves, you won't be sorry!

    January 2014
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(website hidden) 45 hour online YCS yoga teacher training by Jean
Grateful cancer survivor advocate, yoga teacher for survivors,YCS teacher-trainer, former Resource Specialist, mom, mate, artist, life-learner, seeker. Chris is a retired medical social worker for Kaiser, an open ocean year-round swimmer and hiker, getting into photography and loves coffee ice cream. Faye, the Devon Rex, is in the house for cat lovers!
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