About This Listing
Perfect for the busy working person who wants conveniences in a small footprint. This one bed/one bath studio has everything a single person would ever want: Big-screen Plasma HDTV with cable, a fantastic Home theater system with built-in library, a modern bathroom with body sprays, a compact kitchen with gas cook top, overhead microwave, fridge, sink with water-filter dispenser. There is also a private balcony where you can wind down the day sipping a latte or glass of wine.
Khanh and his property managers in the area were great at coordinating beforehand to ensure I got in alright. The apartment was just as described online and was conveniently located for the conference I was attending at City National Civic. It was cozy and clean, a nice alternative to a hotel since they were all sold out in the immediate area by the time I was trying to book my trip.
Although just a 10 minute walk from the convention center, this neighborhood is a bit seedy.
The listing represented the apartment relatively fairly except the shower which is a bit of a disaster. The picture shown must have been taken when new but now the shower head doesn't stay up and water leaks from everywhere except on you.
Khanh's AirBnB is nicely remodeled and convenient to downtown San Jose. As other's have mentioned it's in a transitional area, but the price reflects it and I never felt unsafe. Check-in was smooth, and Khanh's aunt is very friendly and welcoming. The rooster next door was my only complaint, obviously nothing can be done about this, but let's just say I never had to use my alarm clock. Also, A/C was listed as an amenity, but I did not see it any signs of it, could be me though.
Unfortunately it smelled really musty and my allergies were pretty bad within 1 hour of staying there. To top it off, the neighbor was blasting mariachi music which despite a white noise maker I had on with my phone, the mariachi music was so loud I could hear it over the white noise.
Khanh was out of town, so his aunt, who lives next door, met me at the apartment. They were really great working around my schedule and meeting me as soon I arrived from the airport. The aunt also asked that I let her know if I needed anything or had any issues. I ended up not needing her, but it was great knowing she was nearby. The place was very clean and was very nice. There also was free parking off the street. My stay overall was pleasant, and I would recommend the apartment -- with a few caveats.
A couple things made me uneasy. The neighborhood didn't feel very safe to me. Police were called to the area a couple times while I was there, and I didn't want to be out after dark. I'm glad I didn't look out the kitchen window until the day I left because the backyard next door was essentially a dump yard (I assume that's the home of the rooster I heard crowing every morning?). Also, the door to the apartment didn't use keys for the lock but used a code. There also was no deadbolt or chain lock. It made me wonder if someone could just walk in while I was gone or while I was sleeping. (I know there could be copies of a key floating around, but I don't know if the code is changed between guests). The apartment was nice, and Khanh/his aunt were great, but I would definitely consider the safety factor when booking the place. I was a single woman traveling alone, and I likely wouldn't stay in that area again.
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About the Host, Khanh
I was born and raised in Viet Nam. I came to the US when I was 16. In 1997, I joined the US Marines. I served my first year in Japan and spent the rest of the time at Camp Pendleton. During these 4 years in the service, I traveled quite a bit. I always chose to stay at vacation rentals instead of hotels because I loved to experience the local culture.
Being a vacation rental owner, I have had the opportunity to return the favor. I enjoy meeting people coming from all over the world and get to learn many things without leaving my door step. I never knew about an event called "Senior Olympics" until the guests contacted me to rent my homes in San Jose. I was blown away that men and women in their 70s, 80s and 90s would compete in competitive sports. I got to meet film crews, musicians, entrepreneurs and just simply nice folks.
To me, managing vacation rentals is a combination of passion and a rewarding life style. I enjoy the day to day challenges just as much as the fun of sharing foods with new guests. I keep on telling myself that I need to record many of the conversations that I have with my guests and put together "a day in the life of a vacation owner". I think I need to do it soon. So hang on tight, a short film will be coming soon.