FREE USE OF BIKES AND PARKING IS FREE AND NO ISSUE Furnished with wonderful queen bed, flat screen t.v. includes cable,wifi,all utilities and your only responsible for cleaning your room.This is a place where you meet other travelers and enjoy a Unique Victorian restored BnB no B-located just blocks to all of the best areas of San Diego-Walk to it all-Convention center, Gaslamp downtown San Diego, The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park-Enjoy a place where movie scenes have been shot and famous people have stayed. Located just 6 blocks from the San Diego bay, 2 blocks to the Village of Little Italy, 8 blocks N. of the vibrant Downtown Gaslamp District. and 5 blocks east of the San Diego balboa park and zoo.
*All guest have access to use a fully equipped gourmet Kitchen
*top deck overlooks the entire San Diego Bay and The Downtown skyline
*outdoor fireplace and fire pit
*outdoor living room and bar
*Jenn air bbq grill
Victorian is soundproofed so outside noise is minimal
*some rooms have private decks overlooking the bay and downtown
*some rooms have private baths
*home to an academy aware winning actor in the 50's
*was an international art studio before I purchased
*house has been spiritually cleanse* 50 foot koi pond with 12 foot water fall in front with spectacular gardens all around- get buzzed by humming birds
*all rooms have high end mattress's and high count sheets
*flat screen t.v. cable and wif*located just 5 minutes from the funky San Diego Airport-watch planes land without the noise inside walls are all insulated and have acoustical soundboard and 4 thick pane windows so enjoy looking out and choosing to watch cruise ships sailboats sunsets over the bay-downtown skyline lit up at night or fireworks almost every night in summer or planes landing(again inside is soundproofed)
**BIKES ARE ARE ON FIRST COME BASIS
**LAUNDRY CANNOT BE USED DURING HOURS OF 11AM TO 3PM-CONTINGENT ON MACHINES BEING UP AND RUNNING
We loved staying at Michael ' s place. Eric was watching over the place while we were there and was so helpful in finding great restaurants and fun non-tourist things to do. We would highly recommend this air b&b for laid back travelers looking for a clean comfortable place in San Diego. The bikes were also a fantastic way to explore Balboa Park for free!
Michael was not around so his on-site person, Eric, helped check me in. The house was very nice. It is run like a boarding house with multiple rooms being checked out and shared bathrooms on the ground and 2nd floor. Very zen decor. The house is right under the SAN flight path but inside it wasn't nearly as bad as it is outside.
This place was perfect, a real treat to stay, to get away from it all. Eric was fantastic and so friendly and accommodating, nothing was too much trouble.
Upfront was a fantastic location! It was beautiful and cozy B and B, very conveniently located (though it does help to have a car). We stayed in the Garden room. The ceiling was a bit low, but overall we had a great time staying there. It is close to the airport, so it can get noisy at times, but surprisingly the house was well insulated to the noise. Overall we had a great experience.
I didn't have the chance to meet with Michael as he was away, however his friend, Eric and Nita, the housekeeper welcomed me to the house. He was very helpful and friendly, gave tips for sightseeing and even arranged my taxi back to the airport.
If you will be out most of the time/evenings and are not a light-sleeper, it is highly recommended; as you might hear the planes passing by although I didn't hear a thing at night time and there is no supermarket to do grocery shopping nearby.
Eric and Nita, the manager and care taker were not only perfect hosts in this truly remarkable gem of a home. Go for the location , the comfort and beauty of the home and enjoy both the friendship and constant help available of these two fine and and interesting people.
My only recommendation is that ear plugs be provided, as planes come within spitting distance!
Don'd forget to enjoy their hot tub and grab a bike for easy commute to ferry, Balboa Park and other areas.
Great place also for small retreats and reunions!
Michael was out of town when I stayed in the house, so he had his property manager Eric handle the check in. The house is great, it has been very nicely renovated. The off street parking was convenient, and the house is very close to downtown (extremely short walk to little Italy). The bed was comfortable and the room was more than large enough for me, my girlfriend, and all our stuff. The outdoor space really is as awesome as it looks in the pictures!
The main thing I did not notice from the description, though I should have guessed, was a lot of noise from planes if you are hanging out outside (planes fly directly overhead as they landing at SAN). However, there was not a significant amount of noise from the planes inside the house with the windows closed. Other than that, keep in mind that many of rooms have to share bathrooms.
Overall, this was a nice place to stay for a few days and was a very good experience. Good location to check out a lot of downtown San Diego. Given the price and location, it's hard to complain about the noise from airplanes or having to share bathrooms!
I had a great time at upfront. Eric was super friendly and the room was great. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
My partner and I stayed in the Lavender room which is the lesser expensive offered in the house but as much room as we needed, with a very comfortable bed! We took advantage of two free bike rentals each day and enjoyed getting around with ease. The patio offered a cool, plant-covered canopy. The jacuzzi was not an option because of the ash from the county's fires, which was a bummer. The kitchen is marble and pretty luxurious if you prefer to cook on vacation, but the location of the house itself made it really easy to eat every meal in Little Italy! I recommend a craft cocktail nearby at Ironside. I'd recommend this place, but definitely plan on being quiet in communal areas after dark.
Great experience. Comfortable house, clean bathrooms, beautiful space.
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