A kitsch haven in what can only be described as the coolest, weirdest town in America. 5 blocks from the Salton Sea, on the desert side of Bombay. This former family home is complete with everything you might need for exploring the Salton Sea and Imperial Valley, Salvation Mountain and Slab City. The town, the house and the sea are a photographer's dream. This is a great base from which to explore eccentric nearby sites such as Salvation Mountain and Slab City.Made up of a square mile grid of paved streets, the majority of the residents live in eclectic mobile homes. There is a small corner market, 2 bars, bait shop, volunteer fire station, an unmarked motel, and the flooded ruins of a once prosperous fishing mecca.Without a gas station, and the nearest one 20 miles away, most people rely on electrical golf carts to get around town.
The house is completely air-conditioned throughout and has a fun, Americana vibe, filled with metal-printed prints by the owner, a photographer.
The house features wood-paneling throughout, an open-plan living area, with comfy sofa-bed and TV. Dining area and kitchen, with TV. Office space with two desks. Cosy bedroom and covered outdoor living space. lots of closet space throughout.
Set in a big lot, completely enclosed all-around and very secure. Lots of on-site parking and room for pets.
A unique space in a unique place!
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My escape to Bombay Beach was just what I needed to get out of San Diego for Spring Break! It was unseasonably warm already (high 90s) but the house cooled off nicely. It was much larger than I expected--plenty of room for a group. The desert view and the trains provided awesome scenery as well. I enjoyed it so much I arranged to stay an extra day!
Tao's place in Bombay Beach is an excellent launch point for exploring the surrounding area (Slab City, Salvation Mountain, etc). The local bar (Ski Inn) is right down the street and a great place to meet the locals in the evenings. Everyone we encountered was friendly and willing to talk about the town and the Salton Sea. I noticed no smell from the water when at the home or relaxing on the front porch, which is about 4-5 blocks away from the beach.
The trailer can be a bit on the short side if you are much above 6 foot - just watch your head in the dining area near the ceiling fan. The place is older and obviously is a mobile home, but it is in decent shape. I've lived in much worse places and had no complaints. If you are staying in the summer months, you will want to keep the AC cranking. It gets a bit warm inside during the days (I visited from Phoenix, so I'm used to 110+ degrees for months on end). Just keep this in mind if you're used to cooler temperatures and plan to visit past April or May.
If you have Verizon, expect full bars of LTE service in Bombay Beach. This was super helpful as I wasn't expecting much coverage around there.
Tao was in contact from the beginning and I had zero issues with contacting him. I'd absolutely stay out there again.
The Bombay Beach House was such a wonderful experience that reflected the strange and beautiful nature of the salton sea. It is in a neighborhood of mobile homes and cottages. It's also just down the street from the ski inn, a bar with drinks, food and characters galore. Tao was very accommodating and even checked in via message to make sure I was enjoying my stay and checking out all of the great places this location has to offer. I will definitely be back! Thank you!
We had an incredible experience staying here. Bombay Beach and The Salton Sea are such a unique place. Very strange and surreal environment, but super cool to see. The locals were also very friendly and welcoming. Tao was very communicative and responds quickly.
The Bombay Beach house was like going to stay with an old relative that you don't really know and only know how fondly your mother speaks of them 'in the good ol' days'. The place has probably seen better days but it was welcoming and had all that we needed for the weekend. The place is simple and cozy and just a block away from the beach in one direction and one block from the 'nightlife' of Bombay Beach, the Ski Inn and the American Legion! We were able to watch the sunset from the shore and enjoy some birdwatching. It was perfectly located as a launching point for Salvation Mountain, East Jesus and the National Wildlife (website hidden) & Tao were helpful and provided us with all that we needed.
Staying at Bombay Beach is very fun. There is not much there, but the people living around are very nice and they all know each other. The ski inn bar at the end of the road is awesome! I spent new years eve there and they had the local band playing. The house itself is very nice and unique. In the night you can hear the wind from outside which was pleasant.
I had a good experience with The Bombay Beach House. The area was just as I expected, very isolated, quiet and creepy. Because I was traveling alone, Tao was very sweet in checking up and making sure everything was okay. If you're feeling friendly, be sure to check out the local bar (just a few short blocks away) and chat with locals and regular visitors. Drinks are cheap and the characters are aplenty! Also, make a day trip to Salvation Mountain and East Jesus.... You won't regret exploring these desert gems!
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Hi! Ro is a researcher from N. Ireland and Tao is an Italian/American photographer and film-maker. We've both lived in several places (Ireland, England, NY, Italy, Spain) and love to travel. For us, the opportunity that Airbnb brings in meeting people from all over the world is fantastic and we love welcoming people to our home.
We moved to our lovely home in Venice a couple of years ago and have had a great time remodeling and renovating it. Venice is wonderful, dynamic neighborhood with the best vibe, restaurants, shops, weather and sites in L.A.
Please feel free to send us any questions. Thanks!