The SpaceThere is no place on Earth quite like it. It is a great home in which to be engulfed in its organic form and ensemble of wood, brick, stained glass, ceramic tile, bronze and iron. There are no rectangles, only curves, arches, vaults and alcoves. Sit and read, listen to music, love your spouse, lover or self and behold art.
It has one queen-size bed up the steep stairs with railings to the loft bedroom, so it's only for 1-2 physically-fit adults with good balance and mobility. Enjoy looking out at the stars through the huge window doors, possibly open in fair weather.
It's not NY, LA, or any bustling downtown (though SD is just 30-40 min. away.) You'll also see and hear birds, squirrels and (in the winter and spring) the cascading flow of seasonal Alpine Creek on site.
In full disclosure, there is some background traffic noise outdoors, from the nearby Interstate 8 highway, though it is modest to most when indoors. Any music played at low volume will drown it out, and to date it has never interfered with a guest's sleep (even the nightly frogs are louder one-third of the year, in a naturally-comforting manner.) Still, if one wants quiet when outdoors, this location may not be the best for them. Also, because of it's natural country country setting, on a 2/3 acre lot, there are some creatures about (hawks, owls, squirrels, field mice, etc.) Mice are reduced by pest control, but may occasionally sneak inside. I keep the home as clean as possible, but can't guarantee a mouse or two might enter an open window or door at night.
The entire 800 SF "art" house, including use of all appliances, dishware, utensils, cleaning supplies, furnishings, books, magazines and CD's. Upon request, a guest artist may access a separate studio on site.
I will only approve guests with whom I first communicate and trust to protect this home. I will be HAPPY to assist all approved guests with their comfortable stay at my home, in the Alpine community, indeed all of San Diego County, with helpful information and personal suggestions.
I will be present for the guest's arrival with keys and orientation. I love to travel and appreciate the arts, and enjoy other people who do as well! If you'd like, and time permitting, I'll show you to nearby restaurants, a great pub, a natural hiking park and/or discuss San Diego and environs, and the house itself. I want you to cherish and fondly remember your visit.
Alpine is often hot in the summer, though nights are usually cool, so open windows will naturally cool the house after 8 pm. The AC will keep the downstairs comfortable, but the BR loft may still be warm until late night. The bedroom used after midnight is a delight.
The area can be chilly to cold in the winter but the beautiful fireplace, heaters, comforter, quilt and blankets make the home comfy inside. Guest AccessThe guest will have full use of the kitchen, including stove, microwave, coffee makers, refrigerator and dishwasher. Utensils, plates, bowls, glasses, pots and pans, etc., may be used, all to be cleaned after use. The cable television, sound systems and fireplace are also for guests use. The host's books and CD's may be enjoyed on site. A basic studio building may also be requested for use by artists. Interaction with GuestsI will warmly greet the guests and go over the operating instructions and convey helpful and requested info at check in. This usually takes 30-45 minutes. After that, I will not be on the premises. The guests have complete privacy, though I may be called and texted for any questions. The NeighborhoodAlpine is an inland "town-like" community of the county, 30-35 miles from downtown San Diego, SAN airport, the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, a dozen museums, theaters, and restaurants, and 32-45 minutes from Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Coronado. Yet this home is a rural retreat unto itself.
Alpine has several restaurants and the world-class Alpine Beer Company. It is within 30 minutes of trail hiking in beautiful Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Mount Laguna in the Cleveland National Forest, and just four miles from hiking in a 400-acre natural open space in Alpine called Wright's Field. Numerous mountain biking trails are also near. Area attractions include the Sky Falconry and the Lions, Tigers & Bears animal rescue, often open for paying visitors with reservations and donations, respectively.
The back yard of the home includes Alpine Creek, which flows seasonally after rains, mostly in November - April. Then it has pleasing cascading water and delightful chorale frogs "singing" at night. Getting AroundA car is nearly essential, not only get to this home but most of San Diego's attractions. Though a bus serves the street, and trollies from the El Cajon Transit Center, 1-2 hour system travel times may not be preferred by most. Driving a personal or rental car is recommended whenever possible, as the nearby Interstate 8 is usually fast, not congested. Other Things to NoteI will be available by email, text and cell phone to answer any guests' questions, within hours if not within minutes.
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