Gillespie House

Border of Santee and El Cajon (4 min from Hwy 8 and 52)

Dining Area

Gillespie House Watch Walk-through Video

The Space
Accommodates 6 people (plus 1-2 more on the queen-sized high-end sofa-sleeper)
Bathrooms 2
Bedrooms 3
Beds 3 queen-sized beds plus a queen-sized high-end sofa-sleeper
Property Type House
Type This house is sometimes rented out as a whole house but most of the time each “room” is rented out separately Please inquire to see the status for the season you are interested in.
Pets None
Pricing Per diem Reward Points
Floor Plan Property Layout
The layout, the neighborhood, getting around, and more…

The Layout:

Master bedroom w/bath:
This luxurious bedroom (with attached bathroom) is the largest room in a spacious 1700+ sq. ft. house that we call “The Gillespie House”.

The Lavender room has a brand new spring-coil king-sized bed, lavender bedding, nightstands, antique desk, chair, a closet, and two small cabinets to store your stuff. It has an alarm clock with USB jacks to charge your Smartphone.

The private bathroom is new, clean, fully stocked, has a Jacuzzi bathtub, and even the towels are lavender.

Bedroom 2:

The Turquoise Room is the farthest away of the 3 bedrooms for guests in the house. It has a brand new spring-coil king-sized bed, and an alarm clock with USB jacks to charge your Smartphone.

Bedroom 3:

The White Room is the smallest of the 3 bedrooms for guests in the house. It has a brand new spring-coil queen-sized bed, and an alarm clock with USB jacks to charge your Smartphone.

Guest access

The kitchen is large and features a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, 4-burner stove, full-sized oven, toaster-oven, toaster, coffee maker, coffee bean grinder, cutlery, pans, pots, wine opener, can opener, salt/pepper, paper towels, etc. The island in the middle even has USB jacks to charge your phone. The full-sized refrigerator comes pre-stocked with bottled water and fresh Starbucks coffee beans.

We provide everything from cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, trash bags, dish-washing detergent etc.

Each bedroom and the living room has a smart TV where you can watch unlimited free movies and TV shows, on demand, from Netflix (free), Hulu Plus, HBO, YouTube, Disney, WSJ, Bloomberg, ESPN, PBS, MLS, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, the Tennis Channel, The Weather Channel and PBS Kids. We are thinking of adding cable TV channels also for those that want local news.

The rooms and the entire house has very fast Wi-Fi. We recently bumped up the speed of the Internet to over 30Mbps!

For our business guests, we also offer wireless access to a laser printer and scanner.

Guests have 1 parking space and plenty of street parking. There is a washer/dryer on the premises. Detergent and dryer sheets provided.

Interaction with guests

We are just next-door and almost always home. We are just a text message away if you need anything at all. We can help you with directions, tips on where to go, and other friendly advice. If your car dies and you are stranded, we ask you to call us first and we will aid (if we can).

About the neighborhood

The house sits on a 1-acre property on top of a hill with panoramic views of local mountains and all of East San Diego County. The patio and dining room overlook the flight path to Gillespie field, where you can see restored WWI and WWII aircraft constantly flying by.
The neighborhood is a quiet, predominantly single-family residential area. It is so safe that I often don’t lock my car at night. Our family has lived here 30 years without a single theft or incident.
It is located in the city of El Cajon, which is in San Diego’s East County.
This location is generally sunnier than the coast, but still has easy access to beaches, mountains & desert.

If you are a pilot or aircraft buff, Gillespie field is a 30-minute walk, or a 6-minute drive away.

How to get around

It is just 30 minutes away from the beaches at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and Mission Bay.
Less than 6 minutes away are the shopping malls and restaurants in Santee and fun places for the family like the Santee drive-in and Parkway Bowl. Food options include Mexican as well as lots of different ethnic foods from Japanese to Lebanese.

There are several grocery stores within a short drive including specialties like Middle Eastern, Mexican and health food.

Driving: Easy access to everywhere from I-8 or I-52 (both are 4 minutes away). You are allotted one parking space with plenty of street parking.

Transit: There is a bus stop within 10 minutes’ walk. An 8-minute bus ride will take you to the El Cajon or Santee trolley stations with access to most of San Diego’s attractions. Keep in mind that San Diego’s public transportation system is nowhere near as robust as that of New York or San Francisco. You are far better off renting a car at the local Enterprise car rental place for approx. $25/day.

Plenty of space for dining
We are a 10-minute bike ride (or 35min walk) from the flight schools at Gillespie Field and less then 15 minutes from the shopping malls, restaurants, and supermarkets, in Santee. The local 7-11 and taco shop are a 10 min walk away.
The Gillespie House is a huge house (with 3 private rooms) dedicated to guests.
The island and open floor plan allow for lots of space.
The kitchen includes all amenities
Dining Room
Dining room
Island and kitchen area. You can see the hallway going to the private rooms.
Fully loaded kitchen
The living room couch gives plenty of room for all the guests to relax
[Shared] Living Room with Apple TV and lots of space
Fully stocked kitchen
Kitchen stove with cabinets showing the oven, microwave, toaster, coffee grinder, coffee machine, all the pits and pans.
Stove countertop with appliances
Plenty of natural light make working a breeze
Fully stocked kitchen
Laundry Room-Washer and Dryer are $5/load (detergent and dryer sheets included).
Gillespie House Floor Plan. It is a 1200+ sq. ft. house! Don't get lost! This show both the private areas of this room and the shared areas of the house.
The Lavender Room and closets
The Lavender Room and TV
The Lavender Room
The Lavender Room has plenty of space for storage
The Lavender Room private bathroom
The Lavender Room private bathroom
The Turquoise room and TV
The Turquoise room and TV
The Turquoise room and closets
The White room and closet
The White room and TV
Shared bathroom
Shared bathroom
Full-size toiletries
Your Hosts!
Driveway to street. Being off of the street give us lots of privacy and security.
Parking lot
Grill perfect for outdoor grilling in sunny San Diego weather
We are at the top of a hill in a very quiet and secure residential neighborhood
View of the patio and the walkway in the backyard.
Gillespie House
Backyard trail and walkway. Here you can sit on a rock and hangout with squirrel
Typical San Diego sunset
Close up of a restored WWII Steerman flying by on the way to Gillespie Field. You see many of them from the patio or the window of the dining room. Thanks for John for his telephoto lens and never-ending patience.
Four Steerman in formation. Shot during one of the Gillespie Field Airshows from the porch.
Mitsubishi "Zero" over the air near Gillespie Field.
Kitchen Internet
TV Essentials
Dryer Free Parking on Premises
Wireless Internet Cable TV
Wheelchair Accessible Hot Tub
24-Hour Check-in Hangers
Iron Hair Dryer
Laptop Friendly Workspace
Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

House Cost

Per Diem

Reward Points
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Contact us with questions
Pricing is based on an occupancy of 6 people
(inquire about fee for adding people)

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