Lavender Suite

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

 [Private] Lavender Room-Showing closet

[Private] Lavender Suite-Showing closet Watch Walk-through Video

The Space
Accommodates 2
Bathrooms 1
Bed type Real Bed
Bedrooms 1
Beds 1
Property Type House
Room Type Deluxe private suite with connected his/her luxury bathroom Shares kitchen; dining room; front door with the 2 other smaller Gillespie House rooms down the hall.
Pets None
3 Month+ Price
Floor Plan Property Layout
The layout, the neighborhood, getting around, and more…

The Layout:

The bedrooms are in a spacious 1200+ sq. ft. house that we call “The Gillespie House.” The house features large shared spaces like a full kitchen, spacious living room, dining room and patio area with a view.

Your Private Area:

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

Each bedroom (and the living room) has a 32-inch Apple TV where you can watch unlimited free movies and TV shows, on demand, from Netflix, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO, YouTube, Disney, WSJ, Bloomberg, ESPN, PBS, MLS, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, the Tennis Channel, The Weather Channel and PBS Kids. In addition to all this free content, you are also entitled to a paid movie rental from Apple’s iTunes Store on us. (1 per stay).

* The Lavender room is the largest of the 3 bedrooms for guests in the house. It is the master bedroom and has its own attached private bathroom. The private bathroom is new, clean, fully stocked, has a Jacuzzi bathtub, and even the towels are lavender.
* The White and Turquoise Rooms share a bathroom

Look at the room page for the private amenities you have.

The Shared Areas

The shared 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.

While this is a shared house, there’s ample room for privacy, since the house is so big and every guest has their own schedule. We carefully choose our guests and a phone interview is mandatory to ensure that every guest is respectful and will be a good fit. This is more of a temporary community of friends. Most people that stay here use the house as a temporary residence while they look for permanent housing in San Diego.

What guests can access

Each suite is equipped with everything you could possibly need. In addition to this, you have full access to the full kitchen, living room with a 32-inch TV, dining area, and back patio. Each guest has assigned space in the refrigerator, both a shelf and door section, as well as cabinet space for dry goods. The kitchen is stocked with condiments and basic cooking essentials. You will find everything needed for an afternoon in the sun or a BBQ in the back in the large patio equipped with a propane BBQ, sun umbrella, and beautiful outdoor furniture. The laundry room is always stocked with laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and an ironing board.

Your interaction with guests

Our family is approachable, extremely friendly, and enjoys interacting with our guests. We are just a text message or call away if you ever need anything at all.

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.

[Private] Lavender Room-Bedroom showing window curtains, TV, and desk
[Private] Lavender Room-Bedroom showing window curtains
[Private] Lavender Room-Bedroom showing window curtains, TV, and desk
[Private] Lavender Room-Bedroom, TV, and desk
[Private] Your personal en suite bathroom with his and hers sinks.
[Private] A view of the bathtub and shower of Lavender Room
[Private] Lavender Room bedroom closet
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.
[Shared] The kitchen includes two cabinets for every room, a 4-burner stove, all the utensils, pots, pan, cups, wine glasses, champagne glasses, and anything else you might need. Appliances include a dishwasher, oven, microwave, blender, rice cooker, juicer, coffee grinder, coffee maker, cheese grater, etc. If we forgot something that you want, just ask and we’ll order it right away.
[Shared] Kitchen with secondary dining area ("the island"). Popular for after dinner wine and socializing.
[Shared] The dining room has room for 8 to eat, use their laptops, study, read, or just enjoy a close-up view of vintage planes on their approach to land at Gillespie Field.
[Shared] The spacious living room gives everyone room to spread out and enjoy a quiet meal or study time on his or her own.
[Shared] The spacious living room gives everyone room to spread out and enjoy a quiet meal or study time on his or her own.
[Shared] Living Room with Apple TV and lots of space
[Shared] The living room couch gives plenty of room for all the guests to get together and watch a movie on the extra Apple TV. As everyone is so busy, this never actually happens… Ohh Well.
[Shared] Dining room
[Shared] The other side of the kicthen with the large refrigerator, dishwasher, and sick.
[Shared] Island and kitchen area. You can see the hallway going to the private rooms.
[Shared] Kitchen stove with cabinets showing the oven, microwave, toaster, coffee grinder, coffee machine, all the pits and pans.
[Shared] Kitchen stove. Includes an oven, microwave, toaster, coffee grinder, coffee machine, water kettle, etc.
[Shared] More cookware and serving dishes.
[Shared] The island is perfect for mapping out your next flight or road trip.
[Shared] The fastest Wi-Fi available in San Diego.
[Shared] A guest enjoying some internet time in the dining room.
[Shared] Laundry Room-Washer and Dryer are $5/load (detergent and dryer sheets included).
[Shared] Laundry Room-We keep it fully stocked with everything you might need.
Stove countertop with appliances
Yet another desk!
[Shared] More study/work space in living room.
[Shared] Plenty of pots and pans
[Shared] Every room gets two cabinets to store dry food in the kitchen.
[Shared] Refrigerator
[Shared] Each room gets a shelf, a drawer, lots of freezer space, and door space.
[Shared] Because guests are often busy and have different meal times, they don't always get to say Hi. We installed a whiteboard on the refrigerator so that you have a place to leave messages for your fellow housemates!
Farewell message from Rick to his housemates.
Jahtiba and Jasmine's farewell message
Farewell message from Dave to Naiyan
[Shared] The fastest Wi-Fi available in San Diego.
Hallway from rooms to the shared areas.
Panorama of the view from the patio.
Gordon mans the BBQ for this during the monthly Gillespie House get-together in July. Faces have been blurred out to protect the innocent. 🙂
Parking on the Premises
Driveway to street. Being off of the street give us lots of privacy and security.
Your Hosts! Standing in from of The Gillespie House. We live in the far unit and are are always available to help. Just call, text, or ring our doorbell!
Driveway to street. Being off of the street give us lots of privacy and security.
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.
We are at the top of a hill in a very quiet and secluded residential neighborhood. It is so safe here that I do not even lock my car at night.
A nice day to work on the patio and enjoy the super-fast Wi-Fi. Your host used this shot as an opportunity for a cameo. Everyone gets his or her 15-minutes of fame!
Gordon hangs out with his favorite squirrel during some meditative time in the backyard. The house sits on a 1-acre property for the ultimate in privacy and seclusion.
Backyard trail and walkway. Here you can sit on a rock and hangout with squirrels, humming birds, bluebirds, and many other kinds of birds. The squirrels will be your best friends (and come up quite close) if you have some breadcrumbs.
View of the patio, the walkway in the back, and the backyard. The house sits on a 1-acre property for the ultimate in privacy and seclusion.
David biking to Gilespie Field
Your host on the bike in front of one of the flight schools at Gillespie Field.
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.
Mitsubishi "Zero" over the air near Gillespie Field.
Four Steerman in formation. Shot during one of the Gillespie Field Airshows from the porch.
It sucks to be alone for the holidays when you are in a new city without family. All guests from all of our 4 units are always invited to our place for Thanksgiving (and other get togethers).
View from the patio at sunset. We are on a hill, so you can easily see the all the local mountains. Seen here are Mt. San Miguel, Mt. Helix, and Cowles Mt. (an popular hiking destination - only 15 minutes away). Cowles Mt. is the highest peak in the city. From its summit, you can see all of San Diego.
Mario's Drone shot of the Wenatchee Propery-Best

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

Pepper & Graves Ave, 92021

Room Price


3 Month+ Price
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The mountains outlining the Gillespie House were ideal for morning runs. Upon request, the hosts even provided us with leather chairs for an ideal study set-up. They checked in with us regularly to amend us for all our needs. Read more…
May 2016
The host is great and very friendly, he arranged me a Sim card upfront so I got my US number before I even got here. He invited me on a hike with his friends which was wonderful! Really enjoyed my stay here. Read more…
March 2016
WOW! The house sits atop a hill overlooking El Cajon and Gillespie Field; the views were amazing during the day, the sunsets unbelievable, and at night it was great to look out over all the twinkling lights… like being up in the mountains, but with all the conveniences you’d expect. Read more…
January 2016


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