Hilltop Efficiency Apartment

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

Hilltop Efficiency Apartment

Hilltop Efficiency Apartment Watch Walk-through Video

The Space
Accommodates 2
Bathrooms 1
Bed type Real Bed
Bedrooms 1
Beds 1
Property Type House
Room Type Entire condominium
Pets None
3 Month+ Price
The layout, the neighborhood, getting around, and more…

The Layout:

Relax and rejuvenate in this private hilltop retreat, in a very quiet and safe family neighborhood (we don’t lock our cars at night). Your own little private hideaway on a hilltop with amazing views, this private efficiency apartment is attached to our house but is completely stand-alone with its own entrance.
On a 1-acre property atop of a hill, your efficiency apartment has amazing views of East San Diego county, and is so quiet, all you’ll hear is crickets at night and bird calls in the morning.

More about the unit:

The bedroom features a queen-sized bed with a brand-new spring-coil mattress and high-quality bedding, a large closet, two nightstands, and two small cabinets to store your stuff. There is also a bathroom and small kitchen.

What about amenities?

You’ll feel like you’re at home with heating, AC, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a large, fully equipped kitchenette – it’s large and features a refrigerator, 2-burner electric stove, coffee maker, coffee bean grinder, cutlery, pans, pots, wine opener, can opener, salt/pepper, and paper towels. And we’ve pre-stocked the fridge with bottled water and fresh Starbucks coffee beans.
The sparkling bathroom is also stocked with towels, soap, shampoo & conditioner, has plenty of cabinets and storage, and has a Jacuzzi bathtub!

What guests can access

You are assigned one Guest Parking Space, and for more vehicles, we have ample street parking. We also provide a washer/dryer on the premises.

Your interaction with guests

We live next-door and are almost always home. We are just a text message away if you need anything at all. Our family is very friendly and enjoys interacting with our guests.

About the neighborhood

Our neighborhood is a quiet, single-family residential area. It is super safe; in fact, we don’t even lock our cars at night. Located in the city of El Cajon, part of San Diego’s East County, the property is generally sunnier than the coast while still enjoying easy access to beaches, mountains & desert.

How to get around

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

We are 5 min from both the 8 and 52 freeways. We are with 30 min of the beaches (including La Jolla Shores and cove), the base of North Island, and almost anywhere in San Diego. 15 min to Kearney Mesa, the base in Miramar, etc.

Transit: There is a bus stop within 10 minutes’ walk. Keep in mind that San Diego’s public transportation system is terrible. You are far better off renting a car at the local Enterprise car rental place for approx. $25/day.

Less than 6 minutes away are the shopping malls, restaurants, and grocery stores in Santee. Food options are extremely diverse, including BBQ, Mexican, burgers, global cuisines from Japanese to Lebanese, and major chains such as Denny’s, Mimi’s, Olive Garden, Starbucks.

It is just 30 minutes away from the beaches at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and Mission Bay.

Hilltop Studio and Patio with Panoramic View
Bedroom with desk and TV. The TV has both cable TV and Apple TV channels. Also note the AC/Heater.
Queen-sized Bed
Bedroom with the door open to show the patio and the view.
Bedroom. Note the large amount of room in the closet for long-term guests.
Private Bathroom
Jacuzzi tub and shower. Shampoo, condition, body wash, and all supplies provided.
Newly remodeled kitchen
The kitchen is fully stocked with silverware, wine tools, and almost any utensil you will need.
Kitchen is fully stocked with cookware, utensils, etc
Bedroom closet-right side (left side not shown). There is even more storage room for suitcases, bikes, and boxes in the small hallway next to the kitchen (sorry, no picture).
Bathroom closet. Lots of storage! Comes stocked with extra towels, linens, iron, cleaning products, and other supplies.
Equipped with Fire alarm, First aid kit, etc.
Panorama of the view from the patio.
Parking on the Premises
Driveway to street. Being off of the street give us lots of privacy and security.
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
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.
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
Family/kid friendly Hot tub
Wireless Internet Cable TV
Wheelchair Accessible Hot Tub
24-Hour Check-in Hangers
Iron Hair Dryer
Laptop Friendly Workspace Private entrance
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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* Pricing is based on single person occupancy
(inquire about adding people)

The place is very quiet, so I was really able to focus. Listening to the variety of birds chirping outside was relaxing and peaceful. On my few days off I went to Mission Beach and had a great time. The hosts were very responsive when I needed anything and very respectful of my privacy. Read more…
Jan 2015
I stayed in Pema’s Studio for 2.5 months for an internship and had the time of my life. Being able to walk out of the door and seeing the city of El Cajon everyday was awesome. The view is breathtaking and it really opened my eyes to California. Read more…
August 2017
The studio is very private and in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance (within a mile) of a 7/11 and some eateries. A Target and Supermarket is within a few miles and the beaches of San Diego are within a half hour. Read more…
December 2015


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