Is a 5-Unit, 2-Story Bed and Breakfast Coming to the 4700 Block of Voltaire?

by on December 10, 2021 · 7 comments

in Ocean Beach

Is a 5-unit bed & breakfast coming to the 4700 block of Voltaire Street?

That’s what the applicant hopes. A Coastal Development permit has been applied for by Stephanie Ibarra to build a 2-story, 5-unit bed and breakfast at 4744 Voltaire. The property is right across the street from the former People’s cafe. She filed the application on November 19 and the community was notified just recently.

First, the permit requests the “demolition of an existing 6,430 S.F. 2-story Single Dwelling/Storefront/Garage structure” – or whatever is on the property currently. It’s hard to tell what’s there, except to say the fronting building looks ancient but doubtfully historic.

It’s a Process 2 CD permit application.

Part of the Dec. 9 public notice from the city states:

The final decision by the City of San Diego is not appealable to the California Coastal Commission.

Please note that Community Planning Groups provide citizens with an opportunity for involvement in advising the City on land use matters. Community Planning Group considerations are a recommended, but not required, part of the project review process. You may contact Andrea Schlageter, Chair of the Ocean Beach Community Planning Group at (619) 818-2555 or via email: to inquire about the community planning group meeting dates, times, and location for community review of this project.

If you have any questions about the project after reviewing this information, you may contact the City Project Manager Veronica Davison, Development Project Manager; PHONE NUMBER/E-MAIL: (619) 446-5462/ hdavison@sandiego.govlisted.


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Greg December 10, 2021 at 12:27 pm

“looks ancient but doubtfully historic” that is a creative way to say old and dilapidated, I love it. Hopefully I am never called that. :)


Debbi December 10, 2021 at 1:35 pm

It will be a nice addition to the area :-)

I wonder what the design/architecture will look like.


Frank F December 10, 2021 at 5:32 pm

At least it will be subject to the transient occupancy tax that pays for city services, unlike AirBnBs.


Eric B December 12, 2021 at 2:45 pm

AirBnB’s do pay the TOT!


Laura December 12, 2021 at 5:07 pm

Some differences between Airbnb and a permitted, zoned BnBs: located on a street zoned for commercial properties, at least 1 parking space per unit, at least one accessible unit, fire safety egress, alarms, an operator on site overnight, etc. So, there’s that.


Frank Gormlie December 13, 2021 at 9:18 am

I drove by the site over the weekend and it’s been cleaned up quite a bit – much different looking now than this google map pic.


OB John December 13, 2021 at 11:57 am

Would be nice if we could get some new long term rental or permanent single family units in OB once in awhile. Looks more and more like we’re just AirOB&B.


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