About the Homestay
We love music and animals and my husband is a very active Mountain Biker. We have been very fortunate in our lives, and we love to open our home up to international students.
We have 2 small dogs and 2 cats (all pets are indoor only). If you don’t like animals and music ~ you will not be a good fit with our family and stop reading now; but if you do ~ then we live in the best neighborhood in Orange County.
The upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom (shower and jaquezzi-tub). The 4th or Main Bedroom has a private bathroom used by my husband and myself.
OpenMinded and Tolerant family - We are a very open-minded family who embraces other cultures.
We are not religious, but we accepting of other’s individual beliefs.
We are LGBT friendly.
We have lived in this area for nearly 13 years and we have a large group of friends from my cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We are very easy-going and informal.
We recently hosted a teacher from Japan for 2 months. He told us he loved the neighborhood, the park, the great weather, our house, pets and he was a musician who was able to feel comfortable practicing his singing and ukulele while he was here. He also mentioned that he really like the healthier foods we had available, as that was one of his concerns prior to his visit.
Our neighborhood High School is Tustin High School. TUSD allows transfers to other Tustin High schools, based on a lottery system.
-Private, furnished bedroom - Yes
-WIFI - Yes
-Washer / Dryer - Yes
-Meals - Any - We have a large gourmet kitchen that students are welcome to use. A couple of us are vegetarians, but then others eat meat. We are pretty healthy and eat a lot of locally grown fruits and vegetables year-round (because it is California)
2 Dogs, 2 Cats
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
This is the best neighborhood in Orange County! If you are not familiar with Orange County (OC) Google it, it is beautiful, the weather is almost always perfect, has a very diverse international population, amazing food...it has it all. Our neighborhood is friendly and feels like a small-town vibe. Our neighborhood was the first planned development/community built by the Irvine Company back in 1968. Back then, no expense was spared - there are walking trails throughout the entire tree-lined community that all surround an beautiful, active 8-Acre Park that is the heart of the neighborhood. It is safe, quiet, but close to everything.
PLACES OF INTEREST AND DISTANCES (in miles) FROM OUR HOME:
Bus Stop: 0.3 mile
Metro Tustin Stain: 1 mile
John Wayne Airport/Orange County/Santa Ana: 6.3 miles
Los Angeles International Airport: 45 miles
Distance from Colleges and Universities:
Irvine Valley College 4.7 miles
Santiago Community College 5.9 miles
Santa Ana Community Collage 6.5 miles
Concordia 6.9 miles
Chapman 7.3 miles
South Coast College 8.5 miles
UCI - Irvine 9.4 miles
Shopping & Resaurants & Movie Theaters:
Irvine and Tustin Marketplace 1.2 miles
Tustin District 2.2 miles
Diamond Jamboree 4.6miles
SouthCoast Plaza 6.3 miles
Irvine Spectrum 6.2 miles
*nearest small shopping and small type grocery and convenience stores are 0.6 miles from our home*
Arts & Entertainment & attractions:
Discovery Science Center 6.3 Miles
Segerstrom Center for the Arts 6.9 miles
Honda Center 9.5 miles
Disneyland 9.3 miles
Knott's Berry Farm 16 miles
Hollywood Bowl 41 miles
Newport Beach 12 miles
Laguna Beach 16 miles
Anaheim Stadium 8.2 miles
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
-This is our family home, you are our guest while you are here.
-Clean up after yourself. (We do have our home cleaned professionally on a bi-weekly basis)
-Common areas include downstairs, (kitchen, living room, dinning room, office/library, backyard, upstairs bathroom) All upstairs bedrooms are private.
-STRICT! No partiers! If alcohol is consumed in our home or elsewhere, it must be consumed in moderation. We rarely drink alcohol and we will not tolerate any overindulge in alcohol. No drugs or drama people welcome.
-Be respectful of our family and our neighbors.
-We are heterosexual, but accepting and welcoming of any LGBT students.
-Students of any (or no religion) are welcome, but you must be tolerant. We are not religious, but we are kind. It is very important that you are respectful of others, and do not have any extreme positions.
-Sexism will not be tolerated in our house. Men and woman are treated equally - in terms of how we operate our household day-to-day, if you aren't aligned to that mindset, look for another homestay.
-This is a family home, you are a guest while you are staying with us. Do not bring others into our home (exception is with prior permission from us)
-Our pets are all indoor-only. Care must always be taken to ensure they are not let outside unintentionally and when the dogs are let out, they cannot be left out unattended. (Southern California has coyotes and while they are never a problem for humans, they eat small pets - we just take zero chances)
-There is not a curfew per se, but it is important to be respectful and quiet of the family and neighbors.
Smoking is not allowed.
So glad to stay here... I've loved everything here. Such an amazing family.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 250 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.