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Brand New Luxury Home in San Diego
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  • San Diego, CA
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Stunning Downtown Daylight Studio
  • $75/hr
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  • 5.0 (25)
  • 25
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  • San Diego, CA

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What people are saying about Filming on Giggster

Trisha K.
$ 266
2 hours
15 people
5 months ago
The view, props and kitchen are gorgeous, and Kate is a fantastic hostess. Without a doubt, this space is a 10/10.
LocalEyes V.
$ 960
8 hours
5 people
5 months ago
Sandra's home was absolutely a pleasure to film in. It was clean, stocked with everything we needed and overall a beautiful location. Sandra was very communicative and helpful and we filmed a lovely commercial. Thank you Sandra!
Stephanie S.
$ 360
3 hours
5 people
6 months ago
Sandra was very communicative and easy to work with. The space looks even better in person! Highly recommend working with Sandra and booking her place!
Valeria K.
$ 360
3 hours
5 people
8 months ago
Great home for branding photoshoot! Love the decor and space! Thank you to a wonderful host!
rojanna t.
$ 225
3 hours
5 people
9 months ago
I needed a photo studio SUPER last minute for a photoshoot launch and I am SO happy I came across Kate and her space. This place is gorgeous and perfect for your minimalistic needs. It just so happens that she has a looot of props as well which was exactly what I needed for a “grandma vintage” photoshoot. I highly recommend this studio space to anyone!
Maria L L.
$ 150
2 hours
5 people
11 months ago
Nice location. Easy access from highway 94. Great natural light. Lots of space. The white walls are perfect to add other elements to your photos in post production. The elevetor to the studio is huge. Thanks Kate G.
cielito k.
$ 225
3 hours
5 people
a year ago
Such a beautiful space and Kate was very accommodating. Looking forward to using the studio for future projects!
CFI .
$ 360
3 hours
5 people
a year ago
Sandra was an amazing host. This property is the perfect place to shoot great pictures. Thank you for your spectacular hospitality!!!
Danary I.
$ 150
2 hours
5 people
a year ago
Big studio easy to to find and very versatile. The studio has amazing lighting all over. The host were wonderful in accommodating me and going above and beyond.
Briley B.
$ 150
2 hours
5 people
a year ago
Such an easy process to get in the building, beautiful light, & lots of access to props, plus Kate is so sweet!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Filming venues

Do I need my own production or event insurance in San Diego?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in San Diego on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in San Diego?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in San Diego at giggster.com, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Filming locations are available in San Diego?
Right now, there are 318 Filming locations available in San Diego.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for San Diego bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for San Diego guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for San Diego locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near San Diego?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in San Diego. Just start a search at giggster.com and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my San Diego booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in San Diego?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in San Diego is $152 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in San Diego?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Select service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Filming locations in San Diego, CA?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $55 to $285.
Which Filming locations are most popular in San Diego, CA in 2024?
How do I book a San Diego location on Giggster?
When you find the right venue, you can connect with the host to get additional info and work out the details. Once everything is all set, you can book and pay for the location in a couple of clicks. Learn more about booking locations.
How do I cancel a San Diego reservation request?
You can contact our team to request a cancellation. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

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About San Diego

The 70 miles of beach in San Diego make it an attractive destination for water enthusiasts, surfers, families, and vacationers. That is just one reward that the city of 1.4 million residents offers locals and guests.

The city is in Southern California on Mexico’s border with Mexico, and the San Diego Harbor is the home base for members of the U.S. Navy and Marines.

As a filming location, San Diego has been home to movies like the Marilyn Monroe movie, “Some Like it Hot,” which was filmed in the Hotel del Coronado in downtown San Diego.

If you need boats in the background for your next award-winning film setting, try Harbor Island or Rancho Bernardo Inn.

The original “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise as well as the more recent release of “Top Gun: Maverick” was filmed in the town. You can visit filming locations like the Victorian Top Gun house on Oceanside Drive that Kelly McGillis’ character lived in and the Kansas City Barbecue restaurant, where Goose sang “Great Balls of Fire.”

Other famous films with San Diego scenes include the Orson Wells movie “Citizen Kane,” filmed in Balboa Park, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” with Will Ferrell, and “Freaky Friday,” starring Jodie Foster (watch for scenes shot at Mission Bay). “Almost Famous” was also filmed in multiple San Diego locations too and “Veronica Mars” was shot within the county boundaries.

Bottom line: Filmmakers love San Diego! Many Hollywood films have been filmed in San Diego's iconic locations creating some cult classic film history.

The city of San Diego has a lot of movie locations but is also a vibrant economic center for the state as well, with many businesses located here. Young professionals, retirees, and university students all call the city home, while tourism remains a steady influence too. Cultural opportunities are plentiful – from museums to art galleries and theater.

Filming Options in San Diego

Professionals have long sought filming locations in San Diego for the upscale architecture, the San Diego lights, popular neighborhoods like Ocean Beach, the famed Newport Avenue, and proximity to resources and production support.

The catering, furniture and equipment rental, and transportation infrastructure within the city help support the vibrant filming industry and one-time projects present in the city.

Catering

Catering companies in San Diego have worked with many filming projects in the past, from “Top Gun” to “Killer Tomatoes” and aren't fazed by Hollywood fame. Tell them what you need, and you’ll have plenty of food for the cast and crew.

Furniture Rentals

Set furniture rentals can help you build the perfect San Diego film setting. Furniture rental companies in San Diego have every type of furniture you could want, and some also offer production equipment rentals for lighting, cameras, or lenses.

Transportation

Since we have not perfected Dorothy’s “click your heels three times'' technique yet, you’ll still need transportation in San Diego. Public transport options include buses and trolleys, and private transportation options include car rentals, rideshares, and luxury car and limo services.

Filming Companies in San Diego

These filming companies in San Diego consistently impress with their service, attention to detail, and ability to meet the unique demands of the various projects they’re working on. Each has unique attributes that will help make your filming a success.

Bekker’s Catering

California cuisine? Check. Greek food? Check. Jamaican? Check. Mexican fiesta? Check. Bekker’s Catering does it all, and awesomely at that. The biggest problem we have is in limiting our choices when we go through the menu. There are a variety of ways to work with them too, from a-la-carte to full service.

Lounge Appeal

Disney, the Oscars, Mercedes-Benz, and Red Bull all use Lounge Appeal. We are fans too. Their collections and packages do the heavy lifting for you (literally and figuratively) by combining different products. Or you can pick and choose what you need from their extensive rental catalog, with everything from ottomans to pillows.

Gold Coast Town Car Services

Gold Coast Town Car Services has private transportation options in San Diego and Kona, Hawaii (you will need to handle the logistics of traveling between these two locations on your own!). Their drivers are professional and approachable and have handled everyone from Jim Carrey to Catherine Zeta Jones. The service is timely, safe, and comfortable so you can enjoy the ride.

Pros and Cons of Filming Locations in San Diego

We love this place and so do actors like Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, and Tony Curtis. So, we pulled together a list of the pros and cons of filming in San Diego to help give you a clearer picture of what it is like to film in downtown San Diego.

Advantages

  • Access
    Getting here is not a problem. It is easy to access San Diego because of its transportation infrastructure and proximity to other locations. There are also plenty of private transportation options to help you access different parts of the city and explore once you are here.

  • Natural beauty
    It is hard to beat the ocean views of San Diego (you might even think you are in Florida) or the other parks and open spaces in this beautiful place. San Diego is a nature lover’s dream, and Instagram users will note that no filter is needed.

  • Restaurant scene
    San Diego restaurants are diverse; hungry cast and crew will find every type of cuisine imaginable and there are some incredibly talented chefs for your special events. One thing is certain – you will eat well while you are filming in San Diego.

Disadvantages

  • Cost
    Ah, all those advantages do come at a cost, and most projects find that they need to increase their budget when filming in San Diego. The extra expense is worth it though, you will have superior space in a perfect place and a fantastic time in the bargain!

  • Limited transportation
    The public transportation options in San Diego are not as abundant as those you will find in cities of comparable size. Most people rely on private transportation to move about. The secondary problem with this is the increased traffic you will find in most places.

  • Homelessness
    The stark contrast between the haves and have-nots in San Diego is perhaps easiest seen through the large homeless population in the city.

Famous Filming Locations in San Diego

Japanese Friendship Garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in Balboa Park and shares the friendship that San Diego expresses with her sister city, Yokohama.

The garden is a 12-acre botanical garden and shares the serenity and simplicity of Japanese culture while also offering walking paths, koi ponds, and stone arrangements. There are classes and educational displays as well.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

The name alone is enough to make most people want to visit, and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is indeed a great place for beautiful sunsets.

There are two aspects to the park, the linear section, and the hillside section. You can enjoy arches, sea caves, coastal bluffs, and of course, stunning views of the Pacific Ocean with aerial shots from a drone.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park invites visitors to step back in time and experience the city as it was from 1821 to 1872.

There are Mexican pueblo and American settlements in the park as well as a museum with a variety of historical activities. Make sure you visit the first San Diego courthouse from the 1800s and the 1870 Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant.