How Evolving Short-Term Rental Laws Are Affecting Corporate Housing In San Diego

San Diego Bay

The San Diego Bay

Editor’s Note: This article was originally  published on the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website.

 

With a variety of dining options, landmarks and beaches, San Diego has become one of the nation’s top tourism destinations. But new regulations have been imposed or are being discussed for San Diego County that could reshape the region’s tourism industry.

Since April 2015, the San Diego City Council has discussed tightening restrictions on private homeowners renting out their residences as vacation lodgings. Credit the “shared economy effect,” there has been a proliferation of people renting out entire homes or single bedrooms for short-term stays.

The council has debated preventing homeowners from renting out their property to guests staying fewer than 21 days. The issue isn’t confined to the city of San Diego either, as Solana Beach just enacted regulations on short-term rentals fewer than 7 days in length and Coronado bans home rental stays of fewer than 26 days.

The concern behind these new laws is that the online sites don’t properly screen property owners for guest safety and that these properties have an unfair advantage against licensed establishments (like hotels or bed and breakfasts). Several permanent residents are also worried about a growing chasm between themselves and the vacationers in their communities.

Many cities in California have already enacted laws affecting the short-term rental industry. San Francisco became one of the first when it prohibited some types of rentals that lasted fewer than 30 days. But San Francisco’s response was based on rising rent costs and the area’s housing shortage crisis.

San Diego is in a completely different situation due to the impact these restrictions may have on the tourism industry. By eliminating short-term housing, these areas have reduced the number of lodging options for tourists, which can raise the average price for a room. More choices for vacationers can often lead to a cheaper stay.

Carlsbad had tourism in mind last year when it limited short-term rentals to only the areas within the city’s coastal zone.

The local cities looking to regulate this industry have applied varying rules and restrictions depending on each area’s needs and worries. In the case of Carlsbad, these laws change from block-to-block.

Because there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, staying up-to-date on the constantly-evolving laws in every city can take all the fun out of a San Diego vacation. That’s why it’s important to rely on a respected voice within the hospitality industry.

Instead of having to trust some guy online with a spare room for rent, add confidence to your next vacation by booking through one of the premier leaders in short-term furnished apartments – Synergy Global Housing.

Sample living space in one of Synergy Global Housing's San Diego properties.

Sample living space in one of Synergy’s San Diego properties.

Synergy has the tools and resources needed to stay current on the laws and rules – not just in San Diego, but globally. We’ve built our reputation as an industry leader by making our guests’ needs our top priority. Whether it’s interior design, green living or politics, Synergy is committed to staying informed about any issue that may affect our clients’ travels.

Synergy will also know how many days a stay needs to last in each neighborhood to avoid these restrictions. Working with a knowledgeable sales representative will help ensure your next trip to San Diego is the right amount of time, with just the right amount of fun.

Make your plans early, and make them with a respected industry professional to ensure what you want from your next visit to San Diego is exactly what you get. Contact Synergy at (858) 242-5900 or SDReservations@SynergyHousing.com to schedule an appointment with one of our market experts.

9 Synergy Properties With Access To A Great Park

The corporate traveler is typically surrounded in a concrete jungle made of high-rise buildings and concrete. Simply walking from an office building to your curbside UBER driver isn’t enough to clear your mind or burn excessive calories.

Take a Walk in the Park Day (yes, it’s a real thing) was created especially for those too busy to enjoy the physical and mental benefits from a nature walk. And with properties around the globe, Synergy has a ton of housing options to meet any need – even those looking for an outdoor escape.

In honor of today’s “holiday,” here are 9 Synergy Global Housing properties with access to amazing parks:

Patricia's Green - San Francisco by Edward Blake

NEMA / Patricia’s Green (San Francisco, California)

Already known as one of the premier residential properties in San Francisco, NEMA is only minutes away from a small, but uniquely-San Francisco, public park named Patricia’s Green.

Golden Gate and Dolores Park usually grab all of the headlines for San Francisco’s green spaces, but this area is the perfect outdoor getaway from the non-stop construction and development defining The City today.

Patricia’s Green has a grass field, a jungle gym, picnic tables and two dog-friendly lawns. San Francisco’s personality is also on display in the area, with public art installations in and around the park. This space, founded in 1999, can become busy during weekday lunches with several dining options in the neighborhood giving workers an outdoor escape during their lunch hour.

Hyde Park - Sydney, Australia

Fraser Suites Sydney – Hyde Park (Sydney, Australia)

Fraser Suites Sydney is located adjacent to the Darling Harbour precinct, meaning it’s only a 5-minute walk to the city’s oldest public park, Hyde Park.

Park Street divides the area, with the two sections known as Hyde Park north and Hyde Park south. The northern half is famous for its monuments, including the park’s centerpiece, Archibald Fountain. The ANZAC Memorial and the Pool of Reflection headline Hyde Park south’s offerings.

Well-known for its fig tree lines avenues, Hyde Park takes its name from London’s famous park.

River Oaks Park - San Jose, California

Crescent Village / River Oaks Park (San Jose, California)

This apartment community was purposely built around River Oaks Park, a five-acre park with tennis courts, playground and running trails.

Crescent Village is actually six different apartment buildings forming one complete residential community. Each of the buildings is a tennis ball’s throw from the park. The open fields around the park are perfect for dogs, while the playground provides the perfect spot for children to burn off some energy.

The park’s clean public restrooms are also a hit with reviewers on Yelp.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Treetops Executive Residences / The Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore)

Treetops Executive Residences already take advantage of the outdoors with is tropical enclave surrounding the property, but only a 10-minute drive is the world-famous Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The 156-year old tropical garden has been names Asia’s top park attraction by TripAdvisor, and was declared the inaugural Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Awards in 2012.

The 202-acre garden contains the world’s largest collection of orchids, was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations and receives about 4.5 million visitors every year.

Plummer Park - West Hollywood, California

The Huxley / Plummer Park (West Hollywood, California)

Five blocks from The Huxley rests a massive outdoor recreational area named Plummer Park.

Almost every kind of outdoor activity can occur at Plummer Park with its open grass fields, tables and benches, children’s playground, basketball and tennis courts, community center and dog park.

The key to healthy living is diet and exercise, and Plummer Park also has your dietary needs covered. The Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market occurs every Monday, 9am-2pm, in the parking lot for Plummer Park.

St Stephens Green - Dublin, Ireland

Leeson Street Apartments / St. Stephen’s Green (Dublin, Ireland)

The Leeson Street Apartments are located right in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre district. This setting means you are only a 3-minute walk to St. Stephen’s Green, the largest park among the various garden squares in Dublin.

Originally, Stephen’s Green was used mainly as a public punishment center for criminals after it was enclosed in 1664. The area was a private park from 1814 to 1880, but underwent a massive renovation in 1880, as part of Sir Arthur Guinness’ plan to make the park public.

The historical evolution of Ireland is on display throughout the park, with many statues and monuments created centuries ago.

Centrum Park - San Diego, California

Ariva / Centrum Park (San Diego, California)

Located next to Synergy’s  featured property, Ariva, is Centrum Park, a park with both a playground and a spacious grass field.

The white sand playground has slides, swings and picnic tables for the little ones. The grass field is popular with the dog community, as its large size gives owners enough room to bond with their pooch.

Feel free to bring your tablet if you want to sit at a table and read in the sunshine. Centrum Park has Wi-Fi for all visitors.

Hyde Park - London, England

Hertford Street Apartments – Hyde Park (London)

Sitting on the doorstep to London’s Hyde Park are the Hertford Street Apartments. The complex has many modern amenities, such as The Met Bar and Nobu, but its location to the park can take you back in time to multiple eras of Great Britain’s capital.

Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is arguably London’s most famous park and contains many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Hyde stretches from Kensington Palace, past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace, to Whitehall, a road which leads to Parliament Square.

Hyde Park also hosts several festivals throughout the year, such as Winter Wonderland during the holidays and BBC Proms in the Park in September.

Moitozo Park - San Jose, California

North Park / Moitozo Park (San Jose, California)

There are six buildings that make up the North Park community, with each building surrounding Moitozo Park, a five-acre grassy area lined with palm trees.

Moitozo Park may not have many amenities, but makes up for it with its size. The grass field accounts for almost all of the park’s real estate. The flat and open layout makes it the ideal space for pick-up soccer and ultimate Frisbee matches.

A tree-lined sidewalk border runs along the outside of the field, offering joggers a path to work on their cardio. Each lap of the path is about half a mile.

Synergy’s global presence gives you, the traveler, the ability to customize your living space based on needs – even if that need is a great park.

Happy Take a Walk in the Park Day!

Lessons Learned from a Business Trip to San Diego

Synergy Global Housing Sales Assistant Dolores Estrada

Synergy Global Housing Business Development Associate Dolores Estrada

Ask anyone for travel advice and the recommendations you receive might not ever end. That’s the first lesson I learned on a recent visit to San Diego.

I had never been to San Diego before, but as a Business Development Associate at Synergy Global Housing I had the opportunity to visit Southern California on a business trip last week. I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any great experiences during my first visit to the area, so I asked anyone I knew for San Diego’s “must-see destinations.”

I received so much travel advice that once I arrived at the San Diego International Airport, I knew I would never be able to fit it all into my schedule. Instead of trying to fit all that advice into one trip, I focused on using my adventure-seeking skills and became a tourist on my own discovery terms.

I think I made the right decision because the main thing I learned on my trip to San Diego is that it’s the kind of place that you can’t overwhelm yourself with everything. You have to learn to enjoy the experiences of San Diego as they come.

Here are my top five favorite memories from my first time in San Diego.

Amazing sculpture outside of Porkyland.

Amazing sculpture outside of Porkyland.

Porkyland – Carmel Valley

I wanted some fresh seafood and a business associate recommended Porkyland for a quick lunch. I ordered some fried fish tacos and I think my taste buds are still in recovery. They were so good!

I ate these life-changing tacos outside next to a beautiful art sculpture to better enjoy San Diego’s weather. Porkyland was the perfect spot for an on-the-go weekday lunch.

The outside of the Air Conditioned Lounge in San Diego.

The outside of the Air Conditioned Lounge in San Diego.

The Air Conditioned Lounge – San Diego

At a business lunch I had casually mentioned my love of house music. One of the San Diego locals recommended I check out this nightclub, which offers an amazing showcase of dance music on Friday evenings. I really enjoyed this spot because of the music and because it was located away from the overcrowded tourist-heavy downtown scene.

My bike ride around Coronado Island included a stop by this mural.

My bike ride around Coronado Island included a stop by this mural.

Coronado Island

A $4 ferry ride took me across the San Diego Bay to this resort island city, and I immediately fell for the beautiful views and amazing beach.

I rented a beach cruiser bike and began my own tour of the area. I had a map to guide me, but chose to follow other bike riders down multiple paths along the shoreline, eventually circumnavigating the entire island. I saw kids playing on the beach, rollerbladers, speed boats passing by in the water and a painting class being conducted outside the historic Hotel del Coronado.

The leisurely atmosphere provided by the bike ride allowed me to explore the Island on my time and on my terms, and was the ideal way to see this beautiful area.

Drinks and dessert at George's at the Cove.

Drinks and dessert at George’s on the Cove.

George’s at the Cove – La Jolla

All I really wanted was a nice place to grab a drink and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean as I left Coronado Island. I struck up a conversation with a local couple on the ferry, who recommended George’s at the Cove.

The combination of a scenic Pacific view, strong mixed drinks, tasty food and amazing service made this the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset for an isolated tourist. I had never tried tombo before, but being so close to the Pacific made me crave seafood. The Hawaiian-inspired albacore tuna was the perfect complement to my cocktail and ocean terrace view.

Some of Ocean Beach's finest graffiti art.

Some of Ocean Beach’s finest graffiti art.

Ocean Beach – San Diego

All the recommendations I received advised me to check out Pacific Beach, locally referred to as ‘PB,’ but I ended up in the Ocean Beach neighborhood instead and still had a blast.

I was amazed at how similar Ocean Beach’s atmosphere was to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco. The area is heavily influenced by the local surfing community, with its chill attitude and graffiti street art.

I had also intended to go shopping at the small boutiques in the area, but the vibes I got from the beach kept my toes in the sand for most of the day.

This list is definitely incomplete, but that’s part of the joy of traveling.

I may have gone on this trip by myself, but with Synergy’s help, I certainly wasn’t alone. With options from Carlsbad to Coronado, and a region that can service any lifestyle and need, Synergy has an expert team in San Diego that can find the right accommodations for you. Call (858) 242-5900 to get in contact with a Synergy representative.

Invest in the Future…By Choosing the Right Housing Partner Today.

H-1B VisaEach year since the 1990’s over 65,000 H-1B visas are granted by the US government to highly skilled and specialty trade professionals to come work in the US. These individuals are highly sought after and come from countries all over the world. In recent years the imposed 65,000 visa cap has been exhausted within the first few days that applications were accepted. Clearly the need for these specialists as well as the applicant pool is in high demand, therefore increasing the competition in the market place among companies vying for these specialists.

Synergy understands the investment that companies are making in each of their employees including their foreign workers and the value that they give to your organization. Synergy feels the same about each guest we serve and the desire to provide, not just a place to sleep, but a place to live. Our goal is to become an extension of your organization, a part of your team, and to provide comfortable, convenient and welcoming accommodations for your most valuable assets – your people.

As all H-1B visa holders will begin work in the US in the beginning of October, reach out to Synergy now to secure housing for your incoming associates.  Our premier locations throughout the US are close to your offices and public transit. We offer flexible lease terms and an unmatched level of service. Have the peace of mind to entrust your extended stay or temporary housing program to a partner dedicated to deliver a quality experience every time.

Synergy has experience serving all types of temporary housing programs such as interns, relocation, travel, and more. Visit our website for more information on our corporate housing solutions.  

Resident Safety Tips for Security in your New Home

Realizing that you are probably in new and unfamiliar surroundings, we suggest that you become comfortably acquainted with your new living environment. The following suggestions will help you take an active role in providing your own safety and security.Safety First!

  1. If you have a life threatening Emergency, call 911 immediately as calling our office first will only delay response time. Also, for precautionary reasons, research the surrounding areas for nearby hospitals or police stations.
  2. Do not answer your front door without verifying who it is first.
  3. When returning to your apartment late in the evening, if possible, always use the main entrance of the property. While on the property and at all times, be observant of your surroundings and people in the area.
  4. Please remember to secure all windows and doors before leaving your apartment or going to bed at night; especially if you are in the ground floor apartment. If any of the locking devices in your apartment are inoperable, please contact the Synergy Corporate Housing Offices immediately at 1-800-600-1115.
  5. If at all possible never travel with, or leave, large amounts of jewelry or cash in your apartments.
  6. Following your move-in, please remover your apartment number from the key tag if it is present.
  7. Do not invite strangers into your apartment!
  8. Automobiles and auto accessories, such as cellular phones and stereos, are a prime target 0f thieves. Never leave valuable items in your car and lock your car at all times.

Vivacious San Diego: Become Apart of the Energy at ERC!

SDBuilt over numerous canyons and mesas, San Diego has become one of the great thriving cities of America. Nearly 3 million people have the pleasure of calling this urban getaway home, as it ranks third in size in California, after Los Angeles and San Francisco. With 70 miles of stunning beaches, major seaports, a world class zoo and aquarium, and one of the largest U.S. naval bases, San Diego’s charm stems from its eclectic mix of features to enhance any individual’s style of living. As if there isn’t enough activities to do within the many areas of San Diego, the Worldwide Mobility ERC event has taken roots this May 15th, bringing a strong and effective workforce mobility program to the west coast.

Who and What is the Worldwide ERC?

The Worldwide ERC was established in 1964 representing the authority on global workforce mobility. Headquartered in Washington D.C, it’s current membership includes more than 12,000 professionals who are involved in managing or servicing a mobile workforce. When global workforce mobility professionals, business communities, and media want to learn about current issues, trends, and best practices for the movement of employees all over the world,  the Worldwide ERC has positioned itself to be the best resource for its proven record of expertise. This exceptional group  has been conducting unbiased research, conferences and online training for more than 40 years. It has brought together the most innovative professionals to exchange information and to gain valuable knowledge within the workforce mobility field.

What is so special about the ERC Conference in San Diego?

Not to get off topic, but the conference is being held in sunny San Diego! Who wouldn’t want to attend? More importantly, the Worldwide ERC has planned social events from education sessions, to keynote speakers, and peer networking. Topics up for discussion and observation fall under the titles, “The Innovation Situation-Discovering What Corporations Really Wan in Innovation”, “Household Goods Industry Challenges vs. Corporate Client Needs: Tough Times, Smart Solutions” and “ Temporary Assignments: Don’t Let Your Policy Hang Loose”, to name a few. Also, our lovely sales team members, Susan Becker and Katie Bahr will be attending with partner Jack Jensky to absorb the information and best practices shared to continue our efforts in innovations and in setting the industry standard. Take a minute to wave or shake their hands if you happen to see them there! They won’t bite.

Catch a Wave!

It is in Synergy’s best interest to have boots on the ground because the Worldwide ERC creates extensive resources for their members that anticipate and benefit emerging trends, aid in making astute business decisions, and even have the potential to reduce costs for companies to ultimately position an organization strategically in the marketplace. To be innovative is an integral part of the Synergy culture, which is why we exude our passions with the members of the Worldwide ERC. The success of our culture begins with our people whether it is the internal parts of our organization or our fellow mobility industry peers. So if you happen to see our Synergy peeps at the conference, say hello! In the meantime, take advantage of your location and catch a wave in the glorious sun of San Diego!

If you didn’t get a chance to meet our lovely sales team ladies, check in with our blog next week for an exclusive inside look of the conference where Susan and Katie will be sharing the highlights of each event they attended. Until then, hang loose!

Spend your Summer in San Francisco

SF SUMMER

If you’ve been relocated for a special project or you just landed your dream internship in the hustling and bustling city of San Francisco, prepare to fill up your calendar this summer! From a multitude of active events such as … Continue reading

Congrats! You’ve landed your dream internship…500 miles away. Where are you going to live?

lrg220_64177Israel JumpingReceiving an offer letter for an internship at your dream company calls for some celebration. But after the champagne (or Martinelli’s) shower fades, you are left to figure out how you are going to get there and where you are going to lay your head at night. Synergy can help with the latter, no matter if your internship is located in another city, state, or even country! For the former we suggest a taking a road trip. Who doesn’t love a road trip?

Synergy Corporate Housing has experience handling intern programs worldwide. We are also happy to work with the individual intern to find housing accommodations in close proximity to their company’s campus and in a location that is convenient to local restaurants, shopping and entertainment. After all, this internship is equally about the experience you have outside the office as it is about what you learn at that desk.

Whether you will be given a ‘lump sum’ to help with your housing costs or you are paying on your own, Synergy is here to guide you in the right direction, enabling you to stress less on where you will store your clothes and focus more on the amazing summer ahead.

11 REASONS YOU SHOULD CHOOSE SYNERGY FOR HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS DURING YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP

  1. We provide fully furnished and accessorized apartments.
  2. Apartment are located near many business campuses and public transportation.
  3. All utilities and furnishings are included in the rate.
  4. NO DEPOSITS OR FEES. If your stay is longer than 30 nights, NO TAXES either!
  5. All credit cards accepted.
  6. HDTV, DVR and domestic calls come standard in our apartments.
  7. Complimentary wireless internet provided.
  8. Access to luxury amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools and business centers.
  9. In-suite washers & dryers included (in most locations).
  10. 24-hour customer service and maintenance line.
  11. The Synergy mobile app lets you check out your accommodations and the surrounding location before you arrive.

Synergy offers multiple apartment types so that you can choose if you want to stay by yourself or share the experience with other interns.

To find a Synergy apartment in the location of your internship, use the property search tool on our website: www.synergyhousing.com.

Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible, and make your stay a memorable experience.

Ready to make a move? Contact us today for current availability and pricing.

reservations@synergyhousing.com

(925) 807-1155

Universal was a Long Shot…Synergy Global Accommodations is now!

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I’m sure you were excited to see that Synergy’s capabilities had yet again raised your expectations, however, we will not be introducing you to the Man on the Moon or gearing you up in space suits just yet. Universal is on our future agenda, but we’d like to tell you more about what we can introduce you to through our global capabilities now!

The key to Synergy’s success in the international arena is by providing unique solutions tailored to each client’s needs. We realize that all clients are created differently and their housing needs will vary from client to client; country to country. Only by discovering each client’s unique identity can Synergy provide tailored solutions. These solutions will educate the client on the market conditions in addition to providing the best furnished housing options.

From Silicon Valley to Singapore, Los Angeles to London or Manhattan to Munich, Synergy is strategically positioned to deliver customized corporate housing solutions on a global scale. We understand the difficulties associated with locating and providing high quality furnished accommodations around the world. Synergy goes to great lengths to identify best-in-class providers to ensure we continually and consistently exceed expectations in quality, service and value.
We also recognize that each company’s needs are different and that’s why we spend time getting to know our clients. This allows us to tailor a solution that aligns with their culture, goals and objectives. Our mission is to be an extension of your organization, not just another vendor.
• Corporate housing program management
• Guaranteed best-in-class providers around the world
• Comprehensive needs analysis
• Dedicated account support team providing personalized service Synergy
•Customized reporting and metrics – billing, operations, guest satisfaction
• Web based client portal and online booking
• Market analysis, spend and cost savings tracking
• 24/7 accessibility
As an international traveler, what matters the most to you?

Synergy’s New Exclusive on the Moon!

Synergy on the Moon

Innovation is the future! As a leading industry provider, Synergy Corporate Housing has yet again raised the bar with our new exclusive property on the moon. Founders Jack Jensky and Henry Luebbert experienced the earth’s orbit in a 5 day mission to make peace with intergalactic space men at the new space station and Synergy Exclusive property, Starbright Comet. Featuring mind boggling amenities such as an earthly spa inspired shower that cleanses the guest with floating bubbles. Also available for Synergy guests is a James Bond-style space camp situated only 1 light year away on a tropical island –  a program which offers the equivalent to earth’s “State-of-the-Art Fitness Center”. Of course many questions have surfaced regarding the safety of our guests. However, rest assured that we’ve completed our due diligence to make sure each guest is safe and has an out of this world experience.  The S.S. Synergy space shuttle will remain stationed at the property at all times in case of an emergency and upon arrival, guests will be given a complimentary 8 week space training to adapt to the moon’s atmosphere.

In preparation for this new venture, Synergy has began designing new space packages such as the Comet Suite and the Galaxy Package, which will feature futuristic furnishings, automated technology, and a personal robot to cater to your every need. Our eco-conscious product developments will continue at this new property with Starbright Comet’s space-age waste management system. All waste is recycled and re-used at the on-site recycling plant located in close proximity on Crater Lake. The hope of Starbright Comet’s property manager, Zeop Uwoe, is that once guests have seen the view of Mother Earth from the moon, they will be awed by its majesty and realize the importance of protecting our planet and bring some of the practices they learn on the moon back to Earth.

Space suits available upon request. For more information on this new property, please contact the Man on the Moon or visit our website: www.synergyhousing.com