Queen size bed, closet and dresser for stashing your thingsPrivate apartment with separate entrance
Private Santa Monica Apt | Landmark Home by Beach!
Private Santa Monica Apt | Landmark Home by Beach!

2 guests


1 bed

1 bath

2 guests


1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

Studio Merle is lovely & ideally located 4 blocks to the beach and 2 blocks to very popular Main Street with it's many shops, restaurants and coffee shops. It's a spacious and private guest apartment. Located in the coveted Ocean Park Neighborhood of Santa Monica, the studio is an updated addition to an historic landmark home built by makeup queen Merle Norman in 1935.

We are a legal, city-approved short-term rental : License #217082


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: £60
Security Deposit: £201
Weekly Discount: 15%


The space

The Studio is connected to the main house by a terrace and has separate entrance, kitchen & bath. Beautiful light comes in the bay window surrounded by trees to create an oasis in the middle of the bustle of LA. The guest house is secure, clean and private. Plenty of linens, towels, soap and a kitchen with cooking essentials. There is a shared washer & dryer outside you can use. There is also an iron & board, hair dryer, flat iron, beach towels, beach basket, Nespresso coffee machine with pods, free high-speed WiFi and a 32" Smart TV with Cable including HBO, Showtime, etc. Please note; There is a flight of stairs to access the guest house, which is located above the garage.

We are one mile south of the Santa Monica Pier and one mile north of the Venice Boardwalk. Abbott Kinney, 3rd Street Promenade, Montana Avenue and Malibu are all nearby.

There is a parking permit if you have a car for free street parking. Please keep in mind we live in a very popular neighborhood and parking may mean walking a couple blocks. Uber-ing during your trip is the easiest option! Also, the Big Blue Bus runs along Main Street to the Promenade. The newly completed Metro Expo Rail line connects you from SaMo to Downtown LA in 45 minutes. There are rentable Hulu bikes 1 block away. So lots of options for getting around, but your feet will take you to one of the most sought after locations in LA.

We are available to help you navigate the neighborhood and help with any needs you may have in addition to the well-stocked unit.

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License #217082

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

For Instant Bookings, you must agree to 1 or 2 adult guests only. Children under 24 months only. No pets. No parties. Please read the entire property description to get a good understanding of the space, including parking situation and stairway leading up to studio.
Thanks :)

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) lives in the house



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

5 nights minimum stay

15 Reviews

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Tim User Profile
March 2017
It was a genuine pleasure to stay again with Shugi + Alex, who are the most welcoming and generous hosts you could hope to meet. The studio looks exactly as shown in the photographs, is in the perfect location, and continues to be upgraded - - now with even more comfortable new bed, and some new blinds! The greatest compliment I can pay is that I am a happy return visitor and will continue to make them my #1 choice whenever I visit Santa Monica. Thank you, both !

Angelina User Profile
March 2017
It's a really nice place and close to the beach. Shugi is so nice and always home to help you. It's a nice stay.

Naama User Profile
March 2017
Location, location, location! and hospitality... Shugi was extremely responsive and accommodating. The unit is spotless and very well equipped. Comfy bed. Walk to everything. A definite find.

Tom User Profile
March 2017
Such an amazing apartment, and even better hosts. Definitely recommend staying in Santa Monica at Shugi and Alex's property.

Therese User Profile
February 2017
We absolutely loved this place!!! Shugi and Alex were very kind, helpful and accommodating hosts. We felt right at home. The cottage was beautifully and artfully decorated. It was very clean and extremely cozy and comfortable. The cottage was well stocked with anything we could possibly need from beach towels, to soaps, to wifi and bathrobes. The location of the cottage is amazing. My husband and I love to walk so we did a lot of walking. The cottage is located very near the beach, near Abbot Kinney, near Venice Beach, near Santa Monica Beach and Pier and near the Santa Monica Promenade. We really enjoyed our stay here and would very happily return for another stay! Thank you Shugi and Alex for making us feel at home.

Evan User Profile
February 2017
Our stay here was absolutely perfect. A beautifully decorated house in a great location with a fabulous host! We couldn't have imagined it any better!

Wendy User Profile
December 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Shugi & Alex's place! The house is beautifully designed and furnished. Very clean, comfortable and peaceful. It's separated from the the main house so you can feel your complete privacy. The location is perfect, only a few minutes walk to the beach and the Main St where the shops and restaurants are. Shugi has been very responsive and helpful through out our stay, which made us feel like staying in a old friend's place. ❤️️We will definitely book again when we go back! Highly recommend!!

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Santa Monica, California, United States · Joined in January 2014
Shugi + Alex User ProfileShugi + Alex is a superhost.

We are long time residents of California, but hail from NYC & the Midwest. Between the two of us we are a musician, writer, director, actor, small business owner, investor, parent and are endlessly curious about all things. We love to travel, and we love this opportunity for travelers from far and wide to come to us.

Response rate: 100%
(past 90 days)
Response time: within an hour

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.