About this listing
On tiny hidden canyon with 180 view of nature, nestled up against mountains, this is a beautiful retreat. One block from major hiking trails, the only sounds are from the myriad birds welcoming you! Old Pasadena 8 min away.
Queen size Select Comfort bed so you can adjust firmness to your liking (controls to right of bed).
You have a shared (if I have friends over, it's the guest bathroom and I also take baths in there almost daily as it's the only bathtub) modern newly updated bathroom with comfy Kohler tub and shower.
Plenty of room in closet to hang things and/or to store things. Baskets for you to use if you want to unpack your things.
Guest room is set back in such a way that you feel tucked away and private.
Both living room and family room have a fireplace. Family room has TV (ATTuverse with HBO/Showtime/etc.) for guest use. I also work in this room, though, so we just need to communicate about when you wish to have it to yourself. Living room is all yours when you are here!
Kitchen is fully equipped because I cook and bake a lot. Vitamix for a morning smoothie...or a milk shake!
Backyard is a perfect place to relax day or night, with an outdoor fireplace and chairs for daytime lounging.
Interaction with guests
I work from home and work long hours, so I need the house to be pretty quiet a lot of the time, but you can do whatever you wish in your room. I also work on the patio and in family room a lot. There are some days that I'm so busy that I can't interact with guests much, but I will always make sure you have what you need. But if you like a very interactive host, this is not a good spot for you.
Also, if you haven't told me I will be asking your arrival ETA because I go to gym, walk dogs and do errands in afternoons/evenings as I catch breaks in my work. I'll totally work around your schedule, but just need a rough ETA.
If you don't like dogs, this is also not a great spot for you. My two small dogs (Coton de Tulear breed - hypo-allergenic!) are super friendly and will love you within about a minute of your arrival. They will also leave you alone and only interact if you wish to, but one guest who bristles at dogs made me realize this house can be uncomfortable if you don't like doggie love or barks.
Other things to note
Long-term guests: Washer/Dryer are just down hall from guest room. Just let me know when you wish to use so I can show you the ropes, and am not washing at same time.
Reservations: I am now requiring that the person making the reservation is actually the person staying here. If I can't read a little about and see a photo of the person who I am expecting to arrive, it just creates a little vulnerability on my end. So, please have your own verified profile.
The pictures are quite good so if there is anything you don't like or find offensive in terms of design, furniture or art, I prefer you not book. Most people love it and are delighted that it is exactly as it appears but one person removing almost everything has me write this just in case!
I keep the house very neat and clean, and expect the kitchen + house to be left as you find it. If you break, nick or scratch something please just let me know.
I always clear half a shelf in the fridge and have a tray for you to put dry goods. Please do not venture into my food without asking.
If you happen to be here on a day that the cleaning ladies are here (every other Friday so not extremely likely), two or three of them descent upon the house in a whirlwind for about three hours so it is neither peaceful not convenient. If you book on a Friday I usually remember to warn. They will need to get in the guest room to do deep cleaning of the room, but you can put things in closet while they are here.
Parking is about 15-20 yards from house but you can drop off and then park.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I'm a writer and a corporate trainer. I work from home so a peaceful home is key to me. Everyone who visits says they feel it's the oasis I feel it is. I share it with my furry munchkins Lucy and Tallulah, who are incredibly sweet Coton de Tulears, which is a hypo-allergenic breed for those who have allergies. They won't affect your nose, only charm your heart! This is one of those houses that begs visitors. I have lots of parties and dinners, but I keep hearing such great things about airbnb I thought it's a perfect match. When I travel the world I try to stay in B&Bs when I can because it kicks travel up a notch when staying with locals who want to share their worlds.