Charlie Chaplin built this enchantingly cozy historic cottage surprisingly near the biggest intersection at the most central point of the city. Equidistant to everywhere. And Rudolph Valentino called it home!
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One of the most notable gems in Los Angeles' vintage charm is this jungle-drenched grouping of cottages built by Charlie Chaplin in the 1920s as a very centrally-located village for his crewmen. This fairytale of a Shire has housed many familiar names over the years, from Marilyn Monroe to now-a-days Patrick Dempsey.
Giving the mood of a European get-away, the complex's architecture boasts hand-cut stable doors, wood beams, bespoke windows (some with large Tiffany stained-glass scenes), and medieval-style staircases with oxidized copper rooster wind-turns atop white-washed towers.
The village is tucked away behind a wooded gate on a tree-lined street a surprising few minutes from the hustle and bustle. There is one of every grocery store within three blocks, and to be in the grid of Santa Monica Blvd / Sunset / Melrose & Fairfax / La Brea is an unbeatable location as per proximity to anything. Public transit buses whiz down SMB every few minutes. Maximum twenty minutes of drive time to every corner of Los Angeles, too.
This particular second story wood-paneled loft has been called home by such greats as Rudolph Valentino, and with its ceiling beams, built-in nooks and bay window overlooking a fairy-lit courtyard, it has the feel of a Swiss chateau or Yosemite lodge.
-The QUEEN-SIZED BED has a removed-from-the-world feel with a window that overlooks gnome rooftops and exotic trees and palms
-The optional fold-out SINGLE COT can be set up near the windowseat and used as further sleeping space for those that like to wake to sunlight.
-There is one BATHROOM with a tiled shower and hand-built shelves.
-There is an OFFICE tuck reminiscent of a writer's retreat cove, and a unique decorative FIREPLACE filled with candle pillars to really cement the cozy feel.
-The KITCHEN is well-equipped for gourmet fun, with the exception of a microwave and dishwasher (we keep it trendily old-fashioned here).
-In place of a home TV, there are cozy historic landmark sports bars (Formosa, Jones) just down the block for any shows or games you might be used to watching.
-There is a LAUNDRY hut past "The Shire" gardens with a washer/dryer that is a dollar in quarters per load.
-WiFi and street PARKING are of course included.
...If you have read the House Rules and are game to respect them and enjoy a relaxing stay, go ahead and book any open dates on the calendar.
Welcome to your hobbit cottage home!
Queen Bed: Sleeps 2
Fold-out Cot (stored in closet): Sleeps 1
Commutes, outside of peak hours:
5-10 mins - Hollywood, The Grove, Theatre Row, Museum Row
15-20 mins - Los Feliz / Silverlake / EchoPark, Beverly Hills
20-30 mins - Downtown, Century City, Studio City, Culver City, USC, UCLA, Burbank Airport
30-40 mins - Santa Monica, Venice, Pasadena, LAX Airport
45-60 mins - Malibu
-free permit-provided street parking
Whether I am in town and taking care of all cleaning and needs-response myself, or out of town with a quick-response phone number and neighbor on-call for any in-person assistance that may be necessary, your keys are hidden for you to be autonomous with entry/exit, and most details about the cottage are very well explained with signs throughout the house. Should you want more host attention, just say the word! Otherwise I tend to think guests appreciate a more hands-off "this is your house while you're here" attitude. :)
You can't get more central in Los Angeles than West Hollywood. It is perfectly equidistant to every corner of the city, and has one or more of anything you'd need as far as necessities for anything errand-like.
Santa Monica Blvd is the nearest cross-street, and is the main thoroughfare from one side of the city to the other. The buses are fast and convenient. There is as well a train stop at Hollywood & Highland, which is an ambitious walk, short bus ride, or even quicker cab ride away from your nearby big intersection of La Brea & Santa Monica Blvd.
|Room type:||Entire home/flat|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||£12 / night after 2 guests|
|Weekly Price:||£491 /week|
|Monthly Price:||£1771 /month|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
This was our first time staying at an Airbnb listing. We have to say it was a good expereince! Annie's communication was very good. The notes that were left around the place were helpful except for a couple of them. The cottage was exactly how it was pictured on Airbnb. The neighborhood was nice and quiet but a parking spot was hard to find for the most part. The only negative thing was the cottage could probably use a deep cleaning/dusting. We completely enjoyed staying at such an historical place. Annie was a wonderful host!
Annie is a wonderful host! Her explicit directions were spot on. The cottage is delightful, and with the birds singing it was like being in a tree house. The shire neighbors were very friendly and helpful.
Everything was just as we expected and we had a great stay. Great neighborhood -- easy access to lots of fun places, but a private, quiet street.
Such a cute place! Had a great stay! Such a wonderful hideaway. Super close to everything.
Loved the cottage, and Annie was such a wonderful and accommodating host! Magical place to stay when you're in LA!
The cottage is a real diamond in the rough! Incredibly charming and interesting and steps away from great bars, restaurants and shopping. We loved our stay!
The little cabin apartment was perfect for long weekend getaway in LA. It had everything we needed. Annie was very responsive. At the end of the block were a few places to eat on Santa Monica and a delicious coffee shop. The neighborhood was quiet and peaceful. Our whole party (mom and 2 college age girls) loved the place, especially the window seat. Thanks Annie for offering this one of a kind experience.
Annie was amazing! I was early so I had the opportunity to meet her in person and she was fantastic. The Shire was such a cozy getaway for us and we will remember it always. Adorable place, wonderful neighborhood, couldn't recommend it more!
Great stay at Annie's place! Very convenient location and amazing historic place to stay at. Only wish there's curtain for more privacy. However, it is never a bad thing to enjoy the sunshine in the room.
Annie's place is a treasure ... and she was very gracious to accommodate me on such short notice ... hope to come back again soon !
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